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Cape Town Fair ’17 Artistry Antoinette Murdoch: Why I left JAG Hayden Proud’s Tribute to Judith Mason John Vusi Mpufi at work in his studio. His work will be displayed in Candice Berman Fine Art Gallery’s booth at the 2017 Cape Town Art Fair.

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Gallery Guide 34

Cape Town Art Fair What to get excited about

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HIJACK | Lou Ros By Ashraf Jamal

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CTAF Gallery Highlights Continued… Art Times selection

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Tribute to Judith Mason By Hayden Proud

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100 Greatest SA Artwork Series By Lyn Holm

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Art Events Calendar & Gallery Listings Make the most of your weekends and week nights

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Gallery Buzz Oh look, it’s you!

Business Art 18

Leonard Schneider (1955-2016) A belated tribute to a beloved businessman

SAADA Antiques, art affair

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Auction Action Lots of lots to watch

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SU Woordfees 2017 It’s becoming a big deal

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Aspire Art Auctions Inaugural Cape Auction 2017

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South African Artists Abroad Pack your walking shoes, you’ll need them

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead Strauss & Co’s bumper harvest

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Cavalli Gallery For the love of art

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Why I left JAG By Antoinette Murdoch

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Teresa Lizamore 35 years in the art industry

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Eclectica Multiplicity nterview with Shamiela Tyer (Founder of Eclectica Galleries) ‘Tamme ’

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The upcoming Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF) will offer a diverse display of contemporary art from leading local and international galleries. Over 75 exhibitors from established and emerging art centres including London, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Lagos, Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Harare, Nairobi, Accra and Dubai are participating in Cape Town Art Fair 2017. Taking place in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from the 17th to the 19th of February, the fair will also show a variety of sections dedicated to large-scale installations, emerging artists and online art platforms.

AFRICA | TOMORROWS/TODAY The list of exhibitors includes galleries which represent the quality and multiplicity of the thriving contemporary African art scene on the rest of the continent: Galerie Cecile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Ivory Coast), Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana), Addis Fine Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), and BLOOM Art Lagos (Nigeria). Returning to CTAF is the TOMORROWS/TODAY section, a curated cross-section of the most exciting emerging artists from Africa. Made up of solo presentations by artists including Helen Teede (Showcase Gallery Dubai in collaboration with First Floor Gallery Harare), Jackie Karuti (Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi), Joël Andrianomearisoa (Sabrina Amrani, Madrid), Onyis Martin (ARTLabAfrica, Nairobi), Sandile Zulu (SMAC Gallery, Cape Town and Johannesburg) and others, TOMORROWS/TODAY is a bold prediction of the future of African artistic talent.

Look out for work by the Ghanaian artist making waves, Serge Attukwei Clottey (Gallery 1957), and for Kenyan Jackie Karuti’s noteworthy video work (Circle Art Gallery).

WORLDWIDE Beyond the African continent, participating galleries include: Galleria Massimo Minini (Brescia), Primo Marella Gallery (Milan) and Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins and Havana) from Italy; British galleries Tiwani Contemporary, October Gallery, TAFETA and Art First, all from London; as well as Galerie Pascal Janssens (Gent, Belgium), Galerie Seippel (Cologne, Germany), ARTCO (Aachen, Germany), Galerie Caroline Smulders (Paris, France) and Sabrina Amrani (Madrid, Spain). Look out for work by leading international artists Yinka Shonibara (TAFETA), Kiki Smith and Antony Gormley (Galleria Continua).

UNFRAMED Increasing in size and scope, CTAF 2017 will include a new section, UNFRAMED, dedicated to ambitious, large-scale works created by GalleryMOMO artist Mary Sibande, Everard Read artist Liza Grobler, and Katharien de Villiers and Michael Linders from up-andcoming gallery, SMITH. The works will be strongly interactive, encouraging fairgoers to enter into a more stimulating dialogue with contemporary art. Look out for Katharien de Villiers’ car wash that won’t get you wet and Michael Linders’ one-man jumping castle (SMITH).


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DIGITAL PLATFORMS | MAGAZINES & PUBLICATIONS DIGITAL PLATFORMS is a new addition to the Fair’s MAGAZINE & PUBLICATIONS section, intended to bring together the world’s most relevant voices in art journalism. Using a digital interface, fairgoers will be able to engage and interact with online art platforms including: Artnet and Contemporary And (C&) from Berlin; Africa Is A Country and True Africa from New York; Mousse Magazine from Milan; and Between 10 and 5 from Cape Town. Look out for‌ the Art Times! Don’t be afraid to come say ‘hi’.

work, and for established collectors to discover new talent. Those participating include Cape Town and Joburg organizations and galleries: 50TY 50TY, Artist Proof Studio, Candice Berman Gallery, Eclectica Print Art Gallery, the South African Print Gallery, and more. Look out for works by Benon Lutaaya (Eclectica Print Art Gallery), Tamara James (Candice Berman Gallery), Peter Clarke (SA Print Gallery), and Phillip Mabote (Artist Proof Studio).

Images: top: Julien Sinzogan , Terre en vue! (Land Ho!), Triptych , 2010. Giclee print on paper, 56 x 40 cm as a set of 3

complicit geographies A solo exhibition by Jeannette Unite

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HIJACK Lou Ros Lou Ros’s exhibition, titled HIJACK, is currently on display at Christopher Moller Gallery in Cape Town, until 10 March 2017. Look out for Lou Ros’s art at Cape Town Art Fair, courtesy of Christopher Moller Gallery.

By Ashraf Jamal ‘Post-Truth’ is the defining word for this day and age, a sign for moral crisis and the loss of credibility and believability. No one knows what to think anymore, what to feel. Divine arbitration died long ago. What irks us now is that empirical or secular truth – material fact – has equally been junked. Without a god, without credible consensus, we are left with viral uncertainties. Hermes, the god of thieves, is an early mythological reminder that we have always messed with the Truth. In the 20th century – the age of deconstruction – this project became the new normal. No matter how desperately the moral amongst us rail against the death of truth, a death which we have consciously embraced, a death which has rendered us soulless and cruel, there is no escaping the treachery at the core of our social organisation, and the subsequent nature of our taste and value. We no longer possess a default functionality. Computation, whether technical or psychological, has been hijacked. It is apt, therefore, that Lou Ros should reflect this current state of play in his solo exhibition. To hijack is to seize in transit, hold to ransom, deflect agreed intent, to re-direct the focus. In tech terminology it defines a piece of viral software or malware program that alters a computer’s browser setting. But of course hijacking comes in many guises, it shape-shifts many different default positions. In painting Manet’s ‘Olympia’ could be regarded as a hacking. From the 19th century onwards we have innumerable examples of this rerouting of the supposed default functionality of painting. No longer a mirroring of the world but a peculiarly subjective upending of the lore of mimesis – the assumption that the world precedes the word – painting, like writing, has become a radically relative exercise that begged the question: Was there ever an a priori default position or predesigned value system? Lou Ros’ paintings are symptomatic of this radical doubt. As an artist he is its inheritor. He well understands, in a sceptical and suspicious age, that ‘the moment where little is enough’ is also the boundary point between meaning and its disappearance. ‘The spectator’s imagination opens at the moment the scene is starting to appear’, he says. So while the artist is well able to complete the scene, it is its inchoate yet suggestive moment – a moment intimated and acutely sensed – which he must pull away from, as one pulls away from a horizon one cannot vault. It is this withdrawal from a perceived insight, this hovering between clarity and its deliberate obfuscation, which is the moment that a scene is hijacked, or hacked. What we are left with is a residual trace, a gloaming, some piecemeal aggregation that forms the sum of a painting. That we like it like this – unfinished, tangential, prescientyet-unclear – says everything about our zeitgeist. We cannot know the root of our desires, we cannot apportion absolute sense, we must allow for hobbled and imprecise existences, and embrace life as a damnably, erotically, exasperatingly unfinished text. A face, a body, a scene, defies forensic scrutiny. We have been hijacked by an artist who has been hijacked in turn. The God Hermes kick-started this now inescapably dangerous game.

Lou Ros, INC10 (detail), acrylic oil & pastel on canvas, 65 x 50 cm. Image courtesy of Christopher Moller Gallery and the artist.

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Look out for the different and beautiful Islamic CTAF2017 will also include a section entitled artworks presented by SAFIA (South African PAST/MODERN, displaying modern Southern Foundation of Islamic Art). African artists such as Robert Hodgins in Goodman Gallery’s booth, Alexis Preller and TALKS & WORKSHOPS John Mohl presented by STEVENSON, Kevin The TALKS PROGRAMME includes an exciting Atkinson and Erik Laubscher by SMAC Gallery, line-up of prominent people discussing a variety and lastly Cecil Skotnes and Edoardo Villa by of art-related topics. There will be seven talks in total, with a bonus performance by former WALL Gallery. Look out for interesting, futuristic works by Standard Bank Young Artist Donna Kukama. In order to avoid disappointment, we recommend Zoltan Borbereki (WALL Gallery). that visitors consult the CTAF website for dates and times. CULTURAL PLATFORMS In the CULTURAL PLATFORMS section of the Our pick of top talks to listen out for: fair, non-profit art institutions and initiatives will Public-hearted, public-minded: Building display their art collections. The non-commercial art collections for the future: Conversation area will provide organisations including the AVA between Alexandra Dodd (writer/critic) and Albie Gallery (Cape Town), Bag Factory (Johannesburg), Sachs (former Constitutional Court Judge and and international exhibitors Espace Luande instigator/co-creator of the Constitutional Court Arte (Luanda) and Village Unhu (Harare), with a Art Collection). showcase opportunity that will pique the interest Investing in Art: Discussion between Karen of fairgoers, collectors and curators. LALELA, Milbourne from The Smithsonian National an organisation offering art education to at-risk Museum of African Art, Ernestine White from Iziko youth, will be included in the section, as well as at SA National Gallery, Steven Kettle from Stonehage a satellite venue in the V&A Waterfront where they Fleming Art Management. Curating Contemporary African Art: will further engage with the public. Moderated by Moses Serubiri (independent curator – Uganda); Gabi Ngcobo (independent curator – South Africa), Elise Atangana (independent curator – France/Cameroon), and Sarah Rifky (independent curator – Lebanon) discuss inclusivity, communication, and global vision. Breaking Barriers – (un)Changing Contemporary Art Space: Moderated by Andile Magengelele (independent curator); Burning Museum, iQhiya, Dear Ribane 113, and I See A Different You discuss the development and the role of artists’ collectives.

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Tribute to Judith Mason By Hayden Proud Self-deprecatory, yet always able to muster a surprising turn of phrase or a near-heretical viewpoint, Judith Mason was an alert, highly literate artist whose innate creativity shaped her every utterance and action. Throughout a lifetime of dedicated work she remained at all times loyal to her own complex personality. The visual legacy that she leaves behind her is similarly complex and just as eloquent. As age stole her once-radiant beauty, Mason’s candour became at once startling, yet also life-affirming in the face of her own mortality. “I am a crone, not a woman”, she declared as she reached her seventies; “and I want to embrace all the freedom that this status bestows”. Suffering and existential anguish were her abiding concern, and subtle monochromy, infused with passages of muted colour, was one of the means she used to communicate the metaphysical. The haunting viscerality of her early paintings led critics to immediately liken them to those of Francis Bacon. This “elderly female art worker”, as Mason labelled herself, never uncritically accepted new thinking on artistic issues, and she was never one to pander to trends. Inviting confirmed feminists to disagree with her, she openly confessed: “I dislike being classified as a ‘woman artist’ … [ I ] used to believe that one's gender had little to do with how one makes artworks. Lately, I am more and more drawn to the conclusion that female artists are less proactive and more receptive than males. Men seem to be stylistically stronger and impose their vision with greater force. It is a notion, after all, not a theory, and maybe it just applies to my own passivity”. According to Mason herself, however, the fiercest critics of her work had almost always been men. She surmised that they were possibly “repelled by its subjectivity and ‘emotionalism’ [or] its ashamed ugliness”. That her work could be ‘stylistically stronger’ or equally robust in a ‘masculine’ sense is evident in oil paintings such as the SA National Gallery’s She Wolf of 1965. This image, one of

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a series of archetypal animals that stand as metaphors for humankind’s baser nature and fall from grace is one of her iconic works. It is an image inspired by Dante’s epic poem La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy) a work that served as a constant literary touchstone for most of her life. The calculated, powerful and expressive muscularity seen in She Wolf is conveyed with an impeccable and elegant painting technique born of discipline and mastery in drawing. Its strength and the gender of its maker had, in its day, the potential to arouse great admiration, but possibly even envy in the eyes of her male contemporaries. Yet Mason also had the capacity to produce drawings and paintings that embodied all of the attributes of the ‘feminine’; a diaphanous sensitivity of line and ambiguous, symbolic references to what Esmé Berman called ‘her domestic self’. Attributes of the body, such as the eye, the female breast or a lock of hair featured in many works. With a magpie’s sharp and discerning eye she also began to select and collect found objects that she integrated with drawing and painting to create such subtly disturbing works such as Table of Relics (1974), now in the SA National Gallery. Mason’s identity and her formation as an artist and a thinker are strongly connected to her experience as a student under Heather Martienssen, Cecily Sash, Erica Berry and Charles Argent at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), where she completed her BA Fine Art degree in 1960. The strong emphasis on formal and compositional aspects in painting and drawing at Wits, underpinned by Sash’s belief in the-then orthodoxy of Basic Design, made a deep impression on several generations of students. Mason imbibed what she was taught by her Wits mentors, but the formalist doctrines of flatness, truth to material and proportionality were for her never a straightjacket. In her best work she reconciled the romantic qualities of the visionary, the mythical and the

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surreal with the formal practicalities of good picture making. Organic, psychological and celestial space was always alluded to in her images, but always, to some degree, they were yet framed and contained. As she reflected in her last years: “to use inert matter on an inert surface to convey real energy and presence seems to me a magical and privileged way of living out my days”. Judith Mason was born in Pretoria, 10 October 1938. She continued to make art right up until her death on 28 December 2016, in White River, Mpumalanga.

Composite Image: Judith Mason | The artist at work | Images courtesy of The Artists’ Press From a Yoruba Praise Song for a Leopard | 'Beautiful Death, who puts on a spotted robe when he goes to his victim’ | Judith Mason, Yoruba Death Leopard (detail), 2016, Pencil and pastel drawing / gold leaf and silver leaf, 115 x 95 cm | This image was exhibited on Mason’s Undiscovered Animals exhibition, Abalone Art Gallery 2016.

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The Man Who Sang and the Woman Who Kept Silent (1998) Judith Mason “In these two stories I came upon, the two gestures were so grand. Two people are allowed – just because of other people's bad behaviour – to exhibit superhumanly beautiful, courageous behavior.” – Judith Mason*

By Lyn Holm After apartheid had been well and truly abolished in our country, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission sought to bring light to injustices served during the awful regime. The hearings were highly publicized by the Media, reversing the secrecy that had previously enabled the security police’s violent agenda. So it was that Judith Mason was informed of the executions of freedom fighters Harold Sefola and Phila Ndwandwe. Her artistic response was The Man Who Sang and the Woman Who Kept Silent, a set of two paintings and a plastic dress. This is how the artwork came to be, to be placed, and indeed, remain in the Constitutional Court’s art collection. News reports about Phila Ndwandwe revealed that while being tortured and kept naked in her cell for ten days, she persistently refused to inform on her comrades. Knowing that she would soon be executed, reports said that she asked permission to make a pair of panties from a scrap of blue plastic so that when she was killed she would at least not die completely naked.

Judith Mason, The Man Who Sang and the Woman Who Kept Silent (triptych), top: oil on canvas, 166 x 122cm; middle: sculpture, 200 x 70 x 45cm; bottom: oil on canvas 190 x 160cm (1998). Collection: The Constitutional Court, South Africa.

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In ‘Unstitching the Blue Dress: A Response’ (2016), an essay that Mason later wrote about the The Man Who Sang and the Woman Who Kept Silent, she revealed: “My first impulse on hearing about the plastic bag around her pelvis, was a childish one. I wanted to make her a whole dress.” So indeed, the artist sewed plastic bags together into a dress and wrote on it, a sort of eulogy to Ndwandwe. Mason then decided to paint a scene incorporating imagery of the dress, a piece seemingly torn off of it, a hyena, and layers of wire mesh. When Justice Albie Sachs saw the dress and painting in an exhibition, he showed interest in including them both in the Constitutional Court’s art collection but he lamented to Mason, "Judith, it is so hard to put this in the Court. It will make people deeply depressed and distressed, and people come to the Court for succour, for a sense of relief, for protection. Isn't it possible to do a variation of this work, utilizing the same theme, but just a little softer, a little more reconciled?”* So Mason completed another, very similar painting, including imagery of a few glowing braziers and a tin cup. Upon viewing this piece, Sachs described seeing "a warm glow, the sense of reconciliation, of coming to terms with the terrible pain of the past. The predator trapped in the fence, keeping it at bay, the dress soaring".* This second painting communicated more than the first, given inspiration from another TRC report; this time about the electrocution of three freedom fighters - how Harold Sefola requested permission to sing Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika before he died. Mason used the image of the braziers to represent Sefola and his comrades, saying that the imagery “seemed to me to suggest the working class ordinariness of [Sefola’s] origins… the light within the men themselves… echo[ing] the industrial yellow of the generator used in their execution” (Mason, 2016). Sachs was not entirely satisfied with the new painting, considering the visuals too “soft”, “kind” and “reconciled” to present a balanced interpretation of its inspiration*. For this reason, he deemed that it should not be hung on its own in the Constitutional Court but rather alongside the first painting and the plastic dress, all parts to be considered together as a composite artwork. The writer of the Constitutional Court’s Art Collection webpage referring to the artwork considers it a central piece in their collection, reasoning that the work “illustrates the power of the visual in portraying the stories of those who may otherwise remain voiceless”. But the anonymous speaker’s point of value is problematized, by his/her own reference to a significant flaw that law clerk Douglas Ainslie noticed in the artwork – that the artwork was based on inaccurate testimony during the TRC hearings. In response to learning about the false information of the reports that her artwork references, Mason admits: “The evidence on which I based my initial concept is as fragile as the blue plastic bag found amongst the debris in her grave, but the impulse to memorialise her is an honest one” (Mason, 2016). To support the legitimacy of the artwork’s placement in the Court, William Danaher has the final word. His essay ‘Singing and Keeping Silent: The Complex Role of Contemporary Art in Reconciliation’ rehashes the Constitutional Court’s original mandate, that the Court named itself “the institution responsible for protecting human rights and dignity… to portray South African history, and the human struggle, in ‘its variety, complexity, and richness’.” Danaher reminds cynics that the mandate provides provision for personal beliefs, interpretations and perceptions; and Mason’s intention to memorialize is shown to be of value within this mandate. So it follows that the true value of the artwork then is in the artist’s personal response to historically significant historic crimes against humanity, her sympathetic visualization, and her honour given. The Man Who Sang and the Woman Who Kept Silent remains within the Constitutional Court’s art collection to this day.

Judith Mason. Photo courtesy of The Artists’ Press

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Sources Consulted: Danaher, William. Singing and Keeping Silent: The Complex Role of Contemporary Art in Reconciliation. Provided by Judith Mason’s publicist (Origin unknown). | Judith Mason, The Man Who Sang and the Woman Who Kept Silent (triptych), 1998, mixed media/oil on canvas. 2016. Constitutional Court Art Collection (Online). Available: http://ccac.org.za/judith-mason-the-man-whosang-and-the-woman-who-kept-silent-1998-0003/ {2017, January 19]. | Mason, Judith. 2016. Unstitching the Blue Dress: A Response. Constitutional Court Art Collection (Online). Available: http:// ccac.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Unstitching-the-Blue-Dress-by-Judith-Mason.pdf [2017, January 19]. | The Man who Sang and the Woman who kept Silent (Triptych), 1998. Judith Mason (Online). Available: http://www.judithmason.com/assemblage/5_text.html [2017, January 19].

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long before Natalie’s excitement rubs off on me as we are discussing the course of history that these pieces have experienced in the thousands of years that they are been in existence. For Natalie the attraction of coin collecting lies in “wanting to hold a piece of history in your hands” and I am now convinced that I too want to have one of these pieces. It was now time to move a little further out of the bustle of the ‘Urban Jungle’ and head for the alluring Cape Fold Mountains. Winding through the rural roads and passing signs to various wine farms I eventually arrived at the historic town of Franschhoek to visit a shop that has now become a bit of an institution in the town – The Old Corkscrew. Jeremy Astfalck has a passion and knowledge for all things silver; something which has earned him the privilege of becoming a respected and reputable dealer in International circles at the British fairs that he now regularly exhibits at, like the LAPADA Fair and Olympia. As always, he has an array of interesting pieces that are busy being polished and prepared for the fair, but there is one specific item that particularly grabs my attention… They are a pair of Swedish silver candelabra. As always, however, it is not so much the pieces themselves as the story behind them that enchants me. These candelabra were made in Sweden by W.A. Bolin. The Bolin factory still runs today in Stockholm and is owned by the same family. It was started in St Peterburg in 1791 and was the court jeweller to five different Russian tsars, and – after relocating to Sweden to three Swedish kings. It is stories like this that brings the personal touch of lives affected by the course of history. Revived, revitalized and rearing to go! I now have the energy for the last stretch of organizing this fair confident that we will, once again, have an amazing array of items to entice our clients and give them an experience that will not disappoint. Make sure you

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SU WOORDFEES 2017 VISUAL ART PROGRAM On the probably crisp early autumn morning of Friday, 3 March 2017 the beautiful student town of Stellenbosch will once again wake up with the great expectation of exploring and enjoying a diverse selection of excellent art exhibitions at the Woordfees arts festival. Alex Hamilton, visual art curator for the event, has dubbed this “the Spring or blossoming of South African art”. With a whopping 13 new solo exhibitions, 7 group exhibitions and a festival artist whose creative output and career has sky-rocketed, especially in the last six months of 2016, this once exclusively literary festival has grown into a complete arts festival and a significant event for contemporary art in South Africa. Woordfees Visual Art Program presents its audience with a full-bodied, generous and well-balanced group of established, emerging and new artists. This is no “art fair” but rather a series of carefully curated, focused and independent exhibitions connected by a common theme – "grow". In a way, it is a visual story told on a massive scale and, with

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almost 110 artists from around the country taking part in 2017, it promises to be an important and rewarding art happening in the Western Cape. “It is impossible to pick only a few highlights but we are extremely proud to have Athi-Patra Ruga as our festival artist with his overview exhibition, ‘A Young Retrospective’.” – Hamilton Ruga is well-known for his social commentary combining unusual mediums like tapestry and dramatic performance art. He recently completed a series of performances in New York and Detroit to enormous acclaim. Other exhibitions include “The Burning Library” by Christiaan Diedericks - focusing on print and book art; “Pruning” by Collen Maswanganyi, the well-known wood sculptor; and an installation and sculpture exhibition by Haidee Nel. Several painters like Jenny Parsons and Katharine Meeding have been working on their exhibitions for the last 12 months, and alternative materials like tumble-drier felt used in Adele Potgieter’s exhibition “Renew”

creates an exciting and rich contrast and dialogue between exhibitions. Sandra Hanekom and Banele Khoza have been invited as guest curators, thus expanding the diversity of creative representation and artists. Bosch in Africa (Sandra Hanekom) investigates the interesting parallels between the South African psyche and the surreal Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch while Grow and reach your prime (Banele Khoza) investigates the intricate relationship between artists and their support of each other. A complete program of events is available online at www.woordfees.co.za Images Header: Athi-Patra Ruga, Selfie of The Walking Wound (detail), wool and thread on Tapestry canvas, 149 x 99cm Left: Collen Maswanganyi, Kill or Prune Mandela's Legacy, mixed media Middle: Adele Potgieter, Dormir, mixed media Right: Jenny Parsons, Wasteland, oil on canvas, 40 x 45cm

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South African Artists Abroad Kemang Wa Lehulere has recently been shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize, the winner of which will be announced at the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev (March 2017). Tracey Rose has her first solo exhibition in Argentina, Tracey Rose: Toro Salvaje (Wild Bull), at The Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (now, until 12 March 2017). Pieter Hugo’s first solo exhibition in Germany, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, will be on display at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (9 February to 23 July 2017). Hugo is among those exhibiting in LAVORO In MOVIMENTO / LABOUR in MOVEMENT, at the MAST Foundation in Bologna (now, until 17 April 2017). The artist’s work is also included in Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (now, until 27 May 2017). Haroon Gunn-Salie has work at the Museum of Congonhas in Belo Horizonte, São Paulo (now, until March 2017). Below the Line was developed in a partnership with UNESCO, IPHAN and IEPHA. Lady Skollie is currently exhibiting her solo show, Lust Politics, at Tyburn Gallery in London (now, until 4 March 2017). Tamsin Relly currently has her solo exhibition Imagining the Amazon, on display at The House of St Barnabas, London (now, until 25 June 2017). The exhibition is curated by Aleria Art and can be viewed by appointment with the venue: rsvp@hosb.org.uk Kendell Geers’ work appears on the exhibition DÉPENSES, at Labanque in Béthune, France, in which 11 artists respond to the writing of Georges Bataille (now, until 26 February 2017). Geers’ work also features on BXL Universal at Centrale for Contemporary Art in Brussels (now, until 26 March 2017). James Webb currently has work on group exhibition History Unfolds at Historiska Museet, Stockholm (now, until 19 November 2017), as well as on Hope is a Good Swimmer at Galerie Imane Farès, Paris (now, until 26 February 2017) Candice Breitz has work on A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (now, until 17 April 2017). SMAC Gallery and Blank Projects will present work by various SA artists at The Armory Show in New York City (2-5 March 2017). Jo Ractliffe’s work is included in Things Fall Apart – 'reflections on African connections to the Soviet Union' at Gallery Municipais, Lisbon (now, until 12 March 2017). Zanele Muholi and Deborah Poynton have work on display in Où poser la tête? at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean in Mauritius (now, until 25 March 2017). Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin feature on the group exhibition, Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media, at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles (now, until 30 April 2017).

Images top to bottom: Kemang Wa Lehulere’s first solo exhibition at an American museum, this past January at Art Institute of Chicago Photo credit: Art Institute of Chicago

Pieter Hugo, Green Point Common, Cape Town, from the series Kin (2006 – 2013), 2013, C-Print. Image courtesy of Priska Pasquer, Stevenson Johannesburg and Cape Town, and the artist

Tamsin Relly, Jungle Night and Firefly Green, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist At The Armory Show: Frances Goodman, The Damsel (detail shown here), 2016. Image courtesy of SMAC Gallery and the artist.

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Stellenbosch University

Woordfees Visual Art Program 2017 13 solo exhibitions and 7 curated group exhibitions by contemporary South African artists, 9 art chats and 2 walkabouts daily

Festival Artist:

Athi-Patra Ruga - A Young Retrospective

Athi-Patra Ruga, Jaco Sieberhagen, Diane McLean, Sandra Hanekom, Bianca Brand, Christiaan Diedericks, Antonia Steyn, Collen Maswanganyi Katharine Meeding, Mark Chapman, Jenny Parsons, Henk Serfontein, Bretten-Anne Moolman, Adele Potgieter, Sthenjwa Luthuli, Banele Khosa

3 -11 March 2017 Stellenbosch For information on the complete program visit www.woordfees.co.za


Why I Left JAG By Antoinette Murdoch First of all, I would like to apologise sincerely for the inconvenience caused by my sudden decision to leave JAG. I would like to thank all of the individuals who stood by me and helped me through some very trying times. This letter outlines the circumstances under which I had to work at Johannesburg Art Galllery. The final straw came when I was once again denied the finances for a project that I had been working on for two years. The exhibition planned with a group of Reunion Island artists was roughly a month away from fruition when I was told that the project would not be funded. Procedure was followed (as usual) and a budget was submitted as part of the initial report but once again, the system failed. This was the last but definitely not the first time that an attempt to initiate a project had been unreasonably denied. It must be understood that at the beginning of each financial year, a business plan and budget would be submitted by each directorate. Not once over a period of seven years were these budgets honoured. Towards the end of most years there was no money left for cleaning and even basics like toilet paper, so exhibitions were simply cancelled. Most exhibitions executed during my time at the gallery were paid

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La Petit Ferme watercolour, 1.8m x 80cm

for using the scant funds raised by The Friends of the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Although technical staff played an important role in executing these exhibitions, their attitude could only be described as petulant, at the best of times. These individuals staged in-house strikes at a whim and felt that I was personally responsible for their lack of salary increases. They regularly solicited exhibitors to complete art installations, which made it near impossible to stage exhibitions. The security staff displayed a similar, negative attitude; no doubt dissatisfied in believing that they deserved salary increases as well. I was assaulted, verbally abused and my life was threatened on more than one occasion. The tyres of my vehicle were slashed. In the earlier years, the unions tried to intervene when this sort of incident occurred but every time I was made out to be the perpetrator and the guilty staff members were seen as victims. The real perpetrators are still employed by the City of Johanneburg, as a result of the flawed disciplinary process which I unsuccessfully tried to follow. The gallery building has been neglected for many years. There simply has not been any money

in the budget for general maintenance. I was elated during the 2014/5 financial year when approximately R15,000,000 was allocated to maintenance as a result of reports drafted by myself and Alba Letts, imploring that funds be allocated. Sadly, the appointment of corrupt contr–actors resulted in a botched job. The millions spent on the restoration and renovation were totally wasted, and more money had to be allocated to rectify various disasters. Another problem that I encountered is that there is not enough storage space for the art at the gallery, so the actual exhibition space is steadily shrinking. To the credit of some staff members, the paper storeroom has been rearranged and it is now clean and organised. The Traditional African work is also in good standing and it is meticulously preserved. Visitation to the gallery is lacking partly as a result of the surrounding area. Attempted thefts from my car occurred on two occasions. The JMPD was retained to monitor the grounds, but to no avail. Litter from Joubert Park spills over to the gallery grounds and reports about the hole in the fence between the gallery and park have been consistently ignored. As a result, the gallery has no security on its North side and large pieces of copper are currently being stolen from the roof. I have been deeply hurt and discouraged by budget cuts, ignored reports, and disrespect from executive staff.


Slimen Kamel, Wolves (detail), 2016, Mixed Media, 151 x 151cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Sulger-Buel Lovell (Cape Town Art Fair 2017)

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Amplify Studio (CT) To Love or Not To Love: A Street View By Noncedo Charmaine www.amplifystudio.co.za

Friday, 02 February

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SAADA Cape Town Expo 2017 (CT) www.saada.co.za until 19/02/2017

Friday, 17 February

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Touch of Genius Gallery (JHB) Sip and Paint Sessions www.togg.co.za until 18/01/2017

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UCT Irma Stern Museum (CT) | Keiskamma Art Project |

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The Cape Gallery (CT) | Derek Drake - Solo Exhibition | www.capegallery.co.za |

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Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum The Vibrant City. See the city through the eyes of artists; this exhibition will contain artworks from the Art Museum’s permanent collection that depict Nelson Mandela Bay, ends 31/03/2017. Remembering the SS Mendi, A total of 616 South Africans died when the SS Mendi sank in the English Channel on the way to France on 21 February 1917. Local Eastern Cape artist Hillary Graham produced a comprehensive installation that commemorated this tragic event. The artworks are from the Art Museum's permanent Collection, 21/02/2017 till 18/05/2017, Park Drive Central, T. 041 5062000, artmuseum@mandelametro. gov.za, www.armuseum.co.za

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East London Ann Bryant Art Gallery Permanent Collection, The gallery's permanent Collection will be on display including artists like J.H. Pierneef,Thinus de Jongh, George Pemba and Diane Victor amongst others, 01/02/2017 till 01/03/2017, Southernwood, T. 043 7224044, annbryant@ intekom.co.za, www.annbryant.co.za

Oliewenhuis Art Museum #AMANDLA![Re] form,Debate,[Re]dress?, The exhibition aims to challenge and encourage viewers to develop conversations and debates about Resistance Art and the visual representation of resistance in South Africa during apartheid and postapartheid, 01/12/2016 till 12/02/2017, Paradisus (Deperditum), A solo exhibition by Christiaan Diedericks, 18/02/2017 till 26/03/2017, Waverley, T. 051 0110525 ext 611, karen. marais@nasmus.co.za, www.facebook.com/ OliewenhuisArtMuseum

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, gallery@artecpe.co.za, www.facebook.com/ArtECPE

Bag Factory Artist's Studios Thula Mfazi!, An exhibition by Nompumelelo Ngoma Cassirer Welz Award Winner. In collaboration with Strauss & Co. and Circa Gallery, Fordsburg, Opens 02/02/2017, T. 011 8349181, info@bagfactoryart.org.za, www.facebook.com/BagFactoryArtists Candice Berman Fine Art Gallery Tamara James & Manuela Holzer, Tamara James Photography and Manuela Holzer Sculpture to be showcased in the Editions section Booth E1 at the Cape Town Art Fair, CTICC, 17 - 19 February 2017, Bryanston, T. 011 4638524, info@candiceberman.co.za, www. candicebermangallery.com Cherie de Villiers Gallery Dealers in fine paintings and sculptures by leading South African artists, Sandton, T. 011 3255395, cheart@ global.co.za, www.gallery.co.za CIRCA on Jellicoe Solo Exhibition, Blessing Ngobeni, 02/02/2017 till 25/02/2017, 2 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, T. 011 7884805, grace@ everard.co.za, www.circaonjellicoe.co.za

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Crouse Art Gallery We at Crouse Art deal exclusively in original South African Art, specifically in investment art. We offer works from a variety of artists, Errol Boyley, Anton Benzon, Hennie Niemann, Chris Tugwell, Andre de Beer and many more, Ongoing, Florida, T. 011 6723821, suzette.crouse@telkomsa.net, www. facebook.com/crouse.art/timeline

Richard Rennie Art Gallery Home to the most recent oil and watercolour landscapes by renowned South African Artist Richard Rennie, 275 Main St, Clarens, C. 072 2305080, info@richardrenni e.co. za, richardrenniegallery.webs.com

Everard Read There is no Path/The Path is Made by Walking, Solo Exhibition by Deon Venter, 26/01/2017 till 25/02/2017, 6 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, T. 011 7884805, grace@everard. co.za, www.everard-read.co.za

Gallery on Leviseur Opening times are Mon- Thurs 8am to 5pm; Fri - Sat 8am to 10pm; Sun 8am to 2pm, 59 Genl. Dan Pienaar Avenue, Westdene, Bloemfontein 9301, C. 082 8352335, admin@galleryonleviseur.co.za, www. galleryonleviseur.co.za

Fifth Avenue Fine Art Auctioneers Next Auction: 19 February 2017 at 10am. Now accepting entries, 19/02/2017, 404 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, T. 011 7812040, stuart@5thaveauctions.co.za, www.5thaveauctions.co.za

Gauteng Vincent Art Gallery The home of Contemporary Fine Art and the Masters. We also offer professional framing, décor, ceramics, pewter, semiprecious stones and silver jewellery. 8 Dawson Rd, Selborne, East London, 5201 Tel: 043 7221471 Cell: 083 700 4711 www.vincentartgallary.co.za

Artist Proof Studio One of the largest and most vibrant community and professional printmaking facilities in Southern Africa, accommodating up to 50 students per year. Hosting, publishing and collaborative projects with many artists and organisations each year. Newtown, T. 011 4921278, admin@artistproofstudio.co.za, www. artistproofstudio.co.za/home-3

Johannesburg Absa Art Gallery Art by leading South African artists, ABSA Towers North, 161 Main Road, Johannesburg, T. 011 3505139, paulbay@absa. co.za, www.absa.co.za/Absacoza/About-Absa/ Absa-Bank/Attractions/Absa-Gallery Alice Art Gallery Christelle Pretorius, Christelle’s art mirrors her love for nature and she often depicts proteas, aloes and other plants indigenous to the South African landscape, 18/02/2017 till 19/02/2017, Monique van Wyk, My latest works are inspired by Africa’s dark clouds and bright colours, 25/02/2017 till 26/02/2017, Art in the Garden. As you know we are actively dedicated to the promoting of new and fresh talent and we would like to invite you to support our Art in the Garden, 25/02/2017 till 26/02/2017, Roodepoort, T. 011 9581392, info@aliceart.co.za, www. aliceart.co.za

Gallery 2 See Art, The upcoming show, See Art, is a group show, curated by Derek Zietsman. The show focuses on how and why each artist structures visual texts and intends to explore an engagement with the alphabet of art-making, 11/02/2017 till 04/03/2017, Parkwood, T. 011 4470155/98, info@gallery2.co.za, www. gallery2.co.za Gallery MOMO World renowned contemporary art gallery situated in the suburb of Parktown North, Johannesburg. The gallery was founded in 2002., Parktown North, T. 011 3273247, juan@ gallerymomo.com, www.gallerymomo.com Goodman Gallery Clive van den Berg / A Pile of Stones / 2017, 19/01/2017 till 15/01/2017, Parkview, T. 011 7881113, matthew@goodmangallery.com, www.goodman-gallery.com

Graham's Fine Art Gallery ColourFlux, Morrison's work deals predominantly with colour and shape and she uses these elements to explore juxtaposition, repetition, movement and rhythm. Painting is, for Morrison "a physical encounter of freedom; it is essentially a bodily act and experience"., 26/01/2017 till 11/03/2017, Bryanston, T. 011 4637869, graham@ grahamsgallery.co.za, www.grahamsgallery. co.za In Toto Gallery Nude, This group exhibition explores the nude as subject matter, in all its forms. The nude figure has a long history as subject matter in art – spanning thousands of years, communities across the globe, and a multiplicity of artistic practices, the nude continues to both represent us and fascinate us, Opens 26/01/2017, Birdhaven, T. 011 447 6543, megan@intotogallery.co.za, www. intotogallery.co.za Johannesburg Art Gallery The Evidence of Things Not Seen, The exhibition explores various forms of identity and explores issues of feminism, queerness, revolution and culture in Black identity, ends May 2017, Joubert Park, T. 011 7253130, TinyM@joburg.org.za, www.facebook. com/FriendsofJAG Lizamore & Associates Gallery 35 Years: A Lizamore Perspective, Teresa Lizamore celebrates 35 years in the contemporary art industry with a blockbuster group exhibition, 02/02/2017 till 25/02/2017, Parkwood, T. 011 8808802, info@ lizamore.co.za, www.lizamore.co.za outoftheCUBE Celebrating 30 years of print via two outoftheCUBE exhibitions … www. outofthecube.co.za > collaborations > The Caversham Press > Sthembiso Sibisi _ ‘A visual storyteller’ www.outofthecube.co.za > transcode > Gwen Miller _ ‘Intermediate Structures’ seen here: ‘The Burning Hill’ by Sthembiso Sibisi (1996, screenprint/lithograph) and ‘Wanderer’ by Gwen Miller (2016, digital print), C. 083 2601096, info@outofthecube.co.za, www. outofthecube.co.za Sanlam Art Lounge 6th Floor, 11 Alice Lane, Sandton, T. 011 7786210, Stefan.Hundt@ sanlam.co.za, SMAC Art Gallery Haunt, Jake Aikman, 02/02/2017 till 25/02/2017, Johannesburg, info@smacgallery.com, www.smacgallery.com Springs Art Gallery The Springs Art Gallery is the only Civic Gallery in the whole of Ekurhuleni. SAG shows a variety of art forms, reflecting the cultural diversity of South Africa, Springs CBD, T. 011 999 8726/7, Thabo.Sekoaila@ ekurhuleni.gov.za, www.artmap.co.za/568/ springs+art+gallery Stevenson Simunye Summit 2010, Bogosi Sekhukhuni, 02/02/2017 till 03/03/2017, Braamfontein, T 011 4031055/1908, jhb@ stevenson.info, www.stevenson.info

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Standard Bank Art Gallery Andrew Tshabangu: Footprints, Footprints is an exhibition that assembles a selected body of Andrew Tshabangu’s photographs spanning more than twenty years. As an attentive observer, Tshabangu is drawn into ordinary subjects and their nuanced intricacies. His photographs are saturated with a sense of quietness that captures the human spirit – a spirit of hope, courage and determination, 18/02/2017 till 29/04/2017, Johannesburg, T. 011 6314467, www.standardbank.co.za/ standardbank/About-Us/Sponsorships/Gallery Swelco Studio A revolving exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture and photography featuring a range of artists such as Ndabuko Ntuli, Patrick de Mervelec, Daniel Novela and Allen Hallett, amongst others. Shop L38, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, T. 011 0266586, Bruce.Ehlers@stephanwelzandco.co.za, www. stephanwelzandco.co.za Touch of Genius Gallery Clearance Exhibition, Touch of Genius Gallery will be exhibiting some of our artworks at an affordable rate during our clearance exhibition. Featured artists include Elias Sewape, Godfrey Kennedy, Mummy Khumalo, Tshidiso Msikiya, Pedro Mangamela, Neo Manake, Jerry Lion Motau, Alka Malindisa and Augustine Makombe, 13/01/2017 till 28/02/2017. Sip and Paint Sessions, Sip wine and create a magnificent painting, enjoy a relaxed night out and bring your creativity to life, 17 - 18 February 2017 Randburg, T. 011 056 9087, gallery@togg.co.za, www.togg. co.za UJ Art Gallery The UJ Gallery hosts regular walk abouts providing the viewer with better insight into the exhibition of the day. Opening hours: Mon - Fri 9am to 4pm, APK Campus, Auckland Park, T. 011 5592099, jag@joburg.org.za, www.uj.ac.za/ faculties/fada/UJ-Arts-and-Culture/UJ-Art-Gallery

Pretoria Association of Arts Pretoria Student Exhibition 2017, An exhibition of works by students from the University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, UNISA and the Tshwane University of Technology. 5 students from each institutions were invited to participate in the exhibition. A variety of mediums will be on show, 10/02/2017 till 01/03/2017, Nieuw Muckleneuk, T. 012 3463100, artspta@ mweb.co.za, www.artsassociationpta.co.za Centurion Art Gallery Showing a variety of art forms, reflecting the cultural diversity of South Africa; promoting visual literacy, making the visual arts accessible to the layman and exhibiting emerging talent, promoting particularly Tshwane artists, Lyttelton Manor, T. 012 3583477, artg@tshwane.gov.za, www.tshwane.gov.za/ sites/tourism/Arts-Culture-and-Heritage/Pages/ Centurion-Art-Gallery.aspx 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. co.za, www.christugwell.co.za

Pretoria Art Museum The Corobrik Collection of Ceramic Art, The Corobrik collection represents the history of ceramic art, craft and sculpture from all parts of the country and is enhanced by regular acquisitions of notable pieces by ceramists who continue the long tradition of working in clay. More than two hundred ceramic artworks are on display, ends 12/03/2017, Tacit, a group exhibition acknowledging 20 years of collaboration and reciprocity at Dionysus Sculpture Works’ studio and foundry and will be curated by Angus Taylor, 21/01/2017 till 26/02/2017, Arcadia, Pretoria, T. 012 3586750, art.museum@tshwane.gov.za, www. pretoriaartmuseum.co.za

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UNISA Art Gallery UNISA Permanent Art Collection, The UNISA Art Gallery aims to provide quality, innovative, relevant and socially engaged visual art experience within the education and research context, New Muckleneuk, Pretoria, T. 012 4415683, mkhonbw@unisa.ac.za, www. facebook.com/groups/222848047188

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KZ Natal Durban Artspace Durban I See in Colour, Izolda van der Merwe Growing up in rural South Africa and being an avid gardener and collector of aloes and succulents, the geometric patterns and symmetry of plant structures fascinate her, 11/02/2017 till 03/03/2017, KwaZulu-Natal, T. 031 3120793, info@artspace-durban.com, www.artspacedurban.com Durban Art Gallery KwaZulu-Natal Collections - an exhibition of works from the permanent collection of the KZN Museum Services, Various artists and art institutions of KwaZulu-Natal, 30 Anton Lembede St, 031 322 1163, Durban Art Gallery From Codesa to present, Various artists who participated in the Art Gallery's exhibition based workshops at INK Creative Center, T. 031 3112264, Thulani. Makhaye@durban.gov.za, www.durban.gov.za KZNSA Gallery Character, The theme for the 2017 Members' exhibition is Character (s). While there are no limits with regards medium, discipline, and/or scale, please check with the Gallery Administrator whether the gallery can accommodate your artwork medium, discipline, and/or scale, 17/01/2017 till 05/02/2017, Durban, T. 031 2771705, gallery@kznsagallery. co.za, www.kznsagallery.co.za

Pietermaritzburg Tatham Art Gallery Faye Spencer: Departures, This exhibition draws together three bodies of work spanning six years of Faye Spencer's art production: the Office Politics series, Indian Yellow and the Wish List projects, which include paintings, printmaking and creative writing, 20/01/2017 till 12/03/2017, Pietermaritzburg, T. 033 3922801, brendan.bell@msunduzi.gov.za, www.tatham.org.za

Makiwa Gallery Latest Artworks, Fine Art from outstanding South African artists, Makiwa Mutomba, Marlien van Heerden, Tony De Freitas, Ian Hertslet, Llewellyn Owen Davies, Sarah Richards, Elbe van Rooyen, Nicole Pletts, Dante Ruben, Anton Gericke, Coral Spencer, At Botha, Brendan Broedelet, Kobus Nel, 01/02/2017 till 28/02/2017, Umhlanga Rocks, T. 031 5611194, info@makiwagalleries.com, www.makiwagalleries. com/artists-umhlanga-gallery

Mpumalanga The Artists' Press Hand printed lithographs, Publishing and online gallery of hand printed lithographs by Hanneke Benadé, Conrad Botes, Anton Kannemeyer, Johann Louw, Colbert Mashile, Judith Mason, Sam Nhlengethwa, Walter Oltmann, Claudette Schreuders, Strijdom van der Merwe, Diane Victor and many other leading South African artists, Ongoing, Waterfield Farm near White River. T. 013 7513225, mark@ artistspress.co.za , www.artprintsa.com 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@ worldonline.co.za, www.tlafoundry.co.za The White River Gallery Pattern and Path, Karin Daymond, 04/03/2017 till 27/03/2017, White River, C. 083 6758833, art@whiterivergallery. co.za, www.whiterivergallery.co.za

Kimberley William Humphreys Art Gallery Contested Spaces, A selection of struggle art from the gallery's permanent art collection featuring artists such as: Manfred Zylla, Peter Clarke, Durant Sihlali, Sam Nhlegethwa, Anton Momberg, Penelope Siopis, ends 28/02/2017, Civic Centre, T. 053 8311724/5, kirsten@whag.co.za, www. whag.co.za

North West Lichtenburg Jonel Scholtz Art Gallery Ongoing Exhibition of SA Artists, Lichtenburg, C. 082 8538621, jonelscholtz@truenw.co.za, www.jonelscholtz. co.za/Home

Western Cape Cape Town Artvark Gallery Hennie Niemann Snr & Gregoire Boonzaier, Glorious coloured oil paintings and sepia drawings by master painter Hennie Niemann Snr. Linocuts by the late Gregoire Boonzaier, 16/01/2017 till 01/04/2017, Kalk Bay, T. 021 788 5584, artvark@iafrica.com, www.artvark.org Agapanthus New ceramic works. New works by Charmaine and Martin Haines, 01/02/2017 till 28/02/2017, Kalk Bay, T 021 7883187, info@agapanthus.capetownwww.agapanthus. capetown Amplify Studio To Love or Not To Love: A Street View By Noncedo Charmaine, Residence Photographic Exhibition, 02/02/2017 till 17/03/2017, 125 Loop Street, Cape Town, C. 087 4700421, claire@amplifystudio.co, www. amplifystudio.co ArtB Gallery, Bellville G9 Group || "Focused", An exhibition of the G9 Group Conceptual Photography. Nicole Palmer will open the exhibition, 23/01/2017 till 10/02/2017, Bellville, T. 021 9171197, artbellville@gmail.com, www. artb.co.za AVA Gallery AVA Alumni: Johann Louw (1996-2017), Johann Louw's 1st and 2nd solo exhibitions took place at the AVA Gallery in 1996 and 1998 respectively. Since 2007 SMAC Gallery has represented his work, in Collections shows, on art fairs and in publications. The current exhibition is a collaboration between galleries in the series "AVA Alumni", 02/02/2017 till 04/03/2017, 35 Church Street, Cape Town, 8001, T. 021 4247436, info@ava.co.za, www. ava.co.za Barnard Gallery Robyn Penn: Paradise Lost, 31/01/2017 till 28/02/2017, Newlands, T. 021 6711553, alexandra@barnardgallery.com, www. barnardgallery.com Carmel Art Dealers in fine art and distributors of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings. Green Point, T. 021 4213333, carmel@global.co.za, www. carmelart.co.za Casa Labia Gallery Dealers in fine art prints. We stock a wide variety of Wallcandies, beautifully framed reproductions of the works of both International and South African artists, Open Daily: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm, Muizenberg, T. 021 7886068, gallery@casalabia.co.za

Potchefstroom North-West University Gallery Visit the NWU Gallery's social media platforms to stay up-to-date with all of their current events, Potchefstroom, T. 018 2994341, gallery@nwu.ac.za, www.nwu. ac.za/nwugallery

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Die Kunskamer (Established in 1971) Celebrating 44 years in SA Art, Fresnaye, Sea Point, Cape Town., T. 021 4349529, infokunskamer.co.za, www.diekunskamer.co.za

Exhausted Earth by Christiaan Diedericks

DF Contemporary Selected works from our Private Collection An exhibition of selected works from our private collection. 1- 28 February 2017 083 564 1035/ ella@dfcontemporary.co.za www.dfcontemporary.co.za

Eclectica Art & Antiques Purveyors of antiques, furniture, bespoke pieces of objet d'arts & fineart, incl. SA Masters. Wynberg, T. 021 7627983, melissa@eclectica.co.za, www. eclecticaartandantiques.co.za/ Eclectica Contemporary Complicit Geographies, A solo exhibition by Jeannette Unite. The exhibition title en compasses bodies of work responding to different aspects of humans engagement and interaction and use of the wealth extracted from our planet, Earth. Jeannette hopes to draw attention to all our complicity, as consumers, 17/01/2017 till 24/02/2017, CBD, T. 021 4224145, info@eclecticacontemporary.co.za, www.eclecticacontemporary.co.za" Eclectica Design & Art Verging Thresholds, This exhibition explores concept of being surrounded by various 'indications' of potential change, these transformative moments of change that are the on the verge or at a threshold, Opens 02/02/2017, Cape Town, T. 021 4220327, admin@eclecticadesignandart.co.za, www. eclecticadesignandart.co.za Eclectica Print Gallery An eclectic collection of Fine Art Prints and artworks on paper by South African Masters and contemporaries and select international artists, Ongoing, 68 Burg Str, Cape Town, T.021 4224185, margie@eclectica.co.za, www.eclecticaprintgallery.co.za Everard Read/ CIRCA Remnants by Thania Petersen, 09/02/2017 till 05/03/2017, Hardline: Group exhibition: Amber-Jade Geldenhuys, Andrzej Urbanski, Jo O’ Connor, Paolo Bini, Sandile Radebe and Richard Penn, 01/02/2017 till 26/02/2017, Bred in the Bone by Bronwyn Lace, 22/02/2017 till 19/03/2017 Gallery F Specializing in Black and White photography, Cape Town, T. 021 4234423, gavin@galleryf.co.za, www.galleryf.co.za Gallery MOMO Gallery opening and closing times are: Monday to Friday 9AM-5PM | Saturday, 10AM-2PM, Cape Town, T. 021 4245150, www. gallerymomo.com/ Goodman Gallery South-South: Let Me Begin Again, 28/01/2017 till 04/03/2017, Woodstock, T. 021 4627567, matthew@goodman-gallery. com, www.goodman-gallery.com G2 Art We are a permanent gallery in the Cape Town CBD. Offering a diverse range of sculpture, contemporary painting and mixed media by South African artists. Including, Brian Rolfe, Pieter Robbertze, Anthony Gadd, Cornelia Stoop, David Liknaitzky and Nasser Zadeh amongst many others, Ongoing, Cape Town, T. 021 4247169, di@g2art.co.za, www.g2art.co.za/contact-us/

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, Cape Town Iziko SA National Gallery Our Lady, Group Exhibition, 11/11/2016 till June 2017, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4674660, ewhite@iziko.org.za, www.iziko.org.za Jan Royce Gallery Extrinsic/Intrinsic by Leanne Olivier, Solo Exhibition of Evocative Oil Paintings by South African talent Leanne Olivier. Excellence in both technique & execution. More info on: http:// www.janroycegallery.com/current-exhibition.html, 18/01/2017 till 25/02/2017, Gardens, T. 021 4221624, cornelis@janroycegallery.com, www. janroycegallery.com

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

Johans Borman Fine Art Grounds, This installation of sculptures,paintings and drawings by Ben Coutouvidis draw inspiration from the book 'The Moon as Shoe: Drawings of the San' edited by Miklós Szalay, 28/01/2017 till 19/02/2017, Newlands, T. 021 6836863, art@johansborman. co.za, www.johansborman.co.za Kalk Bay Modern Kalkbay Modern Gallery is an eclectic space that serves as a creative platform for Contemporary Artists, Photographers, Ceramists, Jewellery designers and other creative's from the Southern Africa region. Gallery Opens daily 9:30am-5pm, Kalk Bay, T. 021 7886571, kbmodern@iafrica.com, www.kalkbaymodern.co.za Kalk Bay Sculpture Studio Fine arts sculpture studio and gallery, Jan Tiran, Pete Strydom, Chris Bladen, Arabella Caccia, Ongoing, Kalk Bay, C. 073 1807209, ignoblis@iafrica.com Leonardo da Vinci Gallery Abstract Expressionism, Roche Bobois Contemporary Design, Catherine Timotei Abstract Expressionism: Large format colorful wall power artwork, 26/01/2017 till 26/02/2017, Roche Bobois, 10 Kloof Street, C. 083 745 6073, catherine@ davincigallery.co.za, www.davincigallery.co.za

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99 Loop Gallery Christened Ships, A solo exhibition of sculptures by Adriaan Diedericks, 25/01/2017 till 24/02/2017, Bliss, An exhibition of paintings by Chris Valentine. Valentine uses traditional media to explore problematic aspects of digital society in his first Cape Town solo exhibition, 25/01/2017 till 24/02/2017, Cape Town, T. 021 422 3766, gallery@99loop.co.za, www.99loop.co.za

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EBONY/Curated Colour Chart, In a vibrant and challenging exhibition, ‘Colour Chart’ attempts to unpack exactly what this sense of unity is; posing the question – what is ‘African Art’ and does it even exist?, 05/01/2017 till 24/02/2017, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4249985, info@ebonycurated. com, www.ebonycurated.com

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Great contemporary art & vibey art Café. Steenberg Village, Reddam Avenue, Tokai www.redthegallery.co.za red@redthegallery.co.za Gallery: 021 7010886 Café: 021 7024466

Red Room Art New Masters, On show at Red Room important works by Robert Hodgins, Diane Victor, Wilma Cruise, Edoardo Villa, Judith Mason and many more established South African artists, Hout Bay, C. 071 6021908, contact@ redroomart.co.za, www.redroomart.co.za/

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Red Room Unplugged! Tales of Migration by Bambo Sibiya, The first solo show of the Red Room unplugged series in our new space in Woodstock, 160 Sir Lowry Rd. Tales of Migration by emerging artist and Gerard Sekoto award winner Bambo Sibiya will open on 26th Jan 2017 at 18:00, please join us for this exciting exhibition, 26/01/2017 till 25/02/2017 Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Vasek Matousek Solo Exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery is proud to kick the 2017 year off with a spectacular whimsical solo exhibition showcasing the work of Tulbagh-based Czech artist Vasek Matousek. Opening on 17 January at 19h00, 17/01/2017 till 22/02/2017, Elzabè Kritzinger - Solo Exhibition, "People's stories resonate within me. The eyes tell you everything." Elzabe Kritzinger will be having the first Rust-en-Vrede Solo Show of 2017 year in Salon C. She will be exhibiting alongside Czech artist Vasek Matousek (in Salons A and B)., 17/01/2017 till 22/02/2017, Durbanville, T. 021 9764691, rustenvrede@ telkomsa.net, www.rust-en-vrede.com Rust-en-Vrede Clay Museum Alles & Niks / All or Nothing, Alles & Niks / "All or Nothing" - a two man contemporary ceramic show by artists Hennie Meyer and Theo Kleynhans. Exhibition opens on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 at 19h00, 17/01/2017 till 22/02/2017 S Art Thonton Kabeya - Eria Sane - Henry Mzili - Robert Slingsby - Khehla Chepape Makgato Stanislaw Trzebinski - Adriaan Diedericks - Janko De Beer - Sara Gaqa - Nasser N.Zadeh - Vincent Osemwegie - Bastaan von Stenis - Michael Selekane - Dario Manjate - Paa Joe - Lioda Conrad - Restone Maambo and more., Ongoing, Hout Bay, C. 076 712 5240, olafbessenbacher@ gmail.com, www.facebook.com/gallery.s.art Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection Shelter, A solo exhibition by Andrew Sutherland, 25/01/2017 till 25/02/2017, Gardens, T. 021 424 6930, info@ salon91.co.za, www.salon91.co.za Sanlam Art Gallery Home Truths: Domestic Interiors in SA , In this exhibition curated by Emeritus Professor Michael Godby introduces the viewer to depictions of domestic interiors under 4 "rubrics": Interior Worlds, Behind Closed Doors, The World Outside and Inside Out. The groups illustrate the richness of the domestic interior theme, 16/11/2016 till 03/02/2017, Bellville, T. 021 9473359, Stefan.Hundt@sanlam.co.za, www.sanlam.co.za SMAC Art Gallery Jody Paulsen, 11/02/2017 till 25/03/2017, Woodstock, T. 021 4611029, info@smacgallery.com, www.smacgallery.com South African Jewish Museum Monday to Thursday 10am to 5pm; Friday 10am - 2pm; Closed on Saturday; Sunday 10am - 5pm, Gardens, T. 021 4651546, gavin@sajewishmuseum.co.za, www.sajewishmuseum.org.za/

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South African Print Gallery Woodstock: Dealers in Fine Art Investment Prints www.printgallery.co.za A Selection of South African Prints Artist: Bambo Sibiya Title: Afternoon After Work Medium: Lithograph Price: R 7 800

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.co.za, www.sasa-artists.co.za StateoftheART Gallery An exciting selection of new work on show by Adrienne Silva, Pascale Chandler Corné Eksteen, Claude Chandler and Jodi Hugo at our Shortmarket Street gallery. Visit our online gallery to see all our available artworks by more than 70 artists countrywide, Central City, T. 021 8014710, info@stateoftheart-gallery. com, www.stateoftheart-gallery.com Stevenson Paths and Fields, Robin Rhode, 26/02/2017 till 04/03/2017, Woodstock, T. 021 4621500, cpt@stevenson.info, www.stevenson. info The Cape Gallery Beside the Seaside, An exhibition of paintings and graphics by Marilyn Southey. Having spent many years enthralled by London life, Marilyn has formed a different kind of appreciation for Cape Town's shimmering coastlines, 02/02/2017 till 18/02/2017, Derek Drake - Solo Exhibition, An exhibition of paintings by Derek Drake. Drake uses symbolism to explore the collective rhythm and language of Africa; its people, its communities and its traditions., 19/02/2017 till 11/03/2017, Cape Town, T. 021 4235309, web@capegallery.co.za, www. capegallery.co.za

Atelier at 1 unie Lets try again 2017, Private ongoing viewing of contemporary fine art and sculpture by Johannes du Plessis. Open studio by appointment.1 Unie Street, Franschhoek. cell 0825796403 or T 021 8764382 johannes.dup@ telkomsa.net or check out pictures on Faceb ook. Art - du Plessis, Ongoing, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764382, johannes.dup@telkomsa.net, www. johannesduplessis.co.za Art in the Yard Private Space, Public Place, Private Space / Public Place is a unique and exquisite depiction of dance. Raw talent set in highly recognisable everyday urban scenes. The tension created by this contrast produces an unnerving but exhilarating energy, 11/02/2017 till 04/03/2017, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764280, curator@artintheyard.co.za, www.artintheyard. co.za EBONY /Curated Re-Imagining Wood, Highly polished and delicately crafted, Rodeny Band's individually hand-turned wooden bowls are beautiful, functional design objects. Band's first solo exhibition 'Re-Imagining Wood - The Art Of Rodney Band' will be on at EBONY Franschhoek this February, 10/02/2017 till 26/02/2017, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764477, info@ ebonycurated.com, www.ebonycurated.com

Makiwa Gallery 1 - Place Vendome End of Summer Selections, Fine Art & Sculpture for discerning collectors, exhibiting renowned artists: Makiwa Mutomba, Anton Gericke, Brendan Broedelet, Dante Ruben, Marlien van Heerden, Sarah Richards, Shaune Rogatschnig, Tony De Freitas & Zacharia Mukwira. Open Daily: MONSUN 9:30-5:30, 01/02/2017 till 28/02/2017, Franschhoek, T. 021 8762600, infofk@ makiwagalleries.com, www.makiwagalleries. com/artists-franschhoek Makiwa Gallery 2 – Pick ‘n Pay Daily End of Summer Selections, Fine Art & Sculpture for discerning collectors, exhibiting renowned artists: Makiwa Mutomba, Anton Gericke, Brendan Broedelet, Dante Ruben, Marlien van Heerden, Sarah Richards, Shaune Rogatschnig, Tony De Freitas & Zacharia Mukwira. Open Daily: MONSUN 9:30-5:30, 01/02/2017 till 28/02/2017, Franschhoek, T. 021 8762609, infofk@ makiwagalleries.com, www.makiwagalleries. com/artists-franschhoek Moór Gallery Iaan Waldeck: Plein-Air, Recent series of trees painted on paper in the medium of aquarelle, oxide, inks, wax and bistre, Untitled Group Exhibition, Intentional decision to avoid the meaning that might be ascribed to their work to encourage a dialogue between viewer and artist, 11/02/2017 till 12/03/2017, Franschhoek, C. 0826555308, art@moorgalleryfranschhoek. co.za, www.moorgalleryfranschhoek.co.za

IS Art Pilfer (Too), an exhibition of paintings by Pretoria based artist André Naude, 22/01/2017 till 20/02/2017 Echo an exhibition of sculptures by Guy du Toit and paintings by Liekie Fouche 26/02/2017 till 21/03/2017, 11 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, T. 021 8762071, gallery@isart.co.za, www.facebook.com/Is-ArtFranschhoek-147031572033399/ The Gallery at Grande Provence New works, by Arabella Caccia, Talitha Deetlefs, Gerhard Deetlefs and Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe, Ongoing, Franschhoek, T. 021 8768630, gallery@ grandeprovence.co.za, www.grandeprovence. co.za South African Print Gallery Franschhoek: Moor Gallery, 4 Bordeaux Str A Selection of New Works by Joshua Miles Title: Tree Pattern Medium: Monoprint Price: R 10 880

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

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Thomarts Gallery We specialize in a large selection of South African Contemporary art by emerging to established artists, Cape Town, C. 061 4498742, thomas@thomartsgallery.com, www.thomartsgallery.com

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UCT Irma Stern Museum Keiskamma Art Project, 18/02/2017 till 25/02/2017, Atlas, Solo exhibition by Sorrel Hofmann, 11/02/2017 till 04/03/2017, Rosebank, T. 021 6855686, mary.vanblommestein@uct.ac.za, www. irmasternmuseum.org.za

Offers a culture-historical experience featuring the estate’s history and architecture. Exhibition: A tribute to the life and work of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef. 14 December 2016 - 3 January 2018.

Wall Art Gallery Wall at the Cape Town Art Fair 2017, Booth PP5, Past/Modern, CTICC, 17 - 19 February 2017, V&A Waterfront, T. 021 4181953, info@wallsaart.co.za, www.wallsaart. co.za

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Crouse Art Gallery Artdealers, Old MastersAdriaan Boshoff, WH Coetzer, Gregoire Boonzaaier, Irman Henkel, Hugo Naude BRONZES- Llwelyn Davies, Kobus Hatting, INVESTMENTS - Anton Benzon, Christiaan Nice, Hennie Niemann, Ina van Schalkwyk, Marie Vermeulen Breedt, Michael Heyns, Daily 9am to 5pm, George Eden Meander Shop 31, T. 044 8870361, suzette@crouseart.co.za, www. artdealers.co.za Cape Palette Art Gallery Summer exhbition, Exhbition of contemporary artists including Fiona Evan Rowett, Theo Vorster, Clare Menck , Hennie Meyer, Doris Brand, Ig Terblanche, Derric van Rensburg , Leanette Botha, Peter Delaney and more, Ends March 2017, Heather Park George, T. 044 8708751, info@capepalette.co.za, www. capepalette.co.za

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Ndiza Gallery Arlene Amaler Raviv, DRONE - Arlene Amaler Raviv Roel Roelofsen - The Forgotten Master, Ongoing, Gordon's Bay, C. 076 2285046, fmserve@polka.co.za, www. ndizagallery.com

Riebeek Kasteel - The Gallery Summertide, Group Exhibition, 04/12/2016 till 28/02/2017, Riebeek Kasteel, C. 083 6533697, astridmcleod@ mweb.co.za, www.galleryriebeek.co.za

Robertson Great Brak River Art@39Long Creatively chic art gallery on the Garden Route. Beautiful selection of ceramics by Hennie Meyer, Clementina, Charmaine Haines and more. Artists include Tertius van Huysteen, Helen Pfeil, Fiona Rowett, Susqya Williams. Set in a beautiful garden the space can also be used as a venue for small functions, Great Brakriver, C. 082 5763338, artat39long@gmail.com, www.39long. gallery Gallery on 103 The Boutique "Gallery on 103", welcomes you to a vibrant and inspiring space in the heart of Great Brak River. A selection of Mandalas in pointillism, papermache, sculptures, quirky wire and stone work. Regular temporary art exhibitions by artists. Wednesday's 10am 3pm or by appointment, Great Brakriver, T. 044 6203144, laurindasmit@vodamail.co.za, www. spiritualmandalas.co.za

Hermanus Abalone Gallery Fore/After: Alta Botha, Annex I: Alta Botha : Solo exhibition Works on paper and objects. Opening Speaker: Ulrike Beckmann Main Gallery: Summer Show: Titia Ballot, Christoff Barnard, Lien Botha, Hannes Harrs, Elzaby Laubscher, Pat Mautloa, Lynette ten Krooden, Jeannette Unite, Louis v Heerden. Sculpture Garden, 18/02/2017 till 31/03/2017, Hermanus, T. 028 3132935, art@ abalonegallery.co.za, www.abalonegallery.co.za Rossouw Modern Group Show, Rossouw Modern Presents a group show with to kick off the new year with Artists Bastiaan van Stenis, Hugo Maritz, Adriaan S de Lange, Jono Dry, Greg Stock, Frans Mulder, Nicole Pletts, Obert Jongwe, Arend Louw, Christiaan Diedericks, Adriaan Diedericks, Paul Stein and Jaco Sieberhagen, 01/02/2017 till 28/02/2017, Hermanus, T. 028 3132222, info@rossouwmodern.com, www. rossouwmodern.com Rossouw Modern SPACE Autumn Leaves - Green Shoots, Christine Crowley's first and much anticipated Solo Exhibition at Rossouw Modern SPACE. Be sure not to miss this show, 03/02/2017 till 19/02/2017, Hermanus, T. 028 3132222, info@rossouwmodern.com, www. rossouwmodern.com Walker Bay Art Gallery A Selection of South African Contemporary Artists including Solly Smook, Jimmy Law, Louis Chanu, Claire Denarie, Tay Dall and many more. Also, specializing in selling and buying South African Old Masters, Hermanus, T. 028 3122928, francois@walkerbayartgallery.co.za, www. walkerbayartgallery.co.za Call Eugene to advertise here 021 424 7733 | sales@arttimes.co.za

South African Print Gallery: Hermanus Rossouw Modern, 3 Harbour Road Artist: Sam Nhlengethwa Title: Tribute To Peter Clarke Medium: Lithograph Price: R 27 360

Knysna Knysna Fine Art Diluvian delft, Exhibition by Ann-Marie Tully, Opens February 2017, Knysna, T. 044 3825107, gallery@finearts.co.za, www. finearts.co.za

Robertson Art Gallery Should you find yourself in the Robertson Wine Valley on Route 62, pay a visit to this gallery, where you’ll find a carefully curated selection of art by top SA artists, as well as a large range of sterling silver jewellery. Specialists in framing, the team can assist you with professional advice, Robertson. T. 023 6265364, info@robertsonart.co.za, www. robertsonartgallery.co.za

Somerset West Gallery The gallery at Cavalli (Winner of the regional 2015 Best of Wine Tourism Award for Art and Culture) aims to encourage the local arts through its platforms of public sculpture spaces and a public art gallery, Somerset West, T. 021 8553218, gallery@cavalliestate.com, www. cavalliestate.com

Langebaan Bay Gallery Art in the Heart of Langebaan, Marra Sq., Exciting new artwork by various local artists: Kervin Cupido, Sandy Diogo, Patrick Mokhuane, Melanie du Toit, Sandy Esau, Gerda Claassen, Jannie Jordaan, Joan Schrauwen, Thea Darlow, Antonia Velissariou, Marina Clunie, Michele Batchelder, Ronel Müller to name a few, Langebaan, C. 073 3048744, baygallery@xsinet. co.za, www.baygallery.co.za 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, C. 082 8538187, arts2gether@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/TheART-Square-studiogallery-688980037842806/

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@gmail.com, www. palettesculpturegallery.co.za Rupert Museum This museum’s collection was started by the Late Dr Anton Rupert and his wife Mrs Huberte Rupert in the 1940s. It opened in February 2005 and showcases selected acquisitions of South African and international artworks. It includes a small new show of works by the German socialist, Käthe Kollwitz, Ongoing, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8883344, deh@remgro. com, www.rupertmuseum.org/?m=2 SMAC Art Gallery Looking for Ghana & The Red Suitcase, 04/02/2017 till 01/04/2017, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8873607, info@smacgallery. com, www.smacgallery.com Stellenbosch Art Gallery Mixed Exhibition, Participating artists include: Solly Smook, Wilco Roon, Hennie Niemann Snr., Gregoire Boonzaier, Peter van der Westhuizen, Ceramics Exhibition, by Rika Senekal, Sculpture Exhibition, by Louis Chanu, Stellenbosch, T. 021 887 8343, mjg@kingsley. co.za, www.stellenboschartgallery.co.za Stellenbosch University Museum 100 Geographies: 44 Artists, 100 Artworks, 40 Geographical Themes, Artists include: Dan Halter, Hannalie Taute, Cobus van Bosch, Elizabeth Gunter, Kai Lossgott, Ongoing, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch, C. 083 7009669, www.art-andartists.com

Imibala Gallery

Paarl Hout Street Gallery Specialising in paintings and fine art by more than thirty SA artists. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm; Saturday 8.30am to 1pm and Sunday by appointment only, Paarl, T. 021 8725030, zetler@icon.co.za, www.houtstreetgallery.co.za

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

Anton Smit: Between the Shadow and the Soul 12.01.2017 - 26.02.2017 For more information contact 021 852 2411 or gallery@imibala.com

Vincent da Silva Studio Somerset West, C. 074 1724359, vincent@vincentdasilva.com, www. vincentdasilva.co.za

Stellenbosch

Prince Albert

Absolut Art Gallery Humanity, "Humanity" will feature artists like JH Pierneef, Frans Oerder, Alexander Calder, San-Mare Raubenheimer, Corne Theron, Schalk van der Merwe, Simphiwe Mbunyuza, Maurice van Essche, Anton Smit, Jan Menzel, Vusi Beauchamp, Maritha van Amerom, Marlene Dumas and more, 10/02/2017 till 28/02/2017, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8829296, info@absolutart.co.za, www.absolutart.co.za

Prince Albert Gallery The Prince Albert Gallery exhibits the works of a wide variety of South African artists specialising in painting, sketching and ceramic art, Prince Albert, T. 023 5411057, karoogallery@intekom.co.za, www. princealbertgallery.co.za/

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, oudelibertasgallery1@gmail.com, www.oudlibertas.co.za/art-gallery/

Teresa Decinti Fine Art Gallery Contact: 082 432 5188 Eikehoff, Church Street, Stellnbosch www.teresadecinti.com US Museum The Sasol Art Museum houses a permanent collection of over 3000 pieces belonging to the University of Stellenbosch. The collection features pieces related to South Africa's history, foreign artist works while in the country and many of South Africa's most reputed artists, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8083695, uw2@sun.ac.za, www.rsa-overseas.com/archaeology/sasol-artmuseum-university-stellenbosch-museum.htm

Tulbagh Saronsberg Cellar Saronsberg Private Collection, A permanent exhibition of contemporary South African art that suggests an underlying respect for creative expression and unconventional thinking. Artists include Paul du Toit, Angus Taylor, Colbert Mashile, Diane Victor and Walter Battiss, Tulbagh, T.023 2300707, tammy@saronsberg.com, www. saronsberg.com

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SUMMER CLEARANCE EXHIBITION Touch of Genius Gallery kicks off a new year with great deals for art lovers and collectors. We are clearing our old stock at great discounts.

The Sale is on from 13th Jan – 28th Feb 2017

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6LSZLQHDQGFUHDWHDPDJQLÀFHQWSDLQWLQJHQMR\DUHOD[HGQLJKW out and bring your creativity to life. From 17th – 18th February 2017

Blood Sweat & Tears I (Ancient slavery), Engraved porcelain, glaze, gold lustre, custom made Perspex stand, 100 x 40 x 40cm, Unique work – no edition, 2016

PARADISUS (DEPERDITUM) Oliewenhuis Art Museum 18 February – 26 March 2017

couples session, for other group sessions please make a booking.

Shop No 03, Randhof Centre, Cnr Selkirk & Blairgowrie Drive, Randburg, 2125, Tel 011 056 9087 Email: gallery@togg.co.za www.togg.co.za Oliewenhuis Art Museum is a satellite of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture.

Teresa Lizamore celebrates 35 years in the contemporary art industry with a blockbuster group exhibition and selected works from her private collection.

02.02.17 - 25.02.17

+27 (0)11 880 8802 | info@lizamore.co.za www.lizamore.co.za | 155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg


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John Muafangejo, Natal-and-Zululand, 1974, Linocut (Detail)

Dealers of 100 Years of the finest SA Fine Art Printmaking Pop in for a glass of wine and visual pleasure, Booth E5, Cape Town Art Fair 2017 SA Print Gallery, 107 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town See our comprehensive online catalogue at www.printgallery.co.za


My love for owers is afďŹ rmed with this exhibition of paintings on canvass and board. 24 plates from my clay collection are also available.

My liefde vir blomme word bevestig met hierdie uitstalling van skilderye in olie op doek en bord. 24 Kleiborde uit my versameling word ook uitgestal.

www.aliceart.co.za | 54 dryf road, ruimsig, roodepoort


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17–19 FEB 2017 Cape Town International Convention Centre Bringing together contemporary art from Africa and the world.

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A Tribute to Beloved Businessman

Leonard Schneider (1955-2016)

Background: Detail of a painting by Andrew Cooper, whose artistic journey Leonard Shneider supported and encouraged for 20+ years.

A well-respected figure in the South African art world, Leonard Schneider tragically passed away from a heart attack on 20 May 2016. His zest, passion and absolute enthusiasm for all forms of art, was legendary. He was born in Cape Town, to parents Jack and Fenna Schneider (1955), and today he is survived by his wife Michelle; children Alexia, Taryn and Jared; and grandchildren Aaron and Jude Leo. The eldest of three brothers, Schneider originally studied Law at UCT, graduating with a B.Com LLB degree. He went on to practice law for over a decade and a half, mainly from his own law firm. Towards the end of his legal career he consolidated various commercial business interests - one of which was Carmel Art, a gallery in Constantia Village which he had acquired in 1990. A few years later he opened another, much larger gallery in Claremont. This gallery specialised in contemporary South African paintings and sculptures by established artists. He left his law practice to run the Claremont gallery full-time and by 2010 he had closed both in order to operate from The Cape Quarter in Green Point. About two decades ago, Leonard became the sole agent to prominent artist, Pieter van der Westhuizen, whose work he successfully promoted both locally and internationally; even publishing two books on the artist’s works. The first, self-titled book (1998) focusing on the artist’s oils, pastels and mixed media pieces is now out of print and has become a collector’s item. His second, Life, Love and Landscapes (2006) has excellent examples of the artist’s much-admired etchings and is still available in print. Pieter van der Westhuizen’s wife, Zebeth van der Westhuizen-Moolman, remembers Schneider with fondness: “Exuberance was so part of him. Always very enthusiastic and in a childlike manner over excited when he received artwork from Pieter. Then always in a rush to get on with the job, the marketing and the selling! He knew his clients well and could supply them with great satisfaction the artworks they wished for.” Sixteen years ago, Beila Rabinowitz was employed as the manageress of Carmel Art. She became Schneider’s right hand lady and with his untimely passing has competently run the gallery to his exacting standards. The well-established gallery will continue to promote their stable of talented artists; including those who have shown their true appreciation for the late art advocate:

“He had a love of, and joy of working hard to the end of giving the client and artist value for money… He never turned his back on a deal, no matter how small, how long it took or how difficult the client… He was sharp witted, honest and sincere in his dealings”. – Andre van Vuuren “A special thanks to Leonard for his 20+ years of support of and encouragement on my artistic journey. Carmel was the first Gallery to display my paintings and thus kick-started my career as a professional artist.” – Andrew Cooper

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“One of the major reasons I am still working as an artist today, is Leonard Schneider… He gave me courage to reach for previously unchartered territories. He absolutely believed in my work and never disputed new directions… I miss his input and his directness. He became the master’s voice to me … And now that he has gone quiet I listen intently for the echoes of his opinion every time I lay brush on canvas”. – Munro “Leonard, whilst you were here you were a remarkably kind, generous, thoughtful person to all that knew you. Sleep well and travel lightly.” - Gail Catlin

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AUCTION ACTION

LOT TO WATCH | Wayne Cahill Barker, Fighting Field - Steve Biko (detail), mixed media and neon tubing on canvas laid down on board Estimate: R60 000 - 90 000

STRAUSS ONLINE 27 January - 6 February 2017 Tel: 011 728 8246 | email: jhb@straussart.co.za More info/bid: www.straussartonline.co.za

LOT TO WATCH | Keith Alexander, Playground (detail), oil on canvas, 92 x 144cm Estimate: R250 000 - 350 000

RUSSELL KAPLAN AUCTIONEERS | JOHANNESBURG 18 February 2017 Russell Kaplan Auctioneers Corner Garden & Allan Roads, Bordeaux Tel: 011 789 7422 | email: rka@global.co.za More info: www.rkauctioneers.co.za

5TH AVENUE AUCTIONEERS | JOHANNESBURG 19 February 2017 5th Avenue Auctioneers, 404 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Park Tel: 011 781 2040 | email: stuart@5thaveauctions.co.za More info: www.5thaveauctions.co.za

Results, highlights and lots to watch

LOT TO WATCH | William Joseph Kentridge, Untitled (Drawing for Felix in Exile), signed, charcoal and pastel on paper, 50 by 66cm, Estimate: R800 000 – 1 200 000

STRAUSS & CO | CAPE TOWN 6 March 2017 Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Rd, Newlands Tel: 021 683 6560 | email: ct@straussart.co.za More info: www.straussart.co.za

BONHAMS | LONDON South African Art Sale 22 March 2017 Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street Tel: +44 20 7468 8355 email: giles.peppiatt@bonhams.com More info: www.bonhams.com/auctions/23892/ LOT TO WATCH | El Anatsui (Ghanaian, born 1944), On Grandma's Cloth (detail), signed and dated 'EL/ 93' (lower centre of plank 2), carved and painted wooden planks, 77 x 148 x 2cm Estimate: £60 000 - 90 000

BONHAMS | LONDON

Ashbey’s Galleries Auction House 43 Church Street, Cape Town Visit our webpage at www.ashbeysgalleries.co.za

Ashbey’s Galleries 43 Church Street, Cape Town Tel: 021 423 8060 email: info@ashbeys.co.za email: inge@ashbeysgalleries.co.za

Africa Now Auction 15 February 2017 Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street Tel: +44 20 7468 8355 email: giles. peppiatt@bonhams.com More info: www.bonhams.com/auctions/23892/ LOT TO WATCH | George Mnyalaza Milwa Pemba, Village Scene With Elders, signed and dated 90, oil on board. 50,5 x 61,5cm Estimate: R 200 000 - 300 000

STEPHAN WELZ & CO. | CAPE TOWN 21 – 22 February 2017 The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate Alphen Drive, Constantia Tel: 021 794 6461 email: ct@stephanwelzandco.co.za More info: www.stephanwelzandco.co.za Tinus De Jongh

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LOT TO WATCH | Alexis Preller, Flying Saucers (detail), 1958, 50.5 x 61 cm

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Inaugural

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William Kentridge, Grande Jeté, 1987, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 149 x 101.5 cm

Growing from strength to strength, Aspire Art Auctions’ highlyanticipated Inaugural Cape Auction will offer an impressive collection of top quality historic, modern and contemporary fine art.

Inaugural Cape Town Auction 2017 Avenue | V & A Waterfront | 40 Dock Road | Cape Town 27 March 2017 | Evening Sale | 8pm Auction preview: Friday 24 March | 10am to 5pm Saturday 25 March | 10am to 5pm Sunday 26 March | 10am to 4pm Exhibition walkabouts: Saturday 25 March & Sunday 26 March | 11am

Upcoming Highlights An important highlight of the sale is William Kentridge’s Grande Jeté, an early, large-scale drawing bought directly by the seller from Kentridge’s ‘Standard Bank Young Artist Award’ solo exhibition in 1987. A young female ballet dancer is suspended mid-air, her long neck gracefully tilted back to face the viewer as she is set against a scene under constuction in which the crowded stalls of spectators merge with the indeterminate structures of the theatre itself. JH Pierneef’s A View across Fisherman’s Cove, Seychelles, painted in 1955, looks through a cluster of palm trees to provide the viewer with breathtaking views across a calm bay. A rare example of Pierneef’s avid travels, the painting is accompanied by photographs of the artist celebrating a successful fishing trip on the shores of that very same bay. The power of Cecil Skotnes’ rich earth tones, his fluid forms, and his love for the landscapes and histories of South Africa is seen in an important, large wooden panel from the Ravine Walls series. The experimental spirit of Christo Coetzee’s Neo-Baroque and assemblage artwork is inescapable in his mesmerizing blend of texture, form and colour in Black Rose Africa 71, and the enigmatic web of references in Italian Heads. The figures of Robert Hodgins’ Mother and Child and Family Group, each painted in 1957, both echo and stand in contrast to his later, more colourful and playful Lambchop. A pioneering woman of her time, Eleanor Esmonde-White continued her focus on the female form in Nudes, painting three voluptuous women bathed in the sunlight and warmth of her focused palette. Diverse Media In response to the growing demand for photographic artworks, the upcoming auction will include early black and white photographs by David Goldblatt, a key panorama of Pollsmoor Prison by Mikhael Subotzky, the satirical portrait of an imagined president by Kudzanai Chiuriu, as well as a vibrant Viviane Sassen print. With the importance of performance in contemporary art, the artist assumes a variety of roles in the upcoming artworks by some of South Africa’s leading contemporary artists, such as Steven Cohen, Nandipha Mntambo and Mohau Modisakeng. This interest in cultural identity is evident, too, in the labour intensive work of both Athi-Patra Ruga and Igshaan Adams. In Ruga’s Castrato as [the] Revolution, a bold and colourful tapestry, the identity of a provocatively posed male figure is obscured. In contrast, Adams’ Parda IV – from the acclaimed solo exhibition of the same title, Parda - is absorbing in its abstraction, a delicate interweaving of colour left incomplete. The work of Zander Blom however, explores the expectations, both the possibilities and limitations, of oil paint itself. In the impressive She thought of him often, Moshekwa Langa combines text and image in what the artist has refered to as ‘extended drawing’ in mixed media. In anticipation of the release of the extensive Inaugural Cape Auction Catalogue, follow Aspire Art Auctions various Social Media platforms for further images, highlights and information; or visit www.aspireart.net.

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EPHRAIM NGATANE, OIL, 74 X 59 ANTON VAN WOUW, BRONZE, 22 X 57 SOLD FOR R 291,200 SOLD FOR R 246,400

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Looking back, looking ahead STRAUSS & CO’S BUMPER HARVEST Strauss & Co posted a record turnover of R215 million in 2016, the highest combined income achieved by the company in a single year since its inception in 2009. While the narrative around individual sales matter, it was Strauss & Co’s capacity to achieve a sell-through rate of over 80% at its four live auctions in Johannesburg and Cape Town that contributed to its resounding performance. The outstanding result is a testament to Strauss & Co’s capacity to bring quality work to the market, an aptitude that is also evident in the strong suite of work – by among others, Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Peter Clarke and Mikhael Subotzky – assembled for the company’s 6 March 2017 sale at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town. Reviewing the company’s 2016 activities, the November sale of rarely seen works by Alexis Preller ranks among the year’s highlights. There was particular excitement around Preller’s life-size rendition of the biblical first man, Adam, a rare intaglio and oil on fibreglass work. Described by artist and historian Karel Nel as a “powerful, enigmatic work of immense complexity,” Adam was for many years thought lost after it was acquired by New York collectors Ruth and Jerome Siegel in 1969 and shipped to New York. “Repatriating Adam from New York was incredibly exciting,” says Alastair Meredith, who heads up Strauss & Co’s art department in Johannesburg. The work sold for R6 820 800, within its pre-sale estimate. Another factor underwriting the company’s stellar achievement was its ability to secure works from important private collections, including Liselotte Hardebeck and Chris “Tos” Du Toit, as well as historic furniture pieces linked to the Vergelegen Estate in Somerset West. Preller’s rare portrait Woman with Red Hair / Ophelia (1944), from the Hardebeck Collection, sold for R2 273 600, a ten-fold improvement over its median estimate. Painting, as is clear, remains the benchmark collectable for South African buyers. Stern, one of the ten most expensive women artists sold at auction globally between 2005 and 2015, remains the gold standard. Strauss & Co’s October 2016 auction saw fierce bidding for Stern’s 1947 Still Life with Lilies, a colour-drenched study of orange tiger lilies and a Buddha figure. With presale estimates of R5 000 000 - 7 000 000, it finally sold for R10 572 000. This was the highest price paid locally for a single work of art at auction in 2016. Strauss & Co’s forthcoming 6 March sale in Cape Town includes another exceptional Stern botanical work, Flowers and Fruit (estimate R5 - R7 million). Produced in 1937, this lavish oil has been described by art historian Marion Arnold, a noted Stern expert, as a particularly fine example of the artist’s use of the “expressive power of colour and her knowledge of its inherent optical capacity to create the illusion of space on a flat surface”). The sale highlight is Stern’s outstanding portrait of a Young man with orange turban (estimate R12 000 000 - 16 000 000) which was included in the 2003 Stern retrospective Expressions of a Journey, held at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg and curated by Strauss & Co fine art specialist, Wilhelm van Rensburg. Also included by Peter Clarke, Morning at Bo Plaas, Teslaarsdal, Caledon District, C.P. (detail), signed and dated 1972; inscribed with the title and medium on the reverse, acrylic on canvas laid down on board, 58 by 43cm.Estimate: R700 000 - 900 000

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Stern is a luscious still life with figs (estimate R1 800 000 - 2 400 000) and A small Canal, Venice (estimate R1 000 000 - 2 000 000). Like Stern, JH Pierneef is a blue-chip artist at auction. “Public interest in the work of Pierneef continued unabated in 2016,” says Wilhelm van Rensburg, fine art specialist with Strauss & Co. Bidding for his Extensive Landscape in Pink, Orange and Rose was robust at the company’s November 2016 sale in Johannesburg, selling for R704 816, double its high estimate. Strauss & Co’s pending March sale includes a noteworthy late Pierneef, a 1956 Bushveld landscape featuring his beloved acacias as central subject with dramatic clouds on the horizon (estimate R1.5 - R2 million) as well as a distinctive Cape landscape, of McGregor (estimate R1 - R1.5 million). Other notable works include The Mountain behind Groote Schuur (estimate R800 000 – R1.2 million), a large oil by pioneer impressionist Hugo Naudé, which portrays the estate founded by the Dutch East India Company. Maggie Laubser, another pioneer modernist on Strauss & Co’s March sale, is well known for her depictions of Cape labourers and birdlife. Strauss & Co’s March sale includes Laubser’s Shepherd Seated with his Flock (estimate R2 000 000 – R2 500 000), a brilliant synthesis of religious portrait with pastoral landscape. The work was exhibited on the 1936 Empire Exhibition. Also on offer is Laubser’s symbolist composition of a lone black swan with prominent white flower (estimate R700 000 – R900 000). With other examples of black swans held in prominent collections (University of Stellenbosch and Sanlam), there is sure to be interest in this work. Two post-war painters from Cape Town, Peter Clarke and Erik Laubscher, have continued to perform well at auction. Cock Stand, a 1975 Clarke gouache previously owned by photographer and jazz promoter Rashid Lombard, achieved R682 080 in the company’s October 2016 sale in Cape Town. The March sale includes two fine Clarke works, The Fence (estimate R600 000 R800 000) and Morning at Bo Plaas, Teslaarsdal, Caledon District, C.P. (estimate R700 000 - 900 000), as well as Laubscher’s important late work, Drought, Namibia 1989 (estimate R500 000 - 700 000), part of a series depicting arid geological landscapes. In the contemporary category, Strauss & Co continues to achieve notable results for a range of established living artists, including Norman Catherine and William Kentridge, who are both represented on the March sale. Photography collectors will be able to acquire an important early work by Mikhael Subotzky, a panoramic study of a Sunday church service in an outlying Cape prison (estimate R80 000 R120 000). Also on offer is a 2012 charcoal drawing by acclaimed sculptor Wim Botha depicting two lion heads in profile (estimate R50 000 - R70 000). All the works mentioned will be on view the weekend before the sale at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands. “Strauss & Co’s sales are not just auctions but much anticipated social and artistic events,” says veteran British auctioneer Dendy Easton.

Important South African and International Art, Decorative Arts and Jewellery Monday 6 March, 2017 at The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, Cape Town Preview: Friday 3 to Sunday 5 March, 10am to 5pm (Walkabout Saturday 4 March at 11am) Enquiries and Catalogues: 021 683 6560 / 078 044 8185 www.straussart.co.za SA BUSINESS ART | FEBRUARY 2017


CAVALLI GALLERY FOR THE LOVE OF ART

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There isn’t exactly a shortage of commercial art galleries in the Stellenbosch Winelands, but few manage to combine chic urban design and a distinctive contemporary style quite like Cavalli Gallery. Paying testimony to the age old adage that wine and art go hand-in-hand, the gallery finds its home on the spectacular 110 hectare Cavalli Estate in the prestigious Helderberg region of Stellenbosch. Spanning two exhibition spaces and 600 sq/m of floor space, the gallery has quickly developed a loyal following of discerning patrons and garnered a reputation for presenting intelligent curatorial projects as a flourishing platform to showcase local talent. The contemporary aesthetic of the estate, which is woven throughout the Cavalli experience, is something that has been widely lauded as a progressive step for a South African wine estate. As a brand, Cavalli has become renowned for its epitomic style and discerning taste, which can be directly traced back to owner and architect, Lauren Smith, a true aesthete in every sense. Having completed her qualifications in Architecture in Houston, Texas in 20015, Lauren has since turned her hand to the Cavalli project and is responsible for the conceptualization and design of the gallery space and the entire estate. According to Lauren, “Architecture has the ability to elevate the human condition and inherently is about finding opportunities to evoke aesthetic sensation; when its accomplished by integration of the disciplines of architecture and art, then the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” In 2015 the gallery was announced winner of the coveted “Best of Wine Tourism Award” for Arts and Culture and has since continued its focus, providing encouragement and support to the local art scene, with their platforms of outdoor sculptural spaces and the subterranean art gallery. The translucent ceiling backlit with LEDs, designed to simulate daylight, and inspired by the

Cy Twombly gallery in Houston, has become a real talking point and feature of the gallery. Themed, contemporary exhibitions are presented at regular intervals throughout the year in the gallery, as well as playing host to interactive events, involving and celebrating the different estate divisions, namely fine dining, wine, fashion and design. The gallery produces curatorial projects and mixed-medium exhibitions showcasing the works of some of South Africa’s most prolific, contemporary artists – including Diane Victor, Matthew Hindley, Ruhan Janse Van Vuuren and MJ Lourens, while also remaining equally passionate about supporting young up-and-coming artists. Most recently the gallery played host to Wilma Cruise’s solo show, The 8th Square, which formed part of her six year long study and dedication to The Alice Sequence, from which she has been awarded her Doctorate of Arts. In December 2016, the gallery welcomed guest curator, Roelof Petrus Van Wyk, as presented the delightfully quirky ceramic focused CLAY/ GROUND exhibition, which included artists such as Nico Krijno, Marlene Steyn, Michael Taylor,

Julia Rosa Clark to name only a few. Visceral currently on exhibition at the Cavalli gallery, was inspired by the month of love. The participating artists were encouraged to explore ‘visceral effect’ as a mode of response and instinctual communication. They were asked to examine the way pre-conceptual responses to events, actions and circumstances may be the origin and influence of profound subjective formation and consequence. The exhibition opens on the 12th of Feb 2017 and will run until April 2017. For more information on the current exhibition or gallery operating hours you can contact the gallery on gallery@cavalliestate.com or 021 855 3218 THE CAVALLI PRIVATE COLLECTION The Cavalli Private Collection of South African Masters is frequently rotated in the portico situated within the main gallery, and showcases a valuable permanent collection comprising of a collection of artworks by South African masters such as Pierneef, Stern, Laubser and Tretchikoff (Image below).

Installation view | Wilma Cruise, The 8th Square | Image credit: Pierre Van Der Spuy

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Teresa Lizamore 35 years in the art industry 2017 marks 35 years in the contemporary art industry for acclaimed gallerist and curator, Teresa Lizamore. To celebrate this milestone, Lizamore & Associates kicks off their exhibition calendar with a retrospective, 35 years: A Lizamore Perspective, featuring a selection of artists whose work represent an overview of the curator’s time in the industry. Providing a personal touch, Lizamore will curate an installation from her private collection as an extension to the retrospective, titled A Room of Her Own. Lizamore started her career as the curator of the Sasol Art Collection in 1982 - a position she held until 2009. “This was a very exciting time in the industry as Sasol was one of the first corporate companies to initiate and start a contemporary collection,” she explains. Working closely with Dr Leoni Schmidt and Johannes Stegmann, CEO and Chairman of Sasol, Lizamore’s art committee built the Sasol Art Collection to over 2000 pieces of contemporary South African Art. Groundbreaking as it was unrestricted by racial profiling during the apartheid years, the collection now boasts works by Helen Sebidi, Norman Catherine, Irma Stern, Robert Hodgins, Sam Nhlengethwa, Deborah Bell, Jackson Hlungwani, Wim Botha and many more significant South African artists. During her time at Sasol, she also became actively involved in the Sasol New Signatures Art Award, the Sasol Wax Award, numerous art festivals and travelling exhibitions. From 1989 to 1993, she served as an art advisor to Schmidt, the then-curator for Rand Merchant Bank, and then in 1994 she became the curator of the Rand Merchant Bank contemporary art collection, a position she holds to this day. She has worked on several other corporate art collections, including Telkom (which she initiated and developed for 5 years), the Development Bank of South Africa, the Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging, and McKinsey Incorporated. She also served as a consultant for the Brett Kebble Art Award. In 2000, Lizamore embarked on her journey as commercial contemporary curator, starting with pop-up exhibitions in a small coffee shop in Fairland, Johannesburg. In 2001, she opened the doors of Artspace Gallery Fairland, one of only a handful of contemporary art galleries at the time. Here, she exhibited intimate exhibitions by young artists, many of whom went on to have illustrious careers. Examples include Colbert Mashile, Wayne Barker, Marco Cianfanelli, Angus Taylor, and Johannes Maswanganyi. “The Fairland gallery was a first for openings on Sunday evenings, and visitors enjoyed the tranquil atmosphere and ambience of the gallery, before embarking on work the next day,” Lizamore reminisces. As the prominence of Artspace grew along with Johannesburg’s thriving art scene, Artspace moved to the Rosebank Artstrip (2008). The Rosebank gallery exhibited established artists while actively giving opportunities to a new generation of contemporary voices. During this time, Lizamore launched the Artspace Mentorship Programme, and she began exhibiting at FNB Joburg Art Fair and various national art festivals. She also curated critically acclaimed travelling exhibitions like Ik Ben Een Afrikander. In 2010, her dedication was rewarded with the Association of Arts Award for service to the industry. In 2013, the gallery re-branded to Lizamore & Associates, and in 2014 it moved to a larger space on the Rosebank Art Strip in order to expand the reach of the brand and to grow the calibre of the gallery’s monthly exhibitions. The gallery currently hosts more than 20 exhibitions a year as well as exhibitions in partnership with other institutions, nationally. The gallery continues to participate in national fairs and festivals while managing various projects such as the annual SA Taxi Foundation Art Award and the Lizamore & Associates Mentorship Programme. Last year, Lizamore & Associates opened a sculpture garden in Robertson (Western Cape), called Lizamore@Clairvaux. Over the last 35 years, Teresa Lizamore has curated more than 300 contemporary art exhibitions and projects, and has worked with some of South Africa’s most sought after artists and intellectuals in the industry. She is known by everyone in the industry for launching artistic careers, for her dedication and overall contribution to the industry. Still actively involved, she continues to build and expand the bustling South African art industry. 8

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Shamiela Tyer (Founder of Eclectica Galleries)

Eclectica Multiplicity

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Eclectica Art and Antiques, was born in Wynberg’s well-established antiques district, Chelsea Village, for only a short few years before Eclectica Modern opened in 2014. Three more Eclectica galleries followed suit in just two years. With each new additions to the Eclectica family, we’ve questioned how this rate of expansion could be feasible. The perfect opportunity to discuss the brand’s rapid growth with its founder arrived when we heard that Eclectica Print Gallery is exhibiting at the Cape Town Art Fair, and Eclectica Design and Art is exhibiting at SAADA’s expo – both for the very first time. Shamiela Tyer, thank you for taking the time to talk with us, despite your busy schedule. Let’s start at the beginning… My husband Armien, and I have fostered an interest in antiques and design for more than 20 years. Besides some of the obvious elements of aesthetics and great craftsmanship, the excitement of stumbling onto pieces can be a bit of a rush. We are romantic nostalgics, after all. Armien has a passion for collecting SA master art so our halls have always been filled with art stacked everywhere with more than we can hang! Our first gallery was conceived 10-15 years prior to Eclectica Art and Antiques, and then while doing some framing in Chelsea Village one day, the space in Chelsea found us. We were blessed, lucky, with Eclectica Art and Antiques as we quickly attracted a remarkable following. We assembled an impressive and desirable collection of antiques and art. It was ultimately the clients who rewarded us for our courageous endeavour in a world that was “going the other way”. We are dealing within a very niche market, which is relatively small particularly within SA. Yet, with our own tastes developing, we opened Eclectica Modern as a learning venture; in hindsight, probably 5 years too early in our journey. Eclectica Modern closed its doors in the middle of 2016, by which time, you had already opened Eclectica Design and Art; and Eclectica Contemporary. Were these galleries, in essence, an expansion on Eclectica Modern’s concept? No, our vision for a ‘design gallery’ preceded the vision for Eclectica Modern, as we had so many high end pieces in storage. When our lease for Eclectica Modern was about to end, we decided to put phase 1 of Eclectica Modern on hold until a future date in order to focus on a Eclectica Design and Art. There are genuinely very few spaces in the country with a comparable collection of international, high-end, collectable design pieces – hence our desire to accelerate the design concept. Eclectica Design and Art boldly moves towards marrying the aesthetic qualities of design objects to art objects. How does the curation of the space promote appreciation of the objects’ other features? We grapple with this continuously. On one extreme, the gallery synthesizes and integrates ideas, concepts and themes, with aesthetic aspects. On the other extreme, the gallery is anti-synthesis, for example, letting each artist’s work be curated in a way that looking and feeling is unhindered by no other object. Our gallery also allows for the appreciation for other attributes of design objects, like functionality and condition.

Eclectica Contemporary seems to be a more experimental and thought-provoking in its approach. Obviously there is a commercial element to every gallery, but how do you strike a balance between the goals of sales and intellectual stimulation? I think all ‘serious’ contemporary galleries grapple with this question, especially the newer ones. There is no easy road to this balance. It has to be a long term commitment, and there are no guarantees. It’s an overly-competitive, risky and voracious industry with a demanding contemporary audience. If you are purely focused on the commercial aspect, chances are you are not learning, experimenting, or allowing artists to extend their work in ways that are fresh. So we go one exhibition at a time, one step at a time; focusing on providing a platform, building reputation and relevance. If we do this consistently well, commercial success may follow.

The Eclectica Contemporary website states that the gallery aims for an international vision that considers South African context. Could you explain what you mean by this? In our globally-connected world, the interconnectivity of societies, ideas and cultures is unprecedented and irreversible. While we may have our parochial sociopolitical and identity issues etc., ultimately we are connected to an international stream of thought. The vision and challenge is: how do we find local artists that have something to say, have an aesthetic that is universally appealing - or at the other extreme, art that is local but so powerful that it intrigues a global audience? This is clearly not an easy journey but an intellectually rewarding one. Midway through 2016, you opened Eclectica Print Gallery. For what reasons did you choose to create a separate gallery for print work? We have been collecting local and international prints for a long time. Again, this is an idea that predated Eclectica Modern. In the last period of our lease at Eclectica Modern we had a curated exhibition of local and international prints as proof of concept, which was a terrific success. Prints make top local/global and specifically modern artists’ work accessible, when price and rarity normally prohibit. From an investment point of view, collecting prints can be surprisingly rewarding.

What pros are there to opening consciously diverse branches of a gallery within the same city? Despite very diverse focus areas, the threads are basic but sound perennial business practices: consistently striving for a high quality offering, finding fresh ideas, superb service so that there is an underlying reputation and a ‘brand’ being built with a common client base that crosses over. The latter intersection is growing and becoming more ‘Eclectic’. Do you plan to extent further afield? We have several ideas percolating, and Eclectica Modern is still on the shelf. It’s all about opportunity and timing, about continuing to build on, iterate, and experiment with what we have already started. What happens next will reveal itself. This year, Eclectica Print will be featured at the prestigious Cape Town Art Fair, for the first time. What does this step mean for Eclectica as a family of galleries? It means a great deal and we are very pleased to be taking this step so early. It’s important for the stable of artists we collaborate with because the platform is really about them. Personally we can only learn and grow from it. It is also an extension of taking Eclectica Antiques and Art to SAADA in 2016, and Eclectica Design and Art to SAADA in 2017. Could you give our readers a sneak peek of what Eclectica will have on display at the fair? The selection of exhibiting artists is going to surprise and hopefully be appealing to the audience. More than that, I will not say. Come visit our booth and see for yourself. Lastly, all of the Eclectica galleries seem to be very consciously invested in promoting South African art (with few exceptions). What is it about this market that you find promising and captivating? We connect easily with it intellectually, emotionally and visually, being in context. More generally, South Africa has a deep, broad well of local talent and good art schools, and what has been forged/is being forged is interesting because of its roots in a diverse society with deep contentious socio-political issues. There is, therefore, no shortage of subject matter, either local or universal, on which an artistic vision can be imposed. We can see afresh, reflect once more, listen, and feel alive through South African art.

A typical exhibition opening Eclectica Design and Art

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Ruan Huisamen, Mandi, charcoal and pastel on fabriano paper (detail), Sanlam Portrait Award 2015 Top 40

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Lot 774 Maggie (Maria Magdalena) Laubser PORTRAIT OF A GIRL WITH HEAD SCARF HOLDING A PUMPKIN R 350 000 - R 550 000

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Irma Stern Young Man with Orange Turban signed and dated 1942 oil on canvas 60 by 50cm Estimate R12 000 000 – 16 000 000

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Future Erik Laubscher, Drought Namibia (detail), 1989, oil on canvas, 170 by 110,5cm. Estimate: R500 0–00 – 700 000 (Strauss & Co Auction: 6 March 2017, Cape Town)

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