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The feature was an amazing eye opener for myself and all on our extensive editorial panel. Given the small volume of space and the amount of truly talented sculptors, I have just focused on the main sculptors that stand out in the past 2-3 years, and even on that, we couldn’t cram more images of sculptor’s work in our limited pages – without making postage stamps size. We hope to bring you small features every month essentially to wet your apetite to read and see more. If I have left you out this month, we are planning a November sculpture edition in November again, so please let me know directly at This month we have found an answer to a lack

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The art of creating a trail of images

William Kentridge First published in The Mail & Guardian Matthew Krouse Artists attempt to understand their work by unlocking the secrets behind their creative impulses. A documentary about the life of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, titled L’amour Fou and directed by Pierre Thoretton in 2010, begins on a highly emotional note with the designer’s 2002 announcement that he would retire from the industry after a long battle with depression and ill health. In black and white archival footage Saint Laurent, stern-faced and with heavy jowls, told his adoring public: “I did not choose this fatal lineage, yet it is what allowed me to rise up in the heavens of artistic creation. To frequent what Rimbaud called ‘the makers of fire’, to find myself and understand that the most important encounter in life is the encounter with oneself.” The idea of artistic production as an “encounter with oneself” is somewhat at odds with the politically conscientious notion, prevalent in South Africa, of artistic production in the service of national development. But it was this personal encounter that featured prominently at the Rolex-funded art discussions at Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre last weekend. The two-day event dealt at length with the creative impulse, in order to unlock the secret of what drives artists, especially in the context of a rapidly changing world. The Rolex Arts Initiative, organised from the watch company’s headquarters in Geneva, has been running since 2002, pairing mentors and protégés in the fields of dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and architecture. South Africans who have participated include William Kentridge, who is currently mentor to a younger artist from Colombia called Mateo Lopez. SA ART TIMES. May 2013

Sculptor Nicholas Hlobo spent a year with Anish Kapoor in 2011 and the Baxter Theatre’s Lara Foot spent a year with director Sir Peter Hall in 2004. In an open workshop titled Getting Started, Kentridge showed a video of himself at work in his studio. In it he stands before a blank page pinned to a wall, drawing a lone rhinoceros on a horizon in charcoal. With his characteristic method Kentridge draws the rhino, simultaneously rubbing out lines he doesn’t like. In the video, a second incarnation of Kentridge watches the first at work, reclining on an antique chair while offering a critique of his creation. In real life, onstage, a third Kentridge narrates the process, telling the audience that the studio “has to be a safe space for this performance of stupidity.” Kentridge called the pacing about and viewing the work from a distance “productive procrastination”. He confessed that much of his best work started with a “bad idea,” and indeed the erasure of charcoal, which has become standard to his oeuvre, is really just a way of managing his mistakes.

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Questioned about what it is that drives him to work, Kentridge answered: “A radical incompleteness that makes [artists] leave behind this trail of images, like Hansel and Gretel.” The diminutive Peter Sellars, with hair gelled high and wearing a loud shirt and big coloured beads, chose Lebanese theatre director Maya Zbib as his protégé in 2010. In Zbib he had found a colleague at the coalface of world conflict where more than 600 000 Syrians had landed up as refugees. He travelled with Zbib to Lebanon to experience her brave and confrontational form of street theatre. Infusing some mystery into the proceedings, Sellars said that the question of the 21st century would be: “Who is in the room?” He observed that the failure of democracy was its general inability to listen to the variety of voices all shouting out to be heard. “At the moment, if you are hearing a voice it is because money is behind it,” Sellars said. On Saturday night, at the showcase event of the occasion Sellars, Kentridge and nobel laureate Wole Soyinka sparred, largely over the subject of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Kentridge showed the hard-hitting animation used in 1997 in his puppet theatre production Ubu and the Truth Commission. The animation featured the forms of torture used by apartheid forces on their black resisters. Kentridge wondered about the “problem of how art can cope with the memory of a traumatic kind”. In response, Soyinka hinted at South Africa’s unfinished business, telling Kentridge that, in producing art about the truth commission, and in the public’s ability to accept the commission itself, “an element of restitution must be inserted even if only symbolically, without which healing is incomplete.”

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South Africa Countdown to Grahamstown ‘13 IOL.By Helen Herimbi. On the eve of the festival’s 40th anniversary,” smiles National Arts Festival director Ismail Mahomed, “we’re doing all the things that someone who was about to turn 40 would do.“So we’re trimming the waistline a little bit because of the broader arts funding issues across the country. We’re running slower and we’re keeping a lover that’s 30 years old. As you know, the Standard Bank Awards are 30 years old next year.” White Zuma, Mandela painting rejected News24.Johannesburg - A painting depicting President Jacob Zuma and former president Nelson Mandela as whites has been removed from an art exhibition in Nelspruit, it was reported on Monday. The art work, created by Kobus Myburgh, was in an exhibition scheduled to open at the Van Riebeeck Hall on Monday, as part of the local municipality’s celebration of World Art Day, Beeld reported.In the same painting, former heads of state Hendrik Verwoerd, John Vorster, PW Botha and FW de Klerk were shown as blacks. Siemon Allen awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship Congratulations to Siemon Allen for being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts for 2013. Part of his submission for the award included the ‘Labels’ curtain, exhibited at The Goodman Gallery (CPT) in 2011 and the ‘Stamps’ installation that has been acquired by the Gordon Schachata Collection. Allen has exhibited all over the world and locally at BANK Gallery (DBN), NSA Gallery (DBN) and the Johannesburg Art Gallery.. Diane Victor- Goodman Gallery Sale a resounding success We have just received confirmation of the huge success of the benefit auction held for Diane Victor at the The Goodman Gallery (JHB) this past Saturday, 20 April 2013. The total amount grossed was 1.8 million rand. Lara Koess, the curator at The Goodman Gallery (JHB) had the following to say: “We are overwhelmed with the generosity of those who contributed and sponsored the event. Everything from the art to the framing to the catering was donated. We were hoping to gross between 1.5 million to 2 million rand and the end result was 1. 8 million rand. It was an incredible day and this is only the beginning. Gordon Froud will be hosting a benefit for Diane Victor at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in coming weeks. Diane is well on her way to finding a solution and we wish her all the best.” VIDEO: Gevierde Rhode wys werk in Kaapstad Die Burger: Laetitia Pople : KAAPSTAD. – As die kunstenaar Robin Rhode aan ’n muur werk, staan die graffiti­kunstenaars eers terug. Wat hy doen teen die muur, is nie graffiti nie, dit is teater. ’n Mens moet staan en kyk, sê hulle.Die enigmatiese kunstenaar het verlede week in Kaapstad ’n rondleiding van sy eerste tentoonstelling in meer as ’n dekade in sy ­vaderland aangebied. Mandela art stays above the fray Phillip de Wet.Trade in former president Nelson Mandela’s work is steady - despite the high prices and the ugly legal shenanigans.

International Rijksmuseum reopens with fanfare and fireworks By Javier Pes. The Art Newspaper. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands leads the weekend celebrations, which include a giant key, free admission until midnight and a new light piece welcoming visitors by name . The finishing touches were being made today, 12 April, to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum ahead of Saturday’s royal reopening. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will lead the celebrations that are due to include a giant key, which she will turn, and a fireworks display at noon, after which everyone is invited to see the results of the decade-long, €375m modernisation. The museum is due to stay open on Saturday until midnight, and the €15 admission fee for adults will be waived. Expect a queue on the more than 100m-long orange carpet-covered catwalk that has been built for the grand opening. Egon Schiele’s first doomed romance is revealed by lost sketchbook Drawings and poems chart unrequited love of the Viennese painter who redefined erotic art Guardian (UK) Dalya Alberge. Egon Schiele in his studio in Vienna, 1914. Photograph: Imagno/Getty Images Egon Schiele was a love-struck teenager when he drew a girl’s face on the cover of his first sketchbook. She was his first love, a “rosy, enchanting creature”, he wrote of Margarete Partonek. He was 16 and soon to enrol for formal training, eventually becoming one of the great artists of the 20th century, only for his life to be tragically cut short. Storm Thorgerson dies aged 69 Guardian (UK). Storm Thorgerson, the British graphic designer behind some of the most memorable album covers of all time, including Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69.The designer, who also created artwork for bands and musicians including Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse over his 40 year career, died peacefully after having been ill for some time with cancer.Thorgerson began his career with UK design group Hipgnosis, founded in the late 1960s, and his distinctive style made him one of the industry’s most recognisable artists. 08

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The tricky art of a state funeral Guardian (UK ) From Warhol to JMW Turner, artists’ depictions of public funerals offer an illuminating perspective on Britain’s pending ritual of mourning for Margaret Thatcher. In some of his most powerful silk-screen paintings, Andy Warhol commemorated the funeral of John F Kennedy. The artist clipped news photographs of the event, zooming in on a Jackie Kennedy dazed by grief. The raw black of newsprint images contrasts starkly with Warhol’s potent painted colours to harrow the onlooker.





The art of Thatcher: images of the battling baronness GUARDIAN (UK) From Deller to Newton, artists have reflected the tension and turmoil at the heart of Margaret Thatcher’s years in power How Margaret Thatcher made UK museums into world leaders The Art Newspaper. Margaret Thatcher was cordially disliked by the British academic community—famously, Oxford University members voted against giving her an honorary degree—but in her belief that public institutions should give value for money and be accountable, but also masters of their own fate, she was indirectly responsible for reforms to Britain’s national museums that helped make them the flexible and creative places they are today. Her reforms in public funding gave them the freedom to manage their own financial affairs, raise money from the private sector and run publishing and merchandising companies. The majority of street art is like a dog urinating on a wall’: Street artist ... Independent (UK) Street art has traditionally been a male-dominated scene. Not only in the typical culture of hooded men creating art at night, but also in the arguably masculine need to territorialise a given space. Los Angelesbased street artist Deedee Cheriel admits she still struggles with the machismo the medium demands. “Banksy did a popular piece for a show in LA of a dog pissing on a wall. The majority of street art is like that, it’s like writing your name on the wall. It’s very juvenile, it’s very dry,” she says. Source

Business Art Court dismisses lawsuit over Eggleston reprints : New York collector said that larger format versions of Eggleston photographs devalue his collection of limited edition works The Art Newspaper: By Gareth Harris and Charlotte Burns. A New York collector has lost his legal battle against the photographer William Eggleston in US federal court. Jonathan Sobel, a financier, says that his collection of more than 190 photographs by Eggleston, which includes limited edition prints, was devalued by an auction of Eggleston’s works at Christie’s New York in March 2012.The sale was controversial because it included new, larger format editions of the photographer’s famous dye-transfer images that the artist first produced in the 1970s and early 1980s. Corporate sponsors play it safe : The economic downturn has forced a more strategic approach to arts spending The Art News Paper: By Melanie Gerlis.Businesses are continuing their support of the arts, despite the economic downturn, but they have become more choosy about the exhibitions and institutions they back.“In the middle of a recession, there’s still money, but what’s needed is confidence,” says Philip Spedding, the director of Arts & Business, a UK-based group that develops private- and public-sector partnerships. Plus, he adds, “if you’re about to fire half your staff, sponsoring an arts project could send out the wrong kind of signal”. Leonard Lauder’s $1.1 Billion Cubist Art Gift To Met Is One Of Largest Donations In History FORBES: Leonard Lauder made history with the gift of his Cubist art collection to New York City’s Met. Leonard Lauder, heir to mother Estee Lauder’s massive cosmetics fortune, has gifted his dazzling collection of Cubist art to New York‘s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Times reports.Forbes values the collection at $1.1 billion, a figure we used in calculating his net worth of $8.1 billion for our Billionaires issue, published in early March. The Cubist trove therefore signifies a gift of 13.5% of Lauder’s total net worth — and drops his fortune to $7 billion. It also enshrines him in the pantheon of the most generous philanthropists of all time. SA ART TIMES. May 2013






Diane Victor: No country for old women consecrating the forgotten and raped of children, as well as the eminent danger women, as mothers, face when raising their children.

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(a personal interpretation) In an ever endangered world, humankind is always in search for meaning and hope. Diane Victor, this year’s main festival artist at the Absa KKNK art festival (held recently in Oudtshoorn), exhibited a large glass, steel and wood altarpiece, titled “No Country for Old Women” in a local church hall. Through the use of candle smoke on glass panels as core medium, Victor emphasises the fragility and vulnerability of the lives of women and children living in South Africa due to abuse inflicted upon them. As I entered the Victoria Memorial Hall in Oudtshoorn, I was struck with awe. The enormous work, which is over four meters high, completely engulfed me and made me feel as if I have entered a sacred space. Looking around at the other visitors of this annual festival, I realised, that this work speaks to everyone. Whether you are a highly qualified academic, or a simple layman, this work reaches each viewer on a very personal level. Some viewers might agree with the following personalised interpretation of the work, while others could have come to completely different conclusions. “No Country for Old Women” was inspired by Diane Victor’s abhorrence and disgust of the manner in which the murder of her elderly aunt was handled by the South African police and the insensitivity shown by both the killers and the community. Victor’s 82 year old aunt, Angela Reardon, who lived on her own and worked for the community at the local church, was murdered and buried in her own vegetable garden. The way in which the body was disposed of, showed the killers’ disregard for and ignorance towards the role and importance of an elderly woman in the community. The altar piece is a triptych and consists of seven major glass panels surrounded by various smaller panels. These glass panels are dedicated to and representative of the murder of Angela Reardon; the rape, murder and disembowelment of Anene Booyens; the stoning of ‘witches’; the “therapeutic rape” of lesbians; the abuse


The image of a woman holding a crying baby, a typical representation of the Virgin holding the Christ child, forces the viewer to question the role that women, as mothers, play in their children’s lives. Why is the boy child in the panel in a work that is a tribute to women? Could he represent the potential danger, as a man, that he might become in later life? A man who may perpetrate violence against women who might have been his mother, sister, wife, daughter or other women in society? Why is the baby’s face reminiscent of that of an older person? Is it because Victor makes reference to the Byzantine period, where it was customary to portray children’s faces as those of adults, or is she perhaps questioning the potential danger that this little being might become. And if the child is a representation of the Christ child, is the artist questioning where God is during all the injustice happening in the world? This image is portrayed in the central panel of the altar piece, and is placed there intentionally. The artist, however, leaves these interpretations up to the viewer. It is questionable whether the systems humans use to interpret what they see around them are in fact mere reflections (mimesis) or whether it is actually a construct created by the society in which they live (Sturken and Cartwright 2001:12). In other words, the interpretation of the work needs to take into consideration the artist’s phenomenological Dasein - background, experiences, beliefs and her “situatedness” within this world, and cannot simply evaluate the artwork based on the mythical meanings of the chosen archetype. Symbolism has always played a vital role in Victor’s works. “No Country for Old Women” is no different. The Christian iconography is as evident as ever. Victor (2013) however, notes that in this case she has used symbols that have been re-appropriated over time, adopting accumulated meanings and interpretations, which may be interpreted by the viewer. Symbols can be described as a universal language (Stander 2011). They can be understood by different cultures and languages, and thus surpass language barriers. A single image can transmit the same (or a different) message to multiple cultures and societies across the world. Bakhtin argues that meaning is unique to specific individuals or groups within a specific context (Allen 2000:17). Depending on the viewer’s culture, experiences and his or her intentions, the viewer’s perceptions of certain circumstances and events would differ from that of others. The viewer’s ‘life-world’ (Lebenswelt) is completely different to a person from another culture and society. Similarly, when interpreting a symbol or a sign, the ‘life-world’ of the viewer in contemporary times is worlds apart from that of the ancient interpreter’s ‘life world’. Barthes (1972:129) comments on this situation by explaining that “it is the reader of myths himself who must reveal their essential function”. The viewer should thus ask himself how he perceives the given myth (or symbol) today in his own Lebenswelt. Victor (2013) explains that “the work makes reference to the tradition of the stained glass windows, which often commemorated the martyrs of a faith.” These glass panels are thus not only used to capture the ghosts of various women, who serve as icons, and keep a part of them alive, but also to bring honour and consecrate them, elevating them to the status of saints, where they are regarded as holy and divine. Their actions as

humans become transcendent, and their lives sacred. When placed in an altar piece, the images of women become bodies placed on coffin-shaped glass panels. The framework becomes a restriction, elevating the women on the one hand, while not allowing them to be completely free of the stigma imposed on them by society. Also interesting is the way in which Victor stores and transports these panels, namely in wooden coffin shaped crates. After being exhibited as works of art, the women go back into their boxes and become voiceless objects, similar to their roles they had as women, while still being alive. The artist has given these women a voice, making their stories heard, yet, at the end of the day, they need to be neatly stored away, and put in their ‘proper’ place again. It could be interpreted that Victor, perhaps even unknowingly, uses the ‘Resurrection Myth’ in her work, in order to communicate multiple meanings and interpretations. Firstly, her subject matter speaks of giving women a second or resurrected life. By immortalising the selected female figures, Victor resurrects and brings them back to life, while simultaneously telling their stories. Secondly, the candle smoke that she employs in her drawings is by default a ‘dead’ medium. Yet, the artist has found a way to capture this waste material, and by encapsulating it in glass, gives the smoke a new purpose too. Mediums and materials used by contemporary artists thus also play a vital role in the interpretation of symbolism in their works. Experimentation with materials is not unique to contemporary society (Coddington 1999:20). Whereas pre-historic artists mainly relied on clay, stone, bones and other natural elements to portray their interpretation of the archetype of the Resurrection Myth, many artists throughout the ages started to rely on other elements, such as oil and acrylic paints, pencils and pastels, as well as plastic and other manufactured elements. Victor uses carbon deposit – a natural element, in a new and exciting way as drawing medium which has come to symbolise the ephemeral and temporary nature of the lives depicted. Victor mainly focuses on social and political circumstances in South Africa, seen through a contemporary reading of Christian iconography and interpreted in the fragile mediums of smoke and glass. The images and mediums not only speak of “fragility, transience, liminality, uncertainty, vulnerability, change and loss”, as Karen von Veh (2012:6) explains in “Diane Victor: Burning the candle at both ends”, but also forces the viewers to examine their own mortality. Not only the art community, but also the general public has become increasingly aware of Victor’s own health problems and perhaps through the medium she attempts to come to grips with her own mortality. By employing candle smoke as her main medium, the artist draws a synthesis between her life and the legacy she will leave behind. Candle smoke is hardly a medium that can be preserved for longer periods of time. The glass panels, on which the smoke is ‘drawn’, are used to protect the work from disintegrating, thus extending its life for some time. However, the works are not immortal, and even if the soot will not fade as it is protected by the glass, it is encapsulated by a fragile medium that is susceptible to damage and destruction much like the human body. The inevitability of human death is something we all wish to ignore.

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DIANE VICTOR/ REVIEW | NEWS | ART TIMES On multiple levels however, “No Country for Old Women” draws the attention back to the harsh reality of human mortality. Victor embraces the challenge of consecrating the forgotten. Realising how fragile and vulnerable life is, this artist has found a way to capture the ephemeral in a poignant way. Since the beginning of humankind the human race has used myths in order to describe the inexpressible and inexplicable. People have made use of fictional and mythological narratives in order to make sense of that which is incomprehensible, or to express that which is indescribable. In an ongoing endangered world, humankind is always in search for meaning and hope. Where war, sickness, abuse, pain, torment, injustice or other forms of death prevail, meaning and hope evades the fingertips of this species in search of life. In various ways mankind always digs its way through the rubble of darkness and death to discover the dawn of a rising day. Bearing in mind that this is a personal interpretation, perhaps these are elements through which other viewers could also interpret the work “No Country for Old Women”?


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anity. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. - Murray, P & Murray, L. 1996. The Oxford companion to Christian art and architecture. New York: Oxford University Press. - Stander, H. 2000. Simbole: veilig of gevaarlik. Cape Town: Struik Christelike Boeke. - Stander, H. 2011. Opstanding en simboliek in die vroeg-christelike kuns, in Rots op wie ek bou, edited by CJA Vos and DJ Human. Cape Town: NB Uitgewers. - Steffen, U. 1963. Das Mysterium von Tod und Auferstehung. Göttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht. - Storr, R. 1999. Immortalité Provisoire, in Mortal Immortality? Legacy of 20th century art, edited by MA Corzo. Singapore: Paul Getty Trust:35-40. - Sturken, M & Cartwright, L. 2001. Practices of looking: an introduction to visual culture.New York: Oxford University Press. - Victor, D, Artist, Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn. 2013. Interview by author. [Transcript]. 5 April. Oudtshoorn. - Von Veh, K. 2008. Diane Victor. Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing. - Von Veh, K. 2012. Diane Victor: Burning the candle at both ends. Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing.


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BUSINESS ART Alan Demby’s Fine Business of Art

However, when Marc Kretschmer sold out of the firm last year, and Fred Scott came in as MD, he made another approach to investigate possible synergies. Scott promptly called in then chairman Jack Rosewitz and within a few months it was a case of not just synergies, but buying into the company and assuming the chair, with Rosewitz taking the new position of deputy chairman.

By Michael Coulson Taking the chair of, and becoming a shareholder in, Stephan Welz & Co may be Alan Demby’s first move into high art, but it’s by no means his first brush with the genre. Inherently entrepreneurial, while he was doing his national service in the 1970s at the army headquarters, after graduating with a BCom from Wits, he supplemented his income by selling paintings (“they were mass produced in China, though I didn’t know that”, he says) door to door in Pretoria. Even that wasn’t his first business venture. While still an undergraduate, he managed a rock band, Flash Harry. But, ironically, it was his spell in the army that set him off on his real business career. Spotting a classified ad in the Pretoria News offering six Krugerrand for sale, he and a friend bought them for R3 000, drove across to the SA Gold Coin Exchange in Joburg, and sold them at a small profit. His friend soon lost interest, but Demby pressed on. After leaving the army, he decided to go into the business full-time, and took an office in Rand Central -- the same building that housed the Gold Coin Exchange and where, coincidentally, another young entrepreneur, Percy Tucker, was developing Show Service, the ancestor of today’s Computicket giant. Another classified ad, this time in The Star, offering 1968 frosted Krugerrands for sale, introduced him to Freddie Melamed, who became something of a mentor and led him into property development, still a string to his bow. He also started dealing in shares, but soon realised this was not his forte, and decided to focus on the coin business He stresses that this was always a dealing business, not speculation. Any positions he took were 12

in the normal course of business, avoiding the losses that were all too common among those who took large positions in the coin. But that didn’t mean it was a passive business; in 1980, when the SA Mint brought out a special set, he repackaged them and sold them through credit cards. Growth was not only organic. In 1989 he bought the Gold Investment Corp, a small subsidiary of Sage Holdings, and then in 1992 came what ultimately turned out to be the crucial move, when he bought the then struggling Gold Coin Exchange from its founder, Eli Levine. Though gold was in a bull market in the 1990s, disillusioned investors had lost interest in gold coins. To try and broaden the market, he opened the first Scoin shop in Sandton City in 1999, but even this was slow to take off. He even considered selling out, but decided to soldier on, and gradually the Scoin shops took off. The concept, he says, was for bright, friendly shops with a limited range of offerings, pitched at a broad but relatively affluent market. “We wanted to be Levisons, not Pep Stores.” And he found that stores, run by employees, worked better than his original, broker-based operation. “Brokers are too prone to walk out and take their clients with them.” He also came to realise that top-quality numismatic coins tend to be sold on auction, not by dealers. To enter this market, 10 years ago he tried to buy Spinks, the London coin auction house that Christie’s had decided was no longer core, but was outbid. Still, that planted a seed in his mind. He even approached Stephan Welz & Co’s eponymous founder about six years ago, but at that point Welz was not interested in selling.

It was an opportune time. For some years after Kretschmer and Rosewitz bought the firm from Welz, it had had a near-monopoly of the auction trade in SA art. But the emergence of Bonhams in London and unexpected return of Welz himself through Strauss & Co had pushed it into third place. Demby sees himself as above all a marketer (he has an honours degree in marketing from Unisa) and believes this is the skill he can bring to the company. He also still believes there’s much synergy between coins and art. They appeal to a similar class of buyer/collector, and he looks forward to making it easier for investors to switch holdings from coins into art -- or vice versa. Stamps are another potential area. And synergy works both ways. The Stephan Welz marque can already be seen on two galleries in Sandton City, one dealing in contemporary art, the other in the masters. Some pictures, he says, are better suited to hang in a gallery than go on auction. In particular, it doesn’t really make sense to sell works below R5 000 on auction. He envisages similar outlets in other cities. Exhibitions, the Internet and presentations in shopping mall centre courts are other potential sales or marketing media. The Gold Coin Exchange has 40 000 clients, and if any of them can be moved across to art, it can transform that market. It’s a two-pronged strategy. On the one hand, art must be made more approachable, less elitist; on the other, he wants to upgrade the quality of work on the firm’s auctions, and increase the average price -- which, he says, was already noticeable in the first sale of the year in Cape Town. The average transaction at the Gold Coin Exchange, he says, is a startling R40 000, and he’d like to emulate this at Stephan Welz & Co, whose clientele is much wealthier. “We can no longer compete with Strauss. We must build our own model, not look back at the past. We must also go for a younger market.” Great ambitions, and it’s much too soon to gauge whether they’re realisable. But it could be fun, and certainly interesting, seeing how the new approach affects a historically somewhat staid and hidebound industry. SA ART TIMES. May 2013


Art prices feel the squeeze By Michael Coulson While activity in the art market has picked up, the latest Citadel Art Price Index suggests that average auction prices this year have followed the hesitant trend of financial, and especially commodity, markets generally. After a strong finish to 2012, which saw the index gaining 12.2% last year, the index fell back by 5.3% in the first quarter of this year. It is still well below its 2008 peak and technical analysts would say that, if it is not still in a bear trend, it is at best moving sideways.

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(Top) Lot: 243. Irma Stern: Proteas. signed and dated 1924oil on canvas, 58,5cm by 48,5cm R1 000 000–1 500 000 Strauss & Co: A striking number of iconic artworks by South Africa’s foremost artists will lead Strauss & Co’s South African and International Art sale at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg on 20 May 2013. “What is particularly pleasing about this sale is that the majority of the works consigned have been enjoyed in private collections since their original purchase,” comments Senior Paintings Specialist, Phillippa Duncan. Headlining the auction is JH Pierneef’s Extensive Landscape, Lydenburg, Northern Drakensberg Beyond. Completed in 1932, the same year as the famous Johannesburg Railway Station panels, this panoramic landscape showcases Pierneef’s mastery in capturing the nuances of the South SA ART TIMES. May 2013

African landscape. This masterful work includes Pierneef’s original hand-made frame, highlighting the dominant blue of the distant mountains. The catalogue cover sports a jewel-like Alexis Preller. Gold Primavera is richly worked in gold leaf and incorporates all the skill and detail for which Preller is renowned. Originally gifted to his close friend, Erich Frey, a well-known jeweller in Pretoria from the 1960s who assisted Preller with a decorative panel for his guest suite, this work was included on both the 1972 Retrospective at the Pretoria Art Museum and the 2009 Preller Standard Bank Gallery exhibition. Vladimir Tretchikoff’s Alicia Markova ‘The Dying Swan’ is a masterful work by one of South African arts most controversial personalities. In 1949, whilst on a tour of South Africa with the London Royal Ballet, Tretchikoff was so moved by her performance that he decided to follow Markova around the country in order to paint her. Markova is widely considered to be one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of the 20th century. She was the first British dancer to become the principal dancer of a ballet company and, with Dame Margot Fonteyn, is one of only two English dancers to be recognised as a prima ballerina assoluta. “The amazing thing about this sale,” says Stephan Welz, Managing Director of Strauss & Co ,” is how the very best of South African art over the last 160 years is reflected here. Thomas Bowler’s Panorama of Table Mountain, is the most important 19th century South African watercolour to come onto the market in the last 30 years. From the 20th century, we have two examples of the most reproduced South African artworks ever, Frans

Citadel says that the top end of the market has cooled down as the “astronomic” records set by Irma Stern are no longer being achieved, while the middle section of the market is still vibrant, with various artists setting new records. The heavy weighting attached to the Sterns of course drags the overall average down in spite of this. However, the index has still risen about 3.5-fold since 2001 and has outperformed all other main local investment vehicles except the Johannesburg Stock Exchange -- and that gap will have narrowed with the recent correction in share prices. Citadel says that in the final quarter of last year the seven auction houses it monitors sold 992 works of art for R101m, the same as the previous quarter. I’m not sure how it arrives at these figures: by my count, just the three major firms I follow (Strauss and Stephan Welz & Co in SA, Bonhams in London) had gross sales of R121m in Q4 2012, while there was only one small sale, grossing less than R10m, in the traditionally quiet Q3, for much of which the world -- especially western Europe -- is on holiday. In Q1 2013 each major house had one sale, and they grossed about R110m. The comparable figure last year was about R75m, while Q4 2011 brought in just under R130m. So if we take the six months to March, a gross of about R231m this year compares to about R205m for the comparable period in 2012. That’s double-digit growth, which is pretty good going in the prevailing circumstances. Oerder’s Blossom Time, and Vladimir Tretchikoff’s Dying Swan, as well as outstanding major works by such celebrated artists as Alexis Preller, Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Gwelo Goodman, Dorothy Kay, Jean Welz, Hugo Naudé, Walter Battiss and Freida Lock among many others. The sale concludes with important works by William Kentridge, Deborah Bell and Alfred Thoba as well as a selection of photographs by Jürgen Schadeberg. A truly exceptional offering, even if I say so myself!” Arguably the finest collection since the company’s inaugural auction of 9 March 2009, this sale encompasses the best of South African and International art. For further information please contact 011-728-8246 or 13

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Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum Until 9 June, ‘Facing the Climate’, 5 Swedish and 5 South African cartoonists take a sharp and disturbing look at the climate issue (Main Building). Until 9 June, ‘Call and Response’, a show by Cedric Nunn (Annex). 9 May - 23 June, ‘The Last of Us’, a solo exhibition by Pauline Gutter (Reservoir). 16 Harry Smith Str, Bloemfontein. T. 051 011 0525

Clarens Art & Wine Gallery on Main The Gallery houses an exquisite collection of art by wellknown artists like Frederike Stokhuyzen, Aviva Maree, Gregoire Boonzaier, J.H. Pierneef, Pieter van der Westhuizen, Erik Laubscher, Eben van der Merwe, Hennie Niemann, Hannetjie de Clercq, ceramics by Laura Du Toit, sculpture by Fana Malherbe & Jean Doyle, glass by David Reade & Shirley Cloete and numerous others. 279 Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1298 or Anton Grobbelaar. C. 082 341 8161 Blou Donki Art Gallery Windmill Centre, Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1757 Johan Smith Art Gallery The gallery permanently exhibits a wide variety of classical and selected contemporary art works featuring Johan Smith, Elga Rabe, Graham Carter, Gregoire Boonzaier, and various others. Specializing in ceramics, the gallery supports artists such as Hennie Meyer, Karen Sinovich, and Heather Mills, among others. Collectable bronzes and handmade glass by David Reade also available. Windmill Centre, Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1620

Gauteng Johannesburg Absa Art Gallery 13 - 30 May, Curated show by Jayne Crawshay-hall. Absa Towers North, 161 Main Str, Jhb. T. 011 350 5139 Alice Art Featured artists displaying work on the weekends: Liezl le Roux, Marisa du Toit, Stan Polson and Portchie. 217 Drive Str, Ruimsig. T. 011 958 1392 C.083 331 8466 Art Eye Gallery 15 May - 2 June, ‘Moments Captured’, an exhibition by Luke Batha. Shop 109, First Floor, The Design Quarter, Cnr William Nicol & Leslie Avenue, Fourways, Sandton. T. 011 465 7695. C. 071 386 2198. The Art Place 144 Milner Ave, Roosevelt Park. T. 011 888 9120 Art Unlimited Gallery Creating and exhibiting art works, with art classes, regular art workshops and a yearly art retreat on an old farm near Clarens in the Free State. Workshop: 8 June, Textures, Techniques and the making and use of “skins” by Linda Fourie. Contact artist and owner, Louwtjie Kotzé. 18 Boabab Street, Vonneglans Ext 4, Randburg. C. 083 779 9021

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FREE STATE, GAUTENG | GALLERY GUIDE Artist Proof Studio Bus Factory, 3 President Street, Newtown Cultural Precinct. T. 011 492 1278 Artspace Jhb 4 May - 1 June, ‘Valley of Grace’, a show by Heike AllertonDavies. Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood. T.011 880 8802 The Bag Factory 10 Mahlatini Str, Fordsburg. T. 011 834 9181 Carol Lee Fine Art 18 - 26 May, ‘Dialogue’, a group show with participating artists uncluding Carl Becker, Diane McLean, Louis Olivier, Guy du Toit, Gabrielle Raaff, Pieter Robbetze, Clare Haynes and others. Upstairs@ Bamboo, Cnr 9th Street & Rustenburg Road, Melville. T. 011 486 0526. Cherie de Villiers Gallery 9 - 19 May, ‘20th Birthday Celebration Exhibition’, a showcase of works by Karen Fortune, Paddy Starling, Peter Bonney, Peter Hall and Hannes du Plessis, amongst many others. Showing at the Centre Court, Hyde Park Cnr. Shop UM 25, Hyde Park Cnr, Cnr William Nicol/Jan Smuts Rds, Hyde Park. T. 011 3255395. Christie’s International Auctioneers. Gillian Scott Berning, Independent Consultant. T 031 207 8247 CIRCA on Jellicoe Until 18 May, “Property of a Gentleman”, a collection of works by various artists. 2 Jellicoe Ave. T. 011 788 4805 Cire Perdue Art Focused on the selection and distribution of limited edition works of art, specifically bronze sculptures. T. 011 465 8709. C. 082 373 2047 David Krut Projects 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood. T. 011 447 0627. Contact Claire Zinn. Everard Read Jhb Until 4 May, a show of new works by Alessandro Papetti, as well as ‘My Country’, a collection of ten South African landscapes by John Meyer. 9 May - 1 June, a show by Harold Voigt. 6 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Jhb. T. 011 788 4805 Ferreira Art Gallery 300 Main Rd, Bryanston. T. 011 706 3738. The Fine Arts Studio Offering part-time courses in oil painting and drawing, designed for beginners and experienced artists alike. Rivonia, Sandton. Gallery 2 Until 4 May, “Thinking in Paint”, an exhibition by Gail Behrmann, Ricky Burnett, David Koloane and Jenny Stadler. 7 - 28 May, group show by various artists. 140 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood. T. 011 447 0155 Gallery AOP 44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf (Milpark) Jhb. T. 011 726 2234.

Gallery MOMO Until 27 May, ‘Works on Paper’, a show featuring works by Dumile Feni, Blessing Ngobeni and Joël Mpah Dooh, amongst others. 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Jhb. T. 011 327 3247 Goodman Gallery JHB Until 11 May, “Looking Back”, an exhibition by Robert Hodgins. 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood. T. 011 788 1113 Grahams Fine Art Gallery The gallery exhibits fine examples of South African art, including works by: Maggie Laubser, J.H Pierneef, Irma Stern, Freida Lock, Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller, Gerard Sekoto, Robert Hodgins, Stanley Pinker & Peter Clarke. Unit 46, Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, Cnr Cedar & Valley Rds, Broadacres, Fourways, Jhb. T. 011 465 9192 16 Halifax Art 16 Halifax Art is a visual art agency owned by Dana MacFarlane. 16 Halifax Str, Bryanston. Dana MacFarlane, In Toto Gallery Until 20 May, “Exposure”, a photographic exhibition featuring Michael Meyersfeld, Lien Botha, Bob Cnoops and Francki Burger, amongst others.6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St Andrew Str, Birdhaven. T. 011 447 6543 Isis Gallery Look no further for the best art at the best prices. New works by Bastiaan van Stenis, Obert Jongwe, Tasha Mrazek and Mind Shana. New glass artworks are available. Add value to your business or personal collection. Receive a certificate for each purchase made. Visit our website and see who has almost sold out. Shop 163, The Mall of Rosebank. Contact Daniel Erasmus T. 011 447 2317 Johannesburg Art Gallery JAG Until 12 May, “Venus at Home”, a solo show by Usha Seejarim. Seejarim’s work explores issues of identity, with a fascination for the mundane and the ordinary. King George Str, Joubert Park, Jhb. T. 011 725 3184 Market Photo Workshop Gallery 2 President Str, Newtown, Jhb. T. 011 834 1444 Manor Gallery Until 4 May, 89th Exhibition of the Watercolour Society Africa (WSA) And the 3rd of the Art Society Africa (ASA). Showing paintings in all media by top SA artists. Norscot Manor Centre, Penguin Drive, Fourways. T. 011 465 7934 Resolution Gallery Until 29 May, ‘Both Sides’, a photographic exhibition by John Liebenburg. Unit 4, Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, 2193. T. 011 880 4054 Russell Kaplan Auctioneers Auctioneers of Fine Art, Antiques and Collectables. Ground floor, Bordeaux Court, Corner of Garden & Allan Rds, Bordeaux.T. 011 789 7422 Standard Bank Gallery Until 15 June, “Retinal Shift”, an exhibition by Standard Bank Young Artist 2012, Mikhael Subotzky. Cnr of Simmonds & Frederick Str.’s, Jhb. T. 011 631 1889


GAUTENG, MPUMALANGA, NORTH WEST, WESTERN CAPE | GALLERY GUIDE Stephan Welz & Company 29 May, ‘Stamps and Coins’. 13 Biermann Ave, Rosebank, Jhb. T. 011 880-3125 Stevenson Johannesburg Until 7 June, ‘Tyaphaka And Other Works’, by Nicholas Hlobo. 62 JutaStr, Braamfontein, Jhb. T. 011 326 0034 Strauss & Co. 16 May, ‘Vintage Couture: The Chris Levin Collection’. Strauss & Co, in conjunction with Vintage, with Love. Preview to be held at our Houghton offices. 20 May, ‘South African & International Art’, at the Wanderer’s Club in Illovo. 89 Central Str, Houghton. T. 011 728 8246 UJ Art Gallery 8 - 29 May, ‘Tom Waits for no Man’, a group exhibition curated by Gordon Froud. Cnr Kingsway & University Rd, Auckland Park, Jhb. T. 011 559 2099 The White House Gallery The gallery has a wide ranging portfolio featuring renowned masters such as Chagall, Marini, Miro, Moore , Stella, Picasso, Dine & Hockney - to name a few. Also the more affordable works of up and coming artists in Britain and France, along with globally acclaimed South African artists. Shop G11 Thrupps Centre, Oxford Rd, Illovo, Jhb.

Pretoria Alette Wessels Kunskamer Operates as an art gallery and art consultancy, specialising in South African art as an investment, dealing in Old Masters, and selected contemporary art. Maroelana Centre, 27 Maroelana Str, Maroelana, Pretoria. T. 012 346 0728 Art in the Park An association promoting art works in watercolor, oil, pastel, acrylics, batik, sculpture, pottery and photography, with regular member exhibitions. Exhibition dates for May are: 4 May (Greenlyn Village); 5 May (Pretoria Botanical Gardens); 25 May (Greenlyn Village) and 26 May (Magnolia Dell). Contact Hannes: 071 676 3600. Association of Arts Pretoria 3 - 22 May, ‘Roll Call’, a show by by Majak Bredell. 24 May - 12 June, sculptures by Amalie von Maltitz. 26 May - 5 June, drawings by Andre de Beer. 31 May - 19 June, paintings by Dylan Graham and photographs by Alet Pretorius. 173 Mackie Str, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria. T. 012 346 3100 Centurion Art Gallery A commercial satellite of the Pretoria Art Museum. c/o Cantonment and Unie Avenues, Lyttelton T. 012 358 3477 Fried Contemporary Until 25 May, ‘Counterpoint’, a show by Christiaan Diedericks. 1146 Justice Mahomed Street,Brooklyn, Pretoria. T. 012 346 0158 Front Room Art 116 Kate Ave, Rietondale. Jennifer Snyman 082 451 5584 Gallery Michael Heyns 194 Haley Str, Weavind Park, Pretoria.

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T. 012 804 0869 Pretoria Art Museum Until 29 May, “Landscape - Prints”, a permanent collection in the East Gallery. Until July, “Abstract and Semi-Abstract Art”, a selection of works ranging from the early 1960’s up to 2001, showing in the North Gallery and Henry Preiss Hall. Until Dec, “A Story of South African Art”, a selection of artworks from the permanent collection is on show, as well as a selection of ceramics from the Corobrik Ceramic Selection. Cnr Frances Baard and Wessels Str, Arcadia Park, Arcadia, Pretoria. T.012 344 1807/8 Sandton Auctioneers Fine Art, Furniture, Carpets & Collectables. Showroom: 367 Lynnwood Rd, Menlo Park, Pta. T. 012 460 6000 St Lorient Fashion and Art Gallery Until 18 May, “Circumspect II”, a solo exhibition by Andre Naude. 492 Fehrsen Str, Brooklyn Circle, Brooklyn, Pta. T. 012 4600284 Telkom Art Collection A collection featuring artworks by over 400 artists, some of them well established and some still up-and-coming. Curator: Sophia van Wyk. T. 012 311 7260. UNISA Art Gallery Kgorong Building, Ground Floor, Main Campus, Preller Str, Pretoria.T. 012 441 5876. University of Pretoria Mapungubwe Gallery, Old Arts Building, UP. T.012 420 2968

North West Potchefstroom Museum of Potchefstroom 21 May - 6 June, a show of new works by Paul Birchall. Corner of Sol Plaatjie & Wolmarans Street, Potchefstroom, 2531 Tel. 018 299 5022/47. NWU Gallery Until 3 May, ’Surface’, a solo exhibition by Helena Hugo. Until 3 May, ‘A Drawn Conclusion’, a group exhibition compiled by Erdmann Contemporary, showing in the Botanical Art Gallery. 9 - 21 June, ‘Reflective Conversation’ a group exhibition.9 - 24 May, a solo exhibition by Christiaan Diedericks at NWU Sanlam-Auditorium. North-West University Gallery, Building E7, NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Hoffman Str, Potchefstroom. T. 018 299 4341.

Hartbeespoort Dam Edwards Fine Art, Modern & Contemporary Featuring works by William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Robert Hodgins, Cecil Skotnes and Edoardo Villa. Sculpture by Anton Smit. Shop 24, Xanadu X-ing Shopping Centre, Cnr. Xanadu Boulevard & R511, Xanadu, Hartbeesport.

Mpumalanga Art @ sixty seven A selection of fine art, ceramics and blown glass art pieces by well-known local artists. Shop no.9, 67 Naledi St, Dullstroom, Mpumulanga. T. 013 254 0335

Artistic Journey Art Gallery Don’t forget to visit us on your travels through Mpumalanga! Following the road to Hazyview, just past the notorious Big Swing you will find Panorama Rest Camp and Chalets where the gallery is situated, a paradise spot where three artists display their art. Contact Rina Burger:

White River The Artists’ Press Professional collaboration, printing and publishing of original hand-printed artists lithographs, by the Artists’ Press. Also artists’ books, monotypes & letterpress prints, particularly for artists working in SA. Waterfield Farm near White River T. 013 751 3225 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. This is the place where you will find a unique and superior item or have something commissioned that you have always envisioned. Casterbridge Complex Corner R40 & Numbi Rds, White River.T. 013 758 2409. The White River Gallery Until 13 May, watercolours and monoprints by Rene Eloff, produced at the Artist’s Press in White River. Casterbridge Centre, R 40 Cnr. of Hazyview &Numbi Gate Rd, White

Western Cape Cape Town /A Word of Art Until 25 May, ‘Transformative’, a show by Paul Senyol (represented by Salon91) & Wesley van Eeden. 66 Albert Road, Woodstock Exchange. Absolut Art Gallery Permanent exhibition with the best Masters and Contemporary artists, namely: JH Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, Hugo Naude, Adriaan Boshoff, Frans Oerder, Tinus De Jongh, Cecil Skotnes, JEA Volschenk, William Kentridge, amongst others Shop 43 Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley, Bellville.T. 021 914 2846. Art.b Gallery Until 17 May, ‘Pentimenti and More’, a group exhibition featuring a Louis Jansen Van Vuuren collaboration and Young Voices / emerging artists. The Arts Association of Bellville, The Library Centre, Carel van Aswegan Str, Bellville. T. 021 917 1197. Artvark Gallery Artvark Gallery welcomes onto its premises the new studio of artist, designer and curator Theresa Jo. Her latest print works includes etching, monotype and monoprint, all exclusively available at Artvark 48 Main Rd, Kalk Bay. Tel. 021 788 5584. Ashbey’s Galleries Antiques and fine art auctioneers and appraisers. 43-51 Church Str, CT. T. 021 423 8060 AVA 6 May - 1 June, 3 exhibitions running concurrently: ‘3½ Meters’: Committee’s choice; ‘Replica of Memory’ by Aidon Westcott and ‘Weird Marriage’, by Ilené Bothma. Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Str, CT. T.021 424 7436


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WESTERN CAPE / CAPE TOWN | GALLERY GUIDE Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery 3rd Floor, 9 Barron st, Woodstock. T. 021 447 2396. C. 084 409 6801 The Avital Lang Gallery Until 3 May, Afro-Catalan “Fusion of Africanity And Latinity”, a celebration of the abstract applications on canvas by artist Juanjo Sandoval.Two Oceans House, Surrey Place, Mouille Point, CT. T. 021 439 2124. Barnard Gallery Until 16 May, ‘Genesis’, an exhibition of oil paintings by Ryan Hewett 55 Main St, Newlands. T. 021 671 1666 Blank Projects Until 11 May, ‘Blown’, by Belinda Blignaut. 113-115 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. C.072 507 5951

Bronze Age A multifunctional art foundry specialising in casting of bronze sculpture, as well as undertaking sculpture, interior and architectural commission work. The foundry has an onsite gallery hosting rotating shows of local art and design. Woodstock Foundry, 160 Albert Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 447 3914 Brundyn + Gonsalves Until 1 May, “Good Health: Impilo Engcono”, a group exhibition featuring Zwelethu Mthethwa and nine youths from rural KwaZulu Natal. 71 Loop Str, CT. T. 021 424 5150 The Cape Gallery Until 4 May, ‘Water Element’, an exhibition of work by Judy Woodborne and ceramic work by Rebecca Tetley. 12 May - 29 June, ‘Annual Winter Solstice Exhibition’, showing work by a selection of artists, including Tania

Babb, Bowen Boshier, Carlos Carvalho, Jane Davidson, Leon de Bliquy, Judy Woodborne and Peter van Straten. 60 Church Str, CT. T. 021 423 5309 Carmel Art Dealers in fine art, exclusive distributers of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings. Cape Quarter Square, 27 Somerset Rd, Green Point. T. 021 4213333 Casa Labia Gallery Until 26 May, ‘Warren Editions: 5 Years in Print 2008-2012’, a group show featuring Sanell Aggenbach, Hanneke Benadé, Jean de Wet, Georgina Gratrix, Ruan Hoffman, Jordan Metcalf and Michael Taylor, amongst others. Casa Labia Cultural Centre, 192 Main Rd, Muizenberg. T. 021 788 6068


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WESTERN CAPE / CAPE TOWN | GALLERY GUIDE The Cellar Private Gallery The Cellar Private Gallery deals exclusively in original and investment art, offering works by a variety of renowned and upcoming SA artists. 12 Imhoff Str, Welgemoed, Bellville. T. 021 913 4189 Christie’s International Auctioneers. Juliet Lomberg, Independent Consultant. T. 021 761 2676 Christopher Møller Art 7 Kloofnek Rd, Gardens, C T. T. 021 422 1599 The City Bowl Gallery Hand thrown decorative and functional wares as well as Pottery Classes, Ceramic Design, Bespoke Pottery. 2 Norwich Ave, Observatory. T. 021 447 4884 Garth Meyer: Clementina Ceramics 4 May, Studio Open Day, with portraits by Clementina van der Walt, Hennie Meyer, Margaret Woermann and Peta Becker. 501 Tollgate Industrial Centre, 12 Ravenscraig Road, Woodstock. T. 021 448 3203 Commune.1 Gallery 2 - 30 May, ‘Seeing Red, Feeling Blue’, a solo show by Greg Streak. 64 Wale Street, CT. T. 021 423 5600. Contact Leigh-Anne Niehaus. Culture – Urban + Contemporary Gallery Until 18 May, ‘Meditations’, A solo exhibition of oil paintings by Orly Rabinowitz. First Floor, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 447 3533 Dante Art & Decor A modern art gallery since 1995.Proudly South African art, ceramics, gifts and decor.Furnishing your home with a modern touch of beauty. Shop L90- Cavendish Square, Claremont. David Krut Projects Until 4 May, “Workshop Projects”, an exhibition by Quinten Williams and Mary Wafer. Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Ave.T. 021 685 0676. Donald Greig Gallery & Foundry 14 West Quay Rd, V&A Waterfront. T. 021 418 0003. Ebony Showing new landscape paintings by Olaf Bisschoff and a collection of works on paper by Hannes Harrs, as well as Johann Badenhorst’s sculpture-like 3-Dimensional artworks. First Thursdays takes place again on 2 May from 5 - 9pm. 67 Loop Str, CT. T. 021 424 9985. Eclectica Art & Antiques Purveyor of fine arts, antiques and objects d’art. Emphasis on finding beautiful, interesting pieces both locally and internationally. 11A Wolfe Str, Chelsea Village, Wynberg, CT. T. 021 762 7983 Erdmann Contemporary & the Photographers Gallery za Until 11 May, “A Greek Goddess up to no Good”, a solo exhibition by Jan Neethling. 17 April - 10 May, “Encounters at the Edge”, a solo exhibition by David Lurie at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg. Opening address by Prof. Achille Mbembe. 63 ShortmarketStr, CT. T. 021 422 2762

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Everard Read CT 2 - 15 May, ‘Line & Colour’, an exhibition by Ed Hodgkinson. 22 May - 4 June, a show of new works by Alessandro Papetti. Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, CT. T. 021 418 4527

Iziko Castle of Good Hope BuitenkantStr, opposite the Grand Parade, CT. T. 21 464 1262 Johans Borman Fine Art 16 Kildare Rd, Newlands, CT. T. 021 683 6863.

34 Fine Art Until 4 May, “Vertex of Reality”, a solo exhibition by Paul du Toit. 20 May - 1 Sept, gallery open on Saturdays only or by appointment, contact Zed Retied: 072 536 7109. 21 May - 17 Aug, ‘From the Gallery Collection’, a group exhibition. 2nd Floor, The Hills Building, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 461 1863

Kalk Bay Modern 5 – 25 June, ‘Thinking Aloud’, paintings by Clare Menck, Alene Amaler-Raviv, Giovanna Biallo and Gerald Tabatha. 1st Floor, Olympia Buildings, 136 Main Rd, Kalk Bay. T.021 788 6571

The Framery Art Gallery 67A Regent Rd, Seapoint. T. 021 434 5022 C. 0781227793 The Framing Place 46 Lower Main rd, Observatory. T. 021 447 3988 C. 072 731 7682 G2 Art G2 Art is a permanent gallery in the heart of the city centre, offering diverse and affordable contemporary art and sculpture by local artists including Nicole Pletts, Jimmy Law, Benjy Furawo and Roelie van Heerden to mention a few. 61 Shortmarket Str between Loop Str & Bree Str. T. 021 4247169 Allderman Gallery A pop up exhibition featuring installations, oil paintings and etchings as well as work by emerging artists, at the Newlands Quarter, Dean Street, Newlands ( opposite Dean Street Arcade). Concord House (Pam Golding Building), Cnr Main & Summerly Rds, Kenilworth. C. 083 556 2540. Goodman Gallery Cape Town 3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 462 7573/4 Goodman Gallery Cape Town 4 May - 1 June, ‘Structures’, a group exhibition bringing together works by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Carlos Garaicoa, David Goldblatt, Mikhael Subotzky and Jeremy Wafer.3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 462 7573/4 cpt@goodman-gallery. com Hout Bay Gallery 71 Victoria Ave, Hout Bay. T. 021 790 3618 Infin Art Gallery Wolfe Str, Chelsea Village, Wynberg. T. 021 761 2816 & Buitengracht Str, CT. T. 021 423 2090. Irma Stern Museum Cecil Rd, Rosebank, CT. T. 021 685 5686 Iziko SA National Gallery 25 Queen Victoria Str, CT. T. 021 467 4660 Iziko Michaelis Collection Ongoing: Dutch works from the 17th–20th centuries in Iziko collections. Iziko Michaelis Collection, Old Town House, Greenmarket Square. T. 021 4813800.

Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery A large selection of artworks by new and prominent South African artists and SA old Masters. 31 Kommandeur Rd, Welgemoed, Bellville. T. 021 913 7204/5 The Lisa King Gallery Specializing in top SA abstract/contemporary art, sculpture and exotic glassware. Cape Quarter Piazza, 72 Waterkant Street, Green Point. T. 021 421 3738. The Lovell Gallery 139 Albert Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 820 5505 Lutge Gallery A selection of recent work by John Murray and John Kramer; ceramics by Lisa Ringwood, Christo Giles, Clementina and Ceramic Matters; glass by Sielja Voss; photographs by Glen Green as well as tables designed by Allan Lutge. 109 Loop Str, Cape Town. T. 021 424 8448. MM Galleries Shop 3, 31 Palmer Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town. T. 082 739 7567 Michaelis Galleries University of Cape Town, 31 – 37 Orange St, CT. T. 021 480 7170 Quincy’s Antiques Art and Collectables Shop 8, Riverside Mall, Main Rd, Rondebosch. T. 021 685 1986 The Pot Luck Club Gallery Contact curator Las Madurasinghe on 074 180 4895 The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock. Provenance Auction House Auctioneers of Fine Art, Antiques and Home Luxury. 8 Vrede str, Gardens, CT. T. 021 461 8009 Purple Heart Gallery Honeydew Village Centre, Cnr. Christiaan De Wet & John Vorster Ave, Randpark Ridge. T. 011 475 7411. 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, David Kuijers, Wakaba Mutheki and Donna McKellar to name a few. Steenberg Village shopping centre, Reddam Ave, Tokai. T. 021 7010886 Rose Korber Art Until 31 May, ‘New Acquisitions’, showcasing an eclectic selection of works by leading contemporary South African artists, including Claudette Schreuders, Kevin Atkinson, Richard Smith, Penelope Stutterheime, Pamela Stretton, JP Meyer and Jane Makhubele. 48 Sedgemoor Rd, Camps Bay, CT. T. 021 438 9152 C. 083 261 1173 / 082 781 6144


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WESTERN CAPE | GALLERY GUIDE Rudd’s Auctioneers Antique, Fine and Decorative Art. 87 BreeStr, CT. T.021 426 0384 C. 083 406 4261 Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Until 16 May, Annelie Venter & Loni Drager in Salon A, Vanessa Berlein in Salon B and Solly Gutman in Salon C. 21 May - 13 June, ‘Cutting Edges’, by Martin Swart in Salon A, ‘Breath of Fire’, by Fine Ounce in Salon B and ‘Impulse’, by Margot Hattingh in Salon C. 10 Wellington Rd, Durbanville. T.021 976 4691 Sally Louw Gallery 77 Roodebloem Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town. T.072 713 8907 Salon 91 Until 18 May, ‘Honeymoon’, a solo show of new works by Katrin Coetzer. 91 Kloof Str, Gardens, CT. T 021 424 6930 Sophea Gallery & Tibetan Teahouse 2 Harrington Rd, Seaforth, Simonstown. T. 021 786 1544 South African Print Gallery Currently showing ‘SA Botanical Art Print Show 2013’, showcasing work by over 60 botanical artists. 109 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 6851 Sanlam Art Gallery 2 Strand Rd, Bellville. T. 021 947 3359 SMAC Art Gallery, CT 10 May - 22 June, ‘In Retro: Seventy Year Career Survey (1943-2013)’, by Hannatjie van der Wat. In-Fin-Art Building, Buitengracht Str, CT. T. 021 422 5100 Online Art Gallery A curated online art gallery showcasing original and affordably priced artwork by Fine Arts graduates and emerging artists. T.072 470 9272 Stephan Welz & Company The Great Cellar, The Alphen Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia. T. 021 794 Stevenson Cape Town Until 1 June, “Paries Pictus”, a solo exhibition by Robin Rhode. Ground Floor, Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 Strauss & Co. The Oval, 1st Floor Colinton House, 1 Oakdale Rd, Newlands. T. 021 683 6560 The Sudio Kalk Bay Main Rd, Kalk Bay. C. 083 778 2737 The Art Connection An online gallery curated by Priscilla Schoonbee, offering top class artwork by established and up-and-coming artists. Also attends to the on-going art curatorship at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay and Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa. C. 082 4636307 What if the World/Gallery Until 23 May, ‘Far from the Sea, Perhaps...’, by Mbongeni Dlamini and Morne Visagie. 1 Argyle Str. Woodstock, CT. T. 021 802 3111

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Windermere House The private art collection of Cape Town based artist Rachelle Bomberg, showcasing large, mystical/surreal abstract oils. Artist available (by appointment) to discuss her work in this historic Art Deco museum and studio. 58 Windermere rd, Muizenberg. T. 021 788 1333 Worldart Gallery 54 Church Street, Cape Town CBD. T 021 423 3075 Zizamele Ceramics Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Rd, Kommetjie. T. 021 789 1491. C. 084 556 6423


Kunshuis Art events organised by Kunshuis during the Cederberg Festival include exhibitions and lectures. Contact Stephanie Stone for more info: 083 675 5606


Art in the Yard No.1 The Yard, 38 Huguenot Str. Franschhoek. T. 021 876 4280 Art in the Yard Newly opened gallery, focusing on artists with fresh ideas, whilst still holding true to skilled craftsmanship. Art selected from upcoming, local and international artists. Currently featuring paintings by artists Alexandra Spyratos, Orlanda Broom, Johannes Du Plessis, Lindsay Patton and Marleen Wolters. No.1 The Yard, 38 Huguenot Str. Franschhoek. T. 021 876 4280 Ebony Showing new works by Richard Smith, Marc Stanes, Claudia Ongaro and a selection of artists forming part of the iJusi Portfolios. Recent acquisitions by artists include Lionel Abrams, Fred Schimmel, Gerard Sekoto and many more. The 7th Franschhoek Literary Festival takes place 17 - 19 May for which we have something special up our sleeves – well worth a visit. Shop 4,Franschhoek Square, 32 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 4477 Is Art Le Quartier Français, 16 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8443 The Gallery at Grande Provence Until 12 June, ‘Soil’, a group exhibition by JP Meyer, Katie Barnard du Toit, Anthony Shapiro and Gregor Rohrig in the Main Gallery, and ‘(un)bound’, a group exhibition showing in the Cathedral.Main Rd, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8630.


Cape Palette Art Gallery Engen Centre, CJ Langenhoven Str, Heatherlands, George. T. 044 873 6581 Crouse Art Gallery Shop 83, Garden Route Mall. T. 044 887 0361. Strydom Gallery New works by Guy Du Toit, Pauline Gutter, Clare Menck, Jaco Sieberhagen, David Brown, Sarel Petrus, Willem Boshoff, William Kentridge and Simon Stone. 79 Market Str, George. T. 044 874 4027


Oak & Vinge Centre Ongoing exhibition of resident artist Adèle Claudia Fouché’s work is on display. Workshops and classes are offered in Greyton as well as in the countryside and promises to be fun and informative. 13 DS Botha Str, Greyton, 7233. C. 082 522 4010.


Abalone Gallery Until 6 May, showcasing a selection of works by Christo Coetzee, Hannes Harrs, Cecil Higgs, Judith Mason and Fred Schimmel, amongst others (Main Gallery). 8 May - 3 June, showcasing works by by Lionel Abrams, Gail Catlin, Hannes Harrs, Cecil Higgs, Judith Mason, Andre Naude and Fred Schimmel (Main Gallery). 8 May - 3 June, a joint exhibition: recent drawings by Elzaby Laubscher and new sculptures by Susanna Swart in bronze and stainless steel (the Annex). 2 Harbour Rd, The Courtyard, Hermanus. T. 028 313 2935 Art Amble Hermanus Village Ten diverse and unique Galleries all within walking distance in the heart of Hermanus Village. Four resident artists’ studios to visit. Collect your Art Amble Guide at any one of the Galleries in Main Road or at the Hermanus Tourism Office. Terry Kobus: C. 083 259 8869. Bellini Gallery & Cappuccino-Bar 167 Main Rd, Hermanus. T. 028 312 4988 Originals Gallery The art studio and gallery of Terry Kobus. See the artist at work in his studio and view his latest paintings in an intimate gallery space. Shop 22 Royal Centre, 141 Main Rd, Hermanus. T. 083 259 8869 Rossouw Modern Art Gallery Hermanus 16 June - 4 August, Bastiaan van Stenis’ first international solo exhibition in Holland at Dejavu Galerie Podium. Visit website for more details.3 Harbour Rd, Hermanus. T. 028 313 2222 Walker Bay Art Gallery View the wide selection of paintings, sculpture & ceramics by established as well as up-and-coming South African artists. 171 Main Rd, Hermanus. Contact: Francois Grobbelaar 028 312 2928


Dale Elliott Art Galleries Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa. Shop 11, Knysna Mall Shopping Centre, Main Rd. T. 044 382 5646 A Different Drummer Etchings by Peter Midlane and a collection of tribal artefacts. Thesen House, 6 Long Street, Knysna. T. 044 382 5107. C.082 552 7262 Knysna Art Gallery Until 15 June, ‘Crafters Exhibition’. Old Gaol Complex, cnr of Main and Queen Street, Knysna. T. 044 382 7124 Knysna Fine Art An important collection of work by Xakasa Nomandla. Thesen House, 6 Long Str, Knysna. T. 044 382 5107. C. 082 552 7262


A Celebration of South African Arts

7 - 16 June 2013 Solo and group exhibitions painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography Concerts, recitals, soirees classical and jazz, vocal and instrumental Food and wine gala, celebrity and intimate dinners food & wine pairing and special FynArts menus Daily vintage films South African and Hollywood Workshops painting, sculpture, writing, photography, cooking Illustrated talks and interviews top artists and interesting personalities Wine Route Shuttle seven farms with exhibitions and complimentary tastings Other events Browse books, daily high teas, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, trails and guided botanical walks â&#x20AC;Ś. and much more


Dylan Lewis, Marilyn Martin, Richard Smith, Andile Dyalvane, Guy du Toit and Tania Babb

Hermanus Fynarts

7 – 16 June 2013 An exciting new arts event Hermanus Tourism presents a premier celebration of South African Art. A fusion of Festival and Winter School, Hermanus FynArts is for those who appreciate intellectual, visual, and creative stimulation and a vibrant social buzz. The ten days will be filled with exhibitions, discussions, recitals, and a large range of courses offered by accomplished artists. All the visual arts will be represented (painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry and film) as well as music (orchestral, classical, jazz and opera); literature (English and Afrikaans); and award-winning wine and food. And as well as all of this, an innovation of Hermanus FynArts is the whole host of workshops on offer to suit any level of competence: ceramics, photography, poetry, botanical and landscape painting, cookery, writing and life drawing. Blend your own wine or learn about the subtleties of pairing wine and food, paint en plein air in the company of fellow artists or struggle with words together with like-minded writers. The programme, which is already teeming with activities, holds the promise of yet more tantalizing treats in the pipeline! There is no need for visitors to Hermanus FynArts to drive their cars; a complimentary hop-on/ hop-off transport will link the ten central galleries exhibiting the works of a host of acclaimed artists, ceramicists, jewellers, photographers and sculptors, both local and national. In addition, a tour bus will do a loop of the eight participating wine farms on the Hermanus Wine Route and it will drop you off and pick you up along a regular art and tastings route at an affordable rate. Take a leisurely stroll to gaze at outdoor sculptures, pop into bookshops to browse or meet a local author, join discussion groups, sit down to food and wine tastings and pairings and cooking demonstrations, join poetry readings, soirees, illustrated lectures on music and art, and much more. Special attention is being given by the organisers to cater for single participants. A taste of what’s on the programme – • Open-Air Sculpture: Dylan Lewis will exhibit a few of his works on the lawns in front of the Marine Hotel and Guy du Toit’s delightful Talking Hares will be found around the lake at Sumaridge Wine Farm. Dylan will be interviewed about his work at a special event, by Christopher Hope, South African award-winning novelist, now living between South Africa and France. • Ceramic art exhibition: ten foremost ceramicists have been invited to exhibit five

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pieces at the historic Windsor Hotel. Ceramicists include Louise Gelderblom, nn Marais, Clementina van der Walt, Hennie Meyer, Tania Babb, Andile Dyalvane, Dianne Heeson-Green and Zizipho Poswa, • Ardmore Ceramics will exhibit at the Marine Hotel. Fee Halstead and one the Ardmore artists will give an illustrated presentation and run a short ceramic workshop. • Art exhibitions: Every gallery on the Art Amble in the centre of Hermanus will run a special exhibition for FynArts, as will Hamilton-Russell, Creations, NewtonJohnson, Ataraxia, La Vierge and Bouchard Finlayson wine farms. Other venues are in the pipeline. • Music: The programme includes Zanne Stapelberg and Kathleen Tagg in the electrifying Soul of Fire, the first performance for 2013; Angelo Gobbato, doy enne of opera in the Cape and himself a well-known operatic singer, will per form a premier performance of Songs my Mother Taught Me. In celebration of his 70th Year, Angelo will perform these songs in public for the first time in 60 years. • A National Art Competition sponsored by the SA National Space Agency, which is based in Hermanus, will invite artists to submit works presented on round board or canvass (tondos). The work of twenty finalists will be displayed at a unique exhibition on barrelheads in the Bouchard Finlayson wine cellar. • Cinematography (at no charge): a selection of popular South African early films will be screened by courtesy of the National Film, Video and Sound Archives twice daily, and a special selection of classic, old-time Hollywood films will be shown at Movie-Go-Round, a vintage mini-theatre housed in Romantiques vintage shop. • Food and Wine: there will be a Gala Dinner as well as special pre- and post- film menus at many restaurants – there will also be cookery demonstrations and wine and food pairing on offer. • High Tea: in keeping with the ambience of Hermanus FynArts, cosy coffee shops will offer a High Tea each afternoon. • Guided walks in Fernkloof, photography exhibitions, a FynArts walking/cycling trail, and much, much more. • More artists soon to be announced – watch press and regularly check to www. for updated announcements and programme details. Packages: Hermanus Tourism and Hermanus FynArts will be offering several highly affordable accommodation / activity packages, all based on winter tariffs. Enquiries: Watch the press and the Hermanus FynArts website at for weekly updated information as 07 June 2013 draws nearer.


GALLERY GUIDE | WESTERN CAPE / KWA ZULU-NATAL Lynn Schaefer Gallery Artworks and ceramics by SA artists including Derric van Rensburg, Ann Nosworthy, Darryl Legg and Lynn Schaefer. Thesen House, 6 Long Street, Knysna. C. 072 174 4907 Sally Bekker Art Studio Ongoing exhibition of recent watercolour and oil paintings. Woodmill Lane, Main rd, Knysna. C.082 342 3943.


Bay Gallery Bay Gallery supports excellent, local artists, many of whom are members of S.A.S.A. All mediums exhibited. Marra Square, Bree St, Langebaan. Contact: Daphne 073 304 8744

Mossel Bay

Artbeat Gallery 35 Gys Smalberger Str, Mossel Bay CBD, T. 081 356 5295 Art@39Long Featuring an ongoing exhibition of sculptures by emerging sculptor Hugo van Schalkwyk. The gallery is set in a delightful garden and exhibits a wide variety of established as well as up-and-coming South African artists. 39 Long Str, Great Brak River. C. 082 576


ArtKaroo Gallery 107 Baron van Reede, Oudtshoorn. T.044 279 1093


Hout Street Gallery Specialising in SA paintings and fine art and features an extensive range of paintings, ceramics and sculptures by more than thirty South African artists. 270 Main Str, Paarl. T. 021 872 5030


The Art Business Contemporary Gallery and Art Consultancy 17 Main Str, Piketberg. C. 083 739 6196 / 072 659 1973

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.Main Str, Plettenberg Bay. T. 044 533 2210.

Prince Albert

Prince Albert Gallery Established in 2003, the Prince Albert Gallery always has an eclectic mix of art on display. 57 Church Str, Prince Albert. T. 023 541 1057. C. 082 749 2128 (Brent)

Somerset West

Dante Art & Decor A modern art gallery since 1995.Proudly South African art, ceramics, gifts and decor. Furnishing your home with a modern touch of beauty. Waterstone Village shop 37, Somerset West. C. 082 268 9997 Gallery 91 91 Andries Pretorius Str, Somerset West. T. 021 852 6700. C. 084 441 7233


Liebrecht Art Gallery Opening 16 May, ‘Who’s Afraid of Irma the Sterns?’, paintings, photographs and jewellery by Marina Louw, and inspired by the work of Irma Stern 34 OudehuisStr, Somerset West. T. 021 852 8030 C. 082 682 5710


D-Street Gallery Until 11 May, “(Dis)composure”, a show by Vuli Nyoni and Christiaan Diedericks.112 Dorp Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 883 2337. Rupert Museum Showcasing the unique private art collection of Anton and Huberte Rupert. Stellentia Ave. T. 021 888 3344. Sasol Art Museum 52 Ryneveld Str, Stellenbosch T. 021 808 3691. Slee Gallery 15 - 31 May, a show of wildlife sculptures by Les Sharpe. 101 Dorp Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 3385 SMAC Art Gallery Under renovation, re-opening 9 May. 1st Floor, De Wet Centre, Church Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 3607 Stellenbosch Art Gallery An extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass & ceramics by selected Western Cape artists are on offer to the discerning buyer. 34 Ryneveld Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 8343 US Art Gallery Cnr. of Dorp & Bird str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 828 3489


Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery Representing a wide variety of established and upand-coming South African artists. 19 Swellengrebel Str, Swellendam. T. 028 5142905 C. 082 4349291

Riebeek Kasteel

The Gallery - Riebeek Kasteel Main Street, Riebeek Kasteel. C. 083 653 3697. Contact: Astrid McLeod


Robertson Art Gallery Specialising in original art by more than 60 top South African artists. Contact Pat or Elaine Paulsen. 3 Voortrekker Rd, Robertson. T. 023 626 5364. C. 082 921 2697 / 082 684 9007


Dale Elliott Art Gallery 80 Main Rd, Villiersdorp.T. 028 840 2927


Beatrix Bosch Studio Unique works in leather as well as paintings & photography can be viewed at her studio.57 Die Duin, Wilderness. T. 044 877 0585. C. 082 935 8354

Pharoah Art Gallery The gallery features an exquisite collection of Peter Pharoah’s fine art originals & prints including rich colourful portraits, unforgettable African wildlife and bold textured abstracts that are inspired by his travels around Africa. Wilderness Centre, George Road, Wilderness T. 044 877 0265. C. 076 976 2629

Kwazulu- Natal Durban The African Art Centre 94 Florida Rd, Durban. T. 031 312 3804/5 Artisan Gallery 3 - 24 May, A warm, light-filled space in which a large variety of SA ceramics, jewellery, textiles and other objet d’art are displayed alongside paintings and sculptures. During May we are showcasing new paintings by John Smith. 344 Florida Rd, Morningside, Durban. T. 031 312 4364. ArtSPACE Durban Until 22 May, ‘Consider China’ (Inspiration 4), a group exhibition. 27 May - 15 June, ‘I Love’, a pop-up shop organised by Genevieve Motley, and ‘Township Label’, a show of paintings by Mbhekeni Derrick Mbili. 3 Millar Rd (off Umgeni Rd), Durban. T. 031 312 0793 Christie’s International Auctioneers. Gillian Scott Berning, Independent Consultant. T 031 207 8247 The Collective An art gallery that promotes young artists and a coffee shop with Wi-Fi availability, which runs on the veranda around the gallery. 48b Florida Rd, (entrance in 4th Avenue) Greyville, Durban. T. 031 303 4891 thecollectivedurban. Durban Art Gallery 2nd Floor City Hall, Anton Lembede (Smith) Str, Durban. T. 031 311 2264/3327286 Elizabeth Gordon Gallery 120 Florida Rd, Durban T. 031 303 8133 KZNSA Gallery Until 12 May, ‘Durbanity: an exhibition of the work of the DCP’, a group show. 166 Bulwer Rd, Glenwood, Durban. T. 031 277 1705 Tamasa Gallery A small commercial gallery, Tamasa exhibits a broad variety of contemporary KZN artists. 36 Overport Drive, Berea, Durban. T. 031 207 1223.


Imbizo Gallery Shop 7, BallitoLifestyle Centre. T. 032 946 1937


Tatham Art Gallery On show until 2013, in the First Floor Galleries, South African Landscapes: “Storm in the Wheat fields” - History of the Tatham Art Gallery 1903 to 1974. Cnr of Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Rd & Church Str. (Opposite City Hall) Pietermaritzburg. T. 033 392 2801

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Carnegie Art Gallery Permanent collection on view of artists’ interpretation of the South African landscape. Good collection of ELC Art & Craft, Rorkes Drift ceramics, prints and tapestries. Well stocked gallery shop. Newcastle, KZN. T. 034 3287622 www.


The Underberg Studio Set in a delightful garden facing the mountains, the gallery specializes in South African Fine Art landscape photography & Ceramics. Owned by photographer Lawrance Brennon and his potter wife, Catherine Brennon, the gallery is regularly updated with their latest work. 21 Ridge Rd, Underberg. Signage from R617. T. 033 701 2440 / 072 141 9924 / 082 872 7830

Eastern Cape Alexandria

Quin Gallery & Sculpture Garden A permanent exhibition of Maureen Quin’s sculptures, paintings and drawings. Quin has been a professional artist for close to sixty years, and this is a comprehensive show of her many achievements, her commissions, portraits and personal work. R15 entry fee. 5 Suid Str, Alexandria, Eastern Cape, following the signs from the main street. T. 046 653 0121

East London

Ann Bryant Gallery Until 11 May, ‘Deeply Ecological’, by Diana Graham and Fiona Almeleh (in the Coach House). 9 St. Marks Rd,

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Southernwood, East London. T. 043 722 4044 Floradale Fine Art Gallery Our gallery and invited guests are now in our 2nd year of being hosted by the Floradale Centre family. We are celebrating our own “New Work” exhibition, new work to our gallery and work of new members of our informal co-operative. Floradale Centre, Old Gonubie Rd, Beacon Bay. T. 043 740 2031 Malcolm Dewey Fine Art Ongoing exhibition of oil paintings by Malcolm Dewey plus works by a selection of local artists. 60 Darlington Rd, Berea, East London. T. 043 7260421

Klein Karoo

Kraaldoring Gallery and Studio New gallery featuring ceramics by Clementine van der Walt. Three group exhibitions a year, next one is during the Port Festival 14-16 June. Groenfontein Road, 11kms outside Calitzdorp, Klein cell phone reception, only Whatsapp: 082 925 0871.

ArtEC Until 3 May, a solo exhibition by Michael Barry 36 Bird Str, PE. T. 041 585 3641. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Until 14 July, “Exploring the Art of the Eastern Cape 1900 – 2013”, a reflection on the trend-setters of the past and the innovators who are shaping the art of the future. Until 2 June, “The Eastern Cape of the Explorers”, showcasing artworks of the landscape as seen through the eyes of the 19th century European explorers.Until 16 Sept, ‘Transforming The Everyday Into Art’, artists using found objects in ways that challenges the boundary between art and the everyday. 1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth. T. 041 506 2000 Ron Belling Art Gallery 30 Park Drive, P.E. T. 041 586 3973

Northern Cape Kimberley

Sheena Ridley Art Studio & Sculpture Garden Langkloof, Klein Karoo. C. 083 589 2881

William Humphreys Art Gallery Until 2 May, “Vrystaatse Dorpe, Foto uitstalling” (Photographs of the Free State), an exhibition by Prof Philippe Burger & Dr Jan van der Merwe 1 Cullinan Crescent, Civic Centre, Kimberley. T. 053 831 1724/5

Port Elizabeth

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ART Gallery 14 May - 15 June, ‘Modern Miniatures’, a show of work by 56 artists including Sandra Hanekom, Dolla Sepeta, Zack Taljaard, Greg Kerr and Clare Menck. 51B Cuyler Street, Central Hill, Port Elizabeth. C. 072 379 5933

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Rocky Ridges, Hoarusib Canyon watercolour 1986

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Nushin Elahi’s

London Letter

The year 1901 included an exhibition with the dealer Vollard, whose Picasso etchings were shown in London last year, as well as the suicide of a close friend and poet, which according to the artist himself sparked the restrained colours of his Blue Period, with its emaciated figures on the fringes of society. This is a tiny show, but worth visiting not only for the bristling swagger of the Yo Picasso, but also because it may be the last time to see the famous Child with Dove, which has been sold, so rumour has it, to Qatar. On loan to the National Gallery since the Sixties, it is now bound for the desert. And perhaps it is twee to our modern eyes, but isn’t that more to do with the millions of posters of the image that adorn homes around the world, rather than the delicate outlines of the child itself?

Another little gem is at the Royal Academy, with George Bellows (1882 – 1925) Modern American Life (until 9 June). Best known for his energetic images of the boxing ring, with bloodied contestants and their frenzied supporters, the most interesting works here are of an early Manhattan. This is a working city, with the giant quarry that became Penn Station central to more than one painting. Dock labourers gather on the banks of a frozen river, a ship billows steam onto a white snowy landscape, smartly dressed people enjoy winter sunshine in a park, the midsummer night reflects on trees along the Hudson River. It is a time capsule of urban life in which the seeds of Manhattan today are visible – the bustle of New York 1911 has all the pace of today’s Time Square.

London’s two blockbusters are both at the British Museum: the sleeper of Ice Age art and the major Pompeii exhibition (reviewed here next month). Sometimes, though, the smaller exhibitions offer unexpected gems, and London is currently full of small gems. The Courtauld exhibition entitled Becoming Picasso (until 27 May) focuses on a single year in the life of the young Spanish artist, when he burst onto the Parisian art scene as a prodigious talent in 1901. Working with a manic energy, he was producing up to three paintings a day. Looking at them with the knowledge of his great career, one can see how he immediately bowled over the critics with his self-confidence, despite the fact that he was borrowing styles from different artists. There are shades of Goya’s religious imagery in a scene of his friend’s funeral, of Degas in the faces of dejected absinthe drinkers, and particularly Toulouse Lautrec in the gaiety and rustling skirts of dancers and the bright colours of Parisian nightlife. Picasso was finding his own voice, but already it is obvious that this is a voice of immense power and resonance. In two bold self-portraits the young man stares back at the viewer with startling confidence.


Although he never saw active service, Bellows also created a harrowing series of war images. The final section is devoted to portraits: loving images of his delicate wife, three generations of women, or his family on an outing. Bellows was more famous in America when he died at 42 than his friend Edward Hopper, whose desolate street scenes contrast sharply with these gritty raucous urban portraits of the city. Devotional art is not my favourite, so the prospect of an unknown Renaissance artist at the National Gallery with Barocci: Brilliance and Grace (until 19 May) did not excite. Endless religious scenes of Madonna and child leave me edging for the modern section in an art museum, but I have to admit that the luminous colours and radiant faces of Barocci’s holy family are truly inspirational.

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| ARTLife First off, his cherubs and infants look adorable. His Mary is a delicate young thing with full cheeks and heavy-lidded eyes. The reason Frederico Barocci is so little known is undoubtedly because the artist spent his life in rural isolation in Urbino, where the local lord became his patron. The show is filled with huge, often complex altarpieces of familiar scenes, glowing with rich colour and many beautiful small studies of heads, done in oil and pastel, which have a vibrancy often lacking in the stilted outlines of religious images and prefigure by half a century the Baroque. The reason is in the drawings, where we see the artist doing repeated nude studies of figures to get the angles right. So a male assistant will model the pose for Mary twisting upward, and although the final product only has her billowing robes, that accuracy makes these pieces come alive. Who cares if the Holy Family always seems to have the ducal palace of Urbino in the background? Whether it is John teasing a cat as a baby or straining as he carries the inert body of Christ, these figures pulsate with life. The final portraits, including a stunning one of his patron, give a glimpse of what the artist might have done in another era. More devotional art, though this time Baroque. The Dulwich Picture Gallery houses an extensive collection of the Spanish artist Murillo, as much loved for his sentimental portraits of beggar boys as his religious figures. The gallery, the oldest public art gallery in Britain, has transformed itself into a Sevillian church (until 19 May) to house Murillos in the settings for which they were intended. Curated jointly with Madrid’s Prado, the newly restored work glows in the dim interior, making it easy to understand why he is still so popular. Kurt Schwitters and collage go together like eggs and bacon. A German artist who was interned here during the war and lived out his life in the Lake District, he is associated with the Dada movement. Tate Britain examines his late work in Schwitters in Britain (until 12 May), with collages of found objects and figure studies, as well as a dreadful section of modern art from the Lakes showing his legacy. While the collages are often more interesting in real life than in reproduction, they have a limited appeal, and sadly, although there is

a flavour of the outrageousness of Dadaism in his Ursonate, the collages become boring and the later portraits are uninspiring. Perhaps Schwitters did influence British artists such as Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi, but this shows a career that splutters to an end in a foreign country. Captions: Self-Portrait (Yo - Picasso), 1901. Oil on canvas, 73.5 x 60.5 cm, Private collection / Seated Harlequin, 1901. Oil on canvas, 83.2 x 61.3 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art Resource/Scala, Florence / Child with a Dove, 1901. Oil on canvas, 73 x 54 cm Private collection George Bellows, New York, 1911, oil on canvas, 106.7 x 152.4 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington / Stag at Sharkey’s, 1909, oil on canvas, 92 x 112.6 cm The Cleveland Museum of Art, Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection © The Cleveland Museum of Art Federico Barocci (1535-1612) The Madonna and Child with Saint Joseph and the Infant Baptist (‘La Madonna del Gatto’), probably about 1575, Oil on canvas, 112.7 x 92.7 cm. The National Gallery, London, © The National Gallery, London / Head study for Saint John the Evangelist Oil on paper lined with linen, 42 x 31.7 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund 1979 / Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Immaculate conception of the Venerables Sacerdotes, 1660-65, oil on canvas, 274 x 190 cm, Photographic Archive. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid Kurt Schwitters En Mon 1947. Centre Georges Pompidou

Art Times SA Sculpture Feature

Sculptor Anton Smit creates a roadside symbol of hope Queen of the dam Heads are turning on the R25, 10 kilometer from the quaint little town of Bronkhorstspruit, at the entrance to the Bronkhorstspruit dam, where the celebrated local sculptor Anton Smit has created another iconic vision. The idea for a striking roadside addition seen from afar came to him nine years ago. “I’ve wanted to rehabilitate the negative image of the dam as a place where people party and get drunk with art as a stylish antidote,” Anton recalls. At that time he designed and built his outdoor dream, a private sculpture park overlooking the dam, the first of its kind in Africa. (Attendance to the park remains free and everyone is welcome there) His latest offering – also a gift to the community – is the monumental head of a Ndebele queen, mounted 7 meters high on a podium, standing proudly next to the highway as “a beacon of hope, peace and love”. Speaking across barriers “This sculpture, The Queen of Kungwini, was conceived as a national symbol of reconciliation and unity embracing all ethnic groups, with a boldly positive message for the future of Africa. It is a token of letting bygones be bygones and getting on with the job of constructing our nation. The language is subliminal


and addresses the sub-conscious – therefore it has no language barriers and speaks to one and all,” Anton Smit writes in his mission statement. Hereby he hopes to alter and improve the nation’s attitude towards monumental works of art while the sculptures could constitute memorable esthetic landmarks. These installations communicate national values in an esthetically pleasing and constructive manner – without the need for words. I would like to make people aware of the positive influence these sculptures exert in public spaces, it lifts the spirit and is something they can take pride in and enjoy. Multicultural nobility and grace The sculpture shows the aristocratic profile of a beautiful African woman with the features of her race (Ndebele), but also not unlike the features of European and Asian women – uniting these contrasting worlds and identities artistically in a symbiotic and symbolic relationship. After all, South Africa is a new nation now, comprised mainly of African, Asian and European identities, representing a newly forged national identity and ethos. The diversity of cultures working together in our own melting pot is making our nation stronger. This forging of a new cultural identity is what the sculpture celebrates as an emblem of the New South African

– confident, strong and beautiful. Vertical lines running over her head represent hope in the way the rays of the sun shine from the past into the future – also reminiscent of the horizontal spikes or rays of the United States of America’s Statue of Liberty. “Our country has an abundance of important statues focused on our history and the past, on prominent leaders of the ANC and the Afrikaner. But what we also need are striking symbols of the New South Africa and our common future. Statistics The head stands 5m high. It was made of glass reinforced polymer (GRP) with a steel-enforced frame within that holds together 150 different parts. These parts were cast in sections and welded together. The sculpture’s surface was painted with various layers and patinas and finally sealed to be weather-proof. The podium is 2m high, an oval constructed as part of the statue’s neck and built with bricks and a reinforced concrete foundation. The bricks were plastered and painted to blend in with the head. The complete sculpture weighs 3 tons (3000 kg). It was cast, built, finished and installed by four, six and as many as twelve people at various times of construction.

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Anton Smit Sulpture Park In 2003 Smit opened his own Sculpture Park which is dedicated to exhibiting his life’s work, a functioning large-scale studio, alive with his creative passions. The park’s three-hectare grounds are situated on the northern side of the Bronkhorstspruit Dam, on a plateau with a breathtaking view of Bronkhorstspruit Dam.. Amongst the backdrop of natural limestone formations, manicured lawns and succulent gardens, it makes for a lovely environment to view the expansive collection of monumental sculptures and installations. A destination of creativity attracting tourists, art buyers and includes Imagine Café, a full service coffee shop. The Park expands the traditional concept of an art venue, ensuring a truly unique and inspiring experience. Only 40 minutes from Pretoria and 60 minutes from Johannesburg, but a world away. GPS Coordinates: S25.885856 E28.708813

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Rooftop Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery Pretoria Rooftop V In 2013 Opens on the 27th of July 2013. St Lorient Fashion And Art Gallery 492 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn Circle, Brooklyn, Pretoria. Tel: 012 460 0284

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Driving directions: from the N1 Pretoria, Take the N4 toward Witbank, after 45 km take exit 45 toward R25/Kempton Park/Bronkhorstspruit W/R568, Turn right onto R513, after 6km at the Tjunction turn left onto the R25, Take the first road on your right by the large Kungwini sculpture head / sign for Bronkhorstbaai, follow the road uphill, Turn left at the stop sign towards Aqua Vista Mountain Estate. The Sculpture Park will be on your left. For additional information: Contact Roelien Smit: 082 653 7659 | e-mail: Facebook:

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Coert Steynberg (1905 - 1982). Mabalel, 1951 Copper

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Seals at The Boardwalk, CT by Keith Calder


Les Sharpe Sculptor Piet Snyman Les Sharpe, acclaimed and well-known art and commercial film director, launches a range of bronze sculptures in a solo exhibition in Stellenbosch in May. Les has been living and working in Sydney, Australia since 1999, but has chosen Stellenbosch as the location for his work as sculptor in order to make use of the abundance of quality foundries in the vicinity. After completing his studies at Croydon College of Art and Design in London, Les returned to South Africa, working for major advertising agencies as Art Director and Creative Director. His legacy encompasses some of the most iconic and enduring TV commercials in South Africa, including SASOL (little boy), IBM (elephants), Mnet (singing animals), SAA and Toyota. He has also won several important international honours, most recently a Golden Lion in Cannes and Ad of the Year in Australia for the Australian Milk Board. The inspiration for Sharpe’s sculpture is unequivocally African. Born in 1949, he grew up on a farm near Rustenburg (now in the North West Province). His childhood memories abound with images from the bush and holidays in the Kruger National Park. In later life, Botswana became a favourite destination. Over time he has immersed himself in wild life photography, building up a large library of images which is used for his sculptures. Les avoids expressing himself in a mere decorative and static hard edged realism, but allows his fascination for the narrative and dramatic of African wild life to dictate the shape his works take. He treats his subjects rather like a frozen frame in a motion picture and is obsessed by the unexpected which can be discovered in this way. All his references are shot at 10 frames per second from which he chooses one frame from which to develop a piece of sculpture. Thus he captures a moment from nature to be set in bronze. This naturalistic approach is further enhanced by the way in which he treats the surface. By applying scratches, finger strokes and hatching to the clay, he manages to infuse his work with energy and drama created by the play of light and shade and movement that result. As such the sculpture becomes a chronicle as is evidenced in works such as “Cheetah chasing Ostrich” and “Fleeing Impala”. The Les Sharpe exhibition is at the Slee Gallery, 101 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch and runs from 15 - 31 May 2013.



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