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ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2013 YOUNG CONCRETE SCULPTOR AWARDS. With this versatile building material, your possibilities are only limited by your imagination. THE PRIZES FINE ART SCULPTURE CATEGORY R50 000 Best Sculpture on Exhibition, R25 000 Runner-up, 2 x R5 000 Merit Awards FUNCTIONAL ART CATEGORY R15 000 Best Functional Artwork on Exhibition



Find us on or For more information on when and how to enter, visit or phone Association of Arts Pretoria on 012 346 3100. Terms and conditions apply.

CULTURE AND RESISTANCE The City of Ekurhuleni is proud to announce that it will once again be hosting and presenting the 26th annual national Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards. A contemporary fine art competition which caters for artists of all ages, producing various media of art works. ENTRY DATES:

20, 21 & 22 August 2013 from 09:00 – 19:00 at the Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre, Mooifontein Road, Birchleigh North Kempton Park. Satellite entry points are available at: Boksburg Library Trichardt Street, Boksburg Civic Centre on 21 August 2013, from 09:00-16:00,

Springs Art Gallery c/o 5th & 6th Avenue, Springs on 20 & 21 August 2013 from 09:00-18:00

Katlehong Art Centre 203 Sontonga Street, Phooko Section on 20 August 2013 from 09:00 – 16:00. A NON-REFUNDABLE ENTRY FEE OF R50 per artwork ENTERED. EXHIBITION OPENING DATE AND PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY : Date & Time: 21st SEPTEMBER 2013, 18:00 Venue: Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre Exhibition to run from 22 September - 13 October 2013 The total prize money amounts to R 100 000.00

The following prizes will be awarded: First Prize Ekurhuleni Prize Multi & New Media Merit Award Painting Merit Award Art on Paper Merit Award Sculpture Merit Award

R 40 000.00 R 30 000.00 R 7 500.00 R 7 500.00 R 7 500.00 R 7 500.00

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It is with a heavy heart that we report of the passing of Erik Laubscher and Francois Roux this month, both artists I knew and who were part of many peoples’ daily lives and inspirations. It seems so strange with Erik’s passing - as one almost expects him to walk around the corner and continue a conversation from just the other day - a great conversationalist he was too. Erik really cared about the arts community and was active in making our art environment a better place for all artists – chatting with both a sincerity as well a twinkle in his eye. The last conversation we had he described how a few artists and friends turned a very run down and abandoned farm house into the Ruth Prowse Art School – from backbreaking barrows of sand, dust and rubble to one of SA leading art schools. This all took dedication, hard work, fundraising and commitment. Erik also lead a highly successful art career - opening up the majestic Overberg with his own signature style.

I am confident that Erik’s ethos will continue, as we South Africans have the history in our DNA to change things around and roll up our sleeves and do what is right. Recently I see this with the new and exciting Art’s Journey in Port Elizabeth, Anthony Harris and his team’s hard work is paying off, the opening up of a greatly undervalued and enchanting Eastern Cape Pandora’s box - where many a great art master and personality are to be found - will all make their way onto the cultural map and art market. The Art Times will be this month will be available at The Arts Journey - Port Elizabeth National Arts Festival - Grahamstown and the exciting and new FynArts Festival - Hermanus. For news and content please do feel welcome to log onto our Facebook Page at Art Times -, we will soon be up to 18 000 , where also you will find daily news and happenings. Also make sure to read Steve Kretzmann’s article: Laubscher’s rich living legacy to SA art. Once again thank you for all your support in making The SA Art Times by far the leading SA Art brand between Facebook (Art Times), Website (, e-Newsletters and magazine we are able to grow a daily visual arts news and information network that assists in feeding and nurturing the appreciation of SA visual art.

JULY SA ART TIMES FEATURES ART TECH July’s Art Times feature will focus on new and exciting developements in the artworld that assist art making and marketing easier and exciting. These developements include Live streaming of online art auctions- that opens up art auction bidding to the world, 3-D printers that are now used by sculptors- and promise great new uses from printing body organs to guns, Google Glasses wearers are more informed about the world around them. In addition the digital age is rapidly advancing the ability of art communication, scanning and marketing of artwork around the globe, while new developements in paints and art materials probably make Leonardo da Vinci envious.If you have any inventions or products that you feel that you would like to put to our attention- please email us directly at Editor: or Eugene at or call 021 424 7733


Erik Laubscher 1927 - 2013 Artist, Teacher, Art campaigner Pioneer, Mover and Shaker

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Walter Battiss ‘Fruit sellers in the sun’ Oil on canvas

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Fiona Chisholm: Cape Times Thursday 23 2013: Erik Laubscher, the paint salesman who became the first living artist to fetch R 1M for a painting at a local auction, died in his sleep at Kronendal in Hout Bay yesterday morning. Aged 86, he’d been in ailing health for some time. Laubscher was a man of bold views and colours, a born teacher and a ‘hands-on’ personality. He sold paints for 15 years to keep his family going and led from the front in the conversion of a dilapidated Woodstock outbuilding into the Ruth Prowse Art Centre and its founder/ director for 25 years. In 2009 his oil painting ‘Still life with mandolin, music score and fruit fetched R 1.2 M at an auction in Cape Town. During his illustrious career spanning 60 years, he represented South Africa at the Sao Paulo and Venice Biennale and was included in major museums, university and public collections. “Laubscher’s contribution lies not only in his creative paintings, but in every field connected with art, like activism, at which he was always in the forefront, and in art teaching”. Said Dr Hans Fransen, author of Erik Laubscher: A Life in Art” published in 2009 by SMAC Art Gallery to coin-

cide with Lauschers retrospective exhibition. “Most of his life he was an abstract painter, particularly of landscapes. He was perhaps the one who most pertinently adapted abstract art to the South African scene”. Laubscher was born on the 3 February, 1927 in Tulbagh. His father was Glasgow – trained physician with strong interests in psychiatry. His mother was the daughter of an Edinburgh professor of music. His artists talents were first recognized in 1940 at Pinelands Junior School but after UCT rejected him “because he could not draw”, he took private art lessons with the well-known Belgian painter Maurice van Essche who persuaded him to study in London. Moving to the Ecole de Paris changed his life. He fell in love with a young French artist, Claude Bouscharainm, at the Academie Montmartre. They married in Cape Town in October 1951. Laubscher is survived by his wife Claude, son Pierre and daughters Michele Human and Francesca Gayraund-Laubscher.

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May Hillhouse ‘Mowbray by night’ (1960) Oil on canvas

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HERMANUS FYNARTS 07 – 16 June There is no better place on earth to host a ten-day fusion of ArtsFest and Winter School. Fabulous music, top exhibitions, engaging speakers, fine dining, award winning wines and a host of stimulating workshops perfectly complement mountain slopes dense with fynbos and a stunning stretch of coastline. All this in one tow for only ten days! FynArts is different. It is an intimate and affordable celebration of South African Arts packaged with both hospitality and special offers. The historic de-commissioned synagogue, never before open to the general public, will hold an exhibition of the work of invited artists. This beautiful and authentic space, enhanced with art, is a special addition to the FynArts programme.

Hermanus FynArts friendly seafront accomidation Windsor Hotel

Another first for FynArts: Space and Spaces: a special TONDO exhibition of the works of twenty finalists in a competition sponsored by the SA National Space Agency. The tondos, 50 cms in diameter, will be displayed on the oak barrelheads in the Bouchard Finlayson wine cellar.

After each day of exhibitions, demonstrations, tastings, talks or workshops, take a meal with friends. You have a choice - from menu specials to fine dining events - put together specially for FynArts. Or try another Fynarts first: a feast of classic films. When last did you watch one of the great SA classics: Katrina, Lord Oom Piet, Die Kandidaat, Hoor my Lied? Daily screenings (at 6pm and 8pm) of one of 14 selected films, courtesy of the SA National Film, Video and Sound Archives, will take place at a small conference venue. Snack packs will be on sale. There are also screenings of the old Hollywood Classics: How to Steal a Million, Citizen Kane, Lili, They Lady is a Square and others. Book at the 26-seater vintage ‘bioscope’, complete with red velvet upholstery! Don’t forget to stock up at the counter with fudge, Wilsons, Stars, Chappies. Films will be shown Monday to Friday at 3pm, with a double feature on Saturdays at 1:00pm and 3:30pm DATES: 7-16 June in Hermanus. Only 1 ½ hours from Cape Town. BOOKINGS: Very attractive packages include accommodation and ticket options, or flight/car hire etc. Full Programme and Package details: Book through Webtickets or Hermanus Tourism.

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In the art media radar I was the Chinese Girl in Tretchikoff’s painting BBC. Earlier this year Vladimir Tretchikoff’s portrait Chinese Girl, often referred to as The Green Lady, was sold for almost £1m ($1.5m) at auction in London - a reflection of its status as one of the most popular prints ever made. The model, Monika Pon-su-san, recalls what it was like to be thrust into the limelight. One day in 1950, a curly-haired stranger walked into my uncle’s laundry in Cape Town, where I worked. He stood there as I served a customer, his eyes fixed on me the whole time. He only spoke when we were alone together in the shop. “Hello!” he said. “I’m Tretchikoff. I’d love to paint you.”At that time Vladimir Tretchikoff wasn’t very famous but by chance I had read about him in a newspaper just the Saturday before. So I was a bit nervous, but I said yes. He picked me up after work and took me back home.I was given his wife’s gown to put on. It was silk chiffon - beautiful, beautiful stuff. It wasn’t yellow like in the painting - that was his own invention.A lot of people ask me: “What is that stern look you had on your face? What were you thinking about?” And I always say: “Well you know, one gets tired sitting and just looking.” The First 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Fired The Huffington Post | By Alexis Kleinman: The world’s first 3D printed gun fired its first shot on Sunday, according to this video released by Defense Distributed, the controversial company pushing for D-I-Y weapons. Cody Wilson, of Defense Distributed, the company behind The Liberator, told the BBC that he is not concerned with the potential harm the gun could cause. He said, “I recognise the tool might be used to harm other people - that’s what the tool is - it’s a gun. But I don’t think that’s a reason to not do it - or a reason not to put it out there.” Paul McCarthy’s Poop Balloon Popped South China Morning Post. Art Info.Extreme Weather Pops McCarthy’s Inflatable Poop: Paul McCarthy’s 50-foot-tall inflatable sculpture portraying a pile of excrement, “Complex Pile,” has caused a bit of a mess. The scatalogical work was on view as part of an exhibition of inflatable art organized by M+ in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, but things went wrong when a spate of extreme weather caused it to burst. “A small hole was discovered on the surface of the piece. We are doing our best to fix it and hopefully we can inflate the artwork as soon as possible,” a spokesperson for the cultural district said. Twenty years of White Cube Theartnewspaper. Jay Jopling started his gallery in 1993. Two decades later, he’s no less secretive but a whole lot richer. By Martin Bailey. Twenty years ago this month, Jay Jopling, then 29, approached Christie’s with an audacious request. The auction house had a room on the first floor of a building in Duke Street: would they allow him to take it over rent-free as a gallery space? In return, Jopling promised to attract a new clientele to the area—those interested in cutting-edge contemporary art.Naming the gallery White Cube was a stroke of genius. Most commercial galleries are named after their owners, but this snappy phrase made it sound almost as if it was a public space. The name came from Brian O’Doherty’s 1986 book Inside the White Cube: the Ideology of the Gallery Space. The room was, in fact, nearly square (4.4m by 4.6m, with a 2.9m-high ceiling). Jopling painted the walls white, of course. Artist Tracey Emin: Critics Are Harsher Because I’m a Woman By Lauren Christensen. She is not known for subtlety—in either her work or her personality—but the prominent, often brow-raising British artist Tracey Emin’s latest sculpture, a single bronze bird perched atop a 13-foot pole in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, is just that: unassuming. The Lehmann Maupin gallery, which launched the installation this past Friday in collaboration with the Art Production Fund and White Cube, also opened a contemporaneous exhibition, “Tracey Emin: I Followed You to the Sun,” earlier this month, and her first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. will open at Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art in December.

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Thinking in paint, thinking in the substance of time Dr Gerhard Schoeman In his book What painting is, the American art historian James Elkins, whose prolific and apparently effortless production of book after book is frustrating to us who labour over every sentence, as if it will be the last, tries to close in on the materiality and substantiality of paint and the physical process of painting by comparing painting with alchemy. Elkins asks, ‘What is thinking in painting, as opposed to thinking about painting?’ According to Elkins, this is where alchemy can help, ‘because it is the most developed language for thinking in substances and processes.’ Elkins distinguishes between spiritual and practical alchemy. In spiritual alchemy, which tends to be privileged over practical laboratory-based alchemy by, amongst others, Carl Jung, the alchemist seeks intellectual transmutation. The grubby processes of the alchemist’s laboratory are turned into spiritual allegories. The spiritual or meditative alchemist doesn’t really like to get his or her hands dirty. The Philosopher’s Stone, which is the goal of alchemy, signifies redemption of the spirit and the mind — divorced from the push and pull of the material world. On the other hand, there are a few alchemists for whom the physical processes of the laboratory, ‘the manipulation of actual substances’, are goals in themselves. For such alchemists the laboratory is a place of physical labour, of agonising over materials and of revelling in tactility — sight, touch and smell. Elkins observes that art historians tend to be uncomfortable with paint and ‘prefer meanings that are not intimately dependent on the ways the paintings were made.’ Like spiritual alchemists, art historians prefer the clean idea over the messy thing. He writes: ‘But painting is a painting, and not words describing the artist or the place it was made or the people who commissioned it. A painting is made of paint — of fluids and stone — and paint has its own logic, and its own meanings even before it is shaped into the head of a Madonna. To an artist, a picture is both a sum of ideas and a blurry memory of “pushing paint,” breathing fumes, dripping oils and wiping brushes, smearing and diluting and mixing.’ For Elkins writing and thinking about painting should include writing and thinking in painting. The finished product, of painting or writing, might be neatly framed but it also remains a material thing that moves in time and that can be thought and felt, discovered and lost in time. Thinking in paint means thinking in time — which marks us so indelibly that, like the scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A space odyssey when the computer HAL’s mind goes and he ‘dies’, we can ‘feel it’. Thinking in paint is a tactile process. There might be something spiritual about it, too, but spirit here is not divorced from body, however much body forsakes us. Thinking in paint matters, every mark on the painted surface reflects this. Walter Benjamin says of the eternal that it ‘is far more the ruffle on a dress than some idea.’ Inverting Plato, he means matter does not reflect some eternal Idea but, rather, ideas, which contain images of the world, are embedded in the materiality of things — such as paintings. What do the paintings of Ricky Burnett, David Koloane, Gail Behrmann and Jenny Stadler have in common if not the materiality of things, which configure and bring to mind other things, in time? It is raining in Johannesburg whilst I write this, which reminds me that materiality and physicality are inseparable from memory — the memory in and of things. Every surface has a memory and the sound, sight and smell of rain reminds me of this. This rain, here and now, which reminds me of the sound of water dripping in Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker, which I struggled with many years ago, is an index of time lost, regained and lost again. I think of it as marks on a surface, which illuminate other marks, whilst temporarily covering over others. Time rushes and lingers. Rain, like paint, matters as an index of the substance and fleetingness of time. I can think it, I can feel it. 10

In Burnett’s paintings words have the rhythm of painted, smeared, dragged and scuffed marks and these tactile marks have the rhythm of words. Paint, like words, is elastic; it takes place, stretches and relaxes in time. Something appears in and on the surface, a trace of a trace of an idea. A line by Walter Stevens, another by William Blake: words beget words, which beget smears, stains bleeding into other stains. Elegant stains and dribbles, like carefully formed sentences. I see circles in the paint, sometimes painted over or hidden by other shapes. Circles within circles. I see circles in Koloane’s paintings too. Primordial shapes, often slanted, which beget, transform and continue fragments of a world. It is an obscure world, almost child-like. Rhythm and repetition produce difference and similarity: I have seen this before, somewhere in intricate graffiti on a wall. Shapes seem to hover in the marks, which are slanted like hand-writing. The hand that made the mark is present and deferred in the mark. I can read it, I can sense it, I can touch it with my eyes. Following the artist’s example, I project my body into the work — studio or laboratory work. Behrmann’s monochrome paintings have physical presence. They take up space. In fact, the thickly applied paint itself takes up space; it has its own light and shadow. Thick, viscous paint forms a surface, which covers a previously painted surface. The paint is thick with time. Seductive whites and greys with hints of brown or purple or even black peering through. Layered surfaces, layered in time. Some areas are scratched, pushed, covered over; other areas retreat, and come back. I think I see something emerge from the thicket — Monet’s lilies maybe, or Jasper Johns’s cross-hatching. Then the painting returns to being itself, being in time. Stadler’s large-scale painting, the largest in this exhibition, also bears traces of Jasper Johns’s chromatic colour and marks. Then Johns merges with other traces, impressionistic rain in an urban setting, shifting and turning. The scale is impressive but so are the details in the work. One can sense the artist moving in closer, then standing back to get the full scope of the picture, than zooming in again. Bits of paper are stuck to the surface, like wrappers on a tarmac road or cement sidewalk, or stickers on a crate. I see traces of Ndebele design, the sign of a fire hydrant, umbrella or warning that this is fragile, but I’m imagining things. Something else takes over when I look again. I sense things changing, alchemically transforming, returning to naught, and then reappearing as something new. But I have taken up enough of your time. Let me conclude with a moving passage on time and memory, which Ricky quoted to me over the telephone and which seems completely apt in the context of these ruminations in paint and time. It comes from the Spanish author Javier Marías’s novel Tomorrow in the battle think on me. What a beautiful title this is and what a beautiful passage: So many things happen without anyone realizing or remembering. There is almost no record of anything, fleeting thoughts and actions, plans and desires, secret doubts, fantasies, acts of cruelty and insults, words said and heard and later denied or misunderstood or distorted, promises made and then overlooked, even by those to whom they were made, everything is forgotten or invalidated, whatever is done alone or not written down, along with everything that is done not alone but in company, how little remains of each individual, how little trace remains of anything, and how much of that little is never talked about and, afterwards, one remembers only a tiny fraction of what was said, and then only briefly, the individual memory is not passed on and is, anyway, of no interest to the person receiving it, who is busy forging his or her own memories. Indeed, how little of the individual remains and what an impact this makes, once you realise the paradox of recording in paint, or in words, that which must be lost even as it is remembered, in fleeting fragments, tomorrow in the battle in the studio or study, alone or in company. Dr Gerhard Schoeman SA ART TIMES. June 2013


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Detroit Institute Of Arts Collection Could Be Sold To Satisfy City’s Creditors sible that the city’s creditors could demand the city use its assets to settle its debts,” read a statement released by Nowling. “The emergency manager has alerted certain assets, including the DIA, that they might face exposure to creditors should the city be forced to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. This is a precautionary measure.”

The Huffington Post | By Kate Abbey-Lambertz In Detroit, a city on the brink of bankruptcy, any money-making idea is considered, no matter how wild. That’s why the seeming unlikely possibility of selling off Renoirs, van Goghs and other prized works from the collection of the world-class Detroit Institute of Arts in order to make some quick cash isn’t dismissed. Instead, over the last day, it’s been discussed, decried and determined by some to be not such a bad idea, though the museum argues that it can’t and won’t sell off its artworks. A spokesman for Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, who was appointed to run the city by the governor this year in the midst of a severe financial emergency, told the Detroit Free Press Thursday the DIA must be considered as one of the city’s assets. Spokesman Bill Nowling said some creditors had already asked if the collection was on the bargaining table. “The creditors can really force the issue,” Nowling told the paper. “If you go into court, they can object and say, ‘Hey, I’m taking a huge haircut, and you’ve got a billion dollars’ worth of art sitting over there.’” Though there aren’t existing plans to start selling off paintings, WXYZ reports Orr is having DIA works appraised in addition to other assets in the city. “While there is no plan to sell any assets, it is pos-

The museum has been run by a nonprofit authority for the last 15 years, but the city owns the building and collection. If an art sale became a reality, the museum’s reputation would be compromised, likely hindering its ability to collect, host lauded traveling exhibitions or fundraise. It could also be subject to lawsuits from art donors. According to the Detroit News, the DIA hired a lawyer for counsel on how best to protect the collection. In a statement Friday, the museum said it cannot sell art under standards required by the public trust: The DIA strongly believes that the museum and the City hold the museum’s art collection in trust for the public. The DIA manages and cares for that collection according to exacting standards required by the public trust, our profession and the Operating Agreement with the City. According to those standards, the City cannot sell art to generate funds for any purpose other than to enhance the collection. We remain confident that the City and the emergency financial manager will continue to support the museum in its compliance with those standards, and together we will continue to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of Detroit. The museum’s post on Facebook had more than 1,700 likes and 100 comments in an hour, with many outraged at the idea of selling the city’s art. “This proposal to sell the collection at the DIA is an attempt to vaporize our heritage, dissolve our legacy and liquidate our inheritance. It is short-sighted and

shameful. It is an affront to the founders, the donors and the estates of the ancestors who built the collection,” wrote commenter Ka Fields. Part of the indignation appears to stem from a feeling that it’s not just Detroit’s treasure to give away. Last year, residents of the metro area’s Wayne, Macomb and Oakland Counties voted in favor of a 10-year tax millage expected to raise $23 million after the museum said it was in danger of making cuts to staff and open hours without dollars from its suburban neighbors. Now, the museum is free to residents of all three counties. Similar sentiments prevailed on Twitter, though there were others who thought it wasn’t the worst plan Detroit’s had yet. Story continues below. In a mandated report to Michigan’s Department of Treasury earlier this month, Orr found the city to be more than $14 billion in debt with a budget deficit that could top $380 million by July. According to Crain’s Detroit Business, a 2004 report put the collection’s worth at over $1 billion. At the request of the Free Press, art dealers estimated the value of 38 significant pieces from the DIA’s collection at $2.5 billion, with the caveat that, as works of this esteem don’t often come up for sale, it’s educated guessing. While those masterpieces include works by the likes of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Henri Matisse, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Albrecht Dürer, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso and thousands more spanning millennia, perhaps most iconic for the museum are the “Detroit Industry” frescoes that adorn the Rivera Court. Celebrating the city’s workers and history of manufacturing, Diego Rivera’s murals are literally part of the walls, and as fundamental to the museum as many seem to think the museum is to the city.

Art fair experts share why hotels make good gallery spaces

Enid Tsui: South China Morning Post. Hotel art fairs are the antithesis of the “white cube” concept for a gallery space, and some consider it decidedly unfashionable. But proponents see it as a convenient and cost-efficient model. 12

Organisers of the Asia Contemporary Art Show, the Hong Kong Contemporary (HKC) Art Fair and Bank Art Fair all cite the advantage of having the same room used as exhibition space and accommodation for visiting gallery owners and artists. “It can almost halve the cost for our overseas visitors,” says Roger Lim of HKC. Finding the right hotel isn’t easy, with some managers opposed to hosting art fairs on their properties. After all, removing furniture to make space for art and the subsequent tidying up is daunting. Someone booking dozens of rooms also expects a big discount, organisers say, which also puts off some hotel chains. But Mark Saunderson of the Asia Contemporary show says he has found some hotels that love the idea of a block sale of, in his case, four floors, twice

a year. “It’s all down to the general manager. We were at the Grand Hyatt last year and would happily have returned, except the hotel is being renovated in phases. [Its] manager, Gordon Fuller, is an art collector himself and that makes a difference,” he says. Generally, supporters of hotel art fairs value the ease of access and the level of service provided by professionally trained staff. Lim also finds hotel rooms better for showing prospective buyers what a work of art would look like when it’s hanging on the wall. Alternative venues are also hard to find. Link Artfair founder Tiziana Manca - who prefers wide, open spaces where adults and children can run freely says it took her two years to find the right space (she is hosting the event on the waterfront in Kennedy Town this year). SA ART TIMES. June 2013


Excellent return for Strauss & Co. Johannesburg sale By Michael Coulson Though most of the high estimate lots sold near the lower end of their range, solid prices overall and a good sell-through rate combined to generate an excellent return at Strauss & Co’s Joburg auction this week. This restored the trend of this year’s sales grossing more than the equivalent in 2012, with a big increase in auction room turnover so far this year. And again the preference for quality was manifest: in the afternoon session, a respectable 146 of the 199 lots sold (73.4%), for a gross of just over R6.7m (low estimate just under R5.7m), But the rate in the evening was even better: 92 of 114 lots (80.7%), for R40.0m (low estimate R34.0m), making a total of 238 of 313 lots (76.0%) for R46.7m (low estimate R39.7m). The total from Strauss’s first Joburg sale last year was R38.0m. Almost halfway through the year, this brings the gross for the first five auctions to R164.3m, against R119.5m at this stage of 2012. Strauss’s market share has eased slightly to 52.0% (53.9%) and Stephan Welz & Co’s to 9.4% (10.6%), while Bonhams has gained ground, to 38.7% (35.4%). The overall gain in turnover is over 37%, confirming that art is still gaining ground as an investment medium. A couple of Adriaan Boshoff oils topped the afternoon list, at R318 000 (estimate R200 000-R300 000) and R205 000 (est R100 000-R150 000), though the best against estimate was Cyprian Shilakoe’s teak sculpture Young Boy, at R193 000 (est R18 000-R24 000). All but one of the five seven-digit estimates sold in the evening, the exception being Alexis Preller’s Gold Temple of the Sun, detailed opposite the contents page. A Pierneef landscape fetched R5.9m (estimate R5m-R7m), a William

Kentridge nude drawing R1.6m (est R1m-R1.5m), another Kentridge drawing R1.25m (Rhino, the inside back cover, est R1.2m-R1.6m) and an Irma Stern still life R1.1m (est R1m-R1.5m), while Tretchikoff’s Dying Swan (R1.1m, est R800 000) and Cecil Skotnes’ triptych The Last Supper (R1.8m, est R300 000-R400 000) also topped R1m. The last-mentioned, previously at the Santa Sophia chapel in Pretoria, was sold by the Institute for Catholic Education. The private buyer intends to restore it and make it available to an as yet unnamed public museum. Other sales of lots with a low estimate of R700 000 were another Pierneef (R773 000), a Walter Battiss landscape (R796 000) and Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl (R966 000); of those on R600 000, a Maud Sumner landscape fetched R625 000, yet other Pierneefs R796 000, and R8530 000 and two Prellers R966 000 (the cover lot) and R853 000. Two other good results were R818 000 for Alfred Thoba’s oil Fruits of Life (est R150 000-R250 000) and a Douglas Portway abstract at R364 000 (est R80 000-R120 000). Other featured lots were Gwelo Goodman’s oil Hermanus, R591 000 (est R400 000-R600 000, inside front cover), a Frans Oerder still life, R796 000 (est also R400 000-R600 000, the frontispiece), a Freida Lock still life, R455 000 (est R200 000-R300 000, frontispiece to the evening session) and Sydney Kumalo’s bronze Wise Man R512 000 (est R200 000-R300 000, the back cover). Of the most represented artists, 16 of 19 Battisses sold, 11 of 14 Pierneefs, all nine Sumners, six of nine Kentridges, five of seven Titta Fasciottis, four of seven Piet van Heerdens, all six Robert Hodgins, four of six Carl Buchners, and three of six each by Erik Laubscher and Lucky Sibiya.

Sale of donated Skotnes’s The Last Supper, upsets artist’s daughter comprises of three panels of which the two side panels are beautifully engraved. Each measures at 182x202cm. The central panel depicts the figure of Christ with Judas and Johannes on either side. Judas is depicted with a black halo. As Harmsen added “he already had the idea of betraying Christ” Skotness executed this work with immense passion as this was something he dreamt of doing for many years. Harmsen describes this work as a “very important Skotnes”, a piece very close to his heart. Published on translated According to the Beeld, the sale of a triptych “ The Last Supper” by the legendary Cecil Skotnes, painted in 1990 will be auctioned by Strauss & Co in Johannesburg on Monday 20 May This has indeed caused unease with Pippa Skotnes, Professor at Michaelis School of Art and daughter of the Artist. Pippa does not approve of this work to be sold. This majestic three paneled piece was completed for Santa Sophia, Institute for Catholic Education in Pretoria. Pippa expresses her unhappiness “as the piece was a gift to the Church”. Although she can’t prevent the sale to proceed “she sees this as unfortunate that a private institution can profit from something that was suppose to bring enjoyment to all who visit the Church”. SA ART TIMES. June 2013

The triptych was recently removed from Santa Sophia when ICE decided to sell this Waterkloof property. Iian Schwarer, chairman of ICE said the Institute decided to sell the building to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Pretoria and after consideration the choice was rather to sell this piece instead of leaving it at Santa Sophia “Since the 1940’s, Skotnes always dreamt of creating a large version of The Last Supper, said Pretoria Art Historian Frieda Harmsen. “ When my husband and I suggested the wall in the dining room of Santa Sophia, Skotnes was immediately inspired and in 1989 permission was granted to complete this piece. This enormous piece done in acrylic and pigment

Harmsen said that although the selling price indicated in the auction catalogue is between R300 000 to R400 000, she feels that the work may be hard to sell as there is “very little interest in religious art”. Schwarer said ICE will utilize the proceeds to fund postgraduate study. Stephen Welz, managing director of Strauss & Co said he understands and respects how Pippa Skotnes is feeling regarding this matter. He added that “one must keep in mind that the Roman Catholic Church in South Africa has poor record when it comes to the maintaining of art work and moreover would the Skotnes piece not be accessible to the public at Santa Sophia”. According to Monsignor Marc de Muelanaere of the Archdiocese, the future plan is to utilize Santa Sophia as a monastery and training centre.



Tretchi adds to Stephan Welz & Co. Johannesburg sale By Michael Coulson A R3m-plus sale of the first Chagall seen in an SA sale room for many years, and yet another high-priced Tretchikoff, rescued an otherwise mediocre auction of SA art at Stephan Welz & Co in Johannesburg last week. Weakness was particularly apparent at the top end, only four of the 14 highest estimate lots (low estimates starting at R200 000 and upwards) of SA art finding buyers.

Norman Catherines. This is the most disappointing result of a sale of SA art in six months, and one can but hope that it is a temporary setback in what was becoming a useful bull market.

Tretchikoff’s Fruit Seller, estimated at R800 000-R1.2m, was the only seven-digit lot, bid up to R1.736m. Anton van Wouw’s bronze Kruger in Ballingschap (est R400 000-R600 000) fetched R440 000, a Walter Battiss landscape R291 000 (est R180 000-R240 000) and Johannes Meintjies’ Plaasseun R202 000 (est R200 000-R300 000). The only other noteworthy price was R179 000 for a Sidney Kumalo bronze Dancing Figure (est R100 000-R120 000). The afternoon session of minor work started reasonably well, 56 of the 74 lots selling for a gross (including buyer’s premium, where applicable) of about R530 000 (low estimate R442 000). But only 23 of the 48 works on paper sold, for about R316 000 (low est R958 000), just four of 16 in the contemporary section, for about R220 000 (low est R1.21m), eight of 10 sculptures (the most successful category) for R740 000 (low est about R647 000) and 59 of 101 in the main session, for about R4.59m (low est about R9.96m). Overall totals were 150 of 249 lots sold (60%) for just under R6.4m, 48% of the low estimate of about R13.2m. Of the most represented artists, nine of 10 Pierneefs sold (but not the only significant oil), all eight Christiaan Nices, four of eight Gregoire Boonzaaiers, three of seven W H Coetzers, all six Claudette Schreuders, four of six Hugo Naudes, four of five Erich Mayers, two of five Robert Hodgins and one of five

Tretchikoff’s Fruit Seller, estimated at R800 000-R1.2m sold for R1.736m


In the art business media radar ‘New Era’ For Art Markets As Collectors Drop Half A Billion At Christie’s Contemporary Sale It seems that it’s not just the stock market that is firing on all cylinders, breaking record after record. Last week, Christie’s marquee post-War and contemporary art sale fetched a record $495 million, with more than nine works selling for over $10 million. Amid a stagnating global economy and high unemployment, the ultra-rich are raising the stakes on so-called alternative investments like art and real estate, prompting a prominent Christie’s executive to speak of “a new era in the market.” Top Hedge Fund Manager Predicts A Collapse In The Art Market Sam Ro : Michael Novogratz, the head of Fortress Investment Group, appeared on CNBC yesterday.Among other things, he talked about what he considered to be an ongoing bubble in art.”Art is 100 percent a bubble—I mean it has all the markings for a bubble,” said Novogratz. “Prices have gone parabolic. You go to any of the art shows and you know even the cheap stuff that was $10,000 two years ago is now $80,000.”Novogratz and the CNBC crew were responding to a story on the recent Sotheby’s auction where Barnett Newman’s “Onement VI” sold for a stagger $43.8 million. China’s new wealth moves art markets BY Rene Vollgraaf. Beijing has a 25% slice of the international pie.China does not only affect South African commodity prices and fast-food habits, it also has an effect on the South African art market.The Citadel Art Price Index out this week showed a 5.3% first-quarter drop. Citadel investment strategist George Herman thinks it no coincidence that China’s equity market also weakened during the quarter. “One of the biggest factors affecting art prices across the world, and also in South Africa, is what happens in China,” Herman said recently.”The Chinese stock market is one of the few negative stock markets we currently have for 2013, and that is reflected in art prices.”Speaking at Unisa’s department of economics this week, Stephan Welz, MD of auction house Straus & Co, said the global art market was worth about à43bn (R520bn) last year — 7% down on 2011, largely due to China.The US still had the largest share of the global art market at à14.2bn (33%), followed by China with à10.6bn (25%). South Africa does not make up half a percent of the global art market, Mr Welz said. Collector says Sotheby’s sold him Nazi-owned art—now it’s unsellable Uncertainty over whether the work, once owned by Goering, was looted means that auction houses don’t want to put it on the block. By Laura Gilbert. There are gaps in the history of Van Loo’s Allegorical Portrait of a Lady as Diana Wounded by Cupid . A collector of Old Masters says that a painting he bought from Sotheby’s in 2004 is now worthless because it was once owned by the war criminal Hermann Goering and might have been looted by the Nazis, according to a lawsuit filed in California on 21 March. The Goering connection came to light in 2010, when Steven Brooks, the owner of the painting, sought to

sell it at Christie’s. The auction house’s specialists found that Goering had bought the work in 1939. Christie’s refused to auction the work and, the complaint alleges, Sotheby’s will neither auction it nor refund Brooks’s money. Bonhams face competition from Artnet Auctions Artnet Auctions will hold an African art sale this week to coincide with Bonhams’, says Colin Gleadell. Bonhams, which launched its contemporary African art sales in 2009, has been the only international auction house to hold specialised sales since then, but now has a rival online, namely Artnet Auctions, which stages a specialised sale this week to coincide with Bonhams’ sale on Wednesday. The Bonhams sale is estimated at £500,000 to £800,000. Artnet’s sale is much smaller, but valued at £378,000 to £618,000. Less traditional in content, it includes works by international stars Chris Ofili and the USbased Wangechi Mutu. Its London co-ordinator is Ben Hanly, formerly a specialist in contemporary art at Lyon & Turnbull in Scotland. Art fair experts share why hotels make good gallery spaces Enid Tsui. Hotel art fairs are the antithesis of the “white cube” concept for a gallery space, and some consider it decidedly unfashionable. But proponents see it as a convenient and costefficient model.Organisers of the Asia Contemporary Art Show, the Hong Kong Contemporary (HKC) Art Fair and Bank Art Fair all cite the advantage of having the same room used as exhibition space and accommodation for visiting gallery owners and artists. ”It can almost halve the cost for our overseas visitors,” says Roger Lim of HKC.Finding the right hotel isn’t easy, with some managers opposed to hosting art fairs on their properties. After all, removing furniture to make space for art and the subsequent tidying up is daunting. Someone booking dozens of rooms also expects a big discount, organisers say, which also puts off some hotel chains. How prevalent is money laundering in the art world? Federal raid on the Helly Nahmad Gallery in New York and a new book by a Brazilian judge point to a “big problem” By Charlotte Burns and Melanie Gerlis: April’s federal charges against the New York dealer Helly Nahmad included that he worked “to launder tens of millions of dollars on behalf of the illegal gambling business.” While Nahmad has pleaded not guilty to all the charges in the indictment, the accusation raises the questions of whether (and if so why) art would be used in this way. “Money laundering in the art world should be considered a big problem,” says Judge Fausto Martin De Sanctis, a federal judge who is releasing a book on the subject this month. In Money Laundering through Art: a Criminal Justice Perspective, he argues that international justice systems, regulatory bodies and police forces are inadequately equipped to detect and investigate such criminal activity. “Proceeds from various crimes can be easily laundered through the purchase of works of art thanks to a big loophole—a lack of awareness and regulation,” he says.

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Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum Until 9 June, ‘Facing the Climate’, 5 Swedish and 5 South African cartoonists take a sharp and disturbing look at the climate issue (Main Building). Until 17 June, ‘Call and Response’, a show by Cedric Nunn (Annex). 9 May - 23 June, ‘The Last of Us’, a solo exhibition by Pauline Gutter (Reservoir). Until 30 June, ‘National Heritage Project’, a temporary exhibition. 1 July - 18 August, ‘Time and Space/Tyd en Ruimte’, solo exhibition by Jan van der Merwe (Main Building, Reservoir and Annex Gallery). 16 Harry Smith Str, Bloemfontein. T. 051 011 0525 Gallery on Leviseur Opening 14 June, an exhibition of Jacques Fuller’s work, to be opened by Sanlam Investment Curator Stefan Hundt. 59 Dan Pienaar Avenue, Westdene.

Clarens Art & Wine Gallery on Main Housing a collection of art by well-known artists including: Frederike Stokhuyzen, Gregoire Boonzaier, J.H. Pierneef, Pieter van der Westhuizen, Erik Laubscher, Hannetjie de Clercq, Fana Malherbe & Jean Doyle and numerous others. 279 Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1298 or Anton Grobbelaar. C. 082 341 8161 Blou Donki Art Gallery Windmill Centre, Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1757 Johan Smith Art Gallery The gallery permanently exhibits a wide variety of classical and selected contemporary art works featuring Johan Smith, Elga Rabe, Graham Carter, Gregoire Boonzaier, amongst others. Specializing in ceramics, the gallery supports artists such as Hennie Meyer, Karen Sinovich, and Heather Mills, among others. Windmill Centre, Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1620

Gauteng Johannesburg 5h Ave Auctioneers Auction on 23 June. 404 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park. T. 011 781 2040 Absa Art Gallery 10 - 27 June, an exhibition by Collen Maswanganyi. Absa Towers North, 161 Main Str, Jhb. T. 011 350 5139 Alice Art Featured artists displaying work on the weekends: Petro Neal (1-2 June); Avril Hattingh (best seller from the New Signatures 2012) as well as ‘Art in the Garden’ (8-9 June); Riette & Adolf Rozenkrantz (15-16 June) and Johan Smith (29-30 June). 217 Drive Str, Ruimsig. T. 011 958 1392 C.083 331 8466 Art Eye Gallery Until 2 June, ‘Moments Captured’, an exhibition by Luke Batha. Shop 109, First Floor, The Design Quarter, Cnr William Nicol & Leslie Avenue, Fourways, Sandton. T. 011 465 7695. Art etc Showcasing a wide variety of SA artists, ranging from old masters to the budding future masters. Each artist has been hand-picked to make sure a high standard is maintained. We send paintings all over the world as well as deliver locally. Banking Level, Sandton City. T. 011 783 0842 Art Unlimited Gallery Ongoing exhibition of the art works of Louwtjie Kotzé. Workshop: 8 June, Textures, Techniques and the making and use of “skins” by Linda Fourie. Contact artist and owner, Louwtjie Kotzé. 18 Boabab Street, Vonneglans Ext 4, Randburg. C. 083 779 9021

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Artist Proof Studio Bus Factory, 3 President Street, Newtown Cultural Precinct. T. 011 492 1278 C. 084 420 7998 Artspace Jhb 5 June - 3 July, ‘Just above the Mantelpiece’, by Karin Preller Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood. T.011 880 8802 The Bag Factory 10 Mahlatini Str, Fordsburg. T. 011 834 9181 Upstairs at Bamboo Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville. C. 028 284 9827 Bonhams International Auctioneers. Penny Culverwell, Representative for South Africa. T. 071 342 2670. Carol Lee Fine Art Upstairs@ Bamboo, Cnr 9th Street & Rustenburg Road, Melville. T. 011 486 0526. Cherie de Villiers Gallery Shop UM 25, Hyde Park Cnr, Cnr William Nicol/Jan Smuts Rds, Hyde Park. T. 011 3255395. Christie’s International Auctioneers. Gillian Scott Berning, Independent Consultant. T 031 207 8247 CIRCA on Jellicoe Until 22, ‘The Hilarity off Reality’, a show by Neill Wright. 2 Jellicoe Ave. T. 011 788 4805 Cire Perdue Art Focused on the selection and distribution of limited edition works of art, specifically bronze sculptures. T. 011 465 8709 David Krut Projects 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood. T. 011 447 0627. Contact Claire Zinn. Everard Read Jhb 6 - 29 June, two shows running concurrently: ‘Root & Rise’, by Nicola Taylor and ‘Light, Line and the Feminine Selves’, by Sasha Hartslief. 6 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Jhb. T. 011 788 4805 Ferreira Art Gallery 300 Main Rd, Bryanston. T. 011 706 3738 The Fine Arts Studio Offering part-time courses in oil painting and drawing, designed for beginners and experienced artists alike. Rivonia, Sandton. C. 082 904 3720 / 083 306 3972 Gallery 2 Until 11 June, showcasing work by various artists including Colbert Mashile, Jenny Stadler, Carl Roberts and Collen Maswanganyi. 140 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood. T. 011 447 0155 Gallery AOP Until 8 June, ‘Fook Art & Objects: Walter Battiss and Norman Catherine Fooking Around’. 44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf (Milpark) Jhb. T. 011 726 2234. Gallery MOMO Until 17 June, ‘The Grande Hotel, Beira’, photographs by Mark Lewis. 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Jhb. T. 011 327 3247

16 Halifax Art A visual art agency owned by Dana MacFarlane. 16 Halifax Str, Bryanston. Dana: 082 784 6695 In Toto Gallery Until 17 June, ‘Studies’, by Saso Sinadinovski. 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St Andrew Str, Birdhaven. T. 011 447 6543 Isis Gallery New works by Bastiaan van Stenis, Obert Jongwe, Tasha Mrazek and Mind Shana. New glass artworks are available. Add value to your business or personal collection. Receive a certificate for each purchase made. Shop 163, The Mall of Rosebank. T. 011 447 2317 Johannesburg Art Gallery JAG Until 25 August, ‘Looking as Learning II’, a show curated by Musha Neluheni. King George Str, Joubert Park, Jhb. T. 011 725 3130 Market Photo Workshop Gallery 2 President Str, Newtown, Jhb. T. 011 834 1444 Manor Gallery 8 - 29 June, New Signatures Exhibition of The Watercolour Society Africa (WSA) & Art Society Africa (ASA). Norscot Manor Centre, Penguin Drive, Fourways. T. 011 465 7934 Protea Gallery Specialising in well-known South African Artists, as well as those up-and-coming. Also specialise in professional framing. 94b Rietfontein Road, Primrose. T. 011 8285035. Purple Heart Gallery Honeydew Village Centre, Cnr. Christiaan De Wet & John Vorster Ave, Randpark Ridge. T. 011 475 7411. C. 071 780 7784 Resolution Gallery Unit 4, Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, 2193. T. 011 880 4054 Russell Kaplan Auctioneers Auctioneers of Fine Art, Antiques and Collectables. Ground floor, Bordeaux Court, Corner of Garden & Allan Rds, Bordeaux. T. 011 789 7422 C. 083 675 8468 Sandton Auctioneers Fine Art, Furniture, Carpets & Collectables. Showroom: No 8 Burnside Ave, Craighall Park, Jhb. T. 011 501 3360 Standard Bank Gallery Until 15 June, “Retinal Shift”, an exhibition by Standard Bank Young Artist 2012, Mikhael Subotzky. C/r of Simmonds & Frederick Str. T. 011 631 1889 Stephan Welz & Company 13 Biermann Ave, Rosebank. T. 011 880-3125 Stevenson Johannesburg Until 7 June, ‘Tyaphaka And Other Works’, by Nicholas Hlobo. 62 JutaStr, Braamfontein, Jhb. T. 011 326 0034 Strauss & Co. 89 Central Str, Houghton. T. 011 728 8246 C. 079 367 0637

Goodman Gallery JHB Until 15 June, ‘All our Mothers’, an exhibition by Sue Williamson. 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood. T. 011 788 1113

UJ Art Gallery 5 - 26 June, ‘Behind the Ochre Curtain’, an exhibition by Craig Muller. Cnr Kingsway & University Rd, Auckland Park, Jhb. T. 011 559 2099

Grahams Fine Art Gallery Moved to a new premises in Bryanston. Fine examples of SA art including works by: Maggie Laubser, J.H Pierneef, Irma Stern, Freida Lock, Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller, Gerard Sekoto, Robert Hodgins, Stanley Pinker and Peter Clarke. Block A, 68 on Hobart Office Park, c/o Hobart and Dover Road, Bryanston. T. 011 465 9192

The White House Gallery Featuring a wide ranging portfolio of renowned masters such as Chagall, Marini, Miro, Moore , Stella, Picasso, Dine & Hockney - to name a few. Also works of up and coming artists in Britain and France, along with globally acclaimed SA artists. Shop G11 Thrupps Centre, Oxford Rd, Illovo. T. 011 268 2115


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Born 1927 in Rhodesia, Zimbabwe Deceased 22 April 2013, Cape Town Born 1927 Born Fort Victoria, Rhodesia (Masvingo, Zimbabwe) Francois Roux attended the Boys High School, Stellenbosch from 1940 -1946. In 1946 he studied at Camberwell School of Art, London and traveled in Europe completing his studies in painting under Philip at the Royal Academy Schools, London from 1946 – 1951 qualifying with a Diploma in Painting from the Royal Academy Schools, London. While in London he participated in several group exhibitions. Returning to Zimbabwe he showed at the annual exhibitions held at the Rhodes Gallery. In 1967 he made the decision to move to South Africa with his wife Margaret and sons Paul 18

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and Theunis. They settled in Rosebank, Cape Town. From 1970 -1978 he served as a part time lecturer in painting at Cape Technikon and continued to teach from his home in 1978. EXHIBITIONS 1973, 1977, 1979, & 1986 Solo exhibitions at Art b Gallery (formerly the Bellville Branch of the South African Association of Arts in conjunction with the Friends of the Library). 1981 : Participated in the Homage to Alfred Krenz : Association of Arts Bellville Gala Opening in 1990. : 2006 : Art B Francois Roux exhibited with Conrad Theys, Herbert Coetzee & Johan Coetzee 1975: Solo exhibition at Ned Art in Claremont. 1976, 1978, 1981, & 1984 Solo exhibitions at the Atlantic Gallery

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GAUTENG / NORTH WEST / MPUMALANGA / WESTERN CAPE / GALLERY GUIDE | ART TIMES Yiull Damaso Artists Studio 13 June - 4 July, ‘Reflections Eternal’, a solo exhibition by Loyiso Mkize. 56 Buckingham Ave, Craighall Park. C. 083 234 0870 www.

Pretoria Alette Wessels Kunskamer Operates as an art gallery and art consultancy, specialising in SA art as an investment, dealing in Old Masters, and selected contemporary art. Maroelana Centre, 27 Maroelana Str, Maroelana, Pretoria. T. 012 346 0728 Art in the Park Association promoting art works in watercolor, oil, pastel, acrylics, batik, sculpture, pottery and photography, with regular member exhibitions. Exhibition dates for June are: 1 June (Greenlyn Village); 29 June (Greenlyn Village) and 30 June (Magnolia Dell). Contact Hannes: 071 676 3600 Association of Arts Pretoria Until 19 June, paintings by Dylan Graham and photographs by Alet Pretorius. 173 Mackie Str, Nieuw Muckleneuk. T. 012 346 3100 Centurion Art Gallery A commercial satellite of the Pretoria Art Museum. c/o Cantonment and Unie Avenues, Lyttelton T. 012 358 3477 Fried Contemporary 29 June - 20 July, ‘Verge’, a group show featuring work by Diane Victor, Eric Duplan and Colleen Alborough. 1146 Justice Mahomed Street,Brooklyn, Pretoria. T. 012 346 0158 Front Room Art 9 - 23 June , ‘Getting There’, a collaboration with Platform on 18th,with work by Talitha Els, Lance Friedlande, Cobus Haupt, Ronel Kellerman and Katlego Modiri. Kievits Kroon Leisure Estate, Plot 41, Reier Rd, Kameeldrift, East Pretoria. Gallery Michael Heyns 194 Haley Str, Weavind Park. T. 012 804 0869 Pretoria Art Museum Until 30 June, ‘!Kauru: Cultural Brokerage; Africa Imagined Act 1’, !Kauru provides a platform for African contemporary artists and cultural practitioners to showcase their art in five regions of Africa (South Gallery). Until July, “Abstract and Semi-Abstract Art”, a selection of works ranging from the early 1960’s up to 2001, showing in the North Gallery and Henry Preiss Hall. Until Dec, “A Story of South African Art”, a selection of artworks from the permanent collection, as well as ceramics from the Corobrik Ceramic Selection. Cnr Frances Baard and Wessels Str, Arcadia Park, Arcadia, Pretoria. T.012 344 1807/8 Sandton Auctioneers Fine Art, Furniture, Carpets & Collectables. Showroom: 367 Lynnwood Rd, Menlo Park. T. 012 460 6000 St Lorient Fashion and Art Gallery 492 Fehrsen Str, Brooklyn Circle, Brooklyn. T. 012 4600284 Telkom Art Collection A collection featuring artworks by over 400 artists, some of them well established and some still up-and-coming. Curator: Sophia van Wyk. T. 012 311 7260. UNISA Art Gallery Kgorong Building, Ground Floor, Main Campus, Preller Str, Pretoria. T. 012 441 5876. University of Pretoria Mapungubwe Gallery, Old Arts Building, UP. T.012 420 2968

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North West Potchefstroom NWU Gallery Until 21 June, ‘Reflective Conversation’ a group exhibition by Richardt Strydom, Steven Bosch, Franci Greyling, Ian Marley, Strijdom van der Merwe, Gordon Froud and Andries Bezuidenhout. North-West University Gallery, Building E7, NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Hoffman Str, Potchefstroom. T. 018 299 4341. Hartbeespoort Dam Edwards Fine Art, Modern & Contemporary Featuring works by William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Robert Hodgins, Cecil Skotnes and Edoardo Villa. Sculpture by Anton Smit. Shop 24, Xanadu X-ing Shopping Centre, Cnr. Xanadu Boulevard & R511, Xanadu, Hartbeesport. T. 076 472 9812. C. 076 472 9812.

Mpumalanga Art @ sixty seven A selection of fine art, ceramics and blown glass art pieces by local artists. Shop no.9, 67 Naledi St, Dullstroom, Mpumulanga. T. 013 254 0335 Artistic Journey Art Gallery Visit us on your travels through Mpumalanga! Following the road to Hazyview, just past the notorious Big Swing you will find Panorama Rest Camp and Chalets where the gallery is situated. C. 082 600 3441

White River The Artists’ Press Professional collaboration, printing and publishing of original handprinted artists lithographs, by the Artists’ Press. Also artists’ books, monotypes & letterpress prints, particularly for artists working in SA. Waterfield Farm near White River. T. 013 751 3225 The Loop Art Foundry & Sculpture Gallery A collaboration and network for the avid art patron and collector as well as a full service facility for the artist. This is the place where you will find a unique and superior item or have something commissioned that you have always envisioned. Casterbridge Complex Corner R40 & Numbi Rds, White River. T. 013 758 2409. The White River Gallery Until 3 June, ‘It’s What you Leave Out’, a show by wildlife artist Sue Dickinson. Casterbridge Centre, R 40 Cnr. of Hazyview &Numbi Gate Rd, White River. C. 083 675 8833

Western Cape Cape Town /A Word of Art 66 Albert Road, Woodstock Exchange. C. 083 300 9970 Absolut Art Gallery Permanent exhibition with the best Masters and Contemporary artists, namely: JH Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, Hugo Naude, Adriaan Boshoff, Frans Oerder, Tinus De Jongh, Cecil Skotnes, JEA Volschenk, William Kentridge, amongst others. Shop 43 Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley, Bellville. T. 021 914 2846 Art.b Gallery 12 June - 19 July, ‘Monochrome’, a group exhibition featuring mainly drawings, by artists Elizabeth Gunther, Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen, Vernon Swart, Brahm van Zyl, Corlie de Kock and Milene Rust, amongst others. The Arts Association of Bellville, The Library Centre, Carel van Aswegan Str, Bellville. T. 021 917 1197 ArtMark Providing a diverse range of paintings and sculpture for both the private and corporate market. Scarborough, Cape Town. T. 021 780 1857

Artvark Gallery Situated in the heart of Kalk Bay. Currently available: a selection of prints by SA artists, including etchings by Sam Nhlengethwa and Dumisani Mabaso. 48 Main Rd, Kalk Bay. Tel. 021 788 5584 Ashbey’s Galleries Antiques and fine art auctioneers and appraisers. 43-51 Church Str, CT. T. 021 423 8060 AVA 3 - 27 June, ‘Critic’s Choice’, a group show, as well as work by artists Verity Fitzgerald and Rima Geffen. 1 - 26 July, ‘Artthrob’, a group show, as well as work by Patrick Latimer.Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Str. T.021 424 7436 Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery 3rd Floor, 9 Barron st, Woodstock. T. 021 447 2396. C. 084 409 6801 Allderman Gallery Concord House (Pam Golding Building), Cnr Main & Summerly Rds, Kenilworth. C. 083 556 2540 The Avital Lang Gallery Two Oceans House, Surrey Place, Mouille Point. (Next to Newport Deli) T. 021 439 2124 Barnard Gallery Until 18 July, “Changing Faces’, a group show featuring, amongst others, Sanell Aggenbach, Deborah Bell, Joni Brenner, Marlene Dumas, Georgina Gratrix, Ryan Hewett, Robert Hodgins, Pieter Hugo, Anton Kannemeye and William Kentridge. 55 Main St, Newlands. T. 021 671 1666 Blank Projects 6 June – 6 July, ‘Save it ‘til the Morning After’, Jan-Henri Booyens. 113-115 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. C.072 507 5951 Bronze Age A multifunctional art foundry specialising in casting of bronze sculpture, as well as undertaking sculpture, interior and architectural commission work. Woodstock Foundry, 160 Albert Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 447 3914 Brundyn + Gonsalves 71 Loop Str, CT. T. 021 424 5150 The Cape Gallery Until 29 June, ‘Annual Winter Solstice Exhibition’, showing work by a selection of artists, including Tania Babb, Bowen Boshier, Carlos Carvalho, Zavick aka Supadog, Jane Davidson, Leon de Bliquy, Judy Woodborne and Peter van Straten. 60 Church Str, CT. T. 021 423 5309 Carmel Art Dealers in fine art, exclusive distributers of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings. Cape Quarter Square, 27 Somerset Rd, Green Point. T. 021 4213333 Casa Labia Gallery 1 June - 21 July, ‘Portals’, by Anthea Delmotte. Walkabout (with some of the artists whose portraits are included in the show) on Sat 6 July, from 11am. Luncheon follows and will be at R90 per head. Booking essential. Casa Labia Cultural Centre, 192 Main Rd, Muizenberg. T. 021 788 6068 The Cellar Private Gallery The Cellar Private Gallery deals exclusively in original and investment art, offering works by a variety of renowned and upcoming SA artists. 12 Imhoff Str, Welgemoed, Bellville. T. 021 913 4189 Christie’s International Auctioneers. Juliet Lomberg, Independent Consultant. T. 021 761 2676 Christopher Møller Art 7 Kloofnek Rd, Gardens, C T. T. 021 422 1599


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WESTERN CAPE | GALLERY GUIDE The City Bowl Gallery Hand thrown decorative and functional wares as well as Pottery Classes, Ceramic Design, Bespoke Pottery. 2 Norwich Ave, Observatory. T. 021 447 4884 Clementina Ceramics Featuring one-off ceramics by Clementina van der Walt and other leading SA ceramists, all complemented by designer craft. Shop c101/ b, The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 447 1398 Commune.1 Gallery 64 Wale Street, CT. T. 021 423 5600. Contact Leigh-Anne Culture – Urban + Contemporary Gallery Until 6 July, ‘Pretend Pretend’, new works on canvas by Frank van Reenen. First Floor, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 447 3533 Dante Art & Decor A modern art gallery since 1995.Proudly South African art, ceramics, gifts and decor.Furnishing your home with a modern touch of beauty. Shop L90- Cavendish Square, Claremont. C. 082 268 9997 David Krut Projects Until 31 August, ‘The Benediction of Shade’, a group show, participating artists include Ryan Arenson, Vanessa Cowling, Faith47, Justin Fox, Mischa Fritsch, Stephen Hobbs, William Kentridge, Chris Swift and Diane Victor, amongst others. Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Ave. T. 021 685 0676 Donald Greig Gallery & Foundry Private gallery permanently exhibiting artworks of Donald Greig. Foundry is open to the public to observe the time-honoured cire purdue (lost wax) casting technique. The actual bronze pouring can be viewed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 am. Please call us to confirm time. West Quay Rd, V&A Waterfront. T. 021 418 0003

Ebony 6 June - 1 August, ‘The Print Show’, a selection of editioned work produced at the David Krut Print Workshop. Featured artists include: William Kentridge, Deborah Bell, Diane Victor, Maja Maljević, Senzo Shabangu and Stephen Hobbs. 67 Loop Str, CT. T. 021 424 9985

G2 Art G2 Art is a gallery offering diverse and affordable contemporary art and sculpture by SA artists including Nicole Pletts, Jimmy Law, Benjy Furawo and Roelie van Heerden, amounst others. Part of 1st Thursday initiative on 6 June, open till 9pm. 61 Shortmarket Str between Loop & Bree Str. T. 021 424 7169

Eclectica Art & Antiques Purveyor of fine arts, antiques and objects d’art. Emphasis on finding beautiful, interesting pieces both locally and internationally. 11A Wolfe Str, Chelsea Village, Wynberg. T. 021 762 7983

Ghuba Gallery Closed for annual holiday 5 June - 16 July. 73 Victoria Ave, Hout Bay. T. 021 790 0772

Erdmann Contemporary & the Photographers Gallery za Until 29 June, ‘In Season Five Everyone Dies’, by Wilhelm Saayman. 63 Shortmarket Str. T. 021 422 2762

Goodman Gallery Cape Town 6 June - 13 July, ‘Umama’, a show by Jabulani Patrick Dhlamini. 3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 462 7573/4

Everard Read CT Until 4 June, a show of new works by Alessandro Papetti. Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. T. 021 418 4527

Gold of Africa Museum 96 Strand Str. T. 021 405 1540.

34 Fine Art Until 1 Sept, gallery open on Saturdays only or by appointment, contact Zed Retied: 072 536 7109. Until 17 Aug, ‘From the Gallery Collection’, a group exhibition. 2nd Floor, The Hills Building, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 461 1863 The Framery Art Gallery Showing paintings by Tatiana Binovska, Mncedi Bodlo, Patrick Mokhuane, Fikile Mqhayi, Khanya Mehlo and Alison Riordan, amongst others. Mosaics by Marcelino Manhula and Miranda Vinjwa, photographs by Hassner Pepler and charcoal studies by Maria van Gas. Accepting commissions for portraits in oil and mosaic. Also oils and collage by Marnus Havenga and linocuts by S. Zolani. 67A Regent Rd, Seapoint. T. 021 434 5022 The Framing Place 46 Lower Main Rd, Observatory. T. 021 447 3988 www.

Heather Auer Art and Sculpture Original paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Heather Auer and other SA artists.Quayside Centre, Wharf Street, Simonstown. T. 021 786 1309. Hout Bay Gallery 71 Victoria Ave, Hout Bay. T. 021 790 3618 Infin Art Gallery 2 branches: Wolfe Str, Chelsea Village, Wynberg. T. 021 761 2816 & Buitengracht Str, CT. T. 021 423 2090 Irma Stern Museum Cecil Rd, Rosebank, CT. T. 021 685 5686 Iziko Michaelis Collection Ongoing: Dutch works from the 17th–20th centuries in Iziko collections Iziko Michaelis Collection, Old Town House, Greenmarket Square. T. 021 4813800.

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WESTERN CAPE | GALLERY GUIDE Johans Borman Fine Art 1 June - 12 July, ‘Allusions of Abstraction’, a selection of abstract works by SA Masters and Contemporary artists, including Walter Battiss, Pranas Domsaitis, May Hillhouse, Erik Laubscher and Douglas Portway, as well as Philip Barlow, Marlene von Dürckheim, Hussein Salim, Anton Chapman and Wehrner Lemmer. 16 Kildare Rd, Newlands, CT. T. 021 683 6863 Kalk Bay Modern 5 – 25 June, ‘Thinking Aloud’, paintings by Clare Menck, Alene Amaler-Raviv, Giovanna Biallo and Gerald Tabatha. 1st Floor, Olympia Buildings, 136 Main Rd, Kalk Bay. T.021 788 6571 Kalk Bay Sculpture Studio Fine art bronze foundry offering a sculpture and casting service for artists as well as commissions for corporate and private collectors. We have four in-house sculptors producing their own work and overseeing the daily operation. We pride ourselves in producing artwork of a world class standard. 11 Windsor Rd, Kalk Bay. T. 021 788 8736. C. 073 180 7209. Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery A selection of artworks by new and prominent SA artists and SA old Masters. 31 Kommandeur Rd, Welgemoed, Bellville. T. 021 913 7204/5 The Lisa King Gallery Specializing in top SA abstract/contemporary art, sculpture and exotic glassware. Cape Quarter Piazza, 72 Waterkant Street, Green Point. T. 021 421 3738. The Lovell Gallery 139 Albert Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 820 5505 Lutge Gallery Currently showing art and ceramics, architectural and Cape antiques and tables designed by Allan Lutge. 109 Loop Str. T. 021 424 8448

MM Galleries Shop 3, 31 Palmer Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town. T. 082 739 7567 Michaelis Galleries University of Cape Town, 31 – 37 Orange St, CT. T. 021 480 7170 Night Gallery Through June, ‘There & Back Again - With This & That to Boot’. Unit 2 Harfield Village Centre, 2nd Avenue, Claremont, Cape Town 7708 Quincy’s Antiques Art and Collectables Shop 8, Riverside Mall, Main Rd, Rondebosch. T. 021 685 1986 The Pot Luck Club Gallery Contact curator Las Madurasinghe on 074 180 4895 The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock. Provenance Auction House Auctioneers of Fine Art, Antiques and Home Luxury. 8 Vrede str, Gardens, CT. T. 021 461 8009 Purple Heart Gallery Honeydew Village Centre, Cnr. Christiaan De Wet & John Vorster Ave, Randpark Ridge. T. 011 475 7411. C. 071 780 7784 www. Red! The Gallery 20 June, art auction featuring 60 pieces from our private and retail collection, by artists Derric van Rensburg, Andrew Cooper, David Kuijers and Wakaba Mutheki and others. Auctioneer: Phillip Powell. Catalogue available online from 13 June. Shop G9, Steenberg Village shopping centre, Reddam Ave, Tokai. T. 021 701 0886 www. Rialto Art Centre 22 Mill Str, Strand. T. 021 853 8061

Rose Korber Art Until 30 June, ‘New Acquisitions’, showcasing a selection of works by leading contemporary SA artists, including Claudette Schreuders, Kevin Atkinson, Richard Smith, Paul Blomkamp, Penelope Stutterheime, Pamela Stretton and JP Meyer as well as work by noted Shangaan artist, Jane Makhubele. 48 Sedgemoor Rd, Camps Bay. T. 021 438 9152 Rosendal Art & Framing 23 Oxford Str, Durbanville. T. 021 976 8232 Rudd’s Auctioneers Antique, Fine and Decorative Art. 87 Bree Str, CT. T.021 426 0384. C. 083 406 4261 Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Until 13 June, in Salon A: ‘Cutting Edges’, by Martin Swart, Salon B: ‘Breath of Fire’, by Fine Ounce and in Salon C: ‘Impulse’, by Margot Hattingh. 18 June - 18 July, In Salon A: group exhibition of miniatures by various artists including Paul Birchall, Jan du Toit, Judy Woodborne, Corlie de Kock, Jaco Benade and Candice Dawn B. In Salon B & C: Theo Paul Vorster 10 Wellington Rd, Durbanville. T.021 976 4691 Sally Louw Gallery 77 Roodebloem Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town. T.072 713 8907 Salon 91 Until 22 June, ‘Collections and Archives: A Group Painting Show’, featuring work by Elize Vossgatter, Jade Doreen Waller, Lorraine Loots, Lucie Demoyencourt and Mia Chaplin amongst others. 91 Kloof Str, Gardens, CT. T 021 424 6930 Sophea Gallery & Tibetan Teahouse 2 Harrington Rd, Seaforth, Simonstown. T. 021 786 1544

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WESTERN CAPE | GALLERY GUIDE South African Print Gallery Botanical Art Prints 2013 109 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 6851 Sanlam Art Gallery 2 Strand Rd, Bellville. T. 021 947 3359 SMAC Art Gallery, CT Until 6 July, ‘Float Glass’ by Kate Gottgens. In-Fin-Art Building, Buitengracht Str. T. 021 422 5100 Gallery 6 June, First Thursdays event at 7pm, ‘A Journey in Words & Nuances’, a poetry reading and narrative by Janet Botes. On show include works by artists Catherine Ocholla, Floris van Zyl, Mila Posthumus, Willemien de Villiers and Bianca de Klerk. Visit gallery website for full inventory of available artwork. 61 Shortmarket Street. T: 021 801 4710 Stephan Welz & Company 4 & 5 June, Decorative and Fine Arts Auction. The Great Cellar, The Alphen Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia. T. 021 794 6461 Stevenson Cape Town 6 June - 20 July, showing work by Meschac Gaba and Dineo Seshee Bopape. Ground Floor, Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 1500 Strauss & Co. The Oval, 1st Floor Colinton House, 1 Oakdale Rd, Newlands. T. 021 683 6560 The Studio Kalk Bay Until 12 June, ‘The South African Print Gallery Botanical Prints 2013’, a curated exhibition of limited edition prints by leading botanical artists, in collaboration with the SA Print Gallery in Woodstock. Main Rd, Kalk Bay. C. 083 778 2737 The Art Connection An online gallery curated by Priscilla Schoonbee, offering top class artwork by established and up-and-coming artists. C. 082 463 6307 What if the World/Gallery 1 Argyle Str. Woodstock, CT. T. 021 802 3111 Windermere House The private art collection of Cape Town based artist Rachelle Bomberg, showcasing large, mystical/surreal abstract oils. Artist available by appointment. 58 Windermere Rd, Muizenberg. T. 021 788 1333 Worldart Gallery 54 Church Street, Cape Town CBD. T. 021 423 3075 Zizamele Ceramics Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Rd, Kommetjie. T. 021 789 1491

Breede River

Edna Fourie Gallery 21 - 23 June, ‘Paintings and Poems Conversing’, an exhibition and proud participant of the McGregor Poetry Festival. Main Rd, McGregor. C. 083 302 5538


Kunshuis Art events organised by Kunshuis during the Cederberg Festival include exhibitions and lectures. Contact Stephanie Stone for more info: 083 675 5606. 14 Main Rd, Clanwilliam. T. 027 4821940


Art in the Yard New arrivals from Kenyan artist Alexandra Spyratos. English artist Orlanda Broom’s organic landscapes and exaggerated jungle floral scenes. Other new artists to be unveiled are adding to the Art in the Yard stable, along with the best of local Franschhoek and Capetonian artists, sculptors and photographers. No.1 The Yard, 38 Huguenot Str. T. 021 876 4280

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Ebony Continuation of our Ardmore exhibition in celebration of the 7th annual Franschhoek Literary Festival. 1st Floor Gallery showing new works by Tanya Swiegers, Olaf Bisschoff, Richard Smith, Shany van den Berg and others. Also on show is work by Lionel Abrams, Barbara Burry, Gordon Vorster & Gerard Sekoto. Shop 4,Franschhoek Square, 32 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 4477

Hermanus Fynarts Hermanus FynArts, a new celebration of SA Art kicks off on Friday 7 June for ten full days of painting and ceramic workshops with Richard Smith, Vicki Thomas amongst others, richly illustrated talks, art demonstrations with Dale and Mel Elliott and Derric van Rensburg. Also concerts, dinners, exhibitions, high teas and much much more.

Is Art Until 14 June, an exhibition of paintings by Ingrid Winterbach. Le Quartier Français, 16 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8443

Originals Gallery The art studio and gallery of Terry Kobus. See the artist at work in his studio and view his latest paintings in an intimate gallery space. Shop 22 Royal Centre, 141 Main Rd, Hermanus. T. 083 259 8869

The Gallery at Grande Provence Until 12 June, ‘Soil’, a group exhibition by JP Meyer, Katie Barnard du Toit, Anthony Shapiro and Gregor Rohrig in the Main Gallery, and ‘(un)bound’, a group exhibition showing in the Cathedral. Main Rd, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8630

Rossouw Modern Art Gallery Hermanus 16 June - 4 August, Bastiaan van Stenis’ first international solo exhibition in Holland at Dejavu Galerie Podium. Visit website for more details. 3 Harbour Rd, Hermanus. T. 028 313 2222


Southern Art Ceramic Design Design and production of high quality ceramic tiles and objects for decorators, architects and private individuals as well as prestigious ceramic artwork & murals for art lovers and collectors. Hemel en Aarde Village. T. 028 3163296

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


Oak & Vinge Centre Ongoing exhibition of resident artist Adèle Claudia Fouché’s work is on display. Workshops and classes offered. 13 DS Botha Str, Greyton. C. 082 522 4010.


Shell, Sealife & Art Experience A permanent exhibition that houses original art and constructions by Mosie Hope. The shell cladding was done by Babs van Wyk over a period of eight years. Seasonally open. SMS before arriving. 082 296 0144

Mossel Bay

Artbeat Gallery 1 - 30 June, (main floor) showing work by Artist of the Month, Yolande Havenga. 1 June - 30 July, (upper level) a group exhibition by Cara Steyn, Mariette Maarschalk, Mariaan Kotze, Cherie Dobie and Carina Beyers. Through June, opening of ‘Kastrol Straat Pottery’. 35 Gys Smalberger Str, CBD, T. 081 356 5295 Art@39Long Featuring an ongoing exhibition of sculptures by emerging sculptor Hugo van Schalkwyk. The gallery is set in a delightful garden and exhibits a wide variety of established as well as up-and-coming SA artists. 39 Long Str, Great Brak River. C. 082 576 3338


Abalone Gallery Until 3 June, showcasing works by by Lionel Abrams, Gail Catlin, Hannes Harrs, Cecil Higgs, Judith Mason, Andre Naude and Fred Schimmel (Main Gallery). Until 3 June, a joint exhibition by Elzaby Laubscher and Susanna (the Annex). 2 Harbour Rd, The Courtyard. T. 028 313 2935 Art Amble Hermanus Village Ten diverse and unique Galleries all within walking distance in the heart of Hermanus Village. Four resident artists’ studios to visit. Collect your Art Amble Guide at any one of the Galleries in Main Rd or at the Hermanus Tourism Office. Terry Kobus: C. 083 259 8869. Bellini Gallery & Cappuccino-Bar 167 Main Rd, Hermanus. T. 028 312 4988

Village Art Gallery 7 - 16 June, recent works by Paul Dixon, Shelagh Price, Tony Butler, Peter Jander, Annette Barnard and Brian Robertson. Part of the Hermanus Fynarts. Hemel en Aarde Village. T 028 316 3355. Walker Bay Art Gallery View the wide selection of paintings, sculpture & ceramics by established as well as up-and-coming SA artists. 171 Main Rd. 028 312 2928


Dale Elliott Art Galleries Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa. Shop 11, Knysna Mall Shopping Centre, Main Rd. T. 044 382 5646 A Different Drummer A collection of works by South African Masters. Thesen House, 6 Long Street, Knysna. T. 044 382 5107 Knysna Fine Art Opening 28 June, an exhibition of bespoke lighting, décor and other conceits - work by Trevor and Lyn Opperman, Carole Harris, Wilja Reitz, Design Culture and and Karen Barrow. Thesen House, 6 Long Str, Knysna. T. 044 382 5107 Lynn Schaefer Gallery Artworks and ceramics by SA artists including Derric van Rensburg, Ann Nosworthy, Darryl Legg and Lynn Schaefer. Thesen House, 6 Long Street. C. 072 174 4907 Sally Bekker Art Studio Ongoing exhibition of recent watercolour and oil paintings. Woodmill Lane, Main rd, Knysna. C.082 342 3943. The Knysna Art Gallery 17 June - 13 July, ‘Lifting the Roof off’, by Helen Mudge. Old Gaol Complex, cnr of Main and Queen Street. T. 044 382 7124


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


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


Hout Street Gallery Specialising in paintings and fine art by more than thirty SA artists. 270 Main Str, Paarl. T. 021 872 5030


Ndiri cross border trader | I am a cross border trader. Series: Ndiri Cross Border Trader Performance. Photographic print ed. 5, Ref # Gerald_Machona_1. Harre CBD 2010

The Exhibition Cultural Brokerage: Africa Imagined (Act 1) opens to the public at the Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa on the 25th May – 30th June 2013 to coincide with Africa Day and the 50th Anniversary of the African Union. !KAURU’s project aim is to showcase and promote contemporary visual art from the SADC region. !KAURU is a platform aimed at facilitating an exchange of ideas, in recognition of the cultural diversity through regional intercultural dialogue. This year’s exhibition will include, Curators and Artists walkabouts, Colloquium, professional artists workshops and a community outreach programme. Contact details Pretoria Art Museum | Tel: +27 (0)12 344 1807/8 | Fax: +27 (0)12 3441809 / +27 (0)86 210 2758 Corner Francis Baard and Wessels Streets | Arcadia Park | Arcadia| Pretoria | South Africa Project director: Tshepiso Mohlala +27 (0)84 667 6416



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

Plettenberg Bay

Lookout Art Gallery Featuring a wide variety of both new and well-loved artists, including Fiona Rowett, Jocelyn Boyley, Sue Kemp and Gail Darroll, amongst others.Main Str, Plettenberg Bay. T. 044 533 2210. Old Nick Village Housed in an historic farm complex surrounded by lush gardens, Old Nick Village comprises a varied selection of individual shops and galleries showcasing some of the best of South African creative manufacturers and fine artists. Easy access from the N2 highway, 3km east of Plett. T. 044 533 1395

Port Owen

West Coast Art Gallery 29 June, opening of the West Coat gallery, between 10am and 4pm. Featuring work by artists Dot Dixon, Jannie Jordaan, Elton Jageis, Irisma Tolken and other local artists. Kindly RSVP to Dot. 52 Port Owen Drive, Port Owen. C. 082 460 6650.

Prince Albert

Prince Albert Gallery Established in 2003, the gallery always has an eclectic mix of art on display. 57 Church Str, Prince Albert. T. 023 541 1057

Riebeek Kasteel

The Gallery - Riebeek Kasteel Main Street, Riebeek Kasteel. C. 083 653 3697


Robertson Art Gallery Specialising in original art by more than 60 top South African artists. 3 Voortrekker Rd, Robertson. T. 023 626 5364

Somerset West

Dante Art & Decor Featuring SA art, ceramics, gifts and decor. Waterstone Village shop 37. C. 082 268 9997

Sasol Art Museum Until 29 June, ‘Silence Portraits’, by Johann du Plessis. Until 20 July, ‘Solipses V’, by Wim Botha (Wordfees Artist 2013) 52 Ryneveld Str, Stellenbosch T. 021 808 3691.

Gallery 91 91 Andries Pretorius Str. T. 021 852 6700

Slee Gallery 101 Dorp Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 3385

Liebrecht Art Gallery Until 6 June, ‘Who’s Afraid of the Irma Sterns?’, paintings, photographs and jewellery by Marina Louw, and inspired by the work of Irma Stern. 34 OudehuisStr, Somerset West. T. 021 852 8030

SMAC Art Gallery Until 22 June, ‘In Retro: Seventy-Year Career Survey (2013 - 1943)’, by Hannatjie van der Wat. 1st Floor, De Wet Centre, Church Str. T. 021 887 3607

Wallace Hulley Gallery 27 Silverboomkloof Rd. C. 083 268 4356

Stellenbosch Art Gallery An extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass & ceramics by selected Western Cape artists are on offer to the discerning buyer. 34 Ryneveld Str. T. 021 887 8343


Art at Tokara Until end August, ‘The Garden’. Tokara Winery, Crest of the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. T. 021 808 5900 Art on 5 A studio gallery run by 3 local artists exhibiting their work. Subject matter ranges from still life’s, local landscapes and vineyard scenes, portraits, and ceramics. 7b Andringa Str. T. 021 887 7234. C. 072 249 3312 D-Street Gallery 1 June - 14 July, ‘Vanitas II’, a show curated By Clare Menck with 20 Artists exhibiting. Among others are Clare Menck, Simon Stone, Pauline Gutter, John Murray, Henk Serfontein, Cobus Van Bosch and Johann Louw. 112 Dorp Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 882 3337 Rupert Museum Showcasing the unique private art collection of Anton and Huberte Rupert. Stellentia Ave. T. 021 888 3344

US Art Gallery Closed for renovation until 31 October. C/o Dorp & Bird str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 828 3489


Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery Representing a variety of established and up-and-coming South African artists. 19 Swellengrebel str, Swellendam. T. 028 5142905 Die Steg Art Galery 1 Voortrek Str, Swellendam. 028 514 2521.


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


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


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GALLERY GUIDE | KZ- NATAL / EASTERN CAPE / NORTHERN CAPE Pharoah Art Gallery Featuring a collection of Peter Pharoah’s fine art originals & prints including rich colourful portraits, African wildlife and textured abstracts inspired by his travels. Wilderness Centre, George Road. T. 044 877 0265

Kwazulu- Natal Durban

The African Art Centre 94 Florida Rd, Durban. T. 031 312 3804/5 Artisan Gallery 19 June - 20 July, “40 Years and Still Going Strong”, an exhibition by well known artist/art activist/arts writer John Smith. 344 Florida Rd, Morningside, Durban. T. 031 312 4364. ArtSPACE Durban Until 15 June, ‘I Love’, a pop-up shop organised by Genevieve Motley, and ‘Township Label’, a show of paintings by Mbhekeni Derrick Mbili. 3 Millar Rd (off Umgeni Rd). T. 031 312 0793 Christie’s International Auctioneers. Gillian Scott Berning, Independent Consultant. T 031 207 8247 The COLLECTIVE A gallery promoting young artists . 48b Florida Rd, (entrance in 4th Avenue) Greyville, Durban. T. 031 303 4891 Durban Art Gallery 2nd Floor City Hall, Anton Lembede (Smith) Str. T. 031 311 2264 Fat Tuesday Gallery Until 15 June, ‘Horse About’, an exhibition of drawings by Renee Leslie and ceramics by Carol Hayward-Fell. 18 June - 6 July, ‘Silence of the Lands’, an exhibition of landscape paintings by four artists: Joan Martin, Lara Mellon, Maggie Strachan and Ana Pereira de Vlieg. 5 Bellevue Road, Kloof, Durban. T. 031 717 2785. Elizabeth Gordon Gallery 120 Florida Rd, Durban T. 031 303 8133 KZNSA Gallery Until 9 June, ‘Paradise Lost’, a solo show by Tom van Herrewege (Main Gallery), and ‘Still Free’, a show by Mook Lion (Mezzanine and Park Galleries) 166 Bulwer Rd, Glenwood. T. 031 277 1705 Tamasa Gallery A small commercial gallery, Tamasa exhibits a broad variety of contemporary KZN artists. Currently showing Isabelle Leclezio’s latest works. 36 Overport Drive, Berea. T. 031 207 1223.

Imbizo Gallery 20 June - 31 July, ‘Exuberance’, a show by Glen Josselsohn. Shop 7, Ballito Lifestyle Centre. T. 032 946 1937

Kraaldoring Gallery and Studio 13 - 16 June, ‘Still Life in the Karoo’, an exhibition of painting, ceramics and photography by artists Clementina Van Der Walt, Albie Bailey, Hennie Meyer, Lisa Ringwood, Tessa Gordon, Ben Coutouvidis and Ronnie Rosenberg. no cell phone reception, only Whatsapp: 082 925 0871


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

Marinda Combrink Studio & Gallery Currently showing recent paintings and drawings by Marinda Combrinck. 33 Andries Pretorius Street, Calitzdorp. C. 079 968 1588


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

Carnegie Art Gallery Permanent collection on view of artists’ interpretation of the SA landscape. Good collection of ELC Art & Craft, Rorkes Drift ceramics, prints and tapestries. Well stocked gallery shop. Newcastle, KZN. T. 034 328 7622

Portal Gallery An intimate gallery with works by selected contemporary artists, including Hermann Niebuhr, Estelle Marais and Diane McLean. 41 Schoeman Str, De Rust. C. 082 297 6977


The Underberg Studio Set in a delightful garden facing the mountains, the gallery specializes in landscape photography & ceramics. Owned by photographer Lawrance Brennon and his potter wife, Catherine Brennon, the gallery is regularly updated with their latest work. 21 Ridge Rd, Underberg. Signage from R617. T. 033 701 2440


Quin Gallery & Sculpture Garden A permanent exhibition of Maureen Quin’s sculptures, paintings and drawings. R15 entry fee. 5 Suid Str, Alexandria, Eastern Cape, following the signs from the main street. T. 046 653 0121 C. 082 770 8000

ArtEC 21 June - 12 July, 94th EPSAC/artEC Annual Exhibition. 36 Bird Str, PE. T. 041 585 3641

Ann Bryant Gallery National Arts Festival 2013 Exhibition - call for artists. Work will be received at the gallery up until Tuesday 4 June. Contact Leon or Terry. 9 St. Marks Rd, Southernwood, East London. T. 043 722 4044 Floradale Fine Art Gallery Floradale Centre, Old Gonubie Rd, Beacon Bay. T. 043 740 2031

Port Elizabeth

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

Eastern Cape

East London

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. 29 Schoeman Str, De Rust, T. 044 241 2014

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum 12 June - 21 July, ‘Ethna Frankenfeld: 2010 Biennial Award Winner’, exploring themes that have preoccupied the artist throughout her career as a printmaker. Until 14 July, “Exploring the Art of the Eastern Cape 1900 - 2013”, a reflection on trend-setters of the past and the innovators who are shaping the art of the future. Until 16 Sept, ‘Transforming The Everyday Into Art’, artists using found objects in ways that challenges the boundary between art and the everyday. 1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth. T. 041 506 2000

Malcolm Dewey Fine Art Ongoing exhibition of oil paintings by Malcolm Dewey & works by a selection of local artists. 60 Darlington Rd, Berea, East London. T. 043 7260421

Ron Belling Art Gallery 30 Park Drive, P.E. T. 041 586 3973

Klein Karoo


Doornkuil Art courses in the Great Karoo: if you love art, space, crisp Karoo air, good food and great company, then you should not miss this unique experience. C. 072 553 5547

Northern Cape William Humphreys Art Gallery 1 Cullinan Crescent, Civic Centre. T. 053 831 1724/5


“one of the most accomplished and subtle landscapists in the book of South African art” Field of ranunculas, watercolour 1989 30

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Moving on up: Vincent da Silva with a new work to go When in Stellenbosch visit the Vincent da Silva Gallery: Church Street, Stellenbosch Exhibition entitled: Dis(place) by Emma Willemse at The Lovell Gallery See more:

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The Photographers Gallery za & ErdmannContemporary hosts: Wilhelm Saayman : In Season Five Everyone Dies. Photoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Michaela Irving

Singapore Silk Screened by Deborah McKellar. Kalk Bay Studio, Cape Town

Deborah McKellar / Deborah McKellar and Donna McKellar / Gallery interior

Cathrine Collins / Andrea Stoltenkamp and Moira Mahon / Lindy and Marc Alexander with Donna McKellar In and about the Afro-Catalan - Juanjo Sandoval exhibition, at the Avital Lang Gallery & Studio.

North West University: Christiaan Diedericks’ solo-exhibition “The Wisdom of Dragonflies”

Ron Belling Gallery: 4 Blind Mice- Journey through Istanbull. Photo’s Basil Brady

Andy Higgins and Christo Booth / Basil Brady and friends / Ryan Allan and Mawande Mase.

Nomakhomazi Dyosopu / Joshua Smith and Lina Adam / Usen Obot

Robyn Sharwood / Mawande Mase, Robert Foote, Tammy Foote / Jessica Hosking and Ryan Allan Martin Swart: “Cutting Edges”Ceramics Fine Ounce handmade contemporary jewelry Margot Hattingh: Margot Hattingh See more at:

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London Letter

Undoubtedly the season’s hottest ticket, if you can excuse the pun, is the British Museum’s ground-breaking exhibition, Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, which runs throughout the summer until 29 September. It features an unprecedented array of works from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, allowing many of these objects to be seen outside Italy for the first time. And if Herculaneum is not a place name familiar to you, you will learn that this smaller seaside town north of Pompeii and closer to Naples, was first to be buried under the ashes and excavations there have not been as extensive. Because of the way Vesuvius exploded, the two cities suffered different fates. In Herculaneum the heat was so intense it carbonised everything instantly, leaving objects such as a wooden table intact, while from Pompeii the grim casts of people in their death throes lends a sombre tone to this fascinating exhibition. The British Museum takes as its focal point a Roman home of the time, laid out with everyday objects in the different rooms, from a stamped loaf of bread and a contraption in which one could fatten dormice in the kitchen to a baby’s cradle in the bedroom. The most magnificent of the many frescoes on display are the three that form the garden alcove, from the House of the Golden Bracelet in Pompeii. In endless shades of green, we can decipher a host of birds and plants in gardens both wild and structured. The status of women is highlighted by works such as the wall painting showing the baker Terentius Neo and his wife posing as equal business partners, or the life-sized statue of Eumachia, one of the richest people in the city, who erected the largest building in the forum. The statue of a head with a disjointed penis attached at an appropriate height on its plinth (known as a herm) is a reminder that the sexual taboos of today were not in place. Whether it is a marble statues of Hercules so drunk he is unable to pee, the god Pan in the act with a she-goat or a fresco of a slave looking on while her owners make love, sex is an integral part of Roman life. Taking inspiration from the hugely successful live screenings of staged productions of opera, theatre and ballet, the museum presents a live broadcast in June, where the curator and other experts take the viewer on a tour of the exhibition. The screening is planned to be shown abroad as well during the summer, but details have yet to be released. A splendid loan of English silver from the Kremlin vaults forms the hub of what should be a more spectacular exhibition than it is at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Great craftsmanship from the 1600s, which would have been melted down for Cromwell’s army, survived only because it was given as part of diplomatic exchanges between England’s royalty and Moscow. Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars (until 14 July) has some exquisite pieces at its heart, but an

awkward display dissipates much of its impact. It opens grandly with four enormous mythical creatures, the Dacre beasts, hewn from a single oak in Cumbria in 1507, including the original ‘red bull’ and a crowned dolphin. There are impressive pieces on display throughout: armour showing Henry VIII’s ample girth, jewels such as Drake’s Armada brooch, cameos and painted miniatures, as well as large period portraits. The Kremlin silverware is not given sufficient viewing space, so it is difficult to admire properly. There is also little of the Russian Tsars, besides their English presents and a portrait of the first Romanov tsar. I can’t be the only visitor disappointed to find that, despite the title, instead of presenting both sides of 500 years of diplomatic trading, the show is simply an opportunity for the V&A to display its Tudor and Stuart treasures. A strange collection entitled Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan at the Wellcome Collection (until 30 June) raises the age-old question of what exactly art is. Used as a tool for self-expression by untaught artists diagnosed with various mental or behavioural illnesses, it has been closely aligned with social care in Japan since the start of their welfare system after the war. The word souzou means both creation and imagination, and the work of these 46 artists certainly reveals oodles of that. While much of it is interesting perhaps from a psychiatric angle, it looks like a random selection from the schoolroom. The theme of primitive art, often with crude and repetitive figures, runs throughout. Particularly the final selection though, shows a startling finesse, which elevates it to another level: the fine needlework cubes by Toya Hagino, the sheer scale and detail of Norimitsu Kokubo’s ongoing cityscapes and Shinichi Sawada’s spiky ceramic demons, which will be displayed at the Venice Biennale this year. Marie Suzuki’s bright colours, obsessive circles, endless eyes and repetitive patterns reminded me strongly of Yayoi Kusama’s work, another inhabitant of a Japanese institution. The Tate Modern, no doubt thanks to their German director, never contents itself simply with crowd-pleasers, but over the years has steadily introduced the British public to new names. One of these is the Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair (until 20 October). Now 97 and living in Beirut, she spent her early years in Paris under the tutelage of Ferdinand Leger. Back home, she was a lone voice using abstraction and although her art has a distinctively Islamic feel to it, it has echoes of other Western artists such as Naum Gabo and Barbara Hepworth. This is Choucair’s first major museum showing and combines painting and sculpture from the Fifties to the Eighties, often small maquettes which she hoped would lead to public commissions. Although the large section of mobiles feels very much of a period, it is in the interlocking sculptures, small and large, stone and wooden, that the artist brings her unique vision to the fore, combining eastern and western aesthetic.

British Museum: Pompeii installation view - garden frescoes

Victoria and Albert Museum: Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars

Wellcome Collection: Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan

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The Tate Modern: Saloua Raouda Choucair


Grahamstown; National Arts Festival 27 June - 07 July 2013. View and download the free Festival Program on

Peter Midlane Carinus Art Centre, Grahamstown Painter/Etcher Peter Midlane is exhibiting his newest work at Carinus Art Centre during the Grahamstown Festival of the Arts, from 27 June to 6 July 2013. This year’s work is an extension of his ongoing exploration of boundaries in landscape and marks on the landscape, while his newest etchings: “The Kimberley Suite” are both anecdotal and social comment in subject. Peter has been a regular exhibitor in Grahamstown for 26 years.. See more on:


Preoccupations and themes in the work of Ethna Frankenfeld: a response Arguably her methodology as artist and as teacher developed during those early student years: live, play, observe, experiment, think, synthesize, reflect, make, draft and craft meticulously, present immaculately, critique directly, then move on briskly… With her portfolio spread out in front of us, I am struck by the high levels of artisanal and technical prowess she attained over the years of engaging and playing with the printmaking medium, the high level of crafting expertise that resides within her. But more so, when paging through the visual narrative spanning the years, I am struck by how one can read and trace the recurrent themes and preoccupations that emerge early and develop as her creative voice strengthens and becomes louder and more attuned over time. So the apparently halcyon scene with anxiety nipping around its edges appears early in her production, as do the seminal role players: the iconic Madonna / temptress female figure in the foreground of the images, heavy with sensuality; the ever more overtly phallic presence of the unidentified and unidentifiable male, and, more and more noticeable as her work develops, the shadowy döppelganger figure [the observer, the harbinger, the foreshadower, the conscience, the presence of the past in the present]. Frankenfeld herself acknowledges her own interest in uneasy juxtapositions, in disjoints, in contradictions; her images speak of sensuous enjoyment, of sexual adventure, of pride and lust; of taboos and dangerous encounters; in her more recent works there is a growing sense of foreboding, an awareness of life and death and of loss. Mary Duker

Ethna Frankenfeld

The 2011 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennial Award winner, Ethna Frankenfeld, is acknowledged as a significant artistic presence, in Port Elizabeth, and beyond. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, and in significant public collections elsewhere in the country. As an artist-teacher, she has had a positive influence on the creative development of scores of students over the years. Having spent many of those years working with Frankenfeld as an academic colleague, when asked to write this catalogue introduction to her work I felt the need to re-experience and re-engage with Frankenfeld the artist, the master print maker and the enigmatic image-maker. I arranged to spend time shadowing her in her studio, as she reflected on her approaches to the business of making art, on the teachers who influenced her, and on how her work has evolved over time. Arranged in front of us, on the counter surfaces of her almost clinical, meticulously kept studio, a range of work dating back to her student days in the 1970’s; not as accurate a record of her output as it should be, because Frankenfeld (by her own admission), adopted a cavalier approach to the preservation and cataloguing of her own work over the years (We have a mutual acquaintance with a framed line drawing in pride of place, a drawing that she fished out of a bin in the senior art studios many years ago, Frankenfeld having discarded it because it failed to retain her interest once it was completed).

It is by now an overworked truism when one writes that an artist is dealing with issues of their own autobiography and identity. I suppose most artists do, but not all of them seem willing to apply such an un-mawkish and selfscrutinizing gaze as they embrace / interrogate / be-mourn their own lives, and the lives of those closest to them in their work. Frankenfeld lays no claim to being an interlocutor, makes no attempt to ‘help’ others to understand the world better. Never one for putting the word before the image, she resists providing deep and philosophical introductions to her work, she provides no instructions on how to receive it, rather, she chooses to leave the images to make their own way into the world and leaves the viewer to make sense of them as he or she chooses. For me, as a returning tourist into the world of her art, as an information gatherer, an interrogator, as a nosy guest in her studio, Frankenfeld’s works resonate like the text of a novel, like the words of a poem by Antjie Krog. They speak of dualism; part night, sin, death and darkness, part light, love and lust for life; and they speak volumes about the power of art to act as an ongoing means of negotiating (and escaping) the realities of the misshapen world around us.

The early works we look at show the direct influence of her first mentors, Alexander Podlashuc and Robert Brooks. She reflects on Pod the ironic visual narrator, willful, obsessively, providing the guidelines to his students to help them to draft and structure the visual world as he saw it, determined they should view it through the lenses through which he viewed it. Brooks on the other hand, doggedly resisting providing answers, shapeshifting, requiring of his students that they engage with their inner worlds, that they explore the hedonistic world around them and that they make sense of artmaking for themselves. His disclaimer: that he didn’t know enough, that they needed to live, to look up, to research, to experience and to find their own ways - a canny kind of teaching by not providing ready answers, but effective, as Frankenfeld recalls. SA ART TIMES. June 2013




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NELSON MANDELA BAY ARTS JOURNEY By Nina Allchurch Nelson Mandela Bay’s Visual and Performing Arts are poised to shine on centre stage as an official 2013 National Arts Festival Fringe Programme Partner. Positioned as the Gateway to Grahamstown, the Nelson Mandela Bay Arts Journey offers a full festival line-up of 26 visual and performing arts events, artists and venues in the city’s flourishing central arts, culture and heritage tourism hub, running parallel to Grahamstown’s main programme from 18 June – 12 July 2013. Modelled on the world’s largest Arts Festivals, such as Edinburgh and Sydney, Nelson Mandela Bay Arts Journey invites festinos and arts patrons to plan Nelson Mandela Bay - Port Elizabeth into their National Arts Festival 2013 itinerary. Highcalibre must-see Arts Journey offerings include prominent national visual arts exhibitions such as Roger Ballen’s Playpen, Modern Miniatures, and Greg Kerr. Festival Artistic Director, Ismail Mahomed will launch the Nelson Mandela Bay 2013 Fringe Programme on 18th June at 18:00 at the official opening of the Ballen Playpen exhibition at the recently revamped iconic heritage venue on Belmont Terrace, the Athenaeum and Little Theatre, which will house multiple visual and performing arts exhibitions, workshops and performances during the festival. Partnerships between the National Arts Festival, the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), an entity of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (NMBM) and the Port Elizabeth Opera House brings benefits to visual and performing artists from Port Elizabeth and surrounds, offering increased visibility and capacity-building for Port Elizabeth artists participating at the festival, thereby boosting the festival offering to festinos. “The MBDA is thrilled to be partnering with the National Arts Festival. It marks the culmination of a three year programme of investment in the Arts, through the implementation of Route 67, a public art driven tourism infrastructure project linking, restoring and evolving arts, culture and heritage venues in PE”, said MBDA Planning and Development Manager, Dorelle Sapere. In addition, the Port Elizabeth Opera House presents six ground-breaking performance pieces on Grahamstown’s 2013 Arts Festival Main Showcase stages for the first time, elevating Eastern Cape arts talent to national SA ART TIMES. June 2013

level, supported by ECPACC, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Province of the Eastern Cape Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture, and the National Arts Council. As such the Nelson Mandela Bay Arts Journey represents the Creative Collective established to collectively market the prominent Arts Venues and local creative talent across all visual arts and performing arts disciplines in Nelson Mandela Bay. 2013 sees the culmination of a vision articulated in 2009 already by key players driving for the development of a sustainable Creative Arts Industry in Nelson Mandela Bay; including Arts Journey Head, Anthony Harris, the MBDA, and prominent galleries, theatre venues and institutions including Anthony Harris’ ART Gallery, artEC, the GFI Art Gallery - formerly the Ron Belling Gallery, The Tin House on Cuyler Street, the Athenaeum – Little Theatre, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and their School of Music Art and Design, Walker Digital Bridge Street, Art on Target, the Port Elizabeth Opera House and Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism. “With so many on-going inspiring arts and culture developments in Nelson Mandela Bay, this partnership will profile the creative economies of Port Elizabeth and its surrounding areas to a captive audience of passionate art lovers who come via Port Elizabeth to the Festival from all over South Africa and the world. This is a major step towards positioning Port Elizabeth as a mainstream player in a flourishing South African arts sector, the Festival’s Artistic Director, Ismail Mahomed said. Situated only 130 kms away from Grahamstown, as the closest airport transit point, Nelson Mandela Bay offers a special mix of culture, country, coastal and heritage adventures to round out the trek to South Africa’s Festival Capital, Grahamstown, this 39th National Arts Festival. Via the partnership between Grahamstown and Nelson Mandela Bay, the Eastern Cape is officially sealed as South Africa’s Cultural Province, delivering excellence, innovation and development in the arts by providing a platform for established and emerging South African artists; creating opportunities for collaboration with local, national and international artists; and building new Arts Festival patrons and art buyers. 41


EVENT GUIDE Nelson Mandela Bay NAF Fringe Programme 2013 ROUTE 67. 67 PUBLIC ART WORKS. Arts & Heritage Walking Tour, Central All year 24/7 ROUTE 67 honours 67 working years Nelson Mandela dedicated to SA’s Freedom. Funded by Lotto, the Mandela Bay Development Agency invited local artists to create 67 iconic public artworks around the Donkin, Belmont Terrace & Bird St. In Central NMB, follow signposts from Campanile, up St Mary’s stairs, via Donkin Reserve & Athenaeum, not forgetting links to Uitenhage, South End & historic Red Location. Visit Tourism Info Office on Donkin for self-guided walking maps. ATHENAEUM Belmont Terrace, Central Roger Ballen: Playpen Exhibition by NMMU School of Music, Art and Design 18 June – 18 July Public opening 18 June 18.00 Ismail Mahomed, Artistic Director NAF. Ballen’s Playpen exhibition, is curated by Christina Naurattel, North West University. It explores Ballen’s images of children, toys, drawings & their spaces. It’s a unique selection spanning Ballen’s career. Images drawn from previous series & new work, Asylum. Beadwork Exhibition Athenaeum Permanent Collection 18 June – 18 July Over 30 Eastern Cape bead workers drew inspiration from 67 Mandela quotes & created visual representations. The closing event honours the ladies who created this incredible tapestry of handcraft with the release of a photo book. Voice - Choice 2 July – 18 August Tim Hopwood workshops with youth on meaning of portraiture, with Artworks for Youth & MBDA ART GALLERY Modern Miniatures Exhibition 51b Cuyler St Central 28 May – 15 June. Launch 17.30 Miniature art is unique & collectible, embracing all subjects, media & techniques. Some 300 pro & emerging SA artists, from sculptor, Anton Momberg to ceramicist, Bantu Mtshiselwa, have responded to this first of a kind national exhibition. GFI ART GALLERY Formerly Ron Belling Art Gallery 30 Park Drive, Central Animal Advance Exhibition 20 June – 12 July. Investigates the animal in contemporary visual culture. A diverse range of works on animal concept & form. [ik:stingkt] Exhibition 20 June – 12 July Shows NMB youth artwork supporting Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative. Sponsored by Coca-Cola Sabco and Investec


ART GALLERY Dot dot squiggle dash 51b Cuyler St, Central. 21 June – 23 July Contemporary ceramics by Ceramics SA – EC shows top E. Cape artists & NMMU graduates who delight in patterned surfaces. Christina Bryer displays refined porcelain inspired by sacred geometric sequences. Lisa Walker & Bianca Whitehead also on show.

New Brighton-born ‘Dolla’ Sapeta enjoys bold colour, expressionist handling of forms & iconic symbolism suggesting a dystopian world, which this acclaimed Nelson Mandela Bay professional fine artist interrogates with irony. TIN HOUSE GALLERY Rick Becker Fine Art Exhibition 35 Cuyler Street, Central 15 June – 14 July. Rick paints live at the venue, offering a range of new abstracts & landscapes: karoo nostalgia to spontaneous abstracts. Bantu Mtshiselwa, MTech in Ceramic Design at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University School of Music Art & Design recently returned from an art fellowship in North Carolina (US). ARTEC 94th Annual Exhibition 36 Bird Street, Central 21 June - 12 July. 21 June 17:30 Launch & Awards. Open exhibition of Eastern Cape artists. Also see Route 67 Public Artworks.

ART ON TARGET BA & Friends 2 Target Kloof. 20 June – 12 July Group exhibition of notable Port Elizabeth artists with imagery reflecting their interaction with society & environment. Some unusual perspectives. Painting, photography, drawing, mixed media by artists incl Bretten-Anne Moolman, Anthony Harris, Dolla Sapeta, Tim Hopwood, Theresa Hardman, & 4 Blind Mice. ALLIANCE FRANCAISE Richmond Hill Music Festival Stanley Street, Richmond Hill 22 June 10:00 – 22:00. Vibey pavement cafes, tiny art galleries, winebars, superb restaurants on trendy Stanley Street & Richmond Hill precinct. Celebrate with top local musos! WALKER DIGITAL Greg Kerr Fine Art Exhibition Bridge Street 20 June – 31 July Savour Kerr’s current infatuation with Portraits. NMM ART MUSEUM Exploring the Art of the Eastern Cape 1914 – 2013 Exhibition. 1 Park Drive, Central Trendsetters of the past & innovators shaping future art.

Lydia Homes Ceramic Miniature Titled: Ceratotherium Plaudunt

ATHENAEUM – NMB NAF Fringe Programme Closing Ceremony 8 July 19:00. Hidden Treasures by Odelon String Quartet with Samson Diamond, First violin.

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EVENT GUIDE Nelson Mandela Bay Visual & Performing Artists In Grahamstown Modern Miniatures Exhibition Trinity Hall, Hill St Grahamstown 27 June - 7 July. Daily sundowners 17.30. Mingle & meet the artists! Miniature art is unique & collectible. It embraces all subjects, media & techniques. Some 300 pro & emerging SA artists in this first of a kind national exhibition. Spaces – Anthony Harris Fine Art Exhibition Trinity Hall, Hill St Grahamstown 27 June - 7 July. Daily sundowners 17.30. Mingle & meet the artists! “I use landscape as a metaphor. My work explores the complexity of terrain to challenge the viewers’ own boundaries & conventions, to move them beyond preconceived notions & comfortable perceptions. These panoramas comprise elements that bear witness to change & evolution.” - Harris Donve Branch – Fired Up Ceramics Exhibition Trinity Hall, Hill St Grahamstown 27 June - 7 July. Daily sundowners 17.30. Mingle & meet the artist! Branch uses smoke firing techniques on traditional thrown ceramics. Smoke firing enhances dynamic interplay of earth & fire defining traditional African pots. Cracked Mirror Port Elizabeth Opera House Performing Arts Masonic Back Grahamstown 27 June 20:00 28 June 18:00 29 June 14:00 30 June 22:00 New Brighton stagewriter Buntu Mahola cracks a high-energy miners’ story told through music & humour, depicting a society deteriorating without care or conscience. Directed by Xolani Ngesi who’s matured with Janet Buckland & uMendi’s writer, Mandla Mbothwe. Mawawa, a Florist Port Elizabeth Opera House Performing Arts Memory Hall, Grahamstown 27 June 20:00 28 June 18:00 29 June 14:00 30 June 22:00 Mawawa, a Florist, is a sensitive work by talented Xolisa Ngubelanga reflecting on the delicate beauty of flowers & the language of the heart they speak. Underlaid with sentimental marimba, Mamawa, a Florist explores his role in the world of lovers & asks if he’s the good lover he wishes to be.

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Sleeping Dogs Port Elizabeth Opera House Performing Arts 27 June 20:00 28 June 16:00 29 June 22:00 1 July 14:00 Award-winning writer, Simphiwe Vikilahle shines on the main showcase. Set in Ndamase village, Transkei, Sleeping Dogs tests the strength of faith in traditional role of a woman to bear an heir, when out of desperation, adultery is her only solution. A woman’s got to do what she must … or does she? Compelling, adult psycho-drama.

Anthony Harris Fine Art Exhibition – Trinity Hall “Landscape metaphor” Monologues 1st Gear Port Elizabeth Opera House Performing Arts Kingswood Theatre, Grahamstown 30 June 10:00 1 July 19:30 A progression of dramatic & musical responses to themes of betrayal & witchcraft, lost love & the revelation of education. Interprets technical philosophies of famous dramatists Brecht, Kente Stanislavski & others. Via unique character exploration, technically accomplished Eastern Cape talent display their unique emotional grasp of Self as Instrument.

Monologues 2nd Gear Port Elizabeth Opera House Performing Arts Kingswood Theatre, Grahamstown 2 July 14:00 3 July 20:30 A series of emotional fusions of dance & drama, exploring dark & light layers of animal fear, mob justice on innocent women, the irony of freedom promises amidst the ruin of poverty & deception, & betrayal despite loyalty & love. Be mesmerised by intense dance & drama, touched with humour.

Truck Driver Port Elizabeth Opera House Performing Arts Masonic Hall-Back, Grahamstown 27 June 16:00 28 June 12:00 30 June 18:00 SA theatre, film & TV doyenne, Nomhle Nkonyeni applies her golden touch to an ensemble Eastern Cape cast. Truck Driver tackles the tricky topic of the price women pay for the newfound freedom of education, scripted by accomplished Zwai Mgijima. Classic Nkonyeni reflects her excellent career tied to Kani, Ntshona & Fugard. After the Fact Exhibition Painting Studio: Carinus Art Centre, Beaufort St Grahamstown 27 June – 7 July Curated by NMMU alumnus, Arnold van Niekerk. Shows works of Fine Art Masters Graduates keen to make a professional name. A mix of edgy contemporary social commentary & conservative competencies, it speaks of being young, uncertain, arrogant and humble, something we’ve all been! alone: together again Fine Art Exhibition 27 June – 7 July Steve Biko Building Seminar Rm 4 Artists Sue Hoppe, Jimmy Ndlovu, Ayanda Mji, Litha Ncokazi. We address concerns through our art, coloured by our unique life paths. When independent works of sympathetic artists come together, we create a dialogue more potent than the sum of its parts. 1820 Monument Grahamstown Official NAF Closing Ceremony Sun 7 July 15:00. MBDA funded. E Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in Pop Concert conducted by maestro Richard Cock feat. Zwai Bala



MINIATURE ART By Nina Allchurch

ART Gallery Owner, Curator and Fine Artist, Anthony Harris conceptualised a first of a kind national cross-disciplinary contemporary art exhibition, entitled Modern Miniatures, to show in Nelson Mandela Bay from 28 May to 15 June, then moving to Trinity Hall, Grahamstown from 27 June to 7 July 2013 at the National Arts Festival. “There has been an overwhelming response from around 300 leading fine artists, ceramicists, photographers and sculptors nationwide who are keen to participate in this exhibition selected by Professor Greg Kerr and NMMU’s HOD Music, Art & Design, David Jones”, Anthony Harris said. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University School of Music Art and Design sponsored the exhibition and BASA gave a supporting grant.

Modern Miniatures entrant, Michaelis Fine Art graduate Gabi Alberts, sculpts questions on the social issue of crime, through her to-scale miniature work of a bedroom crime scene.

Miniature art is a uniquely novel and highly collectible art form based on a minute scale, which traces its roots back to the book paintings and illuminated manuscripts of the 7th century. Humans’ fascination with creating in small scale is evident in many of the world’s civilisations. Ancient Greeks adorned their walls with small murals, while coins and rings bore engraved portraits. In the Middle Ages, monks often embellished manuscript pages with delicate illuminations and bordered them with a red lead pigment and minimum from which miniature later evolved. Elizabethan England was noted for it’s miniature portraits on vellum, and later ivory, which served much as small photographs do today, adorning mantelpieces, side tables and memory and decorative objet d’art. Leading SA artists entering work for the exhibition include contemporary artists Sandra Hanekom, Clare Menck, Zack Taljaard, Anton Brink, Lydia Holmes, Dolla Sapeta and Anton Momberg to name but a few luminaries. Miniature Art today embraces a wide spectrum of subject matter, media and techniques. With minimal space requirements and favourable cost comparisons, original fine art is placed within the reach of emerging art buyers and seasoned collectors. Prices range from R350 for an unframed oil, to R19 500 for a Momberg miniature bronze sculpture. Meet Anthony and some of the artists at Trinity Hall Sundowner Sessions daily during the festival from 17:30 – 19:00. Anthony Harris, curator 44

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Greg Kerr

By Nina Allchurch From a fascination with the sacred nature of Nguni bulls in traditional South African culture which gave rise to the Nguni series; then to the detailed sacramental elaboration and self-righteous reverence of papal vestments in his Pope series, now Greg Kerr finds

Ethna Frankenfeld himself infatuated with Portraits. “I want people to recognise the subject, but to enjoy the nimble slippage of oil in my Greg Kerr thumbprint.” Greg Kerr describes himself as a lapsed academic, infatuated with the stink of oil and the pleasures of the aesthetic flesh. Greg runs workshops for non-institutional professional artists to immerse his students in a process of research, reading, discussion and practise. Greg mentors his students to each develop a series of competent oil paintings, readying them for confident solo exhibitions as professional artists. Don’t miss the consummate professional Greg Kerr’s Fine Art Exhibition showing at Walker Digital, Bridge Street, Nelson Mandela Bay from 20 June – 31 July.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Biennale Exhibition Award Winner 2010. Ethna Frankenfeld is a printmaker born in Upington who has lived most of her life in the Eastern Cape. Her formative art school influences include Prof Robert Brooks, Hilary Graham, Hylton Nel and Alexander Podlashuc.

She is currently Senior Lecturer, Fine Art Printmaking in the School of Music, Art and Design at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where she teaches a range of printmaking processes, from traditional to contemporary. Examples of her work have been published in Printmaking in a transforming South Africa (Rankin 1997) and Like a house on fire: Contemporary Women’s writing, art and photography (Horn 1994). This acclaimed printmaker’s work is held in the Sanlam Corporate Collection, NMMAM Collection, NMMU collection and private and corporate collections in Los Angeles, London and Germany. Come and reflect on her talent at her Exhibition showing at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, running currently until 15 September 2013.


Visual Poetry : Patterned Ceramics

Christina Bryer

Lisa Walker

Delphine Niez

Bianca Whitehead

Ceramics SA - Eastern Cape By Nina Allchurch Patterns have been used since ancient times to decorate dwellings, functional items, determine routes, make clothes and mark surfaces. Patterns appear in the microscopic world, out in nature and as far away as outer space. Graphic patterns may well be designed by humans, but they will always draw on original natural influences. Ceramics SA - Eastern Cape has prompted local Nelson Mandela Bay ceramicists to set their imaginations in flight, by searching for patterns around them, and converting them into their own formal design concepts, taking key elements of shape, form, line, value, texture, and color, as well as the principles of repetition, rhythm, balance, proportion, and variety into consideration.

colour * line * large * small * detailed * simple * complex * black * white * faint * bold * raised * incised * tetraskelion* sunburst* polygraph*mihrab* linocut* decal* tattoo *design* polka dot * mandala *print * motif* varicoloured* systematic* ritualistic* diagrammatic* intimate* exuberant* feathered* fractal* emblematic* woven* For the National Arts Festival Nelson Mandela Bay Fringe Programme, Ceramics SA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; EC presents dot dot squiggle dash, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics presented by Lydia Holmes of Ceramics Southern Africa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Eastern Cape, and curated by Margi Higgs. This exhibition at ART GALLERY, 51b Cuyler Street Central Port Elizabeth launches at 17:30 21 June and runs until 23 July 2013. This showcase of top Eastern Cape ceramicists and artists, alumni and students of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University delights in patterned surface in contemporary ceramics. Capetonian Christina Bryer as guest exhibitor, finds her inspiration in the sacred geometric patterning of aperiodic tiles and Fibonacci sequences. Bryer delights in refined technicality, and showcases her specialist fine porcelain slip in delicate mandala and ceramic stack designs. Also look out for accomplished works of Nelson Mandela Bay fellows of the Ceramics Association of South Africa, Donve Branch, Linley Watson, and Charmaine Haines. Christina Bryer is running a public workshop on Saturday 22 June 2013 at a local Nelson Mandela Bay studio. Contact Delphine Niez on ceramics. or 083 727 9454 to book your space. For more, go to 46

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Over the National Arts Festival, facilitated by Ceramics SA-EC sponsored by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, John, along with ceramists will help students produce their own completed life story animation scripts featuring hand crafted ceramic figures made by the kids laid onto backdrops of their community, to tell their own personal heartbreaking stories of how unhappy they are at school due to poor teaching, under nourishment and punishment at school. John will cut the videos which will run at ART Gallery, Cuyler Street at the dot dot squiggle dash exhibition during the festival. Lombardo has a creative fundraising model, which is an annual Art Auction in New York of incredible fine art pieces donated by top South African artists with heart, such as David Goldblatt, Sue Hoppe, Donve Branch, Mkonto Gwazela and Lydia Holmes. In 2014 Lombardo’s vision is to invite adult artists to create portraits of our special Nelson Mandela Bay children for auction, with the kids receiving their own prints too. If you are an artist and wish to donate work, touch base with John.

artEC ART GALLERY & TRAINING CENTRE As you meander along the Belmont Terrace - Bird Street art precinct in Central, Port Elizabeth, you can’t miss the bright red façade and magical mural of smiling local faces welcoming you to artEC gallery, coffee shop & training centre. This is the heart of Nelson Mandela Bay’s community training and mentoring facilities for emerging artists across a number of disciplines, supported by veteran artists, academics, and art administrators who love giving back. artEC forms an integral part of Route 67 Arts Journey: their mural and sculpture garden are two of the 67 MBDA-commissioned Route 67 public artworks. Developments are ongoing under the auspices of the MBDA and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to inject new life into the historic heart of Port Elizabeth through additional heritage building restoration, public artworks and infrastructure rollout boosting visual and performing arts. Visit artEC this festival for their 94th Annual Exhibition.



ARTWORKS FOR YOUTH Art Education & Expression

“Through art, we teach students how to see differently, and how to express themselves through media. Students look at themselves and the world around them in new ways.”

Head of Artworks for Youth, John Lombardo, has turned an educational and cultural exchange programme between schools in his hometown New York and Nelson Mandela Bay township schools into a fulltime year round programme providing free visual art instruction, mentoring, and academic support to over 1000 under-served students. Classes for students in Joe Slovo township include photography, collage, painting & drawing, sewing, knitting, beadwork and clay. Through art, kids tackle issues that have a bearing on their life.

The Creative Collective of Nelson Mandela Bay is committed to sustaining the momentum of positioning the Nelson Mandela Bay Arts Journey as a viable economic vehicle for generating destination tourism and growth of the local and regional creative economy, says Arts Journey Head, Anthony Harris. “We are now looking for a national sponsor to support us to activate our presence at a sustained regional, national and international level, to fly the flag of SA’s Creative Province – The Eastern Cape.” The cohesion of the visual and performing arts collective has been enhanced by massive investment by the MBDA and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to secure the cultural, heritage and artistic context in which visual and performing arts thrive in Nelson Mandela Bay. The Arts Journey is delighted to serve the tourism and aesthetic demands of our 25% local, 50% national, and 25% international art buyer and collector market. We welcome festinos and visitors to Nelson Mandela Bay over the National Arts Festival, and appreciate the important relationships established between artists and festinos, art buyers and tourists, to sustain bonds which last long after the festival run. Stay a while and enjoy the magic of the Nelson Mandela Bay 2013 Arts Journey National Arts Festival Fringe Programme. Feature written compiled by Nina Allchurch

Alexis Preller (1911 - 1975) Self-Portrait, 1935 Oil on canvas Sanlam Art Collection

SPI National Portrait Award 2013 R100 000

Prize awarded for the winning portrait.

Enter by 19 August 2013. Please visit for the rules and entry form.

SA Art Times: June 2013  

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SA Art Times: June 2013  

Amazing Reads, Stunning images, South Africa's art news and information leaders