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Cape Town Art Fair 2016 Art’s Gateway to Africa 1 Aldo Balding, Day 6: Place Carnot (detail), oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm. Image courtesy Christopher Moller Gallery

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Editorial Stephan, please tell me a great South African art story To date, there has never been a dull February editorial. This, despite the fact that inland artists seek refuge along the coast when the Joburg art season ends early in December and only begins again late in January.The Cape Town season lulls in December but kick-starts again like Dr Barnard’s new heart in February with the Cape Town Art Fair. Many a launch and game change happens in February. The biggest game-changer during the time of my short watch, was the launch of Strauss & Co. In November 2006, four key members of Stephan Welz & Co. resigned and the Stephan Welz behind the operation, sold his shares in the business he started and was so proud of, to retire and focus on his true passion – cattle farming. At this time, he also struggled through a triple-bypass heart operation. Everyone had set themselves up for just one major art auction player, but in February the next year, Strauss & Co. took the whole market by absolute surprise. Comeback-kid Stephan Welz, with the support of the best people in the business took the lead of the art auction market and have never looked back. Sadly, with the passing of Stephan Welz on Christmas day, we have lost a national treasure and a giant of the art industry. As a youngster who loved South Africa’s colourful and dynamic art history and art market, I never had the privilege of meeting Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller, John Muafangejo, Cecil Skotnes or Irma Stern. In the same way I never fully realized the marketing genius of Joe Wolpe, Louise Schachat and many others who made the SA art market great. If anything, I envy the wisdom and knowledge of the aged and I am grateful that I had the privilege to work with Michael Coulson and Stephan Welz before their passing. I admire the intellectual mind, library of knowledge and the eye for exceptional art and people

which Stephan Welz used to give South African art auctions the strength and market appeal that they have today. If Stephan had an Achilles heel, it was a weakness for a good story. I will never forget the time that I presented him with the home-published story of Ella Gordon – an exceptional woman who build up an impoverished community and trained horses to trot to music. She, herself, hand-buried each horse in South Africa’s only horse graveyard, giving each horse a name and gravestone; with a heart-felt message to the tune of, “Boysums, the Wonder Horse. We shall meet to part no more. R.I.P”. When Ella’s dog Woppy outlived the muchloved Ms Gordon, the community of Karwyderskraal gave the dog’s grave the largest gravestone that I have ever seen – a parting tribute and mark of respect to Ella and her dog – both of whom had had a hand in enriching the community. When I gave this hand-bound photocopied book to Stephan, he looked at it with relish and promptly stuffed it into his jacket pocket, minutes before a major auction at the Vineyard that broke many South African artists’ records. Shortly after this incredible auction, I bumped into him in the lounge. I expected him to be singing and dancing on his laurels but instead he sat down after the mammoth auction and quietly pulled out this obscure but powerful story from his pocket and engrossed himself in the roughshod book. It seemed to have been on his mind all of that time. Unfortunately, I did not have the good fortune to get to know Stephan, the private man, but one thing he imparted to me: After meeting Stephan, I believe that one man or woman can make a real difference; that despite the ugliness of current headlines, South Africa is still a land of heroes – people who have real love, compassion, warmth and heart. Look at South Africa’s art – maybe not in the loud art shopping malls or seductive glossy magazines, but in


COVER SHOT: Aldo Balding, Day 6: Place Carnot, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm. Image courtesy Christopher Moller Gallery


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the quietness of galleries, homes and collections. There is a yearning for a beautiful world in a united state of goodness, truth and hope. Irma Stern, George Pemba, Cecil Skotnes and many more, lived through the ugliness of World Wars, depression, anti-Semitism and Apartheid but went on to create beauty and compassion. As an editor and a reclusive artist, believe me. The headlines might rule the day, but a great artwork, sometimes made in an obscure and isolated space, rules a lifetime. You probably won’t remember yesterday’s headlines, but you’ll remember a great work of art until the day you die. Who knows, you might take the memory with you to Heaven. If this is the case, Mr. Welz, I’m sure you’re right up there with Walter, Irma, Jean, Alexis, Gerald, Cecil, and I’m sure, Leonardo and Michelangelo too. “Sorry Stephan, but could you tell me that crazy story again about Walter Battiss driving through the Karoo in his Rolls-Royce wearing cut-off, odd-coloured takkies? What did the hitch-hiker say, again?” asks Leonardo. Read more on the Ella Story here:

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Alice Goldin (1922- 2016)

Photo of Alice Goldin by Jenny Altschuler

The South African Art Times is very sad to report the passing of Alice Goldin who died peacefully in Newlands, Cape Town on Saturday afternoon, 23 January 2016. Alice Goldin was born in Vienna, Austria in 1922 and on the insistence of her wise mother, her family left Vienna for England when Goldin was 16 years old- days after the Nazis entered Austria. During The Second World War, Goldin served as a nurse. In 1948, a visit to South Africa resulted in marriage and the beginning of her artistic studies at the Pretoria Technical

College where she enrolled in 1950. This path led to further studies in Rome, London and Cape Town developing her career towards exhibitions spanning over 60 years. Alice Goldin was very well loved, with a strong, enduring and gracious character despite having lost loved ones in the Holocaust, and later a husband and daughter. She captivated one with her incredible stories and rich insight into art and beauty. At a party of close Cape Town artist friends, including Cecil Skotnes, someone asked Goldin who she would come back as if she died. She gave the question some thought and answered, “Cecil Skotnes�. “Why?� asked a friend. “ Well�, she replied, “Cecil is married to the incredible Thelma�. Alice Goldin’s work includes paintings, woodblock prints and screenprints. A pioneer of South African printmaking, having contributed to the rich language of the canon, she will be entered into the hall of South African Printmaking Hall of Fame as a master. Her more famous prints include a series of pine trees along Rhodes Drive Newlands as well as The Aniston Series – both locations in which the artist lived. Goldin’s unique style included using the grain of the raw wood she carved into to dictate an impression – contributing strongly to the resulting prints’ character and atmosphere.

Nicolene Swanepoel (1962-2016)

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“Nicolene’s integrity showed in her work. She had the talent and intelligence to bring her message to the world in a subtle unobtrusive way.� So says Ilse Schermers, owner of the Franschhoek-based IS Art gallery and lifelong friend of artist Nicolene Swanepoel, who passed away suddenly on January 10th, as a result of having suffered a stroke. “She was incredibly bright and very curious and brave,� she says of the artist whom she met when they

were “about six or seven years old in the second grade at Anton van Wouw Primary School�. A fervent animal rights activist, Swanepoel’s oeuvre is overwhelmingly made up of work – whether in painting, writing or ceramics – that with great subtlety, effortless sensuality and intellectual rigour sought to highlight the necessity and value of animals to human existence. Says Schermers: “She started out studying fine arts at Pretoria University, finished her honours and then went on to complete a Veterinary Studies degree at Onderstepoort. After starting the Animal Behaviourist Department at Onderstepoort and having suffered a severe injury in a bicycle accident, she went on to study ceramics in Johannesburg. She managed to bring all these strands of interest together in her painting and ceramic works – not only exploring inter-human relationships, but also inter-animal and animal-human interaction. All of these play a significant role in her work. She really broke new ground with her ceramics.� Read the full story at *HRUJLD/DQH‘Reminiscence’

Above: One of Nicolene Swanepoel’s clay creations Left: Nicolene Swanepoel, as photographed by her brother Francois Swanepoel 7

They say … “Contemporary art in Africa was on the tips of the world’s tongues at the 2015 Art Basel in Switzerland and the 2016 Cape Town Art Fair is the perfect platform from which to continue the conversation.” – Matthew Partridge, Director of the Cape Town Art Fair “By providing a platform to showcase works by both established and emerging Pan-African and diasporic artists and exposing these artists to new local and international audiences and purchasers, the Cape Town Art Fair has the ability to further a sustainable market for the arts on the continent.” – Laura Vincenti, Architect and Special Projects Manager “The world is certainly recognising contemporary art from Africa and Cape Town is positioned on the interational art world calendar as the city to represent the rich and diverse work on the continent.” – Liza Dyason, Fair Manager 8






Graeme Williams, From The Series ‘A City Refracted’ (detail), Johannesburg, 2012-15, C-type print, edition of 7, 60 x 42.5cm. Images courtesy the artist and Art First, London (exhibiting at this year’s Cape Town Art Fair).





The Art World’s Gateway to Africa From the 19th to the 21st of February 2016, the fourth edition of the Cape Town Art Fair will be taking place at its newly appointed home, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). This, the leading international art fair on the African continent showcasing contemporary art from Africa and around the world. In 2015, the Fair attracted over 7000 visitors, with galleries recording upwards of R20 million in sales. The expanded venue will provide the same scale and standards of international art fairs and increase these figures by attracting top galleries from the continent as well as the rest of the world. The programme will include art talks and curated walks by contemporary art world professionals along with special programmes.

The Talks Program, which will feature a host of local and international participants, will aim to reconsider the relationships of art fairs, cultural institutions and inter-continental exchange whilst focussing on Africa’s place in the global conversation around contemporary art production. International speakers will include Founder and Director of Biz Art in Shanghai, Davide Quadrio; Curator of International Art at London’s Tate Modern, Kerryn Greenberg; Clare Lilley, Director of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Curator of the Frieze Sculpture Park 2015; Alia Swastika, Director of the 13th Biennale Jogja Yogyakarta; Commissioner and Artistic Director of the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Alisa Prudnikova and artist Zhuang Hui from China.

They will be joined by Curator of Special Projects at the Wits Art Museum, Fiona Rankin-Smith; Raphael Chikukwa, Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and Christopher Till, Director of the upcoming Javett Centre for the Arts at the University of Pretoria and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. Moderators of the panels will include the Head Curator at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Claudio Cravero and Head of Production and International Projects at the Liverpool Biennale, Francesca Bertolotti. The final platform on the talks program will feature a round table discussion between artist Sue Williamson who will be joined by journalist Sean O’Toole and Mark Gevisser who will be discussing her upcoming monograph, ‘Sue Williamson: Life and Work’, edited by Gevisser and published by Skira. Azu Nwagbogu and Ruth Simbao, co-curators of the 2016 Cape Town Art Fair’s special project, Tomorrows/Today, will be joined by a jury panel comprising of Visual Art Curator at the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria, Luigi Fassi; Curator of Contemporary Art at the Iziko National Gallery, Ernestine White and Collector/Producer of SABC’s Generations, Mfundi Vundla.

Tomorrows/Today is a special project co-curated by Azu Nwagbogu and Ruth Simbao, the project will feature eight solo representations by artists who are at the cutting edge of experimental contemporary art production. As the director of the Lagos Photo festival in Nigeria and Head of the African Artists’ Foundation, Nwagbogu’s institutional background on the continent provides a valuable curatorial element to the fair. Holding a PHD from Harvard, Simbao is a professor of Art History at Rhodes University. Specialising in contemporary art in Africa, Simbao has curated a number of exhibitions that deal with issues of diaspora and cross-continental artistic exchange. According to Fair Director, Matthew Partridge, “The curators have been carefully selected according to their profiles and placement on the continent. The reason for the choice of these two curators is to enable a dialogue that aims to re-situate contemporary art from Africa as part of a global dialogue.” The Cape Town Art Fair runs from 19-21 February 2016. Tickets are available through Computicket For more information, visit

Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, Egungun Masquerade VIII (detail), 2015, pigment ink on HP Premium Satin Photographic Paper, 202 x 150 cm. Image courtesy the artist and SMAC Gallery (exhibiting at this year’s Cape Town Art Fair).





Artworks by Kimberley Gundle

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THAT ART FAIR The 2016 edition of THAT ART FAIR has expanded its programme to include an eighteen-day-long line-up of exhibitions and events, and will take place from 17 February – 6 March 2016. Popping up in a much larger space at The Palms Centre in Woodstock, Cape Town, THAT ART FAIR 2016 will partner with a growing list of international institutions from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria – with more to follow!

COMIC & URBAN ART: A comic art focus curated by Su Opperman. There will also be live painting and a selection of urban art.

FASHION: SKATTIE will showcase their unique brand, an effortless cross-over between fashion, art and culture

DESIGN: Artists and galleries will explore the relationship between design & art

THAT ART FAIR 2016 will encompass a wide range of disciplines: • VISUAL ART: A wide range of painters, sculptors, photographers and print makers will be participating either independently or by their galleries.

WORKSHOP & TALKS: A three-week long programme of inspiring and engaging workshops and talks covering a diverse range of topics and fields

THAT ART PARTY: Set to take place on 19th February 2016 from 20h00. Last year’s (much talked about) party saw a line-up that featured a number of luminaries of the art and music world.

PERFORMANCE ART: A three-week long programme of local & international performance art.

PHOTOGRAPHY: A curated element brought to you by Snapped magazine and a space for photographers and galleries to exhibit independently

VIDEO & FILM: A week-long programme of curated film screenings; an African film collaboration with shnit International Shortfilmfestival & Sunshine Cinema

Peter Clarke: Jacob wrestling with the angel, Linocut

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Kimberley Gundle’s art will be exhibited at THAT ART FAIR by Candice Berman Fine Art Gallery. Her current work is a reflection on the nomadic Maasai tribes of East Africa. An installation of five large portrait hangings and a ceramic sculpture were included in the Venice Biennale 2013. Within this series entitled ‘Mirroring the Soul’ she builds up an emotional and physical geography of the Maasai women. Her portraits focus on their brightly coloured adornments amidst the arid landscape: a fragile and beautiful existence.

Sandile Goje: Meeting of Cultures , Lino Print



Penny Siopis

5 February 1953 –

Penny Siopis is a South African of Greek descent, born in Vryburg in the Northern Cape. She obtained her Masters in Fine Art from Rhodes University, in 1976 (with distinction). She then studied art at Portsmouth Polytechnic in England on a British Council Scholarship. Throughout her career, her varied practice which includes painting, photography, lithographs, video and installation, has explored what she refers to as the “poetics of vulnerability”. Siopis has exhibited locally and internationally since 1975, taking part in the biennales of Venice (1993, 2013), Sydney (2010), Johannesburg (1995, 1997), Gwangju (1997) and Havana (1995). She has received several awards including the Volkskas Atelier Award (1986), two merit and 2 quarterly Vita Art Now Awards, and a Civitella Ranieri Foundation International Fellowship (1998). Siopis is represented by STEVENSON Gallery and is an Honorary Professor at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Last year, her retrospective exhibition was exhibited at the Iziko South African National Gallery and at Wits Art Museum.

Max Beckmann

12 February 1884 – 27 December 1950

Max Beckmann was born in Leipzig, Germany. His father, a grain merchant, passed away when the artist was just 10 years old. Beckmann infamously ran away from boarding school and at age 15, he applied to study art. At the Weimar-Saxon Grand Ducal Art Academy, he met fellow artist Minna Tube, whom he married in 1906 and amicably divorced in 1925. Beckmann worked as a medical orderly during World War 1, which caused him to suffer a nervous breakdown. His experiences of death had a profound impact upon him, radically changing his the tone of his art. By 1928, Beckmann’s work was hailed as a leading example of New Objectivity. He was afforded a large retrospective. In 1932, 10 of his major works were placed on permanent display in the German National Gallery. Only a short time later, Hitler labelled Beckmann’s art as ‘degenerate’, subsequently removing Beckmann’s paintings, prints and drawings from museum display and confiscating nearly 600 of them. Beckmann and his new wife, opera singer Mathilde “Quappi” von Kaulbach, fled to Amsterdam in humiliation. Beckmann eventually settled in the USA and again excelled in his work. Just one day after finishing his 9th monumental triptych, Beckmann died of a heart attack as he was walking to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where his work was on display.

Charles Maggs

12 February 1971 –

Charles Maggs was born in Cape Town. He holds an MFA in New Media from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT), awarded with distinction in 2006. He was a senior lecturer in visual communication at the AAA School of Advertising for 6 years before moving to Berlin, Germany. Maggs works predominantly with digital mediums, including video, sound, the internet, and photography.. Through sampling snippets of film and creating his own digital mindscapes, the artist explores manifestations of fear and paranoia. Always tongue-in-cheek, his visual oneliners remain memorable. Maggs’ invented internet persona, Ron T Beck, exists through social media outbursts and blog entries and is the personification of all of society’s upsets. Beck suffers from Cropenberger’s Syndrome, which according to Maggs, is a “disjoint between the conscious and the subconscious self in respect of idealising, fetishising or imitating an external individual (such as a celebrity a stranger or an person not familiar or know to the individual).” Maggs has exhibited in England, the USA and Mexico. His work is held in, among others, The IZIKO South African National Gallery’s Permanent Collection.

Yoko Ono

18 February 1933 –

Yoko Ono was born into an aristocratic banking family, remaining in Tokyo through World War II and the great firebombing of 1945. After receiving years of piano lessons and operatic vocal training, she moved to New York to study music in 1953. She neglected her degree to elope with Julliard student Toshi Ichiyanagi. The couple’s apartment was a hot spot in the New York Fluxus art scene; staging music, poetry, and performance art performances. Ono was committed to a mental institution after a drug overdose, after which jazz musician and film producer Anthony Cox secured her release. When Ono became pregnant with their daughter Kyoko, she finalised her divorce from Ichiyanagi and married Cox. Ono first met John Lennon of the Beatles in 1966 when he visited one of her London exhibitions. The two began an affair, after which Lennon divorced his first wife, Cynthia and married Ono in 1969. Together, Lennon and Ono collaborated on art, film and musical projects, and became famous for their “conceptual events” promoting world peace. On Lennon’s 35th birthday, Ono gave birth to son Sean, who became a well-known musician in his own right. After Lennon’s death in 1980, Ono continued to record albums, compose off-Broadway musicals and make visual art. Her first USA retrospective exhibition opened in New York in 2002.




Honoré Daumier

26 February 1808 – 10 February 1879

Honoré-Victorin Daumier was a prolific caricaturist, painter and sculptor renowned for his drawings satirizing 19th-century French politics and society. Born in Marseille, Daumier’s father and grandfather painted decorative tableaux and sold frames. However, when Daumier was 7, his father abandoned his business to ‘seek his fortune’ as a poet, subsequently going insane. At the age of 13, Daumier was forced to seek paying work. In his mid-teens, Daumier began accepted commissions for lithographs (moral cartoons and portraits of celebrities). From 1830 to 1847, he was a lithographer, cartoonist, and sculptor. From 1848 until 1871, he continued to produce lithographs but was also an Impressionist painter. In 1832, King Louis-Philippe sentenced the artist to 2 months in prison and 4 months in a mental hospital (the king apparently wanting to show that one had to be mad to satirize him in a public journal). In 1871, Daumier discreetly refused to be decorated by the empire. He enjoyed drinking cheap wine with barge captains. His only close friends were sculptors, all of them romantic, poor, and ardent left-wingers. He always kept a pipe in his mouth in order to mask his lisp and accent. In 1873, Daumier went completely blind and was unable to continue with his work. He died in debt and was buried in a pauper’s grave.

Willie Bester

29 February 1956 -

Willie Bester was born in the farming town of Montagu, in the Western Cape. Because of the apartheid laws regarding mixed-race families, the Besters were forced to squat on private land. Young Willie made toy cars from wire with his friends, although unlike the other boys, he took great pride in expressively decorating them. This spark of creativity helped his family get by when after the 9th grade, he left school to make and sell shoes. Not long after this, Bester was given painting materials by a friend – the only happy circumstance to come from compulsory entry into military training. When able to leave the army, Bester worked as a dental technician’s assistant for 15 years before attending part-time classes at the Community Arts Project (CAP) in District Six. In 1982, he held his first solo exhibition and soon became internationally known as one of South Africa’s most important resistance artists. Among the awards he has received, are the Prix De L’Aigle, 4th Grand Prix International D’Arts Plastiques de la Vlille de Nice (France, 1992) and both the Order of the Disa (2004) and the The Order of Ikhamanga (2006) from the South African Government. Bester currently lives with his wife Evelyn and their three children in Kuilsrivier, near Cape Town, in a fantastical house that he has developed into an extension of his art.

THE ART TIMES CELEBRATES ALL MEMBERS OF SOUTH AFRICA’S VISUAL ART COMMUNITY BORN IN FEBRUARY, INCLUDING 1 Eugene Marais, Ivan Muller | 2 Albie Bailey | 3 Erik Laubscher | 4 Diane McLean | 6 Gavin Calf, Philippa Hobbs, Claudette Schreuders | 8 Richard John Forbes | 9 Dirk Meerkotter | 11 Charles Levin, Elsibe Loubser McGuffog, Senzeni Marasela, Willem Truter | 13 Christiaan Diedericks | 14 Julan Julan Briant | 15 David Robert Lewis, Frans Claerhout, Leonard Shapiro | 18 Pitika Ntuli, Anne Graaff | 19 Susan Grundlingh | 20 Carine Zaayman | 21 Fiona Couldridge, Lynette Bester, Fred Scott | 22 Cate Wood Hunter | 23 Greta Mcmahon | 25 Luther Marais | 26 Carol Brown, Catherine Moss | 27 Aleta Cecilia Michaletos | 28 Sarah Richards

OTHER WELL-KNOWN INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS BORN IN FEBRUARY: 1 Takashi Murakami, Thomas Cole | 3 Norman Rockwell | 4 Fernand Léger | 5 Olafur Eliasson | 8 John Ruskin, Franz Marc | 9 Robert Morris | 10 Mary Lovelace O’Neill | 11 William Henry Fox Talbot | 12 Joan Mitchell | 15 Charles-François Daubigny | 18 Max Klinger | 19 Constantin Brancusi | 20 Ansel Adams | 24 Charles LeBrun, Richard Hamilton | 25 Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Sources Consulted: PENNY SIOPIS: Penny Siopis. 2015. STEVENSON [Online]. Available: [2016, Jan. 14].| Penny Siopis. 2013. NLA Design and Visual Arts [Online]. Available: [2016, Jan. 14]. | MAX BECKMANN: Drutt, Matthew. 1997. Introduction, in Max Beckmann in Exile. Stehle-Akhtar, Barbara [et al.]. New York City: Solomon R Guggenheim Museum. | Max Beckmann. 2015. The Art Story [Online]. Available: [2016, Jan. 14]. | CHARLES MAGGS: Maggs, Charles. 2011. Biography. Charles Maggs [Online]. Available: [2016, Jan. 14]. | Rossouw, Chad. 2011. The Paranoia of Ron T. Beck. Art South Africa 10(1), Spring. | YOKO ONO: Huey, Steve. 2016. Yoko Ono. Billboard [Online]. Available: [2016, Jan. 14]. | Yoko Ono Biography. 2016, The [Online]. Available: [2016, Jan. 14]. | HONORE-VICTORIN DAUMIER: Honoré Daumier Biography. 2016. Artble [Online]. Available: [2016, Jan. 14]. | Adhémar, Jean. 2015. Honoré Daumier. Encyclopædia Britannica [Online]. Available: [2016, Jan. 14]. | WILLIE BESTER: Willie Bester (1956 – ). 2013. NLA Design and Visual Arts [Online]. Available: [2016, Jan. 14]. | Editor’s Note: All content is appropriated from its source and includes elaboration for the sake of enrichment.

CAPE TOWN ART FAIR: 19 - 21 February 2016 PULSE - NEW YORK: 3 - 6 March 2016

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The Kraal (1948) Alexis Preller

“Perhaps the earliest and the best-known Preller theme is that woven out of the mystique of Africa. From his observations of tribal life and ritual, from the inscrutable surviving ruins, fetishes and symbols, from the art of the primeval past, he spun a myth awakening a forgotten tribe and called up visions of its origins and gods.” - Esmé Berman, Alexis Preller Retrospective catalogue, Pretoria Art Museum, 1972*

Alexis Preller is regarded as one of South Africa’s leading Modern artists from the 20th century. As Esmé Berman is quoted above, his work generally incorporates cultural artefacts and scenes in imaginative compositions. The elements are presented to the viewer in Surrealist arrangements – meaning that seemingly disparate parts are combined to form the image. The symbolism incorporated hardly ever comes from just one tribe’s cultural cannon, so a garbled conversation exists between the symbols present. Among the many noteworthy paintings by the artist, The Kraal (1948), stands out because of the sheer density of symbolism it contains. It is as such, a textbook example of the artist’s modus operandi. Critics have blamed the artist and his contemporaries, Irma Stern and Pablo Picasso, of fetishizing Africa for the sake exoticism. Although all three artists were of European descent and had no heritage within tribal tradition, of the three Preller is the only artist born in Africa. Perhaps his adoption of tribal imagery is forgivable because of this fact. This is under contention. Preller was an ardent traveller. His artistic inspiration came from encounters in Greece, Egypt, the Congo, Mali and Zanzibar – to name but a few of the destinations referenced within his art. Certainly, the mythology of these places had a profound impact on his person, causing him to collect and respect the items he brought home with him. It would appear that these items were considered by the artist to be more than just exotic trinkets, but were instead, personal references within his own life story. As Berman reflects: “Though the images which make up Preller’s iconography are personal and frequently mysterious, many are rooted in a simple visual perception which acquired overtones and symbolical significance as time wore on. The dividing line between image and symbols is therefore often very narrow; for what was initially perhaps no more than an appealing subject for a painting begins to signify for him a specific phase in his experience, a state of mind or feeling; and ultimately it becomes a metaphor dissociated from its original objective source.” * In a review of Preller’s retrospective at the Standard Bank Gallery in 2009, Mary Corrigall 16

Alexis Preller, The Kraal, 1948, Oil on canvas on cardboard. Collection: Iziko South African National Gallery.

reports that, the exhibition’s curator and a close friend of Preller’s, Karel Nel believed the artist’s work to be a “manifestation of a compulsion to claim his African identity.”Corrigall’s opinion is that “what really counts is what Preller’s idea of what that African identity constituted and how he translated that into his art”. In essence, his creation and depictions, he celebrated ‘African-ness’ rather than merely viewing its cultures from the perspective of curiosity. Somewhat romantic, the harmonious Africa depicted in Preller’s The Kraal is a far cry from relations within the year of the artwork’s creation. In particular focus, Corrigall recalls that during 1948 several apartheid policies were passed as the law of the land. Although perhaps only referring to Preller’s artistic style, Nessa Leibhammer offers in her contribution

to Visual Century: South African Art in Context that Preller’s work suggests the existence of alternate strategies when trying to understand what Africa is. Perhaps propagating open-mindedness in this regard was Preller’s intended affect, or in some instances, his work’s actual affect. Making African a part of us, and conversely, ourselves a part of Africa can only move us towards the Kraal mentality that Preller so beautifully imagined. – By Lyn Holm Sources Consulted: Alexis Preller (1911 – 1975). 2015. Johans Borman Fine Art [Online]. Available: [2015. Jan. 22]. | Corrigall, Mary. 2009. Putter and Preller, who would have thought it?. Incorrigible Corrigall [Online]. Available: [2015. Jan. 22]. | Leibhammer, Nessa. 2011. Dominant and Contrasting Patterns: The representation of black South Africans by white South Africans, in Visual Century: South African Art in Context (Volume One: 1907-1948), edited by Jillian Carmen. Johannesburg: Wits University Press: 64-65.

* Berman quoted in Johans Borman Fine Art’s Online Biography



Cecil Skotnes, White Monday Disaster He borrows the Dairy’s Horse (detail), 1975, Woodblock Print. Courtesy the South African Print Gallery – at the Cape Town Art Fair

Visualising With Dr. Paul Bayliss

“Blank Spaces allow for the new, a fresh start from the past, new beginnings, an opportunity to wipe the slate clean, a shift in direction or a reinvention of the old.” A leading authority in South African art, Dr. Paul Bayliss has been appointed as the curator of the visual art component of the KKNK Festival from 2016 to 2018. Dr. Bayliss has nearly 20 years’ experience in the visual art and heritage sector. Apart from previous parastatal and corporate appointments within the art and heritage world, he has been serving as Absa’s Art and Museum Curator since 2011. He has written and published a number of catalogues and articles on visual arts and South African numismatic history, also editing several books on South African heritage, and delivering papers and presentations at both international and local conferences and symposia. He is also presently a serving council member for Ditsong Museums of South Africa. In all of the above-mentioned capacities, Bayliss has proved himself a great patron of South African visual art, with a particular focus on discovering new talent, and providing platforms and opportunities for young and emerging artists. We look forward to seeing his passion manifest in this year’s KKNK. AT: Dr. Paul Bayliss, thank you for taking some time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions. What is your curatorial strategy for the KKNK visual 18 18

arts programme, and how does it compare with curating Absa’s art collection? PB: Managing a corporate collection, corporate gallery and the Barclays L’Atelier art competition versus the festival visual arts programme has a very different strategic approach but at the same time there are a number of similarities. The KKNK visual arts programme seeks to create a unique and positive experience for visitors who come to the KKNK for a number of different reasons. For some, this will be the first time that they are exposed to visual art. At the KKNK, the introduction can be done in a relaxed and informal setting. The programme should leave them with an appetite to want to learn more when they leave the festival. AT: This year’s theme is Blank Spaces (or Oop Ruimtes). What were your thoughts behind this theme and how does this year’s KKNK programme reflect it? PB: Blank Spaces allow for the new, a fresh start from the past, new beginnings, an opportunity to wipe the slate clean, a shift in direction or a reinvention of the old. My focus for 2016 is to build on the platform and successes of my curatorial predecessors, to continue

to promote South African visual art but also to expand the programme - showcasing fresh talent from across the continent, providing a uniquely positive experience and edutainment for festival goer. AT: What more can we expect from the programme? PB: This year will see a total of 14 exhibitions. In addition to having several galleries, corporates and solo artists exhibiting, a number of independent curators have been invited to curate according to the overall theme. The exhibitions will include new works by established South African artists, while at the same time showcasing a new generation of younger talent. One of the exhibitions, curated by Maaike Bakker and Jayne Crawshay-Hall, will include fresh works from African artists north of our border. In addition to the daily afternoon walkabouts where visitors will have an opportunity to meet the curators and artists, a discussion will take place every morning in the Absa Kuierkamer at the Burgersentrum. Here various topical issues on African contemporary art will be discussed and debated in a relaxed setting. Every day a new panel of guests will join myself and Stephan Erasmus, who is curating the Absa Gallery exhibition. Topics will vary daily and will include the fundamentals of contemporary art, art appreciation, collecting and maintaining an art collection. Members from the audience will be invited to join the discussion. A small selection of unique contemporary artworks will be exhibited in the entrance foyer to the Absa Kuierkamer. These will be rotated daily. AT: Two festival artists were selected this year, as opposed to just one, as in previous years. How do you think these artists will enrich the overall tone of the visual arts programme? PB: Having artists of the calibre of Hanneke Benadé and Pat Mautloa will add to the positive experience of the festival goer to the KKNK. It is truly an honour as a curator to have them forming part of the 2016 programme. Both artists are well established, enjoying both a local and international following. The KKNK will provide an opportunity for them to share their personal insights into the industry, while at the same time showcasing a fresh body of work. SSA A AART RT TTIMES RT IIM MESS | FFEBRUARY EEB BRRUUAARRY 20 2016 01166

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A New Destination for Art Lovers The Moór Gallery Franschhoek, is opening in April 2016. Moór Gallery’s first two solo exhibitions will feature works by renowned artists Hermann Niebuhr and Nicolaas Maritz. In late October a serious group exhibition is planned, inspired by the social issues of the past and of today. The well-known struggle artist Willie Bester and the controversial Ayanda Mabulu, both excited by the theme, are amongst the artists exhibiting. Willie Bester, recently back from representing Africa in China at the Changsha International Sculpture Art Festival and Ayanda Mabulu, who has caused quite a stir with his paintings, have a lot to say about South Africa’s social history and its present challenges. Moór Gallery’s owners aim, by launching this group exhibition, to encourage debate and to position this new gallery as an exciting space. The Moór Gallery is situated in a large Victorian building, Bordeaux House, in the heart of Franschhoek village. This building opened in 1900 as a boarding

The Standard Bank Gallery is pleased to present a comprehensive survey of the work of Minnette Vári, for the past twenty years one of South Africa’s leading visual artists. Vári was one of the first, and is still one of few, South African women artists working significantly – and in international contexts – in digital and videographic media. The exhibition will feature several of her video installations, digital print series and works on paper, including some from Standard Bank’s collection.


house for school girls. It has been beautifully restored by the architect Graham Goosen, who has retained its Victorian exterior, but changed the interior into a stunning gallery space. The Moór Gallery belongs to Katherine Mc William Smith. Together with her husband Arthur Mc William Smith, she owned the award winning restaurant Le Quartier Français and the Akademie Street Boutique Hotel (which was once voted the best small hotel in the world by Tripadvisor). This new venture reflects Katherine’s connection with the world of art and continues a long family tradition, as both her father and grandfather were professional artists.

Moór Gallery Franschhoek 4 Bordeaux Street, Franschhoek Telephone 082 655-5308

Vári is known for intellectually and visually challenging work that reflects a nuanced consideration of cultural, gender and racial stereotypes in the South African psyche, sometimes in radical ways. Her work has straddled many media, while engaging consistently with themes of identity, trauma, mythology, history, memory and the politics of belonging. One aspect of her work that runs through all these themes is testing the interaction and collision of individual realities and identities with

A painting by Peter Moór, after whom the gallery is named.

mythical and wider social realities, often in jarring and unexpected ways. The current show, as a mid-career survey, reflects both departures from type and the consistencies of concept and medium, which Vári has successfully refined for two decades. Vári remains one of our most challenging, rigorous and sophisticated artists. She is deeply committed to her craft, and to the processes of heart and mind that emerge as the work of art. Exhibition runs 30 January – 26 March 2016







Teresa Decinti has made a name for herself as a landscape artist. Her watercolours and oils re¾ect a distinct af½nity with the mountains of the Western Cape. She successfully juxtaposes dramatic mountain scenery with the gentler features of cultivated lands and historical buildings in the valleys below. Her unfailing feeling for colour expresses the moods and seasons of the landscapes in exquisite nuances. Travels throughout South Africa and Italy inspire subject matters such as her Kalahari and Karoo landscapes, wildlife and scenes from Italy. Teresa holds a BA Fine Art degree (1989) from the University of Pretoria. Her work can be found in many collections both in South Africa and overseas.

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Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Elevating the object, From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, 6/12/2015 till 6/3/2016, 60 Benefactors, From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, 12/11/2015 till 26/02/2016, Building the Collection, From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, 5/11/2015 till 6/3/2016, Park Drive Central, T. 041 5062000, artmuseum@, Underculture Contemporary 18+ SNVL, Group Exhibition, 04/02/206 till 04/03/2016, Art on Target, Target Kloof, Walmer, T. 041 3730074,, www.

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Johannesburg Absa Art Gallery Art by leading South African artists, ABSA Towers North, 161 Main Road, Johannesburg, T. 011 3505139, paulbay@absa., Alice Art Gallery Valentines Exhibition with Annatjie Krige, 13/02/2016 till 14/02/2016, 70 - My Keuse, Michael Heyns, 27/02/2016 till 28/02/2016, Annual exhibition, Hans Pretorius, 20/02/2016 till 21/02/2016, Ruimsig, T. 011 9581392,, Artist Proof Studio One of the largest and most vibrant community and professional printmaking facilities in Southern Africa, Newtown, T. 011 4921278,, www.

Gallery 2 Various Artists, Bambo Sibiya, Audrey Anderson, Karin Daymond, Among others, 22/01/2016 till 29/02/2016, Parkwood, T. 011 4470155/98,, www.gallery2. Goodman Gallery William Kentridge, Notes Towards a Model Opera, 21/01/2016 till 12/02/2016, Alfredo Jaar, 25/02/2016 till 23/03/2016, Parkwood, T. 011 7881113, www. Graham’s Fine Art Gallery Graham’s Fine Art Gallery exhibits a significant collection of important South African art, Bryanston, T. 011 4637869,, www.grahamsgallery.

Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum A solo exhibition by Kemang Wa Lehulere, the Standard Bank Young Artist for 2015, Kemang Wa Lehulere, 11/02/2016 till 28/03/2016, Waverley, T. 051 0110525 ext 611,, www.facebook. com/OliewenhuisArtMuseum

East London Ann Bryant Art Gallery East London Fine Art Society Annual Exhibition. The East London Fine Art Society will be holding their Annual Art Exhibition in the main gallery of the Ann Bryant Art Gallery. Entries are invited from artists. A maximum of six artworks per artist are allowed and there are no restrictions on the theme or media. Entries must be submitted on or before Monday 30/11/2015 at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery. The Exhibition will open on Thursday 03/12 at 6:30 p.m and closes on 19/12/2015, Southernwood, T. 043 7224044 ,,

Gallery on Leviseur Anton Smit’s exhibition till end of February 2016: The Moment of Transition, End of February 2016, 59 Genl. Dan Pienaar Avenue, Westdene, Bloemfontein 9301, C. 0828352335,,

Clarens Art and Wine Gallery Gregoire Boonzaier, Adriaan Boshoff, David Botha, Conrad Theys, Hennie Niemann, Aviva Maree, Kenneth Baker, Anine Barnard, Candice Blignaut, Gail Catlin, Norman Cathrine, Paddy Starling, Wilko Roon, Branko Dimitrov, Louis Chanu, Alexander Rose Innes, Solly Smook, Jan Vermeiren, Clarens, T. 058 2561298,, Richard Renny Art Gallery Is home to the most recent oil and watercolour landscape paintings by South African master artist Richard A Rennie. 275 Main St, Clarens,

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

Port Elizabeth ArtEC - EPSAC Community Art Centre artEC is a non profit organisation and Community Art Centre, set up for the advancement of the Visual Arts and Art Craftsmanship. Working to uplift the arts in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, helping artists and encouraging a public interest in the arts. T. 041 5853641,, www.artecpe.

“Happiness is still a process” by Buhle Wonder Mbambo

Benoni Art Route *Spoil your Senses on the Benoni Art Route. Discover local artists producing a diverse range of art from Sculptures, Paintings, Stained Glass and Hand Blown Glass. The Benoni Art Route is open on the last Sunday of the month between 10am and 3pm. Further information and maps are available at or call Elaine Marx on 0845816340 Follow the Artists on Facebook at www.”*

Riverside Shopping Centre Bryanston, Johannesburg 011 463 8524 / 084 843 8302

The Henry George Gallery Workshops: “Unearth your Essence” – Sat, 6 Feb, 9-12am & “The art of the Mandala” – Sat, 20 Feb, 9-12am. Both for adults, facilitated by Adam Botha, R490 p/p each. “I love Paris” – Friday, 26 Feb, 2-4.30pm. For children aged 6-10. An introduction to Impressionist techniques and Parisian imagery, with Mandy Walker. R250 p/child. 45, 6th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg., 011 880 2698. Open hours: Sat, 9.30 to 2pm; Mon 9-12.30; Tues to Fri, 9-4pm. Curating today the investment collections of the future.

Cherie de Villiers Gallery, Dealers in fine paintings and sculptures by leading South African artists, Sandton, T. 011 3255395, cheart@global.,

In Toto Gallery Danielle Hewlett and Ilana Seati’s Face/Figment, Danielle Hewlett Ilana Seati, 28/01/2016 till 07/03/2016, Birdhaven, T. 011 4476543,, www.

CIRCA on Jellicoe Man’s Duality (Unearthed), Colbert Mashile, 28/01/2016 till 27/02/2016, Gratuitous Cocking, Antoinette Murdoch, 28/01/2016 till 27/02/2016, 2 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, T. 011 7884805,,

Johannesburg Art Gallery JAG is home to the largest art collection in Africa. We pride ourselves on remaining relevant and contemporary, alongside our collection, Joubert Park, T. 011 7253130,, FriendsofJAG

Crouse Art Gallery We at Crouse Art deal exclusively in original South African Art, specifically in investment art. We offer works by a variety of renowned artists, Errol Boyley, Anton Benzon, Hennie Niemann, Chris Tugwell, Andre de Beer and many more, Florida, T. 011 6723821, suzette.,

Lizamore & Associates Gallery Ik Ben Een Afrikaander, Senzeni Marasela, Rosemarie Marriott, Luan Nel, Hentie van der Merwe, Strjidom van der Merwe, Jan van der Merwe, 04/02/2016 till 27/02/2016, Parkwood, T. 011 8808802, suen@,

Diedericks/Faber Fine Art Artist collective that was founded and managed by Christiaan Diedericks and Elton Faber, Melville, T. 011 7263638,, www.


Everard Read Memory & Love, Wayne Barker, 04/02/2016 till 05/03/2016, Troubled with Goya II, Ricky Burnett, 04/02/2016 till 05/03/2016, 6 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, T. 011 7884805 ,,

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NWU Botanical Garden Gallery

Detail from the illustration accompanying Joseph Orpen’s article ‘A glimpse into the mythology of the Maluti Bushmen’ (1874). William Cullen Library (University of the Witwatersrand).

Minnette Vári, REM, 2001, Installation view in the Great Hall, Cango Caves, 2005. Courtesy of the artist and the Goodman Gallery. Photo credit: H. van der Veen.


Minnette Vári: Of Darkness and of Light and

On the Trail of Qing and Orpen Standard Bank Gallery Cnr Frederick and Harrison Streets, Johannesburg 30 January to 26 March 2016 Monday to Friday 8am – 4.30pm and Saturdays 9am – 1pm Tel: 011 631 4467

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outoftheCUBE outoftheCUBE: our new format archive … outoftheCUBE has been upgrading the site’s archive page, adapting it towards creating a more user-friendly research function. It features six new tabs: artists/curators/collaborators; exhibitions; outoftheCUBE curators’ statements and interviews; a link to the outoftheCUBE issuu online catalogue page; and writings/catalogues contributed by other authors. Please visit!! Sanlam Art Lounge Nita Spilhaus (1878-1967): Paintings, Drawing and Graphics, Nita Spilhaus, 25/02/2016 - 22/04/2016, 6th Floor, 11 Alice Lane, Sandton, T. 011 7786210, Stefan.Hundt@sanlam., Springs Art Gallery The Springs Art is the only Civic Gallery in the whole of Ekurhuleni. Artists can book the gallery space for a limited period and cover minimal costs of running the exhibition. Artists need to approach the gallery by submitting proposal with portfolios of their works for consideration. We review artist submissions on a rolling basis, Springs, T. 011 999 8726/7,,

Fried Contemporary Art Gallery Current exhibition: Dead Bunny Society: Death and Taxes, 21/01 until 20/02/16. Collectors Room: Hans Wilschut: Early Morning Observations, 21/01/16 until 05/03/16. We are a contemporary art gallery based in Brooklyn, Pretoria. info@friedcontemporary. com. 1146 Justice Mahomed Street, Brooklyn. 012 346 0158.

Pretoria Art Museum Weaving to Inspire. Join us at the Pretoria Art Museum for an exhibition of the Pretoria Weaver’s Guild’s recent output. You might just be inspired to take up weaving yourself., Pretoria Weavers’ Guild and Johannesburg Weavers’ Guild, 30/01/2016 till 27/03/2016, Arcadia, T. 012 3586750,, Pretoria Kunskamer / Art Gallery SA Old Masters, selected established contemporary art, Ongoing, Waterkloof Heights,,

UJ Art Gallery Exhibits contemporary South African art and group exhibitions by younger generation artists, APK Campus, Auckland Park. T. 011 5592099,, ArtsandCulture/Pages/home.aspx Pretoria Association of Arts Pretoria Joan Bender-Fourie restrospective exhibition, Joan Bender-Fourie, 12/02/2016 till 2/03/2016, T. 012 3463100,, www.artsassociationpta. Centurion Art Gallery A commercial satellite of the Pretoria Art Museum, Moreletapark, T. 012 3583477,, www.pretoriaartmuseum. Chris Tugwell Art Gallery The Chris Tugwell Galleries, in existence for over fifty years, showcase work from some of South Africa’s most exciting and talented artists. This includes paintings, ceramics, glass and limited edition bronzes and sculptures by well-known South African masters, Brooklyn, Pretoria, T. 012 346 0925, info@christugwell.,

3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Rd), Durban tel: +27 31 312 0793

Durban Art Gallery KwaZulu-Natal Collections – an exhibition of works from the permanent collection of the KZN Museum Services, Various artists and art institutions of KwaZulu-Natal, 11 February 2016, Durban Art Gallery, From Codesa to present, Various artists who participated in the Art Gallery’s exhibition based workshops at INK Creative Center, 25/02/2016, T. 031 3112264, Thulani.Makhaye@, KZNSA Invisible, 2016 Annual Members’ Exhibition, 26/01/2016 till 14/02/2016, Glenwood, Durban, T. 031 2771 705,, www.

Carnegie Art Gallery Newcastle, KZN. T. 034 3287622,,

Stevenson Mawande Ka Zenzile, solo exhibition, 04/02/2016 till 11/04/2016, Braamfontein, T. 011 4031055/1908,, www.


St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery Peter Sibanda, Portrait of a Sister, 101 x 71 cm Oil on canvas Current Exhibition: Andre Naude Solo Exhibition titled: Ornament. Opened: 25 October 2015, until 13 December 2015 492 Fehrsen Str, Brooklyn Circle, 012 460 0284

UNISA Art Gallery Contemporary South African and international art, New Muckleneuk, Pretoria, T. 012 4415876,, www.unisa.

KZ Natal Ballito Imbizo Gallery ‘Wayward Dreams’ – an evocative & thought provoking collection of sculpture and paintings ranging from the whimsical to the absurd. Steal a glimpse at the workings of these poetic minds, Marke Meyer, Carl Roberts, Elizabeth Balcom, Gerhard van Eck, Terri Broll Hannetjie de Clercq, 07/01/2016 - 16/02/2016, Ballito, T. 032 9461937,, www.

Makiwa Gallery Makiwa Gallery in Umhlanga Rocks, owned by renowned artist Makiwa Mutomba. Fine South African Art for discerning art collectors of paintings and sculpture, open everyday-9:30 am5:30pm. +27 (0)31 561 1194. Makiwa Mutomba, Anton Gericke, Barry Jackson, Brendan Broedelet, Coral Spencer, Elbe van Rooyen, Ian Hertslet, Kobus Nel, Marlien van Heerden, Nicole Pletts, Llewellyn Owen Davies, Sarah Richards, Shaune Rogatschnig, Tony De Freitas, Willy Reekmans, 01/02/2016 till 29/02/2016, Umhlanga Rocks, T. 031 5611194,, www. Gallery Umhlanga Framing specialist, Umhlanga, T. 031 5612199,,

Art Gallery and ‘artisan’ studio spaces.


Standard Bank Gallery T. 011 6311889, arts@,

Swelco Studio A revolving exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture and photography featuring a range of artists such as Ndabuko Ntuli, Patrick de Mervelec, Daniel Novela and Allen Hallett, amongst others. Shop L38, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, T. 011 0266588,,

Starting 1 March 2016 the home to: artSPACE durban gallery and artSPACE durban studios.

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Tatham Art Gallery Building History: Drawings and prints of historic Pietermaritzburg buildings by Carola Brotherton. This exhibition from the Gallery’s permanent collection comprises pen and ink drawings and lino prints of a number of Victorian and Edwardian buildings in the centre of Pietermaritzburg. Carola focused on the exteriors of the buildings, often emphasizing the two-dimensional character of their cast iron decoration. On this exhibition each building is juxtaposed with a photographic image of what was found at that street address in August 2015, 07/02/2016 till 22/05/2016, Pietermaritzburg, T. 033 3922801,, www. The Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery at Butterflies for Africa, Henri’s Love Story, Sandi Beukes exhibition “Henri de Paris”. Series of work follows the life and loves of “Henri” in the form of acrylic, pastel and monotype creations showcasing yesteryear Paris. Three short videos using the artworks further bring the story to life, 1/01/2016 till 30/3/2016, Pietermaritzburg, T. 033 3871356, art@butterflies.,

Mpumalanga Graskop Le Gallerie Restoration, Maria Koch, Gustavo Vink, Anica, Jana Branca, Wendy Malan, Michael Heyns, Cornelius Bosch, Christian Nice, Munro, Gerrit Pitout, Roema Photography, Ongoing, T. 013 7671093,, www.

White River The Artists’ Press One of the largest and most vibrant community and professional printmaking facilities in Southern Africa, Waterfield Farm near White River. T. 013 7513225, richard@artistspress., The Loop Art Foundry & Sculpture Gallery A collaboration and network for the avid art patron and collector as well as a full service facility for the artist, White River, T. 013 7582409, theloop@, The White River Gallery Exhibits contemporary and investment art on a monthly basis, White River, C. 0836758833,, www.

Northern Cape Kimberley William Humphreys Art Gallery Contemporary South African Ceramics collection, Henrietta Ngako Nico Masemola Fani Madoda and more, 01/01/2016 till 31/12/2016,, Civic Centre. T. 053 8311724/5

Hoedspruit Imbizo Gallery New Art 2016, Vanessa Lomas, Linda Lemon, Marke Meyer, Cheryl Walker, Jean Arundel, Vince Reid, Christine Lamberth, Keith Calder, Allen Hallet, Sarah Richards and Tony Riley, 01/02/2016 till 29/02/2016, Hoedspruit Central, T. 087 808 2826,, www.

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

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CHRIS DENOVAN Portrait of Vanessa

SOLO EXHIBITION BY CHRIS DENOVAN 20th February - 12th March 2016

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

38 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands | Tel: 021 876 4280 Email: |

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ilse schermers art gallery 11 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 021 876 2071 Gallery hours: Weekdays 09h00 – 17h00 Weekends 10h00 –17h00 While parts of the world have seen the worst floods in years, South Africa is in the throes of its severest drought since 1982. South Africa relies on water-harvesting, and dams and lakes are a central part of this endeavour. Renowned sculptor, Gavin Younge, responds to these issues in a doubly-framed series of ‘folded’ metal sculptures, and redrawn, topographic landscapes. The sculptures look abstract, but are, in fact, accurate representations of the outlines of six dams and lakes in South Africa. These outlines, delineated by topographic contour lines, have been removed from the steel plate and exist as absences – metonyms for desire as, in most cases, these dams are never full.

Younge is concerned with metamorphosis, with landscapes built from words – heavy words – like Land Acts, Removals, Restitution. In six ‘maps’ of different parts of South Africa, Younge has superimposed hand-drawn alien plants. Following the Camaroffs, Younge’s palimpsests ask, ‘when will invasive plants become an urgent political question?’

Water Matters an exhibition of folded, metal sculptures, and

Redrawn Territories six, imaginary geographies by GAVIN YOUNGE Exhibition runs from 24 Jan until 29 Feb 2016


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

Lichtenburg Jonel Scholtz Art Gallery Ongoing exhibition of SA artist, Jonel Scholtz, Avril Hatting, At Botha, Johan Smith, Isabelle le Roux, Bert van Wyk, Munro, Nick Oosthuizen, Lichtenburg/Welgevonden Farm Coligny, C. 0828538621,, www.

Western Cape Cape Town ArtB Gallery, Bellville Platform for visual art and artists in the Western Cape to raise public awareness of art., Bellville, T. 021 9171197, artbellville@gmail. com, Artvark Gallery New Corrugated iron paintings by Mark Hilltout, Mark Hilltout, 01/01/2016 till 01/03/2016, Kalk Bay, T. 021 7885584, artvark@, Barnard Gallery Furture Present, 09/02/2016 till 15/03/2016, Newlands, T. 021 6711553, www. Candice Berman Gallery The Maasai Collection, Kimberly Gundle, 17/02/2016 till 06/04/2016, Woodstock. Carmel Art Dealers in fine art and distributors of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings, Green Point, T. 021 4213333,, Casa Labia Gallery The main gallery hosts the selected works of various contemporary printmakers. Running concurrently is ‘A Man and His Thoughts’, an exhibition of works drawn from the Peter Clarke Collection. Selected artists including Joshua Miles and Theo Paul Vorster, running alongside Peter Clarke, Muizenberg, T. 021 7886068, gallery@casalabia.,

South African Print Gallery Casa Labia Selection of New Woodblock Prints by Joshua Miles Almost District Six Reduction Woodblock T. 021 7886068,,

Iziko SA National Gallery Studio, Celebrating the lives and works of South African Artists, 10/12/2015 till 30/09/2016, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4674660,,

Diedericks Faber Fine Art Private Collection, Diane Victor, Colbert Mashile, Norman Catharine, Anton Karstel, Conrad Botes, Anton Kannemeyer, Hanneke Benade, Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, Steven Cohen, Hannelie Taute, Claudette Schreuders, Christiaan Diedericks, 01/12/2015 till 12/02/2016,,

Johans Borman Fine Art Joan Bender-Fourie retrospective exhibition, Joan Bender-Fourie, 12/02/2016 till 2/03/2016, Newlands, T. 021 6836863,, www.

Gallery F Cape Town, T. 021 4234423, gavin@, Goodman Gallery Sue Williamson, 04/02/2016 till 02/03/2016, Woodstock, T. 021 4627567,,

Potchefstroom North-West University Gallery Albus and Foreign Nationals, “Albus” by Justin Dingwall and “Foreign Nationals by Aldo Brincat , 18/02/2016 till 08/04/2016, Potchefstroom, North-West University, T. 018 2994341,,

34 Fine Art From The Gallery Collection, Takashi Murakami, AME72, Mr. Brainwash, Sir Peter Blake, Eric Haacht, BAMBI, Norman Catherine, William Kentridge, Esther Mahlangu, Jade Doreen Waller, Asha Zero, 7/01/2016 till 10/03/2016, Woodstock, T. 021 4611863,,

Die Kunskamer (Established in 1971), Celebrating 44 years in SA Art, Fresnaye, Sea Point, Cape Town, T. 021 4349529,, www. Eatwell Art Gallery Open Studio, Lynne-Marie Eatwell, Eric Oswald Eatwell, Mags Eatwell, Noordhoek, T. 021 7892767,,

G2 Art We are a permanent gallery in the vibey Cape Town CBD. Offering a diverse range of painting, mixed media and sculpture by South African artists, including Jimmy Law, Nicole Pletts, Kelly John Gough and Christiaan Diedericks, Vanessa Berlein amongst many others, Cape Town, T. 021 4247169,, www.g2art.

EBONY Cape Town Summer Show, Anna Ploeg, Rentia Retief, Hayden Phipps, Simphiwe Ndzube, Ronald Muchatuta, Neo Matloga, Thomas Cartwright, Ferdinand Kidd and many more, 04/02/2016 till 01/03/2016, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4249985,,

Jan Royce Gallery Contemporary art from around the world, City Bowl, T. 021 4221624, 825669625,

Kalk Bay Modern Contemporary art gallery and craft shop, Kalk Bay, T. 021 7886571, kbmodern@, Kalk Bay Sculpture Studio Sculpture Studio and Fine Arts Foundry, Jean Tiran, Pete Strydom, Chris Bladen, Gilbert Banda, Ongoing, Kalk Bay, T. 021 7888736, Da Vinci Contemporary Gallery Liza Grobler, Catherine O’Cholla, Astrid Gebhardt, Vanessa Berlien, Gideon Appah, 18/01/2016 till 18/02/2016, CBD, C. 0837456073,, www. Lesley Charnock Art Gallery Working studio and gallery of Lesley Charnock and Helen van Stolk. Open 7 days a week, Montebello Design Centre, Newlands Avenue, Newlands. Visit and for further details., Helen van Stolk, Lesley Charnock, Montebello, Newlands, C. 0824241033,,

Eclectica Art & Antiques Purveyors of antiques, furniture, bespoke pieces of objet d’arts & fineart, incl. SA Masters, Wynberg, T. 021 7627983, melissa@, Eclectica Design & Art Mirrored Dialogue. The latest exhibition at the gallery, thus seeks to critically unpack the recurrence of portraiture and the symbolism of mirroring in the gallery space. Anthea Delmotte, Chris Denovan, Loyiso Mkize, Lars Fischedick, Sarah Danes, Jarrett Albert, Coertse Natasha Barnes, 04/2/201607/04/2016, Cape Town, T. 021 4220327,, www. Eclectica Modern Gallery An eclectic mix of paintings and sculptures by leading contemporary S.A. Artists, 9A Cavendish Street, Claremont, T. 021 6717315,, www.

Everard Read, V & A Waterfront *Wayne Barker 3rd February – 29th February The World that changed the Image. Cape Town Art Fair 19th -21st February Everard Read / CIRCA - Main Section – Booth B7. Thania Petersen, Queen Colonaaiers and her Weapons of Mass Destruction -Special Project Section ‘Tomorrows/Today’* T. 021 4184527,,

Heather Auer Art & Sculpture Gallery Quayside Centre. Wharf Street, Simon’s Town, 7975 South Africa Tel/Fax +27 (0)21 7827321 Mobile +27 (0)827792695

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

Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery Dealers in Contemporary South African Fine Art (& the Old Masters) and picture framing. 114 Kendal Rd, Eversdal, Durbanville, 7550

99 Loop Gallery 27.01 - 20.02.2016: ‘Imprint|Blueprint’ Stefan Smit & Chris Valentine. ‘The End is the Beginning is the End’ - Fayrooz Abader, Heidi Fourie, Jac Hamman, David Theron, Ben Winfield. ‘Echo’ - Andrew Hart Adler, Daniel Clarke, Adriaan Diedericks, Lizza Littlewort, Khaya Sineyile. 19 - 21.02.2016: Cape Town Art Fair 99 Loop Str, cnr Church, gallery@99loop. / / 021 422 3766




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Michaelis Galleries Hours: 11:00- 16:00 Tuesday to Friday, Town’s historic Hiddingh Campus. This year promises to delight its viewers with variety, innovation and fresh perspectives. Exhibited in over 30 spaces, there is an exciting engagement with various media including Painting, Sculpture, Photography and New Media and Printmaking. Along with the launch of an extensive accompanying catalogue, a map is also available to ensure that is nothing missed. Please join us at the opening for refreshments, and the chance to snap up the work of upcoming artists, on the cusp of their promising careers, T. 021 4807170, nkule.mabaso@uct.,

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,,


Red! The Gallery Artist Solly Smook “Elle” Mixed Media Red! The Gallery & Cafe, Steenberg Village Shopping Centre, Reddam Avenue, Tokai Phone: Gallery 021 7010886 Cafe: 021 7024466 Email: Website:

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Smith Gallery Exile, Michael Linders, 17/02/2016 till 16/03/2016, 56 Church Street, candace@ Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection WILDERNESS – 02 - 26 March 2016 A solo exhibition of recent paintings by Cathy Layzell. Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection 91 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town 021-424-6930, Sanlam Art Gallery Sanlam Art Collection Selected Works, Irma Stern, Alexis Preller, Maggie Laubser, Maude Sumner, Kenneth Bakker, Harry Trevor, Cecil Skotnes, JH Pierneef, Erik Laubscher, Andrew Murray, Freid Locke and many others, 9/12/2015 - 29/04/2016, Bellville, T. 021 9473359,, www.

*Red Room We support talent, swing by and adventure through our new works by up-and-coming Johannesburg artists. Red Room promises a show of strong collectors pieces making a statement in your contemporary home. Call us for an appointment. 62 Mount Rhodes Drive, Hout Bay 071 602 1908 -*

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Stevenson Dealing in contemporary art from South Africa as well as Africa, Woodstock, T. 021 4621500,, www.stevenson. info/

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Quincy’s Antiques Art and Collectables Art, Antiques, Curios & Gifts, Rondebosch, T. 021 6851986,

Dealers in Fine Art Investment Prints Image: Penny Siopis Sleeping Baby, 2007 Colour Screenprint on Handmade Paper

StateoftheART Gallery Permanent gallery in the heart of Cape Town offering a diverse selection of works by emerging South African artists, Chris Denovan, Claude Chandler, Lisette Forsyth, Janet Botes, Pascale Chandler & Jodi Hugo, amongst others, T. 0 21 8014710,

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Provenance Auction House Our 4th birthday auction, 4 year fabulous, 25/11/2015, T. 021 4618009,, www.

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South African Jewish Museum Monday to Thursday 10am - 5:00pm, Fridays 10:00am - 2:00pm, Saturday: Closed, Sunday:10am5:00pm, Gardens, T. 021 4651546, gavin@, www.sajewishmuseum. South African Society of Artists SASA was founded to cater specifically to the practicing artist. We hold four exhibitions annually, Cape Town Central, T. 021 6718941, gchambers@mweb.,

The AVA Gallery Showcasing contemporary South African art in all media, 35 Church Str, Cape Town, 8001, T. 021 4247436,, www.ava. The Cape Gallery Candy Man - a solo exhibition of paintings by Derek Drake, Derek Drake, 31/01/2016 till 20/02/2016, A solo exhibition of work by Rachelle Bomberg, Rachelle Bomberg, 21/02/2016 till 12/03/2016, Cape Town, T. 021 4235309,, www. The Framing Place Conservation framing, framing of art, Block mounting and Block frames, Observatory, T. 021 4473988, info@framingplace., UCT Irma Stern Museum Days of the Iguana, photography from Grenada, West Indies by Tessa Frootko Gordon, Tessa Frootko Gordon, 13/02/2016 till 05/13/2016, Rosebank, T. 021 6855686,, www. Wall Art Gallery Domicile: An Exhibition Of Works Featuring Celebrated South African Artist’s Musings Of Place And Space, Peter Clarke, Alfred Krenz, John Koenekeefe Mohl, Welcome Mandla Koboko, Piet van Heerden, Christo Coetzee, open now, V&A Waterfront, T. 021 4181953,,

Atelier at 1 unie Private on going viewing of Contemporary fine art and sculpture by Johannes du Plessis at his studio, by appointment, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764382, johannes.dup@, Art in the Yard Chris Denovan Solo Exhibition, This selection of paintings emulates a confidence and understanding of the importance of celebrating and documenting the fragility and supremacy of humankind. The artist has elevated his subjects which are already found on a pedestal revealing the true beauty that the artist sees in nature and humans. He has quietly attributed a greater sense of power to the sitter by highlighting the sitters and all mankind’s delight of attention and enjoyment of one’s own beauty. The scale of the paintings gives them even greater grandeur, as they are larger than life and demand attention from the viewer. The artist’s inclusion of nature by adorning his subjects with a wreath of beautiful flowers is done to not only heighten the aesthetics of the work but also to give greater meaning to the idea of beauty within time. When one sees a painted flower, an element in natures whose life cycle is one of the quickest we are reminded sharply of the fragility of life and death. In all of these works the artist is trying to capture a moment in-between these two states, the moments when the flower is at its most beautiful and tenuous; in full bloom, 20/02/2016 till 06/03/2016, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764280, lizelle@, EBONY Curated, New work by Andrew Barlow, Ashleigh Olsen, Donald Madge, Duggie Du Toit, Sibusisu Duma, Grace Kotze and more on display as well as the usual mix of great South African craft and design, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764477,, www.ebonydesign. IS Art Gavin Younge extends his reputation with audacious, folded-metal sculptures and imaginary geographies from his Redrawn Territories series. In obscure ways, they pose questions about the environment and climate change, Gavin Younge, 24/01/2016 till 29/02/2016, 11 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, T. 021 8762071, gallery@isart. Makiwa Gallery For the discerning Art Collectors of Fine South African paintings and sculptures. Owned by renowned Artist, MAKIWA MUTOMBA, also showcasing other respected South African Artists. Open Monday – Sunday 8:30–5:30. Anton Gericke, Brendan Broedelet, Elbe van Rooyen, Ian Hertslet, Kobus Nel, Makiwa Mutomba Marlien Van Heerden, Roelof Rossouw, Sarah Richards, Shaune Rotagschnig, Tony De Freitas, Willy Reekmans, 1/02/2016 till 29/02/2016, Franschhoek, T. 021 8762600,, www.




Visit Graham’s Fine Art Gallery at booth C5 where we will be exhibiting contemporary artists such as, Justus Jager, Frank van Hemert and Jennifer Morrison; and at booth PP1 South African masters, such as Irma Stern, Alexis Preller, J H Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto, Maggie Laubser and Walter Battiss will be on view. 19 - 21 February 2016 Cape Town International Convention Centre


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George Crouse Art Gallery Contemporary South African Artists, George, Eden Meander Shop 31, T. 044 8870361,, www. Wonki Ware Di Marshall pottery. South African Dinnerware and Table Accessories, George, T. 044 8841883,, www.

Gordons Bay Ndiza Gallery Drone, Arlene-Amaler-Raviv, 04/03/2016, Gordon’s Bay, T. 0762 285046,

Great Brak River Art@39Long Trendy boutique gallery on the Garden Route. Beautiful selection of art and craft on trend with national and international movements. Can also be used as a venue for special occasions, Great Brakriver, C. 0825763338, artat39long@,

Hermanus Abalone Gallery Mining our Heritage (Main Gallery), Jeannette Unite: Solo exhibition, Annex gallery: Group exhibition, 13/02/2016, Hermanus, T. 028 3132935,, www.

Walker Bay Art Gallery Leading specialist in South African Art and features a new Contemporary Gallery. Wide variety of paintings, sculptures, glass and ceramics., Hermanus, T. 028 312 2928,, www.

Langebaan Bay Gallery Summer Exhibition - Art in the heart of Langebaan in Marra Square, Bree St., Langebaan,, the ART SQUARE studio/gallery The ART SQUARE offers a creative and social platform where the artist and public can meet. Solo exhibitions every last Thursday of the month. West Coast hospitality - everyone welcome, Langebaan,, ThePumpkinHouse and

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

Rossouw Modern Hermanus First Friday on 5 February. Join us between 5 - 8 pm to view 16 galleries, 300 Artists, 4000 Paintings and 200 Sculptures and Ceramics in the CBD. Visit www. or call Terry on 083 259 8869 for more info, T. 028 3132222,, www.

Rupert Museum South African artists, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8883344,, The South African Print Gallery Summer selection of beautifully Crafted prints Theo Paul Vorster, “Flying Fish” Linocut 083 749 2719

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

Stellenbosch Art at Tokara Photographic landscapes, Thomas Ferreira, 15/02/15 till 08/05/2015, Crest of the Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch, T. 011 7880820,,

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Oude Libertas Gallery The art gallery hosts the Afrigami Project with a permanent Art Installation called Reflections., Stellenbosch - c/o Adam Tas and Libertas roads, T. 021 8098412,, www.oudelibertas. Palette Fine Art Gallery Palette Art Gallery specializes in bronzes and paintings from local artists, Lydia da Silva, Tony da Silva, Mariette van Velden, Claudia Meyer, Tay Dall, Carol Norvall, Ruth Brunskill, Winnie Eaton, Vicky Sanders, Leon Muller, James Cook, Wendu du Plessis, Carla Mulder, Carol Bradley, Jana Neethling Winnie Eaton, Ongoing, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8550908, paletteartgallery1@,

Knysna Fine Art Recent work by, Liberty Battson, Tamlin Blake and Colbert Mashile, 01/03/2016 till 31/03/2016, Knysna, T. 044 3825107, gallery@,

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

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Frans Mulder - Solo Exhibition - ‘Observation and Transference’ - This exhibition shows the lives of Wild Dogs at their den by means of observing them, reflecting in the artist mind the power and constant movement of them, and then transferring that information to large sheets of paper. Opening Saturday 27 February 2016 at 12.30 pm - on until 14 March.

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Slee Gallery It’s About Time - Vanités Végétales and Animals and Time Coded Landscapes Olivier Chaulieu French Artist first exhibition in South Africa, 14/02/2016 till 26/02/2016 Stellenbosch, T. 021 8873385carla@slee. SMAC Art Gallery Stellenbosch, T. 021 887360,, info@smacgallery. com, Stellenbosch Art Gallery 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,, www.stellenboschartgallery. Teresa Decinti Fine Art Gallery Vibrant summer exhibition in Church Street Stellenbosch, where Teresa exhibits her watercolour paintings with panoramic views, including animal and bird paintings and oils, also exhibits sculptors of bronze works and ceramic artists. 3 Eikehoff Church Street, Teresa Decinti, David Francois Rabie, sketches Dr Fana Malherbe, Graham Taylor, Letter Maqabuko bronze sculptures, Martin Swart ceramics, Nico Liebenberg Nana Wagner’s handprinted textiles, February till March, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8828511,, US Museum The Chair - a site-specific intervention at the Stellenbosch University Museum using museology-as-medium, the museum’s cultural history and anthropology collections are reconsidered through collaborative performance; video and photographic work. Curated by Greer Valley, Department of Visual Arts, Stellenbosch University, 19/11/2015 20/02/2016, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8083695,

Tulbagh Saronsberg Cellar Modern South African Collection, Paul du Toit, Angus Taylor, Colbert Mashile, Diane Victor, Walter Battiss, Norman Catherine, Rina Stutzer, Claudette Schreuder, Brett Murray, Lionel Smit, Ruhan Janse van Vuuren, Jacques Coetzer, Kevin Roberts, Sarah Ballam, Tulbagh, T.023 2300707,,




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The South African Sale BONHAMS | LONDON

Jacob Hendrick Pierneef, Free State Landscape, oil on board. Estimate: R 1,440,360 – R 2,160,542

The next sale of South African art at Bonhams will take place in London on 16 March 2016. Highlights include two oils by the grande dame of South African painting, Irma Stern (1894-1966), a view of the Free State by the celebrated landscape artist, J.H. Pierneef (1886-1957), and an important experimental composition by Stanley Pinker (1924-2012). The top lot, Stern’s Swazi Youth (estimate: ZAR 4,801,200 – 7,201,800) was painted in 1929 during the artist’s first tour of the African continent. During this decade, she visited Umgababa, the northern Transvaal, Zululand, Natal, Swaziland and Pondoland, capturing her impressions in a series of vibrant and colourful portraits. The painting depicts a native Swazi boy reposing in a verdant, hilly landscape. Stern’s romanticised portrayal of man in a state of nature reflects the influence of German Expressionist artists, with whom she trained from 1917-1920. These artists were disillusioned with the artifice of modern urban society, turning instead to the preindustrialised world in their search for authenticity. These ideas are given visual expression inSwazi Youth; the young boy carelessly stretches his arms behind his head, free from the constraints of urbane social conventions. Behind him, lush green hills roll within a harmonious and tranquil Eden. The painting was purchased from Stern when the previous owner visited her studio with the artist’s great friend, Roza van Gelderen.

Another highlight by Irma Stern is a flower painting dating to the mid-1930s, Still life with anemones (estimate: ZAR 4,321,085 – 5,281,325). Also from a private collection, the oil is a visual assault on the senses, with its strong colour palette and sensual application of paint. The broad, vigorous brushstrokes reflect the artist’s emotional state at the time of execution. After suffering a minor nervous breakdown following her divorce, Stern returned to her Cape Town residence, the Firs. Her beloved garden was a source of great comfort to her. Each afternoon, she would select flowers to take back to her studio. The catharsis Stern derived from painting Still life with anemones and other flowerpieces invests these works with great emotional potency. A large and unusual composition by Stanley Pinker, Thoughts on the Té Hé Gla, Blé Gla and Gbona Gla, bears one of the highest estimates (ZAR 1,920,482 – 2,880,723). Previously in the collection of the artist, the work has never before been offered at auction. The canvas is one of Pinker’s more experimental compositions; found objects project beyond the picture frame, spilling into the viewer’s space. The background is a chequerboard of squares, providing a backdrop for the two centrally positioned protagonists. ‘The dancer’, on the left, is more machine than man. Behind the mask-like face, pistons pump and pipes drain. ‘The singer’ to the right is no more human. The canine form sits on

top of a chamber pot whilst playing a horn; a wry indication that his musical talent is equal only to his ordure. The title of the piece, Thoughts on the Té Hé Gla, Blé Gla and Gbona Gla, refers to the wisdom masks worn by the Dan people of Liberia to frighten away evil spirits. Unlike the masked Dan performers, Pinker’s figures are totally devoid of knowledge and power. The canvas offers an ironic and witty critique of modern society, whilst simultaneously challenging formal preconceptions about what a painting should and can be. A major oil on board by J.H. Pierneef, Free State landscape (ZAR 1,440,360 – 2,160,542) will also be offered in March. The painting was executed in 1936 when the artist was at the height of his powers. The geometric experimentalism that characterised his works of the early thirties had by this point settled into a more assured style. The trees in the foreground are dwarfed by the monumental mountain range behind. There are no figures or farm dwellings to detract from the sublimity of the landscape. The painting is a celebration of nature in its purest form, elevated above the particulars of time and season. The sale will include further works by these South African masters, as well as sculptures from the likes of Lucas Sithole (1931-1994), Gerard Sekoto (19131993), and Dylan Lewis (born 1964). 15


Big Gains and a Sad Loss in 2015 STRAUSS & CO. | CAPE TOWN & JOHANNESBURG painters Zander Blom and Georgina Gratrix. A month before he passed away on 25 The unexpected passing of Welz at December 2015, distinguished art expert the end of 2015 leavened the tone of and auctioneer Stephan Welz presided over celebration and triumph that concluded yet another successful sale at Strauss & Co Strauss & Co’s 2015 sale season. when, on 9 November, he knocked down “Stephan will be deeply mourned by all painter Alexis Preller’s oil and gesso work of us,” commented Elizabeth Bradley in her The Creation of Adam I (1968) for R8.5 chairman’s report. “His foresight in creating million in Johannesburg. The extraordinary a legacy of unparalleled experience, a sale result established a new South African repository of priceless knowledge and a record for this enigmatic painter. unique cultural ethos will ensure that his Welz presided over numerous records, successors will be inspired and equipped including the 1981 sale of an Anton van to continue to drive the company onwards Wouw bronze portraying a solitary black and upwards.” mineworker with pneumatic rock drill for Vanessa Phillips and Bina Genovese R80,000, at the time a national record. But succeed Welz as the company’s joint 2015 was in many ways a very special year managing directors. A specialist in furniture, for Welz and the company he cofounded silver, ceramics, glass and jewellery, in 2009 with a consortium of business Phillips worked alongside Welz for three leaders and industry experts, including Elisabeth Bradley, Conrad Strauss, Vanessa Highlight for Cape Town Strauss & Co. Auction on 14 March 2016: Maggie Laubser, decades, as did Genovese, who also holds important international experience from her Phillips, Ann Palmer and Bina Genovese. Birds and Boats, signed, oil on canvas, laid out on board, 39,5 x 49,5 cm. time at Christie’s in Italy. Genovese fulfils For the first time in the company’s Estimate: R700 000 – 900 000 auctioneering, marketing and business history its turnover surpassed R200 While sculpture often captured the headlines, it was administration functions at the company. million – a sum unrivalled by any auction house dealing in They are assisted by leading experts, including director South African art in a single year. The impressive turnover painting that underpinned the company’s solid performance reflected a 16.83% growth in sales over the previous year. again in 2015. At the same March sale Welz’s gavel emeritus Ann Palmer and senior specialist Emma Bedford, The company’s robust year-on-year sales have catapulted registered another world record when J’accuse (1995), formerly a senior curator and head of art collections at it to a leading position in the local art auction business, a a portrait of Captain Alfred Dreyfus by painter Robert the Iziko South African National Gallery and director of claim corroborated by research undertaken by Professor Hodgins, sold for R2.5 million. Later in the year another Goodman Gallery, Cape Town. Welz, who was mentored Johannes W. Fedderke, a prominent South African military-themed painting by Hodgins, Clubmen of America: by art dealer Reinhold Cassirer, recognised the importance Academy Cadets (2002), sold for R1.59 million, doubling of professional lineages. He shared of his immense skills economist. and insights with a new generation of young specialists The company has the highest market share amongst its pre-sale estimate. Alongside Hodgins, a host of other painters posted at Strauss & Co, including Jacqui Carney and Alastair the three leading auction houses specialising in South African art globally. The quality, depth and diversity of its solid gains at auction in 2015. They included expressionist Meredith in Johannesburg, and Kirsty Rich and Alex offerings saw Strauss & Co establish 21 new artist records painter Wolf Kibel, whose late-1930s portrait of his son, Richards in Cape Town. Every year Strauss & Co hosts four live auctions, two in 2015, the highest ever achieved by the company in a Joseph, achieved R2.95 million. Erik Laubscher also performed well, his Women Arranging Flowers (1951), apiece in Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as four single year. Alongside Preller, another 2015 highlight was the painted shortly before the artist returned to Cape Town online auctions. Strauss & Co will kick-start its 2016 November sale of a rare 1911 bronze sculpture by Van from Paris, selling for just over R2 million, a record for the sales programme with an auction at the Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, on 14 March, followed by its first Johannesburg Wouw entitled Miner with Hand Drill (1911). Two years ago artist. A year after the successful sale of the Harry Lits sale on 23 May. Lot consignments are carefully considered Strauss & Co sold an edition of this coveted work, cast at the Massa foundry in Rome, for R2 million. In November, Collection by Strauss & Co in 2014, works associated with before acceptance, ensuring a distilled selection of the Welz knocked down the Utrecht-born master’s tour de art dealer Egon Guenther’s feted Amadlozi Group continue exemplary works for sale. Highlights from the forthcoming Cape Town sale include to attract bidders – and set records. Cecily Sash’s Target force in realism for R4.77 million. Sculpture was also central to one of the year’s biggest Composition I (1974), a semi-abstract painting by this a vivid Hodgins canvas titled Bad Man with Great Threads surprises. In 1938, Ernest Mancoba left South Africa for founding member of the Amadlozi, achieved R511,560, (estimate R700,000-R900,000) and an important early Paris where he pursued abstract painting. Mancoba was a record for the artist. A 1982 wood sculpture depicting Walter Battiss, Red Rock (estimate R600,000-R900,000). however trained as a sculptor. In June, Strauss & Co sold a traditional healer by Lucas Sithole, a star pupil of Cecil Strauss & Co, which is distinguished by its competitive a rare Mancoba woodcarving portraying a figure playing Skotnes and Sydney Kumalo, achieved R545,664, commission rates, currently holds the world auction record for Hodgins and Battiss (African Figures, 1950, sold in a skapu for R613,872. It was the first ever Mancoba surpassing its pre-sale high estimate. Despite intensifying economic headwinds in 2015 and 2012 for R2.56 million). sculpture offered at auction in South Africa. A record price is an important yardstick in the auction “The results for 2015 confirm the strength of the South devaluation of the rand, Strauss & Co posted consistently African art market,” commented Welz on the vigorous gains strong sales across all the major categories in which it business and since its inception in 2009 Strauss & Co posted by Strauss & Co in his valediction year. “There is an trades. An important Régence ormolu-mounted rosewood has set numerous benchmark prices, notably for William undeniable appetite for high quality art that represents the commode once housed at Vergelegen Estate sold for R2.5 Kentridge, JH Pierneef, Gerard Sekoto and Irma Stern. It million, besting its pre-sale estimate by a considerable sum. holds records for many treasured South African artists, best examples of an artist’s work.” Interest in contemporary art, which in 2013 saw Strauss including Jane Alexander, Wim Botha, Gwelo Goodman, These bullish sentiments were already discernable at the company’s March sale in Cape Town. “You’re & Co sell an untitled student work by Jane Alexander from Sydney Kumalo, Frans Oerder, Lucas Sithole and Cecil halfway to heaven,” quipped Welz to a bidder shortly 1986 for a record price of R5.45 million, continued. The Skotnes. The emergence of contemporary art as a before knocking down Ed Young’s super-realist prosthetic company in 2015 established reliable benchmark prices strong sub-category in its offering bodes well for Strauss sculpture portraying retired Anglican bishop Desmond for a number of living artists, including mixed-media artists & Co, especially as it sets out to consolidate its alreadyNorman Catherine and Athi-Patra Ruga, as well as young impressive gains in 2016. Tutu, Arch (2010), for R852,600. 14


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Robert Hodgins, Bad Man in Great Threads, signed, dated 1997, inscribed on reverse with the medium and “Begun on 27/6/97. My 77th birthday”, charcoal and oil on canvas, 120 x 90cm. Estimate: R700 000 – R 900 000


Pablo Picasso (Spain, 1881-1973), Still Life With Spoon Dish, 1952, earthenware with glaze, stamped ‘Empreinte Originale de Picasso’ and ‘Madoura Plein Feu’, 33 cm x 33cm, Edition: 44/200. Estimate: R30 000 – R40 000

Robert Gwelo Goodman (SA, 1871-1939) Still life flowers on a table (detail), oil, 92 x 75 cm



10 March 2016 at 10am Ashbey’s Galleries, 43 Church Street, Cape Town Tel: 021 423 8060 | email: More info:

12 – 22 February 2016 Strauss Online: straussonline Tel: 011 728 8246 | email:

Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Buiskop, Warmbad, stamped with the artist’s studio stamp, inscribed with the title and dated Junie 1937 in pencil, pencil and watercolour, 24 by 35cm excluding frame; 38 by 48 by 2cm including frame. Estimate R 15 000 – 20 000


Matthew W. Hindley (SA, 1974-), Pieter (detail), oil on canvas, signed, titled and dated 2008, 46 by 150cm.

16 March 2016 at 14:00 Bonhams, New Bond Street, London Tel: +44 20 7468 8213 email: More info:

Stanley Faraday Pinker (SA, 1924-2012), Thoughts on the Té Hé Gla, Blé Gla and Gbona Gla, signed ‘SFPinker’ (lower left); bears label with artists name and title (verso), oil & mixed media on canvas with found objects, 107.5 x 116cm not including attachments. Estimate: R 1 920 482 – R2 880 723


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Home Grown Talent Exhibiting Abroad Pieter Hugo has also been named the inaugural ‘In Focus’ artist at National Portrait Gallery, London, for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 – on exhibit until 21 February 2016. His solo exhibition, Portraits: From the unsaid to the un-dead, is also currently on exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, until 10 March 2016. Kendell Geers is currently exhibiting alongside 40 Belgian artists at the Museo de Arte Moderna, in Rio de Janeiro. The group show, The Importance of Being: A Panorama on Belgian Contemporary Art, will be on exhibit until 14 February. Simon Gush is included in Visions of the future yesterday and today, at WilhelmHack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein in Germany. The group show runs until 28 February 2016.

Still from Notes Towards a Model Opera by William Kentridge, with choreography and dance by Dada Masilo and composition and soundtrack design by Philip Miller. Image courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Exhibition information courtesy Goodman Gallery and STEVENSON

Anton Kannemeyer’s art is currently included in Winter 2015/2016 at Rennie Collection in Canada, on exhibit until 23 April 2016. William Kentridge’s Notes Towards a Model Opera has recently moved from Beijing and is now showing at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul where it will run until 27 March 2016. Zanele Muholi is exhibiting her work from 1 to 29 February 2016 at the Gallatin Galleries, New York University. She will also be giving a lecture in photography at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, on 24 February 2016. Jo Ractliffe has a solo exhibition running at The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Aftermath of Conflict: Jo Ractliffe’s Photographs of Angola and South Africa, runs until 6 March 2016. Penny Siopis is participating in Boundary Objects, curated by Sophie Goltz for CA2M – Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid. The exhibition closes 28 February 2016. 10

Pieter Hugo, From series: There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends, 2011, Archival pigment ink on Warmtone Baryta Fibre paper. Image courtesy the artist and STEVENSON Johannesburg and Cape Town

Steven Cohen & Nandipha Mntambo have work in Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, at Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, until 13 March 2016. Pieter Hugo, Zanele Muholi, Penny Siopis, Jo Ractliffe & Guy Tillim are currently participating in After Eden / Après Eden - The Walther Collection at La maison rouge, Paris – until 13 March 2016.

Jo Ractliffe, Roadside Stall on the Way to Viana (detail), From the series Terreno Ocupado, 2007. Inkjet print, 2015. Image courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Anton Kannemeyer, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode & Guy Tillim are currently exhibiting at Guggenheim Bilbao. Their group show, Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design, runs until 21 February 2016. Hylton Nel & Dineo Seshee Bopape are both exhibiting on Unorthodox, curated by Jens Hoffmann, at Jewish Museum in New York. The show runs until 27 March 2016. SA BUSINESS ART | FEBRUARY 2016


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it in fact costs you money to keep. It is not easily transactable. I prefer to call it a store of wealth and forget about the investment aspect completely.” As always, hawkish rivals debated and contested his opinion. Welz was however now happily involved with his herd of Tuli cattle on his farm Blomvlei at Tonteldoos, near Dullstroom. His expertise in these hardy, drought-resistant cattle is somewhat overlooked in appreciations of Welz’s cosmopolitan character. He was also a man of the soil. “There are no second acts in American lives,” wrote the novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. The same is probably true of South African lives, although not of Stephan Welz. In 2008, Welz came out of retirement to head up the new auction house Strauss & Co. His leadership of the company, which is owned by Elisabeth Bradley, Dr Conrad Strauss and his colleagues, was marked by a new series of career successes. In a mere half-dozen years, Strauss & Co has emerged as the largest fine art auction house in South Africa and the global leader in the South African art market. The company holds the records for nine of the ten most expensive paintings ever sold at auction in South Africa. Shortly before Welz’s


death, he knocked down painter Alexis Preller’s oil and gesso work The Creation of Adam I (1968) for R8.5 million. It set a new auction record for the artist.

“He associated freely with people of different cultural, language and religious persuasions,” said Welz of Pierneef, “and counted many highly respected, cultured people … amongst his closest friends.” The same was true of Stephan Welz. But Welz was far more than a bottom-line businessman. He was a popular speaker at public events. In 2010, a few months after establishing a new auction record with the sale of an Irma Stern painting for R7.57 million, Welz gave an impassioned speech at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch. The occasion was the unveiling of painter JH Pierneef’s well-known Station Panels. No wallflower, Welz nailed his colours as a patriot to the mast. His 3500-word speech, which was reprinted in its entirety by an Afrikaans daily, celebrated both Pierneef and the people who had been the bulwark of Welz’s entire career: art collectors.

Looked at retrospectively, Welz’s speech in honour of Pierneef offers a telling insight into its author. “He associated freely with people of different cultural, language and religious persuasions,” said Welz of Pierneef, “and counted many highly respected, cultured people … amongst his closest friends.” The same was true of Stephan Welz, a colossus of a figure who throughout his life embodied the spirit of artistic cultivation and fellowship learnt so early on from his parents. He will be remembered for his integrity, humility and brilliant sense of humour. Stephan Aage Welz, born 13 April 1943, is survived by his wife Carmen, with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage in June last year, his son Konrad, daughter Tanya, and two grandsons. This piece was first published by Strauss & Co. on

Top: Welz at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam in 1975 Lower – Left to Right: Welz with doyen art dealers Joe Wolpe (left) and Louis Schachat (right) in 2010 | Stephan and Carmen Welz at Blomvlei in 2015. Photo: Daniel Naude | A man of many facets: Welz with his Tuli cattle in 2008. Photo: Wayne Southwood


painter to Fookian trickster when, in 1967, he attended Yes-No, Battiss’s landmark happening in Pretoria. The exhibition included cellophane-wrapped drawings and watercolours displayed in a darkened venue. Welz’s decision to pursue a career in the art business coincided with two notable trends: the professionalization of the local marketplace for art, and the uptake of influential Euro-American changes in the form of art. Painting and sculpture, his metier, were increasingly challenged by new modes of expression. It prompted a bemused smile from Welz, who in 2010 quantified the changes: “Feathers, newsprint, animal carcasses, found objects etc. stuck to anything which comes to hand, embalmed in formaldehyde or carefully scattered about a room.” Despite his reservations, Welz was nonetheless supportive of new art and successful presided over record achieving sales of key works by contemporary artists, notably in 2015 sculptures by Jane Alexander and Ed Young. In 1970, shortly after obtaining a commerce degree from UNISA, Welz joined Sotheby Parke Bernet, a new auction house established by Reinhold Cassirer and Jane Harraway in Johannesburg. It was a decisive move. Cassirer, a German émigré married to novelist Nadine Gordimer, is remembered for overhauling the image of auction houses locally. Welz, his key protégé, inherited the mantle when, in 1980, Cassirer retired to pursue other interests. Welz held the reins until 2006, when he sold the company, which since 1987 had been named Stephan Welz & Co following a management buyout from Sotheby’s. During this 26-year period

Welz presided over the incredible growth in interest and value of South African art at auction. In 1981, Welz for example knocked down sculptor Anton van Wouw’s 13cm bronze Mineworker with Machine Drill (1926) for R80 000. It was a record-price for a South African artwork sold at action. Last year he sold a rare early Van Wouw bronze, Mineworker with Hand Drill (1911), for R4.2 million. The 1980s saw Welz’s affable manner as head auctioneer at Sotheby’s gain him increasing public notice. Welz’s reputation as a charismatic man of art, someone able to speak about his trade in a jargonfree manner, later also earned him a slot on the popular television programme “Trommel”, and more recently on “Antikwaar”.

“Art is not an investment,” he stated. “To my mind it doesn’t meet the criteria or the definition of an investment. It doesn’t pay a dividend. It doesn’t bring you rent; it in fact costs you money to keep. It is not easily transactable. I prefer to call it a store of wealth and forget about the investment aspect completely.” – Stephan Welz. These promotional asides did not in any way interfere with Welz’s commitment to the job at hand: connoisseurship, and the pursuit of this core value through the organisation of benchmark sales offering handpicked collectables. He also intermittently

published. His debut book, Cape Silver & Silversmiths (1976), is now regarded as an authoritative study of silversmiths operating in the Cape from late 17th to mid-19th century. It was followed by two book-length reviews of the art auction market, published in 1989 and 1996. The new millennium witnessed a distinct shift in the art market, both globally and in South Africa. “More people are collecting art now than at any other period in history, and from a wider spectrum of artists and mediums,” observed Welz in a 2003 press interview. The increasing popularity of art – and by inference demand for it – saw Welz preside over yet another record when, in 2006, he knocked down a painting by Maggie Laubser for R4-million. It was a record sum paid for a South African artist at auction. Welz was stunned by the result. In 2007, while supervising the sale of works from the estate of Cape Town collectors Jack and Helene Kahn, another landmark sale in his career, Welz questioned the misleading salesmanship underpinning the current boom in art. “Art is not an investment,” he stated. “To my mind it doesn’t meet the criteria or the definition of an investment. It doesn’t pay a dividend. It doesn’t bring you rent;

Opposite page - Header: A new beginning for Welz after two serious operations in 2004. Photo: Carmen Welz | Lower: Stephan Welz at a Strauss & Co. event.

This page - Left: Stephan Welz (age 8), with his brother Martin. Photo: Jansje Wissema | Right: Stephan and Carmen Welz on their honeymoon in 1965. Photo: Jansje Wissema


Stephan Welz 1943 – 2015 “Charismatic Man of Art” We Celebrated the Doyen of SA Art Auctions

Renowned art auctioneer, Stephan Welz passed away on 25 December, at the age of 72. He was distinguished by his tall, rugby-player physique and air of unforced confidence around art. Welz’s assured and charismatic manner, coupled with his wideranging knowledge of South African painting and sculpture saw him rise to the top of his profession. Central to Welz’s decades-spanning success as South Africa’s go-to expert and auctioneer was his longstanding association with the world of art and artists.

Stephan Welz was the longest practising fine art expert and auctioneer in South Africa with over 35 years of experience with Sotheby’s in London, Amsterdam and South Africa. The former Managing Director and specialist in Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture at Strauss & Co had a vast knowledge of South African art and antiques making him the most respected “Generalist” in these fields. He had presided over most of the major South African art and antique auctions and holds the most auction records. 6

...Welz warmly recalled Higgs and her gift of a budgie to him as a child. He also remembered an overnight stay at painter Gregoire Boonzaier’s home, an early champion of his father’s austere but lyrical paintings. Born in 1943 in the Breede River Valley town of Worcester, Welz was the third of five sons born to émigré parents Jean Welz and Inger Christensen. A family photograph included in Elza Miles’s 1997 monograph devoted to Welz’s father, an Austrianborn architect who in later years excelled as a painter, shows the future auctioneer, aged three, with his father in the Hugo Naude Art Centre where he gave lessons.

Welz’s aesthetic education, the foundation of his professional achievements, was decisively influenced by his proximity to artists. This fact is beautifully illustrated in a 1948 oil painting by Jean Welz entitled Bathers, White River, Ceres. The painting depicts five-year-old Stephan playing next to a river in the company of his younger brother Martin (best known as the publisher of Noseweek), his Danishborn mother (a journalist who in South Africa turned her hand to running a gallery), and Free State-born expressionist painter Cecil Higgs. In 2007, Welz warmly recalled Higgs and her gift of a budgie to him as a child. He also remembered an overnight stay at painter Gregoire Boonzaier’s home, an early champion of his father’s austere but lyrical paintings. Irma Stern – who, along with JH Pierneef and Maggie Laubser, Welz once described as “names to conjure with” – was also a frequent houseguest. In an aside typical of Welz in his later years, he once smilingly recalled his mother remonstrating with painter and mischief-maker Walter Battiss when his fondness for nudity got the better of him during a visit to the Welz family home. Welz’s formal education in the art business began in earnest after his decision to move upcountry. During the late-1960s he held an administrative position in UNISA’s fledgling art department in Pretoria. He worked alongside Battiss. Welz was a first-hand witness to his mentor’s transformation from respected modernist SA BUSINESS ART | FEBRUARY 2016

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After the Match by John Pace oil on canvas Sanlam Art Collection

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16 February – 6 March 2016 Tuesday to Friday: 9am - 5pm Saturday: 9am - 4pm Sunday and public holidays: 10am - 3pm Closed on Monday

Street with view of the Sea by Nita Spilhaus oil on canvas Pretoria Art Museum

Nita Spilhaus (1878 – 1967)

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We Remember Stephan Welz Stephan Welz with his wife Carmen, at Blomvlei (2015). Image courtesy Strauss & Co. Original photograph by Daniel Naude adapted for this cover (original photograph within).

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