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Hylton Nel - on Small Towns, Chinese Poetry and Ceramics AT: You specifically refer to yourself as ‘artist/ potter’. What is it about the title that you particularly enjoy? HN: For me it’s just an accurate description. The word ‘ceramicist’ came out when ceramics was trying to get a sort of status. I was lecturing at Port Elizabeth at that time and I used the word ‘ceramist’, because that was the only word in my Oxford dictionary described what I do. The word actually means an expert in glazes and the technology of ceramics and is used to describe someone working in a factory. So I referred to myself as a ‘ceramist’. A superior person in the art school felt they needed to correct it to the word to ‘ce-ram-a-cist’. I was quite offended and thought it rude. I think they should have looked the word up in the dictionary before trying to change my mind. Artist/potter, Hylton Nel enjoys a following of high profile collectors that include the likes of art dealer, Michael Stevenson. Art writer, Sue Williamson once said “that his approach to ceramics has earned him his place as probably the most important artist working in ceramics in this country”. Despite his accolades, this traveller and global thinker prefers making his home in small towns. A sense of playfulness coupled with unusual colour combinations makes Nel’s approach to ceramics quite unique. His bowls, vases and sculptures are whimsically decorated with lyrical lines and poignant extracts from the daily news, history, literature and conversation. Whether humorous, contemplative or melancholic, each work represents a tiny piece of the artist’s life experience; his quirky perspective on the world in which he lives.

AT: What originally drew you to working with clay? HN: A very nice art teacher who taught at the school I went to in Kimberley used to go to evening classes and she organised for me to go as well. That was the best experience, learning how to harden the clay with heat, putting a glaze on. It was very, very primitive but it opened the door. When I was in Belgium, I enrolled for painting classes but I found that the paint was expensive and the grey skies that we were asked to paint were difficult. So then I enrolled in a ceramics class. Now at that school there were three ceramic classes. Two were creative and the third was what they call industrial. But I chose a creative one because I thought that the man in charge would be least likely to bother you. He just left you and if you wanted, you could speak to him. AT: You seem to draw inspiration from such a vast range of sources and experiences. Can you

elaborate on what you are currently enjoying being inspired by? HN: Well, at the bottom of it all, is China. That’s the most profound. But there’s also European ceramic. I’ve been reading translations of Chinese poetry from the Ming to Ching periods. Ching is the last dynasty before the politics began to swing towards communism, so that’s the mid 16th to 17th century. I like to paint translations of Chinese poems onto plates. This is what I have been doing most recently. AT: Your plates, vases and bowls are usually more than either functional or decorative, they seem to comment on society’s perceptions or reveal your own opinions. How much do you think about the user/viewer’s response to your art when you are in the process of make it? HN: There are plates for display and then plates for use. In terms of Chinese ceramics, it’s a very real consideration. They describe things as such: for display, or for use. Mostly I like my work to be friendly for use. Sometimes they are a bit much and a bit difficult to eat off of. These would really be for display. I do consider it because most of the things that I use are the things that I’ve made myself. But I’m surrounded by things for other places and other times. AT: Talking about the usage of your artworks, how do your sculptures function in that regard? HN: Firstly, I find it interesting how people try to like to elevate ceramics by calling them sculptures. What I refer to as an ornament, people sometimes refer to as sculpture. AT: I think people do that because you have such a painterly style. Your work is so much more than just decorative. You really put a lot of yourself into SA ART TIMES | OCTOBER 2014

the words and imagery that you use. HN: That’s true. I think I have attention deficit disorder. If I was doing an oil painting, it would be difficult for me to know when I should stop. Using the medium of clay, glaze and firing, the technique tells me, to some extent when a piece is finished and I can evaluate when it says what I want it to say. AT: In terms of saying what you want something to say. I know you’ve done some plates about Gaza where you’ve painted over previously ‘completed’ work. How do your works come into their own? HN: The Gaza plates were made at certain time. And I did what I had to do. By the time I finished off the other plates in the set, there was another invasion of Gaza all over again. You know these things just happen over and over again, like the holocaust. Now the Jews are killing the Palestinians. It’s not something to be forgotten, or to be used as an excuse for all kinds of bad behaviour. In terms how things generally happen, quite often I only really get an impression of how the colours will look after they’re been fired. I also then see where the work needs dollying-up before the third firing. I like things to look jolly as opposed to sombre – so sometimes I have to make adjustments as I go along, sometimes there doesn’t need to be too much colour for there to be the right atmosphere. What I find the most appetising colours, the ones I like to eat off of are a yellow base with red and green. That’s what I enjoy eating off of at the moment. AT: Your more recent pieces are all marked with the specific day of their creation. Do you feel that your work serve as a kind of diary of your life’s journey? HN: Yes. It’s very useful if it’s got a date on because no matter what the thing has got on it, even if it’s just a pattern or colour, I can relate it to a certain time in my life - when this and that was happening. Each day is unique. AT: Do you easily sell your work, or would you rather keep it for yourself? HN: I really like ceramic work and I often see work that I find a place for in my life. I always keep one of two things for myself, not taking it all to market. And then sometimes I visit people and see what they have and think, “Ooh that’s quite nice”. When I keep my work, it protects me from the feeling emptied out and bereft. AT: Was there a specific time or moment when you began to notice your own unique style emerging? HN: Not really. There have always been things I’ve admired and wanted to emulate. That’s still the case. Things that inspire me are things that come from some or other tradition but have anonymous makers.

There’s no particular personality that comes between me and these objects. I don’t try to copy them but get the feel of them. I have a lot of English and Chinese ceramics, mainly of the rougher kind - the ‘common’ things – things for a scholar’s study, for the women’s quarters, things for imperial use. The look of these sorts of things are what I pay attention to. AT: What is it that draws artists away from cities to small towns? Can you elaborate from your own perspective? HN: I grew up on a farm, when not at boarding school. It was to some extent an isolated existence. There used to be a tradition of potters always hanging out together, bringing their own cushions, snacks and wine; having workshops and sharing recipes and all that sort of thing. I find that very tedious. I think people should just get on with making things by themselves. I don’t like all of that. That being said, I have people that work with me in the studio here. We feed off of each other energy-wise in a sense. I’m teaching or mentoring them, in a sense. They make some very nice things to sell in order to buy food. Hylton Nel lives in the Karoo town of Calitzdorp. If you find yourself in the area, he will gladly show you his work and studio. Alternatively, you can find his work online at

OPPOSITE PAGE: From Hylton Nel’s studio. Photo: Mario Todeschini Hylton Nel in his garden. Photo: Mario Todeschini

THIS PAGE top to bottom: “Reclining Mermaid in Black Dress”, Dated: 22.11.10, Glazed ceramics, 44cm high “Transitional Cats (Pair)”, Dated: 20.06.08, Glazed ceramics, each 40 x 15cm “Boys arms entwine” 2008, Glazed clay, 22cm diameter “Three unforgettable weeks in Gaza plate” 19.1.2009 - 2014, Glazed ceramics, 5 x 26cm “Spiral of Words 1”, Dated: 6.2.2014 Glazed ceramics, 9 x 26.5cm



Ardmore’s Bonnie Ntshalintshali Elijah and the Ravens (1989)

After obtaining her BA in Fine Art and lecturing at Natal Technikon, Fée Halsted moved to Ardmore farm in Winterton, KZN and established a small business called Ardmore Ceramic Art. As one point, Halsted asked her housekeeper if she knew of anyone who would like to learn the art of ceramics. She suggested her daughter, Bonnie. Bonnie Ntshalintshali was born on the farm and studied at a nearby mission school. As a child, she suffered from polio which made her unable to perform farm labour when she reached working age. At 18 years of age, she became Halsted’s studio assistant and apprentice. The pair quickly developed a synergy and while learning basic ceramic techniques, Ntshalintshali’s natural ability in both sculpture and painting became evident. Halsted encouraged her to pursue her own work: Biblical narratives with added elements from her Zulu culture; painted in vivid colour and exquisite detail.

Only three years later, Ntshalintshali won the Corobrik National Ceramic Award (1988), and in 1990 she and Halsted were jointly awarded the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award - the first partnership to be honoured in this way. Added exposure to Ntshalintshali’s work meant that it was selected for the Aperto Venice Biennale in 1991. Given the cultural and political isolation that South Africa was under, it was rare that South African works were accepted abroad. On top of this, Halsted remembers her friend being one of the first Black, South African artists whose work was invited to the Biennale and her work was perhaps the first ceramic sculpture to be exhibited there. After Ntshalintshali’s tragic AIDS-related death in 1999, Halsted built a museum in her memory at the Springvale Farm in the KZN Midlands. A group of missionaries thought it appropriate to publish the poem/prayer, “We are Hungry” beside a photograph of Ntshalintshali’s “Elijah and the Ravens” (1989). Although Ntshalinthali was never directly associated with the prayer, it seems to elaborate on her biblically-inspired artwork, illustrating the poverty and sense of helplessness felt by many of South Africa’s disadvantaged, both in Ntshalintshali’s day and today. “Elijah and the Ravens” (1989) can perhaps be viewed as a sequel to the prayer – a life of struggle uplifted by a simple gesture. When asked about her sculptures many years ago, Ntshalintshali responded: “I have made two figures for Elijah: the one in tra-

ditional garments, the other with the prophet in short jeans and with sandals made from car tyres. What I find special about [the biblical story] is that it’s the ravens who bring Elijah his bread. With us, the ravens just take anything and everything.” Placing the prophet in jeans transports him out of his biblical moment into the present-day, as do his recycled-tyre sandals, which also mark him as a poor man. He is fed by ravens, whose reputation towards unfairness is well-known – much like the White man’s reputation under Apartheid. Elijah’s large eyes and upturned lips reveal a sense of surprise and joy at his situation. He is content because of the simple gesture that sustains him. When Ntshalintshali and Halsted were awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award, the pair was asked to create work for a joint exhibition. They were unable to make ceramics to sustain the studio at this time, and so Halsted offered other local women the opportunity to train at Ardmore. As Ardmore’s first trainee artist, Ntshalintshali inspired many of these artists. Her legacy is such that Ardmore continues to provide training, a studio and a market for the work of underprivileged ceramic artists. Over the years, Ardmore’s artists continue to win awards for their work, exhibited at prestigious art institutions around the world. The tale of “Elijah and the Ravens” is repeated perpetually through the lives of all who follow Ntshalintshali at Ardmore. By Lyn Holm

We are Hungry Our daily bread is more than just a loaf That feeds our stomach; It is everything we need in order to live. We therefore pray that you will supply Our basic needs of jobs, Food, water, health and houses. We pray for just and liveable wages, For an end to exploitation And for a change of heart For those who have too much. Help us to learn more skills so that we Can earn money and support our families.

We know that Jesus does not want us to suffer; So give us the courage to work to change our situation. Help us to share with others the little we have So that they may also live. When I have two loaves of bread Help me to think of the one who has none. May I not store up our bread like the rich, May I ask daily for the things we need. Show us to respond To those who deny us our basic needs. We pray that you, our Father, Will increase the peace and love Which sustain our community.

(Rev McGlory Sperckman and the Amaoti Bible Study Group)

Top: Fée Halsted and Bonnie Ntshalintshali: Bonnie Ntshalintshali and Fée Halsted at Ardmore Farm in the Drakensberg, while working jointly on their exhibition for the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Halsted’s wall sculpture (held between the two artists) depicts them making ceramics alongside each other.

SOURCES CONSULTED: » About Ardmore. 2008. Ardmore Ceramic Art website:

Image courtesy Ardmore

» Artist: Bonnie Ntshalinthshali. 2008. Ardmore Ceramic Art website:


» Fée Halsted, personal correspondence, 4 September 2014.

Bonnie Ntshalintshali, “Elijah and the Ravens” (1989), Ceramic, 68 x 38 x 25cm Image courtesy Durban Art Gallery and Ardmore



CAPE TOWN Call for Entries As part of the celebration of 20 years of democracy, the Western Cape Government is launching a competition for an exceptional, permanent artwork to mark this iconic occasion. Once the winner is chosen, the artwork will be placed on permanent display on the vibrant Long Street pedestrian route on the corner of Long and Dorp Streets. Statement by Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape: I extend an invitation to all members of the public, especially artists to provide designs to for this art piece. This is an opportunity for all citizens to get involved in the development, look and feel of their city and province. Entries close on 15 October 2014. The announcement of the selected artwork will take place on 14 November 2014. The official unveiling will be scheduled for 27 April 2015. The designs should highlight the theme: “20 Years of Freedom and Democracy” and incorporate: “Live Design, Transform Life”, which is taken from the theme for World Design Capital 2014. The winning artist or team will receive: R1 million which includes the construction budget of up to R900 000 to build and install the artwork. This budget must include all procurement of materials, labour cost, equipment rentals, installation, transportation, as well as restorations of any changes made to the area. They will also be awarded a R100 000 honorarium. In the case of teams, this award will be split among all members. All the details relating to the Public Artwork Competition and the very important entry requirements can be found on WDC2014 Send all your questions and queries to: aeysha.augustus@westerncape. or call 021 483 4618 I look forward to innovative ideas and artwork.

PRETORIA The “Spirit of Tshwane” unveiled Anton Smit’s latest public artwork, “Spirit of Tshwane”, was unveiled at Menlyn Maine last month as part of the Cool Capital Initiative. At a grand 11 metres, the glass- reinforced polymer and metal marvel shows the aristocratic profile of a woman in traditional African dress, whose features are not unlike those of European and Asian women. Here, contrasting identities are united in an effort to represent Tshwane’s multifaceted identity in the New South Africa. AT: Anton, how did this public sculpture come about? AS: I originally made a maquette of an African woman’s profile with a shadow profile at the back of the main artwork as part of my proposal for the Cool Capital Project. Pieter Mathews (Architect and founder of the Cool Capital initiative) showed my proposal to Menlyn Maine, who then commissioned me to make a 11 metre high version of it. AT: You are no stranger to creating large, figurative sculptures. Neither is this your first public sculpture commission. What new challenges did creating this artwork present? AS: The sculpture was already conceptualized and I had to work out how to scale the work up to 11 meters. This is my biggest, most expressive public artwork to date! The central steel framework and two faces made from glass reinforced polymer and scrap metal have proved to be challenging in their own right. AT: This artwork is full of symbolic imagery. How important is it that the artwork is interpreted as you intend it to be and what would you like viewers to take away from viewing this particular sculpture? AS: The same challenges apply to all artists who involve themselves in public artwork - creating artwork that evokes conversation and has perennial appeal. I studied the background of the people of Tshwane and especially the meaning of the word ‘Tshwane’. Tshwane is the local word for the Apies River. The river is symbolised by flowing elements attached to the heads. We live together therefore we are interdependent. This is symbolized by the two main heads growing from each other. The heads are cracked open so there is a lot of space for light to come in and when light comes in – there is growth! Hence the numerous different small faces popping out of the cracks representing the people of Tshwane. The symbolic interpretation is very important to me as I wish to infuse Tshwane with light, positivity. I want people to identify with the piece and to see the diversity of our urban landscape through it.

Top: An artist’s impression of the proposed public artwork. Image credit: Jakupa Architects and Urban designers

Bottom: Anton Smit with the completed “Spirit of Tshwane”. Image courtesy the artist



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Mahlangu spent much time with the Ndebele people in his childhood, even though he lived near Germiston. His grandfather introduced him to the legends and symbolism of animals and ancestor sacrifice, while the elder women taught him about Ndebele patterns. This knowledge he painted into surreal landscapes. In the artist’s words, his work describes things “that one cannot see but can only feel.” His themes are drawn from an exploration of “spiritual mythical ideas of the world to come.” In 1980, he won the New Signatures Award from the South African Association of Arts [Pretoria].

Giacometti was born in Borgonovo, Switzerland. By 1933, he had joined the Surrealist movement, but still wanted to sculpt naturalistically, which caused him to be expelled from the group in 1934. One day he started chiseling an 18-inch high figure. It displeased him so that he refined it until it was the size of a pin. This would happen repeatedly. The artist later joked that he could transport all of his work inside six matchboxes. Several years later, he had a breakthrough from which a series of strangely elongated figures emerged. Today these are perhaps what he is best known for.

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LIONEL SMIT 22 October 1982 IRMA STERN 2 October 1894 – 2 August 1966 Stern was born in to German Jewish parents at Schweizer-Reneke in the Transvaal, where her family owned a trading store and cattle farm. Expressionist, Max Pechstein encouraged her art and helped arrange her first exhibition in Berlin. Initially dismissed as an artist in Cape Town, Stern did not give up and was eventually regarded as an established artist by the 1940’s. Stern travelled extensively in Africa and Europe, providing subject matter for her paintings and opportunities to collect artefacts that can be found in the Irma Stern Museum in Rosebank, Cape Town. In 2011, her painting “Arab Priest” sold for over R34 million (current record for an SA painting). » Irma Stern – The Woman. University of Cape Town Irma Stern Museum website:

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ 2 October 1949 Photographer Anna-Lou Leibovitz was born in Connecticut, to an Air Force lieutenant and a modern dance instructor. In 1967, she enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute to study painting but instead developed a love for photography. After living briefly on an Israeli kibbutz, Leibovitz returned to the U.S. and began working with the start-up magazine Rolling Stone, She went on to hold the title of chief photographer for 10 years. She has been credited with making many of Rolling Stone’s covers collector’s items. » Anna-Lou Leibovitz. 2014. The website:

JOHN MUAFANGEJO 5 October 1943 – 27 November 1987 John Ndevasia Muafangejo was born in Etunda lo Nghadi, Ovamboland, Angola. He is known for his linocuts in particularly.“The lucky artist”, was conceived after an announcement on Radio Owambo that Muafangejo had won a silver cup. Muafangejo did not know for which exhibition he had won the award, but decided to celebrate by making this print. This was just as well, for in the end, he did not receive a cup at all! In 1987 he was selected as the Guest Artist for the 1988 Standard Bank National Arts Festival. » John Ndevasia Muafangejo. South African History Online website: » Joe Dolby. John Muafangejo. Revisions website: http://www.

JUDITH MASON 10 October 1938 Judith Mason was born in Pretoria. She attended a BA in Fine Art from the University of Witwatersrand in 1960. Mason’s work was chosen to represent South Africa at the Venice Biennale, Art Basel and other international art fairs during South Africa’s period of political and cultural isolation. She says, “I paint in order to make sense of my life, to manipulate various chaotic fragments of information and impulse into some sort of order, through which I can glimpse a hint of meaning.” » Judith Mason Biography. website: » Judith Mason Biography. website:

Lionel Smit was born in Pretoria. He now lives and works in a warehouse studio in Stellenbosch. Mentored by his father, established sculptor Anton Smit, he developed an interest in painting from an early stage and started exhibiting straight after high school. He is best known for his contemporary portraits and is considered one of the countries youngest investment artists. In 2013, he won the Viewer’s Choice Award at the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery in London. » Lionel Smit. 2012. Everard-Read Johannesburg website: http:// » The many faces of Lionel Smit. 2013. website:

PABLO PICASSO 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973 Born in Málaga, Spain, Pablo Picasso’s gargantuan full name, honouring a variety of relatives and saints, is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. He created Cubism with Georges Braque and became one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. Picasso once remarked upon passing a group of school kids in his old age, “When I was as old as these children, I could draw like Raphael, but it took me a lifetime to learn to draw like them.” » Pablo Picasso. 2014. The website:

FRANCIS BACON 28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992 The English artist, Francis Bacon, is best known for his postWorld War II paintings, in which he represented expressive, often grotesque figures. Born in Dublin, Francis Bacon was named after his famous ancestor, the English philosopher and scientist. He was kicked out of his parents’ home in his teens after his father caught him trying on his mother’s clothing. Due to his asthma, Bacon was unable to join the armed forces during WWII. “If I hadn’t been asthmatic, I might never have gone onto painting at all,” he admitted. » Francis Bacon. 2014. The Art Story website: » Francis Bacon. 2014. The website:

THE ART TIMES WOULD LIKE TO CELEBRATE ALL MEMBERS OF SOUTH AFRICA’S VISUAL ART COMMUNITY BORN IN OCTOBER, INCLUDING: Jan-Henri Booyens (1 Oct) | Geoffrey Grundlingh (2 Oct) | Egon Tania, Maurice Charles Louis van Essche (4 Oct) | Rudie Van Rensburg (6 Oct) | Basil Brady (8 Oct) | Kali van der Merwe, Matthew Douglas Blackman (9 Oc)t | Daan Vermeulen, Leon de Bliquy, Karin Preller (10 Oct) | El Naude, Neil Nieuwoudt (11 Oct) | Warrick Kemp, Brendan Copestake, Phillip Barlow (12 Oct) | Pierre Mathieu (13 Oct) | Gary Frier, Ed Young (15 Oct) | Nandi Hilliard (17 Oct) | Dineo Seshee Bopape, Heath Nash, Jodi Bieber (18 Oct) | Piet van Heerden, Kenneth Baker (19 Oct) | Matthew Krouse, Elaine Matthews Venter (20 Oct) | Charles Davidson Bell (22 Oct) | Toni Spiller Burton, Zandisile Zwelethu (24 Oct) | Stephen Croeser (25 Oct) | Kadiatou Chou-chou Diallo (27 Oct) | Amber-Jade Geldenhuys, Caroline Smart, Teresa Lizamore (29 Oct) | Shany van den Berg (31 Oct) FAMOUS, INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS BORN IN OCTOBER: Jean-François Millet (4 Oct) | Jean-Antoine Watteau (10 Oct) | Umberto Boccioni (19 Oct) | Robert Rauschenberg (22 Oct) | Roy Lichtenstein (27 Oct) | Francis Bacon (28 Oct) | Alfred Sisley (30 Oct) | Johannes Vermeer, Helmut Newton (31 Oct) Ed’s Note: All content is appropriated from its source and includes elaboration for the sake of enrichment.



Eugene Hon’s ceramic installation “And the Ship Sails On” , currently at Yingge Museum for the 2014 Taiwan Ceramic Biennale


From African Earth a Celebration of Ceramics For the whole of November, Ceramics SA (Western Cape Region) will host a celebration of ceramic events as their contribution to Cape Town’s status as World Design Capital 2014. Ceramics SA’s mission is to promote and sustain South African ceramics; keeping it relevant and competitive, locally and internationally. Members are provided with developmental opportunities, to become self-sustaining entrepreneurs, innovators, teachers and mentors.

EXHIBITIONS Corobrik National Exhibition New works by CSA members Both 16 November (11:00) - 6 December 2014 Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Constantia David Walters and Friends Legacy Exhibition Juliet Armstrong Celebrating Juliet’s life with works by her students and friends Runs concurrently with the Corobrik National Exhibition Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Constantia

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CSA - Iziko Collaborative Exhibition African vessels from the Iziko collection and smoke fired vessels by contemporary ceramicists 13 November - 31 January 2015 The Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town Rust-en-Vrede Art Centre and the Clay Museum Works influenced by the Anglo-Oriental tradition; an invitational contemporary ceramics exhibition; an exhibition of tea bowls, walkabouts and talks. 11 November - 11 December 2014 Carol Hayward Fell

Zizamele Ceramics Emerging Artist Exhibition Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie 3 November - 30 November 2014 Cape Gallery An exhibition featuring Andrew Walford 2 November - 22 November 2014 Art in the Forest An exhibition featuring Charmaine Haines 8 November - 31 December 2014

Charmaine Haines

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Michelle Legg

Monica van den Berg

Ann Marais

John Shirley

Magdalene Odundo Workshop Esteemed international ceramics icon Professor Odundo will discuss her philosophy and demonstrate how she makes her unique pots. 15 November Groote Schuur High School Open Studios Project More than 30 potters studios will be open for visits by the public during November. See map on the website: Ukusela eKapa “Drink Cape Town in” A unique “Happening” connecting the people of Cape Town through squeezing clay cylinders.

Kalk Bay Modern Group exhibition. 5 November - 30 November 2014 The November Potters Market (WDC event) More than 100 potters selling a wide variety of pots; functional, decorative art objects. Live demonstrations, trade stalls, children’s play area and food court. 22 November 2014 At Rondebosch Park Iris Stuck 021 715 5530 Connecting 10 000 people through design Ukusela eKapa’s mass ceramic installation by land artist, Strijdom van der Merwe 23 November 2014 Castle of Good Hope Art in Clay Festival, Franschhoek Seven galleries in town and some wine farms will have dedicated ceramic exhibitions. 25 October – end November 2014



SA Visual Arts Highlights | October, November GAUTENG Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards What?: 27th annual art awards exhibition When?: Now – 12 October 2014 Where?: Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre, Kempton Park » contact: /

Photo and Film Expo What?: Africa`s largest event catering to those interested in photography and the film industry When?: 30 October – 2 November 2014 Where?: The Coca-Cola Dome, North Riding, Johannesburg »

Sasol New Signatures Exhibitions What?: An exhibition of work by this year’s competition finalists as well as an exhibition of work by last year’s winner, Dot Vermeulen When?: Now - 19 October 2014 Where?: Pretoria Arts Museum »

NORTHERN PROVINCE Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival What?: arts and culture festival When?: 7 - 11 October 2014 Where?: Potchefstroom »

WESTERN CAPE Cape Town Design Capital of the World What?: One massive design festival When?: All of 2014 Where?: All over Cape Town »

Cape Town Fringe What?: Performance art festival, an extension of the Standard Bank National Arts Festival When?: Now – 5 October 2014 Where?: All over Cape Town »

MOP6 Cape Town Month of Photography Film & New Media Festival What?: Various exhibitions, events and a conference When?: Now – 31 October 2014 Where?: All over Cape Town »

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Eastern Cape Alexandria Quin Sculpture Garden A permanent exhibition of Maureen Quin’s sculpture’s, drawings and paintings, Alexandria, T. 046 6530121, C. 0827708000,

East London Ann Bryant Art Gallery main gallery, Permanent Collection, The gallery’s permanent collection showcasing a good cross section of South African art from the 1920’s to contemporary artworks by Eastern Cape artists. 01/09/2014 till 30/09/2014, Southernwood, T. 043 7224044,

Port Elizabeth ART Gallery Deep Time, Solo exhibition by Anthony Harris. This is Anthony’s 34th solo exhibition and his second exhibition in Port Elizabeth, 06/09/2014 till 21/10/2014, Contact, 51b Cuyler Street, Central Hill, C. 0723795933 ArtEC - EPSAC Community Art Centre A Struggle without Documentation is no Struggle’ by Dr Peter Magubane. T. 041 5853641, Until 29/05/2014 Galerie NOKO A Shade of Pink, Various artists that work in diverse media, 14/10/2014 till 20/11/2014, 109 -111 Russell Road, Richmond Hill, T. 041 5822090, C. 0730885883, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Reflections, This exhibition comprises prints, painting, ceramics and mixed media words from the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection. Selected artists included Christine Dixie, Fée Halsted – Berning, Hunter Nesbit and Fred Page, 21/06/2014 till 12/10/2014 Our City, Included on show are works by 19th century artist and explorer, Thomas Baines, as well as contemporary works by Robert Brooks, Betsy Fordyce, Trevor Melville, Alexander Podlashuc and Fred Page. Along with the colourful paintings, black and white photographs by local photographers Marc Shoul, Rob Duker and Tim Hopwood will be included. Selected artworks from the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, 11/10/2014 till 08/02/2015 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennial, Various artists from the Eastern Cape, 23/10/2014 till 25/01/2015

Cherie de Villiers Gallery 21st Anniversary, Peter Bonney, Karen Fortune, Dmitry Nikashin, Peter Hall, Nora Newton, Hannes du Plessis, Themba Khumalo, Gavin Calf, Gail Darroll, Charles van der Merwe, Wim Rautenbach, Paddy Starling and more Sculptures by Laurence Chait, Cobus Haupt, Marieke Prinsloo- Rowe, Keith Calder, Sarah Richards and Llewellyn, 10/10/2014 till 22/10/2014, Sandton, T. 011 3255395

Umhlanga Rocks Makiwa Gallery NEW FINE ART GALLERY, Shop 5B, Lighthouse Mall, Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, Fine South African Art, Original Paintings and Sculptures., Makiwa Mutomba, Carla Bosch, Coral Spencer, Derric van Rensburg, Elbe van Rooyen, Ian Hertslet, Isabel le Roux, Johan Smith, Kobus Kotze, Taya Maddock, Marlien van Heerden, Marlise le Roux, Nicole Pletts, Roelof Rossouw, Ruth Brunskill, Sarah Richards, Sharleen Boaden, Tony De Freitas, Willy Reekmans, Yvonne Ankerman, 01/09/2014 till 31/10/2014, KwaZulu-Natal, T. 031 5611194,

CIRCA on Jellicoe A selection of works, including bronze sculpture, paintings and giclee prints by Norman Catherine., 2 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank Crouse Art Gallery A variety of South African artists. From new talent to old Masters, All year long, Florida, T 011 6723821 Everard Read Jhb Angus Taylor, 02/09/2014 till 01/11/2014, 6 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, T. 011 7884805, Ferreira Art Gallery Our Terrace Café is re-vamped and under new management, with Sunday Roasts and delicious specials. We offer while-u-wait framing. Premise has on-site hairdresser, Nail-bar, Our gallery boasts an impressive collection of South African Masters on permanent display., Bryanston, T. 011 7063738, www. Fith Avenue Fine Art James Vicary Thackwray, 20/10/2014 till 26/10/2014, 404 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, T. 011 7812040, www.5thaveauctions. Gallery 2 Welcome Stranger, Karin Daymond, 04/10/2014 till 25/10/2014, Parkwood, T. 011 4470155, Goodman Gallery Some Final Tributes, Sam Nhlengethwa, Until 04/10/2014, Parkwood, T. 011 7881113, Graham’s Fine Art Gallery South African Masters, Graham’s exhibits a selection of South African masters including Irma Stern, J.H Pierneef, Maggie Laubser, Gerard Sekoto and Alexis Preller., Bryanston, T. 011 4637869, C. 0836055000,

Kuns Uniek Joy of Clay Colour & Art 15 Oct -23 Nov 2014 A superb dwelling transformed into an art gallery once a year. Hosts the highest quality of South African Art: Ceramics, Paintings, Sculptures, Jewellery. Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00; SatSun 10:00-17:00; 0123616927 331 Chappies Rd Lynnwood Pta

The Leonardo Gallery Exhibition Premiere of Corlia Fouché, Heimeri Botes and Francois Coertze, Corlia Fouché Heimeri Botes Francois Coertze, 30/09/2014 till 25/10/2014 Exhibition premiere of the paintings of Barend Lindequi and ceramic artist Rika Herbst, Barend Lindequi Rika Herbst, 28/10/2014 till 22/11/2014, Arcadia, Pretoria, T. 012 9970520, Pretoria Art Museum Open Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 17:00. Closed Monday and Public Holidays, Pretoria, Brooklyn Circle

Halifax Art No more tears solo exhibition, Elaine Hirschowitz, 23/10/2014 till 5/11/2014

St. Lorient Fashion Art Gallery Rooftop VI’ Contemporary totem poles, Curated by Gordon Froud. Artists: Gordon Froud, Lwandiso Njara, Yannis Generalis, Sybrand Wiechers, Izanne Wiid, Ian Relinghuys, Guy du Toit, Lothar BÖttcher, Elsa Ingerl and Setlamorago Mashilo., 31/08/2014 till 30/11/2014, T. 012 4600284,

In the Beginning John Moore, 4/10/2014 till 22/10/2014, Parkhurst, C. 0827846695,

UNISA Art Gallery Twenty/20 – A clearer vision, growing the Mandela Legacy T. 012 4415876, C. 0739466331,

In Toto Gallery Contemporary art gallery, Id Entity II, Group exhibition featuring works by 30 artists including Tanisha Bhana, Katy Barton-Bridges, Becky Haysom, Bruce Donald and st. John Fuller, Opens 02/10/2014, Birdhaven, T. 011 4476543,


Johannesburg Art Gallery Hours: 10:00 to 17:00. Tuesday to Sunday

Imbizo Gallery Work from leading South African artists., Ballito, T. 0329461937,

Lithuba Lakho (This is your Opportunity), Artists: various crafters, 10/12/2014 till 18/01/2014, Park Drive Central, T. 041 5062000,

Lizamore & Associates Gallery Beasts of Burden., Frikkie Eksteen, 02/10/2014 till 25/10/2014, Parkwood, T. 011 8808802,


Underculture Contemporary Unmasked, Derrick Erasmus, 17/09/2014 till 17/10/2014, 98A Park Drive, Central, T. 0413730074, C. 0828871612,

outoftheCUBE A virtual platform for contemporary visual art in South Africa., Johannesburg, mandy.

South African Studio Ceramics This exhibition focus on functional ceramics and celebrates the beautiful, poetic and sometimes eccentric work produced by South African studio ceramicists. Selected artworks from the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection., 13/09/2014 till 19/10/2014

Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum Asylum of the Birds’ by Roger Ballen, 09/10/2014 till 16/11/2014 Fractal Young Artists Exhibition, 16/10/2014 till 16/11/2014 Sprokie vir ‘n stadskind Nellie Brisley Art Studio Exhibition, The biennial exhibition of artworks by students from the Nellie Brisley Art Studio, 26/09/2014 till 05/10/2014, Waverley, T. 051 0110525 ext 611, www. Gallery on Leviseur (Dis) place, Mari- Louise du Plessis, 26/09/2014 till 19/10/2014 Under Construction Jaco Sieberhagen, 23/09/2014 till 12/11/2014 Kwasparia Casper de Vries, 10/10/2014 till 21/10/2014, Westdene, C. 0828352335,

Res Gallery The Contortionist, Angel Haro, 20/09/2014 till 12/11/2014, Parkwood, T. 011 8804054, C. 0741412091, Standard Bank Gallery Exact Imagination, 300 Years of Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa., 08/10/2014 till 06/12/2014, T. 011 6311889, Stevenson At the Wall, Solo exhibition by French-Ivorian-Senegalese photographer Mame-Diarra Niang, 18/09/2014 till 31/10/2014, Braamfontein, T 011 4031055/1908, UJ Art Gallery Monday to Friday 09:00-18:00 and Saturdays 9:00-1:00, APK Campus, Auckland Park., T. 011 5592099, White House Gallery Please come visit our gallery for a variety of international and local talent. We have an exciting new collection from the up and coming artist Mr. Brainwash, as well as artists such as Frank Stella, Victor Pasmore, Thomas Nglube, Jean Jansem, Paul Stein and Walter Battiss., 04/09/2014, Illovo, T. 0112682115,

KZ Natal

Artspace Durban Fibreworks VIII - our EIGHTH Members’ exhibition, Jean Powell, Celia de Villiers, Jeanette Gilks, Sue Akerman, Cathy Knox, Helga Beaumont, Roy Starke and Gina Niederhumer and more., 29/9/2014 till 11/10/2014 Different Situations’ is about telling the stories of people. Cele is inspired by the situations that people face daily, things that people go through to make a living and survive., Jabulani Cele, 29/9/2014 till 04/10/2014 “G1K1” is a group exhibition by artists/soldiers/nurses conceptualising works reflecting their personal experiences within the South African Defence Force during the apartheid era., Karen Pretorius, Steyn Pretorius, and swany, 13/10/2014 till 01/11/ 2014 “Migration“ is a small body of recent mixed media drawings. These open-ended and light-hearted works explore some of the fundamentals of drawing, in particular, line and point., Louise Hall, 13/10/2014 till 01/11/2014, KwaZulu-Natal, T. 031 3120793, C. 0833009804, www. ‘Quiet Place’ An installation of photography and poetry: Angela Buckland and Giovani Vio. Opens at 18h00, Until 26/10/2014, T. 031 3112264,

Pietermaritzburg Tatham Art Gallery (Schreiner Gallery) Retrospective Exhibition in the Schreiner Gallery and passage at Tatham Art Gallery: Jean Powell., Until 05/10/2014, Pietermaritzburg, T. 033 3922801,


Gauteng Johannesburg Absa Art Gallery Absa L’Atelier awards, Absa L’Atelier. This year’s theme is Blood. Sweat. Tears., Absa Gallery, 161 Main Street., T. 011 3505139, Alice Art Gallery Alice Art Gallery is one of the largest privately owned galleries in Africa with a good reputation locally and internationally., Ruimsig, T. 011 9581392, C. 0833318466, Art Afrique Gallery Contemporary art gallery, Sandton, T. 011 2927113, Artist Proof Studio Specialises in printmaking, Newtown, T. 011 4921278, Bayliss Gallery Unforgettable Faces, Gene Gualdi, 30/09/2014 till 09/10/2014, Norwood, T. 011 4830891, C. 0832917672, Carol Lee Fine Art Contemporary art gallery, Upstairs@Bamboo, Melville, T. 0114860526, C. 0823220388,

Alette Wessels Kunskamer Art gallery and art consultancy, specialising in SA art as an investment, dealing in Old Masters, and selected contemporary art. T. 012 346 0728,

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

North West Potchefstroom North-West University Gallery Cathedra, NWU Potchefstroon Campus, T. 018 2994341, North-West University Botanical Garden Gallery A Parous Pilgrimage, NWU Potchefstroom Campus

Mpumalanga Graskop Le Gallerie Gallery and guest house, T. 013 7671093,

White River The Artists’ Press New Editions of limited edition original prints available from The Artists’ Press by leading Southern African artists., Waterfield Farm near White River. T. 013 7513225, C. 0836763229, www. The Loop Art Foundry & Sculpture Gallery A collaboration and network for the avid art patron and collector as well as a full service facility for the artist., White River, T. 013 7582409, The White River Gallery November -Portraits for the month of November, Rene Eloff, 03/10/2014 till 20/11/2014, White River, T. 0836758833,

Western Cape Cape Town

Allderman POP UP Gallery Showing a variety of contemporary works in two spaces in the Newlands Quarter, Dean Str, Newlands. Some of the works from the OBJECTS OF ART by artists will move to this space. Call 083 556 2540 to view or look through the window… open 6 - 7 pm Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri. Gill Allderman - Allderman POP UP Gallery +27 083 556 2540 www.

Barnard Gallery Enlighten’, Ryan Hewett, 03/09/2014 till 14/10/2014, Newlands, T. 021 6711553,

Centurion Art Gallery A commercial satellite of the Pretoria Art Museum, Moreletapark, T. 012 3583477,

Bronze Age Bronze Foundry, Woodstock, T. 021 4473914, Blue Caterpillar Gallery

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ArtB Gallery Bellville, Vuleka competition -Open to anybody who has not had a solo exhibition in the past year. All mediums. Closing date for selection 4th September.Please see the website, All artists welcome., 17/09/2014 till 15/10/2014, Bellville, T. 021 9171197, C. 0837009669,

Association of Arts Pretoria More than 20 galleries and artist’s studios have joined the Pretoria Art Meander which launched in September. See website for details, Nieuw Muckleneuk, T. 0123463100,

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Exhibition of roses by Nicole Pletts and original paintings & lithographs by acclaimed Spanish artist Didier Lourenço. View our collection from a wide range of artists online. 033-3871356 37 Willowton Rd Pietermaritzburg

Brundyn+ Open, Chris van Eeden, 04/09/2014 till 25/10/2014 Points et Itinéraires Sidy Diallo, 04/09/2014 till 25/10/2014, Bo Kaap, T. 021 4245150, C. 0832120702, Carmel Art Dealers in fine art, exclusive distributers of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings., Green Point, T. 021 4213333,


The Cape Gallery, 60 Church Street, Cape Town seeks to expose fine art that is rooted in the South African tradition, work which carries the unique cultural stamp of our continent.

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Casa Labia Gallery Beyond The Beach M.O.P.6 curated by Paul Weinberg, Sean Wilson, Rodger Bosch, Sandy Worm, Robert Hamblin, Jenny Altschuler and Paul Weinberg and installation by Glen Thompson, 21.09.2014 till 19.10.2014, Muizenberg, T. 021 7886068,

Eclectica Art & Antiques Purveyors of fine art, antiques and objet d’art, Wynberg, T. 021 7627983, Eclectica Modern Pollock’s Flash, Richard Scott, September till 15/10/2014, 9A Cavendish Street, Claremont, T. 021 6717315, Erdmann Contemporary Co-Existance, Mexican photographer Jan Smith, Melbourne-based painter Bronwen Vaughan-Evans and South African lens-based artist Nomusa Makhubu., 30/09/2014 till 31/10/2014, Gardens, T. 021 422 2762,

North-West University Potchefstroom Campus Mon-Fri, 09:30-16:00 018 299 4341

Everard Read Cape Town, Community, Willie Bester, 16/10/2014 till 26/10/2014, V & A Waterfront, T. 021 4184527,

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Goodman Gallery Cape Town Working Title 2014, The exhibition acts as a platform for project-based works by emerging artists, 20/09/2014 till 25/10/2014, Woodstock, T. 021 4627567, www.goodman-gallery. com

Barabara Wildenboer NWU Gallery 16 Oct - 7 Nov Opening: 16 Oct, 19:00

Heather Auer Art and Sculpture Original paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Heather Auer and other SA artists., Simonstown, T. 021 7861309, Hout Bay Gallery Artworks by talented South African Artists and Sculptors, Hout Bay, T. 021 7903618, C. 0724478262,

The Trouble with Memory Cobus van Bosch NWU Botanical Garden Gallery 16 Oct - 7 Nov Opening: 16 Oct, 17:30

Commune.1 False Priest, Olivié Keck, 23/09/2014 till 23/10/2014 Morning After Dark, David Lurie, 23/09/2014 till 23/10/2014, Cape Town, T. 021 4235600, Deziree Finearts A Collection of Contemporary Colonial and African Oil Paintings., Deziree Smith, Ongoing exhibition., Fish Hoek, T. 021 7851120, C. 0824021879, Die Kunskamer Works by leading Artists, Irma Stern, Hugo Naude, Cecil Skotnes, Cynthia Villet, Norman Catherine, Hardy Botha, Bill Davis, Gail Catlin, Simon Stone, David Brown and Pierneef., Sea Point, T. 021 4349529,

In-Fin-Art - Picture Framers & Art Gallery Expert advice Extensive range of moulding profiles Custom made hand-finished frames Conservation framing with museum glass Original art by local contemporary artists Wolfe St, Wynberg - 021 761 2816 Buitengracht St, Cape Town - 021 423 2090 Iziko Michaelis Collection Ongoing: Dutch works from the 17th–20th centuries in Iziko collections Iziko SA National Gallery Impressions of Rorke’s Drift - The Jumuna Collection, Until 02/11/2014, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4674660,

Donald Greig Gallery & Foundry Private Gallery permanently exhibiting artworks of Donald Greig - internationally renowned sculptor of wildlife bronzes. The casting technique and bronze pour can be viewed in the foundry. Open Mon – Fri 09.30 – 17.30, Sat 09.30 – 13.00. 14 West Quay Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. 021 418 0003, Eatwell Art Gallery Exclusively exhibits the artwork of the Eatwell family. The artists, Lynne-Marie Eatwell, Eric Oswald Eatwell and Mags Eatwell., Noordhoek, T. 021 7892767, C. 0764999507, EBONY Cape Town Zero Crossing’ My Exploration of the Space between Optical Illusion and Reality, Lars Fischedick, 04/09/2014 till 01/11/2014, Cape Town, CBD, T. 021 4249985, C. 0790859390,

Johans Borman Fine Art Ovahimba Youth Self Portraits series as part of Designing Destiny, Cape Town Month of Photography, Kyle Weeks, 20/09/2014 till 31/10/2014, Newlands, T. 021 6836863, C. 0825664631, Kalk Bay Modern Urban Wonderland, Alice Gauntlett, Dave Robertson, Gaelen Pinnock, Hayden Phipps, Jake Singer, Justin Plunkett, Leigh-Anne Crafford, Nobukho Nqaba, 08/10/2014 till 29/10/14, Kalk Bay, T. 021 7886571, Kalk Bay Sculpture Studio Fine Art Bronze Foundry, Jean Tiran, Pete Strydom, Chris Bladen and Gilbert Banda., Ongoing, Kalk Bay, T. 021 7888736, C. 0731807209

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StateoftheART Gallery FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING | A selection of new work on show at StateoftheART., Floris van Zyl, Janna Prinsloo, Claude Chandler, Chris Denovan, Lisette Forsyth, Jeanne Hendriks, Maureen Visage and Restone Maambo., 02/10/2014 till 05/11/2014, Cape Town CBD, T. 021 8014710, C. 0724709272,

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

Riebeek Kasteel The Gallery Riebeek Kasteel, Curated by Astrid McLeod, The Gallery features a selective mix of paintings, sculptures and ceramics by established and emerging South African artists, Riebeck Kasteel, C. 0836533697

Stevenson Cape Town Contemporary Art Gallery, Woodstock, T. 021 4621500, The AVA Gallery Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Fabricate, A retrospective of handspring puppet company, 30/10/2014 till 30/01/2015, 35 Church Street, Cape Town, 8001, T. 021 4247436, www.ava. Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery Dealers in Contemporary South African Fine Art (& the Old Masters) and picture framing 114 Kendal Rd, Eversdal, Durbanville, 7550 PO Box 5044, Tygervalley, 7536 Tel. +27 21 975 1744

Lutge Gallery Cape & architectural antiques, art & ceramics, tables designed by Allan Lutge from reclaimed wood., Cape Town, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4248448, Mollie Townsend An exhibition of painting at St. James Retirement Hotel opening at 10.30 a.m., 04/10/2014 till 11/10/2014, St James

The Cape Gallery Entyatyambeni botanical collages by the Keiskamma Art Project, Keiskamma Art Project, 02/10/2014 till 18/10/2014, Cape Town, T. 021 4235309, The Framing Place Conservation framing, Framing of art, Block mounting and Box frames., Observatory, T. 021 4473988 The Lovell Gallery De(re)tritus, Vivien Kohler, 20/09/2014 till 01/11/2014 Lovell Tranyr Art Trophy Group Exhibition, The finalists of the Lovell Tranyr Art Trophy competition 2014 (still to be announced), 01/11/2014 till 29/11/2014, Woodstock, T. 021 4475918, The Studio Kalk Bay Skulduggery, a selected artists group exhibition., Including works by Marc Alexander, Bambo Sibiya, Donna McKellar, Christiaan Diedericks, Sandra Hanekom, Pauline Gutter and more, 24/09/2014 till 8/10/2014, Kalk Bay, UCT Irma Stern Museum Permanent collection. Irma Stern (1894-1966), Rosebank, T. 021 6855686, C. 0834232001, What if the World Gallery Contemporary Art Gallery, Woodstock Cape Town, T. 021 4472376, C. 0764222387,

Bot River Mogalakwena Gallery The Cape Town Month of Photography Film & New Media presents The Little Cape Photo Centre at Mogalakwena Gallery. The Little Cape Photo Centre will be showcasing photographic work by Shani Judes, Dirk Scheerlinck, Thom Pierce, Claudia Emanuel, Barry White and Short Films from the Shnit International Short Film Festival. This will be running from the 15th September until 31st October 2014. 021 424 7488 / 083 460 6460

De Geheime Kelder Prentjies van Botrivier, This exhibition hosts local talent and will run concurrently with the new show planned for October 2014 Tombstones of Poetry: A look at the validity of poetry in today’s day and age. Tombstones will open on the 10th October 2014, 10/10/2014 till 14/11/2014, Botrivier Hotel, Main Road, C. 0823484539, mtini.michael@


Rialto Art Centre Strand, Expert Art Framing., Strand, T. 021 8538061, C. 0823448804 Rose Korber Art ‘Rose Korber Art has moved to Sea Point. Contact 021 4330957 or 083 2611 173 or email, Camps Bay, T. 021 4389152, C. 0832611173, Ryno Swart Art Gallery Works by Ryno Swart, Simon’s Town, T. 021 7863975, C. 0735111796, www. Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Little inconsistencies, Angela Banks, 14/10/2014 till 06/11/2014 Scratching the Surface Dee Donaldson, 14/10/2014 till 06/11/2014 Reflective Spaces Paul Birchall, 14/10/2014 till 06/11/2014, Durbanville, T. 021 9764691, Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Odd Traditons, A conversation of painting and installation by Paul Senyol and Pierre le Riche, 15/10/2014 till 01/11/2014, Gardens, Cape Town, T. 021 4246930, Sanlam Art Gallery Permanent collection of South African art and a large exhibition space., Bellville, T. 021 9473359, SMAC Art Gallery CT, Provide a platform to continually present exhibitions that assist in the process of reviewing and revising South African art., Cape Town Central, T. 021 4225100, South African Jewish Museum Interactive multi -media displays and engaging accounts of South African Jewish History., Cape Town Central, T. 021 4651546, South African Print Gallery Work by leading South African artists., Woodstock, T. 021 4626851, www. South African Society of Artists Art by leading South African artists., Cape Town Central, T. 021 6718941,

La Motte Museum Offers a cultural-historical experience featuring the estate’s history and architecture. Current exhibitions: Heritage collection of South African old master, JH Pierneef and contemporary exhibition of The Helgaard Steyn Awards. La Motte Wine Estate, T 021 876 8850 E,

The Shop at Grande Provence Grande Provence Estate, T. 021 8768630, C. 0825527262,

George Crouse Art Gallery Original paintings by well known South African Artists: Anton Benzon, Carla Bosch, Maria, Gerrit Roon, Makiwa, Danielle Novella & many more. We deal exclusively in original SA Art, specifically investment art., George, T. 044 8870361

‘Untitled III’ Oil on canvas 25 x 25cm You are invited to visit my Studio & Gallery, 33 Andries Pretorius Street, Calitzdorp, 6660 Contact: 079 968 1588 Facebook: Marinda Combrinck Art

Portal Gallery Selected contemporary artists, including Carl Becker, JP Meyer, Estelle Marais, Diane McLean and Hermann Niebuhr. Gallery hours flexible. De Rust, T. 082 2976977,

Franschhoek Atelier at 1 unie Private ongoing viewing of Contemporary Art and Sculpture by Johannes du Plessis by appointment., T. 021 8764382 C. 082 5796403, Franschhoek, johannes. Art in the Yard Art is selected from upcoming, local and international artists., Franschoek, T. 021 8764280, C. 0834630392, EBONY Franschoek, Artists on show: Dylan Lewis, Jacques Vrey, Cecil Skotnes, Hugh Bryne, Colbet Mashile, Zemba Luzamba, Jean Theron Louw, Larita Engelbrecht, Jessica Staple and many more. On display as well is the usual mix of great South African craft, ceramics and design. Group Show Artists on show: Sibusu Duma, Jacques Vrey, Lional Abrams, Douglas Portway, Hugo Naude Cecil Skotnes & Kevin Collins, Sculptures by Dylan Lewis, Keith Calder, A-J Bull & Jean Theron Louw. Ceramics by Lisa Ringwood and Caroline van der Merwe., n/a, Franschoek, T. 021 8764477, C. 0825582221, www.

Dante’ Art & Décor New Nicole Pletts. Always in demand, come and check out her new pieces before they go!, Waterstone Village Shopping Centre, Somerset West, T. 021 8518142

Oude Libertas Gallery The gallery is open to the public free of charge. New exhibition every six weeks, Stellenbosch - c/o Adam Tas and Libertas roads, T. 021 8098412, C. 0824155609, Rupert Museum Showcasing the unique private art collection of Anton and Huberte Rupert., Stellenbosch, T. 021 8883344, Sasol Art Museum Permanent collection of paintings, graphic works and sculptures, as well as an anthropological collection. Regular temporary art exhibitions of national and international artists., Stellenbosch, T. 021 8083691 Slee Gallery Contemporary art gallery, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8873385, C. 0833033372,


SMAC Art Gallery Contemporary art gallery, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8873607,

Adele Claudia Fouche Ongoing exhibition. Adele also offers workshops and retreats in this beautiful setting. T. 082 5224010

Mossel Bay Artbeat Gallery Pottery and sculpture, by Alex Potter., Mossel Bay, C. 0813565295, Art@39Long Artists on show:Mien Greyling, Susqya Williams, Sheena Ridley, Sonnette Olls, Fiona Rowett, Helen Pfeil, Cheryl Traub Adler and more.Ceramics by Clementina, Hennie Meyer and more.Exquisite gifts, On going exhibition, Great Brakriver, C. 0825763338, www.

Stellenbosch Art Gallery An extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass & ceramics by selected Western Cape artists, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8878343, 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 8283489, www.usmuseum. Catherine Timotei Collaboration, Catherine Timotei, 16/09/2014, Spier Hotel, Stellenbosch Co-exist., Catherine Timotei, 16/09/2014, Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town, Mondialisation, Catherine Timotei, 01/10/2014 till 01/12/2014, Art eye gallery, Johannesburg, C. 0832378928,


Walker Bay Art Gallery View the wide selection of paintings, sculpture & ceramics by established as well as up-and-coming SA artists., Hermanus, T. 028 3122928, Willie Botha Sculpture Gallery Permanent exhibition of work by Sculptor Willie Botha, Paintings by Pieter Vermaak, Johan Calitz and Shelley Adams., Hermanus, T. 028 3132304, C. 0827832663,

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Somerset West

Wonki Ware Di Marshall pottery, George, T. 044 8841883,

Abalone Gallery Forms and Shapes, Sculptor Herman van Nazareth and artists with works on paper: Alta Botha, John Clarke, Elzaby Laubscher and Andre Naudé. 06/09/2014 till 15/10/2014 Accrochage with artists of the gallery, Herman van Nazareth, Susanna Swart (sculptures), Louis van Heerden, Andre Naudé, Judith Mason, Lynette ten Krooden (paintings), Elzaby Laubscher, dawings and photography and graphic art, until 15 October, Hermanus, T. 028 3132935, C. 0847811864, Miranda Combrink Studio & Gallery

The Robertson Art Gallery We specialise in original art of more than 60 top South African Artists., Robertson, T. 023 6265364, C. 0829212697,

Stellenbosch The Gallery at Grande Provence Franschhoek, T. 021 8768630, C. 0825527262,


Quincy’s Antiques Art and Collectables Art, Antiques, Curios & Gifts., Rondebosch, T. 021 6851986, Red! The Gallery Contemporary Art Auction. Wednesday 17/09/2014. A great selection of contemporary art will be going under the hammer. Auctioneer Philip Powell. View the auction catalogue online at, David Kuijers, Derric van Rensburg, Andrew Cooper, Junior Fungai, Rick Becker, Michael Waters, Shelagh Price, to name a few., Steenberg, Tokai, T. 021 7010886, C. 0828081298


Knysna Fine Art Contemporary South African Art, Thesen House, T. 044 3825107, C. 0825527262, www.

Langebaan Bay Gallery Supporting excellent, local artists, many of whom are members of S.A.S.A. All mediums exhibited., Langebaan, C. 0733048744,

Oudtshoorn ArtKaroo Fine Art by artists from the Karoo, Oudtshoorn, T. 044 2791093, Rosenhof Art Gallery Studio gallery of Lisl Barry. Diverse range of subjects done in oil: inspired by the Klein Karoo landscape and it’s people to water studies, among others., Baron van Rheede, T. 044 2722232, C. 0827696993, /www.richardhenley.

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

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

Anne-Ghrett - Breytenbach Galery To celebrate Breyten Breytenbach’s birthday on the 16th of Sept, artist received poems by Breyten and were asked to marry the poetry and the image on canvas. Vers en Verf, met woord en beeld, opens on the 13th of September and is on until the end of Oct. Contact us on 021 -8642988/ 0834150002 or

Wilderness Beatrix Bosch Studio Unique works in leather, paintings & photography can be viewed at her studio., Wilderness, T. 044 8770585,

GALLERY DISPLAY BLOCK Contact Eugene: Very affordable prices, your listing will stand out & circulate. Call 021 424 7733 or email SA ART TIMES | OCTOBER 2014


OP E NI NG T UE SDAY, 1 4 OCT AT 7 P M W W W. R U S T- E N - V R E D E . C O M




L to R – Among those admiring the works were Winston and Wendy Floquet; Natasha Moolman watching the tempering process; Debi Balladon and Azelle Mayne



L to R – Sculptor, Michael Canadas with Megan Pretorius; Hanneke Slabber engaged in conversation with artist, Izidro Duarte; Actress, Barbie Meyer with artist, Izidro Duarte



Top: L to R – Matthew King and Claire May van Blerck; The UCT Irma Stern Museum packed to the rafters; Cedric Hunter, Bridget Simons and Eva Hunter Bottom: L to R –Tessa Bally-Krige, Renaye Kramer and Jane Selander; Christopher Peter, Hayden Proud, John Kramer, Penny Dobbie, David Kramer and Martin Welz; Jean Downing with cousin, David Kramer



L to R – Jeremy Rose explains his work; UFS Architectural students; Excited visitors


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ODD TRADITIONS A conversation of painting and installation by Paul Senyol and Pierre le Riche Sarah Danes Jarrett

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Nushin Elahi’s London Letter This isn’t any sort of anniversary year for JMW Turner, but one would be forgiven for thinking it was. The year opened with a superbly exciting show of his work in Greenwich, and comes to a close with the first museum exhibition to focus solely on his later work, as well as a new British film about him, Mr Turner, from director Mike Leigh. Turner’s later work has always been my favourite: the atmospheric, free canvasses that evoke all the passion and movement with none of the fussiness of allegories or myths that so often seem to spoil things. It came as something of a surprise to find so many powerful early works at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, which almost doused one with their turbulent seas. Right from the first canvas Turner exhibited - a boat on a moonlit sea - to the wild cacophony of the shipwrecks and storms that greeted one at the entrance, his mastery in portraying the raw vigour of the elements was unquestionable. It may smack of heresy then to say that Tate Britain’s EY Exhibition: Late Turner - Painting Set Free (until 25 Jan) goes a long way to remind me that there is much of this great British painter which feels unbearably stiff and dated. The Tate curators are at pains to dismiss any idea that Turner was a precursor to the abstract, or that he turned his back on his earlier styles. Indeed, the final paintings that he showed at the Royal Academy in 1850 reprise his love of classical mythology. And his enormous bequest to the nation always begs the question of what was an unfinished canvas and what the artist considered complete. The show opens with a younger artist’s huge Biblical scene of Noah’s sacrifice, just to remind us of the prevailing images of the time and how different Turner’s work looked. Seeing that monstrosity is quite a sobering moment. Remember, too, that in 1835 the sixty-year-old Turner would have been considered to be in his dotage. It is impossible not to view his great output through


the prism of today, but Turner was very much a man of his time. He constantly measured himself against the best of the past and kept trying to stay ahead of his peers in his determination to seal his stature. So in the final 15 years of his life, he not only produced exquisite works such as the National Gallery’s Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway, taking up symbols of modernity such as the railway, the paddle-steamer or even the fire in the Houses of Parliament, but he also continued to choose historical allegories and classical myths as subjects. The confident freedom which abstracts the detail yet captures all the elemental passion of a landscape is so at odds with the laboured images at other times that they could be different artists. Choosing watercolours out of the plethora the Tate possess must truly be a mammoth task, but despite the simple beauty of so many of his works, many of those chosen here seemed sadly inconsequential. The Tate owns the largest collection of Turners, although around a quarter of the works on show here are loans. I would just as happily view a handful of my favourites when they are back home on the other side of Tate Britain in the Clore Gallery. Olafur Eliasson is the man who many remember as the creator of the sun installation in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2003, which had viewers lying on their backs to gain a new perspective. The prospect of this Danish artist interested in light and colour creating an experiment spun off Turner’s palette sounded infinitely more exciting than the tonal rings of colour that greet one on the walls of the Clore Gallery in Tate Britain (until 25 Jan). Perhaps they are the product of much study, but they simply look like giant CDs in rather muted colour ranges. Frank Auerbach doesn’t create easy paintings, but he has the same delight in the medium of paint that Lucien Freud had, so it is easy to see why the two art-

ists would have been friends. Freud had the largest private collection of Auerbach’s work, bequeathed to the nation and currently on show at Tate Britain (until 9 Nov). The work spans Auerbach’s career from his early student days in the 1940s until 2007, with many large canvasses depicting London streetscenes. The thick impasto paint sometimes provides a three-dimensional effect, especially in some of the head studies of a woman. The cityscapes have a heavy, grimy quality to them, evoking the specific place names he gives them in titles despite the abstract composition. The twists in the Thames River as it runs through the heart of London are unique enough to be a shorthand image of the city. Forded by the earliest inhabitants of the area, the river a nd its crossings defined the growth of the city that sprang up around it. No wonder the title of the second exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, Bridge, (until 2 Nov) conjures up so many images in the mind. Sadly, most of those disappoint in this rather dull and uninspired collection. The museum’s first exhibition, Estuary, achieved a fair balance between old and new, but this one is a much more random assortment. The tiny vintage photographs would benefit from also being seen as larger modern prints, rather than only under a magnifying glass in a darkened room. As far as older work goes, there are a few interesting etchings, and then some modern photos. Urban adventurers give unusual perspectives, such as the innards of London Bridge, but generally it’s a haphazard grouping that covers a very wide theme. When one considers how many fascinating topographical images there are of London and its crossings changing over the years, this doesn’t add much to an understanding of the subject. And the incessant drumming from one of the installations makes one want to hotfoot out of there and rather admire the nearby river in person. SA BUSINESS ART | OCTOBER 2014


OPPOSITE PAGE: Installation shot: Turner’s square paintings at Tate Britain’s Late Turner exhibition. Photo: Nushin Elahi

right top to bottom: James Abbott McNeill Whistler, “Old Westminster Bridge”, Etching, made in 1859. © Museum of London

THIS PAGE left top to bottom: Installation shot of Olafur Eliasson’s Turner colour experiments at Tate Britain. Photo: Nushin Elahi

Frank Auerbach, “Head of E.O.W” 1955. © Frank Auerbach. Image courtesy: Tate Britain

Frank Auerbach, “Rebuilding the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square”, 1962. © Frank Auerbach. Image courtesy: Tate Britain

JMW Turner, “Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus”, exhibited 1839 Tate, accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 185.

Albert Gravely Linney, “Looking beneath London Bridge, into the Upper Pool”, silver print, made in 1929. © Museum of London Henry Turner, “A Windy Evening on London Bridge”, Gelatin silver print, made in 1937. © Museum of London

Suki Chan, “Sleep Walk Sleep Talk: Film Still no. 1308”, 2011, exhibited at Museum of London. © Suki Chan Lucinda Grange, “Inside London Bridge”, 2014, exhibited at Museum of London. © Lucinda Grange

Image courtesy: Tate Britain



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Rare 19th Century Ndebele Beadwork on Auction in Cape Town A collection of rare museum-quality Ndebele beadwork filled with authentic pieces that date back to the late 19th century will be auctioned at Stephan Welz & Co. in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday, 29 October, 2014. Much of the collection belonged to Ian Ball, an English-born New Zealand-raised collector, who fell in love with Ndebele beadwork on a visit to a village in the 1970s. The rarest is a 19th century cape, or linaga, made up almost entirely of white beads, which is valued at R100 000 to 150 000. “Authentic Ndebele beadwork from this period is becoming harder and harder to come by,” said Anton Welz, Director of Stephan Welz & Co. “Ball was a passionate collector and all the pieces in his collection show the creativity and proficiency of the Ndebele women who made the items.” Big Apple Appeal: “New York is increasingly becoming the centre of tribal art, so much so that this auction will be held in the afternoon and evening, timed so that American buyers can easily participate, either via telephone or live online bidding,” said Welz. Prices for African tribal art are on the incline,

Lot 1129: Linaga, 1880s. A beaded cape of this colour, age and quality rarely comes to auction. Estimated at R100 000 - R150 000

says Welz. “In November 2013, an Ndebele Fertility Doll sold at Sotheby’s New York for $12 500. Belgium, with its strong colonial history in Africa, is also a big market, along with Paris and London.”

View all items on this auction: 22 – 26 October (10h00-17h00) or at More info: phone (+27) 21 794 64 61 or e-mail

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Print and Mid 20th Century Auction Russell Kaplan Auctioneers’ September Art & Antiques Auction saw some extremely good results for South African art. The sale of the day goes to a beautiful William Kentridge titled “Bird Catcher”. It far out-bid its presale estimate of R60 000 – R80 000, reaching a hammer price of R105 000 – quite something for a print in a relatively large edition. Other hits included George Pemba’s much anticipated “Ready for The Dance”, which reached a comfortable hammer price of R165 000; as well as an oil painting by Adriaan Boshoff – “Scene at Apies River Pretoria”, which received a hammer price of R150 000, far outreaching its presale estimate of R70 000 – R100 000.

William Kentridge, “Bird Catcher”, pigment print on wove paper, edition 58/60, 150 x 108cm Sold for R105 000

View all items on the next auction: 22 October (09h30-19h00 - drinks from 16h30) 23-24 October (09h30-16h30) 25 October (08h30 onwards) or at More info: phone (+27)11 789 74 22 or (+27) 83 675 84 68

This exciting auction features a designated session of South African and International prints, from Picasso to Kentridge, as well as South African ceramics & sculptures. International ceramics include works by Fornasetti, Saletti and Mooi. There will also be a wonderful selection of Murani and Scandinavian glass pieces. Furniture includes statement pieces by Le Corbusier, Ole Wanscher, Arne Jacobsen and Rodriguez. Other Scandinavian and contemporary designers will also be represented.

Andy Warhol, “Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland (from Reigning Queens portfolio)”, 1985 Estimated at R150 000 - R250 000

View all items on this auction: 9 - 10 October (09h00 – 16h00), 11 October (09h30 – 12h30) 13 – 15 October (09h00 – 16h00) or at More info: phone (+27)21 461 80 09 or email SA BUSINESS ART | OCTOBER 2014


AMSTERDAM Amsterdam Drawing Extended | Annet Gelink Gallery (6 September - 18 October): The exhibition forms an expansion of our participation in this year’s Amsterdam Drawing art fair. Amsterdam Drawing Extended thus shows how drawing is more than simply “works on paper. With work by Ed van der Elsken, Meiro Koizumi, David Maljkovic and Antonis Pittas. On the Move: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design | The Stedelijk Museum (29 August 2014 - 18 January): Last autumn, the Stedelijk invited artists living and/or working in the Netherlands to submit work in which they explore new, playful, critical, and challenging forms of narrativity. The selected works include both existing projects and works never previously exhibited, which are currently being developed especially for the exhibition.



Arte Povera and ‘Multipli’, Torino 1970-1975 | Sprüth Magers (18 September 1 November): In 1970 Giorgio Persano opened his gallery, ‘Multipli’, working with Arte Povera artists and with other Italian artists linked to the conceptual art of the era. This exhibition focuses in particular on artists associated with Arte Povera, exploring the idea of the multiple as the driving force behind a new form of artistic production.

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs | MoMA (12 October – 8 February): Spotlighting Matisse’s paper cut-outs, the show will be the largest and most extensive gathering of such works ever assembled with nearly 100 pieces on view. This exhibition saw a record number of visitors during its time in London... So many people can’t be wrong.

A-Z, The Marzona Collection | Hamburger Bahnhof (23 January 2014 31 August 2016): A celebration of the conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s: American and European conceptual art, Minimal Art, and Arte Povera. The semiotic structure of the alphabet is used to highlight ideas inherent to the works exhibited. The presentation is altered every quarter of a year in keeping with the sequence of the alphabet.

LONDON Turner Prize 2014 | Tate Britain (30 September – 4 January): The Turner Prize often acts as a springboard for an artist’s career – every year there seems to be one who grabs the headlines. This year is decidedly different. Not one of the competing artists has come up with work that has the public protesting that it isn’t art. Does this mark the point at which the Turner becomes a more ‘academic’ prize? Pierre Huyghe: In Border Deep | Hauser & Wirth (13 September – 1 November): Huyghe’s art has developed in strange and beguiling ways since his Tate Modern retrospective in 2006. Nature and culture, society, animal and artistic behaviour fuse in his site-specific objects, sculptures, aquariums and films. Huyghe’s art is a conundrum, and that is part of the pleasure of this inventive and thoughtful artist.

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis | International Center of Photography (19 September – 11 January): Genesis pays exquisite homage to those “still-pristine” parts of the planet. It is a gathering of more than 200 stunning black-and-white photographs that capture landscapes, seascapes, wildlife and indigenous peoples in their original state, unmarred by the hand of modernity.

PARIS Katsushika Hokusai | Grand Palais (1 October – 18 January): Five hundred works from the famous 18th century Japanese artist, who is well known for his painting “The big wave of Kanagawa”, will be on display. It’s a great opportunity to see artwork that has become emblematic of Japan. Salvador Dali | Espace Dali (11 September – 15 March): Dali’s mark on the world of modern art extends beyond the world of galleries and museums. To create this new exhibit 20 street artists created works directly inspired by Dali. With this project, they show the impact of surrealism on today’s urban art and artistic sensibilities. SOURCES: » » » » » »



Strauss & Co Seminal Painting by Irma Stern heads Strauss & Co auction

Amadlozi Group Collection – Highlights November auction

Africa’s First Major Contemporary Art Auction

Tiger Lilies was painted in 1932, shortly after Irma Stern’s return to Cape Town following successful exhibitions in Europe. Marking a significant break with European influence, and Stern’s determination to establish her own artistic identity and distinctive South African style, the painting is seminal in her oeuvre. “Tiger Lilies” represents an early version of Stern’s celebratory philosophy of Africa, the intellectual product of her recognition of the significance of her location on the African continent whose art had inspired European modernism. It is precisely this aspect of her portraits produced in the ’40s that is increasingly recognised in the critical literature on Stern. Her handling of the fruit in the foreground of “Tiger Lilies” acknowledges the significance for the artist of Paul Cézanne’s style, and, by contrast, her vigorous paint application and use of strong complementary colours is influenced by her involvement with German Expressionists, including her mentor and close friend Max Pechstein. According to Mona Berman, Stern told the Feldmans, “I met [the great sculptor Joseph] Epstein in London – that he loved my work – spent a few hours in my exhibition and said, ‘At last a painter who can paint comes to London. Do you know that nobody living can paint flowers better than you do – that the Renoir roses I just saw look like paper against your flowers’”. Stern’s creative intelligence and passion was grounded in her strong physical presence. Bursting with vitality, the painting epitomises the flamboyant character that made Stern so memorable to all who encountered her. View all items on this auction: 10 – 12 October (10h00 – 17h00) or at Walkabouts with Stephan Welz and Emma Bedford: 11 & 12 October at 11h00 More info: phone (+27) 21 683 6560 or email

Strauss & Co presents the Harry Lits Collection of Works by the Amadlozi Group, providing a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire a part of this groundbreaking art collective. This presentation of over 30 works is an important highlight in Strauss & Co’s upcoming auction to be held on 10 November at the Wanderers Club, Johannesburg. It will be the first time that such a significant collection of definitive examples of the work by this seminal group of artists has been offered at auction. The Lits Collection, one of the most important collections of late 20th century sculpture, is the result of decades of unprecedented collecting. Defying the stereotypical image of an art collector, Lits is a pharmacist who has an extraordinary eye and a commitment to a collection that reflects his abiding love for South African art. Lits’ first encounter with the Amadlozi Group came through his friend and neighbour, Egon Guenther. The term ‘amadlozi’ translates to “spirit of our ancestors”. In the 1950s, the Egon Guenther Gallery in Johannesburg supported many painters, sculptors and print makers who matched the German’s desire for African aesthetics. Among them were Cecil Skotnes, Edoardo Villa, Sydney Kumalo and Ezrom Legae – each of whom was fundamental to the Amadlozi Group during the 1960s. The Lits Collection, which comprises primarily sculptures, includes works by all four of these artists. In addition, it offers a compelling view into the work that emanated from the influential Polly Street Art Centre where Skotnes and, later Villa, both taught, and Kumalo and Legae first studied. Ruarc Peffers, Senior Art Specialist at Strauss & Co comments: “During the 1960s and 1970s Lits assembled this,... the finest single owner sculpture collections to have emerged in years. The sculptures are all excellent examples: supremely cast, exquisitely finished and with beautiful patinas – we are extremely privileged to have the opportunity to bring this illustrious collection to market. “ Prior to the auction, Strauss & Co will host an exhibition at its Johannesburg rooms (89 Central Street, Houghton) giving art enthusiasts an intimate view of this pivotal part of South African art history. An opening party will be held on Monday 20 October at 17h00. Please RSVP to 011 728 8246 or The exhibition will run 21 - 31 October, 09h00 - 16h00

The first major contemporary art auction on the African continent is set to take place in Cape Town when Strauss & Co presents its inaugural Contemporary Art auction on 26 February 2015 in conjunction with The Cape Town Art Fair 2015. The auction, one of the five core events of The Cape Town Art Fair, will be held at the Regatta Centre of the Royal Cape Yacht Club. “One of the shortcomings of the South African art market” says Stephan Welz, MD at Strauss & Co, “has been the absence of a lively, well presented, and most importantly a respected secondary market in contemporary art. I believe at Strauss & Co we are able to fill this gap admirably and with this auction will set new standards.” This dedicated contemporary auction offers the very best in African and international art. Key works already consigned include major sculptures by globally recognised artists such as Berlinde De Bruyckere and Nam June Paik. De Bruyckere was the solo artist in the Belgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, curated by J M Coetzee. Schmerzensmann III (R2 500 000 – 3 500 000), created in 2006, is a powerful reflection on humanity, with its fragile body draped over an iron column. Nam June Paik, who associated with Joseph Beuys and John Cage and participated in the Neo-Dada movement, Fluxus, of which Yoko Ono was also a member, is widely considered to be the founder of video art. Paik envisioned his explorations of technology as part of an ‘electronic superhighway’ – a term he coined – that would liberate artists to explore new media. His Internet Dweller: mpbdcg.ten.sspv (R800 000 – 1 200 000), produced in 1994, conceived as an imaginary being that lives on the internet, displays both the artist’s visionary foresight in fusing art and technology and his unique sense of humour. Works of this calibre appeal both to international connoisseurs and to South Africans looking to expand their collections beyond our borders by including the best examples of cutting-edge contemporary art. Amongst the works by top South African artists, Ed Young’s Arch (R450 000 – 550 000) is set to fly. Collectors are now able to consign high quality works of contemporary art with the assurance that they will benefit from Strauss & Co’s long-standing auction experience and consistent record-breaking results as well as the acknowledged contemporary art expertise of its art specialists. For consignments or any further information contact: Emma Bedford in the Cape Town office 021 683 6560/083 391 7235 Ruarc Peffers in the Jhb office 011 728 8246/084 444 8004

above: Irma Stern, “Tiger Lilies” signed and dated 1932, oil on canvas, 89 x 60cm Estimated at R6 000 000 – 9 000 000 top right: Sydney Alex Kumalo, “Man on Beast” Estimated at R200 000 – 300 000 To be sold in Johannesburg on 10 November 2014

left & right: Nam June Paik (American/Korean 19322006) “Internet Dweller: mpbdcg.ten.sspv”, signed and dated ’94, assemblage, 110 x 132 x 66cm Estimated at R800 000 – 1 200 000


An Exhibition of The Harry Lits Collection of Works by the Amadlozi Group Tuesday 21 to Friday 31 October 2014, 9am to 4pm Opening Please join us for cocktails on Monday 20 October at 5pm Strauss & Co 89 Central Street, Houghton Enquiries 011 728 8246 / This Collection will be sold in Johannesburg at The Wanderers Club on 10 November 2014

Sydney Kumalo Figure with Outstretched Arms R400 000 – 600 000

SA’s New Affair with Art Fairs Art dealer, Ed Winkleman traced the rise of the art fair back from three main events in 1970 (in Cologne, Basel, and Brussels) to a recent report showing that by 2011 there were 189 art fairs world-wide. Now, in 2014, Winkleman says he has tallied up about 220 current contemporary art fairs around the world. During the recession of 2008, Winkleman said, one would have expected the number of art fairs to start dwindling but more and more galleries looked to these as a haven of sorts amid the struggling business environment. South Africa has been relatively slow to the trot. The first international standard was FNB Joburg Art Fair in 2007. There was a long lull of six years before Turbine and Cape Town Art Fair sparked to life, following suit. To say that we should be curious about the sustainability of our art fairs is perhaps an understatement, as they are proving to be a key component in South Africa’s visual art industry. The Art Times decided to gather some insight, interviewing various leading art fair directors and a few participating art galleries. Due to space constraints, we were unable to publish all of the interviews in this magazine and have instead included some of the most salient comments for you to read. Every interview will be published in its entirety online, as part of the Art Times AM News broadcast on 10 October:

in place and a lot of visitors to the alternate fair look at younger up and coming artists and alternative galleries. Alternative fairs give more opportunity for galleries who do not make the main fair yet can be valuable in feeding to the main fair. There is a constant demand for more platforms to show and sell art.” - Louise Cashmore “The infrastructure of the art scene in South Africa is still very concentrated between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which would make it very difficult to establish another large-scale art fair elsewhere. That being said, there are new art fairs such as the Turbine Art Fair that are emerging, which reflect a different array of galleries to the Cape Town and Joburg Art Fairs, so there is definitely space for art fairs that assume a different model. But an oversaturation in a country as small as South Africa would be counter-productive.” - Elana Brundyn “At present I don’t believe that SA has sufficient art buyers to sustain a further fair, though hopefully successful fairs will change this” - Glynis Hyslop, Managing Director of The Forum Company (producer of Turbine Art Fair) “Major fairs are expensive to be a part of. The smaller galleries are probably inclined to participate in one local one a year.” - Gina Mollé, Curator of Everard Read Johannesburg

THE MARKET AND PRODUCTION SA ART FAIRS NOW “Because it was the 7th instalment, the exhibitors are familiar with the format of the FNB Joburg Art Fair by now and are able to plan displays that work well with the space. The Cape Town Art Fair is still young and developing in comparison, but the instalment this year suggests that it has huge potential. Both fairs are small compared to some of the international fairs, and haven’t really established a large international audience yet.” - Elana Brundyn, Director of Brundyn+ “As the desire for art from Africa grows and the market for contemporary art in South Africa has continued to develop and evolve, art fairs become increasingly popular as a destination for networking, education, communication, enjoyment, acquisition and of course pleasure. They are the place where the latest works are available for collectors in one place.” - Louise Cashmore, Sales & Marketing Director of Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa (producer of Cape Town Art Fair)

MULTIPLICITY “As per international fairs, once the foundation is set and the fair shows relative success, fringe or satellite art fairs tend to pop up as there is publicity and visitation

“I understand that a lot of sales at the Cape town Art fair were from people residing out of Cape Town and I think that the market will grow. We see sales at TAF continuing to expand meteorically as the urban population of Gauteng becomes see more aware of the investment potential of art.” - Glynis Hyslop “Cape Town Art Fair has certainly marketed and introduced galleries and artists to a greater audience as well as created a platform for exciting networking and collaboration between galleries.” - Louise Cashmore “Gradually the many thousands of visitors to the art fairs are beginning to identify which artists are producing, what they produce and which galleries represent them. It is also a good time to take the temperature in relation to issues and objectives behind the work.” - Matthew Krouse, Media Liaison for Goodman Gallery

THE FUTURE “It will be important to keep finding ways to invigorate art fairs with exciting new projects. There is definitely international interest in these fairs. They provide an entry point into the art scene of a country. Hopefully this interest can be nurtured. It is great that the art fairs have been partnering with other international art fairs such SA BUSINESS ART | OCTOBER 2014


as MiArt in Milan (Cape Town Art Fair) and Loop Barcelona (FNB Joburg Art Fair), which goes a long way to fostering this international dialogue in a way that benefits both sides.” - Elana Brundyn “South African has the opportunity to become the cultural hub of Africa and will continue to attract exhibitors from the rest of Africa. Sadly, our current import charges make this difficult We are excited about some of the ways we are going to showcase contemporary art from the rest of Africa . I think that participation and attendance at fairs will continue to grow and art fairs will be firm fixture as a must attend event. “- Glynis Hyslop More established art fairs in other countries are still enjoying rapid growth, but certain issues are beginning to arise. For instance, international art dealer Elizabeth Dee reported that when art fairs are handled by corporate organizers, galleries begin to have less room to take risks with new artists, so content begins to suffer. Attorney Richard Lehun further criticises that while praising the ease and efficiency of a fair, gallerists and collectors do not have the space to form longterm relationships with clients and existing long-term relationships suffer neglect. South African art fairs have not been in existence long enough to enjoy a full perspective of their unique pitfalls. For this reason, a global connection seems vital in order to sustain growth, quality, innovation and interest.

SOME OF SA’S ART FAIRS AND ARTS FESTIVALS: Eastern Cape: Arts Journey - Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) National Arts Festival (Grahamstown) Gauteng: Turbine Art Fair (Johannesburg) FNB Joburg Art Fair (Johannesburg) KwaZulu-Natal: Nashua Art in the Park (Pietermaritzburg) North West Province: Clover Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees (Potchefstroom) Western Cape: Cape Town Art Fair (Cape Town) Suidoosterfees (Cape Town) Absa KKNK - Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (Oudtshoorn) The Winter Sculpture Fair (Franchhoek) Hermanus FynArts (Hermanus) Prince Albert Arts Festival (PArt14) (Prince Albert) Cape Town Fringe (Cape Town) Greater Southern Africa: HIFA - Harare International Festival of the Arts (Harare, Zimbabwe) MTN Bushfire (Swaziland)

LEADING SOURCES CONSULTED FOR THE COMPILATION OF THIS REPORT INCLUDE: Louise Cashmore (Sales & Marketing Director of Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa producer of Cape Town Art Fair) Glynis Hyslop (Managing Director of The Forum Company - producer of Turbine Art Fair) Elana Brundyn (Director of Brundyn+ Gina Mollé (Curator of Everard Read Johannesburg Matthew Krouse (Media Liaison for Goodman Gallery Eileen Kinsella. Are Art Fairs Good for Galleries – Or Killing Them?. Artnet News (31 May 2014):



ART FAIRS MULTIPLY ACROSS GREATER CHINA The Art Newspaper | Lisa Movius: Fair fever has hit China, with three news events in Shanghai this month. “Art fairs are the fashion,” says Leo Xu, the owner of Leo Xu Projects, a Shanghai contemporary art gallery. “It used to be museums, galleries, or magazines. Now it is fairs.” Though the fairs bring buyers and a buzz to Shanghai’s art market, Xu says: “The explosion also shows that people are followers, rather than thinking creatively. It’s like using [the chat app] Weixin or [the auction site] Taobao. There is a need to think…

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UK ART DEALERS ARE DODGING ARTIST RESALE RIGHTS? Artnet News | Coline Milliard: The Artist Resale Right (ARR) might have been introduced in 2006, but many UK dealers are still choosing to treat this legal obligation as optional. “It’s still a big problem,” said Leonora Gummer, a senior manager at the Artist Collecting Society (one of two non-profits in the UK dedicated to collecting ARR). “I still meet dealers, quite often, who say: ‘I’m not going to [pay]’.” Gummer was speaking alongside lawyer Simon Stokes at a panel chaired by Antiques Trade Gazette editor Ivan Macquisten… HOW USEFUL ARE ART INDICES? Forbes | Kathryn Tully: When you think about art indices, you need to consider carefully what they choose to include as well as what they are forced to leave out. While making a laudable attempt to bring transparency to the opaque art market, they have always been hobbled by the lack of sales data available. All of them rely on data from just half the art market – the auction market – when 53% of the global art market is actually made up of private gallery and dealer sales, according to TEFAF’s latest report… MONET PAINTING FOUND IN DEAD GERMAN ART COLLECTOR’S HOSPITAL SUITCASE Haaretz: Cornelius Gurlitt, whose uncovered trove of Nazilooted artworks shocked the world, passed away in May. A Monet painting was found in the suitcase that German art collector Cornelius Gurlitt, whose uncovered trove of Nazilooted artworks shocked the world, took to the hospital when he died. Gurlitt, who before his death had agreed to return the mostly early 20th-century paintings to heirs of the rightful owners, died in early May, several months after heart bypass surgery… PRICELESS RAPHAEL FALLS VICTIM TO FAULTY AC The Huffington Post | Coline Milliard: Raphael’s Deposition (1507), one of the highlights of the Galleria Borghese’s collection, has been severely damaged because of a faulty air conditioning system in the Rome museum, the Independent reports. A High Renaissance masterpiece, the wood panel became warped in the Italian summer heat. Staff have done their best to save it, but with an AC described by director Anna Coliva as “completely worn out” there was little they could do. The staff initially used improvised method… LIBERATE TATE PLANS MASS PROTEST OVER BP SPONSORSHIP Artnet News: Artist collective cum activist group Liberate Tate is inviting all those willing to take part in a mass performance calling for the UK institution to disclose how much money it receives from one of its sponsors, the oil giant BP. The performance will take place in a yet-to-be-disclosed Tate location on Saturday 6, 2014, less than two weeks before museum representatives are due to appear before the information tribunal. In March 2014...

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Adriaan Boshoff, Scene at Apies River Pretoria, Oil on canvas

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DURBAN ARTIST WINS SASOL NEW SIGNATURES PRIZE The 2014 Sasol New Signatures art competition was won by Elizabeth Jane Balcomb, for her works “I am you” & “Survival”. The annual competition, established by the Association of Arts Pretoria in the late 1960’s, is the longest running national art competition in South Africa and this year Sasol celebrates its 25th anniversary as a lead sponsor of the art competition. Balcomb, who is a self-taught artist and has been a full-time sculptor for the past five years, wins R100 000 as well as a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Arts Museum next year. Commenting on Balcomb’s work, the judges said, “The artist’s keen interest in nature conservation and a deep longing for wild places, led her to become interested in aspects and characteristics of therianthropic figures found in the iconography of San paintings. Animal-human figures symbolise animal characteristics found in the personalities of humans. Furthermore, these figures offer a window into the spiritual world regarding the realms of the living and the dead.” The combination of media and the interplay between found objects, cement and bronze castings has yielded work of superior craftsmanship. The interplay between the disconnectedness of the figures which are in dialogue with one another, further plays on the humanist aspect which is contrasted by animal behaviour. Competition runner up Adelheid Camilla von Maltitz with her sculptured piece “Bodies” took the second prize of R25 000, while five merit prizes of R10 000 each went to Lucienne Pallas Bestall, Bongani Innocent Khanyile, Lorienne Lotz, Josua Strümpfer and Colleen Winter. The competition attracted a record number of entries – 587 works were received from artists from all over the country through eight regional selection points, of which a record 110 were shortlisted as finalists. An exhibition of the finalist’s work will be held at the Pretoria Art Museum until 19 October 2014, alongside 2013 Sasol New Signatures winner, Dot Vermeulen’s solo exhibition.

From top to bottom, left to right Winner, Elizabeth Jane Balcomb with her pieces “I am You” and “Survival” Runner-up, Adelheid Camilla von Maltitz with her piece, “Bodies” (background) Merit award winner, Bongani Innocent Khanyile with his “Helmets” Merit award winner, Josua Strümpfer with his “There is death in the pot” Merit award winner, Lorienne Lotz with her piece, “Walking in his shoes / Ray-banned” Merit award winner, Colleen Winter with her piece, “Cube I, II, III, IV” Merit award winner, Lucienne Pallas Bestall with her piece, “Anxious Banana” All images courtesy Sasol New Signatures


George Hallett (SOUTH AFRICAN 1942-)

PETER CLARKE black and white hand print, inscribed with the artist’s name, title, dated 1966 and ‘The collection of Peter Clarke’ on the reverse sheet size: 25,5 by 20,5cm R 6 000 - R 8 000



AUCTIONS CAPE TOWN 28 & 29 October 2014 including the personal collection of the late Peter Clarke

VIEWING 22 - 26 October 2014, 10h00 - 17h00

JOHANNESBURG 25 & 26 November 2014 featuring a collection of contemporary art

VIEWING 19 - 24 November 2014, 10h00 - 17h00

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