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Andrew Lamprecht (born 1969) is a South African academic, writer, and curator.[1][2] He is a senior lecturer in the Theory and Discourse of Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, the fine arts school of the University of Cape Town, where he has been permanently employed since 2001.[3] His research focuses on African art, culture, and textuality.

Inn 2004 Lamprecht mounted an exhibition titled Flip.[4] As part of the exhibit artwork housed in the Michaelis Collection at Cape Town's Old Town House, including pieces by Dutch painters Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Anthony van Dyck, were displayed facing the wall. He described the approach as his way of "asking questions about history", noting that the reverse side of artwork often include preservation and restoration work or notes from previous owners.[5]

In 2011, Lamprecht curated the exhibition Tretchikoff: The People's Painter at Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town. The show, the first major retrospective of the work of Russian born, South African-based painter Vladimir Tretchikoff, gathered together 92 original pieces by the artist from 80 private collectors.[6] These included Chinese Girl, sometimes called Tretchikoff's Mona Lisa, which was displayed in public for the first time in half a century.[7][8] Lamprecht argued that including originals was crucial, as it afforded the show scholarly merit.[9] The exhibition generated significant critical debate around the value and public perception of Tretchikoff's practice, historically dismissed as kitsch by the South African art establishment, and saw a 106% increase in visitor numbers to the gallery for its five month duration.[10] In 2014, Lamprecht curated the inaugural Cape Town Art Fair produced by Italian trade fair and exhibition organization Fiera Milano.[11]

Lamprecht also serves on the editorial boards of The South African Journal of Photography and PostAmble, a multidisciplinary journal of African studies. From 2010- 2013, he was 'Editor-at-large' for Art Africa magazine, formerly known as Art South Africa[3], and in 2015 he edited Comic Art Africa, an insert in that same publication.[12]


  • Ph.D. History at the University of the Western Cape, 2012 - ongoing
  • MFA. in Curatorship at Rhodes University, 2011
  • BA Hons. in African Studies at the University of Cape Town, 1996
  • BA in History and Theory of Literature at the University of Cape Town, 1993 - 1995

Notable publications[edit]

"The Ephemeral Gesture: Memories of Performances Unseen". In Restructuring Encounters: Revisiting the Sanlam Art Collection Through Performance (Sanlam, 2013)

Tretchikoff: The People's Painter (Jonathan Ball publishers, 2012)

(With Ivor Powell) Jeannette Unite: Terra (SoSo Press, 2012)

"Cape Town 2010: Smashing Shopfronts". In African Arts, Vol. 44, No. 2, (2010): 32-41

"Introduction". In: Smith, Rowan. Future Shock Lost. (Whatiftheworld Gallery, 2008)

10 Years 100 Artists: Art in a Democratic South Africa (ed.) Sophie Perryer (Struik, 2004)

"Evading the Obvious: Curating New South African Art". De Arte, No. 70, (2004): 50-54.

"The Tug of History". In: Bedford, E. (ed.). A Decade of Democracy: South African Art, 1994-2004. (Double Storey, 2004)

Bruce Gordon: An Art Work by Ed Young (South African National Gallery, 2003)


  1. ^ Bright, Cayleigh. "Reading between the lives". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  2. ^ "South Africa's back-to-front art". 2004-09-05. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  3. ^ a b http://www.michaelis.uct.ac.za/staff/lamprecht/
  4. ^ "Arts Briefing - About face". New York Times. 5 August 2004. p. E2.
  5. ^ "Old masters to be hung facing wall". The Guardian. 3 August 2004. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  6. ^ Gerardy, Justine. "More to Tretchikoff than Asian ladies with blue faces".
  7. ^ Nwafor, Okechukwu (2012). "From Asia to Africa: Tretchikoff, the People's Painter". Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art. No. 31: 142–147.
  8. ^ "South African art world gives 'kitsch' Tretchikoff the nod". 19 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Andrew Lamprecht's Tretchikoff: The People's Painter Launched at the Book Lounge". Books Live. 17 June 2011.
  10. ^ Thamm, Marianne. "Blood on the Walls: Fear and Loathing at the SA National Art Gallery".
  11. ^ "The Cape Town Art Fairs curator Andrew Lamprecht talks to ArtThrob by M Blackman on 25 February - Artthrob". artthrob.co.za.
  12. ^ Gxolo, Nobhongo. "Return of the African Superhero".