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Hermanus FynArts 2014
Nashua Art in the Park, Pietermaritzburg 2014
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Wilko Roon – S O L O E X H I B I T I O N 15 MAY - 31 MAY 2014
STELLENBOSCH Kunsgalery Art Gallery
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Seuntjie wat lag - Akriel - 130 x 100cm
Mandela - Akriel - 130 x 100cm
The 32 year-old Wilko (he was born in 1983) has been an academic achiever at school, but also showed remarkable art talent from an early age on. In Grade 9 his life changed when he was run over by a car and left partly paralysed, with double vision, apraxia and several fractures. When he came out of his coma after two months, the long road of rehabilitation started. It was on this road that he turned to the painting and drawing skills he had shown at school. In 2003 he moved with his parents to Paternoster, where in 2006 Do visit the gallery to see this young artist’s work. The preview starts at 10h00. At the opening wines from the Ken Forrester Vineyards will be served.
Twee bootjies Paternoster - Akriel - 55x 70cm
Man met baard - Akriel - 100 x 75cm
he started his full-time art career. The well-known artist Jan Visser had a tremendous inuence on his work, and with the unfailing encouragement of his father he developed his own unique style. Since then he has been exhibiting regularly in Paternoster. He draws inspiration from his immediate surroundings, and the people and children of Paternoster are favourite themes in his work. He paints them in the bright colours that characterise his style. Contact Meyer Grobbelaar for more details: +27 (0) 21 887 8343 / +27 (0) 76 279 2175 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.stellenboschartgallery.com
21 - 25 MAY
Alexandra Park Pietermaritzburg
The spectre of autumn leaves and artistic endeavour is synonymous with Nashua Art in the Park, one of the landmark events of Pietermaritzburg’s annual calendar. The 52nd edition of Nashua Art in the Park has drawn a veritable galaxy of 55 artists, some of whom have been exhibiting for more than a decade. The growing popularity of Nashua Art in the Park has meant the selection committee has had to turn away 50 artists in what is a validation of the standard of entries. Among the artists frantically busy preparing for the event are last year’s top selling exhibitors Ingrid & Leon Fouche’. We also welcome back renowned watercolour and sand artist Mat Louwrens. Mat missed a year of Nashua Art in the Park due to a back operation. In keeping with its mission to provide emerging artists with a platform, this year’s event will showcase 4 development artists from KZN Dep. of Arts & Culture. We will also be running a schools competition together with Pietermaritzburg Life-Line in which 20 schools from underprivileged communities will be taking part in the competition. The theme is: HAPPINESS, how each artist/ scholar defines happiness. The winners from the schools will be given an opportunity to display their works at the main event. Nashua Art in the Park is one of a handful of selling exhibitions where buyers and the public are able to rub shoulders with the artists themselves in an impossibly romantic atmosphere, aided by the autumnal splendour of fallen leaves, roaring fires, sherry at night and a delightful diverse programme of music and entertainment. Wednesday to Saturday (10am – 8pm), Sunday (9am – 4pm). Entrance Fees: R30 adults and children under 12, allowed in free. NO DOGS ALLOWED!!!
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ART TIMES | Editorial MAY 2014 FRONT COVER: Sneak peak of Hermanus FynArts’ public sculpture innitiative “Sculpture on the Cliffs”: “Trans-Figure XXIV Maquette II” by Dylan Lewis
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Peter Clarke (1929-2014) Farewell to a quintessential artist of the Cape By Hayden Proud : “Only this last Thursday I encountered Peter Clarke at the Iziko South African National Gallery, doing what he always enjoyed doing – looking intensely at an art exhibition. One of Peter’s own works, acquired by the Gallery in 1964, was featured on one of the current exhibitions. Peter had apparently been an intrepid visitor to the National Gallery over many years, even during the apartheid era when it was discomfiting and awkward for black visitors to frequent state-funded cultural institutions. Only a few years ago the Gallery acknowledged Peter’s artistic stature by staging a large retrospective of his work in conjunction with the Standard Bank Gallery inJohannesburg. Entitled “Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke”, it was curated by Philippa Hobbs and Elizabeth Rankin. The catalogue for the exhibition took the form of a large, well-illustrated book that quickly became a collector’s item. Fortunately, and apparently much to Peter’s delight, Hobbs and Rankin’s book is about to be republished as a second edition. National acknowledgment for Peter was followed by exhibitions of his work in London, and, most recently, last year, in Paris. Peter’s dapper and familiar figure were known to the entire South African art community and, despite the fact that he was well in his eighties, his energy and his outlook made this hard to believe. Peter was an incredibly humble and hard-working artist and poet whose life and work were centred upon his community in Simon’s Town and eventually Ocean View,
to where he and his family were forcibly moved under the Group Areas Act. He lived and breathed for his community. And yet, despite having his life corralled into an apartheid-constructed ghetto, his outlook reached far beyond theCape Peninsula and South Africa’s strictures to embrace the wider world. His paintings, prints and drawings, surprisingly, were without any reflection of rancour or bitterness. Instead, with a loving and acutely perceptive eye, he recorded, as perhaps no other artist ever has, the realities and the humour of life as it is lived in the Cape by the majority of its inhabitants. Peter was every inch a gentleman at all times, and his conversation was always sharp, informed and full of wit. He was that rara avis – a truly well-read artist. If Johannesburghad an artistic hero in Gerard Sekoto, and Port Elizabeth has its in George Pemba, the equivalent place of honour in the Western Capemust surely and justly belong to nobody else but Peter Clarke. I engaged Peter in conversation and warmly shook his hand as we parted, little realizing that this would be the very last time that I – or the National Gallery – would ever see his familiar figure again. Peter died peacefully at his home in Ocean View this morning. In him, Cape Town has lost one of its greatest sons, and young South Africans have lost an incredible role model.” Hayden Proud (13th April, 2014), “Peter Clarke (19292014) Farewell to a Quintessential Artist of the Cape”, www.revisions.co.za »» For full obituary, go to: www.arttimes.co.za
Peter Clarke - an interview from Artthrob “Peter Clarke was born in Simonstown, 1929, Cape Town. Much of his work is inspired by this beautiful coastal village where he lived until 1972, when he was forced to move to Ocean View under the Group Areas Act. He left high school in 1944 and was a dock worker until 1956 when, aged 27, a three month holiday to Teslaarsdal, a small farming village near Caledon in the South West Cape, began his artistic career. With assistance from his life-long friend, poet James Matthews, Clarke held his first solo exhibition
in the newsroom of the newspaper, The Golden City Post, in 1957. At that time he said: ‘Before my exhibition, I was just another coloured man. Our people took it for granted that only whites could do such things. Now they are becoming aware of the fact that we can do these things too; that we are human beings.’” »» Extract from th Artist Profile by Kim Gurney (September, 2003), http://www.artthrob.co.za/03sept/artbio.html (Updated on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Clarke_(artist)).
I remember Peter Clarke By Gabriel P. Clark-Brown Artist and Editor. SA Art Times: “It’s ironic that after a life-time of quiet human greatness, humanity creativity and dignity that we can only now see to what extent Peter Clarke’s life has blessed us. Peter Clarke was a kind and unique soul. Those whose lives he touched have colourful stories and memories of him. One of my favourites is how a chair was reserved especially for when he visited Frank Joubert Children’s Art School. Over the 30 years that I knew Peter, I never heard him put anyone down, speak about money or stress. He seemed to have a deep-seated sense that what was right, good and beautiful would prevail and prosper over adversity. Even now in his absence, his art unfolds his beautiful life and soul like a beautiful flower, for us to behold and enjoy, evermore.”
The Cape Gallery, 60 Church Street, Cape Town seeks to expose fine art that is rooted in the South African tradition, work which carries the unique cultural stamp of our continent. featured artist: Rudolph Tshie
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The gospel of the New Church By : Mail & Guardian - Janine Stephen
Director of ‘nimble’ Cape Town gallery wants to commission ‘irreverent and challenging’ work for the ’reflective space’. As Cape Town bubbled with the news of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa’s architectural coup, Kirsty Cockerill has joined Cape Town’s other contemporary African art museum – the New Church Museum. Kirsty Cockerill, the new director of the New Church museum, in front of the Cameron Platter work, “Kill us”. (Supplied) Open since November 2012 and stuffed with a curated selection of works of art made since 1994, “South Africa’s first contemporary art museum” is, like the Zeitz, also a gift to South Africa: a private collection committed in perpetuity by a wealthy philanthropist. It may be dwarfed in size and marketing budget by the new arrival, but the New Church is set to grow. Not that it has an image problem. The space has been widely welcomed in art circles, and draws international and local visitors. It has two successfully curated shows under its belt, a wide range of quality works – and now an impish, sharply intelligent director, sizzling with energy. Cockerill has been brought in to drive the museum’s growth, something its founding benefactor, financier Piet Viljoen, has no time for – never mind a strong aversion to branding it as his own project. “This museum is not a rich man’s toy,” Cockerill explains. “It may be an individual man’s vision and legacy, but it is not his toy. This is not an ego space. The focus is on the [long-term future of the] museum.” Cockerill comes after seven years at the AVA Gallery, a rare space committed to developing new talent. She resigned some months ago in search of a new challenge. Offers from commercial galleries followed, but “they’re not my vibe”, Cockerill says. “I’m not interested in commerce. I’m fascinated by it, but I like a more reflective space.” The New Church offered a chance to continue developing both artists and curators, and Cockerill had had a chance to get to know Viljoen and his collection when she curated the museum’s last show. Pop Goes the Revolution poked visitors in the ribs; it teased and whispered bittersweet truths about South Africa. As the curatorial statement read: “The works selected do more than reflect our social landscape – they question it.” Not for above the couch “We’re interested in work that is interesting and irreverent, challenging. We’re not buying easy, for above the couch,” Cockerill says of the museum’s acquisitions philosophy, which – like many of its structures and policies – is with her arrival being developed and formalised. The New Church collection – which is “constantly” growing – will be driven by criteria related to society and the broader South African community. “We’re buying relevant. This means artists can make exactly what they want to make.” Artists need not belong to a gallery’s stable, providing newcomers with a useful leg-up and provenance. Cockerill and Viljoen decide jointly on acquisitions and, as budgets swell, will draw in additional experts.
F I N E Free of any obligation to sell, the New Church will be able to do surveys and retrospectives. And they will be able to react quickly to trends and events. “It’s the biggest bonus we have, actually: that we’re small and nimble. We can’t do what the Zeitz can do, but we’re nimble. They’re going to be huge, they can’t be [as] responsive to community needs.” Art writer and researcher Mary Corrigall points out that public institutions such as the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and the New Church are “able to fulfil the needs that our government-funded public institutions seem unable to”. Besides the generous acquisitions budgets, “they aren’t tied up in the red tape and bureaucracy that has stifled the Johannesburg Art Gallery and SANG [South African National Gallery], they can make appointments that will best serve the institution, the public and arts community.” Also, “they are creating the room for proper curated shows that aren’t driven by historical collections or are dependent on loans from elsewhere”. Corrigall adds that “neither of these institutions seem to be driven by the particular tastes of their benefactors; Mark Coetzee and Cockerill appear to be collecting works that are part of broad discourses in contemporary practice”. Cockerill plans to increase the number of shows a year to at least three, and will continue to draw on outside curators. She also wants to broaden public awareness of the institution. “Do the people of Tamboerskloof realise they have the first contemporary museum on their doorstep? I don’t think they do.” Her focus is on showing contemporary African work (over 80% of pieces in the collection itself are South African). There are plans to collaborate with international institutions and private collectors, and borrow suitable works for future shows. A major challenge will be to improve environmental controls (such as humidity regulation) to international standards. Filling an important gap Andrew Lamprecht, a senior lecturer at University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art, also believes the philanthropist-gifted spaces are filling an important gap, as the state’s budget constraints limit what national art institutions can achieve. They can set their own acquisitions policies, and broaden the scope of what’s offered to the public. The New Church’s size should also allow it to be more experimental and innovative, Lamprecht says. Cockerill’s first show as director will be opening in May: a survey of Deborah Poynton’s paintings, drawn from collectors and institutions. Her spirited approach is instantly visible as she speaks of curating as method acting, and tells of getting David Goldblatt to photograph the artist in her studio in a mock Poyntonesque scene. Viljoen himself says that the New Church “answers a very selfish need: for me to be able to see the collection I have put together interpreted by people who actually know something about art. A secondary … motivation is to make contemporary art available to the public. South Africa does not have a strong culture of art endowment – either privately or via the government. So I think the New Church collection can play a small role in developing that culture.” At the same time, he welcomes the Zeitz. “It takes my token gesture and multiples it by a big number. The more the merrier, I say.” The New Church, 102 New Church Street, Cape Town. Deborah Poynton’s Model for a World: A Survey of 25 Years of Painting opens in early May (date still to be announced). Visit thenewchurch.co for information Read this and other interesting art-icles via source: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-03-27-the-gospel-of-the-newchurch
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The PPC Imaginarium Awards In previous years, PPC Ltd has been rewarded for its innovation, and support of the Arts. Now, the company launches its inaugural PPC Imaginarium Awards. Supporting the annual awards, confirms PPC Ltd as one of the largest promoters and patrons of the Arts and Design in South Africa. Evolving from its longstanding PPC Young Concrete Sculptor Awards, which was established in 1992 in partnership with the Association of Arts Pretoria, the PPC Imaginarium Awards is a platform for designers and artists to freely express their artistic talents using Portland Cement-based concrete as a primary inspiration or material. The PPC Imaginarium Awards comprises six categories that recognise innovation and design in architecture, film, sculpture, fashion, jewellery and industrial design. Each category winner will receive R50 000 and the runner-up walks away with R15 000. The winners further stand a chance to receive the grand
prize of R100 000, at the winners exhibition in February 2015. To alleviate the financial constraints, the finalists in the film category will receive a R35 000 stipend to produce their winning work. “Through the PPC Imaginarium Awards, we aim to maximise opportunities for young emerging artists and creatives in art and design disciplines in South Africa. We are excited to launch this competition and hope to unearth and support our local design talent,” said Daniel van der Merwe, PPC’s Technical Specialist and qualified Architect. The awards are open to South African citizens, resident holders as well as foreign students with study permits, who are not professionally established in their respective fields. Entries may be submitted by individuals or team collaborations, and artists and designers may enter as many categories, with an original artwork for each category. To up-skill artists and designers on the medium of
concrete, PPC will host workshops across the country. Each session will demonstrate practices in working with concrete, judging criteria and technical tips. In addition to the monetary incentives, the winners will also receive exhibition opportunities and mentorship from various thought leaders in the respective industries. The thought leaders include trends analyst, Dion Chang; Hanneke Schutte, writer and film director; Diane Victor, renowned artist; architect, Mokena Makeka; Adriaan Hugo, industrial designer; and Verna Jooste, jewellery designer. The finalists in each category will be exhibited at the PPC Imaginarium Awards exhibition in Gauteng in January 2015 and the overall PPC Imaginarium winner will be declared in Cape Town in February 2015. »» For more information about the PPC Imaginarium Awards, visit www.ppcimaginarium.co.za
The PPC Imaginarium Thought Leaders:
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Industrial Designer, Adriaan Hugo
Writer & film director, Hanneke Schutte
Artist, Diane Victor
Architect, Mokena Makeka
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Hermanus FynArts is Back : Bigger and Better 6 - 16 June 2014 Expect an exciting lineup of South African visual and performing arts at Hermanus FynArts 2014. Debuting last year this event erupted on the arts calendar of the Western Cape to an overwhelmingly positive reception. An eclectic mix, Hermanus FynArts is a ten-day fusion of ArtsFest and Winter School. The programme is tailor-made for artists and discerning visitors who value a wide range of the arts, intellectual stimulation, great wine and fine dining. Art at its best: All of the exhibitions on the Hermanus Wine Route will open on Friday 6 June. Meet the artists at the opening of “Sculpture on the Cliffs” on Saturday, 7 June at 9:00. Then make your way to the Ceramic Exhibition at the Windsor Hotel at 9:45; after which all the other exhibitions will open. Don’t miss this street party! The historic Synagogue at the entrance to Hermanus is the venue for Sanlam Private Investments’ selection of works from the Sanlam Art Collection. “Picturesque Confrontations” is curated by Stefan Hundt. “Sculpture on the Cliffs”, a unique first for Hermanus, is a ten-month sculpture exhibition in the vicinity of Gearing’s Point. Dylan Lewis, Strijdom van der
Merwe, Shany van den Berg, Gordon Froud, Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe and Jaco Sieberhagen will all take part. The twelve galleries along the Art Amble will each feature a solo or group exhibition. Artists include Hugo Maritz, Taya Maddock, Jono Dry, Ed Bredenkamp, Leon Muller, Terry Kobus, Pieter Vermaak and many others. In addition, the Anglican Church will host Embraced by the Mountain and the Sea, an exhibition of paintings by Nico van Rensburg. All artists of the Cape Whale Coast are invited to submit two paintings for the exhibition – “EXPOSE! “ The selection will be made by Karen McKerron (art consultant and curator); Dr Elizabeth Gunter (Department of Fine Arts, Stellenbosch University) and Richard Ellmann (Head, Hugo Naudé Art Centre) who will curate the exhibition. The Marine Hotel will host an exhibition of the “Alembic Spirit Art Prints” and another of Dylan Lewis’ sculptures on the lawn; as well as Ardmore’s brand new range of ceramics, “Inspired by the Ocean”. A much larger ceramic exhibition than last year will be held at the historic Windsor Hotel. The works of
twenty-one invited ceramicists include Anthony Shapiro, Clementina van der Walt, Madoda Fani, Sarah Walters, Alessandro Pappada, Zizipho Poswa and Tania Babb. Fynarts will present an exhibition of work by nineteen South African quilters who were invited to take part in the 10th European Patchwork Meeting in France. The Fernkloof Hall, in the Nature Reserve, will be the venue for this exhibition. There will be special exhibitions on six participating wine farms. If you would prefer not drive yourself, book your seat on the FynArts Wine Shuttle. Exhibitions include Niel Jonker (sculpture) at Whalehaven; painting (forty finalists in the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Tondo Competition) at Bouchard Finlayson; David Reade (glass art) and Lorna Reade (painting) at La Vierge; Shepherd Nduzo (sculpture) at Sumaridge; Uwe Pfaff (sculpture) at ELL restaurants at Spookfontein and Jaco Sieberhagen (sculpture) at Creation. Make something: Painting and drawing workshops will be offered by Cyril Coetzee, Erna Dry, Pieter Vermaak, Sybille Nagel and others. A one-day ceramic workshop will be held by Tania Babb.
The ceramics exhibition at Windsor Hotel will show intricate designs ranging from the simple to the unconventional. Artists include: Hennie Meyer, Allessandro Pappada, Sylvester Mqeku, Zizipho Poswa. Ardmore Ceramics will present “Inspired by the Ocean”, a solo exhibition at the Marine Hotel.
“Sculpture on the Cliffs” includes work by: Jaco Sieberhagen, Dylan Lewis, and Strydom van der Merwe, to name a few. Find more sculptures by Dylan Lewis outside the Marine Hotel and more by Jaco Sieberhagen at Creation, on the wine route.
Incredible quilts by Sheila Walwyn, Jenny Hermans, Helen Granville, Paul Schutte will be on display in the Fernkloof Hall.
Paul Schutte Jaco Sieberhagen Zizipho Poswa
Allessandro Pappada Strydom van der Merwe Sheila Walwyn
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Featured Art Events | ART TIMES Absorb some wisdom: Talks will be held by Christopher Hope (author); Melvyn Minnaar (wine connoisseur and art critic); Fred Scott (contemporary art specialist at Stephan Welz); Anton Harber (Caxton Professor of Media Studies at Wits); Niki Daly (author and illustrator of children’s books); Garth Stroebel (SA Chef); Rodney Trudgeon (Fine Music Radio); Alayne Reesberg (CEO Cape Town Design Capital). Watch, listen to poetry in motion: Musical and dance highlights include: Richard Cock (conductor) with an 80strong choir; Camerata Tinta Barocca Orchestra; James Grace (classical guitarist), UCT opera students with Prof
In Hermanus Town Centre, find art by: Jono Dry and Hugo Maritz (at Rossouw Modern Gallery), Carl Roberts (at Art Eye Gallery), Ed Bredenkamp and Elise MacDonald (at Lembu Gallery & Studio), Lize van der Walt (at Bellini Gallery) and Nico van Rensburg (in the Anglican Church).
Kamal Khan and Angelo Gobbato; Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra; Abel Selaocoe (cellist); Bovim Ballet, Kyle Shepherd (2014 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz) and Cape Town Tango Ensemble.
Other sculpture on the wine route includes exhibitions by: Niel Jonker (at Whale Haven Winery), David Reade (at La Vierge), Shepherd Nduzo (at Sumaridge Wine Estate).
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Sanlam Private Investments presents art from the Sanlam Art Collection in the town synagogue. “Picturesque Confrontations”, curated by Stefan Hundt, includes artworks by:
David Reade Hugo Maritz
Lize van der Walt
Cyril Coetzee will give workshops on painting and drawing as well as an informative lecture “Portrait Painting: meeting the sitter”. Other painting workshops will be held by Pieter Vermaak, Maureen Tomaino, Alyson Gyn and Sybile Nagel. Life drawing will be held by Erna Dry. Tania Babb presents a ceramics workshop and a lecture on ceramics will be given by Miriam Buch Rothman. Simon Max Bannister will workshop and talk on “Exploring Land Art - Walk, create, be inspired”. A sculpting demo will be presented by Willie Botha.
Gavin Younge Erna Dry
Simon Max Bannister Maggie Laubser Nico van Rensburg
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Nashua Art in the Park | 21 - 25 May 2014
Nashua Art in the Park grows in stature with each passing year. The banks of the Msunduzi River are covered in golden leaves in May. Art-laden walls form winding pathways through this pastoral landscape. It is no wonder that countless artworks find their way into corporate and private collections year after year, as this is the perfect occasion to fall in love. Visitors are able to rub shoulders with art-lovers and artists alike, during the day. At night, music and entertainment are accompanied by sherry and warm fires.
The event is held in Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg Wednesday to Saturday Sunday
(10am - 8pm) (9am - 4pm)
R20 adults and children under 12, allowed in free. Dogs are forbidden. ÂťÂťFor more information contact, Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism on 033 - 345 1348 or www.artinthepark.co.za
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Pure Alchemy Combine passion with reverence and imagination, and creativity can elevate craft to fine art of the calibre fashioned by the late Juliet Armstrong. Lifelong friend, David Walters, recalled many last-minute crises he had helped Armstrong resolve on the eve of major exhibitions of her work. “Bone china breaks easily. Many were the times we’d work through the night gluing pieces back together again. But Juliet was more about the process than anything. She wasn’t precious, and she would as soon give her work away as sell it.” She had a solid work ethic and a rock-solid commitment to social upliftment; a Black Stash stalwart who helped run the Pietermaritzburg office of the organization for many years. Her involvement with rural craftswomen went much further than an anthropological and artistic interest. “The women potters of KZN were her focus,” said her daughter. At the time of her death Armstrong was a professor in the Fine Art Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. “There were over 400 people who came to tea after the service. Some were first year students who had only known her a few months, yet each one had stories to recount, of what she’d taught and how she’d impacted on them.” In her honour, Walters created the touring Legacy Exhibition, which opened at the Mandela Metropolitan Museum of art in Gauteng, and is currently being shown in tandem with Armstrong’s retrospective at the Tatham Art Gallery. It features work by colleagues, contemporaries and former students of the artist. “When Juliet burst on the scene all us South African potters were steeped in the Anglo/ Oriental tradition. She brought a gust of fresh air from the UK, where she had studied industrial design for two years with the likes of Malcolm Macintyre Read. It is hard to express yourself when you are reproducing a pastiche. She taught us to look forward and around, instead of over our shoulders.” The Juliet Armstrong retrospective and the legacy Exhibition will run at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg between Sunday 11 May until Sunday 17 August, 2014. For more information contact Kobie Venter at the gallery on 033 392 2819 or 033 392 2812.
Walkabouts will be held as follows:
Sunday 22 June (11h00 - 12h00) : Gavin Whitelaw (Archaeologist and TV presenter). Gavin will present documentary material around the indigenous material culture that inspired Juliet
Photos: Juliet Armstrong. Some of her creations.
Jessica Hart has spent an emotional day on a special pilgrimage to fulfill a dream that her mother, world-renowned ceramicist Juliet Armstrong, was not able to fulfill. Armstrong died in late 2012, but not before writing a bucket list of the final adventures she wanted to experience in far-flung places. At Kieng Khouang a multitude of megalithic vessels stretch across the plain. At over 2 000 years old, they have seen the passing of civilisations, and withstood the onslaught of heavy bombing during the Korean War. Fitting, indeed, that some of the remains of Armstrong, who fashioned ceramics of great beauty and intrigue, should be strewn into this landscape. “These huge jars lie as though they had been dropped by giants during a tremendous party,” says Hart. “My Mum would love that. She just adored a good party.” Ian Calder was a longtime friend and artistic collaborator of Armstrong. He spoke about her contribution to ceramics in the broader sense, through the work she did with rural women potters in Kwazulu-Natal. The two were recipients of several grants to study and document traditional Zulu ceramic practice, particularly in the context of ceremonial drinking vessels like the Utshwala. He lauded Armstrong’s influence in creating a new paradigm for ceramic production in this country. “Our work and ideas fell between mainstream fine art and late modernism. Juliet and I both became intensely involved with indigenous ceramic practices” “The ideological debate about art versus craft remained in theory, but Juliet melded the two in an inimitable way with her exploration into the medium of bone china. It is the most intractable substance, and was traditionally limited to factory production lines because it cannot be coiled or moulded by hand. Yet Juliet created her own magic alchemy. Her genius at finding new ways to work this almost ghastly material left the rest of us in awe. She combined art and craft and design in objects of great beauty, and even managed to create large-scale wall-mounted pieces from tiny fragments of bone china. These works are of huge significance artistically, and are also of great intrinsic and material value.”
Sunday 18 May (11h00 - 12h00) : Prof Ian Calder (Head of Ceramics, UKZN) Sunday 8 June (11h00 - 12h00) : Chris Morewood (Retired Head of UKZNPMB Scientific Workshop) and Michelle Rall (Ceramics lecturer at UKZN).
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Sunday 20 July (11h00 - 12h00) : David Walters from Franschhoek (master potter who put the Legacy Exhibition together).
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Eyes on KZ-Natal 2014 Exciting movements so far on KZN’s art scene Compiled by: Lyn Holm for the SA Art Times, Estelle Sinkins for The Witness , and Durban artist Lara Mellon. Ardmore Ceramic Art, based in Caversham in the KZN Midlands, have embarked on a new project called Halsted which is described by Fee Halsted, founder of Ardmore, as ‘an African luxury design brand’. She has developed it with the help of Fleur Heyns (an entrepreneur based in London and South Africa) and Fee’s son Jonathan Berning. Their aim is to take art into design and their first range is called the Ardmore Collection by Wonderboy. The collection made its debut at Design Indaba 2014. Wonderboy’s artistic vision - hares, skulls, praying and weightlifting monkeys, flowers – have been printed onto hand-woven cotton, and matched with searing bright colours to create one-of-a-kind homeware range that includes cushions, tablecloths, throws and pouffs. The Centre for Visual Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg recently exhibited their students’ work in a group show, titled Sounds From Africa, in China. The CVA, which has been home to ceramic artist Juliet Armstrong, potter David Walters, Jack, Jane and Jinny Heath, has a long history and distinguished local, national and international reputation as one of South Africa’s foremost university art schools. The works on show were created by Ian Calder, an associate professor of fine art and art history; Faye Spencer, a lecturer in visual art; Colbert Mashile, a lecturer in printmaking; Michelle Rall a lecturer in ceramics, Natalie Fossey and Elizabeh Wang, who have both just finished their masters degrees; Kristin Hua NG-Yang, who is doing
her PHD degree; Muziwandile Gigaba, a masters student; Miranda Crooks, who studied painting and printmaking at UKZN; masters student Tim Motsomi; and Siyabonga Ngubani who is studying for a bachelors degree in printmaking. Clive Sithole, is working on a new public art work for the city after winning the inaugural eThekwini Art Prize competition. Inspired by Zulu history and culture, the work echoes a traditional head-rest, but also reflects the importance of cattle to the Zulu people. The eThekwini Municipality will erect the winning sculpture, which will be illuminated with solar panel lights, at the intersection of Dr Pixley ka Isaka Seme Street and O.R. Tambo Parade at the beach end of the central business district. The council will pay the production costs of installing the work, to a maximum of R320 000. Durban Art Gallery’s new mentorship programme began with the exhibition of two Durban University of Technology (DUT) fine arts graduates and Emma Smith Scholarship Award finalists, Bongani Khanyile and Mhlonishwa Chiliza. Thulani Makhaye, curator - exhibitions for eThekwini Municipality, said the aim of the initiative was to identify and support emerging visual artists; help them to stage an exhibition of their work; to involve the artists in the curatorial process; and to help them devise an educational component to the exhibition, including hosting walkabouts. Makhaye stated that “artists and former participants of DAG community workshops will be groomed by the gallery’s education and curatorial departments, as well as getting advice from local gallerist and professional artists on exhibition layout,
»» Top Right: A print by Muziwandile Gigaba »» Row 1: (Left to Right) »» 1. Mhlonishwa Chiliza and Bongani Khanyile with Durban Art Gallery curator – exhibitions, Thulani Makhaye. Photo: Illa Thompson »» 2. The Ardmore Collection by Wonderboy
market research, funding and legal jargon on contracts.” Khanyile and Chiliza’s exhibition, Observations and Inspirations, can be viewed in the Print Room of the Durban Art Gallery until May 11. everyONEcounts is a Durban-based, registered public benefit organization (PBO) and Non-profit organization (NPO). Visual Art is used to as the primary vehicle to fight social ills. everyONEcounts recently held an art exhibition at the KZN SA Arts Café: ‘SpeakART against Human Trafficking”. Local and International artists participated, where the proceeds from the sales of the artwork went to The Open Door Crisis Care Centre and Red Light, Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative. e1c@school has been taken into both urban and rural schools as well as to international schools (Ireland, UK and Canada). Using the Philosophy for Children toolset, age-appropriate manuals enable dialogue and discussion leading to individual and combined artworks that will culminate in an exhibition at the end of 2014.
»» 3. Clive Sithole and the artwork which won him the eThekwini Art Prize, 2013. Left: Mduduzi Xakaza - director of Durban Art Gallery. Right: Guy Redman - Deputy Head of Parks, Recreation & Culture. Photo: Show me Durban »» 4. Maggie Strachan, “Nomsebenzi Bekwa (Grace)”, oil on canvas »» Row 2: Bongani Khanyile’s ceramic helmets
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The Sasol New Signatures art competition, established by the Association of Arts Pretoria in the 1960’s, is recognised as the longest running national art competition in South Africa. This year, Sasol celebrates a milestone in its contribution towards the development of South Africa’s arts and culture industry as its 25th year as a lead sponsor of the Sasol New Signatures art competition. Reflecting on the art careers of former winners and considering the acclaim they gained in our country, as well as internationally, it can be said that the Sasol New Signatures competition is not only a stepping stone into the South African art milieu but it has also become a gateway to the visual arts on a global level. The competition provides an excellent platform for emerging artists to apply their skills, to express their creative talent and to enter into the professional arts world. “There is no doubt that art is one of the biggest platforms of expression. As a company, we are a proud corporate sponsor of arts and cultural projects and we are privileged to have been a part of this competition over the past 25 years,” said Richard Hughes, Sasol Sponsorship Manager. “Each year we see an increase in the quality of entries submitted and the competition continues to prove that there is immense artistic talent that exists in our country. More than that, we are committed to developing South African artists. In 2012 the competition received recognition from Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) for increasing access to the arts, which is testament to the role and value that this competition has played in taking arts to a broader society,” he continued. Artists will be able to enter their works at various national collection points, giving participants from all over the country an opportunity to be part of the
competition. The competition winner will receive a R100 000 cash prize as well as a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Arts Museum next year. The runner up will receive a cash prize of R25 000 and the five merit winners will each be awarded R10 000. Nationwide university information sessions will be held, covering concepts and artwork titles, presentation, installation and using various media. “Although hundreds of works are received, only the best works are carefully selected to form part of the competition. The information sessions serve as a tutorial on how to prepare entries for consideration,” explained Peter Binsbergen, Chairman of Sasol New Signatures art competition’s judging panel. “Looking back over the past 25 years, we can clearly see the evolution of art through the finalists’ works and how these have changed from more traditional to contemporary works including digital and performance elements. We are looking for artists who push boundaries and challenge social issues with innovative and conceptual thinking and we encourage artists who are able to explore overlooked issues and encourage debate through their works,” said Binsbergen. Emerging artists who believe they have what it takes to make an impact in the art industry are encouraged to submit one or two artworks at one of several collection points around the country on 15 or 16 July 2014 between 10h00 and 16h00. The competition is open to artists 18 years and older who have not held a solo exhibition (at least 20 works exhibited together in a commercial gallery) except for academic purposes. Artists can visit www.sasolnewsignatures.co.za or contact Nandi Hilliard at the Association of Arts Pretoria on 012 346 3100, 083 288 5117, email@example.com further information on the competition.
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Dot Vermeulen’s piece titled, “Desperately Disciplined”, won the prize in 2013. It depicts the mobile nature of images and how it fits into the contemporary visual culture.
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ART TIMES | Artists’ Birthdays Sanell Aggenbach: 2 May 1975 Cape Town artist, best known for her purposefully out-of-focus oils and monotypes. “You don’t have to smile when you stand in front of Aggenbach’s art. I do, though, most of the time. Because I think I get it. Most of it, anyway... nostalgia is a recurring theme in her work. She makes me miss my granny, the one who told me the horror stories about the British concentration camps every day – her mother and sisters died in those camps,” says Max du Preez, author and political commentator, and continues, “But Aggenbach’s satirical take on this nostalgia is a liberating one. It holds the possibility of a new excitement, a new way of looking at our nation, our continent and ourselves. Perhaps she is going to help us redefine ourselves – even if ‘we’ are not Afrikaners or Africans.” »» Antonia Heil. “‘I don’t limit myself,’ says Sanell Aggenbach”. CapeTownMagazine.com: http://www.capetownmagazine.com/sanell-aggenbach
Gavin Younge: 6 May 1947 South African artist, best known for large-scale, politically-themed sculptures and installations. “Artists are dependent on patronage, but there is almost always a double agenda,” says Younge. By 1979, the Afrox prize for metal sculpture had been open to all sculptors for five years, but yet a black artist had never won the prize. Adding to this offence, the company had recently turned down a request for sponsoring a community arts project. So when Younge won the prize, he used the money to create an exhibition to slander Afrox’s name. He then refused to have his work published in a catalogue, saying that he would prefer Afrox use the allocated funds to sponsor community art centres. Afrox was furious and never held the competition again. »» Sue Williamson. 1989. Resistance Art in South Africa. Cape Town: David Philip
Niklas Zimmer: 10 May 1975 German-South African artist and musician working in photography, sound and performance. About his music: “I am very glad I don’t depend on performing as my main source of income, because making a living from music is an even crazier tightrope walk between creative compromise and starvation than it is in the artworld.” About his work in general: “I think I mean to communicate a Joie de vivre that takes cognisance of all the contradictions and failures in life and art, but I’m not sure if that’s ever entirely true or false. Time, and others, may say something more intelligent in retrospect.” »» Jessica Hunkin. 2013. “Featured: Niklas Zimmer”. Between 10 and 5: http://10and5.com/2013/10/08/niklas-zimmer
Salvador Dali: 11 May 1904 - 23 January 1989 Spanish, surrealist artist, perhaps best known for his depictions of melting clocks. “Dali once took his pet ocelot (wild cat) with him to a New York restaurant and tethered it to a leg of the table while he ordered coffee. A middle-aged lady walked past and looked at the animal in horror. ‘What’s that?’ she cried. ‘It’s only a cat,’ said Dali scathingly. ‘I’ve painted it over with an op-art design.’ The woman, embarrassed by her initial reaction, took a closer look and sighed with relief. ‘I can see now that’s what it is,’ she said. ‘At first I thought it was a real ocelot.’” »» “Salvador Dali”. Paw Prints Anecdotes: http://pawprints.kashalinka.com/anecdotes/dali.shtml
Albrecht Dürer: 21 May 1471 - 6 April 1528 German painter, engraver, mathematician and theorist. “Dürer and another struggling young artist named Franz Knigstein worked together as miners to earn money for their art studies. But this hard labor left them little time to study art. They decided... one of them would continue to study full-time while the other worked to support him until he became a successful artist who would then be able to support the other in his studies. Dürer won... By then, however, the years of hard labor had caused his friend’s hands to become twisted and gnarled, and he could no longer use them for the delicate brush strokes of an artist. Franz told Dürer that he was happy that his labor had helped to produce such a great artist. Dürer looked at the hands that had supported him all those years, and sketched them. The sketch — the ‘Praying Hands.’” »» “Albrecht Dürer”. Paw Prints Anecdotes: http://pawprints.kashalinka.com/anecdotes/durer.shtml
Dumile Feni: 21 May 1939 - 16 Oct 1991 South African artist, known as the “Goya of the townships” for his emotive depictions of struggle. Feni had a difficult upbringing, not only because of the political climate of the time. He once told this melancholic story: “One day when I was very small, I was walking in the street and I found a guitar. A real, new guitar just lying there! I picked it up and took it home. Hey, I was so happy! But my Father was evangelist and he wouldn’t let me play it. So it just sat there. And then one day I pulled off one string and another day I pulled off another string. It wasn’t being used. Then I began to pull it apart and one day we used it for firewood (Simon, 1968: 41).” »» Bruce Campbell-Smith. 2004. Dumile: Artist in exile. Johannesburg: Bruce Campbell-Smith in association with Art on Paper
Simon Stone: 29 May 1954 “In 1990, fashion designer Marianne Fassler gave him his first paid-for commission when he was a down-and-out painter, at the insistence of his friend Wayne Barker. He would walk to her mansion in Saxonwold each day to lay the tiles by hand in her lounge, piece by piece. Meanwhile, builders completing the renovation elsewhere in the house would laugh at his thorough handiwork. Against their judgment, he finished his artwork long before them.” »» Matthew Krouse. “Jo’burg’s ghostly trail of Stones” (08/11/2013), Mail & Guardian Online: http://mg.co.za/article/2013-08-08-00-joburgsghostly-trail-of-stones
Edoardo Villa: 31 May 1915 - 1 May 2011 Edoardo Daniele Villa was a notable South African sculptor of Italian descent who worked primarily in steel, and bronze. After World War II, Villa made his home in an outbuilding in Hillbrow, which he shared with some chickens. The precast concrete business in which he found employment then became the source of his sculpting materials. He would bring scraps home to work on in the evenings and would sculpt there by candlelight. The light in his outhouse was so poor that he found it difficult to work in great detail and he began to rely more on touch than on sight. This greatly influenced his work, now known for its focus on juxtaposing geometric shapes. »» Chris Barron. “Eduardo Villa: Famed sculptor” (08/05/2011), The Times Online: http://www.timeslive.co.za/entertainment/celebrity/2011/05/08/ eduardo-villa-famed-sculptor.
The Art Times would like to celebrate all members of South Africa’s visual art community born in May, including: Penny Parsons, Ralph Borland (1 May) | Renee Holleman (2 May) | Ant Strack, Diana Hyslop, Dean Hutton (3 May) | Pisto Chinzima (4 May) | Paul Bayliss, Marier Vermeulen Breedt, Amos Langdown (7 May) | Anthea Delmotte, Elizabeth Miller Vermeulen, Hermann Niebuhr (10 May) | Maja Maljevic, Mary Corrigall (13 May) | Hennie Meyer (15 May) | Pascale Chandler (16 May) | Emma Willemse, Manda Booyse Bester (17 May) | Terry Kurgan (18 May) | Clive Van Den Berg, Johannes Petrus Meintjes (19 May) | Chantal Coetzee, David Andrew (22 May) | Ashley Walters (23 May) | Deborah Bell (25 May) | Carl Becker (26 May) | Tamsin Relly (27 May) | Thulisile Shongwe (28 May) | Ismail Mahomed (29 May) | Johan Slabbert (30 May) Famous, international artists born in May: Keith Haring (4 May) | Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (6 May) | Thomas Gainsborough (14 May) | Jasper Johns (15 May) | Henri Rousseau (21 May) | Jean Tinguely, Mary Cassat (22 May)
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Cyril Coetzee : “T’kama-Adamastor” By Lyn Holm : Portuguese traveller and poet, Luís Vaz de Camões imagined Adamastor, the giant spirit of the Cape of Storms, and wrote him into in his epic poem, “The Lusiads” in the late 1560’s. Centuries later, South African André Brink based his own tale on Camões’ text. Instead of writing it from the perspective of Da Gama and the sailors who first encountered the Cape, as Camões had done, he wrote “The First Life of Adamastor” from the perspective of Adamastor. Incarnated as T’kama, a Khoi chieftan, Adamastor witnesses the arrival of Da Gama and his men. In 1996, the University of the Witwatersrand commissioned the talents of artist, Cyril Coetzee for its William Cullen Library. Two enormous paintings, J.H. Amshewitz’s “Vasco da Gama – Departure for the Cape” and Colin Gill’s “Colonists 1826” had hung in the main chamber of the library since the 1930’s, both depicting the early Portuguese discovery of the Cape. The blank space on an adjacent wall called for something of a similar theme; to which Coetzee demised that he should paint his own version of Brink’s tale. The tale is illustrated to be read roughly from left to right and is divided into 3 sections, like the chapters of a book. The extraordinarily complex work is simplified and explained in the text below, as Coetzee described it in his essay, “Introducing the Painting”. For the sake of the reader, elements in the painting are marked and referred to by numbers in-text.
Chapter 1: The Portuguese arrive at Algoa Bay. Having never seen ships before, the Khoi mistake their vessels for sea birds, their row boats for eggs, freshly laid (1). Upon landing, the Portuguese plant a cross in the land, claiming it for their God (2). The Khoi see this as a powerful sign of respect for the famous hunter who happens to be buried beneath it. This persuades the Khoi to trust these strange visitors, whose flamboyant clothing makes them look like brightly-coloured birds (3). The Portuguese try to form good relations with the Khoi, trading alcohol for sheep (4). After chanting “Hail Mary” over Khoi women, and baptising them, the Portuguese take them to bed (5). One day, T’kama sees a Portuguese woman bathing. Completely infatuated, he approaches her. Thinking this an attempted rape, Portuguese men attack T’kama and his men but later retreat when they realise the Khoi are too strong to fight against (6). The Khoi carry the woman off with them (7). Chapter 2: The couple begin to develop a relationship; however, T’kama (whose name means ostrich/big penis) cannot make love to his beloved because of the enormity of his instrument (8). He sees two tortoises at the same awkward struggle, and commiserates (9). A medicine man (10) tells T’kama that the woman is the source of bad luck.
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She kills a hare, a messenger of death (11), and her presence coincides with members of the tribe seeing the dead come to life in the form of savage beasts who steal their livestock (12). Though she dresses like the others (13), she cannot hide her difference and the Khoi struggle to understand her. One day whilst bathing in a river, a crocodile advances toward the woman. T’kama throws his penis toward her to haul her out before she is eaten. The woman is saved but T’kama’s member is bitten to a shorter length by the hungry beast. This is seen as a blessing in disguise, since now T’kama is able to consummate his love. The crocodile stands between the couple, like a councillor, the antithesis of the serpent in Genesis (14). Chapter 3: Another group of Portuguese arrive at Algoa Bay. Upon encountering the Khoi, the bearded men capture T’kama’s woman and take her to their ship (15), no doubt thinking they are rescuing her. They strike a deal with T’kama, that he give them livestock, after which they will return his beloved to him, the livestock. The Portuguese load the livestock onto their ship (16) and tell T’kama to arrive at the beach alone after dark to receive his beloved. In the gloom, T’kama sees the shape of a woman lying on the sand. Thinking it to be his beloved, he approaches, only to find that what he sees is actually a ship’s figurehead (17). The Portuguese appear from their hiding places, ambush T’kama, tie him up (18), beat him and sail away (19). They are certain that T’kama will die, despite his protests that they cannot kill him. What he means, although his words are not clear, is that his beloved is pregnant with his child, who will live on even if he dies (20).
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Written in the darkness of Apartheid, Brink’s tale ends with the union of an African and a European, out of which a multi-racial child is to be born. Under the guise of the reinterpretation of classic, a tale of misunderstanding, transgression and betrayal is neatly tied together to promote the end of segregation and the beginning of mutual understanding; a hope that the next generation of South Africans will end apartheid. Coetzee’s epic illustration hangs alongside two other paintings that support the ideals of colonisation; ideals that eventually led to apartheid. “T’kama-Adamastor” does not quite fit in here; like a graft of new skin on an old wound, finally given a chance to heal. Artwork details AND Sources »» André Brink, Reingard Nethersole. 2000. Reimagining the Past, in “T’kamaAdamastor: Inventions of Africa in a South African Painting”, edited by Ivan Vladislavic. Johannesburg: The University of the Witwatersrand, 49-58. »» Cyril Coetzee. 2000. Introducing the Painting, in “T’kama-Adamastor: Inventions of Africa in a South African Painting”, edited by Ivan Vladislavic. Johannesburg: The University of the Witwatersrand, 1-22. »» Image: Cyril Coetzee, “T’kama-Adamastor” (1997-1998), Oil on Canvas, 3.26 x 8.64 m; Mounted William Cullen Library in 1999.
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Asylum of the Birds | Photographs by Roger Ballen Award-winning American/South African photographer, Roger Ballen, claims a fascination with birds since early childhood. The pages of this book open to public view a residence infested with them. Another world in itself, child-like doodles are scrawled on every available surface. Broken dolls and disposable items are carefully arranged around feathered creatures and filthy residents. Cartoon faces and dead animal eyes stare blankly out of grubby pages. Wild and uncanny, ‘Asylum’
sits comfortably on the shelf alongside Russell Hoban’s ‘Riddley Walker’ and William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies. Each perfectly square photo is a window into madness, a device to challenge one’s own state of mind. The mind, to roughly quote Gaston Bachelard, is a refuge, a cage, a nest, an asylum in itself.
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text of time and place. Furthermore, the reader is given a rare and specific glimpse into the Dutch and South African art scene of the time. De Jongh’s influence and the progression of his style is touched upon but the focus is definitely the light behind the works themselves. Colourful and downto-earth, this book could not be a better reflection of the art and life it calls to remembrance.
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Eastern Cape Alexandria Quin Sculpture Garden: A permanent exhibition of Maureen Quin’s sculpture’s, drawings and paintings. Alexandria, T. 046 653 0121, www.quin-art.co.za
Bathurst The Workshop Art and Craft Gallery: Permanent gallery showcasing prominent E.Cape contemporary and emerging artists, sculptors, ceramists and crafters. Bathurst, C. 073 3929 436, www.bathurstcountryaffair.co.za
East London Ann Bryant Art Gallery (main gallery): The East London Fine Art Society’s ‘Anything but Painting’ exhibition. Any artwork can be entered where traditional painting techniques is not used. A group show by members of the East London Fine Art society and artists residing in the East London district. Also open to any artist Nationally. Opening 29 May 2014 @ 18h30 till 14/06/2014 Ann Bryant Art Gallery Coach House: Gompo Art Centre. A group of students from the art centre situated in Duncan Village a township in East London will be displaying their work at the gallery. Dinisile Qapa and Simphiwe Lalisiles : 08/05/2014 till 24/05/2014. Southernwood, T. 043 7224044, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.annbryant.co.za Floradale Fine Art: Ongoing: ‘Poetic Licence.’ Greg Schultz, Rose Warren, Jeff Rankin, Glenda Gendall, Judy Fish, Bazil Raubach, John Steele, Dianna Castle, Hela Bonell, Pierre Marc are all participating. Ranges from abstract to watercolour sketches of note. Beacon Bay, T. 043 7402031
Port Elizabeth ART Gallery: Regular exhibitions showcasing leading South African artists, in particular artists from the Eastern Cape. Central Hill, C. 072 379 5933 ArtEC - EPSAC Community Art Centre: ’A Struggle without Documentation is no Struggle’ by Dr Peter Magubane. Until 29/05/2014, T. 041 585 3641 Fischers Art Gallery: The Gallery’s unique Art Nouveau architecture houses a stunning display of Fine Art and giftware. Central Port Elizabeth. T. 041 585 6755 GFI Art Gallery: This Art Gallery is unique in South Africa and possibly the world, as a corporate collection devoted to the science of aviation. www.ronbelling.co.za, T. 041 586 3973 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum: ’For Future Generations’ – Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music, Hugh Tracey and International Library of African Music. 03/04/2014 till 28/09/2014, ‘Journeys’ From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection.ends 15/06/2014. Connections’From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection.12/05/2014 till 17/07/2014. Park Drive Central, T. 041 5062000, email@example.com, www.artmuseum.co.za Underculture Contemporary: Fine Art Gallery, 98A Park Drive, Central, T. 041 373 0074, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.underculturecontemporary.co.za
Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum: ’Blindfolded Line, Dancing Through Time’ by Lisa Grobler. (Main Building), Her art is a conversation between image, language and daily life. 24/04/2014 till 01/06/2014, ‘Maria’s Story’ by Maureen de Jager. (Reservoir) De Jager, has incorporated transfers on steel, sculpture, installation, video and an artist’s book to create a mixed media exhibition. 08/05/2014 till 22/06/2014. ‘Sotho Blankets’ (Main Building, Annex Gallery)The Sotho blanket collection (numbering 39 in total) was made available on loan to the National Museum by Beth Robertson. 15/05/2014 till 16/06/2014. Waverley T. 051 011 0525 ext 611 email@example.com, www.nasmus.co.za Gallery on Leviseur: ’Colours of Drought’ by, Sandy Thomas, Until 11/05/2014, Westdene, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.galleryonleviseur.co.za
Clarens Art & Wine Gallery on Main: Frederike Stokhuyzen, Gregoire Boonzaier, J.H. Pierneef, Erik Laubscher and Jean Doyle. T. 058 256 1298, www.artandwine.co.za Johan Smith Art Gallery: Johan Smith, Elga Rabe, Graham Carter, Gregoire Boonzaier, amongst others. Hennie Meyer, Karen Sinovich, and Heather Mills, among others. T. 058 256 1620, email@example.com, www.johansmith.co.za
Richard Rennie Gallery: For the latest dates for the 2014 Richard Rennie “Paint with me” workshops please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org, Total cost of a workshop is R2500 which includes 4days painting with Richard and 5 nights accomodation and breakfast. Clarens, T. 058 256 1717, email@example.com, www.richardrennie.co.za The Gallery Clarens: Dedicated to exhibiting and promoting established, mid-career and emerging artists of imagination and ability. T. 058 025 6017, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kokstad Dog on a Leash Art & Gift: Art gallery and coffee shop. Arts and crafts. Kokstad, email@example.com, www.dogonaleash.co.za
Smithfield Biba’s Gallery: Wendy Malan Screen prints and etchings, Smithfield, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gauteng Johannesburg Halifax Art: ’Looking Up’ Pedestrian perspective of downtown Joburg. Artist Nick Walsh, Gordon Institute of Business Science. 26 Melville Road, Illova, Opening 29/05/2014 6:30pm Closing end June. C. 082 784 6695, email@example.com, www.gibs.co.za Absa Art Gallery: Elrie Joubert - Absa L’Atelier winner 2012, 11/05/2014 till 31/05/2014, At the Absa KKNK 2014.T. 011 350 5139, Katya@tarynfritzpr.co.za, www.absa.co.za
Goodman Gallery JHB: ’Nail Her’ by Frances Goodman. Opening 06/05/2014 at 18:00 till 31/05/2014, Parkwood, T. 011 788 1113, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.goodman-gallery.com Graham’s Fine Art Gallery: South African Masters. Graham’s exhibits a selection of South African masters including Irma Stern, J.H Pierneef, Maggie Laubser, Gerard Sekoto and Alexis Preller. Bryanston, T. 011 463 7869, email@example.com, www.grahamsgallery.co.za In Toto Gallery: ’De-Con-Structure, De-Con-Structure’ Both Leanne Shakenovsy and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum question the ways in which we see the world, 8/05/2014 till 9/06/2014, Birdhaven, T. 011 447 6543, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.intotogallery.co.za Isis Gallery: Range of paintings and stone sculpture by leading South African artists. Rosebank, T. 011 447 2317, email@example.com, www.isisgallery.co.za
Front Room Art: Contemporary South African Art. Rietondale, T. 082 451 5584, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.frontroomart.co.za
Johannesburg Art Gallery: ’Another Country’ photographic exhibition by internationally renowned photographer. Reiner Leist, 11/05/2014 till 13/06/2014, Johannesburg, T. 011 725 3130/80, email@example.com, www.joburgculture.co.za
Leonardo Gallery: Exhibition opening of the photo realistic work of Johann Koch, photographic work of Danie Coetzee and the unique wood art of At Smit, Johann Koch - Painting Danie Coetzee - Photography At Smit - Wood art. 22/04/2014 till 28/05/2014, Moreletapark, T. 012 997 0520, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.theleonardogallery.com
Lizamore & Associates Gallery: ’Point of Departure’, Group exhibition. 08/05/2014 till 31/05/2014, email@example.com ‘Safe’, Danelle Janse van Rensburg, 08/05/2014 till 31/05/2014, Chester Court 155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwoord, T. 011 880 8802, www.lizamore.co.za
Alice Art Gallery: Weekend at Alice Art Ruimsig. 3 & 4 - Art in the Garden 10 & 11 - Giorgio Trobec 17 & 18 Petro Neal 24 & 25 - Christelle Pretorius 31 & 1 - Maria M Visser. 03/05/2014 till 01/06/2014, Ruimsig. T. 011 958 1392, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aliceart.co.za Art Afrique Gallery: Asanda Kupa, 22/05/2014 till 05/06/2014, Sandton, T. 011 292 7113, email@example.com, www.artafrique.co.za
Protea Gallery: Specialising in well-known South African Artists, as well as those up-and-coming. T. 011 8285035, firstname.lastname@example.org
Art etc: Showcasing a wide variety of SA artists, ranging from old masters to the budding future masters. Sandton City, T. 011 783 0842, email@example.com, www.artetc.co.za
Purple Heart Gallery: Currently showcasing a variety of established, as well as new, SA Artists. T. 011 475 7411, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.purpleheartgallery.co.za
Art Eye Gallery: Now represented by Arteye Gallery are the wonderful works of Lionel Murcott. Fourways, T. 011 465 7695, email@example.com, www.arteye.co.za
Resolution Gallery: ’Rhetorical Self’, Benjamin Skinner. 26/04/2014 till 11/06/2014, Parkwood, T. 011 880 4054, C. 074 141 2091, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.resgallery.com Rubixcube Gallery: Works by young and promising South African artists, Arts on Main, Johannesburg CBD, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/ johannesburgrubixcube
Artist Proof Studio: Art by leading South African artists. Newtown Cultural Precinct, T. 011 492 1278, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artistproofstudio.co.za
Standard Bank Gallery: ’The Purple shall Govern’ by Mary Sibande., Opening 22/04/2014 till 07/06/2014, T. 011 631 1889. www.standardbankarts.co.za
Bayliss Gallery: Inaugural exhibition of new works by new and established African artists. 70 Grant Ave, Norwood, C. 083 291 7672, www.baylissgallery.co.za, email@example.com
Stevenson: ’Transience’, by Nandipha Mntambo. Until 16/05/2014, ‘Joburg: Points of View’ by Guy Tillim.22/05/2014 till 27/06/2014, T 011 403 1055/1908, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.stevenson.info
Candice Berman Fine Art Gallery: Specialise in fine art, photography and custom framing. Bryanston, T. 011 463 8524, email@example.com, www.candicebermangallery.com
The Fine Art Studio: Offers part-time courses in Oil Painting and Drawing. Beginners and experienced artists alike. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thefineartsstudio.co.za
Carol Lee Fine Art: The ‘Survey’ Opens 17/05/2014 till 25/05/2014. Artists: Jan Neethling, Guy du Toit, Alet Swarts, Diane McLean, Jaco Benade, Jane Oliver, M J Lourens, Ann-Marie Tully and others. Upstairs@ Bamboo, Melville, T. 011 486 0526, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/CarolLeeFineArt
The Photo Workshop Gallery: A school of photography, a gallery, and a project space. Newtown, Johannesburg, T. 011 834 1444, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.marketphotoworkshop.co.za
CIRCA on Jellicoe: John Meyer ‘Lost in the Dust’, Opens 23/04/2014, Selfshots’ Hentie van der Merwe. Opens 03/05/2014, Claude Jammet. Opens 29/05/2014 Rosebank, T. 011 788 4805 email@example.com, www. circagallery.co.za, www.circaonjellicoe.co.za Crouse Art Gallery: A Variety of South African artists. From new talent to old Masters. All year long, Florida, T 011 672 3821, firstname.lastname@example.org Everard Read Jhb: ’Landscapes’ by Beezy Bailey, Opens 15/05/2014, Iconic landscapes of South Africa by John Meyer.23/04/2014 until 25/05/20144, Rosebank, T. 011 788 4805, email@example.com, www.everard-read.co.za Ferreira Art Gallery: Works of Rob MacIntosh on permanent display. Open 7 days a week. Bryanston, T. 011 706 3738. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ferreiraart.com Gallery 2: ’Damascus Gate’, Richard Burnett. 17/05/2014 till 07/06/2014, Parkwood, T. 011 4470155, email@example.com, www.gallery2.co.za Gallery AOP: Collection of contemporary prints. Braamfontein Werf, T. 011 726 2234, www.galleryaop.com Gallery MOMO: In his state of Madness’ by Blessing Ngobeni. 10/04/2014 till 19/05/2014, Parktown North, T. 011 327 3247, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gallerymomo.com
Centurion Art Gallery: A commercial satellite of the Pretoria Art Museum. T. 012 358 3477, email@example.com. www.pretoriaartmuseum.co.za/centurion Fried Contemporary Art Gallery: ‘Fried Autumn Art Fair’, Until 17/05/2014, Nomad Bodies ‘Daandrey Steyn, Diane Victor, Frikkie Eksteen, Heidi Fourie, Ismail Farouk, Jayna Mistry, Johan Thom, Robert Hamblin, Senzeni Marasela, Sikho Siyotula, Simon Gush, Titus Matiyane24/05/2014 till 14/06/2014, T. 012 346 0158, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.friedcontemporary.com
outoftheCUBE: ‘Alliances’ Two exhibitions that explore aspects of the curatorial process. First exhibition curated by Anthea Pokroy and Louise Van Der Bijl whose students are based at the collective space Assemblage; The second exhibition, curated by Emma Willemse, shows two young multimedia student artists from Cape Town, 24/04/2014 till 01/07/2014, 24/04/2014 till 01/07/2014, Johannesburg, email@example.com, www.outofthecube.co.za
Art Unlimited Gallery: ’The Gift’, Ongoing exhibition of the works of Louwtjie Kotzé, Ongoing, Sonneglans Extension 4, Randburg, C. 083 779 9021, louwtjie@ artunlimitedgallery.co.za, www.artunlimitedgallery.co.za
‘A rite of passage’ paintings. Noko Alphius Mello Sedupe Selowa, 30/05/2014 till 28/06/2014, Nieuw Muckleneuk,, T. 012 346 3100, www.artsassociationpta.co.za
UJ Art Gallery: University of Johannesburg Gallery. APK Campus, Auckland Park. T. 011 559 2099, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.uj.ac.za White House Gallery: Renowned masters such as Chagall, Marini, Miro, Moore, Stella, Picasso, Dine & Hockney. T. 011 268 2115, www.thewhitehousegallery.co.za
Pretoria Alette Wessels Kunskamer: Art gallery and art consultancy, specialising in SA art as an investment, dealing in Old Masters, and selected contemporary art. T. 012 346 0728, email@example.com, www.artwessels.co.za Art in the Park: Art works in watercolour, oil, pastel, acrylics, batik, sculpture, pottery and photography. C. 071 676 3600, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.art-in-the-park.co.za Association of Arts Pretoria: ‘Varied editions’ etchings. Mimi van der Merwe, 02/05/2014 till 21/05/2014, email@example.com. ‘Mechano Black’ works on paper. Craig Muller, 09/05/2014 till 28/05/2014, ‘4 x 8 = 32’ : 8 works each by 4 male artists. Philip Badenhorst Andre Naude Andre Prinsloo Kobus Walker, 16/05/2014 till 04/06/2014, ‘21 Trees of tales’ works on paper. Ilze Pretorius, 23/05/2014 till 11/06/2014,
Pretoria Art Museum: An art museum of world renown, specialising in South African art. www.pretoriaartmuseum.co.za, T. 012 344 1807. firstname.lastname@example.org St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery: Contemporary Fine Art. T. 012 460 0284. email@example.com, www.stlorient.co.za Telkom Art Collection: A collection featuring artworks by over 400 artists, some of them well established and some still up-and-coming. T. 012 311 7260 UNISA Art Gallery: ’20/Twenty -A Clearer vision, growing the Mandela Legacy’. Kim Berman Diane Victor Marry Sibande Sakhile Mhlongo Fikile Magadlela Winston Saoli Thami Mnyele David Mbele Dumile Feni Victor Gordon and more. Opens 11/04/2014 AT 16:30, T. 012 441 5876, Tshannn1@unisa.ac.za, www.unisa.ac.za
Kwa Zulu-Natal Ballito Imbizo Gallery: Work from leading South African artists. Ballito, T. 032 946 1937, www.imbizogallery.co.za
Durban Artspace durban: Visualizing the Creative Process - mappings of the academic journey of an art student’ swany, 5/5/2014 till 24/5/2014, Shades of Red’ Swany 5/5/2014 till 24/5/2014, Durban, www.artspace-durban.com Artisan Gallery: Ranging from contemporary fine art to jewellery and cutlery, the Artisan Art Gallery also showcases many of South Africa’s award-winning ceramicists. Catherine Stempowski, Samantha Colleen Vincent, Caroline Birch, Coral Spencer, Andrew Verster, Sharleen Boaden, Angie Arbuthnot, Adrienne D’Eathe, anet norval, Rob Domijan, Julie Mayo, Terry King, Di van Wyk,, Michele Silk, Hermine Coleman, Brigitte Laurent, Nicole Gatland, Jane Oliver, Anthea Martin, Marianne Meijer, Steffi Steffen, Grace Kotze, Alice Joubert, Veronica Peano, Pam Benporath, Morningside, T. 031 312 4364, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artisan.co.za Durban Art Gallery: ’Ezivela Enqolobaneni’ School based curriculum exhibition. Gallery 1 and the Foyer. Until Dec. 2014, Durban, T. 031 311 2264, Thulani. Makhaye@durban.gov.za, www.durban.gov.za Elizabeth Gordon Gallery: The Elizabeth Gordon Gallery is the stockist of Sudanese artist, Hussein Salim. We currently have some large some size canvases and small framed oils on paper. Morningside, Durban, T. 031 3038133, www.elizabethgordon.co.za Bellevue Gallery: New Work’, Vicky Verbaan, Sharleen Boaden, Desire Pelser, Jan Coetzee and Guilia Forman. Also ceramics by Louise Jennings and Frank Ntunya. Kloof. T. 031 717 2785, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/bellevuegallerykzn Gallery Umhlanga: Contemporary Umhlanga, T. 031 561 2199
KZNSA Gallery: 20-After 20 Years. 20 Artists’ Group exhibition, 22/04/2014 till 11/05/2014, Glenwood, T. 031 277 1705, www.kznsagallery.co.za Tamasa Gallery: A broad variety of contemporary KZN artists. Berea, T. 031 207 1223 The African Art Centre: Exhibits the work of both young and established black artists, working in contemporary and traditional styles, Morningside, T. 031 312 3804/05, www.afriart.co.za
Pietermaritzburg Art in the Park: Wed to Sat 10:00am -8:00pm and Sun 9:00am-4:00pm. 21/05/2014 till 25/05/2014, www.artinthepark.co.za
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Gallery LISTINGS | ART TIMES Blue Caterpillar Gallery: Gallery exhibiting wide range of styles and mediums covering both established and up-and-coming artists from South Africa and beyond. T. 033 387 1356, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. butterflies.co.za Tatham Art Gallery: Generous Friends: FOTAG Acquisitions (Schreiner Gallery), Since 1984 the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG), through its ongoing fund raising efforts, have generously assisted the Gallery to acquire works for its permanent collection 09/02/14 till 25/05/14, Tatham Art Gallery: For Juliet: Ceramic Sculptor. Apart from memories of her maternally caring nature, her commitment to political justice for all, her inspired teaching and her love of company, good food and good wine, Juliet Armstrong left behind a body of art work which is a hugely important contribution to the visual art legacy of South Africa. Walkabouts: Sunday 18 May 10h30 for 11h00 (Ian Calder) Sunday 08 June 11h30 (Michelle Rall and Chris Morewood) Sunday 22 June 10h30 for 11h00 Illustrated talk (Gavin Whitelaw), 11/05/14 till 17/08/14 Tatham Art Gallery: Legacy Exhibition: Ceramics Room. This exhibition, curated by well known South African ceramist David Walters, pays tribute to the legacy of Juliet Armstrong as teacher and mentor of several generations of students in expanding interpretations of contemporary ceramic production in South Africa. David says: “The untimely death of Professor Juliet Armstrong of the Ceramics Studios at the University of KwaZuluNatal has brought the importance of both her legacy and that of the institution into focus. Walkabout: Sunday 20 July 10h30 for 11h00 (David Walters), 11/05/14 till 20/07/14, Pietermaritzburg, www.tatham.org.za, T. 033 392 2801, The House of Makiwa: Quaint gallery in a quiet suburb that shows the wonderful works of Makiwa. Boughton, T. 033 344 1762, www.houseofmakiwa.com
Newcastle Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle: Permanent collection of South African landscapes. South African artists. Permanent Exhibition. Newcastle. T. 034 328 7622, www.carnegie-art.co.za
Nottingham Road Aladdin’s Art and Ceramics Gallery: Stained glass art. Nottingham Road, T. 033 266 6460, www.aladdins.co.za Ardmore Ceramic Art: Feature in leading galleries and collections, including the Museum of Art & Design in New York, the Museum of Cultures in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Caversham Road, T. 033 940 0034, email@example.com, www.ardmoreceramics.co.za
Underberg The Underberg Studio: Set in a delightful garden facing the mountains, the gallery specializes in landscape photography & ceramics. T. 033 701 2440, www.underbergstudio.co.za
Mpumalanga Graskop Artistic Journey Art Gallery: Workshops, Art classes and Art Gallery. Panorama Rest Camp and Chalets. T. 082 600 3441, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. artisticjourney.co.za
White River The Artists’ Press: Specialise in hand printed limited edition lithographs. Beautiful prints by Nandipha Mntambo. Waterfield Farm near White River. www.artprintsa.com, T. 013 751 3225, email@example.com, www.artistspress.co.za The Loop Art Foundry & Sculpture Gallery: A collaboration and network for the avid art patron and collector as well as a full service facility for the artist. White River, T. 013 758 2409, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tlafoundry.co.za The White River Gallery: Home ground’ Paintings drawings and lithographs, by Karin Daymond. Until 12/05/2014, White River, T. 083 675 8833, www.whiterivergallery.co.za
Northern Cape Kimberley William Humphreys Art Gallery: Collection of 16th and 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, British and French paintings, antique furniture and other objects d’art. Civic Centre, T. 053 8311724/5, www.whag.co.za
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North West Lichtenburg Jonel Scholtz Art Gallery: Mielieland Exhibition is an on-going exhibition of South African artists in the heart of Mielieland country, Jonel Scholtz, Stan Polson, Isabelle le Roux, Maria M, Derick van Rensburg, Mariaan Kotze en Nic Oosthuizen, Lichtenburg, T. 082 853 8621, email@example.com, www.jonelscholtz.co.za
Potchefstroom North-West University Gallery: ’The Retrospective Year’, Maureen Quin. 08/05/2014 till 20/06/2014, Potchefstroom Campus, T. 018 299 4341, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hartbeespoort Dam Edwards Fine Art, Modern and Contemporary: Featuring works by William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Robert Hodgins, Cecil Skotnes and Edoardo Villa. Sculpture by Anton Smit. Xanadu, Hartbeesport. T. 076 472 9812. email@example.com
Western Cape Cape Town 34FineArt: ’Inventory14’, A selection of works by Osch, Jimmy C. Takashi Murakami, as well as local artists Norman Catherine, Asha Zero, Jade Doreen Waller and Lionel Smit, will be on show. 01/04/2014 till 31/10/2014, Woodstock, T. 021 461 1863, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vgallery.co.za/www.34fineart.com,
Clementina Ceramics: Showcase of contemporary South African ceramics featuring one-off works by Clementina van der Walt and complemented by designer crafts. Open Mon to Fri 9-5 Sat 9-3, Ongoing exhibition. Woodstock, T. 021 447 1398. email@example.com, www.clementina.co.za Commune.1 Gallery: ’Traces’, Ledelle Moe and Miranda Pfeiffer. 08/05/2014 till 06/06/2014, Cape Town Central, www.commune1.com, T. 021 423 5600, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.commune1.com Culture urban+contemporary Gallery: ’Please Touch’ - original, one-off African trade bead necklaces by Gordon Radowsky. 10/05/2014 till 24/05/2014, Woodstock, T. 021 447 3533, email@example.com, www.culturegallery.co.za David Krut Projects Cape Town: Diane Victor: ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’, Until 29/06/2014, Montebello Design Centre, Newlands, T. 021 685 0676, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. davidkrut.com Deziree Finearts: A Collection of Contemporary Colonial and African Oil Paintings. Deziree Smith, Ongoing exhibition. Fish Hoek, www.dezireefinearts.co.za, T. 021 785 1120, email@example.com, 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, Simon Stone, David Brown and Pierneef. Sea Point, T 021 4349529, www.diekunskamer.co.za Donald Greig Gallery & Foundry: Private Gallery permanently exhibiting artworks of Donald Greig. V&A Waterfront, T. 021 418 0003, www.donaldgreig.com
A Word of Art: Focus on art activism projects within communities in South Africa. Woodstock, www.a-word-of-art.co.za, C. 083 300 9970, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.a-word-of-art.co.za
Eatwell Art Gallery: Exclusively exhibits the artwork of the Eatwell family. The artists, Lynne-Marie Eatwell, Eric Oswald Eatwell and Mags Eatwell. Noordhoek, T. 021 789 2767, email@example.com, www.eatwellgallery.com
Absolute Art Gallery: We stock superior quality art by the Masters, as well as contemporary artists. Bellville, www.absolutart.co.za. T. 021 914 2846, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.absolutart.co.za
EBONY Cape Town: ’Animata’ by Oliver Barnett.. Opening 06/05/2014, Cape Town Central, T. 021 424 9985, email@example.com, www.ebonydesign.co.za
Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery: Painter whose work is heavily influenced by, and reflective of, pop culture. Woodstock, T. 021 447 2396, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.alexhamilton.co.za
Eclectica Art & Antiques: Fine arts, antiques and objects d’art. Wynberg, T. 021 762 7983, email@example.com, www.eclectica.co.za
ArtB Gallery, Bellville: The Art association of Bellville. A platform for and showcases visual art and artists in the Western Cape to raise public awareness of art. Bellville, T. 021 917 1197, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artb.co.za
Eclectica Modern: Showcasing views of landscapes by various artists. Until end of May, Claremont, www.eclectica.co.za, T. 021 671 7315, email@example.com, www.eclectica.co.za
ArtMark Gallery: Sea and landscapes of South Africa’, Ina Grobbelaar, Pam Quinlan, Peter Jander, Irene Oxley, Ray Potter. Until 18/05/2014, Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie, C. 082 303 6798
Everard Read, Cape Town: ’Gaze’, Heike Allerton Davies, 23/04/2014 till 07/05/2014, V&A Waterfront, T. 021 418 4527, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.everard-read-capetown.co.za
The Foyer Gallery@The Masque Theatre: Waves’, Bea Dilkes, Until 18/05/2014, Muizenberg, C. 082 303 6798, email@example.com, www. artmark.co.za
G2 Art: Offering a diverse range of contemporary art and sculpture by artists including Adolf Tega, Nicole Pletts and Cornelia Stoop amongst others. 10am - 5pm, Cape Town CBD, T. 021 424 7169, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.g2art.co.za
Artvark Gallery: Theresa Jo, Artvark Gallery owner, is participating in the KomSit/ComeSit outdoor exhibition in Stellenbosch. Concrete benches were provided to artists who manipulated it into a functional interactive sculpture. Theresa Jo and various other artists. 24/4/2014 till 24/4/2015, Kalk Bay, T. 021 788 5584, email@example.com, www.artvark.org Barnard Gallery: The gallery presents a regular program of exhibitions by its stable of artists as well as curated group shows, which explore diverse aspects of contemporary art practice. Newlands, T. 021 671 1553, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.barnardgallery.com Blank Projects: Contemporary South African art. Woodstock, T. 021 462 4276, email@example.com, www.blankprojects.com Bronze Age: ’They came from above’, Hayden Phipps and others. 29/05/2014 till 28/06/2014, Woodstock, T. 021 447 3914, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bronzeage.co.za Brundyn+ ’Commute with intuitive instinct’, Michelle Monareng; Mocke J Van Veuren and Theresa Collins; Bofa da Cara (Nástio Mosquito and Pere Ortín); Nick Cave; Vaughn Sadie and Sello Pesa; Gilad Ratman. 17/04/2014 till 17/05/2014. Video Show, Various Artists Curated by Portia Malatjie, Coming in May, BoKaap, Bo-Kaap, T. 021 424 5150, email@example.com, www.brundyngonsalves.com Carmel Art: Dealers in fine art, exclusive distributors of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings. Green Point, T. 021 4213333, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carmelart.co.za Casa Labia Gallery: ’Persephone’s Tears’, Judy Woodborne, 26/04/2014 till 01/06/2014, Muizenberg, T. 021 788 6068, email@example.com, www.casalabia.co.za Christopher Møller Art: Andre Stead. Until 20/01/2015, “From the Heart’Curated by Carol Hodes. Artists include: Hanneke Benade, David Brown, Ben Coutouvidis, Adriaan Diedericks, Dee Donaldson, Jan du Toit, Andries Gouws, Pauline Gutter, Jolante Hesse, Eugenie Marais, Diane Mclean, Mark Midgley, Andrew Salgado, Henk Serfontein, Lionel Smit, Cobus van Bosch. Until 22/05/2014, Gardens, T. 021 422 1599, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.christophermollerart.co.za
Ghuba Gallery: Ongoing collection of new works and contemporary African art. Hout Bay, T. 021 790 0772, www.ghubagallery.com Goodman Gallery Cape Town: ’Running’, Thabiso Sekgala, 03/05/2014 till 31/05/2014, Woodstock, T. 021 4627567, email@example.com, www.goodman-gallery.com Heather Auer Art and Sculpture: Original paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Heather Auer and other SA artists. Simonstown, T. 021 786 1309, www.heatherauer.com Hout Bay Gallery: Specialises in the work of South African artists. Artworks include paintings, sculptures and furniture, Hout Bay, T. 021 7903618, info@ houtbaygallery.co.za, www.houtbaygallery.co.za, Infin Art Gallery: A gallery of work by local artists. Gardens, Cape Town, T. 021 423 2090 Iziko Michaelis Collection: Ongoing: Dutch works from the 17th–20th centuries in Iziko collections, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4813800, www.iziko.org.za Iziko SA National Gallery: ’Ecstacy’ Retrospective exhibition of, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Until 15/05/2014, Cape Town Central, T. 021 467 4660, www.iziko.org.za Johans Borman Fine Art: ’Still’, Cecil Skotnes, Maud Sumner, Kenneth Baker, Marjorie Wallace, Peter Clarke, Hennie Niemann Jnr, Hanneke Benade, Richard Mudariki, Simon Stone, Sanell Aggenbach, Henk Serfontein, Lien Botha, Alex Emsley, MJ Lourens, Diane Mclean, Dillon Marsh, Andries Gouws, Clare Menck and more. 24/05/2014 till 28/06/2014 Currently showing a selection of works by SA Masters & leading contemporary artists.Robert Hodgins, Hugo Naudé, Ephraim Ngatane, Walter Battiss, Peter Clarke, Maud Sumner, Walter Meyer, Jacobus Kloppers, Marlene von Dürckheim, Hussein Salim, Kyle Weeks and Anton Chapman. Newlands, T. 021 683 6863, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.johansborman.co.za Kalk Bay Modern: ’Still Life’ Solo exhibition, by Nicolaas Maritz, 30/04/2014 till 20/05/2014, Kalk Bay, T. 021 788 6571, email@example.com, www.kalkbaymodern.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. 021 788 8736, firstname.lastname@example.org Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery: A selection of artworks by new and prominent SA artists and SA old Masters. Bellville, T. 021 913 7204/5, www.artpro.co.za Lutge Gallery: Cape & architectural antiques / Art & ceramics / Tables designed by Allan Lutge from reclaimed wood. Cape Town Central, T. 021 424 8448, email@example.com, www.lutge.co.za, Quincy’s Antiques Art and Collectables: Art, Antiques, Curios & Gifts. Rondebosch, T. 021 685 1986, elsa. firstname.lastname@example.org Red! The Gallery is a dynamic art gallery featuring work from South Africa’s best contemporary and emerging artists, including works by Andrew Cooper, Derric van Rensburg and Michael Waters. Tokai, T. 021 701 0886, email@example.com, www. redthegallery.co.za Rialto Art Centre Strand: Expert Art Framing. Strand, T. 021 853 8061, firstname.lastname@example.org Rose Korber Art: ‘Rose Korber Art Is On The Move….’ The gallery at 48 Sedgemoor Road, Camps Bay, will be closing at the middle of May 2014. News of our next phase soon!’, Camps Bay, T. 021 438 9152, email@example.com, www.rosekorberart.com Rosendal Art & Framing: Fine art, community craft and affordable picture framing. Durbanville, www. rosendalframing.co.za, T. 021 976 8232, info@ rosendalframing.co.za, www. rosendalframing.co.za Ryno Swart Art Gallery: Work by Ryno Swart. Simon’s Town, T. 021 786 3975, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artistvision.org Rust-en-Vrede Gallery: ’Piet-my-Vrou Floral Mosaic Exhibition’, Students of the Piet-my-Vrou Mosaic studio will be exhibiting floral themed mosaics in Salon A + B. 13/05/2014 till 29/05/2014, ‘Rina se blomme’ Rina Groenewald.13/05/2014 till 29/05/2014 Durbanville, T. 021 976 4691 email@example.com, www.rust-en-vrede.com Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection ’Gravity’, An all female group show featuring Dani Loureiro, Cassandra Leigh, Maaike Bakker, Nina Torr, Tess Metcalf & Mariëtte Bergh, 30/04/2014 18:00pm till 24/05/2014, ’Other Dust’ A Solo Exhibition of Paintings & Illustrations by Andrew Sutherland.28/05/2014 at 18:30 till 21/06/2014, Gardens, Cape Town T. 021 424 6930, www.salon91.co.za Sanlam Art Gallery: Permanent collection of South African art and a large exhibition space. Bellville, www.sanlam.co.za, T. 021 947 3359, Stefan.Hundt@sanlam.co.za SMAC Art Gallery, CT: Provide a platform to continually present exhibitions that assist in the process of reviewing and revising South African art. Cape Town Central, T. 021 422 5100, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.smacgallery.com Sophea Gallery & Tibetan Teahouse: Various forms of fine art including photography, glasswork and digital art. Simonstown, T. 021 786 1544, www.sopheagallery.com South African Jewish Museum: Interactive multi -media displays and engaging accounts of South African Jewish History. Cape Town Central, www.sajewishmuseum.co.za, T. 021 465 1546, email@example.com, www.sajewishmuseum.co.za South African Print Gallery: Freshly Cut Lino’s 2014’ A beautiful selection of hand coloured Linocuts and Monotypes by Theo Paul Vorster, Woodstock, T. 021 462 6851, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.printgallery.co.za South African Society of Artists: Art by leading South African artists. Cape Town Central, T. 021 6718941. www.sasa-artists.co.za StateoftheART Gallery: Permanent gallery offering a dynamic selection of contemporary fine art by South African artists. Visit our online gallery to see extensive inventory of available art for sale. Michaela Rinaldi, Claude Chandler, Helen Joseph, Lisette Forsyth, Gary Frier and Joanne Reen, Cape Town Central, T. 021 801 4710, email@example.com, www.stateoftheart.co.za Stevenson Cape Town: ’Such, such were the joys’, by Anton Kannemeyer, Until 24/05/2014, ‘Sightings of the sacred: Cattle in India, Uganda and Madagascar.’ by Daniel Naudé.Until 24/05/2014, Woodstock, T. 021 462 1500, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.stevenson.info The Art Connection: A portfolio of South African Artists. Kalk Bay, www.theartconnection.co.za, T. 021 465 5744, email@example.com, www.themothercity.co.za The AVA Gallery - Association for Visual Arts Gallery: Cape Town Central, www.ava.co.za, T. 021 424 7436, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ava.co.za
ART TIMES | Gallery LISTINGS The Cabinet: Pop-up exhibitions and events that will showcase local and international design ideas. Cape Town Central, C. 082 08444 22, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/thecabinetcapetown The Cape Gallery: ’My perspective reflections’, Rudolph Tshie, 27/04/2014 till 17/05/2014, Cape Town (CBD), T. 021 423 5309, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.capegallery.co.za The Cellar Private Gallery: Dealing exclusively in original and investment art, offering works by a variety of renowned and upcoming SA artists. Bellville, T. 021 913 4189, email@example.com, www.thecellargallery.co.za The Framery Art Gallery: Original South Africa and African work in all mediums. Seapoint, T. 021 434 5022, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.theframeryartgallery.tripod.com/id1.html The Framing Place: Conservation framing, Framing of art, Block mounting and Box frames. Observatory, T. 021 447 3988, email@example.com, www.framingplace.co.za The Lisa King Gallery: Specializing in top SA abstract/ contemporary art, sculpture and exotic glassware. Green Point, T. 021 421 3738, www.lisaking.co.za The Lovell Gallery: Lovell Tranyr Art Trophy. Tranyr, global specialist in art Logistics, has joined forces with Lovell Gallery to take their annual Artist Competition to an exciting new level. Working with a high-powered international jury of art experts, Lovell Gallery seeks to identify artists with latent potential. Entries must be in by 30/06/2014. See www.lovellgallery.co.za for terms and conditions. T. 021 447 5918, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lovellgallery.co.za Erdmann Contemporary: ‘Another Day’ by Melanie Cleary. 06/05/14 till 30/05/14. 84 Kloof Street, Gardens, T. 021 422 2762. email@example.com, www.erdmanncontemporary.co.za The Studio Kalk Bay: ’Precious Cargo’, Kevin de Klerk, 01/05/2014 till 14/05/2014, firstname.lastname@example.org, ‘Limbo’, Leigh Tuckniss, 15/05/2014 till 28/05/2014, email@example.com, www.thestudiokalkbay.co.za UCT Irma Stern Museum: ’Visions of Nature’, an exhibition of experimental etchings. Ursula NiblettZeller, Christine Scheid, Margie Taswell-Yates, Marelise van Wyk. 10/05/2014 till 31/05/2014. Walkabout 24/05/2014 at 11am. Cecil Road Rosebank, T. 021 685 5686, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.irmastern.co.za What if the World/Gallery: Solo Exhibition, Rowan Smith, 15/05/2014 till 28/06/2014, ‘Golden Age Rising’ Daniella Mooney.12/04/2014 till 10/05/2014, Woodstock, T. 021 802 3111, www.whatiftheworld.com Windermere House: The private art collection of Cape Town based artist Rachelle Bomberg. Artist available by appointment. Muizenberg, T. 021 788 1333, www.artbomberg.com Worldart Gallery: Contemporary South African art. Cape Town Central, T. 021 423 3075, email@example.com, www.worldart.co.za
Elgin The Gallery at South Hill: In collaboration with Art Event, showcases an eclectic collection of Contemporary South African Art. Elgin, www.facebook. com/pages/Art-Event/410886465695179, C. 084 412 4107, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artevent.co.za
Franschhoek Art in the Yard: Vanessa Berlein & Francois Irvine Exhibition. A joint exhibition showcasing a body of mixed medium works dealing with the exploration of spatial abstraction within the landscape of our individual worlds. pretations of the relationship between form, light, shape and colour. Opens 10/05/2014 11am – 4pm. 10/05/2014 till 03/06/2014, Franschoek, T. 021 876 4280, email@example.com, www.artintheyard.co.za EBONY Franschoek: Claudia Ongaro, Dylan Lewis, Greg Lourens, Richard Smith, Ashleigh Olsen, Shany van den Berg and South African classic Masters. Ardmore Ceramics, Franschoek, www.ebonydesign.co.za, T. 021 876 4477, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ebonydesign.co.za Is Art: The Ilse Schermers art gallery specialising in contemporary South African art. Franschoek, www.is-art.co.za, T. 021 876 2071, email@example.com, www.lqf.co.za The Gallery at Grande Provence: ’Lasers in the Jungle’ vases by Lucinda Mudge & ‘A sense of place’ recent dunescape paintings by Geoff Horne, 20/04/2014 till 20/05/2014, The Shop at Grande Provence : New jewelery by Ilse Malan. 20/04/2014 till 20/05/2014. Grande Provence Estate, T. 021 876 8630, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.grandeprovence.co.za
George Crouse Art Gallery: Original paintings by well known South African Artists: Anton Benzon, Carla Bosch, Maria, Gerrit Roon, Makiwa, Danielle Novella & many more. We deal exclusively in original SA Art, specifically investment art. George, T. 044 887 0361, suzette. email@example.com Strydom Gallery: Selection of South African masters. Electronic exhibitions. George, T. 044 874 4027, www.artaffair.co.za
Greyton Adele Claudia Fouche: Ongoing exhibition. Adele also offers workshops and retreats in this beautiful setting. T. 082 522 4010
Mossel Bay Artbeat Gallery: Pottery and sculpture, by Alex Potter. Mossel Bay, C. 081 356 5295, www. artandclaymosselbay.co.za Art@39Long: Featuring the work of mostly Southern Cape Artists. Exquisite ceramics by Hennie Meyer,Clementina and Charmaine Haines on offer. Flexible trading hours. Running Exhibition, Mossel Bay, C. 082 576 3338, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artat39long.wozaonline.co.za
Abalone Gallery: ’Reflections’(Annex), Four prominent female artists participating in the exhibition: Alta Botha (Painting), Lien Botha (Photogrphy), Pippa Skotnes (Etchings), Lynette Ten Krooden (Works on paper). Until 31/05/2014, Hermanus, T. 028 313 2935, email@example.com, www.abalonegallery.co.za
Kraaldoring Gallery: Ceramics by Clementina van der Walt and others. Mixed media, including photography by Albie Bailey. Gallery open by appointment only. Email and whatsapp only. Calitzdorp, T. 082 575 7969, www.clementina.co.za
Rossouw Modern Art Gallery Hermanus: Featuring fine artworks from a select group of talented South African artists. Hermanus, www.rossouwmodern.co.za, T. 028 313 2222, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. rossouwmodern.co.za
Marinda Combrinck Studio & Gallery: A Fine Art Miscellanium of recent drawings and oil paintings, Marinda Combrinck, Running Exhibition, Calitzdorp, www.marindacombrinck.co.za, T. 044 2133 602,
Village Art Gallery: Artist and owner Brian Robertson, who exhibits work in both oil and watercolour. Hermanus, T. 028 316 3355, www.villageartgallery.co.za
Walker Bay Art Gallery: View the wide selection of paintings, sculpture & ceramics by established as well as up-and-coming SA artists. Hermanus, T. 028 312 2928, www.walkerbayartgallery.co.za
Edna Fourie Gallery: Edna Fourie’s ethereal art: oil paintings, readymades and installations. McGregor, T. 083 302 5538, www.ednafouriegallery.co.za
Portal Gallery: Selected contemporary artists, including Carl Becker, JP Meyer, Estelle Marais, Diane McLean and Hermann Niebuhr. Gallery hours flexible. De Rust, T. 082 297 6977, www.art.co.za Village Art Gallery: Ongoing exhibition with work by artists Mariaan Kotze, Glendine, Diane McLean, Neels Coetzee, Duggie du Toit, Ann Gadd, Karien Boonzaaier, Bill Strapp, Estelle Marais, Kevin Standly, Ella, Marianne Vorster and Lana van Blerk, amongst others. De Rust, T. 044 241 2014, email@example.com
Clanwilliam Kunshuis: Group exhibition. Pieter van der Westhuizen, Desiree Brand, Close encounter with the Vine, Joy RoseInnes, Johan Coetzee, Anet Louw, Hohn Robert, Nama Sun I, Con Jooste, Estelle Botha. Opening 02/05/2014 18:00, T. 027 482 1940, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kunshuis.co.za
Willie Botha Sculpture Gallery: Permanent exhibition of work by Sculptor Willie Botha, Paintings by Pieter Vermaak, Johan Calitz and Shelley Adams. Hermanus, T. 028 313 2304, www.williebothasculptures.com
Knysna A Different Drummer: Autum exhibition of African Artefacts. 01/05/2014 till 31/05/2014, Knysna, T. 044 382 5107, email@example.com, www.finearts.co.za Dale Elliott Art Galleries: Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa. Knysna, T. 044 382 5646, www.daleelliott.co.za Knysna Fine Art: ’New drawings by Phillemon Hlungwani and recent paintings by Leon Vermeulen’. 01/05/2014 till 31/05/2014, Thesen House, www.finearts.co.za, T. 044 382 5107, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. finearts.co.za
Lynn Schaefer Gallery: Artworks and ceramics by SA artists including Derric van Rensburg, Ann Nosworthy, Darryl Legg and Lynn Schaefer. Knysna, C. 072 174 4907, www.lyndos.co.za Sally Bekker Art Studio: Exhibition of Pastels by Marion Weymouth and Oils and Watercolours by Sally Bekker and Dave Croad. Knysna, C. 082 3423943
L’Agulhas Shell, Sealife & Art Experience: Shells and More - a permanent exhibition of silk scarves, original oils, watercolours and constructions by Mosie Hope. Mosie Hope, T. 028 435 7888, www.seashellhouse.co.za
Langebaan Bay Gallery: Supporting excellent, local artists, many of whom are members of S.A.S.A. All mediums exhibited. Langebaan, C. 073 304 8744, www.baygallery.co.za
Langkloof Sheena Ridley: At Langkloof Gallery and Sculpture Garden meet the artist, learn about her mediums in which she works, and see where her inspiration comes from. Langkloof, C. 083 589 2881, www.ridley.co.za
McGregor Edna Fourie Gallery: Ongoing exhibition which includes a permanent collection as well as works for sale- all by the artist Edna Fourie, C.083 302 5538, www.ednafouriegallery.co.za
Oudtshoorn ArtKaroo Gallery: Authentic Karoo Fine art. Oudtshoorn, T. 044 279 1093, www.artkaroo.co.za Rosenhof Art Gallery: Studio gallery of Lisl Barry. Diverse range of subjects done in oil: inspired by the Klein Karoo landscape and it’s people to water studies, among others. Baron van Rheede, T. 044 2722232, www.lislbarry.co.za /www.richardhenley.co.za
Paarl Hout Street Gallery: Specialising in paintings and fine art by more than thirty SA artists. Paarl, T. 021 872 5030, www.houtstreetgallery.co.za Avondale Wine Farm: ’Crossing Over’, by Scatz Esterhuizen. For more information please contact Caeli at T. 021 8631976. Lustigan Road, Klein Drakenstein.
Piketberg The Art Business Contemporary Gallery and Art Consultancy: Specialising in: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculptures end limited edition Artists’ books by South African artists. Piketberg, C. 083 739 6196, email@example.com
Plettenberg Bay Lookout Art Gallery: Featuring a wide variety of both new and well-loved artists, including Fiona Rowett, Jocelyn Boyley, Sue Kemp and Gail Darroll, amongst others. Plettenberg Bay, T. 044 533 2210, firstname.lastname@example.org Old Nick Village: A selection of individual shops and galleries showcasing some of the best of South African creative manufacturers and fine artists. Plettenberg bay, T. 044 533 1395, www.oldnickvillage.co.za The White House Venue & Theatre: Exhibition venue. Plettenberg bay, T. 044 533 2010, email@example.com, www.whitehousevenue.co.za
Port Owen The West Coast Art Gallery: New exciting local artists have joined our gallery. We currently exhibit 28 artists. Port Owen, Velddrif, www.westcoastartgallery.co.za, T. 082 460 6650, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. westcoastartgallery.co.za
Somerset West Gallery 91: Collection incorporates scultpure, ceramics, functional art, paintings, etchings and photography. Somerset West, T. 021 852 6700, www.gallery91.co.za Wallace Hulley Gallery: Unique Collection of Watercolours, Oils and sculptures. By appointment only. Studio Spanish Farm, Somerset West, www.wallacehulley.com, C. 083 268 4356, email@example.com Liebrecht Gallery: ’Terroir. A sense of place’. ‘Terroir’ is a way of describing the unique aspects of a place that influence the wine made from it. Could this also apply to humans?, Twelve artists from different regions of the country, in line with the concept of “terroir”:, 15/05/2014 till 08/06/2014, Somerset West, T.021 852 8030, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stellenbosch Art at Tokara: Menagerie’ by renowned South African sculpture and ceramicist Wilma Cruise, featuring her latest work in bronze and ceramic. Catalogues available, Wilma Cruise, Until October 2014, Stellenbosch, T. 021 808 5900, C. 083 675 1825. email@example.com, www.juliameintjes.co.za Art on 5: A studio gallery run by 2 artists, Maryna de Witt and Emzi Smit, exhibiting their work. Stellenbosch, T. 021 887 7234. firstname.lastname@example.org Equus Gallery, Cavalli Wine Estate: Shimmering - artists unearth light’, Bronwen Findlay, Katherine Bull, Marco Cianfanelli, David Koloane and many more, R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. T. 011 788 0820 D-Street Gallery: ’Art: Psyche and Soul’ curated by Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen. Anton Smit, Clare Menck, Hanneke Benade, Cobus van Bosch,Strijdom van der Merwe, Shany van den Berg, Elizabeth MillerVermeulen, Nicholas Esterhuizen, Sam Lefaso Macholo and Adriaan Diedericks. 10/05/2014 at 11:00 till 28/06/2014, Stellenbosch, T. 021 883 2337, info@ dstreetgallery.com, www.dstreetgallery.com Oude Libertas Gallery: ’My World - My Wêreld’ Bring a friend to the opening 18h00 for 18h30. Opening speaker Nic de Jager. Guy du Toit, Sculptor, Corina Lemmer painter, does fibre art and drawings and Johan Kotze photo artist/painter. 30/04/2014 till 31/05/2014, Stellenbosch - c/o Adam Tas and Libertas roads, T. 021 809 8412, email@example.com, www. oudelibertas.co.za Rupert Museum: Showcasing the unique private art collection of Anton and Huberte Rupert. Stellenbosch, T. 021 888 3344, www.rupertmuseum.org Sasol Art Museum: Permanent collection of paintings, graphic works and sculptures, as well as an anthropological collection. Regular temporary art exhibitions of national and international artists. Stellenbosch, T. 021 808 3691, firstname.lastname@example.org Slee Gallery: Stellenbosch, www.slee.co.za/gallery, T. 021 887 3385, email@example.com, www.slee.co.za SMAC Art Gallery: Provide a platform to continually present exhibitions that assist in the process of reviewing and revising South African art. Stellenbosch, www.smacgallery.com, T. 021 887 3607, nastassja@ smacgallery.com, www.smacgallery.com Stellenbosch Art Gallery: Wilko Roon, Opens 15/05/2014 at 7:30 pm. Stellenbosch, T. 021 887 8343, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. stellenboschartgallery.co.za US Art Gallery: Regular temporary art exhibitions of national and international artists, as well as permanent exhibitions of the visual art collections, anthropological and cultural historical objects, and the University history. Stellenbosch, T. 021 828 3489, email@example.com www.usmuseum.weebly.com/index.html,
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery: Representing a variety of established and up-and-coming South African artists. Swellendam, T.028 5142905, www.kunstehuijs.com
Prince Albert Gallery: Established in 2003, the gallery always has an eclectic mix of art on display. Prince Albert, T. 023 541 1057, www.princealbertgallery.co.za
Die Steg Art Galery: Solo exhibition of new paintings by resident artist Marnitz Steyn. Swellendam, T.028 514 2521, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gallery - Riebeek Kasteel: Curated by Astrid McLeod, The Gallery features a selective mix of paintings, sculptures and ceramics by established and emerging South African artists. Riebeck Kasteel, C. 083 653 3697
Dale Elliott Art Gallery: Gallery, Framing and a teaching studio for Art Courses. Villiersdorp, T. 028 840 2927, www.daleelliott.co.za
Robertson The Robertson Art Gallery: We specialise in original art of more than 60 top South African Artists. Robertson, T. 023 626 5364. www.robertsonartgallery.co.za
Wilderness Beatrix Bosch Studio: Unique works in leather, paintings & photography can be viewed at her studio. Wilderness, T. 044 877 0585, www.beatrixbosch.co.za Pharoah Art Gallery: Contemporary fine art and prints. Wilderness, C. 076 976 2629, www.peterpharoah.com
SA ART TIMES. MAY 2014
GALLERY BUZZ | BUSINESS ART Opening: Sandy Thomas’s “Colours of Drought” at Gallery on Leviseur. Photos: Kezia Gerber
Opening of SPI National Portrait Awards Exhibition at KZNSA. Photos: Shirin Motala, The Durban Centre for Photography
3 Launch of Lizamore & Associates’ new premises and group exhibition, “Marking the Map”. Photos: David Ceruti
Opening of Jacqueline Griffin-Jones’s “Story of an African Farm” at the Irma Stern Museum. Photos: Michaela Irving
Launch of Erdmann Contemporary and the Blah Blah Bar’s new premises; Opening of Manfred Zylla’s “I Want to Swim a Thousand Miles”. Photos: Michaela Irving
Opening of Mia Chaplin’s “Ceremony” at Salon 91. Photos: Michaela Irving
Opening of Theo Paul Vorster’s “Fresh Cut Lino’s 2014” at The SA Print Gallery. Photo: Michaela Irving
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Christo Smit and Corneli van den Berg Sandy Thomas and Kezia Gerber Heather Gourlay-Conyngham with her winning artwork Aerial shot of happy exhibition goers Deborah de Silva, Patrice Boussekey, Patricia Fraser listen to the speech Carl Becker claps, Penny Dobby, Tony Gibson, Senate Mahase and artist Jacqueline Griffin-Jones Dineke van der Walt (Gallery Manager) From the left: Naomi Dreyer, Tessa Dreyer, Tiina
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Libenberg, Teresa Lizamore (Director and Curator) Arlette Franks with artist Manfred Zylla and the woodcut she won. It is from the series News Mix, which includes about 45 two colour woodcuts. Ursula Mary Gabriel McGloughlin-Beran and Morna Cornell with part of Manfred Zylla’s series “The birth of Aphrodite” Alison Blanckenberg and Susan Grundlingh Attendees Kristen Lee Moolman, Katinka Bester and Sam Fuller
Opening of Kitty Dorjë’s “Recite” at Cape Gallery. Photos: Michaela Irving
Opening of Cecilia van Heerden’s “Diversity in Squares”, Mark Hilltout’s “One Summer”, and Candice Dawn B’s “Still Life with…” at Rust-en-Vrede
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The artist, Mia Chaplin chats with Dennis Hoffmann Meghna Singh Muriel Hau-Yoon and Kati Plumstead Gabriel Clark-Brown, SA Print Gallery proprieter, Kevin de Klerk, SA Print Gallery director, Natasha Steyn and Theo Booyens 18. Kara Nina Vorster, Theo’s daughter, looks through the botanical prints 19. Paul Bayliss gives the opening address 20. Visitor’s listening to the opening address
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Charles Saatchi isn’t simply grabbing the headlines with Nigella, he continues to hunt down the next big thing in the art world. This time his cavernous Saatchi Gallery in South London turns its focus on Africa and South America with Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America (until 31 August). The title Pangaea refers to an even more ancient landmass than Gondwana, but there is nothing unified within the collection. These are artists well established in their careers and many could hail from almost anywhere in the world. Last year’s first contemporary African art fair, 1:54, had a much more cohesive flavour to it, and in Pangaea it is particularly the uniquely African work that stands out. Representing South Africa here are the young photographer Dillon Marsh, with enormous pictures of weaver’s nests in telephone poles, and the established township artist David Koloane, with a series of paintings of faceless crowds and seething movement in a congested urban environment. Seen alongside this group, there is nothing that makes their origin particularly obvious, although it is something of a surprise to see Marsh’s arid landscapes with no reference to man. Some of the best photographs are startling
images by West African Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou of naked, black women staring from behind full tribal masks in ornate surroundings. The title, “Demoiselles de Porto-Novo”, references Picasso’s fascination with Africa. The vibrant Senegalese music industry is captured by Frenchman Vincent Michea in bright postcard coloured acrylics, while another West African, Boris Nzebo, superimposes ornate hair patterns on city views of Douala. In the same tradition of West African artist El Anatsui, whose shimmering bottletops draped the Royal Academy at the Summer Exhibition last year, Ghanaian Ibrahim Mahama uses the more sombre shades of coal sacks to create an installation imbued with the sweat of his people. The Latin American work is less interesting, except for the solid brick sphere of Colombian Fredy Alzate and his compatriot Rafael Gómezbarros, who has created an installation of giant ants scurrying across the walls: images of human migration that are endlessly fascinating. The fact that these creatures are made from casts of two human skulls gives them a macabre twist. Upstairs New Order II: British Art Today (until 4 May) shows little that points out the next promising Young British Artist, or the giants of tomorrow.
REad More At london-letter.com Some of the work still feels surprisingly art-school and there is little that reveals an artist exploring their individual artistic passion. Among the ones that struck me were Dominic Beattie’s vivid decorative collages, tiny, patchy works that command attention across the galleries, and the pallid hues of Norwegian-born Martine Poppe, who paints on restoration fabric to give a ghostly Nordic effect to her oils. Bailey’s Stardust (National Portrait Gallery until 1 June) captures all the glamour of an era. Wandering through this enormous show is like paging through half a century of old magazines. The impossibly young faces of countless stars look out at you – from Meryl Streep to an unlined Mick Jagger or an impish Michael Caine. (They also leave one wondering why Jagger has aged so much in later photos and Jerry Hall not at all.) There is nothing gimmicky about David Bailey, he simply pointed his lens at a host of stars, and left them to tell the tale. In timeless black and white, this exhibition documents the key players from the Swinging Sixties until today. It’s the start of the age of celebrity, but glamour and fashion are what he’s best at, as the colour photos often jar and the travelogues seems no more insightful than yours or mine.
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The Great War in Portraits (National Portrait Gallery until 15 June) is a study in the devolution of power in wartime. It opens with the pomp and ceremony of Kaisers and kings, then turns to the military men: earnest faces who thought they knew just how to ensure the lads would be home by Christmas. The war heroes come next, hardly more than boys, who flew impossible missions and died before they were 25, and finally, the tortured faces of those who survived and saw themselves reflected in the broken world around them. With a neat touch, we once again look at both German and English artists, where Ludwig Kirchner’s grim self-portrait of 1915 with a severed hand heralds the start of German Expressionism. Paolo Veronese was the Bailey of his time, with »» Opposite Top: Header Saatchi Gallery. Rafael Gómezbarros’s installation of giant ants, “Casa Tomada”, in the Pangaea exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, Photo: Nushin Elahi
the rich and famous of Venice lining up to be captured on canvas for posterity. The National Gallery, which itself boasts the biggest collection of Veronese outside of Italy, has gathered paintings from the Louvre, the Prado and the Uffizi to mount an amazing display of this great Renaissance artist’s work: Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice (until 15 June). While they may not all be the size of his “Marriage Feast at Cana”, the monumental work which hangs opposite the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, many of them are huge oils. Veronese was an artist who worked with light and shade to create a show-stopping theatricality. His religious and mythical scenes are filled with sumptuous Venetian fabrics, shot with gold and shimmering, with the latest in low-cut necklines at the Saatchi Gallery, Photo: Nushin Elahi »» Top: Pangaea installation shot (Dillon Marsh) at the Saatchi Gallery, Photo: Nushin Elahi
»» Opposite Left: David Bailey at NPG: “Francis Bacon” by David Bailey, 1983, C David Bailey
»» Below (Left to Right): Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), “Portrait of a Lady”, known as the “Bella Nani”, about 1560-5, © Musée du Louvre
»» Opposite Right: Pangaea installation shot (Boris Nzebo)
»» Great War in Portraits at NPG: “Selbstbildnis als Soldat”
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and glittering jewels or expensive furs. He placed his patrons at the heart of a dinner table with Jesus, their delightful little girls too busy playing with the dog to notice the scene around them. When asked to explain the extra onlookers in a Last Supper painting, he simply changed the title. The sheer scale of his work is incredible. Many were created for church interiors, including one of the first acquisitions for the National Gallery. His colours still glow with brilliance, and he places people in his massive works with the deliberation of a theatre director looking for effect. If you think the Renaissance is only about religious piety, let Veronese seduce you with his opulence and swagger, his contemporary twist to ancient tales. (Self-portrait as a Soldier) by Ludwig Kirchner, 1915 C Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio »» Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou, “Untitled” (Demoiselles de Porto-Novo series), 2012. »» Dominic Beattie, “Untitled”, 2012.
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13 April saw the official launch of Bayliss Gallery in the Factory on Grant, Norwood. Bayliss Gallery is focused on providing established and emerging African artists a platform to build their brand and identity, and to showcase their rich talent to a diverse audience. The inaugural exhibition, curated by Gordon Froud, encompasses the gallery’s ethos with new work by: Cathy Batchelier, Lothar Bottcher, Tanisha Bhana, Bob Cnoops, Solange da Silva, Ronel de Jager, Bevan de Wet, Chris Diedericks, Yannis Generalis, Sian-Michelle Hall, Sandra Hanekom, Mandy Johnson, Leon Krige, Nelson Makamo, Oliver Mayhew, Isable Mertz, Michael Meyersfeld, Heidi Mielke, Andrew Munnik, Shonisani Netshia, Mphumi Ngoma, Lwandiso Njara, Anthea Pokroy, Maurice Ramabele, Stephen rosin, Chelsea Rowley, Lucas Thobejane, Anne-Marie Tully, Louise van der Bijl, Nalize Venter, Colleen Winter and Derek Zietsman
ERDMANNCONTEMPORARY has moved to a double story Victorian building in Kloof Street, Gardens. The gallery is upstairs and spread over three large rooms. The downstairs level is home to the Blah Blah Bar. The interior design of the bar is a mixture of cool and fresh contemporary with a touch of mid-century. The ceilings are high and pressed and the rooms are typically voluminous. Cape Town’s latest and only art bar, will host a regular program of live music, performances and guest curated exhibitions. Erdmann who opened her gallery in 2001is a dedicated gallerist focused on the development of sustainable careers. When it became obvious that she had outgrown the Shortmarket Street premises where she had been for ten years, she considered downscaling as a preferred option to relocation. Moving an establish business and one that is so destination orientated as an art gallery was not an essay decision. It was the concept of opening a bar in the gallery’s project space that finally convinced Erdmann to take that leap of faith. Her partner Carsten Rasch, with experience in the music and film industries as well as construction came on board to assist with the bar. During the Cape Town Art Fair in February the pair launched their idea as a pop up version. It proved a success, but the concept needed refining. Rasch who designed all the furniture, made it light and interchangeable and since opening a week ago the bar has not looked the same on any one evening. Erdmann will continue with a program of exhibitions by represented artists. Photo journalist Nic Bothma’s upcoming solo exhibition, Pulled off the Wire, which opens in June, will be presented alongside a series of talks and panel discussions focusing on photo-journalism and social media. All talks will be hosted in the new funky and cool, Blah Blah Bar.
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Blah Blah Bar is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 4pm to 2am. Check out the website for the Happy Hour deals. Contact Carsten Rasch for information on live music gigs. »» Inside Bayliss Gallery
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»» Erdmann Contemporary’s new premises. Photo: Michaela Irving
Stephan Welz and Co. Kontemporary Fine Art and Design Auction Stephan Welz and Co held their Kontemporary Fine Art and Design Auction in Cape Town this past month. The object of the Kontemporary auctions series is to create opportunity for newer collectors to invest.
»» Cornelis Vreedenburgh (Dutch 1880-1946), “Moored Ships”, signed and dated 1930, oil on board 35 by 40cm, Estimated R5 000 - 10 000, Sold by Stephan Welz and Co. for R69 600.
SPI National Portrait Award 2013 Showcases in Durban The SPI (Sanlam Special Investments) National Portrait Award Exhibition was very well received at the KZNSA Gallery, Durban. Curator, Stefan Hundt, has reported an overwhelmingly positive response in every location that the SPI Portrait Award has visited. According to Hundt, the SPI National Portrait Award competition’s response far exceeded expectation, with many more entries than was originally expected. Next legs on the exhibition’s national tour will be at the following venues and towns: Knysna Fine Art George Museum in George Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein
(9 - 17 May) (23 May - 7 June) (12 June - 20 July)
News Flash: According to Stefan Hundt - with the 2014 competition being a resounding success -there will another SPI award in 2015! The rules and requirements for entry into the 2015 competition will be announced in August this year. Keep your eyes on the SA Art Times’ online media website at www.arttimes.co.za for this and other breaking news.
»» Stefan Hundt addresses the crowd at the KZNSA opening of the SPI National Portrait Award. Photo: Shirin Motala, The Durban Centre for Photography
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Wildlands auction raises R714 000 for worthy causes On 27 March 2014 a selection of works by top South African contemporary artists Wildlands is recognised for its multiple community-based projects. Over the past was auctioned by Strauss & Co to benefit the Wildlands Conservation Trust, one of decade, Wildlands has progressively developed and implemented a number of South Africa’s leading environmental organisations whose vision is “A Sustainable exciting projects including Trees for Life, which teaches community members Future for All”. A total of R714 000 was raised that will be put towards the (called Tree-preneurs) in poverty stricken areas how to grow indigenous trees much-needed funds for conservation and community development efforts within which they can then barter with Wildlands in exchange for livelihood support South Africa. The top lot of the sale was Diane Victor’s seductive drawing titled items such as food, clothing, school fees, bicycles, Jojo tanks or building supplies. Smoke Rhino which sold for R100 000, followed by Dylan Lewis’ Leopard Bust, The young trees bartered with Wildlands are then planted into areas in desperate maquette which sold for R90 000, and Robert Hodgins’ Blue Suit Guy, executed need of restoration or greening. Another focus for Wildlands is Rhino Conserin collaboration with Marvation through three comguerite Stephens which plementary projects - Prosold for R85 000. Other ject Rhino Tracker, Project artists that performed well Rhino Aerial Support and included Beth Diane ArmProject Rhino Investigastrong, whose Grow up tions & Prosecutions. The already sold for R40 000, Trust’s rhino conservation and Jake Aikman’s Cape work is continually being of Good Hope, which sold done in partnership with for R30 000. local communities, thereby instilling a sense of “These are all top class local ownership and enartists and their generosity suring sustainability. reflects their love and enthusiasm for South Africa www.straussart.co.za and its people and natural 021 683 6560 resources,” commented 011 728 8246 Ruarc Peffers, Strauss & Co’s Senior Paintings SpeDiane Veronique Victor, “Smoke Rhino”, Smoke Drawing, 96 by 144cm, Sold for R100 000 by Strauss and Co. cialist and Auctioneer.
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BUSINESS ART | Media Radar Dealing direct: do artists really need galleries?: The Art Newspaper | Cristina Ruiz: Successful artists, as well as some smart youngsters, are in no rush to secure big-league representation. When Haunch of Venison closed in March 2013, the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos was left without a gallery in London or New York - the two cities where... * How art students can use part time jobs to launch their careers: The Guardian | Frederika Whitehead: Art students should think about how paid work can help them to get ahead when they graduate. If you are studying or considering studying the arts at university you probably aren’t expecting to be rich. Getting a part-time job assisting an artist can help art students improve their employability... * Angolan millionaire offers bid for Portugal’s Miro art collection: Xinhua: Lisbon, April 3 - An Angolan millionaire has offered the Portuguese government a proposal to buy the country’s Joan Miro art collection for 44 million euros (60 million U.S. dollars). Rui Costa Reis (Natacha Cardoso / Global Images) The businessman, Rui Costa Reis, intends to... * Barlow: ‘Just going to art school doesn’t make you famous’: The Guardian | Kira Cochrane: She’s taught everyone from Martin Creed to Rachel Whiteread, but it’s only now, at 70, that Barlow is getting her dues as an artist. As her Tate Britain commission opens, she talks about collapsing towers, unhealthy praise and the joy of making bad art... *
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Gurlitt art confiscation ends: The Art Newspaper | Julia Michalska: German prosecutors release works but tax investigation and provenance research continues. The Augsburg public prosecutor’s office has released the art collection seized from Cornelius Gurlitt. While the confiscation has ended, the investigation continues into his tax affairs. Cornelius Gurlitt. Two years ago, 1,280 works were seized by police ... * John Deakin: champagne and sulphur in Soho: The Guardian | Gordon Comstock: He may have been a nasty, detestable person – but John Deakin’s portraits of Soho characters and artists changed photography. George Melly called him a “vicious little drunk of such inventive malice... * Tasteful: Cheryl Cole spends over R200 000 on a statue by South African artist: YOU | Bang Showbiz: Cheryl Cole paid £18 000 (R261 360) for a metal statue. The 30-year-old singer splashed out on the piece created by South African artist Willie Bester – known for his installations made of found objects – which shows a mother pushing her pram while her child holds a gun... *
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Investment Pairing If the experience of numerous gallery openings is anything to go by, drinking wine enhances the enjoyment of art viewing, transforming the viewer into a more relaxed state of mind. Normally wines served at the opening of art exhibitions aren’t of superior quality, even if the art is. Conversely, wine estates use art as an accessory to their product, exhibiting the art in a way that supports the high standard of living that they wish to project. This art is not always of the highest standard but sets a tone, nonethe-less. Clearly wine and art are investments deemed to be grouped together. Good food and wine pairings do not compromise the quality of the one for the other. So why should wine and art pairings be any different? The answer may be that businesses have not considered the two elements as a paired unit. Avondale Wine Estate is currently exhibiting Scats Esterhyse’s “Crossing Over – A Journey of Past and Present” in Avondale’s Tasting Gallery where one can enjoy sampling seven different house wines whilst viewing high-quality South African art. Taking some time out to let the imagination flow, visitors are given the opportunity to explore which wine best compliments the subject matter in each painting. Tasting the Chenin Blanc then going onto the Brut, the pallet is given the opportunity to accompany the eyes through familiar South African scenes bathed in varying light; moods ranging from midday splendour to stormy gloom. Avondale and Esterhyse are beautifully paired by their shared organic, uncontrived approach. Avondale’s vines and soil are maintained by nature-nurturing technology and organic pest control. “It is respect for nature and... commitment to restoring and maintaining the balance in the Avondale ecosystem that gives Avondale wines their distinctive taste and flavour” (Avondale Media). Esterhyse paints without visual aid or emotional filter, so his work is as sincere as Avondale’s wine. He says of his process: “There is no artificial or contrived way to produce the end product. I express and interpret the natural elements of the scene using no aids – only free eye and hand application – to invite the viewer to participate in a personal awareness. The painting is therefore not a clinical reproduction but an honest attempt to communicate and express what I have encountered at the time, captured on canvas. I strive for quality using oil on canvas – which is, in itself, a labour intensive process as several layers have to be applied and the oil is slow to dry. You cannot force the rhythm and the pace,” he explains (Avondale Media). Avondale wines’ unhurried development ensures that it maintains its stamina and that its flavours deepen year upon bottled year. It is a sure investment, its value only grows. Likewise, Esterhyse’s paintings show the sure signs of future investment value. Like the master landscapists of the past whose work is highly priced on auction (eg Tinus De Jongh, JH Pierneef and Frans Oeder ), Esterhyse captures moments in history in a style that is realistic but individual and somewhat impressionistic. While the act of investing provides for the future, it should not compromise the quality of the present, though one is parting with hard-earned cash. In order to maintain the attention of a generation used to immediacy, investment authorities should provide their clients with a holistic and enjoyable experience, placing a value on the here-andnow as well as the future. Wine and art pairing is just one such strategy to preserve the business of investment. 36
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Scats Esterhuyse, “Crossing Over” (Hex River Valley), 2013 Scats Esterhuyse, “Toy Tug” (Simons Town), 2013 Scats Esterhuyse, “Natpadnapier” (Napier), 2013 Scats Esterhuyse, “Midday in the Mist” (Aberdeen), 2013 Avondale’s Tasting Gallery
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