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Archive: Issue No. 46, June 2001

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19.06.01 Gustavo Artigas and Behailu Bezabih at the Bag Factory
19.06.01 Launch exhibition at Millennium II
19.06.01 'Fine' photography at the Manor Gallery
19.06.01 World Press Photo and Isolde Krams at the Standard Bank Gallery
19.06.01 Michael Meyersfeld at PhotoZA
05.06.01 Stan Engelbrecht's 'Caution Horses' in Rosebank
05.06.01 Jeremy Wafer at the Goodman Gallery
05.06.01 'The Hourglass Project' at Art on Paper
05.06.01 Artist Proof Studio and Wits Tech collaborate
29.05.01 'Compound to Kraal' at the Workers Library and Museum
29.05.01 Parktown College Staff Exhibition
29.05.01 Michael Doran at the Gallery on the Square
22.05.01 PhotoZA gallery opens in Rosebank
22.05.01 Fiona Couldridge at the Alistair Findlay Showcase
22.05.01 Paper sculpture exhibition in Sandton City
15.05.01 Robert Hodgins and Jan Neethling at Art on Paper
08.05.01 Omenana at the new Maitisong
08.05.01 Sihlali, Nhlengethwa and Mthethwa at the Goodman
03.04.01 Jürgen Schadeberg at the Bensusan Museum of Photography
19.06.01 Reshada Crouse retrospective extended
29.05.01 Wilma Cruise at the Millennium Gallery
29.05.01 'Covert' at the Association of Arts
29.05.01 Erna Bodenstein at the Association of Arts
15.05.01 'Land' at the Association of Arts
15.05.01 Isolde Krams at the Open Window
15.05.01 Karin Skawran lecture series at the Association of Arts
08.05.01 'Testimony through Art' at the African Window

Gustavo Artigas
Geeta vs Sage
'vs Series: Event-Ceramic process 2001'
A recent work at the Roxy Rhythm Bar, Melville


Mexican and Ethiopian double header at the Bag Factory

Gustavo Artigas and Behailu Bezabih, hailing from Mexico and Ethiopia respectively, have been the most recent artists in residence at the Bag Factory. Bezabih is a painter, and has titled his exhibition of worked produced during his residency 'Yebo'.

David Koloane comments on Bezabih's work: "At a glance Behailu's work bears the deceptive appearance of a children's storybook with its vibrant and daring palette and abstract figuration. A closer examination, however, reveals an unfolding of kaleidoscopic associations and layerings bound together by a magical painterly technique and complex compositions, which sing about life's simplicities. The zest for life permeates Behailu's work. He is widely travelled and yet modest about his stature as a painter in the continent."

Artigas is one of the most important young artists on the contemporary Mexican scene and certainly one of the most interesting artists I have come across in a long time. The title of his exhibition (or rather one-day event) takes its cue from a local newspaper headline, 'Locals Hate Us'. Described as a ceramics and jewellery project, this one is not what it seems - don't miss it.

In terms of how Artigas negotiates and interrogates his immediate environment and manages to transform seemingly banal events into aggressive and often poignant observations of broader socio-political and cultural mores, he has much to offer young South African practitioners. Staging most of his interventions/performances around potentially threatening or conflict situations that play out as games, Artigas was included on this year's Aperto at the Venice Biennale.

Opening: June 20 at 6.30pm (one-night view for Gustavo Artigas)
Closing: June 27 (for Behailu Bezabih)

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

Recent work by Abrie Fourie
Philippians 4.8

Launch exhibition at Millennium II

Pretoria's Millennium gallery gets a big sister in Johannesburg. The launch exhibition features work by some 40 artists, rotating on a weekly basis. Artists include Abrie Fourie, Bonita Alice, Braam Kruger, CJ Morkel, Clifford Charles, Doris Bloom, Fatima Fernandes, Ian Waldeck, Jackson Hlungwani, Joachim Schönfeldt, Johan Moolman, John Anthony Boerma, Kathy Coates in collaboration with Azwhimpeleli Magoro, Kevin Brand, Luan Nel, Marcus Neustetter, Marlene Tosoni, Minnette Vári, Nhlanhla Xaba, Norman Catherine, Pat Mautloa, Retha Erasmus, Robyn Orlin, Samson Mudzunga, Sandile Zulu, Stephen Hobbs, Steven Cohen, Terry Kurgan, Walter Oltmann, Wayne Barker, Willem Boshoff, Wilma Cruise, Wim Botha and others.

See News

Opening: Saturday June 23 at 7pm (address by Willem Boshoff)

Millennium II, 19 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank

Provisional gallery hours from June 26: Tues to Fri 9am to 5pm; Saturdays 10am to 2pm
Viewing after hours by appointment

Tel: 880 5270
Sue Glanville: 083 379 8584

'Fine' photography at the Manor Gallery

Usually home to the Watercolour Society of South Africa, the Manor Gallery hosts an exhibition of "fine" photography (read technically accomplished and more commercial than cutting edge), including work by Bob Cnoops, Michael Meyersfeld, Elizabeth Olivier-Kahlau and Helga Kohl. The selection of work looks good and the show is co-hosted by Prolab and the PPSA. Roger Ballen is the guest speaker at the opening.

Opening: June 22 at 6.30pm
Closing: July 8

The Manor Gallery, Norscot Manor, Penguin Drive, Fourways
Gallery hours: Tues to Fri 1am to 4pm; Sat 10am to 1pm; Sun 11am to 2pm

Tel: (011) 465 7934
Fax: (011) 465 8951

PPSA: (011) 482 4399
Prolab: (012) 346 8044

Isolde Krams

Isolde Krams
Miss World
Video of Cape Town performance starring Clare Watling

World Press Photo, Isolde Krams and African art at the Standard Bank Gallery

It's three for the price of one at the Standard Bank Gallery during June and July, with the awesomely big annual World Press Photo exhibition, Isolde Krams's 'Orb' and 'From Person to Spirit' all opening simultaneously.

The World Press Photo show, featuring the best of the world's photojournalists, is something I hate and anticipate with equal measure. I hate the fact that the exhibitions seem to get bigger every year and I hate the fact that, at the opening, you never have a chance to see a thing - which is good for two reasons. Firstly, this is probably the best-attended opening with the fewest well-known art faces in the calendar year. Secondly, the amount of carnage so far outweighs the glory moments, it's difficult to remain either hopeful or sensitive to global violence. But it's usually damn good photography that makes you wonder more about the (mad) genius or spectacular timing of the person behind the lens than what is imaged.

'Orb' is Isolde Krams's latest exhibition, following her recent show in Pretoria. This one features Miss World.

'From Person to Spirit' includes Eagle Coffin by Ben Sowah as well as objects from the Standard Bank Collection of African Art, housed at the Wits University Galleries.

Opening: June 27 at 6pm
Closing: July 21

June 28 (World Press Photo representative) and July 5 (Juda Ngwenya, chief photographer, Reuters)
July 11 and 18 (Isolde Krams and Miss World)
July 12 (Anitra Nettleton) and July 19 (Rayda Becker)

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

Michael Meyersfeld at PhotoZA

Award-winning photographer Michael Meyersfeld hosts an exhibition of his "fine art" work. Working as a practising advertising photographer, Meyersfeld has been exhibiting since 1975 and has been published in The One Show Annual and the Art Director's Club (New York, 1999) and The Association of Photographers 16th and 17th Awards (London, 2000).

Opening: July 1
Closing: July 28

Gallery hours: Mon to Sat 12pm to 7pm

PhotoZA, The Mews, Rosebank
Cell: 082 533 7143 (Michelle Rock)

Stan Engelbrecht

Stan Engelbrecht
'The Caution Horses'

Stan Engelbrecht's 'Caution Horses' in Rosebank

'The Caution Horses' is an exhibition of photographs of the feral horses of the Namib Desert by Cape Town based photographer Stan Engelbrecht.

Engelbrecht grew up as a teenager in Namibia, but only later learned of the presence of these horses, which apparently strayed away from German soldiers stationed close to Garub circa 1910. The herd he has come to know through his lens has been living in the desert in small family groups since then. He says: "I was so intrigued by their story that I decided to visit Garub in the hope of seeing the horses, perhaps at a watering hole in the vicinity. I was fortunate: I saw one lone horse and it was an image that was to haunt me for over a year."

Taking a three and a half month sabbatical in June 2000, he travelled to Garub, where the work of zoologist Talane Greyling and authors Monty Roberts and John Lyons influenced Engelbrecht's methods of interacting with the animals.

The first 'Caution Horses' exhibition was held in an unused parking garage in Bree Street, Cape Town. Engelbrecht has since returned to Aus to produce material for this exhibition, which will take place in a vacant shop on Tyrwhitt walkway at the Zone@Rosebank. The rough walls, double volume space and natural light of the venue work well with the scale of the images. The images consist of black and white handprints (1m x 1.3m); panoramic handprints (1.2m x 0.5m) and lith prints (0.5m x 0.6m).

Bell-Roberts Publishing will launch Engelbrecht's limited edition, signed and numbered book entitled The Caution Horses at the opening of the exhibition. The foreword to the book was written by Sean Wilson, a Cape Town based photographer and friend who has followed Engelbrecht's work with the horses very closely over the past year.

Opening: Tuesday June 12 2001 at 7pm
Closing: July 12 2001

Tyrwhitt Walkway, The Zone@Rosebank, 177 Oxford Road, Rosebank
Tel: 082 928 6586
Gallery hours: 10am to 6pm

Jeremy Wafer

Jeremy Wafer
Detail from photographic print,

Jeremy Wafer at the Goodman Gallery

I was lucky enough to get a small preview of some of Jeremy Wafer's new works at his home in Durban, and if you thought his last Goodman exhibition was a knock-out, be prepared for more of his intensely considered, intimate forays into geographies, seriality, form and observation.

Educated under the typical Modernist "truth to materials" maxim, Wafer has always positioned himself slightly outside beyond or peripheral to this, with modular, minimalistic work replete with the metaphorical possibilities contained within his "imagery" or chosen media.

Inching ever closer to the complex territories of culture and identity, this new body of work is monochromatic and deceptively simple in form, consisting of coats of arms doubled and quartered, digitally manipulated photographs, glass paintings and sculpture. And although it may not appear so at first, it is without a doubt the logical next step from his pocked and striated sculptural forms.

Opening: Thursday June 14 2001
Closing: June 30

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: (011) 788-1113
Fax: (011) 788 9887
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. ; Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Bongi Bengu

Bongi Bengu
805 x 600mm

'The Hourglass Project' at Art on Paper

'The Hourglass Project: A Women's Vision' is an exhibition of original prints by 15 women from five countries produced during a two-month residency at the Caversham Press, examining ideas and values relating to the passage of time. Participating artists include Lynne Allen (United States), Deborah Bell (South Africa), Bongi Bengu (SA), Cristina Cardenas (USA), Pip Curling (Zimbabwe), Bronwen Findlay (SA), Sheila Flynn (SA), Faiza Galdhari (SA), Patricia Hurl (Ireland), Elaine Kennedy (Ireland), Lynn Marshall (USA), Semina Mpofu (Zimbabwe), Sophie Peters (SA), Mildred Thompson (USA) and Grace Tshikuvhe (SA).

Opening: Tuesday June 12 (no opening function)
Closing: June 28

Art on Paper, 8 Main Road, Melville (next to Outer Limits book shop)
Tel: (011) 726 2234)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Artist Proof Studio and Wits Tech collaborate

Spark! hosts the Orchards Group (artists from the Artist Proof Studio and Wits Tech papermaking department) with a "hand-crafted print and paper market" including hand-printed greeting cards, stationery, artworks, embroideries and more.

There will also be a number of demonstrations on show and people can sign up to learn various techniques of print and papermaking. The various projects taking part in this exhibition all share a relationship with the Artist Proof Studio.

For more information contact Cara/Zanele on (011) 492 1278.

Opening: Friday June 15 at 6pm
Closing: June 24

Spark!, 10 Louis Road, Orchards
Tel: Pieter Vorster 082 574 2152; Glynnis Jackson 083 836 1210
Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. until caf� bar closes;
Sunday:10 a.m. - noon

Alfred-Martin Duggan-Cronin

Invitation to 'Compound to Kraal'

'Compound to Kraal' at the Workers Library and Museum

Promising to be one of the most interesting photographic shows in a long time is 'Compound to Kraal', a collection of rare images of black mineworkers and the Kimberley elite dating from the early 20th century, shot by mine compound guard Alfred-Martin Duggan-Cronin. The exhibition is a public profile exercise, both to expose the images to the general public and to raise funds to salvage the rapidly deteriorating negatives, of which there are more than 7 000. Few will be on display, given their fragility. The exhibition is co-curated by Santu Mofokeng and Thierry Secretan.

Opening: May 29 at 6pm
Closing: June 24

Worker's Library, New Town precinct (opposite Electric Workshop)

Sonja Britz

Sonja Britz
Detail of figure study, 2001
Oil on board

Parktown College Staff Exhibition

The college launches its own space in the historical Herbert Baker house on the property, with a debut exhibition featuring mixed media work by staff members Sonja Britz, Fiona Couldridge, Aiden Don, Michael Mutsharini, Sue van Zyl and others.

Opening: June 02
Closing: June 07

Michael Doran

Michael Doran

Michael Doran at the Gallery on the Square

The college launches its own space in the historical Herbert Baker house on the property, with a debut exhibition featuring mixed media work by staff members Sonja Britz, Fiona Couldridge, Aiden Don, Michael Mutsharini, Sue van Zyl and others.

The gallery launches photographer Michael Doran's limited edition signed artist's book, with text by Michael Hayworth. The exhibition features 56 debossed photographic prints.

Opening: June 03 at 6pm
Closing: June 10

Gallery on the Square, Shop 32, Sandton Square, corner 5th and Maude Streets, Sandown
Tel: (011) 784-2847
Fax: (011) 784 - 2849
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 10.00 am - 6.00 pm; Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm; Sunday 10.00am - 2:00pm

Jürgen Schadeberg

Jürgen Schadeberg
Dancing At the Ritz - Johannesburg, 1952
Black & White photograph

Gallery dedicated to art photography opens in Rosebank

It's called PhotoZA and it's South Africa's first gallery focusing exclusively on art photography. Intending to exhibit work by South Africa's foremost photographers who have gained considerable international reputations, it will show and market both traditional "wet-process" photography as well as digital work with a once-monthly exhibition turnover.

Says owner and curator Michelle Rock: "Photography is undergoing a worldwide resurgence and it is recognised as an art form in its own right. South African photos are underrepresented in this market, even though we have a high percentage of reputable photographers locally who hold their own with the world's best. Fine art photography has also seen an immense growth in the buyer's market with both investors and collectors bidding on escalating prices for these works."

The new space opens with an exhibition of work by Michael Meyersfeld, Jürgen Schadeberg, Victor Matom, Bob Cnoops, Marlene Neumann, Pierre Peters, Sally Gaule and Lawrance Brennon. The opening show will also form part of the Paris Photo 2001 exhibition at the Louvre in November 2001.

Opens: Sunday May 27 at 6.30pm

PhotoZA, The Mews, Rosebank
Cell: 082 533 7143 (Michelle Rock)

Fiona Couldridge

Fiona Couldridge

Fiona Couldridge at the Alistair Findlay Showcase

Well-known for her relief paintings of close-up creepy crawlies, Couldridge now chooses creatures of the deep as her subject matter. She shows selected works in this shop window gallery, opposite Franco's restaurant in Parkview. Winner of a Royal Over Seas League scholarship, the work forms part of a larger collection to be shown in London in July.

For more information, tel: 082 401 0905.

Alistair Findlay Showcase, 54 Tyrone Ave. (opposite Franco's), Parkview

Paper sculpture exhibition in Sandton City

Yes, so it's a bit twee, but as with most virtuoso-type activities with rather ordinary materials, you do tend to go 'Ooh! How'd they do that?' The First Paper House exhibition of paper sculpture with artists Hazel Buchan and Peter Holliday should be a case in point. Featuring all manner of beasts and humans fashioned from cut paper, the exhibition has a short run in Sandton City, after which it moves to Durban and Cape Town. Its shopping centre location is revealing of the intended target market, but if you happen to be trawling the malls, take a look. It beats découpage.

Sandton City, Johannesburg: Wednesday May 23 - Sunday May 27
La Lucia Mall, Durban: Wednesday June 6 - Sunday June 10
Cavendish Square, Cape Town: Wednesday July 25 - Sunday July 29

Robert Hodgins

Robert Hodgins
A vain young man and three spectators

Robert Hodgins and Jan Neethling at Art on Paper

Without Hodgins and Neethling, the Johannesburg art world wouldn't be the same. So it's a pleasure to look forward to their joint exhibition of recent works on paper, including a series of monotypes produced by Hodgins with Mark Atwood of the Artists' Press.

Atwood and Hodgins will both give talks on May 26 at 3pm and 4pm respectively. Atwood will present 'Lithograph - serial box or work of art?' and show the video Four Stones for Kanemitsu (the drawing and pulling of a lithograph). RSVP if you would like to attend.

Art on Paper, 8 Main Road, Melville (next to Outer Limits book shop)
Tel: (011) 726 2234)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Omenana at Maitisong

Nigerian born painter Ozor-Ejike Ezefuna and South African Selemogo Maleho will present work in the courtyard of the gallery's new location as part of Maitisong's celebratory launch event, styled as a traditional Nigerian 'Omenana' and subtitled 'The Journey of Afrikan Arts through the Ages!'

A major concern of the two-person show is to destabilise xenophobic attitudes in Johannesburg, particularly with respect to Nigerians. Artist Mahelo comments: "The myth that is prevalent in the minds of those of us, South Africans, who are very naíve to an extent that the only word that immediately comes to mind when we think about Nigeria and its people is drugs. Through Ezefuna and his work, we are trying to say there's a lot of beauty in Nigeria, and in being Nigerian, that other contemporary African cultures could emulate."

Ezefuna, who works in surrealistic and abstract styles, has had one previous exhibition in Nigeria. It is Mahelo's first show. Having worked previously as a graphic artist, he holds the dubious honour of having designed the car registration plates for Gauteng and all other provinces.

Ezefuna has taken up the post of gallery curator. Gallery manager Ntombifikile Molobi hopes to raise enough funding to take the show to Nigeria.

Guests at the opening of the exhibition will be entertained by jazz pianist Norman Chauke, a graduate of the London School of Music. Well known on the jazz circuit in Gauteng, he will be teaching music classes from the gallery.

And to live up to the cultural and spiritual demands of Omenana, the gallery is organising mobile exhibitions to various areas including townships, corporate offices, government buildings, community centres and shopping malls.

Opens: May 25
Closes: July 27

For more information, please contact:
Ntombifikile Molobi, Executive Manager
Tel: (011) 487 0937
Cell: 083 528 3090

Ozor-Ejike Ezefuna, Curator/Artist-in-Residence
Cell: 072 283 3597

Maitisong Art Gallery, Kopanong Centre (ex-Bizarre Centre), Corner Rockey and Raymond streets, Yeoville
Tel: (011) 487 0937

Durant Sihlali

Durant Sihlali
Autumn Leaves, 2000/2001
Cotton rag fibre

Sam Nhlengethwa and Zwelethu Mthethwa

Sam Nhlengethwa and Zwelethu Mthethwa

Durant Sihlali and collaborative works by Sam Nhlengethwa and Zwelethu Mthethwa at the Goodman

Twenty new works by paper artist Durant Sihlali have been chosen by the gallery for this new exhibition. Referring to these works as the "blue inspiration works", Sihlali notes that they arise from his early love of classical composers such as Strauss, Handel and Mozart. The colour blue and various music notations become subtle but powerful leitmotifs in the body of work.

Simultaneously the gallery will be showing, for the first time in South Africa, a body of 13 works produced by Sam Nhlengethwa and Zwelethu Mthethwa in collaboration. Mthethwa applies his trademark photographic eye to capture domestic urban interiors, while Nhlengethwa alters and adapts elements of these scenes using collage.

Opens: May 19 with drinks at noon
Closes: June 09

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: (011) 788-1113
Fax: (011) 788 9887
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. ; Saturday 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Jurgen Schadeberg

Jürgen Schadeberg
Rand Easter Show, 1964
Black & white photograph

'The White Fifties in S.A.' at the Bensusan Museum of Photography

Jürgen Schadeberg's previously unpublished images of white (often white youth) culture, in the 1950's make their debut at a special preview at Norwood's rather silent Crake Gallery before moving to the Bensusan Museum at MuseuMAfricA later on in April. Depicting scenes of vaguely rockabilly, bored Teddy-Boy type characters at social dances or an aerial view of a crowd of pop fans going typically hysterical, this collection of photographs guarantees a different take on a period of history we're more familiar with through our parents' photograph albums.

Opening: Sunday, April 22, 4pm
Closing: June 24

Bensusan Museum of Photography, Level 4, MuseuMAfricA, 121 Bree Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
Tel: (011) 833-5624
Fax: (011) 833 5636
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m

Wilma Cruise

Wilma Cruise
HYS.SUSP.text / image / sound (details) 2001
Multimedia installation


Wilma Cruise at the Millennium Gallery

'HYS.SUSP.text/image/sound' is the title of this exhibition, which from the press release sounds like Wilma Cruise's foray into the "brave new world" of multimedia and video, while not neglecting the sculptural elements by which we know her best.

'HYS.SUSP' is an abbreviation of "hysteria suspended", the title of the central work on this show, featuring torsos suspended from the ceiling accompanied by 17 charcoal drawings of heads. Drawing on Freudian theories of hysteria, which the artist believes are "incorrect", the work deals with "hysteria (held in abeyance), dementia and melancholy".

Other works on the show are The nurse of the mad (who is dead), Conversations and The tale of DM.

Opening: May 30
Closing: June 27

Millennium Gallery, 75 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof
Tel: (012) 460-8217
Fax: (012) 346-5552
Cell: 083 263 5842


Invitation to 'Covert'

'Covert' at the Association of Arts

Franci Cronje and Magda Joubert present new work, including painting and photography, in an exhibition that challenges the conventional use of these media. Cronje is currently completing her MA(FA) at Wits. Their work has been described as "somnolent".

Opening: June 10 at 5.50pm. Guest speaker is Professor Ronel Rensburg
Closing: June 28

Association of Arts, Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 346-3100
Fax: (012) 346-3125
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Fridays: 10.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.; Saturdays: 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.; Sundays and Mondays closed

Erna Bodenstein

Erna Bodenstein

'Covert' at the Association of Arts

The image on this invitation got my attention immediately. Very 19th century sideshow, it is a graphic of a staring, tattooed figure with arms folded. Actual temporary tattoos seem to have been added to the surface of the graphic. The show is called 'The Female Gaze', which makes me hesitate, but if Bodenstein comes up with more of this, then we're in for a treat.

Opening: June 17 at 5.30pm
Closing: June 28

Association of Arts, Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 346-3100
Fax: (012) 346-3125
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Fridays: 10.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.; Saturdays: 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.; Sundays and Mondays closed

Reshada Crouse retrospective extended

The Pretoria Art Museum's retrospective on the work of Reshada Crouse has been extended by popular demand until July 8 2001.

Reshada Crouse, mistress of the photo-realist portrait that sometimes falls on the wrong side of kitsch, is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Pretoria Art Museum. On show are 88 works including portraits, the 'Icons' series (Madonna and Child works) and Passive Resistance, her mural commission for the Civic Theatre. Crouse's work purports to offer hints of subversion through parody that speak to social and historical contexts.

The Tshwane Art Kids will be involved in workshops with Crouse on Saturday mornings, and the artist will be in residence from June 1 to 9 during which time she will paint a portrait of a chosen sitter.

Opening: May 02

Pretoria Art Museum, corner Schoeman and Wessels Streets, Arcadia
Tel: (012) 344-1807/8
Fax: (012) 344-1809
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 10.00 am - 5.00 pm; Wednesdays 10.00 am - 8.00 pm; Sundays 12.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Marius Lourens

Marius Lourens

'Land' at the Association of Arts

Landscape and its signifiers provide the focus for this exhibition of paintings by Thys Cilliers and Marius Lourens, and sculptures by Wehrner Lemmer. Cilliers' seemingly banal and well-known subjects reveal secret histories beneath the surface. Lourens juxtaposes landscape and interiors, revealing moments of intimacy or quiet reverence. Lemmer uses wood and steel to speak about organic processes of growth as well as landscape's expanse.

Opening: May 20 at 6pm with guest speaker Cecile Loedolff
Closes: June 07

Association of Arts, Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 346-3100
Fax: (012) 346-3125
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Fridays: 10am - 4.30 pm; Saturdays: 10am - 12pm; Sundays and Mondays closed

Isolde Krams

Actress Clare Watling in Krams's sculpture, performing 'I am Miss World'

Isolde Krams at the Open Window

'Tales' is Krams's first solo show in Gauteng for some time. Given focus by her strong personal interest in conservation and environmental issues, this new work continues her commitment to a feminist pursuit and body politic related concerns. As her statement reads: "The frame of reference has extended beyond the self and the body contextualised in a narrative space (important to the artist in the 1980s and early 1990s) to far more diverse and complex allusions to global issues, nature, the environment and the future."

The gallery will be filled with loose table salt and rubber latex sculptures of strange, evocative creatures including tattooed fish, double-headed horses, globes and metamorphosed animals, with an accompanying sound piece playing from loudspeakers. A horse and rider will make an appearance at the opening.

The work is playful and potentially threatening, referencing Dada objects and binary opposites in their quest to create meaning. A good opportunity to introduce your kids to the possibilities of contemporary art.

Opening: Wednesday May 23 at 7pm with guest speaker Lizz Meiring
Closes: Saturday June 09

Open Window Art Academy, 10 Rigel Avenue, Erasmusrand
Tel: (012) 347-1740
Fax: (012) 347-1710
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 9am � 4pm; Saturday 10am � 2pm

Karin Skawran lecture series at the Association of Arts

For those who want to book in advance, this illustrated evening lecture series by the acclaimed Unisa art history professor and vice-chair to the council of Iziko (National Museums of Cape Town) begins on June 21 and runs until November. Booking is essential, and you can choose to subscribe for the whole series at a cost of R250, or pay R30 per lecture. A note to the leaflet designer: the three-quarter angle, studio portrait of Professor Skawran gazing into the middle distance and framed by twee, 'painterly' vignetting makes it look more like an obituary than a lecture series. Which I'm sure is not intended to reflect the expected audience reaction to an art historical tour of both local and international points of interest.

Lectures start at 6pm or 7pm and are divided into the following areas of research:

'Stained Paper: Images in Watercolour'
June 21: Masters of the Art: 19th century watercolour painting in Europe (6pm)
June 28: South African images in watercolour: A historical survey (6pm)
July 4: The 20th century: Watercolours in Europe and SA (6pm)

'Early Christian and Byzantine Art'
July 11: Byzantine art and architecture: An introduction (6pm)
August 1: The cave churches of Cappadocia, Turkey (7pm)

'Early German Expressionism: Two women painters'
August 16: The art of Paula Modersohn-Becker (7pm)
August 29: Kathe Kollwitz: Art as compassion (7pm)

'Two South African artists of the 20th Century'
September 12: Images and Symbols: Walter Battiss (7pm)
September 19: A prophet in his own time: Jackson Hlungwane (7pm)

'Fibre Art Projects in Southern Africa'
November 14: Fibre art in Southern Africa, with reference to the 'Mapula' and 'Kaross' projects in South Africa, and the 'Weya' project in Zimbabwe (7pm)

Association of Arts, Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 346-3100
Fax: (012) 346-3125
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Fridays: 10am - 4.30 pm; Saturdays: 10am - 12pm; Sundays and Mondays closed

'Testimony through Art' at the African Window

The World Court for Women Against War, for Peace and the Group of Cultural Documentation Inc present an exhibition of quilting and weaving by women who have survived and resisted armed conflict across the globe. Representing over 35 countries and some 50 ethnic groups, the works are both collaborative and individual productions. The selection features a broad range of work produced by women from South Africa. In addition to the fabric works, photographs, narratives, poetry, paintings and drawings lends additional texture to the exhibition.

Opens: May 08, 7pm
Closes: June 24

African Window (National Cultural History Museum), 149 Visagie Street, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 324-6082
Fax: (012) 328-5173
Museum Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8.00 am - 4.00 pm