Dumile Feni-Mhlaba (Zwelidumile Mxgazi) (South African, 1942-1991)
'The Scream', 1966 signed 'Dumile' bronze (edition of 3) 17 x 27 x 18 cm. (10 5/8 x 7 1/16 x 6 11/16 in.)
EDITIONS EXHIBITED: Johannesburg, Gallery 101, 1966 (terracotta) Texas A&M University, Art of Black Africa - Cultural and Contemporary - from the Rex Grey Family Collection, September-October 1976, p. 92, cat. no. 48 Johannesburg Art Gallery, The Neglected Tradition - Towards a New History of SA Art (1930-1988), 1988-1989, illustrated p.46 Johannesburg Art Gallery, Dumile Feni Retrospective, 2005, illustrated p.18, titled Untitled, 1967
LITERATURE: E.A. de Jager, Images of Man: Contemporary South African Black Art and Artists, (Alice, 1992), illustrated p.65 E. Rankin, Images of Metal: Post-War Sculptures and Assemblages in South Africa, (Johannesburg, 1994), illustrated p.32 D. Accone, 'An artist's life: Dumile Feni' in Business Day, March 2005, illustrated p.11
Dumile was not a prolific sculptor mainly due to financial limitations and many of his pieces are missing due to his itinerant lifestyle. The above work was produced just before he represented South Africa at the 1967 Sao Paulo Biennale, a decision that was criticised by many of his contemporary artists.