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Archive: Issue No. 47, July 2001

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Cape Town
24.07.01 Sandra Hanekom at the Arts Association of Bellville
24.07.01 Michael Pettit at the UCT Irma Stern Museum
24.07.01 World Press Photo 2001 at the Castle of Good Hope
17.07.01 Andrew Porter and Michael Pettit at the AVA
10.07.01 Johnny Foreigner's Everything Must Go Show!
10.07.01 'Painters Painting Our Paintings' at the Michaelis Collection
26.06.01 Nicolaas Maritz at the Irma Stern Museum
26.06.01 Kevin Brand and Holly Birkby at Bell-Roberts Contemporary
26.06.01 Aryan Kaganhof at the AVA
26.06.01 'Change No Sorry' at João Ferreira Fine Art
19.06.01 Nama-Sun-i at DC Art
19.06.01 Caution Horses book at Bell-Roberts Contemporary
05.06.01 'Soul of Africa' at the National Gallery
29.05.01 Jeremy Jowell at the 3rd i Gallery
17.04.01 'Exchange Values' - Shelley Sacks at the SANG
26.06.01 Bridget Baker at Kwikkleen Dry Cleaners
26.06.01 'Mazungu Masai' at the Ibis Art Centre
26.06.01 Click here for National Arts Festival listings

Sandra Hanekom

Sandra Hanekom
Caucasian Dream (detail), 2001
Oil on board


Sandra Hanekom at the Arts Association of Bellville

Sandra Hanekom, a graduate of the University of Stellenbosch, is best known for her work on textiles of the 1980s and 1990s, often commemorating heroes and events of the struggle era. Since then she has been fairly quiet, apart from an exhibition in 1999. Here she shows a new body of work entitled 'muf', which she describes as "an exploration of the myths surrounding my own existence; the semi-truths that determine my perceptions".

Opening: Wednesday August 1 at 7.30pm
Closing: August 25

Arts Association of Bellville, Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Street, Bellville
Tel: (021) 918 2301/2287
Fax: (021) 918 2083
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 8pm, Sat 9am - 5pm

Michael Pettit

Michael Pettit
1 Mango/ 3 Frogs/ 4 Leaves

Michael Pettit at the UCT Irma Stern Museum

The second part of Michael Pettit's expansive one-person show opens at the Irma Stern Museum (the other half is at the AVA). The body of work as a whole comprises more than 50 paintings and was four and a half years in the making. The exhibition moves up to the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg later this year.

Consisting of figure and portrait paintings, theatrical situations and still lifes, the works demonstrate Pettit's characteristically wide range of styles. They range in scale and are said to celebrate paradox and contradiction, juxtaposing the intense with the playful, the abundant with austerity and contrasting the real with the fantastic.

Pettit has been exhibiting for 30 years, and his paintings are to be found in corporate, public and private collections across the country.

Opening: Tuesday July 31 at 6.30pm
Closing: August 18

UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Road, Rosebank
Tel: (021) 685 5686
Fax: (021) 686 7550
Hours: Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm

John Hrusa

John Hrusa
Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation After Oil Spill, South Africa

World Press Photo 2001 at the Castle of Good Hope

The World Press Photo of the Year exhibition is the result of a worldwide press photography contest administered by the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent platform for international press photography founded in 1955. Each year an international jury (this time including South African Juda Ngwenya) assesses the entries, submitted by photojournalists, agencies, newspapers and magazines from all over of the world. This year's competition attracted 3 938 photographers from 121 countries, and an enormous total of 42 321 entries. The exhibition travels across the world, subject to the condition that all prizewinning entries are exhibited without any form of censorship.

The exhibition does not only show the best in press photography in the past year, but also serves as an historical document of many important international events of the previous year. A record six South African photojournalists won prizes this year. The Cape Town leg will be opened by Jon Hrusa, the South African photographer who obtained third prize in the category Nature and Environment: Stories.


Opening: July 28
Closing: August 18

William Fehr Collection, Good Hope Gallery, Castle of Good Hope
Tel: (021) 462 3751
Hours: Mon - Sun 9.30am - 4pm

Andrew Porter

Andrew Porter
Invitation to 'So I said to him, well, if you're not prepared to do it, then someone else can ... you know, I knew he wasn't the one for the job, show, or are we all artists'

Michael Pettit

Michael Pettit
Dog in a Box

Andrew Porter and Michael Pettit at the AVA

Next up at the AVA are two one-person exhibitions. Established painter Michael Pettit shows recent works in the main and upstairs galleries, and in the long gallery Andrew Porter holds his first solo show - an event long anticipated by his many fans, and lengthily titled 'So I said to him, well, if you're not prepared to do it, then someone else can ... you know, I knew he wasn't the one for the job, show, or are we all artists'.

Porter's quirky work is usually beautifully produced and conceptually intriguing. In a series of mixed media works presented on shaped canvases, he combines abstraction, text and figuration to examine the use of narrative and its role in the viewing and understanding of painting.

Porter was born in Cape Town in 1972 and is a graduate of Michaelis. He began exhibiting in 1997 when he participated in the District Six Sculpture Festival. In 1999 he took part in 'Unplugged IV', 'Bloedlyn' at the Klein Karoo Kunstefees and the AVA, and 'Breathe 1' at the Glashuset in Göteborg, Sweden. Last year he was one of four South Africans invited by a British curator to participate in 'Ubudoda' at the AVA. At the end of July he will participate in a three-month artists-in-residence programme in Switzerland, organised by Pro Helvetia.

Michael Pettit's new body of work, four and a half years in the making and comprising more than 50 paintings, will be shown at two venues in Cape Town (the second show opens later this month at the UCT Irma Stern Museum). Many of the works feature portraits and figures with a dark psychological edge, often including a mysterious black emblem. Some works play with metaphors of theatre and circus, while still-life works embrace moods that are sensual, exotic, mystical or witty. Pettit moves freely within a range of styles that have been developed over many years. Of his work, the artist says: "I try to make paintings that have heart and intellect, are personal and universal, and have beauty and substance." Pettit has exhibited widely for the past 30 years, and his paintings can be found in numerous corporate, public and private art collections.

Opening: Monday July 23 at 6pm
Closing: August 11

Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424 7436
Fax: (021) 423 2637
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 12pm

Johnny Foreigner

Johnny Foreigner
Still from Skerp Draaie, 1999

Johnny Foreigner's Everything Must Go Show!

One half of the team behind the exquisite "static cinema" movies, Skerp Draaie and Finding My Feet, Johnny Foreigner is leaving town soon. In celebration he is holding a one-night show/event titled 'Shed', featuring photography, sculptures, bric-a-brac, paintings, his Zulu Zen furniture as well as Harry Round's Popsicle Prose. Foreigner's keen eye and wry wit are sure to tickle most fancies. Some art, he promises, will burn, and the Doos Gallery will be brought out once again, no doubt filled with small and intriguing works of art.

Sunday July 29 from 5pm

1 Chavray Mansions, 34 Ludlow Street, Vredehoek
Tel: (021) 465 6311

Detail from the invitation

'Painters Painting Our Paintings' at the Michaelis Collection

Following the example set by London's National Gallery, the Michaelis Collection has invited local artists to interpret old Dutch masterpieces from the museum. The new works will be displayed alongside those from which they have drawn inspiration, and will hopefully entice new visitors to explore this unique collection. Participating artists include Erik Laubser, Jan Vermeiren and Diana Page.

Opening: July 13
Closing: August 15

Michaelis Collection, Old Town House, Greenmarket Square
Tel: (021) 424 7436
Fax: (021) 461 9592
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm

Nicolaas Maritz

Nicolaas Maritz
Gloss enamel paint on hardboard

Nicolaas Maritz at the Irma Stern Museum

Darling resident Nicolaas Maritz exhibits recent paintings during July. His customary bright and colourful depictions of totemic thorn trees, rocky landscapes and ambiguous animals will be on view, as well as a selection of "sick still-life" paintings. The show includes a series of large male nudes, which represent a departure for Maritz. Naked men are depicted posing outdoors or in domestic interiors, often accompanied by symbolic animals like snakes or cats. Maritz is well known as much for his eclectic and personal subject matter as for his vivid but somehow muted use of colour. Large flat areas of paint are achieved with the use of household gloss enamel paint applied on primed board. He describes his colour use as "emotional" rather than "realistic".

Maritz has held numerous one-person shows and taken part in many group shows. All the works on the exhibition will also be displayed from July 4 on

Opening: Tuesday July 3 at 6pm
Closing: July 21

UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town.
Tel: (021) 685-5686
Fax: (021) 686-7550
Gallery hours: Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm

Kevin Brand

Kevin Brand
Bronze cast

Kevin Brand and Holly Birkby at Bell-Roberts Contemporary

Titled 'Balm of Banal', this exhibition by two Capetonians takes the banal as a source reference (while acknowledging that this is not a novel idea). Holly Birkby's sculptural objects and jewellery are either fabricated or cast in silver, bronze, aluminium or lead. She makes reference to lockets, identity tags and charm bracelets and has subtitled her part of the show 'The embalming of the banal'. Her work deals with death and its memorialisation.

Kevin Brand needs no introduction, but it has been some time since he showed a new body of work in Cape Town. This series, like that on the 'Late Afternoon' show, consists entirely of bronze casts, mostly of common objects assembled in novel ways. He has also produced a series of bronze neons. Brand has shown extensively across South Africa and internationally, notably at last year's Cuban Biennale, and his work features in numerous private and public collections. He is a previous FNB Vita Award winner.

Opening: Wednesday July 4 at 6.30pm
Closing: August 4

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Bell-Roberts Contemporary, 199 Loop Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422-1100
Fax: (021) 423-3135
Email: or
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm

Aryan Kaganof

Invitation to Aryan Kaganof show

Aryan Kaganof at the AVA

Aryan Kaganof is better known as Ian Kerkhof, director of transgressive, confrontational films and videos which have been screened across Europe and in the US. Cape Town audiences will remember Wasted, shown in 1999 at the Labia cinema and apparently the first full-length feature film shot on digital video. Kerkhoff, who was born in South Africa but lived in Holland for many years, has subsequently moved to Randburg in Gauteng, where he has been producing visual art under the name of Kaganof. His first solo show in South Africa is entitled 'Logoff, logon, logos'. "Logos" is defined in classical Greek and neo-Platonic philosophy as "the cosmic reason giving order, purpose, and intelligibility to the world", or in theological terms as the creative Word of God. "Logon" and "logoff" make reference to the information age, giving us some idea of the scope and range of Kaganof's work, which consists of 40 digital paintings made over the last three years.

On Saturday July 14 at 8pm, Kaganof will screen a selection of films and videos made by Kerkhof about a range of artists, including Matthew Barney and Ron Athey. In October this year, his debut novel, Hectic!, will be published by Podium Books.

Opening: Monday July 9 at 6pm
Closing: July 21

AVA, 35 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424-7436
Fax: (021) 423-2637
Gallery hours: Tue - Fri, 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 12pm

Nicola Jackson

Nicola Jackson
Change No Sorry, 1999
Enamel on found wood
45 x 165cm

'Change No Sorry' at João Ferreira Fine Art

The title of this show is taken from a work by Nicola Jackson, on exhibition alongside pieces by Sue Williamson, Tracy Payne, Mustafa Maluka, Lisa Brice, William Kentridge, David Brown, Mark Hipper, Kim Stern, Bridget Baker and Doreen Southwood. Not a curated show as such, this is more a diverse collection of quality work, much of which has been seen here before.

The exhibition runs throughout July.

João Ferreira Fine Art, 80 Hout Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423-5403 or 082 490-2977
Fax: (021) 423-2136

Acrylic on PVC
110.5 x 232cm

Nama-Sun-i at DC Art

Entitled 'Namakwaland', Nama-Sun-i's show focuses on the area where he was born and to which he regularly returns, finding inspiration in the vast open spaces there. The works, acrylic paintings on PVC, explore and reflect this environment, drawing stylistically on Australian Aboriginal work, created in a similarly arid environment. Nama-Sun-I finds this an appropriate means of expression and one which also allows him to indulge his passion for the didgeridoo.

Nama-Sun-i studied graphic design at the Cape Technikon and has sold work to many collectors both foreign and local.

Opening: Tuesday June 19 at 7pm
Closing: July 31

DC Art, Riebeeck Square, cnr Bree and Church St, Cape Town
Tel: 423-6939/ 082 679-0603
Fax: 422-1768
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am -1pm

Stan Engelbrecht

Stan Engelbrecht
'The Caution Horses'

Caution Horses book at Bell-Roberts Contemporary

Photographer Stan Engelbrecht's hand-bound, limited edition book of photographs of the feral horses of Namibia is published by Bell-Roberts Publishing and available for purchase at the Bell-Roberts Contemporary Art Gallery. Engelbrecht's photographs are currently on exhibition in Rosebank, Johannesburg (see Gauteng listings).

Bell-Roberts Contemporary, 199 Loop Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422-1100
Fax: (021) 423-3135
Email: or
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm

African figure

African figure from the collection of Han Coray

'Soul of Africa' at the National Gallery

'Soul of Africa' is a selection of African art from the collection of Han Coray. Coray was an extraordinary man - in 1916 and 1917, when he ran three art galleries concurrently, Coray hosted an exhibition of work by Zurich Dadaists which included African sculptures and weapons. This was the first time African objects were exhibited in Switzerland as works of art.

The majority of the 2 400 objects in his collection were purchased from the Parisian art dealer Paul Guillaume between 1916 and 1928, at a time when European attitudes towards African art were beginning to change. Coray and his friends collected objects that interested them, even though their origins and meaning remained unfamiliar. Although Europeans had been in contact with African art for centuries, the systematic study of African art was in its infancy. Coray's collecting preceded the first serious publication analysing the styles of African art by a decade and the first major exhibition of African art by nearly 20 years.

Coray showed great insight in his purchases and helped to set the standard for the collection and appreciation of African art in the early 20th century. Due to financial hardship, Coray was forced to sell his prized collection and in 1940 it went to the Volkerkundemuseum at the University of Zurich, where it fortunately continued to have an impact on the collection and appreciation of African art. The selection of work on view here has been specially made and reinterpreted for an African audience. A comprehensive catalogue is available from the museum shop at the SANG and a programme of African movies presented by the Alliance Francaise du Cap will be screened for the duration of the exhibition.

Opening: June 02
Closing: August 12

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: Carol Kaufmann on 465 1628 or Mirjam Asmal on 425 4701
Fax: (021) 461-0045

Jeremy Jowell

Jeremy Jowell
Into the Great Wide Open

Jeremy Jowell at the 3rd i Gallery

Photojournalist Jeremy Jowell presents an exhibition of awe-inspiring large format prints shot in Namibia and touted as a "must-see for anyone in need of escape from the claustrophobia of city living".

Opening: Wednesday June 27 at 6.30pm
Closing: August 10

3rdi Gallery, 95 Upper Waterkant St (crnr Buitengracht), Cape Town
Tel: (021) 4252266
Gallery hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm; Sat 9.30am - 1.30pm

Shelly Sacks Exchange Values: Images of Invisible Lives
Mixed media
Installation view

'Exchange Values: Images of Invisible Lives' at the SANG

Shelly Sacks grew up in South Africa and moved to London some time ago, where she continued to produce art. She is exhibiting what she terms a "social sculpture". This term was first used in the 1970s by Joseph Beuys, to describe an expanded conception of art in which thought, speech and discussion are core "materials". Given that social sculpture arises out of the perception of all human beings as artists, it requires us to shape a democratic, sustainable and free social order in tune with our creative potential and our right to develop and express this potential. Expanding our conception of art in this way lifts the aesthetic out of its confines to a specific sphere or media, relocating it in a collective, imaginative work-space in which we can see, re-thing and reshape our lives.

In this installation, Sacks deals with the threatened banana trade of the Windward Islands. The work is made from dried banana skins and the story is told by recorded testimonies of the island growers. The problems faced by small scale producers of bananas are brought to the fore. The GATT agreement on world trade stipulates exact and limiting specifications for bananas that are to be sold internationally. This effectively cuts out smaller scale producers and reduces the varieties available. Bananas are a politically charged commodity and their trade forms part of complex networks influenced by politics and drug trafficking. Those who unite against the unfair trade restrictions are often threatened with violence.

Shelley Sacks is Head of Art at Oxford Brookes University. She worked for many years with Joseph Beuys in Germany, and lectures widely on both Beuys' and her own social sculpture activities.

Opening: April 21
Closing: August 26

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South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465-1626
Fax: (021) 461-0045

Bridget Baker

Bridget Baker
'Official BB Leaf Projects'


Bridget Baker at Kwikkleen Dry Cleaners

In preparation for her upcoming show at the US Art Gallery, Bridget Baker is working in the window of Kwikkleen Dry Cleaners in Stellenbosch, punching English Oak leaf shapes out of ATM slips collected around town for her 'Official BB Leaf Projects'.

Opening hours are 8am to 5pm weekdays (the artist is not always present).

Kwikkleen Dry Cleaners, Andringa Street, Stellenbosch

Tel: Bridget Baker at 082 483 0214

Mazungu Masai

Jane Burt and Richard Kilpert

Mazungu Masai

Jane Burt and Richard Kilpert


'Mazungu Masai' at the Ibis Art Centre

Intrepid backpackers Jane Burt and Richard Kilpert (previously artists and educators based in Grahamstown) pitch tent at the Ibis Art Centre during July, exhibiting work based on their African travels. Burt and Kilpert take a tongue-in-cheek view of their experiences in "the golden age of the tourist", with works including The Great White Tourist - a life-size digital print of the archetypal Western traveller; floating mobiles representing the gadgets, fantasies and memories of the travel holiday, and cut-out figures reflecting "the one-dimensional and delightful nature of the tourist".

The artists will be present at the gallery from June 30 to July 6, and every subsequent weekend until the end of July. Join them for an evening of travellers' tales or on an expedition to spot the tourist wildlife that frequents Nieu-Bethesda and environs.

A weekly "travel page" by Burt and Kilpert can be found from June 30 at

Opening: Fireside chat at 5pm on Saturday June 30
Closing: July 31

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Ibis Art Centre, Nieu Bethesda 6286
Tel/fax: (049) 841 1623