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This past month has been both great and memorable, all the art auction houses are doing very well, especially that Trechi’s 20th Century icon – The Chinese Lady, possibly the most recognizable artwork originating from SA was sold for nearly double is estimate at a sweet ZAR 13M, and what’s more the UK buyer of the work plans to “bring it back home”. I hope that the painting finds a happy, appreciative and inspired home. Funny that it went for ZAR 13M as 13 was Trechi’s favourite number, I am sure he is chuckling happily from above while mooting the academics far below. To the Trechi sale we have 2 articles written by Michael Coulson and Boris Gorlik, an authority on Trechi. We have compiled a brief Printmaking feature this month focusing on Cape Town Printmaking workshops. (Next Print edition will take place in August- focusing on Jhb) Unfortunately I am bound to get hate calls by many friends and printmakers in the field. I would like to say that I am sorry that I did not squeeze you in, we have always so few pages of editorial that it’s almost a crime to have to leave folk out. Given that it’s a 48 page magazine, its very much SA’s largest visual art publication in SA’s art history - ever - with reaching more art lovers than before -

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Iziko Art Museum Compromises to Angry Chinese Tourists Ai Wei Wei is the dissident contemporary Chinese artist and political activist who was highly critical of the Chinese government’s poor human rights record and limiting of democratic freedoms. Subsequent to his arrest in 2011 and being held by Chinese officials for over two months (without any official charges being brought against him), the international community rallied behind him, with numerous calls for his release being issued.

By Charl Attan for The Art Times. “I was really shocked. As an artist you kind of work in this bubble so to have this kind of reaction to work you have put out there, came as real shock,” said Julie Lovelace in reaction to the recent controversy around one of her works, which had formed part of the recent Dinner for 101 installation at Cape Town’s Castle of Good Hope. Controversy erupted around the piece, titled I Did It Mao Wei Wei, when a group of Chinese tourists objected to its depiction of the erstwhile Chinese leader, Mao Zedong. Mao was the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China’ first Chairman from 1945 to 1976. The work is made up of a found plate commemorating the Chinese leader onto which the artist painted bloodied tears streaming from Mao’s eyes. Esther Esmyol, the show’s curator and Curator of Social History Collections at Iziko Museums said: “It was on a Friday, around halfway through the run of the exhibition, that the group of approximately 20 young Chinese tourists, mostly in the twenties, came in to view the show. They objected to the manner in which Mao was depicted. They were very forceful and demanded to buy the piece in order to destroy it.” Because of the group’s persistence, Esmyol called Lovelace, explained the situation and enquired whether the work was up for sale. Said Lovelace: “When Esther called me, she was very calm but I could hear there was a lot going on. I was really taken aback that they would want to purchase the work - only to destroy it.” Said Lovelace: “I created the work to shed light on what happened to [contemporary Chinese artist] Ai Wei Wei. Like many people around the world, I was quite upset that he could be taken away like that. The plate, which is a propaganda plate commemorating Mao, seemed to go well with that feeling.” SA ART TIMES. April 2013

In her interaction with the group, Esmyol, however noticed that the offended group of Chinese visitors appeared to have very little knowledge of Ai or the international outcry around his disappearance. Said Esmyol: “When I spoke to them about Ai Wei Wei, they seemed to have no idea of the controversy around him, which I found really strange.” Lovelace added: “The big thing about Wei Wei was that it was all over the internet with people demanding to know his whereabouts. People across the world took part in peaceful protests outside Chinese embassies internationally, so it is really strange – and also quite telling - that they appeared to not know who he was.”

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This attempt at locating the work within a broader context did little to assuage the seemingly implacable anger of the group, which grew to such an extent that Esmyol had it removed from the table. Said Esmyol: “I waited until they left and then removed it from the table and placed it on a side table within the same venue. When, on the following Tuesday, I was given the go-ahead by the Iziko management team to place it back in its original position, I immediately did so.” A media statement released by Iziko stated: “It was promptly decided to return the plate to the main setting on the clear understanding that Iziko welcomes lively debate and discussions on important social issues and commentary affecting our shared humanity.” When The South African Art Times initially spoke to Lovelace, she said: “It’s a difficult decision to make, especially given that Iziko is really a government body and also considering the power that China wields. I thought it best to leave them to deal with it as they saw fit.” Subsequent discussion with the artist, however, saw her note her disappointment with the manner in which the institution dealt with the matter. Said Lovelace: “I find it disappointing that they had to take the work down for four days while they deliberated on what to do. An institution of Iziko’s calibre should really have strategies in place for these kind of occurrences.” Esmyol, however, countered that her decision to remove the work was taken with the view to protect it and other installation works from any possible damage. Esmyol added: “We still welcome visitors, including people from ‘mainland China’. It was just alarming that this particular group of young visitors expressed themselves in the way they did and that they seemed oblivious to contemporary issues in their country.”

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SA artists to appear in Venice announced

Nomusa Mokhubu from the curatorial committee, Sam Nhlengethwa, Minister of Arts an Culture Mr Paul Mashatile, and David Koloane at the DAC media briefing about the the 2013 Venice Biennale

Brenton Maart At a media briefing yesterday morning, the Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown – commissioners and curators respectively of the 2013 South African Pavilion – announced the theme and some of the artists that will be representing South Africa at the 55th La Biennale di Venezia. Curator of this exhibition, Brenton Maart, gives context for their choices: “To understand how and why histories continue to impact on the world today, contemporary South African artists are turning to the archive, and the chronicles of history here become the building blocks for creative action. Working with archives in a creative ways allows the artist to create work with the potential to (de)construct ideologies, and thus change the course of our contemporary world. In South Africa, specifically, artists may therefore be seen as activists in the evolution of democracy, and it is this evolution that is explored in Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive.” “The voices contained in this exhibition are as rich and varied as those of the citizens of our country. They are bold and they are brave. Some are already celebrated internationally, some are beginning to make their voices heard. All are immensely talented and, as a nation, we are proud of them and of the opportunity to showcase them to the world.” said Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile. The following artists have been contracted so far, to appear as part of the exhibition: Joanne Bloch, Wim Botha, SA ART TIMES. April 2013

Kay Hassan, David Koloane, Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx and Philip Miller, Sam Nhlengethwa, Johannes Phokela, Cameron Platter, Andrew Putter, Penny Siopis and Sue Williamson. Some of the work represented will draw from the oeuvre of these artists, while some will be commissioned specifically for this exhibition. “The painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, film, electronic and performance work on exhibition are as representative of the diversity of concerns as of the kinds of archive they access. The curatorial concept – artists who use materials of the past to comment on the contemporary – is poised as an assessment to show where South Africa is, and how far it has come, as the country approaches its 20th anniversary of constitutional freedom.” explains curator Brenton Maart. “The exhibition is about the protection and preservation of our national heritage and the symbols and artifacts of that heritage.” said Mashatile. He continued, “It is also about using the arts to question and challenge our reading of the past, to reach a new understanding of it and to craft a new and inclusive narrative for our country.” “We have no doubt that those who will be representing us at this year’s Venice Biennale, will do so with pride and distinction” concluded Minister Mashatile. The 55th International Art Exhibition will take place in Venice from 1 June to 24 November 2013. The title chosen by Exhibition Director Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th Biennale is Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopaedic Palace. The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Eastern Cape Government, Department of Arts and Culture, City Press and M Net. Composite





BUSINESS ART Tretchi’s 13M Chinese Girl boosts Bonhams South African sale of £406 000 was barely half the presale estimate of £800 000. Taking both sessions together, a gross of £4.5m was about £300 000 short of he low estimate, but for the main session alone, where 72 of 130 lots sold, the gross of about £4.1m was just over the £4m estimate.

By Michael Coulson A stunning price for Tretchikoff’s much-hyped Chinese Girl, which fetched more than three times the low estimate, brought overall respectability to Bonhams’ March sale of SA art, hiding patchy returns elsewhere and confirming yet again the old adage that what happens to the top-priced lots determines perceptions of a sale’s success. The cover lot, Chinese Girl was bid up to a record £982 000 (including buyer’s premium and Vat) against the estimate of £300 000-£500 000, the successful bidder being London diamond dealer Laurence Graff, who plans to install it at his Stellenbosch wine estate, Dellaire Graff. All seven Tretchis on the sale went, the others grossing about £364 000, taking the total for his work to just under £1.27m, just over 26% of the total proceeds. Traditional market leader Irma Stern, with only three of her seven lots selling, grossed only £665 000, against the presale estimate of £1.44m, though the other perennial favourite, Pierneef, did somewhat better, selling seven of nine lots for £860 000, beating the presale estimate of £753 000. The big three together contributed almost 60% of the total proceeds. Overall, sales were about 54% by number, but over 70% by value, reflecting buyers’ continuing preference for quality work. The big disappointment, on the other hand, was the short special section devoted to William Kentridge. Only nine of the 20 lots sold, including neither of the two top estimates, so that the gross SA ART TIMES. April 2013

Of the 10 top estimates, starting at £100 000 and upwards, five sold. After the Tretchikoff, top price was £713 000 for a Pierneef view of Stellenbosch (est £500 000-£700 000, the inside front cover), followed by £541 000 for Stern’s Congo Beauty (est £400 000-£600 000), £457 000 for Alexis Preller’s Woman with a Lyre (est £400 000-£600 000, the frontispiece) and £241 000 for Stanley Pinker’s Garden (est £200 000-£300 000). The rest of the top 10 sales comprised £121 000 for Tretchikoff’s Herb Seller (est £80 000-£120 000), £109 000 for Irma Stern’s Lady Cellist (est £90 000-£120 000 -- about the third time of asking, and barely a tenth of the initial estimate at Strauss & Co in Joburg), £97 000 for another Pierneeef (est £70 000-£100 000), an amazing record £52 000 for a Cyprian Shilakoe wooden sculpture (est £3 000-£5 000, the property of the late actor Anthony Quinn) and £43 000 for Tretchikoff’s Balinese Dancer (est £40 000-£60 000). Also a record was £43 000 for a bronze Head by Dumile Feni (est £15 000-£20 000). The old record was £12 000. Of other featured items, the back cover, Stern’s Zanzibar Garden, failed to sell, while the inside back cover, Walter Battiss’s Bathers in a Landscape, fetched £17 500 (est £10 000-£15 000. Top price for a Kentridge was £115 000 for Responsible Hedonism (est £80 000-£120 000). Of well-represented artists, besides those already mentioned, Gladys Mugudlandlu sold eight of 11, Cecil Skotnes six of 11, and Gregoire Boonzaaier three of five. This is now the sixth auction running where the gross has exceeded the previous year’s comparable figure, suggesting that the market for SA art is recovering strongly. Let’s hope the next two sales, by each of the local houses in Joburg, confirm the trend.


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By Michael Coulson Is auction house Stephan Welz & Co’s decision to cut commission rates to both buyers and sellers in certain price ranges to zero per cent just a gimmick, or an innovative move to broaden the market? Opinions in the art market are sharply divided. Bonhams’ SA specialist. Giles Peppiatt, is sceptical. “I don’t think commission rates determine where art is sold. People go where they’ll get the best net price. Some years ago, when our competitors in London raised their commission rates, we decided to be contrarian. We actually cut our rates. But we found this didn’t bring in any extra business, and after a few months we quietly fell in line.” Having said that, since I spoke to Peppiatt Bonhams has announced that it is pegging its commission rates and not matching recent hikes by Sotheby’s and Christies, suggesting that there are some at his firm who still think price competition may work. Stephan Welz & Co’s new chairman, Alan Demby, whose idea it was, not surprisingly takes a different view. “I have no doubt that some of the new buyers we saw at our Cape sale in February were attracted by not having to pay commission. So it certainly brought in new business.” He adds, though, that zero commission will be dropped at the end of this month (April), and all references to it have disappeared from the firm’s web site. But he says that what he can bring to the firm is his commercial expertise, and promises further innovations on that front. These may be inspired by the experience of his other, and primary, business: the SA Gold Coin Exchange and associated Scoin shops. Indeed, one such is already announced in the catalogue for the firm’s upcoming sale in Johannesburg, on April 23 and 24: it now offers a free safe custody service for clients’ valuables, such as coins, stamps, jewellery, watches and the like. 11


‘Green Lady’ fetches £1 M. Fair enough By Boris Gorelik On 20 March Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl fetched almost one million pounds at the Bonhams auction in London. ‘We’d had enquiries from all four corners of the earth’, says Giles Peppiatt, Bonhams’ director of South African Art. ‘The media interest in the Chinese Girl was enormous.’ In terms of price, the Russian-born ‘King or Kitsch’, or ‘People’s Painter’, has overtaken such heavyweights of South African art scene as Sekoto, Preller and Pierneef. Irma Stern, whose canvases go for up to three million pounds, is still way ahead of him. But, Tretchikoff has now become the country’s No 2 best-selling painter. Is it right that critically acclaimed artists command lower prices for their work than the author of the ‘Green Lady? This might seem like a naive question. After all, the market favours the works that attract buyers. The more commercial appeal the work has, the more it can fetch. But how come the world’s most expensive canvases are pictures by Warhol, Picasso, Richter and Monet? Why Jack Vettriano’s Singing Butler, one of the most popular paintings of the last decades, with myriads of reproductions, is worth forty-five times less than Warhol’s Statue of Liberty? The correlation between the painting’s popularity and its price exists but, apparently, it’s not as strict as some of us would like to believe. Tretchikoff’s heyday is the 1950-60s. The Chinese Girl is a hit of yesteryear, a track from a nostalgic compilation. And yet if you look up the current value of work by other mass-market artists of his era – J H Lynch, C R D’Oyly-John, Vernon Ward, Lou Shabner or David Shepherd – Tretchikoff always comes out on top. I suppose it’s because the Chinese Girl isn’t merely a popular picture. It symbolises a certain style, even a certain period. In this bizarre image, Tretchikoff captured something that has excited imagination of several generations. The ‘Green Lady’ is an icon, like posters of pop stars that people like to adore. It doesn’t have the same magical power as back in the day, but even now its prints are highly collectable, and her face appears on countless trinkets and souvenirs, in films and music videos, on wallpaper and album covers. Though reproductions of Tretchikoff work remained in the list of top ten best-selling prints in Britain for over a decade, he never managed to create another icon that could match the magnetism of the Chinese Girl. She embodied western notions of mysteriousness of the East better than SA ART TIMES. April 2013

Tretchi’s Miss Wong or Lady from Orient. She served as an open vessel for fantasies better than his Dying Swan or Lost Orchid. We can speculate about reasons for her extraordinary, long-lasting appeal, but I think they would have more to do with sociology or psychology than art. For all that, there’s a limit to what ‘mass-market masterpieces’ can fetch. ‘This sale does show that there’s some sort of reappraisal of Tretchikoff’s work’, says Andrew Lamprecht, the curator of the artist’s retrospective at the Iziko S A National Gallery. ‘The Chinese Girl is undoubtedly his best-known work and has a lot of other aspects and associations that must have contributed to the price, such as its fame overseas, wide dissemination in popular culture and mass reproduction. But I doubt any other work of his would ever come close, comparatively, to the price reached for the Chinese Girl.’ Giles Peppiatt would agree. He doesn’t believe that other prominent pictures by Tretchikoff will catch up with the most expensive canvases by Stern any time soon: ‘The Chinese Girl was a one-off. Tretchikoff didn’t paint others that match the fame of this work. I do think that we’ll sell good paintings by him for £100,000 and more but not for this sum again. Not in my lifetime.’

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From a duck to a swan Supplied: Johannesburg: Dying Swan by Vladimir Tretchikoff, one of the most commercially successful artists of our time, will be sold by leading auction house, Strauss & Co, on 20 May 2013. The model for the painting, Dame Alicia Markova, is depicted entwined with the bird she portrayed, the two inseparable as she dies at the end of the performance. Alicia Markova was an English ballerina, choreographer director, teacher of classical ballet and founder of the English National Ballet. Together with Dame Margot Fonteyn, she is one of only two English dancers to be recognised as a prima ballerina assoluta, a title given only to the most notable of female ballet dancers. Dying Swan was painted in 1949, when Alicia Markova and her partner Anton Dolin were in South Africa, on a sponsored tour with the London Royal Ballet. Upon seeing her performance as the ‘Dying Swan’ in ‘Swan Lake’, Tretchikoff was so deeply moved and captivated by her that he requested, through a friend, if he might paint her. He invited the ballerina and her manager to his studio and they were both so enthused by his work that Alicia, despite her heavy schedule, offered all her free time to pose for him. In order to complete the work, Tretchikoff was required to join the entourage. When in Johannesburg, he stayed

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at the Carlton Hotel and was given the premier suite to use as a studio where most of the painting and posing was done. Alicia’s patience and co-operation had a great influence on the artist and inspired him to produce a work of exceptional quality. When the company moved to Pretoria, Tretchikoff watched Alicia dance once again with the same fervour he had experienced previously. When Anton Dolin noticed him at the concert he asked him if he was back to see ‘the dance of the Dying Duck’, stating that ‘in the business that’s the nickname for the Dying Swan’. A bemused Tretchikoff responded ‘I’ve got news for you. You know the swan in the painting? I couldn’t get the real thing, so I painted it from a dead duck.’ Experts are agreed that the swan’s head in the painting is that of a duck. As for the owner, given what he is expected to get from the sale of the painting, he can certainly claim his duck has turned into a swan. Provenance: Lady Lynn Bagnall Dance Transition Resources Centre (DTRC), Toronto 1999 (donated by Mr Todd Edgar the above’s nephew) 34Long Art Gallery, Cape Town, 2005 Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2008

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Clark’s provocative dictum, coined at the turn of the 21st century, should cause us to worry: are large swathes of art before the era of Western Modernism being lost to our comprehension? If Modernity is our Antiquity, this is to assert that Cézanne and Picasso have now become our true Classics, but also leads us to deplore the propelling of all art before them into what becomes a Dark Age. Souce Chasing the Chinese dragon, galleries open in Hong : Kong- Major dealers are opening spaces, but getting business isn’t always easy The Art Newspaper. By Katie Hunt.The New York dealer Lehmann Maupin will be the latest high-wattage international arrival on Hong Kong’s gallery scene when its Rem Koolhaas-designed space in the city’s financial district opens on 14 March, bringing the likes of Tracey Emin, Lee Bul (opening exhibition, until 11 May) and Juergen Teller to the region’s collectors.Lehmann will occupy the pre-war Pedder Building, along with fellow New York gallery Gagosian, which opened in Hong Kong in 2011, and joins London’sWhite Cube and Paris’s Galerie Perrotin, which opened its first Asian branch in the former British colony last year. The Asian expansion of the West’s blue-chip galleries is gathering steam, but is the long journey paying dividends? Source. How and why taste changes: While an artist’s popularity can wax and wane, there are very few genuine rediscoveries : The Art Newspaper. By David Ekserdjian. Maybe we should blame the film “Lust for Life”, 1956, in which Kirk Douglas strutted his stuff as Vincent Van Gogh. What is certain is the fact that the conventional idea of the artist as an unappreciated genius starving in a garret, whose merits will only be recognised when it is far too late for him to reap any earthly benefit, is ominously well entrenched. What is more, this heart-warming scenario of posthumous glory also has a flip side. It requires that any artists who have the misfortune to be admired in their own day had better make the most of it, since they will inevitably fall from favour in the fullness of time. According to the 2012 Sunday Times Rich List, whose accuracy it would be foolhardy to question, Damien Hirst (number 360, £215m) and Anish Kapoor (number 908, £80m) are doing quite nicely, thank you. So, does this mean that we should be musing on the posthumous obloquy they are bound to suffer? Source. While the rich get richer... As the top galleries branch out, the middle tier is being squeezed : theartnewspaper: By Charlotte Burns.President Barack Obama put the middle class at the heart of his State of the Union address last month. “Corporate profits have While the rich get richer... As the top galleries branch out, the middle tier is being squeezed skyrocketed to all-time highs, but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged. It is our generation’s task… to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth: a rising, thriving middle class,” he said. Obama may not have had the art market in mind when he said this, but there are growing calls within the art community for a similar focus on its own middle section. While there has been considerable growth at both the top and emerging ends of the trade, the middle has stagnated. Mega-galleries including Gagosian, David Zwirner, Pace and Hauser & Wirth have all expanded internationally, but mid-level galleries including Hotel, Agnew’s, Haunch of Venison and Saamlung have recently closed, and there are fears that more will follow. Source Boston art heist: FBI says it has solved mystery of $500m theft Investigators say they know who committed largest property robbery in US history but not where the art is Associated Press The FBI says it has solved the decades-old mystery of who stole $500m (£330m) worth of art from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, but it is withholding the identities of the thieves, adding a further twist to the largest property heist in US history. On the 23rd anniversary of the theft, authorities announced a new publicity campaign aimed at generating tips on what they still do not know: where the missing art is. Their focus has shifted from catching the thieves to bringing home the precious work, including paintings by Rembrandt, Manet, Degas and ermeer. Source. Famous Art Thefts And Art Heists In Recent History, A Brief Look : Huffingtonpost. BOSTON -- Authorities announced this week that they believe they know who stole 13 pieces of artwork worth as much as $500 million from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. A look at some of the biggest and most brazen art thefts in recent times:_ October 2012: Thieves broke into the Kunsthal art gallery in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and stole seven works by artists, including Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse, potentially worth hundreds of millions of euros if sold legally. Source. All smoke and mirrors? TheArtNewsPaper. By Alexander Adams.The many issues the market, law, conservation, originality, reproduction and simulacra—bearing on the meaning of “authentic”The issue of authentication has become ever more pressing in an era when the value of art, the world’s premier luxury commodity (bought as investment and status symbol), is predicated on the aura of authen­ticity. The introduction of Art and Authenticity raises as an object lesson La Bella Principessa (the beautiful princess), a drawing assumed to be a skilful 19th-century pastiche of Leonardo da Vinci until a recent (largely rejected) attribution to the master himself. The attribution changes the object in no respect other than raising the value by $150m. Source Market News: rare Edvard Munch print sells for record amount Sotheby’s sold a rare colour aquatint by Edvard Munch for a record £2.1 million , says Colin Gleadell.Sotheby’s highlight was the collection of the late Mark Birley, founder of Annabel’s club, in which all but five of 500 lots, including lashings of dog paintings, were sold for £3.8 million, more than double the estimate, while Christie’s had the cream of the print sales in a rare colour aquatint by Edvard Munch of a young woman standing alone on a beach. The print had belonged to the art historian Curt Glaser, who was forced to sell his collection by the Nazis. Returned to his heirs last year, it sold for a record £2.1 million to Oslo’s Galleri K, bidding for a European collector.

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Teresa Lizamore (ArtSpace Jhb) welcomes guests at Landi Raubenheimer’s Collecting the Landscape Show. photo: Werner Strauss






Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum Until 7 April, “Dora Scott: A Memorial Exhibition”, this exhibition commemorates Dora Scott and her distinguished contribution to the arts (in the Main Building) Until 28 April, “Contemporary Bloemfontein Artists”, an exhibition of artworks by contemporary Bloemfontein artists residing in Bloemfontein or who have grown up and studied in Bloemfontein. 11 April - 9 June, “Facing the Climate”, an exhibition series that combines climate-themed cartoons by five Swedish artists with climate-related artworks of artists in host countries (in the Main Building) 16 Harry Smith Str, Bloemfontein. T. 051 011 0525

Clarens Art & Wine Gallery on Main The Gallery houses an exquisite collection of art by wellknown artists like Frederike Stokhuyzen, Aviva Maree, Gregoire Boonzaier, J.H. Pierneef, Pieter van der Westhuizen, Erik Laubscher, Eben van der Merwe, 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

Artist Proof Studio Bus Factory, 3 President Street, Newtown Cultural Precinct. T. 011 492 1278 C. 084 420 7998 Artspace Jhb 6 - 30 April, “The Carnival (No Dogs Allowed)”, an exhibition by Jaco Sieberhagen. Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood.T.011 880 8802 The Bag Factory Until 3 April, “it’s not about us”, an exhibition by visiting artists Lara Freiberg and Zille Homma Hamid. 10 Mahlatini Str, Fordsburg. T. 011 834 9181 Christie’s International Auctioneers. Gillian Scott Berning, Independent Consultant. T 031 207 8247 CIRCA on Jellicoe 6 April - 18 May, “Property of a Gentleman”, a collection of works by various artists. 2 Jellicoe Ave. T. 011 788 4805 David Krut Projects 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood. T. 011 447 0627. Contact Claire Zinn.

Blou Donki Art Gallery Windmill Centre, Main Str, Clarens T. 058 256 1757

Everard Read Jhb 6 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Jhb. T. 011 788 4805

Johan Smith Art Gallery The gallery permanently exhibits a wide variety of classical and selected contemporary art works featuring Johan Smith, Elga Rabe, Graham Carter, Gregoire Boonzaier, 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

The Fine Arts Studio Offering part-time courses in oil painting and drawing, designed for beginners and experienced artists alike. Rivonia, Sandton. C. 082 904 3720 / 083 306 3972 michelle@thefineartsstudio

Gauteng Johannesburg Absa Art Gallery Absa Towers North, 161 Main Str, Jhb. T. 011 350 5139 Alice Art April exhibitions are as follows: 6th - 7th, Duggie Du Toit; 13th - 14th, Christelle; 20th - 21st, Rache Gerber; 27th - 28th, Gorgio Trobec. 217 Drive Str, Ruimsig. T. 011 958 1392 C.083 331 8466 Art Eye Gallery 20 - 30 April, “Heeres Spenny!!!”, an exhibition by Spencer Whittle. Shop 109, First Floor, The Design Quarter, Cnr William Nicol & Leslie Avenue, Fourways, Sandton. T. 011 495 7695. C. 071 386 2198. The Art Place 144 Milner Ave, Roosevelt Park. T. 011 888 9120

Gallery 2 13 April - 4 May, “Thinking in Paint”, an exhibition by Gail Behrmann, Ricky Burnett, David Koloane and Jenny Stadler. 140 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood. T. 011 447 0155 Gallery AOP 44 Stanley Ave, BraamfonteinWerf (Milpark) Jhb. T. 011 726 2234. Gallery MOMO Until 8 April, “Bridges”, travelling exhibition of black and white photographs by Andrew Tshabangu and René-Paul Savignan. 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Jhb. T. 011 327 3247 Goodman Gallery JHB 13 April - 11 May, “Looking Back”, an exhibition by Robert Hodgins. 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood. T. 011 788 1113 Grahams Fine Art Gallery The gallery exhibits fine examples of South African art, including works by: Maggie Laubser, J.H Pierneef, Irma Stern, Freida Lock, Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller, Gerard Sekoto, Robert Hodgins, Stanley Pinker & Peter Clarke. Unit 46, Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, Cnr Cedar & Valley Rds, Broadacres, Fourways, Jhb. T. 011 465 9192

16 Halifax Art 16 Halifax Art is a visual art agency owned by Dana MacFarlane. 16 Halifax Str, Bryanston. Dana MacFarlane, C. 082 784 6695 In Toto Until 8 April, “WHACK!”, an exhibition by Stephen Graham and Neill Wright. 11 April - 20 May, “Exposure”, a photographic exhibition featuring Michael Meyersfeld, Lien Botha, Bob Cnoops and Francki Burger, amongst others. Until 8 April, “WHACK!”, an exhibition by Stephen Graham and Neill Wright. 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St Andrew Str, Birdhaven. T. 011 447 6543 Isis Gallery Look no further for the best art at the best prices. New works by Bastiaan van Stenis, Obert Jongwe, Tasha Mrazek and Mind Shana. New glass artworks are available. Buy 100% original. Add value to your business or personal collection. Receive a certificate for each purchase made. Visit our website and see who has almost sold out. Shop 163, The Mall of Rosebank. Contact Daniel Erasmus T. 011 447 2317 Johannesburg Art Gallery JAG Until 10 March, “French Connections”, an exhibition of French works. Selected artists from the collection include: Delacroix, Daobigny, Michel, Picasso, Rodin, Monet, Modigliani and Miro amongst others. This exhibition forms part of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013. Until 12 May, “Venus at Home”, a solo show by Usha Seejarim. Seejarim’s work explores issues of identity, with a fascination for the mundane and the ordinary. King George Str, Joubert Park, Jhb. T. 011 725 3184 Market Photo Workshop Gallery 2 President Str, Newtown, Jhb. T. 011 834 1444 info@marketphotoworkshop Manor Gallery Until 4 May, 89th Exhibition of the Watercolour Society Africa (WSA) And the 3rd of the Art Society Africa (ASA). On show will be paintings in all media by top SA artists. Norscot Manor Centre, Penguin Drive, Fourways. T. 011 465 7934 Resolution Gallery 16 April - 29 May, an exhibition by John Arthur Liebenburg. Unit 4, Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, 2193. T. 011 880 4054 Russell Kaplan Auctioneers Auctioneers of Fine Art, Antiques and Collectables. Ground floor, Bordeaux Court, Corner of Garden & Allan Rds, Bordeaux. T. 011 789 7422 C. 083 675 8468. Sandton Auctioneers Fine Art, Furniture, Carpets & Collectables. Showroom: No 8 Burnside Ave, Craighall Park, Jhb. T. 011 501 3360 Standard Bank Gallery 17 April - 15 June, “Retinal Shift”, an exhibition by Standard Bank Young Artist 2012, Mikhael Subotzky. Cnr of Simmonds & Frederick Str.’s, Jhb. T. 011 631 1889




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GAUTENG, MPUMALANGA, NORTH WEST, WESTERN CAPE | GALLERY GUIDE Stephan Welz & Company 23 & 24 April, Decorative and Fine Art Auction, to feature a selection of work on paper. Viewing from 17 to 21 April, 10am to 5pm. 13 Biermann Ave, Rosebank, Jhb. T. 011 880-3125 Stevenson Johannesburg Until 19 April, “Libreville”, an exhibition by Guy Tillim. 62 JutaStr, Braamfontein, Jhb. T. 011 326 0034

showing in the North Gallery and Henry Preiss Hall. Until Dec, “A Story of South African Art”, a selection of artworks from the permanent collection is on show, as well as a selection of ceramics from the Corobrik Ceramic Selection. Cnr Frances Baard and Wessels Str, Arcadia Park, Arcadia, Pretoria. T.012 344 1807/8

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UJ Art Gallery 10 - 24 April, “Learning to Fly”, a solo exhibition by Yannis Generalis. Cnr Kingsway & University Rd, Auckland Park, Jhb. T. 011 559 2099

St Lorient Fashion and Art Gallery 14 April - 18 May, “Circumspect II”, a solo exhibition by Andre Naude. 492 Fehrsen Str, Brooklyn Circle, Brooklyn, Pta. T. 012 4600284

The White House Gallery The gallery has a wide ranging portfolio featuring renowned masters such as Chagall, Marini, Miro, Moore , 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 Rd, Illovo, Jhb. T. 011 268 2115

UNISA Art Gallery Kgorong Building, Ground Floor, Main Campus, Preller Str, Pretoria. T. 012 441 5876.

Pretoria Alette Wessels Kunskamer Operates as an art gallery and art consultancy, specialising in South African art as an investment, dealing in Old Masters, and selected contemporary art. Maroelana Centre, 27 Maroelana Str, Maroelana, Pretoria. T. 012 346 0728 Association of Arts Pretoria Until 6 April, ABSA l’Atelier, an exhibition of works selected in Pretoria. 173 Mackie Str, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria. T. 012 346 3100 Centurion Art Gallery A commercial satellite of the Pretoria Art Museum. c/o Cantonment and Unie Avenues, Lyttelton T. 012 358 3477 Fried Contemporary Until 30 April, Fried Autumn Art Fair. Until 6 April, “Me. Ek”, at KKNK 2013. 1146 Justice Mahomed Street,Brooklyn, Pretoria. T. 012 346 0158 C. 082 523 6989 Front Room Art 116 Kate Ave, Rietondale. Jennifer Snyman 082 451 5584 Gallery Michael Heyns 194 Haley Str, Weavind Park, Pretoria. T. 012 804 0869 Pretoria Art Museum Until 29 May, “Landscape – Prints”, a permanent collection in the East Gallery. Until July, “Abstract and Semi-Abstract Art”, a selection of works ranging from the early 1960’s up to 2001,

University of Pretoria Mapungubwe Gallery, Old Arts Building, UP. T.012 420 2968

Mpumalanga Dullstroom Art @ sixty seven A selection of fine art, ceramics and blown glass art pieces by well-known local artists. Shop no.9, 67 Naledi St, Dullstroom, Mpumulanga. T. 013 254 0335

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 Rds, White River. T. 013 758 2409. The White River Gallery Until 16 April, ‘The Advocacy’, a group exhibition of artwork focusing particularly on the false accusation of witchcraft made on women and children. 20 April - 13 May, watercolours and monoprints by Rene Eloff, produced at the Artist’s Press in White River. Casterbridge Centre, R 40 Cnr. of Hazyview &Numbi Gate Rd, White River. C. 083 675 8833.

North West Potchefstroom NWU Gallery Until 3 May, “Surface”, a solo exhibition by Helena Hugo. Until 3 May, “A Drawn Conclusion”, a group exhibition compiled by Erdmann Contemporary, showing in the Botanical Art Gallery. North-West University Gallery, Building E7, NWU Potchefstroom Campus, Hoffman Str, Potchefstroom. T. 018 299 4341.

Hartbeespoort Dam Edwards Fine Art, Modern & Contemporary Featuring works by William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Robert Hodgins, Cecil Skotnes and Edoardo Villa. Sculpture by Anton Smit. Shop 24, Xanadu X-ing Shopping Centre, Cnr. Xanadu Boulevard & R511, Xanadu, Hartbeesport. C. 076 472 9812.

Western Cape Cape Town /A Word of Art Until 6 April, Adidas Originals and /A Word of Art presents ‘Art JHB’, featuring international artists. 66 Albert Road, Woodstock Exchange. C. 083 300 9970 Absolut Art Gallery Permanent exhibition with the best Masters and Contemporary artists, namely: JH Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, Hugo Naude, Adriaan Boshoff, Frans Oerder, Tinus De Jongh, Cecil Skotnes, JEA Volschenk, William Kentridge, amongst others. Shop 43 Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley, Bellville. T. 021 914 2846. Art.b Until 12 April, “Absa L`Atelier”, regional art competition. Exhibition of selected works. The Arts Association of Bellville, The Library Centre, Carel van Aswegan Str, Bellville. T. 021 918 Artvark Gallery New works by Margot Hattingh in encaustic wax and acrylic, as well as woodcut prints in Japanese style by Joshua Miles and “Vintage Car series” in acrylic by Koos de Wet. View the works on their Facebook page. 48 Main Rd, Kalk Bay. Tel. 021 788 5584. Ashbey’s Galleries Antiques and fine art auctioneers and appraisers. 43-51 Church Str, CT. T. 021 423 8060 AVA Until 5 April, 3 exhibitions running concurrently: “Portals” by Anthea Delmotte, “Wading”, by Rodger Bosch and “Between the Blue Swimming Pools”, by Katrine Claassens. Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Str, CT. T.021 424 7436

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Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery 3rd Floor, 9 Barron st, Woodstock. T. 021 447 2396. C. 084 409 6801

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The Avital Lang Gallery 27 April - 3 May, Afro-Catalan “Fusion of Africanity And Latinity”, a celebration of the abstract applications on canvas by artist Juanjo Sandoval. Two Oceans House, Surrey Place, Mouille Point, CT. (Next to Newport Deli) T. 021 439 2124. Barnard Gallery 4 April - 16 May, ‘Genesis’, an exhibition of oil paintings by Ryan Hewett. 55 Main St, Newlands. T. 021 671 1666 Blank Projects Until 6 April, new sculptures by Kyle Morland and “Cradle”, an exhibition by Richard Penn. 113-115 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. C.072 507 5951 Brundyn + Gonsalves Until 1 May, “Good Health: Impilo Engcono”, a group exhibition featuring Zwelethu Mthethwa and nine youths from rural KwaZulu Natal. 71 Loop Str, CT. T. 021 424 5150

Casa Labia Gallery Casa Labia Cultural Centre, 192 Main Rd, Muizenberg. T. 021 788 6068

Culture – Urban + Contemporary Gallery 20 April - 18 May, ‘Meditations’, A solo exhibition of oil paintings by Orly Rabinowitz - suggestive of the passage of time, memory and the forces of nature. First Floor, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 447 3533

The Cellar Private Gallery The Cellar Private Gallery deals exclusively in original and investment art, offering works by a variety of renowned and upcoming SA artists. 12 Imhoff Str, Welgemoed, Bellville. T. 021 913 4189

Dante Art & Decor A modern art gallery since 1995.Proudly South African art, ceramics, gifts and decor.Furnishing your home with a modern touch of beauty. Shop L90- Cavendish Square, Claremont. C. 082 268 9997

Christie’s International Auctioneers. Juliet Lomberg, Independent Consultant. T. 021 761 2676

David Krut Projects 6 April – 4 May, “Workshop Projects”, an exhibition by Quinten Williams and Mary Wafer. Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Ave. T. 021 685 0676. www.

Christopher Møller Art 7 Kloofnek Rd, Gardens, C T. T. 021 422 1599

The City Bowl Gallery Hand thrown decorative and functional wares as well as The Cape Gallery Pottery Classes, Ceramic Design, Bespoke Pottery. Until 13 April, A solo exhibition of work by Francois 2 Norwich Ave, Observatory. T. 021 447 4884 Roux. 14 April - 4 May, ‘Water Element’, an exhibition of work by Judy Woodborne and ceramic work by PM Rebecca Raisonne_93x135_ArtTimes 2/19/13 3:55 Page 1 C. 083 412 8098 Garth Meyer: C




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WESTERN CAPE | GALLERY GUIDE Ebony “Naked Sculpture”, a series of photographs by Marc Stanes, previously shown in 2010 at Jonathan Cooper, London. Alongside, will be Aidon Westcott’s figurative nude collages and exciting new sculptures by Johannesburg artist Regardt van der Meulen. 67 Loop Str, CT. T. 021 424 9985. Eclectica Art & Antiques Purveyor of fine arts, antiques and objects d’art. Emphasis on finding beautiful, interesting pieces both locally and internationally. 11A Wolfe Str, Chelsea Village, Wynberg, CT. T. 021 762 7983 Erdmann Contemporary & the Photographers Gallery ZA Until 11 May, “A Greek Goddess up to no Good”, a solo exhibition by Jan Neethling. 17 April - 10 May, “Encounters at the Edge”, a solo exhibition by David Lurie at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg. Opening address by Prof. Achille Mbembe. 63 ShortmarketStr, CT. T. 021 422 2762 Everard Read CT 3 - 16 April, “Twitter”, the third and latest instalment in artist Luan Nel’s ongoing project dealing with birds, birdlife and the many possible interpretations and understanding of this subject matter. 17 - 30 April, “A Sense of Place”, an exhibition by Penelope Stutterheime. Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, CT. T. 021 418 4527 34 Fine Art Until 6 April, “Four Walls”, a group exhibition featuring works by Asha Zero, Mr. Brainwash, Takashi Murakami and Esther Mahlangu. 9 April - 4 May, “Vertex of Reality”, a solo exhibition by Paul du Toit. 2nd Floor, The Hills Building, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 461 1863 The Framery Art Gallery 67A Regent Rd, Seapoint. T. 021 434 5022 C. 0781227793 The Framery Art Gallery 67A Regent Rd, Seapoint. T. 021 434 5022 C. 0781227793 The Framing Place 46 Lower Main rd, Observatory. T. 021 447 3988 C. 072 731 7682 G2 Art G2 Art is a permanent gallery in the heart of the city centre, offering diverse and affordable contemporary art and sculpture by local artists including Nicole Pletts, Jimmy Law, Benjy Furawo and Roelie van Heerden to mention a few. 61 Shortmarket Str between Loop Str & Bree Str. T. 021 4247169 Allderman Gallery A pop up exhibition featuring installations, oil paintings and etchings as well as work by emerging artists, at the Newlands Quarter, Dean Street, Newlands ( opposite Dean Street Arcade). Concord House (Pam Golding Building), Cnr Main & Summerly Rds, Kenilworth. C. 083 556 2540.

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Goodman Gallery Cape Town Until 27 April, ‘Editions’, a multi-media group show, with work by Clive van den Berg, Candice Breitz, David Goldblatt and Brett Murray, amongst others. 3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 462 7573/4 Hout Bay Gallery 12 – 21 April, ‘Behind the Secret Club’, solo showcase of public space experimentation by the conceptual artist Conn Bertish. 71 Victoria Ave, Hout Bay. T. 021 790 3618 Infin Art Gallery Wolfe Str, Chelsea Village, Wynberg. T. 021 761 2816 & Buitengracht Str, CT. T. 021 423 2090. Irma Stern Museum 3 - 6 April, “Ikebana Exhibition”. Cecil Rd, Rosebank, CT. T. 021 685 5686 Iziko SA National Gallery Until 12 April, “Uncontained: the Community Arts Project Archive”. 25 Queen Victoria Str, CT. T. 021 467 4660 Iziko Michaelis Collection Ongoing: Dutch works from the 17th–20th centuries in Iziko collections. Iziko Michaelis Collection, Old Town House, Greenmarket Square. T. 021 4813800. Iziko Castle of Good Hope BuitenkantStr, opposite the Grand Parade, CT. T. 21 464 1262 Johans Borman Fine Art Hennie Niemann Jnr Auction, Cape Town Preview: until 6 April and JHB Preview: 11 - 13 April. 13 April, Live Auction: Johannesburg at 12h00 16 Kildare Rd, Newlands, CT. T. 021 683 6863. Kalk Bay Modern This gallery and craft shop showcases an eclectic mix of local South African art talent along with quality crafts from developing community groups. 1st Floor, Olympia Buildings, 136 Main Rd, Kalk Bay. T.021 788 6571 Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery A large selection of artworks by new and prominent South African artists and SA old Masters. 31 Kommandeur Rd, Welgemoed, Bellville. T. 021 913 7204/5 The Lovell Gallery Until 12 April, an exhibition by Benon Lutaaya. The artist investigates the lives of the downtrodden, whose personalities are infected with uncertainty, ambiguity and hopelessness, questioning their trying circumstances and what they do to survive such ordeals. 139 Albert Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 820 5505 Lutge Gallery A selection of recent work by John Murray and John Kramer; ceramics by Lisa Ringwood, Christo Giles, Clementina and Ceramic Matters; glass by Sielja Voss; photographs by Glen Green as well as tables designed by Allan Lutge. 109 Loop Str, Cape Town. T. 021 424 8448. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

MM Galleries Shop 3, 31 Palmer Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town. T. 082 739 7567 Michaelis Galleries 3 - 13 April, “An Unknown Country – a personal exploration of ageing”, an exhibition by Peter Jenks. University of Cape Town, 31 – 37 Orange St, CT. T. 021 480 7170 The Pot Luck Club Gallery Contact curator Las Madurasinghe on 074 180 4895 The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock. The Project Room Gallery Until 3 May, ‘Isizwana (Xhosa) = Tribe (English)’ an exhibition by Lindy Greyling. 2nd floor, Old Port Captains Building, Pierhead, Dockroad, V&A Waterfront. Provenance Auction House Auctioneers of Fine Art, Antiques and Home Luxury. 8 Vrede str, Gardens, CT. T. 021 461 8009 Red! The Gallery RED! The Gallery is a dynamic art gallery featuring work from South Africa’s best contemporary and emerging artists , including works by Andrew Cooper, David Kuijers, Wakaba Mutheki and Donna McKellar to name a few. Steenberg Village shopping centre, Reddam Ave, Tokai. T. 021 7010886 Rose Korber Art Extended until 30 April, “Of Jazz, Townships, Tributes & Interiors: Recurring Themes In The Work Of Sam Nhlengethwa”, a cross-section of fascinating and diverse themes that have preoccupied this artist over many decades and in a variety of media, including lithographs, linocuts and his hallmark collage, oil and acrylic works. 48 Sedgemoor Rd, Camps Bay, CT. T. 021 438 9152 C. 083 261 1173 / 082 781 6144 Rudd’s Auctioneers Antique, Fine and Decorative Art. 87 BreeStr, CT. T.021 426 0384 C. 083 406 4261 Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Until 18 April, three exhibitions: Tanya Swiegers in Salon A, Gerrie van Tonder in Salon B and Jane Eppel in Salon C. 23 April - 16 May, Annelie Venter & Loni Drager in Salon A, Vanessa Berlein in Salon B and Solly Gutman in Salon C. 10 Wellington Rd, Durbanville.T.021 976 4691 Sally Louw Gallery 77 Roodebloem Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town. T.072 713 8907 Salon 91 Until 20 April, “Heart of Gold”, a two-man show by Jordan Metcalf and Daniel Ting Chong. 91 KloofStr, Gardens, CT. T 021 424 6930 South African Print Gallery Will host a Botanical Art Show in April 109 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 6851


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WESTERN CAPE | GALLERY GUIDE Strauss & Co. The Oval, 1st Floor Colinton House, 1 Oakdale Rd, Newlands. T. 021 683 6560 The Sudio Kalk Bay Until 3 April, “Tree Poetry” by Pari Marakis. 4 - 17 April, resident artists Donna McKellar and Marcelle Sprong present an ongoing portfolio of new work. Main Rd, Kalk Bay. C. 083 778 2737 The Art Connection An online gallery curated by Priscilla Schoonbee, offering top class artwork by established and up-and-coming artists. Also attends to the on-going art curatorship at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay and Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa. C. 082 4636307 Truly Fantastic Specialising in custom furniture and joinery, as well as canvases and easels. 1 Pine Tree Park, Lekkerwater Rd, Sunnydale. T. 021 785 1161 What if the World/Gallery Until 20 April, “Strange Flowers”, a solo exhibition by Olaf Hajek. 1 Argyle Str. Woodstock, CT. T. 021 802 3111 Windermere House The private art collection of Cape Town based artist Rachelle Bomberg, showcasing large, mystical/surreal abstract oils. Artist available (by appointment) to discuss her work in this historic Art Deco museum and studio. 58 Windermere rd, Muizenberg. T. 021 788 1333 C.073 634 2597 Worldart Gallery 54 Church Street, Cape Town CBD. T 021 423 3075 Zizamele Ceramics Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Rd, Kommetjie. T. 021 789 1491. C. 084 556 6423

Overberg Carlitzdorp Art courses in the Great Karoo: if you love art, space, crisp Karoo air, good food and great company, then you should not miss this unique experience. Offered by leading South African artists, these courses are suitable for everyone. C. 072 553 5547.


Art in the Yard Until 7 April, “Paintings from a Small Island”, an exhibition by London-based artist Orlanda Broom, in collaboration with The Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, Walton Street, London. No.1 The Yard, 38 Huguenot Str. Franschhoek. T. 021 876 4280 Ebony Showing recent acquisitions by a selection of classic SA Masters including Gerard Sekoto, Christo Coetzee, Maud Sumner and many others. Contemporary works by Soma Holloway, Claudia Ongaro, Marlene von Durckheim, Aidon Westcott, Caroline Gibello and more on display, as well as a mix of great SA craft and design.

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Shop 4,Franschhoek Square, 32 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 4477

Shop 22 Royal Centre, 141 Main Rd, Hermanus. T. 083 259 8869

Is Art Le Quartier Français, 16 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8443

Rossouw Modern Art Gallery Hermanus Maeve Dewar now exhibiting. Also new works by Hugh Byrne, Bas van Stenis, Hugo Maritz, Mario Leibner, Cobus van der Walt, Jenny Jackson and Obert Jongwe. 3 Harbour Rd, Hermanus. T. 028 313 2222

The Gallery at Grande Provence Until 24 April, “Citizen”, a solo exhibition by Arlene AmalerRaviv.This body of work offers powerful social commentary, confirmed and often enhanced by her masterful manipulation of medium, colour, and imagery. 28 April - 12 June, ‘Soil’, a group exhibition by JP Meyer, Katie Barnard du Toit, Anthony Shapiro and Gregor Rohrig in the Main Gallery, and ‘(un)bound’, a group exhibition showing in the Cathedral.Main Rd, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8630.

George Cape Palette Art Gallery Engen Centre, CJ Langenhoven Str, Heatherlands, George. T. 044 873 6581 Strydom Gallery Until March, “George 44”, a summer exhibition. New works by Guy Du Toit, Pauline Gutter, Clare Menck, Jaco Sieberhagen, David Brown, Sarel Petrus, Willem Boshoff, William Kentridge and Simon Stone. 79 Market Str, George. T. 044 874 4027

Greyton The Post House Gallery Resident artist Adèle Claudia Fouché’s exhibition of her latest works is on display in this unique country village. The work embodies the collection entitled ‘Future Memories - once forgotten now remembered’. Adèle also offers workshops and retreats. 52 Park Str, Greyton, 7233. C. 082 522 4010.

Hermanus Abalone Gallery 2 April - 6 May, showcasing a selection of works by Christo Coetzee, Hannes Harrs, Cecil Higgs, Judith Mason, Fred Schimmel, Andre Naude, Titia Ballot and Louis van Heerden (Main Gallery). Until 30 April, ‘Some Perspectives in Art of Three Decades (from the sixties to the nineties)’, with work by Lionel Abrams, Walter Battiss, Nils Burwitz, Tadeus Jaroszynski, Pippa Skotnes, Louis Jansen van Vuuren and Anna Vorster (Annex). 2 Harbour Rd, The Courtyard, Hermanus. T. 028 313 Art Amble Hermanus Village Ten diverse and unique Galleries all within walking distance in the heart of Hermanus Village. Four resident artists’ studios to visit. Collect your Art Amble Guide at any one of the Galleries in Main Road or at the Hermanus Tourism Office. Terry Kobus: C. 083 259 8869. Bellini Gallery & Cappuccino-Bar 167 Main Rd, Hermanus. T. 028 312 4988 Originals Gallery The art studio and gallery of Terry Kobus. See the artist at work in his studio and view his latest paintings in an intimate gallery space.

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 Galleries Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa. Shop 11, Knysna Mall Shopping Centre, Main Rd. T. 044 382 5646 A Different Drummer Mixed media works by Peter Engblom entitled ‘Pandora‘s Box’ and new ceramics by Nico Masemolo. Thesen House, 6 Long Street, Knysna. T. 044 382 5107. C.082 552 7262 Knysna Art Gallery 2 - 27 April, an exhibition by Gerda Hamm. 29 April -11 May, an exhibition showing works by top Knysna artists. Old Gaol Complex, cnr of Main and Queen Street, Knysna. T. 044 382 7124 Knysna Fine Art Opening 5 April, ‘Tress Unseen’, a photographic exhibition by Tony Manning and ‘Elementals’, an exhibition of sculpture by André Stead. Thesen House, 6 Long Str, Knysna. T. 044 382 5107. C. 082 552 7262 Lynn Schaefer Gallery Artworks and ceramics by SA artists including Derric van Rensburg, Ann Nosworthy, Darryl Legg and Lynn Schaefer. Thesen House, 6 Long Street, Knysna. C. 072 174 4907 Sally Bekker Art Studio Ongoing exhibition of recent watercolour and oil paintings. Woodmill Lane, Main rd, Knysna. C.082 342 3943. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Until 14 July, “Exploring the Art of the Eastern Cape 1900 – 2013”, a reflection on the trend-setters of the past and the innovators who are shaping the art of the future. Until 2 June, “The Eastern Cape of the Explorers”, showcasing artworks of the landscape as seen through the eyes of the 19th century European explorers. 1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth. T. 041 506 2000 Ron Belling Art Gallery Opening 9 April, “Versus”, an exhibition by Usen Obot. 30 Park Drive, P.E. T. 041 586 3973



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

Mossel Bay Artbeat Gallery 1 - 30 April, ‘Leigh’s Art and Illustrations’, an exhibition by commercial artist and illustrator, Leigh van Olst. 35 Gys Smalberger Str, Mossel Bay CBD, T. 081 356 5295 Art@39Long Featuring an ongoing exhibition of sculptures by emerging sculptor Hugo van Schalkwyk. The gallery is set in a delightful garden and exhibits a wide variety of established as well as up-and-coming South African artists. 39 Long Str, Great Brak River. C. 082 576 3338

Oudtshoorn ArtKaroo Gallery Until the end of April, 3 exhibitions running concurrently: a solo show by Grace Kotze; “Hart en Siel”, an exhibition of work by selected artists including Hein Botha, Lisl Barry, Judy Bumstead and Janet Dixon; “Hier is geen Kitsch nie!”, an exhibition of oils, mixed media and sculpture by François Tiran & Jean Piérre Tiran. 107 Baron van Reede, Oudtshoorn. T.044 279 1093

Paarl Hout Street Gallery The Gallery specialises in South African paintings and fine art and features an extensive range of paintings, ceramics and sculptures by more than thirty South African artists. 270 Main Str, Paarl. T. 021 872 5030

Piketberg The Art Business Contemporary Gallery and Art Consultancy Until 27 April, “Kontrei Kleur – Local Colour”, a community exhibition. 17 Main Str, Piketberg. C. 083 739 6196 / 072 659 1973.

Prince Albert Prince Albert Gallery Established in 2003, the Prince Albert Gallery always has an eclectic mix of art on display. 57 Church Str, Prince Albert. T. 023 541 1057. C. 082 749 2128 (Brent)

Somerset West Dante Art & Decor A modern art gallery since 1995.Proudly South African art, ceramics, gifts and decor. Furnishing your home with a modern touch of beauty. Waterstone Village shop 37, Somerset West. C. 082 268 9997 Gallery 91


91 Andries Pretorius Str, Somerset West. T. 021 852 6700. C. 084 441 7233 Liebrecht Art Gallery 34 OudehuisStr, Somerset West. T. 021 852 8030 C. 082 682 5710 www.liebrechtgallery. com

Stellenbosch D-Street Gallery 13 April – 11 May, “(Dis)composure”, an exhibition by Vulindlela Nyoni and Christiaan Diedericks. 112 Dorp Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 883 2337. Sasol Art Museum Until 27 April, the US Woordfees in collaboration with the Sasol Art Museum and Stevenson present “Solipsis V”, an exhibition by Wim Botha. 52 Ryneveld Str, Stellenbosch T. 021 808 3691. Slee Gallery 101 Dorp Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 3385 SMAC Art Gallery Closed until 7 May and will re-open with a retrospective exhibition by Hannatjie van der Watt on 9 May. 1st Floor, De Wet Centre, Church Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 3607 Stellenbosch Art Gallery An extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass & ceramics by selected Western Cape artists are on offer to the discerning buyer. 34 Ryneveld Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 8343 US Art Gallery Cnr. of Dorp& Bird str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 828 3489

Swellendam Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery Representing a wide variety of established and upand-coming South African artists. 19 Swellengrebel str, Swellendam. T. 028 5142905 C. 082 4349291

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

Wilderness Beatrix Bosch Studio Unique works in leather as well as paintings & photography can be viewed at her studio. 57 Die Duin, Wilderness. T. 044 877 0585. C. 082 935 8354 Pharoah Art Gallery The gallery features an exquisite collection of Peter Pharoah’s fine art originals & prints including rich colourful portraits, unforgettable African wildlife and bold textured abstracts that are inspired by his travels around Africa. Wilderness Centre, George Road, Wilderness T. 044 877 0265. C. 076 976 2629 www.

West Coast The Gallery – Riebeek Kasteel Until 7 April, “Picking up Threads”, a one-man exhibition by Andre van Vuuren. This new body of work is the culmination of thoughts and a collection of souvenirs of a journey embarked on so long ago. Main Street, Riebeek Kasteel. C. 083 653 3697. Contact: Astrid McLeod

Eastern Cape Alexandria Quin Gallery & Sculpture Garden A permanent exhibition of Maureen Quin’s sculptures, paintings and drawings. Quin has been a professional artist for close to sixty years, and this is a comprehensive show of her many achievements, her commissions, portraits and personal work. R15 entry fee gives you access to as many cups of refreshments under the jacaranda tree and the exhibition. 5 Suid Str, Alexandria, Eastern Cape, following the signs from the main street. T. 046 653 0121 C. 082 770 8000.

East London Ann Bryant Gallery Until 12 April, “Reginal Exhibition”, in the Main Gallery. 4 - 20 April, “Charles of the Kei 2”, a show by Charles Felmore in the Coach House. 9 St. Marks Rd, Southernwood, East London. T. 043 722 4044 Floradale Fine Art Gallery Our small gallery and invited guests are now in our 2nd year of being hosted by the Floradale Centre family. We are celebrating our own “New Work” exhibition (opening 13 March), new work to our gallery and the work of new members of our informal co-operative. Floradale Centre, Old Gonubie Rd, Beacon Bay. T. 043 740 2031 C. 078 294 7252 Malcolm Dewey Fine Art Ongoing exhibition of oil paintings by Malcolm Dewey plus works by a selection of local artists. 60 Darlington Rd, Berea, East London. T. 043 7260421

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

Port Elizabeth ART Gallery Until 28 May, “120by30”, an exhibition by thirty invited leading Eastern Cape artists who have created 120 works, including Gregory Kerr, Thys Cilliers, Anthony Harris (painting), Anton Momberg and David Jones (sculpture). 51B Cuyler Street, Central Hill, Port Elizabeth. Contact: Anthony Harris. C. 072 379 5933 ArtEC Until 5 April, 5th New Signatures Exhibition - open to Emerging Artists and is an adjudicated open exhibition. 9 - 19 April, Gregg Kerr and his students exhibition. 23 April - 3 May, a solo exhibition by Michael Barry 36 Bird Str, PE. T. 041 585 3641.

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Northern Cape Kimberley William Humphreys Art Gallery Until 8 April, “Double Agendas”, an exhibition by Gregory Kerr. 11 April - 2 May, “Vrystaatse Dorpe, Foto uitstalling” (Photographs of the Free State), an exhibition by Prof Philippe Burger & Dr Jan van der Merwe 1 Cullinan Crescent, Civic Centre, Kimberley. T. 053 831 1724/5

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Imbizo Gallery 2 - 30 April, ‘In Touch’, a group exhibition by six sculptors and four visual artists. Shop 7, BallitoLifestyle Centre. T. 032 946 1937

The COLLECTIVE An art gallery that promotes young artists and a coffee shop with Wi-Fi availability, which runs on the veranda around the gallery. 48b Florida Rd, (entrance in 4th Avenue) Greyville, Durban. T. 031 303 4891


Durban Art Gallery 2nd Floor City Hall, Anton Lembede (Smith) Str, Durban. T. 031 311 2264/3327286

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Elizabeth Gordon Gallery 120 Florida Rd, Durban T. 031 303 8133

The African Art Centre 94 Florida Rd, Durban. T. 031 312 3804/5 Artisan Gallery During the first week of March our annual sale is on - ceramics, etchings, woodblock prints, exclusive textiles as well as paintings will be available. Until 13 April, “Interconnections”, an exhibition by the three members of the Duarte Family. 344 Florida Rd, Morningside, Durban. T. 031 312 4364. ArtSPACE Durban Until 13 April, “Striking back: Gandhi and the Rebellions of 1913”, a group show. 22 April - 11 May, ‘Consider China’ (Inspiration 4), a group exhibition. 3 Millar Rd (off Umgeni Rd), Durban. T. 031 312 0793

KZNSA Gallery Until 7 April, “Night and Light and Neverness”, an exhibition in the Main and Mezzanine Galleries by Richard Hart. 166 Bulwer Rd, Glenwood, Durban. T. 031 277 1705 Tamasa Gallery A small commercial gallery, Tamasa exhibits a broad variety of contemporary KZN artists. 36 Overport Drive, Berea, Durban. T. 031 207 1223.


Tatham Art Gallery On show until 2013, in the First Floor Galleries, South African Landscapes: “Storm in the Wheat fields” - History of the Tatham Art Gallery 1903 to 1974. Cnr of Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Rd & Church Str. (Opposite City Hall) Pietermaritzburg. T. 033 392 2801

Newcastle Carnegie Art Gallery Permanent collection on view of artists’ interpretation of the South African landscape. Good collection of ELC Art & Craft, Rorkes Drift ceramics, prints and tapestries. Well stocked gallery shop. Newcastle, KZN. T. 034 3287622 www.

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



Standard Bank Gallery 17 April to 15 June 2013 Cnr Frederick and Harrison streets, Johannesburg. Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Tel: 011 636 4467

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London Letter Read more at on a stool and the iconic and enigmatic The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass), a replica of the 1915-23 original. Alongside this are major works by Johns and Rauschenberg, some of which are homage to Duchamp. The upstairs galleries are themed around the use of chance, as well as that of chess. Duchamp embraced the ephemeral, and appeared to abandon art and devote himself to chess from 1923. The interplay between his ideas and those he influenced, both in person and artistically, is an intriguing and ongoing dialogue, and seeing this show, you understand why Duchamp regarded the spectator a vital element in the creative act.

There’s more to Marcel Duchamp than urinals. How much more, is explored in a ground-breaking exhibition at the Barbican this spring – an exhibition that weaves together many art forms, allowing the viewer to understand the present through the prism of the past. It is an exciting inter-disciplinary show that only a major arts institution could present. The Barbican deserves full marks for doing so. Using Duchamp and his influence on four modern American artists as the central theme, it includes not only the visual arts, but dance, music, film, theatre and discussion. The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns, (until 9 June) looks at how Duchamp influenced another generation of artists: composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham and visual artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. It is orchestrated by contemporary artist Philippe Parreno (whose work can be seen on the Hayward’s Light Show). The sound loop of three hours includes Cage’s famous composition, 4’33’’ – and the silence that the audience hears are the random sounds from the tunnel outside the Barbican. Cunningham, who died in 2009, is represented by students trained by a former Cunningham dancer, with performances on Thursdays and at weekends. At other times the recorded footfall of performers echoes through the galleries to make the dance a constant and active part of the whole. It is the most integrated inter-disciplinary programming imaginable, showing how art forms cross fertilise each other across the generations. Hugely entertaining, it also functions as a fascinating slice of contemporary history and for this reason alone is worth a visit. Duchamp may be considered the most important modern artist, but he isn’t one we see very often. His most seminal works are housed in Philadelphia, and they are not loaned out frequently. He is credited with being the man who started conceptual art when in 1917 he signed a urinal R.Mutt and displayed it as a work of art. His revolutionary influence is still felt today – some would say he spawned a monster that cast aside the skill of an artist with his use of readymade objects. Certainly he challenged the definition of art with his use of humour and the manner in which he explored the element of chance, as all these four later artists did too. Among the work on show is Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase (No 2) from 1912, various ‘readymades’ including the bicycle wheel mounted

The Tate Modern hosts the first major retrospective of Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein in twenty years (until 27 May), one which has been seen in Chicago and Washington and travels on to the Pompidou Centre. It was a smash hit in America, and will no doubt draw the crowds in London. Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book heroes still look remarkably modern for work that dates from the early Sixties. His iconic painting of a fighter jet, Whaam!, made at the time of the Vietnam war and part of the Tate’s permanent collection, at once celebrates a comic culture and acts as a powerful comment on the reality of war. There are few artists whose images are so much part of the collective consciousness as Lichtenstein’s cartoon heroes. They are reproduced endlessly, whether it is in primary school art classes or on advertising billboards: the Barbie-doll girls with a teardrop glistening on the cheek, the chiselled features of a gorgeous hunk with the speech bubbles capturing all the angst of young love. It comes as something of a shock to realise that these well-loved images that took their inspiration from comic strips only covered a period of around seven years of the artist’s long life. The Tate presents them in a huge room entitled War and Romance, and almost every image is familiar. En masse, their energy, humour and style and the explosive drama of their content is a delight to behold. This is the Lichtenstein that people know and love, and this room, above all the others, will be what enthralls them. It isn’t all there is though. Having found his unique style by codifying popular culture, the artist went on to explore this vision. He saw all images as existing on the level of mass production – the element that has made his work so popular. He turned to other artists, like Picasso, whom he admired immensely, and translated their work into his idiom, with his trademark Benday dots, sharp outlines and cartoon style. The result is interesting – a definitively Lichtenstein version of the artist to whom he pays homage. The curators see Lichtenstein as an artist who continues to innovate, who remains true to his ideals, and not someone who had one good idea he mined for all he was worth. The further one ventures through this retrospective though, the more difficult this is to see. His later series involved revisiting the Barbie-doll figures of his youth and turning them into nudes, while the dots have gone viral, making some of them look like they have a bad case of measles. He then returned to the colourful expressionism with which he began his career and finally turned to traditional Chinese landscape, giving it his signature dots. The bland and banal result has neither the peaceful calm of landscape nor the sizzling power of cartoon culture. I have no doubt that Lichtenstein: A Retrospective will be a blockbuster, but my guess is that viewers will enjoy the shock of recognition with the early work, and leave wondering whether the artist continued a great idea far too long. Perhaps he should have followed Duchamp’s lead and taken up chess in later life.

(Top) Marcel Duchamp: Fountain, 1950 (replica of 1917 original) Philadelphia Museum of Art, 125th DAGP/Paris, DACS/London (Opp. Right Top) Duchamp’s Large Glass - installation view , Cunningham dancers in action (Opp) Roy Lichtenstein: Oh Jeff I Love You Too But. (Opp. Right) Marcel Duchamp : Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2),1912 Philadelphia Museum of Art, ADAGP/Paris, DACS/London


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Coral Spencer and her oil painting: Umhlanga Ribs / Karen Bradtke, Coral Spencer and Estelle Hudson ADAM SUZMAN AND SETH COLLETT THE AVITAL LANG

David Stringer & Stuart Valentine Rambridge / Author Adam Suzman welcoming the guests Guests / Seth Collett discussing his pieces MAJAK BREDAL’S ‘ROLL CALL’ AT THE UJ GALLERY

‘Monks’ reading from the text about the women, men & children persecuted as witches / Majak Bredell & Annali Dempsey / Kesa Tabande, Boipelo Tlhabanelo & Kgomotso Keupilwe


Bambo and Clive H Viveiros / Bambo and friends / Bambo and Guests / (Last) Bambo and Michelle Constant “RUNNING TOWARDS YOURSELF”, BY NATASJA DE WET AT THE CASA LABIA GALLERY

Curator Joao Ferreira, Tracy Payne, Natasja de Wet, Magriet and Daan Smit / Natasja De Wet and Jean-Paul Grimaldi Lasserre Madelaine De Klerk / The Labia Family (Natale Labia, Antonia Labia and Natale Labia) / Lynette Siebert and Richard Bates

DStreet Gallery in Stellenbosch : Clare Menck ,middle, with owners Ronnie Donaldson and Sophia Acker Donaldson of Rust en Vrede: Opening of Tanya Swiegers, Gerrie van Tonder Show: Guests / Nic Bladen and Jane Eppel.


Anthea Delmotte poses with Emma van der Merwe from SMAC Gallery / Kirsty Ann Cockerill and Stefan Hundt give speeches / Alister Dream Wilder / Peter Clarke, Makhozandile Mbuku teaches one of his art students, Luvuyo Jikumlambo, about Katrine Claassens work — at Ava Gallery. STRANGE FLOWERS-A SOLO EXHIBITION BY OLAF HAJEK AT WHATIFTHEWORLD GALLERY

Artist Olaf Hajek / Ava Edwards chats to Olaf Hajek / Chloe Townsend and Lizel Strydom RONDEBOSCH PARK POTTERS MARKET

John Bauer with his work / Erin Pells, the youngest potter selling her work at the market/John Bauer/ Rondebosch Park Potters Market/ Andrea Rother and Acacia Hasler look at colourful bowls by John the Potter Ellis / Nicola Jobson looks at Stoor Ceramics


Teresa Forrester chats with the artist John Meyer/ Natalie Miller and Muir de Wet admire the detail/ Nikki Stevens and Robin Reisenberger ‘A Certain Commitment’/ Ton Vosloo, and Deon Irish / Charles Shields chats with Gail Oshry FIRST THURSDAYS GALLERY OPENING

Michael Chandler of Chandler House / Lindsay and Debby at Chandler House / Sang Fung and Michael Oldfield at Brundyn+Gonsalves Joyce Braun at Youngblood / Arthur Malan Murison, Nicky Arthur, Jason Alexander Basson at Brundyn+Gonsalves / Jenny Bruwer ARTSPACE JHB: LANDI RAUBENHEIMER’S COLLECTING THE LANDSCAPE SHOW.

From left to right – Teresa Lizamore (Artspace director and curator), Landi Raubenheimer (artist) and Federico Freschi (opening speaker) Federico Fresch opens the exhibition / Landi Raubenheimer and guests

Mezzotint Printmaking by Daniel Novela

Gum trees, cottages, cows and herd boy in Ventersdorp One of the leading landscape painters in the Country, Daniel Novela has recently introduced Mezzotint Printmaking in his Portfolio. Daniel studied fine arts at the Vaal University of Technology – Klerksdorp Campus, majoring in painting and printmaking. He obtained his National Diploma in the year 2000 with accolades as one of the top students. Towards the end of his third year Daniel was asked by Mrs Amareza Buys, the acting head of the Fine Art and Graphic Design department at the time, to present etching classes to the 2nd year students of which he did successfully. His recent Mezzotint Medium becomes a real sensual experience which resembles the mood of his painterly work, that the eyes can touch and convey emotions. Daniel’s effort to introduce this technique was to escape from the use of toxic and dangerous chemicals used for etching. While Mezzotint printmaking is free from any toxic chemicals, it is mechanical and physical: all you need is a Rocker, scraper, burnisher, roulette and copper plate to make a mezzotint print. The plate must be thoroughly rocked and it must

print a very rich velvety black. The press must have a large amount of pressure on the plate. Daniel imports most of his tools from USA and UK as there are only very limited number of artists in the country doing Mezzotint printmaking and as a result art shops in SA do not keep Mezzotint material and he only buys the best material available in the market. Brands such as E C Lyons, Charbonnel, Gamblin are Daniel’s favourite. It takes several hours and weeks to rock just one plate. It may take over eight hours to rock a very small plate measuring about 10x15cm! The commercially prepared (premezzotinted) plates are available in the overseas markets but these do not yield deep tones like hand rocked plates which have been cut more deeply into the metal enabling them to produce different and rich greys of tonal values. The hand rocked plate is the best tool for mezzotint and there is no better substitute for it so far. For more information please logon to

Fine Art Printmaking in Cape Town Feature We will be focusing on Printmaking in Johannesburg for our October 2013 Printmaking supplement. In our April 2014 edition we will focus on Printmaking nationally with emphasis on KZN and Eastern Cape. Please send your comments and materials to Printmaking has a strong tradition in Cape Town and although quiet, like the rest of South Africa from the 1990’s to 2000, it is now facing an amazing resurgence through the establishment of Warren editions, Judy Woodborne Print Studio and Pangolin Press (Alma Vorster). In addition to this resurgence, printmaking has a growing appeal with young artists who seek to both learn traditional printmaking, as well as to morph the traditional with new (digital) printmaking technology. Printmaking is being taught at Ruth Prowse, Michaelis (UCT) as well as Stellenbosch Art Departments, with all heads of printmaking being young and dynamic handson capable people. The sale of prints is on the up – with the establishment of The SA Print Gallery that exclusively deals with Fine Art Prints. Other Galleries in Cape Town include 34 Fine Art, The Goodman Gallery, David Krut and Kalk Bay Modern. Other galleries that previously never dealt with prints are now taking printmaking more seriously, such as The Everard Read Gallery, who rarely dealt with prints but now enjoys the rising fame and print sales from Phillemon Hlungwani. A Brief history : Cape Art History has always had a good romance with printmaking. Local famous artists who have created bodies of prints include Tinus de Jong, Nita Spilhaus, Pieter Wenning Katherine Harries, Irma Stern, Jean Welz, Wolf Kibel, Maurice van Essche, Maggie Laubser, Alice Goldin, Cecil Skotnes and more recently Kevin Atkinson, Peter Clarke, Mollie Townsend and Sue Williamson (both created in the Graphic Centre). In the 80’s, especially printmaking was a sharp tool of protest art against Apartheid – with many posters being made for political groups such as the ECC and trade unions produced on kitchen

tables, and CAP under the handful of community art educators such as Lionel Davies. During the early 80’s, Hardground Printmakers was founded by Jonathan Comerford, who collaborated with numerous local artists. At this stage, a new generation of printmakers took root, including Julio Tamberlini, Billy Mandindi, Judy Woodborne, Gabriel Clark-Brown, Alma Vorster and Eunice Gerstyn. Stellenbosch Printmakers included the bad boys of bitter commix, Anton Kannemeyer and Conrad Botes, whose medium was mainly silkscreen. With the advent of digital and traditional media, a new and exciting generation of printmakers who integrate new technology is forming- especially through the educational institutes such as Michealis School of Art and Stellenbosch Art Department – Printmaking Departments –please revise sentence. Much digital pioneering work is also done via Russel Jones’s Scan Shop, who works closely with both young and professional artists in evolving the digital side to their art. Recently, Art Lab with Craig White has opened at the Biscuit Mill, branches out to fabrics. Although the Fine Art Printmaking growth and markets dip from time to time (a short while between cycles), there has now evolved a good and strong South African printmaking history, creating a rich and diverse secondly market that is seen through the increasingly strong prices paid by collectors for Pierneef, Battiss, Hodgins, Kentridge, Nhlengethwa, Clarke and Victor prints. With such a secure growth and diverse interest in local printmaking, a printmaking star is on the rise, and although the medium has not had as rapid growth as photography, prices for prints - based on better understanding and enthusiasm for prints - is very much on the rise.



The South African Print Gallery was established by Gabriel Clark-Brown, a Master Printmaker who sought to promote the appreciation of South African fine art printmaking. The emphasis of the gallery is to promote the language of printmaking – not just simply deal with big names, but rather focus on the diverse approaches, quality and unique quirkiness of individual prints by both good and obscure artists. Below: Gabriel Clark-Brown, Kevin de Klerk Gallery Manager. SA ART TIMES. April 2013


Walter Oltmann Lithographs

Collected I. Hand printed lithograph, 60 x 50,5 cm. Edition 25.

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The projects at Warren Editions are a testament to the exciting possibilities of printmaking. The studio is busier than ever, its output covering intaglio, monotype and relief, while the format seems to be increasing with every project. The dynamic between the artists and the printing team feeds back into the multifarious nature of printmaking, and at the same time the parameters offered by the print medium push the artists into trajectories outside of the mediums they generally employ. The motto at Warren Editions is “lets print!” Images: (Top) Jan Philip Raath, Madelize vd Merwe, Morne Visagie and Zhane Warren print using lino cut (Top right) Zhane Warren - Director of Warren Editions. (Below left) Zhane with Madelize vd Merwe (Right ) Morne Visagie and Jan Philip Raath set up to do a lino cut print JUDY WOODBORNE PRINT STUDIO , BIJOU, LOWER MAN ROAD, OBSERVATORY, CT


Judy Woodborne Print Studio is housed in the famous old Bijou Cinema in Observatory. Judy offers classes in Printmaking as well as facilitates portfolio projects and collaborates with select artists.



ArtLab was started by Craig Whyte and his partner Marlene and has grown from strength to strength in specializing in the diversity and flexibility of digital colour print. ArtLab is housed in The Old Biscuit Mill in Salt River. Top: entrance to ArtLab, Top Clint, Below: Klara-Marie den Heijer



The legendary Russel Jones, Director of Scan Shop is an important part of the SA print and publishing community. always willing to give of his time and vast experience of printmaking he has countless publications and artists prints behind him. (Top right) Nicole Adams, (Below right) Andre van Wyk, production manager at Scan Shop.

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Pangolin Press at Montebello: Set in the beautiful Montebello Craft centre Alma Vorster offers etching intaglio classes and assistance on select art projects. (Right) Alma offers advice on Gervasio Robles as he works on his Mezzotint.


A Lasting Impression: The Robert Hodgins Print Archive Wits Art Museum

Robert Hodgins at The Artists’ Press Seventy-nine of the four hundred prints in the collection that Hogins generously donated to the Wits Art Museum were done by The Artists’ Press. The catalogue of the collection is beautifully done and well worth adding to ones library. The quotes by Robert Hodgins above are all taken from Kathryn Smith’s excellent essay that accompanies the Shows catalogue.

Assembled musings of an artist and master printer.

Mark Attwood first met Robert Hodgins when Rob arrived to work with Mark’s father, Bruce Attwood at The Broederstroom Press. “They had a disagreement and Rob left within an hour”, Mark recalls. This rather inauspicious start was resolved about fifteen years later when Robert started working with Mark at The Bag Factory. So successful was their teamwork that Rob returned at least sixteen times to work at The Artists’ Press. Ten of those sessions were at the studio in White River, Mpumalanga. Each session would last two weeks, which meant that Mark and Rob got to know each other well. What was it like to work with Robert? “It is hard to find words to explain what working with Rob was like. Working with him was different every time. What I liked was the way that he enjoyed it and seemed to get so much out of it. It is lovely working with someone who just enjoys “being in the water” so to speak. He was so willing to go with the flow with whatever came up. He was not rigid in his approach and did not want to control every step of the process. He welcomed the odd accident and was excited to see where it would take him.” “He really loved the process, the texture of the mark, the tactile quality of the ink. He used to really savour working and relish the results of what he did when he thought it was up to scratch.” “The best thing about working with Rob was the challenge of not knowing what he would decide to work on the next day.” Rob: “My first serious graphic was done on a stone at Goldsmiths, and I have got one of them left. It’s printed on yellowing cartridge. It’s not very good and I didn’t print it. I don’t do the acid or any of those things, but that’s when I fell for it. And I actually like that bit where you grind the stone down and it comes up this beautiful buff colour, waiting for you to stroke it. You don’t even have to press, you just stroke and it builds up this velvety darkness. I said to Mark, “next time I’m having a stone, I don’t care if it is two inches square, I’m having a stone!” Plate is nice, but stone...! Stone is sensual, really.” “Lithography is essentially a painters process as it is so painterly. Rob latched onto that more than anyone else that I have worked with. He enjoyed the fact that he could do things in print that were just not possible with paint on canvas; and bounce his ideas between printing and painting.” Rob: “ Working with Mark, I remember a print called A Greek God Up To No Good, which was a Greek god groping for a nymphs bosom. And it was beautiful. There was a purple over a blue which sang the whole of the Mes44

siah as far as I was concerned. It was a hesitant print. In places, I got him to print one dab of red. And we went through about 35 ‘goes’ before we got it right. Now to have a printer like that...” “ Whenever Rob was unsure about something, or if Linda Givon was in the studio to look at what he was doing, he would nervously start to jiggle the coins in his pocket.” What do you think Robert brought to South African printmaking? “ He was able to show others that printmaking is an important part of a successful artists output and that collaboration is the best way to achieve good prints. Apart from a few of his very early works he always chose to work in collaboration with a printer; thereby maximising the technical skills at his disposal.” Rob (talking about printers): Yes! He’s your handlanger. He picks up the tools and he does the work. It is very unsatisfactory relationship because it is so mechanical. But it does end up in literally perfect prints. One of the things I like about Mark when he does an edition, is that every print is examined before it is handed over to you for numbering. He’s very professional. The secret of Hodgin’s life is that he doesn’t want to be bored. And he doesn’t want to be bored when he’s making anything to do with art. He wants it to open up and challenge him, and come right-normally it does. Mark doesn’t mind this. What comes to mind when you think of Robert? “What I found really touching about Rob was his frugal nature. He took great care of his brushes and he used things carefully. He still had brushes that he had been using since he was a student at Goldsmiths, some sixty odd years ago. If a print failed he would never just throw it away. He would come back to it months or sometimes years later to finish it off.” Rob: “... I don’t mind the slowness. I don’t mind it in painting. I’ve got two paintings that are about five or six years old and I’ve no idea. I keep hanging onto them and looking at them and maybe adding a dab here..... That’s (also) what I like about monotype with Mark; he is immensely patient.” Mark: “In the last series of prints that Rob worked on at The Artists’ Press he did one which really struck me. If you count the chairs in “Chairs” you will see that there is one chair for every decade of Rob’s life. It is almost as if it was a premonition/reflection on his death which came a few months after completing the print.” “My favourite memory of Rob is him strutting around the studio after being told of record prices being paid for his work on auction as well as having a successful exhibition saying “Hodgins is HOT, Hodgins is HOT!!”

Hodgins made prints at The Artists’ Press from 2000 until shortly before his death in 2010. It was always a pleasure to have Rob’s energy, sticky tea buns and humour in the studio. Mark Attwood had a special place at his press for Hodgins as he felt that the “old man” pushed him harder and challenged him more that most other artists. When the printer and artist collaborated the energy in the print shop was tangible. Hodgins used monoprints as his starting point and then developed ones that he liked most into lithographs. He also experimented with hand coloured photogravure prints. SA ART TIMES. April 2013


The Ruth Prowse School of Art is housed in the beautiful Ruth Prowse’s original home in Woodstock. (Top) Master Printmaker Eunice Gersteyn and Director of Ruth Prowse (right) assists one of her students Jackie Fitzgerald with plate preparation.


Andrea Steer is the Print Department’s Director, here she gives assistance to Ra-ees Saiet (left) Right: Dean Jones works on his hard ground etching, drawing with a compass


Vulindlela Nyoni, Printmaking Lecturer giving students instruction in stone lithography.

SA ART TIMES. April 2013



Phillemon Hlungwani, Fine Art Printmaker extraordinaire Hlungwani is one of our most promising young artists in South Africa. He is an extremely talented and dedicated artist who has cemented his importance in the art world through the consistent production of relevant and inspired works. His landscape images refer to the self, family and history - personal and general - functioning as a type of documentation of his background. The mark making process is one of great import to Hlungwani’s work and his line carries with it an energy that reveals his great passion. Phillemon Hlungwani was born in Thomo Village in 1975, Giyani in Limpopo Province. He attended Thomo primary school and Hanyani Thomo High School where he was under the guidance of his art teacher, motivator and friend Muxe Moses Mthombeni. Hlungwani obtained first class in Art in Matric. Mthombeni was one of art teachers who encouraged Hlungwani in basics foundation in art at high school level. After completing high school, he went to the Johannesburg Art Foundation to study a Fine Art course and subsequently the Artist Proof Studio to study printmaking under the mentorship of Kim Berman, the late Nhlahla Xaba and Osiah Masukameng. Hlungwani has studied a teacher’s training course in art at the WITS School of Art and was also involved in facilitating professional classes at the Artist Proof Studio and Unit manages for papermaking. He is still based at the Artist Proof Studio as the coordinator for community outreach and special projects. For example he has worked on projects NOAH’S Arks and Man as Partners’ xenophobia mural. In addition to pursuing his career as a successful professional artist, Hlungwani is an art advisor, mentoring young upcoming artists. The artist has also participated in an extensive study tour of printmaking studios in the United States, sponsored by the prestigious Ampersand Foundation Fellowship.

Phillemon Hlungwani at The Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg Photo: Nico Harvey

Phillemon Hlungwani uses his technical ability as a draughtsman by using charcoal on paper to explore new ideas around his culture and the journeys of everyday life. Among other publications, Top Billing magazine and TV Programme profiled him to demonstrate the power of prayer as an art form. Spirituality is a recurring theme in his charcoal drawings and dry-point etchings and the images are often filled with majestic trees. Hlungwani attributes the start of his career to the support given to him by his mother and he comes from a family of artists. He says that art chose him, that he did not choose art. His work explores his relationship with the environment. When Hlungwani was a young boy he would herd goats and cattle and the Tsengelendotwe tree which bears a fruit that they would mix with the fresh milk from the herd and drink as a milkshake. He also expresses his relationships with chickens and their interdependency: ‘They provide the time, warmth, food – they help with so many things so they become part of the family’. ‘When I was about five or six I did a drawing on the ground, my mother went and covered the drawing with a dish to protect it from the rain and other elements, so later I could go back and finish my drawing.’ Trees are continually represented in his work as the relate to the spiritual connection he associates with them. Trees are a place for prayer, healing processes and worshipping. His landscape images refer to self, family and history, functioning as a type of documentation of his background. Hlungwani’s preferred printmaking techniques are intaglio dry-point etching, linocut and charcoal on paper. His works explore new ideas around his culture and the journeys of everyday life. He finds the practice or printmaking and drawing more expressive than other techniques as these allow him to work freely and texturally with line. Hlungwani has completed and facilitated many wall murals, with example of the mural at The Standard Bank Art Gallery (for the Picasso in Africa exhibition) and the mural for Bell Dewar and Hall. He was also commissioned work by the JDA (Johannesburg Development Agencies), MTN and the South African Governmental offices. To see more of Phillemon’s work go to:


SA ART TIMES. April 2013


Strauss & Co. recently sold prints

Jacob Hendrik Pierneef Hoenderhok, Meerlust (Nilant 3), woodcut. R18 000 - 24 000 (Sold R 53 472)

William Joseph Kentridge : Scribble Cat, sugarlift aquatint, spitbite aquatint, drypoint and hand-painting on six copper plates. R280 000 - 320 000 (Sold R 634 980)

South Africa’s long tradition of printmaking as an art form and as a form of social critique is one that commands international respect. This was certainly underscored by the exhibition, Impressions from South Africa 1965 to Now: Prints from the Museum of Modern Art curated by Judith B Hecker and mounted in New York from March to August 2011. Such international interest in South African prints has followed in the wake of the phenomenal success of William Kentridge for whom printmaking is a major vehicle of expression. There has been an exponential growth in the market for South African prints over the last few years. Given their large scale and impact, it’s hardly surprising that Kentridge’s heads and irises have fared well culminating in his Untitled (Head) selling for R868 920 on estimates of R600 000 – 900 000 at Strauss & Co’s February 2012 auction in Cape Town. Its success was in some measure due to the possibility of reading this aspirational image, with an upturned face and eyes closed as if dreaming or longing for something ahead, as symbolic of the hope and change which South Africa experienced around 1993 when the print was produced. The fact that it was selected for the cover of Contemporary South African Art: The Gencor Collection,

Walter Whall Battiss : Orgy 3, screenprint: signed, numbered 19/30 and inscribed with the title in pencil in the margin R18 000 - 24 000 (Sold R 61 270)

published in Johannesburg in 1997, would also have increased its desirability. More surprising to some punters was the fact that the more recently produced Scribble Cat, also by Kentridge, estimated at R280 000 – 320 000, sold for R634 980 at Strauss & Co’s October 2012 auction in Cape Town. Prints that fare best at auction are often those that are perceived by the market to be key works by top printmakers. When it comes to Walter Battiss, his orgies elicit the most competitive bidding. Orgy 3 estimated at R18 000 – 24 000 sold for R61 270 in Strauss & Co’s Cape Town auction in February this year. Keen interest continues in earlier prints particularly when they are rare and highly sought-after. J H Pierneef’s Hoenderhok, Meerlust estimated at R18 000 – 24 000 sold for 53 472 at Strauss& Co’s September 2011 auction. This impressive result was largely due to the fact that this image was selected for the cover of the brochure for the Architectural Section of the Empire Exhibition, held for the first time in South Africa in 1936.

Emma Bedford: Senior Art Specialist : I Tel: +27 (0)21 683 6560 I, The Oval, 1st floor Colinton House, 1 Oakdale Road, Newlands, 7700 SA ART TIMES. April 2013


Selwin Pekeur (1957 - ) Self Portrait with Madiba, 2003 oil on canvas Sanlam Art Collection

SPI National Portrait Award 2013 R100 000

Prize awarded for the winning portrait.

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

South African Art Times April 2013  

Leading South African Visual Art Publication

South African Art Times April 2013  

Leading South African Visual Art Publication