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THE ABSA KKNK 2015

In its 21st year, a new visual arts curator promises to deliver our beloved local festival into its adult years. As professor, artist, curator and art writer, Elfriede Dreyer is no stranger to taking the artworld by the horns. The Art Times recently asked her how she is applying her tough stuff to the Absa KKNK 2015: AT: Elfriede Dreyer, first of all, congratulations on being selected as the visual art curator of the Absa KKNK. The theme of this year’s visual art programme is “My land, my land”. What were your thoughts behind this theme and how did you choose art for the programme? ED: The theme does not entail an exhibition of landscapes as the title might suggest, but anything that would form part of the processes of experiencing and living a life in a country or ‘land’. Therefore, the exhibitions include renderings and interpretations of the land and its people; the histories of the land; cultural life style patterns; the character and culture of contemporary cities; the changing nature of people and environments; and ecological earth matters. Especially important in the rendering of the theme is that it is about MY land, thus about a type of ownership and identity as well as everything that encompasses the experience of belonging. My aim has been to highlight five facets of the ‘life’ of the artwork and the artefact, namely 1) the making of art – the initial process when art or an artefact is created in the studio by an artist of a specific race, gender and nationality; (2) the showing of art – the curatorial process that is driven by a curator, gallery

or other role player; (3) the writing about art – art interpreted and theorised by art writers (4) the talking about art – art discussions and debates that positions art in a context and within discourses; and (5) the trading and investment of art – thus the articulation of and the market surrounding the artwork. These facets and processes are incorporated in the choice of exhibitions and venues, and discussions around the exhibitions. AT: What are the top items on the art programme? ED: Berni Searle, the internationally known artist and professor at the University of Cape Town, is this year’s festival artist. Other artists in the programme are the performance artists Naomi van Niekerk and Arnaud van Vliet who question the notion of permanence of the artwork in a duo exhibition with elements of music, light and sand. The other solo exhibitions are of Georgia Papageorge, a land artist of international standing; Susan Grundlingh, who depicts identity by way of paintings of Karoo plants; Nathani Lüneburg, a new media artist who works with ideas around time and memory in her stop-frame animations; Dr Peter Magubane, the internationally known photographer with depictions of Afrikaners; Frikkie Eksteen who interweaves painting and digital processes; the graphic art of Vuli Nyoni that deals with group mentality; Diek Grobler and a group of animators that render Afrikaans poems of well-known poets in animated form; and the Neo-Modernistic paintings of Liberty Battson, 2014’s Absa l’Atelier winner. The visual arts programme also includes three curators’ exhibitions, namely a sculpture exhibition of female sculptors, curated by Adele Adendorff; an exhibition focusing on the personalisation and the essential characteristics of the creative artist, curated by Corlie de Kock; and an exhibition of the winners of the Absa l’Atelier art competition of the past thirty years, curated by Dr Paul Bayliss, the curator of the Absa art gallery. There are not only artists and curators, but also two mentor exhibitions presented by Diane Victor (graphic printmaking artist) and Pluto Panoussis (film maker). AT: From the perspective of the arts programme, how is the festival evolving and staying relevant? ED: Even in its most abstract form, art is narrative by nature and communicates through representation.

It is thus through the very showing of art that relationships with audiences, writers, markets and critics can be generated and various kinds of discourses can be set up. These processes and discourses are forever evolving and changing, since they are contextually shifting and this keeps the interpretation alive. But I did try to embed as wide a range of contemporary discourses and utilisation of various non-traditional media in order to help the process along. I believe that the social media and social realities increasingly will be key influences on art in future, since the internet, Google and media such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest and others have become vital structuring elements of people’s lives. These technologies and social sites already have a major impact on the relationships between generations (where nontechnologically literate people are seen as dinosaurs); on style of communication and language; on social interaction; and on role models and value systems. Societies need the arts to reminisce on and provide commentary and a kind of documentary reflection on current happenings and thinking. The festival exhibitions try to do this. AT: The Absa KKNK is traditionally an Afrikaans festival. From your perspective, how does it cater to a growing local and international audience? ED: The exhibitions’ themes, orientations, presentation strategies and use of media speak one hundred percent to an international global audience, although its specific content is decidedly locally oriented. Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu, Coloured, Indian and Zimbabwean voices have been included and therefore the exhibitions definitely do not present a homogeneous view with regard to the theme of “My land, my land”. AT: What challenges arise, trying to keep such an established brand innovative and growing? ED: It is very important to extend the national reach and scope of the Absa KKNK to become as wide and inclusive as possible. This has as objective the presentation of a status quo view on art production in our country with regard to the range and interdisciplinary scope of media and art disciplines; the nature and character thereof; the changing conceptual landscape; and a reflection of the impact that digital technologies have had on the arts. SA ART TIMES | MARCH 2015


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Festival Artist, Berni Searle AT: Berni Searle, How do you feel about being selected as the Absa KKNK artist for 2015? BS: I think it is quite significant for me, in that the festival has a strong link with the Afrikaans language, often mistaken to be exclusively the domain of white Afrikaners. This is not the case. While the language was used as an ideological tool during apartheid, there are many people, other than white, for whom Afrikaans is a mother-tongue. The language has also developed through the influence of various indigenous languages, many of which sadly no longer exist as the spoken word. I think these are the gaps that such a festival needs to address. One of the works included in the exhibition at the Absa KKNK, is a video called “Alibama” which points to the rich oral traditions that continue to be passed on from generation to generation - in the language of Afrikaans, nogal! AT: You have had a long career in visual art. How would you describe your journey? BS: Long and winding. The journey has by no means been straightforward, and continues to run its own course. AT: Where do you see yourself at the moment, within that journey? BS: I think I find myself at quite a significant juncture in that journey. I’ve recently entered ‘academia’ after working on my own and being a full-time artist for 15 years. Teaching at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, gives me insight into what a younger generation of potential artists are thinking about and expressing in their work. It keeps me on my toes! Having myself been a student at Michaelis in the 80s, it also put me in a position to gauge how much has changed, or not, as the case may be. The university also provides an intellectual context and support for one’s own development as an artist and most importantly, enough time to continue to make one’s own work.

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Berni Searle was born in Cape Town in 1964. She received her Master’s degree in Fine Art from Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town, where she teaches full time. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, and is part of art collections including that of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC. Last year Searle was a guest artist of the Rockerfeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre because of her interesting and innovative work. In 2001, she used an invitation to the Venice Biennale to experiment with video (editor’s note: read about this artwork, “Snow White” on page 12). Such courage was then rewarded with international recognition, and exhibitions in London and New York followed. However, the art world fell in love with “Colour Me” as strongly. This is a series of performative photographs where her body is covered with orange turmeric, red paprika and brown ground cloves (editor’s note: the cover image on this month’s magazine is from this series). This series alludes to the slaves brought from India to work for the Dutch settlers in Cape Town when it was a refreshment station for ships travelling the Spice route, as well as the Apartheid government later classifying people as “coloured”. We asked the visual arts curator of Absa KKNK 2015, Elfriede Dreyer about choosing Searle as the festival artist. We also asked Searle about where she is at as an artist. ED: Searle’s work is superbly suited to a theme of My land, my land, since colonial and postcolonial events in South Africa have always been a focus in her work and she has continually embedded a core element of personal engagement with our land and its people in her production. She deserves her place of honour in the festival through her decades of art production and she has become a mentor and role model to many upcoming and aspiring young artists, both locally and internationally.

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Not to be missed at the Absa KKNK: The visual art programme includes many exciting exhibitions, installations and cinematographic art works. The exhibitions can be viewed daily in the Prince Vincent building and Victoria Memorial Hall. Visit absakknk.co.za for more information and the complete festival programme.

As Die Vlooie Byt in La La Land by Nathani Lüneburg Video installation

Baie Belaglik by Liberty Battson Painting

Die Afrikaners: ‘n Werk in Wording by Peter Magubane Photography

Eremozoïcum / Era van Eensaamheid by Frikkie Eksteen Painting

Inventaris by Susan Grundlingh Painting

Murmurations by Vulindlela Nyoni Drawing and print

Skeur by Georgia Papageorge Mixed media

Barclays L’Atelier: 30 Jaar Curated by Paul Bayliss Mixed media

Die Kunstenaar as Outeur Curated by Corlie de Kock Mixed Media

Prinses in die Veld Curated by Adele Adendorff Sculpture

Filmverse Artistic Producer: Diek Grobler Animation

Land Marks Various artists under the mentorship of Diane Victor Graphic works

Papa se Fliek is Dood: BeweDie Nie-Permanente Museum gende Kunste Wat Byt, Skop Animated by Naomi van Niekerk en Krap Various artists under the with music by Arnaud van Vliet mentorship of Pluto Panoussis Film/Video

Signs of Solidarity, The Dutch Against Apartheid Curated by Paul Faber, designed by Dave Hoop at CJ Langenhoven Library

ARTS QUARTER: Pop-up exhibitions can be found all over Oudtshoorn and galleries are open until late during the festival. Be sure to get a copy of the festival map, indicating all the exhibitions that form part of this exciting art route. Take a walk down Baron van Reede Street for the following artists’ exhibitions.

Ken Maloney & Petra Stiglingh at Smith Tekstiel BK

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Create: ArtKaroo Outdoors Create: Karoo Nouveau by Create Create: Landscape Oil Painting Create: Sand-Casting Workwith Janet Dixon Madeleine Miles & Janet Dixon with Madeleine Miles Workshop with Neels Coetzee shop with Nadine Kriek Visit the Absa KKNK Virtual Gallery and take a look at the works for sale at the festival from anywhere, even if you are not visiting Oudtshoorn from 3 to 11 April. Information in this gallery includes names, dimensions, weight and value of artworks. More information atwww.absakknk.co.za.

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PARADOX by Annelize Visser (edited and translated for the Art Times)

Festival artist, Berni Searle, is back at the Absa KKNK after 15 years. In 1999, she participated in Lien Botha ‘s collaboration between visual artists and poets, “Bloodlines/Bloedlyn”. For this project, Searle’s poetic partner, Anoeschka von Meck’ s poem about uprooting, “Julle moet nou trek”, rang true with her own art, ever conceptually linked to history, injustice and identity. The title of Searle’s festival exhibition this year, “Stygend” is a selective translation of “Black Smoke Rising”. This relates to the increasing dissatisfaction with service-delivery and housing in South Africa, but in translation is blessed with an extra poetic layer, she says. A woman rocks back and forth on a tyre-swing in a lush garden, a lullaby playing gently in the background. Soon the screen is filled with a burning tyre; swinging like a relentless pendulum; a protest, a noose, a necklace murder. This is “Lull”, the first video in the trilogy called “Black Smoke Rising”, where Searle addresses the clash between South Africa’s political past and present. It’s horrible and simultaneously hypnotically beautiful. An ongoing paradox in Searle’s work is that the beauty which draws the viewer in, turns to ugliness when an element of reality is revealed. But “Lull” (the word defined as a pause or rest, but also the motion of rocking) is just the calm before the storm. In chapter two, Searle again plays with fire, this time with reference to the uprooting and empty promises surrounding the controversial N2 Gateway housing project. In “Gateway”, the resemblance of a burning corrugated cardboard house, to corrugated iron is far too close to be coincidence. In “Moonlight”, the hesitant notes of a piano provide a soundtrack to a bleak landscape of flames and desperate individuals recycling scrap. “Mute” is a soundless cry for the xenophobic violence that occurred in 2008. It’s difficult for Searle to recognize her own distress, even in the dim screen of her computer. “Alibama” is softer. It begins with a Malay choir’s version of the traditional song. The Alibama was either an American ship wrecked off of Table Bay 200 years ago, or if you prefer, a river boat that gathered reeds for couples’ marriage-beds. This becomes a lullaby for Searle’s young son, learning the words as a red paper boat bleeds its pigment into water. Berni Searle’s exhibition will be on show at the Victoria Memorial Hall for the duration of the Absa KKNK festival.

Berni Searle, “Water’s Edge III” (detail), 2009, Archival pigment ink on photographic paper, Paper size: 112cm X 78cm, Image size: 99.5cm X 66cm, ED. 5 +2AP. Photo-credit: Tony Meintjes. Image courtesy the artist.


Berni Searle, “Snow White” (video still), 2001, two channel video projection, Duration 9 min, sound

Berni Searle Snow White (2001)

Berni Searle, “Home and Away” (video still), 2003

Two video projections reveal the same scene from different camera angles: The artist kneels, naked in a dark room. Despite the soft spotlight, shadows render her body barely visible. Flour falls gently from above, gradually defining her form against the darkness. By the time it ceases, her body is both concealed and distorted. She removes what has piled up on her head, shoulders and thighs, returning her body to human likeness. Water droplets fall from above as she gathers the flour together and forms a dough. When this task is complete, she breaks off pieces off from the dough and violently throws them onto the floor. The pieces are then gathered and rolled together once again. This process is then repeated. Berni Searle’s maternal great-grandfathers originated from Mauritius and Saudi Arabia, while her paternal great-grandfathers came from Germany and England. During the Apartheid years, this rich cultural heritage resulted in her being labelled ‘coloured’. In many of her artworks, Searle uses her body to try to understand and express her own identity as influenced by her heritage and her time disenfranchised. The title of the video installation discussed above, “Snow White”, refers quite obviously to the European fairy tale, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. In the original story, a queen prays to have a daughter with “skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony” (The Grimm Brothers cited in Hurley, 2005, p. 223). In her text, “Seeing White: Children of Colour and the Disney Fairytale” Professor Dorothy Hurley indicates that the idea of ‘whiteness’ as desirable, whether representing beauty or goodness, supports the immediate binary; ‘darkness’ representing ugliness or evil. This reading essentially denies the beauty and goodness of non-white human beings. The video installation shows Searle shaking off the ‘influence’ of whiteness inflicted on her person. To have whiteness inflicted can be seen as refusing blackness – as was the practice during Apartheid. Searle’s refusal of the whiteness conversely affirms her own skin colour and reclaims her identity for her own formation, her agency unhindered by the influence of others.

Olu Oguibe, co-curator of the 2001 Venice Biennale exhibition for which “Snow White” was commissioned, cites this sort of cultural erasure as a global problem; reminding the viewer that several nations’ indigenous people were purposefully eradicated during the colonial era. In Oguibe’s words, colonialisation effectively “whitened-out” many indigenous viewpoints from the history books. Searle turns the result of her emancipation into the positive, nurturing act of making bread, or a roti, as the case may be. This has been interpreted by some as reflecting South Africa’s effort to re-build a positive national image from the ashes of Apartheid; but like Searle’s aggressive dough division, so the country’s nationalist intention is not always actualised – latent resentment resurfacing, tearing its citizens apart. Oguibe’s reading and commissioning of Searle’s artwork highlights its global significance. Loss of identity within a South African context is merely a case study for a universal illness. This makes Berni Searle’s “Snow White” of great social relevance to the global community. – By Lyn Holm

SOURCES CONSULTED: » Barbara Pollack. 2001. The New Look of Feminism. ARTnews. September: 132. » Liese van der Watt. 2003. Disappearing act. Art South Africa 1(4), Winter: 22-28. » Lorraine Porcia Malatjie. 2011. Framing the Artwork of Tracey Rose and Berni Searle. Thesis. University of Witwatersrand: http://mobile.wiredspace.wits.ac.za/bitstream/handle/10539/11750/ Lorraine%20Porcia%20Malatjie%20Research%20Report.pdf?sequence=2.


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Tracey Rose The Kiss (2001) In 1888, the French government commissioned Auguste Rodin to sculpt scenes from Dante’s “Divine Comedy”; and so Paolo and Francesca were locked in their marble embrace by Rodin’s deft hand. According to Dante’s epic, the couple were killed by Francesca’s husband after he witnessed them exchanging their first kiss. The Lovers where then condemned to wander Hell for all eternity. The beauty and dynamic composition of Rodin’s “The Kiss” caused it immense popular with the general public. Its original concept was deemed irrelevant and was subsequently ignored. In homage to Rodin’s original, Tracey Rose’s “The Kiss” is a photograph of a nude man and woman eternally enjoying the moment before their lips meet. While Rodin’s work represents a European literary epic, Rose’s represents an African narrative by presenting a mixed-race couple. When the photograph was taken, in 2001, Apartheid and its law against mixed-race relationships were a thing of the past. Citizens were free to love whomever they wished, when this was previously considered illegal. In a simple image, Rose captures how far South Africa has come in terms of social freedom. In his article, “The bearable lightness of Tracey Rose’s The Kiss”, Ashraf Jamal suggests that Rose’s artwork takes a light-hearted look at the country’s history of racial segregation. He explains that her position as the female model in her photograph is part of this strategy: “By placing herself at the centre of her art she does not thereby fetishise or memorialise herself, but, in an act of mimicry, of self-mockery, Rose introduces the importance of play, of the performative, in the... ceaseless recreation of one’s cultural and socio-historical identity. That Rose, as a coloured, figures as a glitch, a quirk, a protean and degenerate anomaly in South Africa’s Manichean racial register, has, no doubt, impacted on her take on identity. She can be everything and nothing. She can as easily spoof the fetishistic integrity of race as turn it on its head. However, at the root of the mockery lies the realisation that no identity is binding, but that each and every attempt to pin something or someone down illuminates the shadow and the act of a radical human heterogeneity. The centre could never hold, the tidy polarities we set us between black and white, man and woman, could never fix the flux.”

Tracey Rose, “The Kiss”, 2001, Lambda print, Edition of 6, 124.5 x 127 cm. Image Courtesy Iziko South African National Gallery

The other figure in Rose’s photograph, is her American art dealer. His national identity assists Rose in destabilising Europe’s ‘ownership’ of Rodin’s “The Kiss”. Rose’s artwork opens up associations to a European work but at the same time also proves that the European-dominance art canon cannot ignore or exclude African art – especially when a European artwork is a direct reference. Rose’s artwork inspires confidence in other South African artists to envision their work as deserving credit equal to that given to European Masters in years gone by. It is this affectation that ultimately makes the work valuable in the South African context today. - By Lyn Holm SOURCES CONSULTED: » Ashraf Jamal. 2004. The bearable lightness of Tracey Rose’s The Kiss. Chimurenga Blog: http://www.chimurenga.co.za/archives/1028. » Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917), The Kiss. 2004. Musee Rodin website: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/collections/sculptures/kiss.

Auguste Rodin, “The Kiss”, 1888, Marble, 181.5 cm x 112.5 cm x 117 cm. Image Courtesy Tate


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sanlam portrait award 2015 Sanlam Private Wealth announces the judging panel for the Sanlam Portrait Award Craig Wylie, Tanya Poole and Ernestine White will lead the panel to judge this year’s Sanlam Portrait Award, and it will be convened by Stefan Hundt, head of Sanlam Private Wealth’s Art Advisory Service. ‘We are pleased with the calibre of judges we have attracted,’ says Stefan. ‘It is particularly pleasing that the panel comprises such experienced and knowledgeable individuals. We are comfortable that the judges’ views will be independent.’ The award celebrates the best original portrait artwork in South Africa. Sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth, in partnership with Durbanville’s Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery, it offers a prize of R100 000 and a viewers’ choice prize. Last year KwaZulu-Natal artist Heather Gourlay-Conyngham took the top prize for her nude male portrait entitled ‘A Young Man’ (above, 177×80cm, oil on canvas).

Craig Wylie Craig Wylie graduated from Rhodes University, Grahamstown in 1996. He is a well-known figurative painter and has had solo and group shows in the UK and internationally. His work features in many private and public collections including the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. He won the BP Portrait Award in the UK in 2008. Wylie lives and works in London.

Tanya Poole Tanya Poole graduated with a Master of Fine Art (MFA) from Rhodes University in 1988. Primarily a portrait artist, she has also worked with video, performance, installation, theatre design and paint animation. She has participated in group and solo exhibitions nationally and abroad and has been a lecturer at Rhodes University in Grahamstown since 2009.

Ernestine White Ernestine White obtained a Bachelors in Fine Art at the School of Art and Design, Purchase College, NY in 1999 and an MFA from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town in 2000. She is the curator for contemporary art at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town. She is a renowned artist whose work is represented in local and international collections including the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

The closing date for entries is 23 July 2015. Entry forms are available from www.sanlamportraitaward.co.za The name of the winner will be announced at a gala eventto be held at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery on 27 August 2015. SA ART TIMES | MARCH 2015


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South African Artist Birthday of the Month: Christo Coetzee

24 March 1929 – November 2000

Coetzee was a South African assemblage and Neo-Baroque artist of international renown. At the age of 13, a friend of his parents gave him his first commission – an oil painting of roses, for which she paid him £5. Coetzee attended Wits University from 1947 to 1950 with famous associates; Cecil Skotnes, Esmé Berman and Gordon Vorster; after which he studied in London. Coetzee’s first job in London was as a salesman for a tobacco company and he rented a room from photographer Anthony Denney, which he paid for in paintings. From 1954, Coetzee began exhibiting in famous venues in London, Milan, Paris, Japan, and from 1965 in South Africa and Spain. The day after one such opening in 1975, Coetzee cut up 23 of his works on exhibit. He called this ‘construction’ rather than ‘destruction’. The press labelled him sensationalist and angry, but Christo insisted that the act was part of his creative process. He went on to be awarded three retrospectives and a medal of honour from the Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns. Coetzee lived out his last days in Tulbach, where there is now a museum dedicated to his work, he died at a young age of 71. “Coetzee was always searching for magical and transcendental moments while extending the perceptions of art. As he recalled, he endeavoured ‘to push the imagination … just a little bit more towards that particular interface where Art becomes something that it is not.” (Stevenson & Viljoen, 2001). » Christo Coetzee (1929 - 2001). 2015. Johans Borman webpage: http://www.johansborman.co.za/artist-biographies/ coetzee-christo/.

Oskar Kokoschka 1 March 1886 – 22 February 1980

Diane Arbus 14 March 1923 – 26 July 1971

Oskar Kokoschka was an artist, poet and playwright. Critic Ludwig Hevesi labelled him ‘Fauve Princeling’ due to his animalistic painting style using nails and fingers. Gustav Klimt hailed him as “the greatest talent of the younger generation.” Kokoschka had a life-sized doll made of ex-lover, Alma Mahler, which he took to restaurants and used as a model. On the outbreak of WW1, Kokoschka volunteered for the daring Austrian Dragoons and was shot in the head and pierced through the lung. During Hitler’s rule of Austria his art was labelled as “degenerate” but still it grew in popularity. Kokoschka travelled the world and represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 1922 (though he was actually Austrian).

American photographer, Diane Arbus married actor Allan Arbus in 1941. He taught her the finer points of photography and the pair started working in advertising and fashion. By the mid-1960s, Diane Arbus had become a well-established photographer in her own right, with work in Vogue and Esquire. Arbus is best know for her depictions of social outcasts/ ‘freaks’ (giants, dwarfs etc.), some of whom she claimed to have slept with solely to gain permission to photograph them. Arbus’s crowning glory was her exhibition at New York’s MoMA. The exhibition caused such a violent reaction with viewers that spit had to be removed from the photographs, daily. Shortly after the show, Arbus committed suicide. Her life was the basis of the 2006 film “Fur”, starring Nicole Kidman.

» Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian (1886 - 1980). 2014. Ro Gallery website: http://rogallery.com/Kokoschka_Oskar/kokoschkabiography.html.

» Diane Arbus. 2015. The Biography.com website: http://www. biography.com/people/diane-arbus-9187461.

Jean Welz 4 March 1900 – 24 December 1975

Noel Hodnett 18 March 1949 -

Hans (Jean) Max Friedrich Welz was born in Austria, to a family business of framing and gilding, where he came into contact with Vienna’s renowned artists, art collectors and architects. He became an architect and moved to South Africa in 1937 to escape WWII. In 1939, Welz was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was put in isolation. At this time, he began sketching the Highveld from his hospital bed. In 1942, he had his first solo exhibition at the Argus Gallery in Cape Town, after which he was approached by Gregoire Boonzaier to join the New Group.

Noel Hodnett was born in the then Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), moving to South Africa in 1955. He graduated with a distinction in painting from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, in 1971. His work reflects the various aspects of his Southern African roots – especially his largescale paintings depicting the Eastern Cape landscape. He exhibited regularly with the ‘Grahamstown Group’ (19611978) founded by Brian Bradshaw, Professor of Fine Art at Rhodes University, and later with GAP (Grahamstown, Alice and Port Elizabeth) as a founder member of that group after the Grahamstown Group disbanded in 1978. He currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

» Jean Welz (1900-1975). 2015. Johans Borman Fine Art website: http://www.johansborman.co.za/artist-biographies/ welz-jean/.

Athi-Patra Ruga 9 March 1984 – Athi-Patra Ruga was born Umtata. He received a Diploma from the Gordon Flack Davidson Academy of Design. Working in the grey areas between fashion, performance and contemporary art, Athi-Patra Ruga performances in outlandish dress-up challenge social conventions. He has been included in the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013, Performa 11 in 2011, and the Guangzhou Triennial 2008. In 2014, He won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Performance Art. The same year, he was commissioned by Louis Vuitton to create a tapestry for his store on Paris’s famous, Champs-Élysées.

» Noel Hodnett. 2014. Noel Hodnett. Noel Hodnett website: http:// www.noelhodnett.com/About_the_Artist.htm.

Lien Botha 21 March 1961 – Born in Gauteng, Lien Botha initially studied languages at the University of Pretoria and worked as a Press photographer for Beeld before moving to Cape Town in 1984 where she obtained a Masters in Fine Arts from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT, in 2014. She has participated in 40 international group exhibitions, including several biennales and museum shows. She has also held 10 solo shows and her first novel will be published in July this year. » Lien Botha. 2014. Biography. Lien Botha website: http://www.lienbotha.co.za/biography.html

» Athi-Patra Ruga. 2014. WHATIFTHEWORLD website: http:// www.whatiftheworld.com/artist/athi-patra-ruga/. » Athi-Patra Ruga. 2011. Puma’s Films4Peace website: http:// films4peace.com/artist/athi_patra_ruga

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ART TIMES ARTISTS’ BIRTHDAYS

International Artist Birthday of the Month: Vincent van Gogh

30 March 1853 – July 29 1890

Vincent van Gogh, was born in the Netherlands. At age 15, he left school to work for his uncle’s art dealership. After being fired, he moved to a mining village in the south of Belgium where he ministered to the sick. Here he drew the miners and their families, who named him “Christ of the Coal Mines.” Upon moving to Paris, van Gogh encountered impressionist art, and he was inspired by the colour and light. In 1888, he moved into the “little yellow house” where he wasted away; eating paint and sipping on turpentine. Van Gogh’s brother, Theo, persuaded Paul Gauguin to watch over Van Gogh. The pair argued constantly and Van Gogh threatening Gauguin with a razor blade. Later the same night, Van Gogh presented his ear to a prostitute ‘for safe keeping’. Depression eventually sent him to an asylum. In 1890, aged 37, Van Gogh shot himself in the chest. Two days later he died in his brother’s arms. Theo’s wife, Johanna collected as many of Van Gogh’s paintings as she could and in 1901, 71 of them were exhibited in Paris. From there his fame grew. Some of his paintings are now among the most expensive in the world; “Irises” sold for a record $53.9 million, and his “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” sold for $82.5 million. » Vincent van Gogh. 2015. The Biography.com website: http://www.biography.com/people/vincent-van-gogh9515695#video-gallery.

THE ART TIMES WOULD LIKE TO CELEBRATE ALL MEMBERS OF SOUTH AFRICA’S VISUAL ART COMMUNITY BORN IN MARCH, INCLUDING: 1 Peter Hayes | 2 Gretha Helberg, Koulla Xinisteris | 3 Andrew Lindsay | 4 Brenda Schmahmann | 5 Jay Pather | 7 Kai Lossgott | 10 Luan Nel | 11 Mary Visser | 13 Christiaan Nice, Milia Lorraine Khoury | 15 Hentie Van Der Merwe | 16 Eugenie Marais, Margot Hattingh | 18 Li Smith | 21 Trasi Henen | 22 Eric Duplan, Pieter van der Westhuizen | 23 Koos Bronkhorst, Vivienne King (Stevens) | 24 Christo Coetzee | 25 Churchill Madikida | 26 Norman O’flynn, Natasja de Wet | 27 Gill Allderman, Brian Rolfe | 29 Diana Page, Roger Van Wyk | 30 David Kuijers, Stephan Erasmus FAMOUS, INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS BORN IN MARCH: 5 Giovanni Battista Tiepolo | 6 Michelangelo | 7 Piet Mondrian | 12 Elaine De Kooning | 21 Hans Hofmann | 22 Anthonie van Dyck, Randolph Caldecott | 23 Juan Gris | 27 Edward Steichen | 30 Francisco José de Goya | 31 William Morris Hunt Editor’s Note: All content is appropriated from its source and includes elaboration for the sake of enrichment.

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featured artist: Frederike Stokhuyzen THE CAPE GALLERY

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Theo Paul Vorster, Head, Hand Coloured Lino to be seen at The SA Print Gallery March. See www.printgallery for details

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HERMAN VAN NAZARETH In 2015 Belgian-born Herman van Nazareth will celebrate fifty years as an artist in South Africa. Despite international fame, a number of international publicationson his work, his recorded contribution to the evolution of South African art and critical acclaim over the years, he has not received the general public esteem and official regard he deserves in this country. Perhaps this is due to his international sales in Euros which South African collectors will not match or perhaps as a part-time resident in South Africa he has not been constantly in the public eye. Sadly, South African audiences and gallerists have just not cottoned on to this major talent. His ostensibly curt and brash demeanor, as well as an uncompromising insistence on quality and integrity have earned him the reputation of a difficult man, yet long-standing friends will testify to a generous man of honour who loves life. The artist Herman van Nazareth (birth name Herman van Aerde) was born on 6 November 1936 in Evergem in the Belgian Province of East Flanders, and he grew up in the difficult economic times of the war years. Van Nazareth only became interested in art in his twenties. He subsequently studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Ghent (1961 to 1962) and the Royal Academy of Art in Antwerp (1963). In 1965, Herman arrived in Cape Town with a suitcase filled with paints.

The sixties were years of youth rebellion all over the world. Herman van Nazareth may be regarded as a South African artist. He studied here and contributed to the development of a new and modern idiom in South African art. From the day he arrived in South Africa, his work has been influenced by this land. His work is represented in many corporate and public art collections in this country and his name is proudly included in catalogues of national exhibitions and was given a prestige show at the Pretoria Art Museum in 1976. Was he the first protest artist in this country? He was one of the very first in the late 1960s to be called a protest or a satirical artist. However, his imagery is universal, and the message of his faceless, sombre, lumpy brutes (according to art critic Melvyn Minnaar in the Cape Times of 2 Feb 2005) is as potent and relevant today, even in a democratic society, as it was in the mid-1960s. Herman’s subjects portray the timeless principle that if power is abused and if power cannot be dealt with, freedom cannot be dealt with either. Whereas Van Nazareth’s early paintings are painterly, the small landscapes he later painted in South Africa are minimalist, the paint applied in thin subtle hues. In the South African landscape (the wide,

open, arid spaces of the Karoo and the spectacular, diverse scenery of the West Coast) Van Nazareth found beautiful contrasts of red and green, blue and brown, and sulphur and lilac. These colours lend a special kind of chromatic energy to his South African landscapes. His later series of heads are even more minimalistic than his landscapes – black paint on brown, unprimed board. More recently he has returned to painting heads which are characteristic of his oeuvre. This time they are even more reduced – white crayon on black painted board, shoulders and head drawn in a single line. His minimalist heads relate to his earlier simplified nudes in the sense that they do not conform to ideal proportions but are an end in itself. To the artist, a nude or a head is a shape which is good in itself and which is the source of independent plastic construction – the character of the shape resides in the means. Yet there is sensuousness and enjoyment in the surface and one reads the shape, however simplified, as a head. Van Nazareth is one of the first ‘speakers’ of the new pictorial language of modern sculptors and painters. His work communicates the message of 21st-century man who has a greater experience of life, who is more aware of a universal order, and who possesses the extensive visual literacy to capture these concepts in his art. – By Dirkie Offringa

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Kezia Gerber 18.03 - 18.04.2015

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Chiasmativity: Medial Motion 18 February 2015 - 20 March 2015

www.underculturecontemporary.co.za facebook.com/underculture 98A Park Drive, Central, Port Elizabeth

Level 0, Cape Quarter Square, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa Phone: 0214213333 / 0832528876 Email: carmel@global.co.za www.carmelart.co.za


ART TIMES FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT

The third annual Hermanus FynArts will take place from Friday 5 June to Tuesday 16 June 2015. The festival, a fusion of Arts Fest and Winter School, is an initiative of Hermanus Tourism. Don’t miss eleven days filled with visual art, music, literature, food and wine, talks, workshops and presentations. In addition to a long line-up of new and a few returning artists, musicians, speakers and workshop presenters, a new exhibition of the popular Sculpture on the Cliffs and at the Old Synagogue are being planned. The Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Tondo Competition culminates in an exhibition of the circular artworks selected by the three judges as the finalists. These works are displayed on the heads of barrels in the gothic, working cellar at Bouchard Finlayson. The prize-giving

ceremony and opening of this exhibition will take place on Thursday 4 June 2015. The music programme will start with the opening concert on Friday 5 June at 19:00 in the beautiful Dutch Reformed Church and close on Tuesday 16 June at 14:00 with a special Youth Day Concert in the Thusong Hall in Hawston. In between these events will be daily lunchtime concerts once again as well as a wide variety of evening concerts. The programme of jazz, classical and other light music will be performed by orchestras, choirs and ensembles. Soloists next year will include singers, violinists, harpists, pianists, a cellist and more. Participating wine farms along the Hermanus Wine Route exhibit art in the cellars or in their grounds outside and ensure and strengthen the

link between art and wine-making. Last year the “Wine Plus” series, curated by Melvyn Minnaar, was introduced to spotlight contemporary vineyard and cellar skills and highlight the South African industry. Wine personalities presented the talks and tastings to wine enthusiasts at The Marine Hotel. Throughout the festival the art of preparing the finest in food will be presented in cooking demonstrations by top local and national chefs. In recognition of the diverse origin of immigrants and their contribution to the South African way of life and the arts scene, Hermanus FynArts will introduce a fine thread running throughout future festivals. In 2015 this will be the Italian Connection. The full Hermanus FynArts 2015 programme and ticket sales will be launched by mid-March.

Some entries for the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Tondo Competition 2014

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current exhibition: TRANSCODE 1.0 curated by Gwen Miller

a virtual platform for contemporary visual art in South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)21 872 5030 Fax: +27 (0)21 872 7133 zetler@icon.co.za www.houtstreetgallery.co.za


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ART TIMES GALLERY LISTINGS

Eastern Cape

new talent to old masters all year long. Florida, T. 011 672 3821, suzette.crouse@telkomsa.net, www.artdealers.co.za

Alexandria Quin Sculpture Garden This is a permanent exhibition of the sculpture of Maureen Quin. Alexandria, T. 046 653 0121, C. 0827708000, quinart@mweb.co.za, www.quin-art.co.za

East London Ann Bryant Art Gallery main gallery, Ann Bryant Permanent Collection, 18/12/2014 - 05/03/2015, Southernwood, T. 043 7224044, annbryant@intekom.co.za, www. annbryant.co.za Cube Gallery Cube Gallery showcases iconic and timeless design statements from the past century. We are proud to be launching Artek, one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, building on the heritage of Alvar Aalto. Functionality and timeless aesthetics represent the Artek name. Join us at The Gallery, 68 Hobart Rd, 23 April 2015, for the Launch of Artek in South Africa. RSVP by 15 March 2015: info@cubegallery.co.za

Vincent Art Gallery The home of Contemporary Fine Art and the Masters. We also offer professional framing, décor, ceramics, pewter, semi-precious stones and silver jewellery. 8 Dawson Road, Selborne, East London, 5201 Telephone: 043 7221471 Cell: 083 700 4711 Email: vinceart@lantic.net www.vincentartgallery.co.za

Port Elizabeth ArtEC EPSAC Community Art Centre, Simon Gush:Red, Simon Gush, 10/03 - 27/03/2015, T. 041 5853641, gallery@artecpe.co.za, www.artecpe.co.za Galerie NOKO Breaking Surface, Various artists, 04/025 - 07/03/2015, 109-111 Russell Rd, Richmond Hill, T. 041 5822090, C. 0730885883, galerienoko@ gmail.com, www.galerienoko.com Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection. Fabric of Existence, 05/02 - 31/05/2015, Highlights of the Collection 28/02 25/03/2015, Song and Dance 28/02 - 19/07/2015, Who’s Who and What’s New? 02/04 - 03/05/2015. Park Drive Central. T. 041 5062000 artmuseum@mandelametro.gov. za, www.artmuseum.co.za Underculture Contemporary Chiasmativity: medial motion Kezia Gerber 18/02 - 20/03/2015, 98A Park Drive, Central T. 041 373 0074. C. 082 887 1612. admin@underculturecontemporary.co.za, www. underculturecontemporary.co.za

Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum Wolf in sheep’s clothing, AnnMarie Tully, 05/02 - 15/03/2015. Christ and the other person, Father Frans Claerhout, 14/02 - 06/04/2015, The game is to survive part#2, Illídio Candja, 19/03 - 10/05/2015, Waverley, T. 051 011 0525 ext 611, karen.marais@nasmus.co.za, www.facebook.com/OliewenhuisArtMuseum Gallery on Leviseur Here Be Dragons, Various artists, 12/03 - 28/03/2015, Noordkaapse Dorpe, Dr. Jan van der Merwe & Prof. Philippe Burger launch their new book, Noordkaapse Dorpe with a photographic exhibition. 31/03 - 19/04/2015, Westdene, C. 0828352335, admin@ galleryonleviseur.co.za, www.galleryonleviseur.co.za

Clarens Art and Wine Gallery The gallery houses an exquisite collection of art and fine wines, Clarens, T. 0582561298, C. 082 3418161, anton@artandwine.co.za, www.artandwine.co.za

Diedericks/Faber Fine Art Grace Kotze, Jonathan Gecelter, 19/03 - 17/04/2015, Melville, T. 011 7263638, C. 082 498 1417, elton@diedericksfaberfineart.com, www.diedericksfaberfineart.com

Living Artist Emporium Please send us the rules of art and we will break them! www.livingartistemporium.co.za Email: info@laejhb.co.za 082 5733 488

Lizamore & Associates Gallery Islands, Heidi Fourie, The PyromancersIzak Buys 12/03 - 02/04/2015. Parkwood, T. 011 880 8802, suen@lizamore.co.za, www.lizamore.co.za

Everard Read Under An African Sky, Paul Augustinus, Bushveld Lanscapes, Walter Voigt, Feb - March 2015, Scarf, Gary Stephens, March - April 2015, 6 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, T. 011 7884805, nicky@everard.co.za, www.everard-read.co.za

KZ Natal Ballito Imbizo Gallery We are fine art consultants providing a one-stop service to private and corporate clients. We have a wide selection of abstract, contemporary, landscape, nude, tribal and wild life art. Ballito, T. 032 946 1937, info@imbizogallery.co.za, www.imbizogallery.co.za

Durban

Ferreira Art Gallery We have a permanent exhibition of Old Masters on display and a framing service. Open 7 days a week., Bryanston, T. 011 7063738, ferreiragallery@ mweb.co.za, www.ferreiraart.com Fifth Avenue Fine Art Next Auction 10am, Sun 8 Feb 2015, Preview, Fri 6 Feb 2015, 9am to 5pm, 404 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Park, T. 011 7812040, stuart@5thaveauctions. co.za, www.5thaveauctions.co.za

GoetheOnMain Gallery “Umhobe we Sigwe” by Thando Mama is a multimedia installation with components of audio, video, prints and text, exploring the concepts of memory, memorialization and nationhood. The project aims to promote intercultural engagement through dialogue in the critique of the South African national anthem. 245 Main St, Maboneng Precinct, Joburg www.goethe.de/joburg

Gallery 2 Various artists, 03/03 - 31/03/2015, Parkwood, T. 0114470155, info@gallery2.co.za, www.gallery2.co.za Goodman Gallery The Devil Made me do It, Johan Thom, 07/03 - 11/04/2015, Parkwood, T. 011 7881113, heather@goodman-gallery.com, www.goodman-gallery.com Graham’s Fine Art Gallery Colour Works, Jennifer Morrison, 22/01 - 18/04/2015, Bryanston, T. 011 463 7869, C. 083 605 5000, info@grahamsgallery.co.za, www.grahamsgallery.co.za Halifax Art Specialising in Contemporary Art, Parkhurst, C. 0827846695, dana@16hlaifaxart.co.za, www.16halifaxart.co.za

outoftheCUBE Opening 16 March 2015 outoftheCUBE current exhibitions: TRANSCODE 1.0 curated by Gwen Miller. A groundbreaking exhibition that explores the practice of cross-over between traditional and new media in the work of several innovative South African artists. Emphasis is laid on their working and conceptual processes. www.outofthecube.co.za

Res Gallery From the Chapel to the Shrine, Vasco Mahnica, 07/02 - 14/03/2015, Parkwood, T. 011 8804054, C. 0741412091, info@resgallery.com, www.resgallery.com Standard Bank Gallery An exciting exhibition space situated in the heart of downtown Johannesburg. It has become one of the city’s foremost fine art venues. T. 011 631 1889, arts@standardbank.co.za, www. standardbankarts.co.za Stevenson Scenes of a Romantic Nature, Deborah Poynton, 12/02 until 20/03/2015, Braamfontein, T 011 403 1055/1908, jhb@stevenson.info, www.stevenson.info UJ Art Gallery Mon to Fri 09:00-18:00 & Sat 9:001:00, APK Campus, Auckland Park. T. 011 5592099, aedempsey@uj.ac.za, www.uj.ac.za/EN/ArtsandCulture The White House Gallery A Focus on Works by Brian Joffe, 04/03 - 18/03/2015, Illovo, T. 0112682115, info@ thewhitehousegallery.co.za, www.whg.co.za

Pretoria

Artspace Durban Offers a contemporary arts gallery, exhibition space, marketing, sales, promotion & venue hire facilities. 9 March – 21 March; Barclays L’Atelier Art Award; “Stripped” by Floris van Zyl, pulcinella’s secret by Trui Roozeveld van der Ven 3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Rd), Durban tel: +27 31 312 0793 www.artspace-durban.com Gallery hrs: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm Sat & Pub Hols 9am - 2pm

Artspace Durban Outpost, Anthony C. Morton, 16/02 - 07/03/2015. (Re)viewed Terence King 16/02 07/03/2015. T. 031 3120793 artspacedurban@gmail. com, www.artspace-durban.com Durban Art Gallery Morning after dark, David Lurie, 18/03 until 06/04/2015. Artists for Humanity - 20 year anniversary Alex Flett, Gabisile Nkosi, Vedant Nanakchand and Diane Victor, 21/03 - 03/05/2015 T. 031 3112264 Thulani.Makhaye@durban.gov.za, www.durban.gov.za

Pietermaritzburg Tatham Art Gallery The Art of Democracy: Twenty Years of Collecting. Main Gallery. Currently on view. Until 06/09/2015. T. 033 3922801, brendan.bell@msunduzi. gov.za, www.tatham.org.za

Umhlanga Rocks Makiwa Gallery Fine Art Gallery. Fine South African Art, original paintings & sculpture. Shop 5B Lighthouse Mall, Chartwell Drive. T. 031 561 1194, C. 082 420 8271, info@makiwagalleries.com, www.makiwagalleries.com

Mpumalanga

Gauteng

Graskop

Johannesburg Absa Art Gallery L’Atelier Entries, NB: that Barclays will be receiving all entries at all collection points around South Africa. Visit www.lateliercompetition.com for more details, 02/03 - 06/03/2015, Pieces which were entered in to the L’Atelier competition will be on view. 18/03 10/04/2015, Absa Gallery, 161 Main Str. T. 011 3505139, paulbay@absa.co.za, www.absa.co.za Alice Art Gallery A French Affair, Isabel Le Roux, 01/03/2014 - 14/03/2015, Ruimsig, T. 011 9581392, C. 0833318466, info@aliceart.co.za, www.aliceart.co.za Art Afrique Gallery Contemporary Art Gallery, Sandton, T. 011 2927113, art@artafrique.co.za, www.artafrique.co.za Artist Proof Studio Specialises in printmaking, Newtown, T. 011 4921278, gallery@artistproofstudio. co.za, www.artistproofstudio.co.za Cherie de Villiers Gallery Dealers in fine paintings and sculptures by leading South African artists, Sandton, T. 011 3255395, cheart@global.co.za, www.gallery.co.za CIRCA on Jellicoe A selection of works, including bronze sculpture, paintings and giclee prints by Norman Catherine. 2 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, info@circagallery. co.za, www.circaonjellicoe.co.za Crouse Art Gallery A variety of South African artists. From

Centurion Art Gallery The Centurion Art Gallery is a commercial satellite of the Pretoria Art Museum, Moreletapark, T. 012 3583477, artg@tshwane.gov.za, www.pretoriaartmuseum.co.za/centurion The Leonardo Gallery You will be able to linger and enjoy the art in its true form and get to experience the joy of acquiring a work of art that you can relate to. Arcadia, Pretoria, T. 012 997 0520, leonardo.gal@telkomsa.net, www.theleonardogallery.com St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery We are a lifestyle gallery offering guests a broad selection of designer fashions, accessories as well as artworks by leading and emerging South African artists. Pretoria, Brooklyn Circle. T. 012 460 0284, stlorientfashion@gmail.com, www.stlorient.co.za UNISA Art Gallery Unsettled, Seminar by Cedric Nunn, 31/01 until 06/03/2015, CANSA Art Exhibition 2015, Various artists, 17/03/2015 until 27/03/2015, Muckleneuk, T. 012 441 5683, botham2@unisa.ac.za, www.unisa.ac.za/gallery

Adèle Oldfield MA (Fine Arts)

Helen Wallace Day Exhibitions: The Upper Deck Gallery, Plettenberg Bay; Bamboo Gallery, Melville, Johannesburg; Sharon Samson Gallery, Illovo, Johannesburg; Henry Taylor Gallery, Sandton, Johannesburg; The Turbine Hall Art Fair 2013, Johannesburg Enquiries to: Helenday1007@gmail.com +27 083 458 6040 In Toto Gallery Ian Houston: A Solo Exhibition, 12/03 - 13/04/2015, Birdhaven, T. 011 4476543, megan@ intotogallery.co.za, www.intotogallery.co.za Johannesburg Art Gallery Hours: 10:00-17:00, Tues to Sun, Joubert Park, T. 011 7253130, tinym@joburg.org.za, www.gauteng.net/attractions/entry/johannesburg_art_gallery/

A detail from Heirloom by Adèle Oldfield MA (Fine Arts) Included in group exhibition “The Voice of the Nation” at Stephan Welz and Co. Ground Floor, South Tower, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. 19 March – 23 April 2015 Please contact on: 082 838 9243 or adele.oldfield@gmail.com

Alette Wessels Kunskamer Art gallery & art consultancy, specialising in SA art as an investment, dealing in Old Masters, & selected contemporary art. T. 012 346 0728, info@artwessels.com, www.artwessels.co.za Association of Arts Pretoria Interiorscapes, An exhibition of paintings & etchings combined with poetry by Marit Greenwood, 20/02 - 11/03/2015, L’Atelier Pretoria submissions, Pretoria entries selected for the 2015 L’Atelier Art Competition, 13/03 - 28/03/2015, Nieuw Muckleneuk, T. 012 346 3100, artspta@mweb.co.za, www.artsassociationpta.co.za/news.html

Le Gallerie Restoration, Maria Koch, Gustavo Vink, Anica, Jana Branca, Wendy Malan, Michael Heyns, Cornelius Bosch, Christian Nice, Munro, Gerrit Pitout, Roema Photography, 01/01 - 31/12/2015, T. 013 7671093, le_gallerie@mweb.co.za, www.legallerie.co.za

Nelspruit This & That Art Framing & Decor We are a Gallery and permanently have Art on Exhibition. Odette Powell, Charl Bruwer, Mariaana Zwaan, Meike Tejema, Anthony Housell, Dawie Fourie, Debbi Swart, Wietske Smit, Pamela Armitage, Nelspruit, T. 013 757 1238, C. 082 603 1321, odettepowell@telkomsa.net, www.showme.co.za nelspruit/lifestyle/this-that-art-and-framing/#position

White River The Artists’ Press New Editions of limited edition original prints available from The Artists’ Press by leading South African artists., Waterfield Farm near White River. T. 013 751 3225 mark@artistspress.co.za, www.artprintsa.com 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 7582409, theloop@worldonline.co.za, www.tlafoundry.co.za

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ART TIMES GALLERY LISTINGS The White River Gallery Gallery hours: Weekdays and Saturday 10h00-16h00, Sunday & holidays 10h00-14h00, White River, C. 0836758833, art@ whiterivergallery.co.za, www.whiterivergallery.co.za

Northern Cape Kimberley

Deziree Finearts A collection of Contemporary Colonial & African Oil Paintings, Fish Hoek, T. 021 7851120, C. 082 402 1879, dez@dezireefinearts.co.za, www.dezireefinearts.co.za Die Kunskamer Works by leading artists, Irma Stern, Hugo Naude, Cecil Skotnes, Cynthia Villet, Norman Catherine, Hardy Botha, Bill Davis, Gail Catlin, Simone Stone, David Brown & Pierneef. Sea Point, T. 021 434 9529, info@kunskamer.co.za, www.diekunskamer.co.za

Hout Bay Gallery We welcome you to a burst of kaleidoscopic colour of artworks by talented South African Artists and Sculptors. Open every day, all welcome. Hout Bay, T. 021 790 3618, C. 072 447 8262, info@houtbaygallery.co.za, www.houtbaygallery.co.za

Lutge Gallery Lutge Gallery at Spier. Ceramics, art, photographs, Cape Antiques & contemporary furniture created from reclaimed indigenous wood, January to March 2015, Cape Town Central, T. 021 424 8448 or 021 788 8931, lutgegallery@netactive.co.za, www.lutge.co.za

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, whag@eject. co.za, www.whag.co.za

North West Potchefstroom North-West University Gallery Block A, Angela Buckland, 05/03 - 10/04/2015, NWU Potchefstroom Campus, T. 018 2994341, gallery@nwu.ac.za North-West University Botanical Garden Gallery Ik Ben Een Afrikander, Group exhibition curated by Lizamore & Associates, 05/03 - 10/04/2015, NWU Potchefstroom Campus, gallery@nwu.ac.za

Western Cape Cape Town Allderman POP UP Gallery We are dedicated to promoting some of South Africa’s valuable talent. The gallery specialises in Pop Up Exhibitions, gallery@new.co.za ArtB Gallery Bellville, Member’s Exhibition, Members have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work, 11/03 - 01/04/2015, Bellville, T. 021 9171197, artbellville@ gmail.com, www.artb.co.za Barnard Gallery Surface: Emerging Painters, Sarah Biggs, 04/02 - 19/03/2015, Newlands, T. 021 6711553, brad@barnardgallery.com, www.barnardgallery.com Bronze Age Bronze Foundry, Woodstock, T. 021 447 3914, info@bronzeage.co.za, www.bronzeage.co.za Brundyn+ Suspension of Disbelief, An exhibition of video artworks by various artists, 19/02 - 18/04/2015, Bo Kaap, T. 021 424 5150, C. 083 212 0702, info@ brundyngonsalves.com, www.brundyn.com

Donald Greig Gallery & Bronze Foundry Private Gallery permanently exhibiting artworks of Donald Greig – internationally renowned sculptor of wildlife bronzes. The casting technique and bronze pour can be viewed in the foundry. Open Mon-Fri 09.30 – 17.30, Sat 09.30 – 13.00 14 West Quay Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 021 418 0003, www.donaldgreig.com

Eatwell Art Gallery Working studio of the artists of the Eatwell Family. 01/03 - 30/03/2015, Noordhoek, T. 021 7892767, toonlynne@gmail.com, www.eatwellgallery.com EBONY Cape Town Dreams, Ryno De Wet, 05/03 06/04/2015, Cape Town, CBD, T. 021 4249985, C. 079 085 9390, gernot@ebonydesign.co.za, www.ebonydesign.co.za Eclectica Art & Antiques Purveyors of antiques, furniture, bespoke pieces of objet d’arts and fine art, including South African masters. Wynberg, T. 021 7627983, melissa@ eclectica.co.za, www.eclecticaartandantiques.co.za/ Eclectica Modern Gallery An eclectic mix of various artists, 9A Cavendish Str, Claremont, T. 021 6717315, margie@ eclectica.co.za, www.eclecticaartandantiques.co.za/modern Erdmann Contemporary Cross My Heart, Hannalie Taute, 10/02 - 31/03/2015, Gardens, T. 021 422 2762, galleryinfo@mweb.co.za, www.erdmanncontemporary.co.za Everard Read Summer of Sculpture III, 05/12/2014 31/04/215, V & A Waterfront, T. 021 4184527, ctgallery@ everard.co.za, www.everard-read-capetown.co.za 34 Fine Art Mark (extended) group exhibition which highlights three artists’ work, 15/02 - 23/04/2015, Woodstock, T. 021 461 1863, info@34fineart.com, www.34fineart.com

In-Fin-Art - Picture Framers & Art Gallery Expert advice | Extensive range of moulding profiles | Custom made hand-finished frames | Conservation framing with museum glass | Original art by local contemporary artists 9 Wolfe St, Wynberg Tel: 021 761 2816 gallery@infinart.co.za www.infinart.co.za

Iziko Michaelis Collection Rembrandt in South Africa: Pioneer Printmaker of Humanity and Modernity, 03/10/2014 28/03/2015, josephinemhiggins@gmail.com Iziko SA National Gallery Art Making, Curating and Commemorating our Democracy, Iziko’s Education & Public Programmes Department cordially invites you to view works produced by South African youth in commemoration of our 21st year of democracy, 09/02 - 27/03/2015, Shared Sky: Brings together South African and Australian artists in a collaborative exhibition, 13/02 - 31/05/2015, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4674660, mediaofficer@iziko.org.za, www.iziko.org.za

Mogalakwena Gallery Sewing a History of Healing – Group exhibition of Textile Art created by Mogalakwena, Heartworks, Willemien de Villiers, Sally Scott, Ronel Jordaan, Celia de Villiers, Gina Niederhumer, Keiskamma, Woza Moya Mogalakwena Gallery, 3 Church Str, Cape Town (between Adderley Str and St George’s Mall) Exhibition from 5 February - 30 April 2015. The focus of this exhibition is on the intrinsic healing power of art, both in creating art and in looking at art. The process of creating art allows for self-expression and viewing art can change the viewer’s experience. For more information contact Ingrid Holman (021) 424 7488 or visit www.mogalakwena.com

Quincy’s Antiques Art and Collectables Art, Antiques, Curios & Gifts, Rondebosch, T. 021 6851986, elsa.moeks@gmail.com

Johans Borman Fine Art SA Masters, Various artists, Newlands, T. 021 6836863, art@johansborman.co.za, www.johansborman.co.za

Rachelle Bomberg Recent paintings on view at Windermere House, This Art Deco museum/studio is home to the permanent collection of the artist’s work. Rachelle is available to discuss her art. View by appointment 073 634 2597 021 7881333 info@artbomberg.com, www.artbomberg.com 58 Windermere Road, Muizenberg 7945 The Masquerade (180 x 150)

Carmel Art Pieter van der Westhuizen New edition of 8 landscape prints View at www.carmelart.co.za Level 0, Cape Quarter Square, 27 Somerset Road Green Point Cape Town

Casa Labia Gallery Afrodite, Nina van der Westhuizen , 28/02 - 29/03/2015. Ground Zero, Kabelo Kim Modise 28/02 - 29/03/2015 Muizenberg T. 021 7886068 gallery@casalabia.co.za, www.casalabia.co.za Catherine Timotei Art Fast-Co-exist Paris 2015. United for Climate Action, Catherine Timotei, 15/02 30/03/2015, Hotel 15 on Orange, Cape Town. abstractart@ catherinetimotei.com, www.catherinetimotei.com

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Gallery F PaPa Chapter Two Current exhibition is running until end of March. Gavin Furlonger Mobile: 083 594 8959 Studio: 021 423 4423 www.galleryf.co.za

Goodman Gallery Divine Violence, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, 05/03/2015 - 11/04/2015, Woodstock, T. 021 4627567, cpt@goodman-gallery.com, www. goodman-gallery.com G2 Art We are a popular permanent gallery in the Cape Town CBD. Offering a diverse range of painting, mixed media and sculpture, Cape Town, T. 021 4247169, di@g2art.co.za, www.g2art.co.za/contact-us/

We will be hosting the first exhibition of the year Art on Paper VI from 18 March to 8 April. Some of the Artists include Sam Nlengethewa, William Kentridge, Maja Maljevic, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Beezy Bailey, Anton Kannemeyer, Conrad Botes, Deborah Bell and many more established and up-and-coming artists. 136 Main Road Kalk Bay www.kalkbaymodern.co.za

Red! The Gallery, Contemporary Art Auction!, Andrew Cooper, Derric van Rensburg, David Kuijers, Helene Train, Michael Waters, Michael Tancrel, Glen Tong, Wilma du Toit, David Bucklow to name a few, 25/03/2015, Steenberg, Tokai, T. 021 701 0886, jean@redthegallery.co.za, www.redthegallery.co.za

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 7888736, ignoblis@iafrica.com Lesley Charnock Art Gallery A selection of work by Lesley Charnock and Helen van Stolk. Open 7 days a week, C. 0824241033, C. 0827857288, helenvstolk@ gmail.com, www.lesleycharnock.com

Red Room Overlooking the mountainous valley of Hout Bay sits a Red Room,home to an art-savvy red gorilla. Swing by and adventure into the world of Robert Hodgins, Walter Battiss, Diane Victor, Edoardo Villa, Jan Neethling and many more. 62 Mount Rhodes Drive, Hout Bay 071 602 1908 - www.redroomart.co.za

Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery Commune.1 Solo exhibition, Elize Vossgatter, 19/02 26/03/2015, Wale Str, Cape Town, T. 0214475918, C. 084 6272951, gallery@commune1.com, www.commune1.com Diedericks/Faber Fine Art Grace Kotze, Jonathan Gecelter, 19/03 - 17/04/2015, Woodstock, T. 021 552 8871, C. 0824981417, elton@diedericks-faberfineart. com, www.diedericksfaberfineart.com

Heather Auer Art & Sculpture Gallery Dreaming of Africa, oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm Heather Auer Art Gallery, Quayside Centre c/n Wharf & St Georges Str, Simon’s Town, Western Cape, info@heatherauer.com www.heatherauer. com, Tel +27 (0)21 7861309/0827792695/ 0828289203

Dealers in Contemporary South African Fine Art (& the Old Masters) and picture framing. 114 Kendal Rd, Eversdal, Durbanville, 7550 T. 021 975 1744 lindy@artpro.co.za www.artpro.co.za

Rose Korber Art Rose Korber has recently relocated from Camps Bay to Sea Point. Artists available include William Kentridge, Deborah Bell, Sam Nhlengethwa, Claudette Schreuders, Robert Slingsby, Richard Smith and Willie Bester. Sea Point, T. 021 4330957, roskorb@icon.co.za, www.rosekorberart.com Ryno Swart Art Gallery A selection of work for sale by Ryno Swart, Simon’s Town, T. 021 7863975, ryno@ artistvision.com, www.artistvision.org Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Connections, Various artists, 10/02 - 05/03/2015, Durbanville, T. 021 9764691, rustenvrede@telkomsa.net, www.rust-en-vrede.com

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ART TIMES GALLERY LISTINGS The Cape Gallery A solo exhibition of work by Frederike Stokhuyzen, 01/03 - 21/03/2015, Cape Town, T. 021 4235309, web@capegallery.co.za, www.capegallery.co.za. The Framing Place Conservation framing, framing of art, Block mounting and Block frames, Observatory, T. 021 447 3988, info@framingplace.co.za, www. framingplace.co.za

The Shop at Grande Provence Fine tribal artefacts & new jewellery by Ilse Malan, Ongoing, Grande Provence Estate, T. 021 8768630, gallery@grandeprovence.co.za, www.grandeprovence.co.za/gallery-and-art-franschhoek/ The-Shop.html

George Crouse Art Gallery Various Artists, Christiaan Nice, Makiwa, Maria, Walter Meyer, Gerrit Roon, Anton Benzon, Ella, Este Mostert, Charmain Eastment, Diane Erasmus, Bea, Carla Bosch, Daily 08h00 - 18h00, George, T. 044 887 0361, suzette.crouse@telkomsa.net, www.artdealers.co.za Wonki Ware Di Marshall pottery. South African Dinnerware and Table Accessories., George, T. 044 8841883, info@wonkiware.co.za, www.wonkiware.co.za

Great Brak River Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection 18 February – 14 March 2015 Night Watch A solo exhibition of recent paintings by Gabrielle Raaff. www.salon91.co.za 91 Kloof Street Cape Town

THE d’VINE art ROOM at New Heritage Gallery In the courtyard of historic HERITAGE SQUARE, these 2 boutique galleries feature art; photography; sculpture and mixed media. With owner-curated, new exhibitions on a monthly basis, and the participating artists on hand, the shows are interactive and edgy. Heritage Square (inner courtyard), 100 Shortmarket Str (cnr Bree), Cape Town (027) 0711915034 capetown.gallery@gmail.com www.newheritagegallery.com

Sulger-Buel Lovell The Atrophy and the Ecstasy, Neill Wright, 16/03 - 11/05/2015, Woodstock, T. 021 447 5918, info@lovellgallery.co.za, www.lovellgallery.co.za The Studio Kalk Bay A creative, dynamic and vibrant space in the heart of Kalk Bay, Cape Town, housing the studio of Donna McKellar, Kalk Bay, info@ thestudiokalkbay.co.za, www.thestudiokalkbay.co.za

Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection 22 April – 16 May 2015 Dreams, amongst other things An introduction to the work of Gabrielle Kruger, Amber Moir, Mia Louw & Isabella Kuijers. www.salon91.co.za 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town

UCT Irma Stern Museum Walkabout Saturday 28 March 2015 at 11 am, Gwen van Embden, 21/03 - 11/04/2015, Rosebank, T. 021 6855686, mary. vanblommestein@uct.ac.za, www.irmastern.co.za What if the World Gallery A platform for a new generation of emerging South African contemporary artists. Viewing Hours: Tues-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat 10.00-14.00 or by appointment, Woodstock Cape Town, T. 021 4472376, info@whatiftheworld.com, www.whatiftheworld.com

Bot River Sanlam Art Gallery Permanent collection of South African art & a large exhibition space. Bellville, T. 021 9473359, stefan.hundt@sanlam.co.za, www.sanlam.co.za SMAC Art Gallery CT, C-Stunners & Black Mamba, Cyrus Kabiru, 29/01 - 14/03/2015, Cape Town Central, T. 021 422 5100, info@smacgallery.com, www.smacgallery.com South African Jewish Museum Interactive multi-media displays and engaging accounts of South African Jewish History, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4651546, gavin@ sajewishmuseum.co.za, www.sajewishmuseum.co.za

De Geheime Botrivier The Right to self medicate, Evets & Mtini looks at the effects of using medical marujana & its legal ramifications, 21/03 - 04/04/2015, Botrivier Hotel, Main Rd, C. 0823484539, mtini.michael@gmail.com/ degeheimekelder.botrivier@gmail.com, mtini.michael@gmail.com

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 2976977, art@art.co.za, www.art.co.za

Franschhoek

The South African Print Gallery

Atelier at 1 unie Private on going viewing of Contemporary Art and Sculpture by Johannes du Plessis, by appointment. www.johannesduplessis.co.za, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764382, johannes.dup@telkomsa.net, www.johannesduplessis.co.za Art in the Yard Hungry Money, Depleting Life, Varenka Paschke, 07/03 - 31/03/2015, Franschhoek, T. 021 876 4280, lizelle@artintheyard.co.za, www.artintheyard.co.za EBONY Franschhoek Dreams, Ryno De Wet, 05/03 06/04/2015, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764477, gernot@ ebonydesign.co.za, www.ebonydesign.co.za IS Art Black Oystercatcher paintings by Cornelia Smook (Snyman). Ceramics of the sea by Ralph Johnson, 15/02 31/03/2015, Franschhoek, T. 021 8762071, gallery@isart.co.za

Abalone Gallery Works on Paper - a group exhibition of drawings, graphic art & photography by, Lien Botha, Nils Burwitz, John Clarke, Joan Fontcuberta, Judith Mason, Diane Victor, Jeannette Unite and Louis Van Heerden, 18/02 - 30/04/2015, Hermanus, T. 028 3132935, art@ abalonegallery.co.za, www.abalonegallery.co.za Walker Bay Art Gallery View the wide selection of paintings, sculptures & ceramics by established as well as up-and-coming SA artists, Hermanus, T. 028 312 2928, francois@walkerbayartgallery.co.za, www. walkerbayartgallery.co.za Willie Botha Sculpture Gallery Permanent exhibition of sculptures by Willie Botha. Paintings of old masters as well as emerging artists, Hermanus, T. 028 3132304, decolite@mweb.co.za, www.williebothasculptures.com Rossouw Modern Art Gallery Featuring fine artworks from a select group of talented SA artists on the whitewashed walls of a fisherman’s cottage, Hermanus, T. 028 313 2222, info@rossouwmodern.com, www.rossouwmodern.com

Knysna Knysna Fine Art (B.Y.O.I.D.) Bring your own identity, A group exhibition of some of South Africa’s finest artists, 26/02 - 18/03/2015. Take What You Want, Recent Ceramics by Lucinda Mudge, 19/03 - 18/03/2015. Home is where the heart is, Paintings with silicon & embroidery by Arjan van Arendonk, 19/03 - 18/03/2015, Thesen House. T. 044 382 5107 gallery@finearts.co.za, www.finearts.co.za

Langebaan Bay Gallery Art in the Heart of Langebaan. Unique, local artwork celebrating Life in a joyful way! All mediums exhibited, Langebaan, C. 0733048744, baygallery@ xsinet.co.za, www.baygallery.co.za the ART SQUARE studio/gallery The ART SQUARE offers a creative and social platform where the artist and public can meet. Solo exhibitions every last Thursday of the month. West Coast hospitality - everyone welcome!, Langebaan, C. 0828538187, arts2gether@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/ThePumpkinHouse

The AVA Gallery The Claims of the Land, Call for painting submissions. All work must be submitted by the 4 March 2015. Forming Impressions: The Ghost in the Machine, Various artists 26/02 - 19/03/2015. 35 Church Str, Cape Town, 8001T. 021 4247436 info@ava.co.za, www.ava.co.za

The Gallery at Grande Provence Alleen, A Selection of two and three dimensional pieces by Shany van den Berg, 08/03 - 03/04/2015, Franschhoek, T. 021 8768630, gallery@grandeprovence.co.za, www.grandeprovence. co.za/franschhoek-news-and-events/gallery-news.html

Somerset West Dante’ Art & Decor New Nicole Pletts. Always in demand, come and check out her new pieces before they go!, Somerset West, T. 021 8518142, info@danteartgallery.co.za, www.danteartgallery.co.za/ index.php Liebrecht Gallery A custom built fine art gallery in the CBD of Somerset West. T. 021 8528030, vineyardartists@ gmail.com, www.liebrechtgallery.com

Stellenbosch Oude Libertas Gallery The gallery is open to the public free of charge. New exhibitions every six weeks, Stellenbosch, c/o Adam Tas & Libertas Rds, T. 021 809 8412, oudelibertasgallery@gmail.com, www.oudelibertas.co.za Rupert Museum A selection of 20th Century South African Art, JH Pierneef’s Johannesburg Station Panels, Modern French Tapestries and International Sculptures, Irma Stern, Jean Welz, Cecil Higgs, Maggie Laubser, Anton Van Wouw, Willie Bester, JH Pieneef, Lucas Sithole & many more, Stellenbosch, T. 021 888 3344, deh@remgro.com, www.rupertmuseum.org/?m=2 Sasol Art Museum Permanent collection of paintings, graphic works and sculptures, as well as anthropological collection. Regular temporary art exhibitions of national & international artists, Stellenbosch, T. 021 808 3690 Slee Gallery The Woordfees 2015, Exhibition of work by Johann Slee, 06/03 - 15/03/2015, Stellenbosch, T. 021 887 3385, gallery@slee.co.za, www.slee.co.za/gallery SMAC Art Gallery We represent both established and emerging South African artists, together with their international counterparts. The gallery also participates in art fairs locally and abroad. Stellenbosch, T. 021 887 3607, nastassja@smacgallery.com info@smacgallery. com, www.smacgallery.com Stellenbosch Art Gallery The Woordfees 2015, Evette Weyers Ceramics and Roelof Rossouw together with Old Masters, Contemporary Artists and Sculptures, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8283489, mjg@kingsley.co.za, www.stellenboschartgallery.co.za Art at Tokara Walking the Line. Curated by Julia Meintjes Fine Art, Lucas Bambo, Dan Rakgoathe, Siphiwe Zulu, Colijn Strydom, Jean de Wet, Collen Maswanganyi, Fancy Stitch embroiderers, 19/01 - 30/04/2015, Stellenbosch, T. 011 788 0820, info@juliameintjes.co.za, www.juliameintjes.co.za

ArtKaroo Fine Art by artists from the Karoo, Oudtshoorn, T. 044 2791093, janet@artkaroo.co.za, www.artkaroo.co.za

Paarl Hout Street Gallery Specialising in paintings and fine art by more than thirty SA artists. Paarl. T. 021 8725030, zetler@icon.co.za, www.houtstreetgallery.co.za

Plettenberg Bay The White House Venue & Theatre Exhibition venue. Plettenberg Bay, T. 044 5332010, caitlin@whg.co.za, www.whitehousevenue.co.za

Riebeek Kasteel

Stevenson Third Degree of Separation, Odili Donald Odita, 05/03 - 11/04/2015. No Problem, Sabelo Mlangeni 05/03 - 11/04/2015 Woodstock. T. 021 4621500 vuyo@stevenson.info, www.stevenson.info

The Robertson Art Gallery We specialise in original art of more than 60 top South African artists. Robertson, T. 023 6265364, elaine@robertsonart.co.za, www. robertsonartgallery.co.za

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Prince Albert Gallery Est in 2003, the gallery always has an eclectic mix of art on display. Prince Albert, T. 023 5411057, karoogallery@intekom.co.za, www.princealbertgallery.co.za

La Motte Museum Offers a cultural-historical experience featuring the estate’s history and architecture. Current exhibitions: Heritage collection of South African old master, JH Pierneef and contemporary exhibition of The Helgaard Steyn Awards 1987-2013. Experiences: Historic Walk – Wednesdays & Sculpture Walk – Thursdays (10:00-11:00 bookings essential) T 021 876 8850, E museum@la-motte.co.za, www.la-motte.com

StateoftheART Gallery We are a permanent gallery in Cape Town showing a selection of affordable contemporary work by top emerging artists, 02/03 01/04/2015, Cape Town CBD. T. 021 8014710, jennifer@ stateoftheart.co.za, www.stateoftheart.co.za

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The Beautiful North – Recent prints from Artist Proof Studio. Until 17 March 2015. Theo Paul Vorster – The Greatest Show on Earth, Hand coloured Linocuts 28 March – 17 April 2015. SA Print Gallery. Home of Fine Art Printmaking. 109 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. Tel 021 4626851 kevin@printgallery.co.za www.printgallery.co.za

South African Society of Artists SASA was founded to cater specifically to the practicing artist. We hold four exhibitions annually. All work at all four exhibitions is available for sale. Cape Town Central. T. 021 6718941, gchambers@mweb.co.za, www.sasa-artists.co.za

Art@39Long Boutique Gallery showcasing work by mostly Southern Cape Artists. Selected ceramics and designer craft by various artists. Great Brak River, C. 0825763338, artat39long@gmail.com, www.artat39long.wozaonline.co.za

Robertson

The Kraal Gallery South Africa’s premier hand weaving artists. Hand weaving is our passion (est 1973 by the Daniel family). Commissions welcomed for silk & wool wall hangings, tapestries, rugs of all sizes, locally and globally. Enquiries: 021 8562130/ 021 8833881 shopping@thekraalgallery.com www. thekraalgallery.com Proudly Hand-woven, Socially Responsible, Environmentally Aware 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. 021 808 3489, corliah@sun.ac.za, www. blogs.sun.ac.za/kunsgalery/about/ D-Street Gallery Toorwoorde Roep My, A 2015 University of Stellenbosch Woordfees art exhibition inspired by the lyrics of Valiant Swart, 06/03 06/04/2015, Stellenbsoch, T. 021 8832337, info@ dstreetgallery.com, www.dstreetgallery.com

Wilderness Beatrix Bosch Studio Beatrix Bosch artworks now on permanent display at the Wilderness Hotel, Garden Route, Wilderness, T. 044 8770585, bosch@beatrixbosch.co.za, www.beatrixbosch.co.za Riebeek Kasteel - The Gallery Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The Gallery offers a large selection of contemporary art and ceramics. astridmcleod@mweb.co.za; www.galleryriebeek.co.za Aloes by Brett Schuman oil on canvas, 2.5m x 1.5m

Villiersdorp The Dale Elliott Art Gallery Feel free to visit the exquisite gallery based in the heart of the Overberg. Showcasing Dale and Mel’s latest works. Open 7 days a week & where they conduct their acclaimed painting courses from their studio complex. As well as: Elliott Art Gallery at The Knysna Log-Inn Boutique Hotel, Gray Str, Knysna, Villiersdorp, T. 028 840 2927, melelliott23@gmail.com, www.elliottartonline. wordpress.com

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OPENING OF LIONEL SMIT EXHIBITION AT EVERARD READ CAPE TOWN

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Arè van Schalkwyk & Wianelle Briers Charl Campher, Luke Menzel, Dylan Boerstra & Jan Menzel Marguerite van Wyk and Monique Koning Lionel Smit with one of his favourite models Katlego Tlabela, Tumelo Makgaka, Alex Richards, Bronwyn Katz & Richard Mabula Kees Moonen Lera Korytska & Anastasiya Yakunina Lionel Smit & father, Anton Smit Louis Krige, Janko de Beer & Clinton Stoltz

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LAUNCH OF THE BARCLAYS L’ATELIER ART AWARD Photos: Barclays

2 Dr Paul Bayliss, Marios Nicoletti, Jeanne-Pierre Beaulieu, Stephan Welz and Jenny Crwys-Williams

OPENING OF ALICE ELAHI’S RETROSPECTIVE AT PRETORIA ART MUSEUM Photos: Elsa van Vuuren & Alissa Lamb

3 Prof. Roshana Kelbrick with Irene Downer 4 Opening speech: Dirk Oegema, Nushin Elahi, Harrie Siertsema & Alice Elahi

7 Gerrit Hattingh & Tiki Jan Monatisa 8 Mandy Bezuidenhoud & Friend 9 Ann-Marie Tully & Gordon Froud 10 Jason & Jonathan Jasper

VIP OPENING OF SAADA EXPO Photos: Michaela Irving

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George Swartz Paul Mrkusic (SAADA CEO), Jill Stoller & Geoff Burr Michael Chandler of ‘’Chandler House’’, with Giulio Loreggian Johans Borman with ‘’still life, flowers and basket’’ by Irma Stern

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INTERNATIONAL GALLERY SHOW BUZZ BUSINESS ART

NEW YORK This is for Everyone - Design Experiments for the Common Good | MoMA 14 February 2015 – 31 January 2016 Is design in the digital age – so often simply assumed to be for the greater good – truly for everyone? From initial exploratory experiments to complex, and often contested, hybrid digital-analog states, all the way to ‘universal’ designs, “This Is for Everyone” explores this question with works from MoMA’s collection that celebrate the promise – and occasional flipside – of contemporary design.

PARIS Pierre Bonnard. Painting Arcadia | Musée d’Orsay 17 March - 19 July 2015 After the Bonnard exhibitions held the world over, the Musee d’Orsay, which manages the artist’s output, owed it to itself to devote a retrospective to him that is representative of all his creative periods. Practicing art in its multifarious forms – painting, drawing, prints, decorative art, sculpture, photography – Bonnard advocated a basically decorative aesthetic, fuelled by sharp, humorous observations drawn from his immediate surroundings.

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair | The Metropolitan Pavilion 5 - 8 March 2015 Since 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair has been the premiere satellite fair for the discovery and acquisition of cutting-edge contemporary art. With annual editions in Miami Beach and New York City, the fair cultivates a supportive environment for its international community of galleries and provides a platform for their growth and expansion in the contemporary art market. From its inception, PULSE has presented thoughtfully-curated exhibitions.

Art Paris, Art Fair | Grand Palais 26 - 29 March 2015 Art Paris has become a reference for modern day gallery owners and art-lovers. Exhibitors and visitors from around the world have been drawn to this great event. It is a place to connect with others and discover a unique panorama of modern and contemporary art. International galleries will set up their stands alongside French gallery stands. Each year at the Art Paris Art Fair you can find work by artists from Italy, the United States, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Iran, China and so on.

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AMSTERDAM Alexander, Napoleon & Joséphine, a Story of Friendship, War and Art from the Hermitage | Heritage Amsterdam 28 March – 8 November 2015

Rembrandt’s Late Pupils – Studying under a Genius | Rembrandt House Museum 12 February - 17 May 2015

More than two hundred magnificent paintings, sculptures, personal possessions, gowns and uniforms, objets d’art and impressive weapons will tell the story of two mighty rulers and a woman with great personality. The central themes are friendship, war and politics, as well as Joséphine’s great art collection, which included Dutch and Italian masters such as Potter, Van der Werff, Luini and Canova.

This exhibition is devoted to the pupils Rembrandt trained during the last stage of his career, from around 1650 until his death in 1669. The relationship between these pupils and their teacher will emerge from some ninety paintings, drawings and prints by Nicolaes Maes, Willem Drost, Abraham van Dijck, Jacobus Leveck, Heyman Dullaert, Arent de Gelder and others, seen alongside some of Rembrandt’s works.

BERLIN Vkhutemas - A Russian Laboratory of Modernity | Martin-Gropius-Bau 6 December 2014 - 6 April 2015

Abdoulaye Konaté: Useful Dreams | Blain Southern, Berlin 7 February - 18 April 2015

Vkhutemas, often referred to as the “Russian Bauhaus”, was a legendary art school of Modernism in the 1920s. These “Higher Artistic-Technical Workshops” were founded in 1920 by decree of the Soviet government. In eight faculties divided into production workshops (Wood, Metal, Textiles, Printmaking, Ceramics) and art workshops (Painting, Sculpture, Architecture) several thousand students received instruction. The staff of the school are associated with the heyday of the Russian avant garde: El Lissitzky, Naum Gabo, Moisei Ginzburg, Gustav Klutsis, Vasily Kandinsky, Nikolai Ladovsk, Alexander Melnikov, Lyubov Popova, etc.

This is a comprehensive survey of the work of the Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté, one of the most eminent West African artists of his generation. Useful Dreams comprises works from the 1990s to the present, including nine new works created for this significant presentation. His referral to a localised cultural technique is then astutely realigned to meet with a wider geopolitical framework, the material acting as an intercessor between local and global structures.

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Inventing Impressionism | The National Gallery 4 March - 31 May 2015

Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck To Cezanne | Royal Academy Of Arts 24 January - 10 April 2015 Brimming with genuine masterpieces, this is the first major overview of the work of Peter Paul Rubens. Exhibited alongside Rubens’ immortal paintings are major works from other artists who were influenced by the great man. Notable examples include prints by Picasso and Rembrandt, Van Dyck’s portraits, the hunting scenes of Delacroix and the landscapes of Constable and Turner.

The Impressionist movement owes a huge debt to just one man – an art dealer called Paul Durand-Ruel (1831-1922). It was Durand-Ruel who managed to discover and encourage great (but at the time unknown) artists such as Degas, Monet, Pissarro and Renoir by buying their paintings when they were struggling to earn a living. Witness some of the fruits of his labour at this astounding exhibition, one that remarkably brings together more than 85 important works.

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BOOKS REVIEWS BUSINESS ART

Ardmore – We Are Because Of Others

Dylan Lewis – An Untamed Force

By Fée Halsted

Introduction by Ian McCallum

Alice Elahi – Landscape Through an Artist’s Eyes, a Retrospective By Nushin Elahi

Ardmore Ceramic Art has been creating astoundingly beautiful, delicate and imaginative artworks for the past 30 years. To celebrate the occasion, they have republished ‘Ardmore – We Are Because Of Others’ in a beautifully ornate limited edition. Jam-packed full of exquisitely photographed Ardmore ceramics, browsing through this book is almost as satisfying as owning one’s own Ardmore piece. Far from a mere catalogue, its pages document the entire history of the company – from the efforts of the two original collaborators in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal, to its current enterprise; with over fifty dedicated artists working towards international exhibitions and biennales. Through times of poverty and illness, to success – the biography of Ardmore includes not only the life-story of its founder, Fée Halsted, but the voices of those she has mentored. An overwhelming sense of humility and gratitude radiate from this book’s pages as Ardmore continues to bring brightness to the world in ways that have nothing to do with paint and glaze.

Dylan Lewis’s bronzes have become landmarks in South Africa’s urban terrain. Loved for their expressive style and captured movement, this book reveals much deeper value to his artworks. That is the wildness and wilderness that is part of the biological and psychological mapping of human existence. “Dylan Lewis – An Untamed Force” constitutes a comprehensive record of his full artistic development thus far. Each work is photographed with truly seductive sensitivity by Gerda Genis, interwoven with powerful quotes and poetry. Preliminary sketches and studio snapshots reveal the process behind Lewis’s most impressive works, while a biography and interview reveal the artist’s personal journey: how introversion, grief, poverty, conscription and the death of a blind cheetah played a role in the formation of his successful, artistic career.

Published by Fernwood Press Available through: www.ardmoreceramics.co.za | http://www. randomstruik.co.za/fernwood.php

Published by Fernwood Press Available through: Everard Read Gallery http://www.randomstruik.co.za/fernwood.php

There is wonderful symmetry in the fact that in 1968 Alice Elahi won the New Signatures Award, and today her signature is proudly displayed six feet high on the outside wall of the Pretoria Art Museum, where the New Signatures Award is an annual institution. To mark the honour of Alice Elahi’s retrospective there, her daughter has published a book. This limited edition, 76-page fullcolour book has been hand-bound and contains old and new insights about this renowned landscape artist who has spent the past 45 years capturing an Africa that is seldom seen in paintings. Her favourite subject has been Namibia and its wilderness areas, especially the Skeleton Coast, where sea and desert meet. Other major themes include seascapes of the Cape coast, the African Bushveld and flower studies. The book contains articles by art critic Johan van Rooyen, former Pretoria Art Museum director Dr Albert Werth and Cape Town journalist Sean O’Toole which discuss different aspects of the artist’s work, while her daughter offers a personal perspective on having an artist in the family. Available through: Pretoria Art Museum until 26 April (special price of R400) info@aliceelahi.co.za

Also Recommended: Natural Architecture Now New Projects from Outside the Boundaries of Design by Francesca Tatarella

Art and Electronic Media By Edward A Shanken Published by Phaidon Press Available through: uk.phaidon.com | Reader’s Warehouse

Published by Princeton Architectural Press Available through: www.papress.com | www. takealot.com

Akademie X – Lessons in Art + Life

Art Since 196 (3rd Revised Edition)

By various art theorists and artists

By Michael Archer

Published by Phaidon Press Available through: www.uk.phaidon.com | Reader’s Warehouse

Published by Thames & Hudson Available through: www.loot.co.za | Exclusive Books


BUSINESS ART AUCTION HOUSE NEWS

Stephan Welz & Co., Johannesburg

Preller, Sekoto and Banksy at Stephan Welz & Co. Johannesburg Auction From a Preller portrait to an early Sekoto township scene to a controversial Banksy work, the Stephan Welz & Co. Fine Arts and Collectable Sale in Johannesburg on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 April offers artworks for collectors of all periods and styles. Alexis Preller’s ‘Portrait of an African Boy’ is “a beautiful example of the artist’s portraits,” according to Imre Lamprecht, Head of the Art Department at Stephan Welz & Co. With an estimated value of R100 000 – R150 000, the work has been in a private collection since it was acquired directly from the artist in the late 1960s. Another important painting to be auctioned is an early work of Gerard Sekoto, who is considered the father of black South African art. ‘The Donkey Cart/The Water Boy’, which was

painted approximately five years prior to his 1945 exile from South Africa, has an estimated value of R1,4 – R1,8 million. This piece was exhibited at Johannesburg Art Gallery’s first retrospective on the artist titled ‘Gerard Sekoto’, October 1989 – July 1990. On an edgier note, there’s a serigraph from satirical British street and graffiti artist Banksy on offer. “Like most of this elusive artist’s work, it’s a piece that really speaks for itself,” said Lamprecht. ‘Think Tank’ has an estimated value of R160 000 – R200 000. Last year, Stephan Welz & Co. auctioned the first ever Banksy to be offered in South Africa for R200 000. ‘Bust of Jopie Fourie’, which is valued at R60 000 – R90 000, is a fine example of a lesser seen Anton van Wouw bronze. For collectors of Walter Battiss, ‘Reclining Nude’

is an unusual figurative work from the artist, according to Lamprecht. The painting is valued at R400 000 – R600 000. Another great addition to a contemporary collection is an early Robert Hodgins titled ‘Family Group Portrait’. The painting, which is signed and dated 198889 on the reverse, has been estimated at R180 000 – R240 000. The Stephan Welz & Co. Fine Art and Design Auction will take place Tuesday 21 April and Wednesday 22 April 2015 on the 4th floor, South Tower, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg. For more information, visit www.stephanwelzandco.co.za or contact (011) 880-3125 or e-mail jhb@stephanwelzandco.co.za

Gerard Sekoto (SOUTH AFRICAN, 1913-1993) “The Donkey Cart / The Water Boy” signed, oil on artist’s board 24 by 34cm R 1 400 000 - 1 600 000

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Invitation to consign for our next auction Art, antiques, objects, furniture and jewellery

Christo Coetzee, Oil on board

SOLD R80 000

083 675 8468 • rka@global.co.za

www.rkauctioneers.co.za Corner Garden and Allan Roads, Bordeaux


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Strauss & Co, Cape Town

The Arch flies again Ed Young’s “Arch” is flying high in the foyer of the Vineyard Hotel. It will feature amongst some of the very best in South African and international art when it comes up for sale at an estimated R450 000 – 550 000 at Strauss & Co’s next auction. Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the first black Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, well known for his steadfast and unapologetic public voice, is also celebrated for his good humour. Upon seeing Ed Young’s super-realist sculpture depicting a likeness of him swinging from a chandelier, Tutu laughed and pulled a fist at the work’s creator. “I’ll send you bad dreams,” he told Young. “Arch” was one of three works acquired by the Institute for Democracy in Africa (IDASA) following an open competition. It was unveiled in August 2010, a month after Tutu officially retired from public life, in IDASA’s Democracy Centre on Spin Street, Cape Town. The work is without equal locally for its freewheeling interpretation of a prominent public figure. Young contracted film producer Clare van Zyl to coordinate the production of the work. CFX Productions, a Cape Town company specialising in props, animatronics and puppetry for the film industry, produced the sculptural likeness of Tutu. Young’s celebratory Tutu work eschews strategies of hero worship, solemnity and kitsch, all commonplace in sculptures of public figures. Young’s “Arch” is a mischievous anti-hero, an endearing Peter Pan of politics. Also currently on view in the foyer of the Vineyard Hotel is an extraordinary sculpture by Berlinde De Bruyckere, who was the solo artist in the Belgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, curated by J M Coetzee. “Schmerzensmann III” (R2 500 000 – 3 500 000) consists of a pale, attenuated figure made from epoxy and wax and hung from the apex of an iron column sourced from a decommissioned nineteenth-century station. Conceived as a powerful reflection on humanity, it evokes images of war – particularly of World War I fought largely on Belgian soil – as much as of recent atrocities. Several key contemporary works by globally recognised artists such as Nam June Paik, Huang Gang, William Kentridge and Penny Siopis will also be on offer at: Strauss & Co’s auction on 16 March 2014 at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands in Cape Town. www.straussart.co.za / 021 683 6560 / ct@straussart.co.za

Ed Young (South African 1978-), “Arch”, various media, life size. Estimate R450 000 - 550 000.

Berlinde De Bruyckere (Belgian 1964-), “Schmerzensmann III”, epoxy, wax and iron. height: approximately 440cm. Estimate R2 500 000 - 3 000 000 Photo: Mirjam Devriendt, courtesy Hauser & Wirth

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world to be viewed in Tuscan farmhouses and Swiss schlosses, Manhattan apartments to beach-side homes in LA and Sydney; enjoying the hospitality of South Africans wherever they are. 6. Finally, Bonhams has a ‘not so secret weapon’ called Penny Culverwell, our distinguished resident agent in South Africa. Penny was a director of Sotheby’s and Stephan Welz and Co. for some 25 years. She knows the country like the back of her hand and thanks to her we got off to a running start. So in short, we have worked like hell. We have lunched journalists in Europe and America and we have worked with the great museums of the world to establish values. People seem to want to be part of the track record of success in maximizing value that we have added to South African art. They want valuations. They want to buy. They want to sell. They want advice on starting collections. Our success with South African Art so impressed Bonhams management that we were encouraged to open a second front – Modern and Contemporary Art from the rest of Africa. And we now hold what we call our ‘Africa Now’ sale once a year in London or New York where, at the last count, we created new world records for 30 African artists. The market is changing. In the early years it was all about South Africans buying and selling. Not so today. Now there is a significant and growing prese nce of non South Africans buying art, either because they love it or because they see it as a shrewd investment; or like the Qatari Government which bought the Irma Stern’s “Arab Priest” for over £3m, they are attracted by the cultural links with the country. However, the movement of South African art is not a one way street out of Africa. More than 50 per cent of the work we sell comes back to South Africa. So who are the artists that are currently performing the strongest? Without a doubt the list is led by Irma Stern, Gerard Sekoto and J.H. Pierneef. Who should you keep an eye on? The likes of Alexis Preller, Lucas Sithole and Dumile Feni. Let me conclude by saying that Bonhams’ commitment to the art of Africa is here to stay. We are investing time, money and people to build our stake in this dynamic market. In the coming year you will see us making a greater local presence to reach those who may yet be unaware that they are sitting on a small fortune, dusty in the attic or unrecognised as a masterwork. With this in mind we intend holding a BBC-style Antiques Roadshow in partnership with

some local media organisations to which we will bring specialists in South African art but also in 19th Century Art, Prints, Wine, Cars, Jewellery, Asian Art, Glass and Silver. Bonhams has led the way in internationalizing the appreciation of South African art. Our responsibility to our South African clients is that we take their art and antiques to the market where it will command the best price, be that in Asia, America, Europe, Australia or even Africa. Art is increasing becoming part of South Africa’s international profile thanks as much to today’s artists as to the earliest artists. Recent discoveries suggest that man first created art in South Africa – in Blombos Cave on the coast north of Bredasdorp. Professor Chris Henshilwood has reached a depth in the caves floor that takes the history of art back another 40,000 years. The black mussel shells he is finding with incised patterns carefully filled in with ochre, show that man has been an artist right from his claim to being distinct from the apes. Thus, it is hugely fitting that South Africa claims its place at the head of the small but distinguished club of people and places that contributed to our shared human and cultural history. Is it then surprising in any way that there is a new ‘Scramble for Africa’ underway? It is Bonhams’ great privilege to be part of that process.

Left top: Ben (Benedict Chukwukadibia) Enwonwu, M.B.E (Nigerian, 1917-1994) Seven wooden sculptures commissioned by the Daily Mirror in 1960. Sold for £361,250 (R6,321,875) Left bottom: Giles Peppiatt Right, top to bottom: Gerard Sekoto (South African, 1913-1993) “Yellow Houses, District Six”. Sold for £602,400 (R10,542,000) Alexis Preller (South African, 1911-1975) “The Garden of Eden”. Sold for £748,000 (R13,090,000) El Anatsui (Ghanaian, born 1944) “New World Map”. Sold for £541,250 (R9,471,875) Irma Stern (South African, 1894-1966) “Arab Priest”. Sold for £3,044,000 (R53,270,000) Below: Bonhams’ Offices


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‘A New Scramble for Africa’ by Giles Peppiatt, Director of African Art, Bonhams The two people most responsible for creating an international market for South African art gave a presentation at the UCT Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town on 24 February 2015. Bonhams Director Giles Peppiatt and Head of South African Art Hannah O’Leary, hold the only specialist auctions of South African art outside of Africa. Here, we present an adapted version of the speech that Peppiatt so eloquently delivered on the global rise in value of South African art in recent years: Bonhams, one of the original Georgian auction houses founded in 1793, is one of the three largest fine art auction houses in the world. We have a staff of 800 in 27 countries, on five continents. We sell in 60 specialist categories from Classic Cars to Chinese Porcelain; and everything you can imagine in between. Last year we made the following world records: £28m for a Ferrari 250 GTO, £7.2m for a blue diamond and £17.2m for a Fragonard. What we continue to see is a new ‘Scramble for Africa’; no longer for land, gold or diamonds, but for art. I say this advisedly as I knowingly stand almost in the shadow of Cecil John Rhodes, who led another scramble for Africa. The scramble I am talking about, is a rather different kind of tussle, one that is making art a viable occupation for artists across Africa, bringing hope to communities in many of its 54 nations. It is a new development taking the message of African ingenuity to the wider world – a rather different message the kind the world has grown used to hearing from Africa. It has been our very great privilege to play a small part in taking that message to the wider art market. Let me give you a brief history of our involvement in South African Art. For some years I had been

selling Travel and Topographical paintings and as luck would have it, a client consigned a picture by Gerard Sekoto, an artist I knew by repute only. We priced it at around £20,000, so imagine our surprise when it sold for over £120,000. You might say this was a light bulb moment! The thought came to us that maybe the time had come to create a stand-alone sale for South African art, the first of its kind outside of South Africa. That was back in 2007. The decision paid off almost immediately with the first sale totaling £1.5 million. Soon the auctions were grossing £10 million and we were seeing numerous world records. Currently we hold world records for all major South African artists with the exception of Maggie Laubser and Maud Sumner; and we are working on that, believe me. People regularly ask how we have done this. How is it that works by Irma Stern which sold for figures around £100,000 ten years ago now go for millions? How is it that Tretchikoff who was seen as a mark of kitsch taste is now selling for hundreds of thousands; and Gerard Sekoto who fled the country to die in poverty in Paris has works that make hundreds of thousands too? The fact is that modern and contemporary African art is currently one of the hottest properties on the art block. When the Tate, the Smithsonian and other similar institutions start putting on exhibitions of Contemporary African Art, one knows that real change is in the air. It was the Romans who said: “There is always something new out of Africa!” Today that thing is art, and the scramble is to acquire it. The educated worldview is that South African and African Art is a bull market, with investments liable to return a

handsome profit over the years. That is the truth, but it is only half the story. So how has this change in attitude towards African art occurred? Here I must ask you to bear with me as I claim some of the credit for Bonhams. 1. Bonhams is the only international auction house to have had the vision to hold specialist South African Art sales in Europe. 2. Hannah and I fly some 50,000 miles round the world each year. That is part of the reason for our success. Our flight-path takes us to the South African diaspora abroad, as well as to the far-flung distances of South Africa itself. Our beat starts in London and moves to New York, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, Sydney, Melbourne, Tel Aviv and back to London; then down to Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town – even to Bloemfontein! Bonhams has put South African art on the international map by redrawing that map in air miles! 3. We have spent a great deal of money advertising with various publications read by South Africans at home and abroad. 4. We have turned our sales into networking opportunities for South Africa’s financial houses, banks, insurance companies and universities. They have used our sales to entertain clients and alumni at private dinners and large social events. We have focused our successful international PR machine on getting the message out about our South African art sales and the increasing number of world records achieved at Bonhams. 5. We have hand-carried paintings all over the

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OBITUARY EGON GUENTHER BUSINESS ART

Dancing with Egon A personal tribute by Kim Berman I missed Egon’s 94th birthday. My flight was delayed for 2 days in Boston due to a blizzard. When I arrived back I was told he had passed away at 11 am that morning. I felt like a light in my life had just been switched off and for the days following, everything looked and felt a little dimmer. Egon Guenther is a legend in the South African art world. Yet, everyone has a different version of why he was such an important figure. He was generally known for his African art collection; for his gallery where he showed art banned by the Nazis, established shortly after his arrival in South Africa in 1951. He was well-known for his wine collection as well as the remarkable microscopes that he restored to perfection. He was considered one of the finest jewellers, letterpress and woodblock printers in this country. The books he printed for Cecil Skotnes and Wendy Vincent are rare collectors’ items that launched extraordinary careers. The Amadlozi group, founded by him, established the career of Sydney Khumalo, among others. Also an expert in South African historic furniture and could talk about indigenous vegetation with the same authority. He told stories and jokes with the sharpness of mind that could leave you shaking your head in wonder. He would tell of how he survived Nazi labour camps and how he met Hannah. She was his partner and collaborator in everything he did. When he turned 91, his beloved wife passed away, having suffered from Alzheimer’s for 11 years. I received a call from his daughter sometime after, as he was clearing out his studio and had intaglio printmaking supplies to donate to Artist Proof Studio. I was given some of these precious engraving tools, aquatint supplies and inks. It came to pass that Egon wanted to start printing again, and he was interested in working with me. I initially resisted, as I did not have the time, but here was a legend, willing to share his legacy – and he had chosen me. This was an opportunity that I could not turn down. Egon was ready to share his wisdom and life’s lessons. Together, we embarked on a two-year journey to learn about lightness. So my Fridays with Egon led to an exhibition; “Duets with Egon” exhibited at the Everard Read Gallery in November, 2012. My exhibition statement read as follows: My “Fridays with Egon”… where I learn remarkable lessons that are humbling, surprising, funny, challenging and stretching. The biggest lesson for me is to learn to let go of my ego, my sense of right and wrong, let go of my entrenched gravitas and become an open vessel and learn about the ‘lightness of being’....

Egon Ferdinand Guenther 24 January 1921 - 30 January 2015

Egon is teaching me about fantasy, colour, imagination. He doesn’t allow a dull colour to appear on my palette, he confiscates the safety of my photographic references.... He gets excited when he sees lyrical colours and playful composition emerge from his beautiful precision press; and I’m delighted when he exclaims: “That’s it!” When I don’t see what he sees, and want to dismiss what I feel is whimsical and decorative, he challenges me to look again… he describes colour in sound, harmonies and in seasons, and their combinations create their own meaning. I am a teacher with the confidence of my discipline, yet when I am with Egon, I am a learner with an empty slate. I cannot dance, I cannot sing, I am tone deaf, yet though our collaborations he leads me, and I am learning to dance with colour.... I don’t recognise myself in this new work, but I trust the process of discovery, of flight. Or, as Milan Kundera asks; “What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?” For this journey with Egon, I am discovering lightness…. And it is a gift to be able to share our collaborative journey through this exhibition. In the years following, we continued our work together until he found me “regressing” back to the safety of my old style. His remedy was to make me study, and commit to memory the shapes and colours originating from of a tiny speck of a mineral seen through a microscope. He saw in nature, through the microscopic lens, vibrant paintings which inspired many of our prints together. Sometimes he would sit in a chair in my home studio to keep watch for gloomy colours in my palette. He explained over and over that the world was dark, and our job as artists was to bring light and colour to it. He was opinionated about most issues. He was stubborn and sure, and believed that I was a work in progress, with a long way to go. In the last months of his life, our disagreements found ways into laughter that consistently brought back the lightness and bright colours of our friendship. I will miss my Fridays with Egon and always treasure having him in my life. His legacy will continue through his family and his remarkable collections, but mostly through the rich and humorous stories told by all who met him, about the legend that was Egon.

» Editor’s Note: This version of Kim Berman’s tribute is edited by the Art Times. Read the full version on www.arttimes.co.za Kim Berman in collaboration with Egon Guenther, “Dancing with Egon”

Images from the slideshow that grandson, Michele Grech-Cumbo, put together in memory of Egon Guenther

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On Bonhams’ South African Sale, 18 March 2015: Jürgen Schadeberg, “Nelson Mandela in his Law Office” (detail), archival silver selenium print, Estimate: £2,500-3,500. Image: Courtesy the artist & Bonhams

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