Congenial Spirits: Mpane and Lawrence

We have been eager to see Aimé Mpane’s Mapasa (Twins) hanging in the galleries ever since bringing it home from (e)merge art fair this fall. Mpane’s brilliantly hued diptych is now on view upstairs in the original Phillips house, where it sparks a complex dialogue with Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series.

(left) Aimé Mpane, Mapasa (Twins), 2012. Acrylic and mixed media on two wooden panels, each panel: 12 1/2 in x 12 in.  The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired with The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Award, 2012. (right) Panels from Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series, 1940-41. Photo: Joshua Navarro

(left) Aimé Mpane, Mapasa (Twins), 2012. Acrylic and mixed media on two wooden panels, each panel: 12 1/2 in x 12 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired with The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Award, 2012. (right) Panels from Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series, 1940-41. Photo: Joshua Navarro

A closer view of Mpane's work.

A closer view of Mpane’s work.

4 thoughts on “Congenial Spirits: Mpane and Lawrence

  1. Pingback: Arts Roundup: DC USA Edition - Arts Desk

  2. Pingback: District Line Daily: Liz - City Desk

  3. Hi there
    Interesting work indeed. Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Mpho Moeti and a lover of the arts. My interest in this piece is around the back story. I am doing research on my maternal family tree. My late grandfather’s name is Lawrence Mpane who was married to Suki.
    I am doing research on them.

    The Mpane and Lawrence title just captured my attention and pricked my curiosity.
    Care to shed some light about the depicted characters please

    Cordially

    Mpho

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *