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South African, 20th century, male.

Born 8 November 1959, in Endaleni, Richmond, Natal (KwaZulu-Natal); died 18 March 1995, in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg.

Assemblage artist, street performer. Mixed media (paint, wire, waste/found material).

Road signs, puppets, animals on wheels.

Chickenman found fame in the mid-1980s through his eccentric street performances and displays outside the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg. His work has been exhibited widely, and his street sign ...


Daniela Coia

[Sauvage, Tristan]

(b Alexandria, Egypt, 1924).

Italian writer. After an initial exchange of letters he met André Breton in Paris in 1949, a meeting that had a profound effect on his conception of life. Two years later he befriended Marcel Duchamp, on whom he later published a comprehensive study. He wrote extensively on Dada and Surrealism, and on art after 1950, publishing monographs on Breton (1974) and Man Ray (1977) and a major anthology of writings emanating from Dada. He also wrote under the pseudonym Tristan Sauvage.

In 1949 Schwarz began a research project on the anthropological roots of alchemist thought, which led him to travel in India, Nepal, Polynesia, Japan, Africa, the USA and Europe, and which resulted in the publication of texts and articles in specialist journals. Between 1954 and 1975 Schwarz transformed his library in Milan into the Galleria Schwarz, organizing exhibitions of the major Dadaist and Surrealist painters and other important post-war artists such as Lucio Fontana, Enrico Baj and Mimmo Rotella. After the closure of his gallery in ...