Lex and Love: Meleko Mokgosi
Exhibition: March 17–September 17, 2017
Williams College Museum of Art
Meleko Mokgosi: Pax Kaffraria
Exhibition: February 19–May 7;
February 3–March 19, 2017
Memorial Art Gallery and Rochester Contemporary Art Center
Meleko Mokgosi Awarded
2017 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fine Arts
Critics' Picks: The Ease of Fiction
By Andrea Gyorody
Sarah Cain, Meleko Mokgosi
Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting
The Ease of Fiction
Exhibition: October 19, 2016–February 19, 2017
California African American Museum
Artists at Work: Meleko Mokgosi
By Matt Mullen
August 11, 2016
Benefit Art Auction 2016
Headlands Center for the Arts
Wednesday, June 1, 6:30pm
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
The Ease of Fiction
Exhibition: March 3 – June 19, 2016
Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh
A story within a story...
Göteborg International Biennial For Contemporary Art 2015
Exhibition: September 12-November 22, 2015
Talk with curator Dexter Wimberly and
artists Meleko Mokgosi and Lavar Munroe
Friday, May 15, 2015, 5:45-6:45pm
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Meleko Mokgosi: Democratic Intuition
Exhibition: April 21-August 9, 2015
The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston
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The Art Newspaper
Seek and ye shall find
By Charlotte Burns and Anny Shaw
December 6, 2014
Art basel miami beach
The Definitive Top 11 Booths at Art Basel Miami Beach
By Scott Indrisek
December 3, 2014
Mail & Guardian
An Interrogation of Post-colonial History
By Medein Tribinevicius
June 27, 2014
Meleko Mokgosi: Pax Kaffraria is Artforum Critics' Pick
History painting, argued eighteenth-century academicians, was the noblest undertaking for any artist: especially if you want to glorify European conquest. In this incandescent debut—whose title, "Pax Kaffraria," plays on a violent racial slur—Botswana-born and Brooklyn-based artist Meleko Mokgosi refashions the genre for new, postcolonial undertakings, all while insisting that the narratives it depicts can only be fragmentary.
Meleko Mokgosi in the Los Angeles Times
The three parts to Meleko Mokgosi's absorbing show at Honor Fraser are formally distinct, all falling under a broad umbrella of concern with post-colonialism and misrepresentation across the continental, cultural divide.
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Meleko Mokgosi in 12th Biennale de Lyon
Meleko Mokgosi at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
June 28, 2013 – September 29, 2013
In this exhibition, eight artists—Ala Ebtekar, Michelle Dizon, Naeem Mohaiemen, Meleko Mokgosi, Wangechi Mutu, Yamini Nayar, Ishmael Randall Weeks, and Saya Woolfalk—actively negotiate their relationships with two or more different cultures and the influence on their individual lives.
The work of these artists, all of whom are in their 30s and early 40s, forms a sampling of a generation's response to the role of cultural diversity in the U.S. Guided by their ability to move fluidly between cultures, and drawing from the uniqueness of their individual journeys, these artists reveal the ways in which their identities have been transformed by the confluence of mobility, cultural retention, and personal history.
Meleko Mokgosi in Art Practical
By Leigh Markopoulos
April 15, 2013
Bookending the morning presentations with a return to a more analytical approach, the New York–based Meleko Mokgosi situated his most recent body of work—Pax Kaffraria: Sikhuselo Sembumbulu, a series of large-scale paintings meditating on a nineteenth-century gesture of resistance in his native Botswana—somewhere between Western postcolonial discourse and what he described as a more popular version of narrativity, or the conditions of presenting narrative peculiar to his native country.
Meleko Mokgosi in artspace 9 highlights from the armory show
Close Look: 9 Highlights from the Armory Show
by Andrew M. Goldstein
The most electrifying piece at the Armory Show may be this one, a ten-panel work by the 31-year-old Botswana-born artist Meleko Mokgosi, who is currently teaching at New York University.
February 15, 2013
Meleko Mokgosi receives Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant
The Joan Mitchell Foundation announce Meleko Mokgosi to be one of twenty-five recipients of the 2012 Painters & Sculptors Grant Program.
The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to assist individual artists. The grants are given to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality
Meleko Mokgosi in Complex: Art + Design
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41. Pax Kaffraria: Sikhuselo Sembumbulu by Meleko Mokgosi, 2012
For an article in Art in America magazine, Meleko Mokgosi spoke to writer Brian Boucher on the origins of this work's title: "Pax Kaffraria is a term I made up...'Khaffraria' comes from a settlement established by the British in the early 19th century for mostly Xhosa people," he explains. "'Kaffrar' is the equivalent of 'n***er' in Afrikaans. So the project deals with issues of nationalism, anticolonial sentiment, and resistance, not only to the physical violence but the financialization of global capital." The work has become a milestone piece in studies of African politics and globalization, and Mokgosi explains it best.
January 8, 2013
Meleko Mokgosi in Modern Painters
24 Artists to Watch: Meleko Mokgosi
Mokgosi's large-scale, project-based installations, such as Pax Afrikaner, 2008-11, and Pax Kaffraria, 2010-12, take the form of history paintings on panel. They serve, in the artist's words, as "a conceptual, theoretical, and personal working-through of a particular dilemna: the physical and epistemological violence toward black foreigners in southern Africa."
Congratulations to Meleko Mokgosi, 2012 Mohn Award recipient
The Hammer Museum has announced that Meleko Mokgosi is the recipient of the inaugural Mohn Award. Funded through the generosity of Los Angeles philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn, the $100,000 award will be granted over two years to Mokgosi and will be accompanied by the publication of a monograph about his work. While a jury of professional curators selected five finalists from among the 60 artists in the exhibition Made in L.A. 2012, the Mohn Award recipient was chosen by visitors to the exhibition through online and on-site voting.
August 16, 2012