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High-Art Treat Thrilling Hermanus FynArts This June 2015 Up for a glorious third time, Hermanus FynArts is not to be missed for its inventive attitude towards the arts. The festival will forge ahead into its third year from June 5 to 16 with another high-quality, innovative programme. This eleven-day fusion of arts festival and winter school will offer an eclectic mix, with a focus on the visual arts. One of the innovations for 2015 is the Italian Connection. In recognition of immigrants and their contribution to the South African way of life and the arts the festival will, each year, celebrate a specific country of origin and this will weave a thread that will run through the festival. This time it will be the Italian Connection.

The FynArts Amble Two main art events will anchor the visual arts. At Gearing’s Point, at the one end of the town, Biodiversity is the theme of the 2015 Sculpture on the Cliffs which will feature work by ten sculptors. The other is in the historic synagogue building with a prestige group exhibition, (In) The Nature of Things, with a number of well-known and new South African artists. Between these two shows twelve local galleries will host special exhibitions. Local painters Ian Bredenkamp, Malcolm Bowling, Terry Kobus, Leon Muller, and Nico van Rensburg will be at work in their galleries, as well as sculptor Willie Botha. Invited painters include, Kagiso Pat Mautloa, Gail Caitlin, Judith Mason, Louis van Heerden. A combined show by Diane Victor and Gordon Froud is called Second Lives (A repurposed title). Victor reworked prints by drawing over them to construct new works, which in a sense create ‘second lives’ for the people depicted. Froud gives second lives to objects such as pianos, violins and chairs that have been abandoned. This repurposing of found objects is an extension of his processes that include recycling, upscaling and recontextualisation to create new meaning.

More along the FynArts Amble Ceramics will again feature at the Windsor Hotel. This year the exhibition Forms of Expression will be more comprehensive. Among the twenty-two ceramicists are Hennie Meyer, Sarah Walters, Ralph Johnson, Rae Goosen, David Walters, Ann Marais, John Bauer and Catherine Brennon. An exhibition, Fynbos with Art, will grace the foyer of the municipal auditorium and welcome visitors to talks, panel discussions, music and other performances for the duration of Hermanus FynArts. Art of Thread, an exhibition of work by fourteen artists, will hang in the banqueting hall at the municipal auditorium. Fabric, paper, wool and silk are just some of the textiles and fibres, man-made and natural, that have been fused, layered, sewn or burnt to create these works of art. The Marine Hotel is the venue for an exhibition of contemporary jewelry by seven goldsmiths. An exhibition of mosaic, Trophy Heads, by Karla Duterloo will also be at the Marine. A second exhibition of jewelry, Spice Rack, inspired by one of history’s greatest anomalies, the Spice Route, will be seen at Ralph Walton Jewelry. An unusual exhibition, Pin-hole Photography, at the Hermanus Art Circle gallery, will show the work of learners who take art as a subject. Under the guidance of photographer Lawrence Brennon and art teacher Jeandre Marinier, the learners will construct a pin-hole camera, take photographs, and develop and mount them. In addition to the Art Amble, exhibitions will also be presented at galleries in Onrus and the Hemel-en-Aarde Village, including works by Weyers du Toit, Sarah Danes Jarrett, Erna Dry and Joshua Miles.

The Hermanus Wine Route No visitor will want to miss a drive along the Hermanus Wine Route, a single stretch of 15 kilometres, that runs up

Flora and Fauna in the Prestige Festival Show Work that engages with themes beyond the superficial beauty of the natural world is the exciting, inventive theme of the first independently curated group exhibition that will anchor the visual arts in the marvelous old synagogue this year during Hermanus FynArts. (In) The Nature of Things is curated by Marilyn Martin, Matthew Blackman and Melvyn Minnaar. It is being presented in collaboration with Cape Town’s Association for Visual Arts. The opening on Friday, June 5, will coincide with the launch of this year’s festival. The curators say (In) The Nature of Things will include established, as well as upcoming, artists who engage with the natural world beyond the surface beauty of flora, fauna and landscape. “Whether metaphorical or mythical, their work investigates and explores the things

of nature to contemplate environmental, social and philosophical issues. Or use those phenomena to make visual poetry. “In contrast to the obvious, these artists lead viewers to a different understanding of the natural environment – of special significance here in Hermanus, surrounded as the town is so many treasures of the biosphere.” Among the artists included are new and older work by the likes of Helmut Starcke, Lien Botha, Leon Vermeulen, Stephen Inggs, Ruann Coleman, William Kentridge, Hanien Conradie and Willem Strydom. Like its predecessors, the upcoming exhibition brings a wider range of important artists’ work to Hermanus FynArts. While the town has an established creative community and a number of visual artists live and show here, this show broadens the vision of the festival and promotes its prestige as serious cultural project.

Above: Walter Oltmann exhibiting in “(In) The Nature of Things” Helmut Starcke exhibiting in “(In) The Nature of Things” Terry Kobus exhibiting “Pushing the Envelope”

Jaco Sieberhagen exhibiting in “Sculpture on the Cliffs” Image Courtesy Johans Borman Fine Art and the artist



and beyond the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Many of these wine cellars will host special exhibitions for the festival. The works of the finalists in the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Competition will be exhibited on the heads of wine barrels in the working cellar at Bouchard Finlayson. This unique exhibition of tondi is getting firmly established as a highlight of the festival. The cellar will also host a concert, Songs of Love, on Sunday, June 14, at 18:00, by opera singer Bronwen Forbay and the Lonestar Classical Voices Quartet. Fanglasstic, glassware that are both functional and art pieces, crafted through fusing and slumping, will be on display at the ELL restaurant at Spookfontein wine farm. Restaurant patrons will receive the ELL special dish for the Italian Connection plated on an item of this glassware. Birds in the City is a ceramic exhibition of birds, fauna and flora, and where they meet the world we live in. The artworks were designed by Heidi Snaith, and painted by Clement Mkhize. It will be on display at La Vierge.



Left, top to bottom: Diane Victor exhibiting in “Second Lives (A repurposed title)” Catherine Brennon exhibiting in “Forms of Expression” Jeanette Gilks exhibiting in “Art of Thread” Right, top to bottom: Karla Duterloo exhibiting “Trophy Heads” Jono Dry exhibiting “Vulnerability” Roberto Vaccaro exhibiting “The Art @ Creation” Film Screening of “Abraham” and discussion with director Jans Rautenbach Handspring Puppet Company giving a talk on “War Horse Puppet Design” Angela Tölken exhibiting at The Marine Hotel Jewellery Exhibition



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Sumaridge Wine Estate will host Vulnerability, an exhibition of pencil drawings by Jono Dry, in their tasting room. These drawings from the Pan series explores the beauty of vulnerability and introspection. There are two exhibitions of sculpture along the Wine Route. The Art@Creation shows work by Roberto Vaccaro has a strong conservation significance. In keeping with the Italian Connection, Whalehaven will show work by Marco Cianfanelli – a piece called Untitled (Vertical figure 3) and present Vinotria, an exhibition of 100 Italian labels from the Vinotria Italian wine portfolio. Italian wine labels are an art form in themselves, and the Vinotria portfolio, started by Roberto Bottega and Pedro Estrada Belli, represent many of Italy’s top wine producers. Whalehaven will also offer tastings of Italian wine varietals and Italian prosciutto over lunchtime. A stop on the R43 on the way to Hermanus will take you to an exhibition of sculptures by Sheena Ridley, On Show. This exhibition will be hosted in the lovely grounds around the Benguela Cove Tasting Room which will house an exhibition of her paintings and pastels. Benguela Cove Manor House will also host A Feast for the Senses, a gourmet dinner curated by consultant and chef Garth Stroebel, in association with seven top chefs.

his work. Felicity Jervis will enlighten and entertain with Secrets of the Mona Lisa.

And the Programme Continues … While the focus of Hermanus FynArts is on the visual, neither the performing, literary, culinary, floral arts nor the art of wine making are neglected. The programme includes fabulous concerts such as Last Night of the Proms and Frank Sinatra and Friends conducted by Richard Cock, and an opening concert with soloists Ammiel (piano) and Avigail (violin), who will be here from Europe especially to open the festival. The Red Cello, The Idiom Festival of Italian Opera, daily lunchtime concerts and something completely

different, What the EFF with well-known comedian Nik Rabinowitz is part of the long line-up. Daily demonstrations by celebrity and top local chefs; writers’ workshops presented by Christopher Hope, Mike Nicol and Karin Schimke; gourmet dinners, and Wine Plus are but a few more festival things for the intrepid visitor to make plans for.

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Workshops The Winter School programme for this year’s festival includes a wide variety of workshops. Shorter sessions include Painting Ceramics with Clement Mkhize at Pure South Gallery; Design with Fynbos; Sherry and Spinning around the Fire at the Windsor Hotel; and three photography workshops by Leanne Dryburgh of the SA Professional Photographers: Basic Photography; Solar Walking/ Low light Photography; as well as Photography in Zwelihle. In addition, Sheena Ridley will offer interactive demonstrations on the role of armature in sculpture, and the use of palette knives in painting. One- to two-day workshops include Working with Clay with Tania Babb; Creating Collage and Introduction to Mosaics with Alex Forsyth and Silversmith and Design with Ralph Walton. Two- and three-day workshops for painters will be Journey Through a Rainbow, painting with spontaneity and intuition with Monique Day-Wilde, Focus on Landscape with Sue Kemp and Pieter Vermaak will be back to Celebrate Oils.

Illustrated Talks and Panel Discussions No Winter School is complete without a programme of stimulating talks. FynArts is no exception, and the line-up includes writers, historians, chefs, a BBC radio producer and a forensic pathologist, not to mentions a large helping of art and artists. The first slot on Saturday, June, 6 will be Abraham, a film with English sub-titles. This is the first film in thirty years to be written and directed by esteemed film director Jans Rautenbach. He will introduce the film and lead a discussion. Adrian Kohler of the Handspring Puppet Company will talk about War Horse Puppet Design on Sunday, June 7, while Joey, the War Horse puppet, will walk in the streets. In Out in the Open Melvyn Minnaar talks to Gordon Froud, Strijdom van der Merwe and Jaco Sieberhagen about public art. Sculpture will be the focus again in Dylan Lewis: An Untamed Force, the title of his latest book. Linking to the Italian Connection, Marilyn Martin will talk about Italian Futurism (1909 – 1915); Rosalind Malandrinos will discuss Madonna and Child or Mother and Baby; Jo Noero will show the Italian Connection and how the architecture of the Renaissance has influenced



Vladimir Tretchikoff Chinese Girl (1951)

Vladimir Tretchikoff Photo: Associated Newspapers In a 1974 BBC documentary, art critic William Feaver, labelled Vladimir Tretchikoff’s ‘Chinese Girl’, “the most unpleasant work to be published in the 20th century.” Certainly, he would not have classed it among South Africa’s 100 greatest artworks, and he certainly was not alone in his opinion. However, history will tell that many more appreciated “Chinese Girl” than those who slandered it. Andy Warhol once commented on this painting: “It has to be good. If it were bad, so many people wouldn’t like it.” Russian-born artist, Tretchikoff lived in South Africa for much of his adult life. Having sketched ballet students for some time in the year 1950, he decided he needed a change of subject matter. A Cape Town ballet teacher pointed him towards a popular local girl, Monika Pon-susan, whose facial features were interesting because of her French, Chinese lineage. Pon sat for the portrait for several weeks in front of a class of students. She was not allowed to see the work until Tretchikoff was finished. When Pon was finally able to view it, she was less than impressed. She said, “Ugh, green face! I’m not green!” She thought she looked like a monster from a horror movie. By the time Pon decided she would like to buy a print of the painting, they had all sold out. The first prints of “The Chinese Girl” became available from Woolworths in Britain in 1956, selling for £2 each, the equivalent of about £32 today. Soon they were selling in parts of Asia, Australia, Canada and South Africa too. By the end of his career, Tretchikoff claimed that he had sold half a million large-format reproductions of the painting, this is not taking into account the millions of smaller prints sold by him or by third-parties. Tretchikoff was puzzled by the artwork’s tremendous popularity. “I still cannot explain the mystery of my painting,” he wrote in his autobiography, Pigeon’s Luck. “I would have never believed anyone who told me … that one day I would paint a picture that would appeal literally internationally – not only to the European races, but to Orientals and Africans as well.” “Chinese Girl” certainly brought in a lot of income for the artist, so much so that he nicknamed his palatial home in Bishopscourt ‘the house that the “Chinese Girl” built’. The mystery was why the prints of this artwork were so popular. “I think they matched people’s expectations of the exotic,” suggested Boris Gorelik, Tretchikoff’s biographer. “In the 1950s and ‘60s, people wanted to travel to foreign lands. Like rock musicians, who have a certain period when what they do matches popular taste – this is what happened with Tretchikoff. Somehow, he reflected their hopes and aspirations”. Later, delving further into the work’s intrigue: “there’s a million questions to ponder over as you stare at her from the sofa. Why is she green? Why are only the face and the hair fully painted? Why does she wear a 19th century Chinese gown and Max Factor lipstick? How old is she? This picture can keep you busy for years and you still won’t find the answer. It’s challenging but in a pleasant, comforting way.”

The original painting was bought directly from the artist by Mignon Buehler, when Tretchikoff visited Chicago in 1954. She paid $2,000 for it. In the 1970s, she passed it onto her daughter, who took it with her wherever she lived. Her flatmates hated it so much they banned her from hanging it in the sitting room. Burgled twice during this period, the thieves did not seem to want it either. Because the print was not sold in America, Buehler remained unaware of its popularity for decades. Her daughter discovered its fame by chance, viewing it in the background of a TV drama. On 20 March 2013, Buehler’s granddaughter put “Chinese Girl” up for auction at Bonhams in London. Baring in mind that the world record for the sale of a Tretchikoff at the time was £337,250, the estimated hammer price for “Chinese Girl” was set between £300,000 and £500,000. The Tretchikoff sale record was smashed that day when “Chinese Girl” sold for just under £1 million. The buyer was the British businessman and jeweller Laurence Graff from Stellenbosch, in South Africa. Giles Peppiatt, director of South African art at Bonhams reported responded, “This was an exceptional price for a work which really does merit the word ‘iconic’.” In the last few years “Chinese Girl” has been making something of a comeback in popular culture - popular among a younger generation who might remember it on their grandparents’ walls.

With the artwork’s simple subject matter and its unfinished background, the “Chinese Girl” was never an obvious masterpiece, but cheap copies of this obscure portrait were once so popular that it became one of the most recognisable and best-selling pictures in the history of reproduction. Previously defamed by its critics as ‘kitsch’ and ‘tasteless’, “Chinese Girl” became glorified as an icon of the 1950s, and even of art itself. Even today, the “Chinese Girl” decorates fashion items, homeware and stationery. Love it or hate it, for global popular appeal, “Chinese Girl” undoubtedly belongs among the 100 most significant, some would say greatest, artworks to come out of South Africa. – By Lyn Holm SOURCES CONSULTED: » David Smith. ‘I never made money from the Green Lady,’ says Tretchikoff’s model (09/02/2013). The Guardian website: http:// » Mark Brown. Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl fetches nearly £1m at auction (20/03/2013). The Guardian website: http://www. » Matthew Bell. ‘Chinese Girl’: The Mona Lisa of kitsch (17 March 2013). The Independent Website: arts-entertainment/art/news/chinese-girl-the-mona-lisa-ofkitsch-8537467.html. » Monika Pon-su-san. I was the Chinese Girl in Tretchikoff’s painting (07/05/2013). BBC News Magazine website: http://www.

“Chinese Girl”, 1952, oil on canvas, 76.2 x 66.5cm


SA Taxi Foundation Art Award: Winners in Transit

Five finalists and a winner have been announced for the first SA Taxi Foundation Art Award, marking the first cross over between art and graphic design as an award criterion and the first time art will be taken to the public as a moving exhibition – on minibus taxis. The winner of the competition, Tshepo Mosapa, receives a cash prize of R50 000. Each of the five finalists, Alison Riordan, Bev Butkow, Hiten Mohanlal Bawa, Khanyisa Dada, and Ross Passmoor receive a cash prize of R10 000. In addition to their artwork being displayed at the Lizamore & Associates Gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg, during the month of April, each artist’s winning design will also be displayed on 10 minibus taxis in different areas of the country for a period of 12 months. Art critic, historian, and mentor, Mary Corrigall, one of the three judges of the competition, says that the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award will have the effect of democratising art. “The transience of the art, which will be seen in flashes as its moving canvas weaves in and out of traffic, lends it a different kind of value; ‘embedding’ artistic expression into the fabric of people’s lives. “Apart from giving the six finalists a chance to affirm the value of their work to society, the process triggered by this award challenges our creative industry as a whole to think beyond conventional ways of displaying design and art.” Award winning public artist, Donna Kukama, another of the judges, feels that the award creates a rare connection among different cultures and societies within South Africa, with unexpected links being forged between the minibus taxi industry with its millions of commuter customers and the high art community normally restricted to formal galleries and middle and upper class patrons. “It is rare, if not nearly impossible to come across art awards that require artists to be fluent in both the language of the gallery space as well as that of the public sphere.

“The type of artist that this award attracts and recognises is one that is able to not only creatively manipulate what has been accepted as our reality, but also someone with the skill to translate concepts across worlds that were previously perceived as miles apart.” Dion Chang, innovation and trend specialist and founder of Flux Trends, said in his notes for the catalogue that accompanies the Lizamore & Associates Gallery exhibition of the finalists’ work: “Placing art works on taxis – the mode of transport that so many millions of South African’s rely on – is a stroke of genius. “Embedding art – and in this case, moving art – into the lives and minds of South Africans who might not otherwise be exposed to the emotive role of art could leap frog perceptions and awareness. That can only have positive spin offs.” The judges were unanimous in naming Pretoria born Tshepo Masopo as the first winner of the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award. He was also the first recipient of the Reinhold Cassirer Award (2011) supported by Nadine Gordimer at the Bag Factory Artists Studio, has won a number of other art awards, and has participated in local and international residencies. He is full time resident artist at the Bag Factory Artist Studios. His winning artwork, “Transit”, depicts people in the various attitudes they adopt when riding in minibus taxis. Finalist Bev Butkow, married mother of four and a certified accountant, gave up her formal career at the age of 40 to

devote herself to art. She seeks to integrate her community work into her art. Part of the proceeds from the sale of her work goes towards community projects. Hiten Bawa is an architect in training with a focus on universal design consultancy. He is committed to improving accessibility in the built environment and challenging sociocultural attitudes and perceptions towards people with disabilities. Khanyisa Dada, a Johannesburg raised and Cape Town based art student in her third year of visual art at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Art, focuses on sculpture but is also a skilled painter and digital illustrator. Raised in Hilton near Pietermaritzburg, Ross Passmoor initially studied ceramics at the University of KwaZuluNatal, going on to achieve his Masters Degree (Cum Laude) focusing primarily on printmaking. After teaching for a while in Durban, he moved to Johannesburg to pursue a career in art and has had residencies at Assemblage Studios and the Bag Factory studios in Newton. Alison Riordan, a graphic designer from Cape Town, has worked in advertising agencies locally and overseas and has sold her work in Canada, Australia, and Europe. Her artworks have been made into mosaics by Spier Arts Academy. The judges made two special awards, one to four th year art student, Banele Khoza, for outstanding artwork and the other to graphic designer, Kingsley Palime, for outstanding decal design.

Header: Ross Passmoor (finalist), Bonisile Makubalo (SA Taxi Foundation Director), Tshepo Mosopa (Winner), Teresa Lizamore (Lizamore & Associates Gallery director), Kalnisha Singh (SA Taxi Foundation Director), Hiten Bawa (Finalist), Lindi Tshabangu (Headlines Account Director), Khanyisa Dada (finalist) and Alison Riordan (finalist). Original Photo: JP

Top middle: Tshepo Mosopa, “Transit”, 2015, Ink on canvas, dimensions variable Top right: Bev Butkow, “I am not insignificant”, 2015, Calligraphy ink, acrylic on fabriano, 100 x 70cm Bottom left: Hiten Bawa, “Taxi sign language”, 2015, India inks, pens and pencil, 83,5 x 140 cm Bottom middle: Alison Riordan, “The journeyman”, 2015, Mixed media, 50 x 76 cm Bottom right: Ross Passmoor, “Viewing object C from object A”, 2014, Collagraph and drypoint print, 100 x 70 cm


Under Header: Tshepo Masopo. Photo: JP Hanekom Top left: Khaniysa Dada, “Siyaphambili, Siyaphezulu”, 2015, Digital illustration, 59 x 84 cm



Sasol New Signatures: An Eye for Potential Do you have aspirations of becoming one of South Africa’s most recognised artists? Ever wished someone would recognise your potential and afford you the opportunity to enter in South Africa’s art milieu? The aptly titled ‘New Signatures’ art competition was established by the Association of Arts Pretoria in the 1960’s. Since then it has unearthed some of South Africa’s most talented yet undiscovered artistic gems, giving them the dais to showcase their potential. With the theme “Eye for Potential”, the Sasol New Signatures art competition is the perfect platform for new artists to enter into the world of arts while making their artistic signature known throughout the county. South African artists who are 18 years and older and have not held a solo exhibition (a body of at least 20 works exhibited in a commercial gallery) except for academic purposes, are eligible to apply. The competition is open to artists from any discipline: from sculptors to painters, or from drawing to mixed media. Well known artist, judge and chairman for the competition Pieter Binsbergen had this to say, “Over the years we’ve seen entrants consistently raise the bar when it comes to

the quality of works submitted. Artists have experimented with new media and multiple modes of expression, showing true innovation and passion for their craft. It has been an exciting journey to be a part of, witnessing the evolution of art – changing from traditional to more contemporary works including elements of digital and performance art.” Artists themselves have hailed the competition for the exposure and freedom of the creative license they receive. “Receiving a merit award gave me the platform to present myself as an artist and further my career. The competition also enables one to network with other artists and see the diversity of art in South Africa,” Theko Boshomane, 2013 Sasol New Signatures merit award winner. The overall winner receives a R100 000 cash prize, the runner up R25 000, with five merit winners each receiving R10 000. “As a business we believe in the inherent potential that lies within South Africans. We have seen this in the remarkable entries we’ve showcased over the years from artists of all disciplines and ages,” explains Richard Hughes, Group Sponsorship Manager for Sasol. Mentorship is an integral part of the creative process.

When entering a competition such as this, artists value insight and guidance they can receive which can help them create work that stands out in the crowds. Since 2001, Binsbergen has hosted annual information sessions across the country. These sessions offer an interactive seminar for artists to draw insight and advice from Binsbergen regarding – how to prepare entries for consideration, useful insight into the judging process and guide potential entrants on conceptualisation, display techniques and presentation of work. “Sasol New Signatures has left an incredible legacy in the pages of South Africa’s art history. We are pleased to have launched the careers of all our finalists, merit award winners, runner ups and winners and look forward to seeing their continued growth,” says Hughes. Entries for the 2015 Sasol New Signatures competition are now open. Artists who believe they have what it takes, the extraordinary “Eye for Potential” required to make an impact in the industry, are encouraged to submit up to two artworks at one of several collection points around the country between Tuesday, 14 July 2015 and Wednesday, 15 July 2015. Left: Elizabeth Balcomb 2014 winner Middle: Adelheid von Maltitz - 2014 Finalist Right: Bongani Innocent Khanyile - 2014 Merit Award Winner


Hasan and Husain Essop, Athlone Superette, Lightjet C-print on archival paper, 115 x 193 cm.


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Signal Hill’s SunStar Chris Swift Speaks

Love it or hate it, the much talked about, and popularly visited “SunStar” atop Signal Hill’s 6 month temporary installation permit expires 18th May. In other words, this is your last chance to see the work before its removal. Art Times approached the artist Christopher Swift to share any lessons learnt, anecdotes, reflections and projections: CS: There have been many highs and some lows in this 3-year journey, but as some exploring soul once posed, “You can’t appreciate the view from the mountain top unless you’ve been through the valleys.” I don’t consider myself an academic or intellectual, neither a writer for that matter. And writing on one’s own work is probably the most difficult articulation for most visual artists. In many ways this was an experiment. An experiment based on the supposition: If you believe it will be a success or not... you are right! I meant it explicitly in terms of South Africa during its 20th anniversary of democracy through the World Design Capital lens, and implicitly to my own project, and the complexity that makes up our collective challenge as a Nation. I’m not an expert on politics, economics, history or the Struggle for that matter, nor any of the challenges that this work offers, as a metaphor, an invitation for solution finding to. It doesn’t concentrate on a problem, nor its solution, but rather on the belief that one can be found if truly wanted.

The starting point to that end is in conversation with the willingness to see things from another viewpoint, which may reveal a set of solutions or acceptable compromises previously obscured by your own sense of rightness. This ‘experiment’ wasn’t in a vacuum, as rarely anything is. Things (and memories) are in a constant state of flux as they’re built up and worn down in the flow and staccato of other energies and agendas at play. The Sunglasses saga and the Rhodes statue indaba energetically flanked my temporary work. All of which created discourse – a plus in my book. All public art is propaganda (unless it’s banal). I’d have it that the SunStar is publicity for a brighter future (which makes some people want to throw up in their mouths a little) but for a vast majority of Capetonians and visitors, it’s a preferable and compelling belief to hold as an alternative to cynicism or surrender to a tide of greed or apathy. If I’m brought to bear on how it was possible to raise a

10-story LED and Robben Island Prison fence structure beyond the SANParks jealously guarded (gratefully) natural horizon line, navigate bureaucracy, or raise the finance? I’d honestly have to say it was purely due to the collected mass of individuals that this story for possibility touched. The brazen appropriation of Hope and Ancient Geometry or the didactic use of prison fencing and LED’s as representation of past and future are possibly crass or juvenile according to my intellectual friends or commentators, but when you have nothing but hope, you resourcefully make do with what you have. It’s an Africanism. I couldn’t of done it without the WDC2014 who gave me NOTHING…except validation… and then I realized, their validation allowed me permission to validate myself, and that gave me the conviction to get on with it. So to all those reading this with an impossible idea – Get on with it!

Left: Christopher Swift. Photo: Warren Rasmussen This image: Christopher Swift, “SunStar”, 2014. Photo: Steven Booth.



Johannes Meintjes

19 May 1923 - 7 July 1980

Johannes Petrus Meintjes was born the son of a sheep farmer near Riversdale and from an early age became know as an unsung genius as a painter, sculptor, amateur historian, author and playwright. The attractive and pleasant but intense, brooding young man became friends with elderly painter Abraham Volschenk during his childhood, and won his first prize at 15. As a teen, he wrote a fan letter to Maggie Laubser after which a life-long friendship developed. He sold his first painting in 1942 for 9 guineas. His first exhibition (in 1944) caused a stir throughout the country and brought him fame unequal to any a 21 year-old artist has achieved in SA’s art history. He went on to exhibit with master artists: Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller, Gregoire Boonzaier and Maud Sumner. He published his first book at age 21 (on Maggie Laubser).

In later years, he would become internationally renowned for his short stories, biographies and plays. From the 1960s onwards, he would gain honourary titles from many art institutions. Meintjes painted more than 1 336 oil paintings, produced dozens of sculptor pieces as well as hundreds of sketches, temperas, graphic works and watercolours during his lifetime - all of which are highly sought after on auction, today. The highest price achieved for a painting by Meintjes at auction, to date (mid 2014), was R668 400 for “Swazi Landscape” at Strauss & Co. Cape Town, October 2012. » Kobus Opperman. 2014. Summary Biography. Johannes Meintjes website: »

Jenny Parsons 1 May 1967 – Parsons was born in Durban. She graduated from the Durban University of Technology with a Higher National Diploma in Fine Arts in 1988. In 1996, she helped found the Boudoir Biscuits artists’ collective. Parsons has worked for various art education institutions, chiefly as head of the Art Department at Ruth Prowse College of Art and Design (1998-1999). In 2011, she was a resident at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. In 2014, She recently received her Post Graduate Diploma from Michaelis School of Fine Art UCT, passing with distinction.

Clive van den Berg 19 May 1956 Clive van den Berg is an artist, curator, designer, writer and teacher, who lives in Johannesburg. He works almost every medium imaginable. It is involved with gay rights, unwritten history and with the intersections of space, memory and identity. He has held 6 solo exhibitions at Goodman Gallery. He has worked on many major public artworks, garnering him several major awards, including a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2010.

» CV. 2015. Jenny Parsons Artist website:

» Profile. 2015. Clive van den Berg website: http://www.clivevandenberg.


» Clive van den Berg. 1998. Artthrob Artbio website: http://www.artthrob. com/profile.html.

» van den Berg Clive. 2012. Goodman Gallery website:

Salvador Dalí 11 May 1904 - 23 January 1989 Salvador Dalí’s parents thought him the reincarnation of his deceased brother. He was a difficult child and only became more peculiar as an adult. He was expelled from Academia de San Fernando in Madrid for declaring that no teacher was competent enough to examine him. He caused multiple wardrobe scandals, was expelled from the Surrealist group for refusing to be politically active, fell in love with a married Russian immigrant, and bought a castle. After a life of considerable fame, he was buried in a crypt within the Teatro-Museo Dalí (Dalí TheatreMuseum), the world’s largest Surrealist structure. » Salvador Dalí. 2015. The website: http://www.biography. com/people/salvador-dal-40389#related-video-gallery.

Henri Rousseau 21 May 1844 - 2 September 1910 Henri Julien Rousseau was born in Laval, France; the son of a plumber. After a career in law and the military, Rousseau married Clemence Boitard and wrote a waltz bearing her name. The couple had 9 children but 7 died from Tuberculosis. Rousseau started painting seriously in his early 40s. He was self-taught and is considered a naïve/primitive painter. He was known for his jungle scenes, though he never visited one. Picasso held a banquet in Rousseau’s honour in 1908, after discovering Rousseau’s among canvases being sold on the street (to be painted over). Since his death, several retrospectives of Rousseau’s work have been held at prominent art institutions. » Henri Julien Rousseau Biography. 2002. Henri Rousseau – The Complete

Hennie Meyer 15 May 1965 – Hennie Meyer was born in Cape Town and received his Certificate of Applied Art (Ceramics) from Bendigo College of TAFE, Australia in 1984. Since then he has won numerous awards, and had his works included in prestigious international exhibitions and art books. He finds working with clay humbling and has an obsession with creating patterns out of multiple ceramic pieces. He currently teaches Art and Ceramics, living in Durbanville, Cape Town with his wife, 2 sons and 2 dachshunds. » Overview. 2012. Hennie Meyer Ceramics website:

Jasper Johns 15 May 1930 – Jasper Johns was born in Georgia, USA. His art training consists of only 3 semesters at the University of South Carolina, then 1 semester at the Parsons School of Design. In 1953, he and Robert Rauschenberg began a romantic relationship, lasting 7 years. Johns’ first solo exhibition was in 1958, from which the Museum of Modern Art bought 3 paintings (essentially unheard of for a young, unknown artist). Much of the artist’s work led the American public away from the expressionism form, towards minimalism. In 2013, his studio assistant was found guilty of stealing $6.5 million worth of art from Johns. His work is still highly priced at auction. » Jasper Johns. 2014. website: artist-johns-jasper.htm.

» Jasper Johns and his paintings. 2010. Jasper Johns - Paintings,

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Mary Cassatt 22 May 1844 – 14 June 1926 Mary Cassatt enrolled in Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at age 16 left to study the Old Masters, on her own in Paris. She initially exhibited under the name, ‘Mary Stevenson’ to disassociate herself from her very unsupportive father. Many of her early works were destroyed in the great Chicago fire of 1871. She and Edgar Degas became good friends, and exhibited with the Impressionists for several years. Cassatt is especially known for her honest and direct portraits mothers with their children. 1915 she was forced to give up painting as diabetes slowly made her blind. » Mary Cassatt. 2015. The website: http://www.biography. com/people/mary-cassatt-9240820#later-years-and-death.

Carl Becker 26 May 1956 – Carl Becker was born in Bedfordview on the Gauteng East Rand, and now lives in Johannesburg. He graduated cum laude with a BA in Fine Arts from Rhodes University, and received his Masters in Fine Arts, also cum laude. From there he spent time in activism and the media (he even designed the logo of the United Democratic Front). Since becoming more serious about his painting in 1991, he has taken part in numerous group shows and has had 7 solo exhibitions. Becker’s drawings and paintings take a tongue-in-cheek look at South Africa’s social and art history. » Carl Becker. 2012. Everard Read Cape Town website: http://carlbecker.

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Keith Haring

4 May 1958 – 16 February 1990

Keith Haring was born in Pennsylvania, USA. After high school, Haring enrolled in a commercial arts school but dropped out after two semesters. Two years later, he enrolled at the School of Visual Arts in New York where he befriended artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf, who together organized exhibitions at nightclubs and other alternative venues; mixing art, music and fashion. Haring was determined to devote his career to creating a truly public art, using the city as his canvas. He was arrested for vandalism on numerous occasions. Between 1980 and 1989, Haring achieved international recognition and participated in numerous group, solo exhibitions and prestigious art fairs. He opened the Pop Shop

in 1986, selling novelty items bearing his images, intending to allow people greater access to his work. This received strong support from mentor Andy Warhol, but criticism from many others in the art community. He produced more than 50 public murals around the world, mainly for children’s charities and hospitals. Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. In 1989, he established The Keith Haring Foundation for the sake of AIDS awareness and children’s programmes. Keith Haring died prematurely of AIDS related causes at 32. His work’s simplicity, optimism and energy became a visual language universal to the 20th century. » Bio. 1997. The Keith Haring Foundation website: http://!/about-haring/bio#.VSZIh_mUcno.

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emotion. My subject matter usually involves the people and stories that cross my path. I depict them in a ‘warts and all’ tradition. I often do multiple portraits of the same model to get to know him/her better. It takes time to understand who your sitter is. For me, the essence of portraiture is to capture the inner soul of the sitter. Drawing the outer shell – well, that’s the easy part. AT: How do your subjects respond to the idea of being drawn when originally asked, and what reactions do you get when they see the finished product? MS: They are mostly very proud if I choose them as a model. When I invite them to come and look at the finished product they usually react with something along the lines of: “Mevrou het darem ‘n mooi ‘photo’ van my geteken”. I’ve lived in Jamestown for 16 years, so the community knows me and what I do. They visit my studio regularly and probably enjoy the process of creation as much as I do. Sanlam has published a book about my drawings of the people of Jamestown,

combined with South-African poetry. It is called “Onse Mense”. For my models it has been a great privilege to feature in this book, because all their friends know and fuss over the book. A beautiful story on this topic is about Dorie. She has had a difficult life, mostly on the street. I knew Dorie for four years before I had enough courage to ask to draw her because her face is often bruised and battered. When I eventually drew her, I was quite hesitant about what her reaction would be because of the scale and its heightened realism. When I invited her into my studio to look at the finished product, she took a while to study the drawing. Eventually she turned around to me and exclaimed: “Here, mevrou, maar ek is darem mooi!?” AT: Before the camera was invented, portrait artists were commissioned to record the existence of powerful individuals. Now, almost everyone has access to photography and so traditional portraits no longer serve to prove existence. Why do you think people still commission artists to draw or paint loved ones? What do you think hand-drawn or hand-painted depictions express that photographs do not? MS: I think there is a certain timelessness and tactile permanence in a painted or drawn portrait that photography cannot match. The British painter Lucian Freud, once stated: “Painting and drawing absorb memory and association in ways photography, in its various forms, cannot”. Often beautiful, intuitive elements of tactility, distortion and manipulation come into play when drawing or painting. The artist projects his/her own perspective of the sitter more easily than a photographer can from behind a lens. AT: For what reasons do you think it is important or relevant for the tradition of portraiture to continue? MS: I think there will always be a curiosity (maybe a type of voyeurism) inspiring humans to interpret their fellow-man through painting and drawing, no matter what century it is. AT: Lastly, are there any local or international figurative artists who inspire you? MS: I was very fortunate to do portraiture under the tutorship of Paul Emsley. He showed us a portrait by Lucian Freud of another artist, John Minton, wearing a green sweater. Wow, the work stirred up so much within me - the scale of his work, the tactility of his paint, his heightened use of colour and his incredible understanding and empathy with his sitter. All of these elements heightened the emotive qualities of his work. I visited New York three years ago and saw the incredible work of Jenny Saville and Chuck Close. The reality of the scale and confrontation of the work overwhelmed me. What a privilege to stand in front of such masters. I’m always attracted to work that is confrontational, which is possibly why most of my work unintentionally ends up larger than life. The other element of attraction is the tactility of certain media, like applying charcoal using my fingers.

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East London Ann Bryant Art Gallery German Settler monument upgrade, 22/05/2015, East London Fine Art Society’s Anything but Painting Exhibition. Artists need to submit their artwork on the theme Anything but Painting which can be woodwork, beadwork, leatherwork, sculpture, needlework, or simply anything where painting is not the dominant media. Please submit your work on or before Monday 25th May 2015. The exhibition will be opened at the Coach House of the Ann Bryant Art Gallery, East London at 18:30 28/05/2015 Southernwood T. 043 7224044 annbryant@

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Gauteng Johannesburg Absa Art Gallery 30 Years of L’Atelier, New work exhibited by previous winners and Gerard Sekoto winners of the Absa L’Atelier Art Competition, 10/05/2015 until 29/05/2015, Absa Gallery, 161 Main Street. T. 011 3505139, paulbay@,

In Search Of… by Musa N. Nxumalo Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, Parkwood Opens 9 April 2015, 18.30, runs until 1 May For In Search Of…, Nxumalo presents the Alternative Kidz and In/Glorious bodies of work, which, according to the artist, looks at ‘the melting pot that is urban youth culture in Johannesburg’.

Alice Art Gallery Aapstrak Exhibition Vat 5, Casper de Vries, Andre de Beer, May Wentworth, Mimi van der Merwe and Monique van Wyk, 09/05/2015 until 18/05/2015, Ruimsig, T. 011 9581392,, Art Afrique Gallery Contemporary Art Gallery, Sandton, T. 011 2927113,, Vincent Art Gallery The home of Contemporary Fine Art and the Masters. We also offer professional framing, décor, ceramics, pewter, semi-precious stones and silver jewellery. 8 Dawson Road, Selborne, East London, 5201 Telephone: 043 7221471 Cell: 083 700 4711 Email:

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GoetheOnMain Gallery The Last Supper by Gina Kraft GoetheOnMain, Maboneng Precinct – Opens 23 April 18.30, runs until 7 June. The painting of The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci was a visual starting point for this project which involves workshops, rituals, eating together and performances, including communities from Maboneng and surrounding areas. For information on more performances see

Goodman Gallery Well Worn, Lisa Brice, 16/04/2015 - 16/05/2015; Group show: Post African Futures, Curated by Tegan Bristow, 23/05/2015 20/06/2015, Parkwood, T. 011 7881113, heather@, Graham’s Fine Art Gallery David Epstein Facets, A comprehensive solo exhibition by contemporary photographic artist, David Epstein. This collection of work weaves an intricate path from haunting portraits to pure unashamed digitally manipulated imagery., 23/04/2015 until 27/06/2015, Bryanston, T. 011 4637869, info@, Halifax Art Urbanism, Lynette van Tonder, 27/05/2015 until 09/06/2015, Parkhurst,,

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Gallery 2 Running on Empty, An exhibition by Audrey Anderson and Ross Passmoor, 06/06/2015 until 27/06/2015, Parkwood, T. 011 447 0155,,

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Centurion Art Gallery Exposure Group exhibition, Barry Rautenbach, Suzanne Shaw, Ina Anderson, Anja Visagie, Vivien Tillett, Joe Joubert, Johanna Kruger Prinsloo, 08/05/2015 until 30/05/2015, Moreletapark, T. 012 358 3477, artg@tshwane., Pretoria Art Museum Kopanong Art Studio Residency Program 2014/15, Michael Selekane | Kgomo ga e ke e tlhaba monga wa yona. In the Preiss Hall of the Pretoria Art Museum, 14/03/2015 until 03/05/2015, Pretoria, T. 012 358 6752, The Leonardo Gallery Exclusive sculptures of Suzette Rocher, Arcadia, Pretoria, T. 012 997 0520,, www. St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery Sculptures, Paintings, Prints and Drawings on show, Various sculptors’ works featured, 01/01/2015 - 30/05/2015, Pretoria, Brooklyn Circle. T. 012 460 0284,, UNISA Art Gallery Unisa Masters in Visual Arts Student Exhibition 2015, Zingisa Nkosinkulu, Megan Erasmus, Bongani Ntombela and Balasubramanian Kanni, 18/04/2015 until 08/05/2015, Muckleneuk, T. 012 441 5683,,

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


Pietermaritzburg Tatham Art Gallery The Art of Democracy: Twenty Years of Collecting, A selection of artworks acquired since 1994 are displayed in all areas of the gallery. Currently on view, Pietermaritzburg, T. 033 392 2801,,

Umhlanga Rocks Makiwa Gallery Fine Art Gallery. Fine South African Art, original paintings & sculpture. Shop 5B Lighthouse Mall, Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal, T. 031 5611194, info@,

Mpumalanga Graskop Le Gallerie Restoration, Maria Koch, Gustavo Vink, Anica, Jana Branca, Wendy Malan, Michael Heyns, Cornelius Bosch, Christian Nice, Munro, Gerrit Pitout, Roema Photography, 01/01/2015 until 31/12/2015, T. 013 767 1093, le_gallerie@,

4 – 23 May 2015 “Pre-code Forecast 1931” by Andreas Chasomeris 25 May – 12 June 2015 “Anima-Animus” by Bernice Stott and swany - Main, “Threaded Drawings” - Middle. 3 Millar Rd (off Umgeni Rd) Durban, tel: +27 31 312 0793 Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat and Pub Hols 9am -2pm

Durban Art Gallery Abstractism, A solo exhibition by Mandla Patrick Mlotshwa, 10/03/2015 until 10/05/2015; Artists for Humanity - 20 year anniversary; Alex Flett, Gabisile Nkosi, Vedant Nanakchand and Diane Victor; 21/03/2015 until 03/05/2015, T. 031 3112264; Thulani.;

KZN Midlands

Barnard Gallery Then & Now: Conversations in Time, Robert Slingsby, Sarah Biggs, Katherine Spindler, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Lien Botha, Alastair Whitton, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Alexia Vogel, Ryan Hewett & Virginia MacKenny, 12/05/2015 - 15/06/2015, Newlands, T. 021 671 1553,, Bronze Age Bronze T. 021 4473914,

Brundyn+ We are a contemporary art gallery based in Cape Town. Recent exhibitions have included artists such as Kiluanji Kia Henda (Angola), Nástio Mosquito (Angola), Emeka Ogboh (Nigeria), Sidy Diallo (Senegal) and Nick Cave (USA). Bo Kaap, T. 021 4245150, info@,

The White River Gallery The Chicken Challenge 2. The second year of this fund raiser in aid of GRIP., Various artists, 16/05/2015 until 17/06/2015, White River,,

This & That Art Framing & Decor We are a Gallery and permanently have Art on Exhibition. Odette Powell, Charl Bruwer, Mariaana Zwaan, Meike Tejema, Anthony Housell, Dawie Fourie, Debbi Swart, Wietske Smit, Pamela Armitage, Nelspruit, T. 013 7571238,,

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

Eclectica Modern Gallery Shades of Mood, Mary Visser, Louis Nel, Helen Van Stolk and Rick Becker, 16/04/2015 until 29/05/2015, 9A Cavendish Street, Claremont, T. 021 6717315,, Erdmann Contemporary Grada Djeri & Jorge Sierra Rubia. An exhibition of photographic work by Grada Djeri. The exhibition is presented in association with Jovana Djeri, and all works are drawn from her personal collection, 14/04/2015 until 23/05/2015 Speechless, Group exhibition with various artists, 26/05/2015 until 11/07/2015, Gardens, T. 021 422 2762,, Everard Read EMPIRE Group Exhibition, 23/04/2015 until 10/05/2015; Collection of Sculpture by Deborah Bell, 14/05/2015 until 15/06/2015 New works by Nic Botting, 21/05/2015 until 09/06/2015, V & A Waterfront, T. 021 4184527,,

North West Potchefstroom North-West University Gallery Objections, Pat Sithole, Mbongeni Buthelez & Zolile Phetsane, 16/04/2015 until 15/05/2015, NWU Potchefstroom Campus, T. 018 299 4341,,

Commissions & Small editions for purchase Portrait busts • Monumental statues • Birds • Animals • Figures 0837070126

Cape Town ArtB Gallery, Bellville The Arts Association of Bellville, through its vibrant art gallery, creates a platform for and showcases visual art and artists in the Western Cape to raise public awareness of art. Bellville, T. 021 9171197, artbellville@gmail. com,

EBONY Cape Town Group Show, 07/05/2015 until 01/06/2015, Cape Town, CBD, T. 021 424 9985,, www.

Catherine Timotei Art Leonardo Da Vinci, FastCo- exit Paris 2015, united for climate action. Catherine Timotei, Abstract Expressionism. 01/05/2015 until 30/06/2015, Monte Carlo, Principauté de Monaco. abstractart@,

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,,

Western Cape

Eatwell Art Gallery We are a small family run gallery/studio at the Noordhoek Farm Village on the beautiful Cape Peninsula of South Africa’s Western Cape, Noordhoek, T. 021 789 2767,, www.

Casa Labia Gallery The Life of Mortals - soos ’n Blom van die Veld, Annelie Venter, 03/05/2015 until 31/05/2015, Muizenberg, T. 021 7886068,,


Sarah Richards - Bronze Sculpture

Donald Greig Gallery & Bronze Foundry

Eclectica Art & Antiques Purveyors of antiques, furniture, bespoke pieces of objet d’arts and fine art, including South African masters. Wynberg, T. 021 762 7983,, www.

Northern Cape

North-West University Botanical Garden Gallery iJusi, Design based on African experience, 16/04/2015 until 15/05/2015, NWU Potchefstroom Campus,,

Die Kunskamer Works by leading artists, Irma Stern, Hugo Naude, Cecil Skotnes, Cynthia Villet, Norman Catherine, Hardy Botha, Bill Davis, Gail Catlin, Simone Stone, David Brown & Pierneef. Sea Point, T. 021 434 9529,, www.

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

The Artists’ Press New Lithographs by Anton Kannemeyer. His most recent lithographs, signed at the end of 2014, add to his ongoing Alphabet of Democracy series, Currently on our website, Waterfield Farm near White River. T. 013 7513225,, 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,, www.tlafoundry.

Deziree Finearts A collection of Contemporary Colonial and African Oil Paintings, Fish Hoek, T. 021 7851120,,

Foundry, Woodstock,,

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Artspace Durban

Artvark Gallery re-m-Ember 6900 Hectares, 30 artists will be participating in a charity show in memory of the Cape Town fires. (Also be sure not to miss our VOORBRAND SALE starting 1 May till 15 May), 29/05/2015 until 05/07/2015, Kalk Bay, T. 021 788 5584,,

Commune.1 Buikspraak, Dominique Edwards, 16/04/2015 until 14/05/2015, Wale Street, Cape Town, T. 0214475918,, Diedericks/Faber Fine Art The gallery promotes the work of local as well as international artists in association with Galleries as well as at local and international art fairs and art shows. The gallery currently focuses on artists working on paper. Woodstock, T. 021 5528871,, www.

34 Fine Art Winter 2015 - Group Exhibition, Jade Doreen Waller, Mr. Brainwash, Asha Zero, Goncalo Mabunda, Sir Peter Blake, Ben Eine, Norman Catherine, Esther Mahlangu, Takashi Murakami. Gallery open Saturdays only 10h34-13h34, Woodstock, T. 021 461 1863, info@34fineart. com,

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The South African Print Gallery 107 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town Tel. 021 4626851 Steven Inggs: Balcony, 1990, Plate Litho R 12- 14 000


Quincy’s Antiques Art and Collectables Art, Antiques, Curios & Gifts, Rondebosch, T. 021 6851986, Red! The Gallery Red is a dynamic art gallery situated in Steeneberg Village Shopping Centre. Exhibiting works from top local artists and upcoming artists. Andrew Cooper, Jean Doyle, Michael Waters, Derric van Rensburg, David Kuijers, Helene Train, Micahel Tancrel, to name a few. Steenberg, Tokai, T. 021 7010886, jean@, Kalk Bay Modern Gallery Gallery F Specialists in Collectable Photography 78 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town 021 423 4423 | 083 594 8959

Goodman Gallery Again Again, Brett Murray, 18/04/2015 - 16/05/2015; Group show: Speaking Back, Curated By Natasha Becker, 21/05/2015 04/06/2015, Woodstock, T. 021 4627567, cpt@, G2 Art We are a permanent gallery in the Cape Town CBD. Offering a diverse range of painting, mixed media and sculpture by South African artists, Nicole Pletts, Jimmy Law, Uwe Pfaff and Gerhard van Eck amongst others, Daily 10am - 5pm, Cape Town, T. 021 4247169,,

Kalk Bay Modern Gallery 136 Main Road, 1st Floor Olympia Building, Kalk Bay Open everyday from 9:30-5pm Tel: 021 788 6571, Fax 021 7886793

Dealers in Contemporary South African Fine Art (& the Old Masters) and picture framing.

Heather Auer Art & Sculpture Gallery Dreaming of Africa, oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm Heather Auer Art Gallery Quayside Centre c/n Wharf & St Georges St Simon’s Town 7975 Western Cape Tel +27 (0)21 7861309 / 0827792695 / 0828289203

Hout Bay Gallery We welcome you to a burst of kaleidoscopic colour of artworks by talented South African Artists and Sculptors, Open every day, all welcome, Hout Bay, T. 021 7903618, info,

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Red Room Presenting a wide selection of works by Robert Hodgins - Oils, Prints, Drawings “A Character of DH Lawrence” Oil on Board, 46x30cm 62 Mount Rhodes Drive, Hout Bay 071 602 1908 -

Rose Korber Art Artists available include William Kentridge, Deborah Bell, Sam Nhlengethwa, Claudette Schreuders, Robert Slingsby, Richard Smith and Willie Bester. Sea Point, T. 021 4330957,, www.

Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery

114 Kendal Rd, Eversdal, Durbanville, 7550 T. 021 975 1744 /

Ryno Swart Art Gallery Venice 2015, 12 days of painting in the city of dreams under the expert guidance of Ryno Swart, 19/10/2015 until 31/10/2015, Simon’s Town, T. 021 7863975,, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery and Clay Museum The Grand II, Group Exhibition by various artist. Each artwork will sell for R1000 (one grand). 05/05/2015 until 28/05/2015, Durbanville, T. 021 9764691,, www.

Michaelis Galleries Xenos, Jyoti Mistry, 28/04/2015 - 16/05/2015; 1515 Rhinos are Coming, An exhibition of print from Brazil, Poland, Portugal and South Africa. Co-produced by Fritha Langerman, 28/04/2015 - 16/05/2015, nkule. Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection 24 June – 18 July 2015 “The Middle of Nowhere” A solo exhibition by Kirsten Sims 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Expert advice | Extensive range of moulding profiles | Custom made hand-finished frames | Conservation framing with museum glass | Original art by local contemporary artists 9 Wolfe St, Wynberg Tel: 021 761 2816

Iziko SA National Gallery Seedtime, Omar Badsha, 24/04/2015 until 02/08/2015, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4674660, mediaofficer@, Johans Borman Fine Art Urban Frequencies, Georgia Lane, 09/05/2015 until 06/06/2015, Newlands, T. 021 6836863, art@johansborman.,

Mogalakwena Gallery “Conversations” Hylton Nel and Nico Masemula Mogalakwena Gallery 3 Church Street, Cape Town Between Adderley Street and St George’s Mall Thursday, 7 May until 31 July 2015

Provenance Rose Kober Art Exhibition, William Kentridge, Willie Bester, Sam Nhlengethwa, Deborah Bell, Pamela Stretton, Richard Smith, Robert Slingsby, Johann Louw, Kevin Atkinson, Louise Gelderblom, Laura du Toit. 07/05/2015, Gardens, T. 021 4618009, unati@provenanceart.,

South African Society of Artists SASA was founded to cater specifically to the practicing artist. We hold four exhibitions annually. All work at all four exhibitions is available for sale. Cape Town Central, T. 021 6718941, gchambers@, StateoftheART Gallery Life(Like) explores the oscillating relationship between the real world and virtual reality, focusing specifically on the social media platform of Instagram. Identical twins Alouette and Alvira Ferreira, 07/05/2015 - 23/05/2015, Cape Town CBD, T. 0218014710, jennifer@, Stevenson Statecraft, Mawande Ka Zenzile, 16/04/2015 - 30/05/2015, Woodstock, T. 021 462 1500,, Sulger-Buel Lovell ART15, Visit us at Art15 London where we will exhibiting a solo of South African artist Isabelle Grobler in our Booth (LF9) and the celebrated interactive sound installation HOMING by Jenna Burchell - an Art15 special project. 21/05/2015 until 23/05/2015, Woodstock, T. 021 4475918, info@lovellgallery., The AVA Gallery We are Cape Town’s oldest nonprofit, members based, public benefit organisation and art gallery, showcasing contemporary South African art in all media. 35 Church Str, Cape Town, 8001, T. 0214247436,, The Cape Gallery Along the Way, Leon de Bliquy, Hardy Botha, Norman Dunn, Patrick Holo, Simon Jones, Xolile Mtakatya, Joe Osser, Richard Pike, Alexander Podlashuc, Max Wolpe & Judy Woodborne, 26/04/2015 until 16/05/2015, Cape Town, T. 021 4235309, web@capegallery.,

Lutge Gallery We showcase South African antique furniture and architectural features as well as Allan Lutge’s tabl e designs that are constructed in reclaimed indigenous woods, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4248448 or 021 788 8931, lutgegallery@,

In-Fin-Art - Picture Framers & Art Gallery

The SA Print Gallery (Woodstock) will be exhibiting its exciting in-house fine artist – printmakers for May. We will be launching of our new SA Picture Library that includes SA Artists posters, Afrikaner, historic protest propaganda posters all illustrating our rich South African history.

Kalk Bay Sculpture Studio Fine Arts Foundry and Sculpture Studio, Jean Tiran, Pete Strydom, Chris Bladen and Gilbert Banda, Ongoing, Kalk Bay, T. 021 7888736,, Lesley Charnock Art Gallery A selection of work by Lesley Charnock and Helen van Stolk. Gallery open 7 days a week, Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Ave, Newlands, helenvstolk@gmail. com,

The SA Print Gallery (Woodstock)

The Framery Art Gallery This vibrant and friendly 20 year old gallery in metropolitan Sea point have a permanent exhibition. Expert picture framing done on our premises. Painting and mosaic by Marcelino Manhula, Ronald Muchatuta, Loyiso Mkize, Fikile Mqayi, Elizabeth Robertson, Elizabeth Wood, Tatyana Binovska, Stuart ValentineRambridge, Richard Pike, among others, Sea Point, T. 0214345022,, www. The Framing Place Conservation framing, framing of art, Block mounting & Block frames. Observatory, T. 0214473988,

Sanlam Art Gallery Permanent collection of South African art & a large exhibition space. Bellville, T. 021 9473359,, SMAC Art Gallery, CT Trek, Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, Akintunde Akinleye, Jems Robert Koko Bi, Willem Boshoff, Filipe Branquinho, Mohamed Camara, Julie Djikey, Masimba Hwati, Nomusa Makhuba, Sipho Mpongo, Shoshana Weinberger, Michael Tsegaye & Sandile Zulu, 09/05/2015 until 04/07/2015, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4225100,, South African Jewish Museum Interactive multi-media displays and engaging accounts of South African Jewish History. Cape Town Central, T. 021 4651546,,

THE d’VINE art ROOM at New Heritage Gallery

In the courtyard of historic HERITAGE SQUARE, these 2 boutique galleries feature art; photography; sculpture and mixed media. With owner-curated, new exhibitions on a monthly basis, and the participating artists on hand, the shows are interactive and edgy. Heritage Square (inner courtyard), 100 Shortmarket Str (cnr Bree), Cape Town (0027) 0711915034 com







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The Studio Kalk Bay A creative, dynamic and vibrant space in the heart of Kalk Bay, Cape Town, housing the studio of Donna McKellar, Kalk Bay,, UCT Irma Stern Museum The Thinking Eye, Photographs by Neville Dubow, 16/05/2015 until 27/06/ 2015, Rosebank, T. 021 685 5686,, What if the World Gallery A platform for a new generation of emerging South African contemporary artists. Viewing Hours: Tues - Fri 10.00 - 17.00, Sat 10.00 - 14.00 or by appointment, Woodstock Cape Town, T. 021 4472376,,

Bot River De Geheime Botrivier Botrivier Artists. New works by Anne Muir and Mtini. Exciting historical pieces and rare finds, Ongoing, Botrivier Hotel, Main Road. /

Great Brak River


Art@39Long This is a home-style gallery set in a beautiful garden. Artworks are carefully selected and varied. Work by mostly southern cape artist are permanently on display. An inspiring place to visit, Helen Pfeil, Fiona Rowett, Susqya Williams, Hennie Meyer, Clementina, Charmaine Haynes, Anika Grobler, De Steyl and more, Great Brak River, artat39long@gmail. com

Bay Gallery Celebrating the Lagoon Exhibition, Various West Coast artists, including Jannie Jordaan, Gerda Claassen, Marina Clunie, D’Leo, Joan Schrauwen, Patrick Mokhuane, Ronel Müller and Thea Darlow. Also, Annetté Dannhauser will be giving a painting demonstration from 10am to 2pm on 1st and 2nd May. Langebaan,,

Hermanus Abalone Gallery Between Conceptual and Spiritual (Main Gallery), Alta Botha, John Clarke, Elzaby Laubscher, Judith Mason, André Naudé, Jeannette Unite, Louis van Heerden and Kristin Hua Yang, 25/05/2015 until 16/06/2015; Solo exhibition: Kagiso Pat Mautloa (Annex Gallery), FynArts Festival, 06/06/2015 until 16/06/2015, Hermanus, T. 0283132935,, www.

Portal Gallery Selected contemporary artists, incl Carl Becker, JP Meyer, Estelle Marais, Diane McLean and Hermann Niebuhr. Gallery hrs flexible. De Rust, T. 0822976977,,

EBONY Franschhoek Literary Festival, New work by Kirubel Melke, Alexis Preller, William Kentridge, Cecil Skotnes, Ashleigh Olsen, Dylan Lewis, Sthenjwa Lulhuli, Arno Morland, Richard Smith, Justin Dingwall and Thando Hopa, Oliver Barnett, Thonton Kabeya, James Nilsen Misra and Barbara Burry. 15/05/2015 until 17/05/2015, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764477, gernot@, IS Art Ilse Schermers Art Gallery, Gallery hours: Weekdays 09h00 - 17h00 & Weekends 10h00 17h00, Franschhoek, T. 021 8762071, gallery@ La Motte Museum Offers a cultural-historical experience featuring the estate’s history and architecture, Franschhoek, T. 021 876 8850,, experience/museum/ The Gallery at Grande Provence We never dreamt of seas, Krisjan Rossouw, Cape Town based photographer explores the identity and silent triumph of his models. 25/04/2015 until 12/05/2015; Fluit, Fluit my storie is uit..... Franschhoek Literature Festival. An exhibition of sculptures by Marinda du Toit and Collages by Aidon Westcott with famous tales from all over the world as the central theme. 15/05/2015 - 31/05/2015, Franschhoek, T. 021 876 8630,, www. franschhoek-news-andevents/gallery-news.html The Shop at Grande Provence Fine tribal artefacts and new jewellery by Ilse Malan, Ongoing, Grande Provence Estate, T. 0218768630,,

George Crouse Art Gallery Various Artists, Christiaan Nice, Makiwa, Maria, Walter Meyer, Gerrit Roon, Anton Benzon, Ella, Este Mostert, Charmain Eastment, Diane Erasmus, Bea, Carla Bosch, Daily 08h00 - 18h00, George, T. 044 8870361, suzette., Wonki Ware Di Marshall pottery. SA Dinnerware and Table Accessories. George, T. 044 8841883,,

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


Plettenberg Bay The White House Venue & Theatre Exhibition venue, Plettenberg Bay, T. 044 5332010, caitlin@,


Art in the Yard Local Creators Exhibition, A group show of Franschhoek’s finest creators. Johannes du Plessis, Lindsay Patton and more, 02/05/2015 until 22/05/2015, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764280,, www.


Hout Street Gallery Specialising in paintings and fine art by more than thirty SA artists. Paarl, T. 021 8725030,, www.

De Rust

Atelier at 1 unie Private on going viewing of Contemporary fine Art and sculpture by Johannes du Plessis by appointment. Franschhoek, T.021 8764382,, www.

the ART SQUARE studio/gallery The Art Square offers a creative and social platform where the artist and public can meet. Solo exhibitions every last Thursday of the month. West Coast hospitalityeveryone welcome, Langebaan, arts2gether@gmail. com,

Prince Albert Benguela Cove Lagoon Estate ‘On Show’ Sheena Ridley exhibits her new works in a sculpture amble in the gardens, and paintings in the wine tasting room during the Hermanus Fynarts 5-16th June. R43, Botriver Lagoon between Botriver and Fisherhaven. Cell 083 5892881,,

Prince Albert Gallery Established in 2003, the gallery always has an eclectic mix of art on display. Prince Albert, T. 023 5411057, karoogallery@,

Rossouw Modern Art Gallery Gallery closed for winter. We would like to welcome you back in July. We are still available on e mail, Hermanus, T. 0283132222,, www. Walker Bay Art Gallery View the wide selection of paintings, sculptures & ceramics by established as well as up-and-coming SA artists. Hermanus, T. 028 312 2928, francois@walkerbayartgallery., Willie Botha Sculpture Gallery Permanent exhibition of sculptures by Willie Botha. Paintings of old masters as well as emerging artists, Hermanus, T. 028 3132304, decolite@mweb.,

Klein Karoo

The SA Print Gallery @ Prince Albert We are delighted to announce the launch of the new SA Print Gallery in Prince Albert. We will be stocking the best of SA Printmakers and artists. We are housed in The Prince Albert Art Gallery. For more see Email: Kevin at

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

Situated on a karoo farm, Sheena Ridley’s studio gallery permanently exhibits her oil paintings and sculptures. She holds five-day sculpture workshops and offers space for an artists retreat. On N9/ R62, 80km from George, Plett, Knysna and Oudtshoorn. Cell 083 5892881, sheena@,

Knysna Knysna Fine Art While Out Walking, An exhibition of recent ceramic work by Lisa Ringwood, 23/04/2015 until 07/05/2015; Jewellery by Ilse Malan, 23/04/2015 until 07/05/2015, Thesen House, T. 044 382 5107,,

Rupert Museum A selection of 20th Century South African Art, JH Pierneef’s Johannesburg Station Panels, Modern French Tapestries and International Sculptures. Irma Stern, Jean Welz, Cecil Higgs, Maggie Laubser, Anton van Wouw, Willie Bester, JH Pierneef, Lucas Sithole & many more, Stellenbosch, T. 021 888 3344, deh@, Sasol Art Museum Permanent collection of paintings, graphic works and sculptures, as well as anthropological collection. Regular temporary art exhibitions of national & international artists, Stellenbosch, T. 021 808 3690, Slee Gallery Available works by Johann Slee, Stellenbosch, T. 021 887 3385, gallery@slee., SMAC Art Gallery Back to the Future II: Abstract Art in South Africa Past and Present, Various artists, 25/04/2015 - 20/06/2015, Stellenbosch, T. 021 887 3607,, Stellenbosch Art Gallery You are welcome to our gallery in picturesque Stellenbosch where an extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass and ceramics by selected Western Cape artists are on offer to the discerning buyer. Stellenbosch, T. 021 8283489, mjg@,

The Kraal Gallery

Riebeek Kasteel - The Gallery Open daily 10am - 4pm. Large selection of contemporary art and ceramics. Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Riebeek Kasteel,,

Langkloof Gallery and Sculpture Garden

Oude Libertas Gallery The gallery is open to the public free of charge. New exhibitions every six weeks. Stellenbosch - c/o Adam Tas and Libertas roads, T. 021 8098412, oudelibertasgallery@,

Somerset West Dante’ Art & Decor New Nicole Pletts. Always in demand, come and check out her new pieces before they go!, Somerset West, T. 021 8518142,, www.danteartgallery. Liebrecht Gallery A custom built fine art gallery in the CBD of Somerset West. Somerset West, T. 021 8528030,, www.

Stellenbosch Art at Tokara Walking The Line, Collen Maswanganyi, Dan Rakgoathe, Jean de Wet, Lucas Bambo, Colijn Strydom, and embroidered tapestries by Fancy Stitch, 12/01/2015 until 31/05/2015, Stellenbosch, T. 011 788 0820,,

South Africa’s premier hand weaving artists. Hand weaving is our passion (est 1973 by the Daniel family). Commissions welcomed for silk and wool wall hangings, tapestries, rugs of all sizes locally and globally. Enquiries: 021 8562130/ 021 8833881. Proudly Hand-woven, Socially Responsible, Environmentally Aware

US Art Gallery Regular temporary art exhibitions of national and international artists, as well as permanent exhibitions of the visual art collections, anthropological and cultural historical objects, and the University history. Stellenbosch, T. 021 808 3489,, www.blogs.sun. D-Street Gallery The gallery’s fresh, intimate space showcases contemporary collector and investment art by established and emerging artists. Stellenbsoch, T. 021 8832337, info@,

Wilderness Beatrix Bosch Studio Beatrix Bosch artworks now on permanent display at the Wilderness Hotel, Garden Route, Wilderness, T. 044 8770585,, www.

Villiersdorp The Dale Elliott Art Gallery Feel free to visit the exquisite gallery based in the heart of the Overberg. Showcasing Dale & Mel’s latest works. Open 7 days a week & where they conduct their acclaimed painting courses from their studio complex. As well as: Elliott Art Gallery at The Knysna Log-Inn Boutique Hotel, Gray Str, Knysna. Villiersdorp, T. 0288402927, melelliott23@gmail. com,

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Kunst RAI | RAI Exhibition & Conference Centre 27 - 31 May 2015

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair | Pioneer Works in Red Hook 15 – 17 May 2015

Attempts to give international emphasis to the Amsterdam Art Fair failing, this important contemporary art event presents more than 60 carefully selected Dutch galleries. The emphasis is on new developments in art, with hundreds of (mostly young) artists participating.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, a leading transnational platform dedicated to promoting African and Africa related art practices and projects, will make its New York debut. Expect an expert selection of participating galleries, ambitious lectures and panel discussions with some of the art world’s key thinkers.

BERLIN Impressionism – Expressionism. Turning Point in Art | Old National Gallery 22 May – 20 September 2015 The exhibition is the first show that will explicitly compare the two styles. Despite their contrary approaches, impressionism and expressionism also have a great deal in common. The artists of both movements shared an anti-bourgeois and anti-academic attitude, and they also both had a predilection for outdoor painting and implementing experiences of color and light.

PARIS Velázquez | Grand Palais 25 March - 13 July 2015 Velázquez is regarded as the artist of Spain’s glittering golden age. Exhibited alongside his peers – those he influenced, and those who influenced him – the Grand Palais showcases some of his most celebrated works and reminds us why Velázquez claims so many pages in the history of art.

HONG KONG Affordable Art Fair | Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre 22 - 24 May 2015 Taking place in 14 cities around the world each year, the Affordable Art Fair will be hosting it’s third edition in Hong Kong. After a record attendance of 29,000 visitors in 2014, the 2015 fair will feature over 130 local and international galleries.

VENICE 56th International Venice Biennale - All the World’s Futures | Various Locations 9 May – 22 November 2015 President of the Venice Biennale, Paolo Baratta: “The Biennale is an Art Exhibition and not an art fair, and as such requires more than an unbiased up-dating of a roster of artists, young or not so young, famous or otherwise. Art and today’s reality present us with far more complex tasks.”

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Nushin Elahi’s London Letter read more at Two major London institutions are currently paying homage to fashion’s enfant terrible, Alexander McQueen. The V&A presents Savage Beauty, a gloriously opulent ode to the designer’s creative genius which is unsurprisingly set to be the most visited show in London this year (until 2 August). Tate Britain also presents the collaboration between designer and photographer Nick Waplington in Working Process (until 17 May). This isn’t simply about fashion; this is about a man who set out to be a trailblazer of the 21st century. Despite his early death, it looks as if he achieved his ideal, declaring in 2010: “I am going to take you on journeys you never knew possible.” You don’t need to have the slightest interest in all the hoo-ha London Fashion Week elicits to be able to admire a true creative genius in full flow here. Fashion, art and drama all join into an unbelievable explosion. What is incredible from an art perspective is not how this son of an East End London cabbie used his tailoring skills to define an off-beat cut of a jacket but how he brought references both from history and from other world cultures to bear on all his work. The central Cabinet of Curiosities at the V&A show could be plucked from the heart of the British Museum, with its Faberge egg handbag, its Chinese wedding head-dress, its chain-mail yashmak. Elsewhere one finds tribal art, the natural world, Japanese kimonos and space odyssey fantasies. This artist could work with any material and he surrounded himself with craftsmen of equally imaginative innovation. McQueen wanted to define an era, and he most certainly did. The Tate presents a behind-the-scenes take on how this man worked, a marvellous addition to documenting the creative process involved. It is indeed fortunate that McQueen agreed to become involved with photographer Waplington, given how little time he had left, but without a doubt, if you only see one show, make it the V&A’s. You may never have heard of Paul Durand-Ruel, but without his input, you may also never have experienced the thrill of delight at viewing the Impressionists. The National Gallery’s exhibition Inventing Impressionism (until 31 May) traces the story of this French art dealer from his early beginnings as a dealer of the Barbizon school through the long and turbulent road he travelled to make the Impressionists the most loved group of any art museum’s collection. It wasn’t always the case. One art critic expressed the

desire that Monet “would cure himself of the disease of Impressionism” while the mottled skin tones of Renoir’s nude bathed in dappled sunlight were vilified in the press at the time of the Impressionist’s second exhibition in 1876. Without the support, both emotional and financial, of Durand-Ruel, they would not have survived. This exhibition opens with portraits of the Durand-Ruel family, all painted by Renoir, and after a brief view of the Barbizon artists as precursors to the Impressionists, it takes one on a tour of the most sublime works by Impressionists. Five of Monet’s poplar series, touted at the time of his first solo show by the dealer as a once in a lifetime happening, are collected from around the world. Much of what is on show here was once owned by the dealer himself. Half the delight of this show is seeing new works, many from private collections: Monet’s cliff-scenes or galettes that look more like Van Gogh’s with their swirling brush strokes; the other is the recognition of the known: Renoir’s country and city dances, for example, that hung in the dealer’s own home. Introducing the public to a behind-thescenes view of the modern art world is a clever new take on a deservedly popular period in art, and the National Gallery deserves to draw the crowds.

Header: Recreating the great Impressionist Grafton show, 1905, at the National Gallery. Top left: Alexander McQueen’s “Cabinet of Curiosities” at the V&A. Top right: Installation view of Alexander McQueen’s exhibition. 2nd row left: Installation view of Alexander McQueen’s exhibition. 2nd row right: Renoir’s “Country Dance” and “City Dance” hung in the dealer’s own apartment. 3rd row: Installation view of Monet’s Poplars at the National Gallery. Bottom left: Richard Diebenkorn, “Berkeley #57”, 1955, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Bottom right: Installation view of Diebenkorn’s “Ocean Park” series. All photos: Nushin Elahi (except Bottom left)

Richard Diebenkorn was so successful an American artist that museums like MoMA in New York bought his paintings sight unseen. That is perhaps why he is an unknown in Europe, because not much of his work travelled that far, but was snapped up by dealers at home. The Royal Academy presents a delightful show of just enough of this great post-war American’s work to make one fall in love with his glorious textured colour (until 7 June). Diebenkorn started out as an Abstract Expressionist in the Fifties, and despite the shock from his public, veered into figurative work before returning to abstraction for the last years of his life with the pastel shades of the huge Ocean Park series, which features strongly here. Throughout his life his work reflected his surroundings in its colour palette, and one follows the areas in which he painted from the tones of the cold blues of Urbana to the mottled shades of Albuquerque to the vivid light of Berkeley. In his early work it is easy to read the patchwork of fields into the abstract planes of colour, so the figurative elements don’t come as such a surprise. This is an artist that deserves to be better known here, if only for his radical use of colour.



Turbine Art Fair 2015: A New Art Generation

The Turbine Art Fair (TAF15) returns to Newtown’s Turbine Hall for a third year this July. From 16th - 19th July 2015, the event will promote emerging and established artists through various art associations, galleries and programmes. TAF15 aims to improve the public’s accessibility to art, and in so doing, establish a new audience and a new collector base for South Africa’s contemporary art. we spoke to the Managing Director of The Forum Company, Glynis Hyslop, to find out more. AT: Now in its third year, Turbine Art Fair is establishing itself as a fair to be reckoned with. What makes it stand out among other SA art fairs? GH: Visitors to TAF15 can expect to see over 40 galleries and exhibits showcasing the best contemporary and emerging African talent. Exhibitors whether galleries, collectives or dealers have been invited to exhibit contemporary artwork priced below R40 000. TAF is the perfect platform for new aspiring collectors to find art that is accessible but still of an investable quality. AT: How does Turbine Art Fair plan to bring a new audience to South Africa’s contemporary art? GH: Turbine Art fair is not just an art fair but a lifestyle event. A fabulous showcase of the talent we have in South Africa and a great way to start collecting art in a unique and un-daunting way bringing the best galleries and artists under one roof. Guests can enjoy great food, live music and meet new and interesting people. TAF also caters for children with the STAEDTLER kids café and art walkabouts. TAF also promotes collecting art through its interactive talks programme; the why, how and what of collecting art. All in a great day out in Jozi. AT: Exhibition applications were selected in accordance to TAF’s core values, Can you

elaborate on this? GH: The Turbine Art Fair understands as its core task the need to promote new talent and to provide opportunities to meet new audiences and create new professional links. Other values include: innovation and quality. The organisers consider the suitability of the proposed work both individually as well as how the exhibitor may bring the work together to create a cohesive, curated exhibition. AT: This year’s fair promises the best in contemporary and emerging African art. Without spoiling any surprises, what can visitors expect to find? GH: This year, TAF has commissioned an architect who has worked on international fairs to design the flow and layout to enhance our visitor’s experience. Whilst still accessible, the fair is curated and aims to play at international art fair standards. Some of the best contemporary South African art galleries will be exhibiting at the fair offering something for everyone. AT: Projects include a show of emerging painters (graduate show), a separate emerging artist programme supported by Rand Merchant Bank, and the TAF and SYLT Emerging Artist Residency Award. Tell us about your strategy to promote young artists. GH: Young artists don’t always have access to mentorship and training or gallery representation. The aim of the TAF special projects is twofold, to promote artist’s work and to create an audience for them. Younger artists starting out often sell their work at a lower price point which makes them a perfect fit for TAF. Individual artists that are not part of a gallery or collective are encouraged to participate and to leverage this new voice.

Left: Glynis Hyslop Middle Top: Audrey Anderson’s artworks. All: 2014, Ink on Wood, 110 x 80 cm Middle Below: Bronwen Salton, “Need(le)Work”, 2012, crochet in plastic - Part of the “Fresh Produce” curated exhibition, 2014 Above lower: Bev Butkow, “Perceive me diversely” - at the Assemblae Stand, 2014 All images courtesy: Turbine Art Fair



Stephan Welz & Co., Cape Town Pinker’s Take on an Old Master to be Auctioned: One of Stanley Pinker’s favourite works, an oil he painted after the famous Pastoral Concert/“Fête Champêtre” attributed to Renaissance painter Giorgione, will be auctioned at the Stephan Welz & Co. Decorative and Fine Arts Sale in Cape Town on Tuesday 26 May and Wednesday 27 May. “The painting is a close copy of the early 16th century work, although executed in a totally different style, with a few Pinker additions, like a bowler hat,” according to Gary Shean, Head of the Paintings Department at Stephan Welz & Co. in Cape Town. The pre-auction estimate is R600 000 – R800 000. Pinker’s “Fête Champêtre” is one of a number of artworks from the Basil and Sue Robinson collection, who were past owners of Ashbeys Galleries and auction house and well-known art collectors in Cape Town. Here are the artist’s comments on this work, as extracted from Michael Stevenson’s book, “Stanley Pinker: Once Upon a Time There Was”: This is a personal and idiosyncratic re-interpretation of a favourite painting by Giorgione: Pastoral concert (Fête champêtre), painted in 1508 – 1509, which is in the Musée du Louvre, Paris. At the time I was preoccupied

with Cezanne’s use of colour and my rather shaky but enthusiastic version of his theory is to be seen throughout this painting, The imagery has been updated: The centrally placed courtier with a lute has been replaced by a man in a bowler hat (I was living in Britain at the time). At his feet is a guitar. One nude plays a flute, another pours the wine – an idyllic and sensual scene. The ‘peasant’ in the straw hat incongruously holds a violin and bow. Pinker was born in Namibia in 1924, studied in Cape Town under Maurice van Essche, and later with Alistair Grant at the Hammersmith School of Art in London. Pinker left for Europe in 1951 and resettled in Cape Town in 1964, where he lived until his death. Shean comments: “Pinker’s early teacher Maurice van Essche had links to Henri Matisse that connect Pinker directly to European modernism, which can clearly be seen in his version of ‘Fête Champêtre’.”

Calling All Clarke Collectors: Following on the great success of Stephan Welz & Co.’s February auction, when three paintings by Peter Clarke, the Cape Town artist whose works have been escalating in value, sold for over R1,3 million collectively in an intense bidding war, the auction

Stanley Pinker, Fête Champêtre Estimated: R600 000 - R800 000

Peter Clarke, Game on the Beach Estimated: R600 000 - R800 000

house will be offering four more Clarke paintings in May. “‘Game on the Beach’ bears the characteristics of an iconic Clarke work,” says Shean. “The composition is delicately presented through luminous and balanced colours and typical bold lines with a red starfish and Clarke’s recurring ‘driftwood’ in the foreground.” Signed and dated in 1972, “Game on the Beach” is valued at R600 000 – R800 000. Also on offer is “Evening Still life with Rhino Head”, a large gouache painting signed and dated 1975 which is valued at R140 000 – R180 000. Says Shean: “As a renowned colourist, Clarke captures the darkness of the evening sky and contrasts it against the lighter foreground where a wooden table is set, whereupon lies the head of a rhino with one eye glaring at the viewer.” “Washerwoman” is a quality pastel work completed by Clarke and dated 20.12.1947. Valued at R80 000 – R120 000, “it has the subject matter, colour and lines that are all highly sought-after characteristics within a Peter Clarke work,” said Shean. Considered one of South Africa’s most important artists, Clarke was born and bred in Simonstown. His family was forcibly relocated to Ocean View, the community adjacent to Kommetjie, which was established in 1968 through the Group Areas Act. In spite of his great international reputation, Clarke lived modestly in Ocean View until his death in 2014. The auction will take place in The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Alphen Drive, Constantia on Tuesday 26 May and Wednesday 27 May 2015. Pre-auction viewing is from Wednesday 20 May to Sunday 24 May, 10am - 5pm. Catalogues will be available from Cape Town and Johannesburg offices and Bid online: Can’t attend the auction? Bid online via, a leading portal for live art and antiques auctions where one can search catalogues and place bids over the internet in real-time, with live audio and video from the auction room. For more information, contact 021-794-6461 or e-mail

Provenance Auction House, Cape Town Rose Korber, Provenance and the Synergy “And the show goes on”. That’s the word direct from Rose Korber. “As I said in the last interview, ‘you won’t have seen the last of me yet’”. There is much more to come, new artists to introduce, established artists to keep representing and lots of exhibitions and salons to curate. I am alive and well, feisty as ever and eager to keep contributing to the South African art Establishment”. And what better way than to partner up with a group of young, dynamic and enthusiastic go-getters, such as the team from Provenance Auction House and their associated gallery. Rose will act as senior curator as well as art investment consultant, bringing that extra dimension and flair, as Rose is so very well known for, both locally and abroad.

Provenance Auction House and The Art De Sade Gallery are delighted to welcome Rose Korber into their ever-growing family. The timing could not have been more perfect, as the gallery component sets up for “open doors of unique exhibitions and events”. With a long relationship over the years, it is with much pride that we embrace Rose’s expertise as well as warm disposition”. The synergy of experience and exuberance will make this gallery a new destination for investment, appreciation and Avant-garde events. The gallery will be a window for established and new artists in many genres, from fine art through to jewellery. A dedicated lecture theatre will add to the project’s significance. Provenance presents the first of many collaborations with Rose Korber, on May 7th at 6pm. This salon-style exhibition will be a cross section of what Rose has become renowned for, with significant works from contemporary artists, such as William Kentridge, Deborah Bell, Robert Slingsby, Sam Nhelengthwa and others. Come be a part of Cape Town’s newest art destination. Left: Rose Korber. Photo: Lyn Holm Right: Marlene Dumas (b.1953), “Ecco Pier Paolo Pasolini”, Set of three hand-coloured lithographs, 1988, 1225 x 815mm (each), Edition of 40.


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Strauss & Co, Johannesburg – Highlights Strauss and Co. will be hosting an auction of important South African and international art in Johannesburg on the 1st of June 2015. The sale will take place at The Wanderers Club, 21 North Street, Illovo, Johannesburg. A day sale will begin at 16:00 and the important South African and international art will be auctioned from 18:00. Members of the public will be able to preview all lots on auction from the 29th to the 31st of May (10:00 – 15:00). For more information, or to view the online catalogue of this sale, visit: Vladimir Tretchikoff, “Portrait of a Zulu Maiden” Estimated at R1 800 000 – 2 400 000

Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, “Farmlands, Free State” Estimated at R500 000 – 800 000

William Joseph Kentridge, “Figure in an Extensive Landscape” Estimated at R2 000 000 – 3 000 000

Robert Hodgins, “A Cosy Covern in Suburbia” Estimated at R600 000 – 900 000

Walter Battiss, “Untitled” Estimated at R400 000 – 600 000

Athi-Patra Ruga Dancing Figure” hand-woven tapestry, 122 by 88cm Estimated at R50 000 – 80 000

auction has finished an email is sent to the buyers and sellers stating what has been bought and sold so the buyer and seller can contact one another to organise payment and shipping. AT: What role do you think online trading and auctioneering will play in the nearer future? PM: We can look back at 10 years of online auctioneering and we can see an increase in stock and value of the material that has been sold online. The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) commissions each year an Art Market Report. The 2014 report states that the international arts trade has seen significant growth in its online sector in the past 5 years. Online auctions worldwide have been highly effective in attracting new, globally diverse buyers. It is estimated that online sales in the art market could grow at a rate of at least 25% per annum. As a result you find a lot of Internet startups now trying to build a business online but it takes time to build trust and a relationship with the client. We are not an anonymous platform like some generic auction platforms. We can now offer an expertise in terms of stock but also in running online auctions for over 10 years. We are constantly in touch with our clients, we give advice and we assist with the bidding process which can be daunting when doing for the first time. Customer Support is very important even though we run an online business. AT: Why would someone want to buy art or rare books online and how do you ensure the quality? PM: Looking at our own statistics, in the last 5 years we sold to bidders from 36 countries. Our site has evolved from a largely South African clientele to an average of 65% international registered bidders in 2014. Buying at auction online allows you to bid from anywhere in the world. You can bid from the convenience of your own home or office and don’t need to attend an actual auction. But as the auctioneer we must ensure that all lots are vetted and catalogued correctly. Over the years we have built valuable relationships with our clients and our sellers who trust us and our expertise. I must emphasize that all our sellers are vetted by our experienced team and all lots must be catalogued and described accurately. All sellers must ensure to send condition reports and photographs if it is required by a prospective buyer before the auction. We aim to always maintain a high standard of content on the site with the support of a network of experts in the trade. AT: Finally, could you give us some examples of some interesting sales in the past and maybe an outlook to the next auctions? PM: Being based and operating from South Africa we always offer very interesting Africana material but with our growing number of international bookdealers uploading material we sell stock of international interest in the fields of Travel, Botanical art, Prints, maps or photography. We have just started to sell important contemporary South African prints and also sell a variety of art and art reference books. The paintings of Irma Stern are currently fetching high prices but so are her books. We recently sold fine presentation copy of Congo, published in an edition of 300 copies, for R250,000. Works of art reference are in demand, for example, Dalene Marais’ Maggie Laubser, Her Paintings, Drawings and Graphics is being offered in our current auction and is likely to fetch over R30,000. Our sellers, the booksellers, from other countries offer a wide variety of books such Thomas Gage’s The English America, His Travail by Sea and Land…, published in 1648 which is being offered with an estimate of R40,000. This is being by a dealer in St Paul, Minnesota. Upcoming auction dates are: 28 May - 4 June 2015 9 - 16 July 2015 20 - 27 August 2015 To bid, go to: is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography. Dealers and collectors worldwide have been selling and bidding on the site since 2010. Only established booksellers who are members of major national trade associations or are of good standing in the trade are permitted to sell on the site. Auctions are held every five weeks and run on the model of a timed auction for one week. All pricing is done in US$. No buyer’s premium is charged. A selection of antiaquarian books


On the Couch with Paul Mills of Paul Mills has been an antiquarian bookseller for over 30 years. He owns Clarke’s Africana & Rare Books as well as online auction platform, He initially developed the online auction platform out of the realisation that online trading would become both an important channel for the international rare book trade and a very convenient way for collectors to buy. From the mid-1990’s it became evident to him that the internet would fundamentally change the antiquarian book trade. His response was to start an online rare book auction site in 2004. Over the past eleven years, he has run 110 successful auctions attracting buyers from all over the world and was among the first to adopt the new technology for the auction trade. We spoke to him about his business: AT: You are an antiquarian bookseller and auctioneer. What does “antiquarian” actually mean? PM: Strictly speaking “antiquarian” refers to anything pertaining to the study of antiquities or ancient artefacts but also to someone who studies and collects such objects. In the world of old books it has become the generic term for those who collect or deal in rare books as well related paper material such as maps, letters, documents, ephemera and vintage photographs. As a specialist auction platform for such material we provide a service and expertise to collectors, dealers and librarians world-wide. AT: Who sells on your auction site and how does the site work? PM: Bookdealers from around the world are invited to sell rare books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography on Auctions run every 5 weeks. They start on a Thursday evening at 16.30 GMT and end the following Thursday at the same time. This allows buyers time to view, bid or to contact sellers for additional information, condition reports and photographs if required. During the 5 weeks between auctions, bookdealers who have been vetted by our team, upload material they wish to sell on the upcoming auction. A preview of the auction with full details of each lot will appear on the site two weeks before the auction begins. Lots may be uploaded by sellers up until the auction starts. Once the Paul Mills



SA Fine Art Auction Market Sentiment Strong By Michael Coulson

After the first 3 auctions of the year, 1 by each of the major houses, the best verdict on the state of the SA art market is that while it isn’t exactly surging ahead, it’s at least holding steady. Even that is better than might have been expected after the first sale of the year, a distinctly rocky result from Stephan Welz & Co. in Cape Town. By far the best return was from Strauss & Co.’s Cape sale, which was bookended by Stephan Welz & Co. in the same city and Bonhams in London. Significantly, though, while both local houses did better in their sales, an apparently more selective approach by Bonhams, in what is traditionally the lesser of its 2 annual sales, brought the total turnover of the three houses’ pipe-openers down by about R15.6m, compared to last year. Strauss & Co.’s Cape Town sale grossed R50.8m, but not all of this was from SA art. In fact the top price was R3.41m, for a sculpture by the Belgian artist Berlinde de Bruyckere. The SA art did extremely well, though, both sessions fetching more than the total low estimates. The tone was set in the late afternoon session of minor works. Of 143 lots (including some early Africana), 104 sold (or 72.1%), for R4.16m (low estimate R4.09m – remember, estimates are hammer price only, reported sales hammer plus). Then, in the evening, 76 of 101 lots sold (75.2%), for R31.9m (141.6% of the estimated R22.5m). The total was thus 180 of 244 sold (73.7%) for R36.2m (135.8% of the low estimate of R26.6m). Significantly, 11 of the 12 top estimates (low of R500 000 and upwards) sold, some for well above the top estimate. Last year’s comparable sale took R29.8m. The stars of the auction were the cover lots, a portrait by Wolf Kibel, bid up to R2.96m (estimated at R1.5m - R2m), and Tretchikoff’s “Zulu Maiden”, at R3.18m (estimated at R1.9m - R2.2m; the frontispiece to Session 4). There were five other 7-digit lots, the biggest premium to estimate being Robert Hodgins’ “J’Accuse”, at R2.5m (estimated at R700 000 - R1m; the inside back cover). A

Pierneef landscape went for R2.05m (estimated R600 000 - R900 000), another for R1.82m (estimated at R1.2m - R1.6m; inside front cover), Alexis Preller’s “Mapogga Wedding” for R1.48m (estimated at R800 000 - R1.2m; contents page) and a William Kentridge “Head” (back cover) for the same price and estimate. Of the most represented artists, 12 of 13 Walter Battisses sold, 7 of 11 Gregoire Boonzaaiers, all 9 Irma Sterns, 5 of 8 Kentridges, 6 of 7 Hodgins, 5 of 7 each of Terence McCaw and Hugo Naude, and 4 of 7 Peter Clarkes. The other featured lot, Samuel Daniell’s “Newlands House”, sold for R125 000 (estimated at R140 000 - R180 000; frontispiece for Session 3). Stephan Welz & Co. had previously done fairly well with the rest of its first art sale of the year. The top-estimate, Irma Stern (the front cover), failed to sell, which inevitably pulled proceeds down, as it contributed 53% of the total low estimate. However, the first 2 sessions of minor work actually matched or topped their low estimates. The morning session offered 103 lots, with a low estimate of about R475 000, of which 59 (57.3%) were sold for about R643 000. In the afternoon, 101 lots with a low estimate of R627 000 were put up; 77 (76.2%) sold, for R625 000. The evening session would be the real test. A Stern nude was estimated at an ambitious R10m - R15m. The total session estimate, for 112 lots, was low at about R17.8m. Of these, 75 (67.0%) sold, a respectable if not overwhelming result, but the Stern failure meant the gross was only about R8.8m, fractionally under half the total estimate. 7 of the top 10 estimates sold, some well above estimate. Leading the way was R1.7m for a Pierneef landscape (est R1.1m - R1.6m, the inside front cover), and another Stern, “Melon Seller”, also hit seven digits, at R1.14m (estimated at R1m - R1.3m). Work by the late Peter Clarke was in demand, a landscape going for R739 000 (estimated at R300 000 R500 000) and a portrait for R477 000 (estimated at R280 000 - R380 000). A Hugo Naude landscape went for a below-

estimate R480 000 (estimated at R600 000 R900 000; the frontispiece for Session 3). A Maggie Laubser still life went for R318 000 (estimated at R350 000 - R500 000) and another Pierneef for R296 000 (estimated at R200 000 - R250 000). Thus, in total, the sale included 316 lots of SA art, with a low estimate of about R18.9m, of which 211 (66.8%) sold for about R10.1m (53.3% of the low estimate). Comparatively, last year’s equivalent take was only R6,8m. Of artists most represented, all 7 Clarkes sold, 5 of 6 Gail Catlins, only 2 of 6 Battisses, 2 of 5 W.H. Coetzers, and none of 5 Cecily Sashes. Bonhams was the odd man out, in a way. Not only was the sale much smaller than in recent years, at least in part as a deliberate endeavour only to handle major work. It was also only the second sale in 5 years with no sterling 7-digit item. In all, 47 of 71 lots sold (66.2%) for £1.33m (estimated at £1.63m - £2.50m). At the ruling rate on the day of R18.21, that’s equivalent to R24.2m, less than half of last year’s R49.5m. And quite a few lots were carried over from previous sales. Bonhams takes solace in that the £338 500 it got for Stern’s “Fisherman, Madeira” at an equivalent R6.16m (estimated at £300 000 £500 000; the back cover), is the most expensive piece of SA art sold so far this year. Other notable prices were £146 500 for a Pierneef (estimated at £120 000 - £180 000; front cover) and 2 on £134 500: another Pierneef (estimated at £30 000 - £50 000) and Stern’s “Woman with Blue Scarf” (estimated at £120 000 - £180 000). 8 of 11 Pierneefs sold, 4 of 6 Lucas Sitholes and 4 of 5 Sterns. In total, therefore, the 3 sales grossed R70.5m, down from last year’s R86.1m. But because of the Bonhams anomaly, not much should be read into this decline. In percentage sales, all did reasonably well, and Bonhams promises a more impressive selection at its September sale. More immediately, the focus moves to Joburg and the local houses’ opening sales there. 7


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Stanley Pinker (South African 1924 - 2012) Fête champêtre (detail) signed oil on board 95 by 120cm Est: R 800 000 - R 1 000 000


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Michael Coulson’s SA Art Auction Quarterly Review 1 Alexander Calder’s “Spiral” will be auctioned by Strauss & Co. in Johannesburg, 1 June 2015. Estimated at R1 200 000 – 1 600 000

South African Art Times May 2015  

South Africa's leading Art News Magazine

South African Art Times May 2015  

South Africa's leading Art News Magazine