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Celebrating the Eastern Cape The National Arts Festival 2016 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Turns 60 Dr. Melanie Hillebrand – Out-going, long-time director of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Image courtesy of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum.

HOME TRUTHS Domestic Interiors in South African Collections Curated by Emeritus Professor Michael Godby

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Freida Lock (1902 - 1962), Interior, oil on board, Sanlam Art Collection

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CONTENTS Art Times 7 National Arts Festival: Interview with Ismail Mahomed 8 NAF Programme Highlights 10 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Celebrates 60 12 Artists’ Birthdays 14 NAF Focus: Mohau Modisakeng 16 100 Greatest SA Artworks Series

We Celebrate

Gallery Guide 18 Bastiaan van Stenis 22 Gallery Listings 33 Gallery Buzz Business Art 15 Media Radar 12 Auction House News 11 South African Artists Abroad 6 Anywhere but Here?

This edition of the SA Art Times magazine is all about acknowledging art in the Eastern Cape, but while we are in the midst of these joyous pages, we would also like to celebrate three key figures in SA art: The South African Academy of Science and Culture recently awarded Maureen Quin the 2016 Medal of Honour for Visual Art (sculpture). In an advanced notice, owner of Stellenbosch Art Gallery Hester Borgelt announced that a substantial exhibition of Quin’s work will be shown at Stellenbosch Art Gallery from 10 September 2016 onwards.

Esmé Berman was recently presented with an honourary doctorate in Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in recognition of her contribution to South African art.

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The University of Cape Town (UCT) announced plans to award Emeritus Professor El Anatsui with an honourary doctorate in Fine Arts, after describing him as “the most significant living African artist”. The ceremony will take place on 14 June 2016. Congratulations to our art heroes.


COVER SHOT: Dr. Melanie Hillebrand – Out-going, long-time director of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Image courtesy of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum.


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$VSHFWVRI$EVWUDFWLRQ In the early 1980s, Ismail Mahomed came to the National Arts Festival to work as an independent producer, and then a writer on the Festival’s Fringe programme. In 2008, he was appointed to the post of Artistic Director. 2016 marks his eighth and final year as the festival’s director.

Also, many of the international partnerships that I have been able to broker over for the past eight years are now artist-led. Perhaps, my greatest disappointment is that while the Festival has been able to extend its footprint across all continents it still has a long way to solidify genuine partnerships with the African continent. The lack of enabling How has the festival changed and developed government policy and public arts funding to stimulate African-based connections must be over the years of your involvement? A significant part of my focus over the last eight seriously addressed. years was to create an enabling space for artists to present work on the Main programme despite the What are your hopes for the festival’s future? many economic challenges facing the art sector. I am hopeful that the National Arts Festival will By brokering partnerships with various agencies continue to be a vital player in the arts and cultural we were able to find innovative and more practical sector. More than being a platform for artists, the ways of presenting work on the programme and Festival is a barometer of the social and political at the same time ensuring that much of the work mood of South Africa. Artists reflect on our past will have an extended run beyond the Festival. with the hopes of being able to re-envision our Additional genres such as Performance Art, Public future. They critique our current landscape with Art, and Family Fare as well as newer platforms vigour and conviction. They’re blurring genres and such as the Arena programme, the Solo Theatre breaking down geographical, cultural, political Festival, the Featured Curated programme and and language barriers. They’re increasingly taking the Featured Artist programme were introduced to ownership of Section 16 in the South African broaden access for artists. The Remix Laboratory Constitution which guarantees them freedom of programme was developed as an outcomes- expression and creativity. I have absolute hope based programme to catapult community-based that as long as the Festival remains artistically artists into the sector; and there are many unfettered from government agendas and remains success stories about the Remix Laboratory that artist-centred, its status and reputation as a global are worth celebrating. The Festival’s standing event will become so much more significant. internationally has also grown considerably with more international producers and directors As we are specifically interested in visual art, engaging with the Festival as a scouting ground can you point out a few highlights from this for South African talent. category, from previous years? Paul Emmanuel’s Transitions in 2009, Mary Would you say that your dreams for the festival Sibande’s Long Live the Dead Queen in 2010, the University of Stellenbosch’s Comix/Mixed Media have finally been met? I can certainly look back to the past eight years in 2011, Ruth Simbao’s Making Way in 2012, feeling comfortable that much has been achieved. Mary Sibande’s The Purple Shall Govern in 2013, I can celebrate in the many successes of artists the exhibitions by Hasan & Husain Essop as well who premiered their work at the Festival and Wim Botha in 2014 and Jodi Bieber’s Between who have gone on to achieve great things. I Darkness and Light in 2015. Perhaps my greatest am delighted that before leaving the Festival I highlight is the Paris-based Compagne Non Nova’s have succeeded in putting into place an Artistic Vortex and Afternoon of a Foehn presented in Committee that is visionary and passionate about 2012 because it was such a powerful example of the arts; and with fixed terms of reference to what can happen when the lines between theatre, avoid gatekeeping and self-centred agendas. performance art and visual art become blurred.


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National Arts Festival

30 June - 10 July 2016 in Grahamstown

MAIN PROGRAMME - 5 Highlights #THE VOICES – an Exhibition of Artworks by Artists from the Eastern Cape: As South Africans commemorate the 40th anniversary of the rise of the youth in their quest for a non-racial South Africa, the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture takes pride in presenting this exhibition that will portray the voices of the youth. The exhibition showcases how they use their artistic expressions to contribute to achieving unity and social cohesion. Image courtesy the Eastern Cape Department While the immense beauty of of Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture the Eastern Cape landscape is celebrated by the artists in the exhibition they have the courage to reflect on some of the social ills that still need to be addressed. The artists also use their creativity to remember the South African icon, uNkosi uDalibhunga Rholihlahla Mandela, as a visionary youth leader who grew up to become a unifying figure for all South Africans. Find this exhibition at the Albany History Museum (Foyer). NOKA YA BOKAMOSO – Lerato Shadi’s Solo Exhibition: This exhibition is the artist’s way of placing herself in the world – as a (Black) woman and a South African. The artist feels acute responsibility for how she portrays the Black female body, reflecting on the ways it has been presented in the past, from Saartjie Baartman to endless other examples of exploitation and humiliation. The juxtaposition between past and present becomes a leitmotif in her work. Although it is South Africa that is imbued in her work the artist explores the politics of transformation through the locations that she finds herself in. In thinking about her own history and creating Lerato Shadi, Makhubu (detail), images that are re-imagining a new future. In performance and installation. comprehension, writing within a pre-existing Photo credit: Erik Dettwile context, she wants to re-imagine the present as the future. The exhibition is curated by Joan Legalamitlwa, with production manager Erik Dettwiler. Find this exhibition at the Albany History Museum (Alumni Gallery). Continuum – 5 years of Reinhold Cassirer Award Winners: The Reinhold Cassirer Award is a visual art award dedicated to the development of young South African artists working in the medium of drawing or painting. Reinhold Cassirer established Sotheby’s in SA, and ran it for 11 years before starting Cassirer’s Fine Art. He identified and nurtured some of SA’s best artists long before they became famous (eg. William Kentridge, David Koloane, Sam Nhlengethwa, Deborah Bell and Karel Nel ). The award is given as a 3-month residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, with mentorship and guidance from established artists, academics Blessing Ngobeni, Democracy and curators. In celebration of the first 5 years of #Sex, Booze, Obesity I (detail). the award and Reinhold Cassirer’s contribution to Image courtesy The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios SA art, The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios presents Continuum. This exhibition curated by Ayasha Waja, showcases new work by 8

award winners: Tshepo Mosopa (2011), Blessing Ngobeni (2012), Asanda Kupa (2013), Thato Nhlapo (2014) and Keneilwe Mokoena (2015). Find this exhibition at the Monument (Ntsikana Gallery). Somnyama Ngonyama – Zanele Muholi’s Solo Exhibition: In contrast to her life-long project of documenting members of the black LGBTI community of South Africa, Somnyama Ngonyama sees Muholi taking on various personas through black and white self-portraits taken while travelling in South Africa, America and Europe. Somnyama Ngonyama (meaning ‘Hail, the Dark Lioness’) confronts the politics of race and pigment in the photographic archive, while commenting on specific events in South Africa’s political history, such as the Marikana massacre. Along with these selfportraits, the exhibition features a series of photographs from Muholi’s ongoing essay Zanele Muholi, Bona, Charlottesville, titled Brave Beauties – a celebratory look (detail), 2015, digital print. at the body and the politics of expression. Images © Zanele Muholi, courtesy of Stevenson The exhibition is curated by Lerato Bereng, Cape Town and Johannesburg in association with Stevenson. Find this exhibition at the Alb any Museum (Standard Bank Art Gallery).

Moses Tladi, Highveld Summer Rainstorm (detail), undated, oil on canvas. Private Collection

Moses Tladi Unearthed: Moses Tladi is considered one of South Africa’s first Black artists to have his work exhibited around the country. Tladis self-taught talent as a landscape painter flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. His paintings are as colourful and peaceful as they are rough and emotive, and through his landscapes we come to understand a man whose life was tied up with the political landscape of the time. Bringing together approximately 30 artworks, the exhibition endeavours to remind the general public of Tladis work and to re-examine his place in SA art history. It further contextualizes Tladi by presenting his work alongside other practising SA artists of the time. Moses Tladi Unearthed is curated by Andrea Lewis, under the curatorial advisement of Hayden Proud. The design and documentary film were done by Dirk Meerkotter. It has been generously funded by Iziko Museums of South Africa and the Andrew Mellon Foundation through the Centre for Curating the Archive at UCT. Find this exhibition at the Albany History Museum (Grahamstown Gallery). SA ART TIMES | JUNE 2016



FRINGE PROGRAMME 5 Highlights All these marks make imprints like contour lines on the land and betoken layers of relationships between inner mind-scapes and outer landscapes. Fragments of Land – BrettenAnne Moolman’s solo exhibition: The artist presents aerial landscape paintings in arresting hues. She entices: “Imagine flying lightly on a slipstream of heat, fragmented by clouds and cast shadows on the hot lands of Africa”. Something Left to Save – Cedric Vanderlinden’s solo exhibition: Vanderlinden has been painting for two decades and has exhibited extensively in SA. In this particular exhibition, he presents dramatic, large-format skyscapes, using the emotive qualities of light to evoke the Sublime and to explore our shared ecological destruction.

National Arts Festival Festino’s will be spoiled for viewing five exhibitions at Trinity Hall on Hill Street (09:00 – 17:00 daily, closing at noon on the last day). ‘Landscape’ is the focus of artists Anthony Harris, Bretten-Anne Moolman and Cedric Vanderlinden. Three-dimensional works on exhibit include ceramics and glasswork.

The Glass Exhibition: Curated by Cedric Vanderlinden, this exhibition highlights the work of post-graduates of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Fine Arts Department. Included on the exhibition are works by Lorinda Pretorius, who recently had a highly successful exhibition at the Cape Town Art Fair.


Unearthed: This ceramics exhibition includes work by well-known Port Elizabeth artists. From low to high fire, in porcelain, thrown and pit-fired ware, earthenware and sculptural – this diverse offering is curated by Bretten-Anne Moolman of Art on Target.

DEEP TIME: A Final Count-Down – Anthony Harris’s 16th solo exhibition: In his new series of work titled Deep Time, Harris conceptually explores land issues: the concept of geological time, social geography, political, culture and cultural identity. ‘Deep Time’ is the concept of geological time. The modern philosophical concept was developed in the 18th century by Scottish geologist James Hutton. Science has since established, after a long and complex history of developments, the age of the Earth at around 4.54 billion years. According to Harris, he uses map imagery in his work because “maps codify man’s existence”. At times surreal, these works are composed of elements symbolizing change and evolution. The desire to mark and socialize “spaces”; thereby making them “places” is a universal human urge. Southern Africa is a multiplex mosaic of cultural marks. The earliest evidence of land-scaping is in 2 million years of stone tools wrought from fine-grained rocks. Then there is the 100 000 years of symbolically using and marking earth-ochres. There are still more marks: San rock-art; kraals, Khoi herders’ Anthony Harris, DEEP TIME: Mapping Fraking (detail), trek routes and urban settlers’ telephone poles. 500 x 500 mm



Cedric Vanderlinden’s Where You End (detail), 2015, oil paints on canvas, 89 x 121.5 cm




Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Metropolita Art Museum Celebrates On 22 June 2016 one of our country’s greatest cultural treasures, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, will have inspired art lovers for 60 years. To commemorate this milestone, the Museum launched a series of exhibitions exploring the history of the Museum’s extensive collection while paying tribute to the community of Nelson Mandela Bay who have supported us throughout our 60 years. The planned commemorative exhibitions that began in 2015, conclude with a final exhibition of highlights from the museum’s collection titled YEYETHU, SONKE (THIS BELONGS TO ALL OF US): 60 YEARS OF COLLECTING which will open on the Museum’s 60th anniversary. The anniversary exhibitions kicked off with the Launch of the 60th Anniversary Program - an exhibition looking back at historical photographs of the Museum. When the NMM Art Museum building was opened in 1956 (then named the King George VI Art Gallery), it contained one exhibition hall fashioned after a Dutch interior. Today, the revamped Museum has expanded to include four exhibition halls spread over two buildings, an education centre with a workshop area, a conservation studio and a library. The early photographs show the efforts of the Museum’s first director, Mrs. Eleanor K. Lorimer, who had the unenviable task of starting the collections from scratch. The exhibition of historical photographs was followed by a look at the first artworks acquired by the city of Port Elizabeth, acquired for the Museum before it was officially opened. Amongst this somewhat eclectic exhibition titled In the Beginning, are Africana works which remain thought-provoking records of the city’s development as well as artworks donated by prominent local architect Victor Jones, who bequeathed money towards the Museum’s founding. In the adjacent hall In the Beginning: the Early Art Scene and the Eastern Province Society of the Arts was displayed. This exhibition showcased artworks by early pioneers of the Port Elizabeth art community, like Dorothy Kay.


Building the Collection followed, with a look at artworks acquired by the Museum between 1956 and 1987. This exhibition reflected the original emphasis of the first collections policy on the acquisition of British art - in keeping with the historic ties between the Eastern Province and Britain. Today, the British works only make up 4% of the collection but contain beautiful and interesting examples of British Modernism. Examples of early 20th Century South African art were also purchased at this time, including works by Irma Stern, Gregoire Boonzaier and Maud Sumner. The first collection policy also included craft and design with acquisitions of Chinese textiles, ceramics, and tapestries from the Rorke’s Drift Art and Craft Centre. 60 Benefactors honoured members of the community, community organisations and art collectors who donated significant works to the Museum. Some of the Museum’s most treasured artworks were donated by private benefactors. 2016 started with Elevating the Object, which celebrated the Art Museum’s noteworthy collection of craft. The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum has been at the forefront of the trend towards recognizing the aesthetic contribution of craft to the world of art. The Museum currently boasts a nationally acclaimed collection of SA studio ceramics,

and Chinese textiles. The Museum’s collection of Southern Nguni textiles and beadwork is an important archive recording the history of beadwork design in the Eastern Cape and helps to keep the tradition of beading and beadwork alive in contemporary communities. In April 2016, two exhibitions opened which explored the important role that art played as the social conscience of the country during and after Apartheid; Transforming the Collection and Cultural Boycott to Pan African Dream. Selected artworks reflect on how artists engaged with politics and used art as a medium for protest. The exhibition further explores how art continues to play a vital role in the social development of the New South Africa. Transforming the Collection tells the story of the development of black artists from 1940 to the fall of apartheid with a special focus on local artist George Pemba who was a contemporary of Gerard Sekoto and John Mohl. This highlight exhibition, YEYETHU, SONKE (THIS BELONGS TO ALL OF US): 60 YEARS OF COLLECTING, will bring together all the diverse sections of the Museum’s collections with an emphasis on artworks from its extensive collection of Eastern Cape and SA art. A section of the exhibition will be hosted in the newly opened Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Bird Street Gallery. 60/16 a selection of the Museum’s 21st Century acquisitions will be on display in this space and include the works of Nicholas Hlobo, Steven Cohen, Nomusa Makhubu and Alan Alborough, amongst others. To complement the 60th celebration exhibitions the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum is running its 365 DAYS OF ART CAMPAIGN which highlights an artwork a day from the Art Museum’s collection of over 6000 objects. The selected works will be profiled on the NMM Art Museum’s Facebook page. During the highlight exhibition, the museum will be hosting family workshops, walkabouts and behind the scenes tours. The dates for these events will be advertised on our website.



Change Agent – Dr Melanie Hillebrand The art of the Eastern Cape is highly prized for its creative richness and diversity. Many of the country’s most highly valued artists were either born in this province or were born from the influence of creative strongholds Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and artEC. Who better to ask about the Eastern Cape’s incredible art than the outgoing Director of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Dr Melanie Hillebrand? Through her long tenure, she has witnessed the best of the best and has played an active role in transforming The King George VI Art Gallery into the dynamic Art Museum that we know and love, today. Dr Hillebrand, of particular interest to NMMAM visitors is its broad collection of art from the Eastern Cape. What makes this collection noteworthy for both the Eastern Cape and the country? The NMM Art Museum has a definitive range of work from this region. Our collection includes representative artworks by artists working in the Eastern Cape from 1790 to 2000. Apart from the Ann Bryant Gallery, East London, and the University of Fort Hare, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum is the custodian of the largest collection of art works in this field. Since 2000, the Art Museum has been committed to acquiring a representative selection of outstanding contemporary works in all media from the Eastern Cape. It actively supports local arts initiatives as well as artists who work in digital and other new media through its exhibition programme and its bi-annual competition and award.

What are your thoughts on the trajectory of both NMMAM and art out of the Eastern Cape? I am a little pessimistic about both art and museums in South Africa and I think that the Eastern Cape has been particularly neglected in terms of encouragement and support. There has been a disgraceful marginalisation of art museums at the highest level. Funds have been withdrawn, purchase of works of art budgets cancelled, and specialised professional posts have been left vacant for years on end. The art world is referred to by politicians and senior officials (if at all) in terms of vague concepts such as “cultural industries” and “social upliftment” with the expectation that the square peg of visual art can be hammered into a variety of unsympathetic round holes. How has this neglect of museums impacted on the SA art market? Professional services have been curtailed – this means an end to free advice about art from resident specialists. It means no more ready market for cutting-edge SA art. South African dealers are relying more and more on overseas markets because local art museums have no purchase budgets. It means no more block-buster contemporary exhibitions presented for free across the country at prestige museums. Artists who complained about not being chosen for the Triennial/Biennial/latest big competition Opposite page, top: Bonnie Mayvee Ntshalintshali (S. African, Winterton 1962-1999), The plague, 1990, ceramic Footer: Artworks from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum’s permanent collection

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Raoul Dufy

3 June 1877 - 23 March 1953

Fauvist painter and printmaker, Raoul Dufy was born in Normandy, to an artistically inclined family who would often stage dramatic and musical performances together. At age 14, Dufy was forced to leave school to work for a coffee-import company. He began night classes in art and in 1900 won a scholarship to the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. During this time, art dealer Berthe Weill paid him 30 francs for one of his pastel drawings and invited him to exhibit. His lithographs, etchings and woodcuts attracted the attention of top Paris fashion designer Paul Poiret. Dufy went on to work as a textile designer for BianchiniFérier for 16 years, but declined a fortune in company shares so that he could maintain the rights to his work. He was commissioned to paint a massive mural (197 feet wide and 33 feet high) for the 1937 International Exposition in Paris. The artist then reproduced the mural as a colour lithograph (3 feet high, 20 feet wide and printed in 22 colours). Later in life, he continued to paint despite crippling arthritic pain, and was rewarded for his perseverance with the Grand Prix at the 26th Venice Biennale. The very next year, Dufy died of intestinal bleeding caused by his arthritis medication. He was buried near to Matisse in the Cimiez Monastery Cemetery.

Margaret Bourke-White

14 June 1904 – 27 August 1971

Margaret Bourke-White was born in the Bronx, New York. Her father engineered printing mechanisms and although he was fond of photography and tinkering with lenses, BourkeWhite only picked up a camera in 1921 when she enrolled at Columbia University to study art. She attended a total of 7 universities; studying art, swimming, dancing, herpetology, palaeontology and zoology. While at Cornell, she decided to photograph the campus for extra income. This was how she became a commercial photographer, and it was the first step to Bourke-White pioneering both Industrial Photography and the Photo Essay. Years later, she would have the first cover of Life magazine, and would publish 11 books on photography. In 1930, Bourke-White became the first foreign photographer to have unlimited access to the Soviet Union, and so she was the only photographer in Moscow during the German raid on the Kremlin. Afterwards, when she went to photograph the North African campaign, her ship was hit by a torpedo and sank. She and only one of her cameras made it to the lifeboat. After photographing Stalin, Ghandi, Churchill, Roosevelt, the Korean War and the rise of Nazi Germany, Parkinson’s disease put an end to her photographic career, in 1957.

Christopher Swift

18 June 1973–

Cape Town-based artist, Christopher Swift was born in Vereeniging. He claims that his family moving around a lot in his younger years caused him to develop good packing skills. Now, some of his most prized works are made up of found objects that have been stacked or packed. His family was not well-off and so they abhorred waste. This too affected Swift’s art practise, as he mentioned in his biography: “I’d say that my compulsion to work in found objects is as much about not wasting and redignifying an object, as it is about preserving environment.” Although he originally wanted to study art, when the time came, it seemed more practical to study Graphic Design. Later on, success in advertising allowed him to pursue a Fine Art degree. In 2009, he received his BA Fine Arts (with distinction) from Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT). He is now the Co-Owner of Wizardz Print & Design and the Founding Director of RIACT – a small business that creates sustainable employment through selling bits of fencing from the prison on Robben Island. Swift has been presented with the Michaelis Prize, the Simon Gershwin Award (both 2009), and the Spier Contemporary Judges Award (in 2010).

Kurt Schwitters

20 June 1887 - 8 January 1948

Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, Germany; the only child of affluent parents. From 1909 to 1915, he studied at the Royal Saxon Academy of Art in Dresden. In 1917, he was forced into military service. His epilepsy ensured that he was made a mechanical draughtsman rather than a soldier. By 1919, Schwitters was making collages and 3D assemblages. One included a snippet of four letters: ‘MERZ’ – cut from an advertisement for the ‘Kommerz- und Privatbank’. ‘Merz’ became the artist’s brand name. Schwitters gained notoriety in association with the Berlin Dadaists. His art was regularly slandered by the Nazis and was exhibited in their series of ‘Degenerate Art’ exhibitions (starting 1933). For 13 years, Schwitters worked on an architectural construction called ‘Merzbau’. He abandoned it when fleeing the Gestapo in 1937. He started constructing the second Merzbau in Norway but abandoned it too when Nazi troops invaded in 1940. In 1947, he started building his third Merzbau inside a barn in rural England. The very day after he was granted British citizenship, he died of fluid on the lungs. He never finished the Merz Barn. Nothing remains of the other Merzbauten (the one was bombed, the other burned), however, a part of the first Merzbau has been reconstructed inside Hanover’s Sprengel Museum.




Bongi Bengu

26 June 1970 –

Bongi Bengu was born in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal. She left South Africa in 1978 when her family went into political exile. They fled to Switzerland, and later Swaziland. As a student in Swaziland, Bengu received distinction for a research project that included interviewing some of the South Africa’s established artists (who would later become her colleagues at Johannesburg’s The Bag Factory Studios). It was through this experience and exposure to the art establishment that she decided to become an artist. In 1986, she briefly married fellow artist of some notoriety, Zwelethu Mthethwa. In 1993, she obtained a BA in Fine Arts (Cum Laude), from Mount Vernon College in Washington D.C. She then received her Masters in Fine Arts from Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT), in 1997. Her work has often been described as commentary on what it is like to be a black, female artist. In her early work, Bengu used collage, drawing upon images from popular media and pervasive representations. In later years Bengu moved towards painting and more subtle expression. She has participated in numerous international residencies and workshops; exhibiting internationally, notably on the important A Decade of Democracy exhibition which opened in New York in 2004. Bengu currently lives and works in Pretoria.

Pauline Gutter

27 June 1980 –

Pauline Gutter was born in the Free State where she grew up on the farm, Nuwe Orde. During her childhood, she developed a deep-rooted understanding of cattle farming. Her art reflects this understanding, playing with metaphors surrounding the removal of the farming communities from their land. Gutter studied at the University of the Free State, majoring in painting and graduating cum laude in her Fine Arts degree while earning Honours Colours in Arts and Culture. She is a still based in the Free State, though her oil paintings, drawings, video art and installations are widely recognised. They are included in both private and corporate collections, both locally and abroad. These include Sanlam, Absa and the University of the Free State. Diversely talented, she has also worked on both 50/50 and various KYKNET productions, as both an assistant and as a freelance camera-woman. In 2003 she was one of the two managers of the Dithwele waste sculpture park competition, an initiative of SAB. The same year, she won the Xpozure Award. In 2011, Gutter won the Helgaard Steyn Award for painting, and in 2012 she received the Mail & Guardian ‘200 Young South Africans’ Award. She went on to win the prestigious Absa/Barclays L`Atelier competition in 2013.

THE ART TIMES WOULD LIKE TO CELEBRATE ALL MEMBERS OF SOUTH AFRICA’S VISUAL ART COMMUNITY BORN IN JUNE, INCLUDING: 1 Casper de Vries, Ezrom Legae, Cecil Skotnes | 2 Peter Clarke | 5 David Koloane, David Zetler, Nathaniel Stern, Louis Nel| | 9 Marlise Keith | 10 Cathy McShannon | 12 Maria Fidel Regueros |13 André Clements, Virginia MacKenny | 14 Stuart Trent | 15 Andrew Verster, Alex Hamilton | 17 Lesley Perkes | 18 Ansa Clacey | 19 Sara-Aimee Verity, Carol Hodes | 20 James Webb | 22 Zhané Warren, Elizé Le Roux-Diedericks, Michaela Irving, Philip Britz | 23 Jeanine Bresler, Rat Western | 25 Anny Maddock | 26 Brent Meistre | 27 Jillian Ross, Robert Hodgins | 28 Cecil Higgs | 30 Sita Suzanne

FAMOUS, INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS BORN IN JUNE: 6 Diego Velázquez | 7 Damien Hirst, Paul Gauguin | 10 Gustave Courbet, André Derain | 11 John Constable, Julia Cameron | 12 Egon Schiele | 13 Christo | 16 Jim Dine | 17 M. C. Escher| 21 Pippilotti Rist, Henry Ossawa Tanner | 25 Antoni Gaudí | 28 Peter Paul Rubens Source Consulted: RAOUL DUFY: ArtRepublic. 2015. Raoul Dufy Artist Biography (Online). Available: [2016, May 5]. | Ershler Schatz, Jean. 2004. Raoul Dufy, French (1877 - 1953). RoGallery (Online). Available: [2016, May 5]. | Raoul Dufy. 2013. Modern Art Consulting (Online). Available: [2016, May 5]. | Raoul Dufy. 2016. BlouinArtInfo (Online). Available: [2016, May 5]. | MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE: Oden, Lori. 2004. Margaret Bourke (1904-1971). The International Photography Hall of Fame (Online). Available: [2016, May 5]. | CHRISTOPHER SWIFT: Christopher Swift. 2016. Commune.1 (Online). Available: http://www.commune1. com/#!christopher-swift-artworks/c1dfv [2016, May 5]. | Christopher Swift. 2016. Linkedin (Online). Available: [2016, May 5]. | Christopher Swift. 2016. Visual Artist (Online). Available:|-christopher-swift [2016, May 5]. | KURT SCHWITTERS: Kurt Schwitters. 2016. Art Directory (Online). Available: http://www.schwitters-kurt. com/ [2016, May 5]. | Webster, Gwenda. 2011. Kurt Schwitters. The Artchive (Online). Available: [2016, May 5]. | BONGI BENGU: Bongi Bengu. 2013. Colour Me Africa (Online). Available:!bongi-bengu/c1u7v [2016, May 5]. | Bongi Bengu. 2015. ArtFinding (Online). Available: [2016, May 5]. | Brown, Carol. 2008. Bongi Bengu and Collen Maswanganyi at Kizo Gallery. ArtThrob (Online). Available: [2016, May 5]. | O’Toole, Sean. 2013. Zwelethu Mthethwa: Scandal in Bohemia. Mail & Gaurdian (Online), 23 August. Available: [2016, May 5]. | PAULINE GUTTER: Pauline Gutter. 2016. Pauline Gutter (Online). Available: http://www. [2016, May 5]. | Pauline Gutter. 2016. Saatchi Art (Online). Available: [2016, May 5]. | van den Berg, Dirk. 2012. Pauline Gütter. Everard Read Johannesburg (Online). Available: [2016, May 5]. | Editor’s Note: All content is appropriated from its source and includes elaboration for the sake of enrichment.


The National Arts Festival

LEFA LA NTATE “... impressions of memory and experience are exhaled like a breath captured in film and photography.”

An exhibition by Mohau Modisakeng – Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Visual Arts, 2016. In Modisakeng’s work the personal is political. Informed by his experience as a young boy in Soweto at the cross roads of a violent political transition, Modisakeng uses memory as a portal between past and present to explore themes of history, body and place within the post-apartheid context. His photography, films, performance and installation grapple with the conflicting politics of leadership and nationhood, whilst also attempting to unpack the legacy of inequality, capital, labour and extraction of mineral wealth in contemporary South Africa.

Premiering at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, LEFA LA NTATE represents a poignant moment of grieving, catharsis and critical response to the historical legacy of exploitation and current lived experience of many black South Africans. Through his work Modisakeng critically engages with the complex mechanisms of violence, power and subjugation as propagated and to some extent internalized through the course of the successive colonial, apartheid and post-apartheid regimes. Hauntingly evoked through Modisakeng’s signature crystalline imagery, impressions of memory and experience are exhaled like a breath captured in

film and photography. Modisakeng uses a personal lexicon of ritual and symbolism in which his physical form becomes both a vessel and a signifier. His use of his own body is a significant shift away from the problematic depiction of the other and is a gesture of self-actualization and acknowledgment of subjective experience. The exhibition will tour nationally to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum, amongst other venues and will be opened with accompanying commissioned performances at the Iziko South African National Gallery Cape Town and Standard Bank Gallery Johannesburg.

Background imagery from Mohau Modisakeng’s LEFA LA NTATE. Original images courtesy the National Arts Festival






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Africa (1998-2000)

Brett Murray By Lyn Holm Brett Murray has been accused of causing offense, continuously, through-out his artistic career, so Sue Williamson once asked in an ArtThrob review: “Should Brett Murray be a) sent to re-education camp to have beaten out of him the impulse to make art that treads hard on the sensitive toes of the politically correct or b) lauded for his irreverent attempts to deconstruct the careful endeavours of various players like manufacturers, fellow artists and foreign curators to change old patterns and negotiate the shark infested waters of the new South Africa?” Since the 1980s, Murray’s art has incorporated imagery from popular media to interrogate the cultural clash between Africa and the Western world, sardonically wringing humour out of the very ‘un-funny’ prejudices that weigh down the South African psyche. Four years prior winning the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art in 2002, Murray won a public sculpture competition for the city of Cape Town. His winning entry - a small, wooden maquette of a West African fetish idol covered in Bart Simpson heads - proposed the creation of a threemetre-high, bronze replica to be erected practically in the centre of Cape Town (where St George’s Mall intersects Waterkant Street). Funded by the JK Gross

Trust, in collaboration with the Cape Town Urban Arts Foundation and the Association for Visual Arts (AVA), the competition was specifically aimed at providing Capetonians with ‘food for thought’. AVA explains Murray’s Africa on their website, with the rationale: “In this arresting work, Africa meets late 20th century America, raising issues of Afro- versus Eurocentricism, and indigenous versus Western culture – debates very prominent in South Africa today.” From the moment Murray’s maquette won, the artwork’s concept was both hailed and criticized, and it plagued all involved for an entire year. Williamson recalls that “elements within the Cape Town City Council [did] everything possible to prevent the prize-winning sculpture going ahead on the grounds that Murray’s use of an African fetish figure might offend the religious sensibilities of West African communities.” She goes on to tell how the collective supporters of the project hired a lawyer to help solve the issue. The lawyer cleverly pointed out that the wooden figurine that Murray had used was originally a piece of tourist art (and was, thus, never intended as an aid to worship). The lawyer then saved the day by getting affidavits from respected academics to confirm that the public sculpture could not be

Brett Murray, Africa, 1998-2000, bronze, height: 3 metres. Image courtesy the artist.


construed as offensive (presumably within the context of West African tradition). The project seemed to be in the clear until a few nights before the public sculpture’s unveiling when a group supposedly from the American embassy, accosted Murray, publically condemning him, fiercely harassing him and accusing him of racism. This was followed by a threat that they would riot at the sculpture’s unveiling (the latter never did occur). As Williamson rightly insists, “Those anxious to blast Murray for his abrasiveness might note that Murray works in a spirit of irony, and is quite prepared to subject himself to his own inquiries.” Mario Pissarra points out in an essay about Murray’s work that the artist breaks taboo by interrogating “Africanness” from the perspective of a Caucasian. However, Rory Bester notes in his Mail & Guardian article “Brett Murray: Putting it bluntly” that through the artist’s work he often “implicat[es] himself in ... contradictory communities of identity”. This reflexivity perhaps forgives Murray for ever ‘speaking for the Other’. Bester quotes Ivor Powell in mentioning that there is a “suggestion of a caricatured self-portrait, running as a kind of leitmotif through Murray’s work”. Bester then goes on to explain that this ‘self-portraiture’ has little to do with physical representation than it has to do with attitude, “an anarchic spirit that the artist has some affinity with (eg. Bart Simpson, Pink Panther). Seen in this light his public sculpture Africa ... is not only a jarring representation of two cultures in conflict, but also an expression of how the artist ‘sticks out’ as a ‘white African’. That Bart is in fact yellow simply adds to the absurdity of ‘white’ in the same way that Murray sometimes uses pink and brown when dealing with notions of ‘black’ and ‘white’. Williamson labels Bart Simpson (Murray’s alter ego) as an “anti-hero”. To my mind, this is the perfect description of Murray as artist – an unconventional, troubling protagonist of social justice. The Bat Signal is to Bat Man perhaps what Africa is to Murray – a symbol of presence. In Murray’s case, it indicates the presence of anarchic thinking, promoting the interrogation of social order and encouraging the broadening of perspectives. Without provoking this sort of discussion, society can develop into something better. Source Consulted: Bester, Rory. 2012. Brett Murray: Putting it bluntly. Mail & Guardian (Online), 25 May. Available: article/2012-05-25-brett-murray-putting-it-bluntly (13 May 2016). | Brett Murray artbio. 1998. ArtThrob (Online). Available: http://artthrob. (13 May 2016). | Pissarra, Mario. 2002. Mario Pissarra’s Essay. Brett Murray (Online). Available: http://www. (13 May 2016). | Public sculpture Projects. 2015. AVA (Online). Available: http:// (13 May 2016). | Williamson, Sue. 2000. Brett Murray at Brendon Bell-Roberts. ArtThrob (Online). Available: (13 May 2016). | Williamson, Sue. 2000. Brett Murray’s Africa. ArtThrob (Online). Available: (13 May 2016).



Bastiaan van Stenis at work. Photo: Johann Kruger

“Bastiaan van Stenis continues to bend our minds and exhibits the contradictions inherent in the everyday.�

Bastiaan van Stenis Rogue presents the latest body of work produced by Bastiaan van Stenis. Identifiable through his unique use of colour and texture, the artist provides audiences with a reflexive view of the world. His is an oeuvre that compels us to look and look again as he contradicts distinct, yet inextricably linked subjects through a montage of techniques and sound draughtsmanship. The exhibition is an unpredictable assembly of visuals inspired by nature. Bastiaan van Stenis imaginatively meditates on his surroundings and gives us a brief yet unwavering narrative of the environment and the animals and humans that inhabit this space. The artist relays a multiplicity of meaning through works such as The Funeral for Colour, Fishbox and Colour Confides where diversity is reflected in each work. His exploration of materials echo the duality of urban and rural landscapes and his un-division of human and animal forms is transparent in The Great Escape and Winterstand, 18

where he creates morphing human animals that are both haunting and astonishing. Born in Cape Town, Bastiaan van Stenis is a selftaught artist who has developed his style through years of practice. He has been a leading artist at the Rossouw Modern in Hermanus since 2006 and has exhibited both locally and abroad with Oostloor Art & Objects in Prinsengracht, Amsterdam. A direct descendant of 19th century artist Thomas Baines, van Stenis grew up with art as an essential tool in his dialogue with the world. He began his art career at age 19 and was soon recognized by local art critics and collectors as one of the most promising contemporary artists. Rogue is his first solo show in South Africasince 2009 after having moved to Germany in 2011, where he painted full-time for two years. Earlier this year van Stenis moved to Overstrand, where he is currently based after years of working from his studio in the Bo-Kaap. This shift in space is evident in a turn to new

media where, for the first time, the artist explores taxidermy. The preparation, stuffing and mounting of the skins display a process that preserves nature and somehow attempts to withhold time while commemorating the sculptural. Bastiaan van Stenis continues to bend our minds and exhibits the contradictions inherent in the everyday. The works presented in Rogue are monuments that oscillate between the quiet composure of nature and the chaos of human internal conflicts. Through juxtaposition of subjects and media, van Stenis calls on the beauty of the un-answerability of larger existential questions. Rogue runs from 10 to 19 June at Rossouw Modern, 3 Harbour Road, Hermanus. The team at Rossouw Modern looks forward to your visit. Bastiaan van Stenis, the jerome affect, 1500x1300 mixed media and taxidermy mount on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist









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from on page 11 now have to compete at an international level in order to be considered by high-end commercial galleries. This has certainly levelled the playing field, but not in a good way. I would very much like to know what artists are doing to help art museums in their hour of need. The Museum has an incredibly diverse collection of South African colonial art. There was undoubtedly a time when this was of specific interest to the majority of the museum’s patrons. Since then, how have you maintained the integrity of this collection while incorporating artworks of transformational relevance into the museum’s larger collection? Transformation of the King George VI Art Gallery started in the late 1980s when we revised our collecting policy in order to place more emphasis on local art and craft and to acquire works by under-represented Eastern Cape artists. Another strategy was the adoption of non-traditional, audience-friendly exhibitions by placin g emphasis on theme and narrative rather than geographical origin or traditional hierarchies. The establishment and development of an education department which included an active schools and outreach

programme have helped to reinforce these changes and lay the foundations for a multicultural approach to the presentation of our collections. Thirty years ago, Port Elizabeth was very conservative and we received many strenuous objections to the changes that we introduced at the Museum. We were lucky to have a supportive Board of Trustees who understood that the art world is, by nature, changeable, and that to remain current the Art Museum was obliged to take risks. I am still interested to note the vehemence with which patrons still express their feelings about the collection, whether positive or negative. I see that as a healthy sign but, unfortunately, so many of the opinions expressed are based on misconceptions. We were recently accused of not buying works by young South African artists because, according to this person, the Art Museum was full of old British paintings – We have not bought any artworks by any artists since 2010 when our Municipality withdrew funding for the purchase of works of art. To set the record straight: The international collections make up 7.5% of the Museum’s permanent collections: International printmaking: 2.5%, British art: 4%, and Asian art: 1%. SA art

and craft make up the remaining 92.5% of the collection, of which the majority are from the Eastern Cape. After a long and full term as director, would you like to reflect on some of the challenges and special memories? I think that one of the reasons I have kept going is that the problems keep changing. There is nothing like a good challenge, especially when the Museum was being run by a Board of Trustees. There are lots of special memories – mostly to do with the people I have worked with over the years. Perhaps the project that I most enjoyed and found the most rewarding was the Hylton Nel Restrospective exhibition. We assembled a definitive collection of his works from public and private collections for a catalogue and an exhibition which toured South Africa in 2002. Is there life after directorship? What’s next on your personal radar? There is definitely life after directorship – it will have as much as possible to do with art, ceramics, research, writing and all the pleasant things that make life worthwhile.

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Joshua Miles Overberg in Prints : A selection of recent woodcuts Opening Saturday 04 June 2016 For more information see

Anthony Harris “DEEP TIME: A Final Count-down” GLASS IN FLUX Nompumezo Gubevu Anva Chiazzari Zinziswa Mavuso Lorinda Pretorius

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Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum Aesthetic Cooperatives, Aesthetic Cooperatives: A Polly Street Retrospective , 14/04/2016 till 26/06/2016, Fragile Histories, Fugitive Lives, A solo exhibition by Keith Dietrich, 20/04/2016 till 12/06/2016, Performing Wo/Man, Group exhibition curated by Derek Zietsman, 26/05/2016 till 26/06/2016, Waverley, T. 051 0110525 ext 611,, Gallery on Leviseur The gallery’s operating times are Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm; Friday to Saturday 9am to 10pm; Sunday 8am to 2pm, C. 082 8352335,,


East London Ann Bryant Art Gallery Sasol New Signatures Art Competition, Entries will be accepted at the Ann Bryant on 21 and 22 June 2016. The collection will be on 29 June 2016, 07/09/2016 till 09/10/2016, Southernwood, T. 043 7224044, annbryant@,

Art and Wine Gallery We offer Art and Wine lovers the best opportunity in the Free State to experience the widest range of top quality wine and unique artwork by established artists at the best prices, Clarens, T. 058 2561298, anton@artandwine., Richard Rennie Art Gallery Watercolour or Oil Landscapes. Richard Rennie Gallery in Clarens has the largest selection of Richard Rennie Watercolour landscapes and Oil Landscapes in many styles from Real through Modern to Abstract. 275 Main St, Clarens,

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

Port Elizabeth ArtEC - EPSAC Community Art Centre artEC is a non profit organisation and Community Art Centre, set up for the advancement of the Visual Arts and Art Craftsmanship. Working to uplift the arts in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, helping artists and encouraging a public interest in the arts, T. 041 5853641,, www.artecpe. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Cultural Boycott to Pan African Dream, From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, 16/03/2016 till 05/06/2016, Transforming the Collection From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, 07/03/2016 till 15/06/2016, Park Drive Central, T. 041 5062000, artmuseum@,

Absa Art Gallery Liberty Battson’s I bet you wish you did, The 2014 Barclays L’Atelier winner, Liberty Battson, debuts her solo exhibition I bet you wish you did in what promises to be a fascinating exploration of popular culture, world affairs and even unfolding ‘history’ as interpreted through the lens of internet search engine results, 05/06/2016 till 24/06/2016, ABSA Towers North, 161 Main Road, Johannesburg, T. 011 3505139, paulbay@, Alice Art Gallery Susan Greyling, The paintings of Susan, educated as an Art teacher, depicts women and children in warm glowing colours and rich textures, 04/06/2016 till 05/06/2016, Jonel Scholtz - Emotions on Canvas, Jonel excels from the ordinary because she has art in her life without which she would have been lost. Her main purpose in life is to be happy and art forms a great part in her journey of pursuing happiness, 18/06/2016 till 26/06/2016, Roodepoort, T. 011 9581392, info@, Artist Proof Studio One of the largest and most vibrant community and professional printmaking facilities in Southern Africa, Newtown, T. 011 4921278,, www. Cherie de Villiers Gallery Dealers in fine paintings and sculptures by leading South African artists. Sandton, T. 011 3255395, cheart@global., CIRCA on Jellicoe War Horse, 02/06/2016 till 02/07/2016, 2 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, T. 011 7884805,, www.

Crouse Art Gallery We at Crouse Art deal exclusively in original South African Art, specifically in investment art. We offer works by a variety of renowned artists., Errol Boyley, Anton Benzon, Hennie Niemann, Chris Tugwell, Andre de Beer and many more, Florida, T. 011 6723821, suzette., Everard Read New Release, Lionel Smit, 08/06/2016 till 30/06/2016, Recent Works, Nic Bladen, 08/06/2016 till 30/06/2016, 6 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, T. 011 7884805, grace@, Fifth Avenue Fine Art Fine Art Auctioneer, 404 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, T. 011 7812040,, Gallery 2 Passage, Karin Daymond, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Delene Human, 11/06/2016 till 23/07/2016, Parkwood, T. 011 4470155/98,, Goodman Gallery New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50, Group Show, 04/06/2016 till 04/07/2016, Parkview, T. 011 7881113, matthew@, Graham’s Fine Art Gallery Graham’s Fine Art Gallery exhibits a significant collection of important South African art, Bryanston, T. 011 4637869, info@, In Toto Gallery After Landscape, Landi Raubenheimer, 23/06/2016 till 25/07/2016, Birdhaven, T. 011 447 6543, megan@intotogallery., Johannesburg Art Gallery Bleek, Richardt Strydom, 15/05/2016 till 14/08/2016, Free From My Happiness, Sibusiso Bheka, Tshepiso Mazibuko & Lindokuhle Sobekwa, 15/05/2016 till 14/08/2016, Joubert Park, T. 011 7253130, za, Lizamore & Associates Gallery Watermense/ Water people, Hannelie Coetzee, 20/06/2016 till 25/06/2016, A Hollow Drumming of Wings, Stephen Rosin, 02/06/2016 till 25/06/2016, Parkwood, T. 011 8808802,, www.

Springs Art Gallery We encourage artists to book space, SAG shows a variety of art forms, reflecting the cultural diversity of South Africa. We ask that all artists wishing to exhibit at SAG submit a proposal. We encourage artists to book space for an exhibition of completed works, or to book in advance and work towards completing a series of work, 01/06/2016 till 30/06/2016, Springs, T. 011 999 8726/7,, www.artmap. Stevenson Sex, A group show curated by Lerato Bereng, 21/04/2016 till 03/06/2016, Kermang Wa Lehulere, 09/06/2016 till 15/07/2016, Braamfontein, T 011 4031055/1908, jhb@, Standard Bank Art Gallery Kemang Wa Lehulere, Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art: History will break your heart, 15/04/2016 till 18/06/2016, Johannesburg,, About-Us/Sponsorships/Gallery Swelco Studio A revolving exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture and photography featuring a range of artists such as Ndabuko Ntuli, Patrick de Mervelec, Daniel Novela and Allen Hallett, amongst others. Shop L38, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, T. 011 0266588,, www.stephanwelzandco. The Factory on Grant The Legacy, An exhibition of work by Sydney Goldblatt (the teacher) Elaine Hirschowitz (the pupil) and Wendy Goldblatt (the potter), 29/05/2016 till 18/06/2016,C. 071 2325308, UJ Art Gallery Exhibits contemporary South African art and group exhibitions by younger generation artists. APK Campus, Auckland Park. T. 011 5592099,, za/EN/ArtsandCulture/Pages/home.aspx

Pretoria Association of Arts Pretoria Lwandiso Njara, Lwandiso Njara sculptures, 03/06/2016 till 22/06/2016, Sybrand Wiechers & Izanne Wiid, Sculpture by Sybrand Wiechers and Drawings by Izanne Wiid, 10/06/2016 till 29/06/2016, Nieuw Muckleneuk, T. 012 3463100, artspta@mweb., Centurion Art Gallery The Centurion Art Gallery is a commercial satellite of the Pretoria Art Museum. Opening times are Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm; Closed on weekends and public holidays, Lyttelton Manor, T. 012 3583477,, http://

outoftheCUBE@KKNK 2016 this outoftheCUBE online page has been created to facilitate sales of classic South African art, offering an alternative platform for the viewing and purchasing of collectible artwork. For more details, please mail info@outofthecube. Seen here is a detail of the rare 9-plate etching ‘Echo’ by Deborah Bell (1994) > art shop

Sanlam Art Lounge Landscape and Still Life, Selections from the Sanlam Art Collection, 02/05/2016 till 05/08/2016, T. 011 7786210,

Chris Tugwell Art Gallery The Chris Tugwell Galleries, in existence for over fifty years, showcase work from some of South Africa’s most exciting and talented artists. This includes paintings, ceramics, glass and limited edition bronzes and sculptures by well-known South African masters, Brooklyn, Pretoria, T. 012 346 0925, info@christugwell., Pretoria Art Museum CANSA Hope Art Exhibiton, This is the third CANSA exhibition held at the Pretoria Art Museum. Participating artists are Adriaan Diedericks, Imiso, Marthinus Höll, Magriet van Loggerenberg, to name a few. CANSA receives 20% of sales, 11/05/2016 till 19/06/2016, Block A, Thokoza Women’s Hostel, Angela Buckland’s Block A, Thokoza Women’s Hostel is a poignant installation of photographic works that reflect the lives of young and elderly women who inhabit Durban’s oldest female hostel, ends 26/06/2016 Arcadia, Pretoria, T.012 3586750,,





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Pietermaritzburg Tatham Art Gallery KZN Midlands Matric Art Exhibition 2016, The annual exhibition of art work produced by matriculants in Midlands schools offering art is always eagerly anticipated. This year 17 schools will participate. Art educators encourage their students to be innovative, and as always there are a number of surprises in this year’s selection, 10/05/2016 till10/07/2016, Pietermaritzburg, T. 033 3922801,,

St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery Inaugural exhibition at The Viewing Room Gallery @ St Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery. Artist Ilandi Barkhuizen, Sybrand Wiechers and Andre Prinsloo. Humanity Inhumanities:The Contrast between Beauty and Destruction. Opening :Saturday, 15 May 2016 till 4 June 2016 Time: 2.30pm till 6pm

UNISA Art Gallery !KAURU Contemporary Art From Africa, Bongani Mkhonza, Paula Nascimento, Raphael Chikukwa, 25/05/2016 till 24/06/2016, New Muckleneuk, Pretoria, T. 012 4415876,,

KZ Natal Ballito Imbizo Gallery is pleased to offer art advisory services to both individual and corporate clients. Site visits to homes and offices can be arranged, and the gallery is happy to work with clients to provide art which reflects personal style and taste or captures the ethos of a company or business. With over 19 years’ experience and with contacts throughout the art world, the gallery is able to source a wide range of art for every situation, T. 032 9461937, info@,

Durban Artspace Durban Feel The Beauty Of Colours, By Fanuel David Moiane, Everaldo Matonse and (late) Isaac Sithole and Collection point for Sasol New Signatures - Durban area, 28/05/2016 till 16/06/2016, KwaZulu-Natal, T. 031 3120793, info@, Durban Art Gallery KwaZulu-Natal Collections - an exhibition of works from the permanent collection of the KZN Museum Services, Various artists and art institutions of KwaZulu-Natal. 30 Anton Lembede St, 031 322 1163 Durban Art Gallery From Codesa to present, Various artists who participated in the Art Gallery’s exhibition based workshops at INK Creative Center. T. 031 3112264,, www.

The Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery at Butterflies for Africa Hennie Niemann, Hennie Niemann started his professional career as an artist in 1983 drawing inspiration from the Fynbos pickers and fisherman. He paints in oils and uses strong colours to give expression to the African light. This exhibition is a tribute to his work and incorporates his newer abstract scenes, 01/06/2016 till 31/07/2016, Pietermaritzburg, T. 033 3871356, art@butterflies.,

Nottingham Road Aladdin’s-de-Light Ceramics and Stained glass by Louise van Niekerk, as well as paintings by Midlands Artists. Stained glass workshops by specialists Jan & Louise van Niekerk, Peter Feek, Hillary Grant, Curry Hermine, Spies Coleman, Ian Warden, Christiane Jamar & Arlene Welsh, Central Nottingham Road, Midlands Meander, T. 033 2666460,,

Umhlanga Rocks Makiwa Gallery Makiwa Gallery Fine Art & Sculpture, Fine Art & Sculpture for discerning art collectors-exhibiting renowned Artists and Sculptors-Makiwa, Royalene, Llewellyn Owen Davies, Sarah Richards, Tony De Freitas, Marlien van Heerden, Elbe van Rooyen, Nicole Pletts, Ian Hertslet, Anton Gericke, Coral Spencer, Brendan Broedelet, Kobus Nel, 01/06/2016 till 30/06/2016, Umhlanga Rocks, T. 031 5611194, info@, artists-umhlanga-gallery Gallery Umhlanga Framing specialist, Umhlanga, T. 031 5612199,,

Limpopo Hoedspruit Imbizo Gallery Autumn Colours, All the latest range of Art inc Originals:- Oil on Canvas, Pencil, Indian Ink, & Charcoal on Paper, Bronze Sculptures, Glass Art, Photography and Ceramics, Ongoing, Hoedspruit Central, T. 087 808 2826, kruger@,


KZNSA Gallery 20 Years in Glenwood Anniversary, 3 commemorative exhibitions celebrating 20 years of the KZNSA in Glenwood, 24/05/2016 till 19/06/2016, T. 031 2771705, gallery@kznsagallery.,

Le Gallerie Restoration., Maria Koch, By appointment only, Graskop, T. 013 7671093, le_, za


White River

Carnegie Art Gallery Healing exhibition by Vusi Zwane, 04/03/2016 till 05/06/2016, Igugu Lami Heritage, Local exhibition, 01/06/2016, Newcastle, KZN, T. 034 3287622, Phumzile.Dlamini@,

The Artists’ Press One of the largest and most vibrant community and professional printmaking facilities in Southern Africa, Waterfield Farm near White River. T. 013 7513225, mark@artistspress.,


The Loop Art Foundry & Sculpture Gallery A collaboration and network for the avid art patron and collector as well as a full service facility for the artist. White River, T. 013 7582409, theloop@, The White River Gallery The Chicken Challenge, Fund raising exhibition of decorated paper mache chickens in aid of GRIP, 16/06/2016 to 18/07/2016, White River, C. 083 6758833, art@,

Carmel Art Dealers in fine art and distributors of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings. Green Point, T. 021 4213333,, www.

Northern Cape Kimberley William Humphreys Art Gallery Contemporary South African Ceramics, Contemporary South African Ceramics as part of the gallery’s permanent collection. Ongoing, Civic Centre, T. 053 8311724/5,,

North West Hartbeespoort Dam Chris Tugwell Art Gallery The Chris Tugwell Galleries, in existence for over fifty years, showcase work from some of South Africa’s most exciting and talented artists. This includes paintings, ceramics, glass and limited edition bronzes and sculptures by well-known South African masters, Hartbeespoort Dam, T. 012 253 1606,,

South African Print Gallery Casa Labia: An Exhibition of New Linocuts by Theo Paul Vorster Title: Juxtaposed Medium: Linocut Price: R3000 Exhibition Opens 11 June 2016

Lichtenburg Jonel Scholtz Art Gallery SA artists, Onging exhibition of Top SA Artists: Jonel Scholtz, Isabelle le Roux, Johan Smith, Munro, Dougie du Toit, Mariaan Kotze and Bert van Wyk, Ongoing, Lichtenburg/ Welgevonden Farm Coligny, C. 082 8538621,, Home/

Potchefstroom North-West University Gallery Tacit, A group exhibition acknowledging 20 years of conjunction and reciprocity at Dionysus Sculpture Works’ studio and foundry - curated by Elani Willemse, 19/05/2016 till 08/07/2016, T. 018 2994341,,

Western Cape Cape Town Artvark Gallery New works, New Exciting works by Frans Mulder, Peter van Straten, Therese Rink and Catherine de Villiers, 01/05/2016 till 01/07/2016, Kalk Bay, T. 021 788 5584,, Agapanthus New works, New sculpture by Danie Nell and new ceramic works by Martin Haines, 01/06/2016 till 30/06/2016, Kalk Bay, T 021 7883187,, https://www.

Die Kunskamer (Established in 1971) Celebrating 44 years in SA Art, Fresnaye, Sea Point, Cape Town.T. 021 4349529,, www. Eatwell Gallery Open Studio, Working studio of the artists of the Eatwell Family, Artists: LynneMarie Eatwell, Eric Oswald Eatwell and Mags Eatwell, 01/06/2016 till 30/06/2016, Noordhoek, T. 021 7892767,, www.

ArtB Gallery, Bellville Platform for visual art and artists in the Western Cape to raise public awareness of art. Bellville, T. 021 9171197, artbellville@gmail. com,

EBONY/Curated Abstracted, Abstracted Includes Works By: Zander Blom, Hugh Byrne, Keith Calder, Soly Cissé, Rory Emmett, Victor Ehikhamenor, Lars Fischedick, Gregor Jenkin, Stefan Krynauw, Renée Rossouw, Chantel Woodman, 05/05/2016 till 02/07/2016, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4249985,, www.ebonydesign.

Barnard Gallery, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi: Window Part II, 07/06/2016 till 05/07/2016, Newlands, T. 021 6711553,, www.

Eclectica Art & Antiques Purveyors of antiques, furniture, bespoke pieces of objet d’arts & fineart, incl. SA Masters. Wynberg, T. 021 7627983, melissa@,




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O P T I C A L DIVERSION 5 May - 31 July 2016 179 Buitengracht Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001 T 021 4220327

ART TIMES GALLERY LISTINGS Eclectica Design & Art Optical Diversion, An exhibition that explores the trends and mysteries of abstraction in contemporary African art. Featured artists include; Asanda Kupa James de Villiers Zarah Cassim Mark Rautenbach Catherine O’Cholla Albert Coertse, 05/05/2016 till 31/07/2016, Cape Town, T. 021 4220327,, www.eclecticadesignandar

G2 Art We are a permanent gallery in the Cape Town CBD. Offering a diverse range of contemporary painting, mixed media and sculpture by South African artists. Artist’s include Cornelia Stoop, Alex Krenz, Jimmy Law, Kelly John Gough, and Nasser Zadeh amongst many others, Cape Town, T. 021 4247169,,

Eclectica Modern Gallery Of movement and Experience, In this black and white exhibition navigating urban realities is explored by various artists such as Kathe Kolwitz, Dumile Feni, Diane Victor, Deborah Bell, Peter Clarke, Sam Nhlegethwa, William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas and others. 9 Cavendish Street, Claremont, T. 021 6717315,,

Kalk Bay Modern Art On Paper VII, Kalk Bay Modern Gallery is proud to introduce its seventh Art on Paper exhibition. This exhibition is in close collaboration with print-makers and artists. It allows artists to experiment with original artwork on paper as a medium and to launch current editions with several printmaking studios, 14/05/2016 till 04/06/2016, Kalk Bay, T. 021 7886571,, Kalk Bay Sculpture Studio Sculpture and Fine Arts Foundry, Jean Tiran, Pete Strydom, Chris Bladen, Permanent, Kalk Bay, T. 021 7888736, ignoblis@, Leonardo da Vinci Gallery Pop Art, Exhibition opening at Dapper & Co, corner Bree & Strand, Cape Town, 02/06/2016 till 16/06/2016, CBD, C. 083 745 6073,, www.

Heather Auer Art Gallery Quayside Centre c/n Wharf & St George’s St Simon’s Town 7975 +27 (0)21 7861309 +27 (0)21 7827321 0827792695 0828289203 Everard Read Gallery Cape Town Winter Collection Opens 15th June 2016 A two-part exhibition concluding 31 July 2016 3 Portswood Road V & A Waterfront, 8001 Tel: 021 418 4527 Email: Website:

Gallery F Specializing in Black and White photography, Cape Town, T. 021 4234423, gavin@, Gallery MOMO The Burst, Florine Demosthene, 05/05/2016 till 18/06/2016, Cape Town, T. 021 4245150,, www. Goodman Gallery New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50, Group Show, 02/06/2016 till 06/07/2016, Woodstock, T. 021 4627567,,

Red! The Gallery & Cafe Fabulous contemporary art! Awesome Art Café! Reddam Avenue, Steenberg Village, Tokai Gallery: 021 7010886 Café: 021 7024466 Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery Dealers in Contemporary South African Fine Art (& the Old Masters) and picture framing. 114 Kendal Rd, Eversdal, Durbanville, 7550

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 l ocal contemporary artists 9 Wolfe St, Wynberg Tel: 021 761 2816 DF Contemporary Artemisia Main gallery: Julia Hango, Nelsa Guambe, Christina de Santana, Olga Iwogo, Julia Brewis, Roxanne Bredenkamp, Sarfaa Kasiem, Lady Skollie , Ileneí Bothma, Poorvi Bhana, Leanne Olivier, Karla Nixon, Sally Berg, Elize Vosgatter, Vanessa Berlein 083 564 1035 / /

Mullers Gallery Meditative Moments, Allowing the viewer to reconsider the value of smaller works. To see the power encapsulated within the limited space which can often exceed the liberal use of a wider field. To stand before the works of these emergent Fine Artists and be able to look closely into an experience; a thought; a moment, 02/06/2016 till 01/07/2016, Cape Town, C. 083 2704304.

Michaelis Galleries The galleries are a unique opportunity for staff and students of the university to exhibit their artworks or curated exhibitions in a non-commercial, experimental space. The galleries also form an invaluable teaching resource, allowing students to learn and hone curatorial and exhibition design and management skills. Gallery hours are 11am to 4pm, Tuesday – Friday, T. 021 480 7170,, galleries

Iziko SA National Gallery Studio, Celebrating the lives and works of South African Artists, 10/12/2015 till 30/09/2016, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4674660,, Jan Royce Gallery Foundation Art Auction Viewing Weeks, The Gallery will host the viewing days for the Jan Royce Foundation Art Auction raising funds supporting young artists and musicians in South Africa. Works by Sydney Alex Kumalo, Lionel Smit, Anton Smit, Stanislaw Trzebinski, Johannes du Plessis, just to name a few! Full catalogue available online. 01/06/2016 till 11/06/2016, City Bowl, T. 021 4221624,, www. Johans Borman Fine Art Aspects of Abstraction II, A selection of abstract works by SA Masters and Contemporary artists, including Walter Battiss, Cecil Skotnes, and Erik Laubscher, as well as works by contemporary artists such as Marlene von Dürckheim, Hennie Niemann Jnr, Lars Fischedick, Anthony Lane, Georgia Lane and Giovanna Biallo, 21/05/2016 till 25/06/2016, Newlands, T. 021 6836863, art@,

Mogalakwena Gallery Shearing A solo exhibition by Barbara L’Ange. 5 May - 30 June 2016 MOGALAKWENA GALLERY First floor - Ethnographic art panels 3 Church Street, Cape Town, between Adderley Street and St George’s Mall Parking at Rhodes Mandela

Red Room Art Dealers of South African fine art in Cape Town. Swing by our gallery in Hout Bay and adventure through our exquisite collection of oils, drawings, prints and sculptures of the most reputable South African artists like Robert Hodgins, Diane Victor, Wilma Cruise, Jan Neethling and many more, Hout Bay, C. 071 6021908, contact@, Rose Korber Art Selected work available by leading contemporary artists , William Kentridge, Gavin Younge, Robert Slingsby, Deborah Bell & Claudette Schreuders, T. 021 4330957, C. 082 7816144, Gardens,, www. Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Jody Olën - “The Modern Condition” , Solo Exhibition by Jody Olën. - The series titled “the modern condition” challenges the assumption about nature and reality, 14/06/2016 till 13/07/2016, Robert Plotz - “Gathering the Fragments”, Solo Exhibition by Robert Plotz - A trained architect, Plotz asserts that the space surrounding his series of seated or standing figures is not merely a void, but a carefully considered area bringing together line, perspective and contrasts in light and shade, 14/06/2016 till 13/07/2016, Durbanville, T. 021 9764691, rustenvrede@, S Art Thonton Kabeya - Eria Sane - Henry Mzili - Robert Slingsby - Khehla Chepape Makgato Stanislaw Trzebinski - Adriaan Diedericks - Janko De Beer - Sara Gaqa - Nasser N.Zadeh - Vincent Osemwegie - Bastaan von Stenis - Michael Selekane - Dario Manjate - Paa Joe - Lioda Conrad - Restone Maambo and more, Hout Bay, C. 076 712 5240. Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Colour Complex, A solo exhibition by Pierre le Riche, 29/062016 till 30/07/2016. Paths, A two-person exhibition by Tahiti Pehrson and Andrzej Urbanski, 25/05/2016 till 25/06/2016, Gardens, T. 021 424 6930,,




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The Cape Gallery, 60 Church Street, Cape Town seeks to expose fine art that is rooted in the South African tradition, work which carries the unique cultural stamp of our continent. featured artist: Douglas Treasure THE CAPE GALLERY

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Sanlam Art Gallery Permanent collection of South African art and a large exhibition space, Bellville, T. 021 9473359, South African Jewish Museum Monday to Thursday 10am to 5pm; Friday 10am to 2pm; Saturday closed; Sunday 10am to 5pm, Gardens, T. 021 4651546,,

UCT Irma Stern Museum The old woman and the moon, The old woman and the moon: An inner journey in oil by Wilna van der Walt. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book to be launched at the opening of the show. Walkabout on Sat 21 May at 11am, 14/05/2015 till 04/06/2016, Rosebank, T. 021 6855686, mary.vanblommestein@uct., Wall Art Gallery Showing a selection of iconic South African artists who shaped a new pictorial language for South African artist expression, V&A Waterfront, T. 021 4181953,,

South African Print Gallery Woodstock: Dealers in Fine Art Investment Prints The South African Print Gallery is proud to present our new enlarged Gallery at 107 and 109 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, please visit us to view An Exhibition of SA’s best Modernist and Contemporary Prints. Artist: Fred Page, Title: South End P.E. Medium: Linocut, Price: R 18 500 South African Society of Artists SASA was founded to cater specifically to the practicing artist. We hold four exhibitions annually, Cape Town Central, T. 021 6718941, gchambers@mweb., StateoftheART Gallery Beneath The Skin, An group exhibition in which the participating artists explore themes of identity and self; our differences as well as our similarities. Featuring Claude Chandler, Corné Eksteen, Damien Schumann, Gary Frier, Kendall-Leigh Nash, Louisa Betteridge, and Ntobeko Mjijwa, 02/06/2016 till 18/06/2016, Central City, T. 021 8014710,, Stevenson Pieter Hugo, 02/06/2016 till 16/07/2016, Woodstock, T. 021 4621500, cpt@, SMAC Art Gallery Barend De Wet, Black, White & Everything in-Between, 04/06/2016 till 23/07/2016, Woodstock, T. 021 4611029, info@, Smith Gallery From Whence They Came, A Collaboration between SMITH and Kalashnikovv, 31/05/2016 till 25/06/201, Cape Town CBD,, http://www. The AVA Gallery Genoveva Fernandez, 12/05/2016 till 11/06/2016, 35 Church Street, Cape Town, 8001, T. 021 4247436, info@ava., The Cape Gallery Watercolours – a group exhibition, Featuring work by: Paul Andrew, Phil Cloete, John Cullingworth, Teresa Decinti, Izidro Duarte, Natalia Kononova, Isabella Kuijers, Nola Muller, Sheila Nowers, Craig Paton-Ash, Frederike Stokhuyzen, Inge Semple, Tendai, Douglas Treasure, Gail van Lingen, 22/05/2016 till 11/06/2016, Cape Town, T. 021 4235309, web@,

Great Brak River

The Framing Place Conservation framing, framing of art, Block mounting and Block frames, Observatory, T. 021 4473988, info@framingplace.,

WHATIFTHEWORLD Glare, Maja Marx, 07/05/2016 till 18/06/2016, Chamber of Mines, Rowan Smith and Xhanti Zwelendaba, 07/05/2016 till 18/06/2016, Woodstock, T. 021 447 2376, matthew@,

Franschhoek Atelier at 1 unie Private ongoing viewing of Contemporary fine art and sculpture by Johannes du Plessis at his studio, by appointment. Franschhoek, C.082 5796403, Ongoing, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764382, johannes.dup@, Art in the Yard Contemporary gallery in the heart of the Franschhoek Village. A superb selection of paintings, Sculpture, Ceramics and mixed media works. We exhibit local and International artists all in various stages of their careers, in group and solo shows. Opening hours Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 5.30pm, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764280,, www. EBONY /Curated EBONYs art collection is curated by Marc Stanes who sources classic and contemporary South African paintings and artworks by some of the most recognised and collectible South African artists. The EBONY Gallery shows artwork by Gord Vorster, Cecil Skotnes, Peter Clarke, Carl Bucher, Olaf Bisschoff, Ndikhumbbule Ngqinambe, Sibusiso Duma and many others... Franschhoek, T. 021 8764477,, www.ebonydesign. IS Art Strata-Jeannette Unite and Isabel Mertz, An exhibition of painting and sculpture, exploring and investigating the earth, the apparatus that we use to measure, divide, observe and map, 10/07/2016 till 10/08/2016, 11 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, T. 021 8762071, gallery@, The Gallery at Grande Provence Greg Streaks, The gallery at Grand Provence is exhibiting, the phenomenal artist, Greg Streaks. Some of his monumental works, is created from ballpoint pens, a sight of blue ink swimming over the canvas. A exhibition that explores the literature in an visual way, curated by Trent Read is currently on show. 13/05/2016 till13/06/2016, Franschhoek, T. 021 8768630,, www.

The La Motte Museum Offers a cultural-historical experience featuring the estate’s history and architecture. Current exhibitions: Heritage collection of old South African master, JH Pierneef and contemporary exhibition Thoughtful Journey – a celebration of female artists. Experiences: Historic Walk – Wednesdays & Sculpture Walk – Thursdays (10:00-11:00 bookings essential) T 021 876 8850, E, Makiwa Gallery For the discerning Art Collectors of Fine South African Art, Renowned artist and owner Makiwa Mutomba is proud to announce the opening of Makiwa Gallery Franschhoek 2. Both Galleries showcase respected SA Artists. Open Monday - Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm, T. 021 8762600,, www. Moór Gallery Landscape & Star - Nicolaas Maritz, A solo exhibition by Nicolaas Maritz that can be roughly divided according to subject matter into three categories: Landscape, Still Life & Apparition., 04/06/2016 till 17/07/2016, Joshua Miles: New Prints, in the new SAPG Space in Franschhoek, C. 082 6555308 http:// w w w. m o o r g a l l e r y f r a n s c h h o e k . c o . z a a r t @

Art@39Long Trendy boutique gallery on the Garden Route. Beautiful selection of art and craft on trend with national and international movements. Can also be used as a venue for special occasions, Great Brakriver, C. 082 5763338, artat39long@, Gallery on 103 This Boutique “Gallery on 103”, welcome you to a vibrant and inspiring space in the heart of Great Brak River. A selection of Mandalas in pointillism, papermache, sculptures, quirky wire and stone work. Regular temporary art exhibitions by other artists. Wednesday’s 10:00 - 15:00 or appointment, Great Brakriver, T. 044 6203144, laurindasmit@,


Abalone Art Gallery FynArts Exhibitions 2016 – Solo show: Nel Erasmus - Abstraction into Motion;Judith Mason - Undiscovered animals; Group: Visions & Illusions - Alta Botha, Lien Botha, Christoff Barnard, Kristin Hua Yang, Elzaby Laubscher, Louis van Heerden, Patrick Mautloa, André Naudé, Lynette T. Krooden, Jeannette Unite, 11/06/2016 till 26/06/2016, info@,

George Crouse Art Gallery Artdealers, Old MastersAdriaan Boshoff, WH Coetzer, Gregoire Boonzaaier, Irman Henkel, Hugo Naude BRONZES - Llwelyn Davies, Kobus Hatting, INVESTMENTS - Anton Benzon, Christiaan Nice, Hennie Niemann, Ina van Schalkwyk, Marie Vermeulen Breedt, Michael Heyns, Daily 9am to 5pm, George Eden Meander Shop 31, T. 044 8870361, suzette@crouseart., Cape Palette Art Gallery A Dream come through, After 4 month of building we relocated our Gallery to our new studio in Heatherpark, George. On the 2nd of June we are celebrating this event with a wine tasting by Calitzdorp cellars together with an exhibition of contemporary South African Artists, 02/06/2016 till end of June, George, T. 044 8708751, Wonki Ware Di Marshall pottery. South African Dinnerware and Table Accessories. George, T. 044 8841883,, www.

Gordons Bay Ndiza Gallery Drone - Arlene Amaler-Raviv, Every first Sunday of the month, join us for ‘Art on the Boardwalk’ local artists displaying and selling their work. If you are an artist and would like a spot, or if you have art to sell, please contact us, 28/05/2016 at 12pm, Gordon’s Bay, C. 076 2285046,,

Rossouw Modern Art Gallery presents a solo exhibition Rogue – by Bastiaan van Stenis during Fynarts - 10 to 19 June 3 Harbour Road, Hermanus For more info: or visit Rossouw Modern The Pen is Funnier than the Sword, Zapiro original drawings available to the public during Fynarts, 10/06/2016 till 19/06/2016, T. 028 3132222,, www. Walker Bay Art Gallery Leading specialist in South African Art and features a new Contemporary Gallery. Wide variety of paintings, sculptures, glass and ceramics. Hermanus. T 028 3122928., amorie@walker, Hermanus, T. 028 3122928,, www.walker







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TACIT: 20 Years On curated by Elani Willemse

Opening: 19 May, 19:00 NWU Gallery Speaker: Angus Taylor Dress code: smart casual

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Knysna Fine Art New works by, Colbert Mashile Marieke Kruger Gary Stephens, 15/05/2016 till 15/06/2016, Knysna, T. 044 3825107, gallery@,

Riebeek Kasteel - The Gallery Large selection of contemporary paintings. Only an hours drive from Cape Town, Riebeek Kasteel, C. 0836533697,, www.galleryriebeek.

Langebaan Bay Gallery Autumn - Art in the Heart of Langebaan., Exciting new artwork by Joan Schrauwen, Gerda Claassen, Marina Clunie, Anthony Gadd, Thea Darlow, Melanie du Toit, Sandy Esau, Antonia Velissariou, George Meyer and Annetté Dannhauser to name a few. Langebaan,,

Somerset West

Stellenbosch Art Gallery Welcome to our gallery in picturesque Stellenbosch where an extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass and ceramics by selected Western Cape artists are on offer to the discerning buyer. Stellenbosch, T. 021 8878343, mjg@,

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

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

Plettenberg Bay Old Nick Village A sensory shopping experience presenting fine art and the creative work of many of the best artists, crafters and creative manufacturers of Southern Africa, curated in a number of independent galleries and shops and housed in a 19thcentury Cape farm complex. Plettenberg Bay, T. 044 5331395,, www.

Prince Albert Prince Albert Gallery The Prince Albert Gallery exhibits the works of a wide variety of South African artists specialising in painting, etching and ceramic art , Prince Albert, T. 023 5411057, karoogallery@,

A Selection of Prints by Pauline Gutter Artist: Pauline Gutter, Title: Clear Gap Medium: Lithograph Price: R 6 700

US Museum Nomusa Makhubu - Intertwined 2005 - 2015, 10/05/2016 till 30/07/2016, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8083695,,

Tulbagh Saronsberg Cellar Saronsberg Collection, The cellar also hosts a permanent exhibition of contemporary South African art that suggests an underlying respect for creative expression and unconventional thinking. Artists include Paul du Toit, Angus Taylor, Colbert Mashile, Diane Victor and Walter Battiss, Permanent, Tulbagh, T.023 2300707,, www.

Imibala Gallery Colours presented by Imibala Gallery opens on Saturday 04/06/2016 till 30/07/2016. A group exhibition of rich and vibrant artworks in different mediums. The title of this exhibition is derived from the name Imibala; Xhosa word for colour. This presentation sits in contrast to the grey weather outside and provides an opportunity for viewers to explore colour and design in exciting ways. Artists include amongst others: David Kuijers, Hugh Byrne, Karlien de Villiers, Mary Visser, and Tracy Payne. / 021 852 2411

Stellenbosch Art at Tokara The Landscape Hunter, Landscape photography by Thomas Ferreira, Ends 31/05/2016, Crest of the Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch, T. 011 7880820, info@,

Teresa Decinti Fine Art Gallery

Rupert Museum Current Exhibitions, Showing a selection of 20th century South African and international artworks by Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser, Jean Welz, Cecil Higgs and the famous Pierneef Station Panels, as well as contemporary pieces by Penny Siopis, William Kentridge, Stanley Pinker and Willie Bester to name a few, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8883344, deh@remgro. com,

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Oude Libertas Gallery The art gallery hosts the Afrigami Project with a permanent Art Installation called Reflections., Stellenbosch - c/o Adam Tas and Libertas Roads, T. 021 8098412,, Palette Fine Art Gallery Palette Art Gallery specializes in bronzes and paintings from local artists, Lydia da Silva, Tony da Silva, Mariette van Velden, Claudia Meyer, Tay Dall, Carol Norvall, Ruth Brunskill, Winnie Eaton, Vicky Sanders, Leon Muller, James Cook, Wendu du Plessis, Carla Mulder, Carol Bradley, Jana Neethling, & Winnie Eaton, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8550908,, www.

South African Print Gallery: Prince Albert

SMAC Art Gallery Adrift, After a pivotal presentation at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre in Cape Town, Giovanni Ozzola’s solo exhibition, “adrift” will be open at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch. This exhibition is the culmination of the artist’s six month, intermittent interaction with Southern Africa, 22/04/2016 till 28/05/2016, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8873607,, www.

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AFFINITY WALKABOUT AT LIZAMORE & ASSOCIATES 2 Justin Dingwall presenting a walkabout

Photos: Olivia Bouwer

11 Gloria from Avontuur Estate handing wine to Peter Clementi and Terence Rix 12 Diana O’Cholla and Tina Hsu 13 Featured artist Catherine O’Cholla (middle), with friends

OPENING OF BOTH MOOR GALLERY OPENING OF ECLECTICA MODERN’S & HERMANN NIEBUHR EXHIBITION OF MOVEMENT & EXPERIENCE 3 Ingrid Bolton, Johannes du Plessis & others 4 Clementina van der Walt & Willie Bester 5 Marti Heyns Foster, Ann Ferreira, Stella Doveton-Helps & Pieter Ferreira 6 Brahm Van Zyl & Hermann Niebuhr


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Alison Jean Shaw & Anva Chiazzari Asanda Mlata, Alan Grobler & Joe Turpin Christo Noel Booth & Nompumezo Gubevu Wayne Matthews & Wayne Desmond Heath

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Photos: Niel Visser

15 Opening Speaker Heidi Ansley; mosaic artist and owner of Piet-My-Vrou Mosaic Studio. 16 Lisa Crous – “Ambassador” of the Cape Kidney Association Northern Suburbs, placing a mosaic tile as part of the “Bit by Bit to better Health” Charity drive on opening night. Also in the image: Molly Fabe – Executive Director of the Cape Kidney Association. 17 Molly Fabe (Executive Director of the Cape Kidney Association); Hamlin Jansen van Vuuren (Curator of Rust-en-Vrede Gallery) and Cindy de Beer (One of the dialysis patients – Cape Kidney Association).



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Original Picasso Drawing to be Auctioned in Cape Town STEPHAN WELZ & CO. | CAPE TOWN The first Pablo Picasso coloured crayon drawing to be auctioned in South Africa, which has an estimated value of R3 to R3.5 million, will go on the auction block at the Stephan Welz & Co. Fine and Decorative Arts Sale on Tuesday 7 June. Au Cirque, a 1954 work by the iconic Spanish Cubist, will no doubt garner strong international interest and heat up the auction floor, with Picasso works at the top of the art market and often setting a precedent for bids on other works for sale, said Anton Welz, Auctioneer at Stephan Welz & Co. It was a Picasso that fetched the highest price ever paid for an artwork at an auction: his 1955 painting Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), which sold for $179.4 million at a Christie’s auction in 2015. “Picasso’s works on paper have great allure to collectors,” said Welz, who referenced the 2014 Sotheby’s White-Glove Sale of the private collection of legendary art dealer Jan Krugier, which was called “the greatest collection of works on paper,” by Sothebys Chairman, Impressionist & Modern Art, Europe, Helena Newman. The group was led by Pablo Picasso’s Composition au Minotaure which sold for £10,386,500: a record price for a work on paper. As for Au Cirque, the work coming up for sale in Cape Town, this is not its first time at auction. It was first sold by Sothebys New York in 1990 for $154 000. In 2006 it sold for $240 000 at another Sothebys Impressionist sale in New York. With any work of this calibre, provenance is key and in the case of Au Cirque, its roots can be traced back to Picasso’s Paris dealer, Galerie Louise Leiris. From there it made its way across the Atlantic to New York where it was sold to a prominent New York collector by the Saidenberg Gallery. Saidenberg held its first exclusive Picasso exhibition in 1955-56 titled A Selection of 55 Drawings by Pablo Picasso 1953-54. The painting’s subject embodies the courtly performers of the Renaissance, resurrected by Picasso for a 20th century audience. Picasso’s inspiration for itinerant figures and other masculine characters in his oeuvre can be traced to his Spanish childhood and his familiarity with Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Circus performers also signified for him the golden age of painting and allowed him to

Auction Action

LOT TO WATCH | Sydney Alex Kumalo (South African, 1935-1988) Hugging Nude, bronze, edition 2 of 10, 35cm high. Estimate: R200 000 – 250 000.

JAN ROYCE FOUNDATION | CAPE TOWN 14 June 2016 at 19:00 Welgemeend House, 2 Welgemeend St, Cape Town Previewing: 1-14 June 2016 Tel: 071 610 0182 email: More info: 14

The first Pablo Picasso coloured crayon drawing to be auctioned in South Africa, Au Cirque (1954) has an estimated value of R3 to R3.5 million. The artwork was unveiled by Anton Welz at Stephan Welz & Co. in Constantia, Cape Town on 17 May 2016.

escape the limitations of contemporary subject matter. The artist’s rendering of this image was also his tribute to the work of two painters he had adored throughout his life: Diego Velázquez, whose portraits of 17th century Spanish nobility and sword-wielding monarchs were sources of inspiration for the present work; and the Dutch master, Rembrandt van Rijn, whom is credited as being a key influence on Picasso’s art of this period. Viewing is open to the public in Johannesburg from 26 to 28 May and in Cape Town from 1 to 5 June. Catalogues are available directly from Stephan Welz & Co. and on their website

Results, highlights and lots to watch

HIGHLIGHT | Sydney Goldblatt (South African 19191979) Habitat of the Insect, oil, 30 x 60cm.

5TH AVENUE AUCTIONEERS | JOHANNESBURG 5 June 2016 at 10:00 5th Avenue Auctioneers 404 Jan Smuts Ave Craighall Park Johannesburg Tel: 011 781 2040 email:

RESULT | Ezrom Legae (South African 1938-1999), Elongated Head, bronze, signed, numbered 1/5, height 45cm. Sold for R220 000 by Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, 7 May 2016.

RUSSELL KAPLAN AUCTIONEERS | JOHANNESBURG 18 June 2016 Russell Kaplan Auctioneers Corner Garden & Allan Roads, Bordeaux Previewing: 15-18 June 2016 Tel: 083 675 8468 | email: More info: SA BUSINESS ART | JUNE 2016


Strauss & Co. Sponsors the AVA Printmaking Project & Unique Portfolio STRAUSS & CO | CAPE TOWN

AVA’s Artful ‘Youth & Print Month’ from June to July, 2016

A wider appreciation of art – and, ultimately, collecting it – is one of the reasons that Bina Genovese is passionate about her and her auction house’s support for the Association for Visual Arts’ upcoming ‘Youth & Print Month’. Joint managing director of Strauss & Co, and specifically responsible for marketing, media and client advisory, she has cemented the house’s AVA sponsorship, which started last year with a print-making residency and workshops. 12

This year the project has escalated, and will culminate in the first specific AVA portfolio of prints – to be auctioned for the Association’s Art Reach fund by Strauss & Co in October. Graphic prints – its production and variety – together with a focus on art and the young (as potential collectors) come under the spotlight in the AVA Gallery during June and July. Strauss & Co has pledged its support for this dynamic programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops and the launch of the special print project. The gallery will be transformed into a hub of hands-on activities in these winter months. It also takes in most of the mid-year school holiday, offering both parents and learners a cultural time-out. The main gallery will host ‘Print & Making’, an exhibition and series of workshops and talks that will demonstrate the wonderful diversity of graphic prints, its special place in South Africa, its history, worth and value. The idea is to cater as widely as possible for people interested in making, collecting and becoming knowledgeable about prints. Details of the variety of presentations and dates will be on the AVA website. Central to the space will be the sculptural presence of a small printing press, which will be used by participants in various workshops. This is a follow-up of the successful print residency programme conducted last year. The art on display will be a visual presentation of the dynamics of print. As is the AVA’s policy, these works will be curated from the David Krut studio, the SA Print Gallery and Warren Editions. The latter studio – who also kindly supplied the printing press - will also, for the first time, show the entire collection of annual ‘Secret Prints’, a project in which subscribers get a graphic print by a hitherto unknown artist. In the mezzanine gallery space the accent falls on the young – and their potential for art appreciation. ‘Under 18 Only’ is an exhibition of work by various artists, reasonably priced so that young people, even children, can afford to acquire. The idea is to initiate a spirit of art appreciation and collecting from a young age. A crowd-funding campaign on Thundafund will seek support from parents, friends and family who would like to introduce their children to art collecting. The proceeds will go to AVA’s ArtReach fund. ArtReach will also be the benefactor of another project being launched during this period. At the opening on Thursday, June 16, the names will be announced of the artists who have taken up the challenge to contribute to the AVA’s first special print portfolio,Burr Print & Purpose. This unique, limited-edition portfolio will be workshopped and produced by the artists, in collaboration with the Ruth Prowse School of Art, during the winter months. The first edition will be auctioned, as a fundraiser, by Strauss & Co in October. Eight well-known and upcoming artists are participating. Usually working in various different media,they were invited to rekindle the tactile power of print in an era of media and communication overload.In other words, the theme is print itself, for which ‘burr’ acts as a metaphor. For further info, call: 021 424 7436 SA BUSINESS ART | JUNE 2016

South African Artists Abroad

William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play the Dance, 2015, video installation. Image courtesy of the artist.

Candice Breitz, Love Story, Featuring Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin, 7-channel video installation, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Photo commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Outset Germany (Berlin) and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

Currently Exhibiting: The Kunstmuseum Stuttgart presents Candice Breitz: Ponderosa, the first major retrospective survey in Germany of the work of Candice Breitz. The exhibition traces the development of Breitz’s work from the 1990s to the present, focusing on works that address the affective power of popular music. Breitz has additionally developed a new work for the exhibition. Titled Love Story, it is a seven-channel installation that features Hollywood actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore. Currently running, the exhibition will be on display until 28 August 2016. For the first time, William Kentridge will present works from his interdisciplinary oeuvre on the Foreign Affairs platform of Berliner Festspiele (Berlin, Germany; now, until 13 July). At venues in the the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, as well as at the Martin-GropiusBau, Kentridge will show both his performative pieces as well as his visual art work. The spectrum of works ranges from early drawings via the famous Méliès and Soho animated films, to spatial installations (such as the Documenta-project The Refusal of Time), as well as Refuse the Hour with Philip Miller, Peter Galison, Dada Masilo and Catherine Meyburgh, to large-scale projections such as the film piece More Sweetly Play the Dance, which will be projected on the façade of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Theatrical pieces include Winterreise, an evening of Schubert lieder, as well as Ubu and the Truth Commission created with the Handspring Puppet Company. The season will

The tapestry by Igshaan Adams that American singer Usher bought at Frieze New York last month. Image courtesy the artist and Blank Projects.

also include Kentridge’s performance series Drawing Lessons in which the artist talks about his specific mode of working and about his political context, from the times of Apartheid until today. Andrew Tshabangu’s photography is included in The Incantation of the Disquieting Muse, an exhibition held at Savvy Contemporary, in Berlin, Germany (3 June to 7 August 2016). His work form part of the exhibition’s first chapter, called Pour en finir avec le Jugement de Dieu, which is about supra-realities and rituals. Zanele Muholi will be showing at the 9th Berlin Biennale (4 June - 18 September 2016), alongside Bogosi Sekhukhuni who will exhibit in collaboration with the CUSS Group. Works by Adriaan Diedericks recently went on permanent display at Ralph Gelbert’s Atelierhaus in Königsbach, Germany. Diedericks will also be exhibiting at Zandberg’s Advocatenkantoor in Belgium (24 and 25 June 2016). The international exhibition KABBO KA MUWALA – The Girl’s Basket: Migration and Mobility in Contemporary Art in Southern and Eastern Africa at Makerere Art Gallery in Kampala, Uganda showcases works by contemporary artists from various countries including Jodi Bieber, Kudzanai Chiurai and Gerald Machona. The exhibition seeks to present a multitude of contemporary migration processes seen

primarily through the eyes of artists from Southern and Eastern Africa. It opened 14 April 2016 and runs until 12 June 2016. Gallery MOMO is one of the galleries invited to participate in the 2016 exclusive Loop2016 Art Fair in Barcelona (now, until 19 June 2016). Mamela Nyamza and Robyn Denny’s film and installation work, Hatched 2015, will be presented there. Winner of the SP-Arte/Videobrasil prize, Haroon Gunn-Salie presents the exhibition Agridoce [Bittersweet] at Galpão Videobrasil (now, until 11 June). The exhibition revolves around the recent environmental tragedy caused by the collapse of two dams in the town of Mariana, in Minas Gerais, Brazil that made headlines across the world. Created in collaboration with residents of the affected region, the exhibition features fragments of a house, around which the other featured video, sound and photographic works gravitate. Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) exhibits new photography, copper plates, sculpture, and film by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin (Now, until 11 September 2016). As part of the exhibition, the BMA will present in the Black Box gallery Broomberg & Chanarin’s 12-minute film, Rudiments (2015), featuring a group of young British cadets training at a military camp and referring to the 40 rudiments that form the technical foundation of percussive music.

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Still from Rudiments, 2015, video. Image courtesy of the artists and Lisson Gallery, London


Lastly, we hear from the directors of two international galleries that exhibited contemporary South African art at Cape Town Art Fair earlier this year:

Clare Cooper Co-director of Art First, London

Dr. Ralf-P. Seippel Founding director of Galerie Seippel, Köln (Germany)

Why South African art? Dr. Ralf-P. Seippel: “There is always a big interest in the work of South African artists, that we present in Germany and elsewhere outside of SA. This interest very often comes along with a big interest in South African history, for instance with regard to our exhibitions of documentary photography from the Apartheid years. If it comes to buying those kind of works for their collection, clients still hesitate a lot.” Clare Cooper: “The four artists we work with have little formal representation in SA itself, and prefer to work with me through London. The artists we represent have universal appeal in spite of their works being deeply rooted in the culture of South Africa itself. Their visual thinking and the quality of their work transcends local interest. I am an expat SA myself and am a contemporary of Karel Nel, so it makes sense, and we share the same values.”

What is it like working with South African artists? Clare Cooper: “Karel Nel, Joni Brenner, Graeme Williams and Richard Penn are wonderful to work with. Absolutely committed and hard working. They engage with audiences, giving talks, and are open to discussing their own work.” Dr. Ralf-P. Seippel: “Working with South African artists has always been challenging, and often times difficult. Still, I enjoy it most of the time.”

Who supports your gallery? Dr. Ralf-P. Seippel: “Often times people who have a certain connection to the country. Online sales are less than you would expect. Our clients still prefer to have a look, to experience the actual piece of art at our gallery” Clare Cooper: “We have a loyal following, partly expat South Africans, largely London based and ‘global’ clients. Still in search of clarity, we will continue the discussion in Anywhere but Here? – Part 2. In the next edition of the Art Times, the next part of the discussion will cover the perspective of SA artists working abroad.

Dan Halter, Patterns of Migration, 2016, Found plastic-weave bags, custom-made tartan fabric, mannequin legs and Adidas ZX Flux Clot, 236 x 71 x 71 cm, Series of 5. Image courtesy of Dan Halter and WHATIFTHEWORLD – Dan Halter’s work was exhibited by WHATIFTHEWORLD at the Armory Show 2016.




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PICASS0? Stephan Welz & Co., a leading South African Auction House, will be auctioning an original Picasso drawing at our next auction in Cape Town. Join us on 7 & 8 June 2016 at The Great Cellar, Alphen Farm Estate, Alphen Drive to make your dream of owning a Picasso come true. Viewings from 1 – 5 June 2016. Visit to find out more. Pablo Picasso (SPANISH 1881 - 1973) AU CIRQUE signed and dated 31.1.54 VII coloured crayons on paper 23,5 by 31,5cm Est: R 3 000 000 - R 3 500 000

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Next, we hear from three directors of South African galleries that branched out to London:

Fred de Jager Co-director of 34FineArt

Georgie Shields Director of CIRCA Gallery London

Tamzin Lovell Miller Co-director of Sulger-Buel Lovell

Why open a gallery abroad? Tamzin Lovell Miller: “It’s an opportunity to develop the attractiveness of the gallery for artists, and that works both ways, for South African artists to have a home in the UK as well as here is a huge advantage, but we’ve found that South Africa is also an attractive proposition for other African artists, even those based in Europe. It also makes commercial sense to base some of the costs in a less expensive currency.” Georgie Shields: “We have the benefit of a local partner in London, John Martin Gallery, with whom we’ve collaborated in recent years to present the work of Dylan Lewis, Deborah Bell and Phillemon Hlungwani in London, before we had our own base here. CIRCA London has been a long time in the

making. Everard Read Gallery has had relationships with collectors, artists and other galleries in the UK going back several decades and for many years we thought about opening a gallery in London with the goal of offering our artists an international home in a leading global art market and access to a wider audience. We decided it would also allow us to be nearer many of our existing clients who have a base in the UK, Europe or the US. But launching a new gallery anywhere, and particularly in London, requires tremendous energy, a leap of faith and all the necessary elements to coalesce simultaneously – which hadn’t happened until recently.” Fred de Jager: “During the financial meltdown in 2008, the South African Art Market didn’t escape and has shrunk considerably with many of our major collectors leaving the country so trading in South Africa became more and more difficult under tough economic conditions. 34FineArt was a front runner in dealing in International Contemporary Fine Art since 1995 and with the instability and decline in the value of the Rand and rising shipping, import and export costs, it resulted in unnecessary financial strain on the business and we therefore decided to open a branch in London closer to our clients, our markets and without any language barrier. It is also easier to

participate in the various European Art Fairs from a London base with its convenient location. Running a gallery internationally is easier than in South Africa and there are various reasons for that. One is dealing with a more educated, visual literate audience with an appreciation for art. Shipping to any destination from London is about a third of the price as shipping from South Africa and import on original artworks into the UK/EU is only 5% in comparison to 14% in South Africa. The Banking system for International payments are much more streamlined without all the South African red tape and exchange controls. The volume and quality of buyers at exhibitions and especially Art Fairs are far superior. Dealing in a much bigger market also allows breathing space. Framing services are superior with wider choice and destinations in Europe and the US are within easy reach.”

How has SA work been received by your new local audience? Georgie Shields: “Work by South African artists (or artists based there) has resonated powerfully with visitors and buyers from the UK, Europe and the US. More than 75% of our sales have been to non-South Africans which I think is encouraging as it supports the view that art transcends cultural boundaries; clearly you don’t need to be South African or have a link to the region to appreciate art emanating from it. I think the work we’re showing is confronting perceptions about what ‘South African art’ is and what it looks like. Many visitors have commented that the work is unlike anything they’ve seen in London and there is a sense of curiosity and discovery.” Tamzin Lovell Miller: “The words ‘fresh’ and ‘surprising’ come up often. ‘Brave’ too. Our work is seen as quite edgy, and more loaded with meaning than art from many other places. But I think this applies equally to work from the Middle East, for example, which is also receiving a great deal of interest.”

And from expats? Georgie Shields: “We’ve had a lot of interest and support from South Africans abroad about our arrival in London. I like to think we’re flying the flag for South Africa talent and achievement so we’re delighted that South Africans in London are supporting us.”

How significant are online sales? Fred de Jager: “34FineArt started in 1991 as Vgallery, one of the very first online galleries in South Africa. We have built up an impressive database of collectors and buyers over the years. With our International product and with many of our client’s International status it was just a normal outcome that more than 60% of our sales are concluded online.”

William Kentridge, Nose 21 (detail), 2009, Aquatint, engraving and sugarlift, edition of 50, 39,37 x 34,92 cm / 15.5 x 13.75 in. Image courtesy of David Krut Projects – This artwork was exhibited by David Krut Projects at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2016.



Joost Bosland: “The most important thing about these fairs is perhaps not so obvious. It’s not as much about the week of the fair and how people respond to the work but it’s about the rest of the year, as we move around the art world doing projects. If people don’t know our gallery, the first question they ask is, “Which fairs do you do?” It almost functions as a Better Business Bureau stamp of approval. When I tell them that we do Basel, we do Frieze, then they immediately know that we are for real, that we have been vetted by colleagues, that we are trustworthy to do business with. It’s a big thing to ask for someone to send $20 000 to a company on the other end of the world that they have never done business with before. Even if we didn’t sell anything at Frieze New York or Basel, we would continue doing them because for the rest of the year it changes the way people perceive us.”

What makes it difficult to exhibit abroad? Natasha Becker: “There is a lot more work involved in exhibiting abroad. The contexts in which work is shown vary hugely (art fairs, museums, biennials, commercial galleries, auctions, and all kinds of independent spaces), and each country has its own art histories, cultures, art worlds, networks, audiences, and publics. While there are general standards of professionalization, international cities such as, New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, still retain strong local flavours, histories, networks, and ways of seeing. Understanding the local context within which one works internationally is vital to making exhibitions that engage the contemporary art scene.”

How has the international market responded? Justin Rhodes: “There’s a growing presence of South African and African artists being included on shows in America, so there is a growing awareness of what is coming out of here. The audience there is getting more familiar with some of the names here that we’re showing. Specifically in New York, we have done very well. Last year we sold our whole booth. We typically have a good response from the artists that we show to the American audience.” Natasha Becker: “It is important for our artists work to be considered in an international context and we have far more positive experiences with international exhibitions and opportunities than negative. When it comes to encountering the negative, I believe it is

Landi Raubenheimer, Rustenburg Kloof I. Image courtesy the artist and In Toto Gallery

our responsibility to educate international audiences about artist and their work, and to debunk negative stereotypes about the continent’s artists.”

What do you exhibit at fairs? Joost Bosland: “The set of considerations for what we choose to exhibit at international fairs is different for every fair, every year. For example, this year at the Armory Show there was a focus on our part of the world so it made sense to show a range of our artists because audience was very focused on the region. We used a completely opposite approach at Frieze in New York, where we did a solo show with Moshekwa Langa. We focused on 20 years of his career, really showing one artist in great depth. This was a way of announcing to the world that we now represent Moshekwa Langa. Last year, Kemang Wa Lehulere had a solo show at Gasworks, so that was a reason to focus on his work at Frieze London. There really is no

specific list of considerations that we use to decide what to show at these fairs. Of course we do tend to go with artworks that are slightly more practical, avoiding complicated installations that require the artist to be present, for example. And you want artists to be discovered, as well. So if you’re only ever showing things that relate to what is happening, then you miss out on that opportunity.” Natasha Becker: “Our first priority is to exhibit art by artists who are represented by the Goodman Gallery. However, we also work with emerging and established artists from around the world through special curatorial initiatives. We work hard to select works that create a synergy between the local and international, and we exhibit internationally and locally, ensuring that the art and critical discourses that defines contemporary global culture flows in more than one direction.”


Anywhere but Here? Within the last decade, the popularity of South African art has grown at an exponential rate on the global market – and there seems to be no halt in sight for this upward mobility. Regardless of the trend’s genesis, local galleries are growing their interest in the global market to meet the demand. While the country’s most significant galleries are increasing their participation in international art fairs, some galleries are even choosing

to ‘set up shop’ abroad, (in some cases) abandoning brick-and-mortar galleries in SA to do so. Tangentially, international galleries are increasingly choosing to exhibit artworks by South African artists; perhaps instead of artworks from their own respective, local markets. The art community of South Africa is no-doubt acutely aware of the reasons for the demand in

Our first discussion includes representatives from three of SA’s most significant galleries:

our local art (intrigue, relevance, beauty, etc.) but the Art Times is not satisfied with these reasons as the only answer to the question: why exhibit local art anywhere but here? For this reason we have gathered the perspectives of directors and curators from significant galleries, to help us piece together a more complete answer but also to provide something of value to you as contributors to the South African art market.

which is quite different from the gallery applying to participate. The gallery regularly exhibits at the Frieze Art Fair (in both London and New York), Frieze Masters, and Art Basel (in Hong Kong, Basel, and Miami). In the past the gallery took part in various other fairs but cut down on the number to improve their focus. Goodman Gallery recently collaborated with the Armory Art Fair’s African Focus and supported the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York.

Natasha Becker Senior Curator at Goodman Gallery

Joost Bosland Director at Stevenson

Justin Rhodes Director of WHATIFTHEWORLD

How important is exhibiting abroad? WHATIFTHEWORLD has exhibited at Frieze New York, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, Volta Basel, Art Dubai and Milan Art Fair. For the past six years, the gallery has exhibited in New York during the Armoury Show – typically at Volta (the fair next door to the Armory Show, for emerging galleries). This year was the gallery’s first year at the Armory Show proper. Stevenson regularly participates in the Armory Show, Frieze Art Fair (in both London and New York), Paris Photo, and Art Basel (in both Basel and Miami Beach). In 2015, Goodman Gallery was invited by the organisers to participate in the Armory Show –


Landi Raubenheimer, After Pierneef, with blue trees I. Image courtesy the artist and In Toto Gallery

Justin Rhodes: “Exhibiting abroad, you obviously open yourself up to a much broader audience than here in South Africa. There’s a much bigger collector and museum base, more institutions and curators. The contemporary art market in South Africa is very small. The number of private collectors is very small, the amount of institutions. There isn’t a huge support network here, so if you want to get your artists seen by the bigger museums or institutions, it’s important to travel. The research curators are coming here more and more but in order to grow your network of collectors and curators, it’s important to go to these fairs. It’s how people get exposed to new artists and new work.”


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

CelebraƟng 60 years of art On 22 June 2016, one of Nelson Mandela Bay’s greatest cultural treasures, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, will have inspired art lovers for 60 years. An exhibiƟon Ɵtled YEYETHU, SONKE (THIS BELONGS TO ALL OF US): 60 YEARS OF COLLECTING will open on the Museum’s anniversary. The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum oīers a variety of cultural and art experiences through exhibiƟons and public programmes. The Art Museum has a permanent collecƟon of art, supplemented by temporary exhibiƟons. The collecƟon consists of South African art, BriƟsh art, Oriental art and internaƟonal printmaking. The Art Museum provides an excellent range of services for schools and community groups, including guided tours and art workshops.

Contact details: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museumപ1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth 6001 Telephone: 041 506 2000പFax: 041 586 3234 E-mail:പWebsite: Visit our facebook page


The chemistry behind creativity

2016 SASOL NEW SIGNATURES ENTRIES NOW OPEN It is the things we cannot see that can have the greatest inďŹ&#x201A;uence on who we are and what we appreciate, such as art. That is why this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sasol New Signatures art competition is putting the chemistry behind creativity under the microscope by inviting artists to rise to the challenge and make their mark. Enter your most compelling work into the Sasol New Signatures art competition and you could win R 100 000 and a solo exhibition.

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ŠZanele Muholi courtesy of Stevenson Cape Town and Johannesburg. Zanele Muholi is exhibiting at the National Arts Festival.

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Zanele Muholi, Somnyama I, Paris, 2014 (detail), Silver gelatin print, Image size: 80 x 53.3cm, Paper size: 90 x 63.3cm, Edition of 8 + 2 AP

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