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South African and International Art, Decorative Arts and Jewellery Online auction 14-30 July 2014 Entries close 30 June 011 728 8246 / 021 683 6560
Andrew Verster, Blue Barry R4 000 - 6 000
Steven Cohen, Untitled R12 000 - 15 000
Dirk Meerkotter, Township Scene with Children and Chickens R12 000 - 16 000
Hardy Botha, District 6 R20 000 - 30 000
Gregoire Boonzaier, District Six Street Scene, recto; Garden Study, verso R15 000 - 20 000
Norman Catherine, Unidentified R4 000 - 6 000
Gail Catlin, Landscape with Cattle R10 000 - 15 000
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18 JUN – 16 JUL 2014 RETROSPECTIVE SHOW
This retrospective exhibition Jackson Hlungwani – a New Jerusalem of the sculptures, prints and tools of Jackson Xidonkani Hlungwani, one of South Africa’s most celebrated sculptors, is curated by Nessa Leibhammer and funded by the MTN SA Foundation. Complemented by an education programme and a dedicated edition of ArtTalk.
06 AUG – 10 SEP 2014 GROUP SHOW
Performing Wo/Man, a group exhibition curated by Derek Zietsman, is based on a premise that transgressive visual interpretation of the influences on how South African men and women perform their identities can provide a strategy for artists to engage with a perceived crisis in post-apartheid performances of gender identity.
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At this time of the year, the temperature of the art market tempo traditionally drops together with art sales. This dip results in galleries pushing marketing strategies to assist art sales, luring art-buying folk to them by various means (using the gallery microwave to produce gluvine is an outdated example). In recent years, the ‘winter tempo’ is gathering an upwards momentum. With most galleries using online platforms to sell art, there is no longer a need for art-buyers to go out to brave the cold. It also means that galleries can take advantage of the world-wide 365 art season that the internet’s broad scope provides. Art-buying can be done while eating supper and surfing the news behind their PC’s. Importantly for South Africa, this year
GAUTENG Turbine Art Fair What?: Cutting-edge, contemporary art fair When?: 18 - 20 July 2014 Where?: Turbine Hall 65, Newtown NAADA What?: National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire (it’s all in the name) When?: 24 - 27 July 2014 Where?: Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton » www.naada.co.za
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has seen the phenomenal growth of winter art fairs: Hermanus FynArts (in June), Turbine Art Fair (in July) and FNB Joburg Art Fair (brought forward a month to August). A ‘ Power 90 days of art-buying’ now sizzles the heart of winter. Perhaps next year’s art fairs will attempt online, interactive booths. What would be lost in the expensive entry fees would be gained in reaching a huge amount of local and international art buyers, while adding greater eye-ball exposure to art fair sponsors and gallery branding. Next year: Log into the art fair via skype, negotiate the sale via whatsapp, pay via ebucks, dropbox the serialized PDF artwork, project it on your wall - all before the 2-minute noodles are done. Here’s wishing.
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FNB Joburg Art Fair What?: Contemporary art fair When?: 22 - 24 August 2014 Where?: Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton » www.fnbjoburgartfair.co.za
ABSA L’Atelier Awards Exhibition What?: Top entries and winning artworks of a prominent SA art award When?: 16 July - 21 August Where?: ABSA Gallery, ABSA Towers, JHB » www.absalatelier.co.za
MPUMALANGA Innibos What?: A festival of dance, drama, music & visual art When?: 2 - 6 July 2014 Where?: Nelspruit » www.innibos.co.za
FREE STATE Peter Magubane - A Struggle Without
Documentation Is No Struggle What?: Peter Magubane’s photojournalism photos, 1954 - 1994 When?: 11 August - 12 September 2014 Where?: Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein » www.ufs.ac.za
KZN Juliet Armstrong Retrospective What?: A survey of Armstrong’s ceramic art through the years When?: Now - 17 August 2014 Where?: Tatham Art Gallery , Pietermaritzburg » www.tatham.org.za
EASTERN CAPE National Arts Festival What?: A melting pot of dance, drama, visual art, performance art etc, celebrating South Africa’s diverse creative talent. When?: 3 - 13 July 2014 Where?: Grahamstown » www.nationalartsfestival.co.za
WESTERN CAPE Cape Town Design Capital of the World What?: One massive design festival When?: All of 2014 Where?: Cape Town » www.wdccapetown2014.com
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ART MEDIA RADAR Architectural Ambitions: Hobbs & Jag Incorrigible Corrigall | Mary Corrigall: A leaking roof is not interesting. That is unless it is located in a place where leaks are unexpected, like the interior of a public art museum that is geared towards the preservation of cultural products, which should include the dated building itself. It is also interesting when the leaking roof in question, located in the Meyer/Pienaar extension of the Johannesburg Art Gallery (Jag), has been facilitated by an artist, who counts this as a key moment in his quasi mid-career survey exhibition. As the title of Stephen Hobbs’s exhibition, Jag Snag: End of Exhibition implies, this is a non-exhibition of sorts; though there are framed images to view, such as architectural drawings pertaining to the gallery’s past and projected future, pictures of the staff and other articles, the artistic gestures are in fact things that can’t be framed, unless you consider the scaffolding surrounding the damaged ceiling a framing device...* Sculptures on the Cliffs Hermanus Jaco Sieberhagen | Facebook: Gordon Froud: “Thanks to a very special group of people that made the weekend so fabulous. Works look good, lovely people and I got some sleep!!!” Gordon Froud - Cone Virus...* Sake besef waarde van kuns - borgskappe groei Beeld | Johan Myburg: Ondanks die sukkelende ekonomie het die waarde van borgskappe vir die kunste binne twee jaar dubbelsyfergroei behaal. Dié bevinding is gedoen in navorsing wat Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) onlangs laat doen het oor verbruikersbetrokkenheid by en persepsies oor die kunste en kunsborge. Die tweejaarlikse navorsing is gedoen deur BMi Research en is vervat in Basa se Artstrack Research-verslag. Volgens die verslag is ’n geraamde R438 miljoen verlede jaar aan kunsborgskappe bestee. Dit is 11% meer as in 2011, toe na raming R394 miljoen bestee is...* Art: Africa’s time is now The Africa Report | Juliet Highet: While the Saatchi Gallery and Bonhams bring some of the finest African contemporary art to London this month, collecting fervor has also gripped the continent itself. After gathering momentum for a decade or so, African contemporary art has finally hit its stride. Record sale prices in the London auction houses, and the launch of London’s first dedicated African art fair – 1:54 at Somerset House – are just one SA ART TIMES. JULY 2014
side of the story. Art from the continent is also acquiring its own institutions, fro m the New Africa Center in New York City to the forthcoming Musée Al Maaden in Marrakech and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town. In 2007 London’s Bonhams launched its first South African art sale. The success of what has become a twice-yearly event led to a decision to cover sub-Saharan Africa with a sale called Africa Now in 2009...* City Cleans Artwork off Gallery Wall ArtThrob | Staff Writer: The Central City Improvement District (CCID) cleaners have removed part of a mural by the artist Cameron Platter that was painted on the exterior wall of the AVA Gallery in central Cape Town. The work which is part of the AVA’s contribution to the World Design Capital is a pastiche of a political poster which states ‘We’re Better off Together’ with the word ‘Better’ crossed out with spraypaint and with stick figures beneath the slogan appearing to enjoy themselves. According to Brenton Maart, the new AVA director, the jeweler opposite the AVA found, on Wednesday morning, the CCID cleaning Platter’s spray painted jape of a penis and testicles sprayed between the legs of one of the stick figures. Maart informed ArtThrob that the jeweler had run up to the cleaners and told them that this was in fact part of the artwork. The CCID apparently apologised and then desisted from cleaning it further. According to the gallery the ‘CCID anti-graffiti squad’ were apparently acting on a complaint from a member of the public...* Artist urges South Africans to paint on walls SABC: Grafitti Artist, Rasty says graffiti makes interesting streetscapes and often provide insight into what the people of the country are thinking and feeling. Rasty says South Africa is still behind in terms of exploring and embracing graffiti compared to other countries.(SABC) On Thursday, Styles From The Streets, an exhibition of works by grafitti and street artist opened at the Spark Gallery in Norwood. The exhibition by Grayscale Concepts and David Brown Fine Art displays the work of 12 respected and popular urban artists who include Mars, Curio and Veronika. Speaking on Morning Live, Rasty says South Africa is still behind in terms of exploring and embracing graffiti compared to other countries. From 10am on Saturday, the artists will be at the exhibition spray-painting and people are welcome to attend and witness the collaboration of talents...* For all these stories and more, go to www.arttimes.co.za
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How will Iziko fare under Mthethwa? In the annual report for 2012-13, attendance at SANG dropped 29% while Iziko’s other major museums, the South African Museum and the Iziko Slave Lodge, grew 2.7% and 4.8% respectively. Without citing these figures for Cape Town Iziko’s sister museums’ growth in his open letter, Naidoo attributes the constraints placed on the museum’s performance to a cut in the acquisitions and exhibitions budget for 2012-13. Yet, as the art critic Sean O’Toole has noted, “In the context of the visual arts, a museum director is a studied mix of public intellectual and confidence trickster, professional bureaucrat and lyrical PR person for a perpetually beleaguered industry.” From Pierneef to Gugulective was a dramatic re-hang of the SANG that saw the removal of the Bailey Collection, acquired in 1947, from its permanent display (a condition of its bequest). Naidoo hailed this as a triumph, framing the exhibition as a repositioning of the discourse of South African art history. While this show was widely contested, Naidoo rode his success, being invited to speak on several international platforms. Then came the Tretchikoff exhibition curated by Andrew Lamprecht, which, although contested by some of the gatekeepers of the art world, saw a dramatic increase in visitor numbers. A reason suggested for the subsequent decrease in numbers was a lack of resources. Nevertheless, the collection has grown through generous donations and strategic relationships. “You’re only as good as your last show” goes the old adage and, in the case of the Tretchikoff exhibition, a drop in numbers is an indicator of Naidoo’s inability to produce further blockbusters. The skilful mix demanded to manage an institution like the SANG, and to generate the funds necessary to carry on increasing visitors, is one of the core principles for the director of any art museum. He has to be a “gatekeeper and a magician” or a “tireless fundraiser and glib salesman”, all at the same time. Instead, what has been revealed is too little too late. As an indication of his stewardship, which has ended embroiled in the tenure politics that comes with such fixed-term contracts, the PR campaign that Naidoo has launched has only brought Iziko and himself negative publicity at a time when the new leadership of arts and culture is, as yet, untested.
Business Day Live | Matthew Partridge: Tongues were set wagging this week as the media reported on Jacob Zuma’s new Cabinet, with one of the most surprising changes being the arts and culture portfolio. After losing the Gauteng premiership, Paul Mashatile has been taken out of the picture by a most unlikely appointment: former police minister Nathi Mthethwa. The reaction on social media on Monday was mixed, from the arts and culture portfolio being called the “Guantanamo Bay of SA Cabinet postings” to more sober pleas for the post to be taken seriously and not relegated to a place where naughty politicians go to be punished. Considering the tragedy of Marikana, Mthethwa starts with a dark shadow dogging him. As poor as his performance was as Gauteng premier, Mashatile’s reign at the Department of Arts and Culture has been equally troubling. An indication of this crisis of leadership is seen in the Iziko South African National Gallery (SANG) in Cape Town, which has recently lost its head in a controversial chain of events. Early this month, SANG director Riason Naidoo issued a public letter explaining that his five-year contract had not been renewed and that he had been asked to vacate his post. “I do believe that the actions of Iziko are unfair in this regard and will be looking to contest this decision further,” Naidoo said. He is approaching the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. In response, Iziko sent a letter threatening an interdict and urging Naidoo not to issue any further public statements. Despite “limited resources” and “challenging conditions” Naidoo suggests that he had achieved much, with a host of shows to the gallery’s credit. The demise of his directorship seems to have come at the time of his biggest success. In 2010 and 2011, Naidoo saw gallery attendance rocket, first by 67% in the case of his first exhibition: 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, and then by a mammoth » Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/life/ 106% in 2011 for Tretchikoff: A Peoentertainment/2014/05/29/how-williziko-fare-under-mthethwa ple’s Painter. Then came the budget cuts. » Image: Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: GCIS SA ART TIMES. JULY 2014
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The Drunken Downfall of Evangelical America’s Favorite Painter The Daily Beast | Zac Bissonnette: Thomas Kinkade’s death shocked his legions of fans—not only had the Painter of Light died at 54, but the cause was alcohol and Valium. How did the evangelical darling fall so far? The Painter of Light was pissed off. It was November 20, 2010, less than two years before he died, and Thomas Kinkade was at the Denver Broncos’ stadium to unveil Mile High Thunder, his painting for the Tim Tebow Foundation. At 52, he was America’s most popular—and the art establishment’s most hated—living artist. Esteemed art critic Jerry Saltz once wrote that “Kinkade’s paintings are worthless schmaltz, and the lamestream media that love him are wrong.” But to his fans, Kinkade was everything. Evangelical Christians snapped up his bucolic garden scenes and cozy cottages with windows that glowed so much they seemed, as Joan Didion once wrote, “as if the interior of the structure might be on fire.” Kinkade painted “John 3:16,” along with the sign of the fish, the traditional Christian symbol for Jesus, in the signature of each of his sentimental works that now hang in around 20 million homes globally. He also published books and calendars that paired his paintings with verses from the Bible or inspirational aphorisms attributed to the artist himself: “The best things in life are yours for the choosing”; “Creativity has everything to do with the way you live”; “Your life has meaning and beauty, and you are not alone.” Fans in Denver had been promised “a 30 minute inspirational presentation.” But what they got was an un-groomed, underdressed speaker who was none too pleased with the media’s coverage of his recent arrest for drunk driving. “I sneeze in public, and I make a headline,” he sneered. Then he complained about the media’s lack of attention to his charitable works: “America’s most-known, most-beloved artist shows up at Orange
County Hospital. We threw an all-day kids event, we hosted art contests, we gave art packages to all the kids…I talked to them about journaling their life, about creating something every day that makes a statement…and we sent word out to every newspaper: ‘Come down! See this day of joy! This day of celebration!’ No one showed. But make one wrong step in public and they put it on the front page.” When he was finished, Kinkade asked the organizers to make sure that his hotel room was alcohol-free, and then he kept the owner of Colorado’s Kinkade gallery up late into the night reminiscing about his pre-estrangement life with Nanette, his wife of 30 years. In happier times, they’d written The Many Loves of Marriage together, and Kinkade was still hiding “N’s” in his paintings as a tribute to her, even though they’d been separated for close to a year. “I was in my Carmel house, just medicated with alcohol,” he’d told a longtime friend of the weeks following the split. A month after the event, Kinkade was sentenced to 10 days in jail on the DUI charge. Sixteen months later, he was found unconscious and spent days in a coma. Doctors told him that if he didn’t get help, he would die. And two months after that, he did— on April 6, 2012, at the age of 54. The family released a statement attributing his death to natural causes, and fans gathered at the 50 or so independently-owned Thomas Kinkade galleries nationwide to celebrate his career. Sales skyrocketed. Marty Brown, who owns a gallery in Lake Forest, California, said he sold a million dollars’ worth of Kinkade product in the two months following the artist’s death—about five times as much as he’d sold in the entire previous year. Then the autopsy came... » Read the complete article via source: www.thedailybeast.com/ articles/2014/06/08/the-drunkendownfall-of-evangelical-america-sfavorite-painter.html
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Turbine Art Fair | Raw, light, grand, impressive, authentic, industrial, versatile; just some of the characteristics of the Turbine Hall venue, the Forum Company’s multifunctional venue located in the heart of the Newtown cultural precinct. Historically a 1920’s power station, Turbine Hall has been hailed for its representation of a truly iconic South African architectural style. The site retains its industrial heritage but also displays a contemporary personality. The building has an enormous energy and atmosphere – every brick speaks of its colourful history while lofty volumes of light offer opportunities to showcase significant South African art and bold architectural spaces.
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TAF14 improves where the first event left off with increased emphasis on new work and promotion of emerging South African artists. The inaugural fair held in July 2013, included 28 South African galleries and artists exhibiting affordable artworks. The fair attracted just over 3000 visitors through the gates over the course of the weekend. The fair was extremely well received and visitors expressed their wish for this to become an annual event on the Jozi calendar. While still accessible (all artwork will be priced below R30 000) TAF14 will see greater importance placed on quality and innovation. In addition, Turbine Hall’s unique history and po-
sition within Newtown and Johannesburg provides TAF14’s central theme – “Emerge”. The constantly changing area from market to slum to economic centre to creative hub, all representative of broader Johannesburg, should provide gallery exhibitors with motivation for their curated spaces. Galleries have been asked to consider this theme when submitting their applications to take part in TAF14. Young and emerging artists had the opportunity to submit work and a selection of the best pieces chosen by a judging panel will be showcased in a curated group exhibition at TAF14 facilitated by Assemblage and supported by Rand Merchant Bank.
Too few people have the opportunity to acquire art let alone have the confidence to start their own art collections which is why we started the Turbine Art Fair. The Fair is the perfect platform for those wanting to start collecting South African art in a unique and un-daunting way bringing the best galleries and artists under one roof. The whole experience offers something for everyone - a showcase of contemporary art and artists, artisan food, architecture and Johannesburg culture - Glynis Hyslop, managing director of The Forum Company, the main sponsor and organizer of TAF14.
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A larger exhibition. The entire basement area of the Turbine Hall as well as the upper glass house will be used as exhibition area. An interactive talk’s programme hosted by Usha Seejarim which will cover all aspects of the contemporary art world from collecting to curating. Speakers include: Ruarc Peffers (Strauss and Co. Fine Art Auctioneers), Sam Nhlengethwa (Artist), Warren Siebrits (Collector), Tamsin Lovell (Gallerist), Koulla Xinisteris (Art Consultant), Dr Oupa Morari (Collector), and Phillipe van der Merwe (Tonic Design) Engagement with the broader Newtown, Braamfontein and inner city area to create an art- filled weekend experience including guided tours of the area and hospitality packages.
Children’s hosted art walkabouts by Robyn Penn and children’s art area sponsored by STAEDTLER.
Thursday 17th July: Opening Preview Evening 18h00 - 22h00 (R300 per person. Pre-booking only)
AngloGold Ashanti will be showing the finalists in their 2014 AuDITIONS competition. Since the inaugural AuDITIONS South Africa gold design competition in 1999, AngloGold Ashanti has encouraged excellence in South African gold jewellery design, assisted with skills development in the gold jewellery industry and contributed to the beneficiation of gold jewellery in this country. Around the world, AuDITIONS has helped discover, expose, develop and showcase progressive design and design talent in gold jewellery from Brazil, China and South Africa.
Friday 18th July: 10:00 - 20:00 Pensioners, Scholars & Students (R30 per person) and General Admission (R75 per person. Buy online at www.quicket. co.za or at the door) Saturday 19th July: 10:00 - 18:00 General Admission Sunday 20th July: 10:00 - 17:00 General Admission » For more info visit www.turbineartfair.co.za » All images: Turbine Art Fair 2013. Individuals captured: Emma Algotsson, Andrea Ellens (Above Left), and Schalk Erasmus (Below).
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NATHANIAL STERN TAF14 Featured Artist
RIPPLING IMAGES Nathaniel Stern is an artist and writer, Fulbright grantee and professor, interventionist and public citizen. He has produced and collaborated on projects ranging from ecological, participatory and online interventions, interactive, immersive and mixed reality environments, to prints, sculptures, videos, performances and hybrid forms. Nathaniel Stern’s “Rippling Images” is an on-going series, and is a digital performance and analogue archive, whereby the artist straps a desktop scanner, computing device and custom battery pack to his body, and performs images into existence. He might scan in straight, long lines across tables, tie the scanner around his neck and swing over flowers, do pogo-like gestures over bricks, or just follow the wind over water lilies in a pond. The dynamism of his relationship to the landscape is transformed into beautiful and quirky renderings, which are then produced as archival prints using contemporary and/or traditional processes. These potently digital yet organically luscious artworks incorporate the relations between body, technology, and the landscape, over time. For the TAF’14 Stern is building a sub-aqueous scanning system, so as to produce these images as a scuba diver on a live coral reef. Here he will fold not only time and space into the printed images, but also the impacts of water and land, life and non-life,
that we perform with every day: as individuals, and as a people. Since beginning the Compressionist series in 2005, Stern has used desktop scanners, because of the superior images in terms of resolution, speed, and vibrant colours produced between the light sources, sensor and software. He has strapped a desktop scanner, laptop and custom-made battery pack to his back or even around his neck to “perform images into existence”. His various scanning techniques have include scanning in straight, long lines across tables, swinging the scanner over flowers, or doing pogo-like gestures over bricks, or water lilies in a pond. The rig is an open-source design made in collaboration with engineering, metal-smithing, and digital media students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2014). Nathaniel has numerous writings, and followers in South African art circles. His book, “Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance”, takes a close look at the stakes for interactive and digital art, and his ongoing work in industry has helped launch dozens of new businesses, products and ideas. Stern has held solo and duo exhibitions at the Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johnson Museum of Art, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Furtherfield Gal-
lery, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and more than a dozen commercial and experimental spaces throughout the US, South Africa and Europe. His work has been shown at festivals, galleries and museums internationally, including the Venice Biennale, Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, International Symposium on Electronic Art, Transmediale, South African National Gallery, Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Austria), New Forms Festival (Canada), Haggerty Museum, Sasol Art Museum, International Print Center New York, Milwaukee Art Museum, the Modern and Contemporary Art Center (Hungary) and Grahamstown National Arts Festival (South Africa). Collections include the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Northwestern Mutual, Didata, ABSA, CorpCapital, Sasol, Sanlam, Hollard, Ellerman, SABC, Spier, turbulence.org, Contemporary Irish Art Society, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media (Cornell University), and the Universities of South Africa and the Witwatersrand; he is in private collections all over the world. Stern is an Associate Professor of Art and Design in Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a Research Associate at the Research Centre, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg. He is represented by Gallery AOP in South Africa, and Tory Folliard Gallery in the American Midwest.
» Header Image: Nathaniel Stern scanning water lilies in South Bend, Indiana. Photo by Jesse Egan
» Above Centre: Nathaniel Stern and his sub-aqueous scanner rig in Florida, US. Photo by Emyano Mazzola
» Above Left: Nathaniel Stern, detail from “Giverny of the Midwest” (2011), 2 x 12 meters
» Above Right: Nathaniel Stern, “Soft” (2014), 210 x 305 mm
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Rabbit man: Hilton Paul pokes fun at his friend, Trevor Philpot.
Common Sense Nonsense Tips for exhibition openings and art fairs By Lyn Holm. If there is one similarity I have observed between all of the social groups that I have encountered, it is that what one considers common sense, is almost definitely not common sense to another (sense is, therefore, not common). Each culture, community or household has its own set of behavioural rules for harmonious dwelling. What often happens when this isn’t taken into account is general misunderstanding of a person’s character, often leading to resentment. The only way to look good in the eyes of everybody is to know all of the possible social rules and in what instances to apply them. The art world is a remarkably small place and it is easy to step on another person’s toes (which does not help if you are trying to kiss their feet). The ripple effect of your social interactions during artistic gatherings can make or break your career, and so it makes sense to try to put your best foot forward at exhibition openings and art fairs, especially since people of supreme influence rarely have placards hanging around their necks revealing their status. Without an advanced degree in sociology, you may be tempted to never leave the house again; however, this would not help you either. The key to commanding positive attention is confidence. I have drawn up a list of tips on how to make a good impression.It is not fool-proof but it may help you curb any natural instincts that could lead to blundering: TIP 1: Be aware of your body’s position in space. This might sound strange, but may save you from becoming a nuisance to others. Exhibitions are ideal places to meet up with friends and potential patrons. I would go as far as to say that this is part of the purpose of exhibition openings; so please, go ahead and chat to those around you... Just don’t do it directly in front of an artwork, in a narrow entry-way or in front of the bar. Be aware that other people would like to have the freedom to see the art that they came to see without struggling to see/move around you. TIP 2: Do not try to drown yourself in wine. Sure wine may help you gain some confidence but please save some for the other guests. The hosts will have paid a fair amount of money to assist their patrons in having a good time, and won’t look kindly on an inebriated person taking over the proceedings with acts of mass stupidity. Being a food hog is much more acceptable but can be equally embarrassing. Save some eats for the other visitors too. There is always one canapé that tastes like feet anyway, so how hard can it be? Take only one canapé and call it a night. Ok, take one of each different kind and then call it a night. Whatever you do, don’t follow the man with the silver tray all evening like an addict. 12
Gasp!: Adrian Kohler swallowing his words in front of exhibiting artist, Nicolaas Maritz.
TIP 3: Be aware of who is listening / if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Too often, I have found myself being shushed by considerate friends because I have made a negative comment about an artwork when the curator of the show or artist of the work has been standing nearby (tip 2 greatly assists in helping one judge when it is appropriate to speak one’s mind). TIP 4: Keep mum. If you are unsure whether something is supposed to be considered art or whether it is merely furniture/another visitor/food/a pamphlet, it would be best to avoid mentioning this to anyone. Rather stand far away from said object to avoid having a conversation about it. TIP 5: Unless asked to, avoid engaging with performance artists. While an artist is engaging in performance, his/her body is part of an artwork. Should you engage with said artist, you may change the artwork against the artist’s wishes. If you are unsure whether a person is engaging in performance art, refer to tip 4. TIP 6: Keep both eyes on children at all times. I believe that all children should be exposed to art, I’m just not so sure of whether art should be exposed to children. Any parent will tell you that children are prone to breaking things and costing a lot of money, and if they break something at a gallery... it’s going to cost a LOT of money. TIP 7: Don’t touch. Adults, even things you think you can touch, you probably shouldn’t. Equally important: not leaning on anything. What most gallerists don’t wants you to know is that their plinths and panels are actually held together by good wishes, masking tape and little else.
Can touch this: Nicolaas Maritz tickling his own painting (I’ll allow it).
Sharing is caring: Hilary Prendini Toffoli and Julie Killias making sure neither hogs the exhibition eats for herself.
Close friendship: Stephen Gordon and Riyaad Myers include the art in their conversation.
TIP 8: Enjoy the moment. Some visitors are so eager to capture every artwork for their digital collection that they forget to appreciate the art while standing in front of it. A number of galleries are uncomfortable with digital copies being made of their wares, so to avoid an awkward telling-off or removal, it is always advisable to ask before snapping away. TIP 9: Act natural. Pretentious people tend to gather around art. Being a genuine and approachable explorer will help you to make friends and influence people. Never let on that you are trying really hard to act appropriately and are completely misrepresenting your true self.
Ceci n’est pas une person: Sarah Grace Potter performs while Shaileen Davis looks on. HEADER IMAGE » The finger points: Dabing Chen open-mouthed as Beezy Bailey pointing. » All photos: Michaela Irving / SA Art Times
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Art in the Forest at Turbine Art Fair 2014 Art in the Forest, the centre of ceramic excellence hosts the largest collection of Southern African ceramics in the country. They are happy to announce that after attending the premier Turbine Artfair last year, they will be bringing their collection back to this hip space in Newtown in Johannesburg. Their collection will comprise of their own Forestware range which is designed by Anthony Shapiro and made onsite at Art in Forest by ceramists he is mentoring. There is also a Forestware collaboration with JP Meyer and work by Nkosikho Vulangemgqele and Chuma Maweni. Art in the Forest are representing Lisa Firer, Nic Sithole and Madoda Fani. This Forestware range will be showcased at the New York Gift Fair in August after being selected by Source Design South Africa. Art in the Forest is a social business and 100% of the profits are invested into our foundation, Light from Africa Foundation. They run community clay programmes for local children giving them access to creativity and self-expression.
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NAADA : THE NATIONAL ANTIQUES FAIRE
BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE! SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE 25 - 27 July 2014 If there is one thing that everyone who visits the annual National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire agrees with – it’s that it never disappoints and is always coming up with delightful surprises! Collecting spans so many eras and such diverse disciplines that each year sees a new definition for excellence in antiques, art and collectables. The overriding theme this year at the National Antiques Faire will be that of ‘bringing the past to life’ – whether it’s showcasing timeless antiques that have stood the test to time to uncovering the contemporary classics of tomorrow. Juxtaposing the collectables of the past with tomorrow’s collectables is what this year’s National Antiques Faire is all about. The 2014 NAADA Faire which takes place from the 25 - 27th July at the Sandton Convention Centre will once again set the trend in showcasing the full spectrum of antiques, art, collectables and decorative arts, together with expanded pavilions of specialist collecting in the art, book, stamp, classic car and decor genres. The presentation and glamour of the National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire is unmatched in South Africa – from the decor design presentation style to the glamour of the opening night which takes place on Thursday 24th July and attracts over 500 of the collecting who’s who. The result is the most talked about antiques, art and collectables fair in the country!
DECOR SETTINGS TO DROOL OVER Beautiful decor settings are what make the National Antiques Faire so special – whether it’s a true-blue antique setting or an eclectic mix of old and new, visitors will become addicted to vintage, with contemporary collectables juxtaposed with the beauty of the past.
DISCOVERING THE COLLECTING BUG Displayed on and amongst the magnificent furniture on show will be the widest range of collectables – from exquisite antique silver to delicate porcelain and gleaming glassware. For the collector of the unusual and the quirky, you will find the most eclectic mix of collectables - from antique dolls to copper pots, from kitchenalia to antique and costume jewellery and accessories. New disciplines in collecting are continually being added – from collectable tools, bottles and collectable curiosities such as mineral specimens and meteors.
SOUTH AFRICAN ANTIQUES COME INTO THEIR OWN Not to be outdone, our very own South African antiques take centre stage – from rare Africana pieces to Cape- and Transvaal collectables, Boer War memorabilia and collectable copper and porcelain accessories. A new area of collecting is fast reaching its 100 mark and a number of antique dealers will be showcasing South African imbuia ball and claw furniture which is tomorrow’s new collectable.
SALUTING THE CENTENARY OF WORLD WAR I As the world remembers the end of World War I in 1914, the collecting world goes into overdrive as this area of collecting comes into its own. A group of militaria dealers will be featured at the NAADA Faire with a range of World War I collectables – from uniforms to badges, from mementos to books.
INTERNATIONAL DEALERS BRING TREASURES From the thousands of Royal Doulton and Moorcroft pieces brought to South Africa by Ed Pascoe, the world’s biggest dealer in English ceramics to the highly collectable Chinese antiques and the porcelain brought out by Dutch dealer Ricus Dullaert, visitors will be exposed to top international collections. Also exhibiting for the first time is Craig Hennessey, a South African antique dealer now based in the United Kingdom who will be bringing out an extensive range of English antique furniture.
CLASSICAL MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART MASTERS The NAADA Faire has built up a reputation of showcasing some significant SA old masters art acquired by our antique dealers and once again a dedicated art pavilion will showcase both SA old masters and introduce tomorrow’s contemporary art masters.
THE OPENING NIGHT - FOR THE WHO’S WHO OF COLLECTING The prestigious opening night cocktail event for the National Antiques Faire takes place on Thursday 25th July at 7pm. This is where the who’s who of the collecting world gather to mingle and be the first to buy up the very best in antiques & collectables. Tickets are R250 per person and include wines and snacks and can be booked through 011 482 4259 or by emailing email@example.com.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR FOR BOOKINGS CONTACT: Giuli Osso at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 011 802 1602/083 377 6721 or Clyde Terry at email@example.com or Tel: 011 482 4259/082 883 4933 » General Admission: 26 - 27 July (10am - 6pm). Entrance Fee: R100pp
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Maureen Quin - Sculptor “Great art has dreadful manners. The hushed reverence of the art galleries can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that sooth, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to rearrange your sense of reality…” - Simon Schama, “The Power of Art”, 2009. By Virginia Reed. ‘Quin : The Retrospective Year’, is a collection of 63 works which give an overview of Quin’s career from 1954 to the present. The exhibition is travelling to various venues in South Africa. On 29 July the retrospective opens at the Sanlam Art Gallery, Belville. Quin is a deeply passionate and emotionally engaged artist. Her sculptures transcend and penetrate the surface of social reality; they explore and celebrate the “irreducible particularity of all existence, both animate and inanimate” (Professor Bert Olivier, 1995). Her art dislocates our preconceived beliefs and jars us from our comfortable concepts of societal norm. Quin’s works at various instances delight (‘Ballet Dancers’ and ‘Cats’) and warn (‘The Hunt’ Series); they make the familiar questioned and at times leave one with sorrow or discomfit. They are alive with volumes and eloquent voids; visually challenging and harmonious; begging pondering, which is precisely what she wishes the public to do. “I realised early on”, she has said, “that if you want to make your mark in art, which I wanted to, you have to be consistent, expose your work to the public and show passion for what you do.” Sir Herbert Read was not wrong when he said of master sculptors that they must possess strength, patience, manual dexterity and creative talent – Maureen Quin has all of these. Her legacy encompasses this wide spectrum, and it proves her immense worth to the sculptural history of South Africa. An early major stylistic growth is seen in elongated forms where space became the major visual quality, seen in ‘Growth’ (1969). The block-like, or-
ganic forms, where internal and external dynamics are paramount,become evident in the seventies. The cuboidal and rounded organic forms, culminating in works such as ‘Triumvirate’ (1977), are imbued with a harsh aridity and a psychological pugnacity that illustrates truths about Africa. The 1980s and 1990s represent two of the most prolific and fertile decades in Quin’s career. Maureen exploredreality, emotion, spirituality and movement with a deeper enquiry and expertise. In 1987 she spent three months at the Cite de Art. The following years, were arguably the most potent in reshaping her thinking, with her iconography becoming much more African. When observing the composite body of work, one is aware of her explorations of organic bulging shapes and emaciated forms linking areas which reflect increasing abstraction. Crucial areas become deliberately left in the initial spontaneously applied state, clearly defining her message. She believes she found a true balance between her bulky forms and the attenuated ‘muscle on bone’ forms of her Goldsmith training under Bobby Jones The 1990’s saw the evolution of one of Maureen Quin’s most successful series evolve. She speaks of her ‘The Hunt’ series as times dominated by a transcendence of realism and of living a phase in her life where the subconscious erupted in a most awesome way. The ‘Ballet’ Series and ‘Cats’ see a joyous relief from the intense emotions evoked in ‘The Hunt’ Series and in the ‘Interaction’ Series. Grace and euphoria of dance is beautifully captured in the ethereally energetic, elongated figures of the dancers.
“Triumverate” (1977), Fibreglass, 415 x 210 x 200 mm
“Growth” (1969), Bronze, 128 x 550 x 550 mm
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“Court Jester” (2011), Bronze, 440 x 300 x 210 mm
“In many of her works Maureen does just that, but this does not imply art made to justify psycho-analysis, or for shock value, and definitely not for smoke-and-mirrors. Her art is not the Emperor’s new clothes. This is profound, dynamic and meaningful art; art that succeeds eminently to live on in your memory; this is art of substance, passion and a human connectedness with our origins. Sometimes raw, sometimes pagan but always powerful. In a way I think I for one have moved full circle, because one of these very powerful images in the collection tonight, is the ‘Culprit’ Maquette (2010), in which again, as with ‘The Victims’ (1973), a child, a baby is held in close embrace by the larger figure, with the mouth a chasm of agony crying out for redemption.” Quoted from John Botha’s opening address: University of the North West:Quin Retrospective Exhibition, 8 May 2014. » The book “Quin Sculpture: Six Decades of Sculptural Excellence” has been published to coincide with the Retrospective Exhibition (see book review on page 25).
“The Ultimate Sacrifice” (1999), Bronze, 930 x 500 x 490 mm
ART TIMES | ARTISTS’ BIRTHDAYS FRIDA KAHLO DE RIVERA: 6 July 1907 - 13 July 1954 A Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán, Frida Kahlo is best known for the “pain and passion” in her self-portraits. Kahlo did not originally plan on becoming an artist. After entering a pre-med program in Mexico City, she was seriously injured in a car accident. Over a year’s strict bed rest, she began to paint. At 22 she married famous muralist, Diego Rivera, who was 20 years her senior. Their passionate, tumultuous relationship survived infidelities, divorce, remarriage, Frida’s bi-sexual affairs, her poor health and her inability to have children. Frida once said:”I suffered two grave accidents in my life… One in which a streetcar knocked me down and the other was Diego.” » Biography. 2014. Frida Kahlo Website: http://www.fridakahlo.com/.
STANLEY PINKER: 7 July 1924 - 16 June 2012 Stanley Pinker was born in Windhoek (then, South Africa). Born with European lineage, he was not sure that he truly belonged in Africa, so he left for Europe in 1951. 12 years later he returned to Africa, where he lived out his days. His painting flourished as it never had in Europe. Reacting to his surroundings, his art used humour, metaphor and seditious insinuation to interrogate Apartheid. Pinker’s passion for the land he once denounced as home eventually earned him the Molteno Medal for a lifetime’s achievement in painting. He was the invited artist at the Cape Town Biennial in 1979 and in 1985 he was awarded the Rembrandt Gold Medal at the Cape Town Triennial. » Penny Haw. RIP Stanley Pinker: ‘light and wry humour’ (08/08/2012), Business Day Live: http://www.bdlive.co.za/articles/2012/06/28/ripstanley-pinker-light-and-wry-humour;jsessionid=0B23267CBB2E63085E16F68CACFAFFF6.present1.bdfm.
DAVID HOCKNEY: 9 July 1937 Controversial relationships and explosive artistic circles have coloured British-born, David Hockney’s career as a painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. He experienced his first real romance with a nineteen-year-old American student named Peter Schlesinger. Schlesinger became a favourite subject of Hockney’s, and the many drawings reveal the informal intimacy between the lovers. Hockney’s interest in photography grew when he took his beau on a tour of Europe. He would take endless shots of Schlesinger, mostly for fun, but also for study. Later Hockney found out that Schlesinger was having an affair. Through his career, Hockney used art to express the love he has felt for others. Ironically, this caused much personal suffering and strife in the making and breaking of his romances, but garnering him much respect and admiration. » About David Hockney. 2003. DavidHockney.com: http://www.davidhockney.com/bio.shtml.
GUSTAV KLIMT: 14 July 1862 - 6 February 1918 Gustav Klimt lived in poverty for most of his childhood, which is ironic since his father worked as a gold engraver. A rejection of his past, Klimt he was a one of the most prominent members of the Art Nouveau movement (known for the luxury of decorative embellishment), and he enjoyed painting in metallic pigment. Another decadence, he is said to have fathered fourteen children but never married. » Justin Wolf. Gustav Klimt, The Art Story Foundation: http://www.theartstory.org/artist-klimt-gustav.htm.
REMBRANDT HARMENSZOON VAN RIJN: 15 July 1606 - 4 October 1669 Rembrandt was born in the Netherlands and is now considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art. However, once “the important burghers of the city [Amsterdam], who may not have known much about art but knew what they liked, gave him an enormous commission – The Night Watch - in which the burghers were to be painted in traditional postures and lights... Everyone else, from the burghers to the herring-peddlers, thought the painting was dreadful. Rembrandt’s patrons hooted in rage and derision, demanding changes that the artist, secure in the knowledge that posterity would vindicate him, stubbornly refused to make.” » Walter Wallace. 1968. The Legend and the Man, in The World of Rembrandt: 1606-1669. New York: Time-Life Library of Art, 17-25.
FRANCOIS KRIGE: 20 July 1913 - 19 February 1994 Celebrated SA painter, François Krige was born in Uniondale near Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo to a well-known family. His father was a famous rugby player, his mother a renowned novelist, and his brother Uys a celebrated writer. Early in his career (in 1949), Krige was awarded the medal of honour for painting and graphic art by the South African Academy for Science and Arts. Despite this recognition he shied away from the art community, but few who have encountered his work will disagree that he deserves wider recognition. » Francois Krige (1913 – 1994). 2012. Everard Read Cape Town: http://francoiskrige.everard-read-capetown.co.za/?m=1&idkey=517.
HUGO NAUDE: 23 July 1869 - 5 April 1941 Born and raised in the Boland town of Worcester, Hugo Naudé became South Africa’s first full-time, professional artist and pioneer impressionist painter. He loved to experience the variation of Southern Africa’s landscape. Apart from exploring the Cape’s coast and mountains, he travelled to the Victoria Falls, the Natal Drakensberg, the Transkei coast and the Knysna forests, and regularly painted Namaqualand in spring. » Esmé Berman. 1994. Art & Artists of South Africa. Halfway House: Southern Book Publishers. 303-304. » Adèle Naudé. 1974. Hugo Naudé. Cape Town. 14-15.
LYNDI SALES: 24 July 1973 Lyndi Sales is a Joburg-born, mixed media artist based in Cape Town. Claude Monet did not let his Nuclear cataracts prevent him from painting some of the world’s most famous artworks. Likewise, Lyndi Sales overcomes a vision problem that offsets and produces a ghost image of what she sees to create incredibly complex and intricate, lace-like artworks from paper and perspex. » Kristine Kronjé. Gazing into Deep Skies: Lyndi Sales discusses her new show with Kristine Kronjé (6 July 2012), Litnet: http://www.litnet.co.za/ Article/gazing-into-deep-skies-lyndi-sales-discusses-her-new-show-with-kristine-kronj.
GREGOIRE BOONZAIER: 31 July 1909 - 22 April 2005 “Gregoire Boonzaier was born in Newlands, Cape Town. He was the son of the political cartoonist, DC Boonzaier and benefited from the close contact with his father’s artist friends. DC Boonzaier was strongly opposed to formal art training and Gregoire forwarded his initial studies through association with these early Cape Impressionist painters... Rebelling against his father’s opposition, he set up his own studio in Cape Town in 1934. After successful exhibitions in Cape Town and Pretoria during the following year, he was able to finance his formal art studies in London.” » Patricia Taylor. 2011. GREGOIRE BOONZAIER ART COLLECTION FOR SALE. Taylored Events: http://www.mylistmanager.co.za/ulscommon/ publishing/Miscellaneous/12612_GREGOIRE_BOONZAIER_ART_COLLECTION_FOR_SALE.html.
THE ART TIMES WOULD LIKE TO CELEBRATE ALL MEMBERS OF SOUTH AFRICA’S VISUAL ART COMMUNITY BORN IN JULY, INCLUDING: Keith Dietrich (1 July) | Clementina van der Walt, Musha Neluheni (2 July) | Peter Wells (3 July) | Cindy Britz, Annali Dempsey (5 July) | James Hoets (6 July) | Sandra Hanekom (7 July) | Ruth Simbao, Samuel Allerton, Gwen Miller (8 July) | Nicolaas Maritz (9 July) | Charl Blignaut, Riaan van der Merwe (12 July) | Hester Hattingh (15 July) | Johan Myburg (17 July) | David Southwood, Liebet Marie Jooste, Katharine Jacobs (18 July) | Ben Coutouvidis (19 July) | Abri De Swardt, Shaun de Waal (22 July) | Hazel Friedman (23 July) | Elgin Rust, Belinda Blignaut, Michael Wyeth, Shelley Adams (24 July) | Ian Hunter (25 July) | Kim Lieberman (26 July) | Dawid Ras, Jacki McInnes (27 July) | Vincent Bez, Stephen Errol Boyley (28 July) | Lebo Tlali (31 July) FAMOUS, INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS BORN IN JULY: Camille Pissarro (10 July) | Amedeo Modigliani (12 July) | James Abbott McNeill Whistler (14 July) | Edgar Degas (19 July) | Nam June Paik (20 July) | Alexander Calder (22 July) | Beatrix Potter, Marcel Duchamp (28 July) | Jenny Holzer (29 July) | Henry Moore (30 July) | Jean Dubuffet (31 July)
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William Kentridge Casspirs Full of Love (1989 - 2000) By Lyn Holm. A hauntingly macabre image is presented: a ladder-like trophy-cabinet containing seven decapitated, male heads. One of the heads on the top shelf is inscribed with a number 1, as if it marks the start of a collection. On close inspection, the viewer will read ‘not a step’ above the lowest shelf. These words suggest the collection is not a positive progression. ‘What comfort now?’, written in dots on the left-hand side, further enhances this reading. The scratchy unrest of the image (the marks of a needle biting into copper), is in stark contrast to the sickly slick cursive script down the right-hand side of the image: ‘Casspirs full of love’. In 1974, Portugal’s military dictatorship toppled, causing unrest in former Portuguese-controlled colonies, Angola and Mozambique. South Africa dispatched casspirs (armoured, riot-control vehicles) to defend their border against attack. At this time, a popular radio programme, ‘Forces Favourites’, rang with dedications to men on the frontline. One stood out in Kentridge’s mind: a mother wishing her son ‘a good tour of duty’ and ‘a safe return’, sending the message ‘with Casspirs full of love’. The original Kentridge drawing that inspired the drypoint print under discussion was made at a particularly turbulent time during apartheid. In 1985, as a result of increasing township violence, South African President P.W. Botha declared a state of emergency in various areas of the country. Security forces were ordered to patrol the townships in casspirs, killing and arresting suspects at will. Apartheid was originally formulated after a Christian leader interpreted that it was God’s will to keep diverse cultures pure through segregation. The tragic irony is that a theory birthed from a religion grounded in the principle of unconditional love discriminated against the majority of the country’s inhabitants, disenfranchising and killing millions. One anonymous reviewer stated that “a casspir full of love is much like a bomb that bursts with happiness – it is an intangible improbability,” - firmly debunked by Kentridge’s box of severed heads. Having drawn from sources such as Giotto’s classical figures, Brit artist Tony Cragg’s beetroot heads and South African photojournalism, the heads are clearly intended to be varied. Although some have argued that Kentridge’s heads only have African features, they are also paper white and quite non-specific, potentially representing every man. Keeping a count of human kills looks even less like love when replacing one of these trophies with the mental image of one’s own head. Though not explicitly political, Kentridge often draws his subject matter from South Africa’s turbulent socio-political history. The “Casspirs Full of Love” drawing was mounted on the façade of Vanessa Devereux Gallery in London, 1989. In protest against the atrocities abroad, it made his anti-apartheid stance clear during a very crucial time, joining hundreds of artists from every continent and racial background in an effort to abolish an unacceptable regime.
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» William Kentridge in his studio, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2003. Photo by Anne McIlleron. www.art21.org
» William Kentridge, “Casspirs Full of Love”, 1989-2000, Drypoint etching (from 1 copper plate, each print with slight variations), 148.6 x 81.2cm, Edition of 30.
» Casspirs Full of Love. 2001. Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: http://www. metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/2001.602. » Elizabeth Manchester. 2002. Casspirs Full of Love. Tate:
http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/kentridge-casspirsfull-of-love-p11838/text-summary. » Hypocrite. William Kentridge. Hyde Hypocrite Design: http://www.hypocritedesign.com/william-kentridge/. » Sue Williamson. 2009. South African Art Now. New York: Collins Design, 51.
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Gerhard Sekoto Song of the Pick
(1946 - 1947)
By Lyn Hom. The resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity is poignantly portrayed in many of Gerard Sekoto’s works, “Song of the Pick” perhaps being the most-famous. Despite the conceptual heaviness, Sekoto’s works are often referred to as ‘paintings that sing’ because of their bright colours and rhythmic compositions. Sekoto derived his subject matter from the hardships witnessed around him. The social climate had been growing steadily dimmer for some time before the dark era of apartheid. “Song of the Pick” was completed only one year before the apartheid regime was institutionalised, and the painting clearly reflects the angst of the time. Sekoto rarely painted white people, except to show negativity towards them. In “Song of the Pick”, the foreman stands on yellow ground, while the workers stand on orange. They are also segregated by the formality of their clothing and their activity. The foreman, at ease, perhaps looks condescendingly on the workers before him. The composition points many diagonal lines towards the foreman (the pick handles, the workers’ legs, the slope of the earth, even the workers’ shad-
ows). He wears a yellow jacket and is closer to the light-source than the other figures presented. All of this draws the eye to him. The forcing of the viewers focus, the strong contrast in colour and shade, as well as the violence suggested by the picks’ intended direction of impact (towards the foreman), make for an image full of latent aggression. According to researcher, Mzuzile Mduduzi Xakaza, producing this painting was a conscious effort by the artist to reverse the power relations between the white bosses and black workers of the day. He claims Sekoto’s painting is a reimagining of a similar black-and-white photograph by Andrew Goldie: “In Goldie’s version, the workers look weak; they appear overwhelmed by the moment of toil. The white boss is in total control of his workers. By contrast, in Sekoto’s version, the white boss stands in front of the workers, who engage in their task nobly. They are all endowed with athletic bodies and appear strong … the white boss who stands in front of the workers seems threatened by the advancing pick-wielding men.” Dorothy Kay’s “The Song of the Pick” probably also had a strong influence on Sekoto’s painting. Etched some eight years before Sekoto’s painting,
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» The artist as a young man » Dorothy Kay, “The song of the pick”, 1938, Etching, 39 x 32.5 cm, South African National Gallery Collection » Gerard Sekoto, “Song of the pick”, 1946-1947, Oil on canvas, BHP Billiton Collection
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» Stefan Hundt. 2008. Decade - highlights of 10 years of collecting for the Sanlam Art collection. Cape Town: Sanlam Ltd, 3. » Matthew Krouse. Song for Sekoto: Duet of politics and money (03/05/2013), Mail & Guardian: http://mg.co.za/article/201305-03-00-song-for-sekoto-duet-of-politics-and-money.
it is almost identical in title and subject matter but holds none of the conceptual depth and tension. The shape of Sekoto’s workers is emphasized by repetition. Through this repetition, they become a unified force against a single enemy. It also gives the artwork a visual rhythm, not unlike the beat of a song or the striking of pick axes in hard soil. Perhaps the workers are singing in unison to pass the time. Their uniformity, together with a lack of facial features, suggests that their individuality is of no consequence. They are perhaps considered only as valuable as the work that they can produce. This is perhaps a reflection of how many people felt under forced menial labour, in which the workers may sing for the sake of their own humanity. While Goldie’s photograph is enlightening documentation and Kay’s etching is a good example of Social Realism (art depicting social injustice, economic hardships and other struggles, often with working class figures as the hero of the image), Sekoto’s painting suggests action against an oppressive force, which is beyond Social Realism and perhaps more inspiring than documentation. “Song of the Pick” is arguably one of South Africa’s first pieces of Resistant Art, a genre that played a significant role in abolishing apartheid, providing freedom for all.
» Busi Magudulela. Preserving heritage through Sekoto’s art (21/09/2012), SABC: http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/5c8cc08 04ccc68c68d87fd646ce71609/Preserving-heritage-throughSekotos-art-20122109. » Visual Theory – Gerard Sekoto 1913 – 1993. 2013. NLA Design and Visual Arts: http://nladesignvisual.wordpress. com/2013/01/19/visual-theory-gerard-sekoto-1913-1933/.
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Another Country Photographs by Reiner Leist At the cusp of our democracy, Reiner Leist’s ‘South Africa: Blue Portraits’ (published 1993) provided some perspective to a divided nation, revealing the intimacies and variations of South African life. He shot portraits without favour, of all walks of life, from a domestic worker to Harry Openheimer. ‘Another Country - South Africa : New Portraits’ is the sequel (published 2014). Leist revisited the individuals captured in his portraits and took a fresh photograph of each (Where this was impossible, he portrayed the person’s successor). Like the end-pages of a book, each set of portraits
enfolds the story of a person’s life. Told in the person’s own voice, the portrayed seem to speak directly from the pages about how their lives have changed. Perfect for those who enjoy biographies or truth-based fiction; there are tales of adventure, loss, love and dissention. Famous figures include: Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Chris Hani, David Goldblatt, Jürgen Schadeberg, Walter and Albertina Sisulu, William Kentridge, Raymond Ackerman, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, FW de Klerk, and Eugene Terre’Blanche.
Published by Jacana Media, 2014. Available through Johannesburg Art Gallery.
Quin Sculptures Written by Virginia Reed in conversation with Maureen Quin This book celebrates and records Maureen Quin’s artistic career that has developed and matured over six illustrious decades. Coloured by a lifetime of photographs of her work, poignant quotes and Quin’s humble and sincere approach to life, this is far from a dry, historical text. With each page turned the reader will get the sense of knowing Quin more; and through this will develop a deeper appreciation for her work. Essays by art historians, Muller Ballot and Elizabeth Rankin and art-lovers express their personal connection to Quin’s work, while academics hem her work into a theoretical and stylistic framework. Together they prove what is quite obvious from the outset, that Quin has not yet received all the recognition that she deserves. Those who purchase the leather-bound Collector’s Edition of the book (of which there are only 30), will also receive a small relief sculpture set within the cover of the book. Each has Quin’s personal touch and signature for the sake of posterity.
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Fire Walker - by William Kentridge & Gerhard Marx Edited by Oliver Barstow & Bronwyn Law-Viljoen In 2009, William Kentridge and Gerard Marx were approached to make a public sculpture for the city of Johannesburg. With only six weeks and a relatively small budget to work with, they put together something truly remarkable. “Fire Walker” is the story of how a sculpture of the same name came into being. A collection of interviews and essays accompany production stills and photo essays. Each element of product is thoroughly interrogated, to the extent that new questions emerge and the book becomes as much about public sculpture in general as about a particular artwork. This is suggested reading for anyone interested in embarking on producing public sculpture, as it is forms both an inspiring case study and an outline of probable complexities. It also
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ART TIMES | GALLERY LISTINGS
Eastern Cape Alexandria Quin Sculpture Garden: A permanent exhibition of Maureen Quin’s sculpture’s, drawings and paintings, Alexandria, T. 046 653 0121, www.quin-art.co.za
Bathurst The Workshop Art and Craft Gallery: Permanent gallery showcasing prominent E.Cape contemporary and emerging artists, sculptors, ceramists and crafters, Bathurst, www.bathurstcountryaffair.co.za
Clarens Richard Rennie Gallery - Clarens: For the latest dates for the 2014 Richard Rennie ‘Paint with me’ workshops please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org., Total cost is R2500 which includes 4 days painting with Richard Rennie and 5 nights accommodation at Ash River Lodge with breakfasts.
East London Ann Bryant Art Gallery main gallery: ’Nguni Cattle: Wealth in Tranquility.’, Valerie Liebenberg, 19/06/2014 till 05/07/2014, Southernwood, T. 043 7224044, email@example.com Floradale Fine Art: ’New work on show: Photographic documentary of Jeff Rankin’s masterpiece: “Learning to Dance” and new technology Aluminium prints show stunning views from the eye of the surfer, Pierre de Villiers, Beacon Bay, T. 043 7402031
Port Elizabeth ART Gallery: Regular exhibitions showcasing leading South African artists, in particular artists from the Eastern Cape, Central Hill ArtEC - EPSAC Community Art Centre: ’A Struggle without Documentation is no Struggle’ by Dr Peter Magubane, T. 041 585 3641, www.artecpe.co.za Fischers Art Gallery: Fischers Art Gallery: Previously, the first established Jewellery shop in SA. The Gallery’s unique Art Nouveau architecture now houses a stunning display of Fine Art and Giftware. 33 Goven Mbeki Ave., P.E. Downtown (City Hall and Library), T. 041 585 6755, firstname.lastname@example.org Galerie NOKO: ’Redefinition of the Status quo’ Collector’s edition, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Usen Obot, Michael Barry, Charmaine Haines Phumla Matolo, Delphine Niez, Benon Lutaaya, Neville Peterson, Uwem Umoanwan, Vulisango Ndwandwa, 26/06/2014 till 02/08/2014, 109 -111 Russell Road, email@example.com GFI Art Gallery: This Art Gallery is unique in South Africa and possibly the world, as a corporate collection devoted to the science of aviation., T. 041 586 3973 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum: ’Standard Bank Young Artists Award Winner 2014: Hasan and Husain Essop’, 24/07/14 till 31/08/14, firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘For Future Generations’ Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music, Until 28/09/2014. ’Connections’, From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection., Until 17/07/2014, Park Drive Central, T. 041 5062000 Underculture Contemporary: ’The Problem of Crossing a Bridge’, Isabel Metrz and Arnold van Niekerk, 09/07/2014 till 01/08/2014, 98A Park Drive, Central, T. 041 373 0074, alison@underculturecontemporary. co.za, www.underculturecontemporary.co.za
Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum: ’Basotho Blankets’ (Main Building, Annex Gallery), The Sotho blanket collection (numbering 39 in total) was made available on loan to the National Museum by Beth Robertson., Until 06/07/2014, email@example.com. ‘SPI National Portrait Award Travelling Exhibition., Sanlam Private Investments, in collaboration with Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery, Durbanville’., 19/06/2014 till 20/07/2014, ‘The Lotus Eaters’, By Barbara Wildenboer., 15/07/2014 till 27/07/2014, ‘Chaotic Region’ A recent body of paintings by Nigel Mullins., 15/07/2014 till 03/08/2014. ‘Louis Scott (First Floor, Main Building), A small selection of artworks to celebrate Bloemfontein artist and Palaeontologist, Louis Scott., 10/06/2014 till 24/08/2014, ‘Will you? Won’t you? Will you join the dance? by Wilma Cruise (Main Building – Oliewenhuis Art Museum), The work evidences the facility, creativity and depth of this artist’s well developed and mature practice and will demonstrate an artist in control of her means of expression., 24/06/ till 24/08/2014, ‘Fear and Loss – Industrial Karoo’ curated by Katie Barnard du Toit (Reservoir – Oliewenhuis Art Museum), This exhibition represents a contribution of artworks by artists all over South Africa who are concerned about the Karoo ecology., 31/07/2014 till 31/08/2014, Waverley, T. 051 011 0525 ext 611, www.nasmus.co.za
Gallery on Leviseur: ’Crossing’, Greg Schultz, 07/06/2014 till 20/07/2014, ‘Nocturama’, David Griessel, 26/07/2014 till 24/07/2014. Westdene, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.galleryonleviseur.co.za
Clarens Art & Wine Gallery on Main: Frederike Stokhuyzen, Gregoire Boonzaier, J.H. Pierneef, Erik Laubscher and Jean Doyle., T. 058 256 1298, www.artandwine.co.za Johan Smith Art Gallery: Johan Smith, Elga Rabe, Graham Carter, Gregoire Boonzaier, amongst others. Hennie Meyer, Karen Sinovich, and Heather Mills, among others., T. 058 256 1620, email@example.com, www.johansmith.co.za Richard Rennie Gallery: For the latest dates for the 2014 Richard Rennie “Paint with me” workshops please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org, Total cost of a workshop is R2500 which includes 4 days painting with Richard and 5 nights accomodation and breakfast., Clarens, T. 058 256 1717, email@example.com, www.richardrennie.co.za The Gallery Clarens: Dedicated to exhibiting and promoting established, mid-career and emerging artists of imagination and ability. firstname.lastname@example.org, T. 058 025 6017
Kokstad Dog on a Leash Art & Gift: Art gallery and coffee shop. Arts and crafts., Kokstad, email@example.com, www.dogonaleash.co.za
Smithfield Biba’s Art on N6: Potraits and images, Lientjie Wessels, Lynne Slettervold, 16/07/2014 till 25/07/2014, Smithfield, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gauteng Johannesburg 16 Halifax Art: Specialising in contemporary art., Bryanston, email@example.com, www.16halifaxart.co.za Absa Art Gallery: Absa L’Atelier awards, Absa L’Atelier continues to recognise and reward the skills, talent and imagination that exist in an extremely competitive and often challenging environment as well as presents a unique opportunity to artists to showcase their talent and embark on new and exciting opportunities. This year’s theme is Blood. Sweat. Tears., Absa Gallery, 161 Main Street., T. 011 350 5139, www.absa.co.za, Katya@tarynfritzpr.co.za/ firstname.lastname@example.org, Alice Art Gallery: ’The Bigger and Better’ Extended Art Gallery Now Open., New Extended Art Gallery New Signatures 2014 Portchie Summer Exhibition Yearly Auction., Ruimsig, T. 011 958 1392, email@example.com, www.aliceart.co.za Art Afrique Gallery: Marc Alexander ‘Mandela Tribute’, 16/07/2014 till 30/07/2014, Sandton, T. 011 292 7113, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artafrique.co.za Art etc: Showcasing a wide variety of SA artists, ranging from old masters to the budding future masters., Sandton City, T. 011 783 0842, email@example.com, www.artetc.co.za Art Eye Gallery: Now represented by Arteye Gallery are the wonderful works of Lionel Murcott., Fourways, T. 011 465 7695, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arteye.co.za Artist Proof Studio: Specialises in printmaking., Newtown, T. 011 492 1278, gallery@artistproofstudio. co.za, www.artistproofstudio.co.za Bayliss Gallery: ’Showcase Two’, 1/06/2014 till 29/06/2014, Norwood, email@example.com, www.baylissgallery.co.za Candice Berman Fine Art Gallery: Reopening Special July 2014. 15% off all framing for the month of July. (July 1st - 31st 2014). Bryanston, Sandton. info@ candiceberman.co.za, www.candicebermangallery.com 011 463 8524, 084 843 8302 Carol Lee Fine Art: Will be exhibiting a well selected body of work by collectible painters and sculptors at the Turbine Art Fair in Newtown from 17 - 20 July. Enjoy works by Guy du Toit, Pat Mautloa, Jan Neethling, Carl Becker, Alet Swarts, Sarah Ballam, Cobus Haupt, Cornelia Stoop, Kobus Walker, Jaco Benade, Kobus la Grange and others., Upstairs@Bamboo, Melville, T. 011 486 0526, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/ CarolLeeFineArt CIRCA on Jellicoe: Lionel Smit, 03/07/2014 till 27/07/2014, 2 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, email@example.com Crouse Art Gallery: A Variety of South African artists. From new talent to old Masters., All year long, Florida, T 011 672 3821, firstname.lastname@example.org, Everard Read Jhb: ’A New Lease on Life, Nelson Makamo’, 10/07/2014 till 09/08/2014, 6 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, T. 011 788 4805, email@example.com, www.everard-read.co.za
Ferreira Art Gallery: Come meet Ian Hertslet and view his latest works from his studio at our premise this month. We offer while-you-wait-framing. On site Coffee Shop, hair salon and nail-bar. Open 7 days a week., 01/07/2014 till 31/07/2014, Bryanston, T. 011 706 3738., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ferreiraart.com Gallery 2: I Remember My Grandfather’, By Jan Tshikhuthula, 05/07/2014 till 26/07/2014, Parkwood, T. 011 4470155, email@example.com, www.gallery2.co.za Gallery AOP: Collection of contemporary prints., Braamfontein Werf, T. 011 726 2234, www.galleryaop.com Gallery MOMO: Floating World, Patricia Driscoll, 26/07/2014 till 29/07/2014, parktown North, T. 011 327 3247, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gallerymomo.com Contemporary Art Gallery: Parkwood, T. 011 788 1113, email@example.com, www.goodman-gallery.com Graham’s Fine Art Gallery: ’South African Masters’. Graham’s exhibits a selection of South African masters including Irma Stern, J.H Pierneef, Maggie Laubser, Gerard Sekoto and Alexis Preller., Bryanston, T. 011 463 7869, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.grahamsgallery.co.za In Toto Gallery: ’Menagerie’: A Group Show, Gawie Joubert, Deziree Smith, Dave Tomlinson, Rebecca Haysom, Kreh Mellick, Sobeit Studio, Amita Makan, Friday Jibu, 12/06/2014 - 28/07/2014, Birdhaven, T. 011 447 6543, email@example.com, www.intotogallery.co.za Isis Gallery: Range of paintings and stone sculpture by leading South African artists., Rosebank, T. 011 447 2317, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.isisgallery.co.za Johannesburg Art Gallery: ’Over the Rainbow’, Until 31/08/2014, email@example.com, Lizamore & Associates Gallery: Obversa714, Kilmany-Jo Liversage, 05/07/2014 - 02/08/2014, Sculptor’s Cabaret, Uwe Pfaff, 05/07/2014 02/08/2014 Parkwood, T. 011 880 8802, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lizamore.co.za outoftheCUBE: Alliances’, ‘Torrent in the sandpit’, artists Hanne-Lize Delport and Christel Liebenberg, curated by Cape Town-based educator Emma Willemse. ‘Assemblage Studios. An experiment’, curated by Anthea Pokroy and Louise Van Der Bijl. outoftheCUBE will be at the Turbine Art Fair, booth number B21. On 16/07/2014 we will open a third curated show - ‘Works in progress’ - which will feature experimental and/or new works by artists who have previously exhibited on outoftheCUBE., Until 20/08/2014, Johannesburg, email@example.com Protea Gallery: Specialising in well-known South African Artists, as well as those up-and-coming., T. 011 8285035, firstname.lastname@example.org Purple Heart Gallery: Presenting South African Artists., Riana Vorster; Phillip Steyn; Cindy Rawlings; Nic van Rensburg; Pieter van Heerden; Chantell Potgieter; Stephen Hall; Christine Bell; Samson Knell; Kate Matier; Steve Strauss., T. 011 475 7411, letitia@ purpleheartgallery.co.za, www.purpleheartgallery.co.za Res Gallery: ’Rhetorical Self’, Benjamin Skinner, 26/04/2014 till 02/07/2014, Parkwood, T. 011 880 4054, email@example.com, www.resgallery.com Rubixcube Gallery: Works by young and promising South African artists, Arts on Main, Johannesburg CBD, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/ johannesburgrubixcube Standard Bank Gallery: ’Portrait exhibition’, 24/06/2014 till 06/09/2014, T. 011 631 1889. www.standardbankarts.co.za Stevenson: Portia Zvavahera., 3/07/2014 01/08/2014, 22/05/2014 till 27/06/2014, T 011 403 1055/1908, email@example.com, www.stevenson.info The Fine Art Studio: Offers part-time courses in Oil Painting and Drawing. Beginners and experienced artists alike., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thefineartsstudio.co.za UJ Art Gallery: Monday to Friday 09:00-18:00 and Saturdays 9:00-1:00., APK Campus, Auckland Park., T. 011 559 2099, email@example.com, www.uj.ac.za, White House Gallery: We have an impressive variety of well known international and local artists on show; we are open from 9.30-17.00, Monday-Friday and 9.3015.00 on Saturdays. Visitors are always welcome., Illovo, T. 011 268 2115, www.thewhitehousegallery.co.za Yiull Damaso Artists Gallery & Studio: Mixed Exhibition, Craighall Park, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yiull.com,
Pretoria Alette Wessels Kunskamer: Art gallery and art consultancy, specialising in SA art as an investment, dealing in Old Masters, and selected contemporary art., T. 012 346 0728, email@example.com, www. artwessels.co.za
Art in the Park: Art works in watercolour, oil, pastel, acrylics, batik, sculpture, pottery and photography., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.art-in-the-park.co.za Association of Arts Pretoria: 4 x 8 = 32 (an exhibition of 8 works each by 4 female artists), Magda Joubert, Michèle Nigrini, Annette Pretorius & Susanna Swart, Nieuw Muckleneuk, T. 012 346 3100, www. artsassociationpta.co.za Centurion Art Gallery: A commercial satellite of the Pretoria Art Museum., T. 012 358 3477, www.pretoriaartmuseum.co.za/centurion, email@example.com, Leonardo Gallery: Exhibition premierre of al the art student of The Leonardo Gallery and private showing of Koos Bronkhorst., Koos Bronkhorst and various art students., 29/07/2014 till 23/08/2014, leonardo. firstname.lastname@example.org. Exhibition opening of Oil painters Ina du Preez & Marie Kellerman and the Ceramic artwork of Monika van den Berg., 20/06/2014 till 22/07/2014, Moreletapark, T. 012 997 0520, www. theleonardogallery.com Pretoria Art Museum: Portraits with Presence’, Rechada Crouse, Coert Steynberg, Irmin Henkel, Maud Sumner to name only a few., Until 13/07/2014, Arcadia, Pretoria, email@example.com St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery: Creative Mélange, Azael Langa, Thabo Mashilo, Seretse Moletsane, Thato Seboko, Isabel Naude, Nhlanhla Nhlapo, Malose Pete, Ncedani Fodo, & Kgoto Pati., Until 31/07/2014, T. 012 460 0284., firstname.lastname@example.org, Telkom Art Collection: A collection featuring artworks by over 400 artists, some of them well established and some still up-and-coming., T. 012 311 7260 UNISA Art Gallery: Twenty/20 - A clearer vision, growing the Mandela Legacy, T. 012 441 5876, Tshannn1@unisa.ac.za, www.unisa.ac.za
Natal Ballito Imbizo Gallery: Work from leading South African artists, Ballito, www.imbizogallery.co.za, T. 032 946 1937, www.imbizogallery.co.za
Durban Artspace durban: d’Urban d’Art Exchange and artSPACE durban Artists Choice Award 2014, 07/07/14 till 12/07/14, “interface2012-14” DALA artarchitecture, Doung Jahangeer, 14/07/14 till 11/08/14, www.artspace-durban.com Artisan Gallery: Ranging from contemporary fine art to jewellery and cutlery, the Artisan Art Gallery also showcases many of South Africa’s award-winning ceramicists., Morningside, www.artisan.co.za, T. 031 312 4364, email@example.com Durban Art Gallery: Ezivela Enqolobaneni’ School based curriculum exhibition. Gallery 1 and the Foyer., Until Dec.2014, www.durban.gov.za, T. 031 311 2264, Thulani.Makhaye@durban.gov.zawww.durban.gov.za Elizabeth Gordon Gallery: Exhibition and Book Launch., Barbara Siedle, KZN wildlife artist will be launching her new book ‘Breathe the Dust” and exhibiting works from the book., 30/07/2014 till 09/08/2014, www.elizabethgordon.co.za, T. 031 303 8133, www.elizabethgordon.co.za Bellevue Gallery: Watercolour Society KZN, 30/06/2014 till 18/07/2014, www.facebook.com/bellevuegallerykzn, T. 031 717 2785, firstname.lastname@example.org Gallery Umhlanga: Contemporary African art., Umhlanga. T. 031 561 2199 Tamasa Gallery: A broad variety of contemporary KZN artists., Berea, T. 031 207 1223, email@example.com The African Art Centre: Exhibits the work of both young and established black artists, working in contemporary and traditional styles, Morningside, www.afriart.co.za, T. 031 312 3804/05, www.afriart.co.za, www.thecollective-durban.com
Pietermaritzburg Tatham Art Gallery (Schreiner Gallery): For Juliet: Ceramic Sculptor, Until 17/08/2014 Legacy Exhibition: Ceramics Room, Curated by South African ceramist David Walters, pays tribute to the legacy of Juliet Armstrong., Until 20/07/2014, Pietermaritzburg, www.tatham.org.za, T. 033 392 2801 Developing Characters: Contending Cultures & Creative Commerce in a South African Photography Studio., This exhibition features 80 black-and-white portraits created by Singarum Jeevaruthnam Moodley, a.k.a. Kitty (1922-1987). Until 20/07/2014
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GALLERY LISTINGS | ART TIMES Hartbeespoort Dam Edwards Fine Art, Modern and Contemporary: Featuring works by William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Robert Hodgins, Cecil Skotnes and Edoardo Villa. Sculpture by Anton Smit., Xanadu, Hartbeesport. T. 076 472 9812., firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Cape Cape Town 34FineArt: Inventory14’, A selection of works by Osch, Jimmy C. Takashi Murakami, as well as local artists Norman Catherine, Asha Zero, Jade Doreen Waller and Lionel Smit, will be on show., Until 31/10/2014, Woodstock, T. 021 461 1863, email@example.com, www.vgallery.co.za/www.34fineart.com Blue Caterpillar Gallery: Rheta Kotze exhibition of hand beaten aluminium wall sculptures & acrylics until 31 July. View our collection from a wide range of artists at www.artsales.co.za. 033-3871356. 37 Willowton Rd Pietermaritzburg
Nottingham Road Aladdin’s Art and Ceramics Gallery: Stained glass art., Nottingham Road, www.aladdins.co.za, T. 033 266 6460, www.aladdins.co.za Ardmore Ceramic Art: Feature in leading galleries and collections, including the Museum of Art & Design in New York, the Museum of Cultures in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa., Caversham Road, www.ardmoreceramics.co.za, T. 033 940 0034, firstname.lastname@example.org
Umhlanga Rocks Makiwa Gallery: Please visit the new Makiwa Gallery, Lighthouse Mall, Umhlanga Rocks showcasing fine South African art of Makiwa Mutomba, Derric van Rensburg, Tony De Freitas and Margaret Dugwell., Makiwa Mutomba Derric van Rensburg Tony De Freitas Margaret Gradwell, Ongoing, Umhlanga Rocks, www.makiwagalleries.com, email@example.com
Underberg The Underberg Studio: Set in a delightful garden facing the mountains, the gallery specializes in landscape photography & ceramics., www.underbergstudio.co.za, T. 033 701 2440, www.underbergstudio.co.za
A Word of Art: Focus on art activism projects within communities in South Africa., Woodstock, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.a-word-of-art.co.za Absolute Art Gallery: We stock superior quality art by the Masters, as well as contemporary artists., Bellville, T. 021 914 2846, email@example.com, www.absolutart.co.za Allderman Gallery: ’Pop up’, Allderman gallery operates as a pop up gallery. Visit on line to view where the next pop up exhibition will be. Exciting, new and refreshing art to be seen., firstname.lastname@example.org ArtB Gallery, Bellville: ’Tiny Treasures exhibition’. Artists will exhibit works of 20 x 20cm at a price not exceeding R1500., Artists from all over the country, including Anne Wells, Clare Menck, Juria Le Roux, Brahm van Zyl, Mzi Funo, Tiaan van Deventer and many others., 09/07/2014 till 30/07/2014, Bellville, T. 021 917 1197, email@example.com, www.artb.co.za ArtMark Gallery: ’Mandela Month’, in celebration of his birthday., A group exhibition including the well respected Marc Alexander who is famous for portraying the great man., 28/07/2014 till 31/07/2014, Kommetjie. Artvark Gallery: New paintings by, Natalie Penderis, Kalk Bay, T. 021 788 5584, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artvark.org Barnard Gallery: ’Paint Matters’, Alexia Vogel, Virginia MacKenny, Tracy Payne, Ryan Hewett, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Jan Henri Booyens, Sarah Biggs, Asha Zero, Katherine Spindler, Nike Romano, Khaya Witbooi, Katherine Bull, Alexandra Karakashian, 17/07/2014 till 28/08/2014, Newlands, T. 021 671 1553, email@example.com, www.barnardgallery.com Bronze Age: Woodstock, T. 021 447 3914, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bronzeage.co.za
Artistic Journey Art Gallery: Workshops, Art classes and Art Gallery., Panorama Rest Camp and Chalets, email@example.com
Brundyn+ : Ditaola’, By Mohau Modisakeng, Until 12/07/2014, Bo Kaap, T. 021 424 5150, info@ brundyngonsalves.com, www.brundyngonsalves.com
Carmel Art: Dealers in fine art, exclusive distributers of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings., Green Point, T. 021 4213333, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carmelart.co.za,
The Artists’ Press: Nnadipha Mntambo Lithographs, Monotypes and Lino Cuts., Beautiful prints by Nandipha Mntambo., Waterfield Farm near White River. www.artprintsa.com, T. 013 751 3225, email@example.com The Loop Art Foundry & Sculpture Gallery: A collaboration and network for the avid art patron and collector as well as a full service facility for the artist., White River, www.tlafoundry.co.za, T. 013 758 2409, firstname.lastname@example.org The White River Gallery: On The Edge’ A collaboration of 6 local artists., Annelie Odendaal, Celeste Higgs, Everine Casson, Erica Schoeman, Ilona Petzer, Maria van Riebeeck Pienaar, 28/06/2014 till 28/07/2014, White River, www.whiterivergallery.co.za, email@example.com
Casa Labia Gallery: ’Cape Paradise in Ink’ - Prints & images depicting The Cape as Paradise 1600’s present day, 07/06/2014 till 27/07/2014, Muizenberg, T. 021 788 6068, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.casalabia.co.za Christopher Møller Art: Andre Stead. Until 20/01/2015, Gardens, T. 021 422 1599, info@christophermollerart. co.za, www.christophermollerart.co.za Clementina Ceramics: Showcase of contemporary South African ceramics featuring one-off works by Clementina van der Walt and complemented by designer crafts. Open Mon to Fri 9-5 Sat 9-3, Ongoing exhibition., Woodstock, T. 021 447 1398. email@example.com, www.clementina.co.za Culture urban+contemporary Gallery: Contemporary Art Gallery, Woodstock, T. 021 447 3533, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.culturegallery.co.za
Kimberley William Humphreys Art Gallery: Collection of 16th and 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, British and French paintings, antique furniture and other objects d’art., Civic Centre, www.whag.co.za, T. 053 8311724/5, email@example.com
North-West University Gallery: ’The Purple Shall Govern’, Mary Sibande, 3/07/2014 till 08/08/2014, Potchefstroom Campus, T. 018 299 4341, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Eatwell Art Gallery: Exclusively exhibits the artwork of the Eatwell family. The artists, Lynne-Marie Eatwell, Eric Oswald Eatwell and Mags Eatwell., Noordhoek, T. 021 789 2767, email@example.com, www.eatwellgallery.com EBONY Cape Town: ’Heath’, Jack, Jane and Jinny Heath EBONY is delighted to have the opportunity to showcase a small but unique selection of works by the Heath Family., Until 02/09/2014, Cape Town, CBD, T. 021 424 9985, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ebonydesign.co.za Eclectica Art & Antiques: Purveyors of fine art, antiques and objet d’art, Wynberg, T. 021 762 7983, email@example.com, www.eclectica.co.za Eclectica Modern: ’Views of the landscape’, Peter Bonney, Hannes du Plessis, Paddy Starling, Lolly HahnPage, Andrew Cooper, 9A Cavendish Street, Claremont, T. 021 671 7315, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.eclectica.co.za Everard Read, Cape Town: ’Postcards from Mzansi’ by, Vusi Khumalo, Until 16/07/2014, New Work by, Alessandro Papetti, Until 16/07/2014, T. 021 418 4527, www.everard-read-capetown.co.za email@example.com
Ryno Swart Art Gallery: ’Nocturne and Romance’, By Ryno Swart, Ends 31/07/2012, Simon’s Town, T. 021 786 3975, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artistvision.org Rust-en-Vrede Gallery: ’Earthbound Spirit’., Anina Deetlefs, 08/07/2014 - 24/07/2014, email@example.com Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum: ’THE GRAND’ - group exhibition, Some of the 50 already confirmed artists are: Caryn Scrimgeour, Theo Paul Vorster, Aidon Westcott, Judy Woodborne, Vanessa Berlein, Susan Grundlingh, Paul Birchall, Angela Banks, Sarah Pratt, Mila Posthumus, Greg Kerr, Jaco Benade, Shany van den Berg, Helena Hugo and many more, 08/07/2014 till 24/07/2014 Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection: ’Paper is You II’, Katrin Coetzer, Paul Senyol, Kirsten Sims, Andrzej Urbanski, Gabrielle Raaff, Berry Meyer, 25/06/2014 till 19/07/2014, Those who wander’, Gerhard Human, Daniël du Plessis, Jade Klara, Bruce Mackay, Jean de Wet, Hanno Van Zyl, Rikus ferreira, Ree Treweek, 25/07/2014 till 16/08/2014, Gardens, Cape Town, T. 021 424 6930, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.salon91.co.za Sanlam Art Gallery: Permanent collection of South African art and a large exhibition space, Bellville, T. 021 947 3359, Stefan.Hundt@sanlam.co.za, www.sanlam.co.za SMAC Art Gallery, CT: Provide a platform to continually present exhibitions that assist in the process of reviewing and revising South African art., Cape Town Central, T. 021 422 5100, email@example.com, www.smacgallery.com
Ghuba Gallery: Ongoing collection of new works and contemporary African art., Hout bay, T. 021 790 0772, www.ghubagallery.com
Sophea Gallery & Tibetan Teahouse: Various forms of fine art including photography, glasswork and digital art., Simonstown, T. 021 786 1544, www.sopheagallery.com
Goodman Gallery Cape Town: Contemporary South African Art., Woodstock, T. 021 4627567, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.goodman-gallery.com Heather Auer Art and Sculpture: Original paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Heather Auer and other SA artists., Simonstown, T. 021 786 1309, www.heatherauer.com. Hout Bay Gallery: Currently exhibiting in the gallery are the works of local artists such as David Kuijers, Sarah Danes Jarrett, Koos De Wet, Vanessa Carosini, Bastiaan Van Stenis, Richard Scott, Russell Travers, Pascale Chandler, Sam Allerton, Claude Chandler and many more., Hout bay, T. 021 7903618, email@example.com, www.houtbaygallery.co.za Infin Art Gallery: A gallery of work by local artists, Cape Town Central, T. 021 423 2090, www.infinart.co.za Infin Art Gallery: A gallery of work by local artists., Wynberg, T. 021 761 2816, www.infinart.co.za Iziko Michaelis Collection, Old Town House: Ongoing: Dutch works from the 17th–20th centuries in Iziko collections. Iziko SA National Gallery: A Nomad’s Harvest: A retrospective of photographs by George Hallett., Until 09/07/2014, Cape Town Central, T. 021 467 4660, www.iziko.org.za, Currently showing a selection of works by SA Masters & leading contemporary artists., Robert Hodgins, Hugo Naudé, Ephraim Ngatane, Walter Battiss, Peter Clarke, Maud Sumner, Walter Meyer, Jacobus Kloppers, Marlene von Dürckheim, Hussein Salim, Kyle Weeks and Anton Chapman, Newlands, T. 021 683 6863, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.johansborman.co.za Kalk Bay Modern: ’Modern Painting’, Mary Visser Sepideh Mehraban Helen Teede among others see website for full listing, 25/06/2014 till 28/07/2014, Kalk Bay, T. 021 788 6571, email@example.com, www.kalkbaymodern.com
Lutge Gallery: Cape & Architectural antiques / Art & ceramics / Table design by Allan Lutge, Cape Town, Cape Town Central, T. 021 424 8448, www.lutge.co.za firstname.lastname@example.org. Quincy’s Antiques Art and Collectables: Art, Antiques, Curios & Gifts., Rondebosch, T. 021 685 1986 Donald Greig Gallery & Foundry: Private Gallery permanently exhibiting artworks of Donald Greig - internationally renowned sculptor of wildlife bronzes. The time-honoured cire purdue (lost wax) casting technique and bronze pour can be observed in the foundry. Open Mon - Fri 09.30 17.30, Sat 09.30 - 13.00. V&A Waterfront, Cape Town www.donaldgreig.com
Rose Korber Art: ‘Rose Korber Art is on the Move.’ The gallery at 48 Sedgemoor Road, Camps Bay, closed in the middle of May 2014. News of our next phase soon!’, Camps Bay, T. 021 438 9152, email@example.com, www.rosekorberart.com
G2 Art: We are a permanent gallery in the Cape Town CBD. We offer a diverse range of contemporary art and sculpture by artists including, Jimmy Law Candice Dawn and David Liknaitzky, amongst others, Cape Town CBD, T. 021 424 7169, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.g2art.co.za
Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery: A selection of artworks by new and prominent SA artists and SA old Masters., Bellville, T. 021 913 7204/5, www.artpro.co.za
Die Kunskamer: Works by leading Artists, Irma Stern, Hugo Naude, Cecil Skotnes, Cynthia Villet, Norman Catherine, Hardy Botha, Bill Davis, Gail Catlin, Simon Stone, David Brown and Pierneef., Sea Point, T 021 434 9529, www.diekunskamer.co.za,
Kalk Bay Sculpture Studio: Fine Art Bronze Foundry, Jean Tiran, Pete Strydom, Chris Bladen and Gilbert Banda., Ongoing, Kalk Bay, T. 021 788 8736
North West Jonel Scholtz Art Gallery: Mielieland Exhibition is an on-going exhibition of South African artists in the heart of Mielieland country, Jonel Scholtz, Stan Polson, Isabelle le Roux, Maria M, Derick van Rensburg, Mariaan Kotze en Nic Oosthuizen, Lichtenburg, T. 082 853 8621, email@example.com, www.jonelscholtz.co.za
Deziree Finearts: A Collection of Contemporary Colonial and African Oil Paintings., Deziree Smith, Ongoing exhibition., Fish Hoek, T. 021 785 1120, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dezireefinearts.co.za
Red! The Gallery: ’Familiar Places’, Artists: Junior Muduviwa Fungai, Michael Waters & Zoe Mafham. Thursday 24/07/2014. Time: 19H00. red@ redthegallery.co.za, Steenberg, Tokai, T. 021 701 0886, email@example.com, www.redthegallery.co.za,
South African Jewish Museum: Interactive multi -media displays and engaging accounts of South African Jewish History., Cape Town Central, T. 021 465 1546, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sajewishmuseum.co.za South African Print Gallery: Work by leading South African artists., Woodstock, T. 021 462 6851, email@example.com, www.printgallery.co.za South African Society of Artists: Art by leading South African artists., Cape Town Central, T. 021 6718941, www.sasa-artists.co.za StateoftheART Gallery: A Reflection Of Us | an exhibition of work on found surfaces from 1860 Government Gazette pages to scrap pieces of wood, Lisette Forsyth, 03/07/2014 till 19/07/2014, Cape Town Central, T. 021 801 4710. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.stateoftheart.co.za Stevenson Cape Town: Célébrations’, Barthélémy Toguo’s solo show., 29/05/2014 till 12/07/2014, All Hell Break Loose’, Mawande Ka Zenzile’s solo show, 29/05/2014 till 12/07/2014, Woodstock, T. 021 462 1500, email@example.com, www.stevenson.com The Art Connection: Contemporary art, Kalk Bay, T. 021 465 5744, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.theartconnection.co.za The AVA Gallery - Association for Visual Arts Gallery: Sydelle Willow Smith’s ‘Soft Walls’, Cape Town Central, T. 021 424 7436, email@example.com, www.ava.co.za The Cabinet: Pop-up exhibitions and events that will showcase local and international design ideas., Cape Town Central, C. 082 08444 22, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/thecabinetcapetown The Cape Gallery: ’Telling our story’, Patrick Holo, Boyce Magandela, Lindile Magunya, Xolile Mtakatya, Meshack Tembani, Theo Ntuntwana, Solomon Siko, Mandla Vanyaza and Wiseman Zwane, 03/07/2014 till 02/08/2014, Cape Town, T. 021 423 5309, email@example.com, www.capegallery.co.za The Cellar Private Gallery: Dealing exclusively in original and investment art, offering works by a variety of renowned and upcoming SA artists., Bellville, T. 021 913 4189, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thecellargallery.co.za The Framery Art Gallery: Original South Africa and African work in all mediums., Seapoint, T. 021 434 5022, email@example.com, www.theframeryartgallery.tripod.com/id1.html The Framing Place: Conservation framing, Framing of art, Block mounting and Box frames., Observatory, T. 021 447 3988, firstname.lastname@example.org The Lisa King Gallery: Specializing in top SA abstract/ contemporary art, sculpture and exotic glassware., Green Point, T. 021 421 3738, www.lisaking.co.za
Rialto Art Centre Strand: Expert Art Framing., Strand, T. 021 853 8061
ART TIMES | GALLERY LISTINGS The Lovell Gallery: At the Turbine artfair: ‘Booth and installation show’. Joburg Artfair: ‘Booth’. Gallery currently closed for renovations. Reopening on the 31 of July at 6pm. Artist Jenna Burchell., 31/07/2014 till 13/09/2014., Woodstock, T. 021 447 5918, email@example.com, www.lovellgallery.co.za Erdmann Contemporary: Moved to 84 Kloof Street, Gardens.T. 021 422 2762., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.erdmanncontemporary.co.za The Studio Kalk Bay: Burst’- All Things Bright and Beautiful, By Jo Rogge, 26/06/2014 till 09/07/2014, email@example.com. Pleasant Pheasant’Frans Cronje10/07/2014 till 23/07/2014. Kalk Bay Mini Masterpiece collection Art Eye 24/07/2014 till 06/08/2014
Crouse Art Gallery: Original paintings by well known South African Artists: Anton Benzon, Carla Bosch, Maria, Gerrit Roon, Makiwa, Danielle Novella & many more. We deal exclusively in original SA Art, specifically investment art., George, T. 044 887 0361, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shell, Sealife & Art Experience: Shells and More - a permanent exhibition of silk scarves, original oils, watercolours and constructions by Mosie Hope., Mosie Hope, T. 028 435 7888, www.seashellhouse.co.za
Strydom Gallery: Selection of South African masters. Electronic exhibitions., George, T. 044 874 4027, www.artaffair.co.za
Bay Gallery: Supporting excellent, local artists, many of whom are members of S.A.S.A. All mediums exhibited., Langebaan, www.baygallery.co.za,
Adele Claudia Fouche: Ongoing exhibition. Adele also offers workshops and retreats in this beautiful setting, T. 082 522 4010
Sheena Ridley: At Langkloof Gallery and Sculpture Garden meet the artist, learn about her mediums in which she works, and see where her inspiration comes from., Langkloof, www.ridley.co.za
UCT Irma Stern Museum: Group exhibition of experimental etchings, ‘Visions of Nature’, Closes 19/07/2014, Rosebank, T. 021 685 5686,mary. email@example.com, www.irmastern.co.za
What if the World/Gallery: Woodstock, T. 021 802 3111, www.whatiftheworld.com,
Art@39Long: Featuring the work of mostly Southern Cape Artists. Exquisite ceramics by Hennie Meyer,Clementina and Charmaine Haines on offer. Flexcible trading hours., Running Exhibition, Mossel Bay, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artat39long.wozaonline.co.za
Windermere House: The private art collection of Cape Town based artist Rachelle Bomberg. Artist available by appointment., Muizenberg, T. 021 788 1333, www.artbomberg.com
Breede River Edna Fourie Gallery: McGregor, T. 083 302 5538, www.ednafouriegallery.co.za
Calitzdorp Kraaldoring Gallery: Ceramics by Clementina van der Walt and others. Mixed media, including photography by Albie Bailey. Gallery open by appointment only. Email and whatsapp only., Calitzdorp, T. 082 575 7969, www.clementina.co.za Marinda Combrinck Studio & Gallery: Calitzdorp, T. 044 2133 602, www.marindacombrinck.co.za
De Rust Portal Gallery: Selected contemporary artists, including Carl Becker, JP Meyer, Estelle Marais, Diane McLean and Hermann Niebuhr. Gallery hours flexible. De Rust, T. 082 297 6977, www.art.co.za Village Art Gallery: Ongoing exhibition with work by artists Mariaan Kotze, Glendine, Diane McLean, Neels Coetzee, Duggie du Toit, Ann Gadd, Karien Boonzaaier, Bill Strapp, Estelle Marais, Kevin Standly, Ella, Marianne Vorster and Lana van Blerk, amongst others., De Rust, T. 044 241 2014
Clanwilliam Kunshuis: Art by leading South African artists. T. 027 482 1940, email@example.com, www.kunshuis.co.za
Artbeat Gallery: Pottery and sculpture, by Alex Potter., Mossel Bay, www.artandclaymosselbay.co.za
Hermanus Abalone Gallery: For Art’s Sake’, Alta Botha, Lien Botha, Elzaby Laubscher, Amos Letsoalo, Judith Mason, André Naudé, Susanna Swart, Lynette ten Krooden, Louis van Heerden, Kristin Yang. The Gallery can be visited only on appointment. Phone CHRISTOFF: 082 7000 968, until end of July, T. 028 313 2935, art@ abalonegallery.co.za, www.abalonegallery.co.za Rossouw Modern Art Gallery: Contemporary Art Gallery., 3 Harbour Road Hermanus, T. 028 313 2222, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rossouwmodern.co.za Village Art Gallery: Artist and owner Brian Robertson, who exhibits work in both oil and watercolour., Hermanus, T. 028 316 3355, www.villageartgallery. co.za Walker Bay Art Gallery: View the wide selection of paintings, sculpture & ceramics by established as well as up-and-coming SA artists., Hermanus, T. 028 312 2928, www.walkerbayartgallery.co.za Willie Botha Sculpture Gallery: Permanent exhibition of work by Sculptor Willie Botha, Paintings by Pieter Vermaak, Johan Calitz and Shelley Adams., Hermanus, T. 028 313 2304, www.williebothasculptures.com
Knysna A Different Drummer: New Works by Nico Masemolo 01/07/2014 till 30/07/2014Knysna T. 044 382 5107. email@example.com. www.finearts.co.za Dale Elliott Art Galleries: Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa.KnysnaT. 044 382 5646 www.daleelliott.co.za
The Gallery at South Hill: An elegant, modern & versatile venue in the heart of the Elgin Valley, just one hour’s drive from Cape Town, Elgin, C. 084 412 4107, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/pages/ArtEvent/410886465695179
Atelier at 1 unie: Private ongoing viewing of Contemporary Art and Sculpture by Johannes du Plessis by appointment. www.johannesduplessis.co.za, T. 021 8764382 C. 082 5796403, Franschhoek, email@example.com
EBONY Franschoek: Bastille Festival., The usual mix of Contemporary and Old Masters namely, Zemba Luzamba, Soly Cisse, Joan Peeters, Marlene von Durkheim, Richard Smith, Walter Oltmann, Sibusisu Duma, Barbara Burry, Ernest Ulman, Gerard Sekoto Jan Buys, Piet van Heerden,Hugo Nude, Dylan Lewis George Diederick, Gordon Vorster, Theo Kleynhans, Cecil Skotnes, Ashley Olsen., Opens 12/07/2014 till 13/07/2014, Franschoek, T. 021 876 4477, gernot@ ebonydesign.co.za, www.ebonydesign.co.za Is Art: Contemporary art, Franschoek, T. 021 876 2071, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.is-art.co.za The Gallery at Grande Provence: Bastille Day., Andre Nadal and Christelle Van Zyl, 12/06/2014 till 26/06/2014, Grande Provence Estate, T. 021 876 8630, email@example.com, www.finearts.co.za The Shop at Grande Provence: Fine Tribal Artefacts and New Jewelery by Ilse Malan., 01/07/2014 till 30/07/2014, Grande Provence Estate, T. 021 876 8630, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.finearts.co.za
McGregor Edna Fourie Gallery: Ongoing exhibition which includes a permanent collection as well as works for sale - all by the artist Edna Fourie,, www.ednafouriegallery.co.za
Oudtshoorn ArtKaroo Gallery: Authentic Karoo Fine art., Oudtshoorn, T. 044 279 1093, www.artkaroo.co.za Rosenhof Art Gallery: Studio gallery of Lisl Barry. Diverse range of subjects done in oil: inspired by the Klein Karoo landscape and it’s people to water studies, among others., Baron van Rheede, T. 044 2722232, www.lislbarry.co.za /www.richardhenley.co.za
Paarl Hout Street Gallery: Specialising in paintings and fine art by more than thirty SA artists., Paarl, T. 021 872 5030, www.houtstreetgallery.co.za
Exhibition Opening: ‘Draaijakkals’ by Marinda Combrinck, in collaboration with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, @Knysna Fine Art, Knysna on 6 June - 30 June 2014 And @ Klein Karoo Klassique, Prins Vincent Building, Oudtshoorn, 14-17 August 2014. Marinda Combrinck Studio & Gallery. 33 Andries Pretorius Street, Calitzdorp, 6660, Contact nr: 079 968 1588. Knysna Fine Art: Winter Exhibition including recent works by Lionel Smit, Phillemon Hlungwani and Leon Vermuelen.Lionel Smit, Phillemon Hlungwani and Leon Vermeulen01/07/2014 till 30/07/2014 email@example.com. Photographic Exhibition by Alix Carmichael, Alfred Law and Felix Meintjies Alix Carmichael, Alfred Law and Felix Meintjies Until 06/07/2014Thesen House T. 044 382 5107 www.finearts.co.za Lynn Schaefer Gallery: Artworks and ceramics by SA artists including Derric van Rensburg, Ann Nosworthy, Darryl Legg and Lynn Schaefer., Knysna, www.lyndos.co.za. Sally Bekker Art Studio: Exhibition of Pastels by Marion Weymouth and Oils and Watercolours by Sally Bekker and Dave Croad., Knysna,
Allderman Gallery: Pop up at Haskell Vineyards., A variety of artists will be exhibiting in the Haskell Vineyards Tasting Room, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch. 01/7/2014 till 31/07/2014, Stellenbosch D-Street Gallery: Art: Psyche and soul., Cobus van Bosch, Anton Smit, Clare Menck, Nicholas Esterhuizen, Strijdom van der Merwe, Hanneke Benadé, Adriaan Diedericks, Sam Lefaso Macholo, Shany van den Berg, Peter van Straten and Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen (curator). Until end of July, Stellenbosch, T. 021 883 2337, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dstreetgallery.com Oude Libertas Gallery: ’Tankwa Karoo’ till 12/07/2014 and then Antique art from 23/07/2014, Tankwa Karoo with: Adriaan Oosthuizen, Lien Botha, Guy du Toit, Marinda du Toit, Simon O’Callaghan, Kobus la Grange, Herman van Wyk, Egon Tania, Janos, Elske Noteboom, Lize Hugo, Jan Barend Wolmarans, Betty Werth, Vernon Swart, Aidon Westcott, Dylan Lewis, Louis van Heerden, Strijdom van der Merwe, Brahm van Zyl, Hanneke Benade., Stellenbosch - c/o Adam Tas and Libertas roads, T. 021 809 8412, oudelibertasgallery@gmail. com, www.oudelibertas.co.za Rupert Museum: Showcasing the unique private art collection of Anton and Huberte Rupert. Stellenbosch, T. 021 888 3344, www.rupertmuseum.org Sasol Art Museum: Permanent collection of paintings, graphic works and sculptures, as well as an anthropological collection. Regular temporary art exhibitions of national and international artists. Stellenbosch, T. 021 808 3691, email@example.com Slee Gallery: Contemporary art gallery, Stellenbosch, T. 021 887 3385, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.slee.co.za/gallery
The Art Business Contemporary Gallery and Art Consultancy: Specialising in: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculptures end limited edition Artists’ books by South African artists, Piketberg
SMAC Art Gallery: Provide a platform to continually present exhibitions that assist in the process of reviewing and revising South African art., Stellenbosch, T. 021 887 3607, email@example.com, www.smacgallery.com
Stellenbosch Art Gallery: An extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass & ceramics by selected Western Cape artists, Stellenbosch, T. 021 887 8343, www.stellenboschartgallery.co.za firstname.lastname@example.org
Lookout Art Gallery: Featuring a wide variety of both new and well-loved artists, including Fiona Rowett, Jocelyn Boyley, Sue Kemp and Gail Darroll, amongst others., Plettenberg bay, T. 044 533 2210 Old Nick Village: A selection of individual shops and galleries showcasing some of the best of South African creative manufacturers and fine artists. Plettenberg bay, T. 044 533 1395, www.oldnickvillage.co.za
US Art Gallery: Regular temporary art exhibitions of national and international artists, as well as permanent exhibitions of the visual art collections, anthropological and cultural historical objects, and the University history., Stellenbosch, T. 021 828 3489, email@example.com, www.usmuseum.weebly.com
The White House Venue & Theatre: Exhibition venue, Plettenberg bay, T. 044 533 2010, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.whitehousevenue.co.za
Port Owen The West Coast Art Gallery: New exciting local artists have joined our gallery. We currently exhibit 28 artists., Port Owen, Velddrif, T. 082 460 6650, dot@ westcoastartgallery.co.za, www.westcoastartgallery.co.za
Art in the Yard: Art is selected from upcoming, local and international artists., Franschoek, T. 021 876 4280, email@example.com, www.artintheyard.co.za
Art on 5: A studio gallery in the heart of old historic Stellenbosch run by 2 artists Maryna de Witt & Emzi Smit exhibiting their work & local ceramics. maryna@ adept.co.za Like us on Facebook., 7b Andringa street. T. 021 887 7234, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery: Representing a variety of established and up-and-coming South African artists, Swellendam, T.028 5142905, www.kunstehuijs.com Die Steg Art Galery: Solo exhibition of new paintings by resident artist Marnitz Steyn., Swellendam, T.028 514 2521, email@example.com
Prince Albert Gallery: Established in 2003, the gallery always has an eclectic mix of art on display., Prince Albert, T. 023 541 1057, www.princealbertgallery.co.za
Dale Elliott Art Gallery: Gallery, Framing and a teaching studio for Art Courses., Villiersdorp, T. 028 840 2927, www.daleelliott.co.za
The Gallery - Riebeek Kasteel: Curated by Astrid McLeod, The Gallery features a selective mix of paintings, sculptures and ceramics by established and emerging South African artists, Riebeck Kasteel.
Beatrix Bosch Studio: Unique works in leather, paintings & photography can be viewed at her studio, Wilderness, T. 044 877 0585, www.beatrixbosch.co.za
Robertson The Robertson Art Gallery: We specialise in original art of more than 60 top South African Artists., Robertson, T. 023 626 5364., www.robertsonartgallery.co.za
Somerset West Gallery 91: Collection incorporates scultpure, ceramics, functional art, paintings, etchings and photography. Somerset West, T. 021 852 6700, www.gallery91.co.za, Wallace Hulley Gallery: Unique Collection of Watercolours, Oils and sculptures. By appointment only. Studio Spanish Farm, Somerset West, www.wallacehulley.com, Liebrecht Gallery: Contemporary Art Gallery, Somerset West, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stellenbosch Art at Tokara: ’Walls’ - a playful project based on the idea of showing works in a home setting., Ntombembi Booi, Ben Coutouvidis, Susan Helm Davies, Nichola Leigh, Peter Kwangare, Simon Stone and others. Crest of the Helshoogte Pass Stellenbosch, T. 021 808 5900
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GALLERY BUZZ | BUSINESS ART FIRST THURSDAYS AT THE AVA GALLERY, THE CAPE GALLERY, AND NEW HERITAGE GALLERY. PHOTOS: MICHAELA IRVING
THE OPENING OF TANYA POOLE’S “THE BECOMING CHILD” AT UNDERCULTURE CONTEMPORARY. PHOTOS: BASIL BRADY
THE OPENING OF CERAMICS, WALTER BATTISS & CHRISTA MYBURGH EXHIBITIONS AT RUST-EN-VREDE. PHOTOS: NIEL VISSER
THE OPENING OF GREG SCHULTZ “CROSSING” AT GALLERY ON LEVISEUR. PHOTOS: KEZIA GERBER
THE OPENING OF “4:40” AT ART GALLERY (PORT ELIZABETH)
THE OPENING OF DANI BUCH’S “JAMMER OORTJIES” AT DIEDERICKS/FABER FINE ART. PHOTOS: MICHAELA IRVING
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Deborah Willis and Mary Sibande answering questions Adora Iris Lee and Shannon McMorris John Bauer talks about his pots with Craig de Gouveia Kobus Wilmans, Shay Davis and Dr Nicholas Mangeya
Sarah Walmsley and Jonathan Van Der Walt Amanda Snyman, Michele LFuller, Lynnley Watson and Beverley de Lange Chemutai Ng’ok, Callan Grecia and Megan Wynne Ludwe Mgolombane
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Ruth Prowse photographic students: Charis Hall, Michael Parris, Bryce Barnard & Luke Houba Happy gallery visitors Curator, Hamlin Jansen van Vuuren chats with artist, Christa Myburgh
Janet Lots with artist Anthony Harris Natalie and Gregory Kerr
Prince Sanasie and Yolanda, Denham De Andrade Corneli Van den Berg, Greg Schultz & Mari-Louise du Plessis
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Directors Elton Faber and Christiaan Diedericks with ‘Childhood of an artist’ Peter Rose, Susi Astego and Jo Badenhorst Jarryd Hesom, Marius du Plessis, and Adolph de Beer get served Casper Potgieter and Hardus Lndeque with ‘La Ofrenda’
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The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition (until 17 August) heralds the onset of the British summer as much as any of the myriad festivals around the country. A crazy cacophony of art, it is one of the only places where you see big names alongside total unknowns; a Tracy Emin artwork near portraits of actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman done by their landlady in the television series, Sherlock. Now in its 246th year, the exhibition mixes work by Academicians with Joe Public, and unless you spend hours flicking through the vast list of names, you are going to have to go with your gut feeling about the art on the walls. The big paintings may have impact, but it’s often the small gems one discovers that give the greatest pleasure.This year there is more on the walls than for many years, and colour is a strong theme, even in the quirky black and white room curated by Cornelia Parker. By its very nature it is impossible to foist a theme on the whole, but there seems to be more positive energy around – a happy show, perhaps shaking off the gloom of the recession. A record number of new Academicians are pre-
sented, among them Marlene Dumas with some unsettling portraits, Yinka Shonibare with a bowing banker balancing a stack of cakes, Conrad Shawcross with an elegant twist of metal, Wolfgang Tilmans a lyrical swirl of red, El Anatsui a bundle of silver and Bob and Roberta Smith a lengthy transcribed interview. I remember a time in my childhood when we trailed off week after week to the Pretoria Art Museum to watch special screenings of Kenneth Clark’s ground-breaking series ‘Civilisation’. His erudite insights on art enthralled me then, but even so he didn’t strike me as the ideal topic for an exhibition at the Tate. Obviously there is a lot to say about a man who influenced art in Britain so significantly, but what would there be to show? Actually, on seeing Tate Britain’s Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation (until 10 August), I liked the man less, not more. For those who don’t know, Clark catalogued the Queen’s Leonardo drawings, became the youngest director of the National Gallery at the age of 30, arranged for the gallery’s collection to be evacuated during the war and was one of the founders of the
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Arts Council of Britain. With a CV like that and the large textile fortune he inherited, Clark’s acquisitions should be astounding, but they are not. He added nothing of significance to the National Gallery’s collection, and his own personal one appears also to contain too many lesser works to match his reputation. Although he promoted Henry Moore, I find the other artists from that era that he championed more difficult to love: John Piper, Graham Sutherland, the Bloomsbury group and Euston Road artists. His patronage of artists smacked of personal power play, perhaps the feudalism of his aristocratic past. The exhibition shows work from all of these threads of his life and closes with excerpts from ‘Civilisation’. I was now ready to find this 1969 landmark series disappointing, but it wasn’t. While they squabble over who will host the ‘Civilisation’ of today, watch the original. No-one else will have that vast personal wealth of knowledge that Clark had. It is still quite mesmerising television and I’m still not sure about it as a topic for an exhibition. “I don’t want people blogging or tweeting about
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LONDON LETTER | BUSINESS ART something they don’t experience!” That’s why Marina Abramović insists the audience for 512 Hours at the Serpentine Gallery (until 25 August) will leave everything that makes our lives so frenetic, including phones and watches, in a locker, before they step into a mindful present to share time with her. Abramović has spent four decades making performance art mainstream. In that time she has achieved a cult status and each of her long durational pieces builds its own community with repeat viewers who come for the transformational experience she promises those who invest time in the work. In 2010, she spent three months at MOMA in New York sitting motionless at a table across from members of the public. This summer she uses an entirely empty space at the Serpentine to interact with people, allowing them to
OPPOSITE PAGE: » Header: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014: Installation view: A Riot of Colour. » Bottom Left: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014: Installation view of Cornelia Parker’s Black and White Room. » Bottom Right: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014: Installation view of artworks by Conrad Shawcross, Wolfgang Tilmans & El Anatsui. THIS PAGE: » Top Left: Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation, Tate
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bring their own energies to the day’s performance. “MOMA was easy compared to this,” she says. “Art is about energy and good performance art is transformative. I have to be in the present, and we will see what happens. Every day will be different.” The artist certainly has a magnetic presence, but whether the experience of being picked from the group and led very slowly to a spot in one of the three rooms is worth the long queues is going to be a very personal matter. Admitting the possibility of failure, she adds, “It’s all about risk and the only way I can win is to be extremely vulnerable and humble.” And no, she won’t be taking any breaks. A small back room at the British Museum houses some of their Chinese treasures until 31 August in an exhibition entitled Gems of Chinese
Painting, a Voyage along the Yangzi River, with works dating from the 6th century. At the heart of the display is one of the most important Chinese paintings to survive anywhere in the world and one of the earliest existing examples of a Chinese hand scroll painting: the fragile “Admonitions Scroll”. It is so rarely shown that people working in that department for decades have never seen it. It is only on display for a few weeks (until 16 July) but the interactive digital version that allows closeup investigation remains. Some of the tableaux are faded and difficult to decipher, but many are vividly crisp in their depiction of court scenes. The many other scrolls on display reveal a fertile region that has produced some of the finest examples of Chinese painting, calligraphy and poetry.
Britain: Kenneth Clark in front of Renoir’s “La Baigneuse Blonde”, c.1933, Private collection. » Top Centre: Gems of Chinese Painting, a Voyage along the Yangzi River, British Museum: “Reading in the Autumn Mountains”, Ming dynasty, dated 1623, Xiang Shengmo (1597-1658), Ink and colours on paper, Photo: © The Trustees of the British Museum. » Top Right: Marina Abramovic, “512 Hours” Serpentine Gallery. » Centre Right: Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation, Tate Britain: Installation view at Tate Britain (with “Allegorical tapestry”, Brussels c.1530 & Circle of Giusto le Corte,
“Madonna and Child” c.1660, Private Collection), Photo: Tate Photography. Bottom Left: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014: Installation view of artworks by Conrad Shawcross, Yinka Shonibare & Marlene Dumas. Bottom Centre: Marina Abramovic, “512 Hours” Serpentine Gallery. Bottom Right: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014: Installation view. All other photos by Nushin Elahi
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South African Art and Design Soars at Stephan Welz & Co. Auction From the iconic works of South African masters Pierneef and van Wouw to the apocalyptic vision of contemporary painter Matthew Hindley, South African artworks were flying high at the Stephan Welz & Co. Fine Art and Design Auction in Constantia on Tuesday 10 June. A carved wooden sculpture by Jackson Hlungwani entitled The Crucifixion, which was valued at R 30 000 – R 50 000, fetched R145 600. The End of the World, a powerful painting by rising artist Matthew Hindley, sold for R190 400. The painting is Hindley’s self-proclaimed “apocalyptic vision of Cape Town with the city dissolving into painting as the lights devolve into drops and splashes”. Two sculptures by Anton Smit also realised strong prices, according to Anton Welz, Director of Stephan Welz & Co. “We are seeing a definite upwards trend in the contemporary market, with excellent sales being achieved and many of the same collectors purchasing both art and furniture,” said Welz. “Contemporary furniture did exceptionally well in this auction, and it appears that the local market has woken up to the collectable value in contemporary art and design.” Going back to the early 20th century, Anton von Wouw’s General de Wet bronze sculpture made a big splash with its sale price of R425 600, nearly three times its original estimate. Other painting highlights included Jacob Pierneef’s Stormwolk, Transvaal, which sold for R 1 344 000, Eleanor Frances Esmond-White’s Grace, which sold for R548 000 and David Botha’s Lanzerac, Stellenbosch, which achieved R336 000.
Matthew Hindley (South African 20th Century), “The End of the World” (2010), oil on canvas, 200 x 320cm.
Dynamic New Johannesburg Studio Space to Open in June At the end of June, Stephan Welz & Co. will be opening its fresh and dynamic new Johannesburg studio space in Nelson Mandela Square. The studio is a fluid space perfectly suited to its surroundings – the bustling cosmopolitan setting of Sandton -- and will be the foremost venue for inter-disciplinary exhibitions of South African art and artists, lectures by leading connoisseurs of the arts, and the display of the finest art, design and decorative arts that South Africa has to offer. » See www.stephanwelzandco.co.za for updates or call 011 026 6567 for further information.
J.H. Pierneef (SA 1886 - 1957) Oil, Landscape with Log, signed, 31 x 40cm. Sold for R460 000 (hammer price)
Marie Vermeulen (SA, born 1954) Oil, Interior Scene, Signed & Dated 2006, 127 x 127cm. Sold for R 90 000 (hammer price)
Tinus De Jongh (SA 1885 - 1942) Oil, Mountain Landscape with Cape Dutch Cottage, Signed, 62 x 98cm. Sold for R 90 000 (hammer price)
David Botha (SA 1921 - 1995) Oil, “Huise in die ‘Ou Tuin’ Paarl - alreeds gesloop”, Signed & Dated ‘73 Titled Verso, 50 x 76cm. Sold for R 56 000 (hammer price)
The next auction will be held 10am on Sunday the 13th of July. The items up for auction will be on view: Friday 11th July (9am - 5pm) and Saturday 12th July (10am - 4pm).
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Highlights of Strauss & Co’s forthcoming Online-Only Auction SOUTH AFRICAN AND INTERNATIONAL ART, DECORATIVE ARTS AND JEWELLERY | 14-30 JULY 2014 | BROWSE, BID OR BUY: WWW.STRAUSSARTONLINE.CO.ZA
Florence Zerffi, “White Roses”, estimated at R8000 - 10 000
Bettie Cilliers-Barnard, “Two Figures”, estimated at R12 000 - 16 000
Ernest Ullmann, “Still Life with Aubergine, Fruit and Vessel”, estimated at R9 000 - 12 000
Paul Klee, “Kopf (Bärtiger Mann)”, estimated at R20 000 - 30 000
Walter Whall Battiss, “Rock Art”, estimated at R15 000 - 20 000
Jenna Burchell HOMING Turbine ArT FAir / JohAnnesberg 17 JuLy – 20 JuLy 2014
LoveLL gALLery / CAPe Town 31 JuLy – 13 sePTember 2014
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Dame Elisabeth Frink, “Corrida One”, estimated at R8 000 - 12 000
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BUSINESS ART | MEDIA RADAR A-LIST ARTISTS BARGAIN PRICE TAGS ART CAR BOOT FAIR 2014: Artlyst | Photo Sara Faith: The 11th annual Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair took place yesterday, Sunday 8 June 2014. The fantastic weather added to the festive atmosphere, making it a great day out for all those attending. Once again, over 70 renowned and up and coming artists stalled out selling their original and limited edition works of art, off the back of new and vintage Vauxhall motors. This is a fair dedicated to the discerning collector on a budget and all works of art on offer are aimed at a price level most of us can afford... * CALCULATING THE ETHICAL COST OF HIGH-PRICED ART: The Japan Times | Peter Singer: In New York last month, Christie’s sold $745 million worth of postwar and contemporary art, the highest total that it has ever reached in a single auction. Among the higher-priced works sold were paintings by Barnett Newman, Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol, each of which sold for more than $60 million. According to the New York Times, Asian collectors played a significant part in boosting prices. No doubt some buyers regard their purchases as an investment, like stocks or real estate or gold bars... * FOR ART COLLECTORS, THE RISK BEHIND THE HIGH RETURNS: The New York Times | Scott Reyburn: London - The “Role of Art in Growing Your Wealth”; “Viability of Art as an Investment”; “Next Wave of Growth in the Art Market Institutional Roles.” These were just a few of the session titles at the London Business School’s eighth annual Art Investment Conference, held at the Royal College of Nursing on May 30. Once again the multibillion-dollar question was asked: Can art be treated as a financial investment like stocks and bonds? ... * HOW LONG CAN THE ART MARKET BOOM LAST?: CNBC | Financial Times | Georgina Adams: New York, May 13 2014: as afternoon turned into evening, limousines lined up outside Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza headquarters. Elegantly dressed visitors made their way past Marc Quinn’s eye-catching sculpture of supermodel Kate Moss twisted into a gravity-defying yoga position, their attention focused on the evening ahead. Could the art market also continue to defy gravity and climb even higher than it had already? Six months earlier, in November 2013, Christie’s had pulverized market records with a sale of contemporary art that totaled $691.5 million... * IS QATAR’S $1 BILLION ARTS SPENDING NOT ENOUGH?: artnet News | Coline Milliard: The Katara Art Center in Doha, Qatar, will close its doors at the end of the month after only three years in operation. Its closure sheds a new light on the state of the visual arts in the emirate, usually more readily associated with the unmatched buying power of its ruling family (they famously purchased Cezanne’s The Card Players for a reported $250 million), and behemoth projects spearheaded by the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA). The QMA spent an estimated $1 billion on art purchases and commissions last year alone... *
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On the Couch with Ross Douglas DIRECTOR OF ARTLOGIC Artlogic is the Joburg-based events company responsible for producing the FNB Joburg Art Fair and other large-scale events. The company was founded in 2004 by Ross Douglas, with a project that put live music to William Kentridge’s stop-frame animations and projected them in public places. The venture was such a success that it was recreated in several international venues thereafter. Artlogic then turned its focus to creating Africa’s first art fair. The FNB Joburg Art Fair is now in its seventh year and has become one of the world’s most prominent platforms for contemporary South African art. The Art Times caught up with Mr Douglas to talk business and discuss what can be expected from this year’s big art event. AT: The FNB Joburg Art Fair has grown from strength to strength over its relatively short existence. How will the seventh Art Fair differ from the very first?
AT: The South African art industry relies heavily on corporate and governmental funding and is often seen as a ‘charitable cause’ by these organisations. Do you envision a future where the art industry is strong enough to support itself or is art too unstable as a commodity? RD: I travel to ‘art cities’ like London, Paris and Berlin and don’t think the way we operate here is that different. It is tough to be an artist anywhere in the world. In simple economic speak, “supply outstrips demand” so artists need to be very skilled to succeed or equally skilled to re-invent themselves in another creative industry that has more opportunity. We have a strong visual arts industry for the size of our economy but where we are unfortunate in that the size of the creative industry in this country is
small as we are net importers of creative content. AT: What developments would you like to see in the FNB Joburg Art Fair in seven year’s time? RD: I would like to see a sustainable buyer base that lives and works on the continent as opposed to relying on the foreign super-collectors. AT: Thank you for your time. Lastly, what is your guiding principles in doing business? RD: Without a doubt it would be about making yourself sustainable for the long term. In South Africa we are great at starting things but lose energy and focus along the way. When the FNB Joburg Art Fair has been around for 20 or 30 years then it will be an institution with a real legacy.
RD: We are continually trying to make the fair more international and reach out to galleries, artists and buyers from elsewhere on the continent. In addiiton we have allocated more resources to the VIP programme this year. AT: Although you are involved locally, you must have gained a fair amount of perspective about contemporary art on the international stage. How have international perceptions of contemporary African art changed since the first Joburg Art Fair? RD: ‘A lot’ would be the short answer. When we started the fair, Venice Biennale introduced contemporary African art for the first time with a group show from the Dokolo collection. At last year’s Biennale there were seven pavillions from Africa with Angola winning the Golden Lion. AT: Is there potential for international artist/gallery exposure at the FNB Joburg Art Fair? RD: Of course there is. South Africa is fortunate in that it has a strong broad buying base as opposed to a handful of supercollectors who are the only market as in Europe and the US. AT: What else does the FNB Joburg Art Fair do for contemporary art in South Africa? RD: On the most basic level, it provides a market to buy and sell art. More importantly, it has become the place for the contemporary African art community to meet once a year. I think that this has been the most valuable contribution. Like any industry you need an event where the industry gets together to find new talent and opportunities. AT: The number of local art fairs seems to have grown rapidly in recent years. How does this effect individual art fairs? Is this growth problematic in terms of regionalising good quality art or is it positive in terms of local exposure? RD: They are positive as they give the artists and galleries more choice and more opportunity to create and sell work. The big responsibility is to keep the fairs sustainable as sectors of the art coimmunity comes to rely on your fair and if you can’t keep the doors open, it leaves a big hole in that community. SA BUSINESS ART. JULY 2014
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