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Hamlin Jansen van Vuuren, Curator of Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, as Frida Kahlo. Photo: Yolande Snyders

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A section of William Kentridge’s Triumphs and Laments mural. Photo courtesy William Kentridge


Gallery Guide 18 Tequila with Frida - A travelling exhibition in Mexico

22 Gallery Listings 33 Gallery Buzz Business Art 14 Auction House News 12 Chapter 3: DF Contemporary – Rebirth 11 London Letter 10 Media Radar 8 South African Artists Abroad 7 All’s fair in art out of Africa 6 7 Good Reasons to Diarise TAF16

Apology: We humbly apologise to Antonio da Silva for mistakenly attributing his sculpture to Lydia da Silva, in last month’s feature on Palette Fine Art Gallery.

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Art Times 7 Kentridge’s Triumph 8 Hermanus FynArts – French Connection 10 Interview with Louis Jansen van Vuuren 11 Book Reviews 12 Artists’ Birthdays 14 National Art Competitions

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Kentridge’s Triumph On the 21st April 2016, South Africa’s contemporary art hero, William Kentridge, unveiled a 550-meter reverse-graffiti mural along Rome’s Tiber River. The artist’s most ambitious project to date and the city’s largest public contemporary art project in recent years, Triumphs and Laments: A Project for Rome, truly is a triumph! Created by removing accumulated dirt from the river’s embankment walls, more than eighty larger-than-life figures stride in a silhouetted procession. Each reaches a height of roughly 10 meters. Represented is Rome’s history – both mythological and actual – revealing her villains and heroes. Eventually these monumental figures will disappear again as grime reclaims the stone wall. To this, HYPERALLERGIC writer Julia Friedman comments: “The limited lifespan of Triumphs and Laments is in direct contrast to Rome’s many

monuments created by failed empires in times of hubris. It suggests that the permanence of the manmade is increasingly an impossibility.� Triumphs and Laments made its debut during the Natale di Roma holiday. The celebrations included a theatrical performance of shadow puppetry and various musical elements; orchestrated by SA composer, Philip Miller – a long-time collaborator with Kentridge. Having conceptualised the artwork 14 years ago, Triumphs and Laments did not come lightly. Without further collaboration and assistance from TEVERETERNO, close to 200 Roman volunteers and 420 crowdfunding backers (a large portion of them South African), this project would not have been possible. As a South African publication, the Art Times feels particularly connected to Kentridge’s work. We take pride in his triumph and hope that you, our readers share this victory with us.

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Source consulted: Friedman, Julia. 2015. William Kentridge Plans Massive, Vanishing Mural in Rome. HYPERALLERGIC (Online), 31 August. Available: [2016, Apr. 15]. | TEVERETERNO. 2016. William Kentridge creates art history on Rome’s Tiber River! Kickstarter (Online). Available: https://www. [2016, Apr. 15].

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Hermanus FynArts French Connection 10 - 19 JUNE A bumper programme crowns the fourth Hermanus FynArts festival. As in the past, the festival will focus on a wide range of events related to the visual arts interspersed with uplifting music, awardwinning wines and gourmet food. The fine line-up of exhibitions, concerts, vintage films, workshops, demonstrations, dinners, tastings and pairings cannot fail to entice. Once again, FynArts acknowledges a specific country’s artistic contribution to South African culture. France’s contribution is to be recognized this year, in a fine thread running through a selection of the programme’s events.

Featured Artist Louis Jansen van Vuuren has been selected as the festival’s artist-in-residence. Having lived and painted in France since 2000, the prominent South Africanborn artist has gained recognition for his art both in South Africa and abroad. In addition to producing his distinctive oil and pastel works, the artist has been actively involved in art education for the past few decades. This year, Louis Jansen van Vuuren was commissioned to create the label artwork for FynArt’s first official wines (Benguela Cove Shiraz 2012 and


Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2014). In celebrating the French Connection theme, the label design is based on French Aubusson tapestries from the eighteenth century. More of his French-inspired art will be on show at THE SPACE gallery in Harbour Road.

Exhibitions Under the directorship of Carol Hofmeyr, the Keiskamma Arts Project has created incredible embroidery pieces over the years. On loan during the festival, the Keiskamma Altarpiece will hang as a backdrop to the Municipal Auditorium stage. It was inspired by Matthias Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece, designed bring hope to people suffering from ergot poisoning in the fifteenth century. Situated in Hamburg (a rural village near East London), the Keiskamma artists noticed parallels between the story depicted by Grünewald and the plight of their own people living with HIV and AIDS. Thus, Keiskamma’s tapestry tells the artists’ own story, infused with local details. Also on display at the Municipal Auditorium will be a set of embroideries by produced by Cebo Mvubu and seven assisting artists. These depict a Xhosa narrative that raises awareness of the plight of the Ground Hornbill.

In My Huguenot Heritage – the first exhibition of etchings to be presented by FynArts – Titia Ballot displays prints previously created for the 1988 tri-century celebration of the French Huguenot refugees’ arrival in South Africa. Recent works inspired by the plight of modern-day refugees are to be shown alongside. Ballot has been invited to show her etchings later this year at the 8th International Printmaking Biennial in Douro, Portugal. During FynArts, her work will be exhibited at the Marine Hotel. Also at the Marine Hotel, six independent goldsmiths will take part in a jewellery exhibition. Contrasts in metal and stone, is curated by Geta Finlayson. The works vary in style, concept and material (materials include gold, silver, resin, plastic and a variety of stones). The Sculpture on the Cliffs exhibition again showcases works by eight artists – Wilma Cruise, Guy du Toit, Gordon Froud, George Holloway, Jaco Sieberhagen, Lionel Smit, Strijdom van der Merwe and Gavin Younge. The exhibition will be opened on Above: Sculpture by Anton Smit. Photo: Charlize Elske Below (left to right): Louis Jansen van Vuuren | Nel Erasmus | Jenny Hearn (The Art of Thread exhibition) | Titia Ballot



Guy du Toit’s Improvised Seating will be exhibited at Zwelihle taxi rank. The collection of five ‘seats’, made up of kiln-bricks stacked and then cast in bronze, are copies of seats recently on show at the Guggenheim Gallery in Bilboa, Spain.


Talks FynArts is honoured to present the Stephan Welz series of talks. The name of the former Managing Director of Strauss & Co is synonymous with art and he showed support for the FynArts festival, from the outset. The series of talks will consist of presentations, conversations and discussions about a variety of artistic disciplines. Speakers include Marilyn Martin, Warren Siebrits, Titia Ballot, Michael Godby, John Kane and many others. Christopher Hope will speak with Zapiro (Jonathan Shapiro), and with David Kramer; while John Kani and Mannie Manim will be in conversation during one of three breakfast sessions.

Workshops & demonstrations Well-known for his work reinterpreting Pierneef’s 28 Station Panels, Carl Becker will offer a series of three intensive drawing workshops (which may be taken as single sessions, or as a series of three). Tania Babb and Rae Goosen will each present a ceramics workshop, while Maureen Tomaino will offer two watercolour workshops. There will also be photography, jewellery, assemblage, creative writing, and poetry workshops. Louis Jansen van Vuuren will present two painting workshops and a painting demonstration. The artwork that he creates during his demo will be auctioned on Saturday 18 June, at the FynArts Supper Club. During this event the artist will also set a French table, and Amanda Strydom will perform while accompanied by Janine Neethling. Tickets for Hermanus FynArts are now available at Webtickets or Hermanus Tourism (028 312 2629). A list of participating accommodation establishments, restaurants and special offers are included on the FynArts website and in the programme booklet (if you don’t find a copy near you please contact Hermanus Tourism and a booklet will be sent to you). A digital version of the programme is available on


Below: Tineke Meijer, exhibiting at The Mission’s House Gallery



11 June, and will remain in place for a whole year. In another new development, many of the artists who participated in the 2015 exhibition have agreed for their work to remain in Hermanus for a longer period. Explore the town’s squares and alleyways to discover the new locations of last year’s sculptures. The latest wall-mounted relief works by Dylan Lewis will be showcased at Birkenhead House. Devoid of any identifiable subject matter, The Spoor can be linked to the artist’s lifelong fascination with wilderness. The works of thirty-one award-winning ceramicists, curated by Liz Coates, will once again be exhibited at the Windsor Hotel under the title Forms of Expression 2. An exhibition by a further thirty artists – working in materials such as fabric, wool, and silk - will be displayed at the Old Synagogue. This exhibition, The Art of Thread is to be curated by Dal Botha. Sixteen galleries take part in FynArts. Most are situated along the Art Amble route in the centre of town. Each of these galleries will feature a special exhibition or invited artist for the festival. For example, Abalone Gallery will present a solo exhibition of paintings by Nel Erasmus alongside a solo exhibition by Judith Mason. Erasmus’s link with France dates to her days as a young artist in the 1950s. In 1958 she was invited to take part in Michel Seuphor’s seminal exhibition, A Dictionary of Abstract Painting at the GalerieCreuze in Paris, and in 1964, she was again invited to exhibit her work at the launch of Abstract Painting: 50 years of accomplishment. Paris was also the scene of her first solo exhibition in 1955. Six vineyards will strengthen the link between art and wine by presenting exhibitions on their estates. These range in medium from paint and sculpture (at Benguela Cove and Creation), to jewellery (at Whalehaven), and pottery (at La Vierge). Finalists in the Violet Bellingham Trophy (open to Grade 10 – 12 learners) will exhibit at Sumaridge. Of particular interest is the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Arts Award finalists’ exhibition. Under the exhibition title, Terroir, the artworks will be hung on barrelheads within the Bouchard Finlayson cellar. Another first for FynArts 2016 will be two exhibitions in Zwelihle. Through their own eyes, is an exhibition of photographs taken by children living in the township. This exhibition will be held at the Youth Café in Tambo Square. Meanwhile,


Louis Jansen van Vuuren Festival Artist for Hermanus FynArts Louis Jansen van Vuuren was previously selected as the featured artist for the KKNK. Now, two years later, he is again making his presence felt at one of South Africa’s beloved art festivals. He is particularly well-known for his oil paintings and pastel works, but also for the sought-after retreats and painting workshops that he offers at la Creuzette, his chateau in the French countryside. Sharing his talents with the Hermanus FynArts festival-goers, he will present two one-day painting workshops. Tickets for both are already sold out. If you were not able to secure your place, you will still be able to enjoy the festival artist’s art through his exhibition. Louis Jansen van Vuuren will present a selection of his recent work alongside a small retrospective. AT: From Boussac in France, to Hermanus Western Cape, you seem to have been summoned from half-way around the world! How does it feel to be Hermanus FynArt’s festival artist and to come home for this honour? From Boussac to Hermanus is an exciting extension of my rather long artistic life. I had my first exhibition when I was sixteen years old. When I was a wideeyed art student at Stellenbosch University, we spent some happy and carefree times there. My two best friends and fellow students came from Gansbaai and Hermanus. Some very close friends live here. In a sense, this creative venture becomes a minihomecoming. As time goes by, I like to revisit the halcyon days of my youth more often. I am thus greatly honored to be coming home for this particular exhibition. AT: What has it been like to have an art career between two countries? Having an art career between two countries has been invigorating. It is a privilege to be exposed to the varied tendencies in contemporary art and to have the beguiling examples of history on your doorstep. I keep in touch with what’s happening in South Africa and have the opportunity to work with local artists on an annual art bursary programme for the University of Stellenbosch. It is also, of course, 10

gratifying to show and to be collected abroad as well as in South Africa. AT: Before you moved to France, you were quite active in the South African scene. How has your mentality and (by extension) your art shifted since you started living in France? I think that the focus of one’s art shifts and grows through exposure to new and ancient art forms. It is, like life, an educative process that I embrace with eager and open arms. Re-invention is a healthy state of being. The cliché persists – all I know is that I know nothing! AT: How do you think your work has matured since you last exhibited in South Africa in 2014? Experimentation plays a significant role in my artistic process. Being confronted and being stimulated by so many richly diverse impulses lead, hopefully, to maturation without sacrificing art’s original childlike nature. For example, I live close to the village, Aubusson, famed for its ancient and contemporary involvement in the tapestry history of France. I have been collaborating with a tapestry cartoon restorator by creating new works of art by using 18th and 19th century hand painted substrates to work on – Aubusson tapestry cartoon with mixed medium intervention. AT: What specifically inspired the recent work that you will be exhibiting at the festival? The exhibition is titled: “Hemel en Aarde Ciel et Terre Heaven and Earth” Hemel en Aarde is a fertile valley with a history filled with phantoms and fables that goes back to the middle stone-age period. “Hemel” suggests incalculable scopes of blue that summon up the impenetrable depths of both southern night skies and the Atlantic ocean teaming with whales and other beguiling marine life. Blue, especially, cobalt blue, serves as thematic reference in this body of work. “Aarde” suggests earth elements and the ochre pigment found in the Blombos caves seventy thousand year ago.

The French refers to a magical moment in which realities are layered and superimposed. It is called “l’heure bleue” – the blue hour: The blue hour is the period of twilight when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This effect is caused by the relative diffusibility of short blue wavelengths of light versus the longer red wavelengths. A colloquial French saying characterises the blue hour as a time of confusion and mystery, since it is impossible to determine whether it is really night or day.

It is in this magical blue realm that I find inspiration for this body of work. Ancestral voices mix with contemporary sounds and re-found objects and fragments of history are presented in altered spaces. In the valley of Hemel en Aarde one finds Bientang the Strandloper in dialogue with Georges Sand of Nouhant. But I prefer to work in several series simultaneously. Quoting the master, Claude Monet: “I am a serial painter.” The exhibition consists of mixed media works on paper, oil painting and several collaboration works with three other artists. Michael Chandler will work with me on several large ceramic works that are creatively bound together through the colour Cobalt. Ruan Huisamen and Nhlanhla Nhlapo will collaborate with me on several charcoal drawings and an oil painting. It will add additional energy to the show. SA ART TIMES | MAY 2016


Recommended Reads Ablade Glover – indivisible Ablade Glover fills his canvases with gestural marks from his palette knife. Out of the resulting abstraction, familiar forms emerge and then disappear again as the mind attempts to puzzle out where one figure ends and the next begins. An inescapable sense of movement is enhanced by vibrant colours, clashing as countless figures mingle together. Ablade Glover – indivisible was assembled as an accompaniment to the Ghanaian artist’s recent exhibition at Christopher Moller Gallery. It is much more than a catalogue for the works displayed, thanks to an introduction by Thembinkosi Goniwe highlighting the significance of the artist’s work within African history. Ashraf Jamal provides further theoretical legitimization by connecting the artist’s work to grounding philosophies about personal interaction, within the African context. Not too long ago, experts at Bonhams London named Glover one of the ‘fathers of Modern African art’. Jamal’s essay firmly establishes the significance of these words and proves them truthful. Where surprisingly little has been written about African Modernism, this book is an important record of a significant artist’s work. The extrapolations within it may prove to be seminal writings in future studies on African Modernism. Published by Christopher Moller Gallery Available through:

The Private World of Normand Dunn By Chris Perold With virtually no literary record of either Normand Dunn’s life (1917 - 1988) or paintings, Chris Perold has set out to rectify this omission. Relying heavily on personal communication and selfstudy, Perold has put together a fitting tribute by reproducing and analysing over a hundred of Dunn’s works and providing extensive background detail to the artist’s practice. Despite Dunn’s prolific production, his notable education (Edinburgh College of Art) and recognition from important South African galleries, critics have mainly recognised elements of humour and caricature in Dunn’s work. Perold’s mission, therefore, has been to reveal the astute observation of humanity, of folly and striving that can also be read into Dunn’s work. His mature paintings play out complex narratives, interpreting both everyday and miraculous events in the small towns around Swellendam. Although Dunn did not hold to any artistic movement or convention, Perold finds a place for him in Art History, connecting him to Pieter Brueghel, the Byzantine iconographers and to slightly more contemporary artists like Marc Chagall and Marjorie Wallace. The Private World of Normand Dunn enlightens and elaborates – with a view to secure his rightful place in the history of South African painting. Published by Otterley Press Available in Cape Town: Charlotte Marrison | 072 252 3987 | Available in Johannesburg: Rosamund O’Connor | 083 444 6572 | Available in KZN and other: Otterley Press |082 924 5892 |


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Amos Langdown

7 May 1930 – 1 February 2006

Born in Plettenberg Bay, Amos Langdown trained as a teacher at the Zonnebloem College in Cape Town, first teaching at primary school level, then becoming a schools inspector. He studied art privately under the guidance of Katherine Harries and in 1961, a solo exhibition in Cape Town earned him a bursary from the Cape Three-Century Foundation and the government to study abroad (by this time he was already studying part-time at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT). During 1963-64 he furthered his studies at the Rijks Academy in Amsterdam and in 1988 he completed a B A degree at the University of Port Elizabeth. Langdown’s oil paintings and prints were influenced by the sardonic French cartoonist, Honoré Daumier, however, paintings displaying his own social commentary show a sympathetic understanding of life on the Cape Flats. Langdown’s work was exhibited broadly during his lifetime, including exposure at the Venice Biennial in Italy and the Sub-Saharan African Exhibition which toured the USA for a year. The Smithsonian Institute has a sizable collection of the artist’s work. Langdown illustrated the published writings of Alba Bouwer, Pieter Grobbelaar and poet P.J. Philander. A poet in his own right, Langdown once said, “When I dip my brush into paint, I dip it into my soul, and he who cannot appreciate this must have a blank in his soul!”

Walter Oltmann

10 May 1960 –

Walter Oltmann was born in Rustenberg, Gauteng. His father worked as a civil servant and so, growing up, Oltmann’s family continually moved between one remote area of Kwa-Zulu Natal to the next. This migratory lifestyle exposed Walter Oltmann to the rich craft tradition of rural South Africa. The artist completed his BA in Fine Arts at the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg) in 1981, and his Masters in Fine Arts at Wits University (Johannesburg) in 1985. He recalls: “I was initially drawn to using wire as a sculptural medium when I moved from Pietermaritzburg to Johannesburg to complete my postgraduate studies in fine arts. Gabion structures (wire cages filled with rocks as a preventative measure against soil erosion) along mine dumps and roadside embankments caught my eye as possible sculptural forms to explore. The limitations of the weight of these forms soon directed me to using wire in itself as a medium.” Oltmann mainly uses biological imagery; playing with scale and mutation to make the familiar, strange. Oltmann was the recipient of the 2001 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art, the 2007 Sasol Wax Art Award and the 2010 Ampersand Fellowship Award. Oltmann is currently a full-time lecturer in Wits University’s Department of Fine Art.

Frank Stella

12 May 1936 –

Frank Stella was born in Massachusetts, to first-generation Italian-American parents. He began learning to paint from abstractionist Patrick Morgan, who taught at Stella’s high school. Stella continued taking art courses at Princeton University, while earning a history degree. At only 23 years, the artist attracted attention, his flat, geometric paintings breaking from the thick, gestural brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism. Stella famously called a painting “a flat surface with paint on it - nothing more.” He later considered his sculptural works as paintings: “A sculpture is just a painting cut out and stood up somewhere.” Emphasising form rather than content, his early paintings are often credited with launching Minimalism. In 1959, MoMA New York exhibited and purchased his work for its collection. Stella married Barbara Rose in 1961 (later a well-known art critic). In 1962, famed gallery owner Leo Castelli held the artist’s first solo exhibition. In 1970, Stella was the youngest artist to have a retrospective at New York’s MoMA, and then received a second retrospective 17 years after. Stella has been awarded the Charles Eliot Norton Professorship of Poetry from Harvard University and a National Medal of Arts from the Presidency. He is active in protecting the rights of artists, in 2008 decrying a proposed U.S. Orphan Works law.

Georges Braque

13 May 1882 – 31 August 1963

Georges Braque was born in Val-d’Oise, a large commune outside of Paris. He was toward creative painting techniques, planning to follow his father and grandfather in the house painting business. Braque began studying painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in the evenings and later apprenticed with a master decorator before painting at the Académie Humbert. Braque officially started his art career at age seventeen, employing an Impressionistic painting style, then a Fauvist style. His paintings were selected for the first Salon des Independants in 1906. After a visit to Pablo Picasso’s studio in 1907, the two artists became friends, began collaborating, and together founded Cubism. In 1910, Picasso introduced Braque to model Marcelle Lapré, whom Braque married in 1912. He served in World War I, sustaining a severe head injury from which it took him two years to recover. A few years later, he was asked to design decor for Ballets Russes. He gained international fame, winning first prize in 1937 at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. As of 1939, Braque began dealing intensively with sculpting and pottery. Besides his paintings, he became known for his plaster engravings and prints. Braque designed the windows of the Church of St. Valery in Normandy, under which he would eventually be laid to rest.




Jean Tinguely

22 May 1925 – 30 August 1991

As a young adult Swiss-born sculptor, Jean Tinguely was apprentice to a store window display designer and only irregularly attended art school (Kunstgewerbeschule in Basle). He began painting in a Surrealist style, but he soon abandoned painting to experiment with movement by equipping machine-like sculptures with electric motors. These developed into art-machines and kinetic sculptures assembled from found objects. Some were set to self-destruct. These ‘suicide machines’ would at time explode prematurely, to which Tinguely reasoned: “You can’t expect the end of the world to end the way you want it to”. According to biographer Gerhard Graulich, the artist owed much of his popularity to the wit, charm, and sincerity of his objects. Tinguely participated in Robert Rauschenberg’s international happenings, associating with the casual artist group “Nouveaux Réalistes”. He would later associate with the group “ZERO”. After exhibiting in several World’s Fairs, 3 Documentas and 2 group exhibitions at MoMA New York, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art curated a travelling retrospective on his behalf. In 1961, Tinguely married close friend and artist collaborator, Niki de Saint-Phalle. At the age of 66, Tinguely passed of complications from a stroke.

Deborah Bell

25 May 1957 –

Deborah Bell was born in Johannesburg. She is now considered one of SA’s acclaimed artists in the fields of sculpture, painting and printmaking. After her first solo exhibition in 1982, she became known for collaborating on various historically-important projects with William Kentridge and Robert Hodgins (from 1986 to 1997). She received her Masters in Fine Art from WITS University and has since lectured at various tertiary institutions. She has travelled extensively in North America and Europe and in 1986 spent two months working at the Cite’ Internationale des Artes, in Paris. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Smithsonian Museum and National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C) and the Hara Museum (Tokyo). Inspired by the ancient civilisations of Egypt and Babylon, it incorporates multi-layered references to the past and present. To Bell, art-making is a spiritual practice. She speaks of feeling the gods of antiquity driving her creative method. Bell lives and works between her studios in Magaliesburg and Rosebank.

THE ART TIMES WOULD LIKE TO CELEBRATE ALL MEMBERS OF SOUTH AFRICA’S VISUAL ART COMMUNITY BORN IN MAY, INCLUDING: 1 Ralph Borland, Jenny Parsons | 2 Renee Holleman, Sanell Aggenbach | 3 Nadine Hutton, Ant Strack, Diana Hyslop | 4 Pisto Chinzima | 5 Derric van Rensburg | 6 Gavin Younge | 7 Paul Bayliss, Marie Vermeulen Breedt | 10 Anthea Delmotte, Hermann Niebuhr, Niklas Zimmer | 12 Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Retha Buitendach | 13 Maja Maljevic, Mary Corrigall | 15 Hennie Meyer | 16 Pascale Chandler | 17 Emma Willemse, Manda Booyse Bester | 18 Annelie Venter, Terry Kurgan | 19 Johannes Petrus Meintjes, Clive van den Berg | 21 Dumile Feni | 22 Chantal Coetzee, David Andrew | 23 Ashley Walters | 26 Carl Becker | 27 Tamsin Relly | 28 Thulisile Shongwe | 29 Ismail Mahomed | 30 Johan Slabbert, Simon Stone | 31 Edoardo Villa

FAMOUS, INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS BORN IN MAY: 1 Georges Inness | 4 Keith Haring | 6 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner | 7 Deborah Butterfield, Richard Cleaver | 14 Thomas Gainsborough | 15 Jasper Johns | 18 Walter Gropius | 21 Albrecht Dürer, Henri Rousseau | 22 Marisol Escobar, Mary Cassat | 23 Franz Kline | 26 Dorothea Lange | 27 Georges Roualt | 31 Ellsworth Kelly Source Consulted: AMOS LANGDOWN: Amos Langdown. 2013. Henry Taylor Gallery (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | Amos Langdown - Fine Art. 2016. Danté Art Gallery (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | Langdown, Amos (1930 – 2006). 2016. Absolut Art Gallery (Online). Available: http://www.absolutart. [2016, Apr. 19]. | WALTER OLTMANN: Smith, Kathryn. 2001. Walter Oltmann. ArtThrob (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | Walter Oltmann. 2012. Goodman Gallery (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | Walter Oltmann. 2013. The Artists’ Press (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | Walter Oltmann. 2005. Walter Oltmann Wire tapestry. Michael Stevenson (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | FRANK STELLA: Frank Stella. 2016. Guggenheim (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | Frank SteIla, American (1936 - ). 2016. RO Gallery (Online). Available: stella-biography.htm [2016, Apr. 19]. | Gershman, Rachel. 2016. Frank Stella. The Art Story (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | GEORGES BRAQUE: Georges Braque. 2012. (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | Georges Braque. 2016. The Art Story (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | Georges Braque Biography. 2016. (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | JEAN TINGUELY: Graulich, Gerhard. 2016. Jean Tinguely 1925–1991. Tate (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | Jean Tinguely. 2016. Art Directory (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | Ravo, Nick. 1991. Jean Tinguely, Playful Sculptor of Scrap Contraptions, Dies at 66. The New York Times (Online), 1 September. Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | DEBORAH BELL: Deborah Bell. 2012. Everard Read Cape Town (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | Deborah Bell. 2016. John Martin Gallery (Online). Available: [2016, Apr. 19]. | Editor’s Note: All content is appropriated from its source and includes elaboration for the sake of enrichment.


The Chemistry Behind Creativity Under a Microscope It is the things that we cannot see that can have the greatest influence on who we are and the things that we appreciate, such as art. This is why this year’s Sasol New Signatures art competition is putting the chemistry behind creativity, under a microscope, by challenging artists to portray the correlation between the two – which to some may appear to be poles apart. “The tagline for this year’s Sasol New Signatures art competition is, ‘the chemistry behind creativity’. We chose this tagline deliberately as it speaks to who we are as Sasol – an international integrated chemicals and energy company that leverages creativity and chemistry to produce products that add value in everyday life,” said Richard Hughes, Group Manager for Sponsorships at Sasol. Entries for the Sasol New Signatures art competition are now open. Held annually in partnership with the Association of Arts Pretoria, the competition is open to emerging artists who are 18 years and older; who’ve have never held a solo exhibition before. Information sessions have been organised at venues around the country to give artists tips and guidance. In order to further solidify the support of visual arts in South Africa, the competition will

now also offer feedback sessions. The Sasol New Signatures National Chairperson will be available, along with the selectors, after the selection process to discuss why certain entries were accepted and others not. Artists who are up to the challenge to explore the chemistry behind creativity can submit their artworks at one of several collection points around the country on 21 or 22 June 2016. Judging will take place in July and the winner of the Sasol New Signatures competition will be announced on 2 September 2016 at an event, after which the winning works will be displayed for a month at the Pretoria Art Museum. The winner will receive R 100 000 and a solo exhibition at next year’s event, with the runner up winning R25 000 and the five merit award winners each receiving R10 000.

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Enter The Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards The City of Ekurhuleni is proud to announce that it will host and present the 29th annual national Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards. It is a contemporary fine art competition which caters for artists of all ages, producing various media of art works. This year’s competition will be presented in collaboration with the Lizamore & Associates Mentorship Programme. The City of Ekurhuleni is privileged to associate this national award named after the acclaimed resistance artist, who gave a voice to the nation through his talent. Thami Mynele once said, “Our Art must become a process – a living, growing thing that people can relate, identify with, be part of, understand; not a mysterious world a universe apart from them.” A competition of this nature serves to encourage artists to transcend limitations, reconfiguring and manipulating contemporary cultural, social and political signs; to employ various media to express metaphors, and their aesthetic sensibility, to reflect the world we live in.


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Submission of Artworks:

The total prize money amounts to R 160 000.00 The following prizes will be awarded: First Prize R 60 000.00 Ekurhuleni Prize R 40 000.00 Multi & New Media Merit Award R 15 000.00 Painting Merit Award R 15 000.00 Art on Paper Merit Award R 15 000.00 Sculpture Merit Award R 15 000.00 Lizamore & Associates Mentorship Programme Solo Exhibition The adjudicators for the 2016 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards competition are: Les Cohn, John Fleetwood, John Robberte, Dr Same Mdluli and Bongi Dhlomo-Moutloa.

The works of art that are submitted must have been completed within 12 months prior to the competition. Works may be entered 16-18 August 2016, from 09h00-19h00 at the Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre, Mooifontein Road, Birchleigh North Kempton Park. Satellite entry points include: Boksburg Library on 16 August 2016, from 09h00-16:00, Springs Art Gallery on 16-17 August 2016 from 09h0019h00 and Katlehong Art Centre, 203 Sontonga Street, Phooko Section on 17 August 2016 from 09h00-16h00.

The Exhibition: All artworks must be ready and suitable for exhibition. The judges will select an exhibition of the best works. The opening function of the Exhibition and Prize Giving Ceremony will take place on 24 September 2016 at the Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre in Mooifontein Road, Birchleigh North, Kempton Park. The Exhibition will then run until 16 October 2016.

There is an entry fee of R50 per artwork entered. For more information, please contact the Visual Arts Curator at 011 391 4006/7 / 011 999 4286 / 4474 / 011 391 6273 / 011 999 8726 Email: / Maria. or / Thabo.





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SA Taxi Foundation Art Award Winners The overall winner, five finalists, and the merit award winner of the second SA Taxi Foundation Art Award have been announced amidst a globally developing trend towards displaying and using art in mobile environments. Illustrator, curator, and independent artist, Audrey Anderson, took the first prize of R50 000 with her ink on paper work entitled ‘Commute Quest’, which depicts daily commuting by minibus taxi as a quest for new direction and insights. As finalists, Steven Bosch, Nkosinathi Khumalo, Wandile Mashaba, Lekau Matsena, and Wesley van Eeden each won R10 000. Mashudu Nevhutalu’s work was recognised with a merit award. Centered on the competition’s theme of ‘routes’, all the works demonstrated a positive view of South African society. “We were enormously encouraged by the solutions-based emphasis shown by all the

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competition entrants,” says SA Taxi Foundation director, Kalnisha Singh. “It indicates that South Africans between the ages of 25 and 35 are upbeat about this country’s future and have the determination to address the challenges confronting our society.” Entries for the Art Award almost doubled (from 80 to 140) from its first year (2014), with its unusual requirements of artists acting as a significant attraction. The competition differs from others in that emerging visual artists must produce a work of art and then convert it into a decal that can be used on a mini bus taxi. “Another reason for more artists entering this time, is that art is becoming mobile in other regions,” Singh says. “In India, for instance, a movement has developed in which art is depicted on furniture. Also, in places like London and New York, underground rail services have begun to exploit and exhibit art in mobile ways. In addition, the first year of the competition boosted the careers not only of the winners but of all entrants whose work was displayed at the Lizamore Gallery, which curates the Award on the Foundation’s behalf. Singh explains that artists have seen that the value of the work of those initial entrants has increased and that this is causing ordinary South Africans to see such work as a form of affordable investment.

Nkosinathi Khumalo

Audrey Anderson

“Artists have understood, too, that the minibus taxi industry is an empowering environment – for commuters and operators, obviously, but also for everyone who seeks to touch the minibus community in positive ways. Singh says that the Foundation has had an increase in requests from minibus taxi operators to have the decals from this year’s winners displayed on their vehicles. “Vehicles carrying the 2014 decals were sought out by commuters, who wanted to be seen riding in them. The decal taxis were also the focus of discussion at taxi ranks. Operators realised that the art works are a powerful form of branding and marketing. “For us, the popularity of the taxis carrying the decals indicates that the Award is achieving its objectives of enabling art to reach a mass audience and of illustrating the transformative role the taxi industry plays in society.”


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Tequila with Frida a travelling exhibition in Mexico

Mexico might seem like a bit of an odd destination for a travelling art exhibition but for those who have travelled to this exotic Chili-loving nation, it would make perfect sense. There is so much more to this country than Tequila, sombreros and tortillas (even though you can hardly ever escape the smell of maize that permeates the air). These boisterous, proud and ever obliging people can definitely teach us a thing or two about culture. On any given day, as the sun begins to set, people start appearing from wherever they have taken shelter from the heat. Families make their way to the plazas. Young couples hold hands. Old couples hold hands (as in most predominately Catholic countries, public display of affection is at the order of the day – and even better if it occurs on the Church steps). The intoxicating rhythm of Latin music fills the air as couples spontaneously take to the cobble-stoned “dance floor.” Dinner is a choice from among a magnitude of street vendors. As you stroll over to the next plaza, you can listen to the rehearsal of


the local symphony orchestra or you can participate in a street play – following beautifully costumed actors as they lead you through the streets of the historical downtown area, acting out local folklore and legends. We launched the Art Exchange project at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in November 2015 with an exhibition of works by 21 Austrian artists. Local artist Judy Woodborne had a connection with Traklhaus in Austria. She approached us as she knew that they were looking for venues to host their traveling exhibition. The work elicited such a positive reaction from our guests that it got us thinking about starting an exchange project. If our audience had such a positive reaction to seeing “foreign” art, maybe South African art would get the same reaction abroad? When we needed a destination to take the project abroad – the Mexicans came to the party – big time!

Rust-en-Vrede Gallery is a non-profit organization located in Durbanville, Cape Town. As such, we do not have any sort of budget at our disposal and the funding for such a project had to be raised by us. To keep things simple, we decided that the exhibition would consist of only unframed print art. We enlisted the help of Thundafund for crowdfunding, who listened to our proposal and made certain suggestions which we implemented (e.g. an introductory video describing the project which we could showcase on their website as well as on our own). We also collected various donated “rewards”


such as artworks from the participating and associated artists, workshops, art classes etc, to which we allocated monetary value. We used these “rewards” to entice the public to donate funds by claiming a reward of their choice. We held a special Mexican-themed fundraising evening at the gallery with wonderful Mexican food and Tequila cocktails and received sponsorship for the printing of colour catalogues from one of our Corporate Members. The reaction to the South African exhibition was not only positive, it was better than we ever expected. The first exhibition was held in Querétaro, at the Galería Municipal. The opening was filmed and aired on a local Arts and Culture television programme. I was also invited to give a talk on the Art Exchange project. The second exhibition was held at the Taller Tamayo, in Oaxaca. Both exhibitions were very well attended by local artists, lecturers, tourists and general art lovers. The general consensus was that the South African work was of a very high standard indeed, and many artists thanked me for bringing the exhibition to their doorstep as well as for the invitation to exhibit in South Africa. I might just add that a lot of these artists, although mostly hailing from small towns with limited-to-no resources, have had an astonishing amount of foreign exposure, having attended residencies throughout Europe and the United States and are by no means unexposed to the global art world. As a traveling exhibition, the South African works were not for sale and are currently on display (and now for sale) at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery until the 4th of May. The Mexican side of the exchange was initially planned for the end of 2017, but the local artists clamored for the opportunity to exhibit in South Africa, so we moved the date to November of this year. The Mexicans are extraordinarily skilled printmakers, so this promises to be an excellent exhibition. The opening will be on the 8th of November 2016. We have since received numerous invitations from other countries to host our Art Exchange project, such as Spain, France, USA, Portugal and the Middle East. We plan to do an exchange with a different country every second year. Although we barely broke even on our first attempt at this project, many lessons were learnt and the overall experience and interest it brought was reward enough. As a cultural centre we feel that not every project has to be for the sole purpose of financial gain and that the upliftment of art in general is at times its own reward. That being said, if we plan on continuing with this project in future, we will definitely need some more outside funding and we DO plan on doing this! Like the famous Mexican adage goes: Mi casa essu casa - Our ‘gallery’ is your ‘gallery’ and we can’t wait to welcome the world. Hamlin Jansen van Vuuren Curator Rust-en-Vrede Gallery

Curator of Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Hamlin Jansen van Vuuren (as Frida Kahlo), with Curator’s Assistant Donavan Mynhardt (as Diego Rivera). Photo Yolande Snyders


Heather Auer Walter Battiss & Norman Catherine Exhibition 10 June - 19 June

Down by the river, oil on canvas by Heather Auer, 120 x 80 cm Battiss’ travels and research extended in all directions and his open-minded approach to life perhaps shocked more conservative viewers. Once described as the “gentle anarchist”, Battiss’ joie de vivre, appreciation of beauty and sensual treatment of the human form earned him international recognition. His paintings and graphics enjoy renewed interest with contemporary art lovers.

Heather Auer Art Gallery Quayside Centre, Simon’s Town Waterfront c/n Wharf & St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Western Cape Tel +27 (0)21 786 1309 / 082 779 2695 / 082 828 9203 Open daily: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm /

Warren Siebrits, independent art advisor, will present this talk. Date: Wednesday 15 June Time: 15:00 Venue: Walker Bay Modern Art Gallery

167 Main Road, Hermanus 028 312 2928 /

Level 0, Cape Quarter Square, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa Phone: 0214213333 / 0832528876 Email:


Bookings : 021 840 7500

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Arlene Amaler-Raviv OPENING SATURDAY 28 MAY AT 12:00

situated at Krystal Beach Hotel, Gordon’s Bay shuttle available from Cape Town- to book your seat email :

05.05.16 - 28.05.16

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Eastern Cape Alexandria

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Cultural Boycott to Pan African Dream, From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, 16/03/2016 till 05/06/2016, Transforming the Collection, From the Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, 07/03/2016 till 15/07/2016, Park Drive Central, T. 041 5062000, artmuseum@,

Artist Proof Studio One of the largest and most vibrant community and professional printmaking facilities in Southern Africa. Newtown, T. 011 4921278,, www.

Johannesburg Art Gallery Centenary Celebrations, The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) has previously proudly announced the forthcoming 100 year celebration of the Lutyens building. The curatorial team will strive to exhibit as much of JAGs acquisitions as possible, and fill the walls exclusively with work from the collections, 10/11/2015 till 31/05/2016, Joubert Park, T. 011 7253130, za,

Free State Bloemfontein Oliewenhuis Art Museum Fragile Histories, Fugitive Lives, A solo exhibition by Keith Dietrich, 20/04/2016 till 12/06/2016, Performing Wo/ Man, Group exhibition curated by Derek Zietsman, 19/05/2016 till 26/06/2016, Waverley, T. 051 0110525 ext 611,, Gallery on Leviseur Esemble, David Griessel, Kobus Lotz, Janette Bellringer, Anna-Mare Buys, and many more, until 31/04/2016, 59 Genl. Dan Pienaar Avenue, Westdene, Bloemfontein 9301, C. 0828352335,,

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Ann Bryant Art Gallery Anything but Painting, The East London Fine Art Society invites artists to submit their artwork on the theme “Anything but Painting” which can be anything where painting is not used. Please submit your work on or before Monday 23rd May 2016, 26/05/2016 till 11/06/2016, Southernwood, T. 043 7224044,,

Art and Wine Gallery Solly Smook, Best of Solly Smook 2016, 02/04/2016 till 30/04/2016, Clarens, T. 058 2561298, anton@artandwine., Richard Rennie Art Gallery Watercolour or Oil Landscapes, Richard Rennie Gallery in Clarens has the largest selection of Richard Rennie Watercolour landscapes and Oil Landscapes in many styles from Real through Modern to Abstract. 275 Main St, Clarens,

Gauteng Johannesburg

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

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

Absa Art Gallery Mapping between with maps, Absa Gallery has invited a selection of pervious entrants in the Barclays L’Atelier Competition to map that space between the maps, artists include: Elrie Joubert (2012 Barclays L’Atelier Winner), Jan Maada Tshikhuthula, Philiswa Lila (2010 Barclays L’Atelier Merit Award Winner), 08/05/2016 till 27/05/2016, ABSA Towers North, 161 Main Road, Johannesburg, T. 011 3505139, paulbay@absa., Alice Art Gallery Mother’s Day with Petro Neal, Petro is an impressionist and although her subjects are diverse, she has a passion for flowers and children. Her work is colourful, bold, fresh and unique. 07/05/2016 till 08/05/2016, Argentine TangoGet out and enjoy life with Alice Art Gallery. For absolute beginners to advanced. R40 per person per hour. Please book with Izak 082 880 6066. 07/05/2016 Mariaan KotzeI get inspiration out of songs, between the pages of books, out of the esoteric and out of situations playing off in life. I am a visual person, a sentence in a conversation often triggering an artwork. 28/05/2016 till 29/05/2016. Roodepoort, T. 011 9581392, info@,

In Toto Gallery Luke Batha: New Work, A solo exhibition of new work by Luke Batha. Modern painting at its best, 21/04/2016 till 23/05/2016, Birdhaven, T. 011 447 6543, megan@intotogallery.,

Lizamore & Associates Gallery Affinity, Benon Lutaaya & Justin Dingwall, 05/05/2016 till 28/05/2016, Parkwood, T. 011 8808802, suen@,

JOHN-MICHAEL METELERKAMP | GERARD VAN ECK | MARKE MEYER WED 18TH May 18:30 for 19:00 Candice Berman Gallery, Riverside Shopping Centre, Bryanston Drive, Bryanston, Johannesburg

Cherie de Villiers Gallery Dealers in fine paintings and sculptures by leading South African artists. Sandton, T. 011 3255395, cheart@global., CIRCA on Jellicoe War Horse, 26/05/2016 till 02/07/2016, 2 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, T. 011 7884805,, www. Crouse Art Gallery We at Crouse Art deal exclusively in original South African Art, specifically in investment art. We offer works by a variety of renowned artists, Errol Boyley, Anton Benzon, Hennie Niemann, Chris Tugwell, Andre de Beer and many more, Florida, T. 011 6723821, suzette., Everard Read They Are Greeting, Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, 05/05/2016 till 04/06/2016, 6 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank, T. 011 7884805,, Fifth Avenue Fine Art Fine Art Auctioneer, 404 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, T. 011 7812040,, Gallery 2 Collaboration of various artist, Over the last 20 years Gallery2 has promoted both established and emerging contemporary South African artists across a variety of disciplines. This exhibition will consist of artists presented by the gallery such as Rosemary Joynt, Bambo Sibiya, Jenny Stadler, among others, 19/04/2016 till 04/06/2016, Parkwood, T. 011 4470155/98,, Goodman Gallery Mischeck Masamvu, Still, 05/05/2016 till 25/05/2016, Parkview, T. 011 7881113,, www. Graham’s Fine Art Gallery Graham’s Fine Art Gallery exhibits a significant collection of important South African art, Bryanston, T. 011 4637869, info@,

outoftheCUBE@KKNK 2016 a new outoftheCUBE link: ‘ootc@real_life’ … this link on our web page features outoftheCUBE curated pop-up participations in art fairs and festivals and via other physical visual arts platforms. Seen here, Banele Khoza’s monotype ‘Crossing’ from his recent explorations with this medium. Six of these were highlighted on the outoftheCUBE KKNK 2016 exhibition ‘The Crossing Place’.>ootc@real_life> ootc@KKNK16 ‘The Crossing Place’ Sanlam Art Lounge Showcases works from emerging artists, commemorates iconic pieces from the renowned Sanlam Art collection and, on occasion, hosts exhibitions compiled in collaboration with other institutions. 6th Floor, 11 Alice Lane, Sandton, T. 011 7786210, Stefan., Springs Art Gallery Human Rights Art and Photography Exhibition, The Human Rights Art and Photography Exhibition feature the original art works, a display of the creations from the City of Ekurhuleni’s Art Development School, its Art as Healing Classes and the Photography Projects, 21/03/2016 till 31/05/2016, Springs, T. 011 999 8726/7,, www. Stevenson Sex, A group show curated by Lerato Bereng, 21/04/2016, Braamfontein, T 011 4031055/1908,, www. Standard Bank Art Gallery Kemang Wa Lehulere, Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art: History will break your heart, 15/04/2016 till 18/06/2016, Johannesburg,, About-Us/Sponsorships/Gallery










Sigspraak Francois Pretorius

14 Apr - 13 May NWU Botanical Garden Gallery Opening: 14 Apr, 17:30 018 299 4341



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

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

UJ Art Gallery Exhibits contemporary South African art and group exhibitions by younger generation artists. APK Campus, Auckland Park. T. 011 5592099,, za/EN/ArtsandCulture/Pages/home.aspx


Pretoria Association of Arts Pretoria Codex Magdalene & Monuments Magdalene, An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Majak Bredell, 06/05/2016 till 25/05/2016, Transmutation – The Alchemy of Art, A group exhibition of South Africa’s finest artists, 15/04/2016 till 30/05/2016, Nieuw Muckleneuk, T. 012 3463100,, www. Centurion Art Gallery Solo Exhibition, The art that you will engage with at the exhibition goes beyond the need to be pleasing to the eye; By Elsa Cloete, 03/05/2016 till 14/05/2016, Lyttelton Manor, T. 012 3583477,, www. Chris Tugwell Art Gallery The Chris Tugwell Galleries, in existence for over fifty years, showcase work from some of South Africa’s most exciting and talented artists. This includes paintings, ceramics, glass and limited edition bronzes and sculptures by well-known South African masters, Brooklyn, Pretoria, T. 012 346 0925, info@christugwell., Pretoria Art Museum Stepping Out – Textile Art, Stepping Out, a creative handwork group from Centurion, uses material and fibre to construct practical or decorative objects. Textiles have always been a fundamental part of human life and textile art that includes various techniques used to embellish or decorate textiles will be exhibited, 06/03/2016 till 16/05/2016, Quotidian Life: Iris Dawn Parker. This solo exhibition by photographer Iris Dawn Parker is an ongoing series of portraits and stories reflecting everyday life in SA, 17/03/2016 till 03/06/2016, Arcadia, Pretoria, T.012 3586750,,

KZ Natal Imbizo Gallery Abstraction. Imbizo Gallery in Ballito is proud to present ‘Abstraction” – a collection of the finest Abstract Art by established artists, Natasha Barnes, Nico Roos and Bredon Edwards. It’s an opportunity to indulge the senses in the magic of the abstract. Opens 21/04/2016, Ballito, T. 032 9461937,,

Durban Artspace Durban Helen Martins and the Owl House, A personal view by Jannie van Heerden met Helen Martins in Nieu-Bethesda and was very impressed by her liveliness and total dedication to the creation of her wonder world, 30/04/2016 till 19/05/16, Caroline Wood and Zaf Zafer, 21/05/2016 till 26/05/2016, Kwa-Natal, T. 031 3120793, info@artspace-durban. com,

Umhlanga Rocks Makiwa Gallery Makiwa Gallery Umhlanga Rocks Fine Art, Makiwa Gallery for discerning art collectors of original paintings and sculpture – Makiwa Mutomba, Royalene, Anton Gericke, Brendan Broedelet, Coral Spencer, Elbe van Rooyen, Ian Hertslet, Marlien van Heerden, Nicole Pletts, Llewellyn Owen Davies, Sarah Richards, Tony De Freitas, Kobus Nel, 01/05/2016 till 31/05/2016, Umhlanga Rocks, T. 031 5611194,, www.makiwagalleries. com/artists-umhlanga-gallery Gallery Umhlanga Framing specialist, Umhlanga, T. 031 5612199,,

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


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

Carnegie Art Gallery Healing exhibition by Vusi Zwane, 1. Healing exhibition opened by Dr Malcolm Christian. Vusi was born in Lennoxton, Newcastle in 1957. Studied graphic and textile art at FUBA in the 80s. Now works at Caversham Press. 2. Ezekhethelo permanent collection exhibition, 04/03/2016 till 05/06/ 2016, Newcastle, KZN, T. 034 3287622, za,

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

Inaugural exhibition at The Viewing Room Gallery @ St Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery. Artist Ilandi Barkhuizen and Andre Prinsloo. Humanities Inhumanity:The Contrast between Beauty and Destruction. Opening: Saturday, 07 May 2016 till 4th June 2016 Time: 3pm till 6pm

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

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. From Codesa to present, Various artists who participated in the Art Gallery’s exhibition based workshops at INK Creative Center. T. 031 3112264,, KZNSA Approach, Cultural Production in a Shifting Social Context. Curated by Vaughn Sadie. a look at organisations using creative practice as a tool to examine the various and multiple Social realities of contemporary SA. A project of the KZNSA’s Social Art Programme supported by National Lotteries Commission, 19/04/2016 till 08/05/2016, T. 031 2771705,,


St. Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery

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The Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery at Butterflies for Africa Delaine Cools and local artists, Delaine Cools who is inspired by the beauty of Mother Nature. “Belgravia Gallery was pleased to include her painting ‘The Seeing Tree’ which won 1st prize in World Citizen Artists exhibition. Her paintings are colourful full of joy and hope. “She is an artist to watch” Laura Walford, London, 01/04/2016 till 31/05/2016, Pietermaritzburg, T. 033 3871356, art@butterflies.,

Limpopo Hoedspruit

Mpumalanga Graskop

White River The Artists’ Press One of the largest and most vibrant community and professional printmaking facilities in Southern Africa, Waterfield Farm near White River. T. 013 7513225, mark@artistspress. , The Loop Art Foundry & Sculpture Gallery A collaboration and network for the avid art patron and collector as well as a full service facility for the artist. White River, T. 013 7582409, theloop@, The White River Gallery Colour PalettesBrowsing through eswatini, Celimpilo Dlamini and other artists from Swaziland i, 23/04/2016 to 23/05/2016, White River, C. 083 6758833, art@,

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

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

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

Potchefstroom North-West University Gallery Albus and Foreign Nationals, “Albus” by Justin Dingwall and “Foreign Nationals by Aldo Brincat. Ongoing, Potchefstroom, North-West University, T. 018 2994341, gallery@,

Western Cape Cape Town Artvark Gallery Artist in Residence – Tessa Wessels. Recent Fine Arts graduate from Stellenbosch University, Tessa Wessels is currently working on a series of oil paintings from her travels.14/03/2016 till 14/08/2016. Kalk Bay. T. 021 788 5584artvark@ iafrica.com Agapanthus New Works, New works by Gary Stephens, lamps by Trevor Opperman and sculpture by Toby Megaw. 01/05/2016 till 31/05/2016. Kalk Bay, T 021 7883187info@ Agapanthus-1685648945005941/ ArtB Gallery Bellville, Platform for visual art and artists in the Western Cape to raise public awareness of art. Bellville, T. 021 9171197, artbellville@gmail. com, Barnard Gallery MJ Lourens: Proximity by Proxy, 26/04/2016 till 31/05/2016, Newlands, T. 021 6711553,, www. Carmel Art Dealers in fine art and distributors of Pieter van der Westhuizen etchings. Green Point, T. 021 4213333,, www.

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

G2 Art We are a permanent gallery in the Cape Town CBD. Offering a diverse range of contemporary painting, mixed media and sculpture by South African artists. Including, Jimmy Law, Nicole Pletts, Kelly John Gough, Cornelia Stoop and Nasser Zadeh amongst many others, Cape Town, T. 021 4247169,,

Kalk Bay Modern Art On Paper VII, Kalk Bay Modern will be hosting its annual Art On Paper featuring, Beezy Bailey, Clare Menck, Claudette Schreuders, Colbert Mashile, Deborah Bell, Dominic Edwards, Judy Woodborne, Lyn Smuts, Mischa Frisch, Nat Makgosi, Stephen Croeser, Walter Oltmann, William Kentridge, Wilma Cruise and more. 14/05/2016 till 04/06/2016, Kalk Bay, T. 021 7886571, kbmodern@, Kalk Bay Sculpture Studio Sculpture Studio and fine arts foundry, Jean Tiran, Pete Strydom, Chris Bladen, Ongoing, Kalk Bay, T. 021 7888736,

South African Print Gallery Casa Labia: Dealers in fine art prints. Our current salonstyle exhibition features a selection of work from established printmakers including Theo Paul Vorster and Joshua Miles. Running concurrently is A Man & His Thoughts, the first of many exhibitions to be drawn from the Peter Clarke archives.

Leonardo da Vinci Gallery Sophiatown, A photographic exhibition of Jazz musician, 27/04/2016 till 12/05/2016, CBD, C. 083 745 6073,,

021 788 6068 | Everard Read Gallery Cape Town Paolo Bini Al di là del quadro / Beyond the canvas Exhibition opens 4th May and concludes 31 May. Tel: 021 418 4527 Email: Website:

Feathers Heather Auer Art Gallery Quayside Centre c/n Wharf & St George’s St Simon’s Town 7975 +27 (0)21 7861309 +27 (0)21 7827321 0827792695 0828289203

34 Fine Art The Most Famous Artist, TMFA is a tech entrepreneur is applying his knowledge of social media and the Internet to explore how it can be used to craft perceptions of an artist, to develop a persona, and then to stimulate demand. 123 000 followers on Instagram. Also Stall B7 at STROKE Art Fair Munich from 4 May – 9 May, 01/05/2016 till 31/05/2016, Woodstock,, www.34fineart. com, C. 0823541500

EBONY/Curated Abstracted, Hugh Byrne, Zander Blom, Soly Cisse, Rory Emmett, Stefan Krynauw, Lars Fishedick and Victor Ehikhamenor, 05/05/2016 till 05/07/2016, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4249985,, Eclectica Art & Antiques Purveyors of antiques, furniture, bespoke pieces of objet d’arts & fine art, incl. SA Masters. Wynberg, T. 021 7627983, melissa@, Eclectica Design & Art Optical Diversion, An exhibition that explores the trends and mysteries of abstraction in contemporary African art. Featured artists include; Asanda Kupa, James de Villiers, Zarah Cassim, Mark Rautenbach, Catherine O’Cholla, Albert Coertse, 05/05/2016 till 31/07/2016, Cape Town, T. 021 4220327,,

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Die Kunskamer (Established in 1971), Celebrating 44 years in SA Art, Fresnaye, Sea Point, Cape Town. T. 021 4349529,, www. Eatwell Gallery Open Studio, The working studio of Lynne-Marie Eatwell, also exhibiting the work of Eric Oswald Eatwell and Mags Eatwell, 01/05/2016 till 30/05/2016, Noordhoek, T. 021 7892767,,

Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery

Michaelis Galleries Promises and lies: The ANC in Exile, An exhibition of photographs by Laurie Spelham, 12/05/2016, T. 021 480 7170, nkule.mabaso@uct.,

9 Wolfe St, Wynberg Tel: 021 761 2816

DF Contemporary Chapter III – 07/05/2016 till 04/06/201 Main Gallery: Christiaan Diedericks/ Jimmy Law/ Leanne Olivier/ Dani Buch/ Vanessa Berlein/ Frans Smit/ Sohee Kim/ Alexa nder Knox/ Elizabeth Balcomb/ Sandile Nzuza/ Corlie De Kock/ Andrew Lovell/ Krisjan Rossouw Investors Lounge: Norman Catherine/ Colbert Mashile/ Diane Victor Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Rd. Woodstock 0835641035 / / / Gallery F Specializing in Black and White photography, Cape Town, T. 021 4234423, gavin@, Goodman Gallery Nolan Oswald Dennis, Furthermore, 14/04/2016 till 18/05/2016, Woodstock, T. 021 4627567,,

Iziko SA National Gallery Studio, Celebrating the lives and works of South African Artists, 10/12/2015 till 30/09/2016, Cape Town Central, T. 021 4674660,, Jan Royce Gallery Focus Grand Finale, Grand Finale of 15 works by local and international artists, a broad spectrum of media, ranging from sculptures, oil on canvas, objects to illustrations. A truly international group show of unique works of Art, 04/05/2016 till 07/05/2016, City Bowl, T. 021 4221624, cornelis@, Johans Borman Fine Art Currently showing a selection of works by SA Masters including Erik Laubscher, Walter Battiss, Cecil Skotnes, Ezrom Legae and Piet van Heerden, as well as works by contemporary artists such as Owusu-Ankomah, Jaco Sieberhagen, Marlene von Dürckheim, Anthony Lane, Georgia Lane and Richard Mudariki. Ongoing, Newlands, T. 021 6836863, art@johansborman.,

Mogalakwena Gallery Shearing A solo exhibition by Barbara L’Ange, capturing the sheer joy of life through felting. MOGALAKWENA GALLERY 5 May - 30 June 2016 3 Church Street, Cape Town, between Adderley Street and St George’s Mall Parking at Rhodes Mandela Mullers Gallery Jnr presents Bad Habitus, The group of seven, young, emerging artists on the show are recent graduates of Michaelis School of Fine Art, 05/05/2016 till 29/05/2016, Cape Town, C. 083 2704304,




NEL ERASMUS – AbstracƟon into MoƟon

Opening: Saturday, 11 June 2016 at 12:00 by Dawid Ras

Hermanus FynArts 2016പ10-19 June 2016 JUDITH MASON – Undiscovered Animals

Opening: Saturday, 11 June 2016 at 15:00 by Mandie van der Spuy

followed by signing of Judith Mason’s book, “The Mind’s Eye” Abalone Art Gallery is also hosƟng a group exhibiƟon with selected works by arƟsts of the gallery.

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

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Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Paper Is You III, A group exhibition celebrating the diversity and richness of paper as artistic medium. Artist include: Andrew Sutherland, Berry Meyer, Elsabe Milandri, Gabrielle Raaff, Kirsten Beets, and Paul Senyol. 29/04/2016 till 21/05/2016, Gardens, T. 021 424 6930,, Sanlam Art Gallery Tafelberg Photographic Club, 9th Annual exhibition by Members, 13/04/2016 till 20/05/2016, Bellville, T. 021 9473359, Stefan.,

Ballet Dancer Red! The Gallery & Cafe Steenberg Village Shopping Centre, Reddam Avenue, Tokai Gallery 021 7010886 / Café 021 7024466 Book your functions in our newly renovated café, Surrounded by awesome art! Email: Website:

South African Jewish Museum Monday to Thursday 10am to 5pm; Friday 10am to 2pm; Saturday closed; Sunday 10am to 5pm, Gardens, T. 021 4651546,,

Rust-en-Vrede Gallery A Walk in The Park Mosaic Exhibition, Heidi Ansley and her students will be exhibiting at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in the very popular annual Mosaic Group Exhibition, themed this year as “A Walk in The Park”. Pietmy-Vrou Mosaic Studio is one of the art studios on the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery premises. 10/05/2016 till 08/06/2016. A Walk in the Park Ceramic Exhibition, Themed Ceramic Group Exhibition by various artists including: Adela Friedman, Anthony Shapiro, Catherine Brennon, Christine Williams, Elna de Kock, Janie Siebert and Lisa Ringwood. Office Showcase Ceramic Artists: Ansie Ibbotson & Alessandro Pappada, 10/05/2016 till 08/06/2016, Durbanville, T. 021 9764691, rustenvrede@, S Art Thonton Kabeya - Eria Sane - Henry Mzili - Robert Slingsby - Khehla Chepape Makgato Stanislaw Trzebinski - Adriaan Diedericks - Janko De Beer - Sara Gaqa - Nasser N.Zadeh - Vincent Osemwegie - Bastaan von Stenis - Michael Selekane - Dario Manjate - Paa Joe - Lioda Conrad - Restone Maambo and more. Hout Bay, C. 076 712 5240,, www.

The AVA Gallery IQhiya Exhibition, Uncovering a discourse centered on the voices of black women. Pinky Mayeng, Asemahle Ntlonti, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Lungiswa Gqunta, Bonolo Kavula, Sisipho Ngodwana, Thuli Gamedze, Sethembile Msezane, Bronwyn Katz, Mathlogonolo Kelapile. 07/04/2016 till 07/05/2016, 35 Church Street, Cape Town, 8001, T. 021 4247436,, www. The Cape Gallery Review – a group exhibition, ‘Review’ looks at the cultural shifts that have altered the city. The exhibition focuses on the correlation between past and present in regard to the experience of being in the city. 24/04/2016 till 21/05/2016, Cape Town, T. 021 4235309, web@,

IS Art To The Bone, A solo Exhibition by Helen Vaughan. “To The Bone” An exploration of the physical and emotional landscape. Ceramics and oil on aluminum. 15/05/2016 till mid June, 11 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, T. 021 8762071,, Is-Art-Franschhoek-147031572033399/ The Gallery at Grande Provence From Giyani to Alexandra, A mirror exhibition shown at Everard Read Jhb and The Gallery @ Grande Provence. Hlungwani talks about his journey from Giyani his home ground to the busy streets of Alex in Johannesburg. It would seem that his move from Giyani to Alex was also a step into the next century, 06/03/2016 till 16/04/2016, Franschhoek, T. 021 8768630,, www.

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

Red Room Art Dealers of South African fine art in Cape Town. Swing by our gallery in Hout Bay and adventure through our exquisite collection of oils, drawings, prints and sculptures of the most reputable South African artists like Robert Hodgins, Diane Victor, Wilma Cruise, Jan Neethling and many more. Hout Bay, C. 071 6021908, contact@, Rose Korber Art Summer Salon. A dynamic group show in conjunction with Provenance Art. Exhibition includes works by William Kentridge, Gavin Younge, Robert Slingsby, Lyndi Sales, Willie Bester, Lorienne Lotz, Richard Smith, Deborah Bell, Pamela Stretton, Stephen Croeser. 6 Vrede Street, Gardens. Telephone gallery: 0214618009, till 31/04/2016, Gardens, T. 021 4330957,,

Smith Gallery ‘LookBusy’. A solo exhibition of work by Dale Lawrence, 06/04/2016 till 07/05/2016, Cape Town CBD, candace@,

South African Print Gallery Woodstock: Artist: Pauline Gutter Title: Concious of Outlines and Constructs Medium: Lithograph Price: R 5 250 Dealers in Fine Art Investment Prints South African Society of Artists SASA was founded to cater specifically to the practicing artist. We hold four exhibitions annually. Cape Town Central, T. 021 6718941, gchambers@mweb., StateoftheART Gallery Walking On Water | Zaan Claassens, In Walking On Water, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, Zaan’s latest body of oil paintings examine water surfaces, reflected light and the ephemeral nature of her subject matter. Her beautifully crafted bronze sculptures add their magic. 05/05/2016 till 21/05/2016, Central City, T. 021 8014710,, Stevenson Moshekwa Langa, Ellipses, 14/04/2016 till 28/05/2016, Woodstock, T. 021 4621500,, www.stevenson. info/ SMAC Art Gallery Albert Adams The Bonds of Memory, This overview of Albert Adams’ (19292006) oeuvre, spanning more than 50 years and including works never before exhibited in South Africa, reveals an instinctive expressionism that was charged by a deep social commitment, 09/04/2016 till 21/05/2016, Woodstock, T. 021 4611029,, www.

UCT Irma Stern Museum The old woman and the moon, The old woman and the moon: An inner journey in oil by Wilna van der Walt. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book to be launched at the opening of the show. Walkabout on Sat 21 May at 11am, 14/05/2015 till 04/06/2016, Rosebank, T. 021 6855686, mary.vanblommestein@uct., Wall Art Gallery Showing a selection of iconic South African artists who shaped a new pictorial language for South African artist expression. V&A Waterfront, T. 021 4181953,, WHATIFTHEWORLD Solo Exhibition Maja Marx, 07/05/2016 till 04/06/2016. Woodstock, T. 021 447 2376,, www.

Franschhoek Atelier at 1 unie Private ongoing viewing of Contemporary fine art and sculpture by Johannes du Plessis at his studio, by appointment. Franschhoek, C.082 5796403, Ongoing, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764382, johannes.dup@, Art in the Yard Manuscript - Group exhibition, The idea behind the exhibition ‘Manuscript’ originated with the idea of working with the Dewey Decimal System experienced as a scholar in school libraries. Artists will take their inspiration from text or from the book titles of their favourite novel, biography, poet or favourite author., 13/05/2016 till 06/06/2016, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764280,, www. EBONY /Curated Gallery Showing: New work by Dylan Lewis, Greg Lourens, Sibusiso Duma, Theo Kleynhans, Richard Smith, Soly Cisse, Zemba Luzamba, Justin Dingwall. 2016 Literary Festival: 13 - 15 May, Franschhoek, T. 021 8764477,, www.ebonydesign.

The La Motte Museum Offers a cultural-historical experience featuring the estate’s history and architecture. Current exhibition: Thoughtful Journey – a celebration of female artists. On Thursday, 12 May at 18h30, acclaimed writer Amanda Botha will present a talk on the relationship between 20th century SA female artists. Cost R80pp (bookings are essential). T. 021 876 8850, E. museum@la-motte., Makiwa Gallery Makiwa Gallery Artwork May 2016, For the discerning Art Collectors of Fine South African Art. Owned by renowned Artist, Makiwa Mutomba, also showcasing other respected SA Artists: Tony De Freitas, Marlien van Heerden, Anton Gericke, Sarah Richards & Shaune Rogatschnig. Open Monday - Sunday 9:30-5:30, 01/05/2016 till 31/05/2016, Franschhoek, T. 021 8762600,, www. Moór Gallery Nicolaas Maritz, 30/04/2016 art@ till 31/05/2016 C. 082 6555308,, http://www.

George Crouse Art Gallery Artdealers, Old MastersAdriaan Boshoff, WH Coetzer, Gregoire Boonzaaier, Irman Henkel, Hugo Naude BRONZES - Llwelyn Davies, Kobus Hatting, INVESTMENTS - Anton Benzon, Christiaan Nice, Hennie Niemann, Ina van Schalkwyk, Marie Vermeulen Breedt, Michael Heyns, Daily 9am to 5pm, George Eden Meander Shop 31, T. 044 8870361, suzette@cro seart.,




UCT Irma Stern Museum “The Old Woman and the Moon: An inner journey in oil” An exhibiƟon and book launch by Wilna van der Walt 14 May unƟl 4 June. Walkabout: Sat 21 May at 11am.

detail from Ashes of the Rainbow by Asanda Kupa

The exhibiƟon will be opened by Amanda Botha UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Rd, Rosebank, CT +27 21 685 5686ഩ

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


Gordons Bay

Rossouw Modern Art Gallery Leading Artists and Sculptors, An Autumn collection of new works by leading local artists and works by latest addition to the gallery, sculptor Jaco Sieberhagen. Part of Hermanus First Friday Art Walk - next one on 6 May, 01/05/2016 till 30/05/2016

Ndiza Gallery “Drone” by Arlene Amaler-Raviv, “Drone” A Solo Exhibition by Arlene Amaler-Raviv Opening 28/05/2016 at 12pm Shuttle from Cape Town - To Book your seat Email: michaela@, 14/05/2016, Gordon’s Bay, C. 076 2285046,, www.

Walker Bay Art Gallery Leading specialist in South African Art and features a new Contemporary Gallery. Wide variety of paintings, sculptures, glass and ceramics. Hermanus. T 028 3122928, Hermanus, T. 028 3122928,, www.

Wonki Ware Di Marshall pottery. South African Dinnerware and Table Accessories, George, T. 044 8841883,, www.

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

Hermanus Abalone Gallery Autumn Light:Forms and Reflections, Focus on the Courtyard Sculpture Garden: Strydom van der Merwe, Herman van Nazareth, Gordon Froud, Sanna Swart, Mariki Chin, Carl Roberts, Shepherd Ndudzo, Anton Smit Gallery: Alta Botha, Lien Botha, Elzaby Laubscher, Pat Mautloa, Lynette ten Krooden, Louis van Heerden, André Naudé, Jeannette Unite. 01/05/2016 till 09/06/2016, Hermanus, T. 028 3132935, info@,


Palette Fine Art Gallery Palette Art Gallery specializes in bronzes and paintings from local artists, Lydia da Silva, Tony da Silva, Mariette van Velden, Claudia Meyer, Tay Dall, Carol Norvall, Ruth Brunskill, Winnie Eaton, Vicky Sanders, Leon Muller, James Cook, Wendu du Plessis, Carla Mulder, Carol Bradley, Jana Neethling, Winnie Eaton, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8550908, paletteartgallery1@ Rupert Museum South African Artists, Our opening hours are now Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8883344,,

South African Print Gallery: Prince Albert

Knysna Fine Art Transmutation, Group show by 54 South African contemporary artists, Ongoing, Knysna, T. 044 3825107,,

Artist: Connor Cullinan Title: Conrad Botes Medium: Screenprint Price: R4 200


Riebeek Kasteel

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

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

Somerset West

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

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

Presents a solo exhibition by Paul Kneen: Dystopia “A fairytale of grim realityî Opening Friday 6 May at 5:30pm, on until 29 May 2016 More details: or visit our website

Stellenbosch Art Gallery Extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade glass and ceramics by selected Western Cape artists are on offer to the discerning buyer, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8283489,, www.stellenboschartgallery.

The ART SQUARE studio/gallery The ART SQUARE offers a creative and social platform where the artist and public can meet. Solo exhibitions every last Thursday of the month. West Coast hospitality- everyone welcome. Langebaan,, ThePumpkinHouse

Teresa Decinti Fine Art Gallery Image: Pink Helderberg Teresa Decinti Fine Art Gallery Contact: 082 432 5188 Facebook: Teresa Decinti Fine Art Gallery Eikehoff Church Street Stellenbosch, website:

Plettenberg Bay

Rossouw Modern SPACE

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

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

Stellenbosch Art at Tokara Landscape Hunter, Photography by Thomas Ferreira, 15/03/2016 till 08/05/2016, Crest of the Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch, T. 011 7880820,, www. 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, oudelibertasgallery@gmail. com,

US Museum Opening hours are Tue to Fri 9am to 4.30pm; Sat 9am to 4pm, Stellenbosch, T. 021 8083695,, www.rsa-overseas. com/archaeology/sasol-art-museum-universitystellenbosch-museum.htm

Tulbagh Saronsberg Cellar Saronsberg 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,, www.




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OPENINGS AT RUST-EN-VREDE GALLERY: KARIN LIJNES & ART EXCHANGE: MEXICO 1 Artist Karin Lijnes, with opening speaker Wilma Cruise 2 Paul Birchall in front of his artwork, Ginger Tom 3 Ansie Ibbotson & Alessandro Pappada in front of their ceramic display in the Clay Museum

SNEAK PREVIEW OF ARLENE AMALER-RAVIV EXHIBITION AT NDIZA GALLERY 4 Mr Adrien Kouambo – the High Commissioner of Cameroon, with Mrs Morongoe Ramphele – the Deputy Director of Tourism, and Arlene AmalerRaviv 5 Arlene Amaler-Raviv, George Reeves & Cally Aurouet






7 Nompumezo Gubevu & Zinziswa Zanele Mavuso 8 Lerato LeriBell Melato & Jacqueline Allegra 9 Desma van der Walt, Amanda Snyman, Nadia van der Walt & Amy Bode 10 Ngxale Bamanye & Fifen Abdoulai


11 Moira Mc & Gordon Froud 12 Banele Khoza & Mashudu Nevhutalu 13 Bonisele Makubalo, Wandile Mashaba, Lekau Matsena, Teresa Lizamore, Audrey Anderson, Wesley van Eeden, Kalnisha Singh, Steven Bosch & Nkosinathi Khumalo 14 Cherie Cordier, Zene Stolz, Phillip van Heerden & Almarie van Niekerk 15 Tanisha Bhana, Thokozani Madonsela & Aysha Waja

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Hats Off to Strauss & Co STRAUSS & CO | JOHANNESBURG

High-quality artworks by top South African and international artists will feature at Strauss & Co’s auction on 23 May at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg.

Strauss & Co’s upcoming auction on Monday 23 May at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg offers a wide range of exceptional works by major South African artists including Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Pieter Wenning, Walter Battiss, Anton van Wouw and Gregoire Boonzaier. Among the contemporary works on show are a good selection by Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge and Peter Clarke. Headlining the auction is a remarkable oil painting by Irma Stern, Portrait of Freda Feldman in Basotho Hat, which provides insights into the enduring friendship between the artist and Feldman, her closest friend and protégé. The painting is accompanied by the Basuto hat worn by the sitter who, like Stern, was known for her individualistic style. In her seminal work on Stern, Irma Stern: A Feast for the Eye, which features this portrait in a full colour illustration, Marion Arnold notes in a caption, “Freda Feldman was well known in Johannesburg for her collection of hats, a fashion foible she shared with Irma Stern.” Strauss & Co senior art specialist, Emma Bedford, says of this work: “It reveals their common interest not just in fashion and stylish hats and clothes, but also their shared passion for African culture and their ingenuity in forging an aesthetic that draws on both African and European inspiration.” This painting is expected to fetch between R5 000 000 and 7 000 000 when it goes under the hammer. Strauss & Co has sold the five highestpriced Stern paintings in South Africa, and set the South African record for a work by Irma Stern – also the record for a work of art in South Africa – when Two Arabs sold for R21 166 000 in 2011. The Johannesburg auction also includes a number of high-quality artworks by other leading South African artists. An impressive selection of oil paintings and watercolours by the great master and innovator of South African modernist landscape painting, JH Pierneef, will feature among them, as will two still lifes by Pieter Wenning and a pair of oils by Gerard Sekoto. A number of works by the father of South Africa sculpture, Anton van Wouw, including a maquette of the much loved The Hammer Worker cast by the Nisini foundry in Rome, are also likely to appeal to connoisseurs. A large and striking still life painting of sunflowers by the flamboyant and controversial Russian-South African painter Vladimir Tretchikoff has already generated considerable excitement. The work hung for many years in a tea room in Pietermartzburg. Press clippings from the time include one in the Sunday Tribune, which noted how its owner, who ran the tearoom “says it attracts a lot of interest – it’s so lifelike that many customers want to touch the

Irma Stern, Portrait of Freda Feldman in Basotho Hat, signed and dated 1943, oil on canvas, 60 x 55cm. Accompanied by the Basuto hat worn by the sitter. Estimate: R5 000 000 – 7 000 000

flowers, painted with a raised technique, to see if they are real”. Other notable works that will go under the hammer in May include a number of abstract sculptures by Edoardo Villa. Ahead of the Walter Battiss exhibition opening at the Wits Art Museum in July, titled Walter Battiss: I Invented Myself, works by Battiss are drawing considerable interest among collectors, and a number of fine examples will appear on this auction. A good variety of paintings by local favourite Robert Hodgins, who has recently been fetching high prices, will also be on offer. A fascinating work, Hot Day Karoo, by British South African abstract modernist artist Jack Heath, who has steadily been gaining in interest and stature since his 2009

retrospective exhibition at the Tatham Gallery, will also attract aficionados. Similarly, since the major retrospective of Peter Clarke’s work in 2011 at the Standard Bank Gallery and the publication of an extensively researched and illustrated monograph, Listening to Distant Thunder, this artist’s work has begun to take its rightful place among South African art of the 20th century. Key contemporary works by globally recognised artists such as Willem Boshoff, William Kentridge and Karel Nel will also appeal to collectors of important South African art. A good selection from among South Africa’s most exciting young contemporary artists include Kudzanai Chiurai, Michael MacGarry and Cameron Platter. 15

Auction Action Results, highlights and lots to watch

RESULT | Pablo Picasso (Spanish 1881-1973), Bull, State 10, lithograph, inscribed to Walter Battiss from Picasso, 32 x 44cm. Sold for R500 000 by Russell Kaplan Auctioneers, 26 March 2016. RESULT | Ephraim Ngatane (South African 19381971), Miners, oil on mine-sand textured board, 60 x 40cm. Sold for R76 000 by 5th Avenue Auctioneers, 3 April 2016.

5TH AVENUE AUCTIONEERS | JOHANNESBURG 15 May 2016 at 10:00 5th Avenue Auctioneers 404 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Park, Johannesburg Tel: 011 781 2040 email:

RUSSELL KAPLAN AUCTIONEERS | JOHANNESBURG 7 May 2016 Russell Kaplan Auctioneers Corner Garden & Allan Roads, Bordeaux Previewing: 4 - 7 May 2016 Tel: 083 675 8468 | email: More info:

LOT TO WATCH | Freida Lock (South African 19021962), Zanzibar, signed and indistinctly dated 47, oil on canvas in original Zanzibar frame, 82,5 by 60,5cm (including frame). Estimate: R500 000 R700 000.

STEPHAN WELZ & CO. | JOHANNESBURG 10 – 11 May 2016 Stephan Welz & Co, 4th Floor, South Tower, Nelson Mandela Square, Cnr Rivonia Rd & 5th Str, Sandton Previewing: 10 – 11 May 2016 Tel: 011 880 3125 email: More info:

LOT TO WATCH | Gerard Sekoto (South African 1913-1993), The Casamance Dancers and the River Seine, signed and dated 75 and inscribed with the title on the reverse, oil on canvas, 48,5 by 63,5cm. Estimate: R500 000 – 700 000.

STRAUSS & CO. | JOHANNESBURG 23 May 2016 Strauss & Co, The Wanderers Club Ballroom 21 North Street, Illovo, Johannesburg Previewing: 20 - 22 May 2016 Tel: 011 728 8246 | email: More info:

HIGHLIGHT | Richard Scott (South African 1968- ), Stripy Panties 03, acrylic on canvas, Signed and dated 2005, 150 by 75cm. Estimate: R50 00070 000.

HIGHLIGHT | Junior Fungai (Zimbabwean 1980- ), Hawk’s Corner, mixed media



26 May 2016 at 10:00 Ashbey’s Galleries, 43 Church Street, Cape Town Entries for this auction close 20 April 2016 Tel: 021 423 8060 email: email: More info:

25 May 2016 at 18:30 Red! The Gallery Steenberg Village Shopping Centre, Reddam Ave Tokai Previewing: 23 - 25 May 2016 Tel: 021 701 0886 | email: More info:


RESULT | Beezy Bailey, Penguin Person. Sold for R46 840 by StraussOnline, 8 - 18 April 2016.



Fine Arts, Antiques & Collectables Auction: Ashbey’s Galleries 26 May 2016 at 10:00

Richard Scott, Stripy Panties 03, acrylic on canvas, signed and dated 2005, 150 x 75cm. Estimate: R50 000-70 000

Ashbey’s Galleries 43 Church Street, Cape Town Tel: 021 423 8060 email: email:


Chapter 3: DF Contemporary - Rebirth “We’ve crawled. I think it’s time for us to walk, now.” – Elton Faber The contemporary art collective Diedericks/Faber was founded by Elton Faber and Christiaan Diedericks in June 2013. Three years and three spaces later, the gallery is now reaching maturity. A new name, a new location, and a new strategy for serving the SA art scene render Chapter 3 an exciting new direction for DF Contemporary. Elton Faber was introduced to Christiaan Diedericks by purchasing his work (Faber owns the single biggest private collection of Diedericks’s work). In the light of the above, the duo decided to establish a collective including artists whose work they found most appealing. After a few months, the first DF gallery space in Cape Town was established mainly in order to represent work created by DF collective artists’ at art fairs. Shortly thereafter, they opened a space in Johannesburg where they mounted only large solo exhibitions for a year. At the same time, Diedericks’s career skyrocketed (all his works sold at the Cape Town Art Fair, That Art Fair and Turbine Art Fair in 2015 and 2016, with numerous out-of-studio sales) and Christiaan decided to again solely focus on his own career while Faber will devote himself to DF Contemporary. With a solid, established client-base, outstanding artists in its stable and an excellent response from the general public, DF Contemporary now matured as a serious gallery. It has always been Faber’s vision that the gallery nurtures its represented artists and not the owner. After three years, Diedericks/Faber is now an established name on the contemporary art scene in SA – ‘DF’ for short made sense

and the gallery was hence rebranded with a similar, but less specific name and in doing so ‘DF Contemporary’ was born. The new branding brought with it the strategic decision to move to a bigger gallery space that would allow for the inclusion of an exting new Investor’s Lounge. Faber immersed himself into the international contemporary art scene and became a serious art collector himself over fifteen years. The multi-layered challenges private individuals and serious collectors face when looking to resell or auction their art, is something Faber understands. His experience with buying and selling serious contemporary art enabled him to advise and assist clients with this process; to source work by investment artists as well as how to evaluate art works for possible investment potential. The Investor’s Lounge will offer all the above to its clients. In 2014, established Spanish painter Dani Buch became Diedericks/Faber’s first artist in residence. This year, recent Ruth Prowse School of Art graduate Alexander Knox, received the honour. Knox will be nurtured and mentored by DF Contemporary and will be introduced to galleries and a wider audience at art fairs. In the future, exiting new, as well as more established artists will be invited to complete three, six or twelve month residncies at DF Contemporary. The official Grand Opening for DF Contemporary in Buchanan Square (160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock) is scheduled for 7 May 2016.

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Nushin Elahi’s London Letter

London’s art museums, with their rich treasure troves of paintings, are perfectly placed to instruct as well as entertain their audiences. The National Gallery has long proved adept at using what they own to educate the public in a superbly engaging manner. In Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art (until 22 May), the mastery of French artist Eugene Delacroix and his lasting impact on a host of modern artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Cézanne makes an enlightening display. While Delacroix may not initially seem synonymous with modern art, this show places his work side by side with those who revered him, and suddenly the emotional intensity of his painting and his ability to suggest light and movement through colour make him a natural forefather of the Impressionists. Renoir’s homage to Delacroix’s scenes of North African cities, Van Gogh’s yellow and cobalt Pieta, copied from a monochrome print of Delacroix’s original, or Cézanne’s treatment of green foliage against those of the older artist open one’s eyes afresh to the energy of Delacroix’s lion hunt, his wild storm on a biblical sea or duelling warriors. Tate Britain, on the other hand, offers more pedantic treatises on art, in an attempt to showcase its collection. Conceptual Art in Britain 1964 - 1979 (until 29 August) is exactly this – a dull and boring collection of works from a largely self-

conscious era where British artists agonised over the nature of art, rather than just creating it. The result is glass cases full of worthy words, walls lined with black and white text and more than one stifled yawn. Perhaps it is a result of years of school projects, but I am averse to artworks that need to be explained rather than experienced. The term conceptual is not to be confused with contemporary, but whatever may have been radical in those wild decades has been removed entirely from this exhibition. Across the river at Tate Modern, Performing for the Camera (until 12 June) gives a much more interesting glimpse of what was going on elsewhere in that period. In France Yves Klein was orchestrating naked women writhing in paint or launching himself into the void, while in New York a clothed Yayoi Kusama was painting spots on naked bodies on Brooklyn Bridge. Although it starts in the Sixties, this show takes one up to the present, with Ai WeiWei smashing antique Chinese pots and Eastern Europeans commenting on mail-order brides. Allowing the work to speak for itself, the show effectively traces the back-story of today’s selfie. Celebrated in Norway, Nikolai Astrup (1880 1928) is barely known elsewhere, largely because all his work remains in his native country. The Dulwich Picture Gallery presents this landscape artist and innovative printmaker in Painting Norway (until 15

May). Astrup’s work has none of the depressively dark Scandinavian atmosphere the recent Munch show had. Instead there is a magical quality in scenes from his beloved childhood home where the yellow marsh marigolds flowered, the steep lakeside shores of the adult home now called Astruptunet after him and the bonfires of midsummer nights on the lake. His fusion of woodblock printing and oil painting is well illustrated with multiple versions of the same block.

Above: Painting Norway (Left to right): Nikolai Astrup, March Atmosphere at Jølstravatnet, Before 1908. Private Collection, Oslo

Nikolai Astrup, Marsh Marigold Night, c.1915, Colour woodcut on paper. The Savings Bank Foundation DNB/The Astrup Collection/KODE Art Museums of Bergen

Nikolai Astrup, The Parsonage. The Savings Bank Foundation DNB/The Astrup Collection/KODE Art Museums of Bergen

Below (Left to right): Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art | Vincent van Gogh, Pietà (after Delacroix), 1889. © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Conceptual Art in Britain 1964 -1979 | Installation shot of Art & Language’s Secret Painting from 1967. Photo: Nushin Elahi

Performing for the Camera | Erwin Wurm, One Minute Sculpture, 1997. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong



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in the US. “After decades of spotty acquisitions, undernourished scholarship and token exhibitions,” reported the New York Times last year, “American museums are rewriting the history of 20th-century art to include black artists in a more visible and meaningful way than ever before, playing historical catch-up at full tilt, followed by collectors who are rushing to find the most significant works before they are out of reach.” The Armory’s decision to devote its annual invitational focus section to “the artistic developments and manifold narratives arising from African and African Diasporic artists”, as they positioned editor Julia Grosse and art historian Yvette Mutumba’s selection from 14 invited galleries and special projects, speaks to this shift.

Cape Town galleries Blank Projects, Whatiftheworld and Smac were invited to participate with a solo presentation. All were well received. Blank sold all of 2015 FNB Art Prize winner Turiya Magadlela’s pantyhose paintings, including an untitled triptych for R200 000, to the Studio Museum in Harlem. Similarly, Smac, which has galleries in Stellenbosch and Cape Town, reported strong sales of photographs depicting Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru wearing his idiosyncratic handmade art glasses, priced individually at R84 000. For much of the past two decades, the standard pathway to international success for a local artist has been through exposure at a biennale. Art fairs are now beginning to play a similar role. In turn, art is changing to reflect this system of patronage.

Just as there is a category of work pejoratively spoken of as “biennale work” (think sprawling in form, anti-consumerist in material, left-leaning in ideological compass), so fairs are sponsoring a new kind of art. The worst examples are simply ersatz financial instruments dressed up as clever interior design. But art fairs are also spaces of possibility. Take Ed Young. One could viably argue that art fairs, which cater to the preening vanities of arriviste art buyers, are perfectly suited to this Smac artist’s media savvy brand of attack. Insouciance is a powerful aphrodisiac. Best known for his Maurizio Cattelan-like sculptural self-portraits at the Joburg Art Fair, Young created a large banner reading: “All So Fucking African” for his Armory appearance. Beneath it he placed a black teddy bear in an Oakland Raiders cap holding a bunch of black balloons featuring the words: “Your Mom”. “Ho-hum!” some might sigh. The New York Times nonetheless praised his “impudent verve”. The market for African art is still minuscule. In 2014, auction sales of African art totalled $31-million, according to the African Art Market Report. To put things in perspective, this was one-third of the value of a single Andy Warhol work sold for $81.9-million that year. Nevertheless, there is talk internationally of “an African art market bonanza” (Artnet), with the freighted verb “scramble” (Bonhams) even being used. Artists looking to survive this neo-whatever raid by the grandchildren of Daumier’s aristocratic elites will require all their wits about them, and then some. by Sean O’Toole First published in Mail&Guardian Online Image courtesy of Roberto Chamorro for The Armory Show

South African Artists Abroad Accolades: Kemang Wa Lehulere has been named the Deutsche Bank ‘Artist of the Year’ for 2017. As part of the prize, he will present a solo exhibition in Germany at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin in 2017. Wa Lehulere is also one of 57 international artists who will participating in the EVA International - Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art – titled Still (the) Barbarians (Now, until 17 July 2016). Our very own London columnist, Nushin Elahi, brings a South African element to an international panel of judges for an Italian modern art prize in May. One of a group that includes Italian academics, British gallerists and artists whose work was shown on the Venice Biennale, among them Hungarian Szilárd Cseke and Chinese Lin Ylin, she is a judge for the Cramum Prize. Now in its fourth year, this gives voice to the best young artists in Italy not only by exhibiting their work, but placing them alongside more established artists and putting them in touch with others in the arts. The Cramum Prize is held this year at the Palazzo Isimbardi in Milan from 10 to 20 May, with an exhibition entitled Who Does Contemporary Art


Speak To?, raising a critical issue for today’s artist. The ten finalists, all under 36, are competing to be given a solo exhibition two years hence. The Cramum Prize, devised by organiser Sabino Maria Frassà and Andi Kacziba, is sponsored by the Giorgio Pardi Foundation and Cramum Association. It is accompanied by a SKIRA publication, with images

of the works as well as contributions by the panel of judges.

Exhibitions: Anton Kannemeyer and Dan Halter have work displayed in Winter 2015/2016 – a major group exhibition featuring 41 prominent and emerging artists, now on at the Rennie Museum in Canada (until 20 May 2016). Zanele Muholi is participating in group exhibition Reality of My Surroundings at Nasher Museum of Art, North Carolina (1 October - 10 July 2016). She is also taking part in the DLA Piper Series: Constellations, Tate Liverpool (until 2017), and group show African Art Against the State at the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown (Now, until 28 August 2016). Cape Town/London Gallery 34FineArt will be exhibiting at Stroke Art Fair in München (4 to 8 May 2016).

Above: Lin Ylin, We Are Very Heavy, digital print. Image courtesy the Cramum Prize.

Background: Moshekwa Langa, Mahwelereng (detail), 2016, Mixed media on paper, 162 x 122cm. Image courtesy STEVENSON Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Stevenson will present a small survey of Moshekwa Langa’s work at Frieze New York, with work spanning nearly two decades (5 to 8 May 2016).


All’s fair in art out of Africa Sales are up due to the neo-neocolonial raid on contemporary art from the continent, thanks largely to the growing popularity of global art fairs. Manhattan isn’t Paris, but for a few hours in early March an overcrowded exhibition hall on the Hudson River resembled the la-di-da Parisian art world that Honoré Daumier lampooned with such verve in his drawings more than 150 years ago. Whiskers, top hats and matronly dresses may now be redundant at art fairs, but the polished, mostly white crowd at the VIP opening of the annual Armory Show – where 205 galleries from 36 countries showed work for sale in a vaulted hall – possessed the same self-congratulatory Daumier haughtiness. I read afterwards that David Byrne, Anderson Cooper and Jon Bon Jovi were there. Missed them. Jo’burg dealer Monna Mokoena, whose Gallery Momo was showing work in the Armory’s contemporary pavilion for the first time, told me Chris Rock had visited his display of portrait photos by Mary Sibande and Ayana V Jackson. Missed him too. I did, however, spot a silvery old man with blue jacket and camera being interrupted while working. “I love your work,” a lady with Nancy Reagan hair gushed. Bill Cunningham, the 86-year-old New York Times fashion photographer and people watcher, would have none of it. He scuttled away, only to be swooped on by another admirer. Alongside the famous, the Armory also attracted the famously rich. They included cosmetics mogul and mega-art collector Ronald Lauder, of the Estée Lauder dynasty, and Artur Walther, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker turned Africa-interested photography collector. Despite its over-subscribed VIP day, it is plebs – not toffs – who make up the bulk of the Armory’s 65 000 visitors every year. In 2014 more than a million people visited the world’s top 22 fairs, most of them in the United States and Europe. Unlike museums, where looking is restricted to coy appreciation, art fairs aim to translate feverish gazes into sales. The European Fine Art Foundation estimates that the world’s 180-odd major international art fairs sold an estimated R167-billion in 2014, which is R10-billion more than Eskom’s capital expenditure budget over the next three years. South Africa’s two biggest fairs don’t even register a ripple in the river of wealth. Sales at the Joburg Art Fair, founded in 2008, have flatlined at about R25-million, and the rejigged Cape Town Art Fair sold R20-million at its third edition. Despite their novelty locally, art fairs are hardly new. Art Basel, which hosts annual events in three cities (Basel, Miami and Hong Kong), was established in 1970. The first Armory was held in 1994, although its name is derived from the storied 1913 art salon in

a New York armoury where Daumier-like men in hats rubbed up against the new and modern. But it was only after 2000 that these “event-based buying experiences”, as Armory director Benjamin Genocchio characterises fairs, truly came into their own. Despite their cultural ascendency, art fairs are not democratic spaces – they are profit-motivated businesses where stringent selection criteria are used to weed out those capable and creative enough to pay to play. “You have to take the big artists, otherwise it doesn’t pay,” Linda Givon, the retired founder of the Goodman Gallery, told me in 2008. It cost her about R1-million a year to participate in the Basel and Miami Beach iterations of Art Basel, she said, which is cheap at today’s prices. Booth rental at the Armory, which this year included contributions by Goodman Gallery, Stevenson and Gallery Momo, was more than R550 000. The Goodman, now owned by Liza Essers, hedged its bets by showing nine ink drawings by William Kentridge alongside works by two Zimbabweans, painter Misheck Masamvu and multimedia artist Kudzanai Chiurai. Chiurai created a gilded shopfront display titled Emporium that included a mannequin fitted with printed cotton cassock and gold-plated shopping trolley. It was priced at R1.3-million. Stevenson took a large Zander Blom abstract canvas, priced at R340 000, and a dappled painting on paper by Moshekwa Langa, priced at R305 000. The gallery sold out of an edition of photographic selfportraits by Zanele Muholi, although similar Muholi works, priced at about R120 000, could be bought from her New York dealer, Yancey Richardson Gallery. Art dealing is a business built on trust; location still matters. With limited financial means to expand their footprints internationally, particularly into premium locales such as London or New York, South African dealers such as Goodman, Stevenson and Whatiftheworld are increasingly sharing their artists with rival dealers in key European and American markets. Nicholas Hlobo, who came up through Stevenson and made a big splash at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, is currently presenting his first New York solo show with Lehmann Maupin, a well-regarded dealership that also represents Robin Rhode. And Serge Alain Nitegeka, Stevenson’s Burundian-born sculptor, opened his solo show at Marianne Boesky Gallery in Chelsea on March 17. Boesky, who launched the international career of Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami, first tested the waters with Nitegeka two years ago at the Armory.

The uptick in the market for contemporary African art owes a great deal to the trailblazing cultural activism by curators such as Okwui Enwezor, art historians such as Salah Hassan and Olu Oguibe, institutions such as the October Gallery in London, and patient dealers such as Givon and New Yorker Jack Shainman. A large untitled paper construction from 2003 by Jo’burg artist Kay Hassan, on offer for R4.6-million, dominated Shainman’s stand at this year’s Armory. Trying to get a word with him was hopeless. “Jack! Jack! Jack!” voices pleaded constantly at his booth. Shainman, who first started dealing in 1984 from a space in Washington, DC, is a key player. Hassan aside, he also represents local artists Anton Kannemeyer, Zwelethu Mthethwa and Claudette Schreuders, as well as the acclaimed Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui, ranked this continent’s most important artist after Ethiopian-born painter Julie Mehretu and William Kentridge in the inaugural African Art Market Report. Shainman’s diverse artist list, which spans Africa, Southeast Asia and North America, might be defined as post-white. His dealership’s worldly and raceaware position is gaining traction in an art market that, in the main, remains lily-white – even in Barack Obama’s US. While there weren’t any memes suggesting #ArmorySoWhite, the notion of a post-white art world is still far off. But things are changing, at least

Above: Dan Halter, 2015, V for Vendetta, African masks and muti, dimensions variable Image courtesy of Dan Halter and WHATIFTHEWORLD

Below: Ed Young, NOT ME, 2015, oil on board, 2.4 x 2.4m. Image courtesy of Ed Young and SMAC Gallery



Good Reasons to Diarise TAF16

A main event in the Joburg Art calendar is just around the corner. Turbine Art Fair (TAF16) returns to Newtown’s Turbine Hall for its fourth year. From 14th - 17th July 2015, the event will promote emerging and established artists through various art associations, galleries and programmes. TAF16 is sponsored and organized by The Forum Company – Joburg’s go-to company for upmarket, stylish and sophisticated events. We caught up with the company’s Managing Director, Glynis Hyslop, to learn in what ways this year’s Turbine Art Fair is...


Fresh TAF16 is full of fresh, young talent,

for everyone: Young children will be able draw and paint with Staedlter, while their older brothers and sisters will be able to make birds forming part of an installation. Children’s walkabouts will expose the younger generation to various artwork and let them choose their favourite.

handpicked by 42 galleries. Fresh work by these artists will be the order of the day. Our Graduate Painters Show will reveal the best of 2015’s university art graduates from around South Africa. One of our special projects, Fresh Produce, selects emerging artists and exposes them to a mentorship program with some of South Africa’s best-respected artists.


TAF16 showcases great diversity with the types of work it showcases; from multiples (etchings, monotypes and silkscreens), to photography, to painting and installation art. The artists and galleries are diverse – originating from all corners of South Africa. Works for sale are from some of South Africa’s best known artists to some of its newest talent.


The vision of TAF is to grow young artists by exposing them to a new audience – this new audience having been provided the opportunity to enjoy art in a relaxed environment. One testimonial in this regard came from East Rand/ Ekurhuleni-based movement/organisation Blaque Inq Contemporaries, who commented after exhibiting at TAF: “We came as nobodies. We left as artists”. For the third year running, one artist will be selected to win the TASA prize – a fully-paid, 2 month residency in Germany.


An interactive talks program will cater to both the novice and the artistically informed. The JAG special exhibition aims to educate by showing a collection of Rembrandt drawings alongside a collection of drawings by Diane Victor. Buses will be on hand to deliver guests to both the Standard Bank Matisse Exhibition (brought to SA by The French Institute) and the Battiss Retrospective Exhibition at the Wits Art Museum.

Entertaining TAF16 will offer something


Art prices will be limited to a range between R750 and R40 000, so there will be art to suit any budget.

... and Different TAF16 promises to be both fun and cultural at the same time. From our gorgeous Vinyl DJ spinning the decks at the opening night and on the Friday evening, to the delicious food and wine offerings outside in the sun or inside the award-winning Turbine building. All-in-all, TAF16 will prove to be a fun day out in Jozi. DATES & TIMES of TAF16 Thursday 14th July: 18h00 – 22h00 Opening Preview Evening Friday 15th July: 10:00 – 20:00 Public, Pensioners, Scholars & Students. Saturday 16th July: 10:00 –18:00 Sunday 17th July: 10:00 –17:00 Ticket Costs: R100 Weekend passes: R200 Preview Evening: R500 To book: For more info:



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

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