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The Gallery at Grande Provence is proud to present an exhibition of contemporary altarpieces themed ‘Altered Pieces’ – based on the lyrics of Leonard Cohen. This exhibition was arranged by Gordon Froud and includes work by: Adele Adendorff, Angie Banks, Annemarie Tully, Carl Jeppe, Sarel Petrus, Anni Snyman, Chris Diedericks, Diane Victor, Markus Steinmann, Audrey Anderson, Ruhan Janse Van Vuuren, Carol Nathan Levin, Kai Losgott, Carina du Randt, Jan Van der Merwe, Lourens Joubert, Sybrand Wiechers, Sandra Hanekom, Ronel de Jager, Tony Scullion, Ricky Burnett, Retha Buitendach, Paul Boulitreau, Ian Marley, Helena Hugo, Gordon Froud, Frikkie Eksteen and Diek Grobler among others. The exhibition, ‘Transformed’ by renowned sculptor, Anton Smit, will be presented in The Sculpture Garden and The Gallery. The Project Room and The Cathedral will feature ‘The Painted Word’. This extensive group show will include artworks by: Eugenie Marais, Christo Basson, Emma Willemse, Erica Prinsloo, MJ Lourens, JP Meyer, Elise Wessels, Gina Niederhumer, Hetty Zandman, Pieter Haasbroek, Johannes du Plessis, Hester Viles, Pienaar van Niekerk, André du Toit & Derick Smith among others. Ingrid Coerlin questions the borderlands of departure and decay with the launch of her book Alles ist lebend tot, featuring interpretations of Baudelaire’s poems through her artworks. Botanical artworks by Barbara Pretorius and a photographic exhibition by Riaan Chambers of indigenous succulents will be exhibited in The Shop.



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This month’s Art Times is slightly different, from the outside cover to the format of the Printmaking Special. Much of these temporary changes were decided for us, or better said, we went with the flow of the generous material that was provided to us. On the cover issue, I wanted to lose the leash of the familiarity of other popular magazine styles (this was initially adopted when we went from a tabloid to a magazine format years back - and we needed a solid sense of identity). The second thing that we did not foresee is the overwhelming response to our request for material for the printmaking feature, we were blessed. As per usual I did not have the nastiness to cut out a huge amount of submitted material, although I did cut out a lot of the printmakers’ images and tried to show at least one image from each artist. I do know that there is a lot more SA printmaking and stories that we had to leave out, including many young printmakers whose work was very exciting, but needed a year to focus their work. To this regard I will be placing much of the print material onto a much needed SA Printmaking website for all to view and enjoy- and more so participate. You may notice that I have placed one of my own works in the printmaking section, I could not resist. I have spent most of my life as a printmaker, falling in love with printmaking at the age of 17 and walking off with then the coveted Matric Art prize. Many years later after starting the Art Times I went to Naspers where the SA Art Times was at that stage being printed and was hypnotized by the mass media, its huge presses housed in cathedral- like warehouses. At the printers, after printing Die Son for 4 hours with a few hundred thousand per zillionth of a second, the printers put the Art Times on the press for about 2 minutes to print 12 000 copies!. I was both smitten and perhaps mislead, with the ease of printmaking and the potential for reaching a greater audience with the magazine. However I would like to say after exploring two means of printing, is that at the end of the day the artworks that will last a thousand years – an image like Munch’s “Scream” haunts one for many years. Magazines might rule the

day but who will remember last year’s headlines, let alone yesterdays. As some of my new found critics might not know is that I am an artist, I think and feel in images, and that I am happy to pass on the AT and title of art media mogul to someone who can make things good, while feeling and seeing with the heart. Until that day I am enjoying what I do each day and besides- I enjoy my critics, it’s all part of the fun of sticking one’s neck out. If you missed our news coverage of both the SA art community and art market we are pleased to say that this coverage is alive and well as constant news updates (usually 4-8 per day) on our SA Art Times website at In addition to this we are launching our Business Art website this week at We have reached this level through the hard work of our staff and what’s more kept a high standard of content by our news producer that has paid off in the form of a growing amount of visits and traffic on the daily updated websites In our next month’s Art Times (June edition) we cover the anticipated Grahamstown National Arts Festival, so if you are going please let us know in order for us to have further coverage of the Festival. Lastly, for the record, I would like to say to Andrew Lampbrecht that I am sorry that I used a provided transcript of one of his great talks that he gave a group of art enthusiasts a while ago. In retrospect I should have let him rewrite it in proper art academic speak without his charming puns and quirks. Although it’s just come back to me now that indeed it was him on a Michaelis art party evening that said to me dryly “ Gabriel nothing is off the record.” I hope that you do enjoy this different edition, there may be much kindness from our advertisers, but this additional income pays for the word of art to go even further into this fast growing insular world, where the importance of art and communicating our common humanity is needed more than ever before.

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Department mum on Venice Biennale exhibition Matthew Blackman First Published in The M&G The department of arts and culture has opposed an application to the Western Cape High Court in seeking access to information under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (Paia) regarding an exhibition at Venice Biennale. In September last year, the department was requested to disclose certain information relating to its decision to select and fund the commercial gallerist Monna Mokoena’s exhibition at the prestigious event. The department allegedly spent R10-million on the exhibition it called a “private initiative”. Documents which came to light after court papers were served on the department also revealed that Mokoena was appointed as commissioner without the process being put out to tender. The Paia request sought clarification on just how and when the selection of Mokoena as commissioner took place, why no tender process was followed with regard to his appointment and what the exact budget allocation was. It also asked for information about whether any buildings in Venice were owned or were being long-leased by the department. Only one substantive answer To date there has only been one substantive answer from the department as to what money was spent on the Venice Biennale -- the admission that they paid R10-million towards South Africa’s participation. This disclosure came in answers to questions sent by the Democratic Alliance to Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile on August 5 last year. They were, however, only answered on December 13. The budget accompanying the admission revealed some eyebrow-raising anomalies. This included a R4.5-million allocation for media, PR and advertising. Victor Dlamini, who the department acknowledged acted in the “capacity of public relations” for the Biennale, has gone on record to say that he had nothing to do with it. In the same conversation, Dlamini advised that the only way of finding out how this money was allocated was to ask the department itself. However, when the department was contacted on these issues a departmental spokesperson emailed back saying: “As you quite correctly point out, your Paia application is now a subject of court action, which the department will respond to in due course. The matter is sub judice.” However, the sub judice claim that the both the department and the minister are using is misplaced. Interfering with the court application Discussing South Africa’s participation at the BiSA ART TIMES. May 2012

ennale can hardly be regarded as interfering with the court application. The only issue before the court is whether the department and the minister have complied with the requirements of Paia. In other answers sent to the DA, the department stated that “a proposal from Cul Art for South Africa to participate in the Venice Biennalle [sic]” was received. And that “once the proposal was approved, Mr Mokoena was then appointed as the commissioner for South Africa at the Venice Biennalle 2011”. The identity of the company Cul Art was at first a mystery, but it has now been established that a close corporation by that name was registered on the January 19 2011 and is owned by Mokoena and Tim Mangwedi. What seems of interest is that Louise Graham, the chief director of international relations for the department, sent out an email on January 13 2011 confirming that South Africa was going to participate at the Biennale. This was six days before Mokoena’s Cul Arts, the corporation that the department stated made the proposal to go to Venice, was in fact registered. The notice of opposition to the court application, received by lawyers on Tuesday, is the first clear suggestion from the department that they may not wish make available what, under most circumstances, would be public information. As yet no affidavit has been received from the department’s lawyers indicating their reasons for not complying with Paia. ‘Venice is quite a lovely place’ In an interview on Tuesday night on Cape Talk, Mashatile again refused to offer any real answer concerning the circumstances of the Venice Biennale. Although several questions are known to have been sent to the radio station on the matter, only the last minute of the 40-minute show was set aside for a question concerning the now welldocumented Venice controversy. When the interviewer, Kay Sexwale, finally asked the minister about Venice, she added the caveat that she had asked the minister’s communication advisor how the minister would feel about discussing the controversy. Mashatile responded: “Venice is quite a lovely place where we showcase visual art. It is really a premier area for artists to showcase their work but the difficulty is there is a court case currently that has been brought against us and we want to respect that process.” Mashatile stated, in the last seconds of the broadcast, that “once they are done I would definitely like to talk to South Africans about Venice, because it is one of those important areas where we would like to see more of South Africa’s participation”. 07


A new and exciting chapter in the Stephan Welz & Co. Stephan Welz & Company (Pty) Limited is pleased to announce the strengthening and restructuring of its Executive Board. Mark Kretschmer has sold his interests in the Company, making way for Dr Fred Scott, the renowned Johannesburgbased Contemporary Art Specialist, to become shareholder and Director. The Company would also like to announce the appointment of Anton Welz as Head of the Paintings Department, Cape Town, as well as welcome both him and Shona Robie to the Board of Directors. Synonymous with both the auction and art worlds, Anton Welz is the grandson of the late Jean Welz and nephew to Stephan Welz. Having studied History of Art at UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art he began his career in the late 80s at Sotheby’s, Johannesburg, under the guidance of his uncle. Here Anton entrenched himself as Furniture and later, Classic Car Specialist. It is through Anton that the Welz legacy continues. Born into a family of prominent collectors, Dr Fred Scott has an unparalleled knowledge of South African art. An advisor, curator and expert with a discerning eye and an insistence on quality, Dr Scott has a profound respect for the historical, a passion for contemporary and a determination to grow and develop the local art industry at large. Dr Scott has an extensive personal collection. “I see joining Stephan Welz & Co, one of South Africa’s most established auction houses, as the ideal opportunity to share my knowledge of and empathy for the visual arts”, Dr Fred Scott. “The Company welcomes Dr Fred Scott - a major collector in his own right - who through his dedication and great knowledge of art is a fundamental asset to Stephan Welz & Co.”

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365 South Africa at the ArtSpaceJhb The SA Art Times speaks with Alison McKay regarding her first Solo Show. Alison painted 1 painting per day for an entire year about issues relating to the average person on the street. View her blogspot at Are you happy on the response for your first solo show as an artist. I am very delighted with the response, it has been very well received I have seen some unexpected reactions from the viewers who have been through, at the opening there were people crying, overwhelmed by subject matter and what I imagine is the intensity of seeing such a large body of work produced and exhibited at one time by one artist. From what I understand it’s also had great deal of media interest for a first unknown solo exhibition. How did your idea of doing such an ambitious idea evolve It started from a very simple idea; it was a combination of wanting to make a body of work that forced me to work every day, without excuse. Also the news seemed like a perfect choice for daily subject matter, ever changing, ever interesting. When I began the project I had only intended to make good news stories, day one was the story of 10 youngsters being stampeded to death in a tavern. Somehow the strength of the story and the emotion that bought out in me set a precedent in that the work was going to somehow present itself to me; I almost felt that it was the story that chose me, not me that chose the story. I myself was personally was at a point that I was tired of the news, I was numb to all the bad news, the murder, the death, the corruption, it had reached a point for me as I believe it has for others that I had shut down. I started this project to reconnect with the news, to view it in a new way. Hopefully causing the same outcome in others. I also wanted to question what is newsworthy, what qualifies my story choices, is the man arrested for stealing sheep in a hearse less deserving of a canvas than Zuma?


In terms of time, did the project assist you in forcing you to do a certain amount of painting everyday, or did the project help you to make more art over and above the art making time set aside every day. Obviously the project forced me make art every day, the challenge was working in a full time job and being a single mother. This project did not allow me the time to make more work than I needed to complete the project, but it has certainly pushed me, and re-ignited my passion for art making. When did you make the paintings always the same time of day, or variables? I would get up at 4am, prime my canvas, draw in the image. Then carry on with my normal day. On return from work after my daily home chores would write my blog (something I used as a record keeping tool more than anything else) and then would usually paint into the late hours, it was a very exhausting year, but so rewarding. How did you arrive at a similar format of recording each day, did you ever feel that breaking the size and medium convention would create chaos, or interested when the show would hang together as an exhibition. This was purely an aesthetic decision, I am a little ocd and the idea of using different sizes would never enter into my head, I knew how I wanted to hang the show from the beginning and wanted very clean graphic lines that echo the works.

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What was the response from your viewers. As I said earlier, the general sense was of being a little overwhelmed, what is interesting for me is seeing the viewer’s reactions, finding some paintings sad or disturbing where I myself have been so close to the work for so long, and so immersed in the media, perhaps I was a little complacent about the intensity of some the imagery. What are your thoughts as an artist picking up on how the media projects, prioritizes certain news.? Would you feel that in a sense that the media is looking for news that is marketable, and is able to be repeated everyday, I mean in order to keep the readers attention, the media house has to choose news that can continually shock readers and keep their attention. Was it tempting to ever go deeper to the headline story and work the story through in your own artistic mind. I think that we are talking about two different mediums of information or telling stories - for sometimes different reasons and audiences. The media have a different time space and commercial imperative. Artists necessarily, use a medium that is probably more enduring in terms of aesthetic appeal and input. The media, I guess, have to create a handle that will ‘grab’ you from afar. Artists on the other hand wait quietly for a moment of quiet and deliberate contemplation from the audience to let the work of art appeal to their trained senses at times to ‘take’ them. Sometimes the art will engulf the audiences’ emotions and even without any fuller understanding from the audience, the work’s intensity and appeal will work its own magical allure and make its impact – where the artist and the audience, and the message connect at that critical point. So in a way I had to select my own level or platform to talk to the storyline as it grabbed me. But then I had to transform it into my own personal and emotional medium. Given the years highs and lows which work sold the bestI think that there should be a mix of both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ news, but if one tries to identify a pattern in the work sold so far, it is weighted toward the good news. Sometimes the good news’ interpretation would probably sell its appeal and vice versa. If the good news works sold the best, surely this would be to a domestic market that has to live with your news headlines work on a daily basis. Do you think if you approached a media house, their view of purchasing subjects would be different – say to purchase images that are more provocative and would sell more papers etc. I am not too sure about that angle. News has nowadays become such a global commodity that even ‘our’ own news has begun to make it into overseas newspapers and television channels. Because of this instantaneous coverage of both local and global news, the fine line between the two has blurred and in a way. To answer your question, I still think that the artistic interpretation would influence the medias choices. If I were a media house I would purchase the whole show as it is a general overview of our country for the year, I don’t feel anymore as I did at the beginning of the project that we have the right to pick out only good news, there is a sense of denial in that. Without the ‘bad’ there is no ‘good’. What do you have planned for the next show, and how has this show influenced you to art making now. I certainly feel that I have been given an amazing opportunity for a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something that few artists have been able to commit to. It has taken much commitment and time, and this has certainly taught me much about myself and also about the many supportive people and institutions who have been there when I was at a loss as to what now. I think that I will continue to work at my art and learn to accept other challenges that help me define my art and enable me to grow as a person too. In choosing just 1 news item per day, is there a danger of making an almost 1 liner type of work- per day and not exploring a great diversity of a human conditions, or is this deliberate that through the repetition of news and projection you do begin to describe the human condition over time. Well, this as I said earlier has been a once-in a lifetime opportunity to express art in a compressed format but over an extended period of a year. While the items might seem truncated and distinct, they yet do tell the composite story of South Africa Incorporated if you will. While the 1 item per day might not necessarily capture the full gamut of human emotions, the captive national audience that in a way has been party to the news making event have also been critical actors in the portrayal of the event; because they would have read the news before the artwork and thus would be privy to the inputs into the final projection. I hope this makes sense in a roundabout way.

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Gerard de Leeuw (1912-1985) This centenary exhibition curated by Fred Scott is devoted to one of South Africa’s most important sculptors and marks the artist’s birth in Amsterdam in 1912. Lecture on 19 May 2012 at 10:00 for 10:30

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DE MAGNETE Jacki McInnes McInnes addresses contradictions in human thought and behaviour and the inevitable effect on our planet and ultimate future. With lecture UJ Art Gallery c/o Kingsway and University Road Auckland Park Johannesburg +27 11 559 2099 [tel] | +27 11 559 3178 [fax] |

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Gallery AOP 14 April – 12 May, “Self-Organized Systems” drawings by Neil le Roux. 44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf (Milpark) Johannesburg. T. 011 726 2234.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum 27 March – 13 May, “Christ and the other Person” a series of paintings by Father Frans Claerhout. 20 April – 3 June, “Rendezvous Art Project: Focus Painting” (Main Building) a travelling exhibition of works by 60 artists which uses painting as a medium. 3 May - 17 June, “For Future Generations” - Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music in the Reservoir. 16 Harry Smith Str, Bloemfontein. T.051 447 9609

Clarens Art & Wine Gallery on Main The Gallery houses an exquisite collection of art by well-known artists like Gregoire Boonzaier, J.H. Pierneef, Pieter van der Westhuizen, Erik Laubscher, Jan Vermeiren, Marjorie Wallace, Eben van der Merwe, Conrad Theys, 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 Opening Sat 19 May @ 11:00 “40 Days of Still Life, Landscapes and Figures “ a solo exhibition of paintings by Makiwa Mutomba, on show until Sunday 10th of June. 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, Elbè van Rooyen, Elga Rabe, Graham Carter, Nicole Pletts, Gregoire Boonzaier, Otto Klar, 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 Alice Art The weekend 12&13 May is artist Bert van Wyk, 19&20 May is Stan Polson and 26&27 May is Portchie. 217 Drive Str, Ruimsig. T. 083 331 8466/ 083 377 1470 Christie’s International Auctioneers. Gillian Scott Berning, Independent Consultant. T 031 207 8247 CIRCA on Jellicoe 3 April – 12 May, “Drawing clouds in the Karoo” by Strijdom van der Merwe. 2 Jellicoe Ave. T. 011 788 4805 Everard Read Jhb 12 April – 12 May, Recent Works by Stephen Conroy. 17 May – 16 June, Nicky Leigh exhibition. 6 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Jhb. T. 011 788-4805 Gallery 2 Artists currently on show include Eric Duplan, Kate Gottgens, Lauren Palte, Colbert Mashile, Herman Niehbuhr, Carl Roberts, Claudette Schreuders and Jenny Stadler.

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Goethe on Main Opening 24 May @ 18:30, “Streetlights” by Vaughn Sadie. On show from 25 May – 03 June 2012. Arts on Main, 245 Main Str, City & Suburban, Jhb. T. 011 442 3232

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Goodman Gallery From 5 May, Brett Murray’s “Hail To The Thief” 163 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg 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 and Peter Clarke. Unit 46, Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, Cnr Cedar & Valley Rds, Broadacres, Fourways, Jhb. T. 011 465 9192 16 Halifax Works by Michael Heyns, Leon Muller, Braam van Wijk, Marina Louw, Mimi van der Merwe and other artists can be viewed by appointment in Johannesburg at 16 Halifax Str, Bryanston. Dana MacFarlane 082 784 6695 In Toto 12 April – 8 May, “Translations: Art into Jewellery” Top South African artists: Karel Nel, Senzeni Marasela, Walter Oltmann, Diana Hyslop, Loren Kaplan, Norman Catherine, Michael Frampton, Faiza Galdhari, Dylan Lewis, Marco Cianfanelli, Wayne Barker and Don Searle have collaborated with the Schwartz Jewellers to create art-inspired jewellery that is to be displayed alongside artworks by these highly acclaimed artists. Opening 31 May, “The Other World” exploring the idea of fantasy in art featuring a large number of artists on show (about fifty) until 3 July. 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St Andrew Str, Birdhaven. T. 011 447 6543 Isis Gallery Leading Art Gallery in Rosebank showcasing today’s most Modern Contemporary Artists. Shop 163, The Mall of Rosebank. Contact Daniel Erasmus T. 011 447 2317 Johannesburg Art Gallery Opening 6 May, with a public lecture by William Kentridge from 2:00 - 3:00pm, the opening reception is at 3:30pm by Sibongile Khumalo, “Coming of Age: 21 years of Artist Proof Studio” a retrospective exhibition of Artist Proof Studio (APS) which celebrates 21 years of printmaking in Newtown. On show until 6 July. King George Str, Joubert Park, Jhb. T. 011 725 3130 Manor Gallery The Watercolour Society Africa will be opening a new exhibition on May 5th, entitled “Grand Prix”. This exhibition features top South African watercolour artists. The public are invited to attend the opening on Saturday morning 5th May from 10 to 12, and meet the artists over tea. On show until 2 June 2012. Manor Gallery, Home of the Watercolour Society of South Africa. Norscot Manor Centre, Penguin Drive, Fourways, Gauteng. T. 011 465 7934 F. 011 465 8951 Nirox Projects Opening Sunday 6 May @ 1pm, “Revisited’ by Maja Maljevic. Arts on Main, Cnr Main & Berea Streets, Joburg. For more information please contact: Claire (David Krut Projects) 011 447 0627 /


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Gallery Michael Heyns The Gallery has moved to 194 Haley Str, Weavind Park, Pretoria. T. 012 804 0869

Standard Bank Gallery 3 May – 9 June, “Faena” by Nandipha Mntambo (Standard Bank Young Artist 2011) as well as Leonie Marinovich’s photographic exhibition entitled “Not Me - Not Mine” consists of portraits of HIV-positive women from Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia and South Africa. Cnr of Simmonds & Frederick Str.’s, Jhb. T. 011 631 1889 Stephan Welz & Company Auctioneers of Decorative and Fine Arts. 13 Biermann Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg. T. 011 880-3125 Stevenson Johannesburg 4 April - 18 May, “Land Of Cockaigne” 10 large new and recent paintings by Deborah Poynton. 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Jhb. T. 011 326 0034 Strauss & Co. Monday 11 June 2012, Auction of Important South African and International Art. Country Club Johannesburg, Corner Lincoln Rd & Woodlands Drive, Woodmead. T. 079 407 5140 UJ Art Gallery Opening 9 May at 18 30 for 19 00, the Gerard de Leeuw Centenary exhibition of bronze sculptures. Cnr Kingsway & University Rd, Auckland Park, Jhb. T. 011 559 2099 The White House Gallery Exhibition opening on 3 May, 18:00 – 20:00, works by a variety of artists on show. Shop G11 Thrupps Centre,Oxford Road, Illovo,Johannesburg. T. 011 268 2115

Pretoria Alette Wessels Kunskamer The 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 Association of Arts Pretoria Opening Fri 4 May @ 18:30 for 19:00, “La Colour de L’Amour” an exhibition of paintings done and inspired by Paris by Isabel Le Roux, on show until 23 May. Walkabout: Sat 12 May @ 11:00. 173 Mackie Str, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria. T. 012 346 3100 Fried Contemporary 28 April - 26 May, “Terra incognita: unknown territories” Tribute artist: Minnette Vári. Frikkie Eksteen, Eric Duplan, Celia de Villiers, Christiaan Harris & Berna Thom. 9 June - 7 July, “Terra pericolosa: dangerous grounds” Tribute artist: Diane Victor. Diek Grobler , Gwenneth Miller , Carolyn Parton , Sybrand Wiechers, Keith Dietrich, Karin Preller & Paul Cooper. 430 Charles St, Brooklyn, Pretoria. T. 012 346 0158

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Pretoria Art Museum 27 March - 29 July in the Henry Preiss Hall, “Lady Michaelis Bequest” a selection of 17th-century Dutch paintings from the Michaelis Bequest will be on view. Until July in the North Gallery “Resistance Art & Landscape Art” A selection of artworks by Resistance artists such as Magadlela, Martins, Dumile, Hodgkins and Kentridge are on display in the North Gallery. Also on display is a broad selection of landscape art by artists such as Pierneef, Battiss, Wenning, Barker and Boonzaaier. Until December in the South Gallery, “A Story of South African Art” a selection of artworks from the permanent collection of the Museum. Until December in the East Gallery, “Abstract Art” a selection of abstract artworks from the permanent collection of the Museum. Until December in the Glass Gallery, “Corobrik Collection” a selection of ceramics, representing the development of studio ceramics and the work of traditional rural potters of South Africa over the past 30 years is on display. Until December, “Study Collection” art media and techniques are illustrated in the Information Centre. Cnr Schoeman 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, Pretoria. T. 012 460 6000 St Lorient Fashion and Art Gallery Contemporary Art on show during May. 492 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn Circle, Brooklyn, Pretoria. T. 012 4600284 UNISA Art Gallery Opening 3 May @17:00 for 17:30, “Recent Acquisition Art Exhibition” and moments from the past, on show until 31 May. Kgorong Building, Ground Floor, Main Campus, Preller Str, Pretoria. T. 012 441 5683 University of Pretoria 25 May – 15 November, “High Tea @UP” fine porcelain and antique teawares from the ceramic collections of the University of Pretoria Museums. Mapungubwe Gallery, Old Arts Building, UP. T.012 420 2968

North West Potchefstroom NWU Gallery 17 May - 13 July “Ink-complete: Capturing Music II” photography by Sean Brand, Sean Metelerkamp & Christelle Duvenage. Exploring the way that musicians modify their bodies as incomplete ever changing vessels through ink-art. North-West University Gallery, Building E7, NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Hoffman Str, Potchefstroom.T. 018 299 4341 email:

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Art @ sixty seven A selection of fine art, ceramics and blown glass art pieces, by well-known local artists. Shop no9, 67 Naledi St, Dullstroom, T. 013 254 0335 Dimitrov Art Gallery Lifestyle Complex, shop no.4 on Cnr. Teding Van Berkhout & Hugenote/ Naledi Street, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga T. 013 254 0524 C. 082 679 5698 The New Dimitrov Art Gallery Situated in the Trams Alley shop no.1, along the R 540 ( Naledi Drive ). Opening exhibition “Expression of Freedom” by renowned artist Dimitrov.

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, Mpumalanga 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 Roads White River T. 013 758 2409 The White River Gallery 14 April – 3 May, “Their Best Side” portraits of people and animals by Felicity Bell. Sat 19th May to Thursday 31st May, “Private Codes in Public Places” oil and pencil works by Karen Krumm. Casterbridge Centre, R 40 Cnr. of Hazyview & Numbi Gate Rd, White River.C. 083 675 8833

Western Cape Cape Town Absolut Art Gallery Permanent exhibition with the best Masters and Contemporary artists. Namely : JH Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, Hugo Naude, Adriaan Boshoff, Frans Oerder, Maurice Van Essche, Tinus De Jongh, Gerard Bhengu, Ephraim Ngatane, Cecil Skotnes, JEA Volschenk, Conrad Theys, William Kentridge, to name a few. Shop 43 Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley, Bellville. T. 021 914 2846 Art b 8 May – 18 June, “Uncontained” Opening the Community Arts Project Archive. An exhibition hosted by the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape in partnership with the City of Cape Town. The Arts Association of Bellville, The Library Centre, Carel van Aswegan Str, Bellville. T. 021 918 2301 Artvark Gallery During May, unique ceramics shown by Diana Ferreira, Karen Kotze and Mervyn Gers. Black- clay and straight lines is Diana Ferreira, and she emphasizes this in her simple functional ware by only glazing half of the bowls. Karen Kotze’s work is all hand shaped porcelain on which she does unique impression stamping of flowers .Delicate and quaint. Mervyn Gers does small ranges of individual prints and his Blue Protea range reminds one of the Classic Dutch kitchenware. Open 7 days a week 9-6. 48 Main Rd, Kalk Bay Tel 021 788 5584


Portchie Portchie is an unusual if not unique phenomenon in South African contemporary art. He is extremely prolific when he paints, and each piece is snapped up. He’s unassuming, articulate to the point when he speaks with a staccato burst of words and – just plain plucky. For Portchie is that rarest of people, a man who discovered his calling fairly late in life and then there was no holding him back. He is arguably the most successful contemporary artist in South Africa. There’s a saying that the test of courage comes when you are in the minority, the test of tolerance comes when you are in the majority. Portchie took his courage in both hands in 1992 when he decided to stake his name on his quick and undisputed ability with a brush and canvas. Why was he so confident? “I paint universal themes; children hopscotching, people riding bicycles, people reading – my a r t doesn’t know any languages and this means it is equally as popular in 06 America, Germany, the United Kingdom or

South Africa,” he says. “It is not difficult to understand or appreciate.” But there is more to Portchie’s work than an easy understandability. Now that he is widely known around the world he has an easy tolerance for others who, he concedes, may have tried as hard but have not met with his astonishing success. A painting by Portchie is always intensely colourful – he seems to see the world in terms of warm yellows, vivid blues, bright reds, and intense greens. He says that part of the secret is that he uses Grumbacher acrylics – “the finest pigments of all paints in the world”. What is equally true is that his equable nature seems to have no room for twilights, for half-shades or for shadow tones. For Portchie the world is a bright, cheerful place and this contagion communicates itself immediately with the viewer. It is very obviously a universal appeal and Portchie has known success ever since he SA ART TIMES. May 2012 started painting.


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WESTERN CAPE / GALLERY GUIDE | ART TIMES AVA 10 April – 4 May, “Dripping Away Unattended into Shadows” paintings by Odette Marais and “Wired World” photography by Catherine Sassoon as well as “Inja Elele” a photography exhibition produced through the Iliso Labantu project. Opening 7 May @18:00, “Didn’t want to be your Ghost” a photographic exhibition by Natasja Maria Fourie until 1 June 2012. Opening 4 June @18:00, “Nothing New Under the Sun” a solo exhibition of paintings by Catherine Ocholla, on show until 29 June at 13:00. Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Str, CT. T.021 424 7436 The Avital Lang Gallery New artists at gallery Loyiso Mkize, Jordan Sweke, sculptures by Sacha Leon and many more amazing artworks, so come in and enjoy a feast of talent. Also don’t forget our ceramic and painting classes continue on a monthly basis. Two Oceans House, Surrey Place, Mouille Point, CT. (Next to Newport Deli) T. 021 439 2124 Barnard Gallery 18 April – 17 May, “Just a Matter of Time” a solo exhibition by Jaco van Schalkwyk. 24 May – 27 June, “Another Man’s Vine” by Barry Sullivan. 55 Main St, Newlands. T. 021 671 1666 Blank Projects. 12 April – 12 May, “Strange Days” paintings by Jan-Henri Booyens. Opening 17 May @18:00, Drawings by Nomthunzi Mashalaba. Exhibition Closes 9 June. 113-115 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. C.072 507 5951 Brundyn & Gonsalves (formely iArt) 9 May – 20 June, “White Termite” Mixed Media by Liza Grobler. 71 Loop Str, CT. T. 021 424 5150 Cape Gallery 15th April – 5 May, “Bright Horizons - Inspiration: Cape Town” a solo exhibition of recent work by Sybille Lampe. Opening on Sunday 6th May at 4.30 p.m. “The Elements” a solo exhibition of paintings & graphic works by Judy Woodborne, on show until 26th May. 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 Galleria Currently on show until 20 May, “Movement/Moment” curated by João Ferreira and featuring the works of Doreen Southwood (Bronze sculptural installation) and Mark Hipper (Oil on canvas paintings). Casa Labia Cultural Centre, 192 Main Rd, Muizenberg. T. 021 788 6068 Cedar Tree Gallery Contemporary Fine Art Gallery at Rodwell House. Rodwell Rd, St. James, CT. T. 021 797 9880 The Cellar Private Gallery The Cellar Private Gallery of Art deals exclusively in original & investment art, offering works by a variety of renowned & 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 New arrival at the gallery, visit the website to view Robert

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Hodgins, (SA:1920 - 2010), “Saluting the flag ”, oil on canvas, 50 x 60cm a sought after artwork. 7 Kloofnek Road, Gardens, C T. T. 021 422 1599 Commune.1 Gallery 19 April-19 May, a solo exhibition by Gretchen van der Byl entitled, “Today is the Yesterday of Tomorrow” 64 Wale Str, CT. T. 021 423 5600 Erdmann Contemporary & the Photographers Gallery za 2 May - 2 June, “Canaries in the Coalmine” Barbara Wildenboer’s sixth solo exhibition. The exhibition will include paper sculpture, paper cutting, altered books, photography, animation and installation. 63 Shortmarket Street, CT. T. 021 422 2762 Everard Read CT 19 April – 3 May, new works by David Bromley. 17 – 31 May, Recent Works by Stephen Conroy. 3 Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, CT. T. 021 418 4527 34 Fine Art 1 – 15 May, “New Arrivals” new works by Takashi Murakami and Mr. Brainwash as well as other regularly featured artists. Norman Catherine, Lionel Smit, Asha Zero and others will also be included, making for an exciting and eclectic Group Exhibition. 2nd Floor, The Hills Building, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T.021 461 1863 The Framery Art Gallery From 7 May until 2 June, “four hours and a month later...” a group exhibition of selected works by 29 artists. Artists include Anine Barnard , Mncede Bodlo, Kim Mobey, Vernon de Wee, Khayalethu Witbooi, John Kramer, Peter Diggery , Elizabeth Robertson Cambell, Mauritsio dal Prato, Tyrone Appollis, Mawethu Ntakana, Patrick Mokhuane, Loyiso Mkize, Zolani Siphingela, Ian Tainton and others . 67g Regent Rd, Seapoint. T. 021 434 5022 C. 0781227793 Gill Allderman Gallery The Gill Allderman Gallery is dedicated to promoting some of South Africa’s valuable talent. Having moved into cyber space, but based in Kenilworth, Cape Town, the gallery will be specialising in home and corporate visits. C.083 556 2540 Goodman Gallery Cape 21 April – 19 June, Minnette Vári’s new body of multimedia work entitled “Revenant” 3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 462 7573/4 Hout Bay Gallery New artworks by Sarah Danes Jarrett, David Kuijers, Koos De Wet and many more. Open 7 days a week. 71 Victoria Ave, Hout Bay. T. 021 790 3618 Infin Art Gallery A gallery of work by local artists. Wolfe Str, Chelsea Village, Wynberg. T. 021 761 2816 & Buitengracht Str. CT. T. 021 423 2090 Irma Stern Museum 5-19 May Terri Broll and Terence King will be holding an exhibition entitled “Moving Paint.” Cecil Rd, Rosebank, CT. T. 021 685 5686 Iziko SA National Gallery Until 13 May, “Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke” 16 March – 8 July, “Iqholo le Afrika (Her African Pride)” A Centenary Celebration of the Life and Work of Barbara Tyrrell. 26 April to 22 July Candice Breitz’ “Extra!”25 Queen Victoria Str, CT. T. 021 467 4660

Iziko Michaelis Collection Ongoing, Dutch treat: Dutch works from the 17th–20th centuries in Iziko collections. Iziko Michaelis Collection, Old Town House, Greenmarket Square, CT. T. 021 481 3800 Iziko Castle of Good Hope From 26 Feb 2012 to 26 Feb, 2013, “Fired” an exhibition of South African ceramics. Buitenkant Str, opposite the Grand Parade, CT. T. 21 464 1262 Johans Borman Fine Art Currently showing a selection of works by SA Masters Walter Battiss, Erik Laubscher, Peter Clarke, Cecil Skotnes, Pranas Domsaitis and Sydney Kumalo, as well as new works by contemporary artists Hussein Salim, Walter Meyer, Hennie Niemann Jnr, Jacobus Kloppers and Jaco Sieberhagen. 16 Kildare Road, Newlands, CT. T. 021 683 6863. Kalk Bay Modern 12 April – 12 May, a solo exhibition of recent works by Nicolaas Maritz, titled “Lucky Packet No.2” Opening Weds 30 May @6pm, “Still Life” with Walter Meyer, Gail Catlin, Ben Coutouvidis & Hanneke Benade, on show until 30 June. 1st Floor, Olympia Buildings, 136 Main Rd, Kalk Bay. T.021 788 6571 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 Lovell Gallery 25 April – 19 May: Tanisha Bhana, ‘Transience’. Her work employs a fascination in deliberately destroying digital images in order to create aged, dreamlike visions of futuristic landscapes, to place the viewer in the position of looking back at our future. 139 Albert Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 820 5505 The Project Room Gallery 3 – 31 May, Introducing “The Nature of Women” New Paintings by Milly Jones. Open from 9am – 8 pm daily. Please email us to add you to our E-vite list. 2nd floor, Old Port Captains Building, Pierhead, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront T.021 425 7884 theprojectroom@ Red! The Gallery On Thursday 10 May @ 7pm, a joint exhibition featuring Michael Waters & David Kuijers. The gallery will exhibit a great new body of work by these two great artists. It will be a live Paint Jam style exhibition with a seated dinner in the gallery. R200 per head for a three course meal. Booking essential Steenberg Village shopping centre ,Reddam Avenue, Tokai. T. 021 7010886 Rose Korber Art 1 – 31 May: “Some Special Works from Private Collections” an exhibition featuring a range of paintings and original prints by celebrated and lesser known, contemporary South African artists – all to be sold at specially reduced prices until the end of May 2012. Painters include names such as Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Lukas van Vuuren, Jan Vermeirin, Xolile Mtakatya and David Hlongwane; while fine, original, limited edition prints by Colbert Mashile, Kim Berman, Mandla Vanyaza, Tyrone Appollis, Patrick Holo, Robert Siwangaza and Godfrey Ndaba add a dynamic sparkle to the show.Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 am – 5 pm. Weekends and public holidays by appointment. 48 Sedgemoor Rd, Camps Bay, CT. T. 021 438 9152 C.082 781 6144 Rudd’s Auctioneers Antique, Fine and Decorative Art. 87 Bree Street, CT. T.021 426 0384


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to expose fine art that is rooted in the South African tradition, work which carries the unique cultural stamp of our continent and yet can touch the imagination of others who view it. Rotating exhibitions add to the diverse and often eclectic mix of work on show. The Church Street walking mall is the oldest in Cape Town. featured artist: Judy Woodborne


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WESTERN CAPE / GALLERY GUIDE | ART TIMES Rust-en-Vrede Gallery 8 May – 31 May, In Salon A: Christiaan Diedericks. Salon B: Group Exhibition of paintings “Life” Susan KrugerGrundlingh, Annelie Venter, Corlie de Kock, Marie Grotepas, Marie Stander, Lynie Olivier, Tarryn Gordon, Caryn Scrimgeour, Anthea Delmotte, Celia van Heerden, Di Smith, Natasha de Wet. Salon C: Paintings by Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen. Office Showcase: Ceramics by Laura du Toit. In The Cube: A Touch of Japan: Ceramics by Ralph Johnson and students. 10 Wellington Rd, Durbanville. T.021 976 4691 Salon 91 26 April – 26 May, “The Man of Dust” a debut solo exhibition of new paintings on paper by Paul Senyol. Opening Weds 30th of May @ 19h30 “Into the Night” solo exhibition of photography by Niklas Zimmer, on show until 23 June. 91 Kloof Str, Gardens, CT. T 021 424 6930 The South African Society Members Exhibition 1 Opening - Friday 18 May at 18h00 and runs through to Sunday 27 May. The exhibition will be opened by Richard Smith. Open Daily from 09h30 - 17h30. The Sanlam Hall, Kirstenbosch Gardens (entrance2) If there are any queries or you would like an invitation to the opening, please contact The South African Society of South Africa’s secretary, Liz Pearson, on 082 222 2820 or email South African Print Gallery A wide selection of fine art prints by South African masters and contemporary printmakers. 28 April-24 May, Theo Paul Vorster exhibition. 26 May-28 June, Alice Goldin Retrospective Print Show. 109 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 6851 Sanlam Art Gallery 17 April – 8 June, “Index 40” leading works from the Sanlam Art Collection. 24 July – 28 Sept, Gerard De Leeuw Centenary Exhibition of bronze sculptures. Sanlam, 2 Strand Rd, Bellville. T. 021 947 3359 SMAC Art Gallery, Cape Town 1 April - 30 May, “Collection 16” a group show. In-Fin-Art Building,Buitengracht Str, CT. T. 021 422 5100 Online Art Gallery A curated online art gallery bringing you original and affordable artwork created by selected Fine Arts students and graduates emerging from South Africa’s most prestigious art schools. With an extensive selection of styles and genres to reflect your taste, budget and requirements, and a range of services to support your choices, buying art couldn’t be any simpler. T. 0724709272 Stephan Welz & Company 29 & 30 May, Decorative & Fine Arts Auction. Public Viewing 25 – 27 May. The Great Cellar, The Alphen Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia. T. 021 794 6461 Stevenson Cape Town 4 April - 12 May, a group exhibition “Trade Routes over Time” 17 May – 30 June, “The Other Half: Past and Future Now” a solo exhibition by Michael MacGarry, a coherent body of work comprising new sculpture, installation, photography and video. Ground Floor, Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 1500 Strauss & Co. Fine Art Auctioneers & Consultants. The Oval, 1st Floor Colinton House, 1 Oakdale Rd, Newlands. T. 021 683 6560 What if the World Gallery 19 April – 26 May, “Booty” an exhibition of new drawings and installation by Julia Rosa Clark. 208 Albert Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 448 1438

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Franschhoek Ebony During the Franschhoek Literary Festival from 11 – 13 May a selection of new works by Olaf Bisschoff, Claudia Ongaro, Keri Muller, Helene van Aswegen and many more. 11 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 4477 The Gallery at Grande Provence Opening Sunday 6 May @ 11:00, a group exhibition of contemporary altarpieces entitled “Altered Pieces.” The exhibition, “Transformed” by renowned sculptor, Anton Smit, will be presented in The Sculpture Garden and The Gallery. The Project Room and Cathedral will feature an exhibition entitled “The Painted Word.” This extensive group show will include artworks by prominent South African contemporary artists. Botanical artworks by Barbara Pretorius and a photographic exhibition of indigenous succulents by Riaan Chambers will be on shown in The Shop. Main Rd, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8630. Holden Manz Collection New Karin Miller collages, Marie Stander charcoals and a set of 43 amazing Cecil Skotnes woodcuts are on show at the moment – well worth a visit! 30 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek T. 021 876 44 02 Is Art 22 April – 11 June, The Franschhoek Literary Festival Group Exhibition 2012. 16 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8443

George Hyatt Regency Oubaai “Transitions” a collection of new sculptures by Anton Smit. 406 Herolds Bay Rd,George. T. 044 851 1234 Strydom Gallery 2 May – 4 June, a selection of South African Art. 5 June – 6 July, South Cape Exhibition. 79 Market Str, George. T. 044 874 4027

Hermanus Abalone Gallery During May in the Main Gallery: Group Exhibition selected works on canvas & on paper, sculptures by :Titia Ballot, Christo Coetzee, John Clarke, Jackson Hlungwani, Elzaby Laubscher, Amos Letsoalo, Judith Mason, Lynette ten Krooden, Carl Roberts, Susanna Swart, Yang Zulu. In the Annex: Until 20 May - Solo Exhibition by Louis van Heerden - Recent works on canvas and on paper. 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. Contact Terry Kobus on 083 259 8869 or email for more information. 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 Shelley Adams Studio & Gallery A permanent exhibition of artworks by Shelley Adams in her personal studio space. She also offers ongoing art courses, crit classes and workshops. 19A Royal Centre, Main Rd, Hermanus. C. 072 677 6277

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

Klein Karoo Sheena Ridley Open Studio and Sculpture Garden Sculptures and Paintings N9 Langkloof near Uniondale, Klein Karoo T. 083 5892881

Knysna Dale Elliott Art Galleries Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa! 2 Galleries: Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre & The Knysna Mall T. 044 382 5646 A Different Drummer An on-going exhibition of traditional African artefacts, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, paintings and objets de vertu. Thesen House, 6 Long Street, Knysna. T. 044 382 5107 Sally Bekker Art Studio Ongoing exhibition “Recent Watercolour and Oil Paintings” Upstairs in the Knysna Mall. C.082 342 3943 sally_bekker@

Langebaan 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

Oudtshoorn ArtKaroo Gallery A selection of authentic Karoo fine art by various established and emerging artists. 107 Baron van Reede, Oudtshoorn. T.044 279 1093

Paarl Hout Street Gallery The Hout Street Gallery specialises in South African paintings and fine art and offers an extensive range of ceramics, sculpture, creative jewellery, glass, crafts and functional art. 270 Main Str, Paarl. T. 021 872 5030

Piketberg AntheA Delmotte Gallery 15 April – 20 July, “Images from the Platteland” a group show with John Kramer, Clare Menck, Merle de Jager, AntheA Delmotte, Annelie Venter The Old Bioscope, 47 Voortrekkerstr. C. 0732817273

Prince Albert Prince Albert Gallery Established in 2003, the Prince Albert Gallery always has an eclectic mix of art on display. From George Coutouvidis’s quirky post-modern cartoonism to Guy du Toit’s striking bronzes 57 Church Str, Prince Albert. T. 023 541 1057 C. 082 749 2128 (Brent)



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GALLERY BUZZ | GALLERY GUIDE Alison McKay’s opeing of her 365 South African Show at ArtSpaceJhb Gallery

Wayne Barker and Alison McKay, Terresa Lizamore and Alison McKay Opening of Louis van Heerden’s show at The Albalone Gallery, Hermanus

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Stellenbosch IS Sculpture 8 March – July 2012, an exhibition of sculpture by Ian Redelinghuys and curated by Ilse Schermers Griesel of IS Art will be on show at the Tokara Delicatessen, Helshoogte Road, Banhoek, Stellenbosch. T. 021 876 8443 Rupert Museum 28 Sept 2011 – 1 Sept 2012, an extensive selection of works by Willem Strydom consisting of sculptures and unique drawings. Stellentia Avenue, Stellenbosch T. 021 888 3344 SMAC Art Gallery 29 March- 24 May, “My Show” by Georgina Gratrix. 1st Floor, De Wet Centre, Church Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 3607 Spier 8 March – 31 May, Tamlin Blake’s exhibition “Altered Yarns” presents a series of tapestries woven from re-cycled, handspun newspaper. Spier Wine Tasting Venue, R310, Stellenbosch.

Eastern Cape Alexandria Quin Gallery & Sculpture Garden Enjoy refreshments under the jacaranda tree while enjoying the sculptures of international sculptor Maureen Quin. 5 Suid Str, Alexandria, Eastern Cape, following the signs from the main street. T. 046 6530121 C. 082 7708000

East London Ann Bryant Gallery 19 April – 5 May, in the Coach House charcoal drawings by Valerie Liebenberg and textile art pieces by Audette Jooste. Opening 15 May – 15 June, in the Main Gallery “Cedric Nunn Solo Exhibition” of photography. 10 – 26 May, The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture will be hosting an exhibition in the Coach House. This is a preliminary exhibition which will go to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Opening Thurs 31st May at 18h30, “Anything but Painting” East London Fine Art Society Exhibition. The East London Fine Art Society invites artists to submit their artwork on the theme “Anything but Painting” which can be woodwork, beadwork, leatherwork, sculpture, needlework, or simply anything where painting is not the dominant media. Please submit your work on or before Tuesday 29th May 2012. The exhibition closes Saturday 16th June. 9 St. Marks Rd, Southernwood, East London. T. 043 722 4044 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 Vincent Art Gallery The gallery houses an exceptional collection of fine arts, sculptures, blown glass, ceramics, exclusive jewellery and decor items. 2 Donald Rd, Vincent, East London. T. 043 726 4356

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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 (University of Stellenbosch) 14 April – 12 May, “Our Land” by Carl Becker & Monique Pelser. Opening 2 May @ 18:30, “Journey of a Woman” by Rachelle Bomberg until 26 May. Cnr of Dorp and Bird Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 808 3524/3489

Somerset West Liebrecht Art Gallery 11 - 31 May. “Sound image” 12 oils each by Clare Menck & Anthea Delmotte to coincide with the performance of impressionist composer Claude Debussy’s First Book of 12 Preludes in the Gallery the Friday evening, 11 May by internationally acclaimed pianist Luis Magalhães. Special preview the Friday evening. Official opening on 16 May. Rare collection of works signed at back by the internationally established duo TwoPianists (Magalhães and his wife Nina Schumann) to commemorate the occasion. Dinner function after concert. 34 Oudehuis Str, Somerset West. T. 021 852 8030 C. 082 682 5710

ArtEC 3 – 12 May, “Form-Physical-Spiritual” an exhibition by Deon Lemmer and Maureen Quin. 15 – 26 May, the 2011 New Signature winners Exhibition. On show until 9 June, “Siyadala” an exhibition of artworks created by students in Grade 4-10 from Joe Slovo. 36 Bird Str, P.E. T. 041 585 3641 The Athenaeum 3 April – 11 May, “Large Works” exhibition. Opening 16 May a photography exhibition entitled “The Constructed Self” which forms part of a Masters thesis for Nina Joubert, runs until the 23 May. 7 Belmont Terrace, Central, Port Elizabeth. T. 041 501 8300 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum 4 Feb – 13 May, “Process revealed: How artworks are made” See how artworks and craft comes to life as we reveal the rough drawings, sketches as well as works in progress, alongside their completed work. 3 March – 6 May, “George Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba (19122001)”It is the 100th anniversary of George Pemba’s birth this year and to celebrate this milestone, the South African Post Office has released a set of commemorative stamps. Be a part of the celebration by coming to the Art Museum and seeing the stamps next to the original artworks. 15 March – 6 May, “Ceramics Southern Africa (Eastern Cape) Annual Regional Exhibition 2012” 12 May – 24 June, “Size Matters”Does size really matter? Find out which side of the scale tickles your fancy as we take a look at a variety of artworks from overwhelmingly large to breathtakingly small. 17 May – 6 June, International Museum’s Day Exhibition: “Museums in a Changing World. New Challenges, New Inspirations” is the theme for the 35th International Museum Day on 18 May 2012. Come see how museums in Nelson Mandela Bay have kept up with the speed of the world as we compare the old and the new. 20 June – 15 July, “In Praise of Vessels/Treasures” These two group exhibitions, organized respectively by the Friends of the Art Museum and Ceramics SA Eastern Cape, will form part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Fine Art Fringe on the 2012 National Arts Festival. The exhibition challenges artists in the Eastern Cape to produce top craft. 1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth. T. 041 5062000 Ron Belling Art Gallery 22 May – 16 June, Leon de Bliquy: Recent Works. 30 Park Drive, P.E. T. 041 586 3973

Villiersdorp Dale Elliott Art Gallery Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa! 80 Main Rd, Villiersdorp. T. 028 840 2927

Wilderness 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 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 www.

Kwazulu- Natal Durban The African Art Centre 16 May – 2 June, “Virgins and Graces” an exhibition of oil pastels on paper by Sfiso Ka- Mkame. 94 Florida Rd, Durban. T. 031 312 3804/5 ArtSPACE Durban 7 May – 26 May, “I Spy” Dee Donaldson’s art class in the Main Gallery and “Bits and Pieces” Sculpture by Gerald Baise in the Middle Gallery. 28 May – 16 June, “A Journey into Ink” acrylic and ink on canvas by Bradley Schwartz 3 Millar Rd, Stamford Hill, Durban. T.031 312 0793 Christie’s International Auctioneers. Gillian Scott Berning, Independent Consultant. T 031 207 8247 Elizabeth Gordon Gallery A gallery situated in vibrant Florida Road, offering a variety of SA art. Stockists of Dave Tomlinson bronzes. 120 Florida Road, Durban T. 031 3038133 The Collective 7 May – 12 May (1 week), “On-Form” the Martin Burnett Memorial Exhibition. 14 May – 19 May (1 weeks) “The Collective Team” Celebrating one year at the Collective with a group show of its staff. 21 May – 26 May (1 week), CFAD Awards show.48b Florida Rd, (entrance in 4th Avenue) Greyville, Durban. T. 031 303 4891 thecollectivedurban. KZNSA Gallery 20 April – 6 May, “Call and Response” a solo exhibition by Cedric Nunn.166 Bulwer Rd, Glenwood. 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


Fine Art Printmaking in SA Today Feature

Reflections on Artist Proof Studio at 21 By Kim Berman. Photographs: Christo Harvey Now that Artist Proof Studio has ‘come of age’ as a dynamic community-based printmaking studio, it is opportune to reflect upon aspects that have sustained its growth over the years. When I returned to Johannesburg in 1990, after seven years of study in Boston, I was inspired by three things. The first was the tradition of community arts organizations in South Africa, such Rorke’s Drift and FUNDA, that had nurtured the outstanding talents of the disadvantaged majority during the many years of oppression. The second, more immediate source of inspiration was my experience at the Artist’s Proof, a printmaking collective in Cambridge, where while training as a master printer, I learned about the virtues of printmaking collaborations , co-operative exchange as well as the management of a printmaking studio. The third and most important source of inspiration was Nelson Mandela’s call for each one of us to contribute to democracy in a post-apartheid South Africa. Determined to implement that vision, I sold my belongings, purchased a French Tool etching press and shipped it from the U.S. to a yet-to-be established organization in Johannesburg. Through my mother’s Frame-Up art gallery, I was fortunate to meet artist-teacher Nhlanhla Xaba, who despite his commitment to black consciousness, was willing to join me, as a white woman in co-founding a multi-racial studio. In turn, Xaba brought in many of the established Rorke’s Drift-trained artists as founding members, including Sokaya Charles Nkosi, Vincent Baloyi, Mmakgabo Sebedi, Muzi Donga and others, who shared the vision of art-making to imagine and to foster an educated, egalitarian society. The early years of capacity-building as a means of redress were not always easy. The first studio at 57 Jeppe St in Newtown was far from state-of-the art, but the real challenge lay in overcoming the racial distrust fostered during the apartheid years. Despite this legacy, teachers and students alike were determined and energized by the vision of being a part of building a democratic co-operative studio that reflected the magical energy of Mandela’s vision of a new South Africa. During these years of ‘redress,’ I taught evening classes and fund-raised, while Nhlanhla, a gifted teacher, managed the daily operations of the studio. I then joined the former Wits Technikon now University of Johannesburg as a full time lecturer. We were able to celebrate our stability as an organization with a move to expanded quarters at Building #9, 1 President Street, in 1995, as a venue for the first Africus Johannesburg Biennale that marked South Africa’s entry into the international art-world.


APS undertook an ambitious print exchange with nine countries which we called Volatile Alliances and in the process Nhlanhla and I trained our students Ezekiel Budeli and later Osiah Masakwameng as excellent edition printers. From the beginning, art production at Artist Proof Studio has explored collaboration through working in teams. Over the years, collaborative prints and murals have been created that link APS to the public realm, creating a broader awareness of pressing issues such as HIV/AIDS or xenophobia in the public mind and that of the APS artists as well. This first phase of optimism and growth was abruptly terminated by the catastrophic fire of March 9, 2003 that burned APS to the ground, taking with it not only all of the artists’ works, but even more disastrously, the life of Nhlanhla Xaba, mentor, teacher and friend. I was determined that the vision he had lived and died for would continue. Fortunately, the news of Xaba’s tragic death galvanized the South African art community, which, with extraordinary generosity, contributed to the building of new quarters in the former Bus Factory at One President Street. It still today seems miraculous that the beautiful new facility opened one year to the day after the fire, on March 9, 2004. Since then, we have been sustained by two fundamental concepts: imagination and resilience—that guide our efforts to construct our future. The process of transformation and rebirth also involved the challenge of reconciliation. I remain grateful to my sister, Hayley Berman, founder of the Lefika Art Therapy Centre, who partnered with APS artists to discuss issues of loss and regeneration, opening the wounds that led to healing. Shortly thereafter, the students created the collaborative “Out of Fire’ collages from the remains of the burnt prints. Lining the staircase of Artist Proof Studio, they convey a continuous, inspiring message: new art and a new future can be created out of trauma and loss. To further facilitate reconciliation, I presented a challenge to all APS members to regard the organization as an ubuntu space, a space of sharing and of honoring traditional communal values. The most recent phase of our history has focused on the role of the artist as a citizen actively contributing to social justice. While the artists’ individual works continue to explore issues of identity and their personal journeys, they are also engaged in alliances with both NGOs and businesses to address public concerns. In 2006, in preparation for the Sasol Wax Award exhibition, each member of APS made a print that honored someone they knew who had died of HIV/AIDS. Continues on next page

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Coming of Age: 21 years of Artist Proof Studio 6th May - 6th July 2012. Johannesburg Art Gallery A public lecture by William Kentridge 2:00 - 3:00pm Opening reception at 3:30pm by Sibongile Khumalo

Coming of Age is a retrospective exhibition of Artist Proof Studio (APS) which celebrates 21 years of printmaking in Newtown. The exhibition will open on 6th May 2012 at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG). This event will be a unique opportunity to experience the talent and energy of the artists at Artist Proof Studio as well as other established artists who have supported the studio’s growth over the last 21 years. Artist Proof Studio, a community based printmaking studio, partners with corporates, patrons, foundations, artists and individuals to create an environment in which talented young artists are offered the space and opportunity to reach their full potential. Editions of historic and current Artist Proof Studio artists will be showcased in 18 uniquely curated spaces within the Johannesburg Art gallery. The exhibition will include the works of Philemon Hlungwane, Nelson Makamo, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Lucas Nkgweng, Kim Berman and many emerging talents. New releases of editions from collaborating artists include William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Wim Botha, Norman Catherine, Paul Edmunds, Gerhard Marx, Colbert Mashile, Chris Diedericks, Kudzanai Chiurai and others. Please join us on Sunday the 6th May for a public lecture by William Kentridge at 2pm, followed by the opening of the exhibition by Sibongile Khumalo. APS looks forward to hosting members of the public at various events during the exhibition and will hold a series of lectures, printmaking demonstrations, and walkabouts during the month of May at the Johannesburg Art gallery and at Artist Proof Studio. There will be regular updates on the website: or for more info contact Tiny at tinym@ or Noli at

Reflections Continued The ‘Reclaiming Lives’ project led logically to internships with organizations such as Men As Partners and Sonke Gender Justice. This project marked a new phase for the Paper Prayers HIV awareness campaign that was started in 1997 into an active advocacy programme involving student and staff in engagement. APS is strengthened by an active Board of Directors , patrons, corporate and private partners in developing a sustainable organizational strategy that is no longer dependent on donor funding, but on producing and marketing excellence in printmaking. Our Education Unit is sustained by exchange of student artwork with scholarship funding from corporate patrons. The APS Professional print studio and gallery invite established and emerging artists to co-publish editions of prints which we market to galleries, and public and private collections. In this way APS has been successful in building new careers and strengthening the South African cultural industries through skilled graduates. Looking back at the history of Artist Proof Studio, I am proud of the strength the organization has shown over the years, its ability to continuously adapt to new challenges, and to grow and diversify in ways that preserve the founding ideal of a democratic, communitybased institution. Today, Artist Proof Studio has a three-year certificate program that is training over 100 students, a Pro-Shop where APS master printers edition work for some of South Africa’s most prominent artists, and a range of outreach programs that engage the members as artist-citizens. It boasts graduates who are among the rising stars of the South African art world. The Coming of Age celebrating 21 years of printmaking at JAG provides the opportunity for the new generation of artists to lead the way toward the future for Artist Proof Studio.

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“Viva Linocut Viva!” Observations on Working with Artist Proof Studio Interview with William Kentridge

Cambridge Massachusetts, USA, March 22, 2012

Excerpted and edited by Pamela Allara, emerita, Brandeis University. Image: Hannah Swartz [William Kentridge was in Residence at Harvard University during March and April while delivering “Six Drawing Lessons,” the Charles Eliot Norton lectures for 2012. The title of the interview is drawn from the third of the remarkable series of lecture-performances. Kentridge first came to Artist Proof Studio in 1997 to create etchings for the Emandulo (In the Beginning) book/portfolio project, organized by Kim Berman and New York-based artist Robbin Ami Silverberg. His subsequent projects have all involved linotype.] After graduating from Wits, I worked at the Johannesburg Art Foundation, one of the first multi-racial art schools in the country. One of the things I did there was to teach etching. So I believe in supporting Artist Proof Studio as a school. Printmaking has been a very central art form in South Africa, particularly among black artists, and linocut has been favored because it is cheap and accessible. Artist Proof Studio fits into a tradition of printmaking schools in South Africa that were not only aesthetic projects, but had a definite project of poverty alleviation. But it is also a great printmaking facility. I have a purely selfish interest in good master printers being available, and feeling good about the institution both being a school that prints not only student work but work by artists who are past being students. My sense is that what Kim has done with Artist Proof Studio is completely remarkable in both establishing it and keeping it running, and maintaining an openness and pleasure in the project. In 2003, I created large linocuts, Walking Man and Telephone Lady, as part of an exhibit organized by Clive van den Berg at Wits. The plates were printed by Osiah Masekoameng at Artist Proof, but half way through there was the calamitous fire, and so the edition was never completed. [In 2010, when I was asked to make prints for a fund-raiser for bursaries for Artist Proof Studio], I came back to linocut after not having done it for many years. In fact the very first prints I made were linocuts, done when I was in high school. There have been several cases where prints have been done as a benefit to help some institution. Even though it starts from an external pressure, it has happened on more than one occasion that the image that emerged is one of the better prints I’ve done. With the print, Eight Figures, I had been working on a commission for a mosaic in Naples, and it was the same terrain. So it was very much about making a rough drawing and finding the image in the process of cutting. All the decisions about the lines and negative spaces were worked out on the block itself. But I could not believe how long the cutting took. So afterwards I decided I would never again cut a linocut that size. I could hardly move the palm of my hand from pushing the cutting tool! The third set of linocuts, being worked on now, is a different approach to linocut. It’s a series of ink drawings on paper, transferred to a lino block. Then with the greatest skill possible, the ink drawing is cut out of the block so that you have the transformation of the brush into a different material—a sort of anti-linocut!. There are now about 70 to 80 small linos, of which 24 (the Colour Chart linos) were done at Artist Proof Studio. There is an enormous visible difference between those cut at Artist Proof Studio and those printed elsewhere. The ones done at Artist Proof Studio are more interpretative, but I am completely happy to see these different things. [Colour Chart I and II (each a composite of 12 small linocuts) will be shown in the exhibition “Coming of Age: Artist Proof Studio at 21”, opening May 6 at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.]


ARTLife | FINE ART PRINTMAKING IN SA TODAY FEATURE The Caversham Press and Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers

Over the past 27 years Caversham’s focus has been on professional collaboration, education and development. Individual printmaking projects are undertaken whilst local and international residencies provide opportunities for groups to work together. Specialist workshops are run as a forum for sharing print and bookmaking skills and developing mentorship. Caversham has a strong commitment to community art development through its Masabelaneni Network. The five rural

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and peri-urban CreACTive Centres with links to schools, run annual workshop programmes which include print and digital arts. These have provided a source for participation by visiting artists. Accommodation: 2 x Two Bedroom self catering cottages Location: Caversham is situated in the rural midlands of KZN and as such, offers a quiet, focussed environment for creative engagement. The studio is housed in a converted 19th Century Methodist chapel.

The Artists’ Press, White River

The Artists’ Press is a professional print studio which focusses on hand lithography and monoprinting. Established over twenty years ago we are committed to excellence in printmaking and collaboration and to living and working sustainably. Artists are invited to work on prints with us which we then publish. The Artists’ Press is in a beautiful valley in a rural area near White River in Mpumalanga. Artists and visitors are accommodated in the comfortable guesthouse, a converted farm house. Twice a year we run a monoprint workshop where a maximum of six people work with two master printers to create prints which are theirs to take home at the end of the workshop. David Krut Print Workshop, Johannesburg

David Krut Projects is an alternative arts institution dedicated to encouraging an awareness of and careers in the arts and related literature and media, and to promoting contemporary culture in a dynamic, collaborative environment. We have exhibition project spaces, adjacent arts bookstores and print workshops located at Parkwood and Arts on Main, the major new arts hub adjacent to downtown Johannesburg. There are also exhibition project


spaces and arts bookstores at the Montebello Design Centre in Cape Town and in New York. David Krut Print Workshop (DKW) is a experimental and collaborative workshop that specialises in intaglio and relief techniques and produces fine art editions

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FINE ART PRINTMAKING IN SA TODAY FEATURE | ARTLife The Blue Door Print Studio, Collin Cole, Johannesburg

The Blue Door Print Studio is a small professional print shop run by Collin Cole established in 2002. The Studio is situated on the premises of the St Ninians Church in a peaceful and focused environment, in Parktown North, Johannesburg. Collin has a master’s degree in Printmaking from Rhodes University and has lectured printmaking at tertiary level for fifteen years and is currently a full time artist. He taught the following printmaking techniques: Serigraphy, Intaglio, Relief printing, off-Set Lithography as well as all associated photomechanical processes from first year to masters’ level.The aim of the studio is primarily to teach those artists and anyone who has a serious desire, but has always found themselves outside of the often-restricted formal educational institutions, the opportunity to learn printmaking. The Studio offers, through the exploration of techniques and processes the opportunity for the student to create images that result in traditional limited edition prints. Warren Editions, Cape Town

Warren Editions: Director: Zhané Warren. Address: 3rd floor, 62 Roeland Str, Cape Town. Focus of studio: Etching, Polymer Photogravure and monotype Other: Internship Program for 2 months. Workshops offered at the studio: Workshops in Basic Etching, Aquatint, Monotype and Polymer Photogravure

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FINE ART PRINTMAKING IN SA TODAY FEATURE | ARTLife Vaal University of Technology Printmaking Dept. Website: Focus: Relief and Intaglio Wits University Art School – Printmaking Dept. Printmaking Technition: Nial Bingham Tel 0742617189 Focus: Monotype, Relief, Litho, Combination of Photo based mediums and digital. Pretoria Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Head of Dept: Andreas Schoenefeld E-mail: Tel: 0727842171 Website: University of Pretoria (TUKS) Head of Dept: Margaret Slabbert Tel: 012 420 2285 E-mail: Relief, Intaglio, Plate Litho, Silkscreening, alternative printmaking (includes digital) Asprint Print Studio Director: Andreas Schönfeldt. Contact: 082 943 8872 E-mail: Litho, Intaglio, Relief Mimi van der Merwe Print Studio Director: Mimi van der Merwe Tel: 012 4303442 E-mail: Focus: Intaglio Classes: Yes Mpumalanga The Artists’ Press Director: Mark Attwood Tel: 013 751 3225 Cell 083 6763229 E-mail: Focus on Lithographic technique. Also holds twice year monoprint classes. Highly recommended Artist accommodation for collaborating artists, printing editions Tackach litho presses (75 x 105cm) and seventy stones Easten Cape Grahamstown Fine Line Press - Printmedia Section Rhodes Fine Art Director: Professor Dominic Thorburn Tel: 046 6038193 E-mail: Focus: Intaglio, Litho, Silkscreen, Relief and photo- print mediums. Port Elizabeth Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Art Department, Printmaking Head of Dept: Ethna Frankenfeld Tel. 041 5043358 E-mail: Intaglio, Relief, Photo Transfer, East London

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Walter Sisulu University, Art Department, Printmaking Head of Department: Nhlanhla Nsusha E-mail: Tel 0837520177 Focus on woodblock relief, Intaglio.

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Artist to watch Phillimon Hlungwani who works at Artist Proof Studio was snapped up recently by The Everard Read Gallery. For more work see Photo: Christo Harvey

Chris Diedericks

Wim Botha

Bambo Sibiya

Theo Paul Vorster

Diane Victor

Kate Gottgens

Hanneke Benade

Robert Hodgins

Abri de Swart

Themba Khumalo


Eunice Gersteyn

Dominic Thorburn

Anna Alcock

Stephen Inggs

Colin Richards

David Koloane

Alma Vorster

Norman Catherine

Sam Nhlengethwa

Richard Penn

Zolani Siphungela

Phillippa Hobbs

Colbert Mashile

Katherine Bull

William Kentridge

Deborah Bell

Jan Tshiknthula

Patricia Jackson

Khehla Makgato


Mongezi Zanemvula Ncaphayi

Alan Grobler

Bevan de Wet

Cindy Britz

John Clark

Karen Daymond

Kim Berman

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Ernestine White

Kabelo Kim Modise

Sandile Goje

Leon de Blique

Lynn Smuts SA ART TIMES. May 2012


Joshua Miles

Guy Thesen

Ethna Frankenfeld SA ART TIMES. May 2012

Gabriel Clark-Brown

Conrad Botes

Chonat Getz

Minitza vander Walt

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Cape Town Decorative & Fine Arts Auction 29 & 30 May 2012 Public Viewing 25 - 27 May from 10am to 5pm

Franรงois Krige (South African 1913-1994) CLIFTON R400 000 - 600 000

Next sale in Johannesburg 7 & 8 August 2012 Johannesburg office 011 880 3125

The Great Cellar - Alphen Estate Alphen Drive Constantia 021 794 6461 -




‘Stern’s Arab Spring’ at Strauss & Co Continues Irma Stern’s studies of Arabs have caused so much of an uproar in the South African art market that they can be likened to an Arab Spring with Strauss & Co playing no small role in this. Irma Stern’s Arab (R7 000 000 – 9 000 000), painted on the artist’s first visit to Zanzibar in 1939, is attracting considerable interest given Strauss & Co’s record-breaking sale last year of Irma Stern’s Two Arabs for R21 166 000, the highest price ever achieved for any painting at auction in South Africa. Arab has been in the same family since it was purchased directly from the artist by the present owner’s mother over 70 years ago,

and has never before appeared on the market. It is still in its original Zanzibar frame embellished with flowers and foliage that are intended to invoke good fortune. With over 85% of items sold at Strauss & Co’s February 2012 sale, it’s clear that more South Africans are taking the business of art buying very seriously. Bearing in mind this ever-increasing interest in South African art, Strauss & Co’s upcoming auction on 11 June 2012 at the Country Club Johannesburg in Woodmead has a range of art to suit all tastes and pockets. .


The mid-year auction of Stephan Welz and Company in Cape Town on May 29/30 will offer a selection of significant works from some of South Africa’s most sought-after artists, as well as various international art works. Amongst the painting highlights is a portrait by Irma Stern of a young African woman, her eyes averted and impassive, her long neck adorned with brass neck bands in the tradition of the Ndebele people. Painted in 1954, and purchased by the current owner SA ART TIMES. May 2012

Images: Irma Stern: Arab. signed and dated 1939, in the original Zanzibar frame. oil on canvas R7 000 000 – 9000 000 William Joseph Kentridge: Dutch Iris Signed: signed and numbered AP III/IV etching and aquatint, R350 000- 400 000 Jacob Hendrik Pierneef: A Nude with Roses linocut: R10 000- 16 000


directly from the artist, this evocative work has never before appeared on the market, and with a pre-sale estimate of R 3 000 000-4 000 000 is sure to generate considerable interest. Continuing the portrait theme is a very fine example by Neville Lewis entitled Portrait of a Young Herero Woman, which carries a low estimate of R 60 000, as well as a painting by Francois Krige entitled San Woman, with an estimate of R 200 000-300 000. Another Krige painting, Clifton, with its view of the famous beach and the Twelve Apostle mountain range in the distance, is an unusual example of this artist’s work. Lovers of surrealism will not be disappointed; Keith Alexander, South Africa’s foremost surrealist painter, is without peer in this genre, and Ovoid, on offer at between R 400 000-600 000, masterfully captures the vast silence and sense of solitude so typical of the Namib Desert he loved so well. Two works by Fred Page, another surrealist painter whose work is rapidly gaining widespread recognition, are also on offer. The company is also delighted to be offering four Robert Hodgins paintings, each gifted by the artist to the current owner and never before available on the market. Serial Disintegration of a

Human Head, and Night Brothel both exhibit the fine use of colour, space and placing so integral to Hodgins work whilst touching on the sombre human condition which was often the theme of his paintings. Works by several contemporary artists are also available, notably Meyer Uranovsky, whose powerful work entitled Museum feels as if it has been brought to life by some gigantic force of nature. Each of the other departments also offers several items of interest. From the book session, Congo, signed by Irma Stern and on offer at R25 000-35 000 is sure to generate keen interest. Collectors of Oriental ceramics and works of art will not be disappointed at the selection on offer, and for those who appreciate the work of local ceramicists, the rare offering of a large Esias Bosch tile panel decorated with koi fish, on auction at an estimate of R 160 000-180 000 is sure to delight. An 18th century Cape Armoire at R 150 000-180 000 is the piece de resistence of the furniture session, whilst an Arts and Craft silver bowl, and a 18ct white gold diamond tennis bracelet suspending a diamond charm in the form of a handbag, are sure to attract much attention in these sections. 43

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Julia Charlton Curator of the Wits Art Museum (WAM)

By Michael Coulson. Photo’s by Christo Harvey “Thank heavens the builders have finished at last,” says Wits Arts Museum (WAM) senior curator Julia Charlton, a sentiment belied by the banging and hammering that punctuates our talk. “Oh,” she explains, “that’s just the picture rails being hung. Or it may be the installation of the fixtures for the coffee bar downstairs. But the structural work is all completed.” And beautifully completed it is, too; financial stringency may have trimmed the budget for the new facility, which started at R46m, escalated to R68m, and then had to be pared back to R42m, but there’s been no skimping on the quality of what remains, whether the gleaming white cube of the main exhibition space or the cavernous storage spaces and other behind-the-scenes facilities. While the old Gertrude Posel gallery in the Senate House was also purpose-designed, it was never particularly welcoming, not least because visitors had to run the gauntlet of the notoriously user-unfriendly Wits security staff. Having said that, a decade is far too long for one of our premier educational institutions to be without a gallery space, but Charlton is confident the wait will have been worthwhile. The new gallery actually incorporates elements of three existing buildings, most notably the old Lawson’s Motors property on the corner of Jan Smuts and Jorissen. The coffee bar in the ground floor foyer occupies a corner of the old garage forecourt and will, Charlton hopes, attract passers-by as well as students and visitors to the gallery. Wherever possible, existing elements of the structures have been retained or matched; where this could not be done, the most sympathetic alternative materials have been used by architects Nina Cohen and Fiona Garson (whose father, the noted historian Noel Garson, spent his entire career at Wits). Having the architects involved in the process right from the start, Charlton says, made the process of cutting back and reaching compromises much less painful. Indeed, making a virtue of necessity, in some ways she believes the new WAM is “stronger for being more rigorous.” Overall, the location extends over 5 000 sq m. The main exhibition area will perpetuate the Gertrude Posel identity, and coincidentally will occupy the exact space where Reinhold Cassirer established the Sotheby’s auction house in SA many years ago. The exterior of the building has been recladded and the melding of the three buildings has allowed for interesting changes in levels and windows in une3xpected places that give teasing views of the local environment. Charlton herself virtually grew up on the campus, her father Bob being one of Wits’ more popular and able (the two don’t always go together) Principals. She did her first degree at Wits (I can still remember her show at the long defunct Rembrandt gallery on the West campus), proceeding to an MA (FA) at UCT. Stints at the Unisa and Jo’burg Art Galleries followed before a desire to paint led SA ART TIMES. May 2012

her to take a part-time job with a commercial gallery in Norwood. However, juggling a job and painting was just too much, so it was back to JAG, as curator first of prints and then contemporary art. Charlton sees the early 1990s as an exciting time to have been at JAG. “We had the Sekoto retrospective, the Vita exhibitions, Arts Alive and the first Joburg biennale.” But the desire to start a family took her to the Gertrude Posel in a part-time capacity in 1997; she went full-time just after the turn of the century when her children became a little less demanding. This too was an exciting time for her. She could sit in on Anitra Nettleton’s lectures on African art and then go into the storerooms and get close to the real thing. Rayda Becker, then curator of the collection, always emphasised the connections between exhibiting, teaching and research, and this has spilt over into her own philosophy. “I don’t see myself as just an arts administrator – I have a broader responsibility. Seeing works on our storeroom shelves gives me the germ of ideas for exhibitions. And we must resume the interaction with students that we’ve lacked for the past 10 years. Above all, though, our function must be to be the pre-eminent museum of African art, in the broadest sense. It includes Irma Stern and William Kentridge just as much as West African sculpture.” Prof Nettleton, incidentally, now chairs the associated research-oriented Centre for Creative Arts of Africa, which is funded by the US Mellon foundation. Another key member of staff is special projects curator Fiona Rankin-Smith, who’s been at WAM and its predecessors since 1984. With close on 10 000 works, including 5 000 in the Standard Bank collection of African art, there’s plenty of scope for mounting varied exhibitions from WAM’s own resources. While she also wants WAM to accommodate touring exhibitions, she stresses that at least at first they must have an African context; late, when the venue’s image is established , they may be room for other art. The opening of WAM gains added prominence by forming part of Wits’ celebration this year of its 90th birthday. The inaugural exhibition, titled WAM! Seeing Stars, which opens in May and will be on show for three months, will demonstrate the eclectic range of the collection, ranging from Ndebele beadwork through the wooden sculpture of Jackson Hlungwane to the likes of Willem Boshoff and the late Robert Hodgins, as well as unknown artists from as far back as 1900. The publicity material promises that “Seeing Stars will have you reeling.” Well, maybe. But it’s certainly great news that Wits again has a gallery space worthy of the name, and in the assured hands of Julia Charlton it can only be an important addition to the city’s cultural attractions. 45

Nushin Elahi’s London Letter

Perhaps you are either for Damien Hirst or against him. I thought I fell into the latter category. Hirst seems to have singlehandedly turned art into a commodity on a production line scale, removed from any form of skill or craft. I wasn’t expecting much from his retrospective at the Tate Modern (until 9 Sept), allowing me to be pleasantly surprised. It came as something of a revelation to realise once again why and how he shocked the art world as a cocky young Goldsmiths student. A retrospective gives one a wonderful sweep of an artist’s progression – and in his case it has given me new respect for the young Hirst’s originality, but also thrown into sharp focus just how shallow his work is now. His first spot painting is a delight – bright colours, squiffy circles and dribbling paint – a far cry from the mechanised production line of today. That first shark seems to lunge out of the tank at you, the audacity of its concept and execution making it a legitimate icon of its time. The early wooden cabinet with his granny’s pills has a human touch that the rooms filled with sleek metal cabinets, surgical steel instruments and doctors’ dummies don’t. The disgusting vitrine of the flies, zapped to death or feasting on the blood of a dead cow is clever black humour, but by the time you get to the real live butterflies you begin to wonder whether the Natural History section doesn’t belong somewhere other than an art gallery. True, the stained glass panels with butterfly wings are exquisite - probably the only thing of beauty in the exhibition. There is a stark contrast between the sheer bravura of his early work, and the tedium of his current crop. Hirst talks about his fascination with the endless repetition of a theme, encapsulating why his work elicits boredom. Just how many more spots can he make – or rather produce? It’s as if he now has six different motifs and simply uses them in varying sequences. There are spots, cigarette stubs or ashtrays, pill cabinets, flies, formaldehyde and most recently, bling. So there are spots made of dead flies, cabinets with cigarette stubs and butterflies with zirconas. It all blurs into one final room of golden excess fit only for an oil sheikh’s mansion. This is a superbly edited show by the Tate and one is very aware that the curators have pared away most of the forgettable excesses. In the process though, they may have heightened the sense of repetition. Even the diamond-studded skull, that point where death and money join together, is easier seen in reproduction. Gillian Wearing is a YBA (Young British Artist), she went to Goldsmiths and she won the Turner Prize in 1997, two years after Damien Hirst, but that is where the comparisons with him end. The Whitechapel Gallery has ‘a comprehensive survey’ of her work on until 17 June which shows an artist constantly challenging herself, looking for new ways of interpreting the world around her. What she comes up with both inspires and disturbs. Wearing is fascinated by the masks people wear, by the discrepancies between the

public and the private face. There is a warmth and humanity in her work that is entirely lacking in Hirst’s. It is only when you get up real close that you see her series of self-portraits as other members of her family features intricate masks. There is a constant dissonance between layers of reality, whether it is the photographs of people holding up signs of what they are thinking, or the interplay between anger and affection in the unsettling Sasha and Mum. The video confessionals may be behind masks, but they tell the sad story of lives that have been shattered –many of them adults still struggling to cope with childhood abuse. Wearing’s masterpiece is 10-16, a video where she has placed the stories of children in the bodies of adults. Her mismatch never seems to be simply for its shock value, but rather an impassioned portrait of the heartache of our society, and in that way she has found a theme that could be mined endlessly without ever becoming repetitive. Attacks, murder, shooting, crack, porn – all words that feature in the newspaper headlines that form the basis of Gilbert and George’s 2011 London Picture series on show at two White Cube galleries (Mason’s Yard and Bermondsey) until 12 May. Headlines are by their very nature shocking and sensationalist, and these posters picked from newsagents over six years form a lurid portrait of the capital city. This is not the London that the Olympics marketing team want to publicise, a city of crime and mystery. The works range from multiples of four standard tabloids to thirty-six, all in black and white with a key word picked out in red. In the bottom corner, each one has a different picture of the Queen, taken from a real coin and blown up to show her image scratched and battered by life’s daily grind. And behind the headlines lurk the familiar faces of the artists. At times they are blurred by reflections in car doors, or they peer through bricks or lace curtains, observers of modern life. The exhibition is arresting in its starkness, and how it plays with interpretation, but only the scale makes it more interesting to see in real life. What is quintessential British design? The Mini, the E-type Jag, the Dyson vacuum cleaner, the Brompton Bike? The post-war Olympics of 1948 were called the Austerity Olympics. Sixty years later, and Britain is once again feeling the pinch. The V&A is hosting a look at British Design 1948 - 2012 between the two Games (until 12 August) which tracks the country’s change from a manufacturing powerhouse to a service economy. It’s a trip down nostalgia lane which includes Sanderson prints and Mary Quant dresses, Sex Pistol posters and computer games. Art features prominently in the exhibition: Henry Moore’s sculpture of The Family in one of the first ‘new’ towns, stained glass by John Piper and a tapestry by Graham Sutherland for the bomb-damaged Coventry Cathedral. In the Sixties the emphasis is on how the radical innovation of art students such as David Hockney and Richard Hamilton inspired consumer culture.

Damien Hirst (4 April – 9 September 2012) Tate Modern The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living 1991. Lullaby, the Seasons 2002 (detail). For the Love of God 2007. Mother and Child Divided (installation view) Images © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. Gillian Wearing: Self Portrait at 17 Years Old, 2003. Me as Sander, 2012. Will Britain Get Through This Recession?, 1992-3 Images Courtesy Maureen Paley, London Gilbert & George Jail 2011. Images Courtesy White Cube. Henry Moore: The Family

Sanlam Art Gallery

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Leading works from the Sanlam Art Collcetion 17 April – 8 June 2012 A selection of 40 rarely publicly seen significant works from the Sanlam Art Collection stretching over more than century of South African Art History.

Gerard De Leeuw Centenary Exhibition 24 July – 28 September 2012 A rare opportunity to view a representative selection of works by one of South Africa’s most eloquent, yet under acknowledged bronze sculptors. Compiled in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery.

Sanlam Art Gallery Sanlam Head Office, 2 Strand Road Bellville Tel: 021 947 3359 đ Fax: 021 947 1602 Viewing times: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 16:30 Entry is free

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