Cult habits: Abstract rules, OK!

17 May 2016 - 10:23 By Sean O'Toole

It seems unimaginable that there was once a reputation risk attached to exhibiting abstract paintings in Cape Town.In 1956 76-year-old Edward Roworth, a former director of the SA National Gallery, published a tirade in the Cape Argus against the "cult of abstract art".The view of this dour impressionist, one of whose paintings succumbed to the fire lit by University of Cape Town students in February, was exemplary of the times.

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