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LETTER TO THE EDITOR To the Editor, Cape Town is the fortunate custodian of a treasure that is priceless not only in monetary terms but also culturally. It is the sort of treasure that, if publicised, could attract discerning visitors from abroad. And where is this great asset to be found? It is locked away from public gaze in the basement of the South African National Gallery. I am referring to the Gallery’s permanent collection of international and South African artworks, accumulated over many decades, as well as to the wonderful Bailey Collection. All these artworks have been removed from the walls of the spacious exhibition rooms where they rightfully belong, and are in storage. I wonder if there is any other major city in the world where such a situation would be tolerated. I trust that the decision to banish the artworks is not based on the foolish notion that they represent

an alien “Eurocentric” culture. Some such argument was used a few years ago in regard to opera but, thanks to the pioneering efforts of the UCT College of Music and dedicated people such as Angelo Gobbato, Cape Town Opera is today a jewel in the crown of our cultural life, and singers of the calibre of Pretty Yende are performing in leading European opera-houses (where they are informal ambassadors for our country). Art cannot exist in isolation. We are impoverished if, in the attempt to foster a contemporary indigenous art, all artistic manifestations from other ages and other countries are banished from sight. We hear rather a lot, these days, about Cape Town being a “world-class” tourist destination, but this description hardly applies to our National Gallery and what it currently has to offer us. Yours sincerely Jeremy Lawrence, Rondebosch SA ART TIMES. March 2012


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Why Sir Abe Bailey is turning in his grave The loss of the Bailey Bequest would inflict incalculable damage. It would effectively put paid to any further donations as potential benefactors must be assured that legal undertakings will be honored, and that what they leave to the SANG will actually be seen by the public. South Africa possesses precious little European and British Old Master art, and what we have, we must zealously protect. to the country of his birth.

Sir Abe Baily gave much of his wealth to a young South Africa By Lloyd Pollak: The residents of Muizenberg complain that eerie creaking noises have been disturbing their sleep, and that these emanate from the thatched cottage above Surfers corner close to where Sir Abe Bailey was laid to rest. Jeremy Lawrence’s letter published in the Cape Times on 25/1/2012 (Reprinted on page 6) outlines why the late baronet is turning in his grave, and this article is a response to the issues raised in the letter. The Bailey Bequest of almost 400 paintings, prints and drawings includes old master paintings by Stubbs, Turner and Ruisdael and portraiture by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Raeburn, Romney and Lawrence. Even a conservative assessment would place its value at several tens of millions pounds sterling. Sir Abe Bailey (1864-1940) was a South African mining magnate, politician and financier. Although a staunch Empire loyalist in the mould of Cecil John Rhodes, he was also a passionate South African patriot entirely committed


His bequest is an intrinsic part of S. A. history clearly reflecting the Anglophile tastes of the Randlords who favored traditional British art of the country house variety. Although his will ‘bequeathed’ his collection to the South African nation, the SANG does not own it. Sir Abe set up a special trust to safeguard its welfare, and in accordance with his wishes, the bequest is on permanent loan to the SANG with the proviso that some part of it must always be on display. In the past that condition was scrupulously honored. Rooms Two and Three were reserved to display the Bailey Bequest and other historic S. A. and European art works on a rotational basis, and thus much of the Bailey Bequest was always on view. After Riason Naidoo, the current director of the SANG, took over on 1/5/2009, he wished to devote the entire space of the institution to his first exhibition, ‘From Pierneef to Gugulective’. Accordingly he sought, and obtained, permission to mothball the Bailey Bequest for ten months from its Trustees who were assured that part of the Bequest would be placed on display when the exhibition closed on the 3/10/2010. Only a mere two works have been exhibited since, and the Trustees are understandably aggrieved by what amounts to breach of promise. Beezy Bailey says “I and some trustees of the Bailey Bequest believe that the SANG have not honored the legal agreement, and in view of this the Trust is considering taking the bequest away from the SANG. We are also debating the possibility of retaining only the most valuable paintings, and selling off the residue. The proceeds would accrue to the Sir Abe Bailey Trust, which awards travel bursaries on a non-racial basis to students with exceptional leadership qualities.” Our art world is so heavily politicized and obsessed by Afro-centrist imperatives that many South Afri-

cans would be jubilant if this happened. To quote the London Guardian of 1 September 2010, Naidoo stated he removed the Bailey Bequest because “it’s a kind of colonial English collection and there are many of these around the world in the English colonies. It wasn’t really showcasing an aspect of South African culture…” Naidoo’s comment displays a very limited and partial understanding of ‘S. A. culture’. The colonial past is part of our history, part of our heritage, and, most decisively part of our culture. Reynolds, Gainsborough and Stubbs are known and admired throughout the world. They are part of the Western canon. Not a single S.A. artist has ever achieved such stature, and the lack of exposure that we give to their works, glaringly reveals our immaturity, provincialism and parochialism. However this crazed dismissal of our European patrimony as somehow ‘irrelevant’, is characteristic of the current backlash against anything smacking of ‘colonialism’ in our municipal and state galleries which tend to relegate vintage European and British art to the storage vaults. The Tatham Gallery in Pietermaritzburg and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in Port Elizabeth appear to be the only galleries in S.A. that have not resorted to the wholesale banishment of their historical SA and European collections as a knee-jerk demonstration of their political correctness. They bravely exhibit European and British art of previous centuries whilst vigorously implementing their transformational policies.. The distaste for the ‘colonial’ extends to South African masters like Stern, Pierneef, and Laubser who were active while South Africa was still part of the British Empire, and these are also rarely displayed despite bitter public complaint over the past twenty years.

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ABE BAILY COLLECTION AT SANG / NEWS | ART TIMES (Left) Sir Abe’s final resting place with a breath taking view of False Bay (Below) One of Sir Abe’s Stubb’s. A similar Stubbs sold for millions of Rands at Bonhams, London SANG an either or situation prevails. Trendy Africanist philistinism, obscurantism and bigotry, a critical lack of space, and a critical lack of funds are the besetting problems of the SANG which is doomed to obsolescence and desuetude as soon the collection will cease to be representative of the best of contemporary South African art as the institution can no longer afford to buy it. This dismal situation explains the malaise that has overtaken the institution and demoralized its staff. The loss of the Bailey Bequest would inflict incalculable damage. It would effectively put paid to any further donations as potential benefactors must be assured that legal undertakings will be honored, and that what they leave to the SANG will actually be seen by the public. The irksome requirements that accompany bequests are par for the course, and every other art gallery in the world is forced to comply with their terms. South Africa possesses precious little European and British Old Master art, and what we have, we must zealously protect. The Bailey Bequest, the Michaelis Collection in the old Townhouse, and other supposedly reprehensible ‘Eurocentric’ collections provide an invaluable educational resource, enabling the public and art students to learn something of the history of art beyond our shores. Zimbabwe, by comparison, is a pool of sanity. There reason has not been ruthlessly sacrificed to ideology. Their National Gallery still displays works by Victorian and Edwardian British masters in recognition of their educational value. The threat of removal could easily have been averted. The Castle of Good Hope (Cape Town Castle) is part of the umbrella institution, Iziko museums of Cape Town, and there is no reason on earth why some of the SANG’s exhibitions of contemporary art could not be exhibited at this venue (particularly as late 20th century works do not require temperature and humidity control), thus freeing up the galleries of the Sang and enabling the institution to give far more prominence to its core historic collections. If one compares the SANG to comparable institutions in ex-British colonies like Canada, Australia and New Zealand, it is clear that they are, and always have been, far more generously funded. For example, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, dispose of acres of space, enabling them to permanently exhibit their historic national and European collections as well as mounting exhibitions of contemporary art, whereas at the SA ART TIMES. March 2012

An air of defeat hangs over the SANG which no longer arouses any frisson of excitement in the visitor. It is sloppily maintained (Room 7,8 and 9 are in a deplorable state) and invariably, mournfully empty. The entrance is unprepossessing and many exhibitions are badly hung. There are rarely any volunteer guides to receive and enlighten the visitor, as almost all of them have thrown in the towel in disgust at management’s patent lack of appreciation for their efforts. It is useless to ask the attendants anything, as they have little or no art education, and cannot impart any information apart from directing one to the loo. There is no café. The so-called ‘museum shop’ is no such thing. It is a half-baked African curio store that stocks barely any publications about art. The Education Department presents no lectures or other activities, and fails to serve the general public in any way. Although the institution continues to present first rate visiting exhibitions like the current Peter Clarke show, it is difficult to enjoy them in such a moribund atmosphere. The SANG’s role has been usurped by the principal commercial galleries and auction houses who now operate on a scale that nobody would have predicted twenty years ago. Establishments like the Goodman and Stevenson mount ambitious and adventurous exhibitions of contemporary art on a monthly basis, and the two major auction houses display a wide variety of unseen art-works of all periods from private collections. Viewings in the inviting ambiance of the Vineyard and Alphen hotels take place several times a year. To many, these events appear far more stimulating and attractive than yet another visit to the sad old SANG. Over recent years it has become apparent that the SANG is experiencing a crisis of identity. If one understands the term ‘South African National Gallery’ as implying the exhibition of collections tracing both the history of Western art in general, and S.A. art in particular, then the SANG clearly does not fulfill its mandate as the bulk of the space is always monopolized by exhibitions of contemporary art.





Candice Breitz – coming home Supplied. Candice Breitz: Extra! – the first comprehensive survey exhibition of the artist’s work to be presented in South Africa – runs at the Standard Bank Gallery from 8 February until 5 April, 2012. Breitz, who was born in Johannesburg but now lives and works in Berlin, is an internationally renowned artist who has exhibited her photographs and video installations worldwide. Some readers might recall that two of Breitz’s works from the mid-1990s were at the centre of a raging controversy concerning identity politics and the politics of representation. The works in question were her Ghost Series (1994-96) and Rainbow Series (1996). In the Ghost Series, Breitz worked with ethnographic postcards depicting black women in traditional dress. Using correcting fluid, she altered these images, turning black bodies white – hence the title of the series. In the Rainbow Series, she also worked with images of black women in traditional dress taken from tourist postcards. This time she combined these images with others of white women’s bodies taken from pornographic magazines. Breitz’s works, as well as others by contemporary South African artists dealing with the representation of the female body, unleashed a heated debate, initiated by an article written by art academic Okwui Enwezor. Breitz was accused of perpetuating the inferior status of blacks in democratic South Africa by using ethnographic imagery, and of visually abusing the bodies of ‘others’. It was also said that, as a white artist, it was politically unacceptable for her to speak on behalf of black women, no matter that her intention might have been to expose their subjugation through pejorative imagery. Another issue raised was that Breitz was over-identifying with black women, so absolving her of having to take responsibility for the past as a beneficiary of the apartheid system. Breitz left South Africa in 1994 to study in the USA and has lived abroad ever since. She later co-edited a seminal book with Brenda Atkinson, Grey areas: representation, identity and politics in contemporary South African art (1999), which documented the debate around the representation of the female body. Since leaving the country, however, and subsequent to the controversy around her work, she has not made a single piece about South Africa. This, she says, “was not a conscious or strategic decision; I was no longer connected to South Africa in the same way and felt that I could no longer authentically voice South African issues. I became interested in exploring trans-national forms of language as these impact on all urban contexts at large.” When Breitz was invited by the Standard Bank Gallery and Iziko South African National Gallery to exhibit in South Africa after a long absence, she saw it as an opportunity to bring ‘home’ some of her work made abroad. In this respect, her exhibition includes two major works, both multi-channel video installations – Mother + Father (2005), an exploration of mass media representations of parenthood featuring fictional parental characters drawn from popular cinema; and Factum (2010), in which the testimonies of pairs of identical twins are juxtaposed, so that they compete to narrate their lives that have been

intimately intertwined. The invitation to exhibit in South Africa also inspired Breitz to make a new work about a South African issue to mark the occasion. However, she was quite aware that, in making a new work, she could not simply “pick up where [she had] left off and speak from the position of an insider”. Breitz explains: I felt that any work that I made in the South African context would have to acknowledge the awkwardness of coming back after a long period of time – the awkwardness of being someone who at the same time feels very close to and very far away from the daily realities of South Africa. Breitz’s new work is entitled Extra (2011), a single-channel video, as well as a series of photographs created on the set of the soap opera, Generations. Broadcast on SABC 1 since 1994, Generations, South Africa’s most loved television programme and the most watched in Africa, seeks to paint a picture of the country’s emerging black middle class. Importantly, Generations does not include any major white characters because much of the dialogue is in indigenous languages. To make Extra, Breitz secured permission from Mfundi Vundla, the executive producer of Generations, to appear in the show as an extra. After acquainting herself with the actors and crew, and also explaining her intentions with her project, she set about shooting her scenes over a two-week period. The idea was that once the broadcast scene had been captured, the same scene would be re-enacted, this time with Breitz inserted. This is done sometimes subtly, sometimes awkwardly and absurdly, but always without judgement or easy explanation. Here she resonates as a conspicuously white presence amongst an otherwise black cast. The resulting images are simultaneously thought provoking and uncomfortably amusing – implicitly raising questions about what it might mean to be white in the context of today’s South Africa, without offering easy answers.

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(Above Jane Alexander’s Butcher Boys - detail) First published in The Cape Times By Michelle Jones. Die Antwoord purposefully referenced Jane Alexander’s artwork Butcher Boys in the teaser trailer for their new album Ten$ion, says zef rapper Ninja. The video has been pulled from the internet amid copyright claims by acclaimed SA resistance artist Alexander. Die Antwoord, made up of Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek, released the 30-second video about three weeks ago to promote their new album Ten$ion. Ninja said the dark-horned creature in the video was “definitely” influenced by the Butcher Boys sculpture, an iconic artwork showing the dehumanising effects of apartheid. He had known Alexander personally for many years. “Jane is one of our favourite artists in the world. Our reference to Jane’s Butcher Boys sculpture was a homage to one of our favourite SA icons. “These beautiful sculptures are one of the few South African artworks we are truly proud to be associated with,” said Ninja. “We were a little taken back when Jane said she didn’t like it that we referenced her work in our little video sting. Jane has always loved all the art we made prior to this.” He said a conversation with Alexander had even inspired a lyric in their song Enter The Ninja. Alexander had appointed a firm of lawyers to protect the rights to the sculpture and they had taken steps to ensure the video was not further distributed. Ninja said: “We immediately removed the video sting off our website and off our YouTube channel when Jane said she wasn’t happy with it. “We have a huge respect for Jane and regard SA ART TIMES. March 2012

the Butcher Boys as one of the most beautiful sculptures of all time. I have seen the three Butcher Boys characters used many times in different South African theatrical plays, and also referenced in artworks by other South African artists, as they are such strong and immediately identifiable South African icons.” He said the preview video was “just a cute little short piece we made for fun”. “With all this said, we still love and respect Jane’s work with full force and she will always remain one of our favourite South African artists.” Emma Bedford, a senior art specialist at Strauss & Co, said this was an interesting test case which could set a precedent on copyright issues. “While referencing and sampling have become the order of the day across the arts, the rights of the artist to assert their authorship and contest the wholesale theft or corruption of their work must be able to be asserted. “As the former curator of contemporary art at Iziko South African National Gallery and the person who was most responsible for Jane Alexander’s Butcher Boys, I am very aware of the sculpture’s significance as one of the most powerful and iconic images of South Africa. “However, as one of the most compelling works of art in South African history, it had to be constantly guarded against all kinds of misuse and abuse.” Kathryn Smith, senior lecturer at Stellenbosch University’s department of Visual Arts, said: “The fact is that Die Antwoord goes viral internationally and will reach more people than a local artwork could conceivably do, and will thereby profit from a video which clearly references this iconic work. “The person who created the original work that inspired the video wants their due. I support this. But I also support the individual’s right as cultural agent to respond creatively to what we are exposed to, whether it is pop culture or so-called ‘high’ art. Both artists have moral rights in this matter.” For more see: My take on the Jane Alexander/ Die Antwoord debacle at

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Jenny Altschuler Interviews:

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Basil Jones sets his jaw stubbornly when he reminisces on his indignant resistance to becoming involved in the ‘lower’ art of puppetry, the addiction of his new art school lover, Adrian Kohler, in the early 70s. He recalls his disgust at having to help out in Adrian and team’s ‘pink ostrich puppet’ performance at the Goodwood Showgrounds way back then. He knew he wanted to spend a long long time with Adrian, but he was a conceptual artist, a concrete poet but there would be no more nonsense about him collaborating on puppetry pieces. Well, that was 1971. 1981 saw a transformed Basil Jones, returning with Adrian Kohler to Cape Town, equally magnetized, inspired and determined to make a life where puppetry would be the medium of artistic and career engagement with the world. Adrian Kohler had always known that puppetry was more than the physical marionetting for children. He was enthralled by life and death flow powered by his hands, his finger, his voice. He was excited by the extension of self, the ignition of consciousness into inanimate matter and the communication of ideas, feelings and states of mind, through puppet mastery. But most of all, he was sold on the poetry of movement that he could insinuate into the puppet sculptures he created. When Basil arrived home that day in the late 70’s, in Gaberone where they were living and working in the institutions of the arts, and expressed his interest in an African puppet that he had come across at work, he was overjoyed. Basil himself was overcome with curiosity and excitement, and spent the next weeks tracing the source of the Malian puppet and inviting an exhibition of the entire collection, then owned by Mengeli to the Gaberone National Museum and Art Gallery, where he worked. Both of them had never imagined that “…there was such a thing as an African puppet, let alone a long established African tradition supported by the wealthy Mali gold Empire”. Together they researched and were inspired by the Bambara puppets, and Basil convinced the museum to buy the entire collection which he became the curator of. “… It was so simple, yet elegant, and moved so harmoniously, it literally changed my life.” he recalls. Back in Cape Town, together with Jill Joubert and Jon Weinberg, they started the Handspring Puppet Company, in Cape Town, performing new South African plays for children and evolving to the unmarked territory of theatre of puppets for adults audiences. From the first adult show, Episodes of an Easter Rising in 1985, they have pushed the boundaries of their own and the global arc for puppet theatre work, forging a new brand of puppet craft evolving from their deep understanding of western and Malian traditions and well as the influence of the other performing arts on their work. After their first international success Starbrites! (1991) directed by Barney Simon, they began work with artist William Kentridge. Their first collaboration, Woyzeck on the Highveld collected many national awards and was highly acclaimed at festivals around the world. Since then, the company has collaborated with William Kentridge on several other multi-media productions. Their overwhelming empathy with the Malian Puppetry tradition however

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did not imagine the close personal relationship with the puppeteers of Mali, however, as South African were banned from entering Mali. It took 20 years before a fateful seating arrangement at a 25th Anniversary dinner of the Annual Arts Festival of the Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, in 2003, produced an invitation from the producer of the festival, Alicia Adams, head of International productions and dance, to collaborate with the Sogolon Puppet Troupe of Mali, led by the celebrated Yaya Coulibali, whose work had inspired them for so many years. In Collaboration with in collaboration with dancer and choreographer Koffi Koffi Kôkô of Benin, New York-based playwright, Khephra Burns and South African director, Marthinus Basson, mounted a new play called TALL HORSE, which enchanted audiences with its mix of theatre, puppetry, masquerade, music, projection and dance. The thought-provoking scenario was the original pattern and experience built upon for the creation of the current design, sensibility and physical of the horse character created for War Horse, the acclaimed show being performed in association with the National Theatre in London first in 2010 and currently playing in a number of different countries in 2012. The multi award winning show is currently showing on West End and on Broadway in London, opening at the time of this interview in Toronto at the end of February 2012, booked to open in June 2012 in Los Angeles, USA and in Melbourne and Berlin early 2013. The Handspring Puppet Company factory in Muizenberg, Cape Town is filled with puppet skeletons of the War Horse. “There are many horses in each production”, Adrian explains, “ …as well as 2 versions of each main character who starts out as a young horse and must evolve to an adult. KKNK 2012 will see Mr. B, their puppet character, based on Basil Jones himself, in a self reflective piece, which challenges the critique, explaining what to look for when viewing a puppet performance. “ My manipulator’s are trying to trick you into believing I am alive” confides Mr. B, “…My life has to be designed into me and then the puppet masters have to fight every second to keep me alive”. Adrian explains this connection to their philosophy of Primary Breath in movement. The minutia of tiny breathing movements and sounds by the puppeteer can been seen from the back row in a large auditorium, he believes, “…and if you choreograph for a conscious audience, they will see it. Adrian acknowledge their urgency for the full theatrical show to perform in the country of their birth in the near future, and quotes a promise by the company to pinpoint 2014 for its arrival to South Africa, due to its already contracted responsibilities internationally. Basil chirps in reticently, “that’s what they say.” ‘Living Things: Handspring Puppets Now’ will also include a snippet of the magical ‘War Horse’, so acclaimed internationally. Jenny Altschuler February 2012 More at



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Kevin Atkinson show a rare treat at Absa KKNK 2012 A small selection of work, acrylic paintings and soft pastel works on paper, of the renowned artist and art educator, Kevin Atkinson (1939-2007), will be shown at the Queen’s Hotel during the KKNK at Oudtshoorn. Absa KKNK 2012 and curated by Amanda Botha. This will be the first showing of a body of his work since 1997. A posthumous retrospective has been accepted by the Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town for November 2012.

Red Karoo, Acrylic on canvass. Image courtesy Kevin Atkinson Trust

When Atkinson died in 2007 he left behind a vast collection of art works which spans a period from the early 1960’s to the early 2000’s. The trustees of the Kevin and Patricia Atkinson Trust and through the studio curator, Stephen Croeser, a selection of work was made to be exhibited at the 18

Kevin Atkinson was one of the first to experiment with Pop Art following his return from post-graduate study in Europe in 1965. Dissatisfied with that direction, he switched to the investigation of post-painterly abstraction. He was fascinated by aesthetic theory and he experimented continuously in search of forms that would express his identification with the contemporary ethos. Motivated by that search has led him to experiment with several divergent artistic trends. Continuously, he sought new forms and experimented with new techniques. His adaptations of Conceptualist ideas in the canvases and prints was exhibited from 1973, and commenced that year’s with a collection, entitled, I am a verb, which climaxed in a major 1975 Cape Town show. Other forays followed, often leading to significant achievement. He often returned to the Karoo as it was also is “venue “for documenting “performance piece” on a long empty road during the 1970’s. His interest in environmental projects and “happenings” was probably inspired by his visit to the 1973 Documenta Exhibition at Kassel where he met Josef Beuys. Atkinson produced some work that relates specifically to the Karoo landscape. His last painting trip was in the late 1980’s with produced a superb landscape, Red Karoo. SA ART TIMES. March 2012

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Absa KKNK Art Quarter Free as a bird - Charmaine Haines Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition The ceramic pieces reflect the artist’s intention to embrace and contextualise the familiar image of the bird. By exploring the potential of the image through observation and gesture the artist attempts to capture the various emotions it evokes through abstraction and symbolism.

Kevin Stanley Oil paintings on canvas and watercolour paper with mood filled skies depicting landscapes of the Karoo, sea scapes, beach scenes and flower studies

Wendy Malan – Paintings This is an exhibition of small paintings – small, but rich in colour and symbolism. Most of the symbolism is biblical – but all are spiritual.

Crouse Art Gallery Dealers in original SA art from well known investment art. Galleries in George and Johannesburg. Representatives countrywide. Re-sales and Old Masters Links Paintings which show the artist as link between painting and reality. Work by Clare Menck, Jan du Toit, Estelle Marais, Neels Coetzee and Diane McLean. Bottega Art Gallery:Sculpture Exhibition by Evette Weyers Evette Weyers’s theme for her ceramic sculptures at the KKNK 2012 is; Diary of a migrating bird. As a child, her family moved a lot and with this exhibition, she reflects on these experiences. Icebergs will be visible on this display and metaphor will again play a major role.

Kotzé Art Gallery The Kotzé Art Gallery is a dynamic and well respected name in the art world and originated in 1967. The marketing of the four well known Kotzé artists work has ever since been expanded to a gallery that successfully markets the work of almost forty professional artists countrywide. The Kotzé Art Gallery also specializes in dealing with Old Masters. Still Lives - Marina Walsh Bronze or resin figures which are mounted onto sandstone. The artist attempts to capture an action and hold it “still”. Reconstructed Icons - Marinda Combrinck You are invited to meet Fine Artist, Marinda Combrinck during the ABSA KKNK at her Studio & Gallery in Calitzdorp where you will be able to enjoy a variety of her paintings such as landscapes, portraits, ‘Glamour Girls’, and have a preview of her latest series to be exhibited at the Knysna Fine Arts Gallery during 2012 called: ‘Reconstructed Icons’

Glass-on-dewerf - Henk du Plessis Glass-art projects with imported stained and coloured glass made possible by using electric glass furnaces. Moooi Gallery - Moooi, moooier, moooiste An eclectic exhibition of paintings, mixed media and ceramics that will satisfy every art lover’s desires. The highlight will undoubtedly be Hannalie Taute’s (finalist at the Fiesta visual arts category) installation ONTHOORN MY NIE! which will be on display at the Amphitheatre, Jam Street, Oudtshoorn Gestolde Kreet A post-modern view of man’s search for meaning while existentially mocking his lonely and melancholy hope thereof. 20

Contact details: Marinda Combrinck Studio & Gallery, 4 Geyser Street, Calitzdorp 6660. Cell: 079 968 1588, Facebook: Marinda Combrinck Art Peter’s Art Gallery Peter’s Art Gallery is featuring paintings done by top South African artists. This gallery promotes promising artist Veronica M. Fused Glass exhibition by Marguerite Beneke Uniquely created glass plates and wall panels with hand painted scenes inspired by the magical Karoo. Karoo Environment - Susqya Williams The imagery and abstraction in my paintings represent the interior and exterior spaces of my Karoo environment. The work conveys: nature’s magic, strength, beauty, light and stillness.

Salzmann Art As dealers in SA old masters we represent artists like Pierneef, Stern, Erich Mayer, Walter Meyer W H Coetzer and many more. Work by Johann Kock and André Salzmann will be available. The Showroom Art Gallery We bring good fine art to the Absa KKNK. If you are looking for the best quality art, or an investment, you need to look no further… Showroom will be able to help. Reisverhale Paintings in oil by Walter Meyer Walter Meyer devotes his life to the light that falls on the landscape and to trying to capture this beauty in his art. Each landscape painting also represents an unique journey.. Iron Verses Compositions in processed steel by Harry Kentrotas By using recycled iron, the artist uses her sculptures to bring honour to the humble innocence of cows – by producing original and elegant designs and by depicting a playful / tart sense of humour, she experiences precious and personal mythologies. A celebration of life on canvas Experiences of happiness are depicted with flower, shapes and colors. A feast for the eyes. Na-Tanya Art Over the last 35 years Na-Tanya Art himself established itself as one of the pioneers in the art world. Come view the work of top South African artists like Adriaan Boshoff, Christiaan Nice, Elbe van Rooyen Kobus Louw, Jacques du Plessis, and many more. SA ART TIMES. March 2012

Absa KKNK 2012 FEESGIDS / FEATURE | ART TIMES water itself. Lisl Barry , Leanette Botha, Bernard Barry, Hein Botha, Judy Bumstead, Marittie de Villiers, Janet Dixon, Marinda Combrinck, Nadine Kriek, Marittie de Villiers, Nico Liebenberg, Ina Marx, Elsabe Pretorius, Joost Pyck, Francois Tiran, Susqya Williams, Etienne van Zyl. Contact details: , www., 044 2791093, 107 Baron van Reede, Oudtshoorn, 6620 Wonderboom - Niel Jonker Recently done landscape paintings by Niel Jonker. The tree as magical beacon in the landscape is hereby intensified and fostered. Morné Kretschmann Art Gallery Morné Kretschmann has been trading in top South African art as well as in work done by known Masters for 22years. Come and enjoy a “2012” painting experience like never before at Turnberry Hotel Boutique.

Bronze Sculptures in a Garden - Niel Jonker Niel Jonker’s bronze figurative sculptures will be displayed in the garden of Mimosa Lodge, one of Oudtshoorn’s architectural heritage treasures. Visual Arts - Painting - Zelda Vorster Zelda works with acrylic on “canvas”. She does Karoo farm scenes, people and children, wildlife and marine scenes. Zelda creates her art by working from photographs.

South African artists and five different rooms - Who will it be? Location: Next to Cafe Brule (Queens Hotel, Baron of Reede Street, Oudtshoorn) Annie’s Art Using a paint brush I depict everything that is precious to me on canvas. My faith, my family, my work and the Karoo. Each painting tells a story and all my paintings have a symbolic meaning; the houses are symbolical of the Lord (our fortress) and the patchwork symbolizes the Book of Life. I have paint in my veins and enjoy the freedom that a paint brush brings me. I attempt to capture my passion in my work. Liani Art Liani Swanepoel is a self taught artist. Paintings done in bright colours straight from the heart. Reminding people of the little things in life that sometimes matters, hope, love, growth and respect. I see my art not as talent but as a gift given from GOD to make a difference in a sometimes broken world! Always believe, always love and live as if it is your last day ever! Works of other artists like Jaco le Grange and Anita Bartlett will also be on exhibit at Liani Art! Alice Art We at Alice Art Gallery pride ourselves in having only the best quality art on offer. We specialise in art framing, art insurance, art valuations and vintage car hire.

Maria Art I am inspired by God for He is the creator of all beautiful things. He called me for His purpose and in obedience and love of art, I paint with all I am to worship Him.” – Maria Magdalena Oosthuizen Art Karoo Gallery - Water as Muse Water as muse a Karoo context: Magical, vital, hope giving force- or a trading commodity,? political instrument? power tool? Taken for granted, until you are thirsty… A creative, regenerating force that can be equally destructive- the stuff myths are made of. This is an Interactive group exhibition, seen through the eyes of each artistand depicted in paint, ceramics. sandstone, digital media, and of course –through the medium of

Ella Art Studio Have a cup of coffee with artist Ella Heyns at her private exhibition in Baron van Reede Street. (Next to the Queens Hotel entrance.) Bright colorful original artwork available in all sizes. Commissions welcome. Kirsten Art Gallery - The Art Room Kirsten Gallery presents an art exhibition of high quality. Artwork entitled “INSIDE / OUT” - 5 Top

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Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum Currently on show until 3 March, a selection of Watercolour & Pastel Works from the Permanent Collection. Until 30 April, “Face Value: old heads in modern masks” an etching series by Malcolm Payne. 17 Feb - 9 April in the Main Building, “Faena” by Nandipha Mntambo (Standard bank Young Artist) a body of new work encompassing sculpture, works on paper and video. 16 Harry Smith Str, Bloemfontein. T.051 447 9609

Clarens Art & Wine Gallery on Main The Gallery houses an exquisite collection of art by wellknown artists like Gregoire Boonzaier, J.H. Pierneef, Pieter van der Westhuizen, Erik Laubscher, Jan Vermeiren, Marjorie Wallace, Eben van der Merwe, Conrad Theys, Hennie Niemann, Hannetjie de Clercq, ceramics by Laura Du Toit, sculpture by Fana Malherbe & Jean Doyle, glass by David Reade & Shirley Cloete and numerous others. 6 – 23 April, exhibition by Aviva Maree. 279 Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1298 or Anton Grobbelaar. C. 082 341 8161 Blou Donki Art Gallery A vibrant contemporary art gallery, housing a wide variety of contemporary artworks, functional art, steel sculptures, bronzes, handmade glass and specializing in photography. Windmill Centre, Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1757 Johan Smith Art Gallery The gallery permanently exhibits a wide variety of classical and selected contemporary art works featuring Johan Smith, Elbè van Rooyen, Elga Rabe, Graham Carter, Nicole Pletts, Gregoire Boonzaier, Otto Klar, and various others. Specializing in ceramics, the gallery supports artists such as Hennie Meyer, Karen Sinovich, and Heather Mills, among others. Collectable bronzes, and handmade glass by David Reade, also available.Windmill Centre, Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1620

Gauteng Johannesburg Absa Art Gallery Absa L’Atelier Gallery Exhibition: The Absa L’Atelier art competition Johannesburg entries will be open to the public at the Absa Gallery from the 23rd of March until 12th of April. KKNK: “Die Hangende Tuinne” a curated show by the Absa Gallery at the Absa KKNK in Oudtshoorn, from 31 March until 7 April 2012. Absa Towers North, 161 Main Street, Jhb. T. 011 350 5139 Alice Art We are exhibiting at the Randfontein show 29 Feb – 3 March. Upcoming exhibitions at the gallery include: Petro Neal on the weekend of 3&4 March, Derric van Rensburg on the weekend of 10&11 March, Duggie du Toit on the 17&18 March and Riette Rozenkrantz on the 24&25 March. 217 Drive Str, Ruimsig. T. 083 331 8466/ 083 377 1470 Art Afrique 24 – 31 March, “Legacy” a portrait series by Marc Alexander.

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Bailey Seippel Gallery 18 Feb – 22 April, “Call and Response” by Cedric Nunn show-cases iconic images from 30 years of his career. Arts on Main, 260 cnr Fox & Berea, CBD Johannesburg C. 071 227 0910

Isis Gallery Leading Art Gallery in Rosebank showcasing today’s most Modern Contemporary Artists. Shop 163, The Mall of Rosebank. Contact Daniel Erasmus T. 011 447 2317 www.isisgallery.

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Johannesburg Art Gallery 29 January – 8 April, “A Fragile Archive” an exhibition of works Gladys Mgudlandlu (1917-1979) as well as works by other women artists. 29 Feb – 22 April, “Transference” with participating artists: Vumelani Sibeko and Senzo Shabangu. King George Str, Joubert Park, Jhb. T. 011 725 3130

CIRCA on Jellicoe 16 Feb – 10 March, “Long Distance” a solo exhibition of photography by Obie Oberholzer. 3 April – 5 May, “Drawing clouds in the Karoo” by Strijdom van der Merwe. 2 Jellicoe Ave. T. 011 788 4805 Everard Read Jhb 9 February – 3 March, “Conundrum” oil painting by Caryn Scrimgeour and also by Jeremy Houghton “In the Pink” and “Star Gazers” featuring sculpture by Carlo Gamborini. 8 March - 7 April, “City Chromatic” by Hermann Niebuhr featuring recent landscape paintings of Johannesburg. 6 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Jhb. T. 011 788-4805 Gallery AOP 25 February – 17 March, “Horizon” by Richard Penn. 44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf (Milpark) T. 011 726 2234. Gallery MOMO 9 Feb- 12 March, Group Show with Gary Stephens, Mary Sibande, Ransome Stanley, Lyndi Sales, Vitshois Bondo & Rodney Place. Opening Thursday 15 March @ 18h30 – 20h00, Joël Mpah Dooh’s “Let’s Take a Walk!” concluding 16 April. 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Jhb. T. 011 327 3247 Goethe – Institut Gallery 9 Feb – 9 March, “Alptraum” with participating South African artists Ruth Sacks, Zander Blom, Wim Botha, Moshekwa Langa and Ed Young. 119 Jan Smuts, Parkwood, Johannesburg T. 011 442 3232 Goodman Gallery 1 – 24 March, Rosenclaire. 29 March - 21 April, Carla Busuttil.163 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg T. 011 788 1113 Grahams Fine Art Gallery 23 Feb – 22 March, “An Outsiders View” by Walter Meyer. Opening 29 March @ 7pm, “Essential Marks” by André Van Vuuren. Concludes 29 April. Unit 46, Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, Cnr Cedar & Valley Rds, Broadacres, Fourways, Jhb. T. 011 465 9192 16 Halifax Works by Michael Heyns, Leon Muller & Mimi van der Merwe can be viewed by appointment in Johannesburg at 16 Halifax Str, Bryanston. Dana MacFarlane 082 784 6695 In Toto Opening 1 March – 10 April, “Creation” by James Delaney will feature his oil and acrylic aerial views of landscapes, as well as his lithographs produced at the Artist’s Press.

Manor Gallery Opening 1 March @ 18h30 for 19h00, “Inner Circle Exhibition”A Selection of artworks by renowned artists from the Black Like Us group. Artists participating are: Sam Maduna, Nali Gama, Edward Selematsela, Abe Mathabe, Fungai Muduviwa, Patrick Rapai, Petros Mwenga, Ramarutha Makoba, Mpho Makhubo and Bheki Mtetwa. Exhibition runs until 10 March. Manor Gallery, Home of the Watercolour Society of South Africa. Norscot Manor Centre, Penguin Drive, Fourways, T. 011 465 7934 Market Photo Workshop 29 Feb – 25 April, “Tracing Territories” a group show. T. 011 834 1444 Sandton Auctioneers Fine Art, Furniture, Carpets & Collectables. Showroom: No 8 Burnside Ave, Craighall Park, Jhb. T. 011 501 3360 Springs Art Gallery 25 February – 31 March “30|30 Ekurhuleni Group Art Exhibition 2012” – 30 Individuals, 30 Artworks, 30 Points of View. Library Building, Cnr 5th Str & 6th Ave, Springs. T. 011 999 8726/7 Standard Bank Gallery 7 Feb - 5 April, the Goethe-Institut South Africa, Standard Bank Art Gallery and Goodman Gallery present the new exhibition “Extra!” featuring video installation & visual art by acclaimed South African artist Candice Breitz. Cnr of Simmonds & Frederick Str.’s, Jhb. T. 011 631 1889 Stephan Welz & Company Auctioneers of Decorative and Fine Arts. 13 Biermann Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg. T. 011 880-3125 Stevenson Johannesburg 1 March - 6 April, “Black Lines” sculpture, painting and installation by Serge Alain Nitegeka. 4 April - 18 May, “Land Of Cockaigne” 10 large new and recent paintings by Deborah Poynton. 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Jhb. T. 011 326 0034 Strauss & Co. Fine Art Auctioneers & Consultants. Country Club Johannesburg, Corner Lincoln Rd & Woodlands Drive, Woodmead. T. 079 407 5140


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GAUTENG, NORTH WEST, MPUMALANGA | GALLERY GUIDE UJ Art Gallery 7 – 28 March, “Mine” a selection of films by SA artists. 11 – 25 April, “Drawings” a solo exhibition by Louise Hall. Cnr Kingsway & University Rd, Auckland Park, Jhb. T. 011 559 2099 The White House Gallery The gallery has a wide ranging portfolio featuring renowned masters such as Chagall, Marini, Miro, Moore, Portway, Pasmore, Stella, Picasso, Dine & Hockney - to name a few. Also the more affordable works of up and coming artists in Britain and France, along with globally acclaimed South African artists. Shop G11 Thrupps Centre,Oxford Road, Illovo,Johannesburg. T. 011 268 2115

St Lorient Fashion and Art Gallery The gallery is dedicated to the promotion of national and international artists, providing original fine art to established and emerging collectors. It is also home to innovative, singular, and pioneering exhibitions across a variety of media and genres that reflect a commitment to contemporary issues and ideas.492 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn Circle, Brooklyn, Pretoria. T. 012 4600284 UNISA Art Gallery 17 Feb - 2 March, Tshwane Univ. of Technology Exhibition. 13 March – 5 April, “Messages and Meaning” a touring exhibition of selected artworks from the MTN Art Collection. Kgorong Building, Ground Floor, Main Campus, Preller Str, Pretoria. T. 012 441 5683


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Alette Wessels Kunskamer The Alette Wessels Kunskamer operates as an Art Gallery and Art Consultancy, specialising in South African art as an investment, dealing in Old Masters, and selected contemporary art. Maroelana Centre, 27 Maroelana Str, Maroelana, Pretoria. T. 012 346 0728


Association of Arts Pretoria 10 - 17 March, “ABSA L’Atelier regional exhibition” an exhibition of entries selected in Pretoria for the ABSA L’Atelier competition. 21 March - 11 April, “In Transit” an exhibition of fine art photography by Alet Pretorius, Liza van Deventer, Theana Breugem and Lisa Hnatowicz. Walkabout: Saturday 31 March at 11h00. 31 March - 18 April, “Governing bodies” an exhibition of three dimensional works in mixed media by Erica Schoeman. Walkabout: Saturday 14 April at 11h00. 173 Mackie Str, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria. T. 012 346 3100

NWU Gallery 16 Feb - 15 March, “Reservoir” Pastel and Lithography by Hanneke Benadé. 22 March - 11 May “Playpen by Roger Ballen” Photography and installation by Roger Ballen. North-West University Gallery, Building E7, NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Hoffman Str, Potchefstroom. T. 018 299 4341

The Loop Art Foundry & Sculpture Gallery A collaboration and network for the avid art patron and collector as well as a full service facility for the artist. This is the place where you will find a unique and superior item or have something commissioned that you have always envisioned. Casterbridge Complex Corner R40 & Numbi Roads White River T. 013 758 2409 The White River Gallery A contemporary gallery housing dynamic exhibitions. Casterbridge Centre, R 40 Cnr. of Hazyview & Numbi Gate Rd, White River. C. 083 675 8833


Front Room Art & Artists 10–31 March, “The artists of Riviera-Rietondale” a multi-media selection of work from the many artists who live in this creative Pretoria enclave, including Louise Barnard, Kay Potts, Willem Truter and Marinus Wiechers. 116 Kate Ave Rietondale. Jennifer Snyman 082 451 5584

Dimitrov Art Gallery Lifestyle Complex, shop no.4 on Cnr. Teding Van Berkhout & Hugenote/ Naledi Street, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga T. 013 254 0524 C. 082 679 5698

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The Artists’ Press Professional collaboration, printing and publishing of original hand-printed artists lithographs, by the Artists’ Press. Also artists books, monotypes & letterpress prints, particularly for artists working in SA. Waterfield Farm near White River, Mpumalanga T. 013 751 3225

Mpumalanga Art @ sixty seven A selection of fine art, ceramics and blown glass art pieces, by well-known local artists. Shop no9, 67 Naledi St, Dullstroom, Mpumulanga. T. 013 254 0335

Pretoria Art Museum From 1 February - 1 April, The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) presents the 2012 Art Exhibition with artists: Judith Mason, Diane Victor, Zuanda Badenhorst, Mart Leeuwner, Annalize Bauker-Roos, Marthinus Höll, Retha Buitendagh, Nic Sithole. T.012 344 1807/8 Sandton Auctioneers Fine Art, Furniture, Carpets & Collectables. Showroom: 367 Lynnwood Rd, Menlo Park, Pretoria. T. 012 460 6000

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NWU Botanical Gardens Gallery 16 Feb - 15 March, “Kant aantekeninge by Elna Venter” Painting by Elna Venter. 22 March - 11 May, “Miniatures Exhibition” Group show. North-West University Botanical Gardens Gallery T. 018 299 2753

Fried Contemporary 4 Feb – 3 March, “Terra firma” with tribute artist: David Koloane and others: Jenna Burchell, Marili de Weerdt, Isabel Mertz, Leana van der Merwe & Clare Menck. 430 Charles St, Brooklyn, Pretoria. T. 012 346 0158

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

The New Dimitrov Art Gallery Situated in the Trams Alley shop no.1, along the R 540 ( Naledi Drive ). Opening exhibition “Expression of Freedom” by renowned artist Dimitrov.

(Above) Thomas lips, 1975/2005, From the Show Advance/...Notice. Image Goodman Gallery (Left) Nadir, Viviane Sassen, from her Parasomnia series. Image Stevenson Gallery.



Traveling Show: Message Stick: Indigenous Identity in Urban Australia opened in Cape Town at The Lovell Gallery

Chris Slack at the opening of his show: Transformation, at The Everad Read Gallery CT / Tamzin Lovell-Miller of The Lovell Gallery with guests at the opening

Opening of Chris Slack’s Transformation, at The Everad Read Gallery CT

Sean O’Toole speaks at the opening of Candice Breitz Extra at the Standard Bank Gallery

Candice Breitz and Generations star Sophie Ndaba-Harrington (Queen Moroka) at Opening of Extra at Standard Bank Gallery / Candice Breitz, her parents, and Nambitha Mpulwana

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Western Cape Cape Town Absolut Art Gallery Permanent exhibition with the best Masters and Contemporary artists. Namely : JH Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, Hugo Naude, Adriaan Boshoff, Frans Oerder, Maurice Van Essche, Tinus De Jongh, Gerard Bhengu, Ephraim Ngatane, Cecil Skotnes, JEA Volschenk, Conrad Theys, William Kentridge, to name a few. Shop 43 Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley, Bellville. T. 021 914 2846 AVA 13 Feb – 9 March, “Briewe Uit Die Tankwa” a series of photographs by Adriaan Oosthuizen and “There but not there” featuring paintings by Angela Briggs. 12 March – 4 April, “Ingekleur: Outside the Lines” with participating artists: Igshaan Adams, Robyn-Leigh Cedras, Dion Cupido, George Hallett, Lee-Anne January, Vivien Kohler, Craig Masters, Selvin November, Sophie Peters, Roderick Sauls, Donavan Ward & Mak 1. Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Str, CT. T.021 424 7436 The Avital Lang Gallery New at gallery wood sculptures by Von Dee, oils by Loyiso Mkize, metal works by Alex Simbi and Zuko Creations and many more artists. Also don’t forget our studio space for artists. Two Oceans House, Surrey Place, Mouille Point, CT. (Next to Newport Deli) T. 021 439 2124 Barnard Gallery 14 March – 11 April, “In Living Colour” by Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi & Lonwabo Kilani. 55 Main St, Newlands. T. 021 671 1666 Blank Projects. Opening 1 March @ 18:00, “Modal Approach and Accent” by Gerda Scheepers and “Minor Riot” by Michael Linders. Exhibitions close 24 March. 113-115 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. C.072 507 5951 Brundyn & Gonsalves (formely iArt) 1 Feb – 14 March, “Periphery” Tom Cullberg’s 10th solo exhibition of paintings. 21 March - 2 May, “A History of Failure” a variety of media, including lithographs, sculpture and found objects by Chad Rossouw. 71 Loop Str, CT. T. 021 424 5150

Cedar Tree Gallery Contemporary Fine Art Gallery at Rodwell House. Rodwell Rd, St. James, CT. T. 021 797 9880 The Cellar Private Gallery The Cellar Private Gallery of Art deals exclusively in original & investment art, offering works by a variety of renowned & upcoming SA artists. 12 Imhoff Str, Welgemoed, Bellville T. 021 913 4189 Christie’s International Auctioneers. Juliet Lomberg, Independent Consultant. T. 021 761 2676 Christopher Møller Art 29 March – 12 April, a solo exhibition for artist M.J Lourens entitled “Peninsula” will feature scenes in and around Cape Town. 7 Kloofnek Road, Gardens, C T. T. 021 422 1599 Commune.1 Gallery Opening 1 March, “The distance between us” by installation artist Dominique Edwards. 64 Wale Str, CT. T. 021 423 5600 Erdmann Contemporary & the Photographers Gallery za 21 March – 28 April, “Paper Cutting from Shaanxi” a group exhibition. 63 Shortmarket Street, CT. T. 021 422 2762 Everard Read CT 22 March – 5 April, “Morning, Noon & Night” Scenes of the beautiful Western Cape painted ¬en plein air by UK painter Nick Botting. 3 Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, CT. T. 021 418 4527 34 Fine Art 21 Feb – 24 March, “Overlay” a Solo Exhibition by Esther Mahlangu. 27 March – 28 April, “Between Ourselves” a Solo Exhibition by Jade Doreen Waller. 2nd Floor, The Hills Building, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T.021 461 1863

The Framery Art Gallery 24 March. The giant painting of Nelson Mandela by Loyiso Mkize is being auctioned today. Thank you to everybody who visited The Framery Art Gallery over the last seven months and helped finishing this masterpiece by painting inspirational words as the background of this special artwork. Interested bidders can still contact us by 8 March. Proceeds of the auction will go to ‘Kick Polio out of Africa’ a Rotary project. Seats to this function at a very special venue are limited. You can view the painting on the Art Times website. 25 March - 15 April, “Sea the Point Darling” an exhibition and auction of paintings by performing artists! This exhibition is co-curated with performer Godfrey Johnson and will benefit The Darling Trust and Art department of Sea Point High School. Participating artists include Evita Bezuidenhout, Karen Jayne, Roland Perold, Godfrey Johnson, Fiona du Plooy, Godfrey Johnson, Megan Furniss, Didi Moses, Emile Minnie among others. Thank you to our first sponsor The Artist’s Friend. 67g Regent Rd, Seapoint. T. 021 434 5022 C. 0781227793 Gill Allderman Gallery The Gill Allderman Gallery is dedicated to promoting some of South Africa’s valuable talent. Having moved into cyber space, but based in Kenilworth, Cape Town, the gallery will be specialising in home and corporate visits. C.083 556 2540 Goodman Gallery Cape 1 – 31 March, an exhibition by Lisa Brice. 3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 462 7573/4 Hout Bay Gallery New artworks by Sarah Danes Jarrett, David Kuijers, Koos De Wet and many more. Open 7 days a week. 71 Victoria Ave, Hout Bay. T. 021 790 3618 F. 021 790 3898 Infecting the City The Africa Centre’s Infecting the City Public Arts Festival will explode onto the streets and public spaces of Cape Town for the fifth time from the 5- 10 March. This year, celebrated local and international artists will create artworks that unwrap and unlock the communal spaces in the Cape Town City Centre. Hub and Evening Events: Church Square. Festival sites: All around the CBD. For more information visit or call the Africa Centre on 021 422 0468.

Cape Gallery 5 Feb - 3 March , a group exhibition of works by Derek Jacobs, Jenny Parsons, Margot Hattingh & Yvette Polovin. Opening Monday 5 March, “Siyakubona - We see you” a group exhibition including works by Vuyisani Mgijima, Mandla Vanyaza, Patrick Holo, Sydney Holo, Xolile Mtakatya, Thami Kitty, Lindile Magunya, Solomon Siko, David Hlongwane, Billy Mandindi, Gerald Tabata, Timothy Zantsi, German Mahlase, on show until 24 March. 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

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CAPE TOWN / WESTERN CAPE | GALLERY GUIDE Infin Art Gallery A gallery of work by local artists. Wolfe Str, Chelsea Village, Wynberg. T. 021 761 2816 & Buitengracht Str. CT. T. 021 423 2090 Irma Stern Museum 18 Feb - 10 March, Arlene Amaler-Raviv’s “Berlin Revisited” 17 March - 11 April, “Rooted” by Claudia Gurwitz. The artist will give a walkabout on Sat 24 March at 11am. Cecil Rd, Rosebank, CT. T. 021 685 5686 Iziko SA Museum On show until 13 March, “Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011” 25 Queen Victoria Str, CT. T. 021 481 3897 Iziko SA National Gallery Until 1 April 2012, “Windows on War - Russian posters from World War II” Until 10 April 2012, Renowned British conceptual and land artist, Richard Long, presents a solo exhibition of works made in southern Africa over the last 50 years. 25 Queen Victoria Str, CT. T. 021 467 4660 Iziko Michaelis Collection Ongoing, Dutch treat: Dutch works from the 17th–20th centuries in Iziko collections Iziko Michaelis Collection, Old Town House, Greenmarket Square, CT. T. 021 481 3800 Iziko Castle of Good Hope From 26 Feb 2012 to 26 Feb, 2013, “Fired” an exhibition of South African ceramics. Buitenkant Str, opposite the Grand Parade, CT. T. 21 464 1262 Johans Borman Fine Art Currently showing a selection of works by SA Masters Walter Battiss, Erik Laubscher, Peter Clarke, Cecil Skotnes, Pranas Domsaitis and Sydney Kumalo, as well as new works by contemporary artists Walter Meyer, Hennie Niemann Jnr, Jacobus Kloppers, Jaco Sieberhagen and Ben Coutouvidis. 16 Kildare Road, Newlands, CT. T. 021 683 6863. Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery A large selection of artworks by new and prominent South African artists and SA old Masters. 31 Kommandeur Rd, Welgemoed, Bellville. T. 021 913 7204/5 The Lovell Gallery 1 March – 14 April, “Arno Plus+” Arno Carstens brings his long lost love for painting to the fore and to the public for the first time in his first solo exhibition held at The Lovell Gallery in Woodstock. Visitors to the gallery can enjoy Carstens’ visual as well as vocal talent in a unique “art plus music; Arno plus friends” experience. 139 Albert Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 820 5505 Martin Osner Fine Art Gallery 16 March – 10 April, “Collaborative Exhibition” featuring three artists: Klaus Tiedge, wildlife photographer extraordinaire, will be unveiling his latest 2012 Pride Of Africa collection; Sandy Mclea has broken new boundaries with his work of dramatic seascape imagery shot along the shores of Whales and Cape Town; and Martin Osner will be showcasing a new body of work which he photographed in Namibia last year where he presents simplistic high impact imagery portraying derelict windswept structures. Shop A14, Cape Quarter Piazza, 72 Waterkant Str, Green

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Point, CT. T. 021 790 6494 Michaelis Galleries 15 Feb - 6 March, in the Main Gallery, “Context” with participating artists: Fritha Langerman, Colin Richards, Pippa Skotnes, Phillip Raath, Chloe Reid, James King, Morne Visagie & Fabian Saptouw. Also in the Upstairs Gallery, Mark Dion will be using the gallery as a studio. 12-26 March, “Imperfect Librarian” Centre for Curating the Archive with Joanne Bloch, Jessica Brown, Brenton Maart, George Mahashe, Andrew Putter, Jon Whidden; assisted by Niek de Greef and Nadja Daehnke. University of Cape Town, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town. T. 021 480 7170 The Museum Gallery Opening event Thursday 15th March @ 5-8pm, “In the Flesh” new paintings by Sally Berg. Opening times on the website, exhibition runs until 31 March. See blog for updated info: Upper East Side, 31 Brickfield Rd, Woodstock. C. 084 393 3305 Original Cape Art Exhibition Original Cape Art will be hosting an exhibition of works by 21 Cape Artists at the Sanlam Hall in the beautiful grounds of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The exhibition will open on Tuesday 20th March at 10.00am, and daily from 10.00 to 17.00, until Wednesday 28th March. Art works in a wide range of mediums, by established local artists, will be available to view and purchase. Combine a visit to this wonderful venue with the opportunity to experience a first class exhibition of landscapes, still life’s, floral art, and innovative abstract paintings. Entrance to the exhibition is free after entry to Kirstenbosch Gardens. For further information contact 021 799 8621 during exhibition hours. Rose Korber Art 1 - 31 March: “Recent Works” by leading, contemporary South African artists. A comprehensive and varied overview, covering the spectrum of what is currently being produced. Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm: Weekends and public holidays by appointment. 48 Sedgemoor Rd, Camps Bay, CT. T. 021 438 9152 C.082 781 6144 Rudd’s Auctioneers Antique, Fine and Decorative Art. 87 Bree Street, CT. T.021 426 0384

4 – 21 April, exhibition by Louis Minnaar & Maaike Bakker. 91 Kloof Str, Gardens, CT. T 021 424 6930 South African Jewish Museum From 20 February, an exhibition on the life and work of Hungarian Born South African sculptor, Herman Wald. 88 Hatfield Str, Gardens, CT. T. 021-465-1546 South African Print Gallery A wide selection of fine art prints by South African masters and contemporary printmakers. On show in February New Works from the Artists’ Press. 109 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 6851 Online Art Gallery A curated online art gallery bringing you original and affordable artwork created by selected Fine Arts students and graduates emerging from South Africa’s most prestigious art schools. With an extensive selection of styles and genres to reflect your taste, budget and requirements, and a range of services to support your choices, buying art couldn’t be any simpler. T. 0724709272 Stephan Welz & Company Auctioneers of Decorative and Fine Arts. The Great Cellar, The Alphen Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia. T. 021 794 6461 Stevenson Cape Town 28 Feb - 30 March, Guy Tillim’s photography “Second Nature II” 4 April - 12 May, a group exhibition “Trade Routes Over Time” Ground Floor, Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 1500 Strauss & Co. Fine Art Auctioneers & Consultants. The Oval, 1st Floor Colinton House, 1 Oakdale Rd, Newlands. T. 021 683 6560 What if the World Gallery 4 Feb – 3 March, 2 group exhibitions: “Outside the Lines” An Exploration of Abstract Materiality and “Making Faces” Exploring Contemporary Practice through Portraiture. 208 Albert Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 448 1438

Rust-en-Vrede Gallery 6 – 29 March, In Salon A & B: Mosaic art by Piet-my-vrou studio. In Salon C: an exhibition titled “Inside” – expressive portraits by Jimmy Law Clay Museum: Ceramics by Kate van Putten. 3 April – 3 May, In Salon A & B: a group show curated by Izak Vollgraaff. In Salon C: Hermien van der Merwe. Clay museum: Ceramics by the students of Ralph Johnson. In the Office Showcase: Ceramics by Ralph Johnson. 10 Wellington Rd, Durbanville. T.021 976 4691 Salon 91 15 Feb – 10 March, “Something Like Now” a solo exhibition of new works by Elsabe Milandri featuring collage, watercolour, acrylic and ink on paper. 14 – 31 March, “Radar” a group exhibition featuring: Linsey Levendall, Michael Tymbios, Jean de Wet, Mieke van der Merwe & Bruce Mackay.

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Franschhoek Ebony Summer Exhibition of South African Masters. Gerard Sekoto, Alexis Preller, Maud Sumner, George Diederick During, Gordon Vorster and Ephraim Ngatane. 11 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 4477 The Gallery at Grande Provence 5 Feb – 7 March, “Abstract” with works by Gavin Risi & Frans Smit. Opening Sunday, 11 March @ 11h00, “Of Honey Thieves and Egg Eaters”, by well known Cape Town based artist, Jop Kunneke, on show until 25 April. Main Rd, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8630. Holden Manz Collection New Karin Miller collages, Marie Stander charcoals and a set of 43 amazing Cecil Skotnes woodcuts are on show at the moment – well worth a visit! 30 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek T. 021 876 44 02 Is Art 19 Feb – 16 April, Group Exhibition with paintings by Deanne Donaldson and Lyn Gilbert, ceramics by Nicolene Swanepoel and sculpture by Sarel Petrus. 16 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8443

George Hyatt Regency Oubaai From 1 March, “Transitions” a collection of new sculptures by Anton Smit. 406 Herolds Bay Rd,George. T. 044 851 1234 Strydom Gallery 24 Feb - 24 March, “Different Perspectives” works by Mien Greyling, Imola Feldberg-Popescu and Mariette Maarschalk. Opening Sunday, 1 April @ 11h00, two exhibitions: “Circles, Cycles and Seasons” on show until 30 April and “Altered Pieces” on show until 29 April. 79 Market Str, George. T. 044 874 4027

Hangklip Hangklip ART WEEK (HAWK) 17 – 25 March, HAWK 2012: Exhibitions, Open Studios, Workshops & Artventures in Rooi Els, Pringle Bay & Betty’s Bay. Opening Event 17 March @ 11h00 Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, Clarence Drive, Betty’s Bay. For more information contact Lien Botha C. 082 926 9005 info@ Visit the Hangklip ART WEEK (HAWK) Facebook page at:

Hermanus Abalone Gallery During March in the Main Gallery: Painting and Sculpture Group exhibition - Christo Coetzee, Hannes Harrs, Jackson Hlungwani , Tadeus Jaroszynski, Lynette ten Krooden, Carl Roberts, Susanna Swart. In the Annex: 1 March - 11 April : “Works on paper” - Drawings and Collages by Titia Ballot, John Clarke, Elzaby Laubscher, Judith Mason, Leonard Matsoso, Anna Vorster. 2 Harbour Rd, The Courtyard, Hermanus. T. 028 313 2935


Art Amble Hermanus Village Ten diverse and unique Galleries all within walking distance in the heart of Hermanus Village. Four resident artists’ studios to visit. Collect your Art Amble Guide at any one of the Galleries in Main Road or at the Hermanus Tourism Office. Contact Terry Kobus on 083 259 8869 or email for more information. Originals Gallery The art studio and gallery of Terry Kobus. See the artist at work in his studio and view his latest paintings in an intimate gallery space. Shop 22 Royal Centre, 141 Main Rd, Hermanus. T. 083 259 8869 Shelley Adams Studio & Gallery A permanent exhibition of artworks by Shelley Adams in her personal studio space. She also offers ongoing art courses, crit classes and workshops. 19A Royal Centre, Main Rd, Hermanus. C. 072 677 6277 Walker Bay Art Gallery View the wide selection of paintings, sculpture & ceramics by established as well as up and coming South African artists. 171 Main Rd, Hermanus. contact: Francois Grobbelaar 028 312 2928

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

Prince Albert. Tickets available at For more information contact the Festival Office T. 044 203 8600 ArtKaroo Gallery 28 February until 29 March, “Phanerothyme: Transcendental Paradigm” a group exhibition by a bunch of psychonauts that includes mind bending paintings, sculptures, photography, graffiti, digital art, printmaking, inventive mixed media and art clothing. 107 Baron van Reede, Oudtshoorn. T.044 279 1093

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

Plettenberg Bay Lookout Art Gallery A fine selection of interesting contemporary paintings, sculptures & blown glass. The Courtyard, Lookout Centre, Main Str, Plettenberg Bay. T. 044 533 2210



Art on 5 Permanent exhibition of paintings and ceramics by Maryna de Witt, Pera Schillings and Karen Kieviet. 7b Andringa Street, Stellenbosch. T. 021-8877234

Dale Elliott Art Galleries Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa! 2 Galleries: Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre & The Knysna Mall T. 044 382 5646

Die Dorpstraat Galery 8 – 30 March, “Margate & Other Stories” by Louis Jansen van Vuuren. 10 Oude Bank, Church St, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 2256

A Different Drummer An on-going exhibition of traditional African artefacts, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, paintings and objets de vertu. Thesen House, 6 Long Street, Knysna. T. 044 382 5107

Rupert Museum Until 28 March 2012, an extensive selection of works by Willem Strydom. Stellentia Avenue, Stellenbosch T. 021 888 3344

Knysna Fine Art From 24 Feb, “The Other Shore” by Leon Vermeulen. Thesen House, 6 Long St. T. 044 382 5107

Sasol Art Museum 2 - 11 March, “Ik ben een Afrikaander II” group show. 2 March - 21 April, Paul Emsley exhibition. 2 March - 21 April, “Klei-Klank” with works by Laura du Toit & Hannelore Olivier. These exhibitions form part of Die Woordfees from 2 – 11 March. Until end October 2012, “20Stellenbosch”: two decades of South African Sculpture (inside sculptures) David Brown, Jackson Hlungwani, Noria Mbasa, Collen Maswanganyi, Samson Mudzunga, Meshack Raphalalani & Philip Rikhotso. 52 Ryneveld Str, Stellenbosch T. 021 808 3691

Sally Bekker Art Studio Ongoing holiday season exhibition “Recent Watercolour and Oil Paintings” Upstairs in the Knysna Mall. C.082 342 3943

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

Oudtshoorn ABSA KKNK 31 March -7 April, the ABSA Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees. Various galleries participating in and around Oudtshoorn as well as Calitzdorp, Kruisrivier, De Rust and

Slee Gallery Opening 1 March @ 18:30, “City of Oaks” an exhibition by Fanakalo, a design and illustration studio, until 14 March. Opening 15 March @ 18:30, “Skin” an exhibition of unique metal sculptures by Talitha Deetlefs, on show until 10 April. Opening 12 April @ 18:30, “Wilko Roon and his portrayal of Paternoster People” until 26 April. 101 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 3385

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WESTERN CAPE | EASTERN CAPE | KZ- NATAL | GALLERY GUIDE SMAC Art Gallery Opening 29 March, a major solo exhibition by Georgina Gratrix. De Wet Centre, Church Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 3607 Stellenbosch Art Gallery An extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass & ceramics by selected Western Cape artists are on offer to the discerning buyer. 34 Ryneveld Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 8343 US Art Gallery (University of Stellenbosch) 2 – 31 March “HumanEarth” exhibition with participating artists: Elnette Viljoen, Tamzyn Varney, Janet Ranson, Larita Engelbrecht, Janet Botes, Nina Faase & Christine Cronje. This exhibition forms part of Die Woordfees from 2 – 11 March. Cnr of Dorp and Bird Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 808 3524/3489

Somerset West Liebrecht Art Gallery 8 – 22 March, “Pictures from Lombardia” a selection of paintings in mixed media by Winet Vermaak completed in Italy during her stay of 28 years. Her second show in the Liebrecht after the highly successful exhibition “All is Written” by this former opera singer and student of Erik Laubscher upon her return to South Africa four years ago. 34 Oudehuis Str, Somerset West. T. 021 852 8030 C. 082 304 3859

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

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

Kwazulu- Natal Durban The African Art Centre 1 – 13 March, “A tribute to Isaac Sithole (1974-2012)” an exhibition of colour reduction linocuts. 15 – 25 March, “Places and Spaces” an exhibition of paintings by Sbusiso Duma, Welcome Danca, Xolile Mazibuko & Mfundo Mthiyane 28 March – 14 April, “Artist and Crafter of the Year” Welcome Danca (paintings) and Xolile Ndlovu (embroideries). 94 Florida Rd, Durban. T. 031 312 3804/5 ArtSPACE Durban 5 – 24 March, ABSA L’Atelier Art Award KZN Regional Exhibition. 26 March – 14 April, “Inspiration 2” – invited group exhibition inspired by Durban and surrounds. Participating artists: Caroline Birch, Jane Oliver, Di van Wyk, Marlene Wasserman, Grace Kotze, Coral Spencer Domijan, Nomsa Ngidi, Angela Buckland, Mandy Kok, Mbhekeni Derek Mbili, Nicole Pletts, Trui van der Ven, Scott Bredin, Jeannie Kinsler, Pascale Chandler, Floris van Zyl, Jackie Freer, Julie Mayo, John

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Roome, Nirmi Ziegler, Dee Donaldson, Louise Jennings & Andrew Verster.3 Millar Rd, Stamford Hill, Durban. T.031 312 0793 Christie’s International Auctioneers. Gillian Scott Berning, Independent Consultant. T 031 207 8247 The Collective 5 - 17 March, “Lines of Thought”a group exhibition of blue doodles in notebooks to coincide with relaunch of the Collective’s branding which is the colour blue. 10th March, “Incredible Little Places” - acoustic music and vegan food 19 March - 7 April, “Come Out and Play”a Hand-made Toy Exhibition. Artists include Reghardt Grobbelaar, Lanel Van Vuuren and others. 24th March “South Jersey Pom Poms” evening music event. 48b Florida Rd, (entrance in 4th Avenue) Greyville, Durban. T. 031 303 4891 Tamasa Gallery A small commercial gallery, Tamasa exhibits a broad variety of contemporary KZN artists. 36 Overport Drive, Berea, Durban. T. 031 207 1223

Pietermaritzburg Tatham Art Gallery 9 Feb – 8 April, “People, Prints and Process – Twenty-Five years at Caversham” Cnr of Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Rd & Church Str. (Opposite City Hall) Pietermaritzburg. T. 033 342 1804

Umdloti The Audrey Rudnick Gallery Surrealist Paintings, Sculptures and Pod People by Audrey Rudnick. 77 North Beach Rd, Shop no.10 Upper Level, Umdloti Centre, Umdloti. T. 031 568 2445 audrey@

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

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

East London Ann Bryant Gallery In the Main Gallery: Absa Atelier Art Competition Exhibition opening 14th March.

In the Coach House: 19 – 25 March, “Travelling Exhibition 2012” The East Coast Quilters Guild will once again be holding the Travelling Quilt Exhibition. This exhibition will consist of approximately 35 art quilts from all over South Africa. 29 March -14 April, Eric Eatwell exhibition in the Coach House. 9 St. Marks Rd, Southernwood, East London. T. 043 722 4044 Malcolm Dewey Fine Art Ongoing exhibition of oil paintings by Malcolm Dewey plus works by a selection of local artists. 60 Darlington Rd, Berea, East London. T. 043 7260421 Vincent Art Gallery The gallery houses an exceptional collection of fine arts, sculptures, blown glass, ceramics, exclusive jewellery and decor items. 2 Donald Rd, Vincent, East London. T. 043 726 4356

Port Elizabeth ArtEC 28 Feb – 9 March, “Same Size, Same Price, No Signature Exhibition” This year the works are 300x300mm and will sell for R750. The Exhibition was hugely successful in 2010 and 2011 and has become an annual event which both artists and buyers look forward to. 13- 16 March, National Quilter’s Guild Exhibition. This display of textiles and colour is a visual treat that should not be missed. Opening 25 March @ 15:30 for 16:00, “Easter Cathedral” a group exhibition by Marius Lourens and Frans Boekkooi, Alida Bothma, Thys Cilliers, Bev de Lange, Trevor Melville, David Jones, Anthony Keogh, Wehrner Lemmer, Lizo Pemba, Bretton-Anne Moolman, Amanda Snyman, Nico Swart, Andrieta Wentzel. On show until 14 April. 36 Bird Str, P.E. T. 041 585 3641 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum 28 Jan – 8 March, “Framed” This exhibition features a selection of artworks with frames from different periods in history alongside contemporary works, which begs the question, is the frame practical or used for artistic effect? 22 Feb – 25 March, “ In Retrospect: Manfred Zylla” Spanning five decades of work, this retrospective points to Zylla’s strong concern with the destiny of humanity, the future of the planet and art as a tool for change. 4 Feb – 13 May, “Process revealed: How artworks are made” See how artworks came to life as we reveal the rough drawings and sketches of Fred Page, Hilary Graham, Joan Write, Norman Blamey, Phil Kolbe and others, alongside their completed work. 3 March – 6 May, “George Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba (19122001)”It is the 100th anniversary of George Pemba’s birth this year and to celebrate this milestone, the South African Post Office has released a set of commemorative stamps. Be a part of the celebration by coming to the Art Museum and seeing the stamps next to the original artworks. 15 March – 6 May, “Ceramics Southern Africa (Eastern Cape) Annual Regional Exhibition 2012” 1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth. T. 041 5062000 Ron Belling Art Gallery 25 Feb – 25 March, “Pretoria in PE” an exhibition of Pretoria artists curated by Stuart Trent of Trent Art, includes Jan van der Merwe, Diane Victor, Annette Pretorius, Tsepho Joel Sebothoma, Lwandiso Njara & Hardus Koekemoer. 30 Park Drive, P.E. T. 041 586 3973


Timeless Classical

Duggie du Toit @ Alice Art Gallery


Lights and shadows from the heart of the Free State! This old master whispers new life in old classical techniques. Born in 1943 in Johannesburg, Duggie du Toit, South Africa’s own Rembrandt, uses natural light, “as light defines, form and structure,” and rich earthly colours pronounces his still-lifes and portraits of a time long gone. This humble, quiet master describes his work as classical impressionistic and believes that if painting becomes easy, it is a sign that the artists is not working on his restrictions. Though he paints less, he concentrates on quality..... and he still has a lot that he wants to express on canvas.




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StateoftheArt online gallery portal makes gains sources and sells original and limited edition artwork by rigorously selected emerging artists, at affordable prices. We provide an investment opportunity for the art buying public and an alternative to the heavily duplicated reproductions available from décor stores. is unique in that it’s not just a portfolio site for artists, but rather a curated site. All artists have to apply to be featured on the website, which includes submitting an application and providing background information and sample images to a curatorial board of art professionals. Besides the curatorial considerations, we look for artists who are very active and motivated and also try to offer a range of diverse mediums in the gallery. gives a voice to talented, emerging artists who are otherwise lost in the mainstream contemporary gallery system – which tends to focus on established artists. It is very difficult for a new artist to break into the market as an orthodoxy and elitism is perpetuated by most gallery spaces, where overheads mean that a genuinely undiscovered artist is rarely given an opportunity. The Internet provides the missing piece, making it possible to promote young artists and their art at affordable prices. Online shopping is not a novel idea, but the concept of shopping online for art certainly is. Physical galleries where you can interact with the art, ask questions, and even meet the artist are still the de facto model though, and has tried to replicate that online. Interested buyers can browse by genre, price, or medium, and then read the artists’ statements and view their portfolios. The site also features an innovative 3d interactive virtual exhibition. There is an obvious appeal for young and first-time art buyers who have grown up using the Internet and prefer researching and contemplating an art purchase online instead of visiting galleries. Works can be bought directly from the website and delivered to your door (or desk) anywhere in the world. While all of the artists are based in South Africa, the site has attracted buyers worldwide from the Czech Republic to Switzerland, the UK and Australia.’s commitment to its artists goes beyond simply posting their work online. We offer a full-service art consulting service to the hospitality and design industry, as well as the corporate world and recently completed an artwork refurbishment project for PricewaterhouseCoopers at Century City. Future Plans: would like to partner with Corporates wishing to support local artists by hosting exhibitions in their office environments. This will give people that may never visit museums or art galleries an opportunity to view original art. Upcoming Virtual Exhibition: Re:SOURCE in theme, essence and medium Curated by Janet Botes Available to view online from the 25th of March 42

Works from: Ik ben een Afrikaander II Sasol Art Museum 52 Ryneveld Street Stellenbosch Exhibitions form part of Die Woordfees 2 – 11 March 2012 (Top) Larita Engelbrecht, Memento Mori, 2011, felted karakul wool, (Below) Clare Menck, Kappie selfportret, Karoo II, 2011

Frank McLeod. Australia resized. The beach at Marennes, France From Obie Oberholzer’s latest and greatest show, Long Distance Circa on Jellicoe, more: SA ART TIMES. March 2012


Erik Laubscher abstract entitled: Blush sold for R448 000 (est R400 000-R500 000)

No reassurance from Stephan Welz & Co’s Cape Town sale By Michael Coulson Any reassurance about the state of the SA art market engendered by Strauss & Co’s well received sale in Cape Town earlier this month will have been dissipated by the next in this year’s series, at the same centre, by rival Stephan Welz & Co at Alphen this week. None of the highest five estimate works sold, and only four of the top 12, top price being R504 000 for Pieter Wenning’s panoramic view of Pretoria (estimate R450 000-R550 000). Its companion piece on Joburg went for R448 000 (est R400 000). The afternoon session of minor work was reasonably successful, 79 of the 130 lots (60.8%) selling. And though the top price was only R42 600 for an Adriaan Boshoff street scene, a gross of R691 000 (including premium) was about 96.5% of the low estimate of R716 000. But only 50.9% (55) of the 108 works in the evening session sold, and with the failures at the top end a gross of R5.06m was only 30% of the low estimate of R16.5m. For the two sessions combined, 134 of 238 works sold (56.3%) for R5.76m, against the low estimate of R17.2m. The only two other high-estimate lots to find buyers were an Erik Laubscher abstract, at R448 000 (est R400 000-R500 000) and one of the two Keith Alexander landscapes, at R392 000 (both est at R350 000-R400 000). Casualties included all three Irma Sterns, both Tretchikoffs, a Ruth EverardHaden portrait (the frontispiece) and even a landscape by Stanley Pinker, whose work has been in demand lately. Of the most represented artists, six of seven Kenneth Bakers sold, four of seven Frans Claerhouts, and four of six each from Gregoire Boonzaaier, Theunis de Jongh and Francois Krige.The marketplace now shifts to Joburg and London, and apprehension will be high until these hurdles are cleared.

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‘The Pink Sari’, 1947, and with its original Zanzibar frame, will be sold by Bonhams in London on March 21st for an estimated £800,000-1,200,000.

Upcoming Bonham’s London SA Sale: Irma Stern dazzles with her “ Pink Sari” woman with original Zanzibar Frame. A stunning image from one of Irma Stern’s trips to Zanzibar which inspired some of her best work, titled ‘The Pink Sari’ , signed and dated 1947, and with its original Zanzibar frame, will be sold by Bonhams in London on March 21st for an estimated £800,000-1,200,000. Never before seen on the open market, the painting was acquired directly from the artist circa 1961 and then passed by direct descent to the current owner. It is the top lot in Bonhams next sale of South African Art which has consistently broken records for South African art over the past five years. Irma Stern’s trips to Zanzibar in 1939 and 1945 were life-changing events that would continue to exert influence on her artistic output for years to come. The island’s people and colours had etched themselves in her mind and gave her a profound sense of satisfaction in having found precisely what she had been searching out across Africa for several decades previously. To her friends she described the trip as a revelation, the island as a bustling idyll teeming with colour. The pink sari is a stunning example of the beauty Stern encountered on the island. In the women of the Zanzibar in particular, she had found her greatest inspiration. The original Zanzibar woodwork framing The pink sari signifies Stern’s own personal satisfaction with the work. Stern was keenly involved in all aspects of her artistic production, including priming and stretching her own canvases and choosing the frames for nearly everything she produced. Zanzibar frames were exclusively reserved for her most treasured works and the ones she considered to be her very best examples. She had exported several pieces of Zanzibar woodwork (including chests and doors) during her time on the island, installing one as the door to The Firs, her Cape Town home, and breaking up the rest to frame her favourite pictures. The Zanzibari government actually banned the export of the doors because of Stern’s actions, so she knew they were in limited supply and reserved them only for her very best pieces. 43


Strauss’s healthy start to auction year generally good prices brought a gross (including buyer’s premium) of about R26.5m, usefully above the low estimate of R23.4m. According to auctioneer Stephan Welz, “It was a good day at the office, an auctioneer’s dream. We didn’t set records but prices were strong and buying was broadly based, showing that it’s still a collector’s market.” A record number of people registered as buyers and the room at the Vineyard hotel was packed out. He was also particularly pleased that the Wally Beck glass collection was 94% sold.

Show stopper: Stanley Pinker’s Girl in Sunglasses (est only R300 000-R500 000 fetched R1.448m By Michael Coulson There were huge sighs of relief all round at the conclusion of the first local art sale of the year, held by Strauss & Co in Cape Town on Monday. Though neither major Pierneef sold, and the two high-valued Irma Sterns fetched hammer prices at or below the lower end of the estimate ranges, an aboveaverage 81% of the 204 lots of SA art sold, and

Stern’s portrait of a woman in a pink hijab ( the inside front cover) went for R8.355m (estimate R8m-R12m) and Two Arabs for R2.785m (est R2.5m-R3.5m, but the other seven-digit price was a real surprise: R1.448m for Stanley Pinker’s Girl in Sunglasses (est only R300 000-R500 000 – the front cover – the subject has since been identified as Anna Starcke, journalist, political analyst and ex-wife of artist Helmut Starcke). Other Pinkers also fared well, Bathers (the inside back cover) reaching R835 000 (est R700 000-R900 000) and a still life R312 000 (est R300 000-R500 000). The Pierneefs were in fact the only two of the top 13 estimates (lows from R300 000 upwards) that didn’t find buyers. The rest comprise Wolf Kibel’s Three Women, the frontispiece, at R557 000 (est R350 000-R400 000); two William Kentridge heads, at R869 000 and R279 000 (ests R600 000-R900

000 and R300 000-R400 000); a Hugo Naude landscape, at R401 000; and two Maggie Laubser landscapes at R802 000 and R324 000 (the last three all est R300 000-R500 000). There were some good prices lower down, as well. Naude’s landscape of Jaffa, the frontispiece to the third (and major) session, was R401 000 (est R250 000-R350 000; Maurice van Essche’s Fisher Folk R356 000 (est R200 000-R300 000) and Gerard de Leeuw’s bronze Klipspringer a remarkable R234 000 (est R80 000-R120 000). Welz points out that the minor Pierneefs also did well, a small casein on card landscape at R189 000 (est R60 000-R90 000), a small oil at R106 000 (est R40 000-R60 000) and a watercolour/charcoal of Bruges R29 000 (est R12 000-R16 000). Of the most represented artists, 13 of 15 Walter Battisses sold, seven of nine each of Cecil Higgs and Naude, all seven Robert Hodgins, six Tinus de Jonghs and six Kentridges, four of six Gregoire Boonzaaiers, all five from Pinker and Alexander Rose-Innes, and three of five Terence McCaws. The next month or so brings rival Stephan Welz &Co’s first Cape sale of the year and then Bonham’s, in London, which is already punting a Stern for up to GBP1m. Then the focus will move to Joburg, with sales at both major local houses. While one swallow doesn’t make a summer, they will all be hoping that – to mix a metaphor – this week’s result wasn’t just a flash in the pan.

Strauss & Co’s upcoming Jhb Sale : Suited for Power All eyes are on Robert Hodgins’ A Gentleman from Mexico coming up at Strauss & Co’s next auction of important South African and international art to be held at the Country Club Johannesburg at Woodmead on 11 June 2012. Strauss & Co has broken all auction records for Hodgins in a run of remarkable successes starting with his A Seated Figure, Red Room that sold for R356 480 in May 2011, followed by Greenpiece ’99 No 3 (A Godson of the Godfather) selling for R612 700 in September 2011 and culminating in Igor Stravinsky & Four Women that exceeded all expectations in February this year when it sold for R724 100. Hodgins occupies a unique position in South African art. According to Kendell Geers, indisputably one of South Africa’s leading contemporary artists and former curator of the Gencor Collection, now the BHP Billiton Collection: “Very few artists in the world command the respect and admiration of their peers in the way Robert Hodgins does, a reverence often verging on cult status. In South Africa he is the quintessential artist’s artist, a guru for four generations, a point of reference for every self-respecting curator, and a voice of reason where video has all but killed the painting star.” A Gentleman from Mexico forms part of Hodgins’ 44

(Left) Robert Hodgins: A Gentleman from Mexico signed, dated 1999/00 and inscribed with the title on the reverse, oil on canvas, 120 by 90cm R400 000 – 600 000

AUCTION DETAILS: Monday 11 June 2012. Day Sale at 4 pm. Evening Sale at 8 pm Address: Country Club Johannesburg, Woodmead PREVIEW: From Friday 8 to Sunday 10 June from 10am to 5pm inimitable collection of businessmen, suited-up in the trappings of power and ready to engage the world. However, this gentleman could just as well be a denizen of the underworld, a dodgy dealer or a smooth tango master. Strauss & Co’s Johannesburg auction will include a stellar line-up of South Africa’s most-sought artists alongside a selection of international art.

WALKABOUTS :Stephan Welz and Emma Bedford Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June at 11am CONTACT NUMBERS 011 728 8246 /079 367 0637 Catalogues can be purchased at our offices or viewed online. SA ART TIMES. March 2012

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The South African Sale Wednesday 21 March 2012 New Bond Street, London Bonhams, world leaders in the market for South African Art, are delighted to present an outstanding collection of works by all the modern South African masters. Highlights include important pieces by Irma Stern, Gerard Sekoto, J.H. Pierneef, Alexis Preller and Anton van Wouw among others.

+44 20 7468 8213 Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886-1957) A view over Chuniespoort ÂŁ300,000 - 500,000

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Yayoi Kusama: Flower Tate Gallery.

James Abbott McNeil Whistler: Noctume: Blue and Silver- Cremome Lights 1872.

Yayoi Kusama has been called the Polka Dot Princess, and with good reason. She was covering not only paintings, but cats and horses – even the facades of grand buildings – in dots long before Damien Hirst was born. And if you haven’t yet heard of this Japanese octogenarian, this is the year that will change. The Tate Modern is holding a retrospective of her work (until 5 June), more of her recent paintings are on view at the Victoria Miro Gallery (until 5 April) and her sponsors, Louis Vuitton, will be releasing a clothing range inspired by her work in the summer. The retrospective has been in Madrid, at the Pompidou in Paris and goes on to New York, a definitive stamp of approval from the art world. She may be in her eighties, wheelchair-bound, and voluntarily living in a mental institution, but she has lost nothing of the steely determination and insatiable desire for publicity that thrust her from her straight-laced family background in Japan to the epicentre of the Sixties art scene in New York. Claims that she inspired everyone from Andy Warhol’s repetitive wallpaper images to Claes Oldenburg’s oversized sculptures must be taken with a certain caution, if one judges by the reported friendship with Georgia O’Keefe and the polite bemused tone of the older artist’s letters on display. Certainly Kusama’s infinity nets from the Sixties, with their layering of white on white, have a hypnotic quality and in Miro’s private viewing rooms one can see them in the vivid colours that have now become Kusama’s trademark. At the Tate the tight display of her latest paintings, an endless series of bright square canvasses with repetitive motifs, reflects the obsessive nature of her work, but seen as individual works at Miro’s it is starkly evident that these are not individual masterpieces, as indeed the Tate curator admits. The Tate has none of the enormous sculptures of flowers, dolls and pumpkins she now creates which reflect the same commercial world as compatriot Takashi Murakami. There is instead a magical infinity room, with mirrored surfaces much like many clubs today, but then Kusama was creating them in the early Sixties.

in the nude, but there is nothing scintillating about his bodies sprawled across a narrow bed in a dingy room. As he aged, his canvasses and sitters got bigger: Big Sue and Leigh Bowery’s obese bodies adorn many of the later works. His palette is muted and earthy, almost dull, as painting after painting shows his intense scrutiny of bodies in a bare room, their mottled flesh beautifully rendered but with a savage gaze that reduces them to animals. Freud’s tenderness is revealed in a series of portraits of his mother, and the dogs that accompany his sitters. Considering his affinity with animals it is a pity the retrospective doesn’t include more animal portraits.

Another artist whose career spans decades is Lucien Freud, labelled the Greatest Living Artist until his death last year. He was personally involved in the retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery (until 27 May) and his last, unfinished, painting is included in this enormous show which is expected to be very popular. Looking at how his work developed, it is easy to forget how out of kilter it was with the time, as he doggedly pursued his artistic vision. Despite his current popularity, for many years he was considered a dinosaur in art with his figurative studies. He saw his work as autobiographical, and constant subjects were wives, lovers, daughters and of course, himself. The countless self-portraits offer an interesting timeline of how his work and style changed but not the authority and vigour with which he painted in oils. There is flesh – lots of it, and none of it airbrushed. Freud painted people, often 46

A very uneven survey of Freud’s drawings is on display at Blain|Southern (until 5 April), spanning his entire career and including works never shown before. Far from revealing him as a great draughtsman, one simply wonders why many were framed at all. The most impressive drawings are from the Forties, and though there are a few strong late etchings, much of the work then was simply a prompt for his oils, which is where his focus lay. Italian artist Alberto Burri was one of the great post-war figures in abstract art and a major influence on the Arte Povera movement, yet Form and Matter at the Estorick Collection is the first retrospective in the UK since the Sixties (until 7 April). Burri worked as a doctor in North Africa during World War II, and some of his paintings look like suppurating wounds, while others reflect a dry and cracked terrain. His work has an earthy, textural quality, exploring materials such as metal, sacking and tar and the unpredictable novelty of the effect of fire on them. It is the earlier experimental work that is most interesting. The scorched edges of a black sheet of iron and plastic from 1961 catch the light to become a starkly modern crucifix, while the harsh outlines of abstracts from the Nineties seem more dated. This is work created to be experienced first-hand, not made for the commercial world of reproductions. Migrations: Journeys into British Art at Tate Britain is a rather haphazard collection of work by people who have come to Britain as immigrants, ranging from artists as early as Van Dyck to modern video installations. An interesting premise, it is still a slim excuse for displaying wildly disparate work from the Tate’s collection, although there are many exquisite pieces such as one of Whistler’s Nocturnes and interesting pairings such as a boat scene by James Tissot and another by Lubaina Himid with a century between them. The sheer quantity of work and lack of themed discussion around their choice makes this a sadly fruitless exercise. Hajj – Journey to the Heart of Islam at the British Museum (until 15 April) looks at one of the five pillars of Islam, the pilgrimage to Mecca, through the ages. A fascinating discovery for those prepared to give it some study, it includes heavily embroidered textiles, ancient maps as well as striking modern art works inspired by faith. SA ART TIMES. March 2012

Yayoi Kusama in front of one of her recent works

Yayoi Kusama: Self-Obliteration No.2 1967 / Lucian Feud:: Startled Man: Self Portrait (for Equilbraid, 1948) / Kusama posing in Aggregation: One thousand boats show 1963 / Burri Red Plastic / Lucian Feud: Girl in a Dark Jacket / Lucian Feud: The Brigadier 2003-2004

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