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South Africa is home to some of the world's most ancient and beautiful art - the rock paintings of the San. It's also the scene of a host of diverse and challenging contemporary artists producing important new work.
South African artists present a unique South African identity to the world, and the high prices many local artists fetch internationally are testament to the growing interest in the calibre of local artists – as well as in that identity.
In 1940 acclaimed South African artist Gerard Sekoto was refused entry to the Johannesburg Art Gallery to see his own work - because he was black. This week one of his paintings was auctioned in London for the record price of R1.38-million.
It's taken Barbara Lindop two years to bring to fruition a project she is intensely passionate about: recording the music and songs of the late exiled artist Gerard Sekoto onto "an illustrious album" due to hit the music stores before the end of the year.