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The Economist: Shortly after The Economist went to press, about 25,000 people were expected to turn up at the London Art Fair. Your correspondent visited just before, as 128 white booths were being filled with modern paintings and sculptures. Dealers clutched mobile phones to their ears or gathered in small groups. They seemed nervous—as well they might be. “I can earn a year’s living in one fair,” said one harried dealer while stringing up a set of lights. Before 1999 London had just one regular contemporary art fair, remembers Will Ramsay, boss of the expanding Affordable Art Fair. This year around 20 will be held in Britain, mostly in the capital. Roughly 90 will take place worldwide. The success of larger events such as Frieze, which started in London, has stimulated the growth of smaller fairs specialising in craft work, ceramics and other things. Art14, which started last year, specialises in less well-known international galleries, showing art from Sub-Saharan Africa, South Korea and Hong Kong. One explanation for the boom is the overall growth of the modern-art market. Four-fifths of all art sold at auction worldwide last year was from the 20th or 21st century, according to Artprice, a database. In November an auction in New York of modern and contemporary art made $691m (£422m), easily breaking the previous record. As older art becomes harder to buy—much of it is locked up in museums—demand for recent works is rising. London’s art market in particular has been boosted by an influx of rich immigrants from Russia, China and the Middle East. “When I started 23 years ago I had not a single non-Western foreign buyer,” says

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Kenny Schachter, an art dealer. “It’s a different world now.” And London’s new rich buy art differently. They often spend little time in the capital and do not know it well. Traipsing around individual galleries is inconvenient, particularly as galleries have moved out of central London. The mall-like set-up of a fair is much more suitable. Commercial galleries used to rely on regular visits from rich Britons seeking to furnish their stately homes. Many were family friends. The new art buyers have no such loyalty. People now visit galleries mainly to go to events and to be seen, says Alan Cristea, a gallery owner on Cork street in Mayfair. Fairs, and the parties that spring up around them, are much better places to be spotted. Some galleries are feeling squeezed. Bernard Jacobson runs a gallery opposite Mr Cristea. The changing art market reminds him of when his father, a chemist, was eclipsed by Boots, a pharmaceutical chain, in the 1960s. Seven galleries in Cork Street relocated this month to make way for a redevelopment; five more may follow later this year. Yet the rise of the fairs means galleries no longer require prime real estate, thinks Sarah Monk of the London Art Fair. With an international clientele, many can work online or from home. Although some art fairs still require their exhibitors to have a gallery space, increasingly these are small places outside central London or beyond the city altogether. One gallery owner says few rich customers ever visit his shop in south London. He makes all his contacts at the booths he sets up at fairs, which might be twice the size of his store. “It’s a little like fishing,” he explains. “You move to where the pike is.” http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21594262rapid-growth-art-fairs-changing-way-galleries-operate-fairly-popular

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February Events in Cape Town

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Cape Town World Design Capital Events: Design Gala: 28 February | The WDC Design Gala is a private event that celebrates the merits of design and designers from the WDC designated city and recognizes the contributions made by local design industries and design professionals. The 2014 Design Gala is set amongst GUILD, Africa’s first Contemporary Design Fair. A highlight of the Design Gala is the announcement of the winner of the World Design Impact Prize. SKA SA (KAT7, MeerKAT and SKA) Symposium: 17 to 21 February | The MeerKAT Radio Telescope, currently taking shape in South Africa’s Karoo region, will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is completed around 2024. R5K: February - November | An annual CPUT 4th year Industrial Design project that aims to give designers a safe space to design, produce, market and sell local products. CTCA Young Creatives Awards & Exhibition: 26 February – 2 March | The only annual, provincial art and design competition open to all Grade 11 and 12 learners in the Western Cape, rewarding artistic achievement with academic bursaries. 100 Good Ideas - Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy: 28 February – 2 March | 50+ creative industry thought leaders have helped choose the top 100 good ideas that showcase South African innovation and creativity. The project includes a coffee table book, a year-long social media campaign, online portal, an exhibition and an events programme.

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Imizamo Yethu - Maboneng Township Arts Experience: February – March | A public arts festival turning homes into galleries. Postage Stamp to Commemorate WDC Cape Town 2014 : 26 February – 2 March | The South African Post Office will issue postage stamps to commemorate WDC Cape Town 2014. The stamps will portray 5 different designs from different artists. Design Indaba: 26 - 28 February (Conference), 28 February – 2 March (Expo) | A celebration of design diversity, the annual Design Indaba Conference features the best of global creativity under one roof. Guild: 27 February – 9 March |Presented by Southern Guild, the Guild design fair will introduce highly respected design authorities and work from the USA, Scandinavia, South America, Britain and Europe to an African audience. More info at: http://www.wdccapetown2014.com/ Cape Town Art Fair: 27 February – 2 March | South African painters, sculptors, photographers and performance artists gather under one roof to celebrate contemporary South African art. Venue: BMW Pavillion, V&A Waterfront More info at: http://www.artfaircapetown.co.za/ SA ART TIMES. February 2014

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A rabbit in Nelson Mandela’s ear and other artistic insults

Jonathan Jones : The Guardian UK Photograph: Herman Steyn/RSG Sculptors hid the rabbit after being rushed and forbidden to sign their statue. But similar jokes played by some of the greatest artists who ever lived were vicious in comparison Rabbit in the ear of the Nelson Mandela statue The rabbit in the ear of the Nelson Mandela statue at the Union Buildings, Pretoria. Never piss off an artist – you may find yourself ridiculed for all eternity by a hidden message in one of their works. Under pressure from South African authorities to finish a statue of Nelson Mandela quickly, and forbidden to sign it, sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren hid a bronze rabbit in Mandela’s ear. They admit it was a pointed joke – the Afrikaans word for rabbit

means haste. Maybe they are alluding to similar jokes played by some of the greatest artists who ever lived. Michelangelo is the godfather of artistic insults. His statue of Lorenzo de’ Medici at San Lorenzo in Florence discreetly rests its arm on a money box: this easily ignored detail, half concealed by a monster mask that is itself troubling, is Michelangelo’s dig at the obscene wealth of the Medici family. The money box in Michelangelo’s statue of Lorenzo de’ Medici at San Lorenzo in Florence is a dig at the wealth of the Medici family. He also claimed that the figure of Night in the same tomb complex expresses his desire to sleep until the fall of Medici tyranny. With similar scorn he portrayed a Vatican official who criticised him as a snake-tailed demon in his fresco The Last Judgement. More enigmatically, his statue The Dying Slave, created for the Tomb of Pope Julius II, has an ape hidden behind it. Apes symbolise sin. Is Michelangelo confessing to the sexual nature of this swooning, ecstatic male nude? Or hinting that Pope Julius was a man of base passions? Michelangelo’s contemporary Titian also knew how to slip a silent stiletto between the shoulderblades of an unsuspecting victim. The greed of art dealer Jacopo Strada was notorious. Titian makes it visible for all time in a portrait of Strada – yet in ways the client could not pin down. He holds a nude statue just a little too tightly; there are too

many coins on view. Nothing overt, but enough to

Statue of Lorenzo de Medici tell us what a scumbag he was in Titian’s eyes. Sometimes, the most vicious truth is hidden in plain sight. Napoleon Bonaparte wanted artists to show him as an emperor in quasi-royal regalia. He certainly could not complain about the portrait that Ingres painted of him in 1806. After all, it shows him as he wished to be seen, as a world commander on the imperial throne, swaddled in pomp and finery. Ingres does not need to hide any symbols. Instead he uses a glassy, waxen style, deprived of warmth, to convey the icy inhumanity of power. It is a monstrous painting. A rabbit? That’s getting off lightly. cobanyastigi : 22 Jan 2014 17:22 I think it would be silly to remove the rabbit; It is a joyful touch, and now the statue has become so famous because of it. I bet some later authority will have it put back.


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On the South African art media radar Poet laureate of South Africa’s landscapes Business Day Live | Sue Grant-Marshall:Obie Oberholzer’s iconic pictures of South Africa’s hauntingly beautiful, evocative landscapes and vibrant people have moved the BBC’s John Simpson to describe him as the “master painter” of our country. The acclaimed journalist believes that photography is the true modern South African art form, “as it is in America,” and that only the camera can do justice to our faces and our unforgettable country. South African Artist Shines Light On Dangers Of Arms Dealing In Stunning Photos The Huffington Post: For his series “Ghosts,” South African artist Ralph Ziman photographed Zimbabwean street vendors wielding handmade replicas of AK-47s, adorned in traditional Shona style beading. The vibrant multimedia project,… KKNK gereed vir die 20ste fees Die Burger: Kattermaai, kos, kuns, kultuur, klets en kuier. Dit is alles op die Absa Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees se feesprogram vir vanjaar, die jaar waarin die fees sy 20-jarige bestaan vier. Die meer as 100 aanbiedings sal sorg dat daar iets vir ­elke smaak is.Die visuele-feeskunstenaars vir 2014 is Louis Jansen van Vuuren en Willem Boshoff. Ander solo-uitstallings sluit in Jan du Toit (Opklim), Marinda du Toit (Johanna Brandt en die Klein Karoo), Roelof Petrus van Wyk (Afrikana/Afrikanus), Phillemon Hlungwani (Mi Kondzo Ya Tinghawi/In the Footsteps of Heroes) en Peter Magubane (A Struggle without Documentation is No Struggle). New Title: Brett Murray’s Autobiography, “Brett Murray” Jacana: This is the ultimate book on all things Brett Murray. Spanning his entire career, Brett Murray’s book boasts both powerful imagery, and reflective texts from his 80s cultural/struggle work, through his career to The Spear; the natural outcome of his art and reflections on injustices past and present. The book features short introductions at the start of each body of work, and includes contributions by Roger van Wyk, Michael Smith, Steve Dubin and Njabulo S Ndebele, among others. Each chapter is richly visual and extensively illustrated. The book takes an in-depth look at the artist, and the man. Kanker eis skilder, beeldhouer Du Toit Beeld | Johan Myburg: Die Kaapse kunstenaar Paul du Toit is eergister in ’n hospitaal in Constantia, Kaapstad, oorlede nadat hy in 2010 met melanoom gediagnoseer is. Hy was 48. Volgens sy vrou, Lorette, het die kanker versprei na sy long en pelvis. Hoewel hy gaandeweg verswak het, “was hy tot die einde so geweldig sterk en moedig”, het sy gesê. Du Toit is bekend om sy kleurvolle skilderye en beeldhouwerk wat knus sou kon pas binne Art Brut. Sy werk is al vergelyk met dié soort waarom Joan Miró, Jean Dubuffet en Jean-Michel Basquiat bekend is. David Rossouw: a knight in rusted armour Mail & Guardian | Nechama Brodie: The “superhero” sculptor’s quirky creations were inspired by the notion that art is impermanent, writes Nechama Brodie in Rossouw’s obituary. My first encounter with the work of David Rossouw (1959-2013) was in the form of an almost impenetrable steel security gate at the front door of my then-boyfriend, now ex-husband’s house on the border of Brixton in Johannesburg.Rossouw, a longtime friend, was an artist who specialised in metal sculpture work and had constructed a lattice-work of devices (bars, gates, cages for the hi-fi) in and around the home, a zigzag of strange geometries and fantastic creatures to guard us. There was a spider web on one window; a flying pig, I think, on another. Later, Rossouw built us a fence, the likes of which had never been seen in that particular suburb. It was a massive mural of rusted steel; he twisted palisade and spikes into beautiful, almost Gothic frighteners. It was unashamedly bizarre. People would stop and stare. Avant-(Ap)art(heid): South African Protest Punk in a Dangerous Time Hazzlitt | Carl Wilson: While Nelson Mandela sat in prison, cultural authorities in South Africa clamped down on “subversive” music, banning albums and raiding gigs. Warrick Sony’s Kalahari Surfers, however, found a way through. In a Montreal record store in the mid-eighties I stumbled on a puzzle. It was a cassette featuring a blue-tinted picture of a ripped blond white guy holding a surfboard and a logo of a black bushman firing an arrow. The band name: Kalahari Surfers. The title: Sleep Armed. Content is nothing without context FT.com | Philip Dodd: As the art world becomes broader and increasingly global, it needs to go deeper, too. Even 25 years on, we can still feel the reverberations that accompanied the fall of walls in 1989. Works by Nigerian sculptor Sunday Jack Akpan at ‘Les Magiciens de la Terre’ in Paris’s Pompidou Centre, 1989 William Kentridge believes South Africa let Nelson Mandela down The Art Newspaper | Flavia Foradini:The artist, one of the most authoritative witnesses of the post-Apartheid era, shares his insights into the late statesman. The South African artist William Kentridge is considered one of the most authoritative witnesses of the Nelson Mandela era. Now a world-renowned figure, Kentridge has focused his work, since the outset of his career in the mid-1970s, on the socio-economic and political issues of his native country. Artist shot dead in South Africa after saving family hailed a hero The Telegraph | Sam Marsden and Aislinn Laing: Clinton De Menezes, who lived in Britain and had work exhibited in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, was murdered at a friend’s house in Durban two days after his first wedding anniversary. Clinton De Menezes, 43, who lived and worked in Britain until July, was murdered on holiday in South Africa just days after celebrating his first wedding anniversary. A world-renowned artist has been hailed a hero after robbers shot him dead as he went to a friend’s aid having first saved his wife and daughter. Kunsgemeenskap in skok oor Hayes se dood Die Burger | Laetitia Pople: Die kunstegemeenskap reageer steeds met skok en ongeloof op die skielike dood van Peter Hayes, ’n vernuwende, vreeslose Kaapse regisseur en dramaturg. Hy is Vrydagoggend in Kaapstad aan vermoedelik ’n hartaanval dood.Peter Hayes afgeneem in 2011 in sy huis Knysna Villa in Observatory.Foto: Philip de Vos Hayes (48) stigter en artistieke direkteur van die Hearts and Eyes Theatre Collective het nie net toweragtige teater in elke denkbare genre van kabaret tot sirkus geskep nie, maar ook die planke gebruik om met durf en diep insig sosiale kwessies uit te lig. Met produksies soos Get Hard, The Homosexuals (Out in South Africa), Love Story en The Stories I could tell was hy’n pionier rakende die skep van gayteater as genre in Suid-Afrika.Hearts & Eyes gestig is in 1992 toe hy nog ’n student aan die Universiteit Kaapstad was. Sy klasgenote was onder meer Anna-Mart van der Merwe en Lionel Newton.

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Artist Birthdays for February Erik (Frederik Bester Howard) Laubscher 3 February | 1927 – 22 May 2013. Born in Tulbach, Cape Province. Best known for his vibrant landscapes.In 1940, Laubscher’s primary school art teacher identified his artistic talent. However, when Laubscher applied to study art at UCT, he was rejected and told that it was “because he could not draw”. He instead took private arts lessons with Belgian painter Maurice van Essche, who persuaded him to study in London. Erik Laubscher went on to be the first living artist to fetch R1 million for a painting at a South African auction. -Fiona Chrisholm, “Artist Erik Laubscher, dies”, Cape Times (23 May 2013): http://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/artist-erik-laubscher-dies-1.1520672#.UtPxS_QW30s Claudette Schreuders 6 February | 1973 – . Lives in Cape Town. Best known for her sculptures of little people. Among Schreuders’ artistic influences is the horror movie “Santa Sangre” (1989). In this film, the main character believes his mother to still be alive after she has died. He believes that he hears her telling him to go on a killing spree, and does as she commands. His imaginings of his mother become like a religion to him. Schreuders admits that she enjoys inventing her own saints or idols in a similar way. – Faye Hirsch, “At Home with the Sacred: Claudette Schreuders’ Sculptures and Prints”, in Claudette Schreuders, Prestel Publishers. Senzeni Marasela 11 February | 1977 - . South African artist, born in Thokoza, Gauteng. She is perhaps best known for her embroidery and prints on fabric. In 2009, Marasela collected as many Barbies as she could find for her installation, Jonga: the Museum of Women, Dolls & Memories: “When I spoke to local women about their dolls I was quite shocked that many people laughed when they talked about how they destroyed their Barbies. While I did the same, in the course of my performance works, it gave me no joy to destroy the dolls that I had collected. It was as though Barbie was just an outlet for their grief. Their grief came from being too short, not thin enough and failing to fit into the model body.” -“In conversation with Senzeni Marasela”, The F-Word (17 March 2010): http://www.thefword.org.uk/features/2010/03/claudia_zeiske Frans Claerhout 15 February | 1919 – July 2006 . Born in Pittem, Belgium, Claerhout resided in South Africa from 1946. Best known for his bright colours and exaggerated depictions of people and donkeys. Claerhout spent most of his life as a Christian (Catholic) ministry. He used the money he made from his paintings to fund the building of 20 churches, chapels and church halls as well as many homes; the purchase of 8 vehicles for the transport of the sick, pensioners, and school children. He also sponsored children’s education, and assisted priests financially in building their own churches. Since his art became sought after, the art market has been flooded with fakes and forgeries of his work. As a result, many buyers are cautious when it comes to bidding for his work at auction or purchasing through dealers. After living an outwardly upstanding life, it is perhaps ironic that such dishonesty and scepticism should surround the sale of his art. “Father Frans Claerhout 1919 – 2006”, NLA Design and Visual Arts: http://nladesignvisual.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/father-frans-claerhout-1919-2006/ Pitika Ntuli 18 February | 1942 – . Poet, sculptor, writer and academic born in Springs, Gauteng. Although, internationally renowned for his poetry, he is also known for a number of Southern Africa’s most striking public sculptures. As a young child, Ntuli resolved that “whatever he would become or do in life he was going to be it and do it as an African”. For this reason, Ntuli later became politically active in fighting apartheid. He fled to Swaziland when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and there he became a political prisoner himself, ending up on death row. Ntuli was released after one year. After this, he travelled and returned to South Africa after Mandela’s liberation.- Tinyiko Sam Maluleke, “Pitika Ntuli: Who is this man whose words bruise and heal?”, Mail & Guardian (25 August 2010): http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/tinyikosammaluleke/2010/08/25/african-intellectualism-redefined/ -“Scent of invisible footprints. The sculpture of Pitika Ntuli”, UNISA Press: http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=24253 Fiona Couldridge 21 February | 1975 - . Artist living in Gauteng. She is best known for her small paintings depicting the exoskeletons of insects. The works are detailed and magnified, they are abstract in many senses and through this the forms tend to take on other representations such as aerial landscapes. Her forms are often only fragments of the insect or animal thereby alluding to a sense of damage or loss as well as pain. Her works of insects, sea creatures and the surfaces of trees all share the same quality in that they are painted beautifully with a meticulous hand and embrace sensuousness and tactility, bringing these subjects to tangible life.

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ART TIMES FEATURE / CAPE TOWN ART FAIR 2014

Cape Town Art Fair 2014 Friday, 28 February 10h00 – 20h00 | Saturday, 1 March 10h00 – 20h00 Sunday, 2 March 10h00 – 18h00 www.artfaircapetown.co.za

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CAPE TOWN ART FAIR 2014 / FEATURE | ART TIMES

About the Cape Town Fair 2014 Cape Town boasts a vibrant arts scene. Thanks to its dynamic and diverse cultural heritage and geographic advantages, Cape Town is a compelling draw card for art world professionals. The Cape Town Art Fair will once again showcase an exhilarating diversity of work representative of the richness, promise and investment value of art coming out of South Africa. Newly announced developments in Cape Town include the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) a major new cultural institution that will focus on collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora as well as. Guild, Africa’s first international design fair that will be at the same time as the Cape Town Art Fair. Cape Town Art Fair’s invited Curator, Andrew Lamprecht said, “As Cape Town prepares to host the World Design Capital next year, with moves afoot to make it a true global art capital, it can only go from strength-to-strength and enrich the city and her people. We have more galleries than ever before, and the artists who have made their home here are productive and reflect well in terms of the international market and current trends in the art world.”

Directions & Parking Location: The BMW Pavilion Cnr. Portswood & Beach Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa With the magnificent Table Mountain in the background and its expansive views over Table Bay and the Waterfront, The BMW Pavilion offers a glorious setting. The BMW Pavilion is conveniently located within Cape Town’s expansive and internationally famous Waterfront, a short distance from Cape Town’s harbour, 20 minutes from Cape Town’s International Airport and five minutes from the City Centre. It is surrounded by some of Cape Town’s most popular hotels. The BMW Pavilion has become the regular venue for many annual exhibitions and events.

Directions When coming off the N1 Freeway, keep right at the fork, follow signs for Sea Point/Waterfront and merge onto Eastern Blvd 1,6 km Turn right onto Coen Steytler Ave 400 m At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto South Arm Rd 200 m Then a slight left Turn left to “Silo Parking”. Take far right hand lane. Drive down the Ramp into “Level 2 Public Parking” Turn right where you see “Lifts to Shopping” and take lift to “2nd Level” *Parking is available at Breakwater V&A underground for R10 (4 hours). Location: The BMW Pavillion,V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Map to follow.

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ART TIMES | OBITUARIES

Paul du Toit

Gerald Hoberman

Gerald Hoberman Passed away peacefully 21st December 2013. see his work on: www.hobermancollection.com Stunning the world with excellence : Jacqui B | March 22, 2012

Kanker eis skilder, beeldhouer Du Toit Beeld | Johan Myburg: Die Kaapse kunstenaar Paul du Toit is eergister in ’n hospitaal in Constantia, Kaapstad, oorlede nadat hy in 2010 met melanoom gediagnoseer is. Hy was 48. Volgens sy vrou, Lorette, het die kanker versprei na sy long en pelvis. Hoewel hy gaandeweg verswak het, “was hy tot die einde so geweldig sterk en moedig”, het sy gesê. Du Toit is bekend om sy kleurvolle skilderye en beeldhouwerk wat knus sou kon pas binne Art Brut. Sy werk is al vergelyk met dié soort waarom Joan Miró, Jean Dubuffet en Jean-Michel Basquiat bekend is. As jong seun het Du Toit rumatoïede artritis opgedoen en drie jaar in hospitale en rolstoele deurgebring. In dié tyd het ’n besoek aan ’n sirkus gesorg vir ’n lewenslange belangstelling in nargesigte, asook in die sirkus. In ’n onlangse onderhoud met Ashraf Jamal, redakteur van Art South Africa, het Du Toit die belangrikheid van kleur en “vrolike wesens” in sy kuns beklemtoon. “Dis die rede waarom ek (in 1997) die webwerf PlanetPaul begin het – om die planeet met dié eienaardige wesens te bevolk.” Op die einste webwerf het ’n Franse galery-eienaar sy werk gesien en Du Toit genooi vir ’n solo-uitstalling in 1998. Du Toit se laaste uitstalling in Johannesburg, A Slice in Time, was in 2012 toe hy werk tegelyk vertoon het in Gallery Momo en op die Nirox-landgoed in die Wieg van die Mensdom. ’n Gedenkdiens word beplan vir volgende Saterdag by die Zip Zap-sirkusskool in Jan Smutsstraat, Kaapstad. “Met Zip Zap het Paul ’n betekenisvolle band gehad. Dit is net reg dat sy gedenkdiens daar gehou word,” het sy vrou gesê. Du Toit laat sy vrou en twee kinders, Danielle (18) en Joshua (16), agter. Woorde en Prent: http://www.beeld.com/vermaak/2014-01-10-kanker-eis-skilder-beeldhouer-du-toit 14

World-renowned photographer, author, designer and publisher, Cape Town and Miami. Internationally renowned, Gerald Hoberman belongs to a class of photographers whose mastery of their craft and dedication to excellence have made them legends in their own time. London-trained but Cape Town-based, Gerald Hoberman is a founding director of The Gerald & Marc Hoberman Collection. His work has been published in a wide range of publications, including Geo, The New York Times, Conde Naste Traveller, Connoisseur and The Daily Telegraph. Where were you born? Cape Town/ What school/s did you attend? SACS What is your current title and company? Founder and Chairman of the Hoberman Collection. / What do you do professionally? Specialist master photographer, author, designer and publisher. What has been your greatest/most interesting international achievement? Photographing (sometimes writing) and publishing more than 65 books internationally. 1. When you were little what did you most want to be when you grew up? A Photographer 2. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Moments when opportunity meets inspiration and creativity 3. What is your greatest fear? A sudden natural disaster. 4. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Arrogance 5. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? A Holier than thou attitude 6. Which South African words or phrases do you most overuse? ‘Lekker’ 7. What is your greatest regret? Man’s inhumanity to man 8. What do you consider your greatest achievement? The Hoberman Collection 9. What is your most treasured possession? Good eye sight 10. Where would you like to live? Cape Town 11. What do you most value in your friends? Sincerity 12. What is your most marked characteristic? The unquenchable spirit of creativity and quest for perfection 13. What do you consider the lowest depth of misery? Indifference 14. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing what or who would it be? Gerald Hoberman’s Dog. 15. What is your current state of mind? Cautiously optimistic 16. What you do to relax? Walk, enjoy the magic at sunrise and sunset, watch TV documentaries and music. 17. What or who is the greatest love of your life? My Family 18. What is your motto? Whatever it takes. 19. What is your favorite journey / vacation? African Safari’s 20. What film or song title describes your life? “My Way” (Frank Sinatra) 21. If you were a car what kind and color would you be? A Metallic Blue Lamborghini 22. What are the best lessons in life you have learnt from a pet? Unconditional Love 23. What is your favorite South African phrase? ‘Ja – Nie’ 24. Who is a South African you admire the most? Nelson Mandela 25. What is one of the greatest strengths South African business professionals are recognized for? Diligence and integrity. SA ART TIMES. February 2014


David Rossouw

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One of David Rossouw’s wrought-iron creations adorns the entrance tower of the Kagiso Mall. (Sally Shorkend)​

Dancing with a Man of Steel By Kristine Melville : “My work will only be truly acknowledged and gain wealth after my death,” artist, sculptor and engineering designer David Rossouw said from time to time. Davie was a stubborn but wise person who never stopped working on his projects and visualising for the future even when he was very ill and in great pain a few days before he died on 23 October last year. During his years of studying Fine Art at Wits University, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Hieronymus Bosch and Picasso were just a few of the artists who inspired David. He appreciated the intellect of a wide range of South African artists but essentially, he created artworks from a distinctive dynamism. History and humour embodied his creations and conversations. He had the ability to work with every medium using all techniques. Many of his concepts and inspiration came from Greek mythology and Nordic fables. Egyptian history and the plight and stories of the San people influenced him as well. Gods, goddesses, horned monsters, beasts, giants and dragons rise up in his work. One large-scale painting portrays Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk on a boat in a wild sea surrounded by intense images. Poseidon has his trident raised, a sea deity holds a dagger to a mermaid’s throat, a shark soars above the waves and other sea creatures fill the canvas in startling colours and definition. This was David’s depiction of the historic meeting between Madiba and De Klerk in the 90s. Icarus was one of David’s favourite mythological icons. Icarus received wings made of wax and feathers from his father to escape from Crete but he flew too close to the sun and burnt out, and when David portrayed Icarus in his artworks – in charcoal, oil, pastel, bronze or steel – always he illustrated Icarus only with one wing. Another of David’s favourite real-life images were women, his “dancing hula-hula girls”. He loved the silhouettes and shapes of women, painted, carved and patterned in all their glory, preferably naked. He brought both beauty and the beast to functional objects, which are scattered and spread mainly around Joburg but further afield too, at many locations, sites, suburbs and homes. His work includes gates, doors, burglar bars, benches, tables, weather vanes, sundecks, pool fences, décor and furniture for bars and restaurants – the collection and variety of his work is prolific. David often along with other artists created some mammoth structures, chiselled and constructed using wood, mosaic or steel then transported and assembled the work often in precarious positions off the beaten track. After one of his major abdominal surgeries, he and his workers loaded a monolithic owl in solid steel onto a truck with a crane. Travelling to its destination at Midrand some of the sculpture deconstructed when the truck went under a bridge but the job was done – as it always was with Davie. His projects entailed endless hours of planning, drawing and his workshop at Troyeville held many templates, rows and piles of steel cut outs, pieces collected from scrapyards or the roadside, sometimes from a fallen tree that he then sawed and sliced into a masterpiece. The workshop filled with dust and grime was where he and his workers sweated and laboured from dawn to dusk. He worked soldering, welding, angle grinding, plasma cutting and firing up his designs to create a vast quantity of commissioned pieces and projects. David’s metalwork was spectacular. He wanted a reaction from the work he SA ART TIMES. February 2014

produced and almost unanimously it was positive but there was a time where someone wrote to the Sunday Times to complain about “the defacing of Zoo Lake at Moyo restaurant with its rusty metal”. His son Christopher said: “I am sure he was equally glad with that response even if negative, it had elicited something! He was a brilliant artist, remarkable in the dynamism of his work style and format but an incredibly humble human being and he never saw his ability as extraordinary, yet it clearly was. Dad saw the world comprising of two types of people, those who know physics and those who do not.” Nature and the bush were integral to David Rossouw’s life. He loved walking up impenetrable and sometimes unexplored gorges, mountains and terrain. He knew the names of most birds and trees with narratives and knowledge of note. He loved jumping naked into a waterhole and climbing further through the terrain. One day he and a friend arrived home after one of many bush trips with an injured python. They put the snake into his son’s spare cot, with a heater in the bathroom. But the python died, so they skinned it and made it into an art piece. Whenever David found an injured bird, animal (or sometimes even a person) he would bring it home to try to save it. Embracing all the elements, fire and water were his elective ones. He had a passion for sailing on a dam or the sea whenever the wind was up. He had a hunger for making fires. He would cast bronze miniature figures in a cuttlefish or use his handmade vessels over a fire to stir up copper and components to make a leopard or another creature from wax and plaster models. Before David focused more on metalwork, he spent years travelling in his TUV bakkie around Venda and Gazankulu, Limpopo, where he left a legacy. He was the mentor for many. He worked with Jackson Hlungwani, Noria Mabasa, the Ndou brothers, Johannes Maswanganyi, Phillip Rikhotso, Samson Madzunga, Doc Phutuma and many others while based at an old rambling schoolhouse surrounded by cycad trees at Elim where Samora Machel studied years before, which is now a cultural site and visited by tourists. His bakkie would bounce along the hectic gravel roads and he knew all the routes which were unmarked, driving in intense heat, taking paint, tools and even medicine where needed, to the artists and craft people, giving them ideas to work with, then presenting their work at a shop in Venda and at significant art galleries in the country. He spent time with Credo Mutwa and often visited the rain queen at Modjadji. More than once a mamba slipped close by in the bush and once a Mozambican spitting cobra leapt up at him before he went swimming in a jungle river in Venda. He never had any fear of life or the future. A favourite quote of David’s, translated from an Egyptian hieroglyphic mural, was: “Beware of the barren hearts of those who presume.” He was never presumptuous or arrogant and his advice to all was never to judge or criticise. During his last weeks in hospital, he was called the impatient patient. One day he fled from his bed in an effort to leave the hospital. Security guards followed, persuading him to return to the ward, which eventually he did on foot, up 15 flights of stairs. After about three levels, his pursuers gave up and collapsed telling him they would see him later. “His determination, strength and passion for life prevailed to the end,” his son said. These are just a few of the stories and details from the decades of David’s far-too-short life – master and maverick sorely missed. 15


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Brett Murray’s Autobiography: “Brett Murray” By Jacana Publishers (Supplied) This is the ultimate book on all things Brett Murray. Spanning his entire career, Brett Murray’s book boasts both powerful imagery, and reflective texts from his 80s cultural/struggle work, through his career to The Spear; the natural outcome of his art and reflections on injustices past and present. The book features short introductions at the start of each body of work, and includes contributions by Roger van Wyk, Michael Smith, Steve Dubin and Njabulo S Ndebele, among others. Each chapter is richly visual and extensively illustrated. The book takes an in-depth look at the artist, and the man. In the words of Steve Dubin: Some art soothes the soul. It makes you feel warm and tingly; you’d be at ease bringing your ouma or gogo to view it. But other types of creative work can roil one’s sensibilities, intrude in your face and burrow beneath the skin, aggravate like a pesky speck of food lodged behind a rear molar. Brett Murray staked out his artistic turf early in his career and has doggedly cultivated it ever since. Murray’s impatience with political correctness, and disgust with the constraints imposed by artistic gatekeepers, has scarcely been disguised. This was demonstrated by The Spear in 2012, which became the most vilified work of art ever produced in South Africa. Murray was branded “provocative”, “subversive”, “sardonic”, “bitter” and an “angry young artist”. However, what mattered was that The Spear had transfixed the country. Art dominated the news and public discourse. In Brett Murray’s words: 100% I wouldn’t do it again, and 100% I would. Because I think I have a right to do what I do, say what I say, think what I think, and I think every poet, playwright, thinking person, non-thinking person has a right to air their views as they see fit. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Brett Murray is a Pretoria-born, South African artist mostly known for his steel and mixed-media wall sculptures. He studied at the University of Cape Town Michaelis School of Fine Art where he was awarded his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1988 with distinction. From 1991 to 1994 he established the sculpture department at the University of Stellenbosch. This is his first book documenting his career over the past 30 years as a practicing artist.

Spear’s Murray has Zuma to thank Times Live.co.za : Brett Murray, whose painting The Spear depicting President Jacob Zuma as Lenin - with his genitals hanging out - sparked nationwide controversy in 2012, has broken his silence on the debacle. Speaking in Cape Town at the launch of his first coffee-table book, Murray said: “A few years ago I might have called [book publishers] Jacana and asked if they would be interested in publishing my coffee-table book. They would have asked: ‘Brett who?’ That would have been the appropriate response. “I was, you see, massive only in Woodstock. So it’s ironic that I have the current leaders of our democracy to thank for the leg-up they’ve given me.” He said the death threats he received at the height of the controversy led him to make plans to get his family out of the country. “I wouldn’t wish this on Hitler,” Murray said of the experience. The Spear was defaced and removed from display at the Goodman Gallery, in Rosebank, Johannesburg, after massive pressure from the ANC. The painting also resulted in a flurry of litigation and a Film and Publication Board hearing. Murray joked that watching the debacle unfold on television drove him to drinking his first glass of whisky in 12 years. The artist added that he had received support from a broad cross-section of South African society. The eponymous book’s front cover shows Murray in a wig, with his face painted brown. The back cover features a picture of a young Murray with his body painted brown by his parents to make him look like a Zulu for his role in a play. He said that he understood the controversy and complexities around the black face but, as an artist, his “default setting is to be provocative”. Image by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / Reuters

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Jackson Xidonkani Hlungwani with detail of work and context of Hlungwani’s New Jerusalem instalation placed on a hill. For more details view the the poster By Lyn Holm : Jackson Xidonkani Hlungwani was born in 1923 in what is now known as Limpopo. He carved wooden bowls, canes and sculptures but was chiefly concerned with African Zionist ministry. In 1946 he was ordained but later left the church to start his own. He called his faith ‘Yesu Galeliya One Aposto in Sayoni Alt and Omega’ (translated: ‘ Jerusalem One Christ’), a religion flowing between Christianity and Tsonga beliefs. In the 1960’s, he and his small group of followers began to build a labyrinth-like stone structure on top of an existing Iron Age ruin in the region of Gazankulu. The extended structure included living quarters, altars, healing rooms, Christ’s office, an aerial to Heaven, and The Temple of Jupiter. From this station he taught and helped the sick. He called the site New Jerusalem. Peter Rich wrote in his essay, “The New Jerusalem”, that Hlungwani designed this structure in the form a pilgrimage route, with an entrance and an exit, a beginning and an end. It conceptually pointed to the idea of life being a journey; the plan of the build being referred to as the ‘Map of Life’. One day, Hlungwani claimed to have been injured in the leg by the devil. He then received a vision of Christ, who healed him, told him to serve God for the rest of his life and promised that he would see God. Hlungwani was so profoundly moved and energised by this spiritual encounter that he began to create artworks in response. Out of discarded branches emerged powerful carved images of animals, fish and birds in relation to Biblical and mystical symbols. Some of these were filled with humour and joy

because of their peculiarity: birds’ eggs on God’s legs to remind him of the ulcers that Satan put on his own, Adam in shorts and sandals, an angel wearing a necktie and backpack, as well as Jesus playing football. These he placed in and on top of the walls of New Jerusalem and used them as visual aids to his sermons and healing ceremonies. After some time, New Jerusalem came to the attention of Ricky Burnett. The art collector wrote in his 2010 article, “Art from the Heart”, that he identified Hlungwani’s wooden works as being full of “sculptural lyricism”, “cubist volumes, [gouged] edges and improbable conjunctions and balances” as well as masterfully ranging in scale: “from the minute and tender to the grand and monumental”. This found beauty urged him to arrange for Hlungwani’s works to appear in two major exhibitions. Tributaries held in Johannesburg in 1985, was Hlungwani’s first exhibition and led to him to Germany and Japan to show his work. Then in 1989 most of the contents of New Jerusalem were exhibited in the Johannesburg retrospective, The Neglected Tradition, eradicating Hlungwani’s name from obscurity in the art world. The art world’s ‘discovery’ of Hlungwani saw collectors and galleries scrambling to get a piece of his work. Before long, New Jerusalem stood neglected and unadorned. By 1993, all that remained of the compound were its walls, some loose stones and a single telephone pole - the Aerial to God. Thanks to the dissipation of New Jerusalem, many more South Africans have access to Hlungwani’s art. A room in the Johannesburg Art Gallery’s permanent

collection has since been dedicated to Hlungwani’s sculptures. His work can also be found in numerous commercial galleries and private collections both in South Africa and abroad. These include The Irma Stern Museum, South African National Gallery, University of Cape Town (Department of African Studies), University of South Africa, and University of the Witwatersrand. Polokwane Municipal Art Museum is extending their current exhibition Jackson Hlungwani - A New Jerusalem until the end of March 2014. Sources: Ricky Burnett, “Art from the heart”, The Mail & Guardian (5 February 2010) webpage. http://www.mg.co.za/article/2010-02-05-art-from-the-heart Pat Hopkins, “Little Donkey”, Gallery 181 webpage. http://www.mukondeni.com/node/6 “Jackson Hlungwani (1923 - 2010)”, Johans Borman Fine Art webpage. http://www.johansborman.co.za/artist-biographies/hlungwani-jackson/ “Jackson Hlungwane 1923 – 2010”, NLA Design and Visual Arts webpage. http://nladesignvisual.wordpress. com/2013/05/17/jackson-hlungwane-1923-2010/ Peter Rich, “The New Jerusalem” sourced in Pat Hopkins, “Little Donkey”, Gallery 181 webpage. http://www.mukondeni.com/node/6 Rat Western, “Jackson Mbhazima Hlungwani, 1923 – 2010”, Art Throb webpage. http://www.artthrob.co.za/News/Jackson-Mbhazima-Hlungwani,-1923--2010-by-Rat-Western-on27-January.aspx

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Steven Cohen : Chandelier (2001/2)

By Lyn Holm : What is perhaps one of the most moving performance art pieces was perhaps conceptualised as merely a performed comparison. Artist, Steven Cohen is best known for his almost-nude, full-drag, public performance art. The identity that he performs, the shock of his appearance is a partly a tactic to bring to light hidden prejudices that people have towards those who differ from them. Through the duration of his performances, his audience will often begin to grow used to his presence, become jaded and accept his eccentric visage as part of the scenery. As a double-minority, being both Jewish and gay, Cohen has often felt marginalised. Beyond his personal acceptance, his work seeks the public recognition of all who do not practice a ‘normative’, straight identity. For a few months in 2001, Cohen fabricated a wrought iron chandelier into a wearable tutu in his studio in Newtown, Johannesburg. During this time, he regularly walked through a squatter camp under the M1 highway, very near to his studio. When his chandelier was ready, he chose this location for his first performance wearing it. The rest of Cohen’s outfit consisted of a bare backside, fetish high heels, thighhigh stockings and a painted face. In this outfit, he intended to contrast himself with the poor, his dress reflecting affluence and privilege. When Cohen arrived at the squatter camp, he was greeted with a varying response from its inhabitants. Some blatantly avoided. Some made sexual gestures. Others were offended. One man was so angered that he charged Cohen, threatening to strike him. One woman kissed his hands and called him an angel. Cohen, however, refused to react. He just moved delicately and gracefully around the site. A short while later, government workers in red over-

alls came onto the site wielding crowbars and began beating down the inhabitants’ makeshift homes. Cohen remained calm and graceful through the turmoil that surrounded him. He stayed until nightfall, until the ‘red ants’ had left and the squatters began rebuilding their homes. Cohen’s chandelier illuminated the darkness around him, peacefully keeping vigil over the small community in their time of trouble, his presence a silent protest. Cohen’s performance was not planned to coincide with the forced removal of this community. However, the unforeseen event only added to his performance, emphasising the true nature of the ‘new’ South Africa that he intended to expose. The forced removal that occurred during his performance was just one example of the division and inequality that remain in South Africa long after apartheid ended. Cohen stated in an interview: “I’m messing with a society that is more shocked by the violence of my self-presentation as monster/queer/unrepresentable or whatever than by the actual violence they live with every day. It’s almost as if, because I’m alive and present, I’m more real and more threatening than reality” (Interview with Brenda Atkinson, Mail & Guardian, August 1997). Cohen has performed again in his Chandelier outfit and first performance was artfully photographed, however, nothing captures the true essence and emotions of Cohen’s performance like the video documentation of that day in the squatter camp. To mindfully watch this footage, is to discover what it is to be human. Sources: “Chandelier: A film installation by Steven Cohen” KZNSA webpage. http://www.kznsagallery.co.za/exhibitions/chandelier_a_fiilm_installation_by_steven_cohen.htm “Steven Cohen”, Stevenson Gallery webpape. http://www.stevenson.info/artists/cohen.html “Steven Cohen: ‘Chandelier’”, David Krut Publishing webpage. http://www.davidkrutpublishing.com/3010/steven-cohen-chandelier “Rightfully Yours”, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery webpage. http://www.jmbgallery.ca/ExPastRightfullyYours.html

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Paul Klee famously took ‘a line for a walk’ with his drawing, and opened up the world of art to every primary school pupil. His work is hugely popular, probably because it appeals to so many different tastes. There are the deceptively simple pure watercolour washes, with an incredible harmony of colour, and the bold lines of his more graphic works. Klee, who lived through one world war and died on the eve of the second, never lost his sense of playfulness and inventiveness. He was a skilled draughtsman and an incredible colourist, combing the abstract and the narrative. The exhibition Paul Klee: Making Visible at Tate Modern (until 9 March) presents the diversity of Klee’s output by showing his work in chronological order, so the viewer can experience the full range of styles Klee worked on at the same time. The artist had a numbering system to record his work, and here we find for example the graded colour of a scene of midnight boats at the same time as a pure abstract grid of colour blocks. To see this play of different styles progress throughout his career gives a fascinating insight into the way the artist worked. It was never one or the other, abstract and narrative happen side by side. There is a joyous balance of line and colour in these tiny paintings that remains constant throughout the highs of public acclaim, the high-profile career with the Bauhaus and then the humiliation of being branded ‘degenerative’ by the Nazis and the disease that would end his life at 62 years of age. In fact, as the war approaches, his final burst of work is bigger and brighter than ever. No matter which style of Klee’s you enjoy, this huge show of over 130 works will enable you to appreciate the ceaseless inventiveness and childlike exuberance of the artist to the full. Turner and the Sea. The two go together so well, it is almost impossible to imagine that this collection of magnificent works at the Greenwich National Maritime Museum is the first time there has been a survey of the subject. In fact, somewhere between half and two thirds of Turner’s enormous output featured the sea as its subject. Expertly curated by Christine Riding, the exhibition has such extensive British and international loans it makes one wonder whether there can be anything left on display elsewhere. As such, it offers a comprehensive view of this grand old English master. The show opens with three huge oils, each depicting storms of such force it’s enough to make you queasy. Turner had an ability to paint the sea in all its moods: storm and turbulence, calm and placid. His works all reflect the elemental power that fascinated this artist throughout his life. They are also often an analogy to the state of the nation. The story of him being tied to a mast to better experience a storm at sea may be apocryphal, but it is quite believable. The drama of these huge swells and stinging spray is palpable here, and the people clinging to the flotsam are utterly insignificant against the fury of the sea. It was the raw authenticity of his storms that he maintained throughout his life. SA ART TIMES. February 2014

One wouldn’t think anything could top that opening impact, but this enormous show produces one great work after another. Turner was an artist who constantly assessed himself against his competitors, and time and again, as they copied him, he would turn to something new. Riding shows key work that informed Turner’s painting at the start of his career, many of them Dutch sea painters. His earliest sea painting, a simple view of a boat at sea, has all the colour and play of light that would hallmark his career. There are Turners where one can see the tactician determined to ensure his work takes its place in history, sizing himself up against Claude of Lorraine, newcomers on the art scene such as Richard Bonnington or even his own previous commercial successes. The NMM’s prized The Battle of Trafalgar (1824) is exactly the grand historical tour de force that leaves me cold. I far prefer the pared down later work which seems so atmospheric and modern in its approach, but of course, the sea lends itself to abstraction. Perhaps because of his passionate engagement with the sea throughout his life, this collection of works reflects a Turner one cannot but admire as a truly great artist, who not only responded to the past but cast a long shadow over generations of future artists. The Chapman brothers crucify Ronald MacDonald in their latest show, Come and See. Literally. And hundreds of times over. Taking their title from a movie about the horrors of World War 2, these irreverent artists bring war right into our daily existence. They merge a fast-food culture with the grimmest scenes of human suffering since Goya’s tortured figures. In fact, that poor smiling clown and his purple blob of a friend even feature in an attack on the Twin Towers in New York. Windows on the World is laid out like a children’s colouring-in sheet, but behind the bright colours and innocent games, these pilots have 9/11 in their sights. And everywhere there are the chilling hooded figures of the Ku Klux Klan, peering into vitrines along with us, jostling each other to get a better view of the macabre apocalyptic tableaux which reveal in sickening detail the atrocities man visits on his fellow man. Below their white robes, sandals and cheery striped socks peep out. The exhibition at the Sackler Serpentine Gallery (until 9 Feb) is brimful of drawings and models, some of which wouldn’t look out of place in a primary school art fair, while others have breath-taking, if horrific, detailing. Look for example at the Flintstone-style golden arches, made up of tusks, with what must be the first drive-through take-out, or the pile of teddies the Nazi soldiers are making, the double-headed Aryan, skeletons riding dinosaurs or the graveyard of beat-up Volkswagens. One could spend ages lost in the myriad images that make up this gruesome section. With their macabre sense of humour, Jake and Dinos Chapman’s exhibition clowns around with one’s perceptions, making the viewer uncomfortably aware of his own complicity in the savage world we inhabit. 25


GALLERY GUIDE | EASTERN CAPE / FREE STATE / GAUTENG / KZ-NATAL Eastern Cape Alexandria Quin Sculpture Garden : A permanent exhibition of Maureen Quin’s sculpture’s, drawings and paintings. : Alexandria : www.quin-art.co.za Bathurst The Workshop Art and Craft Gallery Showcasing over 100 local artists & crafters : Bathurst : www.bathurstcountryaffair.co.za East London Ann Bryant Art Gallery Coach House Art by leading South African artists: Southernwood: www.annbryant.co.za Ann Bryant Art Gallery main gallery Art by leading South African artists : Southernwood: www.annbryant.co.za Floradale Fine Art : Ongoing: ‘Poetic Licence.’ Greg Schultz, Rose Warren, Jeff Rankin, Glenda Gendall, Judy Fish, Bazil Raubach, John Steele, Dianna Castle, Hela Bonell, Pierre Marc are all participating. Ranges from abstract to watercolour sketches of note: Beacon Bay: Port Elizabeth ART Gallery : Regular exhibitions showcasing leading South African artists, in particular artists from the Eastern Cape: Central Hill ArtEC - EPSAC Community Art Centre Non profit organisation and Community Art Centre, set up for the advancement of the Visual Arts and Art Craftsmanship.: Central Port Elizabeth. www.artecpe.co.za Fischers Art Gallery : The Gallery’s unique Art Nouveau architecture houses a stunning display of Fine Art and giftware: Central Port Elizabeth. GFI Art Gallery : This Art Gallery is unique in South Africa and possibly the world, as a corporate collection devoted to the science of aviation : www.ronbelling.co.za Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Title: Beautiful Things. : Until 23/02/2014.: Central, Port Elizabeth. : www.artmuseum.co.za Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Journeys in Beadwork: The Art of the Mfengu, From the Art Museum‘s Permanent Collection.: Until 24/03/2014: Park Drive, Central.: www.artmuseum.co.za Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum : Journeys, From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection.: Until 01/06/2014: Park Drive, Port Elizabeth. : www.artmuseum.co.za Underculture Contemporary Arts Gallery Low Res, High Zef., Oliver Mayhew & Lillian van Aarde: Until 21/02/2014: www.underculturecontemporary.co.za Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum The Purple Shall Govern.: Mary Sibande.: Until 09/03/2014: The 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Visual Arts, Mary Sibande, is celebrated for her practice of employing the human form as a vehicle through painting and sculpture to explore the construction of identity in a postcolonial South African context. She attempts to critique stereotypical depictions of (particularly black) women in our society Oliewenhuis Art Museum Free State Towns. : Philippe Burger and Jan van der Merwe.: 13/02/2014 to 23/03/2014: This photo exhibition is a compilation of the most beautiful pictures of the Free State and its people by two well known Free State photographers, Philippe Burger and Jan van der Merwe. The exhibition will take the viewer, on a visual tour of the vast plains of the Free State and into the hearts of its hospitable people and towns.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum Retrospective Exhibition by Maureen Quin. : 13/03/2014 to 21/04/2014: This travelling retrospective exhibition celebrates the life work of Maureen Quin from the 1950s to the present. It is curated by Virginia Reed. Maureen Quin explains her art: “Sculpture is my passion. It’s an extension of myself, reflecting my thoughts, my loves, hates, joys, and fears. Whether I am involved in representational wildlife studies, realistic figure studies or abstractions, I put my heart and soul into it. Each sculpture is an exciting journey. Starting with a vague concept, sketching it to achieve a visual form, building the armature, fleshing it out and having it cast in bronze are the elements which ultimately are to me the most rewarding and satisfying.“ Gallery on Leviseur : A New Season’, Ceramics exhibition: Opens 06/02/2014 Clarens Art & Wine Gallery on Main : Frederike Stokhuyzen, Gregoire Boonzaier, J.H. Pierneef, Erik Laubscher and Jean Doyle Johan Smith Art Gallery : Johan Smith, Elga Rabe, Graham Carter, Gregoire Boonzaier, amongst others. Hennie Meyer, Karen Sinovich, and Heather Mills, among others. Richard Rennie Gallery : The work of Richard Rennie and a few personally selected guest artists. Kokstad Dog on a Leash Art & Gift Art gallery and coffee shop. Arts and crafts. Smithfield Biba’s Gallery : Wendy Malan silkscreens and etchings.: Wendy Malan and Southern Free State Group: Until 28/02/2014 Gauteng Johannesburg Art Afrique Gallery : The Year of the Horse’, Group exhibition. Ardmore, Marc Alexander, Adriaan Diedericks, Tony Ferguson, David Kuijers, Abe Mathabe, Themba Masala, Ndikhumuble Ngqinambi, Uwe Pfaff, Micheal Selekane, Nicolene Swanepoel: Opens 30/01/2014: Sandton: www.artafrique.co.za Absa Art Gallery : Art by leading South African artists : www.absa.co.za Alice Art : Meet the artists: Giorgio and Christelle Pretorius. : 09/02/2014 to 10/02/2014: Ruimsig www.aliceart.co.za : Hanlie Kotze : 16/02/2014 to 17/02/2014 Little Artist Mosaiek Project’ by Edward Selematsela, : 23/02/2014 to 4/02/2014: Art etc : Showcasing a wide variety of SA artists, ranging from old masters to the budding future masters.: Sandton City: www.artetc.co.za Art Eye Gallery : Art by leading South African artists: Fourways: www.arteye.co.za Art Unlimited Gallery : ”The Gift”, Louwtjie Kotzé: Ongoing: Sonneglans Extension 4, Randburg: www.artunlimitedgallery.co.za Artist Proof Studio : Art Education Centre that specializes in printmaking: Newtown Cultural Precinct: www.artistproofstudio.co.za Candice Berman Fine Art Gallery: John Moore Solo Exhibition, John Moore: Until 15/08/2014: Bryanston : www.gallery360.co.za Carol Lee Fine Art : VISTA - Upstairs@ Bamboo. , Featuring Kagiso Pat Mautloa; Carl Becker; Guy du Toit; Sarah Ballam; Greg Kerr; Mary Visser; Cobus Haupt; Kobus la Grange and others.: 01/03/2014 to 09/03/2014: Melville www.facebook.com/CarolLeeFineArt CIRCA on Jellicoe : ”DSS2” , Lyndi Sales:

06/02/2014 to 22/03/2014: Rosebank www.circaonjellicoe.co.za Everard Read Jhb : Karoo Preserved’, Artist: Bruce Backhouse Until 01/03/2014: Rosebank www.everard-read.co.za Ferreira Art Gallery : Works of Rob MacIntosh on permanent display. Open 7 days a week: Bryanston: www.ferreiraart.com Gallery 2 : Currently exhibiting work by various artists including David Koloane, Themba Khumalo, Ross Passmoor and Collen Maswanganye: Parkwood: www.gallery2.co.za Gallery AOP : Art by leading South African artists: Braamfontein Werf: www.galleryaop.com Gallery MOMO : Art by leading South African artists: Parktown North: www.gallerymomo.com Goodman Gallery JHB : ‘Faces of War’, Artist: Gabrielle Goliath: Until 15/03/2014: Parkwood: www.goodman-gallery.com Graham’s Fine Art Gallery : South African Masters: The gallery showcases a selection of South African artists , Irma Stern, J.H. Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, Maggie Laubser and Alexis Preller amongst others : Bryanston www.grahamsgallery.co.za 16 Halifax Art : Bryanston: www.16halifaxart.co.za In Toto Gallery : Gold Rush’, Artists: Diana Hyslop, Michael Meyersfeld, Senzo Shabangu, Neill Wright, Joel Mpah Dooh and Miss Yucki, and many more.: Opens: 06/02/2014: Birdhaven: www.intotogallery.co.za Johannesburg Art Gallery : Art by leading South African artists: Joubert Park www.joburgculture.co.za Lizamore & Assoc. : Co Author, Olaf Bischoff: 05/02/2014 to 01/03/2014 : Parkwood www.lizamore.co.za Manor Gallery : The Manor Gallery in Norscot Manor Centre houses some of the most distinguished artworks.: Fourways: www.wssa.org.za Market Photo Workshop Gallery : Soft Walls’, Artist: Sydelle Willow Smith: 05/02/2014 to 02/04/2014: Newtown www.marketphotoworkshop.co.za Resolution Gallery : Apocalypse Now, Now, Pierre Mathieu: Until 07/02/2014: Parkwood www.resgallery.com Rubixcube Gallery : The Park, Jono Wood: Until 23/02/2014: Arts on Main, Johannesburg CBD: www.facebook.com/johannesburgrubixcube Standard Bank Gallery : Lifelines’ object biographies from the Standard Bank African Art Collection, : Opens 29/01/2014: Marshalltown www.standardbankarts.co.za Standard Bank Gallery : In the Weave’, Artist: Walter Oltmann: Opens 29/01/2014 Stevenson : Art by leading South African artists: www.stevenson.info UJ Art Gallery : ARTOMS: Histopathology, Regeneration and Other Cases – Continued’, Artist, Sandile Zulu.: 29/01/2014 to 19/02/2014: APK Campus, Auckland Park.: www.uj.ac.za White House Gallery : Renowned masters such as Chagall, Marini, Miro, Moore, Stella, Picasso, Dine & Hockney : www.thewhitehousegallery.co.za Pretoria Alette Wessels Kunskamer : Art gallery and art consultancy, specialising in SA art as an investment, dealing in Old Masters, and selected

contemporary art.: www.artwessels.co.za Association of Arts Pretoria : Art by leading South African artists.: www.artsassociationpta. co.za Centurion Art Gallery : A commercial satellite of the Pretoria Art Museum.: www.pretoriaartmuseum.co.za/centurion Fried Contemporary Art Gallery: Rising Stars’, Presenting the work of new and upcomming artists:: www.friedcontemporary.com Front Room Art: Small packages, Corné Joubert, Katlego Modiri, Tania Summers & Mimi van der Merwe: 15/02/2014 to 15/03/2014: Rietondale: www.frontroomart.co.za Pretoria Art Museum : Pretoria Scenes’, Work by Jan van Nouhuys, Henry Whitehead and Michael Mmutle : Until 16/03/2014: www.pretoriaartmuseum.co.za St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery: ”Colour Romance”,Painting group exhibition, Petro Neal, Drini Jacob, Este Mostert, Royalene Griffiths, Mark Enslin, Micheal Heyns & Isabella le Roux. Opens 08/02/2014: www.stlorient.co.za UNISA Art Gallery : The UNISA Art Gallery aims to provide a range of experimental and challenging exhibitions that invite debate and educational stimulation.: www.unisa.ac.za KZ- Natal Ballito Imbizo Gallery : Drawn to Africa’ Pencil Art by Vincent Reid. Solo Exhibition. Opens 18h30 on Thursday, 12 Dec 2013. Closes 31 Dec 2013. www.imbizogallery.co.za Durban Artisan Gallery : Jewellery Showcase: February is the month of love & our jewellery designers are displaying some superb new work together with concept drawings., Christy-Anne Bestwick, Songezo Baleni, Leachi and others: 04/02/2014 to 01/03/2014: Morningside: www.artisan.co.za artSPACE durban : “Grace Kotze: 13 Years of Painting: 2000 – 2013” , Grace Kotze: Until 08/02/2014: www.artspace-durban.com artSPACE durban : “Construction and Constructed” Online Auction, : Until 08/02/2014: www.onlineauction.artspace-durban.com artSPACE durban : ”COLLECTED” - a group exhibition of invited collectors’ special works, : 10/02/2014 to 01/03/2014: www.artspace-durban.com Christie’s International Auctioneers: Fine art and antiques. Gillian Scott Berning, Independent Consultant.: www.christies.com Durban Art Gallery: The Durban Art Gallery collections include everything from current and historical art and artefacts of KwaZulu Natal: www.durban.gov.za Elizabeth Gordon Gallery : Morningside. www.elizabethgordon.co.za : KZNSA Gallery : KZNSA Members Exhibition 2014 : Until 16/02/2014. : Glenwood www.kznsagallery.co.za Tamasa Gallery : A broad variety of contemporary KZN artists: Berea: The Collective : www.thecollective-durban.com Pietermaritzburg Blue Caterpillar Gallery : Gallery exhibiting wide range of styles and mediums covering both established and up-and-coming artists from South Africa and beyond.: art@butterflies.co.za Tatham Art Gallery : www.tatham.org.za


MPUMALANGA / NORTHERN CAPE / WESTERN CAPE | GALLERY GUIDE Newcastle Carnegie Art Gallery : Newcastle : Permanent collection of South African landscapes. Good collection of ELC Art & Craft, Rorkes Drift ceramics, prints and tapestries. Well stocked gallery shop.: South African artists. Permanent Exhibition Newcastle. : www.carnegie-art.co.za

Avital Lang Gallery : Art by leading South African artists: Moullie Point: www.avitallang.com Barnard Gallery : Crossing the Line’, Artist: Robert Slingsby: 06/02/2014 to 13/03/2014: Newlands: www.barnardgallery.com

rary art and sculpture by artists including Uwe Pfaff, Rory Bullock and Nicole Pletts amongst others, : 10am - 5pm: Cape Town Central: www.g2art.co.za Goodman Gallery Cape Town : Faces of War’ by Gabrielle Goliath , : Until 15/02/2014: Woodstock: www.goodman-gallery.com

Underberg The Underberg Studio : Set in a delightful garden facing the mountains, the gallery specializes in landscape photography & ceramics.: www.underbergstudio.co.za

Blank Projects : Half-Devil and Half Child’ , Andrew Gilbert, Michael MacGarry, Turiya Magadlela and Thembalakhe Prospect Shibase: Until 22/02/2014: Woodstock: www.blankprojects.com

Mpumalanga

Brundyn and Gondalves : Nihiliphobia - Expeditions into the Unknown #1-15, Carla Liesching: 06/02/2014 to 13/03/2014: Bo-Kaap: www.brundyngonsalves.com

Hout Bay Gallery : Specialises in the work of South African artists. Artworks include paintings, sculptures and furniture,: Hout bay: www.houtbaygallery.co.za

Brundyn and Gondalves : This is Where I Leave You, Gabrielle Alberts: 06/02/2014 to 03/03/2014: Bo-Kaap: www.brundyngonsalves.com

Infin Art Gallery : A gallery of work by local artists: Cape Town Central: www.infinart.co.za

Graskop Artistic Journey Art Gallery : Workshops, Art classes and Art Gallery: Panorama Rest Camp and Chalets. : White River The Artists’ Press : Professional collaboration, printing and publishing of original handprinted artists lithographs, by the Artists’ Press. , Waterfield Farm near White River. : www. artprintsa.com

Carmel Art : Dealers in fine art, exclusive distributers of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings: Green Point: www.carmelart.co.za

The Loop Art Foundry & Sculpture Gallery : A collaboration and network for the avid art patron and collector as well as a full service facility for the artist: White River: www.tlafoundry.co.za

Casa Labia Gallery : Muse summer group show exploring sources of inspiration and contemplation, : Until 23/02/2014: Muizenberg: www.casalabia.co.za

White River Gallery: Art by leading South African artists: Casterbridge Shopping Center: www.whiterivergallery.co.za

Christopher Møller Art : Art by leading South African artists: Gardens: www.christophermollerart.co.za

Northern Cape

Clementina Ceramics : Showcase of contemporary South African ceramics featuring one-off works by Clementina van der Walt and complemented by designer crafts. Open Mon to Fri 9-5 Sat 9-3, : Ongoing exhibition.: Woodstock: www.clementina.co.za

Kimberley William Humphreys Art Gallery : Collection of 16th and 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, British and French paintings, antique furniture and other objects d’art.: Civic Centre: www.whag.co.za Western Cape Cape Town 34FineArt : Inventory’ Ongoing Group Exhibition ,: Woodstock: www.vgallery.co.za/ www.34fineart.com A Word of Art : Focus on art activism projects within communities in South Africa. : Woodstock: www.a-word-of-art.co.za Absolute Art Gallery : We stock superior quality art by the Masters, as well as contemporary artists: Bellville: www.absolutart.co.za. Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery : Painter whose work is heavily influenced by, and reflective of, pop culture : Woodstock www.alexhamilton.co.za

Commune.1 Gallery : Fencing and the pencil’, Daniel Blom ARBS.: 06/02/2014 to 05/03/2014: Cape Town Central: www.commune1.com Culture – Urban + Contemporary Gallery : English Exhibition, Ceal Warnants, Damien Weighill, Amanda Marie, Pure Evil, Sara Pope: Closing 08/02/2014: Woodstock: www.culturegallery.co.za David Krut Projects Cape Town : Matrix, Deborah Bell, Stephen Hobbs, William Kentridge, Senzo Shabangu, Diane Victor and Mary Wafer: Until 8/03/2014: Newlands: www.davidkrutprojects.com Deziree Finearts : A Collection of Contemporary Colonial and African Oil Paintings., Deziree Smith: Ongoing exhibition.: Fish Hoek: www.dezireefinearts.co.za

Ardmore Ceramic Art : The Great Herds of Africa’, 9:00- 5:00pm at Cellars Hohenort: 21/02/2014 to 23/02/2014: Constantia

Die Kunskamer : Works by leading Artists, Irma Stern, Hugo Naude, Cecil Skotnes, Cynthia Villet, Norman Catherine, Hardy Botha, Bill Davis, Gail Catlin, Simon Stone, David Brown and Pierneef: Sea Point: www.diekunskamer.co.za

ArtB Gallery, Bellville : Membership Exhibition, All members: 20/02/2014 to 20/03/2014: Bellville: www.artb.co.za

Donald Greig Gallery & Foundry : Private Gallery permanently exhibiting artworks of Donald Greig. : V&A Waterfront: www.donaldgreig.com

ArtMark : The big 5 in oils, Irene Oxley: 31/01/2014 to 28/02/2014: Imhof Farm Kommetjie.: www.artmark.co.za

Eatwell Art Gallery: Latest paintings by the artist of the Eatwell family, Lynne-Marie Eatwell, Eric Oswald Eatwell and Mags Eatwell. Noordhoek: www.eatwellgallery.com

Association for Visual Arts Gallery : Greatest Hits 2013: Industrial Harvest’. Curated by Kirsty Cockerill, Sarah Akerman, Jessica Arnot, Jamie Belford, Gregory R Bertrand, Katinka Bester, Sarah Biggs, Annchen Bronkowski, Stephané E. Conradie, Yazmin Ezzideen, Isabella Knemeyer, Rudi le Hane, Linki Lutz, Angus MacKinnon, Mitchell Messina, Tess Metcalf, Berry Meyer, Garth Morris-Davies, Rosie Mudge, Noël Platts, Alexandre Rochard, Carolina Salinas, Amy Sephton, Jake Singer, Molly Stevens, Nikita Stevens, Andrew Thomas, Anika van der Westhuijzen, Alexia Vogel, Cora Wasserman, Joshua Williams: Until 27/02/2014: Cape Town Central: www.ava.co.za

EBONY Cape Town : Ebony Group Show 1’, Cecil Skotnes, I - Jusi Portfolio #3 (various featured artists) and more: 06/02/2014 to 04/03/2014: Cape Town Central: www.ebonydesign.co.za Eclectica Art & Antiques : Fine arts, antiques and objects d’art: Wynberg: Everard Read, Cape Town : Cape Town Art Fair, : 27/02/2014 to 02/03/2014: V&A Waterfront: www.everard-read-capetown.co.za G2 Art : Offering a diverse range of contempo-

Heather Auer Art and Sculpture : Original paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Heather Auer and other SA artists: Simonstown: www.heatherauer.com

Includes William Kentridge, Sam Nhlengethwa, Robert Slingsby, Willie Bester, Richard Smith, Deborah Bell, Anthony Lane, Georgia Lane, John Kramer, Pamela Stretton,Stephen Inggs, Louise Gelderblom: 01/02/2014 to 15/03/2014: Camps Bay: www.rosekorberart.com Rust-en-Vrede Gallery : Exhibition at Rusten-Vrede Gallery, Heinz Modler, Mervyn Gers and Sana Zee: 21/01/2014 to 13/02/2014: Durbanville: www.rust-en-vrede.com Salon 91 : Away - A Solo Exhibition of Recent Works by Sarah Pratt, Sarah Pratt: 29/01/2014 to 22/02/2014: Gardens: www.salon91.co.za Salon 91 : A Solo Exhibition by Tahiti Pehrson from Northern California , Tahiti Pehrson (Northern California) : 26/02/2014 to 22/03/2014: Gardens: www.salon91.co.za

Infin Art Gallery : A gallery of work by local artists: Wynberg: www.infinart.co.za

Sanlam Art Gallery : Bellville: Against the Grain show (see page 4 advert) www.sanlam.co.za

Iziko Michaelis Collection : Ongoing: Dutch works from the 17th–20th centuries in Iziko collections,: Cape Town Central: www.iziko.org.za

SMAC Art Gallery, CT : Art by leading South African artists: Cape Town Central: www.smacgallery.com

Iziko SA National Gallery : Art by leading South African artists: Cape Town Central: www.iziko.org.za

South African Jewish Museum: Cape Town Central: www.sajewishmuseum.co.za

Johans Borman Fine Art : 50th SAADA Antiques Fair: Exhibiting a selection of SA Masters and leading contemporary artists., JH Pierneef, Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser, Gerard Sekoto, Walter Battiss, Cecil Skotnes, Robert Hodgins, Peter Clarke, Hugo Naudé and more: 08/02/2014 to 09/02/2014: Kirstenbosch Conference Centre Newlands: www.johansborman.co.za Kalk Bay Modern : Art by leading South African artists: Kalk Bay: www.kalkbaymodern.com Kalk Bay Sculpture Studio : Fine art bronze foundry offering a sculpture and casting service for artists as well as commissions for corporate and private collectors: Kalk Bay: Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery : A selection of artworks by new and prominent SA artists and SA old Masters. , Bellville: www.artpro.co.za Lutge Gallery : Cape and architectural antiques,art,ceramics and tables designed from reclaimed wood., John Murray,Christo Giles,Lisa Ringwood,Clementina van der Walt: n/a: Cape Town Central: www.lutge.co.za Michaelis Galleries : Cape Town Central: www. michaelis.uct.ac.za MM Galleries : Offers a platform to showcase the wealth of talented artists whose works are affordable and are of high quality: Muizenberg: www.mmgalleries.co.za Mogalakwena Gallery : A GLIMPSE - Dress & Fashion in Africa, fashion & textile designers from the African continent: Until March 2014: Cape Town Central: www.mogalakwena.com

South African Print Gallery : Work by leading South African artists,: Woodstock: www.printgallery.co.za South African Society of Artists : Art by leading South African artists: Cape Town Central: www.sasa-artists.co.za StateoftheART Gallery : Permanent gallery in Cape Town CBD offering a dynamic selection of contemporary art by South African artists. For a full inventory of available art visit our online gallery for information., Helen Joseph, Michaela Rinaldi and Catherine Ocholla: 10:00hrs - 17:00hrs daily: Cape Town Central: www. stateoftheart.co.za Stevenson Cape Town : Ernest Mancoba,Sonja Ferlov, WongaMancoba.: Until 22/02/2014: Woodstock: www.stevenson.info Stevenson Cape Town : Pikin Slee’, Artist: Viviane Sassen.: Until 22/02/2014: Woodstock: www.stevenson.info Stevenson Cape Town : Mavambo Erwendo (Beginning of a Profound Journey)’ , Artist:Portia Zvavahera : Until 22/02/2014: Woodstock: www.stevenson.info The Cape Gallery : A point of view, A group of women artists: Until 01/03/2014: Cape Town Central: www.capegallery.co.za. The Cellar Private Gallery : Dealing exclusively in original and investment art, offering works by a variety of renowned and upcoming SA artists: Bellville: www.thecellargallery.co.za The Framery Art Gallery : Art by leading South African artists: Seapoint:

Out of the Cube : Online gallery. A virtual platform for contemporary visual art in South Africa : www.outofthecube.co.za

The Framing Place : Conservation framing, Framing of art, Block mounting and Box frames: Observatory:

Red! The Gallery : Red! The Gallery is a dynamic art gallery featuring work from South Africa’s best contemporary and emerging artists, including works by Andrew Cooper, Derric van Rensburg and Michael Waters: Tokai: www. redthegallery.co.za

The Lisa King Gallery : Specializing in top SA abstract/contemporary art, sculpture and exotic glassware: Green Point: www.lisaking.co.za

Rialto Art Centre Strand : Rialto 2014, Joubert Stander, Joey Singleton: February month: Strand: Rose Korber Art : ROSE KORBER’S SUMMER SHOW 2013 - 2014: a comprehensive anual overview of the current state of contemporary South African art - paintings, original prints, photograph and Shangaan beadwork. ,

The Lovell Gallery : What’s going on?’, Ayesha Price, Benon Lutaaya, Bamanye Ngxale, Helena Parsons, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Neill Wright, Neva Duncan, Neville Petersen, Emma Willemse, Vitshois Bondo, Vivien Kohler,: Opening 8/02/2014 11am-2pm to 04/04/2014: Woodstock: www.lovellgallery.co.za


GALLERY GUIDE | WESTERN CAPE OVERBERG / KAROO The Photographers Gallery ZA & Erdmann Contemporary : Actuality & Illusion - group exhibition that requires more vision than eyes’, Nomusa Makubu, Connor Cullinan, Bronwen Vaughan-Evans, Hannelie Taute, Clare Menck & Jeannette Unite.: 03/02/2014 to 07/03/2014: Cape Town Central: www.erdmanncontemporary.co.za The Studio Kalk Bay : Bistro. Gallery. Artist’s Studio: Kalk Bay: www.thestudiokalkbay.co.za UCT Irma Stern Museum : Stanley Hermans: Recent work.Themes of transition, transformation and restructuring are the outcome of attempts at self-expression that might lead to results of conviction, originality and purpose, Stanley Hermans : 11/02/2014 to 15/03/2014: Cecil Road Rosebank : www.irmastern.co.za What if the World/Gallery : ‘The Future White Women of Azania Saga’ by Athi-Patra Ruga. : Until 08/02/2014: Woodstock: www.whatiftheworld.com What if the World/Gallery : I Saw This’ drawing, sculpture, textiles and ceramics by Cameron Platter., : 12/02/2014 to 29/03/2014: Woodstock: www.whatiftheworld.com Windermere House : The private art collection of Cape Town based artist Rachelle Bomberg. Artist available by appointment: Muizenberg: www.artbomberg.com Worldart Gallery : Art by leading South African artists: Cape Town Central: www.worldart.co.za Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion. Museum of Contemporary Art Africa : Artist: Nandipha Mntambo: Until 16/02/2014: V&A Waterfront: www.twitter.com/zeitzmocaa Overberg and Karoo Brak River Artat39long : A beautiful collection of affordable art by new signature and established artists to satisfy the art connoisseur! : www.artat39long Breede River Edna Fourie Gallery : Edna Fourie’s ethereal art: oil paintings, readymades and installations. McGregor: www.ednafouriegallery.co.za Calitzdorp Kraaldoring Gallery : Ceramics by Clementina van der Walt and others. Mixed media, including photography by Albie Bailey. Gallery open by appointment only., Email and whatsapp only: Calitzdorp: www.clementina.co.za Marinda Combrinck Studio & Gallery : A Fine Art Miscellanium of recent drawings and oil paintings, Marinda Combrinck: Running Exhibition: Calitzdorp: www.marindacombrinck.co.za Clanwilliam Kunshuis : Art by leading South African artists: : www.kunshuis.com De Rust Portal Gallery : Selected contemporary artists, including Carl Becker, JP Meyer, Estelle Marais, Diane McLean and Hermann Niebuhr. Gallery hours flexible. : De Rust: www.art.co.za Village Art Gallery : Ongoing exhibition with work by artists Mariaan Kotze, Glendine, Diane McLean, Neels Coetzee, Duggie du Toit, Ann Gadd, Karien Boonzaaier, Bill Strapp, Estelle Marais, Kevin Standly, Ella, Marianne Vorster and Lana van Blerk, amongst others: De Rust: Elgin The Gallery at South Hill : 1. Passed’ - The first in a Trilogy relating to themes on Past, Present and Future., Group Show - Marc Alexander, Nadine Hansen, Derick Smith, Laurel Holmes, Sandile Nzuza, Lientjie Wessels, Eugenie Marais, Andre Prinsloo, Gerhard Deetlefs, Madelein Marincowitz, Grainne McHugh, Roelie van Heerden, Sarah Richards and many more.: Opens: 01/02/2014 11h00 am: Elgin: www.facebook.

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Franschhoek Art in the Yard : Art by leading South African artists: Franschoek: www.artintheyard.co.za

Knysna Fine Art : A private collection of Deborah Bell sculpture, Deborah Bell: Until 28/02/2014: Thesen House : www.finearts.co.za

Art Event: ’In Season’, Group show - Eugenie Marais, Annelie Venter, Rebecca Jones, Henning Ludeke, Grainne McHugh, Janine Holloway, Paula van Coller Louw, Laurel Holmes and Sarel Petrus among many others: Opens: 31/01/2014: Franschoek: www.facebook.com/pages/ArtEvent/410886465695179

Lynn Schaefer Gallery : Artworks and ceramics by SA artists including Derric van Rensburg, Ann Nosworthy, Darryl Legg and Lynn Schaefer: Knysna: www.lyndos.co.za.

EBONY Franschoek : Franschhoek Group Show , Dylan Lewis, Richard Smith, Grace Kotze, Krisjan Rossouw, Colbert Mashile, Claudia Ongaro, Vivian Kohler, Dathini Mzayiya. Sculptures by Keith Calder, Jean Theron-Louw, Caroline van der Merwe, Rudolf Hough, Ajay Bull and a selection of Ceramics by some of: : Franschoek: www.ebonydesign.co.za Is Art : Fusion’, Artists: Sue Akerman, Gill Gerhardt and Bruce Attwood : 02/02/2014 to 03/03/2014: Franschoek: www.is-art.co.za The Gallery at Grande Provence : Portraits - A Safe Place by Leon Vermeulen, Leon Vermeulen: 16/02/2014 to 16/03/2014: Grande Provence Estate : www.finearts.co.za The Shop at Grande Provence : Contemporary Jewellery by Ilse Malan, Ilse Malan: Until 28/02/2014: Grande Provence Estate : www.finearts.co.za George Crouse Art Gallery : Original paintings by well known South African Artists: Anton Benzon, Carla Bosch, Maria, Gerrit Roon, Makiwa, Danielle Novella & many more. We deal exclusively in original SA Art, specifically investment art. Strydom Gallery : Selection of South African masters. Electronic exhibitions: George: www.artaffair.co.za Greyton Adele Claudia Fouche : Ongoing exhibition. Adele also offers workshops and retreats in this beautiful setting Mossel Bay Artbeat Gallery : Pottery and sculpture, by Alex Potter: Mossel Bay: www.artandclaymosselbay. co.za Art@39Long : Exhibition of work by T.O.Honiball well known S.A .Cartoonist during the Proe Mosselbay Food and the Good Life Event 28 February-2 March : Great Brakriver: www.artat39long.wozaonline.co.za Hermanus Abalone Gallery : African Reflections II’, Works on paper and sculpture by: Amos Letsoalo, Shepherd Nduzo, John Clarke, Colbert Mashile, Nyaniso Lindi: Until 01/03/2014 : Hermanus: www.abalonegallery.co.za Rossouw Modern Art Gallery Hermanus : Art by leading South African artists: Hermanus: www.rossouwmodern.co.za Walker Bay Art Gallery : View the wide selection of paintings, sculpture & ceramics by established as well as up-and-coming SA artists: Hermanus: www.walkerbayartgallery.co.za Willie Botha Sculpture Gallery : Permanent exhibition of work by Sculptor Willie Botha, Paintings by Pieter Vermaak, Johan Calitz and Shelley Adams: Hermanus: www.williebothasculptures.com Knysna A Different Drummer : Fine sculpture collection from Venda, Group Exhibition: Until 28/02/2014: Thesen House: www.finearts.co.za Dale Elliott Art Galleries : Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa: Knysna:

Sally Bekker Art Studio : Exhibition of Pastels by Marion Weymouth and Oils and Watercolours by Sally Bekker and Dave Croad: Knysna: Langebaan Bay Gallery : Supporting excellent, local artists, many of whom are members of S.A.S.A. All mediums exhibited. ,: Langebaan: www.baygallery.co.za Langkloof Sheena Ridley Art Studio & Sculpture Garden : Langkloof: www.ridley.co.za Mcgregor Edna Fourie Gallery :Ongoing exhibition which includes a permanent collection as well as works for sale- all by the artist Edna Fourie : www.ednafouriegallery.co.za Oudtshoorn ArtKaroo Gallery : Oudtshoorn: www.artkaroo.co.za Rosenhof Art Gallery : Studio gallery of Lisl Barry. Diverse range of subjects done in oil: inspired by the Klein Karoo landscape and it’s people to water studies, among others: Baron van Rheede: www.lislbarry.co.za / www.richardhenley.co.za Paarl Hout Street Gallery : Specialising in paintings and fine art by more than thirty SA artists. : Paarl: www.houtstreetgallery.co.za Piketberg The Art Business Contemporary Gallery and Art Consultancy : Specialising in: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculptures end limited edition Artists’ books by South African artists. : Piketberg: Plettenberg Bay Lookout Art Gallery : Featuring a wide variety of both new and well-loved artists, including Fiona Rowett, Jocelyn Boyley, Sue Kemp and Gail Darroll, amongst others: Plettenberg bay: Old Nick Village : A selection of individual shops and galleries showcasing some of the best of South African creative manufacturers and fine artists: Plettenberg bay: www.oldnickvillage.co.za

Wallace Hulley Gallery : Hulley specialises in Portraiture in watercolours. Stellenbosch Art at Tokara : Walls’, Helen Timm, Foni Kofi, Nicky Leigh, Michael Meyersfeld and more...: 15/01/2014 to 30/4/2014: www.juliameintjes.co.za Art on 5 : A studio gallery run by 2 artists, Maryna de Witt and Emzi Smit, exhibiting their work. : Equus Gallery, Cavalli Wine Estate : Shimmering - artists unearth light’, Bronwen Findlay, Katherine Bull, Marco Cianfanelli, David Koloane and many more: 07/12/2013 - ongoing: R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.: D-Street Gallery : The Craft of Ubuntu: An Exploration of Collaboration through Making is a World Design Capital 2014 exhibition organised by SHIFT , Designer Sarah Rhodes (Central Saint Martins, London), ceramicist Andile Dyalvane and Kunye crafters.: 18:00 21/02/2014 to 03/03/2014: E)scapes: a group exhibition curated by Aidon Westcott. , Anthea Delmotte; Brahm van Zyl; Clare Menck; Cobus van Bosch; Henk Serfontein; Shany van den Berg ; Johann Du Plessis ; Strijdom van der Merwe; Peter van Straten; Andries Gouws ; Joshue Miles : Until 18/02/2014: : www. dstreetgallery.com Oude Libertas Gallery : ”OUR COUNTRY: Mountains, Plains, Vineyards, Wine and the Word” in collaboration with the Stellenbosch Wine Festival, Strijdom van der Merwe, Betty Werth, Janos, Pera Schillings, Brahm van Zyl, Tia Gerber, Judy Woodborne, Vernon Swart: Until 01/02/2014: Stellenbosch: www.oudelibertas.co.za Rupert Museum : Showcasing the unique private art collection of Anton and Huberte Rupert: Stellenbosch: www.rupertmuseum.org Sasol Art Museum : Permanent collection of paintings, graphic works and sculptures, as well as an anthropological collection. Regular temporary art exhibitions of national and international artists. Slee Gallery : Paper Child’, Artist: Sabina Feroci: Opens 28/01/2014 18:00: Stellenbosch: www.slee.co.za/gallery SMAC Art Gallery : Brit Paper’, by Helen A Pritchard : Until 09/03/2014: Stellenbosch: www.smacgallery.com Stellenbosch Art Gallery : An extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass & ceramics by selected Western Cape artists,: Stellenbosch: www.stellenboschartgallery.co.za

Port Owen The West Coast Art Gallery : New exciting local artists have joined our gallery. We currently exhibit 28 artists: Port Owen, Velddrif: www.westcoastartgallery.co.za

US Art Gallery : Regular temporary art exhibitions of national and international artists, as well as permanent exhibitions of the visual art collections, anthropological and cultural historical objects, and the University history. www.sun.ac.za/usmuseum

Prince Albert Prince Albert Gallery : Established in 2003, the gallery always has an eclectic mix of art on display. ,: Prince Albert: www.princealbertgallery.co.za

Swellendam Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery : Representing a variety of established and up-and-coming South African artists: Swellendam: www.kunstehuijs.com

Riebeek Kasteel The Gallery - Riebeek Kasteel : Curated by Astrid McLeod, The Gallery features a selective mix of paintings, sculptures and ceramics by established and emerging South African artists:

Die Steg Art Galery : Solo exhibition of new paintings by resident artist Marnitz Steyn.

Robertson The Robertson Art Gallery : We specialise in original art of more than 60 top South African Artists: Robertson: www.robertsonartgallery.co.za Somerset West Gallery 91 : Collection incorporates scultpure, ceramics,functional art, paintings, etchings and photography: Somerset West: www.gallery91.co.za

Villiersdorp Dale Elliott Art Gallery : Gallery, Framing and a teaching studio for Art Courses: www.daleelliott.co.za Wilderness Beatrix Bosch Studio : Unique works in leather, paintings & photography can be viewed at her studio: www.beatrixbosch.co.za Pharoah Art Gallery : Summer Collection, Peter Pharoah: Until 31/03/2014: www.peterpharoah.com


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On the business art media radar China to survey art collections CanIndia | Newswire 999: Beijing, Jan 19 (IANS) The Chinese government has announced the country’s first inventory of collections in government art galleries since the People’s Republic of China was established in 1949.According to the Ministry of Culture, the census, which is due to complete by December 2016, will cover all art works preserved by art galleries on the Chinese mainland under the administration of cultural departments, Xinhua reported. Search for art lover who paid £3,000 on eBay for Edouard Vuillard painting worth £250,000 The Independent | Daisy Wyatt: A mystery art lover is said to be sitting on a fortune, after it was revealed an Edouard Vuillard painting bought on eBay for £3,000 is worth around £250,000. Fiona Bruce said the owner has ‘bagged themselves the bargain of the century’ An Edouard Vuillard painting bought for £3,000 on Ebay is thought to be worth £250,000 Breathy bromance of art and business Business Day Live | Peter Aspden: You can spot them a mile off at any art fair or auction: they wear clothes that are slightly too smart, and they talk to their clients with dispassion rather than any genuine enthusiasm. They say wise things but rarely anything startling. They do have expertise, and they can talk numbers. Their less knowledgeable interlocutors seem to hang on their every word. Their conversations frequently end on an abrupt and triumphalist note: “We’ll take it. Do you take American Express?” Tribal Art Enjoys its Time in the Spotlight The Huffington Post | Cathy Whitlock: Exotic, extraordinary, unexpected and unusual are just a few of the adjectives used to describe primitive and tribal art. With its roots in Africa, Oceania, Asia and South America, artifacts and objects have offered a window on the history and craftsmanship of primitive cultures for centuries.Interest in tribal art is growing as the category enjoys increasing exposure. Cases in point: the growing prominence of the tribal art show, Parcours des Mondes, in Paris received over 100,000 visitors, while auction records were broken during the inaugural Tribal Art Week in New York last year. Attracting a young, international clientele (whose design aesthetic mixes tribal pieces with contemporary furnishings) along with collectors who specialize in specific categories, prices for everything from wooden shrine sculptures to glass beaded ceremonial aprons have been on the rise since 2000. Coincident Bubbles: Art Versus The Stock Market Forbes | Martin Sosnoff: Handicapping 2014, maybe I see up to a 10% gain for the S&P 500 Index, refusing to anticipate the death toll of rapidly escalating interest rates or inflation. The market can sell at a high teens price-earnings ratio, even with earnings rising mid-single digits. Speculation is in the air so good stock pickers can do 25% or better. My feel for the contemporary art scene is rosier. Dozens of million dollar canvases make $5 million in under five years. Paintings going for $5 million get knocked down at $10 million. A handful of pieces reach $200 million, but net worth limitations of even the super rich entail a self imposed art budget ceiling. The nation’s cultural policy must prize art for art’s sake The China Post:Two recent developments in Taiwan’s arts scene have left us wondering whether we are steering our creativity toward the rightdirection. ne is the display of the Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, the other is a sum of US$5 million in donations from a U.S. foundation for Cloud Gate, which is undeniably the leading dance troupe in Taiwan. Cloud Gate’s works are so stylized that none would deny they are a form of high art. In contrast, many who come to marvel at Hofman’s 6-metertall rubber duck would probably forget that it is a piece of installation art.At least for those vendors who have rented stalls around the Keelung Harbor trying to capitalize on the duck buzz, it is nothing more than a giant replica of the ordinary bathroom toy. Does New York Have Room for Another Art PR Firm? Calum Sutton Thinks So Gallerist: As the art world continues to expand and globalize, so does the PR machine that handles its messages, as The Observerreported in a feature in 2012. That expansion now includes an established firm opening offices overseas, and specifically billing itself as a global agency.Today, British PR maven Calum Sutton, who already runs offices in London and Hong Kong, told The Observer he has opened a New York office for his firm, Sutton PR, with longtime New York art PR agent Jennifer Joy at the helm. Artist Pension Trust Launches New Sites BLOUIN Art Info | Eileen Kinsella: The Artist Pension Trust (APT), a financial services, art lending, and management company that aims to provide retirement security for its member artists, is launching two new websites —APT Institute and APT Global — on Tuesday to help support previously announced initiatives under its non-profit APT Institute label, including loans and exhibitions, “Art Concierge,” and “Global Connect.” Google Launches Online Gallery For Emerging Artists The Mercury News | Silicon Beat | Heather Somerville: Google has launched an online art gallery to give emerging artists a chance to display their creations to a larger audience without competing for wall space in a traditional gallery. With its new Open Gallery, Google joins a growing movement of moving fine art online to offer an alternative venue for artists and give more people access to fine art without traveling to a gallery and paying an entry fee. Tech giants including Amazon and eBay also offer online art galleries, each featuring a range of prints from masters the likes of Picasso to unknown artists, and are joined by a growing industry of independent online galleries such as San Francisco’s startup UGallery. SA ART TIMES. February 2014

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How the fate of an artist is shaped by art collectors Bonhams, talks to The Express Tribune about how Pakistani art is trending in the international market. “The Indians are a factor in driving up the Pakistani art market,” says Aslam. “They find Pakistani art aesthetically pleasing and cheaper than Indian artwork.” Aslam, who is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, New York, has been working at Bonhams in London for four and a half years. She deals with modern and contemporary art from Turkey and Bangladesh, among other places. Commenting on the inextricable link between art collectors and an artist’s success trajectory, she says, “In some instances, a major collector can change the fate of an artist, and the two go hand in hand. If there was no Gertrude Stein, there would be no [Pablo] Picasso, and if there was no Picasso, there would be no Gertrude Stein.” Not only was the success of these artists contingent on how talented they were and how good their work was, but also on the basis of who liked and bought their creations. The Express Tribune | Monica Sibtain: Lahore: The business of buying and selling artwork is a fascinating one. The dynamics of the art world have been dictated by the market, and this market constitutes a number of significant art collectors. Just like an accessory sported by an established celebrity becomes popular, items collected by art-loving heavyweights add to their value. It all depends on where a piece of art finds its home. Throughout the course of time, collectors have lent impetus to the art market and played a major role in the success of many artists. Nour Aslam, head of South Asian and Contemporary Art at privately-owned British auction house,

Aslam shares that one of the most imperative factors that contributes to an artist’s success is international collectors. “[Abdur Rahman] Chughtai spent time in Austria, Bashir Mirza in Holland, and Sadequain in Paris, and this exposure was crucial for their success because their work was collected by people abroad.” Interestingly, another determinant of the success of artists is how accessible their work is. In some cases, the more available an artist is, the less the worth is of his/her work. In most instances, it takes years before an artist’s work becomes worthy of being a collectable. “Most of the famous Pakistani artists gifted their work to their friends and it is after their lifetime that they became collectors’ items,”

Aslam says. Having studied studio art, Aslam plays a crucial role in the prestigious auction house that was founded in 1793 and has 66 locations worldwide. “Once a piece of art is asked to be auctioned off, we have to authenticate it, catalogue it, research the artist and the origins of the work, value the piece and then sell it.” Size, medium and condition of the piece, along with who the artists are and what their background is, are all factors that are considered when a certain piece is being evaluated. Contemporary artists, such as Imran Qureshi, Aisha Khalid, Rashid Rana, Faiza Butt, Mohammad Ali Talpur, Ali Kazim and Khadim Ali are gaining ground internationally. Aslam talks about the impact that their work is making in the Western markets. “Pakistani contemporaries are being showcased at the Venice Biennale and are getting the Western exposure they need,” she states. “When international art fairs, museums and galleries pick up an artist, they ensure that the right people see the work.” Just like any industry, even the art market depends on both where you showcase your work and who sees it. With an ever-evolving art market, and certain forms of art and artists going in and out of fashion, Aslam urges people to not hesitate to buy what they personally like. “You have to live with the work; hence, you should love it,” she says. Source: http://tribune.com.pk/story/656895/how-thefate-of-an-artist-is-shaped-by-art-collectors/

Classic cars, watches and art beat shares FT.com | Lucy Warwick-Ching: Classic cars, watches and art have all produced higher returns than traditional stock markets since 2005, according to research by Coutts, the private bank. The first edition of The Coutts Index: Objects of Desire, developed in conjunction with Fathom Consulting, captures the price return in local currency of 15 assets across two broad categories: trophy property and alternative investments. Alternative investments can be further broken down into fine art, collectables and precious items. Overall these so-called “passion investments” returned 77 per cent in local currency terms – or 82 per cent in US dollar terms – while the MSCI All Country Index rose 53 per cent over the same time period.

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Of all the alternative investments Coutts examined for the Index, classic cars have returned the most since 2005, rising 257 per cent, outpacing all other investments by more than 80 percentage points over the seven-and-a-half-year timeframe.

passion assets, or objects of desire, in terms of performance, cost of storage and currency,” said Mohammad Kamal Syed, head of strategic solutions at the bank, which offers services to individuals with at least £1m in investable assets.

Collectable watches returned 176 per cent from 2005 to June 30 2013, while jewels returned 146 per cent and Chinese works of arts rose 163 per cent.

“But while many alternatives have provided spectacular returns, there is more to investing in these assets than price appreciation. For many people, profit is furthest from their mind,” he said.

The Coutts Index also includes trophy properties, comprising “billionaire” residential homes in 10 prime global city locations and “leisure” properties in the world’s most desirable leisure destinations associated with these cities. This sector lost value in the run-up to the global recession, but billionaire property values have risen strongly since, rising 100 per cent from 2005 to June 30 2013.

He added that for many wealthy individuals, it is less about investing and more about purchasing – purchasing assets driven by their emotions. Text source: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/ s/0/0bde5284-77b0-11e3-afc5-00144feabdc0. html?siteedition=intl#axzz2pqeqTocW

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Strauss & Co. Strauss Online February Auction February 3-21, 2014 http://www.straussartonline.co.za Preview of Important South African & International Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts & Jewellery March 14-16, 2014 : 10:00 – 17:00 The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, Cape Town Auction of Important South African & International Art, Furniture, Decorative Arts & Jewellery March 17, 2014 : Time yet to be confirmed The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, Cape Town Auction of Important South African & International Art May 26, 2014 : Details to be confirmed The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg

Stephan Welz & Co. Preview of Signature Auction/Sale February 19-23, 2014 : 10:00-17:00 The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Alphen Dv, Constantia, CT SIgnature Auction/Sale February 25, 2014 Session 1: 15:00; Session 2: 18:30 The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Alphen Dv, Constantia, CT Preview of ‘Moving’ Auction/Sale March 1-5, 2014 : 10:00-17:00 13 Biermann Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg ‘Moving’ Auction/Sale March 8, 2014 : Time yet to be confirmed 13 Biermann Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg Kontemporary Auction/Sale April 8, 2014 : Details to be confirmed The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Alphen Drive, Constantia, Cape Town Signature Auction/Sale May 6, 2014 : Details to be confirmed, Johannesburg Postage Stamps, Postal History, Coins and Banknotes Auction/Sale May 14-15, 2014 : Details to be confirmed, Johannesburg Signature Auction/Sale June 10, 2014 : Details to be confirmed The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Alphen Dv, Constantia, CT Kontemporary Auction/Sale July 1, 2014 : Details to be confirmed, Johannesburg Kontemporary Auction/Sale July 29, 2014 : Details to be confirmed The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Alphen Dv, Constantia, CT

Provenance Preview of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Auction January 23-24, 2014 09:00-16:00 / January 25, 2014 09:3012:30 / January 27-29, 2014 09:00-16:00. 6-8 Vrede Street, Gardens, Cape Town The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Auction : January 29, 2014. 18:00 6-8 Vrede Street, Gardens, Cape Town Later auction and preview details yet to be confirmed

5th Avenue Preview for Auction 1 February 13-14, 2014 09:00-17:00 February 15, 2014 10:00-16:00 404 Jan Smuts Ave., Craighall Park, Johannesburg

Auction 1 : February 16, 2014 : 10:00 404 Jan Smuts Ave., Craighall Park, Johannesburg Preview for Auction 2 April 3-4, 2014 09:00-17:00 / April 5, 2014 10:00-16:00. 404 Jan Smuts Ave., Craighall Park, Johannesburg Auction 2 : April 6, 2014 : 10:00 404 Jan Smuts Ave., Craighall Park, Johannesburg Preview for Auction 3 May 1-2, 2014 09:00-17:00 / May 3, 2014 10:00-16:00. 404 Jan Smuts Ave., Craighall Park, Johannesburg Auction 3 : May 4, 2014 : 10:00 404 Jan Smuts Ave., Craighall Park, Johannesburg Preview for Auction 4 June 5-6, 2014 09:00-17:00 / June 7, 2014 10:00-16:00. 404 Jan Smuts Ave., Craighall Park, Johannesburg Auction 4 : June 8, 2014 : 10:00 404 Jan Smuts Ave., Craighall Park, Johannesburg

Bernardi’s Fine Art Auction February 10, 2014 : 10:00 Unit 31, Hatfield Corner 1270 Stanza Bopape St – Formerly Church Street East, Hatfield, Pretoria Later auction and preview details yet to be confirmed

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87 Bree Street, Cape Town Auction floor views & additional content detail are available for this auction upon request by emailing info@rudds.co.za Antiques & 20thc Interiors, Collectables (Uncatalogued sale) : June 10, 2014 : 10:00 87 Bree Street, Cape Town Auction floor views & additional content detail are available for this auction upon request by emailing info@rudds.co.za Antiques & 20thc Interiors, Collectables (Uncatalogued sale) : June 24, 2014 : 10:00 87 Bree Street, Cape Town Auction floor views & additional content detail are available for this auction upon request by emailing info@rudds.co.za

Ashbey’s Preview of Fine Arts, Antiques and Decorative Auction . February 26-28, 2014 09:00-16:00 / March 1, 2014 10:00-13:00 / March 2-5, 2014 09:00-16:00 43-51 Church Street, Cape Town

Bonhams, London, UK Fine Arts, Antiques and Decorative Auction March 6, 2014 : 10:00 43-51 Church Street, Cape Town Later auction and preview details yet to be confirmed The South African Sale March 19, 2014 New Bond Street, London, UK

Rudd’s Auctioneers Antiques & 20thc Interiors, Collectables (Uncatalogued sale) : February 4, 2014 : 10:00 . 87 Bree Street, Cape Town. Auction floor views & additional content detail are available for this auction upon request by emailing info@rudds.co.za

Africa Now : May 21, 2014 : New Bond Street, London, UK Find details on these and other auctions held worldwide: http://www.bonhams.com/

Antiques & 20thc Interiors, Collectables (Uncatalogued sale) : February 18, 2014 : 10:00 . 87 Bree Street, Cape Town . Auction floor views & additional content detail are available for this auction upon request by emailing info@rudds.co.za

Previews of Auctions 13 and 15 February: February 12, 2014 09:30-19:00 February 13-14, 2014 09:30-16:30 February 15, 2014 08:30-10:00 Corner of Garden and Allan Roads, off Jan Smuts Avenue, Bordeaux

Antiques & 20thc Interiors, Collectables (Uncatalogued sale) : March 4, 2014 : 10:00 87 Bree Street, Cape Town. Auction floor views & additional content detail are available for this auction upon request by emailing info@rudds.co.za Catalogue Antique, Art & Decorative Art Auction. March 18, 2014-01-22 : 10:00 87 Bree Street, Cape Town Preview dates and times yet to be confirmed Antiques & 20thC Interiors, Collectables (Uncatalogued sale) April 1, 2014 : 10:00 87 Bree Street, Cape Town Auction floor views & additional content detail are available for this auction upon request by emailing info@rudds.co.za Antiques & 20thc Interiors, Collectables (Uncatalogued sale) : April 15, 2014 : 10:00 87 Bree Street, Cape Town Auction floor views & additional content detail are available for this auction upon request by emailing info@rudds.co.za Antiques & 20thc Interiors, Collectables (Uncatalogued sale) : May 13, 2014 : 10:00 87 Bree Street, Cape Town Auction floor views & additional content detail are available for this auction upon request by emailing info@rudds.co.za Antiques & 20thc Interiors, Collectables (Uncatalogued sale) : May 27, 2014 : 10:00

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Strauss & Co Online Sale

Stefan Welz & Co Online Sale

Strauss & Co. is pleased to announce the second iteration of its brand new product,

Strauss Online. The first sale is scheduled to open on Monday 7 April and will close on Wednesday 23 April, consignments for the sale will close on Monday 24 March. The sale features a broad cross-section of high quality South African art including, amongst others, a luxurious colour screenprint by Walter Oltman (whose major retrospective exhibition opens at the Standard Bank Gallery later this month) entitled Cricket, estimated at R3 000 – 5 000; an exquisite colour screenprint by Penny Siopis entitled Le Cap de Bonne Esperanza, estimated at R8 000 – 12 000; and a highly impressive book ash and charcoal drawing on paper by Diane Victor entitled Nelson-Ash, Long Walk at R25 000 – 35 000. “We have an incredible crosssection of extremely desirable, top quality South African and International modern and contemporary art. There is surely something on this sale to suit every taste and style” says Stephan Welz, managing director of Strauss & Co. There have been great developments with all aspects of the platform. The website has been revamped and the functionality has been dramatically improved. Commission bids: Interested buyers will now be able to leave commission bids and the system will bid on a person’s behalf, automatically increasing the previous bid by one increment, until it reaches the maximum bid amount which has been indicated in the commission bid. This feature is automated and will advise the bidder by text message and email when their limit is reached. Lot closing extensions: If bidders are competing for a particular lot and there is much activity on the lot in the last five minutes prior to the sale’s closing, the system will automatically extend the closing time of that lot by another two minutes to allow the bidders sufficient time to settle their match. Extra images per lot: Each lot will now have a variety of images depicting various angles, detail shots, images with and without frame, recto and verso shots, as well as close-ups where available. This will give interested bidders an opportunity to thoroughly inspect any lot in which they may be interested, prior to placing their bids. Usability: The functionality and appearance of the website has been dramatically improved. It is now much easier to navigate the sale, find images or jump to lots of particular interest. Bid summary: Lots on which a bidder has left bids, irrespective of whether theirs is the highest bid, are summarised on a single page so that the particular bidder can monitor the progress of these lots with the greatest ease. This page will link directly to each lot should the bidder wish to review or increase any of those bids. System notifications: The system will advise you when you have been outbid, irrespective of the bid type. For your convenience, these notifications will be sent via text message and email. Results: Provisional results of the sale will be available immediately after bidding closes on the last lot. The whole product has been streamlined and enhanced to meet with the highest international standards and greatest user friendliness, in keeping with Strauss & Co.’s position as the global leaders in South African art. For further information contact: Bina Genovese bina@straussart.co.za Tel: +27 21 683 6560 Website: www.straussart.co.za

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Bid online Anyone can bid for pieces online via www.the-saleroom.com, Europe’s leading portal for live art and antiques auctions, which is now operating in South Africa. Users of the website can search catalogues and place their bids over the internet in real-time, with live audio and video feeds recreating the auction room atmosphere – all from the comfort of their laptop or computer. The Stephan Welz & Co. Decorative and Fine Arts Auction will take place on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February at The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Alphen Drive, Constantia. Pre-auction viewing open to the public at no charge, daily from Wednesday 19 - 23 February from 10h00-17h00 (Wednesday 19, Thursday 20, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23); 10h00-14h00 (Friday 21 February). For more information contact 021-794-6461 or e-mail ct@stephanwelzandco. co.za. The auction catalogue can be viewed at www.stephanwelzandco.co.za Follow Stephan Welz & Co. on Twitter @StephanWelzCo SA ART TIMES. february 2014


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Strauss & Co. 17 March, CT 2014

Top artists and the art of dealing celebrated at Strauss & Co. All eyes are on Strauss & Co’s upcoming auction scheduled for 17 March 2014 at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands in Cape Town. Whether your interests lie in South African or international fine arts, decorative arts or jewellery, there’s plenty to tempt the senses. The headliner is undoubtedly Irma Stern’s Dakar Woman (R6 000 000 – 9 000 000). One can imagine the impact that Dakar, with its heady mix of African and French cultures, would have had on Stern during her first sojourn there in 1938. The artist’s identification with her subject is vividly conveyed in this powerful portrait that recognises their common humanity despite cultural differences. Like Stern, Maggie Laubser studied with German Expressionist artists whose influences are incorporated into her rural vision, Landscape with Harvester, Trees and Farm Homestead (R1 200 000 – 1 600 000) while Pieter Wenning’s An Eating House (R300 000 – 500 000) provides a sympathetic view of labourers. Robert Gwelo Goodman’s View of Helderberg (R300 000 – 400 000) leads the field of striking landscape paintings from artists such as Hugo Naudé to Piet van Heerden and David Botha. Stanley Pinker’s Love (R500 000 – 700 000), with its reference to Robert Indiana’s iconic work, is a sassy interpretation of swinging sixties style, strongly influenced by the artist’s training and experiences in the United Kingdom and France. An early and little known painting by Alexis Preller, entitled African Profile and dated 1965 (R500 000 – 800 000), should excite connoisseurs with its large African-inspired head, dramatic composition and bold colours. International works include Pablo Picasso’s etching, Rêve de Marin: Des femmes dans chaque port (R130 000 – 160 000). Tribute is paid to Joe Wolpe and his unparalleled role in the arts with selected works from his collection including Fred Page’s The Wolpe Gallery CT (R60 000 – 80 000), paintings by Wolf Kibel in oil and watercolour and several works by Wolpe himself, proving his extraordinary eye as art connoisseur, dealer and artist. With increasing attention being focused on upcoming African artists at international exhibitions and art fairs, Nandipha Mntambo and Andrew Putter are worth watching. Swazi-born Mntambo, who recently launched the Zeitz MOCAA pavilion at the V&A Waterfront, fuses African experience with European mythology in photographs such as Europa (R40 000 – 60 000) and Narcissus (R35 000 – 45 000), which are highly sought-after. Putter’s Lydia Logie and Guillaume Chehude Chalezac (R35 000 – 45 000 for the two) from his African Hospitality series, are imaginative photographic reconstructions of Europeans shipwrecked along the ‘Wild Coast’ and assimilated into local Xhosa-speaking groups. 34

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Bonham’s 19 March London

Bonhams London continues to lead the international market for South African art with each specialized South African Sale offering the finest artworks by major South African artists. The South African sale on the 19 March at Bonhams London will feature some of the country’s finest artworks by the major South African artists, with particular attention to the two stellar lots by the internationally acclaimed South African artists Alexis Preller and Irma Stern. Preller’s extensive travels across Africa, exploring the surroundings of Swaziland, the Seychelles, Zanzibar, Egypt and the Congo enabled him to ultimately define his own African style. Tremendous inspiration was forged out of his travels, forming the pictorial architecture of his oeuvre and enabling him to shape the artistic freedom he was continuously pursuing. One of his finest works created during his time spent in the Seychelles, ‘The Fishermen of Beau Vallon’ (£150 000 – 200 000), eloquently captures his impressions of the island, where he had lived for several months. This stellar lot demonstrates the artist’s absolute perfect command of the medium, while also revealing his superb instinctual sense of colour. This lively painting sparkles with the buoyant spirit of the islanders yet there is a very definite structural purpose served by almost every line, form and colour passage. This vibrant and imaginative panorama is a composite of the natural features and the daily human activities which are entwined in a single space and common time frame, exuding a story book charm. This illustrious artwork was included in the Alexis Preller Retrospective, hosted by the Pretoria Art Museum in October 1972. The doyenne of South African art who is celebrated for her prodigious creative output and skill, Irma Stern, will prominently feature in the forthcoming sale with her stellar work ‘Zanzibar Woman’. This striking image which is enclosed within its original Zanzibar frame will be offered for £1 000 000 – 1 500 000. Stern’s travels and experiences through out Africa cultivated her fascination for African, Malaysian and Arabic culture and this allure for the exotic is pronounced in many of her artworks. ‘Zanzibar Woman’ is one of Stern’s finest examples of her reconstruction of the unique and the exotic, together with its sumptuous Zanzibar frame, a synthesis between the sitter and the objects of her culture is formed. The sitter’s sensual and feminine qualities permeate the artwork by virtue of Stern’s rich texture and perfect use of colour. Stern’s travels to Zanzibar in the late 1930s and early 1940s inspired her response to colour and exoticism of these cultures. It is during this period which has seen her strongest, creative and most prolific output. The March sale also includes leading artworks by South Africa’s preeminent landscape artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, the people’s painter Vladimir Tretchikoff and the French-expressionist inspired painter, Ruth Everard Haden and the country’s foremost contemporary artist, William Kentridge. Hannah O’leary, head of the South African art department is delighted to include these energetic and diverse art works in the sale, adding: ‘The major South African artists have individually been exceptionally influential in placing South African art on an international platform. Bonhams is delighted to be offering a wonderful array of works that represent the wide – ranging artistic talents of the country ’ SA ART TIMES. February 2014

Stephan Welz & Co. 25 February, CT

Mandela Art Never More Poignant The first authenticated co-signed Jürgen Schadeberg photograph of Nelson Mandela to come to an auction house in South Africa will be sold at the Stephan Welz & Co. Decorative and Fine Arts Auction, 25 February in Constantia. The iconic 1994 photo of Mandela gazing out through the barred window of his Robben Island prison cell, signed by both Mandela and Schadeberg, is one of the significant works in a Mandela Collection, which will be a feature of the auction. Valued at R70 000 – R90 000, the photo was taken during Mandela’s first revisit to Robben Island since his release. “I asked Mandela if he would stand against the window and put his arm on the windowsill and look out through the bars,” said Schadeberg. “I took quite a few frames, and I noticed that his expression was changing...he was first smiling and relaxed, then started looking very serious. I said: ‘Thank you very much; I better stop.’ He looked around and gave me a tiny little smile -- not his normal big smile -- and I suddenly realised that the 17 years he had been in this prison must have gone through his mind in these few seconds and it must have been a terrible and very emotional experience for him. I hope [this photo] will help remind people of Mandela and his spending so many years in prison,” said Schadeberg. According to Schadeberg, only twenty copies of this image, signed by both Mandela and himself, were made. German-born Schadeberg was one of the key Drum photographers during the turbulent 1950s and early 1960s and is widely considered a great documentarian of South Africa, over the past 60 years. Another important work to be auctioned is a study for the portrait of Nelson Mandela by Richard Stone, who is one of the world’s most famous living portrait artists. Stone has painted almost every member of the British Royal Family over the past 40 years as well as Mandela, Former archbishop Desmond Tutu and other well-known South Africans. “His experience of painting Mandela was remarkable in terms of the observations he was able to make about the man,” said Gary Shean of Stephan Welz & Co. “Few people have had this sort of encounter,” he added. Stone has donated the study of Mandela, upon which the portrait was based, for auction, the proceeds of which are to go to the CIDA University. (auction estimate: R100 000 – R150 000). He has further donated a signed print of the original portrait with the proceeds going to The Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund (auction estimate: R20 000 – R25 000). “With his recent passing, Mandela is even more on the minds of collectors these days,” said Anton Welz of Stephan Welz & Co. On the eve of the South African launch of his acclaimed movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (and just a week prior to Mandela’s death), film producer Anant Singh bought what is possibly the biggest lot of signed Nelson Mandela memorabilia ever to be auctioned. The collection was purchased for R1 121 000 at a Stephan Welz & Co. auction in Johannesburg. 35


Irma Stern’s ‘Zanzibar Woman’. This striking image which is enclosed within its original Zanzibar frame will be offered for £1 000 000 – 1 500 000. Stern’s travels and experiences through out Africa cultivated her fascination for African, Malaysian and Arabic culture and this allure for the exotic is pronounced in many of her artworks. ‘Zanzibar Woman’ is one of Stern’s finest examples of her reconstruction of the unique and the exotic, together with its sumptuous Zanzibar frame, a synthesis between the sitter and the objects of her culture is formed. see more at : www.bonhams.com/southafricanart


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