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collage of colorful strips of textiles on canvas

Above Our Cities 2, 2020

Peter Sacks was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1950, and grew up in Durban, on the Indian Ocean. After a term in Medical School at the University of Cape Town, he decided to pursue Political Science and Literature at the University of Natal. He became involved in the struggle against the apartheid regime as a member of the National Union of South African Students and executive of the Students Representative Council. In 1970 Sacks emigrated from South Africa and spent the following several years studying in the United States and the United Kingdom at Princeton, Oxford and Yale. While authoring several books of literary scholarship and poetry, he painted privately, mostly in notebooks – several of which accompanied his travels on foot in South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. During the late 90’s he began to work on unframed canvas pages and, after a several month retreat in Marfa, Texas, began making free-standing works. Following the retreat, Sacks decided to make the works public and had his first solo exhibition in Paris in 2004, followed by exhibitions in New York and London. His large works on cardboard led to his designing sets for Peter Brook, notably the production of Sizwe Bansi is Dead at Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris (2009). His densely layered works are in numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Collection of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Johannesburg; The Ethelbert Cooper Museum of African and African American Art, Cambridge, MA; The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Oxford; and the Beyond Borders Foundation, Edinburgh. Peter Sacks works in studios in Massachusetts and New York City.

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large-scale abstract triptych painting made from collaged textiles

Peter Sacks
Republic, 2019-2020
mixed media on canvas
96 x 220 inches (243,8 x 558,8 cm)
SW 20203

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painting collaged with white and blue textiles including lace and prints with a few bits of red fabric scattered throughout

Peter Sacks
Without Title, 2020
mixed media on canvas
84 x 84 inches (213,4 x 213,4 cm)
SW 20202

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painted canvas collaged with strips of lace, shirting fabric and printed textiles

Peter Sacks
Without Name, 2020
mixed media on canvas
84 x 84 inches (213,4 x 213,4 cm)
SW 20207

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collage of colorful strips of textiles on canvas

Peter Sacks
Above Our Cities 9, 2020
mixed media on canvas
36 x 36 inches (91,4 x 91,4 cm)
SW 20205

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collage of colorful strips of textiles on canvas

Peter Sacks
Above Our Cities 1, 2020
mixed media on canvas
36 x 36 inches (91,4 x 91,4 cm)
SW 20170

abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 7A, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20179

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abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 8A, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20180

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abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 9A, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20181

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abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 12, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20184

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abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 15, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20187

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abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 20, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20192

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abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 21, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20193

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large-scale abstract triptych painting made from collaged textiles

Peter Sacks
Republic, 2019-2020
mixed media on canvas
96 x 220 inches (243,8 x 558,8 cm)
SW 20203

painting collaged with white and blue textiles including lace and prints with a few bits of red fabric scattered throughout

Peter Sacks
Without Title, 2020
mixed media on canvas
84 x 84 inches (213,4 x 213,4 cm)
SW 20202

painted canvas collaged with strips of lace, shirting fabric and printed textiles

Peter Sacks
Without Name, 2020
mixed media on canvas
84 x 84 inches (213,4 x 213,4 cm)
SW 20207

collage of colorful strips of textiles on canvas

Peter Sacks
Above Our Cities 9, 2020
mixed media on canvas
36 x 36 inches (91,4 x 91,4 cm)
SW 20205

collage of colorful strips of textiles on canvas

Peter Sacks
Above Our Cities 1, 2020
mixed media on canvas
36 x 36 inches (91,4 x 91,4 cm)
SW 20170

abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 7A, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20179

abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 8A, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20180

abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 9A, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20181

abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 12, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20184

abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 15, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20187

abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 20, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20192

abstract collage on paper made from colorful strips of textiles

Peter Sacks
Sangoma Series No. 21, 2020
mixed media on paper
30 x 22 1/2 inches (76,2 x 57,2 cm)
36 1/4 x 29 x 1 1/2 inches (92,1 x 73,7 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 20193