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The beauty of the line : life and times of Dumile Feni by Chabani Manganyi


Cover : Brandon van Heerden.



Dumile in his Studio in New York © Rashid Lombard.


Preface :

There are many voices in The beauty of the line. One is that of the writer and editor of the book, N Chabani Manganyi. In telling the remarkable story of Dumile Feni's life, the author is joined by a distinguished cast of art historians, lifelong friends and admirers of Dumile Feni.

Among many themes, the book captures the intimate recollections of South Africans and contributors from around the world whose lives intersected with Dumile's in Johannesburg, London and New York City. They tell their own stories of the life and times of the artist. Here in this book, is information of what one South African said, namely that 'everyone had a story to tell' about Dumile.

As an artist, Dumile's talent was ground breaking; he had the tenacity to endure in the face of severe obstacles; a quality which enabled him to persist in creating his 'precious monsters.'

He was steadfast in his pursuit of 'the beauty of the line', and dedicated through his drawings and sculptures to the exposure of the pain of people in the land of his birth.

About the author :

N Chabani Manganyi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Unit For Advanced Study of the University of Pretoria. A clinical psychologist and former vice principal of the university, he is the author and editor of several collections of essays on psychology and public affairs as well as biographies of Gerard Sekoto and Es'kia Mphahlele.



Dumile in front of Nelson Mandela murial.

Source : Johannesburg : KMM Review Pub. Co., c2012. The beauty of the line : life and times of Dumile Feni / Chabani Manganyi.

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