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Obituary: Judith Mason


The artist Judith Mason (BA FA 1961) died in December 2016 in White River.

The Blue Dress

She lectured at Wits in the 1960s and early 1970s and is represented in important collections, including WAM’s. Many visitors to the Constitutional Court will have seen her artwork The Man Who Sang and the Woman Who Kept Silent (also known as The Blue Dress), which is discussed in an essay by William Danaher. Tributes have been published on Art Times and LitNet, and there is a wealth of information on Mason’s website.  A book review by a former student explores what made her such an “astonishing” art teacher. The artist Kim Berman, too, spoke at Mason’s memorial of the way she “identified a spark that inspired [artists] to find their confidence to be great”. Her last exhibition was a collection of drawings, Undiscovered Animals, at the Abalone Gallery last year.


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