IN PICTURES: Esther Mahlangu honoured in New York

South African artist Esther Mahlangu

South African artist Esther Mahlangu was in New York for the opening of a tribute to her work.

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NEW YORK - South Africa's iconic Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu has been recognised internationally with a painting on a boulevard in New York's Tribeca neighbourhood. 

The painting, featuring Ndebele symbols, was done by New York artist Imani Shanklin Roberts. 

The artwork spans a two-lane road.

In an Instagram post, Roberts praised Mahlangu's work.

"To you NYC, I present Xola, (Stay in Peace) -- ((A South African Name I named my daughter--* Alignment*))) a piece that is representative of a feminine energy force that is all encompassing, inclusive and awe-inspiring. Xola welcomes you to charge and open your divine feminine here amidst all that tries to stand against you. This is my form of resistance and protest - my expression #blessed."

Mahlangu has been painting for 70 years and is still going strong. 

She recently teamed up with BMW and John Legend to paint one-of-a-kind interior trims for the BMW 7-series.

South Africa's Ndebele artist, Esther Mahlangu, with New-York artist, Shanklin Roberts in Tribeca, New York City. CREDIT: SA Tourism

Roberts painted a boulevard using Ndebele symbols. CREDIT: SA Tourism

The ribbing cutting ceremony for Esther Mahlangu in New York. CREDIT: SA Tourism 

A child participates in the block party held in honour of Esther Mahlangu. CREDIT: SA Tourism. 

South Africans in New York joined the festivities. CREDIT: SA Tourism

A child tries to blow a vuvuzela at the block party in Tribeca. CREDIT: SA Tourism.


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