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Walter Battiss, Nude

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Heather Gourlay-Conyngham A Young Man Oil on canvas 177 x 80 cm

SPI National Portrait Award Exhibition KZNSA Gallery 166 Bulwer Road Glenwood, Durban

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I believe that this will be a year of substantial change in the art market, and noticeably the widening rift between smaller and larger galleries. Overseas art marketing trends that include art fairs, and artist catalogue exhibitions have been slow, until now to catch on in the local art market. In the Joburg Art Fair’s 6 years of existence, only a few exclusive galleries had access to the platform. Newer local art fairs seem to be playing to a different tune. By far the most successful art marketing formula to reach SA’s shores is the mega-seller art fair model. It is here to stay, and to grow. Soon every dorpie will have its own international art fair, as it’s a system that works – if done properly. Art fairs so far are an incredibly successful business model – sometimes sales in three days of hard selling by a gallery equate to sometimes 3-4 months of a gallery’s normal income. This is based on the fact that more of the art-buying market see more galleries in one afternoon than they would normally in years. Buyers also set money aside for the visit – they are sure to find something they like due to the wide selection presented. Some local galleries are showing at 4-6 art fairs a year and that number is growing rapidly. In SA, the art fair market is not over-saturation yet. At the back of my mind I think it’s all too good to be true. The art fair model puts the old gallery system on metaphorical steroids, complete with lots of lights and bubbles. Galleries are forced to conform to a fair-friendly business model. Where previously the integrity of the artist was priority number 1, then the branding of the gallery, and then the marketing floor; everything is on its head. What used to happen is that the buyer followed an artist’s career, or sought out something for their intimate spaces. Now with the introduction of an artists’ warehouse we are moving towards joining other market floors such as Mass Mart, Builders Warehouse and Pizza delivery – quicker in delivering satisfaction in a fraction of the time. I am not against progress, but when one wonders through the corridors of art fairs, loaded with alcohol and sushi – one starts to feel an encroaching emptiness of where the real art writers and the holy tracts of SA art history are buried, and who hasn’t been bought off by this overwhelmingly successful system. The most notable short falling that I have seen slipping through the art fair organizers’ mind is the

gross failings of current artist versus business art discussions and debates. Basically art and food fair organizers generally don’t know a lot about the finer points in art, and generally shy away from podiums were their knowledge of fine art can be questioned, if not slated. Art fair directors rely heavily on hiring people with a fine art background who are hired as curators or consultants – however being hired, these curators don’t get a clear message from their employers that in order to “endorse” their art fair show they should have to prop up their artists talks etc. Failing the art fair academic or art industry endorsement the art fair could well just melt into a pool of buying frenzy without any grounding. In addition to this, decisions of who to invite to events should lie on the shoulders of commissioned art experts, but ultimately lie with the organizers. These people are great marketers, but are seldom artists or art-sensitive people. The benchmark to watch is the Art talks, which by any accounts of the Jhb and CT Art Fairs were extremely poorly attended and in the case of the CT Art Fair ended up as mainly a huge advertorial with not enough critical, debatable content. Maybe art fairs and people who go to art fairs are more interested in the art of glossing brand names over the consumer than anything potentially meaningful. Whether you like art fairs or not they are here to stay, I would just like to say that as with art fairs providing a mega-platform for art buyers, to date it’s possibly been a missed opportunity for art- thinkers to really take advantage of the platform of reaching out to art-hungry people. Art fair directors should be more hands on when it comes to legitimizing their store holders, encouraging art education of the language of art and humanity. Maybe the next big thing is a more intimate response to the emptiness of the art fair corridors where one can sit down and feel engrossed with an artist as one human being to another. Here’s wishing, at least. Please enjoy our new-look Art Times Magazine, all hand printed. Each of these pages have gone through eight times through a single colour printing press. I believe each page is a printing masterpiece. Once again I would like to thank you for your support of the Art Times, here to a great art year ahead. Enjoy the read. Gabriel Clark-Brown, commissioning editor.

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Johannesburg Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life What?: Large exhibition of artworks, photographs and films about SA history. When?: Now until 29 June Where?: Museum Africa »» Impressions of Rorke’s Drift What?: Large historical exhibition focused on the Rorke’s Drift Arts and Craft Centre. When?: Now until 25 May Where?: Museum Africa »» Da Vinci – The Genius What?: Large exhibition devoted to exploring all aspects of the master’s life’s work When?: 2 April - 22 June 2014 Where?: The Amazing Place (Woodmead, Sandton) »» Pietermaritzburg Nashua Art in the Park What?: A big outdoor art exhibition When?: 21 - 25 May 2014 Where?: Alexandra Park »» Bloemfontein Bloem Show What?: A cultural and agricultural fair showcasing anything and everything Bloemfontein has to offer. When?: 24 April – 3 May Where?: Bloem Showgrounds, Curie Avenue »»


Port Elizabeth Journeys What?: Select works from the gallery’s permanent collection. When?: Now until 1 June Where?: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum

Hussein Salim ‘The castle (inside)’ Acrylic on canvas

A showcase for the best of SA Masters and leading contemporary artists

Tankwa Karoo AfrikaBurn What?: Arts and lifestyle festival When?: 28 April – 4 May Where?: The middle of nowhere »» Cape Town Cape Town Design Capital of the World What?: One massive design festival When?: All of 2014 Where?: All over Cape Town »» Decorex Cape Town What?: Design expo When?: 25-28 April Where?: Cape Town International Conference Centre »»

Francois Krige ‘Still life with peaches, plums and figs’ Oil on canvas

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Harare (only just outside of SA) Harare International Festival of the Arts What?: Six-day festival of international art, theatre, dance, music etc. When?: 29 April – 4 May Where?: Harare »» UPDATES On all of these and more: »»

Maud Sumner ‘Namib rose’ Oil on canvas


Lionel Smit | Cumulus Lionel’s new show, Cumulus, was opened on 20 March at Rook & Raven, London, and will be running until 30 April 2014. This show consists

of Paintings, Sculptures and Etchings. Smit describes it as an extension to his solo show “Accumulation” that opened in Everard Read, Johan-

nesburg in 2013. Cumulus “is like an end product of everything that I have been performing in the studio - translated into different mediums.”

“Dissipate #1”, Oil on Linen, 190 X 190cm

“Dissipate #2”, Oil on Linen, 190 X 190cm

“Dissipate #3”, Oil on Linen, 190 X 190cm

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African gold art to be removed from public eye Times Live | Bobby Jordan: South Africa’s only gold museum is closing down despite desperate efforts to keep it going. Gold of Africa museum curator Christopher Till confirmed this week that the museum would close in six weeks’ time on instructions from AngloGold Ashanti.“I’ve put a lot of time and effort into creating this little jewel box,” Till said. “It is a hard moment for me to dismantle all of that. The visiting public have loved it, but it is out of my hands.” It is the biggest museum of its kind. It showcases the indigenous gold-making traditions of sub-Saharan Africa and houses exquisite artefacts. There is also a jewellery workshop and restaurant. Till, who also curates the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, said the important exhibition material had been bought from a Swiss museum and relocated to the Cape Town facility. AngloGold Ashanti, one of the world’s biggest mining companies, planned to move this to one of its own properties, Till said...

Hanekom groet die KKNK Beeld | Johan Myburg: Die 20ste Absa Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), van 29 Maart tot 5 April in Oudtshoorn, is ook die laaste fees met Sandra Hanekom as kurator vir die visuele kuns-te. Hanekom bereik die einde van haar termyn van drie jaar wat in 2012 begin het. Vir dié mylpaalfees het sy in plaas van ’n enkele feeskunstenaar drie gekry en tegelykertyd die tradisionele uitstalruimte, die galery, verruim om die ateljee van die kunstenaar deel te maak van die uitstallings. Haar drie kunstenaars is Willem Boshoff, Louis Jansen van Vuuren en Gordon Froud. Derhalwe kan besoekers in die Prins Vincent-gebou in Oudts- hoorn vanjaar ook ’n blik kry op ’n gerekonstrueerde weergawe van dié drie kunstenaars se werkruimte, werkbenadering en praxis...

Home is where the art is Mail & Guardian | Stefanie Jason: Marianne Fassler and Charles Bothner share a passion for local art and their home is filled with a wide range of eclectic and treasured pieces. Stepping into fashion designer Marianne Fassler and her husband Charles Bothner’s home is like entering a sanctuary for the arts. Bright, hand-painted makarapas (decorated hard hats) rest easy in the wide entranceway, rapturous sculptures and paintings find space between piles of art books, and large-format photographs hang harmoniously on the walls. Every inch of their Saxonwold home is a platform for art. Even the fireplace has been transformed into the foundation for a wooden Geoffrey Armstrong installation. Bothner and Fassler, who have been married for 24 years, make no apology or excuse for their passion for acquiring art. Charles Bothner and Marianne Fassler in their home that is a treasure trove of art and craft (Madelene Cronje, M&G)...

No Man’s Art Gallery to Pop Up in Cape Town Opening night: Thursday March 27 | 19h-00h – late Exhibition: March 28 - April 6 Location: Secret, sign up at to find out. After successful pop-up galleries in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Mumbai, Paris, Copenhagen and Shanghai, NMAG is now popping up at a secret location in Cape Town.March 27, we will be opening the doors of the exhibition space where we will be showcasing South African young talented artists alongside the artists that we have discovered during our previous international adventures.We take young artists before their careers hit a spurt, provide them with an international platform and thereby boost their careers enormously. The art is for sale at our exhibitions for modest prices and the career boost ensures that you have not only bought a fantastic artwork, you have also made a sound investment.Blink and you’ll miss it, the exhibition stays for one week only... For all these stories and more, go to



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George Hallet: ‘I prefer being a fly on the wall’ Published in The Mail & Guardian | Yazeed Kamaldien: Photographer George Hallet has devoted his career to making images of people many others would prefer to ignore.

Exposing unseen communities: During his years in exile George Hallet spent time in countries like England, France and the Netherlands where he focused on documenting the lives of communities. George Hallet does not want his photograph published in this newspaper – or any other, for that matter. “I prefer being a fly on the wall,” he says. Hallet has been “invisible” for just over four decades, taking pictures to make sure unseen communities get noticed. “A woman asked me: ‘George, why are you always photographing black people?’ I replied: ‘Because everybody else is ignoring them.’ “I photographed Moroccans in France. I went into their mosques. I photographed what people in France called peasants. But I treated them with respect. They were old enough to be my parents. “I photographed hippies in conservative English towns. I was one of them; my hair was long. The Gypsies were another thing. And when I was in Paris or Amsterdam I photographed blacks and whites mixing. I worked on anti-racism projects.” Hallet’s photos have been exhibited and published in books worldwide ever since he first picked up a camera in 1965 at the age of 23. Now a chance to dig into his archive has emerged. The result is a showcase of almost 200 images in a retrospective exhibition that opened at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town last week. It includes plenty of photographs produced during the 25 years he spent in exile, before re-

turning home permanently after South Africa’s 1994 democratic elections. Hallet was a young man, working in the administration office of a shipping company at the Cape Town docks, when he started his photographic career. He met a photojournalist and together they documented the last days of District Six in Cape Town in the late 1960s when the apartheid government forcibly removed people of colour from the inner-city suburb to create a “whites only” area. Hallet, who was born and grew up in District Six, says the aim was to document the “area before the bulldozers came in”. “I had a roll of film every Saturday morning. I had only 36 exposures for a weekend … You had only one frame per person. It’s about [choosing] the decisive moment.” He had also been photographing weddings and doing portraits on the street in District Six before it was destroyed. This work was shown at his first exhibition, at the Artist’s Gallery in Cape Town in 1970. Hallet’s politicisation started in high school thanks to his English teacher, the acclaimed South African author Richard Rive. “He said we should not discuss politics in our essays because then he would be arrested. And after I met writer James Matthews and artist Peter Clark and the Sestigers [Afrikaans-speaking writers and artists who were opposed to apartheid] it was politics all the time,” says Hallet. “We were also introduced to African-American writers. They were into black consciousness and they were ahead of us.

When he no longer felt safe living in South Africa he went into exile and found the freedom he longed for in London in the 1970s. As a freelancer, Hallet photographed the covers for Heineman’s African Writers Series and also worked for the Times Educational Supplement and the BBC. Politics was never far out of his focus though. Hallet captured the life of many exiled South African artists living in Europe, including celebrated painter Dumile Feni and iconic jazz musician Abdullah Ibrahim. Through his work, he formed links with various political activists who, like him, were also living in exile in Europe. One of the political figures he photographed in London is former South African Cabinet minister Pallo Jordan. His political activism once led to him getting a rather unsettling phone call. “I got a call from Scotland Yard … I was told that I assassinate South African spies. I said: ‘I’m a photographer. I’m opposed to apartheid but I’m not into violence. I don’t know where you get this information from.’ It was obviously planted. “My friends suggested I take a break in the south of France.” Hallet left for France, fell in love and stayed. At home in a Parisian suburb in early 1994 he had a dream about meeting former president Nelson Mandela. “In my dream, we [Mandela and I] were having lunch together but the chairs we were sitting on were balanced on their back legs. I knew a Moroccan dream interpreter. She said: ‘You will meet Mandela. There’s going to be a lot of violence in the country’. “Three weeks later, a phone call from Pallo [Jordan]: “Hey, jy moet huis toe kom [you must come home]. I’m in Jo’burg. I want you to photograph the [April 1994] elections. You will be our official photographer. But we can’t afford to buy your air ticket. Can you buy your own ticket?’ I phoned my wife at work and said the dream has come true.” Hallet did have lunch with Mandela and one of his images of the former president won the World Press Photo award in 1995. A year later Hallet was on the judging panel of the global contest. He recalls: “I later asked Pallo: ‘Why did you choose me out of all the photographers?’ He said: ‘You’re good and you get the stuff without lots of lenses around your neck. You are like a fly on the wall’.” George Hallet: A Nomad’s Harvest is on at the South African National Gallery until July 9.

Men hunting in rural Birmingham. Photograph supplied



OBituaries | ART TIMES

Iziko SA National Gallery Curator Pam Warne 15 February 1953 - 15 March 2014 Art Times | Staff Writer : After battling a rare autoimmune disorder for many months, Pam Warne succumbed to her illness on Saturday 15 March 2014. Iziko’s curator of Photography and New Media was inspired and dedicated to the visual arts and her profession. At the time her illness took hold, she was working on her Master’s thesis on the life and work of photographer, Ann Fischer. Sadly, she was unable to complete this. Pam Warne was well established figure at Iziko. Before becoming a curator, she was their designated photographer. Having no relatives in the country, it has been said that she treated her colleagues as family. Those who knew her speak of her unending compassion towards others. Good friend, Hayden Proud wrote: “Pam set the highest ethical standards in both her work and in her own life. She was always the first to come to the aid of anyone in need, and was wholly unselfish, as well as compassionate and loyal. Any request for help or a favour was never denied, and she always went that extra mile without resentment or complaint.” The SA Art Times would like to send their condolences to Pam’s remaining relatives. May she always be remembered for her contribution to the art world and to the lives that she has touched.

George Boys 22 September 1930 - 4 March 2014 Charles Gray : Articulate, widely read, infectiously enthusiastic, yet down to earth, George Boys has played an invaluable and pioneering role in the art world in South Africa, both as an artist and teacher. He was schooled at Florida High School after which he studied at Wits Technical Art School from 1949-1953. He then became a lecturer at the Pretoria Art Centre in 1954. In 1963 he was appointed Vice Principal of the Johannesburg Art School and in 1966 he founded the Visual Arts Research School. In 1970 he decided to become a full time artist. Inspired in his formative years, mainly by Kandinsky, the American abstract expressionist and also by Japanese calligraphy, George went on to become one of our most accomplished non-figurative, abstract painters. In 1962 he had his first one man exhibition of abstract art and sold out on the opening evening. George Boys has represented South Africa internationally and his works are also found in major public and private collections. George lived in Florida near Johannesburg until he emigrated to New Plymouth in New Zealand in 1996. He continued to teach and paint there, sending much of his work overseas, remaining loyal to his South African clients and supplying South Africa with his art until he was unable to paint. During his life he experimented with almost every medium and technique at his disposal, believing that the success or formof a good painting is far greater than merely the sum of the actual individual creative components. He was always fascinated by the concept of change which was evident in his artwork and life. He never stopped exploiting Paul Klee’s concept that an artist’s function is to make visible the invisible. He is survived by his wife Yvonne, daughter Diane and son-in-law Richard, and grandchildren Andrew, Ann and Thomas. SA ART TIMES. APRIL 2014



Demystifying the Desert-Dwellers: AfrikaBurn for the Uninitiated

1. AfrikaBurn takes place on an isolated plot near the Tankwa Karoo National Park in the Northern Cape. Thousands of participants gather here annually to escape the hum-drum of city life. The desert becomes a space for creativity; blossoming with enormous sculptures, themed vehicles and strange outfits. It also becomes a place of community where all are encouraged to participate and give each other gifts. To call AfrikaBurn a party or vacation, would be missing the point to some extent, as this gathering has its own lifestyle and principles attached. The Art Times interviewed two of the founders, Monique Schiess and Robert Weinek, to find out more: AT: After a few short years the Afrikaburn event has reached a cult-like status - how would you describe AfrikaBurn to the uninitiated? MS: It’s an event that is defined very specifically by the fact that everyone that comes to the event makes the event. It’s a giant blank canvas onto which you can project anything you can imagine. RW: A giant bring and braai, an art and culture event with no walls, no guilt and no bias with an anything-goes and an anything-can-happen spirit. Being 120km from the nearest urban centre and off the information highway grid, one gets a chance to revisit simple and basic life-guiding principles, reconnecting with one’s humanity and that of others (‘family’ being the word). AT: What was the aim of bringing an event like the Burning Man (America) to South Africa and how has the

event been modified to be so successfully accessible to the South African audience? MS: It was an impulsive move to start a burn in SA. ‘Burns’ in their best incarnations are experiments. The aim of AfrikaBurn was never to start and run a successful event, it was to provide a blank canvas for people to express themselves on, a non-judgmental environment to see what happened. The burns are really a vector for change, where fun and accessing your creativity, working collaboratively, surviving, practicing being inventive and imagining are the vectors that make change happen in ourselves, which ultimately end up making change happen in the world too. We prefer to call it a movement rather than an event. But the event is an important experiential learning moment. South Africans are primarily doers. We love camping, we have the ideal of ‘Ubuntu’. Working together and expressing ourselves is actually our natural state as humans, which can get pretty dulled by our passively-consumptive society that we live in. Burns offer the opportunity to reawaken a human condition rather than a South African one or American one. RW: Successfully combining art, culture, camping, partying, fire, and an urge for a free spirit successfully translates the Burning Man principles into AfrikaBurn, the biggest regional burn event outside the USA. AT: From which walks of life do participants usually emerge? RW: The beauty of our event is that everyone is attracted



1. “Refection” (2013) by Danny Popper. Photo: Simon O’Callaghan 2. The Melon Girls in front of “The Psycullent” theme camp (2011) by the Succelents. Photo: Jonx Pillemer


3. Mutant Vehicle – “The Snail” (2013). Photo: Jonx Pillemer 4. “The Jungle Gym Love Ride” (2013) by Jay Duffet. Photo: Jonx Pillemer

to it so we have all walks of life embracing AfrikaBurn. It truly makes for a very successful event having so many different ideas, backgrounds and influences permeate the primordial Tankwa ooze. AT: What are the principles for which AfrikaBurn stands? MS: The principles were not pre-thought ideas by which to create an event, they were expressions of a bunch of people that were doing fabulous stuff together, Bohemian, idealistic, irreverent and experimental. They emerged and were eventually described, to give guidance to the burgeoning regional burns. This year we (AfrikaBurn) have added our 11th which is “each one teach one”, we added this in reaction to the rapid growth of the event, it puts the onus on all who come to the event to acculturate the newbie’s, hand over the ethos. It’s not just the job of the ‘organisers’ because AfrikaBurn and the culture that it enables belongs to us all. RW: One of our principles is radical self-reliance so you can look them up yourself: about/guiding-principles AT: The event supports a gift-economy, whereby participants are encouraged to share without expecting anything in return. How does this gift-economy function and does it suffer the abuse of inconsiderate individuals? RW: Gifting can be a one-way activity but the rewards outweigh the negatives. I think one human core-function is making others happy because this improves one’s chances

4. 5. “The Totem Pole” (2013) by the Noble Savages. Photo: Jonx Pillemer 6. “Memory” by Brendan Smithers. Photo: Jonx Pillemer







of survival. By gifting, one plugs directly into the motherload of all human core-functions. AT: Over only 8 years of existence, AfrikaBurn has become so popular that the number of entrants has had to be severely limited. Why the limit? MS: We have been limiting the number since 2012, pinning the annual increase to what we think is sustainable growth. Prior to that we used to sell tickets at the gate, until in 2011 we had an unexpected 2000 extra people arrive. It was hell to get more insurance, more medics, more toilets. If we grow too fast we run the risk of becoming victims of our own ‘success’, we dilute too fast and those principles that underpin the movement will end up becoming slogans empty of meaning. MS: It’s imperative that the majority of our community is aware of the principles and their effects on others (Principle 11). Our MOOP policy stands for ‘matter out of place’. All litter must be disposed of in a proper and safe way otherwise our Tankwa Town of 8500 burners becomes an unlivable slum. MS: Limiting numbers is a difficult thing to do since one of our principles is radical inclusion and having more people exposed to the burn is a good thing; but limiting numbers it is the sensible thing to do, and we believe that it will sustain the value of the event in the long run. AT: How is the entrance money spent? Surely limiting the number of entrants has an impact in this area?

MS: The budget for the event includes all infrastructure costs, land rental, emergency services, toilets insurances, printing, office rental, etc. Basically, what it costs us, it costs the ticket buyer. In the last couple of years we have added a budget for Outreach and Art grants. We have a transparency policy, so all our accounts are published on the website. We love it when people peruse the boring stuff on the website. Go see it at about/afrikaburn-financials RW: 3.5% of the funds go to our outreach program benefitting the Tankwa communities and two schools in the broader area. AT: This year’s theme is ‘The Trickster’. Can you give our readers a glimpse into Pandora’s Box? What new can be expected from AfrikaBurn 2014? MS: The Trickster archetype is really what the whole burn was borne from, so every year is a bit of a trickster year. We have 70-plus mutated cars, about 95 registered Theme Camps, and 95 registered artworks, and more will arrive unannounced. Our central effigy is going to be a pleasing surprise. But more than that you will have to wait for…. AT: Before and during the event, many enormous, beautiful sculptures are built and then burnt. For what reasons are these artworks not permitted to exist outside of the event? MS: That everything must burn at the event is a



7. “Clan” (2011) by Nathan Honey. Photo: Jonx Pillemer 8. “Fear Gods” (2012) by Kim Goodwin & the Dandylions, “The Clan” (2012) by Mike Rule. Photo: Simon O’Callaghan


9. “The Tunnel of Questionable Enlightenment” (2013) by Justin Eastman and the Vuvucreative. Photo: Jonx Pillemer 10. “Boxing Bunnies” (2013) by Guy Du Toit and “Complicit” (2013)

misconception. Artworks are not just permitted to exist outside of the event, it is something that is actively encouraged. We require people to motivate why they want to burn their pieces at the event. There should be a reason. RW: The main reason to burn the artworks that can be burnt is that it’s a cathartic process. Letting go of one’s creation and hard work is a very freeing experience (Read Freud’s shit/anal theory). AT: In what ways does AfrikaBurn live on outside of the main annual event and what potential has it to influence society? MS: As I have said before, we see the event as a change agent. In our eight years of running we have seen so much coming out of the burner community, that moment in the desert is boot camp for activism…ie being active, doing stuff, waking up what we call the “do-ocracy” ie. if you see something that needs to be done…get to it. RW: We are an all year round burner community building, creating, meeting, living like a big family. Sharing our skills and resources and doing fundraisers and other events such as our massive decompression event and Parkoff are integral to keeping the community together. We also have effective outreach programs, Art Spark and workshops running all year round. Building and creating together also helps us grow not only in numbers but in our own confidence to go out and make a difference.

11. by Brendhan Dickerson. Photo: Jonx Pillemer 11. “The ArcheClan” (2013) by TNT - Technology. Nature. Tradition. Photo: Simon O’Callaghan


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NIROX Sculpture | WINTER SCULPTURE FAIR 3 - 4 May 2014 In concert with curator Mary Jane Darroll, the NIROX Foundation presents its WINTER 2014 exhibition of new sculptures and installations by more than 50 contemporary artists, showing nearly 100 works throughout the breath-taking gardens, studios and pavilions set in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, only 45 minutes from Joburg and Tshwane city centres. Preview for the media and collectors is on 3 & 4 May. The following weekend the show opens to the public, coinciding with the second edition of last year’s highly successful Winter Sculpture Fair presented by MasterCard, on 10 and 11 May. The show will remain open to the public for a period of 3 months. The diverse selection of works enables visitors to engage with - and offers established and new collectors the opportunity to acquire - ambitious, assertive and stimulating works by some of the most sought after established and promising new and emerging contemporary artists working in SA today. Where last year’s winter exhibition at NIROX – AFTER THE RAINBOW NATION | 2013 – found inspiration from the Rainbow Nation exhibition of SA sculpture in the Hague, this year’s exhibition is not themed or prescriptive in concept. Rather, it allows the artists to continue their explorations; participating in their own language and subjects, challenged to produce extraordinary work appropriate to these times and this place. The exhibition reveals significant pieces from


leaders in contemporary innovation - Willem Boshoff, Marco Cianfanelli, Angus Taylor and Doreen Southwood, who marks her return to production with two new show-stopping figures. The exhibition is distinguished with site-specific investigations of the Cradle of Humankind by artists who have labored all year within the physicality of the local environment – Richard Forbes drawn to the dolomite boulders from one of the world’s largest Karst Systems and Hanneli Coetzee carving a tribute to traditional healers in the shale slabs found on the Witwatersrand Ridge, which defines our southern boundary. Rodan Hart returns, extending his interrogation of geometry in space; as does Lwandiso Njara, continuing his exploration of the intersection between western and African traditional culture. Welcoming the brain-drain reversal, installations are presented by Johan Thom, who recently returned from London; Aliza Levi, who recently returned from Australia; and Sean Blem, who recently returned from Switzerland. They join Bronwyn Lace, Liza Grobler, Stephan Hobbs, Marcus Neustetter and Michelle Mathieson with installations, which make optimal use of the sculpture park’s scale and diversity. We are very pleased and grateful to offer funding support for artists from Mastercard, and private benefactors, facilitating production of some monumental and ambitious projects including Frank van Reenen’s 3 meter Giant,

Jeremy Rose’s iconic replica of Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison cell and Stephan Erasmus’ Linear Construction II – exploring encryption based systems between the artist his audience. Maquettes, studies and small sculptures again show the origination of many of the larger works - unveiling the source of the creative impetus and the process of production. Often the maquette or study is of a different material or viewpoint, and the scale projections that evolve show the journey of the work from idea to completion. Gordon Froud who made a show stopper last year with his dazzling cone virus in the form of a star, again promises to thrill with his large piece entitled Variation on a Swansong, as well as the maquettes and studies for this work. A concerted effort has been made to source new work from recent academic graduates, with contributions from Michaelis Art School, Wits School of the Arts, The University of Johannesburg and Pretoria University - providing a view of what young academic cutting-edge minds are thinking and producing. We celebrate sculpture on a scale seldom seen in South Africa, revealing the discipline of three-dimensional art in effortless harmony with nature. The exhibition speaks to all ages and all cultures - challenges all levels of perception and provides abundant sensory and aesthetic enjoyment.

The digital sketch of an artwork to be unveiled at the NIROX Sculpture Fair . Image courtesy NIROX


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Da Vinci - The Genius Report by Lyn Holm : Fresh from its extended run in the Mother City, Da Vinci – The Genius opens at The Amazing Place in Woodmead, Sandton, early this month. This once-in-a-lifetime view of Leonardo’s work reveals the full scope of his talents as an artist, engineer, anatomist, military strategist, architect and musician. Although one does not get the privilege of seeing the genuine Mona Lisa (she is not leaving the Louvre for anyone), visitor to this exhibition will see something even more exciting: how the Mona Lisa looked in its former glory and how it has changed over the years. By employing the most advanced in scan technology, French engineer Pascal Cotte presents infra-red images of the famous work’s under-painting, transporting the viewer right back to the master’s easel. Art-lovers will also learn about how The Last Supper was painted, and be able to see every tiny detail in a 1000 DPI scan of The Lady of the Ermine and a painting only recently discovered as being the work of Da Vinci, Bella Principessa. Those fascinated by human and animal biology will be enthralled by beautifully magnified anatomical sketches, Da Vinci’s studies of the Vitruvian man

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and nature’s mathematical recipe for perfect form, the golden ratio. Budding engineers will be gobsmacked by the sheer volume of technological advances directly deriving from Da Vinci’s designs. Models of these devices and mechanisms constructed in materials Da Vinci might have used are placed beside their original design drawings, stimulating the imagination and leaving your mouth agape. A number of these models are interactive, something kids of all ages will enjoy. Musicians will love the quirky adaptations Da Vinci made to some well-loved instruments and all who dream of flight will be blown away by his self-propelling flying and gliding devices. In short, there is something for every thinking mind at Da Vinci – The Genius and each visitor is sure to walk away inspired to develop his/her talents beyond all conceivable limitation. Tickets are available online from Webtickets, Visitors will also be able to purchase tickets at the venue from 2 April 2014 (although online bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment in the event of tickets selling out). For more information on this exhibition, visit

Caroline van der Merwe’s Overview Exhibition | Pietrasanta Sculptures

17 April - 30 April 2014 Opening Event : 19 April (18:00)

An exhibition of works from every stage of Caroline van der Merwe’s career is coming to The Studio, Kalk Bay this month. Curated by her daughter, Heidi Smuts, this exhibition displays some of the artist’s final works completed before her death in 2012; including marbles, bronzes, terracottas, drawings and etchings, as well as the four archangels which have never been exhibited before. Born in 1932 in Tanzania, Caroline later married a South African and brought her children up in Cape Town. After earning a diploma in Dress Design at a technical college in Durban, Caroline studied sculpture under Bill Davis and Lippy Lipschitz at the Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town. A comment made by the painter Stanley Pinker that she drew like a sculptor, encouraged her decision to pursue this medium further. Aside from prominent South African galleries collecting her work, Caroline was honoured in 1995 with a major retrospective exhibition at the University of Stellenbosch/Sasol Gallery. She also won first prize, Europremio, in Pavia, Italy in 1999. Caroline’s initial ventures were influenced by Brancusi and Henry Moore. She later moved into abstracted bird and fish forms, and female torsos. In the 1970s she established her style in the realism of Michelangelo, concentrating on the male figure.

»» Caroline van der Merwe : “Archangel Raphael” 2010. Resin


Caroline’s male figures lent themselves heavily to interpreting the restrictions created by the Apartheid in South Africa. Her figures were bound or constricted symbolizing humanity’s battle with its failings, fears and inner turmoil. Considering the political atmosphere as well as her ability to portray human suffering, a seemingly natural progression was to re-interpret the crucifixion. Disturbed by the political situation in South Africa, Caroline moved to Pietrasanta, Italy in 1983. Here, Caroline lived out her days happily but never lost contact with her roots in Africa. As the political climate in South Africa started to clear, Caroline was able to liberate her work in dance figures and a new sensuous female form, freeing her craft from the contortion. Growing older and challenged by her mortality, Caroline’s last pieces were dedicated to the archangels. After her death in 2012, Caroline’s daughter found a quote she had written about the last four works she was able to complete, “Why archangels I cannot say, it just came to me in a flash. I have done male figures, then female figures and now that I am close to my 80th year, maybe it is time I got to know them as well.” For more information contact: Heidi Smuts ( or mobile 074 068 2279)


ART TIMES | Artists’ Birthdays Dr George Pemba: 2 April 1912 - 12 July 2001 Painter, playwright and teacher, George Pemba was best-known for his courage and his protest art. Pemba had been drawing and painting since his early school days but he only worked in oils from his 30s onwards. This was at the advice of fellow artist, Gerard Sekoto, who said that working in the medium would make his art sell easier. Sekoto also convinced Pemba to paint township scenes, which are now his most famous works. Pemba’s painting career lasted six decades, providing a visual history of what he had witnessed in a transforming South Africa. »» Johans Borman webpage:

Gabriel Cornelis de Jongh: 6 April 1913 - 11 March 2004 Gabriel Cornelis de Jongh was the son of the renowned artist Tinus de Jongh. He is well-known for his idyllic landscape paintings. As a young boy, Gabriel and his father would disappear into the mountainous parts of the Cape Peninsula. “Utilising public transport closest to their destination, they walked the remaining distance carrying the heavy painting gear and camping equipment. His father... had taught him to observe and mentally record facets of the landscape with the clarity and precision of a camera. He had instilled in him the principle that so characterises their work, that it is light, reflected light and cast shadow that create form and dimension.” »» Robertson Art Gallery webpage:

Mary Sibande: 11 April 1982 Mary Sibande is best known for her depictions of ‘Sophie’, a black woman dressed in Victorian-style, domestic worker attire. “Sibande may make jokes about the annihilation of her alter ego. ‘She was dead before I even started,’ she says referring to the title of the exhibition Long Live the Dead Queen. But she admits to sharing a bizarre connection with this character. ‘When I get into her costume and pose for the photographs I really feel like I am her. It’s a bit twisted I know, but I become Sophie.’” »» Mary Corrigall, “Interview with Mary Sibande” (25/07/2010), Incorrigible Corrigall blogpage: (Published in The Sunday Independent, 20/06/2010)

Sydney Kumalo: 13 April 1935 Known as one of the famous Polly Street group, his sculptures and drawings are well-sought after. A critic once commented on Kumalo’s work: “Best to ignore the pastel-like mixed media compositions until one has studied his superb sculpture – and vice-versa.” I think it is safe to say that this critic really had nothing to say. »» Oliver Kerr, “Kumalo’s bold compositions enthral”, Sunday Express, Johannesburg (05/08/1973)

Maggie Laubser: 14 April 1886 - 17 May 1973 Maggie Laubser is best known for her colourful paintings of domestic and farm life, originally rejected and then adored by the public. “A visit to Maggie Laubser in February 1973 found her, at the age of almost 87, absorbed - as always - in a painting of a favoured theme... Then she took us into the studio to see her latest work and she expressed her scorn for those poor souls who asked her in amazement, ‘Are you still painting at your age?’ ‘If I were not painting, I’d be dead!’ she stated. There was an unfinished canvas on her easel when Maggie Laubser died on 17 May 1973.” »» MAGGIE (MARIA MAGDALENA) LAUBSER”, The Cape Gallery webpage: »» Esmé Berman (1983), Art and Artists of South Africa, An Illustrated biographical dictionary and historical survey of painters, sculptors and graphic artists since 1875.

William Kentridge: 28 April 1955 Internationally acclaimed South African artist, best known for his charcoal drawings and stop-frame animations. Kentridge once stopped making art. He told an interviewer: “I had two careers. My first career was as an artist. Then I gave it up... I was blessed by a very deaf gallerist I had in Johannesburg, a very old, very nice person who kept on saying to me it’s time for you to have an exhibition! I said to him, ‘I no longer make art.’ (He then said,) ‘Good! Good! Come on!’ (to which I replied) ‘I no longer make art.’ (He was persistent.) ‘No, no! Which month? Which month shall I put you down for?’ Eventually the South African film industry was so awful, so unpleasant to work in, that I found myself back in the studio making drawings... The next time I saw my gallerist I said, ‘Alright, alright! In four months time we’ll do an exhibition, and we’ll see how long I can survive on that exhibition before I have to go back to the salt mines of the film industry.’ And gradually I stopped having to go back into the film industry.” »» Anthony Haden-Guest, “The Maestro: A Conversation with William Kentridge” (01/04/2010), Blouin Art Info webpage: http://www.blouinartinfo. com/news/story/34261/the-maestro-a-conversation-with-william-kentridge

International artists’ birthdays Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael): 6 April 1483 - 6 April 1520 Italian Renaissance artist, Raphael is best known for his Madonnas and for his large figure compositions in the Vatican. “Most of what we know about Raphael’s love life comes from Vasari’s vivid biographical account in Lives of the Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (1550-68). Raphael was, Vasari tells us, ‘a very amorous person, delighting much in women and ever ready to serve them,’ but never married. According to Vasari, toward the end of his life, when he was trying to complete the frescos in Agostino Chigi’s villa in Rome, Raphael grew so obsessed by his girlfriend, Margherita Luti, that he couldn’t focus on his work, so he had her installed in one of the villa’s rooms where he could visit her whenever he felt the urge. Not long after this, Raphael’s rock-starlike lifestyle caught up with him, and he died at age 37 from a fever brought on by too much sex.” »» Mia Fineman, “Raphael’s Other Woman” (02/02/2005), Slate webpage:

Leonardo da Vinci: 15 April 1452 - 2 May 1519 Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. “Leonardo’s love of animals was such that he chose to become a vegetarian; this was very unusual for the period. He almost never performed experiments on animals, whereas he dissected in the region of thirty human bodies. Leonardo was reluctant to do the same to his four-legged friends which greatly hindered his study in this area, though it is suggested he did experiment with attempting to graft fish fins and bat wings onto lizards.” »» “Animals”, Lair Web webpage: The Art Times also congratulates Kate Gottgens: 7 April 1951

Roger Ballen:

Tom Cullberg:

Stephan Welz: 13 April 1943


8 April 1972

11 April 1950

Christian Nerf: 19 April 1970

James V. Thackwray: 22 April 1919

Husain Essop:

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Dan Halter:

Hasan Essop:

Clare Menck:

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ART TIMES | 100 Great South African Works of Art Series

Anton Van Vouw : Bad News (1907)

By Lyn Holm : The second Anglo-Boer war, also known as the South African war (1899 – 1902), resulted in the British instituting a ‘scorched earth’ policy, destroying anything that could be useful to their enemy. The Boers subsequently lost acres of precious farmland and were subjected to concentration camps. Completely demoralised, they eventually surrendered to the British. Anton Van Vouw’s Bad News stands as a moment frozen in time, capturing the instant that two Boer soldiers heard that they had lost the independence of both the South African Republic and the Republic of the Orange Free State to the British. Two men lean against each another for support. Their intricately carved faces express what their mouths cannot: horror, grief, exhaustion, despondency. A lizard lingers nearby, seemingly unafraid of the men, testifying to their speechlessness and shocked stillness. In the artist’s words, “‘Vir die een man is alles verlore en hy soek instinkmatig steun by sy sterker wapenbroeder; die ander een voel dat alles eers verlore is as die moed verlore is’. [For one man everything is lost and he instinctively

searches for support from his stronger brotherin-arms; the other one feels that everything is lost when courage is lost.]” The men have bought hard and fought to the bitter end. Their shoes are worn-out and their guns reveal only two bullets remaining. Such remarkable detail is testimony to Van Vouw’s technical skill as an artist, but more so his ability to tell a story through his depiction of his subject matter. So clear is his depiction that his empathy with the characters, is indisputable. Being born in the Netherlands, Anton Van Vouw identified strongly with the Dutch settlers who made their home in South Africa before he did. Moving to South Africa during the war, he could not help but empathise with their struggle. More than that, his pathos captured the emotional climate of the entire Afrikaner group in that specific moment in history; which is quite remarkable for a sculpture only 32,5cm tall. Although sculpted in South Africa, some of the bronze casts of this sculpture were produced in Italy where a higher standard was upheld at the time. The result is that the quality of the Italian casts is far greater than that of

the South African equivalent. In a 2010 auction, Strauss and Co. sold an Italian cast of Bad News for over R 2,2 million. At the time of sale, it broke the record for a South African sculpture sold on auction (The record has since been broken by Jane Alexander’s Untitled, which was sold by Strauss and Co. for R 5,5 million, last year).

Artwork details AND Sources »» Bad News Artwork details (As sold by Strauss and Co. in 2010): Anton van Wouw: Bad News (Slegte Nuus) Signed and inscribed ‘SA Joh-burg 1907’ and ‘FOUNDRY G. MASSA. ROMA’ Bronze, good brown patination. Height: 32,5cm Sources consulted when writing: »» “Anton van Wouw (1862-1945)”, from the University of Pretoria webpage: http://web.


»»“Anton Van Wouw - Bad News” (08/02/2010), from Strauss and Co. webpage: http://www.straussart. »» “‘Bad News’ proves to be good news” (16/03/2010), from from Strauss and Co. webpage: »» “Sculpture sets SA record at auction” (22/11/2013) from the Midweek Sun webpage:


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Wim Botha : Mieliepap Pietá (2004)

By Lyn Holm : In 2004, Wim Botha created a mirrored replica of Michelangelo’s Pietá, out of maizemeal and resin. A Christian icon of the Messiah in the arms of his mother after his sacrificial death, the original Pietá is famous and publically cherished for more than its religious symbolism; but for its meticulous execution and beauty. Its value is further grounded in the marble that it is made out of, a sculptural medium traditionally reserved for only the highest purposes. In contrast, Wim Botha’s Mieliepap Pietá, is made of the staple diet of millions of poverty-stricken South Africans. While it is cheap to purchase, ‘mieliepap’ is incredibly precious to the poor, as it provides sustenance to an otherwise permanently empty belly. To those who rely on ‘mieliepap’, marble is infinitely less precious, a frivolous luxury. From this perspective, Mieliepap Pietá seems to be an interrogation of true value. The mirroring of the original Pietá may directly relate to another historical icon, this time South African. Sam Nzima’s photograph of Hector Pieterson’s life-less body was captured during the Soweto Uprising of 1976. It sent shock-waves through the Media when first published. Over the years, this photograph has lost little of its original affect. It exists as a symbol

of the tragedy and the injustice of apartheid, a reminder to us that such things should never happen again. Juxtaposing this image with that of Wim Botha’s Mieliepap Pietá, an immediate connection can be drawn between the two because of the similar compositional relationship of the figures included. This would be an unimportant co-incidence if the similarities ended here. Instead, both compositions clearly show the body of a life-less, blameless individual is carried by his own protective loved-one. Despite any religious connotations that can be drawn from the connection between these two works, I believe that the connection rather encourages a sentiment (almost religious in its proportion) towards the memory of the suffering of those suppressed by apartheid. To add the connotations of ‘mieliepap’ to this thought, is to suggest that there is still suffering that needs to be addressed; this time not as a result of racial prejudice but as a result of hunger and poverty. The injustice of apartheid lives on in the (semi-subsequent) reality of poverty for the still-disadvantaged masses. The artwork is raised off the floor by building scaffolding. On one hand, the scaffolding cruelly raises the precious object up and away from those who seek it. On the other, it acts as a means of access to the object. Connotations of

architectural construction may represent a hope that South Africa builds for itself a future that is free from social inequality and the suffering that goes with it; that our society can reach a higher level of righteousness. Mieliepap Pietá is a cry for positive change in a form that art-lovers will find difficult to ignore, because those who know their Art History have been taught that Michelangelo’s Pietá is worthy of their utmost attention. The question of why Botha’s is made from ‘mieliepap’ is sure to follow.

Artwork details AND Sources »» Wim Botha: Mieliepap Pietà (2004) Maize meal, epoxy resin. Mirrored replica, life-size Installation view, Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York Spier Collection, Cape Town Image courtesy of Stevenson Gallery Photographer Mario Todeschini »» Michelangelo: Pietá (1498–1499)


Marble. Housed at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City »» Hector Pieterson photographed by Sam Nzima, 1976 Sources consulted when writing: »» Mackenzie Moon, 2008, “Apt Appropriation: Contemporary African Artists’ Utilization of »» Canonical Western Art.” »» »»



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Bathurst The Workshop Art and Craft Gallery: Permanent gallery showcasing prominent E.Cape contemporary and emerging artists, sculptors, ceramists and crafters. : C. 073 3929 436

East London Ann Bryant Art Gallery: Pierneef Revisited’ Carl Becker and Monique Pelser. Opens Thursday 17/04/2014 at 18h30 until 5/06/2014. Southernwood. : T. 043 7224044 Floradale Fine Art: Poetic Licence.’ Greg Schultz, Rose Warren, Jeff Rankin, Glenda Gendall, Judy Fish, Bazil Raubach, John Steele, Dianna Castle, Hela Bonell, Pierre Marc are all participating. Ranges from abstract to watercolour sketches of note. : Beacon Bay. T. 043 7402031

Port Elizabeth ART Gallery: Regular exhibitions showcasing leading South African artists, in particular artists from the Eastern Cape. Central Hill. C. 072 379 5933 ArtEC - EPSAC Community Art Centre: Non profit organisation and community art center. Central Port Elizabeth. T. 041 585 3641 Fischers Art Gallery: The Gallery’s unique Art Nouveau architecture houses a stunning display of Fine Art and giftware. Central Port Elizabeth. T. 041 585 6755 GFI Art Gallery: A corporate collection devoted to the science of aviation. T. 041 586 3973 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum: Legacy’ David Walters, Professor Juliet Armstrong & Friends. Until 04/05/2014. Journeys’ From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection. Ends 15/06/2014. T. 041 5062000 Underculture Contemporary: My ‘weird marriage’ questions the ambivalence that I experience towards the domestic. : Ilené Bothma. 16/04/2014 till 16/05/2014. 98A Park Drive, Central. T. 041 373 0074

Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum: ‘Free State Towns’ : Philippe Burger and Jan van der Merwe. Until 28/04/2014. Maureen Quin: The Retrospective Year’ Curated by Virginia Reed. Until 21/04/2014. Arboretum : Blindfolded Line, Dancing Through Time’ by Liza Grobler (Main Building) Exciting interactive workshops are planned to compliment this exhibition. 24/04/2014 till 08/06/2014. Arboretum. karen.marais@nasmus. T. 051 011 0525 ext 611 Gallery on Leviseur: ‘Layers of Black’ : Jean Dreyer : 08/03/2014 till 06/04/2014. ‘Colours of Drought’ : Sandy Thomas. 12/04/2014 till 11/05/2014. : Westdene : : www.

Clarens Art & Wine Gallery on Main: Frederike Stokhuyzen, Gregoire Boonzaier, J.H. Pierneef, Erik Laubscher and Jean Doyle. T. 058 256 1298 Johan Smith Art Gallery: Johan Smith, Elga Rabe, Graham Carter, Gregoire Boonzaier, amongst others. Hennie Meyer, Karen Sinovich, and Heather Mills, among others. : T. 058 256 1620 Richard Rennie Gallery: April: Check in 6th, check out 11th MAY. June: Check in 18th, check out 23rd. For more information and bookings please email Frank at : Clarens : ashriverlodge@ T. 058 256 1717 The Gallery Clarens: Dedicated to exhibiting and promoting established, mid-career and emerging artists of imagination and ability. T. 058 025 6017

Smithfield Biba’s Gallery: Wendy Malan Screen prints and etchings. Smithfield, Free State. Smithfield.

Gauteng Johannesburg Art Afrique Gallery: First Introductions’ An Exhibition for newly discovered artists. Opens: 17/04/2014 at 18:30. Sandton. T. 011 292 7113 Absa Art Gallery: Elrie Joubert. Absa L’Atelier winner 2012.11/05/2014 till 30/05/2014, Main Street, CBD. T. 011 350 5139 Alice Art Gallery: 3 & 4 May: “Art in the Garden” Meet the artist. Ruimsig. T. 011 958 1392 Art etc: Showcasing a wide variety of SA artists, ranging from old masters to the budding future masters. Sandton City. T. 011 783 0842 Art Eye Gallery: Art by leading South African artists. Fourways. T. 011 465 7695 Art Unlimited Gallery: The Gift. Ongoing exhibition of the works of Louwtjie Kotzé. Ongoing. Sonneglans Extension 4, Randburg. louwtjie@artunlimitedgallery. C. 083 779 9021 Artist Proof Studio: Art by leading South African artists. Showing William Kentridge. Limited edition ‘Rebus’ series. Newtown Cultural Precinct. T. 011 492 1278 Bayliss Gallery: Opening Exhibition. To celebrate the launch of Bayliss Gallery come view new artworks by emerging and established contemporary artists. 70 Grant Ave, Norwood. : C. 083 291 7672 Candice Berman Fine Art Gallery: Specialise in fine art, photography and custom framing. : Bryanston : info@ T. 011 463 8524 Carol Lee Fine Art: Art by leading South African artists. Upstairs@Bamboo, Melville. T. 011 486 0526 CIRCA on Jellicoe: Selfshots’ Hentie van der Merwe. Opens. 05/04/2014. The Boer War Pictures’ John Meyer. Opens. 23/04/2014. Rosebank. T. 011 788 4805 Crouse Art Gallery: A Variety of South African artists. From new talent to old Masters. All year long. Florida. T 011 672 3821 Everard Read Jhb: Forgotten Sentinel’ John Meyer. 23/04/2014 till 25/05/2014 : Rosebank. T. 011 788 4805 Ferreira Art Gallery: Works of Rob MacIntosh on permanent display. Open 7 days a week. Bryanston. T. 011 706 3738. Gallery 2: Art by leading South African artists. Parkwood, Johannesburg. T. 011 4470155 Gallery AOP: Collection of contemporary prints. Braamfontein Werf. T. 011 726 2234 Gallery MOMO Contemporary art gallery. Parktown North. T. 011 327 3247 Goodman Gallery JHB: ‘Quiet’ by Jodi Bieber. 03/04/2014 till 27/04/2014. Parkwood. T. 011 788 1113 Graham’s Fine Art Gallery: South African Masters: The gallery showcases a selection of South African artists Irma Stern, J.H. Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, Maggie Laubser and Alexis Preller amongst others. Bryanston. T. 011 463 7869 16 Halifax Art: Specialising in contemporary art.


Bryanston. www.16halifaxart. C. 082 784 6695 In Toto Gallery: Crossing Paths. Sarel Petrus, Maria Patrizi. Until 05/05/2014. T. 011 447 6543 Isis Gallery: Range of paintings and stone sculpture by leading South African artists. Rosebank. T. 011 447 2317 Johannesburg Art Gallery: Over the Rainbow’ an exhibition by Contemporary South African art looking back at 20 years of democracy. Johannesburg. T. 011 725 3130/80. ‘Jag Snag’ by Stephen Hobbs. Until 27/06/2014

Fried Contemporary Art Gallery: Bloodlines’ Georgie Papageorge, Diane Victor. Until 19/04/2014. T. 012 346 0158. Front Room Art: Contemporary South African Art. Rietondale. T. 082 451 5584 Leonardo Gallery: Art exhibition of the Bronze sculptures of Suzette Rocher and Oil paintings of Thea Burger. Suzette Rocher Thea Burger. Until 22/04/2014. Moreleta Park. T. 012 997 0520 Pretoria Art Museum: An art museum of world renown, specialising in South African art. T. 012 344 1807.

Lizamore & Associates Gallery: Marking the map. Heike Allerton-Davies, Dirk Bahmann, Mandy CoppesMartin, Frikkie Eksteen, Stephan Erasmus, Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, Kilmany-Jo Liversage, Benon Lutaaya, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Louis Olivier, Uwe Pfaff, Karin Preller, Jaco Sieberhagen, Pat Sithole, Richard Smith and Judy Woodborne. Until 26/04/2014. Parkwoord. T. 011 880 8802

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The Amazing Place: “Da Vinci - The Genius. Doors open daily at 09h00 to 19h00 (last admission at 17h30). Ticket prices from R80 - R140. 02/04/2014 till 22/06/2014. Woodmead, Sandton.

UNISA Art Gallery: The UNISA Art Gallery aims to provide a range of experimental and challenging exhibitions that invite debate and educational stimulation. : T. 012 441 5876

The Photo Workshop Gallery: A school of photography, a gallery, and a project space. Newtown, Johannesburg. T. 011 834 1444


Protea Gallery: Specialising in well-known South African Artists, as well as those up-and-coming. T. 011 8285035

Imbizo Gallery: Work from leading South African artists. Ballito. T. 032 946 1937

Purple Heart Gallery: Currently showcasing a variety of established, as well as new, SA Artists. T. 011 475 7411

Artspace durban: Contemporary arts gallery adjacent to and in collaboration with dedicated artists’ studio spaces. Millar Rd.

St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery: “Butterflies find the way”, Helen Voutsas Solo Exhibition. Closes 30/04/2014. T. 012 460 0284.



Resolution Gallery: Partially Nomad’ by Dave Roberston. Until 22/04/2014. Rhetorical ‘Self’ Benjamin Skinner. Opens 26/04/2014. Parkwood. T. 011 880 4054

Artisan Gallery: Ranging from contemporary fine art to jewellery and cutlery, the Artisan Art Gallery also showcases many of South Africa’s award-winning ceramicists. Morningside. T. 031 312 4364. C. 083 443 4003

Rubixcube Gallery: Works by young and promising South African artists. Arts on Main, Johannesburg CBD. C. 072 252 7763

Durban Art Gallery: Collections include everything from current and historical art and artefacts of KwaZulu Natal. T. 031 311 2264

Standard Bank Gallery: Simon Stone Retrospective. Opens 10/06/2014 till 14/09/2014. T. 011 631 1889. Stevenson Transience’ Nandipha Mntambo: 10/04/2014 till 16/05/2014. T 011 403 1055/1908 The Fine Art Studio: Offers part-time courses in Oil Painting and Drawing. Beginners and experienced artists alike. UJ Art Gallery: University Of Johannesburg Gallery. APK Campus, Auckland Park. T. 011 559 2099 White House Gallery: Renowned masters such as Chagall, Marini, Miro, Moore, Stella, Picasso, Dine & Hockney. Illovo. T. 011 268 2115

Pretoria Alette Wessels Kunskamer: Art gallery and art consultancy, specialising in SA art as an investment, dealing in Old Masters, and selected contemporary art. T. 012 346 0728 : Art in the Park: Art works in watercolour, oil, pastel, acrylics, batik, sculpture, pottery and photography. C. 071 676 3600 Association of Arts Pretoria: Easter Symbols’ Angie Banks, Annelise Bowker, Retha Buitendach, Ansa Clacey, Debbie Cloete, Johan Conradie, Daimon, Danie de Wet, Jerice Doeg, Liekie Fouche, Gordon Froud, Diek Grobler, Helena Hugo, Carl Jeppe, Corne Joubert, Aleta Michaletos, Kay Potts, Stefan Rossouw, Loeritha Saayman, Peter Sibanda, At Smit, Lynette ten Krooden, Mienke van Zyl, Jahni Wasserfall, Annemarie Wessels, Sybrand Wiechers, Izanne Wiid, Liza Wilson, etc. 04/04/2014 till 23/04/2014. T. 012 346 3100 Centurion Art Gallery: A commercial satellite of the Pretoria Art Museum. T. 012 358 3477

Elizabeth Gordon Gallery: Dave Tomlinson. Works in bronze. Morningside. T. 031 3038133 Bellevue Gallery: New Work’ Vicky Verbaan, Sharleen Boaden, Desire Pelser, Jan Coetzee and Guilia Forman. Also ceramics by Louise Jennings and Frank Ntunya. Kloof. T. 031 717 2785 Gallery Umhlanga: Contemporary African art. Umhlanga. T. 031 561 2199 KZNSA Gallery SPI National Portrait Award. Group exhibition. 01/04/2014 till 20/04/2014. Glenwood. T. 031 277 1705 Tamasa Gallery: A broad variety of contemporary KZN artists. : Berea : T. 031 207 1223 The African Art Centre: Exhibits the work of both young and established black artists, working in contemporary and traditional styles. Morningside. T. 031 312 3804/05

Pietermaritzburg Blue Caterpillar Gallery: Gallery exhibiting wide range of styles and mediums covering both established and up-and-coming artists from South Africa and beyond. T. 033 387 1356 Tatham Art Gallery: Serving Msunduzi through the Visual Arts. T. 033 392 2801 The House of Makiwa: Makiwa Mutomba. Boughton. T. 033 344 1762

Newcastle Carnegie Art Gallery: Newcastle. South African landscapes. Good collection of ELC Art & Craft, Rorkes Drift ceramics, prints and tapestries. South African artists. Permanent Exhibition. Newcastle. T. 034 328 7622

Nottingham Road

Aladdin’s Art and Ceramics Gallery: Stained glass art. Nottingham Road. T. 033 266 6460


Gallery LISTINGS | ART TIMES Ardmore Ceramic Art: Feature in leading galleries and collections, including the Museum of Art & Design in New York, the Museum of Cultures in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Caversham Road: T. 033 940 0034

Underberg The Underberg Studio: Set in a delightful garden facing the mountains, the gallery specializes in landscape photography & ceramics. T. 033 701 2440

Mpumalanga Graskop Artistic Journey Art Gallery: Workshops, Art classes and Art Gallery. Panorama Rest Camp and Chalets. T. 082 600 3441

C. 082 303 6798 Artvark Gallery: ReVisioned’-An Exhibition of Prints and Artist’ Books by artists exploring non-toxic print making techniques with Colleen Ross.Theresa Jo,Jane Mclleron,Bridget Wares, Nicola Visser, Trudi Mcpherson,MariAna Swart Dullaart, Sue Kaplan, Caryl Hocleutner, Rosa Shepherd, Lana Davis. Until 30/04/2014. Kalk Bay. T. 021 788 5584 Barnard Gallery: Yonder’ Lien Botha. Until 01/05/2014 Newlands. T. 021 671 1553 Blank Projects: Misheck Masamvu. April. Woodstock T. 021 462 4276

White River

Bronze Age: Art foundry specialising in casting of bronze sculpture, as well as undertaking sculpture, interior and architectural commission work. Woodstock. T. 021 447 3914

The Artists’ Press: New lithographs by Nandipha Mntambo. : Waterfield Farm near White River. T. 013 751 3225

Brundyn+ New works: Mohau Modisakeng: April. Bo-Kaap. Video Show. Various Artists Curated by Portia Malatjie: May. Bo-Kaap

The Loop Art Foundry & Sculpture Gallery: A collaboration and network for the avid art patron and collector as well as a full service facility for the artist. White River. T. 013 758 2409

Carmel Art: Dealers in fine art, exclusive distributers of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings. Green Point. T. 021 4213333

The White River Gallery: Karin Daymond. 19/04/2014 till 12/05/2014. White River. T. 083 675 8833

Northern Cape Kimberley William Humphreys Art Gallery: Collection of 16th and 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, British and French paintings, antique furniture and other objects d’art. Civic Centre. T. 053 8311724/5

North West Lichtenburg Jonel Scholtz Art Gallery: Ongoing exhibition of SA artists in the heart of the Mealie Triangle. Jonel Scholtz, Stan Polson, Maria M, At Botha, Isabelle le Roux, Avril Hatting, Mariaan Kotze en Derrick van Rensburg. Lichtenburg. T. 082 853 8621

Potchefstroom North-West University Gallery: Monday - Friday from 10:00 till 16:00. Free entrance. Potchefstroom Campus T. 018 299 4341

Hartbeespoort Dam Edwards Fine Art, Modern and Contemporary: Featuring works by William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Robert Hodgins, Cecil Skotnes and Edoardo Villa. Sculpture by Anton Smit. Xanadu, Hartbeesport. T. 076 472 9812.

Western Cape Cape Town 34FineArt: Inventory 14’ - Group Exhibition. Mr. Brainwash, Takashi Murakami, Norman Catherine, Asha Zero, Paul du Toit, Lionel Smit, Jade Doreen Waller, Esther Mahlangu and more. 1/04/2014 Ongoing. Woodstock. T. 021 461 1863 A Word of Art: Focus on art activism projects within communities in South Africa. Woodstock. C. 083 300 9970 Absolute Art Gallery: We stock superior quality art by the Masters, as well as contemporary artists. Bellville. T. 021 914 2846 Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery: Painter whose work is heavily influenced by, and reflective of, pop culture. Woodstock. T. 021 447 2396 ArtB Gallery, Bellville: The Arts Association of Bellville. “Bellville. T. 021 917 1197 ArtMark: A selection of artworks from established and new South African artists. Imhof Farm Kommetjie.


Casa Labia Gallery: Judy Woodborne solo show ‘Persephone’s Tears’. 26/04/2013 till 01/06/2014. Lyn Gilbert solo show ‘Perceptions’. Lyn Gilbert. Until 20/04/2014. Muizenberg. T. 021 788 6068 Christopher Møller Art: Andre Stead. Until 20/01/201. ‘From the Heart’. “Curated by Carol Hodes. Artists include: Hanneke Benade, David Brown, Ben Coutouvidis, Adriaan Diedericks, Dee Donaldson, Jan du Toit, Andries Gouws, Pauline Gutter, Jolante Hesse, Eugenie Marais, Diane Mclean, Mark Midgley, Andrew Salgado, Henk Serfontein, Lionel Smit, Cobus van Bosch.10/04/2014 till 22/05/2014 Gardens. T. 021 422 1599 Clementina Ceramics: Contemporary South African ceramics featuring one-off works by Clementina van der Walt and complemented by designer crafts. Open Mon to Fri 9-5 Sat 9-3. Ongoing exhibition. Woodstock. T. 021 447 1398. C. 082 925 0871 Commune.1 Gallery: Sediment’ by Roger Palmer. : Not Written in Stone’ by Lorienne Lotz. Until 16/04/2014. Cape Town Central. T. 021 423 5600 Culture urban+contemporary Gallery: Urban and contemporary art. Woodstock. T. 021 447 3533 David Krut Projects Cape Town: Diane Victor. 12/04/2014 till 31/05/2014. Newlands. T. 021 685 0676 Deziree Finearts: A Collection of Contemporary Colonial and African Oil Paintings. Deziree Smith. Ongoing exhibition.: Fish Hoek. T. 021 785 1120 Die Kunskamer: Works by leading Artists, Irma Stern, Hugo Naude, Cecil Skotnes, Cynthia Villet, Norman Catherine, Hardy Botha, Bill Davis, Gail Catlin, Simon Stone, David Brown and Pierneef. Sea Point. T 021 4349529 Donald Greig Gallery & Foundry: Private Gallery permanently exhibiting artworks of Donald Greig. : V&A Waterfront. T. 021 418 0003 Eatwell Art Gallery: Exclusively exhibits the artwork of the Eatwell family. The artists, Lynne-Marie Eatwell, Eric Oswald Eatwell and Mags Eatwell. Noordhoek T. 021 789 2767 EBONY Cape Town: Work by Zemba Luzamba.: Zemba Luzamba from the DRC and Wycliffe Mundopa from Zimbabwe. Opens: 03/04/2014. CBD: T. 021 424 9985 Eclectica Art & Antiques: Purveyors of fine art and antiques. Wynberg. T. 021 762 7983 Eclectica Modern Gallery: Peter Pharoah, Batiaan van Stenis, Lolly Hahn-Page, William Kentridge, Lydia da Silva, Hugo Maritz, Russel Travers, Tyron Appollis. Claremont : T. 021 6717315

Everard Read, Cape Town: Fine South African and contemporary international paintings and sculpture. V&A Waterfront. T. 021 418 4527 G2 Art: Offering a diverse range of contemporary art and sculpture by artists including Adolf Tega, Nicole Pletts and Cornelia Stoop amongst others. 10am - 5pm. Cape Town CBD. . T. 021 424 7169 Ghuba Gallery: Ongoing collection of new works and contemporary African art. Hout Bay. T. 021 790 0772 Goodman Gallery Cape Town: Surfacing’ Group exhibition. Kendell Geers, Mikhael Subotzky, William Kentridge, Mounir Fatmi, Alfredo Jaar, Liza Lou, Candice Breitz, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Johan Thom, Kudzanai Chiurai : Until 19/04/2014 : Woodstock. T. 021 4627567 Heather Auer Art and Sculpture: Original paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Heather Auer and other SA artists. Simonstown. T. 021 786 1309 Hout Bay Gallery: Specialises in the work of South African artists. Artworks include paintings, sculptures and furniture. Hout Bay. T. 021 7903618 Infin Art Gallery: A gallery of work by local artists. Cape Town Central. T. 021 423 2090 Infin Art Gallery: A gallery of work by local artists. Wynberg. T. 021 761 2816 Iziko Michaelis Collection: Ongoing: Dutch works from the 17th-20th centuries in Iziko collections. Cape Town Central. T. 021 4813800 Iziko SA National Gallery: A Nomad’s Harvest’. Retrospective of photographs by George Hallett. Until 09/07/2014. Cape Town Central. T. 021 467 4660 Johans Borman Fine Art: Currently showing a selection of works by SA Masters & leading contemporary artists. JH Pierneef, Maggie Laubser, Cecil Skotnes, Hugo Naudé, Ephraim Ngatane, Peter Clarke, Francois Krige, Jacobus Kloppers, Ben Coutouvidis, Marlene von Dürckheim and Kyle Weeks. Newlands. T. 021 683 6863 Kalk Bay Modern: Art on Paper V’ Kalk Bay Modern’s annual exhibition showing new works from South Africa’s leading artists working with paper. Barbara Wildenboer, Claudette Schreuders, Conrad Botes, David Koloane, Johan Louw, Lehlongolo Mashaba, Lyn Smuts, Sanell Aggenbach, William Kentridge and more. Until 23/04/2014. Kalk Bay. T. 021 788 6571 Nicolaas Maritz: ‘Still Life’ A solo exhibition. Curious juxtapositions of the real and fantastical, humorous and sinister, natural and artificial are a defining characteristic of Maritz’s art. 30/04/2014 till 20/05/2014 Kalk Bay Sculpture Studio: Fine art bronze foundry offering a sculpture and casting service for artists as well as commissions for corporate and private collectors. Kalk Bay : T. 021 788 8736. Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery: A selection of artworks by new and prominent SA artists and SA old Masters. Bellville. T. 021 913 7204/5 Lutge Gallery: Cape & architectural antiques, art, ceramics & tables designed by Allan Lutge from reclaimed wood. Cape Town Central. T. 021 424 8448 Michaelis Galleries: UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31- 37 Orange Street. outoftheCUBE: Legacy - The Caversham Community’. Four new ‘current exhibitions’ from 24 Feb on - a virtual platform to promote contemporary South African art. C. 083 260 1096 Quincy’s Antiques Art and Collectables: Art, Antiques, Curios & Gifts. Rondebosch. T. 021 685 1986 Red! The Gallery: Work from South Africa’s best contemporary and emerging artists, including works by Andrew Cooper, Derric van Rensburg and Michael Waters. Tokai. T. 021 701 0886 Rialto Art Centre Strand: Expert Art Framing. Strand. T. 021 853 8061 Rose Korber Art: RED DOT SALE: An opportunity to purchase artworks from our stockroom at rock-bottom

prices! A selection of paintings, mixed media works, limited edition prints and ceramics available online at Artists include Paul Blomkamp, Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Beezy Bailey, Amos Letsoalo, Judy Woodborne, Doreen Southwood, Derrick Nxumalo, Mandla Vanyaza and Marvelous Mangena. 01 April to 15 April 2014. Camps Bay. T. 021 438 9152 Rosendal Art & Framing: Fine art, community craft and affordable picture framing. Durbanville. T. 021 976 8232 Rust-en-Vrede Gallery: One Summer’ Corrugated iron artworks in Salon B. Mark Hilltout. 01/04/2014 till 08/05/2014. Still life with…’ Large and small scale mixed media and charcoal works. Candice Dawn B. Diversity in squares’. Oil on canvas in Salon A. Celia Maritz. 01/04/2014 till 08/05/2014. 01/04/2014 till 08/05/2014. Durbanville. T. 021 976 4691 Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection: ‘Ceremony’ A Solo Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Mia Chaplin. Mia Chaplin. Until 26/04/2014. Gardens, Cape Town. T. 021 424 6930 Sanlam Art Gallery: Permanent collection of South African art and a large exhibition space. Bellville. Stefan. T. 021 947 3359 Slee Gallery: Away from View’ by Irene Naude. Robben Islands Museum. Nelson Mandela Gateway Building. V&A Waterfront. T. 021 887 3385 SMAC Art Gallery, CT: Paperwork’. Contemporary South African works on paper. Until 26/04/2014. Cape Town Central. T. 021 422 5100 Sophea Gallery & Tibetan Teahouse: Various forms of fine art including photography, glasswork and digital art. Simonstown. T. 021 786 1544 South African Jewish Museum: Interactive multi -media displays and engaging accounts of South African Jewish History. Cape Town Central. T. 021 465 1546 South African Print Gallery: Freshly Cut Lino’s 2014’. By Theo Paul Vorster. A beautiful selection of hand coloured Linocuts and Monotypes. Opens 05/04/2014 at 10am. Woodstock. T. 021 462 6851 South African Society of Artists: Art by leading South African artists. Cape Town Central. T. 021 6718941 StateoftheART Gallery: Soul Awakening on the Exhibition Wall. A collection of pieces spanning the last two years - a pivotal growth period in Michaela’s life that she calls her ‘soul awakening’. Michaela Rinaldi 03/04/2014 till 19/04/2014 Cape Town Central. T. 021 801 4710. Stevenson Cape Town: Anton Kannemeyer and Daniel Naudé. 10/04/2014 till 24/05/2014. Woodstock. T. 021 462 1500 The Art Connection: A portfolio of South African artists. Kalk Bay. T. 021 465 5744 The AVA Gallery - Association for Visual Arts Gallery: The Face of Cape Town’ by Nicholas Esterhuizen and ‘Remedy’ by Jo Voysey. Until 10/04/2014. Cape Town Central. T. 021 424 7436 The Cape Gallery: ‘Recite’ Kitty Dörje. 30/03/2014 till 26/04/2014. Cape Town. T. 021 423 5309 The Cellar Private Gallery: Dealing exclusively in original and investment art, offering works by a variety of renowned and upcoming SA artists. Bellville. T. 021 913 4189 The Framery Art Gallery: Original South Africa and African work in all mediums. Seapoint. T. 021 434 5022 The Framing Place: Conservation framing, Framing of art, Block mounting and Box frames. Observatory. T. 021 447 3988 The Lisa King Gallery: Specializing in top SA abstract/ contemporary art, sculpture and exotic glassware. Green Point. T. 021 421 3738


ART TIMES | Gallery LISTINGS The Lovell Gallery: Main Gallery: Curated solo and group shows. Upstairs Gallery: Contemporary works in a range of mediums. : Woodstock. T. 021 447 5918 The Photographers Gallery za & Erdmann Contemporary: ‘Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa.’Lindeka Qampi. Until 28/05/2014. Cape Town Central. T. 021 422 2762 The Studio Kalk Bay: ‘Cape Seascapes & more’: By Lolly Hahn-Page. Until 16/04/2014. Kalk Bay T. 021 7883774 UCT Irma Stern Museum: The Story of an African Farm’ is a loose framework for an exhibition of landscapes and still lives, at the Irma Stern Museum Cecil Rd, Rosebank. Artist: Jacqueline Griffin-Jones. Opening Saturday 12 April till 2 May. Opening hours: Tue-Friday from 10am-5pm and Sat from 10am-2pm. Cecil Road Rosebank: T. 021 85 5686 What if the World/Gallery: Contemporary South African art. Woodstock. : T. 021 802 3111 Windermere House: The private art collection of Cape Town based artist Rachelle Bomberg. Artist available by appointment. Muizenberg. T. 021 788 1333 Worldart Gallery: Contemporary South African art. Cape Town Central. T. 021 423 3075 Breede River: Edna Fourie Gallery. Edna Fourie’s ethereal art. oil paintings, readymades and installations. McGregor. T. 083 302 5538


Kraaldoring Gallery: Ceramics by Clementina van der Walt and others. Mixed media, including photography by Albie Bailey. Gallery open by appointment only. Email and whatsapp only. Calitzdorp. T. 082 575 7969 Marinda Combrinck Studio & Gallery: A Fine Art Miscellanium of recent drawings and oil paintings: Marinda Combrinck. Running Exhibition. Calitzdorp. T. 044 2133 602

De Rust

Portal Gallery: Selected contemporary artists, including Carl Becker, JP Meyer, Estelle Marais, Diane McLean and Hermann Niebuhr. Gallery hours flexible. De Rust. T. 082 297 6977 Village Art Gallery: Ongoing exhibition with work by artists Mariaan Kotze, Glendine, Diane McLean, Neels Coetzee, Duggie du Toit, Ann Gadd, Karien Boonzaaier, Bill Strapp, Estelle Marais, Kevin Standly, Ella, Marianne Vorster and Lana van Blerk, amongst others. De Rust. T. 044 241 2014

Clanwilliam Kunshuis: Art by leading South African artists. T. 027 482 1940


The Gallery at South Hill: Gallery and sculpture garden. Curated by Carina du Randt. Elgin. C. 084 412 4107

George Crouse Art Gallery: Original paintings by well known South African Artists: Anton Benzon, Carla Bosch, Maria, Gerrit Roon, Makiwa, Danielle Novella & many more. We deal exclusively in original SA Art, specifically investment art. George. T. 044 887 0361 Strydom Gallery: Selection of South African masters. Electronic exhibitions. George. T. 044 874 4027

Greyton Adele Claudia Fouche: Ongoing exhibition. Adele also offers workshops and retreats in this beautiful setting. T. 082 522 4010

Mossel Bay Artbeat Gallery: Pottery and sculpture, by Alex Potter. Mossel Bay. C. 081 356 5295 Art@39Long: Quaint gallery in the hamlet of Great Brakriver. Exhibit mainly work by Southern Cape Artists. Designer craft and ceramics for the connoisseur. Flexcible trading hours. T 0825763338 ceramics Anika Grobler-Glass Artist: Mossel Bay. T. 044 620 4036


Abalone Gallery: Autumn Group Show. Titia Ballot, Lien Botha, John Clarke, Hannes Harrs, Elzaby Laubscher, Judith Mason, André Naudé, Lynette ten Krooden, Louis van Heerden, Susanna Swart. 29/03/2014 till 29/04/2014. Hermanus. T. 028 313 2935 Rossouw Modern Art Gallery Hermanus: Featuring fine artworks from a select group of talented South African artists. Hermanus. T. 028 313 2222 Village Art Gallery: Artist and owner Brian Robertson, who exhibits work in both oil and watercolour. Hermanus. T. 028 316 3355 Walker Bay Art Gallery: View the wide selection of paintings, sculpture & ceramics by established as well as up-and-coming SA artists. Hermanus. T. 028 312 2928 Willie Botha Sculpture Gallery: Permanent exhibition of work by Sculptor Willie Botha, Paintings by Pieter Vermaak, Johan Calitz and Shelley Adams. Hermanus. T. 028 313 2304


A Different Drummer: Suspended animation art by Carole Harris. 01/04/2014 till 30/04/2014. Knysna. T. 044 382 5107 Dale Elliott Art Galleries: Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa.Knysna. T. 044 382 5646 Knysna Fine Art: An important collection of bronzes by Deborah Bell: 01/04/2014 till 30/04/2014. Thesen House. T. 044 382 5107 Lynn Schaefer Gallery: Artworks and ceramics by SA artists including Derric van Rensburg, Ann Nosworthy, Darryl Legg and Lynn Schaefer. Knysna. C. 072 174 4907

the artist Edna Fourie. C.083 302 5538

Oudtshoorn ArtKaroo Gallery: Authentic Karoo Fine art. Oudtshoorn. T. 044 279 1093 Rosenhof Art Gallery: Studio gallery of Lisl Barry. Diverse range of subjects done in oil. inspired by the Klein Karoo landscape and it’s people to water studies, among others. Baron van Rheede. / T. 044 2722232

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


The Art Business Contemporary Gallery and Art Consultancy: Specialising in: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculptures end limited edition Artists’ books by South African artists. Piketberg : C. 083 739 6196

Plettenberg Bay Lookout Art Gallery: Featuring a wide variety of both new and well-loved artists, including Fiona Rowett, Jocelyn Boyley, Sue Kemp and Gail Darroll, amongst others. Plettenberg bay. T. 044 533 2210 Old Nick Village: A selection of individual shops and galleries showcasing some of the best of South African creative manufacturers and fine artists. Plettenberg Bay. T. 044 533 1395 T. 021 883 2337 Oude Libertas Gallery: Blink/Oogwink’ Louis Jansen van Vuuren. Until 17/04/2014. Come and see the amazing art of this internationally acclaimed artist. Gallery hours Monday to Friday 9h00 to 16h00 and Saturdays 9h00 to 14h00. Stellenbosch T. 021 809 8412 Rupert Museum: Showcasing the unique private art collection of Anton and Huberte Rupert. Stellenbosch. T. 021 888 3344 Sasol Art Museum: Permanent collection of paintings, graphic works and sculptures, as well as an anthropological collection. Regular temporary art exhibitions of national and international artists. Stellenbosch. T. 021 808 3691 Slee Gallery: Contemporary South African Art. Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 3385 SMAC Art Gallery: Provide a platform to continually present exhibitions that assist in the process of reviewing and revising South African art. Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 3607 Stellenbosch Art Gallery: An extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass & ceramics by selected Western Cape artists. Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 8343

The White House Venue & Theatre: Exhibition venue. Plettenberg bay. T. 044 533 2010

US Art Gallery: Regular temporary art exhibitions of national and international artists, as well as permanent exhibitions of the visual art collections, anthropological and cultural historical objects, and the University history. Stellenbosch. T. 021 828 3489

Port Owen


The West Coast Art Gallery: New exciting local artists have joined our gallery. We currently exhibit 28 artists. Port Owen, Velddrif. T. 082 460 6650

Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery: Representing a variety of established and up-and-coming South African artists. Swellendam. T.028 5142905 Die Steg Art Galery: Solo exhibition of new paintings by resident artist Marnitz Steyn. Swellendam. T.028 514 2521

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

Riebeek Kasteel The Gallery - Riebeek Kasteel: Curated by Astrid McLeod, The Gallery features a selective mix of paintings, sculptures and ceramics by established and emerging South African artists. Riebeck Kasteel. C. 083 653 3697

Robertson The Robertson Art Gallery: We specialise in original art of more than 60 top South African Artists. Robertson. T. 023 626 5364

Somerset West Gallery 91: Collection incorporates scultpure, ceramics, functional art, paintings, etchings and photography. Somerset West. T. 021 852 6700 Wallace Hulley Gallery: Unique Collection of Watercolours, Oils and sculptures. By appointment only. Studio Spanish Farm, Somerset West. C. 083 268 4356


Villiersdorp Dale Elliott Art Gallery: Gallery, Framing and a teaching studio for Art Courses. Villiersdorp. T. 028 840 2927


Beatrix Bosch Studio: Unique works in leather, paintings & photography can be viewed at her studio. Wilderness. T. 044 877 0585 Pharoah Art Gallery: C. 076 976 2629

South African Fine Art Auction Houses and Sales Strauss Online: Fine South African and International Art, Furniture & Decorative Arts. 07/04/2014 till 233/04/2014. Stephan Welz & Co: Decorative & Fine Arts Auction/ Sale. Cape Town. The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate. 08/04/2014. : Decorative & Fine Arts Auction/Sale: Johannesburg. Auction at new premises. 4th Floor, South Tower, Nelson Mandela Square. 06/05/2014


Sally Bekker Art Studio: Exhibition of Pastels by Marion Weymouth and Oils and Watercolours by Sally Bekker and Dave Croad. Knysna. C. 082 3423943

Art in the Yard: “Silence” : Frans Smith is showcasing his latest portraits. Opening: 12/04/2014 11am - 4pm. 12/04/2014 till 06/05/2014. Franschoek. T. 021 876 4280

L’Agulhas Shell, Sealife & Art Experience: Shells and More - a permanent exhibition of silk scarves, original oils, watercolours and constructions by Mosie Hope. Mosie Hope. T. 028 435 7888. C. 082 296 0144

EBONY Franschoek: On view: Justin Plunkett, Solly Cisse, Cecil Skotnes, Erik Laubscher, Walter Oltmann. Franschoek. T. 021 876 4477


Art at Tokara: Menagerie’ by renowned South African sculpture and ceramicist Wilma Cruise, featuring her latest work in bronze and ceramic. Catalogues available. Wilma Cruise. Until October 2014. Crest of the Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch. T. 021 808 5900 Walls’ Helen Timm, Foni Kofi, Nicky Leigh, Michael Meyersfeld and more... On until 30th April 2014. Exhibition available to view on website. Until 30/4/2014

Bay Gallery: Supporting excellent, local artists, many of whom are members of S.A.S.A. All mediums exhibited. Langebaan. C. 073 304 8744

Art on 5: A studio gallery run by 2 artists, Maryna de Witt and Emzi Smit, exhibiting their work. Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 7234


Equus Gallery, Cavalli Wine Estate: Shimmering artists unearth light’ Bronwen Findlay, Katherine Bull, Marco Cianfanelli, David Koloane and many more. R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. T. 011 788 0820

Ashbey’s Galleries:

D-Street Gallery: Magicus’ Group exhibition featuring Clare Menck, Andries Gouws, Lionel Smit, Niel Jonker, Shany van den Berg, Cobus van Bosch, Peter van Straten, Ingrid Winterbach, Jan du Toit. Ends 26/04/2014. Stellenbosch.

Russell Kaplan Auctioneers: Antiques & Collectibles Saturday 29 March @ 10h00. Art @13h00.

The Gallery at Grande Provence: Lasers in the Jungle’ vases by Lucinda Mudge and ‘A sense of place’ recent dunescape paintings by Geoff Horne. 20/04/2014 till 20/05/2014. Grande Provence Estate. T. 021 876 8630 The Shop at Grande Provence: Bespoke lighting by Trevor Opperman. 01/04/2014 till 30/04/2014. Grande Provence Estate. T. 021 876 8630


Sheena Ridley: At Langkloof Gallery and Sculpture Garden meet the artist, learn about her mediums in which she works, and see where her inspiration comes from. Langkloof. C. 083 589 2881

Mcgregor Edna Fourie Gallery: Ongoing exhibition which includes a permanent collection as well as works for sale - all by

Provenance: The Great Gatsby Auction’ 09/04/2014. 5h Ave Auctioneers: Balance of goods from Estate Late Gert-Helmuth Guth. New Online bidding. 06/04/2014. Bernadi’s: Art, Books & Collectables. 14/04/2014. Rudd’s Auctioneers: Antiques & 20thc Interiors, Collectables. 15/04/2014.

Bonhams International Auctioneers: The Grosvenor School and avant-garde British printmaking. London, New Bond Street. 15/04/2014.



The opening of Jean Dreyer’s “Layers of Black” at Gallery on Leviseur, Bloemfontein. Photos: Chantel de Jager

A family enjoys the exhibition together.

The gallery a-buzz at Jean Dreyer’s opening.

Jean Dreyer in front of her work.

Infecting the City, Cape Town. Photos: Sydelle Willow Smith

Guards and potential thief at “Steal my photograph!” by Lukas Renlund

Participants discuss “Talking Heads”

“...Con Tatto”: Da Motus! calling on the public to dance

Lovell Gallery Tranyr Art Trophy Exhibition Launch, Cape Town. Photos: Michaela Irving

Cameron Coutts of Oyster King serves Chantel Woodman and Tarryn Gordon

Viwe Siwisa reads the SA Art Times with Mbongeni Buthelezi’s work in background

Seth Shezi and Tamzin Lovell of the Lovell Gallery

The opening of Aidon Westcott’s “The Hourglass Collection” at Underculture Contemporary, Port Elizabeth. Photos: Basil Brady

Ryan Allan, Claire Geel and Cedric Vanderlinden


Samantha Swatts and Angelo Primmer

Sarah Walmsley and Wesley Mclean


BUSINESS ART | Auction House News

R3,4 million buys you Love Strauss & Co. | 17 March Auction Report : A painting by the celebrated South African artist Stanley Pinker set a new world record for the artist last night, when it sold for R3,4 million at Strauss & Co’s auction, having been hotly contested between ten telephone bidders and buyers in the room. The painting Love gripped the imagination of buyers at the auction that proved the South African art market continues to show great strength for works of quality and that are fresh to the market. Other highlights were Irma Stern’s Dakar Woman which sold for R6.6 million, Alexis Preller’s Red Angel which sold for R2,8 million and a Harvest Scene by Maggie Laubser that sold for just under R2,3 million. The sale of paintings and furniture from the RB Stuttaford Will Trust and the Estate Late Mrs DE Stuttaford-Burton realised over R3.1 million and was characterised by competitive bidding throughout. Two of the paintings’ highlights include Robert Gwelo Goodman’s impressive View of Helderberg that and the lovely Cape Town Docks and Table Bay which sold for R522,928 and R409 248 respectively.

The auction conducted by Strauss & Co in Cape Town totalled R40 million with a value sell-through rate of 88.49%. Top 10 Lots by Value Lot Description Hammer Premium VAT Total 696 Irma Stern: Dakar Woman. R6,593,440 745 Stanley Faraday Pinker: Love. R3,410,400 706 Alexis Preller: Red Angel. R2,842,000 692 Maggie (Maria Magdalena) Laubser: A Harvest Scene at Oortmanspost Farm, Malmesbury District. R2,273,600 661 After Giovanni Paolo Pannini: A View of the Roman Forum. R795,760 711 Alexis Preller: African Profile R625,240 666 Robert Gwelo Goodman: Helderberg R522,928 699 Wolf Kibel: Motherhood. R 511,560 701 Irma Stern: Arab Man, Dakar. R 511,560 685 Pieter Willem Frederick Wenning: An Eating House R477,456

Stanley Faraday Pinker: “Love”. Oil on canvas. 152 by 76cm Estimate R500 000 - 700 000. SOLD R R3,4 million

Irma Stern Continues Success as Islamic Beauty Sells for £1Million (R19.4M) Bonhams | London | The South African Sale | Post-Sale Report : Bonhams sale of South African art in London today saw an Irma Stern (1894-1966) titled ‘Zanzibar Woman’ break through the million pound mark to make a total of £1,082,500 (R19,289,760). The top ten paintings in this sale included another Stern painting titled ’Istanbul’ for £326,500, three Alexis Prellers, two Pierneefs, an Alfred Neville Lewis, a George Pemba and a Stella Shawzin. In total the sale made over £2.75million (just under ZAR50million) Hannah O’Leary, Head of South African Art at Bonhams, comments, “Despite the Rand currently trading at its lowest rate against the pound for many years, today we saw bidding on the best works as hotly contested as ever. We are delighted that ‘Zanzibar Woman’ fetched over £1million, just shy of ZAR20million, placing it among the highest prices for Irma Stern’s work, and rightly so. New world record prices were set for Stella Shawzin (‘Balancing 30

Figures II’ £76,900) and Neville Lewis (‘The peach pickers, Franschhoek’ £56,250), in both cases smashing their previous records, also set here at Bonhams in London, three times over. Bonhams now holds the world record prices for all of South Africa’s most significant artists, including Irma Stern (£3,044,000), J.H. Pierneef (£826,400), Alexis Preller (£748,000), Gerard Sekoto (£602,400) and Stanley Pinker (£337,250) among others, thus cementing Bonhams position as the undisputed global leader in the market for South African art.” Irma Stern’s ‘Zanzibar Woman’, 1939, is an oil on canvas within its original Zanzibar frame, which makes it of additional interest to keen collectors of this artist’s work. This vibrant portrait in was acquired directly from the artist in the 1950s and by direct family descent to the current owner... »» Read more about Stern’s ‘Zanzibar Woman’ by reading further on Irma Stern, ‘Zanzibar Woman’ (1939) oil on canvas in handmade Zanzibar frame


Auction House News | BUSINESS ART

New Era Begins for Stephan Welz & Co. with Sandton Move After almost 28 years of serving collectors from its custom-built Rosebank premises, the Johannesburg branch of auction house Stephan Welz & Co. is relocating to Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. The auction house will be open for business in its new location from the second week of April 2014. In close proximity to sister company, the South African Gold Coin Exchange, Stephan Welz & Co and will occupy the 4th floor of the South Tower on Nelson Mandela Square as well as a generous gallery space in the shopping centre itself. The new premises will feature dedicated parking for clients, as well as a concierge service. “We are striving to create a one-stop shop for collectors who wish to buy, sell, auction, get loans, store, and get advice from our 20 experts in art, including international art, coins and stamps, and a whole host of other interesting and unique collectible categories,” said Chairman Alan Demby. “We will do our level best to offer even better

service as the Sandton City/Nelson Mandela precinct is no longer just the business and entertainment hub of South Africa; it has become a gateway to Africa,” said Demby. Since its inception 45 years ago, Stephan Welz & Co. has auctioned 300,000 lots, and exceeded R2bn in sales. In fact, 90% of all top selling works of art in South Africa have been bought from the auction house. “Our new Sandton space is in synch with a new era of collecting,” said Demby. The company has responded to the changing times through expanding its offerings to include photography, Mandela memorabilia, jewellery, sports memorabilia, tribal art and contemporary art in its auctions. It has also broadened its reach through the use of innovative channels, such as affordable Art Fairs and online auctions. Demby attributes the success of The South African Gold Coin Exchange and Scoin Shops to making coins more accessible than in the past, an approach which he is applying to the

art business. In order to make art more accessible to South African collectors, both new and seasoned, Stephan Welz & Co. will be holding 15 auctions per year.

A Highlight for Stephan Welz & Co’s May auction: Jurgen Schadeberg (South African 1931-) “Dolly Rathebe” (1953), hand printed silver selenium toned print, est. R 50 000 - 100 000

Great Gatsby at Provenance Auction House The Gatsby Gala: 2 April | The Gatsby Volume 25 Sale: 9 April Provenance Auction House welcomes one and all to its magnificent Volume 25 sale – The Great Gatsby. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress. Flourishing internationally in the 1930s and ‘40s, Deco combined traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. Rich colours, bold geometric shapes, strict symmetry and an assertively modern style of lavish ornamentation was the tenet of this period. F. Scott Fitzgerald brought this era eternally alive in his literary masterpiece The Great Gatsby– a tale exploring the powerful themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval and excess. Provenance now presents the beauteous aspects of this eon in their quintessential style. With items to suit every pocket, we can all partake in the abundance and mesmerising ornamentation of the Gatsby era. This bumper two-session sale consists of period desks, consoles, dressers, Chesterfield


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Stanley Faraday Pinker: “Love”. Oil on canvas. 152 by 76cm Estimate R500 000 - 700 000. SOLD R R3,4 million



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Richard Hamilton is touted as Britain’s most important post war artist, but I have to admit that a year ago when the National Gallery showed his late works, I simply didn’t get them. Meeting the same paintings again in the last rooms of this huge Tate Modern retrospective (until 26 May), they made sense. There is something wonderful about a retrospective that takes the viewer on a journey with the artist as his career develops, and the Tate does these very well. One floor below me was the Klee with his fantastical drawings and delicate watercolours, and the dark pall the war cast over the early freshness of his colours. To be honest, I could have walked out with half a dozen Klee’s under my coat, while I would have struggled to choose a single Hamilton to hang at home. That’s probably because they are much more cerebral works that comment on an era of vapid consumerism, but it doesn’t diminish his importance as a British artist. So much of what is currently hailed as innovative either has its roots here, or is simply a crib of this pioneering artist’s work. He was talking about Pop Art long before Andy Warhol ever used the phrase and doing installations before they had a name. In partnership with the Tate, a second exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (until 6 April) recreates not only two of Hamilton’s large installations, but looks at his ongoing involvement with the ICA in a big archive section. The installations were first produced for the ICA’s Dover Street premises. Man, Machine and Motion (1955) immerses one in over 200 images of man’s fascination with flying clipped onto a steel frame, while the later Exhibit (1957) replaces the photographic images with sheets of Perspex colour. Hamilton isn’t nearly as well-known as his peers, Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon, but many of his images are: the Beatles’ all-white record cover, with a scrapbook poster insert; the picture of Mick Jagger and friend shading their eyes from the cameras as they are handcuffed for possession of marijuana; JFK


peering from an astronaut’s helmet; the sleek lines of a Chrysler, or a photomontage with the impossible title Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? This modern day Adam and Eve, surrounded by domestic appliances, are considered the first Pop Art image, as the musclebound man brandishes a lollipop with the word Pop. Pop Art is a term Hamilton defined in a letter in 1957 as “Popular (designed for a mass audience), Transient (short-term solution), Expendable (easily forgotten), Low-cost, Mass-produced, Young (aimed at youth), Witty, Sexy, Gimmicky, Glamorous, Big business.” Half a century later that still sums up rather a lot of what has followed in the art world. Walking into one of the galleries I looked around in bewilderment – it all seemed surprisingly kitsch. The pastel green and pink paintings of nymphs by a stream, the lurid sunset over a bay, the gaudy flower arrangements. On closer inspection though, the turds in the foreground or the rolls of toilet paper in others give a different odour to the room. That same juxtaposition is evident in three striking protest oils from the Eighties and Nineties, where a lyrical background contrasts sharply with the political content of the piece. The IRA hunger striker is depicted almost as a Christian martyr and the foul walls of his smeared cell take on a decorative beauty. Tony Blair as a gun-slinging cowboy on the eve of the Iraq war is perhaps less successful. Hamilton reprised images throughout his career, and white goods track the changes in design over the decades. The earlier images of a stainless steel toaster are repeated near the end as the design is disassembled into its constituent parts. The bland hotel Lobby is recreated into a disorientating play in perspective which includes the viewer in its mirrored image in a 1988 installation. One of his last paintings strips not only the vanishing points but the lady with her vacuum cleaner and places that dismal no-man’s land of the lobby behind her, framed on the wall. In a similar vein,

three Renaissance artists peer over a photo-shopped nude, bringing fine art into the vacuous heart of modern life. Hamilton’s work is perhaps too cerebral to ever have achieved mass popularity and time may prove his work simply gimmicky and easily forgotten, in his own words. Certainly his influences continue to resonate with younger artists and this is an important exhibition to learn where so much of what we see today began. The Italian Renaissance has always been more favoured than the German paintings of that period, and the National Gallery attempts to redress this with Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance (until 11 May). While beautiful Holbeins, such as his The Ambassadors or A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling are easy to admire, the angular Northern sensibilities of some of the more graphic Christian art less so. It’s a strange premise too, from the National Gallery, as if inviting viewers to find the work ugly, rather than simply offering their collection for show. The longest Viking warship ever found has berthed in the British Museum’s new exhibition space with Vikings: Life and Legend, the first show of its kind in 30 years at the museum, and set to be one of the most popular in London (until 22 June). A symphony of ancient and modern Scandinavian design, a sleek steel frame encompasses the timbers, in an exhibit larger than the old Reading Room could have housed. The new gallery is grey and cavernous, with the early sections feeling claustrophobically tight, probably as a security measure for the hoards of silver and golden jewellery on display. Tracing a seafaring network that connected cultures over four continents, it covers the period 800 to 1050 and reveals a time of intense social and religious change with artefacts such as the well-loved Lewis chessmen and an ancient cross decorated with a Viking in full armour.



Artwork details AND Sources »» Top Left: Swingeing London 67 (f) 1968-9 »» Top Centre: The Citizen 1981-3 »» Top Right: An Exhibit (with Victor Pasmore and Lawrence Alloway) ICA, London, 1957 »» Bottom Left: Hotel du Rhône 2005


»» Bottom Right: Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? 1956, reconstructed in 1992. Cibachrome, Collage, 26 x 25 cm, Private collection »» All: Richard Hamilton (1922-2011) © The estate of Richard Hamilton


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still not much the wiser...

Stella Shawzin bronze, “Balancing Figures II”, sold by Bonhams for £ 76 900 in their South African Sale.


By Michael Coulson : One good, one bad, one so-so...that’s the record after the first three sales of SA art this year, leaving the underlying state of the market still uncertain. Still, both Strauss & Co in Cape Town and Bonhams in London did better than Stephan Welz & Co’s disappointing year-opener in the Cape. Strauss actually sold a commendable nine of the top 10 estimates, the exception being Alexis Preller’s Abstract Janus. Top price, predictably, went to Irma Stern’s Dakar Woman, the cover lot, at R6.95m, though it should be noted that this is the hammer-plus price: the hammer price of R5.8m was below the estimate range of R6m-R9m. As usual, the art was split between two sessions. In the earlier session of minor work, 93 of 112 lots were sold (83.0%) for R3.11m, against the estimate range of R2.48m-R3.52m; in the main session, 72 of 93 (77.4%) for R26.71m, against the estimate R19.11m-R27.46m (these figures exclude the handful of works by international artists). The total was thus 165 of 206 lots sold (80.1%) for R29.82m, barely R1m shy of the top of the estimate range, in itself a commendable result. However, this owed much to the frenzied bidding for Stanley Pinker’s Love, the frontispiece, which pushed the price up to R3.41m, against the estimate of only R500 000-R700 000. Strauss claims this as a world record for the artist. It’s no doubt an SA record, but Bonhams sold a Pinker in London in October 2012 for the equivalent of R4.65m. The rest of the top 10 prices were Preller’s Red Angel, R2.84m (back cover, est R2.5m-R3.5m); a Maggie Laubser landscape, R2.27m (inside front cover, est R1.2m-R1.6m); Preller’s African Profile, R625 000 (inside back cover, est R500 000-R800 000); two Gwelo Goodman landscapes, on R523 000 (est R300 000-R400 000) and R409 000 (est R200 000-R300 000); two works on R512 000, Wolf Kibel’s Motherhood (est R500 000-R700 000) and a Stern drawing (est R300 000-R400 000); and Pieter Wenning’s An Eating House, R409 000 (frontispiece to the main session, est R200 000-R300 000). Frontispiece to the earlier session was a Piet van Heerden Namaqualand landscape, which fetched R51 000 (est R40 000-R60 000). Top price in this section, however, was R97 000 for Francois Krige’s Krisjan in a Green Hat (est R40

000-R60 000). Of the most represented artists, 12 of 15 Gregoire Boonzaaiers sold, all eight Van Heerdens, all six David Bothas, Goodmans and Sterns, five of six Naudes and three of six Frans Claerhouts. While the SA art grossed less than last year’s R38.7m, an indication of both the firm’s successful diversification into other areas and some good prices for jewellery and other items is that for all five sessions the gross was R39.9m, with 548 of 736 lots sold. While Bonhams sold only four of its top 10 estimates in London two days later, the fact that these included the only really pricy work, a Stern Zanzibar Woman, ensured a modestly respectable overall return. While just 52 of the 121 lots sold (43%), a gross of £ 2.76m was about 61% of the low estimate of £ 4.5m and, with the rand about 17.90 to sterling, equivalent to about R49.5m: well under last year’s R63.5m equivalent but still comfortably more than Strauss took in Cape Town. The Stern went for £ 1.08m (est £ 1m-£ 1.5m); the others of the top 10 to sell were a Stern Istanbul scene, £ 326 500 (est £ 300 000-£ 500 000); a Preller scene of fishermen, £ 182 500 (the cover, est £ 150 000-£ 200 000); and a Pierneef landscape, £ 146 500 (est £ 120 000-£ 180 000). Of other featured lots, Neville Lewis’s The Peach Pickers was £ 56 000 (back cover, est £ 50 000-£ 80 000); George Pemba’s Bisho Massacre Funeral £ 62 500 (inside front cover, est £ 50 000-£ 80 000); and a William Kentridge drawing from Stereoscope failed to sell (inside back cover, est£ 60 000-£ 90 000). Of the most represented artists, only four of 11 Sterns sold, all eight Gerald Sekotos, two of eight Pierneefs, two of seven Tretchikoffs, five of six Prellers and one of five Kentridges. The most amazing price, however, was a world record £ 76 900 for a Stella Shawzin bronze, Balancing Figures II (est just £ 10 000-£ 15 000). The first three sales of the year, one by each major house, have thus together grossed about R75.8m, well down on the R111.2m of last year’s equivalents. That’s discouraging, but on the other hand there are no signs of a major collapse in the prices of the works that do sell. It’s more a case of buyers holding back. Next month sees the first sale of the year in Joburg. Maybe that will bring more clarity.



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