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Archive: Issue No. 39, November 2000

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28.11.00 'Departures' - Bag Factory artist-in-residence
28.11.00 Michaelis Art Library - 'Emerging Talent'
28.11.00 The Market Theatre Galleries
28.11.00 The Goodman Gallery - 'That was the Millennium that was'
28.11.00 The Joubert Park Project presents Open Day
21.11.00 'I Spy' at the Graphiti Gallery
14.11.00 Ardmore Ceramics at the Absa Gallery
14.11.00 Sidney Goldblatt (1919 - 1979) commemorative exhibition
07.11.00 'Weft and Warp' at the JHB Civic
07.11.00 'Changing Screens' reappears at the Sandton Civic
07.11.00 Richard Mpike at the Drawing Shop
07.11.00 Jacques Dhont at Karen McKerron
01.11.00 Frances Goodman and Moshekwa Langa at the Goodman
01.11.00 Kim Lieberman's 'Blood Relatives' at Camouflage
01.11.00 'Sold Out' by John Hodgkiss
01.11.00 Karin Basel 's 'Free Fall' at Gallery 111
01.11.00 Ryan Arenson speaks on return from Paris
24.10.00 'Track' by Christine Dixie at the Market Theatre Gallery
24.10.00 Amos Letsoalo and Colbert Mashile
10.10.00 Marc Chagall at the Standard Bank
21.11.00 'Ask the Audience' at The Millennium Gallery
01.11.00 'Flush' at the Open Window
01.11.00 'Cross-Cut - Criss-Cross' at the Millennium Gallery


Exhibition Invite for 'Departures'


'Departures' - Bag Factory artist-in-residence

Three artists from diverse cultures, Hanne Tyrmi - installation artist (Norway), Gabu Ngcobo - painter (KZN), Lutanda Mwamba - printmaker (Zambia) will be mounting a show of combined works completed during their two and a half month residency at the Bag Factory.

Tuesday November 28, 2000 at 6 p.m.

The Bag Factory, 10 Minnaar Street, Newtown, JHB
Tel/ fax: (011) 834 9181
Gallery hours: 10am - 3pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm
Administrator: Les Cohn

Mbuthi Khaliphi

Mbuthi Khaliphi
showing at the Michaelis Art Library

Michaelis Art Library - 'Emerging Talent'

The Michaelis Art Library will be hosting an exhibition of drawings, paintings, ceramics and sculpture from Fuba Art School and library users who are educating themselves through books. Entrance is free and open to all. Michaelis Art Library has a comprehensive collection of books on art, architecture, design, fashion and crafts available for public use.

Safe underground parking available cnr Simmonds and President Streets. For more information contact Renee Van der Riet or William Stewart at the Library.

November 15, 2000 - February 15, 2001

Michaelis Art Library, Library Gardens, between Sauer, Market, Simmonds & President Streets, JHB
Tel: (011) 836 6165
Fax: (011) 836 6702

The Market Theatre Galleries

The Market Theatre Galleries present The Wits Technikon Third year Annual Students Exhibition from the Department of Fine Arts. The exhibition opened on Sunday November 19, 2000 and will run until Saturday December 16, 2000.

Market Theatre Galleries, First floor, Market Theatre complex, corner Bree and Wolhuter streets, Newtown, JHB
Tel: (011) 832-1641
Fax: (011) 492 1235

Norman Catherine

Norman Catherine
Untitled, 2000
Edition of 45, 25 x 23 cm

The Goodman Gallery - 'That was the Millennium that was'

The Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce their end of year exhibition 'That was the Millennium that was'. The exhibition will run from Saturday December 2, 2000 until noon on Saturday December 23, 2000 and will feature highlights from the year's shows, with a variety of new and older works form artists such as Norman Catherine, Lisa Brice, Robert Hodgins, Durant Sihali, Keith Dietrich, William Kentridge, Frances Goodman, Hentie van der Merwe, Moshekwa Langa and Clive van den Berg among others. This is the perfect opportunity for some fabulous Christmas shopping for gifts that will please forever.

December 2, 2000 - December 23, 2000

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: (011) 788-1113
Fax: (011) 788 9887

Joubert Park Project

The Joubert Park Project presents Open Day

The Joubert Park Project is a long term public art initiative seeking to engage with the dynamics of the inner city, particularly in view of the recent plans for urban renewal. The intention is to bring together the public, communities and youth, South African and international artists, as well as other cultural practitioners through a number of workshop productions, residencies, and a major multi-disciplinary public art exhibition in May 2001.

The Open Day is the first of the public events, and will present the outcome of diverse cultural workshops with the Joubert Park Freelance Photographers and groups of youth from the neighbouring communities. An entry into the social and cultural fabric of Joubert Park will be offered through an exhibition of photographs, texts, installations and various performances, including a blessing ceremony, still-life performances, the lighting of lantern and drawing interventions in the park and gallery.

The event provides the context and material for the second stage of the project and launches the call for proposals for the final public art exhibition. An open debate on the Joubert Park Project, inner city plans and public art will be held in the auditorium of the Johannesburg Art Gallery between 4 and 6 p.m. Speakers include The Trinity Session, Bongi Dlomo, Clive van den Berg and Leon Mdiya.

The Open Day coincides with the Ziyabuya Children's and Family Arts Festival, which takes place in Joubert Park between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. offering a variety of cultural activities and workshops for children.

Everybody is welcome to join in this positive initiative.

For copies of the proposal or further information please contact Bie Venter (614 8274 or 083 728 5606) or Dorothee Kreutzfeldt (624 1186 or 082 291 1251).

Secure parking is available at The Johannesburg Art Gallery, entrance King George Street

Sponsored by National Arts Council of South Africa and the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology.

December 3, 2000 from 2 8 p.m.
Johannesburg Art Gallery and Joubert Park

     Click through for a full programme for the Open Day event.

I Spy

I Spy invitation from Graphiti

Graphiti Gallery

As part of its birthday celebrations Graphiti will be hosting: 'I Spy' - an erotic art exhibition featuring more than 15 artists interpretations. Due to the nature of some of the works the opening night will be by invitation only.

If you would like to attend the opening on Nov 18, please RSVP to 78 4th Avenue, Mellville, 2092 or phone 726 6058 and an invitation will be left for you at the door.
Show closes on December 9

The Graphiti Gallery, 78 4th Avenue Melville
Tel: (011) 726 6058/9
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday : 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.; Saturday : 9.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Bonnie Ntshalintshali

A ceramic work by one of the brightest stars of the Ardmore Ceramic Centre, Bonnie Ntshalintshali

'Ardmore Ceramics at the Absa Gallery

The famed Ardmore Ceramic Art Studio based in Kwa-Zulu Natal, established by Fee Halsted-Berning presents an exhibition of their wares that range from "functional domestic ware to sculptural art." The studio currently plays host to some 40 artists, many of whom have had no formal education or training in art, including the late Bonnie Ntshalintshali.

November 9 - 29

ABSA Gallery, ABSA Towers North, 161 Main Street, Johannesburg
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Sidney Goldblatt

Sidney Goldblatt
Africa Series 1976
oil on paper

Sidney Goldblatt (1919 - 1979) commemorative exhibition

A unique opportunity to view the private collection of artist Sidney Goldblatt, hosted by his widow Wendy. Goldblatt studied in South Africa, London and Paris, and his work is extensively represented in private and public collections. The work on this exhibition has not yet been seen by the public and extend from his earliest period right through to some of the final works completed before his untimely death and include oil painting, oils on paper, mixed media and drawings. Part of the proceeds of the exhibition will be awarded to a deserving fine arts student at Wits University.

The exhibition will open on the opening day of the exhibition, Saturday November 18 at 10 a.m. Viewing is between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on November 18, 19 and 25, 26; and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on November 20 - 24. Other times arranged by appointment.

November 18 - 26

34 Second Street, Abbotsford, Johannesburg
Tel: (011) 728 3070

'Weft and Warp'

'Weft and Warp', showing at the JHB Civic Gallery

'Weft and Warp' at the JHB Civic

Seventy South African artists have once again been asked to create a work for the Gallery's annual fund-raising event show, this time given plain white T-shirts as a starting point. Sponsored by the MTN Art Institute, the result is a fantastic variety of different works, ranging from paintings to lithographs and installation to sculpture. Artists include Mandla Mabila, Robin Rhode, Rookeya Gardee, Amos Letsoalo, Brad Hammond, Diane Victor, Marcus Neustetter, Merryn Singer, Paul Emmanuel, Richard Penn, Usha Seejarim, Vincent Baloyi and Wim Botha.

November 14 - January 7, 2001

JHB Civic Gallery, Civic Theatre, Loveday Street, Braamfontein
Tel: (011) 403-3408
Fax: (011) 403-3412

Simon Stone

A screen by Simon Stone

'Changing Screens' reappears at the Sandton Civic

Launched to an exclusive audience in August this year, this art and design project directed and managed by Charles Storr and Heather Greig respectively, comes to the Sandton Civic for the benefit of the public, before it travels to London for the next phase of its life. The quality of the screens is not consistent, but with works created by some of South Africa's best-known artistic talent, as well as some younger artists, the show makes for great eye-candy. The screens are all on sale (just in time for Christmas?) with proceeds going towards a Section 21 company, launched to benefit artists through bursaries and working grants.

The exhibition opens at 6 p.m. on Thursday November 9 and runs indefinitely. For a preview, check out

Sandton Civic Gallery, corner Rivonia Road and West Street, JHB
Tel: (011) 881-6431

Richard Mpike

Richard Mpike
Detail from his artist's book Famous Paintings

Richard Mpike at the Drawing Shop

This commercial space opened earlier this year as a gallery devoted entirely to the art of drawing and graphic works on paper. Richard Mather-Pike (or Mpike as he calls himself), Rhodes MA (FA) graduate and current teacher at Sacred Heart College in Johannesburg, presents his first solo show after many years of group exhibition participation, with a focus on narrative in both figurative and abstract forms. The exhibition will be opened by Frank Ledimo on Monday November 13 at 6 p.m.

November 13 - 25

The Drawing Shop, Northpark Centre, Corner Third and Seventh Avenue, Parktown North
Tel: (011) 447 7233

Jacques Dhont

Jacques Dhont
Pied Noir I, 2000
74 x 30 cm

Jacques Dhont at Karen McKerron

Pretoria-based sculptor Jacques Dhont shows his wattle and mixed media figures in a show alongside Liz Quinan's domestic interiors - a strange mix, it must be said. Dhont's work reads like modern day power figures - in Pied Noir I, a long-haired or masked figure, with a weapon fashioned from bone, straddles the back of another, which struggles to carry it along. Andries Botha on a bad day; or challenging stereotypical notions of what artists (especially white artists) from Africa can/should make; or just bandwagonesque? You decide.

October 29 - November 22

Moshekwa Langa

Moshekwa Langa
Hand thrown distance,2000
Mixed media painting

Frances Goodman

Frances Goodman
Mixed media

Frances Goodman and Moshekwa Langa at the Goodman

Very young artists who rocket into the public eye receive close scrutiny to check whether they continue to make the grade or not. Especially if they're young, black South Africans who have chosen to relocate overseas. Moshekwa Langa is such an artist, who has continued to challenge our assumptions around what 'artists from Africa' should make, working in a very sophisticated way across all media. This show, entitled 'Another Time, Another Place', promises drawings, text pieces on paper and in neon, and photographs. He says: " within this is embedded some kind of a script for the stage or motion picture. These are perhaps the first tentative steps of but a novice playwright."

Frances Goodman graduated BA(FA) from Wits University before pursuing her MA(FA) at the prestigious (and notorious) Goldsmiths College in London. Her current work examines obsession and fetishism in fashion through a series of exquisitely detailed, handcrafted mixed media shoes, and photographic portraits of feet, which " become icons to frivolity and superficiality and pay homage to the love of the inconsequential."

The exhibition opens at noon on Saturday November 4, with extended gallery hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 4 - 25

     See Reviews

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: (011) 788-1113
Fax: (011) 788 9887

Kim Lieberman

Kim Lieberman
Blood Relatives, 1999 5759/5760
perforated stamp sheet, red 100% silk twist thread (colour 26)
780mm x 960mm

Kim Lieberman's 'Blood Relatives' at Camouflage

Kim Lieberman presents her own redefinition of 'mail art'. She has worked extensively with specially made postage stamps, and has posted letters to herself from every country of the world. For her third solo exhibition, Lieberman brings us a new body of work entitled 'Home', consisting of the letters posted to herself around the world using the poste restante system (travellers can collect these from the respective post offices, and if unclaimed they are returned to sender) and sheets of stamps stitched together with thread, creating physical and metaphoric 'webs' referencing " past, present and future blood relatives, the worldwide web, and the web of human interaction." Lieberman's work is heavily influenced by the numerical systems of the kabbalah.

The exhibition opens at 6 p.m. on November 1.

Until December 12

Camouflage Art.Culture.Politics nucleus johannesburg africa, 140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, 2193
Tel: (011) 447 5461,br> Fax: (011) 447 0651

'Sold Out' by John Hodgkiss

Photographer and digital image-maker John Hodgkiss is having an exhibition and sale of works described as 'new and used', at his home for one day only. Prices range from R50 to R5 000 and are negotiable. Hodgkiss recently had a show called 'Negative' at this year's National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

The exhibition opens at 11 a.m. on Sunday November. One day only.

October 15 - November 11

57 Auckland Avenue
Auckland Park
Tel: (011) 726 1561

Karin Basel

Karin Basel
Untitled, 2000

Karin Basel 's 'Free Fall' at Gallery 111

Karin Basel presents a collection of tactile works on paper in ink, conte, wax crayons, oil pastels, oil paint and wax. Presented as dealing with movement, Basel's work are as much about the process of the working onto, into and sometimes through the paper, as they are about the content.

October 29 - November 9

Gallery 111, Lancaster Square, 141 Roberts Ave, Kensington, Johannesburg,
Tel: 083 763 8216
Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday: 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.; Friday : 12.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.; Saturday: 12.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Ryan Arenson

Ryan Arenson
Safe Sex Forever1999-2000
enamel on canvas
40 x 50 cm

Ryan Arenson speaks on return from Paris

Having recently returned from Paris on a short visit before he relocates indefinitely back to the city that he confesses has changed his life, winner of last year's Absa Atelier Art Competition will give a lecture at the Absa Gallery in their headquarters in downtown Johannesburg on Friday November 3 at 11 a.m.

A true romantic, Arenson confesses to having "fallen in love with painting again. I know a lot of people are moving into other forms of modern art and techniques, and that's fine, but I have a renewed faith in the traditional forms. I was deeply humbled by the works hanging in the galleries - Delacroix, Goya, Vermeer .... they were the 'true' masters at painting. On my first visit to the Louvre, I just sat for hours staring at Leonardo's Mona-Lisa - the Queen of the Louvre - I don't care what people say." Arenson however keeps this in check with regards to his own work, which is some of the most challenging contemporary painting on the current scene. The French art scene is a difficult one to access, but he's been affirmed by the responses to his work thus far: "In SA, when people find out your profession, they perceive you to be a 'struggling artist', on the fringe of society, someone who should get a 'real' job. But in Paris, you're immediately accepted, even respected for it." Arenson takes up occupation of a studio, used by Gericault 300 years ago, in Paris on December 1. Should suit him just fine. And given that Arenson's current series has to do with water and boats, he may just give us the next Raft of the Medusa.

Further information about the lecture can be obtained from the gallery office at (011) 350-5793/5139/4644.

ABSA Gallery, ABSA Towers North, 161 Main Street, Johannesburg
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Christine Dixie

Christine Dixie
Invitation image

'Track' by Christine Dixie at the Market Theatre Gallery

Christine Dixie's new solo show is an exploration of the abandoned train tracks that traverse the Karoo, representative of economic and colonial endeavour, but also sites of experiences and memories. 'Track' refers to a trace, pursuit, the course of a wound, a sequence of thoughts and most obviously, train tracks, which have become the primary 'real' reference here. Through rubbings taken from abandoned carriages and collecting debris that had been swept away from the carriages by the elements, Dixie attempts to document the personal, both of the imagined people who travelled these tracks, as well as her own experiences. In speaking of the repetitive springbok motif on train windows which 'filters' both our personal memories and vision of landscape, she says, " looking out through the glass of a train window, one can only see the landscape darkly."

October 15 - November 11

     See Reviews

The Market Theatre Gallery, Market Theatre Complex, Wolhunter Street,Newtown
Tel: (011) 832 1641
Fax: (011) 492 1235

Amos Letsoalo

Amos Letsoalo

Amos Letsoalo and Colbert Mashile double bill at the Bill Ainslie

Alan Crump opens an exhibition by two young very up-and-coming artists that the late Bill Ainslie would have been proud to host at his eponymously named gallery. Mashile is rapidly making a name for himself on the local art scene, having recently graduated from Wits University. And this show should prove a timeous opportunity to showcase their work after several appearances on group exhibitions.

November 1 - December 6

Bill Ainslie Gallery, 6 Eastworld Way, Saxonworld
Tel: (011) 4867658/9
Fax: (011) 4863194

Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall at the Standard Bank

The two-city Marc Chagall exhibition comes to town on Tuesday October 17. Hype is slowly building up around the show, which promises to be an all-original-no-facsimile fiesta of the painting and graphic work of this celebrated French artist. Heavily supported by the French Embassy in conjunction with IFAS, SANG and the Standard Bank, the exhibition is designed to celebrate the cultural heritage of France through a retrospective of a major twentieth century artist. While Chagall's talent cannot be questioned, and his Jewish heritage and mysticism lends an interesting inflection to the choice, I can't help thinking that someone like Christian Boltanski would have made more sense in terms of contemporary practice and concerns. Lunch hour lectures will be held each Wednesday and Friday. Please call the gallery for further information.

October 17 - November 25
* The exhibition has now been extended until December 1 2000

     See Reviews

Standard Bank Gallery, corner Simmonds and Fredericks streets
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 4.30pm; Sat 9am - 1pm

Ania Krajewska

Ania Krajewska
Ask the Audience
Mixed media
Installation details


'Ask the Audience' at The Millennium Gallery

The Millennium Gallery invites the public to view 'Ask the Audience', an exhibition of works by Ania Krajewska. The exhibition is co-hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and forms part of the artist's Master's degree studies in the Visual Arts Department of the University of Pretoria. The exhibition consists of two-dimensional works and sculptural objects, and its intention is to comment on the use of technology in the production of images.

Krajewska does this by exploring issues of consumerism and functionality by using the technological devices of the mass media incorporating in her work the multitude of familiar images we are all surrounded by. But she renders them unfamiliar by focusing on their production rather than on the effect they are intended to have on the public. Through the careful consideration of the dimensions of all the objects presented at the exhibition - and by re-echoing their formats and shapes - the concept of a standard, and standardised production is evoked.

In short, the artist is provoking the viewer not only to question her work, but also to consider his or her own position in a world produced by the mass media - in an invention of dreams and desires that are as impersonal as they are unquestioned.

The exhibition opens on Friday November 17, 2000 at 7 p.m. and closes on December 2, 2000.

The Millennium Gallery, 75 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof
Tel: (012) 46-8217


Invitation image:
(top to bottom)

Hanneke Benade
Woman Object, 2000
Pastel on paper
98 x 78 cm

Annelise Bowker-Marais
Stone Capped Time, 2000
mixed media
100 x 85 cm

Chris Diedericks
Accidental Angel III, 2000
pastel on paper
46.5 x 46.5 cm

Maja Pfeiffer
Boaz, 2000
Oil on wood
30 x 40 cm

'Flush' at the Open Window

Pretoria favourites Hanneke Benade and Chris Diedericks are joined by Annelise Bowker-Marais and Maja Pfeiffer in an exhibition that celebrates virtuosity in the two-dimensional arts. The show promises lush drawings, paintings and graphics - the techniques are impressive, but it's all about relatively 'safe' execution of some potentially compelling content.

The exhibition opens at 7.00 p.m. with TV personality and man-about-town Imraan Vagar as the guest speaker.

November 1 - 23

Open Window Art Academy, 10 Rigel Avenue, Erasmusrand
Tel: (012) 347-1740
Fax: (012) 347-1710


Invitation image:
Karin Lijnes (detail)
Gwenneth Miller (detail)

'Cross-Cut - Criss-Cross' at the Millennium Gallery

Karin Lijnes and Gwenneth Miller present a body of work in cloth, embroidery and mixed media. Concerned with a sense of self in a transforming society, Lijnes draws heavily on African and European traditions of embroidery. She is a member of the Cloth Workers Coalition. Miller lectures in painting at Unisa.

October 31 - November 15

The Millennium Gallery, 75 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof
Tel: (012) 46-8217