Archive: Issue No. 49, September 2001

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CAPE TOWN
26.09.01 Lyndi Sales at João Ferreira Fine Art
26.09.01 Diek Grobler at the Chelsea Gallery
26.09.01 Ruth Prowse Fundraising Exhibition and Auction
26.09.01 Paper lights by Luminary at 200 Long Street
19.09.01 Bruce Arnott, Inge du Plessis, Eunice Geustyn, Alma Vorster at the AVA
19.09.01 Christo Coetzee at the Irma Stern
19.09.01 'Narratives' - Omar Badsha at the SA National Gallery
19.09.01 'Birds of a Feather' and 'Surviving the Lens' at the SANG
12.09.01 Daniel Boshomane, Baba Jakhe and Gabi Ngcobo at Greatmore Studios
12.09.01 Max Ernst Books and Prints at the Castle of Good Hope
12.09.01 Paul du Toit at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery
12.09.01 'Brain Storm' - Mental Health Arts Festival at Artscape
05.09.01 'Eat-Drink-Love-Think' by Alex Hamilton at Bang the Gallery
05.09.01 Works on Paper at João Ferreira Fine Art

STELLENBOSCH
19.09.01 G5 group show at Life in Stellenbosch
12.09.01 Timo Smuts Prize Exhibition, Stellenbosch University
CAPE TOWN

Lyndi Sales

Lyndi Sales
India Journey
2000
Mixed media
110 x 181 x 20cm


Lyndi Sales at João Ferreira Fine Art

Printmaker Lyndi Sales exhibits 'Ancestral Journeys', the body of work she made for her Masters degree at Michaelis and which was shown at the Goodman Gallery earlier this year. Sales constructs an individual identity through complex formal and conceptual devices, bringing together both oral history and documents from her family archives. The work makes repeated reference to the 16th century, or the "age of curiosity" as she calls it, the period during which the museum originated. The work takes the form of printed paper ephemera housed in cabinets reminiscent of 16th century curiosity cabinets. These objects make further reference to 19th century paper theatres. Central to each of these tableaux is the journey of the ship, and themes of travel, exploration and collecting. The result of this multi-layering is a collection of rich and complex works which place Sales' ancestors' incomplete narratives into the broader context of the "journey" as a popular theme in literature and poetry.

Sales was born in 1973. She has won several awards and prizes for her work and has taken part in various national and international exhibitions. Her work is included in a number of South African corporate collections as well as public collections in the US.

Opening: Wednesday October 3 at 6pm
Closing: November 3

João Ferreira Fine Art, 80 Hout Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423-5403 or 082 490-2977
Fax: (021) 423-2136
Email: joao@iafrica.com
Website: www.artjoao.co.za
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 2pm


Diek Grobler

Diek Grobler
Man under Construction


Diek Grobler at the Chelsea Gallery

'Man under Construction' is the title given to this exhibition by Pretoria artist Diek Grobler, which showcases the influence on his work of a four-month stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. The title refers both to Grobler's development as an artist, and his view of the human condition. Touching on various themes, including religion/spirituality, sexual politics and social issues, the works in oil, gouache and collage reflect Grobler's involvement in performance art and avant-garde theatre (Grobler has his own performance company, Fopspeen Live Art). He will also be showing two animated films, Idea and Le Voyage, or Herr Dürer's dog is barking up the wrong tree again.

Grobler obtained his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1996. He has exhibited professionally since 1988 and his work is included in several major public and corporate collections. Grobler has exhibited extensively on solo and curated shows and national competitions. He has also illustrated a number of children's books.

Opening: Tuesday October 2 at 6pm
Closing: October 20

Chelsea Art Gallery, 51 Waterloo Rd, Chelsea-Wynberg
Tel: (021) 761 6805
Fax: (021) 761 6805
Email: chelsea-gallery@mweb.co.za
Website: http://home.mweb.co.za/ch/chelsart/gallery
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30 am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 1pm


William Kentridge

William Kentridge
Untitled
sugar lift aquatint etching
2000-2001

Pippa Skotness

Pippa Skotness
Carousel
Etching
1985


Ruth Prowse Fundraising Exhibition and Auction

The Ruth Prowse School of Art, a non-profit organisation that has been serving the community for over 30 years, was threatened with closure at the end of last year due to financial difficulties. An appeal was sent to artists for contributions of work to be sold at a fund-raising exhibition and the result - 600 works of art from 335 artists - apparently makes it the largest and most widely representative exhibition of contemporary art yet held in South Africa. Artists include William Kentridge, Pippa Skotnes, David Brown, Norman Catherine, Christo Coetzee and Eric Laubscher.

All items may be purchased at their ticket prices, or a bid may be left on the silent auction. All items not sold at the full ticket price will go to the highest bid left on the silent auction (take note though, certain items have reserves set by the artists). "Commission" bids will be accepted and executed at the lowest possible price on behalf of the bidder. There is no buyer's commission and no VAT payable. A list of works on sale and prices will be e-mailed on request, and image files are also available. Buyers are advised to visit the exhibition if at all possible, and to order a full catalogue, which comprises 43 pages of full colour pictures and 27 pages of biographical details of the participating artists. The catalogue is on sale at the exhibition to the general public at R100 per copy.

Opening: September 29
Closing: October 12

National Library of South Africa, Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Tel: 447-2492
Fax: 448-4393
Email: ruthprow@mweb.co.za
Website: www.ruthprowse.co.za




Paper lights by Luminary at 200 Long Street

Julia Clark and assistant Thami Kiti have put together a show of eminently collectible paper lights under the name Luminary. They will be for sale at 200 Long Street (next to the Lounge, above the scooter shop) from September 27 at 7pm. The exhibition will also be open on Friday September 28 from 6.30-8.30 pm, Saturday September 29 from 10am to 12.30pm, and Sunday September 30 from 3-5pm.

200 Long Street (next to the Lounge, above the scooter shop)


Bruce Arnott

Bruce Arnott
Exile
Bronze
40cm high


Bruce Arnott, Inge du Plessis, Eunice Geustyn and Alma Vorster at the AVA

In the main gallery Eunice Geustyn and Alma Vorster present their second joint exhibition at the AVA. Geustyn shows 'Passage', 20 new, small-format colour prints combining lithography, screenprinting and selective hand-colouring. She has also produced a number of hand-bound books examining her ongoing concerns with nature, rites of passage and transition, issues surrounding eco-feminism, pollution and the environment. Titled 'Sacred and Profane', Vorster's fifth solo show includes etching, embossing and collagraphy.

In the Long Gallery, Michaelis lecturer Bruce Arnott holds an exhibition of drawings and small sculptures entitled 'Sideshow'. His work reveals an interest in the sculpture of west and central Africa and that of pre-classical Greece. This will be Arnott's first exhibition in many years, providing viewers with the opportunity to catch up on what this respected sculptor and academic has been producing recently. Arnott is best known for his public commissions, several of which are to be found on UCT campus, as well as outside the South African National Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery.

On the Artsstrip Inge du Plessis, showing for the first time at the AVA, will exhibit 'Kodepraat', a group of new figurative paintings. She says: "I am interested in the unaccounted-for spaces between intention and presentation, with the isolation of communication that does not fulfill its intention and with the twisted results of misguided attempts."

Opening: September 24 at 6pm
Closing: October 13

Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424 7436
Fax: (021) 423 2637
Email: avaart@iafrica.com
Website: www.ava.co.za
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm




Christo Coetzee at the Irma Stern

Almost 50 years since they were made, a collection of abstract paintings by Christo Coetzee will be seen in South Africa for the first time. Cape-based art dealers Michael Stevenson and Deon Viljoen have brought this work over from Britain and France, with the hope of exploring what they regard as a predominantly undervalued creative period. Stevenson has collected Coetzee's work for a number of years and Viljoen maintained a friendship with the artist until his death in Tulbagh last year.

The canvases, numbering over 50, have been in storage for decades and were painted between 1954 and 1964, during what is regarded as one of Coetzee's avant-garde phases. Coetzee was born in Johannesburg in 1929 to a very traditional Afrikaans family and later studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and at the Slade School of Art in the UK. He lived and worked in London, Paris and Spain. His characteristic shifts between a romantic realism and baroque abstraction were a result of the influences he absorbed in these diverse environments in the post-war years. In the late 1950s he met, in London, photographer Anthony Denney who proved to be a father-figure, friend, facilitator and patron. Later, his exposure to the Italian avant-garde provoked him to experiment with perforating and otherwise altering his canvases.

The works on show here will move to the Sandton Art Gallery in November. A comprehensive, hardcover catalogue accompanies the show.

Opening: September 21
Closing: October 13

UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Road, Rosebank
Tel: (021) 685 5686
Fax: (021) 686 7550
Email: bpettit@protem.uct.ac.za
Hours: Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm


Omar Badsha

Omar Badsha
Black and white photograph


'Narratives' - Omar Badsha at the SA National Gallery

'Narratives: Rituals and Graven Images - A photographic commentary by Omar Badsha' comes to the South African National Gallery just as 'Imperial Ghetto', Badsha's photographic diary of people and places in the Grey Street area of Durban, draws to a close at the Durban Art Gallery.

Badsha played an active role in the South African liberation struggle as a cultural and political activist and trade union leader. In 1979 his first book of photographs, Letter to Farzanah, published to commemorate the International Year of the Child, was banned. In 1982 he was instrumental in establishing Afrapix, the now legendary independent photographers' agency and collective. In 1984 his book on life in the massive informal settlements of Inanda outside Durban was published. Also during the 1980s Badsha headed the photographic unit of the Second Carnegie Inquiry into Poverty and Development in Southern Africa, and edited the seminal book on life in South Africa in the 1980s, South Africa: The Cordoned Heart.

Since 1965 he has exhibited widely at home and internationally. Badsha lives in Pretoria and is the director of South African History Online, an internet education project on South African history.

The opening of the exhibition coincides with the launch of six titles in the SISA book series edited by Abebe Zegeye.

Opening: September 20 at 6 for 6.30pm with speaker Jakes Gerwel

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465 1628
Fax: (021) 461 0045
Website: www.museums.org.za/sang
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm


Alfred Martin Duggan-Cronin

Alfred Martin Duggan-Cronin
Korana girl, Kimberley (detail)
Date unknown
Gelatin developing-out print


'Birds of a Feather' and 'Surviving the Lens' at the SANG

The South African National Gallery opens two new exhibitions on Heritage Day, September 24. The first, titled 'Birds of a Feather', comprises "avian treasures" (meaning, one imagines, works of art with birds in them) from the collections of Iziko Museums of Cape Town. The other is 'Surviving the Lens', photographic studies of south and east African people dating from 1870 to 1920.

The exhibitions will be opened by Professor Kole Omotoso (otherwise known as Yebo Gogo) of the drama department at the University of Stellenbosch.

Opening: September 24 at 12.30 for 1pm

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465 1628
Fax: (021) 461 0045
Website: www.museums.org.za/sang
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm


Greatmore studios

Greatmore studios in Woodstock


Daniel Boshomane, Baba Jakhe and Gabi Ngcobo at Greatmore Studios

Boshomane, Jakhe and Ngcobo are current residents at Greatmore Studios. Boshomane is a painter and multimedia artist from Soweto, Jakhe a sculptor and installation artist from Rockston Studio in Zambia, and Ngcobo a painter from Durban. They are working in Cape Town on a three-month residency programme which culminates in this exhibition, entitled 'Journals - Confrontations/Lamentations/Transformations'.

Opening: Friday September 21 at 5.30pm
Closing: October 5

See REVIEWS

Greatmore Studios, 47 Greatmore Street, Woodstock
Tel: (021) 447 9699
Email: artmore@mweb.co.za


Max Ernst

Max Ernst
Illustrations for André Breton's Surrealist Manifesto


Max Ernst Books and Prints at the Castle of Good Hope

The Good Hope Gallery hosts this travelling exhibition of books and prints by Max Ernst. Ernst was born in Cologne in 1891, fled his home with the rise of Nazism and died in 1976. This is an IFA (Institüts für Auslandsbeziehungen) exhibition that deals with the work of one of the towering figures of 20th century art - it has been said that Ernst is to Dada and Surrealism what Picasso was to 20th century art as a whole. This exhibition includes collages, frottages and a fascinating collection of book illustrations. Ernst coined the term "beyond painting" to describe his adventurous mix of fantasy and vision or painting with closed eyes.

Opening: September 18
Closing: October 13

The Castle, Darling Street, Cape Town
Tel: 469 1160 or 462 3751
Hours: Mon - Sat 9.30am - 4pm


Paul du Toit

Paul du Toit
Fixate
Metal and enamel paint


Paul du Toit at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery

Recent DaimlerChrysler Prize nominee Paul du Toit presents a show of new paintings and metal sculptures. Du Toit's work has been on something of a European journey over the last two years, with showings in England, Scotland and The Netherlands. He will exhibit in Zeist, Holland, again later this year and at the 2001 Florence Biennale, for which he has been selected by the director, Professor John T Spike. This is the first of his shows to include an extensive body of sculptures, which he feels are more integrated with his paintings than ever before.

Opening: Monday September 17 at 6.30pm
Closing: October 18

See REVIEWS

Bell-Roberts Art Gallery, 199 Loop Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 1100
Fax: (021) 423 3135
Email: suzette@bell-roberts.com
Website: www.bell-roberts.com
Hours: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm


Beezy Bailey

Beezy Bailey
I danced with the madman whose skin felt like cold satin on his skeleton
Charcoal on paper


'Brain Storm' - Mental Health Arts Festival at Artscape

To commemorate 2001 as the Year of World Mental Health, Artscape is hosting an arts festival organised by the Western Cape Department of Health in conjunction with the Association for Visual Arts. The festival aims to highlight the global burden of mental disorders, including alcohol and drug abuse. By raising public awareness of these issues, this festival of visual and performing arts aims to destigmatise people living with such difficulties.

The AVA has co-ordinated a group exhibition entitled 'Brain Storm' with works by 20 Cape artists. Exhibitors include Arlene Amaler-Raviv, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Beezy Bailey, Jill Trappler, Mandla Vanyaza, Jean Brundrit, Nadja Daehnke and Cobus van Bosch. Each artist is showing one work that addresses the theme of mental health. At the same time there will be an exhibition of artworks made by mental health sufferers during a workshop facilitated by artist and educator Jill Trappler.

Opening: Sunday September 16 at 5.30pm with cultural activist Mike van Graan
Closing: September 30

Foyer, Artscape Theatre Complex (formerly the Nico Malan), DF Malan Street, Foreshore

For more information, contact the AVA:
Tel: (021) 424 7436
Fax: (021) 423 2637
Email: avaart@iafrica.com


Alex Hamilton

Alex Hamilton
From the 'East-Drink-Love-Think' series


'Eat-Drink-Love-Think' by Alex Hamilton at Bang the Gallery

Bang the Gallery director Alex Hamilton has produced a new body of work Inspired by a recent trip to Mallorca, Barcelona and Prague. Of his experience he says: "Whether it is the beautiful pride of the Barcelona market, the sadly majestic windmills of Mallorca, the wacky Gaudi and Gehry architecture, the kitschy iconic Toro or Jesus child, or the strangely suppressed atmosphere of Prague, to me these elements blur into one exciting and creative experience."

Opening: Sunday September 9 at 6pm
Closing: September 29

Bang the Gallery, 21 Pepper Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 1477
Email: alexh@bangthegallery.co.za
Website: www.bangthegallery.co.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm


Gail Catlin

Gail Catlin
Landscape Tree
2000
Giclee print
66 x 56cm


Works on Paper at João Ferreira Fine Art

As is usual at João Ferreira Fine Art, the time between one-person and curated exhibitions is used to showcase work by artists in the gallery stable. This show pulls together a collection of etchings, lithographs, drawings and prints by various artists including Gail Catlin and Kim Stern.

Opening: September 1
Closing: September 30

João Ferreira Fine Art, 80 Hout Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423 5403 or 082 490 2977
Fax: (021) 423 2136
Email: joao@iafrica.com
Website: www.artjoao.co.za
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 2pm

STELLENBOSCH

G5

G5 - the invitation


G5 group show at Life in Stellenbosch

G5 is a group of young artists and art students based in Stellenbosch, where they showed earlier this year and twice last year. The club Life plays host to their latest one-night exhibition, which will include a range of works from sculpture to digital animation.

Opening: September 24 from 7.30pm

Tel: 082 370 0140 (Robert Nicholls)
Website: www.g5exhibition.f2s.com




Timo Smuts Prize Exhibition, Stellenbosch University

A selection of work submitted by students of the University of Stellenbosch art school for the annual Timo Smuts Prize is to be exhibited at the US Gallery. Students from the departments of Applied Graphics, Fine Art and Jewellery Design are eligible for this prize, named after the late, well-known Fine Art lecturer.

Opening: September 19 at 6pm
Closing: October 10

US Art Gallery, corner of Dorp and Bird Streets, Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 808 3524
Email: usmuseum@maties.sun.ac.za
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

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