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Interview with Robert Brookes Diamonds in the rough: Eastern Cape Art SpecialPhoto: Feature John Hodgkiss Photo: Tim Hopwood

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Listening to distant thunder. 1970. Oil and sand on board, 610 x 764. (Johannesburg Art Gallery) SBSA 81914-3/11

sasol new signatures art competition 2011 This competition is for new, innovative and emerging young artists and is open to all South African artists who are 18 years and older who have not held a solo exhibition, except for academic purposes.

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Flying low: the editor Gabriel Clark-Brown on the ground in Grahamstown

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I generally try to avoid writing editorials, as much as I try to not get seduced in believing the airline captain’s voice when they reach that self possessed moment, and intone about flying conditions: in both circumstances there appears little that one can do to influence the situation - or so it seems. As an editor I get a great thrill to hear what you are thinking, looking at the daily radar on, chatting to a diversity of people from the popular gurus to the plain weird in the artworld. A good magazine is like cooking for a massive party for one’s friends, one needs to interpret the mood as well as find relevant things that are emerging and genuinely are interesting and meaningful - not the Limpopo of PR that passes daily over one’s desktop. Unlike an airline passenger, you as a reader can be a more influential force that can after all tell the editor to fly lower, or give more value on the intelligence side and more input on the onboard drinks and snacks menu. We at the Art Times are growing - the magazine is more settled as we are covering things and issues on the ground with the new province by province

features. Our daily news website at is starting to rocket in reader numbers as we try to shape the future of art news reporting and just what people find useful and interesting. In the old days a quarterly publication or even a monthly one, was something you just read once. Now most of us now check our social network media, other various art media over 1 200 times or more in the same space of time. With the saturation of news and information the real challenge is try to find a new means of choice of what and how to absorb information and interpretation. A lot has happened in the art publishing world with the current recession. We are happy to say that our income and traffic is growing daily to ensure the expansion of the SA Art Times as the most read and enjoyed SA Art publication. Thanks for your ongoing interest in us and I look very much forward to hearing from yourself soon. Best Gabriel Clark-Brown

Errata: The issue of May 2011 has an error in the - Kwa-Zulu Natal Art Feature on Durban in the article by Peter Machen. On page 38 in the block on ArtSpace Durban he writes….”hosted the Durban leg……. and the now discontinued Sasol Wax Art Award”. This Award was exhibited at the KZNSA Gallery and not at ArtSpace Durban. In my (erstwhile) capacity as Artistic Director and Curator of the Award, I’d appreciate your correcting this error. Best regards, Les Cohn Art and Development Consultant. Art Source South Africa

Joshua Miles New prints 2011

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Vote for artssensitised politicians


Ismail Mahomed: Voting for an arts-sensitised arts council needs to be on the radar of the arts community The arts are hardly ever the subject of an elections campaign. So, it is quite likely that even artists will go to the polling stations to cast their vote without even pondering what their vote could mean for the sustainability of their own livelihoods. Voting for a local government that is arts-sensitised can have a significantly positive and distinctly competitive impact on the health and quality of how an arts sector functions, grows and contributes to the city’s economy. The health of a city’s arts organizations and its creative industries is a defining element of a community’s image and a key facet of its economy. The arts are also an important resource through which a community educates its younger generations. A commitment to support the arts must be a non-negotiable that every artist should expect from the political party or candidate for whom they intend voting. It is the responsibility of artists and arts-sensitised voters to ensure that a strong and vibrant arts sector is supported by election candidates who will advocate for local government funding for the arts. Politicians and political parties who don’t recognize the arts as a wise investment for any community will not promote a city’s programmes that contribute to the city’s cultural tourism sector. A community with a vibrant arts sector provides tourism opportunities. This in turn generates additional income revenues that go beyond the arts itself. Communities that grow their arts programmes have spin-offs for the hospitality industry, the technical services sector and for other small business operations. When local government elections are about improving the quality of life and lifestyle at a community level, it is strange that hardly any politician has considered the arts lobby as a significant sector. It is therefore no surprise that when politicians are in office their first major cutbacks are often in the sectors which caters for the recreational and social well-being of their communities.

cultural vibrancy of their cities to attract tourists. When artists and those who earn their salaries from arts organizations vote for political candidates and political parties who do not care for the arts they can expect local government councillors who will not any spend money on acquiring artistic assets for their city’s collection. Neither will these councillors work towards growing art in public spaces. Politicians who care for the arts will work towards ensuring that the aesthetic aspects of a city’s legacy are preserved. They will campaign their councils to support the purchase of new commissions and acquisitions for the city’s libraries, museums and art galleries. They will campaign for by-laws that will ensure that when new construction projects are erected that they include public art. They will also advocate that art in public spaces is made by local artists. Politicians who are arts sensitised will save guard the artist’s rights to freedom of expression and creativity. Artists who go to the ballot box should make it a point to vote for political candidates and parties who will not limit their freedom of expression or creativity. If a political party makes it harder to access the arts, vote against it. If the party has no policy about how it will grow and support the city’s arts economy, vote against it. If the party fails to give greater recognition that the arts are a vibrant part of the city’s economy, vote against it. The current local government elections have unfortunately focused significantly on toilets. Artists can still seize this moment by mobilizing their family, friends and community to vote for a party that will not flush away a city’s good health by placing it in the hands of politicians who will kill their city’s arts economy. (Ismail Mahomed is Director of the National Arts Festival. He writes in his personal capacity.)

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Kuns kies koers op platteland

Die Burger: 2011-05-20 Deur Liza Grobler Daar is al dekades lank ­interessante visuele kunsprojekte wat op ­ongewone plekke plaasvind, soms selfs sonder dat die ­toeskouer besef dat dit waarna gekyk word nou juis “kuns” is. Daar ­be­staan selfs vaktaal soos ­“konteks-spesifieke installasies” of “publieke intervensies”. Tog wil dit voorkom asof daar nou iets anders aan die gebeur is: ’n doelbewuste ingesteldheid op die landelike omgewings en ’n holistiese respons op die ­om­gewing én sy inwoners. Verby is die tyd toe ten­toon­stellings in Richmond of Plettenbergbaai moes terugstaan vir dié in Kaapstad of ­Johannesburg. Daar word trouens selfs ­galery­tentoonstellings gereël om die dokumentasie van ­dié ­gebeure darem ook aan stede­linge te vertoon. Pas het twee groot plattelandse projekte, 2010 Reasons To Live In A Small Town en MAP, geopen juis in Johannesburg. En dié naweek en volgende week is van die wêreld se voorste landkunstenaars en verskeie plaaslike kunstenaars in Plettenbergbaai om deel te neem aan Site_Specific, ’n ­internasionale landkunsgebeurtenis wat daarop gemik is om kuns, kultuur, ­geskiedenis én die omgewing ­byeen te bring en só te wys hoe landkuns mense se indrukke van hul ­natuurlike omgewing kan verander. Onder die deelnemers is Strijdom van der Merwe en Hannelie Coetzee. Die 30ste gedenkjaar van die Laingsburgvloed is ook onlangs met ’n kunsprojek onder leiding van


die bekroonde Kaapstadse kunstenaar Kathryn Smith ­aangepak. “Dit het begin met ’n oproep van Daleen Kruger na die US se departement beeldende kunste om die 30ste gedenkjaar met ’n openbare beeldhouwerk te ­gedenk.” Smith, Verna Jooste en Anja de Klerk, tesame met 14 voor- en ­nagraadse studente van Stellenbosch, het hulle vir ongeveer twee maande op die dorp gevestig. “Ons het twee maande lank daar navorsing gedoen, baie gesprekke gevoer, asook ’n menigte tydelike aksies en interaksies op die dorp aangevoer.” Die Karoo Lelies, ’n vrouegroep van Laingsburg, het die kunstenaars gehelp om toegang tot ’n groter gemeenskap te verkry. “Ons mikpunt was om die verlede te gedenk, maar om iets na te laat waarmee die dorp die ­toekoms kan betree. Altesaam 104 mense is in die vloed van 1981 ­oor­lede, en dit word steeds as een van die grootste natuurrampe in Suid-Afrika beskou.” Wanneer ’n kunstenaar in ’n ­galery uitstal, is die ergste wat kan gebeur, dat hy of sy ’n swak resensie kry, sê Smith. “Met só ’n projek word ’n mens ­gedwing tot ’n ander vlak van ­verantwoordelikheid, want ander mense moet daarmee saamleef. Dit laat ’n mens weer ­wonder oor wat kuns is en vir wie dit is.” Sy sê hoewel die inwoners nie op ’n teoretiese vlak oor die ­werke ­be­sin nie, is “hulle ongelooflik skerp in hul interpretasie en refleksies en was geen verdere verduideliking van die werke nodig nie”. Hierdie gebeurtenis is nou so deel van die psige van die dorp, meen sy. “Dié projek het my geloof in die nut van kuns herstel.” Die fotograaf Lien Botha woon in Bettysbaai en is tans besig met die reël van die eerste Hangklipkunsweek: “Met die ekonomiese in­sinking wêreldwyd soek mense ­ander maniere van handel dryf en bestaan, veral in hul onmiddellike omgewing.” Daar is ook ’n groter gemeenskap­bewussyn. “Ek vind dat ’n mens se eie werk binne ’n galerykonteks baie selfgesentreerd is. Ná my ­vorige solo-tentoonstelling was dit asof die sluis geval het: Ek het ’n ­behoefte gehad om deel te hê aan iets met meer van ’n uitreiking.” Dit is hoe die Hangklip-kunsweek, wat van 1 tot 8 Oktober plaasvind, gebore is. “Ons streek kry baie swaar buite die toeristeseisoen en hierdie is ook ’n

i­nisiatief om ’n bietjie toerisme te genereer.” Botha het plaaslike en stede­like kunstenaars genader. “Ek probeer ’n oorvleueling tussen die stedelike en landelike verkry, daarom is daar ongeveer 14 plaaslike kunstenaars en 14 uit die stad wat gaan deelneem.” ’n Beeldhoutuin in die Harold Porter- Botaniese Tuin (die ­susterskind van Kirstenbosch), tentoonstellings en kunstenaars wat hul ateljees gaan oopstel, is in die vooruitsig. “Verskeie ­slypskole en praatjies is ook deel hiervan. Mense sal betaal om slypskole by te woon, maar daar sal ook ruimte wees vir geborgde deelname. Die teikengehoor is eerstens die gemeenskap. Die oogmerk is dat dit uiteindelik ’n besigheid word wat kan terugploeg in die gemeenskap.” Niël Jonker organiseer die pas afgelope Baardskeerdersbos-kunsroete, wat nou reeds in sy vierde jaar is. “Ek het nog altyd ’n voorliefde vir klein dorpe: Stanford, Prins Albert, Franschhoek. Jy vind dat mense met ’n ander ingesteldheid na kuns kyk wanneer hulle ’n bietjie uit die stad kom.” Die roete is die eerste keer in Mei 2008 aangebied en hulle ­ontvang gereeld 200 tot 300 besoekers wat die roete volg. Dit word drie keer per jaar aangebied. Volgens Jonker is die grootste gros besoekers die middeljarige middelklas-kunsliefhebber wat op soek is na ’n intiemer kuns­ervaring. “Dit is mense wat ­verkies om ’n dag saam met vriende te kuier en dan te stop by “Niël se huis” eerder as om met ’n glas wyn in die aand in die een of ander galery rond te staan. Jonker meen die mense word deur die landskap getrek. “ Ek is self ook op ’n skeppende padreisvan dorpies.” Sy werk word tans in Worcester in die Hugo Naudé-galery uitgestal, en vandaar gaan dit na die Prins Albert-galery. “Ek maak werke in die ­omgewings wat ek besoek op so ’n padreis, dit maak dit meer toeganklik vir mense.” Image: Die kunswerk van ’n reënboog is onlangs aangebring ter huldiging van die 30ste gedenkjaar van die Laingsburg-vloed in Laingsburg. Foto: Kathryn Smith

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N.G Kerk (Brixton Series); body colour, charcoal, pencil, watercolour; Collection: JAG

A Fearless Vision, Alan Crump Retrospective exhibition. JAG A retrospective exhibition celebrating the life and work of Professor Alan Crump (1949-2009) Until 12 June 2011 (after which the exhibition will move to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown from 30 June – 14 July 2011) Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa. Curated by Prof Federico Freschi, Wits School of Arts; opens at the Johannesburg Art Gallery

When Alan Crump passed away on 1 May 2009 he left behind an extraordinary legacy of committed engagement with, and passionate involvement in, the South African art world. As a teacher, curator, writer, judge, arts administrator and – not least – artist of extraordinary subtlety and skill, Crump was driven throughout his distinguished career by a fearless vision of excellence. This vision informed his role as Professor of Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, where, as one of the youngest professors ever appointed (he was thirty years old when he took up the position), his commitment to professionalism and to pushing the boundaries of creative practice informed every aspect of the Fine Arts Department, and had a profound influence on every generation of students that he taught. Extending this vision beyond the walls of the academy, Crump was an important and powerful figure in the South African art world, actively involved in the influential Cape Town Triennale and Johannesburg Biennales, as well as a number of competitions; serving as director and advisor to the Wits University Art Galleries, the Standard Bank Collection of African Art at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Standard Bank Art Gallery and Corporate Collection, the Johannesburg Art Gallery’s Acquisitions Committee, and serving on advisory boards of many of the country’s national museums; chairing the Standard Bank National Festival of the Arts, Grahamstown between 1995 and 1999; and curating and publishing widely. Towards the end of his life he was instrumental, as Scientific Curator and Consultant for the Standard Bank International Exhibitions, in bringing comprehensive exhibitions of the important European modern masters, Chagall and Miró, to South Africa for the first time. The considerable scope of these activities – which he performed with characteristic aplomb, grace and legendary charm – in no way detracted from South African Art Times June 2011

his ongoing practice as an artist. This memorial exhibition, coinciding with the second anniversary of his passing, celebrates the extraordinary depth and integrity of his artistic vision by bringing together for the first time a comprehensive retrospective of his work. From the austerity of early conceptual work, influenced but in no way constrained by the conceptualism he encountered as a Fulbright student in Los Angeles and New York City in the 1970s (where he worked as a studio assistant to Vito Acconci and Richard Serra); via the boldly monumental watercolours that engaged the landscape ravaged by mining and industry; to the profoundly subtle and elegiac abstract watercolours of his last solo exhibition in 2001, Crump’s work is a testimony to his unwavering vision and consummate skill as an artist. Curated by Federico Freschi, Associate Professor of History of Art and Deputy Head of School, Wits School of Arts, the exhibition will comprise works from major South African national and corporate collections, including the Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town, the Durban Art Gallery, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, and the Tatham Gallery, as well as little-known works from private collections and previously unexhibited work. A full-colour catalogue will accompany the exhibition, featuring essays by Federico Freschi, Karel Nel, Christopher Till and others. Speaking at the opening of the Bonnie Ntshalinshali Museum in 2003 Crump famously remarked that ‘when someone dies, it is what they leave behind that counts, the objects and the residue of their thoughts’ (Brooks Spector, 2009). In a compelling exhibition of the finely-wrought objects he made, Alan Crump: A Fearless Vision celebrates the residue of the thoughts of an extraordinary man and a brilliant artist, whose legacy is the professionalism and bold fearlessness that characterizes the contemporary South African art world that he helped to shape. 09



Online entries for Sasol New Signatures now open In making the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition easily accessible, internet entries are now open. Entrants interested in the competition can log on to to enter the competition. Internet entries will be accessible until midnight on 19 June 2011. Artists who enter online are not required to enter again at the collection points. They will be contacted if their entries are selected for final approval at a regional collection point. Artists can also submit one or two artworks at one of several venues around the country. Physical entries are to be submitted to the collection points on Monday, 11 July 2011 and Tuesday, 12 July 2011 between 10h00 and 16h00. Now in its 22nd year, the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition is aimed at inspiring creativity and innovation amongst emerging young South African artists. It is open to all South African artists who are 18 years and older and have not held a solo exhibition, except for academic purposes. The Sasol New Signatures Art Competition is the longest running national art competition in the country and is a project of the Pretoria Arts Association, sponsored by Sasol. In addition to winning a grand prize of R60 000, this year’s winner will be given the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum next year. The runner-up and five merit winners will receive R15 000 and R1 000 respectively. Sasol Sponsorship Manager, Andriesa Singleton says Sasol has sponsored the prestigious event for the past 21 years. “This is an important event on Sasol’s arts calendar and underpins our commitment to and support of visual arts in this country,” she says. Information sessions were recently held around the country where artists had the opportunity to

gain insight into the judging process and receive advice on conceptualisation, display and presentation of work. Chairman of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition’s judging panel, Peter Binsbergen says the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition is an excellent platform for young up-and-coming artists to showcase their work and to encourage a high standard of work in the arts community. “While winning a prize is obviously a great achievement, just taking part in the event is an important learning process for young artists,” he says. Selection will be conducted at the respective regional collection points where the regional committees will select a total of around 100 works for exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum. The final selection process will culminate with an awards ceremony held on the official opening of the exhibition on Wednesday, 31 August 2011. The Sasol New Signatures Art Competition’s exhibition will be open to public from Wednesday, 31 August 2011 to Sunday, 2 October 2011. Artists can contact Nandi Hilliard from the Association of Arts Pretoria at 012 346 3100 or 083 288 5117 or for further information on the competition and where to obtain the entry forms or visit

Physical entries must be submitted to one of the following collection points on Monday, 11 July & Tuesday, 12 July 2011. Bellville Art B Gallery, Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Street, Bellville Tel: 021 918 2287

Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum, 16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein Tel: 051 447 9609 Durban artSPACE Durban 3 Millar Road, off Umgeni Road, Durban Tel : 031 312 0793 Johannesburg Sasol Ltd 1 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg Tel: 011 441 3775 Nelspruit Nelspruit Mica Home Warehouse Crossing Centre, Nelspruit Tel: 013 755 4848 Port Elizabeth Quad Gallery, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, School of Music, Art & Design, Faculty of Arts, North Campus, Summerstrand, University Way, Port Elizabeth Tel: 041 504 3494 Pretoria Pretoria Art Museum corner Schoeman and Wessels Streets, Arcadia Park, Pretoria Tel: 012 344 1807 Stellenbosch U S Art Gallery corner Dorp & Bird Street, Stellenbosch Tel: 021 808 3524 Umtata Nelson Mandela Museum Bunga Building, corner Nelson Mandela Drive and Owen Street, Mthata Tel: 047 532 5110

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AVA Exhibition 40 Year Anniversary 2011 In celebration of 40 Years of Exhibitions at The Association for the Visual Arts (AVA) Marilyn Martin I am delighted to have been invited by the committee and director of the AVA to curate the first of two celebratory exhibitions covering the years 1971-1994 (the curator for the 1994-2011 exhibition is to be confirmed). This year marks the 40th anniversary of the presence of association at 35 Church Street, first at the Metropolitan Gallery and then in partnership with Spier, which recently acquired the building. Through the two consecutive exhibitions in 2011 (the first opening on 3 October and running until 11 November) the AVA aims to document and share the history of this important gallery; showcase the legacy of the organisation and the many established and emerging artists who have shown there; raise awareness of the role and meaning of the organisation in Cape Town and further afield. Having started research by going through the South African Arts Calendar, which was the mouthpiece of the South African Association of Arts, it is quite amazing and inspiring to be reminded of all the emerging and established artists who use the AVA as a platform from which to launch or advance their careers, as well its role as a cultural entity that offers a unique space for engagement with and participation in the visual arts in Cape Town and further afield. The history and role of the AVA will be documented in a publication. The curators are working closely with the director of the AVA, Kirsty Cockerill, who acts as co-curator and we will consult individuals who have played important roles in this history and the advancement of the visual arts. Estelle Jacobs, Melvyn Minnaar, Jill Trappler and Louis Jansen van Vuuren have been invited to form part of a reference group. They will provide the institutional memory and the fascinating information that may not be recorded in publications and minute books. The works will be borrowed on consignment from galleries and artists and will be for sale. The AVA will assist with project management and logistics. It is too early to be specific about the selection, but – going by the artists who have exhibited at he AVA over the years – the shows will offer trips down memory lane as well as perspectives on South African Art Times June 2011

the development of the visual arts in South Africa in general and the Western Cape in particular. Changes have been dramatic and profound and the exhibitions and the catalogue will contribute to a better understanding of the past 40 years. The AVA has a long history – its immediate predecessor was the Western Cape Region of the South African Association of Arts (SAAA) (founded in 1945), which in turn had its roots in the 19th century, in the South African Fine Arts Association. In 1947 the Western Cape became the first region of the SAA and took over the Argus Gallery. In 1969, when the Argus started re-planning its building another home was required. After some frustration and two temporary spaces, the association moved into 35 Church Street; 1989 saw extensive renovations and the creation of the large and long galleries. From the earliest days special personalities were involved as custodians, chairpersons and committee members. Mary Murray was the custodian at the time of the move and Herman van Nazareth the first artist to exhibit in the new gallery. During the period 1971-1994 he was followed, among many others, by Kevin Atkinson, Patricia Atkinson, Hardy Botha, Gail Catlin, Christo Coetzee, Barend de Wet, Keith Dietrich, Angela Ferreira, Alice Goldin, Cecil Higgs, William Kentridge, John Kramer, Erik Laubser, Judith Mason, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Stanley Pinker, Michael Pettit, Jo Ractliffe, Lyn Smuts, Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Marjorie Wallace and Sue Williamson. There were numerous group shows and those featuring local and national competitions; there were initiatives such as the Cape Town Biennial and the ‘Arts Crawl’; there were conferences, lectures, fundraising auctions (as there will be again on 22 June this year) for the organisation as well as the crisis in Crossroads in 1986. An Aids awareness exhibition was held as early as 1993, with works by Marie Grotepass, Malcolm Payne, Andrew Putter, Jeanette Unite and Judy Woodborne. This is an auspicious year for the AVA and we hope that the art community will rally to celebrate and support this great centre of culture and opportunity. 11


Ethna Frankenfeld wins 2010 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennial Exhibition & Award The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum is pleased to announce that local Port Elizabeth printmaker, Ethna Frankenfeld is the winner of the 2010 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennial Exhibition and Award. Frankenfeld is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Studio Arts at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The Award exhibition promises a hard look at the prejudices and injustice of colonial and contemporary South Africa through the meticulous marks, lines and shades of printmaking. Frankenfeld’s work deals with gender and power relations in modern and colonial society. For her Award Exhibition, she plans to draw on images from the Art Museum’s collection of historical paintings and sketches of 18th and 19th century South Africa. Through re-interpretation, she will interrogate how colonial artists were prejudiced in their representations of local people. She will uncover how these prejudices prevail in today’s society perpetuating a negative view of the African cultural and identity. The selection panel responsible for choosing this year’s winner consisted of Dr Melanie Hillebrand (Director, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum), Gregory Kerr (Director, Greg Kerr Fine art) and Nomusa Makhubu (Artists and Artist and Art History and Visual Culture Lecturer, Rhodes University). Frankenfeld’s winning exhibition will be on view at the Art Museum in March 2012.

Marlie Morsner Wins The Loop Art Foundry’s 1st Annual New Sculptor Competition 2011 We are excited to announce the winner of The Loop Art Foundry New Sculptor Competition. We received entries from across South Africa —each piece of art was unique and of high standard. The winner was chosen for the main aspect of creativity and intricacy as many sculpture pieces today lack this and we also saw the potential of this artist to become a successful sculptor. The winner of the sculptor competition is Marlie Morsner and she wins a casting grant of R15 000.00. Congratulations to Marlie Morsner and we hope to see a lot more work coming from this artist in the future.

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Victor dans in Afrikaans op kunstefees

Laetitia van Dyk is new Chairperson of ABSA KKNK

Beeld Diane Victor is vanjaar Innibos se feeskunstenaar. Victor is bekend om haar uitdagende werk en tegniese vaardigheid. Sy het pas ’n uitstalling in die VSA agter die rug en het verlede week ’n KKNKKanna ingepalm vir haar grensverskuiwende uitstalling op vanjaar se fees in Oudtshoorn. Vir haar Innibos-uitstalling neem Victor die feestema “Kom dans in Afrikaans” as vertrekpunt. Haar uitstalling is daagliks van 10:00 tot 20:00 in die Burgersentrum in Nelspruit te sien. Op Donderdag 30 Junie om 15:00 en Saterdag 2 Julie om 10:00 bied sy ’n rondleiding deur die galery aan. Sy gee ook op Vrydag 1 Julie om 14:00 ’n demonstrasie in die galery. Bespreek daarvoor by Ilona Petzer by 082 893 6718. Die Innibos Kunstekronkel word ook weer vanjaar aangebied en solo-uitstallings, spesiale versamelings en verskeie kunstenaars se ateljees en werkplekke word ingesluit. Meer inligting by onder die hofie Visuele Kuns op die program.


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Professor Laetitia van Dyk was unanimously elected as the new chairperson of the Absa KKNK Board of Directors on 12 May 2011. She is currently Head of the Centre for Leadership Studies at the Business School of the University of Stellenbosch (US) and will be the Head of the Department of Business Management from 1 June 2011 at the same university. Prof van Dyk, that has been part of the board of the Absa KKNK since 24 November 2006, says that she looks forward to her new role at the festival. “The Absa KKNK is dear to my heart and it is an honour for me to further build on the leading role that this festival played over the past 17 years. The arts come togehter at the Absa KKNK and over the next year it will be my focus to reflect upon the promotion of the arts with all our various role players.” Prof Russel Botman, retiring chairperon, wished prof van Dyk best of luck. “It was a privelage to be chairperson of the Board of Directors over the past few years. The Board of Directors is an exceptional team thinking leaders of the arts in South Africa. I am certain that prof van Dyk will experience as much delight in her term as chairperson.” Prof Botman resigns as both chairperson and boardmember to focus his attention on the interests of the US, where his term as rector was recently renewed. Prof van Dyk is the first female chairperson of the Absa KKNK. This position is not unfamilier terrain for her as she was also previously the first female chairperson of both the Institure of Bankers in South Africa and the Bankmed Board of Trustees. She is the fifth chairperson in the history of the festival and was at the head of the Human Resources and Remuneration Comitee as well as a member of the Executive Commitee. Prof Botman, who served as chairperson for the past five years, was preceded by Nic Barrow (1994 to 1999), Jans Rautenbach (1999 to 2001) and David Piedt (2001 to 2006). The 18th Absa KKNK takes place in Oudtshoorn from Saturday 31 March to Saturday 7 April 2012.

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To all Visual Arts Practitioners; kindly note that the dates of the 2011 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards Exhibition and submissions of art works is as follows: Entry Dates:

Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre Mooifontein Road, Birchleigh North, Kempton Park Dates: 23, 24, 25 August 2011 Time: 09:00 – 19:00

Springs Art Gallery

Library Building c/o 5th & 6th Avenue, Springs Date: 23, 24 August 2011 Time: 09:00 – 17:00

Katlehong Art Centre

203 Sontonga Street, Phooko Section, Katlehong Date: 23 August 2011T Time: 09:00 – 17:00

Boksburg Library Auditorium Trichardt Street, Boksburg Civic Centre Date: 24 August 2011 Time: 09:00 – 16:30

A non refundable entry fee of R50.00 is payable per artwork for entering the competition

Official Opening and Prize giving Ceremony: Date : 24 September 2011 Time : 18:00 Venue : Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre Birchleigh North – Kempton Park

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

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Soweto Hotel launches visual arts competition

Kliptown Artists Impact Competition has been launched by the Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square The Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square in Kliptown has one objective in mind over the coming year – and that is to turn Soweto’s oldest residential district into an art tourism destination for both local and international tourists. The first step towards this bold new vision for the site of the now famous 1955 Freedom Charter gathering, comes in the form of the Kliptown Artists Impact Competition which has just been launched by The Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square – a Business and Arts South Africa member. Working with a group of artists from Soweto, known as Soweto Post 77 Media, the hotel’s management is initiating the competition in several phases, beginning with an exhibition of the works of 20 local artists. Joining The Soweto Hotel and Soweto Post 77 Media in selecting the first batch of artworks to be exhibited as part of the competition is the management of longstanding Soweto arts training hub, Funda Arts Centre. The exhibition will run at the hotel from May 23 and its artworks will be available for sale. It will also form the centrepiece of Celebrating African Art - Expression without Borders, a day of art, music, culture, food and drink that takes place on May 27 in honour of Africa Day – celebrated on May 25 each year to mark the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union). For Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square manager, Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo, the Expression Without Borders exhibition is the first step in a long-term plan to create Kliptown as a visual arts tourist destination. “Kliptown is the oldest residential area of Soweto – pre-dating the creation of the township itself. Many of us are aware of its special place in our history following the adoption of the Freedom Charter in what is now known as The Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication,” explains Sangweni-Siddo. “But not many people are aware of the area’s strong historic link to visual arts through artists like Gerald Sekota and many others. That’s what we want

to reinforce with the competition and the ongoing Kliptown Artists Impact project.” The second step in the project will be the creation of a visual depiction of five decades in South African history – a collage of art that will be represented across the 10 pillars on the left boundary of the square. For Sangweni-Siddo using Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square’s resources in the context of Kliptown’s historical importance, in a way that provides opportunities for the area’s artists is paramount. “I’ve always thought that the arts just don’t get the platform it should and there are many young people who have the desire to study art or somehow enter that world, but lack the platform. We are determined to create that platform in one of the poorest communities in Soweto – igniting the precinct as an arts tourism destination and providing opportunities and even income to local artists.” The Kliptown Artists Impact project is an extension of The Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square’s integration of the arts into the hotel’s interiors and other initiatives. The hotel celebrates the photographic work of the legendary Alf Khumalo, and other artists, throughout its rooms. In addition, the hotel and the Kliptown Artists Impact Project is a supporter of the Cardboard Monument project, which aims to investigate and reactivate public memory, through a workshop and temporary monument building process in collaboration with Funda Community College ( To take part in the Celebrating African Art - Expression without Borders at The Soweto Hotel on Freedom Square on 27th May 2011 featuring Dorothy Masuku and Infinity Band, contact the hotel on 011 527 7300. Businesses interested in sponsorship of the proposed visual depiction of five decades in South African History on the square’s pillars can contact the hotel on 011 527 7300.

Introducing Maimeri’s New Eco-Friendly range of oil mediums in South Africa By Jane Odem : It’s ironic that many of us spend so much time reading food labels in the grocery store, yet we expose ourselves to harmful chemicals such as turpentine on a regular basis. Turpentine is harmful to the environment. It is harmful to aquatic organisms and can cause long-term detrimental effects in aquatic environments. Turpentine is also harmful to human health. Short-term exposure to turpentine vapour leads to eye, skin, and respiratory irritation. It can also affect the central nervous system, bladder, and kidneys. More and more artists are developing bad reactions and allergies to turpentine. Turpentine, and all solvents, must be treated as household hazardous waste no matter where you live, and should never be poured down the drain, as they kill bacteria that break down other waste products. Italian based paint manufacturer, Maimeri, is once again making waves in the market, with their new and eco friendly solvent that can be used exactly like turpentine, but without the harmful side effects. It Oil Cleaner ECO NON-TOXIC OIL CLEANSER • Thoroughly cleans painting tools such as brushes, knives, palettes and mixing bowls from all oil paint. • NON-HAZARDOUS TO HUMAN HEALTH OR ENVIRONMENT • An ammonia-free cleaner that can also be mixed and diluted with Water • Slightly straw yellow, it is odourless and has excellent dispersion power, removing all traces of oil and pigments

can be disposed of down household drains. This eco medium has been specially formulated with non-toxic ingredients that make it safe for you and our environment. Maimeri has been making artist paints and materials in Milan for over 85 years, producing one of the purest paints available on the market (containing no waxes or fillers, and a very high pigment concentration) and according to Gianni Maimeri, ‘This is a revolutionary product. The world is becoming more aware of environmental fragility, and starting to demand that we look after our planet better. Our Eco range is one step in the right direction, and will also help those who suffer from allergies to the traditional solvents’ Due to the quality and purity of their paints, Maimeri products have exploded onto the South African market, and are now available all over the country- and I foresee the same success with their new ECO range, as more and more consumers are considering the environment and health when choosing the items they purchase. Oil Cleaner ECO Oil Medium ECO TURPENTINE SUBSTITUTE SUITABLE FOR ALL OIL COLOURS • The ideal alternative to traditional solvents (turpentine, white spirit, odourless thinners) • NON-HAZARDOUS TO HUMAN HEALTH OR THE ENVIRONMENT • It evaporates more slowly than tra¬ditional solvents. Liquid, colourless, with a barely perceptible odour. It can be disposed of down household drains

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Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum 2 June – 10 July, “Yebo/Yes” (Main Building). The exhibition contains a set of photographs of Ghent taken by a young Bloemfontein photographer as well as photographs of Bloemfontein taken by a young photographer from Ghent as part of the Ghent/Bloemfontein Twin Cities Project. The exhibition will be supplemented by photographs of Bloemfontein by contemporary Bloemfontein artists. Satelite exhibitions will be set up in community centres in Mangaung “townships”. 9 June – 31 July, “Willie Bester: Recent Works” the wellknown Cape sculptor Willie Bester exhibits new, as well as a number of older sculptures in the Reservoir. 21 June- 24 June, The Loerie Awards Exhibition (Annex). This travelling exhibition displays the winning advertisements of the 32nd annual Loerie Awards in galleries. 16 Harry Smith Str, Bloemfontein. T.051 447 9609

Clarens Art & Wine Gallery on Main The Gallery houses an exquisite collection of art by well-known artists like Gregoire Boonzaier, J.H. Pierneef, Pieter van der Westhuizen, Erik Laubscher, Jan Vermeiren, Marjorie Wallace, Eben van der Merwe, Conrad Theys, Hennie Niemann, Hannetjie de Clercq, ceramics by Laura Du Toit, sculpture by Fana Malherbe & Jean Doyle, glass by David Reade & Shirley Cloete and numerous others. 279 Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1298 or Anton Grobbelaar C. 082 341 8161 Blou Donki Art Gallery A vibrant contemporary art gallery, housing a wide variety of contemporary art works, 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 Adler Museum of Medicine Until 11 July, “Reflect” paintings on canvas and paper by Elaine Hirschowitz. Adler Museum of Medicine, Wits Medical School, 7 York Rd, Parktown. T. 011 717 2067/81 Artspace –Jhb 1 - 29 June, “Ik ben een Afrikaner (I am an African).” Group show, artists exhibiting: Reney Warrington, Pauline Gutter, Mea Ox, Henk Serfontein, Hannelie Coetsee, Francki Burger, John Murray, Stephan Erasmus, Clare Menck, Cobus van Bosch, Sandra Hanekom, Marieke

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FREE STATE, GAUTENG, NORTH WEST, MPUMALANGA | GALLERY GUIDE Kruger and possibly more artists. Mixed media including sculpture, paintings & needle drawing. 1 Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Ave., Parkwood, Jhb. T. 011 880 8802 CIRCA on Jellicoe Until 5 June, “Navigators of the Cosmos” large-scale paintings in luminescent powders that by Raimondo Galeano. Opening at 6pm on 14 June, installation and sculpture by Ann Golifer and Ronit Judelmann, until 30 June. 2 Jellicoe Ave. T. 011 788 4805 David Brown Fine Art David Brown Fine Art has relocated to Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City situated below the Michelangelo Hotel and next to Montego Bay Restaurant. T. 011 783 7805 David Krut Projects 2 June - 9 July, “1:1” a solo exhibition of artworks on paper by Alexandra Ross. 140 Jan Smuts Ave., Parkwood, Jhb. T. 011 447 0627 Everard Read Jhb Until 5 June, “Icon Iconoclast” an exhibition of oil and silkscreen on canvas by Beezy Bailey featuring images of Nelson Mandela. Opening at 6pm on 14 June, oil paintings by Sipho Ndlovu and Helen Joseph, until 30 June. 6 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Jhb. T. 011 788-4805 Gallery 2 From 2 June, Gallery 2 in association with Pinpoint One will be hosting an exhibition of work from the Pinpoint One collection of past Artist Proof graduating students to raise funds for the continued support of emerging artist from the Artist Proof Studio. 140 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg T.011 447 0155/98 Gallery AOP 4 – 26 June, “Saartjie, Theodorah and Senzeni go to Johannesburg” this exhibition includes embroidery on cotton, and colour pencil drawings on paper by Senzeni Marasela. 44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf (Milpark) T. 0117262234 Gallery MOMO Opening 2 June @ 6pm, “Braid” featuring large scale, detailed drawings by Gary Stephens, until 27 June. 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Jhb. T. 011 327 3247 Gertrude Posel Gallery This gallery has a permanent exhibition of traditional southern, central & West African art. University of the Witwatersrand, Senate House, Jorissen Str, Braamfontein. T. 011 717 1365 Goethe on Main Until 12 June, “Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to Live in a Small Town” a group exhibition. Arts on Main, 245 Main Str, City & Suburban, Jhb. T. 011 442 3232 Goodman Gallery Until 18 June, “Rose O’Grady” a multimedia exhibition by Tracey Rose and Lorraine O’Grady. 163 Jan Smuts Ave., Parkwood, Jhb. T. 011 788 1113

Work from “Rose O’Grady” a multimedia exhibition by Tracey Rose and Lorraine O’Grady, Goodman Gallery. Until 18 June. See more at Grahams Fine Art Gallery The gallery houses one of the finest collections of art in South Africa, their focus is on absolute quality and are proud to offer an extensive selection of works for sale. Unit 46, Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, Cnr Cedar & Valley Rds, Broadacres, Fourways, Jhb. T. 011 465 9192 Grayscale Gallery In June, the artwork created during the “Overhead Sketch Battles” will be reproduced as a series of limited edition poster prints that will be exhibited at the gallery. 33 De Korte Str, Braamfontein, Jhb. T. 011 403 0077 16 Halifax Works by Michael Heyns, Leon Muller & Mimi van der Merwe can be viewed by appointment in Johannesburg at 16 Halifax Street, Bryanston. Dana MacFarlane 082 784 6695 Johannesburg Art Gallery Until 12 June, “Alan Crump: A Fearless Vision” A retrospective exhibition celebrating the life and work of Professor Alan Crump (1949-2009). Until 15 August, “A.R.C. @ JAG (Acoustic Resonance Collector)” is the latest work by visual artist, Richard John Forbes. Until 28 August, “Looking as learning: art in the 2011 schools curriculum” an exhibition of international and SA artists focused on the current school curriculum. Also on view is the ongoing, updated installation by Stephen Hobbs in the Auditorium Entrance. King George Str, Joubert Park, Jhb. T. 011 725 3130 Junction Art Gallery Opening 11 June at 4pm, “Under The Magnifying Glass” a collaborative exhibition of miniatures, until 30 June. Junxion Centre, Osprey Avenue, Off William Nicol, Dainfern. C. 079 207 4800 Manor Gallery Until 18 June, New Signatures Exhibition of the Watercolour Society of South Africa (WSSA) exhibiting up and coming associates of the WSSA. Norscot Manor Centre, Penguin Drive, Fourways. T. 011 465 7934 Museum Africa Until 30 June, a retrospective exhibition “Fosatu History” takes visitors on a powerful, interactive journey chronicling one of the most interesting and turbulent times in SA history. 121 Bree Str., Newtown, Jhb. T. 011 833 5624


GALLERY GUIDE | FREE STATE, GAUTENG, NORTH WEST, MPUMALANGA Origins Centre 6 – 30 June, “A Stone Carpet – Reflected: Fragments from a Glacial Pavement” glass sculptures, relief prints, collagraphs and etchings by Chonat Getz & Collin Cole. Public lecture & opening 9 June @ 6 for 6:30pm. The Gallery, Origins Centre, Wits University. T. 011 717 4700

Stevenson Johannesburg Until 1 July, “Entertainment” a comprehensive body of new work, including small and large-scale sculpture, photography and video by Michael MacGarry. 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Jhb. T. 011 326 0034

Anton Smit Sculpture Park Until end July “Transfigure” an exhibition of new sculptures by Anton Smit. Near Bronkhorstspruit Dam & Aquavista Mountain Estate. Directions on website.

Strauss & Co. Fine Art Auctioneers & Consultants. Country Club Johannesburg, Corner Lincoln Rd & Woodlands Drive, Woodmead. T. 079 407 5140

Association of Arts Pretoria 3- 22 June, “The Voice of Nature” an exhibition of finely turned wood works by At Smit 10 June to 2 July, “The Photographer’s Favourites” an exhibition of photographer by the Danish photographer Susanne Bjerg. 17 June to 6 July, “Perpetual Motion” an exhibition of new works by Kay Potts. 173 Mackie Str, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria. T. 012 346 3100

UJ Art Gallery Until 15 June, “MAP South Africa” various works from the Modern Art Project. Cnr Kingsway & University Rd, Auckland Park, Jhb. T. 011 559 2099 Oom Paul, digital compelation, by André Clements from the show “Dencity”, a collaborative exhibition with Daniel Hirschmann at the Resolution Gallery Resolution Gallery Opening 14 June @ 6:30pm “Dencity”, a collaborative exhibition by André Clements and Daniel Hirschmann, until 13 August.Unit 4, 142 Jan Smuts Ave., Parkwood, Jhb. T. 011 880 4054 Seippel Gallery Until 15 July, “Steel Time” sculpture by Robert Schad. Arts on Main, Cnr of Fox & Berea, Jhb. T. 011 401 1421 Springs Art Gallery Until 11 June, “Maoto Matsogo” an eclectic exhibit that features a series of artworks in various styles, media and subject matter by Ditaba Elias Sewape & Kolodi Senong. Springs Art Gallery, Library Building, Corner 5th Str and 6th Ave, Springs CBD T. 011 999 8726/7 Standard Bank Gallery Until 2 July, “Listening to Distant Thunder” featuring works by Peter Clarke. Cnr of Simmonds & Frederick Str.’s, Jhb. T. 011 631 1889 Stephan Welz & Co. Auctioneers of Decorative & Fine Arts. 13 Biermann Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg. T. 011 880-3125

Upstairs@Bamboo Until 4 June, “Rhythm & Motion” by Glen Josselsohn. Visitors can expect to see pieces which exhibit his fluid and spontaneous style and a continued exploration of his hallmark, monochromatic figures in motion. 6 – 15 June, “This Wilderness” featuring works by Lize Kruger. 3 -17 July, 16 Halifax presents “Lit in Tshwane” works by Michael Heyns, Frans Cronje, Leon Muller, Jennifer Snyman, Mimi van der Merwe and other Pretoria artists. Cnr 9th Str & Rustenburg Rd, Melville, Jhb. Carol Lee T. 011 486 0526 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

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

Bolsmann on Brooks Fine Art Gallery Until 30 June, Oil paintings by Pretoria artist Eric Bolsmann. 163 Brooks Str, Brooklyn, Pretoria. T. 012 362 6698 C. 083 454 1797 Brooklyn Theatre Until 15 June, “Go (c) Art” works by Mimi van der Merwe, Marna Schoeman and Martha van der Westhuizen. Brooklyn Theatre, Thomas Edison Str, Greenlyn Village Shopping Centre, Pretoria. For more information contact: Stuart C. 082 923 2551 Fried Contemporary 2 June – 9 July, “Designs of Self” participating artists are: Erna Bodenstein (Mixed media Painting), Amos Letsoalo (Drawing), Celia de Villiers (Sculpture), Collen Maswanganyi (Wood Sculptures) and Diane Victor (Etching, drawings and prints). 430 Charles St, Brooklyn, Pretoria. T. 012 346 0158 Front Room Art & Artists A new exhibition space for contemporary SA artists. Until 8 June “Afrika Speaks” linocuts, monoprints and sculptures by Lucas Bambo, Joseph Muzondo and Kevin Panagos. 4 June 11:00-17:00 Artshift Art Market. A fun and affordable opportunity to clear out the art you no longer want and browse for something new to refresh your collection. Please see the website for more details. 116 Kate Ave, Rietondale, Pretoria. Jennifer Snyman 082 451 5584

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FREE STATE, GAUTENG, NORTH WEST, MPUMALANGA | GALLERY GUIDE Gallery Michael Heyns Open days:24 June 09:30-15:30 and 25 June 09:30-13:00. 194 Haley Str, Weavind Park, Pretoria. Contact Michael 012 804 0869 or Jennifer 082 451 5584

UNISA Art Gallery Until 17 June, A Retrospective Exhibition of the sculpture of Pitika Ntuli. Kgorong Building (New Entrance Building), Ground Floor, Main Campus, Preller Str, Pretoria. T. 012 441 5683.

Pretoria Art Museum Until 31 July, “Clare Menck: Hidden Life” Twenty years of painting (1990 – 2010). Permanent display of South African art in the South Gallery. T.012 344 1807/8

UP Arts Until 29 July, an exhibition of 64 works by the famous South African avant-garde artist Christo Coetzee (1929-2000). Edoardo Villa Museum, Old Merensky Building on the main campus of the University of Pretoria. Contact Marie Breedt T. 012 420-2968

St Lorient Fashion and Art Gallery Until 18 June, “Hybrid: Graffiti Exhibition” an exhibition of multi-media works with the use of graffiti by artists such as Rasty, Snatch & more... 492 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn Circle, Brooklyn, Pretoria. T. 012 4600284 The Tina Skukan Gallery Until 3 June, “Speel-Speel” an exhibition of artworks by Michéle Nigrini, Diek Grobler & Corné Joubert, 6 Koedoeberg Rd, Faerie Glen, Pretoria T. 012 991 1733 Trent Gallery 5- 15 June, “The Screaming Flying Circus” mixed media by Hardus Koekemoer and Kaelin du Plessis. 18- 29 June, “Nature Inc” oil paintings, pastel, charcoal and mixed media by Ryan Loubser and Jodie Loubser. Cnr Milner & Long Str, Waterkloof, Pretoria. T. 012 460 5497.

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North West Potchefstroom NWU Gallery Until 15 June, a photographic group exhibition entitled “Capturing Music” featuring band photographer Sean Brand. The campus gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions on a regular basis for the purposes of educating students as well as for the general enjoyment of the local community. North-West University Gallery, Building E 7, NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Hoffman Str, Potchefstroom. T. 018 299 4341 email:

Mpumalanga Dullstroom Dimitrov Art Gallery Ongoing, “Expression of freedom” by Branko Dimitrov Lifestyle Complex, shop no.4 on Cnr. Teding Van Berkhout & Hugenote/ Naledi Street, Dullstroom T. 013 254 5024 C. 082 679 5698

White River The Artists’ Press Professional collaboration, printing and publishing of original hand-printed artists lithographs, by the Artists’ Press. Also artists books, monotypes & letterpress prints, particularly for artists working in SA. Waterfield Farm near White River, Mpumalanga T. 013 751 3225 The Loop Art Foundry & Sculpture Gallery A collaboration and network for the avid art patron and collector as well as a full service facility for the artist. This is the place where you will find a unique and superior item or have something commissioned that you have always envisioned. Casterbridge Complex Corner R40 & Numbi Roads White River T. 013 758 2409



Western Cape Cape Town Absolut Art Gallery Ongoing permanent exhibition with some of the best Masters & Contemporary artists. Namely : Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, Hugo Naude, Tinus De Jongh, Frans Oerder, Gerard Benghu, Adriaan Boshoff, Carl Buchner, Conrad Theys, to name but a few. Shop 43 Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, Carl Cronje Drive, Bellville, Cape Town. 021 914 2846 /A Word Of Art Until 20 June, “The Affordable Art Show” a group exhibition of young contemporary South African and international newbrow and lowbrow, illustrators, designers, street artists and more. 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock Industrial Centre. T. 021 448 7889 Art b Until 17 June, “Op Reis” featuring: Strijdom van der Merwe, Ann Marais, Susan Kruger-Grundlingh, Theo Kleynhans, Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen, Hennie Meyer, Theresa-Jo Wessels & Louis Jansen van Vuuren with jewellery in the vestibule by Lizl Dreijer. The Arts Association of Bellville, The Library Centre, Carel van Aswegan Str, Bellville. T. 021 918 2301 Auto Atlantic BMW MINI Dealer Until end June, “After the Master-Class” a photographic group exhibition from the participants in the master-class held by Jurgen Schadeberg last year. Works by Yazeed Kamaldien, Jenny Altschuler, Ant Strack, Sarah Kate Schafer, Retha Ferguson, Lindeka Qampi, Eric Miller, Barry White & Clara Tilve. 1 Heerengracht, CT. T: 021 402 7700 Contact Heidi Erdmann for information T. 021 422 2762 AVA Gallery Until 10 June, “Along These City Streets” paintings by Mary Visser, “Borderline” photography by Damien Schumann, “And Not But” installation by Francis Burger & Christian Nerf and “Unqulo” large paintings by Shakes Tembani. Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Str, CT. T.021 424 7436 Barnard Gallery Until 30 June, “Watermarks: Indentifying the Maker” works by Duncan Stewart. 55 Main Str, Newlands. T. 021 671 1666 Blank Projects. Until 11 June, Blank Projects is pleased to host the first solo exhibitions of two of Cape Town’s most promising young artists: “Other Things” featuring paintings by Ian Grose and “To Walk on Water” showing photography and video by Abri de Swardt. 113-115 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T.072 1989 221 Cape Gallery Until 4 June, “Raga in Dehradun” (Ballad for North India) an exhibition of new paintings by Leon De Bliquy. Opening 12 June from 4:30 – 6pm, “Continuum” a group exhibition by participating artists: Jen Lewis, Tania Babb, Judy Woodborne, Leon de Bliquy, Seila Dorje, Kitty Dorje, Karen Ahlslager, Aidon Westcott, David Kuijers, Jan Uitlander, Mary Ann Orr, Rae Goosen, Sheperd Mbanya, Xolile Mtakatya, Carlos Carvalho, Derek Drake, Margot


Hattingh, Niel Jonker, Richard Makintosch, Christopher Langley, Ellen Norbu, Lambert Kriedeman, Martin Layton, Paul Birchall & Thami Kitty., until 16 July. 60 Church Str, CT. T. 021 423 5309 Carmel Art Dealers in Fine art, exclusive distributers of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings. Visit the new gallery at Cape Quarter Square, 27 Somerset Rd, Green Point. T. 021 4213333 Casa Labia 8 June – 17 July, “Akoja to Lewa: A Beautiful Collection” an exhibition of Nigerian art and textiles featuring Judith Appio’s collection of Indigo cloth and textiles, works of oil on canvas and original illustrations by Polly Alakija Please note that Casa Labia will be closed from Tuesday 28th June up to and including Monday 4th July 2011 for winter maintenance work. Africa Nova at Casa Labia Cultural Centre, 192 Main Rd, Muizenberg. T. 021 788 6067 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 David Krut Projects Cape Town Until 30 July, “Alchemy” an exhibition of works on paper by Deborah Bell as well as “Recent Linocuts” by William Kentridge. Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Ave, CT. T. 021 685 0676 Ebony Through June, monochrome photographs by Glen Green & Derek Mckenzie. Ceramics by Ian Garrett and Michael Chandler. Glass by Lothar Bottcher 67 Loop Str, CT. T.021 876 4477 Erdmann Contemporary /Photographers Gallery Until 2 July, “Present History” a mixed media group exhibition features artists Karlien de Villiers, Haidee Nel, Marna Hattingh & introducing Diana Hyslop. 63 Shortmarket Str, CT. T. 021 422 2762 Everard Read CT Until 8 June, “Emerging Artists” showcasing young talent from the Cape Town area. 7 – 22 June, “The Man on the Street” playful surreal works from quirky Cape Town painter Peter van Straten. 3 Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, CT. T. 021 418 4527 34 Fine Art During June, on view on Saturdays only, from 10:30- 13:30 (or by appointment): “Ensemble” a group show including major works by Norman Catherine, William Kentridge, Asha Zero, Lionel Smit and new work by Esther Mahlangu, Roger Ballen, Jop Kunneke and for the first time the work of Jade Waller. The gallery is ‘closed’ on other days of the week for their winter break. Contact gallery assistant Zed Retief on 072 536 7109 to arrange viewing on other days of the week. 2nd Floor, The Hills Building, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T.021 461 1863 /

The Framery Art Gallery 9 - 30 June, “Coming Around” acrylic on canvas and in sized panels by Poul Hillar in the main gallery. This exhibition shows a body of new work as well as works previously exhibited by Hillar. The mezzanine gallery shows a mixed exhibition with woodcut prints by Cecil Skotnes. Painting on glass by Bruno Brincat and others. 67G Regent Rd, Sea Point. T. 021 434 5022 G2 Art Until 11 June, “Navigating Time” a new body of work by sculptor Uwe Pfaff. 61 Shortmarket Str, CT. T.021 424 7169 Goodman Gallery, Cape Until 18 June, “Resonant Structures” a series of objects and digital drawings by Stefanus Rademeyer. 3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd., Woodstock. T. 021 462 7573/4 iArt Gallery Until 29 June, new work by Zwelethu Mthethwa, a collection of photographs. 71 Loop Str, CT. T. 021 424 5150 iArt Gallery Wembley Until 8 June, “Kotiljons” a collection of photographs by Niklas Zimmer. . Wembley Square, Gardens, CT. T. 021 424 5150 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 Gallery The permanent collection is on display showing Irma Stern’s development as an artist whose subject matter included exotic figures, portraits, lush landscapes and still lifes conveyed in a variety of media, ranging from oils and water colours to gouache and charcoal. Cecil Rd, Rosebank, CT. T. 021 685 5686 Iziko SA National Gallery Until 14 Aug, “The Indian in Drum Magazine in the 1950’s” a photographic exhibition. Until 21 August, “Random Works” a selection from the permanent collection. Until 11 Sept, “Through the Lens of Durban’s Veteran Photographer” photography since 1945 by Ranjith Kally. Until 25 September, “Tretchikoff: The People’s Painter” a retrospective exhibition of works by Vladimir Tretchikoff. 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 Good Hope Gallery (The Castle) Ongoing exhibition of oil paintings, furniture, ceramics, metal & glassware from the William Fehr Collection. Buitenkant Str, opposite the Grand Parade, CT. T. 21 464 1262

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Iziko SA Museum Until September, “Made in Translation: Images from and of the Landscape.” 25 Queen Victoria Str, Gardens, CT. T. 021 481 3800 Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery Currently showing a selection of works by Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser, Walter Battiss, Pranas Domsaitis, Erik Laubscher and Cecil Skotnes. In Fin Art Building, Upper Buitengracht Str, CT. T. 021 423 6075. Kalk Bay Modern Opening 15 June @ 6pm, a Sculpture & Ceramics Exhibition. Until 15 July. 1st Floor, Olympia Buildings, 136 Main Rd, Kalk Bay. T.021 788 6571 Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery A large selection of artworks by new and prominent South African artists and SA old Masters. 31 Kommandeur Rd, Welgemoed, Bellville. T. 021 913 7204/5, Red! The Gallery On 4 June, an art auction from 6.30pm onwards, from their private and retail collection including artists such as: Andrew Cooper, Koos De Wet, Wakaba Mutheki, Karen Wykerd to name a few. Medium of the works will include oil and acrylic on canvas as well as mixed media. Preview 3 June. Shop G9, Steenberg Village Shopping Centre, Reddam Ave, Tokai. T. 021 701 0886

Pamela Stretton Supernude reclining, 2010, Digital inkjet fragments on foam and Koppamount board. See it at Rose Korber Art “Recent Works”show

Rose Korber Art Until 30 June, “Recent Works” this exhibition is a survey of paintings, mixed media works and original prints by leading, contemporary South African artists including William Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, Willie Bester, Willem Boshof, Walter Oltmann, Richard Smith, Robert Slingsby, Stephen Inggs, Hanneke Benade, Pamela Stretton, Georgia Lane, David Koloane & Charles Gassner . Also extended to 30 June, “Ceramics Cornucopia” a celebration of the extraordinary diversity and vitality of 10 contemporary South African women ceramists. 48 Sedgemoor Rd, Camps Bay, CT. T. 021 438 9152 C.083 261 1173 Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Until 9 June, “Still” by Theo P Vorster & Tania Babb and vinyl art by DieSign Gogga. 14 June – 7 July, in Salon A: “Dinner Time” Ceramics by Martin Swart, in Salon B: “Dinner Time” a group exhibition of paintings by various artists and in Salon C: paintings on

Salon 91 Until 25 June, “Paper Is You” a group exhibition of artists: Marlise Keith, Colijn Strydom, Elsabe Milandri, Katrin Coetzer, Paul Senyol, Gabrielle Raaff & Andrew Sutherland. 7 Artists working uniquely on paper; 1 collaborative artwork. Opening 29 June at 7:30pm, until 9 July, “First Editions - a collection of visual narratives” a group exhibition of beautifully crafted first edition books by artists, accompanied by illustrations, prints, collages, paintings and animated works. Participating artists: Adrie le Roux, Katrin Coetzer, Maria Lebedeva, Tamlyn Young, Carla Kreuser, Carla Visser, Lucy Stuart-Clark, Kirsten Beets, Marli Lyon Nieuwoudt, Pienette Laubser & Elizabeth Stofberg. 91 Kloof Str, Gardens, CT. T 021 424 6930 SMAC Art Gallery, Cape Town Until 30 August, “Collection 14” featuring works by the following artists: Jake Aikman, Wayne Barker, Willem Boshoff, Barend De Wet, Georgina Gratrix, Kay Hassan, Anton Karstel, Johann Louw, Whitney McVeigh, Samson Mnisi, Sue Pam-Grant, Joachim Schönfeldt, Simon Stone, Herman van Nazareth, Ed Young & Jacques Coetzer. In-Fin-Art Building, Cnr of Buitengracht & Buitensingel Str, CT. T. 021 422 5100 South African Print Gallery Opening 4 June - 30 June: Joshua Miles’s New work A wide selection of fine art prints by South African masters and contemporary printmakers. 109 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 6851



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John Klynsmith, Debbie Grewe, Adeline Grace

Mareetta Bellingham, Maurizio den Erdes, Myrna Burger

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contemporary local art and showcases works including charcoals, collages, oils, drawings as well as photography & prints. 30 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek T. 021 876 44 02

Stephan Welz & Co. Auctioneers of Decorative & Fine Arts. The Great Cellar, The Alphen Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia. T. 021 794 6461

Is Art Until 9 June, “New Works” by Strijdom van der Merwe. Ilse Schermers Art Gallery at Le Quartier francais, 6 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8443

Stevenson Cape Town Until 23 July, “Shimmer” video installation by Berni Searle and “Ghost Towns” photography by Sabelo Mlangeni. 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 The Westin Hotel Until 4 June, “Uniting People – Travels” an interactive sculptural display by renowned South African-German artist, Nicolas Lehmann will be displayed in the hotel’s forecourt before embarking on a three year world tour across continents, from South Africa to Germany and France, the United States and Brazil. The Westin Hotel, Convention Centre Square, CT. Worldart Gallery 13– 25 June, “Angels with Dirty Faces” a body of paintings by Zolani Siphungena. 54 Church Str, CT. T.021 423 3075 C. 082 901 5045


Ebony Through June. Ebony’s new gallery has opened on two floors in the centre of Franschhoek. Ground floor: James Vicary Thackwray, Cecil Skotnes, Sibusiso Duma and Dylan Lewis. Gallery floor: Unseen works by George Diederick During. Paintings by Pranas Domsaitis, Gerard Sekoto, Maud Sumner and Marlene von Durckheim. 4 Franschhoek Square, Huguenot Str, Franschhoek T. 021 876 4477 Galerie L’ Art A permanent exhibition of South African old masters & contemporary art. Shop no 3, The Ivy, Kruger Str, Franschhoek T. 021 876 2497 The Gallery at Grande Provence Opening 10 June at 11am, “Rendezvous” a body of Lithographical works produced by the following leading South African artists: Johann Louw, Musha Neluheni, Pontsho Sikhosana, Hanneke Benade, Molefe Thwala and Lehlogonole Mashaba – at the Pons Studio in Paris, France (between April and June 2010). This exhibition also features French artists, including Paul Boulitreau. Until 7 July. Main Rd, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8600. Holden Manz Collection The Holden Manz Wine Estate is proud to announce the opening of its Art Gallery in the city centre of Franschhoek Village. The Holden Manz Collection is focused on

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Strydom Gallery 7 June – 9 July, Strydom Gallery’s annual winter exhibition “South Cape Exhibition 2011.” Selected artwork from artists of the Southern Cape. 79 Market Str, George. T. 044 874 4027

Hermanus Abalone Gallery In June, in the Main Gallery works on canvas, on paper and on wood by established artists. Annex: Flanders South Africa print exchange 1998/99 which was shown at Pretoria Art Museum, University of Johannesburg, University of Stellenbosch and Kleinkunstefees Oudshoorn in 2000. From 21 May to 1 July Abalone Gallery will be open only on appointment. Coba Diederiks : 082 709 6866 Christine Barnato: 082 476 6787 2 Harbour Rd, The Courtyard, Hermanus. T. 028 313 2935 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

Knysna Dale Elliott Art Gallery Exhibition of new images of the Garden Route by Dale & Mel Elliott Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre, Knysna. Anneline: T. 044 382 5646 Knysna Fine Art In June, “New Acquisitions” including works by Lucinda Mudge, Leon Vermeulen & Helena Hugo. Knysna Fine Art has relocated to Thesen House, 6 Long Str, Knysna. T. 044 382 5107 C. 082 5527262

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

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

Paarl Hout Street Gallery Visit their Winter Gala from 30 June to 31 August. The Hout Street Gallery specialises in South African paintings and fine art and offers an extensive range of ceramics, sculpture, creative jewellery, glass, crafts and functional art. 270 Main Str, Paarl. T. 021 872 5030

Piketberg AntheA Delmotte Gallery Until 27 July, a solo exhibition by self-taught artist Susan Kemp whose works range from massive copies of master works to ceramics, book illustrations, multimedia, handmade books & any medium. 47 Voortrekker Str, The Old Bioscope, Piketberg. C. 073 281 7273

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

Prince Albert Prince Albert Gallery From 10 June Niel Jonker exhibits his landscape paintings executed in situ at various Western Cape locations, as well as a full compliment of figurative bronze sculpture including the much publicised ‘Fighter on the Roof’. 57 Church st. Prince Albert T. 023 541 1057


Art on 5 Permanent exhibition of paintings and ceramics by Maryna de Witt, Pera Schillings & Karen Kieviet. 7b Andringa Str., Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 7234 Glen Carlou Estate On exhibition is The Hess Art Collection, including works by Deryck Healey, Ouattara Watts & Andy Goldsworthy. Simondium Rd, Klapmuts. T. 021 875 5314 Sasol Art Museum Until 23 July, “Lens.” The exhibition will include works of diverse media where the lens is used as primary device for image production. Participating artists: Andrew Putter, Araminta de Clermont, Avant Car Guarde, Bridget Baker, Carla Liesching, Dineo Bopape, Gerhardt Coetzee, Hentie van der Merwe, Husain & Hasan Essop, Jessica Meuninck-Ganger, Jo Ractliffe, Kathryn Smith, Lien Botha, Nathaniel Stern, Pieter Hugo, Richardt Strydom, Sonya Rademeyer, Steven Cohen, Stephen Hobbs, Svea Josephy & Zanele Muholi. 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch T. 021 808 3691


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OVERBERG / WESTERN CAPE/ KWAZULU- NATAL | GALLERY GUIDE SMAC Art Gallery 9 June - 26 August, “Abstract South African Art: Revisited” featuring works by the following artists: Kevin Atkinson, Kenneth Bakker, George Boys, Bettie Cilliers-Barnard, Christo Coetzee, Trevor Coleman, Nel Erasmus, Charles Gassner, Sydney Goldblatt, Sydney Kumalo, Erik Laubscher, Louis Maqhubela, Albert Newall, Douglas Portway, Cecily Sash, Fred Schimmel, Larry Scully, Cecil Skotnes, Frank Spears, Hannatjie van der Wat, Eben van der Merwe & Edoardo Villa. De Wet Centre, Church Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 3607

Fine & Loretta Carter. Situated at Stellenbosch Hills Wine Cellar, Vlottenburg Rd, Stellenbosch T. 021 881 3828/9

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

Elliott Art Gallery Themed Boland and Overberg Exhibition by Dale and Mel Elliott. 80 Main Rd, Villiersdorp. T. 028 840 2927

The Tank Art Gallery Until 30 June, an exhibition of works by Judy Wheeler, Annemarie Renaud, Estelle Byrine, Peter Jander, Pauline

Kwazulu- Natal Ballito Imbizo Gallery Until 15 June, abstract, geometric & landscape paintings by Rick Becker, his first solo exhibition in KZN. 16 June – 30 July, “Recycle” a solo exhibition of works by Frans Groenewald. Shop 7A, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, Ballito 4418, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa T. 032 946 1937

Durban The African Art Centre 1 - 22 June, a solo exhibition by Derrick Nxumalo of Acrylic on paper. 94 Florida Rd, Durban. T. 031 312 3804/5 ArtSPACE Durban 6 June – 25 June “a history of my life in 100 objects” by Louise Jennings in the Main and Corridor Gallery and “Anatomy of the Un-seen” by Grace Kotze in the Middle Gallery. 27 June – 16 July, “Onthaal Onthul” - Naretha Pretorius – MTech show in the Main Gallery and “The History of Umkhonto we Sizwe : Told Through Artistic Expression” by Welcome Danca in the Middle Gallery. 3 Millar Rd, Stamford Hill, Durban. T.031 312 0793 The BAT Centre Opening 8 June @5:00 pm “Identify Me” an exhibition featuring the following artists: Nomusa Msimanga( Acrylic on paper and canvas), Cherol Msomi (embroidery and acrylic on canvas), Sibonelo Mthiyane (mixed medium), Sebenzile Nkwanyana (Ceramics), Luyanda Zindela (mixed medium), Luwanda Sikhakhane (mixed medium),Wiseman Ngubo (silk screen), Nonkululeko Mbutho (mixed medium), Mallory Munien (mixed medium), Dekeledi Maponya (mixed medium), Nothando Sabela (mixed medium) &Peacemaker Madondo (silk screen). Until 8 July. 45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour, Victoria Embankment, Durban T. 031 332 0451

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US Art Gallery (University of Stellenbosch) Until 23 July, “BOS” Constructed Images & the Memory of the South African ‘Bush War’ by Christo Doherty. Cnr of Dorp and Bird Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 808 3524/3489


Wilderness Beatrix Bosch Studio Unique works in leather as well as paintings & The Collective Until 23 June, SLICA (Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art) will be showing work by Mexican artist Javier Hinojosa called “Ephemeral Traps, Permanent Consequences” a series of installations. 48b Florida Rd, Morningside, Durban. T. 031 303 4891.Lauren von Gogh C. 071 390 2298 KZNSA Gallery Until 25 June, “Recollect - A Turquoise Journey” ceramics, carved wood, bronze & embroidery by Hendrik Stroebel. 166 Bulwer Rd, Glenwood. T. 031 277 1705

Margate Margate Art Museum Museum’s art collection on display which comprises a variety of modes, techniques and media that attempts to reflect the cultural and artistic diversity of the KZN region. Margate Civic Centre, Dan Pienaar Square, Vikings Rd, Margate. T.039 312 8392 C.072 316 8094

Pietermaritzburg Art in the Park 1-5 June, “Nashua Art in the Park” the country’s largest outdoor art selling exhibition featuring a selection of 55 artists from across the country as well as some SADC countries north of our borders. Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg. Contact Pietermaritzburg Tourism on 033 345 1348 The Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery 1 - 9 June, Shirley Howells exhibition includes street scenes, floral still life’s and African people. 10 - 23 June, Hamraj Gunpath is a Pietermaritzburg artist and his work has a distinctive Indian and South African flavour and this comes through in his use of bright colours and his diverse subject matter. 24 June - 3 July, Dianne van Wyk has kept pushing the boundaries in her work. Her new work includes subjects like dancers, faces and the human form. The Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery at Butterflies for Africa 37 Willowton Rd, Pietermaritzburg. T. 033 387 1356

photography can be viewed at her studio. 57 Die Duin, Wilderness. T. 044 877 0585 Pharoah Art Gallery Following the fire that destroyed the gallery in June last year the newly opened gallery features an exquisite collection of Peter Pharoah’s fine art originals & prints including rich colourful portraits, unforgettable African wildlife and bold textured abstracts that are inspired by his travels around Africa. Wilderness Centre, George Road, Wilderness T. 044 877 0265 C. 076 976 2629

Worcester Hugo Naude Art Gallery Until 9 June, recent landscape paintings and new figurative bronze sculptures by Niel Jonker. 113 Russel Str, Worcester. T. 023 342 5802 Tatham Art Gallery Until Mid-June, “Whitwell Collection 1923-1926” (First floor Galleries & Ceramics Room) and ‘Storm in the Wheatfields: The Gallery’s History 1903-1974” (Perimeter Gallery).Showing in the Schreiner Gallery until 19 June is “The Epic of Everlasting: KWV Cecil Skotnes Collection.” Through this exhibition, KWV wishes to share their treasures of Cecil Skotnes’ artistry. 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

Underberg The Underberg Studio A gallery specializing in South African fine art landscape photography and ceramics. Owned by photographer Lawrance Brennon & his potter wife, Catherine Brennon, the gallery is set in a delightful garden facing the mountains. Currently on show is a photographic exhibition entitled ‘Disintegration’ featuring Lawrance’s black & white pinhole images and a selection of Catherine’s newest ceramic work. 21 Ridge Rd, Underberg. Signage from R617 T. 033 701 2440 C. 072 141 9924 / 082 872 7830

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Eastern Cape East London Ann Bryant Gallery 10 June, Strauss and Co Auctioneers to give evaluations of Fine Art and Antiques. Cost: R15:00 per item to be valued proceeds go to the gallery. Until 11 June, “Anything but Painting.”The East London Fine Art Society holds this group exhibition every year in an attempt to encourage artists to try their hands at other media of artistic expression. Opening 16 June 6:30pm “Young Emerging Artists Exhibition” an exhibition for artists between the ages of 18 - 35 years of age, until 2 July. Until 9 July, Ann Bryant Permanent Collection, a cross section of some European and South African Art spanning three centuries including names such as Norman Catherine, Judith Mason, Walter Battiss, Sydney Carter, George Pemba, John Maufangejo, Cyprian Shilakoe, Willie Bester and many others. 9 St. Marks Rd, Southernwood, East London. T. 043 722 4044

Grahamstown National Arts Festival 30 June – 10 July, a spirit of artistic innovation with a range of national, continental and world premieres in theatre, dance, music and visual art will be celebrated at this year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Now in its 37th year, it has grown to be one of the leading arts festivals in southern Africa. T. 046 603 1103 Albany Museum 30 June-10 July, one of the most respected and leading South African open air painters Daniel Novela, will be exhibiting at the Albany Museum, Class Room for the duration of the National Arts Festival. T. 018 489 1780 C. 082 262 3600 Also for the same time period at the Albany Museum, an exhibition entitled “States of Being” featuring paintings by Bretten Anne Moolman (BFA Rhodes). T. 041 581 2047 C.083 728 5295

Johan Carinus Art School 30 June-10 July, “100 Grande Vessels” a contemporary ceramics exhibition by Charmaine Haines. Johan Carinus Art School. 84 Beaufort Street. Grahamstown. Open 9am to 6pm daily for the duration of the National Arts Festival. Wenkidu 30 June-10 July, “African Heartbeat” exhibition by Martin Wenkidu, Hildegard & Rae at the National Arts Festival. Steve Biko, Room 2. T. 031 769 1166 C. 082 371 0088

Port Elizabeth artEC (Previously EPSAC) Until 10 June, John Lombardo and Friends. 7 - 17th June, Printmaking: results of printmaking workshop presented by King Stix Faku in the Upper Gallery. 14- 24 June, “Beyond 2010” a collaborative exhibition of mixed media, facilitated by Marius Lourens. 28 June - 15th July, “Finding Kaggen” part of National Arts Festival Fringe. 36 Bird Str, P.E. T. 041 585 3641 Art & Antiques Opening 3 June at 5:30 for 6pm “To be on top of the world” a collection of work on exhibit ranging from oil paintings, etchings, lino cut prints, ceramics & works in acrylic which have been donated by the following artists: Alan Grobler, Anthony Harris, David Lister, David Moss, Les Bird, Louise Punt-Fouche, Hannelize Schultz, Mia Brand, Rick Becker & Yvette Mey in the support of the Bet-Sheekoom Haven for woman and children in crisis. All the proceeds will go to the Haven. Until 24 June. 31A 8th Avenue, Walmer, P.E. Yvette 082 653 4444 Athenaeum 17 June – 15 July, Exhibition: 200 Eastern Cape Artists. One work by each artists represented in the 200 Eastern Cape Artists book. Book launch: “200 Eastern Cape Artists 2011” in honour of Tossie Theron. Exhibition: Eastern Cape Potters Association exhibition with ceramic workshops. c/o Castle Hill and Belmont Terrace, Port Elizabeth. Contact: Greg Everard (President)

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Until 12 June, “New Acquisitions” showcasing a selection of work purchased between 2008 and the present, this exhibition will include contemporary works by Penny Siopis, Wim Botha, Nicholas Hlobo and a selection of historical works by Frederick Timpson I’Ons. 15 June – 10 July, “Skin” the annual exhibition of the Friends of the Art Museum. A contemporary fine art exhibition based on the theme ‘skin.’ Until 31 July, “Weird and Wonderful” filled with treasures from the NMMAM’s permanent collection, this exhibition promises to delight the senses and ignite the imagination. Selected works includes prints by Walter Battiss, ceramics by Hylton Nel & paintings by Derrick Erasmus. 1 Park Drive, PE. T. 041 506 2000 Red Location Museum Until 14 July, a photographic exhibition of works by Ernest Cole. T. 041 408 8400 Ron Belling Art Gallery Until 6 June, Watercolours by Mary Rose Dold. In June, “NMMU Contemporary - Reflecting the Tensions and Complexities of Contemporary Society” Award winning Fine Art students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University throw down the gauntlet. 30 Park Drive, P.E. T. 041 586 3973

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67 Public Art works and interventions...

“Finding Kaggen” A Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition

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Eastern Cape Art Feature JEANNE WRIGHT: The Eastern Cape’s contribution to the inventory of famous figures in the South African art world is well documented. It has long been the creative crucible of poets, playwrights, musicians, painters, sculptors, photographers and craftspeople. People like Walter Battiss, Ettienne van Heerden, Alice Krige, Athol Fugard, Andre Brink, Don MacLennan, Guy Butler, Reza De Wet, Kobus Kloppers, Vusi Kumalo, Roy Carruthers, and Penny Siopis all have lived and worked here at one time or another. Most incubated and developed their talents in the province and then moved on to more cosmopolitan centres where the financial pickings were more lucrative and a wider exposure of their work to the public was made possible. The Eastern Cape has had an established fine art community from its 1820 Settler beginnings with a long and illustrious list of national names to its credit - names like Thomas Baines, Frederick I’ons, Thomas Bowler, Dorothy

Kay, Fred Page*, Helen Martins, George Pemba*, Alexander and Marianne Podlashuc, Brian Bradshaw, the dynastic Wiles family and Neil Rodger to mention but a few. It is also home to many renowned sculptors, ceramic artists and photographers like Phil Kolbe, Anton Momberg, Hylton Nel, Obie Oberholzer and Brent Meistre. The largest centre is Port Elizabeth, with nearby Grahamstown’s department of Fine Art considered to be the academic fine art hub of the province. Other centres like East London, Uitenhage, Alice, Nieu Bethesda, Graaf-Reinett, Somerset East and the towns all along the coast from Hamburg, Port Alfred, Bathurst and Kenton-on -Sea to Plettenberg Bay and Knysna have their quota of local artists. Tiny rural hamlets like Hogsback, Keiskammhoek, Bathurst and Aberdeen harbour many well-know personalities who live and work in semi-seclusion as a matter of choice, finding the un rushed ambience of the country conducive to creativity.

Thomas Baines: The British Settlers of 1820 Landing in Algoa Bay 1853, Hilary Graham The artist turns his back on the Bay Area 1988, Vusi Khumalo: Township scene, Hilton Nel: Ceramics, Dominic Thorburn: Dreaming of Magnus and Monet, Noel Hodnett Eastcape-Bush-Incident 1991, Dorothy Kay Cookie. Annie Mavata 1954, Martin Layton: Arch, Sculptor Maureen Quin, Joss Nell 1988, Brent Mistre: Roadkill, Diana Graham: Ecology Shrine Fred Page, Neil Rodger Extensive View Albany District Water colour 1981, Obie Oberholtzer with David Kramer, Ruth Nisbit, All things bright and beautiful glass panel Peter Midlane: Eastern Cape landscape, Interior of Nelson Mandela Met. Art Museum, George Pemba: ANC Funeral

CENTRAL PORT ELIZABETH Over the past 18 months, with assistance from the Mandela Bay Development Agency and National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, with a supporting grant from Business and Arts South Africa, and with the appointment of professional gallery staff, EPSAC now artEC, has undergone a huge transformation in name, looks and attitude. artEC takes pride in supporting all artists in our community and our growth in membership, back to back exhibition bookings, a noticeable improvement in the standard of work exhibited and wonderful support from all artists and art appreciators at exhibition openings, cross culturally, is testimony to this. The artEC Gallery, at 36 Bird Street, forms an integral part of The Arts Journey which is also a MBDA initiative. The Arts Journey is a collaborative project between Six venues in the Central area of Mandela Bay Metro and includes The Red Location Museum and Gallery in New Brighton. The other five venues included are Route 67, The Athenaeum, artEC, Nelson Mandela Metro Art Museum and the Ron Belling Gallery. All these venues, with their various exhibitions, form part of the 2011 National Arts Festival Fringe Programme. The future vision for the Arts Journey is that it will be fully inclusive of visual and performing arts and also include the culinary and “city vibe” experience, which has already commenced with the renovation and refurbishing of the Athenaeum Building and the reviving of the Athenaeum Council which is an umbrella body for organisations representing all disciplines of the Arts, as well as Cultural and Heritage bodies. One of the exciting happenings at artEC, which forms part of the Arts Journey and Art Walk, has been the commissioning of a large mural and a sculpture Garden for which submissions were called. This is a collaborative project with the MBDA and the commission of the mural has been awarded to Bongani Njalo and Gabriel Chaponda and the sculpture garden to George Kockott of Driftwood Studios. The idea behind the project is that it contributes to Urban renewal in the Inner City through Arts and Culture by providing opportunities for artists to showcase their work and for everyone including ‘emerging” artists and art students to be a part of the process and also to view the works. The Objectives of the project are: • To form part of the Art Journey and Art Walk • Promote Art and Culture in the Inner City • Create and be a part of the Urban renewal process • Upliftment and promotion of Artists, especially ‘emerging” artists and ‘new signatures’ • Attract people to the inner city • Encourage youth participation in art and art activities in the inner city Also at artEC, during the National Arts Festival and part of the Fringe is the forthcoming exhibition, FINDING KAGGEN, which will be taking place from the 28th June until 15th July. Art is alive and happening in Nelson Mandela Bay, especially in the inner City and we believe that Mandela Bay is fast becoming an important and dynamic Art Centre and contender on the National art scene. artEC is passionate about supporting our art community, the upliftment of our inner city through art projects and providing a wonderful space for artists to exhibit, meet and facilitate workshops. With the new addition of a coffee shop facility, iNtsholo Café, artEC has become the perfect meeting place for artists and those who appreciate art.


Port Elizabeth and Mandela Bay Port Elizabeth’s main gallery is the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum* which houses and shows its large eclectic holdings of colonial and post-colonial, national, regional and ethnic collections on a regular basis. It has an unrivalled specialist collection of traditional Xhosa beadwork and also has a specialist collection of Chinese art works which reflect the immigrant community’s early existence and continued presence in the city. With an aggressive outreach programme for scholars, it is also becoming one of the main forum’s for inter-community art events with its own regional biennale which awards the winning artist a solo exhibition in its main hall as well as an annual “Who’s who, What’s What” which showcases both new and established artists and that is open to the entire city. It also hosts the Grahamstown Festival’s Young Artist of the Year’s travelling exhibition as well as other important regional exhibits like the Keiskammhoek tapestries and exhibitions from further afield like the traditional potters exhibition from KwaZulu Natal. It is affiliated to the newly established

Port Elizabeth has a number of smaller galleries which play host to different strata of the artistic community. Shamwari Game Reserve has a notable collection of Eastern Cape art housed in its Summerstrand guest house. Montage gallery in Walmer regularly shows local work as does the New Creations Gallery newly opened in Central. The Alliance Francais, also in Central, has a small gallery which shows the African francophone countries’ artists as well invited local artists. They hold cultural evenings and show French films at the same venue. Wezandla, a tourist shop near the harbour serves as a treasure trove for unusual and different artifacts made by the local African communities. These range from wire-sculpture to textiles and it’s a valuable outlet for small producers who are able to display and sell their art works to travelers and the locals. There are several informal markets along the beach front which sell a variety of products from Zimbabwean carvings to North African jewellry.

The amazing ROUTE 67 : Arts, Culture Heritage Route In a recent move, the Mandela Bay Development Agency has instituted and funded a project which will site 67 Public Art works symbolising Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of work as dedicated to the Freedom of South Africa as public art interventions in the inner city precincts. Conceived as a way of giving emerging and established artists as well as art collectives a public platform on which to display their talents, the ambitious project should be complete by July, in time for the Grahamstown Festival which it form part of. Many of the works are now in place. ROUTE 67, another initiative, will encompass a journey taking in many of these works, from the Campanile via the Donkin Reserve to the Athenaeum and then on to sites in Uitenhage, South End and the Red Location.


One of the oldest galleries in the city is ArtEC (formerly EPSAC), which has recently reformed its image to extend its activities to all branches of the arts including music and poetry. Housed in a romantic turnof-the century house near the Mandela Gallery in Central, it holds regular workshops and exhibitions for local up and coming artists either in a group format or as a single showing. It has also become a premier gallery for post- graduate students from the former Technikon (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) to show their qualifying exhibitions. The University itself has a specialist ceramics gallery attached to its Ceramics department which shows student work once a year as well as showing the main body of student work that is displayed in the gallery spaces on their main campus at Summerstrand.

Red Location Museum

Red Location Museum* in New Brighton - which hosts exhibitions which commemorate the Struggle, and is now beginning to showcase developing talent from the local townships. A prize winning design by architects Noero Wolf, the museum gets its name from the tin shacks that were made from corrugated iron sheets which became weathered from red oxide and rust which surrounded the area. The “location” has weathered hardships from the Bubonic Plague in 1901 to the forced removals of the Apartheid era. The Museum comprises a series of 12 unmarked, rusted boxes offering a set of different memories of struggle in South Africa. These boxes are inspired by the boxes that migrant workers used to accommodate their prized possessions when separated from their families. South African Art Times June 2011



The Nelson Mandela Art Museum

The Nelson Mandela Art Museum

The Nelson Mandela Art Museum, formerly the King George VI Art Gallery, was opened on 22 June 1956 and renamed in December 2002. The collections are housed in two buildings framing the entrance to St. George’s Park and consist of South African art (particularly that of the Eastern Cape), British art, international printmaking and Oriental art (including Indian miniatures and Chinese textiles). Limited exhibition space requires the constant rotation of works of art from our Permanent Collection, and researchers wishing to see specific works of art not currently on exhibition are advised to do so by appointment. The Permanent Collection is supplemented by an active programme of temporary exhibitions. Opening Hours: The Art Museum is open 7 days a week, except 1 January, Good Friday, Freedom Day, Workers’ Day, Youth Day & Christmas Day. Weekdays: 09h00 - 17h00 (Closed Tuesday mornings); Saturdays, Sundays: 13h00 - 17h00; Public Holidays: 14:00 - 17:00; First Sunday of the month: 09h00 - 14h00 Admission is free, except for events with advertised fees. Address: 1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth, 6001, South Africa Telephone: +27 (0)41 5062000 / Fax: +27 (0)41 5863234 E-mail:

Ron Belling Art Gallery

Of the other galleries in Port Elizabeth, the Ron Belling is the biggest private gallery. Housed in a listed Art Deco building behind the celebrated cricket ground of St George’s in Central, the Belling has a permanent collection of aviation art by Ron Belling who was appointed as the ‘Official War Artist’ to the South African Air Force (SAAF) in 1977. He produced over 70 Military paintings which are now shown in the Air Force buildings and in the South African Museum of Military History and was appointed as an advisor to the SAAF on colour and camouflage on combat aircraft. The Belling hosts and presents invited exhibitions which range from wild-life artists to book launches.

Tin House Gallery

The tiny and much beloved Cuyler Street Gallery (now called the Tin House Gallery) which was run by doyen gallery owner Helena (Tossie) Theron (author of “ a Selection of Eastern Cape Art”) for many years, is situated in an old corrugated iron cottage not far from here. Theron’s gallery was one of the first to encourage emerging ‘black’ art and it became a gathering place for new artists and experimental works to garner their first showing. For many years, she showed new work every two weeks and provided the social focus for an increasingly cosmopolitan viewership within the arts community.

NMMU Art Department

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Faculty of Arts Prof Velile Notshulwana 2nd Ave, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, 6001 T. 041 504 2187 EDUCATION: Greg Kerr Fine Art : Greg Kerr 44 Marine Dr., Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth, 6070 T. 041 366 2269

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East London Ann Bryant Art Gallery Since 1905 Established 1948 Curator: Leon du Preez 9 St Marks Road Southernwood East London 5201 Tel: 043 7224044 / Fax: 043 7431729 E-mail: Housed in a gracious double-storied Edwardian home and set in an established garden, this is a gem of a gallery with an intimate feel and a wide range of paintings. Owned by the City of East London, the gallery has a collection of about 350 works and adds to it every year with funding from the City Council. There are about 60 works out at any one time but they are rotated, usually after a temporary exhibition. Its works are also occasionally on loan to other galleries.The Old Coach House alongside the house also has exhibition space often used for contemporary exhibitions. The South African pictures cover a period of over 100 years, from artists such as Thomas Bowler, Tinus & Gabriel de Jongh, Hugo Naude, Irma Stern as well as Walter Battiss, Judith Mason, Norman Catherine, George Pemba, Maureen Quin and Jack Lugg. Many graphic works, sculptures and ceramics complete the collection. COLLECTION The Ann Bryant has a strong collection of South African art, especially from the 1960’s but also earlier works. At one time the East London Fine Art Society took over the running of the gallery and had major exhibitions, for example by Thinus de Jongh and Hugo Naude. The gallery sometimes bought from these exhibitions. It holds works by Norman Catherine, Judith Mason, Walter Battiss, Sydney Carter, George Pemba, John Maufangejo, Cyprian Shilakoe, Willie Bester and many others.EXHIBITIONS: The gallery is very active and holds many temporary exhibitions, especially of contemporary work by local artists and students. OPENING TIMES Monday to Friday: 9h00 – 17h00 Saturday’s & Public Holidays: 9h00 – 12h00 Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Freedom Day, Workers Day and Youth Day

Art pupils at The Belgravia Art Centre East London artists include: Leone du Preez, Andre Grobbelaar, Greg Schultz, Painting, Marlene Neumann Photography,, Les Felmore Ceramics, Jeff Rankin Printmaking , Andrew Mogridge Video Auriole Batten Botanical Illustration, Zingisa Nkosinkulu Painting Art Education Art & Design - East London College: PB X 9016, East London, 5200, T. 043 704 9207 Belgravia Art Centre: Principal: S.Frauenstein. 56 Belgravia Crescent, Southernwood, East London, 5201 T. 043 722 3495 Art Gallery Andre Groblers Art Gallery Esplanade (Beachfront), Quigney, East London, 5201 T. 043 743 3006, Ann Bryant Art Gallery: Leon Du Preez. 9 St Marks Rd. Southernwood, East London, 5201 T. 043 722 4044, Arts Unlimited: Iwona Rytel. 6 Bell Rd.Vincent, East London, 5247 T. 043 726 3355, Common Ground Gallery: Frans Lokker. 43 Bonza Bay Rd. Beacon Bay, East London, 5241 T. 043 748 6080 Vincent Art Gallery (The): Renè Goosen. 2 Donald Rd.Vincent, East London, 5241 T. 043 726 5889 Art Societies East London Fine Arts Society: Terry Flynn. 9 St Marks Rd Southernwood, East London, 5201 T. 043 722 4044 Friends of Ann Bryant Art Gallery: Leon Du Preez. 9 St. Marks Rd.Southernwood, East London, 5201 T. 043 722 4044 South African Art Times June 2011




National Arts Festival

30 June – 10 July, a spirit of artistic innovation with a range of national, continental and world premieres in theatre, dance, music and visual art will be celebrated at this year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Now in its 37th year, it has grown to be one of the leading arts festivals in southern Africa. T. 046 603 1103

Cultural Foundation

Grahamstown Foundation: Sheryl Fisher (Manager), National Art Foundation, P.O. Box 304, Grahamstown, 6139 T. 046 603 1112 Albany Museum Complex: Bongani Mgijima, Somerset Str., Grahamstown, 6139, T. 046 622 2312

Art Education

Johan Carinus Art School: Virginia Reed, 84 Beaufort Str., Grahamstown, 6139, T. 046 622 4543 Rhodes School of Fine Art: Prof. Dominic Thorburn, Rhodes University, Fine Arts Department, Somerset Str., Grahamstown, 6140 T. 046 603 8192/3/4 Rhodes University Staff members Rhodes University in Grahamstown is the academic seat of the Eastern province’s fine art community. Several past and present members of its staff have become prominent names in South Africa.


Fine Line Press and Print Research Unit: Prof. Dominic Thorburn, Fine Art Graphics Annexe, St Peters Campus, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 6140 T. 046 603 8194F. 046 622 4349

Egazini Arts & Crafts Project: Vukile Thys, Extension 6, Grahamstown, 6139, T. 046 637 1500 Artists include: (See work above:) Brent Mistre , Dominic Thorburn, Obie Olderholser, Christine Dixie, Vusi Khumalo, Neil Rodger, Tanya Poole, Nigel Mullins, Noel Hodnit, Peter Midlane, Mark Hipper others, Anton Brink, Graham Dumont.


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Further north, you’ll find town of Aberdeen, (20 minutes drive from Graaff-Reinett) which is home to Hilary Graham, perhaps one of South Africa’s most intriguing and interesting history painters. Graham was inspired to illustrate the tragic sinking by collision of the Mendi which was carrying the Native Labour Corps (handpicked black South Africans) on February 20, 1917 off the coast of France during WW I. Of 805 black troops, 607 were lost. A major work entitled The Sinking of the Mendi *is owned by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in Port Elizabeth. Graham was the head of the Fine Art Department, Fort Hare University. He has always lived in the Eastern Cape and has rarely exhibited his work other than with the celebrated Grahamstown Group and later, the GAP Group. He has an alter ego - who speaks for Graham - who narrates and describes a series of exotic and metaphysical adventures in most of his work.


Sculptor Maureen Quin has a sculpture garden and open air viewing gallery at her home in

Alexandria, a town which is an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth. Quin works in bronze and bases her work on ecological issues and African mythical sources. Born in 1934 in Bloemfontein, schooled at Eunice High School, Maureen Quin studied sculpture in Durban and at the Goldsmith College of Art in London. Her keen observation and classical training gave her the foundation to create vibrant, emotive sculptures. Tenacious and dynamic, Maureen Quin has had more than 40 solo, 20 group exhibitions and three retrospectives by invitation. Maureen’s work is represented in collections locally and abroad. Among recent commissions is the 4m high “Rearing Arab Stallion” for Burj Dubai in Dubai. The Quin Sculpture Garden and Gallery in Alexandria is open Mondays to Fridays 9am – 4 30 pm, Saturday 9 am – 1 pm. Sunday by appointment. 5 Suid Str, Alexandria, 6185 Tel: 046 6530121 E mail: Web


De Beers Centenary Collection: The University of Fort Hare

The University of Fort Hare, (the oldest black university in the country, founded in 1916) has an art gallery that is houses the De Beers Centenary Collection - a substantial collection of black South African art acquired over an extended period and which showcases people like Noriia Mabasa, Gerard Benghu and Sidney Kumalo. Also in Alice (Fort Hare) of Alice, locus of the ECCA poets. The Ecca group is an informal group of colleagues and friends who get together to work on poetry projects. The group was formed while the founding members, Lagan, Somhlahlo, Walter and Morrissey taught at the University of Fort Hare. The ‘High Shoot’ gallery nearby commemorates the work of landscape painter Michael Hallier* who was HOD at Fort Hare for some years.


Along the coast, inland from Port Alfred, is the village of Bathurst that boasts both the oldest pub and the oldest Anglican Church in South Africa. This tiny enclave is home to a colony of artists who have galleries and studios. Early 1820 British settlers were encouraged to settle in Bathurst by the Cape government in an attempt to close, consolidate and defend the eastern frontier against the neighbouring Xhosa peoples. Albany was one of the largest stages of British settlement in Africa, forming an AngloAfrican cultural hot-spot. It has remained an “Anglo-Saxon island” with its own distinctive local culture. Here you’ll find the Wiles Gallery as well as studio potter, Richard Pullen’s gallery and Tori Stowe’s -a Rhodes graduate, Goat Media which sells handmade cards, tags, wrapping paper, notebooks, journals, fabric and T-shirts. At its peak Goat media employed 10 people and serviced over 600 clients. Services included the design of logos, corporate IDs, all printed material including flyers, posters, annual reports, web site design and development.

The Workshop Art & Craft Gallery

The Workshop Art & Craft Gallery

There are over forty local artists and over thirty local crafters showing their work in our three spacious galleries. Amy Muir’s framing business, “Captured Memories”, complements the art gallery There is also a new Craft & Food Market every Sunday, from 9.00am to 12.30pm.

The Wiles Gallery Bathurst, built in 2005 by artist Jane Wiles as a testimony to her artist family

gallery in Knysna which paved the way for Knysna as an artist community for 49 years, sells exclusively the work of three generations of this famous Wiles clan. Gallery hours: 10am - 4pm weekdays 9:30am - Sundays Curator: Sybil Van Der Bank 082 4926601 Owner: Jane Wiles 082 3308671 Address: Box 240, Main Kowie Rd, Bathurst, 6166 Tel/fax: 046-6250340 Email:

The Wiles Gallery


Gallery: Chocolat-on-Church The gallery is home to work by local artists of renown such as

Stephen Parsons and Frans Boekkooi. However, the gallery specialises in works by artists such as Dumisane Mabaso, Tony Nkotsi, Gordon Gabashane and Ettiene van Zyl. Exhibitions are held bi-annually and the gallery has recently expanded to include the Gallerie la Contessa in Nieu Bethesda. Raymond John Westraadt 18 Church Street,Graaff-Reinet,6280 email; Cell; 082 307 9332 Art Museum and Collections: Hester Rupert Art Museum Church Str., GraaffReinet, 6280 T. 049 892 2121F. 049 892 4319 South African Art Times June 2011

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Ecology Shrine The Ecology Shrine is an outdoor art installation set in a park like garden on the forest verge below the Hogsback Mountains. The paintings and sculpture give artistic expression to the scientific facts about the origins of Earth and life. A visit to the shrine evokes a strong sense of connection to our origins. “For me there is no story more brilliant, more moving and more relevant” says Diana. Diana Graham the created the Ecology Shrine in 1995 with the help of the bricklayer, Dagamnyama Wara. Since then she has added new paintings to the shrine collection. Diana guides visitors around the shrine and her adjacent studio. She makes and sells large oil paintings and small wooden icons, all inspired by her interest in Deep Ecology. She regards herself as an Eco-activist and is chairperson of the Hogsback Forest Forum. See website

Jeffrey’s Bay

Peter’s Art Gallery is located in Jeffreys Bay, a fabulous place featuring paintings and sculptures done by top South African artists. Gallery is hosting permanent exhibition of Derric van Rensburg, Frans Claerhout, Isabel le Roux, Margaret Gradwell, Michael Heyns, Wendy Malan Gallery promotes one new promising artist; Veronica Milewski Gallery offers an exellent custom framing service. Peter’s Art Gallery, 18 Da Gama str. Jeffreys Bay, Tel: +27 42 2931671 email: website:

near Hamburg:

The Keiskamma Art Project near Hamburg on the east coast, is a community initiative providing women with the skills, materials and training for the production of art and craftwork; a forum in which to generate income and support in establishing their own small enterprises. It was created in 2000 by medical doctor and fine artist Carol Hofmeyr. She began teaching arts and crafts to a handful of impoverished rural women who began by collecting the plastic bags that littered their village. The material they collected was crocheted into hats and bags. Embroidery remains the basis of the Keiskamma Art Project. Over one hundred women are now highly skilled and many excellent works are being consistently produced. Many of the scenes depicted are inspired by local knowledge, ranging from the Nguni cattle that roam through Hamburg to joyful African angel cushions. In 2004 the Keiskamma Art project completed its first notable artwork, the Keiskamma Tapestry which was first exhibited in the National Arts Festival 2004. This large embroidery measures 120 meters in length and is 0, 5 meters wide. It is a visual portrayal of the history of the Eastern Cape focusing on the Xhosa people. It was the first of a number of large-scale works made by the Project, the most recent work being the Keiskamma Guernica tapestry* which was exhibited at the Grahamstown Festival last year.

Kenton-on-Sea Galleries

The Sky Gallery Kenton on Sea,set in a secluded garden adjacent to a coffee shop, offers a wide

selection of art works and ceramics. It is owned and run by six local artists, namely, Graeme Arnott, Wendy Clayton, Jenny Hervey, Kobus Kruger, Tess Lovemore and Virginia Reed. Quality work is sold at artist`s prices and visitors are able to meet the artists. Sky Gallery 1 Kenton Road Kenton on Sea Open 10 am to 3 pm Monday to Saturday Tel. 0722251301 email At Kenton-on-Sea, well known Swazi ceramist Meshack Masuku is director of his Lubisa Ceramics. Meshack has collected many awards over the years. Over the last 30 years he has been involved with various companies, studios, organizations, individuals, communities, government agencies, and municipalities all over South Africa. Backed by his former colleague and head of department, Charmaine Haines, Meshack initiated The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Red Earth Project at NMMU in Port Elizabeth. This project was financed by the department of Arts and Culture poverty alleviation program and has produced some of todays up and coming South African ceramicists of the calibre of Vulisango Ndwandwa

Lady Grey

Lady Grey Arts Academy

Founded in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa in 1996, the Lady Grey Arts Academy is tucked away in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains in the quaint town of Lady Grey. In a changing society, the Academy’s boundaries have long since expanded to welcome pupils from all backgrounds and cultures. The Academy is indeed a true reflection of the South African “Rainbow Nation”, offering specialized education to pupils from the more remote parts of the rural areas of South Africa. The Academy’s horizons in all educational aspects are ever expanding to meet the needs of the young people of today, focusing especially on the development of artistic talent and skills. At the Lady Grey Arts Academy we believe, as Plato suggested, that artistic activity is fundamental to the development of the whole person. We therefore offer, apart from the normal academic curriculum as specified by the Eastern Cape Education Department, specialized courses in Dramatic Arts, Dance Studies, Music Visual Arts, Design as well as the Film Studies and Sound and Lighting. Students can compile their own courses up to Grade 12 level and even further their Arts education at post matric level. See more at 44

South African Art Times June 2011


Frans Boekkooi Sculpture Studio

Ware on earth Gallery / Charmaine Haines

Nieu Bethesda Not far from Graaf-Reinett, you’ll find yet another artist’s haunt. Reclusive Outsider artist Helen Martin’s ‘Owl House’ has become a permanent museum located in the home which she lived in Nieu Bethesda. The home which is encrusted with crushed and broken glass has a sculpture garden in which her personal philosophy and mystical approach to life are reflected in a bizarre company of characters. Playwright Athol Fugard also has a home in the village which he used as a retreat. In July 1998, The! Xoe* Site Specific project platformed site-specific artwork by fifteen South African artists in the surrounds of the Karoo town. The word! Xoe denotes ‘home-land’ or ‘home-place’ in the language of the! Xam, a nomadic San hunter-gatherer people who once inhabited the Karoo. The project was curated and hosted by the Ibis Art Centre which still runs as a community art gallery.

Owl House Museum: Owl House Museum Arno Du Toit River Str., Nieu-Bethesda, 6286 T. 049 841 1733

Frans Boekkooi Sculpture Studio: “My sculptures feed off the nostalgia of innocent times, lost

in thought or activity. Sometimes they embody the thoughts or pictures born in a moment – but every piece has meaning. To me, at least, they speak.” Frans was introduced to sculpture at the age of 14 by sculptor Anton Momberg. He has participated in several exhibitions, and won the EPSAC 2000 Annual’s prestigious Best on Show award. 082 865 2699 Heidi’s Gallery / Kühne Boekkooi Fine Arts: This gallery features top Eastern Cape artists as well as promoting local artists inspired by the beautiful Karoo landscape. Artists include Frans Boekkooi, Anton Momberg, Joanne Reen, Pierre Botha, Dana Pullen, Sheila Hadden and Charles Holing. Kühne Boekkooi Fine Arts, PO Box 10, Nieu Bethesda, 6286 082 865 2699

Owl House Museum

Ware on earth Gallery / Charmaine Haines : Charmaine Haines trained under Hylton Nel at the Port Elizabeth Technikon and obtained a Higher

Diploma in Ceramic Design in 1985. She lectured in Ceramic Design until 2002 when she relinquished her post to devote herself to producing her own work. She has recently returned to South Africa after spending three years in France and now lives in Nieu Bethesda. In 2010 she was made a Fellow of the Ceramics Southern Africa Association in recognition of her contribution to Ceramics in South Africa.

St Francis Bay The Sembach Studio

in St Francis Bay came into its current form when it relocated to Lyme Road North from the village center. As a working art and photographic studio we undertake portraiture, property, weddings, model portfolios, wild life, commercial, industrial to any and everything! Our very popular, ‘one on one and small group’ photography lessons teach how to use a camera professionally. One can purchase from an excellent selection of African Artifacts, ethnic jewellery, bronzes and original stone sculptures. Large canvas photographs are produced from the studios collection or customers own images while commissioned paintings hang in various stages of completion. Visit the Sembach Studio on to view Sembachs full activities and stock.

Somerset East

On the other side of Grahamstown, on the road to Bedford, you’ll find the village of Somerset East, home of the Walter Battiss Art Museum. Housed in a 1910 house, this is the largest collection of paintings by Battiss*. He lived in the town when he was a child. The Walter Battiss Art Museum, in the old English Officer’s Mess in the historic heart of Somerset East houses a large collection of the work of this iconic son of Somerset East; donated by Battiss to the town at the opening of the Museum in 1982. The collection contains of Battiss’s own work, as well as other artworks donated by Battiss and his friends, and family heirlooms, photographs, and books. The Museum houses the local Tourism office (042 243 1448), and is usually open from 8.30 until 13.00 and 14.00 until 17.00 Monday to Friday. Weekend visits can be arranged by contacting Ros Turner on 073 698 6539. South African Art Times June 2011


Great South African Masters: Educational feature

George Pemba ‘The Painter of the People’ Researched and written by Donve Lee

“The Audience” – oil painting, 1960 (3) Watching movies instead of cattle One afternoon, instead of herding the family cattle, Pemba hitched a ride on a donkey cart to the ‘bioscope’ ten miles away in Korsten, an adventure he repeated several times. He paid for his movie tickets by selling his drawings of film stars to his friends. Despite this distraction, he won a scholarship to study at Paterson, the first non-white secondary school in Port Elizabeth. When he was 16 he submitted two pencil portraits to art competition at a local agricultural show and won first prize. Soon he was inundated with portrait commissions from family and friends. Sadly, Titus Pemba was killed in a motorbike accident soon after this, putting enormous financial strain on the Pemba household.

George often painted outdoors. This photograph was taken in 1955. (1) Early life in Korsten In the Eastern Cape, the name George Pemba is virtually synonymous with painting. He was born Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba on the 2nd of April 1912 in Korsten in the Eastern Cape, the fifth child of Rebecca and Titus Pemba. A quiet, solitary boy spoke who with a stammer, he was cruelly dubbed ‘the idiot of Korsten’ by a school inspector. Titus Pemba was a foreman at Cuthberts Shoe factory, an elder in the Presbyterian church, and a firm believer in discipline and education. Compared to their neighbours, the family was wealthy. Milwa’s first art lessons came from watching his older brother Timothy draw on the walls of the family home with shoe polish, soot and clay. Soon the younger boy was drawing constantly, impressing his father so much that he went out and bought paper, paints and brushes for his talented son. When Milwa was eight, the family moved to the coloured township of Bethelsdorp, where, to escape being teased about his Xhosa name, he decided to call himself George.

Pemba aged twelve (2) 46

“Funeral Procession” watercolour 1930 (4) Painted two years after his father’s death, this depiction of his father’s funeral shows Pemba’s remarkable competency as a watercolourist at the age of 18. Noticeable in the scene is a grief stricken young man, presumably a self-portrait, riding on the wagon bearing the coffin. In 1931 Pemba enrolled at Lovedale Teacher Training College in Alice, but his studies were interrupted by a long convalescence in hospital following an appendicitis operation. He spent the time happily drawing portraits, one being of an old man, Ncgobo, which a matron at the hospital showed to Ethel Smythe, an art teacher at Fort Hare University. She was so impressed that she offered to give Pemba two weeks of intensive tuition. Under her guidance, he had access to art books for the first time in his life, and was particularly inspired by French Impressionism. South African Art Times June 2011


“Bavuma the Giant, 1938, pen and ink on paper. Pemba illustrated a book of African folk tales; illustrations by black artists were extremely rare at this time. (5) “ANC funeral in the Red Location, Port Elizabeth” – oil painting, 1965 (7) A welcome surprise One day in 1969, Pemba’s luck turned dramatically with the discovery of a letter from London in his postbox containing ten pounds. A few months later, another £35 arrived from the same address. For the next 20 years, the anonymous gifts continued to arrive. Pemba eventually stopped wondering where they came from, opened a savings account, began to buy art materials regularly for the first time in his life, and thankfully give up the spaza shop. It was only in 1993 that he learnt that his benefactor was banned International Defence and Aid Fund, an organisation supporting victims of apartheid and operating clandestinely from outside the country.

George, his wife Eunice, and four of their children in 1955.(6) Pemba and his second wife Eunice had five children. Unsurprisingly, his meagre teacher’s salary wasn’t nearly enough to support his family, so Reverend Shepherd, a Lovedale minister, helped him find work as an llustrator. Among the books he illustrated was ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’. One young reader happened to be future graphic artist Dan Rakgoathe, who was overjoyed to see that the illustrations were done by a black artist. ‘The adventure of my life’ In 1937 Reverend Shepherd arranged for Pemba to study watercolour painting for four months under Professor Winter-Moore at Rhodes University, as an ‘external student’. Pemba subsequently won first prize in an art competition at Fort Hare. The second prize went to Gerard Sekoto, who later advised Pemba to work in oils because they were easier to sell than watercolours. After giving up his teaching job in 1938, Pemba worked as a court messenger, interpreter and rent collector, but what he really wanted to do was paint and in 1944 managed to persuade the Bantu Welfare Trust to lend him money to tour South Africa for three months. He was determined to capture the ‘soul of the people’ in his drawings and paintings. In Johannesburg he was surprised to find men in tribal dress working on the mines, in Durban he was inspired by Zulu dancers, in Transkei he was fascinated by rural Xhosa life, while in Basutoland he was captivated by the traditional dress and skilled mural painting done by the women. Altogether he had, he later recalled, ‘the adventure of my life’. After his travels Pemba returned to his job as a messenger, but now felt thoroughly caged. The following year he exhibited works on group shows in Port Elisabeth and Durban, selling more works than any other participating artist. In 1948 he resigned to paint full time, but despite his apparent success and the small spaza shop that he and his wife ran from their home, was frequently cash strapped. For the next 20 years he struggled to feed his family. His money problems were made worse by family deaths. Funerals were extremely costly affairs and the problems were exacerbated by Pemba becoming the breadwinner for 20 children. South African Art Times June 2011

Pemba was still painting in his eighties, clutching his brush with arthritic fingers, determined to ‘paint till I crash’. While many of his friends died of alcoholism and despair, he lived to see Nelson Mandela becoming President of South Africa and celebrated the new democracy in a painting entitled ‘The Vote’, showing the endless queues of people patiently waiting to cast their vote for the first time. Dubbed by professor Estelle Marais as the ‘grand old master of township art’, he died at the age of 89, having produced over 1 000 paintings in his lifetime, works which form an important social and historical record of what he had witnessed in a transforming South Africa - the poor and the homeless, police raids and riots, the everyday suffering of families living under apartheid, the joys and sorrows of township life, as well as peaceful landscapes. Art helped him survive by providing him and his family with a much-needed income, and, thankfully, art gave him a reason to live.

“Homeless” – oil painting, 1973 (8)



“Black Jesus” – oil painting, 1985 (9)

“Portrait of Artist’s Mother” – oil painting, 1948 (10)

‘Portrait of Marina’ – oil on canvas, 1946 (11) When Pemba visited the artist Beatrice Niehaus and told her he wanted to paint, she thought he was looking for a job as a house painter. In fact, he wanted to paint her daughter. Niehaus invited him in, provided canvas and oils, and was delighted with Pemba’s finished portrait, which shows his skill as a portrait painter, and the successful interplay of complimentary colours in the warm skin tones against the blue dress and green background.

Pic – ‘Korsten’ –oil, 1961 (12) Using broad Impressionist brush strokes and strong contrasts between light and dark, Pemba paints the township of his birth as an unspoilt rural haven, reminiscent of the work of Millet, the 19th century realist whom he so admired. “At the Clinic” – oil painting, 1979 (13)

‘How Long must I Suffer?’ – oil, 1975. (14) The man depicted in this painting used to visit Pemba’s shop and in return for food and clothing, allowed the artist to paint his portrait. Expressionistic and reminiscent of Van Gogh, the portrait shows Pemba using thick brushstrokes and strong black lines around the figure to accentuate man’s anguish. Although the man depicted here was apparently ‘retarded’, the subject of suffering possibly alludes to Pemba’s own struggle with alcohol.


‘Xhosa Woman and Child’ – watercolour on paper, 1948 (15) South African Art Times June 2011


Pemba with a sitter (16) ‘Purple Dancing Lady’ – oil, 1974. (18) Strong discordant colours, light purple and bright green, heighten the aura of frenzy surrounding the swirling central figure. Pemba uses the compositional device of spectators watching through a window, highlighting the sense of ‘spectacle’.

‘The Dream’ – oil on board, 1989. (17) Many of Pemba’s works feature Nongqawuse, whose famous prophecy resulted in thousands of people dying of starvation. She predicted that on 18th February 1857 the sun would set in the east and a great wind would sweep all white people into the sea, if the Xhosa nation would slaughter all their cattle and destroy their crops. Nongqawuse, in this painting, tells her terrible story to the chief. Pemba draws the viewer into the drama through compositional devices such as the outstretched hand and the path leading to the distant mountains. He also wrote a musical play about Nongqawuse’s prophecy. George with two professors after receiving his honorary Master of Arts degree from Fort Hare University in 1979. (19) A year in the artist’s life - 1991 A Johannesburg art dealer visited Pemba, looked through his piles of old paintings, and bought 178 works for R4 000. He then sold many of the works to a leading art gallery, where the works were cleaned, framed and put on exhibition. When Pemba walked around the gallery he was astonished to see that some works were selling for over R4 000 each, the amount he had been paid for all 178 paintings. Pemba did however, manage to secure 10% of revenue from sales, and was able to buy new house and change the garage into a studio. At the age of 79, his lifelong dream came true - he had a real art studio at last. Events in South Africa in 1991 January 9 – Black children in South Africa admitted to schools previously reserved for whites only June 17 – SA Parliament repeals Population Registration Act October 3 – Nadine Gordimer receives Nobel Prize for literature International events in 1991 April 6 – Persian Gulf War between United Nation and Iraq ends. April 14 – 20 paintings stolen from Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, found a few hours later in an abandoned car. December 1 - Dissolution of Soviet Union South African Art Times June 2011

Important Dates in the Artist’s Life 1912 Born in Korsten, Eastern Cape 1924 Won Grey Scholarship to Paterson Secondary School 1928 First drawings on exhibition in Port Elizabeth 1931 Published first illustration 1931 Enrolled at Lovedale Teacher Training College 1935 Starts teaching in King William’s Town 1937 Wins first prize in art competition at Fort Hare 1944 Three-month tour of South Africa 1947 First solo exhibition in Port Elisabeth 1969 Received first funds from IDAF in London 1979 Awarded honorary Master of Arts degree from Fort Hare 1996 Retrospective exhibition at the South African National Gallery 2001 Died

Photo Credits:10, 2, 4, 5, 11, 15, 17, 14, 19, 31, 33 and 36 © George Pemba/ Courtesy Sarah Hudleston and George Pemba family; p.6, p.16, p.1 © Bailey’s Archives; p.7, p.8, p.13, p.9 © George Pemba / Courtesy Bruce Campbell Smith


My work has always been motivated by nature – from microscopic to panoramic. I use the Landscape – in particular the Karoo and Richtersveld – as a metaphor. I enjoy exploring the complexity of the landscape in ways that challenge the viewers’ own boundaries and conventions of romanticising the landscape. The images of the landscape I paint hold within them aspects other than pure nature – the panorama is composed of elements that bear witness to change and evolution. These works, at times surreal, have no reference to a specific place or time. Mood is an integral part of the work. This is achieved through the use of chiaroscuro (strong tonal contrast) and what I call “visual silence”. Visual silence is an area where the eye can rest. The eye is naturally drawn to detail and can be visually overindulged – the area of visual silence provides the eye the resting place it needs. In 2009 I was honoured to be commissioned by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), with financial assistance of Lotto funding, to develop a sculpture titled “VOTING LINE”. This installation is one of 67 Public Art pieces and Interventions that will form part of ROUTE 67 – an MBDA initiative to upgrade the inner city of Port Elizabeth. In collaboration with artist, Konrad Geel, I spent 14 months conceptualising and manufacturing the 36.6 meter, 14 ton life size public sculpture in steel. “VOTING LINE” is situated on the Donkin Reserve at the base of the Great Flag (the largest in South Africa). If you are travelling to The NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2011 please visit my exhibition titled “EARTH” at Trinity Hall, Hill Street, Grahamstown. If you are passing through Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) to Grahamstown, spend some time (at least a day or two) at the Donkin Reserve and experience “VOTING LINE” and the other Art Interventions on ROUTE 67 and all the other eight ARTS JOURNEY venues which form part of the National Arts Festival 2011. For more information on the ARTS JOURNEY please visit:

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WG Wiles, Eastern Cape Seascape

The Wiles Gallery Bathurst, built in 2005 by artist Jane Wiles as a testimony to her artist family gallery in Knysna which paved the way for Knysna as an artist community for 49 years, sells exclusively the work of three generations of this famous Wiles clan.

WG Wiles, Gum Tree Bend

at 2 Target Kloof Port Elizabeth. This culminated in his later work which combined visual renditions of music and the human struggle between the dark and the light.

WG Wiles, her grandfather, was the commissioned artist for the British royal visit in 1947. His early per-war work, dominated by luminous pastel landscapes and seascapes, was in the Eastern Cape. He lived a Wordsworthian life at Bushmans River and Hogsback, and on various farms of famous 1820 settler families, and showed in Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, where many of the schools have his works hanging in their dining rooms. Later in life he lived in Knysna, always seeking out the isolated beauty of nature, where he painted mainly in oils, and showed in his son Brian’s gallery.

Lucy Wiles started painting in the then Transkei, her work being rooted in observations of the Xhosa tradition in the late 40’s and early 50’s. She went on to marry Brian and take on the Western Cape, being prolific in her capturing of Cape Dutch rural architecture, children at play, flowers, domestic chickens, ducks and cows, boats at anchor and the Knysna forest. Her uncanny ability to catch the moment of beauty in life revealed itself to perfection in her late middle age where she traveled for the first time to Thailand, Greece, India, Israel, Italy and her final love, China, which she visited four times after turning 80.

Brian Wiles met artist Lucy Wiles (Mullins) when she came for lessons with W G. He started painting himself on their rather untraditional painting honeymoon in Oudtshoorn! Brian’s work was predominantly of lagoon and sea. But, being a spiritual intellectual, in midlife he portrayed his own process of Jung’s Individuation in a series if spiritual semi abstract works called Out of the Vortex which is owned and housed by The Association of Creative Thought

Jane Wiles, who now sources the paintings of these three artists, paints the wild places of the Eastern Cape, strangely echoing the early life of her grandfather. She has had more than 20 one woman exhibitions, in Natal, Knysna and Johannesburg, but now shows only at her own gallery and the upmarket B & B of a friend and client, St Aidans Guest House in Grahamstown, where she shows for the Grahamstown Festival every July.

Gallery hours: 10am - 4pm weekdays 9:30am - 12:30 pm Sundays Curator: Sybil Van Der Bank 082 4926601 Owner: Jane Wiles 082 3308671 Address: Box 240, Main Kowie Rd, Bathurst, 6166 Tel/fax: 046-6250340 Email: / Website:

Lucy Wiles, Pineapple Picker

Lucy Wiles, Autumn Cottage

Jane Wiles, Bushman’s Beach Mirror

Brian Wiles, The coming of the Soul Image

Jane Wiles, Dune Abstract

Brian Wiles, Forest Birth

One of the most respected and leading South African open air painter

Daniel Novela Exhibiting at the Albany Museum, Class Room From 30 June to 10 July I rst met a 28 year old Daniel Novela in 1992 while organizing an art exhibition on the campus of the then Potchefstroom University. In the spirit of the political moments we were living in at that time, the exhibition was called “Images of Reconciliation” and featured works by more than eighty artists from all walks of life and virtually every colour and creed in the country. Daniel’s works featured a style of hyper realistic renditions of gure studies including those of San hunters amidst the setting of the veldt in which they live. It was abundantly clear that here was an artist with great talent, who only needed to be pointed in the right direction, and I predicted even then a bright future for this young artist. Daniel subsequently enrolled for Fine Arts studies at the Klerksdorp Campus of the Vaal Triangle Technikon where

he eventually obtained his National Diploma in the year 2000, receiving accolades as one of the top students. Daniel has evolved a style of painting that is remarkably sophisticated; although he maintains his ancestral roots with the land, Africa, he interprets this in a style that is neither purely realistic nor overtly abstract. He uses his very sensitive feeling for colour to imbue the works with a sense of time and place that is quite ephemeral. Always in contact with the human scale, it is nature that eventually dominates his works, and his singular use of bold brush strokes combined with an innate sense of composition shows an artistic sensibility born of pure intuition. His paintings become a real sensual experience in which the eyes are used to touch and relay emotions in much the way that Kandinsky would have appreciated.

He has participated in some ten group exhibitions has at least ve one-man shows to his credit. Daniel has exhibited in America, where his works were very well received. After his recent solo exhibition in Potchefstroom I was quoted in saying the following: “Daniel is an incredibly talented young artist with a vision embedded in the long tradition of Impressionism that can be said to have started with Turner. He has a tenacity an integrity that has led him to his exhibitions in New York, and I predict great things to come. His works are well worthy of investment, and his artistic style, particularly the sensitivity of his brush strokes and his feeling for atmosphere, is commendable.” I am very proud to be associated with Daniel’s development as a painter and as an artist who is representative of what I would like to describe as a new breed. For too long we have been satised to applaud the works of mediocre artists in order to promote them as part of a political agenda. It is time to understand that good art or even more important, great art, can only be produced by integrity, talent and a commitment to work hard and produce quality. This can be said of Daniel Novela, that he is a child of Africa, rendering pictures of Africa. But he is also an artist of the world with an understanding of the need to produce qualitative works with an inherent artistic value that can even now be translated into investment value. It remains exciting to keep an eye on his future development. John R. Botha Associate Professor: History of Art, Univerrsity of the North West

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Michael Heyns: a master in conversation with his medium While the creation of beauty might be the central concern of artist Michael Heyns, these themes occur time and again in his creative oeuvre which includes paintings, drawings, clay tiles, clay figurines, handmade steel doors, books, posters, invitation cards, handmade diaries, video films and an aesthetic environment filled with exotic plants and animals that appear as objects in his work. Apart from Heyns’ love for and preoccupation with aesthetic quality, his impeccable design and intricate, distinguished technique and the indisputably decorative quality of his work, the above-mentioned universal themes occur in many forms in his subject matter. One of the most typical themes in Heyns’ work is the melancholy beauty of the fragile human body, and his awareness of his own fragility and approaching death. His diaries, revolving around a heart condition that has plagued him for most of his adult life, describe his fear in the face of an open heart operation and the pain of trying to recover some of the former beauty of his body and the harmony in his life. Whereas his earlier self-portraits depict a healthy and beautiful body, portraits made after the operation often depict the body cut up into disjointed parts that no longer match. In other works, he escapes the pain of this

experience by turning the body into a work of art covered in old fashioned wallpaper flowers, indicative of a form of identification with flowers. The faces accompanying these bodies are often simplified and filled with the abstract melancholy reminiscent of the mask of a clown. In addition to his obsession with interiors and his garden, Heyns’ diaries also mention the joy he derives from his Japanese Koi. The fish is a symbol of the unconscious, and the depiction of black Koi sleeping in the water in some works evokes a feeling of pre-birth, death and burial. Although the depiction of flowers is often associated with purely decorative art, in Heyns’ work, flowers become the symbol of an ongoing cycle of life and death. At the same time their beauty serves to rescue the artist from personal feelings of futility and destruction. Aesthetically, Heyns’ flowers remain the most pleasing, recognisable and successful of his works. Technically, Heyns is a master who has obsessively pursued aesthetic perfection over many years, while always allowing for an ongoing and deeply intimate conversation between himself and his medium.

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Strauss & Jhb sale affirms Stephan Welz & Co aims to the broadening of the market up quality in Cape sale By Michael Coulson

By Michael Coulson

With around 75% of lots sold in both sessions, Strauss & Co achieved a successful sell-through rate at its art auction in Jo’burg on May 16. Significantly, though, many top-estimate items didn’t find buyers, which auctioneer Stephan Welz tells me he attributes to a recent over-supply of good quality offerings. While he didn’t elaborate, Bonhams’ recent London sale obviously comes to mind. As an example, bidding for Irma Stern’s superb portrait of a lady cellist, estimated at a not unreasonable R7m-R10m, fizzled out at R5m. Her two still lifes (est R2m-R3m and R2.5m-R3.5m) and the two major Pierneef landscapes (R5m-R7m and R4m-R6m) were similarly unsold.

While there are marginally fewer lots of SA art in Stephan Welz & Co upcoming multi-category Cape Town sale than in Jo’burg last month, and proportionally more are in the first session of minor work, the gross low estimate of about R15.6m is just over R1m more than last time, as the highest estimates are more positively pitched.

On the other hand, there was fair demand for Alexis Preller, around the low end of the estimates (unlike the estimates, reported prices include buyer’s commission and any taxes). His Primavera fetched R2.12m (est R2m-R3m), Mapogga Women R890 000 (R800 000-R1.2m) and a still life R1.11m (R1m-R2m). But the most remarkable feature was that all 15 Alexander Rose-Inneses sold, many at well above the low estimates. And 12 of the 14 Cecil Skotneses also sold, the star being a set of four painted panels, lot 204, at R802 000 (est R350 000-R500 000). Best of the 13 (of 16 on offer) Pierneefs was a few thousand over R1m for a landscape (lot 222, est R600 000-R900 000), though relative to estimate it was outperformed by the frontispiece (lot 207, R180 000-R240 000), at R535 000. In the first session of minor work, 135 of the 177 lots of SA art (there were also 16 lots by foreign artists) sold, close on 76.5%, for a total of R7.02m, comfortably above the low estimate of R6.22m. Good individual results include R245 000 for a Rose-Innes scene Two Lovers in a Pub (est R40 000-R60 000), R200 500 for his Woman Washing (R90 000-R120 000), R160 000 for his Early Morning Nude (R100 000-R150 000) and R145 000 for his Hibiscus (R80 000-R120 000), and R212 000 for a Maud Sumner Namib scene (R100 000-R120 000). With only nine of the top 17 lots selling, even though the sell-through rate was 93 of 125 (74%), the evening session gross of R30.5m fell well short of the low estimate of R48.3m. Other lots that failed to sell included sculptures by Edoardo Villa and Anton van Wouw (est R800 000-R1.2m and R600 000R900 000 respectively) and a Maggie Laubser landscape (R500 000-R800 000). Another Sumner landscape fetched R668 000 (R600 000-R900 000), two Pieter Wennings R501 000 and R613 000 (R500 000-R800 000 and R600 000R900 000 respectively), a Gregoire Boonzaaier R668 000 (R600 000-R900 000), a Maurice van Essche genre scene (the inside front cover) RR646 000 (R600 000-R900 000) and another Preller R891 000 (R800 000-R1.2m) The cover lot, 205, another Skotnes panel, went for R357 000 (est R350 000-R500 000). Others to go well above estimate included a Piet van Heerden landscape, at R139 000 (est R30 000-R40 000), R156 000 each for two paintings by Johannes Meintjes, Girl with Rooster and Boy with Kitten ((R40 000-R60 000 and R50 000-R80 000 respectively) and two sculptures: R1.45m for Sydney Kumalo’s Two Bulls (R400 000-R600 000) and R947 000 for Lucas Sithole’s Charging Afrikander (Bull) (R300 000-R500 000). Overall, the 240 lots sold on both sessions grossed R37.6m, against the low estimate of R54.5m. Of most represented artists not already mentioned, all 16 Piet van Heerdens sold, 13 of 16 Pierneefs, 12 of 14 Skotneses, 10 of 14 Kentridges, seven of 11 Sumners and six of 11 Villas. However, it must be many years since Stern made so little impact on an SA art sale, at only R89 000 for a small sculpture (est R40 000-R60 000). Even Pierneef, at some R3.76m, was pushed into second place by Preller’s R4.3m. Rose-Innes grossed about R2.9m, Welz tells me from several buyers, and Skotnes R2.3m. Best of living artists was Kentridge, at a smidgen under R1m. So this auction certainly represented a broadening of the market, if maybe not in the way everybody was hoping. It will be interesting to see whether similar forces affect Stephan Welz & Co upcoming Cape sale at the end of the month, which is followed by what could be a very welcome few months’ break. 58

Topping the list, as usual, is Irma Stern, with Women Sewing at R4m-R6m and a Barberton landscape at R700 000-R900 000. Two Pierneef landscapes are put at R2m-R3m and R900 000-R1.2m; the latter estimate is also attached to a Pieter Wenning landscape. On R600 000-R900 000 are Francois Krige’s Merry-Go-Round and an Alexis Preller still life, while landscapes by Keith Alexander (R400 000-R500 000) and Maggie Laubser (R400 000-R450 000) complete the top nine. The auction is to be held at the Alphen Hotel on May 31/June 1, both art sessions being on the first day. The afternoon session includes 134 works of SA art (84 in the Jo’burg sale) with a gross low estimate fractionally under R1m, the evening session 86 (152) with a gross low estimate of about R14.6m, making a total of R15.6m. These figures suggest that the firm has made a big effort to upgrade the quality of the work on offer, no doubt in hope that this will avoid a repeat of their very poor results in Jo’burg. Most represented artist is Cecil Skotnes (nine), followed by Errol Boyley and Alexander Rose-Ines, with seven each, Pierneef (six) and Piet van Heerden (five).

Online Keiskamma Altarpiece Auction, by Stephan Welz & Co. You are invited to “In Flower/Entyatyambeni, an exhibition of botanically inspired, indigenous plant paintings, ceramics and embroidered artworks by the Keiskamma Art Project, Barbara L’Ange and Margy Malan, to be held at the Oude Libertas Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, Cape Town. Opening on the 22nd June 2011 @ 18.00 with a performance by the students of the Keiskamma Music Academy and the launch of the Online Keiskamma Altarpiece Auction, by Stephan Welz and Co Both the exhibition and the online Keiskamma Altarpice Auction will run until the 22nd July 2011.Gallery Hours Tues-Fri: 09:00-17:00, Sat: 09:00-13:00 c/o Adam Tas and Oude Libertas Street,Stellenbosch. Under the patronage of Distell Foundation South African Art Times June 2011


Professor Robert Brooks Jeanne Wright chats to Robert Brookes.

Photo: Tim Hopwood

As HOD and Emeritus Professor of Rhodes University’s Fine Art Department for many years and, as he puts it… ‘ at the coal face of forming the new crop of young art practitioners”, Robert Brooks has some pithy views on the subject of art in this country at the present moment. He believes the crux of the problem in contemporary art in South Africa is how art is being taught in what he calls ‘the so-called leading institutions”. His opening shot was… “Get a real degree!” JW: What do you mean by that? RB: Tom Wolfe had it right … The Image has become word. I blame Art theory - which in parts of this interview I have tried to parody. This current preoccupation with specialization and theory which is awash in teaching institutions has distorted the way in which young artists are taught to express themselves. I remember one text–obsessed wordy Prof who on seeing a work ‘sans text’ asked “where is the text?” Imagine artists having to write about their work ….. ridiculous! What you’ve got today is “production” and “marketing” and publicity which depend on your net-working systems or who you know in the commercial gallery world. It’s got nothing to do with talent, insight or good old fashioned ability. Inside of these institutions, there is so much posturing and competition to outdo one another that they’ve lost sight of the fact that students need to play and fumble around to get at what’s in their heads... and the only way they can do that is if you push them through a rigorous practical training so that they are given the technical tools with which to choose a way to get at what’s in their heads. If you load them with theory, they develop a fear that they will never make it out there because they don’t have the intellectual credibility to pull it off. At the age at which they are trained – they don’t! They need guidance and discipline and a solid grounding in art practice and some basic theory based on the fact that Knowing the Rules can save you from certain pitfalls - like thinking you’re being revolutionary when you aren’t! Why the malaise in East Cape art or for that matter, South African art now? - From the 60’s to the beginning of the double 0’s, the East Cape evinced liveliness and gutsiness in its fine art scene….. There were four art schools which dominated the region --- the East London Tech, Rhodes University in Grahamstown with the Grahamstown Group, Fort Hare at Alice and the Port Elizabeth Tech. All those teachers had reputations which they nursed and jealously guarded, and art criticism and publicity was alive and well - some of which often led to fisticuffs in those hallowed halls. South African Art Times June 2011

Numerous artists had their own shows, groups were formed and dissolved…… there was lots of internecine squabbling - mainly in the demotic - which prevailed. Teachers taught and performed….. students fumbled and performed…… our shows went all over the country and the grumbles from the other provinces grew in volume. We were called aggressive provincials… which we were very happy to be called. There were national competitions and events which we participated in like the Cape Town Triennial. The papers blazed on about artistic activity… and then Theory was introduced! While many of the articles and theories that appear in the academic literary journals are insightful, knowledgeable and even interesting, they are read by very few people other than academics working in the same field--and, I suspect, by very few artists. They’ve become so specialized and technical that what disturbs me is whether any of their theories actually benefit those who it’s punted at. It frightens off both lay viewers and other people who are interested primarily looking at art or are interested in gaining insight into the process of creativity. JW: In your opinion, what constitutes a good an art work? RB: Any work which is not ‘product’ - like shoes or bags! One of the most important contributions an artist can make is to place his work into a continuum or a tradition that includes all previous worthwhile art. It is then judged on the standards by which imaginative art has always been, and will continue to be, judged. JW: What do you think an art work is about? RB: To put it in a kind of art school language: Artists should contextualize a work and place it and its maker into a living human tradition. It should shed light on the artist’s major preoccupations and his or her artistic response to life. It should come out of and intersect with the life of the artist as a person confronting problems, failures, and successes--and shaping them in a work. JW: How do you see your role as a retiree/artist today? RB: My role is anthropological. I’m a dinosaur. It doesn’t really matter what I say…I will always be ‘the oke on the stoep’ who knows too much…. and Thank G.d! for that. I tend to cherish (and embellish!) my role as a ‘failed artist’/critic who used to have what I thought was breadth, perceptiveness, and insightfulness. I still see and respond to not only what is in a work, but what lies around and behind it. The anodyne press and exhibitions of now ( 001) do not stir up my emotions or for that matter…. anything else…. not even dull memories …. what today’s art schools are producing is homogeneity… and it’s boring! Here, the art schools have gone over the hill, the artists have largely vamoosed to other realms…the critics are dull and predictable but I then, I suppose, the work is as well. Pass the rack of lamb please. 59


Sydney Alex Kumalo: Two Bulls bronze with a verdigris patina

Robert Griffiths Hodgins: A Seated Figure, Red Room

Alexis Preller: Primavera

Rosamund King Everard-Steenkamp: The Blue Furrow

Lucas Thandokwazi Sithole: Charging Afrikander

Greater Strength and Variety in the Art Market Johannesburg: Strauss & Co’s auction held on Monday 16 May reinforced the strength of the current art market when a capacity audience bid enthusiastically on key art pieces realising a total of R37 902 555. Good prices were achieved for top artists like Alexis Preller whose Primavera and A Still Life with Eggs sold for R2 116 600 and R1 114 000 respectively. The cover lot by Cecil Skotnes excited much interest, selling for R802 080 on estimates of R350 000 – 500 000. 294 Sydney Alex Kumalo: Two Bulls bronze with a verdigris patina, 118 by 85 by 42cm 290 Lucas Thandokwazi Sithole: Charging Afrikander (Afrikaner Bull) 1967 Ironwood Rosamund King Everard-Steenkamp: The Blue Furrow, oil on canvas laid-down on board. Robert Griffiths Hodgins: A Seated Figure, Red Room, oil over graphite and charcoal on canvas

R400 000 - 600 000 R300 000 - 500 000 R300 000 - 500 000 R150 000 - 200 000

(Sold R 1 448 200) (Sold R 946 900) (Sold R 802 080) (Sold R 356 480)


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It takes balls to ride a bull to market and we’ve got it We are currently inviting entries for our forthcoming auction in Cape Town CAPE TOWN 021 683 6560 JOHANNESBURG 011 728 8246

Sydney Alex KUMALO Two Bulls Sold R1 448 200 RECORD FOR THE ARTIST


Nushin Elahi’s London Letter This month we focus on four different artists, each at the height of their career and each one taking a critical look at their country. Tracey Emin flies the flag for the Festival of Britain, Ai Weiwei upsets the Chinese, Georg Baselitz turns Germany’s symbol upside down and John Chamberlain sculpts nostalgia from America’s past. London’s South Bank is a bustle of colour, bunting, beach huts, sandcastles and fun. The city is celebrating 60 years since the Festival of Britain was first held to cheer a depressed post-war country. No-one is saying we don’t need cheering now, of course, but countless installations both recapture the spirit of the time and look at ourselves today. A row of beach huts gives a nod to the fact that on the British Isles one is never further than 80 miles from the sea, while elsewhere one can see stone walls designed to mark the edge of fields, a shelter made of Welsh coal, or on a more sombre note, photographs of Helmand Province and the Afghan war. The festival’s star attraction is inside the Hayward Gallery where one of the original Young British Artists offers her tribute to the nation. It is difficult not to be personal about Tracey Emin’s art, because her work reflects so intensely the sad and rather sordid life she has led. The 13-year old girl who fought her way out of life in a miserable English seaside town by having sex with an endless stream of men and ended up with an abortion that went wrong, is very visible in Tracey Emin: Love is What You Want, on until 29 August. Now positively a dowager of Britart, the shock value of used tampons and scrawled expletives has long past, and frankly, unless you are a psychologist looking for rich material to study a wounded psyche, all the memorabilia here is of little interest. Emin describes drawing as the mainstay of an artist, but hers are dismally lacking in craftsmanship, and not because they are generally of a woman’s splayed legs. Where one can see the spark that catapulted her into the mainstream of art is in the vividly coloured craftwork – the tapestries that are embroidered with foul obscenities, interspersed with quirky snippets. She has a stunning sense of colour and pattern and this juxtaposition of the beautiful and the ugly enmeshed in one is where her art shows at its best. In contrast, Chinese artist Ai WeiWei’s work is also intensely personal, but it becomes a statement so strong that one can see why a government would find it unsettling. He may be incarcerated in China, but in London his presence is very visible. Not only has the Tate kept some of his sunflower seeds on display, but he also has two concurrent exhibitions here. Across the river from the Hayward, twelve monumental bronze animal heads are on display against the elegant backdrop of Somerset House. They are enlarged versions of the zodiac signs that formed the fountain clock at an 18th century imperial retreat outside Beijing which was pillaged in 1860 by European troops. At the Lissom Gallery he continues his use of the ancient in a modern context – with Han Dynasty vases recoated in industrial paint, coffins made from dismantled temples of the Qing Dynasty, marble versions of ancient chairs – and of the surveillance cameras that have permeated our modern world. All his work juxtaposes past and present, dealing with fake and real. At times he is monumentalising the past, such as the marble copies of antique chairs, or the present, as with the marble junkyard he creates out of copies of front doors to represent communities forcibly removed from their homes. It is in preserving memories that he has become a thorn in the Chinese government’s side. John Chamberlain has the impressive honour of simultaneous exhibitions at the Gagosian Gallery in New York and in London’s Britannia Street. A sculptor who made his name in the early Sixties and has exhibited alongside Duchamp and Picasso, his trademark is art created out of mid-century American car parts. His new sculpture is almost monochromatic: black and silver, white and off-white, with the odd gleam of gold in what looks like crumpled tin foil. In one of the sculptures there is the merest hint of Fifties pastels. At times the metal is worn and pockmarked, at others it is gleaming chrome. The sweep of a bonnet or a radiator-grille turn into an endless possibility of images – a delicate flower, a bird of prey or an almost human iron man. With the reflections the viewer makes walking around them, they take on a kaleidoscopic effect. But certainly these enormous pieces need the space – the half dozen or so filled the warehouse expanse of the Gagosian. Georg Baselitz has a very distinctive, and very Germanic, style. The show at the White Cube in Mason’s Yard features three subjects: dogs, eagles and portraits of an elderly, washed-up couple with sagging breasts and hanging boepens saluting in the style of the German Pioneers. As usual, they are all painted upside down – the couple with changing array of underwear , the dogs, vicious and standing on mountain peaks either in cheerful daubs of primary colours and or Rottweiler-dark and menacing. Eight almost identical canvasses of eagles fill the cavernous basement, each nearly 3m in height. The symbol of the German nation hangs upside down against a brilliant turquoise backdrop and with black paint dripping across the work. The impact lies in the sheer scale of the collection and reinforces why Baselitz is so revered in his own country. Festival of Britain, South Bank – until 4 September; Tracey Emin: Love is What You Want – Hayward Gallery until 29 August AiWeiwei – Zodiac Heads – Somerset House until 26 June; Lisson Gallery until 16 July John Chamberlain: New Sculpture – Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street until 18 June Georg Baselitz: Between Eagles and Pioneers – White Cube, Mason’s Yard until 9 July 62

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(Above) Tracey Emin Love is What You Want at the Hayward Gallery, London (Photo David Levene)

(Left) Ai WeiWei’s zodiac Somerset House and (Right) at the Lissom Gallery

John Chamberlain 2010 Hawkfliesagain South African Art Times June 2011

Georg Baselitz Gute Hoffnung

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