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The Winter Sculpture Fair returns to NIROX 9 and 10 May 2015 Artlogic’s popular Winter Sculpture Fair will return to the NIROX Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humankind on the 9th and 10th of May 2015. Gautengers will be able to enjoy the largest and most ambitious sculpture exhibition in South Africa, while sampling Franschhoek’s finest food and wine. Now in its third year, the Fair will offer visitors exquisite food and fine wine produced by some of Franschhoek’s most popular restaurants, producers and wineries. Restaurants such as Paulina’s at Rickety Bridge, Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Haute Cabrière Restaurant & Terrace and Dutch East, will be selling freshly prepared, deluxe lunches. Wineries including Stonybrook, Black Elephant Vintners, La Chataigne, Maison, Miss Molly and La Motte, among others, will offer wine and bubbly by the bottle or glass. A selection of Franschhoek cheeses, charcuterie, and chocolates will also be available, to add to your picnic experience. Artlogic is excited to welcome renowned chef Chris Erasmus to the Fair for the first time. Chris has recently opened the popular restaurant, Foliage, whose niche menu
offers comfort food that is moulded around the chef’s forest-to-plate philosophy. ‘The Winter Sculpture Fair is one of Artlogic’s most popular annual events,’ says Cobi Labuscagne, director of Artlogic, the owners and organisers of the Fair. ‘We ascribe this popularity to the combination of South Africa’s top cuisine, a breathtaking environment and an opportunity to see site-specific works of sculpture in this environment.’ Situated in a 15 hectare private nature reserve, the highly-acclaimed NIROX Sculpture Park will be home to the annual sculpture exhibition curated by Mary-Jane Darroll. ‘NIROX Sculpture Winter 15’ will focus on 40 artists, compared to the 60 of the last year. This year’s participating artists promise a refined and serious selection from the finest in the discipline. Says Darroll on participating artists: ‘Sean Slemon shows a quiet reflective work engaging both the sun and the landscape, which is reflective of the place and contemplates an abstract shaft of sunlight. Willem Boshoff returns to his favoured Belfast black granite,
presenting a thought-provoking place for contemplation. Michele Mathison engages the realm of the history of the worker in Africa and contributes a performative monument to the worker, and Ledelle Moe presents a monumental figural within the context of an historic and a contemporary landscape. We expect a strong show relevant to both the context of the Cradle and an exciting viewing of now.’ Visitors will be able to meander through the park to view the artworks, before picnicking in the countryside with family and friends. The 2015 Winter Sculpture Fair is open from 10h00 17h00 daily on both 9 and 10 May 2015. Tickets will only be available online, prior to the event. Tickets cost R150 and are available through www.webtickets.co.za. Children 12 years and under enter free. For more information, visit www.wintersculpturefair. co.za; email firstname.lastname@example.org or like the Winter Sculpture Fair on Facebook.
EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Beth Armstrong | Dirk Bahmann | Willem Boshoff | Marco Cianfanelli | Ruann Coleman | Barend de Wet | Brendan Dickerson | Guy du Toit | Stephan Erasmus | Jonathan Freemantle | Richard Forbes | Gordon Froud | Frances Goodman | Haroon Gunn-Salie | Bronwyn Lace | Collen Maswanganyi | Michele Mathison | Mohau Modikeseng | Ledelle Moe | Kyle Morland | Marcus Neustetter | Louis Olivier | Walter Oltman | Mary Sibande | Sean Slemon | Moffat Takadiwa | Angus Taylor | Johan Thom | Berco Wilsenach | and more… Last Year’s Winter Scultpure Fair. Photo: Mike Turner
“I’m interested in creating encounters with the resplendent… I’m looking to ‘solidify’ what we normally experience as transcendental moments.” Bronwyn Lace
“Making sculpture allows me to articulate certain thoughts, feeling, perceptions and attitudes about the world in ways verbal language can’t.” - Brendhan Dickerson
“Sometimes (in my kind of work) a sculpture acts as a moment or a gesture, to echo the space in which it is placed or direct a viewer’s path.” - Ruann Coleman
“The pleasure [of sculpting] is in ﬁnding potential solutions to the conundrum. This has been described by some as a spiritual experience.” - Guy du Toit
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Brendhan Dickerson, “Untitled”, wrought stainless steel & gold-leaf. Image courtesy the artist.
Scenes from last year’s Winter Sculpture Fair. Photos: Mike Turner
Scenes from last year’s Winter Sculpture Fair.
Ruann Coleman, “Cut/Uncut”, 2014, Found Branches, Various Dimensions. Image courtesy the artist.
Guy du Toit. Image courtesy the artist.
Photos: Mike Turner
Scenes from last year’s Winter Sculpture Fair. Photos: Mike Turner
Bronwyn Lace. Image courtesy the artist.
Scenes from last year’s Winter Sculpture Fair.
Scenes from last year’s Winter Sculpture Fair.
Photos: Mike Turner
Photos: Mike Turner
Louis Olivier, “Three Tall Figures”, bronzes on concrete bases, 1m x 1m x 2.5m. Photo: Michael Hall Photography
Hermanus FynArts 6 – 16 June Hermanus FynArts will include a bumper programme and a long line-up of a few familiar, and a great many new, faces. Once again this fusion of Arts Festival and Winter School, with a focus on the visual arts, will include an eclectic mix of concerts, talks, workshops, demonstrations, films and a children’s programme that will run over the two weekends of the festival. Following the enormous success of the Sculptures on the Cliffs exhibition last year, a new exhibition will be presented on the famous Cliff Path from 6 June until well into 2016. The theme this year is Biodiversity, chosen to reflect the rehabilitation and upgrading of the adjoining Cliff Path where the exhibition meets the newly proclaimed Biodiversity Walk. This year the exhibition, managed by Jaco Sieberhagen, showcases the work of ten awardwinning sculptors. Sculptors who will again take part in the exhibition are Strijdom van der Merwe, Marieke PrinslooRowe, Jaco Sieberhagen and Gordon Froud. The latter will team up with Diane Victor and present a combined exhibition, Second Lives, at Rossouw Modern in the centre of Hermanus. Newcomers to are Adriaan Diedericks, Alex Hamilton, the brother and sister team, Anni Snyman and PC Janse van Rensburg, Anton Smit and Jean Theron Louw. Seven wine farms along the Hermanus Wine Route in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley will host special exhibitions that include painting, glass and ceramics. The finalists in the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award will be again exhibited in the Bouchard Finlayson wine cellar. The winning tondi are mounted on the heads of barrels in the working cellar, which is the perfect venue for a blending of wine and art. There will also be two exhibitions of sculpture in the Valley. The first stop along the Wine Route is Whalehaven. Here there will be by Marco Cianfanelli who makes use of a vast variety of media and materials, from laser cut materials, masked glass and digital imaging and branding, to burnt mielie
skins and sculpted sea sand. The second exhibition is at Creation wine farm. art@Creation, will feature sculptures by Roberto Vaccaro. This young, up-and-coming artist predominantly sculpts South African wildlife using scrap metals as a medium. His work has a strong conservation significance in keeping with that of the wine farm. The organically mechanized sculptures reflect the symbiotic relationship between man and nature. The found metal used for the pieces in the displayed has been tortured and welded and intricately assembled to symbolize the vulnerability of these figures. Fifteen art exhibitions will be found in the centre of Hermanus with the old Synagogue building once again being the site of the premier exhibition. This year the exhibition, (In) The Nature of Things, will be curated by Marilyn Martin, Melvyn Minnaar and Matthew Blackman and it is presented under the auspices of the Association for Visual Art (AVA). The eleven art galleries in the town will each host a special exhibition during FynArts. One of these is the gallery/workshop of local sculptor, Willie Botha. A newcomer on the art’s scene in Hermanus is The Courtyard Sculpture Garden with a group exhibition with works by Anton Smit, Shepherd Ndudzo, Strijdom van der Merwe and Herman van Nazareth. Other venues for exhibitions are the Windsor Hotel (Forms of Expression ceramic exhibition), the Marine Hotel (jewellery and a mosaic exhibition), and the Municipal Auditorium (the Art of Thread). The new-look Hermanus FynArts website presents the full programme for 2015, as well as interesting information about the artists, venues and events that make up this year’s festival. Booking is now open and tickets may be purchased, once again, at the Hermanus Tourism Office, or via the internet, through Webtickets.
Above: One of this year’s new artists for Sculptures on the Cliffs is Adriaan Diedericks Below: Last year’s Sculptures on the Cliffs. Photo: Jaco Sieberhagen
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Angus Taylor Quintessential Sculptor
Angus Taylor’s work embodies the complex definition of sculpture to such completion that it is almost contradictory. His works are traditional in the sense that they are carved from stone and cast in bronze, often depicting the human form in one way or another. But then this traditional approach is turned on its head when uncommon media like twigs, dry earth and grass are employed and the human form is abstracted. At times forms are recognisable, other times not. At times set to remain the same indefinitely, at times made to degrade and change with the passing of time. The ideal of permanence is rejected whenever it is deemed unnecessary. Sometimes manageable in size and perfect in fine detail, sometime monumental and roughly hewn; Taylor’s work is consistently inconsistent in scale and in almost every other way that sculpture can be. This makes Angus Taylor arguably South Africa’s most interesting sculptor. We were lucky enough to catch him between stages of the Cape Epic Cycle Tour, to find out how he creates and how he thinks.
Art Times: Your last exhibition “From Explicit to Implicit” at Everard Read Johannesburg provided a perspective of the range of your work, as spoken of above. In another interview you expressed that this exhibition was an exploration how the mind works? Can you elaborate? Angus Taylor: First of all, thank you for the compliment above. As you mentioned, I do not work from a singular school of thought, in an attempt to avoid its restrictions and parameters. I continuously try to act as a conduit, through which the essence of what is discovered (or brought to the forefront) may flow. In the exhibition “From Explicit to Implicit”, I unpack how mind becomes matter. What I find interesting is the interplay between the mind’s recordings as source in contrast to an external source, for example found material. The metaphor and meaning implicit in physical, tacit material may initiate one line of thought, guide and result in a sculpture, or alternatively a ‘thought’ or idea may take lead and grow into the appropriate matter and form. The different influences and results, when comparing ‘how I think with what I know’ and ‘thinking with what I do not know’ drive the work.
Art Times: There is an installation on this exhibition where an enormous figure sits among more of the rocks from which it is constructed. The viewer is able to move around within the installation and undoubtedly experiences either a sense of wonder at the size of the figure in from of him/her or a sense of feeling small and possibly fragile in the presence of this colossal creature. As an artist, I am sure that it is important to you that viewers engage with your work. Do you consciously try to direct viewer experience? If so, how? Angus Taylor: An important element to experiencing “Reflective Resonance” is that at some point when we were toddlers, our relation to the scale of our fathers was the same as the scale of a grown person to this specific sculpture. Perhaps I enjoy being smaller, and this admits to some latent childhood issue about missing the hero’s I once thought I had. In this sense I prefer my work to be experienced on more than one dimension. I would hope that the viewer would recall the experience and scale difference from the far crevices of their brain. Yet at the same time I would like the viewer to experience the relation between the more humble
Header: Angus Taylor, “Reflective Resonance”, 2014, Bronze and Belfast granite, installation variable. Photo: ENABA Productions
Above: Angus Taylor with his sculpture “Morphic Resonance” (2014, Rammed Earth, thatch and belfast granite) at the Winter Sculpture Fair 2014. Photo: Rina Stutzer
Left: Angus Taylor, “Belated Wake” series, 2010, Thatch, thatch twine, steel wire, steel frame, insect and fireproof treatment. Photo: CIRCA
anti-monument and its surrounding matter, its stone environment which is clearly altered by its presence, polished where it comes close, crystalline where its gaze falls. Art Times: As spoken of above, your work often abstracts the human form, and sometimes your work is not representational at all. What role do you think abstraction has in terms of viewer experience? Angus Taylor: In my opinion, one may compare this to the nuances of language. For example, after studying an artwork for a long time you would be moved differently in comparison to when you approached an artwork for the first time (this is the same for poetry and prose; after studying a specific piece more intensely you become aware of the deeper meaning and nuances of interpretation imbedded in the text). In the South African context it was and remains important to me that I do not only speak to the cultured few, who can ‘hear’ me, but also say something interesting enough to draw in other intelligent, open people as well. Hopefully as I learn and grow, they would grow too. To me the body is many things. It is a vessel that most people would be able to relate to as “self”. I use this vessel
and portray it through the use of different materials, which in turn tells of our fragility or vulnerability. The more I abstract the representation or the more I remove it from defined articulation, the more open it becomes for a wider audience to experience the ‘self’ through it. The body is a window and it is the origin of all experience, but it is also a visual language. Art Times: When you begin the creative process, are your ideas directed by your materials or are materials secondary to your concepts? Angus Taylor: It alters, sometimes I take the lead, and at other times I am led by the process. A feedback loop occurs and that is great, but at other times you “just do it” as the slogan says. Clay asks for complete manipulation whilst stone resists your attempts. Wood has a grain which poses its own challenges, whereas Belfast granite, or most igneous stones, for that matter, has a ‘tough-way’, a ‘second -way’ and a ‘free-way’. It takes time before you know stone. You need to know many different types before you can appreciate what a specific natural stone has to offer, which others, in turn, do not.
Art Times: How has your love-affair with your materials evolved. Angus Taylor: I have always been skilled with my hands (I could arc weld when I was seven) and as a child my mother had me and my siblings make drawings for homework (I am one of five children). It is one long continuum, with plenty of influences, but I know I made a shift some years ago when I came back from a New York visit. I decided I should speak from my own vantage point and with my own indigenous materials, for example I should not import Italian white Carrera marble, but explore stone and other materials around me. Art Times: You said in a previous interview that you often get inspired for new artworks while riding your bike. Now, while riding the Cape Epic, I’m sure you’ve had a few new ideas. Where is the essence of your work truly realised, in nature or the studio? Angus Taylor: The Cape Epic takes 8 days – a prologue and seven stages. From my personal experience I can tell that in order to really know your own vehicle, the body that carries you and aids in understanding ‘being’, you have to challenge it to its limits. Riding offers this to me. I also need to stay fit for the physical challenges that sculpting poses. Yet, the Absa Cape Epic is too difficult and dangerous for a person to sit and contemplate their existence. In an ‘athletic zone’ of consciousness with more oxygen to the brain, you move forward and feel alive. For me it is a good place to solve problems and to come to a resolution on things that I have been milling in my mind. With the physical challenges that being a sculptor poses, I also need to remain fit.
Top, left: The Artist at work in his studio. Photo: ENABA Productions
Top, right: Angus Taylor, “Grounded” (detail), 2011, UJ Art Gallery Left: Angus Taylor, “Being Resolved” series (detail), 2014, bronze. Original photos: Carla Crafford, Elani Willemse
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Winners Amplify Industrial Design The overall winning entry to the PPC Imaginarium Awards was announced at the Young Blood Gallery in Cape Town, last month. Each year, the PPC Imaginarium Awards maximise opportunities for young emerging creatives in design-orientated disciplines by offering financial support, mentoring and workshops towards the production of new work. One of the few rules is that Portland cement be the primary inspiration and/or material used by the designers involved. The works produced receive exposure to the public via exhibitions and online campaigns. The cherry on the top is undoubtedly the R100 000 cash prize given to the producers of the winning design. Martin Bolton and Craig Tyndall’s concrete speaker took this year’s prize because of the sheer ingenuity of their industrial design. The pair recognised concrete’s mass and dampening effects on sound, and thus decided to harness its potential for speaker construction. From their original drafts, the team envisioned that theirs would be the perfect product to transform concrete from an everyday construction material into a highly aesthetic, functional and audibly superior product. “What started as a fun project to do in the evenings turned out to be something that won the hearts of a lot of the people who had a chance to engage with it,” said Bolton. “The competition has been an awesome inspiration boost, showing that it really does make sense to take chances and push oneself to try different
approaches to designing products,” he added. Bolton lectures Industrial Design at the University of Johannesburg when not designing in his free time. He holds a diploma in Three Dimensional Design from Wits Technicon, as well as a BTech and an MTech in Industrial Design from the University of Johannesburg. His collaborative partner, Tyndall, graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a degree in Civil Engineering and currently works as a senior structural engineer. When asked what winning meant to him, he responded that not only was it a significant personal achievement but an opportunity to show the public that concrete has great potential beyond its usual application. “The competition has reinforced my passion for designing functional products and has boosted a potential career direction,” Tyndall said, adding that the venture has given him more confidence in his conceptual and aesthetic sensibilities, which will no-doubt carry into further product design. He plans to use his share of the money on a new workshop in his home to further push the capabilities of concrete. Bolton also plans to spend some of the money on a workshop. He wants to carry on pushing himself to tackle new design problems and develop new products. Other plans for the cash prize include taking his future-wife on the perfect honeymoon and working on his 1974 Mercedes. 13
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Butcher Boys (1985-6)
So much has been written about Jane Alexander’s ‘Butcher Boys’, that it is unlikely for new light to be shed on this icon of South African art. Regardless of the monotony, the tableaux remains haunting no matter how many times it confronts you. Here is a collection of what some others have said about this incredible artwork: “Alexander created ‘Butcher Boys’ in 1985-86 while completing her work towards a Masters degree at the University of Witwatersrand. Winning more recent acclaim at the 1995 Venice Biennale, her work has been praised for its blunt yet elegant criticism of the effects of apartheid on South Africans. Basing her figures on accurate reproduction of human anatomy, Alexander creates work that is interpretable by uninformed viewers, and thus explanations are left to the onlooker. It has been said that the ... Jane Alexander, “Butcher Boys”, 1985-6, plaster, bone, horn oil paint, wood, 128.5 x 213.5 x 88.5 cm. combination of human form Collection of the South African National Gallery. and animal features – including hooves, bones, and broken horns – reveals the three young men with rams’ heads sit tranquilly on a chests as if they have been sliced opened and their paradoxical ambivalence between the repulsive and park bench. Dull-witted, unconnected and sated, they vital organs have been removed. They could perhaps offensive nature of human cruelty and the engaging may be interpreted as a manifestation of apartheid. In have experienced such pain that they can no longer attraction to human frailty and vulnerability. The contrast to the Chinese monkeys, none of these three voice their feelings. As it appears that they can no animality of these figures externalizes the more base, figures can speak or hear: their mouths have been longer communicate with the outside world since they instinctual depths of the human psyche. Their faces knocked off, like the noses of ancient sculptures; have no ears to hear or mouths to speak with, there mouthless, transformed into some cross between and where their ears should be, there’s nothing but is also a feeling of silent loneliness and alienation beast and person, the figures are denied any specific black holes. The expression in their dark, bestial eyes about them. They sit together on the bench but there identity. ‘Butcher Boys’ exemplifies a society whose is aggressive, yet it also betrays their suffering. The is no communication between them. Even their body policies and practices have warped and exposed the view from behind reveals that their backs are split language suggests that they are withdrawn into their animal instincts and insecurity of humanity.” open. As rough but spineless beasts, they seem to own worlds. Yet at the same time there seem to be an be waiting for a signal to start fighting; and though alertness about them, like predators waiting to jump » Butcher Boys. 2001. The Legacy Project website: http://www. we feel they’ll struggle viciously to defend their on their prey. These sculptures were created during legacy-project.org/index.php?artID=442&page=art_detail privileges, it’s a fight that will make both culprits and the time of army conscription, when all young men victims of them all.” were forced to go to the army. Many of these young “As hybrid beings – human bodies with animal men returned dehumanized, or suffering from post heads – [the figures] represent human thought and » Petra Stegmann. 2003. African Metamorphoses. Culturebase.net traumatic stress, yet they were simply forced back action. Their animal physiognomies embody the website: http://www.culturebase.net/artist.php?1213 into society with no help to for them to adjust... It is psychic state, the conditio humana, of a traumatised only recently that it has come to light that soldiers multicultural society in the period after apartheid. Jane “Their pale powdery skins reminds one of bodies in also suffers from trauma during war. Both the victims Alexander, who is white, was born in Johannesburg in a morgue which could suggest that they are like the and perpetrators of violence are dehumanized.” 1959. The writer and art critic Simon Njami sees her walking dead, appearing to be alive on the outside as ‘an accessory to a truth and a history which force but really just going through the motions of living. » Jane Alexander. 2013. NLA Design and Visual Arts website: her, even against her will, to think within the terms You feel that they will be cold to touch. This for me https://nladesignvisual.wordpress.com/tag/jane-alexander/ of a sick society.’... Like the three Chinese monkeys, is emphasized by what appears to be cuts in their SA ART TIMES | APRIL 2015
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ART TIMES SA ARTISTS APRIL BIRTHDAYS
2 April 1912 – 12 July 2001
Painter, playwright and teacher, George Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba was best-known for his scenes of township life in the Eastern Cape. While studying teaching, he received his first formal art training from Ethel Smythe. In 1937 the Bantu Welfare Trust provided Pemba with money to study art for 4 months at Rhodes University. Pemba began working in oils in his 30s. This was at the advice of fellow artist, Gerard Sekoto, who said that working in the medium would make his art sell easier. Sekoto also convinced Pemba to paint township scenes, which are now his most famous works. In 1948 he had a successful solo exhibition in Port Elizabeth. He opened a general dealer’s store which he and his wife ran until 1978. The financial pressures of supporting his extended family were compounded by a 26-year long battle with alcohol. After many failed attempts he eventually managed to stop drinking, and started to paint consistently. In 1979 Pemba was given an honorary Master of Arts degree by the University of Fort Hare. By the end of the eighties he had become one of South Africa’s most revered black artists. In 1996, the South African National Gallery put together a touring retrospective of his work. Pemba’s painting career lasted six decades, providing a visual history of what he had witnessed in a transforming South Africa. » George Pemba (1912 - 2001). 2015. Johans Borman webpage: http://www.johansborman.co.za/artist-biographies/ pemba-george/.
Mary Sibande 11 April 1982 – Mary Sibande is best known for her depictions of alter-ego ‘Sophie’, a black mannequin-like-figure dressed in Victorianstyle, domestic worker attire. Sibande was born from a long line of domestic workers but broke the mould after obtaining a B-Tech degree in Fine Arts at the University of Johannesburg in 2007. Quite evident in her work, she originally wanted to be a fashion designer, but opted to study Fine Art after missing the deadline for application to a Fashion course. She is now a prominent South African artist, having exhibited at the 2010 Venice Biennale. » Ruxandra. Mary Sibande: Dressed to Tell South Africa’s Tale (25/11/2011). Meet the Artists Blog: http://ruxandrabp.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/marysibande-dressed-to-tell-south-africas-tale/.
Stephan Welz 13 April 1943 – Stephan Aage Welz is Managing Director of the leading fine art auction house in SA, Strauss & Co. Welz is also the longest practising fine art auctioneer in the country. He was born in Worcester, the son of prominent painter Jean Welz. Shortly after obtaining a B.Com from UNISA, he became the Executive Director of Sotheby’s in SA and was then made a Director of Sotheby’s London. In 1987, Sotheby’s in SA became Stephan Welz & Co. Stephan sold this business in 2006, although it still bears his name. He has served on the board of several SA art councils and presented a TV show on evaluating art and antiques for over 6 years. Besides being SA’s leading Art Auctioneer Welz has a second passion for farming in owning a Tuli cattle farm near Dullstroom. » Stephan Welz. 2015. Strauss & Co. website: http://www.straussart.co.za/ experts/view/stephan-welz.
Sydney Kumalo 13 April 1935 – 1988 Sydney Kumalo began studying at the Polly Street Art Centre in 1953. Here he was mentored by Eduardo Villa and Cecil Skotnes. He eventually replaced Skotnes as senior art instructor. A highly influential teacher, he inspired many of his students to greatness. Kumalo become a full-time artist in 1964. In South Africa, he exhibited with the Amadlozi (Spirit of our Ancestors) Group. He also exhibited regularly in Europe and America, as well as at the Venice and Sao Paulo Biennales, winning prizes and scholarships. » M. Nicol.1999. Sydney Kumalo, in They Shaped our Century: The Most Influential South Africans of the Twentieth Century. Cape Town: Human and Rousseau, 451.
Maggie Laubser 14 April 1886 – 17 May 1973 Maggie Laubser is best known for her colourful paintings of domestic and farm life. She grew up on her father’s farm Bloublommetjieskloof , in the Cape, tending to geese and playing with the farm labourers’ children. She studied art in Europe but she was a poor student. By the time she returned to the Cape in 1920, she had unlearnt most of what she had been taught. Sometime later she found herself in Berlin among painters who appreciated her work, and it blossomed. In SA she endured the depression and suffered the added hurt of critical rejection of her painting. Eventually, at age 60, her work came to be appreciated by the SA art public.
Leonardo da Vinci 15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519 Leonardo da Vinci was born the son of a legal specialist and a peasant girl and during his life was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person to have ever lived. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”. It would be fair to say that da Vinci helped spur the Renaissance forward by competing with stimulating minds such as Raphael and Michelangelo. Within Leonardo’s own lifetime his fame was such that the King of France carried him away like a trophy. Interest in Leonardo has never diminished.
J.M.W Turner 23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851 Joseph Mallord William Turner was an English landscape painter whose style is said to have laid the foundation for Impressionism. Turner was born in London. As a teen his father would exhibit his works in the window of the family’s barbershop. Turner was accepted into the Royal Academy of Art at the very young age of 15. He exhibited his first oil painting at the RA Summer Exhibition in 1796, thereafter exhibiting nearly every year for the rest of his life. Turner was eccentric, he had few close friends and a peculiar nocturnal life. He never married but fathered 2 daughters. He died in the house of his mistress. Art critic Ruskin destroyed many of Turner’s erotic drawings after the artist’s death. » Joseph Mallord William Turner Biography. 2002. Joseph Mallord William Turner – The Complete Works website: http://www.william-turner.org/ biography.html.
William Kentridge 28 April 1955 – Kentridge was born in Johannesburg to Sydney Kentridge and his wife Felicia Geffen. Sydney Kentridge was a successful defence lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela in the Rivonia Treason Trial, as well as the family of Stephen Biko a few years later. William Kentridge earned a BA degree in Politics and African Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and then a diploma in Fine Arts from the Johannesburg Art Foundation. In the early 1980s, he studied mime and theatre at the L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He originally hoped to become an actor, but later reflected: “I was fortunate to discover at a theatre school that I was so bad an actor [... that] I was reduced to an artist, and I made my peace with it.” By the mid-1970s, Kentridge was making prints and drawings. Between 1989 and 2003, he made “9 Drawings for Projection” a series of stop-frame animation films. Kentridge’s incredible artistic range also includes tapestries, sculpture, opera and printmaking. His are among the most sought-after and expensive works by a living South African artist.
» Esmé Berman. 1983. Art and Artists of South Africa, An Illustrated biographical dictionary and historical survey of painters, sculptors and graphic artists since 1875. Cape Town: Random House Struik, 260-261.
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INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS APRIL BIRTHDAYS ART TIMES
6 April 1483 – 6 April 1520
Raphael Sanzio was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His father, a painter for the Duke of Urbino, left Raphael an orphan at age 11. In 1500, Pietro Vannunci invited Raphael to become his apprentice and the teen was considered fully trained only a year into his four-year apprenticeship. The artist was heavily influenced by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. He produced a series of “Madonnas” which drew heavily upon da Vinci’s works, and “The Entombment”, which borrowed ideas that Michelangelo had expressed in one of his own paintings. When Raphael was commissioned to fresco the Pope’s private library, he witnessed Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo severely disliked his young admirer and eventually accused him of plagiarism. Raphael eventually had a workshop of fifty pupils and assistants, including masters established in their own right. In 1514, the Pope hired him as his chief architect. Under this appointment, Raphael designed an area within Saint Peter’s basilica. Raphael was engaged, by arrangement, to Maria Bibbiena of the Medici family but put off marrying her. Quite the philanderer, Raphael’s premature death on his 37th birthday, was said to be caused by a fever brought on by excessive sex. He was buried in the Pantheon in Rome, with the inscription on his sarcophagus: “Here lies that famous Raphael by whom Nature feared to be conquered while he lived, and when he was dying, feared herself to die.” » Raphael. 2015. The Biography.com website: http://www.biography.com/people/raphael-41051#death-and-legacy. » Raphael Biography. 2002. Raphael – The Complete Works website: http://www.raphaelsanzio.org/biography.html.
THE ART TIMES WOULD LIKE TO CELEBRATE ALL MEMBERS OF SOUTH AFRICA’S VISUAL ART COMMUNITY BORN IN APRIL, INCLUDING: 1 Wilna Moore | 2 Diek Grobler | 3 Bruce Gordon, Theo Kleynhans, Margot Muir | 4 Carl Roberts, Stephen Rautenbach | 5 Toni-Ann Ballenden | 6 Gabriel Cornelis de Jongh | 7 Frans Oerder, Kim Myerson, Kate Gottgens | 8 Moira MacMurray, Tom Cullberg | 9 Monica Ross, Tay Dall | 11 William Mitcheson Timlin, Roger Ballen | 13 Bongani Mkhonza, Dexter Sagar | 15 Johann Du Plessis, Jill Trapper, Phillipa Duncan | 17 Michael Chandler | 18 Buyaphi Mdledle | 19 Said Ray, Jane Taylor, Okke Weerstand, Erich (Ernst Karl) Mayer | 20 Yvette Dunn, Catherine Bolton | 21 Dan Halter | 22 James Vicary Thackwray | 24 Leora Farber, Hasan and Husain Essop | 27 Hennie Niemand Jnr | 28 Harry Bolus | 29 Clare Menck | 30 Heike Davies, Mary Louise Steyn, Mary-Louise Bicket FAMOUS, INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS BORN IN APRIL: 4 Maurice de Vlaminck | 5 Jean-Honoré Fragonard | 9 Victor Vasarely, Eadweard Muybridge | 10 Kenneth Noland | 12 Robert Delaunay | 13 James Ensor | 14 Edward Hicks | 15 Charles Willson Peale, Théodore Rousseau, Thomas Hart Benton, Arshile Gorky | 16 Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, John Chamberlain | 18 Max Weber | 20 Joan Miró, Odilon Redon | 24 Willem de Kooning, Bridget Riley | 25 Karel Appel | 28 Yves Klein Editor’s Note: All content is appropriated from its source and includes elaboration for the sake of enrichment.
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Zeitz MOCAA’s First Annual Gala Contemporary Africa, Future Africa
On the 28th of February, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa held its first annual gala in honour of the museum’s major donors. The prestigious event was held at Silo 1 in the Silo District of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, opposite the site of the continent’s first contemporary art museum. Some 320 high society guests attended the event, including local and international patrons of the arts; as well as artists, designers, collectors, curators, and personalities from the arts, fashion and entertainment industries. A red-carpet reception, with cocktails and canapés, was followed by a three-course dinner accompanied by operatic and choral performances. Guests were also treated to a fashion show with designs by Marianne Fassler, Gavin Rajah, Thula Sindi, and Chris Levin. The event promises to be a major annual fundraiser for the museum. This year, guests were invited to donate R50 000 for a table, or R5 000 for a seat. According to Executive Director and Chief Curator Mark Coetzee, “The funds raised by this benefit event will join the generous contributions that have already been made to Zeitz MOCAA.” These will go directly into an endowment, which will ensure that the museum is accessible to all. “In addition, an allocation of funds raised at the Zeitz MOCAA Gala will be used towards the establishment of a Costume Institute, and will provide the resources to produce important exhibitions of our leading designers into the future,” said Coetzee. Like the annual Met Ball, the Zeitz MOCAA will have a theme each year, this year it was ‘Contemporary Africa, Future Africa’ in recognition of Zeitz MOCAA’s dedication to collecting, preserving and researching art from the whole of Africa and its Diaspora. Coetzee explains: “Zeitz MOCAA will constitute a re-imagining of a museum within an African context: celebrating Africa, preserving its own cultural legacy, writing its own history and defining itself on its own terms. The vision of the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz will have major impact for the visual art world”. Mr Zeitz himself addressed the guests saying: “The core of any museum is the art collection is that it preserves, studies and exhibits. When I committed my own collection as the Founding Collection of Zeitz
MOCAA, as well as funds to help sustain the museum, my only hope was that others – who also believed in the power of creativity in and from Africa – would join me in supporting this endeavour, and that together we could build an even greater collection that would continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. Now as this dream becomes a reality, I am honoured that 47 pieces were donated in 2014 alone”. Among these are works by Jody Paulsen, Andrew Putter, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Michele Mathis, Deborah Bell, Hentie van der Merwe, Jean Brundrit, Penny Siopis, Hassan and Husain Essop, Dan Halter, Lisa Brice, Cyrus Kabiru, and 23 pieces from Edson Chagas’ award winning “Golden Lion” Venice Biennale Pavilion. These works are currently on display at the Zeitz MOCAA Scheryn Pavilion in an exhibition aptly entitled “First Donations”. Zeitz MOCAA promises to rival the famous art institutions abroad. The groundbreaking building will house 80 galleries, as well as areas dedicated to education, retail and hospitality, over nine floors. The result will be a new kind of museum in an African context that will become a powerful symbol for the continent’s ambition and a valuable repository of its art and culture. We expectantly look forward to its opening in 2017, and the growth of what promises to be the world’s most significant contemporary African art collection, to date.
Top centre: Jochen Zeitz with his date Top right: Roule Eloff, Anet Pienaar, Karen Grove & Gill Cooper Above: Gabi Mbele, Chu Suwannapha & Jenny Jones All Images courtesy Zeitz MOCAA
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The Macabre 25 March 2015 - 17 April 2015
current exhibition: TRANSCODE 1.0 curated by Gwen Miller
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South African Artists At Home By Paul Duncan You would be forgiven for expecting a “Top Billing”-style catalogue of extravagant interior design when picking up South African Artists At Home, but this is thankfully a much more interesting book. Not only is it is an exposé into the living spaces of some of South Africa’s most interesting visual artists, but the lives of the figures behind our beloved art. Some artists evidently prepared their spaces (and in extention – themselves) for the invasion of the camera. Others presented their spaces and themselves as they truly are: untidy, busy and imperfect. Completely vulnerable to the camera and to the unknown viewer, Wim Botha lies in bed drinking his morning coffee. Conrad Botes shows us a framed photo of his young daughter. Paint peels from the walls and the furniture. Dogs and cats are everywhere. Artworks are everywhere. Evidence of artistic thought is everywhere. Eccentricities are laid bare: the obsessive collecting of books, wooden toys, scissors, seashells and Persian rugs. Eccentricities are hidden: Michael Taylor and Jody Paulsen’s spaces a world apart from the riots in their art. Priorities are revealed: large studio spaces, friendships revealed by specific artworks, and the proliferation of sources of inspiration. Beezy Bailey’s front door is guarded by wooden gods. Willie Bester’s exterior does not belong to this world. Sanell Aggenbach and Brett Murray collaborate to make a happy home. This is not a book about interior design or personal taste, but a set of explanations that lead to questions about how life influences art, which influences life anew. Published by Random House Struik Available through: http://www.randomstruik.co.za/books/south-african-artists-at-home/5688 | Exclusive Books | www.kalahari.com | www.takealot.com
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ART TIMES GALLERY LISTINGS
Eastern Cape Alexandria Quin Sculpture Garden This is a permanent exhibition of the sculpture of Maureen Quin. Permanent, Alexandria, T. 046 6530121, email@example.com, www.quin-art.co.za
East London Ann Bryant Art Gallery main gallery, Niek Hiemstra Retrospective Exhibition, The Ann Bryant Art Gallery will be exhibiting the work of Niek Hiemstra (19322013), 26/03/2015 until 11/04/2015. Eastern Cape Handmade Craft pop-up exhibition The exhibition is sponsored by the National Arts Council and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation. 17/04/2015 until 01/05/2015. Unisa Masters degree graduates in the Visual Arts Pumlani Mbanye, Phumezo Mpayipeli, Litha Ncokazi, Siziwe Sothewu & Siphe Potelwa 23/04/2015 until 20/05/2015. Southernwood T. 043 7224044, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. annbryant.co.za
Gallery on Leviseur, Noordkaapse Dorpe, Dr. Jan van der Merwe and Prof. Philippe Burger, 31/03/2015 until 19/04/2015. Ora Whakataki (tracing life) Martie Bitzer 24/04/2015 until 16/05/2015. Westdene C. 082 835 2335, email@example.com, www.galleryonleviseur.co.za
Clarens Art and Wine Gallery The gallery houses an exquisite collection of art and fine wines, Clarens, T. 058 256 1298, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artandwine.co.za
Gauteng Johannesburg Absa Art Gallery, Johannesburg L’Atelier Regionals, Art pieces will be on show at the gallery. Various artists, 18/03/2015 until 10/04/2015, Absa Gallery, 161 Main Street. T. 011 3505139, email@example.com, www.absa.co.za
GoetheOnMain Gallery In Search Of… by Musa N. Nxumalo Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, Parkwood Opens 9 April 2015, 18.30, runs until 1 May For In Search Of…, Nxumalo presents the Alternative Kidz and In/Glorious bodies of work, which, according to the artist, looks at ‘the melting pot that is urban youth culture in Johannesburg’.
Res Gallery Commision of Enquiry, Andrew Roberts, 20/04/2015 until 30/05/2015, Parkwood, T. 011 8804054, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. resgallery.com
Alice Art Gallery Vat 5 Aapstrak Exhibition, 5 Phenomenal artists: Andre de Beer, Casper de Vries, May Wentworth, Mimi van der Merwe & Monique van Wyk, 09/05/2015 until 18/05/2015, Ruimsig, T. 011 9581392, email@example.com, www.aliceart.co.za Art Afrique Gallery Contemporary Art Gallery, Sandton, T. 011 2927113, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artafrique.co.za Artist Proof Studio Specialises in printmaking, Newtown, T. 011 4921278, email@example.com, www.artistproofstudio.co.za Vincent Art Gallery Excitation by Hugo Maritz The home of Contemporary Fine Art and the Masters. We also offer professional framing, décor, ceramics, pewter, semi-precious stones and silver jewellery. 8 Dawson Road, Selborne, East London, 5201 Telephone: 043 7221471 Cell: 083 700 4711 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.vincentartgallary.co.za
Port Elizabeth ArtEC - EPSAC Community Art Centre We strive to provide a balanced programme to fore fill our mandate to nurture and promote all forms of art and craft in the Eastern Cape Region. T. 041 5853641, email@example.com, www.artecpe.co.za Galerie NOKO The Gallery is envisaged to serve as a fulcrum for established or renowned artists and also as the ultimate springboard to launch professional careers of distinguished emerging artists, 109 -111 Russell Road, Richmond Hill, T. 041 5822090, firstname.lastname@example.org / galerienoko@gmail. com, www.galerienoko.com Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, Who’s Who and What’s New?, 02/04/2015 until 03/05/2015 Fabric of Existence 07/02/2015 until 31/05/2015 Song and Dance 28/02/2015 until 19/07/2015. Park Drive Central T. 041 5062000, artmuseum@ mandelametro.gov.za, www.artmuseum.co.za Underculture Contemporary The Macabre, Neil Niewoudt, Peter Mammes, Laetitia Lups, Stephan Erasmus, Bevan de Wet, Dirk Bahmann, Wayne Barker & Frederick Clarke, 25/03/2015 until 17/04/2015, 98A Park Drive, Central, T. 0413730074, admin@underculturecontemporary. co.za, www.underculturecontemporary.co.za
Candice Berman Fine Art Gallery Electric Essence, An exhibition by Paul Blomkamp, 01/04/2015 until 31/05/2015, Bryanston, T. 011 463 8524, info@ candiceberman.co.za, www.candicebermangallery. com Cherie de Villiers Gallery Dealers in fine paintings and sculptures by leading South African artists. Sandton, T. 011 3255395, email@example.com, www.gallery.co.za CIRCA on Jellicoe A selection of works, including bronze sculpture, paintings and giclee prints by Norman Catherine. 2 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. circaonjellicoe.co.za Crouse Art Gallery Paintings and sculptures by well known South African artists, Llwellyn Davies, Gerrit Roon, Errol Boyley, Anton Benzon, David Novella, Makiwa, Maria, Christiaan Nice and many more, Florida, T. 011 6723821, suzette.crouse@telkomsa. net, www.artdealers.co.za
The game is to survive part#2 Illídio Candja 19/03/2015 until 10/05/2015. Inkunzi Emanxeba: The Legacy Continues... A group exhibition curated by Lunga Poho 16/04/2015 until 17/05/2015. Waverley T. 051 0110525 ext 611 email@example.com, www.facebook.com/ OliewenhuisArtMuseum
Springs Art Gallery Ekurhuleni Human Rights Exhibition 2015, 21/03/2015 until 09/05/2015, Springs, T. 011 999 8726/7, Tshidiso.Makhetha@ ekurhuleni.gov.za, www.artmap.co.za/568/ springs+art+gallery/ GoetheOnMain Gallery The Last Supper by Gina Kraft GoetheOnMain, Maboneng Precinct Opens 23 April 18.30, runs until 7 June. The painting of The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci was a visual starting point for this project which involves workshops, rituals, eating together and performances, including communities from Maboneng and surrounding areas. For information on more performances see www.goethe.de/goethejoburg Goodman Gallery The Devil Made me do It, Johan Thom, 07/03/2015 until 11/04/2015, Parkwood, T. 011 7881113, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.goodman-gallery.com Graham’s Fine Art Gallery Colour Works, Jennifer Morrison, 22/01/2015 until 18/04/2015, Bryanston, T. 011 4637869, email@example.com, www. grahamsgallery.co.za
Standard Bank Gallery An exciting exhibition space situated in the heart of downtown Johannesburg. It has become one of the city’s foremost fine art venues. T. 011 6311889, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.standardbankarts.co.za Stevenson Recycled Matter, Robin Rhode, 26/03/2015 - 01/05/2015, Braamfontein, T 011 403 1055/1908, email@example.com, www.stevenson.info UJ Art Gallery Monday to Friday 09:00-18:00 & Saturdays 9:00-1:00, APK Campus, Auckland Park. T. 011 5592099, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.uj.ac. za/EN/ArtsandCulture/Visual%20Art/Exhibitions The White House Gallery Modern and Contemporary Fine Art, Jim Dine, Allen Jones, Marino Marini, Joan Miro, Henry Moore, Bruce McLean and Victor Pasmore, Illovo, T. 0112682115, info@ thewhitehousegallery.co.za, www.whg.co.za
Halifax Art Specialising in Contemporary Art, Parkhurst, C. 0827846695, dana@16hlaifaxart. co.za, www.16halifaxart.co.za
Diedericks/Faber Fine Art Bang Bang Boom, Norman O’Flynn, 16/04/2015 until 16/05/2015, Melville, T. 011 7263638, email@example.com, www.diedericksfaberfineart.com Everard Read Scarf, Gary Stephens, 12/03/2015 until 18/04/2015, 6 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, T. 011 7884805, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.everardread.co.za Ferreira Art Gallery Old Masters, A permanent exhibition of South African Old Masters on display at our Gallery, open 7 days a week with a framing service and Tea Garden, Bryanston, T. 011 7063738, email@example.com, www. ferreiraart.com Fith Avenue Fine Art, Next Auction: 17th May 2015 at 10:00 am, 404 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, T. 011 7812040, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.5thaveauctions.co.za Gallery 2 Untitled, Various artists, 01/04/2015 until 30/04/2015, Parkwood, T. 011 4470155, info@ gallery2.co.za, www.gallery2.co.za
Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum Christ and the other person, Father Frans Claerhout’s famous series, 14/02/2015 until 06/04/2015.
outoftheCUBE opened 16 March 2015. outoftheCUBE current exhibitions: TRANSCODE 1.0 curated by Gwen Miller. April showcases the work of multimedia installation artist and printmaker Colleen Alborough, a participant in this groundbreaking exhibition. TRANSCODE 1.0 explores the working and conceptual processes of four innovative art-makers. www.outofthecube.co.za
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Adèle Oldﬁeld MA (Fine Arts) Helen Wallace Day Exhibitions: The Upper Deck Gallery, Plettenberg Bay; Bamboo Gallery, Melville, Johannesburg; Sharon Samson Gallery, Illovo, Johannesburg; Henry Taylor Gallery, Sandton, Johannesburg; The Turbine Hall Art Fair 2013, Johannesburg Enquiries to: Helenday1007@gmail.com +27 083 458 6040 In Toto Gallery Ian Houston: A Solo Exhibition, 12/03/2015 until 13/04/2 015. FYT (Fresh Young Talent) Mariette Bergh, Gawie Joubert, Leanne Shakenovsky and Neill Wright 16/04/2015 until 11/05/2015, Birdhaven, T. 011 4476543 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.intotogallery.co.za Johannesburg Art Gallery Hours: 10:00 to 17:00. Tuesday to Sunday, Joubert Park, T. 011 7253130, email@example.com, www.gauteng.net/attractions/ entry/johannesburg_art_gallery/ Lizamore & Associates Gallery SA Taxi Foundation Art Award Exhibtion, Group exhibition, 07/04/2015 until 30/04/2014, Parkwood, T. 011 8808802, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lizamore.co.za
A detail from Heirloom by Adèle Oldfield MA (Fine Arts). Included in group exhibition “The Voice of the Nation” at Stephan Welz and Co. Ground Floor, South Tower, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. 19 March – 30 April 2015 Please contact on: 082 838 9243 or adele. email@example.com Alette Wessels Kunskamer Art Gallery & Art Consultancy, specialising in SA art as an investment, dealing in Old Masters, & selected contemporay art. T. 012 346 0728, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. artwessels.co.za Association of Arts Pretoria Gran Cavallo 2015 World Art Day exhibition, Various artists, 15/04/2015 until 06/05/2015, Time(less) in LamuHanna Jacobs 17/04/2015 until 06/05/2015. Nieuw Muckleneuk. T. 012 3463100, email@example.com, www. artsassociationpta.co.za/news.html Centurion Art Gallery No Regret, Member’s Exhibition (with Karlien vd Merwe & Helena Hettema), Mariette Minnaar, Suzie Roos, Gerda Faure, Kobus Kapp, Linda Greeff Barnard, Dawn Kellerman, Elle Steytler, Linda en Karlien Ries, Louise Breugen & friends. 22/04/2015 until 30/ 04/2015.
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ART TIMES GALLERY LISTINGS Tshwelopela Art Exhibition, Loraine Yaffe, Mathew Dina, Ambrose Mordi, Siya Madyibi, Suzie Roos, Mariette Minnaar, Gerda Faure, Kobus Kaap, Petro Serfontein, Felistas Farisai & Karlien van der Merwe 08/04/2015 until 17/04/2015. Moreletapark, T. 012 3583477, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. pretoriaartmuseum.co.za/centurion
Eatwell Art Gallery We are a small family run gallery/studio at the Noordhoek Farm Village on the beautiful Cape Peninsula of South Africa’s Western Cape. Noordhoek, T. 021 7892767, toonlynne@ gmail.com, www.eatwellgallery.com EBONY Cape Town Dreams, Ryno De Wet, 02/04/2015 until 04/05/2015, Cape Town, CBD, T. 021 4249985, email@example.com, www. ebonydesign.co.za
Pretoria Art Museum Alice Elahi Retrospective – Landscape through an Artist’s Eyes, 07/02/2015 until 26/04/2015, Pretoria, T. 012 358 6752, firstname.lastname@example.org The Leonardo Gallery Exhibition featuring Deon Theron and Jacques Müller, 17/03/2015 until 18/04/2015, Arcadia, Pretoria, T. 012 9970520, email@example.com, www. theleonardogallery.com St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery St. Lorient sculptures on show, Gordon Froud, Anton Smit, Tommy Motswai, Edoardo Villa, Celia de Villiers, Richard Chauke, Kgotso Pati, Norman Catherine, Sanna Swart, Kay Potts, Bongani Njalo, Bongani Dlamini, Andre Stead, Ruhan Janse van Vuuren. 01/02/2015 until 30/04/2015, Pretoria, Brooklyn Circle. T. 012 4600284, stlorientfashion@gmail. com, www.stlorient.co.za UNISA Art Gallery Masters Visual Arts Student Exhibition 2015, Zingisa Nkosinkulu, Megan Erasmus, 18/04/2015 until 08/05 2015, Muckleneuk, T. 012 4415683, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.unisa.ac.za/ gallery
KZ Natal Ballito Imbizo Gallery We are fine art consultants providing a one-stop service to private and corporate clients. We have a wide selection of abstract, contemporary, landscape, nude, tribal and wild life art. Ballito, T. 032 9461937, email@example.com
Sarah Richards - Bronze Sculpture Commissions & Small editions for purchase Portrait busts • Monumental statues • Birds • Animals • Figures www.sarahrichards.co.za firstname.lastname@example.org 0837070126
Pietermaritzburg Tatham Art Gallery The Art of Democracy: Twenty Years of Collecting, currently on view, 07/12/2014 until 30/06/2015, Pietermaritzburg, T. 033 3922801, email@example.com, www.tatham.org.za
Pieter van der Westhuizen New edition of 8 landscape prints View at www.carmelart.co.za Level 0 Cape Quarter Square 27 Somerset Road Green Point Cape Town Casa Labia Gallery Ground Zero, Kabelo Kim Modise, 28/03/2015 until 26/04/2015, Muizenberg, T. 021 7886068, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. casalabia.co.za Catherine Timotei Art Leonardo Da Vinci, BoBokeh Festival partner, 26/04/2015 until 28/04/2015, Cape Town, email@example.com, www. catherinetimotei.com
Eclectica Art & Antiques Purveyors of antiques, furniture, bespoke pieces of objet d’arts and fine art, including South African masters. Wynberg, T. 021 7627983, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. eclecticaartandantiques.co.za/ Eclectica Modern Gallery Shades of Mood, Louis Nel, Mary Visser, Helen van Stolk and Rick Becker, 16/04/2015 until 29/05/2015, 9A Cavendish Street, Claremont, T. 021 6717315, margie@eclectica. co.za, www.eclecticaartandantiques.co.za/modern Erdmann Contemporary Solo exhibition in memory of a great artist, photographer & musi cian, Grada Djeri, Opening Tuesday 14 April 2015 at 6 pm, Gardens, T. 021 422 2762, galleryinfo@mweb. co.za, www.erdmanncontemporary.co.za Everard Read Summer of Sculpture III, 05/12/2014 until 31/04/215. New Works, Ricky Dyaloyi 09/04/2015 until 21/04/2015. V & A Waterfront. T. 021 418 4527 email@example.com, www.everard-readcapetown.co.za 34 Fine Art Mark II, Damien Hirst, Sir Peter Blake, Takashi Murakami, Mr. Brainwash, BAMBI, Gonsalo Mabunda, AME72, Jade Doreen Waller, Asha Zero, Esther Mahlangu, 07/04/2015 until 23/04/2015, Woodstock, T. 021 461 1863, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.34fineart.com
Makiwa Gallery Fine Art Gallery. Fine South African Art, original paintings & sculpture. Shop 5B Lighthouse Mall, Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal, T. 031 5611194, info@ makiwagalleries.com, www.makiwagalleries.com
Northern Cape Kimberley William Humphreys Art Gallery Collection of 16th and 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, British and French paintings, antique furniture and other objects d’art. Civic Centre, T. 053 8311724/5, email@example.com, www.whag.co.za
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Artspace Durban Offers a contemporary arts gallery, exhibition space, marketing, sales, promotion & venue hire facilities. 4 – 23 May 2015 Pre-code Forecast 1931 by Andreas Chasomeris. 3 Millar Rd (off Umgeni Rd) Durban tel: +27 31 312 0793 Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm. Saturday & Pub Hols 9am - 2pm www.artspace-durban.com Durban Art Gallery Abstractism, A solo exhibition by Mandla Patrick Mlotshwa, 10/03/2015 until 10/05/2015. Vanity Slave/Black Protagonist. Works by Jabulani Mbili and Siyanda Xul u12/03/2015 until 06/04/2015. Morning after dark. David Lurie 18/03/2015 until 06/04/2015. Artists for Humanity – 20 year anniversary Alex Flett, Gabisile Nkosi, Vedant Nanakchand and Diane Victor 21/03/2015 until 03/05/2015. T. 031 311 2264 Thulani.Makhaye@durban.gov.za, www.durban.gov.za
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North-West University Gallery Block A, Angela Buckland, 05/03/2015 until 10/04/2015. Objections Pat Sithole, Mbongeni Buthelez & Zolile Phetsane 16/04/2015 until 15/05/2015, NWU Potchefstroom Campus, T. 018 299434,1gallery@ nwu.ac.za North-West University Botanical Garden Gallery Ik Ben Een Afrikander, Group exhibition curated by Lizamore & Associates, 05/03/2015 until 10/04/2015. iJusiDesign based on African experience 16/04/2015 until 15/05/2015. NWU Potchefstroom Campusgallery@nwu.ac.za
Commune.1 Buikspraak, Dominique Edwards, 16/04/2015 until 14/05/2015, Wale Street, Cape Town, T. 0214475918, email@example.com, www.commune1.com/ Diedericks/Faber Fine Art Grace Kotze, Jonathan Gecelter, 19/03/2015 until 17/04/2015, Woodstock, T. 021 552 8871, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.diedericksfaberfineart.com
Exhibition: Roel Roelofsen: South Africa’s forgotten Master of colour slides. Opening 6pm 02.04 - 30.04.2015. Roelofsen’s slides were widely celebrated throughout the world during the early 1970’s. Gallery F has great pleasure in bringing them back to life in a contemporary South African context. www.galleryf.co.za | email@example.com | 083 594 8959
Deziree Finearts A collection of Contemporary Colonial and African Oil Paintings, Fish Hoek, T. 021 7851120, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. dezireefinearts.co.za
Goodman Gallery Divine Violence, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, 05/03/2015 until 11/04/2015, Woodstock, T. 021 4627567, cpt@ goodman-gallery.com, www.goodman-gallery.com
Die Kunskamer Works by leading artists, Irma Stern, Hugo Naude, Cecil Skotnes, Cynthia Villet, Norman Catherine, Hardy Botha, Bill Davis, Gail Catlin, Simone Stone, David Brown & Pierneef. Sea Point, T. 021 4349529, email@example.com, www.diekunskamer.co.za
G2 Art We are a permanent gallery in the Cape Town CBD. Offering a diverse range of painting, mixed media and sculpture. Artists include Jimmy Law, Cornelia Stoop and Roelie van Heerden, amongst others, Cape Town, T. 021 4247169, di@ g2art.co.za, www.g2art.co.za
Cape Town ArtB Gallery, Bellville The Arts Association of Bellville, through its vibrant art gallery, creates a platform for and showcases visual art and artists in the Western Cape to raise public awareness of art. Bellville, T. 021 9171197, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artb.co.za Artvark Gallery Exciting new paintings by Ian Hunter, ends 30/04/2015, Kalk Bay, T. 021 788 5584, email@example.com, www.artvark.org Barnard Gallery Lost in Reverie, Alexia Vogel, 24/03/2015 until 05/05/2015, Newlands, T. 021 6711553, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. barnardgallery.com Bronze Age Bronze Foundry, Woodstock, T. 021 4473914, email@example.com, www.bronzeage. co.za Brundyn+ Suspension of Disbelief, An exhibition of video artworks by various artists, 19/02/2015 until 18/04/2015, Bo Kaap, T. 021 4245150, info@ brundyngonsalves.com, www.brundyn.com/
Donald Greig Gallery & Bronze Foundry Private Gallery permanently exhibiting artworks of Donald Greig – internationally renowned sculptor of wildlife bronzes. The casting technique and bronze pour can be viewed in the foundry. Open Mon-Fri 09.30 – 17.30, Sat 09.30 – 13.00. 14 West Quay Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 021 418 0003, www.donaldgreig.com
Heather Auer Art & Sculpture Gallery Dreaming of Africa, oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm Heather Auer Art Gallery Quayside Centre c/n Wharf & St Georges St Simon’s Town 7975 Western Cape firstname.lastname@example.org www.heatherauer.com Tel +27 (0)21 7861309 0827792695 0828289203
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ART TIMES GALLERY LISTINGS Hout Bay Gallery We welcome you to a burst of kaleidoscopic colour of artworks by talented South African Artists and Sculptors, Open every day, all welcome, Hout Bay, T. 021 790 3618, email@example.com, www.houtbaygallery.co.za
The Framery Art Gallery This vibrant and friendly gallery in metropolitan Sea point is currently showing work by Richard Pike, Stuart ValentineRambridge, Grant de Liste, Marcelino Manhula, Tatyana Binovska, Elizabeth Robertson-Campbell, Loyiso Mkize, Filile Mqhayi among others. We have a permanent exhibition of painting and mosaic and offer expert picture framing, done on our premises. Sea Point, T. 021 434 5022, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.theframeryartgallery. tripod.com/framery/index.html
Lutge Gallery We showcase South African antique furniture and architectural features as well as Allan Lutge’s table designs that are constructed in reclaimed indigenous woods, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4248448 or 021 788 8931, lutgegallery@ netactive.co.za, www.lutge.co.za Michaelis Galleries In Print/ In Focus, Lionel Davis, Patricia de Villiers, Randolph Hartzenberg, Garth Erasmus, Donovan Ward, Zemba Luzamba, Lizette Chirrime, Gabrielle Goliath, Jarrett Erasmus, Saara Nekomba and George Hallett, 31/03/2015 until 17/04/2015, email@example.com
The Framing Place Conservation framing, framing of art, Block mounting and Block frames. Observatory, T. 021 4473988, info@framingplace. co.za Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection 20 May – 20 June 2015 Polynesia – An exhibition of paintings by Paul Senyol and Cathy Layzell www.salon91.co.za | 91 Kloof Str, Cape Town
In-Fin-Art - Picture Framers & Art Gallery Expert advice | Extensive range of moulding profiles | Custom made hand-finished frames | Conservation framing with museum glass | Original art by local contemporary artists 9 Wolfe St, Wynberg Tel: 021 761 2816 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.infinart.co.za Iziko SA National Gallery Shared Sky, Brings together South African and Australian artists in a collaborative exhibition, 13/02/2015 until 31/05/2015, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4674660, email@example.com, www.iziko.org.za Johans Borman Fine Art SA Masters including Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, Walter Battiss and Cecil Skotnes, as well as Contemporary artists Hennie Niemann Jnr, Richard Mudariki, Marlene von Dürckheim, Owusu-Ankomah, Jaco Sieberhagen and Anthony Lane, Newlands, T. 021 6836863, art@ johansborman.co.za, www.johansborman.co.za
Mogalakwena Gallery Sewing a History of Healing
Textile art group exhibition at Mogalakwena Gallery. The Textile & Textures Showroom will be open. WOMAN ZONE will continue their First Thursday Open Mic Storytelling Sessions from 6.30pm - 8pm to tell and listen. Mogalakwena Gallery, 3 Church Str, Cape Town (betw Adderley Str & St George’s Mall) Exhibition runs until Thursday, 30 April 2015. For more info contact Ingrid Holman (021) 424 7488 or visit www. mogalakwena.com. For more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 083 431 9986. www.womanzonect.co.za
Sanlam Art Gallery Permanent collection of South African art & a large exhibition space. Bellville, T. 021 9473359, Stefan.Hundt@sanlam.co.za, www. sanlam.co.za SMAC Art Gallery, CT SMAC represents a number of important established and emerging South African artists as well as international artists, in particular artists from the African continent, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4225100, info@ smacgallery.com, www.smacgallery.com South African Jewish Museum Interactive multimedia displays and engaging accounts of South African Jewish History. Cape Town Central, T. 021 4651546, email@example.com, www. sajewishmuseum.co.za
Quincy’s Antiques Art and Collectables Art, Antiques, Curios & Gifts, Rondebosch, T. 021 6851986, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Studio Kalk Bay A creative, dynamic and vibrant space in the heart of Kalk Bay, Cape Town, housing the studio of Donna McKellar, Kalk Bay, info@ thestudiokalkbay.co.za, www.thestudiokalkbay.co.za
The South African Print Gallery Theo Paul Vorster – The Greatest Show on Earth, Hand coloured Linocuts 28 March – 17 April 2015. SA Print Gallery. Home of Fine Art Printmaking. 109 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. Tel 021 4626851 email@example.com www.printgallery.co.za
Current Exhibition Art on Paper VI 1st Floor, Olympia Buildings 136 Main Road, Kalk Bay T.021 788 6571 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kalkbaymodern.co.za Kalk Bay Sculpture Studio Fine arts Foundry and Sculpture Studio, Jean Tiran, Pete Strydom,Chris Bladen, Gilbert Banda, Ongoing, Kalk Bay, T. 021 7888736, email@example.com Lesley Charnock Art Gallery A selection of work by Lesley Charnock and Helen van Stolk, Open 7 days a week, Newlands, C. 0824241033, helenvstolk@ gmail.com, www.lesleycharnock.com
Red Room Overlooking the mountainous valley of Hout Bay sits a Red Room, home to an art-savvy red gorilla. Swing by and adventure into the world of Robert Hodgins, Walter Battiss, Diane Victor, Edoardo Villa, Jan Neethling and many more. 62 Mount Rhodes Drive, Hout Bay 071 602 1908 - www.redroomart.co.za Rose Korber Art Rose Korber has recently relocated from Camps Bay to Sea Point. Artists available include William Kentridge, Deborah Bell, Sam Nhlengethwa, Claudette Schreuders, Robert Slingsby, Richard Smith and Willie Bester. Sea Point, T. 021 4330957, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rosekorberart.com Ryno Swart Art Gallery Venice 2015, 12 days of painting in the city of dreams under the expert guidance of Ryno Swart, 19/10/2015 until 31/10 2015, Simon’s Town, T. 021 7863975, ryno@ artistvision.com, www.artistvision.org
Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery Dealers in Contemporary South African Fine Art (& the Old Masters) and picture framing. 114 Kendal Rd, Eversdal, Durbanville, 7550 T. 021 975 1744 email@example.com www.artpro.co.za
Rust-en-Vrede Gallery and Clay Museum Barclays L’Atelier Western Cape Regional Finalist Exhibition, 24/03/2015 until 02/04/2015 Narratives Group Exhibition with solo’s by Adrie le Roux and Artemis Angelopulo and various other artists 07/04/2015 until 30/04/2015. Durbanville. T. 021 9764691 firstname.lastname@example.org www. rust-en-vrede.com
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In the courtyard of historic HERITAGE SQUARE, these 2 boutique galleries feature art; photography; sculpture and mixed media. With owner-curated, new exhibitions on a monthly basis, and the participating artists on hand, the shows are interactive and edgy. Heritage Square (inner courtyard), 100 Shortmarket Str (cnr Bree), Cape Town (027) 0711915034 capetown.gallery@gmail. com www.newheritagegallery.com Sulger-Buel Lovell The Atrophy and the Ecstasy, Neill Wright, 16/03/2015 until 11/05/2015, Woodstock, T. 021 4475918, info@lovellgallery. co.za, www.sulger-buel-lovell.com
Red! The Gallery A dynamic art gallery & cafe situated in the Constantia winelands. Featuring artists such as Andrew Cooper, David Kuijers, Derric van Rensburg, Michael Waters & Helene Train to name of few. Steenberg, Tokai, T. 021 7010886, jean@ redthegallery.co.za, www.redthegallery.co.za
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South African Society of Artists SASA was founded to cater specifically to the practicing artist. We hold four exhibitions annually. All work at all four exhibitions is available for sale. Cape Town Central, T. 021 6718941, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sasa-artists.co.za
UCT Irma Stern Museum Walkabout Saturday 28 March 2015 at 11 am, Gwen van Embden, 21/03/2015 until 11/04/2015, Rosebank, T. 021 6855686, email@example.com, www.irmastern.co.za What if the World Gallery A platform for a new generation of emerging South African contemporary artists. Viewing Hours: Tues - Fri 10.00 - 17.00, Sat 10.00 - 14.00 or by appointment, Woodstock Cape Town, T. 021 4472376, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.whatiftheworld.com
Bot River De Geheime Botrivier The Agony and the Ecstacy, Works and books by Gerald McCann. A journey through the life of Gerald McCann. Forrester, Guidetrail designer. conservationist, painter and author, Throughout April, Botrivier Hotel, Main Road, C. 0823484539, mtini. email@example.com / degeheimekelder.botrivier@ gmail.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
StateoftheART Gallery Unravel. An exhibition of paintings which are an autobiographical representation of the artist’s process as he carefully unravels an old life. Floris van Zyl, 02/04/2015 until 18/04/2015, Cape Town CBD, T. 021 8014710, email@example.com, www.stateoftheartgallery.com
Stevenson Third Degree of Separation, Odili Donald Odita, 05/03/2015 until 11/04/2015. No Problem, Sabelo Mlangeni 05/03/2015 until 11/04/2015. Perspectives 2 Walter Battiss, Zander Blom, David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, Anton Kannemeyer, Moshekwa Langa, Stanley Pinker, Robin Rhode, Penny Siopis and Portia Zvavahera, 05/03/2015 until 11/04/2015. Woodstock T. 021 4621500 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.stevenson.info/
The AVA Gallery We are Cape Town’s oldest nonprofit, members based, public benefit organisation and art gallery, showcasing contemporary South African art in all media. 35 Church Street, Cape Town, 8001, T. 021 4247436, email@example.com, www.ava.co.za The Cape Gallery An exhibition of paintings by Claire Denarie Soffietti, 22/03/2015 until 25/04/2015, Cape Town, T. 021 4235309, web@capegallery. co.za, www.capegallery.co.za.
Portal Gallery Selected contemporary artists, including Carl Becker, JP Meyer, Estelle Marais, Diane McLean and Hermann Niebuhr. Gallery hours flexible. De Rust, T. 082 2976977, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.art.co.za
Atelier at 1 unie Private on going viewing of Contemporary Art and Sculpture by Johannes du Plessis by appointment. www.johannesduplessis. co.za, Franschhoek, T.021 876 4382, email@example.com, www.johannesduplessis.co.za Art in the Yard The Structure of Landscape, A group show of local and international talents, 03/04/2015 until 28/04/2015, Franschhoek, T. 021 876 4280, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artintheyard.co.za EBONY Franschhoek A selection of work by contemporary and old masters by Richard Butler Bowden, Alexis Preller, William Kentridge, Cecil Skotnes, Ashleigh Olsen, Dylan Lewis, Sthenjwa Luthuli, Arno Morland, Richard Smith, Justin Dingwall and Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude. The usual mix of ceramics and sculptures. Franschhoek, T. 021 8764477, email@example.com, www.ebonydesign.co.za
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The Greatest Show on Earth Hand coloured Linocuts. 28 March- 17 April The South African Print Gallery 107 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town Tel. 021 4626851 firstname.lastname@example.org www.printgallery.co.za
IS Art Ilse Schermers Art Gallery, Gallery hours: Weekdays 09h00 - 17h00 & Weekends 10h00 17h00, Franschhoek, T. 021 8762071, gallery@ isart.co.za, www.isart.co.za La Motte Museum The largest room in the museum is dedicated to the life and art of one of South Africa’s greatest masters, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef. A selection of contemporary art by other distinguished South African artists can also be viewed. Franschhoek, T. 021 876 8850, email@example.com, www.la-motte.com/experience/museum/ The Gallery at Grande Provence We never dreamt of seas, Krisjan Rossouw, 25/04/2015 until 15/05/2015, Franschhoek, T. 021 876 8630, gallery@ grandeprovence.co.za, www.grandeprovence.co.za/ franschhoek-news-and-events/gallery-news.html
Langebaan Bay Gallery Celebrating the Lagoon exhibition in Bay Gallery, Marra Square, Bree St. Langebaan from Friday, 1st May 2015. New exciting artwork by local artists. Phone 073 304 8744 for more information. Langebaan, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.baygallery.co.za the ART SQUARE studio/gallery Solo exhibitions, Nico Pienaar - West Coast artist, 26/03/2015 until 08/04/2015, Langebaan, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/ThePumpkinHouse
Oudtshoorn ArtKaroo Fine Art by artists from the Karoo, Oudtshoorn, T. 044 2791093, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.artkaroo.co.za
The Shop at Grande Provence Fine tribal artefacts and new jewellery by Ilse Malan, Ongoing, Grande Provence Estate, T. 021 8768630, gallery@ grandeprovence.co.za, www.grandeprovence.co.za/ gallery-and-art-franschhoek/The-Shop.html
Absa KKNK Various artists, 03/04/2015 until 11/04/2015, Oudtshoorn, melissa@tarynfritzpr. co.za
Hout Street Gallery Specialising in paintings and fine art by more than thirty SA artists. Paarl, T. 021 872 5030, email@example.com, www.houtstreetgallery. co.za
Crouse Art Gallery Various Artists, Christiaan Nice, Makiwa, Maria, Walter Meyer, Gerrit Roon, Anton Benzon, Ella, Este Mostert, Charmain Eastment, Diane Erasmus, Bea, Carla Bosch, Daily 08h00 to 18h00, George, T. 044 8870361, suzette.crouse@ telkomsa.net, www.artdealers.co.za Wonki Ware Di Marshall pottery. South African Dinnerware and Table Accessories. George, T. 044 8841883, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wonkiware. co.za
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SMAC Art Gallery (S’ka Motho) Just Like Man, Colbert Mashile, 07/03/2015 until 11/04/2015, Stellenbosch, T. 021 887 3607, nastassja@ smacgallery.com email@example.com, www.smacgallery.com Stellenbosch Art Gallery You are welcome to our gallery in picturesque Stellenbosch where an extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass and ceramics by selected Western Cape artists are on offer to the discerning buyer. Stellenbosch, T. 021 8283489, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.stellenboschartgallery.co.za Art at Tokara Walking the Line, Dan Rakgoathe, Colijn Strydom, Lucas Bambo, Collen Maswanganyi, Jean de Wet and embroidery by Fancy Stitch, 01/01/2015 until 30/04/2015, Stellenbosch, T. 011 788 0820, email@example.com, www.juliameintjes.co.za
The White House Venue & Theatre Exhibition venue, Plettenberg Bay, T. 044 5332010, caitlin@ whg.co.za, www.whitehousevenue.co.za
SA Print Gallery - Prince Albert Exciting work by leading South African artists. Ground Floor, Prince Albert Gallery. Cell: 0837492719 kevin@printgallery. co.za www.printgallery.co.za
Wilderness Beatrix Bosch Studio Beatrix Bosch artworks now on permanent display at the Wilderness Hotel, Garden Route, Wilderness, T. 044 8770585, bosch@ beatrixbosch.co.za, www.beatrixbosch.co.za
The Dale Elliott Art Gallery Feel free to visit the exquisite gallery based in the heart of the Overberg. Showcasing Dale and Mel’s latest works. Open 7 days a week & where they conduct their acclaimed painting courses from their studio complex. As well as: Elliott Art Gallery at The Knysna Log-Inn Boutique Hotel, Gray Street, Knysna. Villiersdorp, T. 028 840 2927, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. elliottartonline.wordpress.com
Prince Albert Gallery Established in 2003, the gallery always has an eclectic mix of art on display. Prince Albert, T. 023 5411057, karoogallery@ intekom.co.za, www.princealbertgallery.co.za/
D-Street Gallery Toorwoorde Roep My, A 2015 University of Stellenbosch Woordfees art exhibition inspired by the lyrics of Valiant Swart, 06/03/2015 until 06/04/2015, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8832337, email@example.com, www. dstreetgallery.com
US Art Gallery Regular temporary art exhibitions of national and international artists, as well as permanent exhibitions of the visual art collections, anthropological and cultural historical objects, and the University history. Stellenbosch, T. 021 808 3489, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.blogs.sun.ac.za/ kunsgalery/about/
The Kraal Gallery South Africa’s premier hand weaving artists. Hand weaving is our passion (est 1973 by the Daniel family). Commissions welcomed for silk & wool wall hangings, tapestries, rugs of all sizes, locally and globally. Enquiries: 021 8562130/ 021 8833881 email@example.com www.thekraalgallery.com Proudly Hand-woven, Socially Responsible, Environmentally Aware
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Riebeek Kasteel Riebeek Kasteel - The Gallery Large selection of contemporary paintings by Solly Smook, Andre van Vuuren, Michaela Rinaldi, Daniel Novela and more. Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Riebeek Kasteel, C. 0836533697, astridmcleod@mweb. co.za, www.galleryriebeek.co.za Art@39Long Tapestry: Woven by Susqya Williams in traditional technique 1.3 x 1.7 Art @ 39 Long, Great Brakriver C. 0825763338 email@example.com www.artat39long.wozaonline.co.za
Hermanus Abalone Gallery Main Gallery & Annex Gallery: Printed, Group exhibitions with selected works by various artists, 16/03/2015 until 15/05/2015, Hermanus, T. 028 3132935, art@abalonegallery. co.za, www.abalonegallery.co.za Walker Bay Art Gallery View the wide selection of paintings, sculptures & ceramics by established as well as up-and-coming SA artists. Hermanus, T. 028 312 2928, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.walkerbayartgallery.co.za Willie Botha Sculpture Gallery Permanent exhibition of sculptures by Willie Botha. Paintings of old masters as well as emerging artists, Hermanus, T. 028 3132304, email@example.com, www. williebothasculptures.com Rossouw Modern Art Gallery Bastiaan van Stenis in Amsterdam - Oostloor | Art & Objects, Solo Show, 22/04/2015 until 22/05/2015, Hermanus, T. 028 313 2222, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. rossouwmodern.com
Knysna Knysna Fine Art While Out Walking, An exhibition of recent ceramic work by Lisa Ringwood, 23/04/2015 until 07/05/2015.
Jewellery by Ilse Malan 23/04/2015 until 07/05/2015. Thesen House T. 044 382 5107, email@example.com, www.finearts.co.za
Robertson The Robertson Art Gallery We specialise in original art of more than 60 top South African artists. Robertson, T. 023 6265364, elaine@robertsonart. co.za, www.robertsonartgallery.co.za
Somerset West Dante’ Art & Decor New Nicole Pletts. Always in demand, come and check out her new pieces before they go!, Somerset West, T. 021 8518142, info@ danteartgallery.co.za, www.danteartgallery.co.za Liebrecht Gallery A custom built fine art gallery in the CBD of Somerset West. Somerset West, T. 021 8528030, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.liebrechtgallery.com
Stellenbosch Oude Libertas Gallery The gallery is open to the public free of charge. New exhibitions every six weeks. Stellenbosch – c/o Adam Tas and Libertas Roads, T. 021 8098412, oudelibertasgallery@gmail. com, www.oudelibertas.co.za Rupert Museum A selection of 20th Century South African Art, JH Pierneef’s Johannesburg Station Panels, Modern French Tapestries and International Sculptures. Irma Stern, Jean Welz, Cecil Higgs, Maggie Laubser, Anton van Wouw, Willie Bester, JH Pierneef, Lucas Sithole & many more, Stellenbosch, T. 021 888 3344, email@example.com, www.rupertmuseum.org Sasol Art Museum Permanent collection of paintings, graphic works and sculptures, as well as anthropological collection. Regular temporary art exhibitions of national & international artists, Stellenbosch, T. 021 808 3690 Slee Gallery Flâneur, A Wildlife photography exhibition by Renier van der Westhuizen, 13/04/2015 until 17/04/2015, Stellenbosch, T. 021 887 3385, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.slee.co.za/gallery
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The Greatest Show on Earth Hand coloured Linocuts. 28 March- 17 April The South African Print Gallery 107 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town Tel. 021 4626851 email@example.com www.printgallery.co.za
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4 Daniel van der Merwe of PPC 5 Viktoria Haub, Kyle Maree & Gabi Zaromskyte 6 Fathima Dada
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7 Sue Williamson & Amy Powell 8 Tshepiso Mohlala, project director and Andile Mangengele, Curator of the Black Collectors Forum 9 Berni Searle & Lloyd Pollak 10 Diana Cilliers & Barend de Wet
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World Press Photo 15 | De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam 18 April - 5 July 2015
History is a Warm Gun | Neuer Berliner Kunstverein 28 February – 26 April 2015
This is the exhibition’s first stop on its worldwide tour. It features awe-inspiring press photos by 42 prize winners from 17 countries in eight categories: General News, Daily Life, Spot News, Contemporary Issues, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Portraits and Sports. The World Press Photo of the Year is a picture by Mads Nissen of Denmark. First, second and third prizes for both single shots and photo series are awarded in each category.
History is a Warm Gun is an exhibition, expressing the experience of reality by artists, whose center of life and work is in Berlin, and who in 2014 were granted the Fine Arts Scholarship of the Berlin Senate. The exhibition maps out various perspectives on history by today’s generation of artists. In a playful manner, the title refers to the Beatles song Happiness is a Warm Gun and emphasizes the empowerment of the participating artists to develop, also contrary to established historiography, own historical narratives.
DUBAI World Art Dubai | Dubai World Trade Centre 8 – 11 April 2015 A fusion of art, education and entertainment, the debut of World Art Dubai reflects the city’s growing prominence as a leading culture and arts hub. It will host several hundred modern and contemporary artworks presented by international and local artists and galleries from across four continents. Other features include workshops, seminars, music, live art performances, a vibrant programme of curated art project walks and an exciting series of VIP fringe events will run throughout the 4-day show.
HONG KONG Ju Ming – Sculpting the Living World | Hong Kong Museum of Art, Contemporary Hong Kong Art Gallery 28 February – 15 June 2015 World-renowned Taiwanese sculptor, Ju Ming’s Living World series was created in New York in the 1980s, a time when he progressed from woodcarving to experimenting with abstract human forms, using a variety of new materials such as stainless steel, stone and pottery. The resulting works are exciting, quirky and endearing in equal measure. This exhibition at the Contemporary Hong Kong Art Gallery will show the evolution of Ju Ming’s craft through 120 pieces, which explore the roles and stories of people in their daily lives, and the artist’s reflection on modern existence.
NEW YORK Kehinde Wiley | Brooklyn Museum 4 March – 24 May 2015 Wiley has made his name as a painter by limning portraits of African-Americans (some recruited by the artist from off the streets) in a grandiloquent style worthy of the Old Masters. While his approach is ostensibly meant to undermine the artistic biases of Eurocentric culture and white privilege, this 14-year survey of his career demonstrates that the real pleasures of his baroque style lie in his evident technical skills and in his frequent use of richly patterned backgrounds meant to recall opulent wallpaper or tapestries. SOURCES: » » » »
www.nieuwekerk.nl/en/ http://www.mutualart.com/ https://www.orientations.com.hk/other-events/art-dubai-2015/ http://theculturetrip.com/asia/hong-kong/articles/hong-kong-s-2014-cultural-calendar-the-10-bestart-events-and-festivals/ » http://www.timeout.com/newyork/ » http://en.parisinfo.com/
PARIS From Giotto to Caravaggio. The passions of Roberto Longhi | Musée Jacquemart-André 27 March - 20 July 2015 A pioneer in the rediscovery of Caravaggio, Roberto Longhi is one of the most important figures in the history of Italian art in the twentieth century. His expert historian’s eye sought out the likes of Giotto, Masolino, Masaccio and Piero della Francesca, and Caravaggio. An open minded art historian who was close to contemporary artists such Morandi, through his studies, he developed a new reading of the highlights of Italian painting. The exhibition will highlight two key axes of Longhi studies: the Italian primitives, and Caravaggio and his followers.
Nushin Elahi’s London Letter read more at london-letter.com Van Gogh hated Rubens, but loved Delacroix; Picasso hated Rubens, but loved Rembrandt. This large-scale exhibition by the Royal Academy shows that, like him or not, all these artists were influenced by Rubens. This great Flemish master’s reach in subject matter and style is analysed in a fascinating exhibition, Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne (until 10 April). Not only are there enormous works with voluptuous fleshy sirens, but formal portraits, religious scenes, historical narratives and wild game hunts. Each section details the response to these specific subjects from a variety of artists. Perhaps most interesting is the modern section, curated by artist Jenny Saville, looking at the subject of women and violence in Bacon, De Koonig and Picasso among others. No one is saying Rubens was sole source material here, but this gives a lift at the end of the rather somber corridors. The icy wastes of the North Pole were the muse that kept Norwegian Peder Balke painting, despite his lack of commercial success in the mid-19th century. The hypnotic colours of these savage landscapes and wild stormy seas evoke a unique sense of place. They are at times almost monochrome, such as the tiny piece owned by the National Gallery: a few black and white brushstrokes capture all the vastness of the Arctic. It is seldom one finds an artist who so easily slips between large scale and miniature, but these captivating works range from imposing canvasses to postcard-sized jewels (until 12 April). One could spend all day uncovering the Britain that the Hayward Gallery’s History Now (until 26 April) lays bare. Seven modern artists curate aspects of British life, with quirky and unexpected finds in each of them. The Arts Council’s photography and film archives were raided, with subjects as varied as protests, the boom of the Fifties, Mad Cow Disease and the media. Not always an uplifting version of history, the unusual pairings show the bad, the ugly and just sometimes, the beautiful. It’s something about the eyes. They stare at you, unseeing yet penetrating. The heads fill the canvas, looking as oversized asthat of a toddler. These are the images that confront you in South African-born Marlene Dumas’s retrospective at the Tate Modern (until 10 May). Her work is deeply unsettling but quite compelling. The show opens with a whole wall of faces, entitled Rejects, a series of faces drawn from both the certified insane and beauty models. There is a sense of a harsh and cold observation, perhaps because Dumas works only from photographs. Not even in the paintings of her own child does one experience any emotion. The monochromatic effect of her palette adds to this, even when there are tinges of colour. One thing her homeland seems to have given her is anunabashed ability to portray all races: there are more African faces here than in much of the rest of the museum. Some of them are beautiful, such as the portrait of her fellow artist, “Moshekwa”, others grotesque, for example the two Magdelenas the Tate owns. Provocative Dumas may be, but there is nothing sensual about even the most sexually explicit of her works. They certainly challenge on a cerebral level, demanding to be decoded intellectually, butdon’t really engage emotionally.
Above Top: Peter Paul Rubens, “Pan and Syrinx”, 1617, Oil on panel. Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Gemaeldegalerie Alte Meister, Kassel Middle: Peter Paul Rubens, “Tiger, Lion and Leopard Hunt”, 1616, Oil on canvas. Rennes, Musee des Beaux Arts Bottom: Marlene Dumas, “Moshekwa”, 2006, Private collection, Brussels, Belgium. Courtesy Zeno X
Header: History Now, Installation view. Photo: Nushin Elahi
Top: Peder Balke, “The Tempest”, about 1862. © The National Gallery London
Middle: Peder Balke, “Lighthouse on the Norwegian Coast”, about 1855. © Trondheim Kunstmuseum Bottom: Marlene Dumas, “Rejects” (detail), 19942014, Private collection. © Marlene Dumas
Gallery, Antwerp. © Marlene Dumas
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Stephan Welz & Co., Johannesburg Sekoto, Street Art and Surrealism With works from the great Gerard Sekoto, satirical street artist Banksy and left-wing Romanian painter Jules Perahim, you could say that ‘diversity’ is the operative word for the collection of quality artworks to be auctioned at the Stephan Welz & Co. Fine Arts and Collectable Sale in Johannesburg on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 April. ‘The Donkey Cart/The Water Boy’ is an early Sekoto work which was painted around 1940. It was exhibited at Johannesburg Art Gallery’s first retrospective on the artist (1989 - 1990) and has an estimated value of R1,4 R1,8 million. Other classic South African works on offer include Pierneef’s ‘Rustenburg Kloof’, valued at R1.2 - R1.6 million, and two Alexis Preller works valued at R100 000 R150 000 each.
threatened because of his left-wing sympathies, he fled to the Soviet Union. There he was sent on to the Caucasus and Armenia, where he had to perform unskilled labour. After his return to Bucharest in 1944, he devoted himself to Socialist Realism, book illustrations and theatrical set designs. ‘Amitie Par Mimetisme’, valued at R50 000 - R80 000, is an intriguing surreal work by the artist. Satirical British street and graffiti artist, Banksy provides a more contemporary edgy work to the sale. “Like most of this elusive artist’s work, it’s a piece that really speaks for itself,” said Imre Lamprecht. ‘Think Tank’ has an estimated value of R160 000 - R200 000. Last year, Stephan Welz & Co. auctioned the first ever Banksy in South Africa for R200 000 and this work is only the second work by the artist to go on auction locally.
Up with Braamfontein From Europe to Johannesburg Collectors of international art need look no further than Johannesburg to add to their collections. For the first time, Stephan Welz & Co. will be offering works from Paul Klee and Jules Perahim. Born in 1879, Swiss German painter Paul Klee became involved with the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), founded by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. Klee’s ‘Four Drawings’ is valued at R100 000 - R150 000. Jules Perahim was a leading member of the Surrealist group in Bucharest. When race laws were enacted in 1940 and Perahim was
Matthew Hindley “The Unswept Floor” Estimated R80 000 - R120 000
Part of this auction will be a charity benefit. In an effort to uplift Braamfontein and developing artists, Kalashnikovv Gallery has started Creative Projects, an in-house art fund aimed at providing capital for public artworks, workshops and exhibitions by emerging artists. Twentyseven artworks have been donated by the gallery’s exhibiting artists – all money raised from these works will go towards the fund. These works include pieces from relatively unknown artists to well-known names such as Maja Malevich, Jessica Webster, Craig Smith, Zwelethu Machepa, Bevan De Wet and MJ Turpin.
More Contemporary South African With local and international interest in South African contemporary art continuing to grow, Stephan Welz & Co. is now regularly offering a greater range of late 20th century and early 21st century works, many of which are now just coming on the secondary market. William Kentridge’s films owe their distinctive appearance to the artist’s home-made animation technique, which he describes as “stone-age filmmaking.” On offer is ‘Drawing for HOT[E]L’, a rare and unusual drawing/ collage for the 1997 film of the same name, which was a collaboration with artists Deborah Bell and Robert Hodgins. The value of the work has been estimated at R700 000 - R900 000. Also on offer by Hodgins is an early work titled ‘Family Group Portrait’ The painting, which is signed and dated 1988-89 on the reverse, has been estimated at R200 000 R300 000. ‘The Unswept Floor’ is a painting by Matthew Hindley. According to art critic and lecturer Lloyd Pollack, “Traditional paintings of recumbent women are lusciously indulgent visual poetry, whereas Hindley subverts the genre. The artist strips the setting of luxury and ease, and envelops the model in a problematic atmosphere of tension and mystery.” The artwork has an estimated value of R80 000 R120 000. No matter how one feels about his style, Vladimir Tretchikoff has been one of South Africa’s most popular artists of the last few decades. Stephan Welz & Co. will be offering his ‘Ndebele Warrior’, valued at R600 000 - R900 000. The sale of Tretchikoff’s most recognized painting, ‘Miss Wong’, for R3,5 million at a Stephan Welz & Co. Decorative and Fine Arts Auction in 2013 set a South African record for highest price fetched on auction by a Tretchikoff work. The previous record, also set by the auction house in 2008, was for the sale of ‘Fruits of Bali’ for a phenomenal R3,4 million, nearly 12 times the painting’s estimate, kick-starting local and international interest in Tretchikoff, resulting in skyrocketing values of the artist’s work. The Stephan Welz & Co. Fine Art and Design Auction will take place Tuesday 21 April and Wednesday 22 April 2015 on the 4th ﬂoor, South Tower, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg. For more information, visit www.stephanwelzandco.co.za or contact (011) 880-3125 or e-mail email@example.com SA BUSINESS ART | APRIL 2015
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Cape Town’s spectacular 50M Sale again reafﬁrms Strauss’s global supremacy of SA Art Auctions Strauss & Co: Prices for high quality South African and international art soared at Strauss & Co’s auction held this week in Cape Town. The sale achieved a total of R50 million and a value sellthrough rate of over 84%, once again the highest in the current market, reaffirming Strauss & Co’s position as global leader for South African art. The packed saleroom, a regular feature of Strauss & Co’s evening sales, was marked by competitive bidding and many exciting surprises ensued. “J’accuse”, which provides a brilliant dissection of the notorious Dreyfus Affair, by celebrated artist Robert Hodgins, sold for R2 500 960, setting a new world record for the artist. Strauss & Co now holds the top eleven consecutive world records for Hodgins. The top lot of the sale, “Schmerzensmann III” by Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere, which sold for R 3 410 400, was purchased by a private international collector. The significance of this work is such that it has been requested for the exhibition titled “The Problem of God” at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Dusseldorf later on this year. Following the fantastic results achieved in November last year by Strauss & Co for works by William Kentridge, “Head”, proved a sale highlight selling for R1 477 840. A popular work by Ed Young of Emeritus Archbishop Tutu swinging from a chandelier sold for R852 600, almost double its presale estimates.
Robert Griffiths Hodgins, “J’accuse”. Sold for R2 500 960 WORLD RECORD FOR THE ARTIST.
JH Pierneef, “Wild Pear Trees”. Sold for R2 046 240.
Berlinde De Bruyckere, “Schmerzensmann III”. Sold for R3 410 400.
Strauss & Co continues to maintain a consistently high percentage sold rate. Eleven works by the undisputed master of the South African landscape, JH Pierneef, all sold following the success of 2014 when a world record of R11 936 000 was achieved. These include “Wild Pear Tree” which realised R2 046 240. “The Maluti Mountains” realised R1 818 880. Vladimir Tretichikoff’s sensational “Zulu Maiden” topped the local list selling for R3 183 040. Purchased in 1982 for R1 700, the present value today would be R27 408 taking into account inflation (8.79% per annum). Monday’s achievement means that the return on this purchase is 185,646%! A rare early portrait by Wolf Kibel of his son Joseph, sold for an astounding R2 955 680. Strauss & Co has consistently held the world record for Kibel whose rare works are highly sought after by collectors. Other South African highlights include Alexis Preller’s “Mapogga Wedding” which sold for R1 477 840, Maggie Laubsers “Lake Garda” which sold for R568 400, and Penny Siopis’s “Pine” which sold for R659 344. After the sale the auctioneer commented: “The auction proved that great art, well presented, will always achieve great results. Once again, the sale was topped by a broad spectrum of celebrated South African artists both modern and contemporary, thus showing a healthy deepening and broadening of the market – a trend that has yet to take off in London.”
Bonham’s Spring UK sale reafﬁrms the strength of Stern and Pierneef R6.1m for a Fisherman’s portrait by Irma Stern South Africa’s art giants command the heights of Bonhams R25m Spring sale in London Bonhams R25m sale of South African Art last month in London was once more led by powerful prices for the country’s two artistic icons, Irma Stern and Jacob Hendrik Pierneef. Works by these artists took seven of the top ten results in the sale. The Stern highlight titled ‘Fisherman, Madeira’ sold for £338,500, (R6.1m) and Pierneef’s, ‘The bush camp of Anton van Wouw, Rooiplaat,’ made £146,500, (R2.7m) These two artists stand head and shoulders above the rest in terms of their work and the value it commands. Stern, a great portraitist, holds the world record for South African art, closely followed by Pierneef, a landscape specialist.
Irma Stern (SOUTH AFRICAN, 1894-1966), “Fisherman, Madeira”, 93 x 67cm
‘Fisherman, Madeira’ by Irma Stern (1894-1966) executed during a particularly difficult period in the artist’s life in 1931, was regarded by the former director of Pretoria Art Museum, A.J. Werth, as one of Stern’s “finest oils”. Before this auction, it was the highest priced painting achieved for South African art this year, sold by world record holders for South African art, Bonhams, the international fine art auction house headquartered in New Bond Street. Stern’s visit to Madeira coincided with the collapse of her marriage to Johannes Prinz. Shortly after arriving on the island, she suffered a nervous breakdown. Many of Stern’s Madeiran paintings reflect her anguished mental state. When exhibited in Cape Town in 1935, a critic commented on the work’s “sinister” colours and “hectic, feverish atmosphere”. The top work in the sale by Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886-1957), is a painterly praise-poem to his great artistic benefactor, the sculptor Anton van Wouw. Godfather, tutor, mentor and friend: the sculptor Anton van Wouw was many things to the painter J.H. Pierneef, who had spent his formative years in Van Wouw’s studio in Pretoria, emulating the older artist’s techniques of drawing and close observation. Pierneef often remarked on the debt he owed to Van Wouw. They shared a deep love of nature, and spent time sketching and painting in the veld. A.P. Cartwright published an article in The Star on ‘The life and work of Pierneef’, May 30, 1960 and a specific reference to the bushcamp outings is made:
“Pierneef acquired a motor-bicycle and a side-car and in this he and his godfather, Anton van Wouw, used to go on sketching and camping expeditions to Pienaar’s River. On these outings young Hendrik did all the work while the sculptor expounded the principles of art. I wish I could have been present at one of these camps where Van Wouw and Pierneef talked, sketched, fished for kurper and drank a great deal of coffee.” Bonhams holds the world record for an Irma Stern, ‘Arab Priest’ which sold for £3.1m (R34m) and the world record for a Pierneef, ‘The Baobab Tree’ sold for £826,400 (R14.5m).
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (SOUTH AFRICAN, 1886-1957) “The bush camp of Anton van Wouw”, 51 x 66cm
Morris suffered a heart-attack in the early 1940’s and allowed his son, Basil, to take over the family business upon returning from military service (Basil had been in Europe fighting in the Second World War). Just as passionate about art and antiques as his father, he boasted that he bought his first antique when he was just a teen (a silver bon-bon bowl accredited to famous Cape silversmith, Oldman Ahlers). In 1957, Ashbey’s Galleries moved to 43 Church Street. Danish businessman Bent Petersen bought the business from Basil’s estate in 2004, however, this was not destined to be a longstanding arrangement, as Bent developed cancer in 2005 and passed away just a few months later. Bent’s accountant, Anne-Marie Beck, purchased the business in December 2005. She still runs the business with the help of her faithful staff (practically the same since she took ownership). She does not make any false claims about her experience in arts and
antiques, instead surrounding herself with knowledgeable people – a string of experts in-house and on-call. She is certain that she has the finest minds in the business to correctly determine the authenticity of whatever comes Ashbey’s way. What she loves most about working with art and antiques is observing experts search for clues and debating the authenticity of objects – being a part of the treasure hunt that leads to accurate authentication. Ashbey’s Galleries can still be found at 43 Church Street. The 292-year-old building was restored to its original Cape-Dutch style in commemoration of the company’s 90th birthday in 1981, and it looks the same today. Early on a Saturday morning you will find a group of regular collectors gathering like clockwork, excited for the doors to open to allow them to see what new items Ashbey’s has to offer. It would seem that Ashbey’s Galleries is still what Cape Town needs and wants, 124 years after it first began. The auction house holds Arts and Antiques auctions on a monthly basis but also hosts a Household auction every Thursday.
The opening night of The New Gallery’s first exhibition was packed to the rafters with curious and excited art-lovers. One journalist said, “At last, Cape Town finally has what it has been searching for for so many years; a gallery that is conveniently located and central.” Lady Peggy, the voice of Cape Times’ social pages said, “You don’t need the gifts of a prophet to predict that this will become the Mecca of all good artists.” Records from the 1920’s document the truth of Lady Peggy’s words: • Irma Stern’s first solo exhibition was in Berlin 1919 but soon after, she began exhibiting at The New Gallery where her art was greeted with a mixture of praise and disgust. One of the guests voiced his/her opinion in the current visitors’ book (quite unusual for someone to leave a comment at that stage) writing something along the lines of: “Irma, kiss my ass,” although admittedly the hasty blotting makes the text rather difficult to interpret. • Gregoire Boonzaier’s second-ever exhibition in 1927 warranted an unknown critic to marvel at the bright future the young man (17 at the time) would have when he finally found the direction he wished his art to pursue.
• Maud Sumner had her first South African solo exhibition at The New Gallery and apparently lived in the gallery for a time. Another notable resident was Frieda Lock who stayed until Morris’s wife became concerned about her husband’s reputation. Frieda Lock’s gift of gratitude (and payment for board) hung in Morris’s office until his passing. • Lippy Lipschitz made a record book for Morris and the logo that Ashbey’s Galleries uses to this day was originated from another artist’s gift. • One quaint article records masterpieces by French Rococco artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard as well as works by Rembrandt, Bowler and Whistler being sold for 1.5 to 7 guineas at The New Gallery • Other names associated with Ashbey’s Galleries over the years include a range from governor-generals to street sweepers. When the Prince of Wales visited the Cape in the 1920’s, Morris Robinson restored and refurbished Groot Constantia for his arrival. The archives are full of interesting letters from among others, the Queen of England, thanking Morris for this and that contribution.
Ashbey’s Galleries The Auction House with an Incredible History In 1891, Charles Rivers Ashbey opened a framing and art materials shop on Green Market Square in Cape Town’s, then much smaller, CBD. From these humble beginnings, the business grew into a series of galleries and ultimately an auction house. A central entity in the South African art scene of the 1920’s and 30’s; newspaper clippings and visitors’ books carefully preserve records of Ashbey’s Galleries role in shaping art history. Some of South Africa’s top artists forged their careers with the company that is still selling their work over 100 years later. These are Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser, JH Pierneef and Pieter Wenning, to name but a few. Charles sold only the finest art supplies from Germany to the artists of Cape Town, but when the First World War erupted, his shipments stopped coming and he decided to immigrate to Australia, leaving the business to his assistant, Morris Robinson. Morris was a part-time art student at the time and rubbed shoulders with Cape Town’s best artists. He knew that a favourite studio space for these artists was a particular building in Long Street and thought it might be profitable to move his framing shop to where the artists were situated. Thus, Ashbey’s moved to 91-93 Long Street in 1917. Morris also thought his friends should have an accessible place to exhibit their work, so he bought 98 Long Street as well and opened The New Gallery. The New Gallery’s first exhibition displayed historical photographs of the Cape by Arthur Elliot, as well as literally hundreds of artworks from artists who are now among South Africa’s greats: JH Pierneef, Pieter Wenning, Maggie Laubser, John Henry Amschewitz, Edward Roworth and Hugo Naudé. It also included a selection of fine antique furniture, expensive wall-hangings and Persian carpets – leading the way for the business’s first auction in the early 1920’s.
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ON THE COUCH WITH ARDMORE CERAMICS BUSINESS ART
Interview with Halsted Design founders
Fée Halsted began Ardmore Ceramics in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal in 1985. With acknowledgement from the local and international art community early on, her business grew from strength to strength. It is now the bread and butter of over 50 previously-disadvantaged craftsmen and women whom she has taken as apprentices; and has recently grown to include a textile division known as Halsted Designs. Now featured in many high-profile collections world-wide, and acknowledged by Christie’s London as “the modern day collectable”, Ardmore Ceramics is undoubtedly a South African art success story. 30 years from the company’s humble beginnings, we thought to gain some wisdom from talking to Ardmore founder, Fée Halsted, as well as Halsted Design co-founders Fleur Heyns and Jonathan Berning. AT: Fée Halsted, looking right back to the beginning, what did you expect your business would become? Fée: I had no idea where the business would go when I began Ardmore in the Berg. I was just trying to make a living from my creativity. My father once said, “If you are going to do something do it to the best of your ability”. AT: Can you highlight some of the key moments in your success story? Fée: Receiving the Standard Bank Young Artists Award in 1990, exhibiting at Christies Auction in London in 2003 and receiving my honorary doctorate in 2015. AT: How did you make the leap from the local to international market? What challenges did you have to overcome? Fée: The determining factor that put us into the international market has always been the quality of the work. Still to this day, I challenge my artists to become better and to improve the standard of their work. It was through people such as Eleanor Kasrils and Lindiwe Mabusa that helped us be seen in the international market. AT: Is there any advice that you can give to South African artists and crafters wishing to break into the art market or starting their own business?
Fée: Stick to what you do best, perfect your game, surround yourself with excellent people who are trust-worthy, and always be sincere. AT: Fleur and Jonathan, how did the idea of Halsted Designs come about? Fleur & Jonathan: The idea to diversify into non-ceramic products started in 2010 when Jonathan, Fée and Jennifer Fair (marketing director of Ardmore at the time) developed the Qalakabusha Sofa as part of a project that was funded by the XXX grant. This sofa became the design object of the year and enticed Marguerite Mavros MacDonald of Mavromac to collaborate with Fée to launch a full Qalakabusha fabric collection. This was launched in South Africa in 2012. The demand for the Ardmore’s ceramics products had exploded and the family decided not to expand the ceramics business in an effort to retain its exclusivity; but instead to develop non-ceramic products inspired by the Ardmore Zulu beat under the Halsted umbrella. AT: What challenges arose in transforming the prominent Ardmore brand into textile design? Fleur & Jonathan: It was actually a more natural process than one may expect. The Ardmore artists are comfortable working in two dimensional media and in instances where the inspiration came from the original ceramics pieces, Fée and her daughter Catherine were very able to translate these pieces into fabric designs. Halsted targets a complementary audience to the traditional Ardmore client and is therefore trying to apply a contemporary approach to the Ardmore style in both its designs as well as the use of materials. Halsted at its core wants to use local (African) suppliers and manufacturers to promote skills development and local economic growth. However, local resources are scarce and often lack the quality-control required to produce goods suitable for the high-end international luxury market that we are targeting. AT: Halsted Designs is a relatively new company, only foundered in 2013. What are your high-points so far? Fleur & Jonathan: We have launched two ranges (see www. halsteddesign.com). These have enjoyed a very positive reception at both Design Indaba 2014 and 2015. AT: In 30 years’ time, what do you hope Halsted Designs will become? Fleur & Jonathan: We intend that Halsted becomes the first African Luxury brand that has successfully converted art into design whilst remaining committed to local designers, skills development and manufacturing capabilities. We intend to achieve scale with this business which will hopefully prove
that one can that one can build a global luxury brand like a Hermes or Ralph Lauren on the African continent. AT: Are there any new and exciting developments you can share with us? Fleur & Jonathan: As for Halsted, we will be launching in the UK in May 2015 with a very established Italian family textile business called Colony who will be stocking our fabrics and products at the Chelsea Design Centre in London.
Fée Halsted & Ardmore artists at the gallery. Ardmore Ceramics
The Halsted stand at Design Indaba, with Roelof van Wyk (Creative Director of Halsted), Fleur Heyns & Jonathan Berning Header: “Baboon Hunt”: hand-coiled by Somandla Ntshalintshali; sculpted by Petros Gumbi and Bennet Zondo; painted by Mickey Chonco. Ardmore Ceramics Left: Royal Leopard Mist tablecloth. Halsted
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