Archive: Issue No. 64, December 2002

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16.12.02 Tours of the Kentridge Retrospective for the deaf
16.12.02 Comics Brew at Bell-Roberts
01.12.02 Zwelethu Mthethwa, Zamani Makhanya and Gabisile Ngcobo
01.12.02 Salon at the Bay: New Directions
01.12.02 John Murray at Art b
01.12.02 Justin Anschütz at Joáo Ferreira
01.12.02 CAP 25th Anniversary
01.12.02 Ariel Cohen at 240 Long Street
01.12.02 Nicolaas Maritz' Male Nudes exhibition
01.12.02 Xmas lights and gift show at Jo'Burg
01.12.02 Clementina van der Walt at the Irma Stern
15.11.02 William Kentridge Retrospective at the SANG

01.12.02 Break the Silence at US Art Gallery
01.12.02 University of Stellenbosch Student Exhibition
01.12.02 Larry Scully at the Sasol Art Museum

16.12.02 Contemporary Ceramics in Nieu-Bethesda

William Kentridge

William Kentridge
Drawing from Sleeping on Glass, 1999

Tours of the Kentridge Retrospective for the deaf

A sign-language interpreter will conduct tours of the Kentridge Retrospective currently running at the SANG for the benefit of deaf viewers.

Times: 1pm, January 16, February 13 and March 6

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 467 4660 or 481 3800

Comics Brew at Bell-Roberts

A six-month programme dedicated to Comic Art began with the Bitterkomic exhibition at Art on Paper in Johannesburg and ends with a conference and workshops at the Department of Graphic Design at Wits Technikon in February. The festival has touched down at various other venues in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. 'Comics Brew' presents a show of original comic artwork by T. Ott and Kalonji from Switzerland, Stassen from Belgium and Rabaté from France, with Karlien de Villiers, ND Mazin, Brendon Bell-Roberts and the Igubu Collective. The Comics Brew catalogue and comics by the above will be on sale. Bell-Roberts and Igubu will be in attendance to sign comics.

Opens: 6.30pm, Wednesday December 18
Closes: January 18, 2003

Bell-Roberts Art Gallery, 199 Loop Street, Cape Town
Tel: 021 422 1100
Fax: 021 423 3135
Hours: Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

Zwelethu Mthethwa

Zwelethu Mthethwa
Go-Go Music
Oil pastel on paper

Zwelethu Mthethwa at the AVA

The acclaimed photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa showcases his work at the AVA. Zwelethu Mthethwa began exhibiting in the mid 1980s and has partaken in many one-person and group shows. These include 'The Short Century', which travelled Europe and the US recently, and the last two Dakar Biennales. His new show 'Coloured/ Colored' continues his documentation of the living conditions and experiences of the migrants who end up in our country's townships and informal settlements. Both the cultural disorientation they experience and their quotidian existence is rendered in the saturated hues and rich textures of his large-format photographs and oil pastel drawings.

Durban-born Mthethwa has a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art from Michaelis. Born in 1960, he began lecturing in Photography and Drawing at that venerable institution in 1994, resigning in 1999 due to his increasingly high international profile. Mthethwa's work is currently held in most of South Africa's major public and corporate collections.

Zwelethu Mthethwa is the first artist to provide a work for our exclusive Editions for ArtThrob initiative.

Also showing at the AVA, upstairs in the Artsstrip, are Zamani Makhanya and Gabisile Ngcobo. Like Zwelethu Mthethwa, both these artists come from KwaZulu-Natal. Makhanya was a co-founder of the Natal Visual Art Organization where he held the chair for some time. He was a finalist in the recent Sanlam Art of Investment and has been exhibiting in Durban since 1989. He works mainly in oil pastels on paper and mixed media on canvas using forms, colour and shapes symbolically to tell African stories.

Ngcobo, meanwhile, holds a BA Fine Arts from the University of Durban Westville and alongside her art career has been involved in community work. She was a founder member of 3rd Eye Vision, a Durban-based artists' group. She spent some time as artist-in-residence both at the Fordsburg Artists' Studios in Johannesburg and at Greatmore Studios. Her work seeks an African identity and she subscribes to what she calls an 'African Feminism'.

Opens; 6pm, Monday December 2
Closes: January 3, 2003

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Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424 7436
Fax: (021) 423 2637
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

Conrad Botes

Conrad Botes
Oil on glass

Tracy Lindner Gander

Tracy Lindner Gander
Kloof Neck, Camps Bay, 2002
Colour photograph
140 X 49.5cm

Salon at the Bay: New Directions

One of the highlights of Cape Town's visual arts calendar is the Art Salon at the popular Bay Hotel. Now in its 11th year, the event is a barometer for where contemporary art in South Africa headed. As always, this show will be curated and presented by Cape Town art consultant, Rose Korber.

The exhibition will feature recent paintings, drawings, original prints, sculpture , photography and ceramics by some 75 leading and emerging, contemporary artists from all over South Africa. Willie Bester, Sam Nhlengethwa, Walter Oltman, Nina Romm, Jenny Stadler, Francine Scialom Greenblatt, Penny Stutterheim, Robert Slingsby, John Kramer, Paul Blomkamp, Louis Jansen Van Vuuren and Walter Meyer form part of a familiar contingent of names.

Branded as a showcase of 'new directions' in South African art, this year's event will also showcase work by the likes of Brett Murray, Kevin Brand, Sanelle Aggenbach, Bitterkomix (Conrad Botes and Anton Kannemeyer), Egon Tania, Peter Eastman, John Murray and Tracy Gander. The Salon will also include a dynamic range of ceramics from all over South Africa.

Opens: December 13
Closes: December 26

The Bay Hotel, Victoria Rd, Camps Bay
Tel: 021.438-9152
Fax: 021. 438-6262
Hours: 10am - 9pm

John Murray at the Art. b Gallery

John Murray's second one-person show this year is entitled 'Meanwhile' and takes place in the Main Gallery of Art. b, formerly the Arts Association of Bellville. Murray's adeptness with a paintbrush is quite remarkable and this show promises a range of contrasting painting styles. This apparent contradiction, says Murray, is an important part of the body of work. A series of quiet portraits stand out against more vigorous works, which combine image and text. Through this Murray explores the variety of relationships and characters that tell stories without beginning or end.

Opens: December 4
Closes: January 18, 2003

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

Justin Anschütz

Justin Anschütz
Spike (detail)
40 x 20cm

Justin Anschütz at Joáo Ferreira

'Surfaces, Processes and Intensities' is Justin Ansch�tz' second one-person show at Jo�o Ferreira, following 2000's 'A Natural Language'. This show features a few series of works, some in wood others in glass. The glass work "spirits away the veneer of the everyday and reveals hidden anxiety and aggression", while the wooden work relates more strongly to Ansch�tz' earlier work in natural materials. The show evidences the artist's increasing use of accumulative processes and a move toward the less representational.

Opens: 6pm, Monday, December 2
Closes: December 28

João Ferreira Gallery, 80 Hout Street, Cape Town
Tel: 021 423 5403 or 082 490 2977
Fax: 021 423 2136
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 10am - 2pm

CAP 25th Anniversary

CAP 25th Anniversary

Community Art Programme's annual graduation ceremony takes place on December 9, where work by graduates will be on view as will CAP, CVET and Mediaworks archive exhibitions. The ceremony is followed by a Gumba, which features theatrical performances and music by Intellectual Seeds, DJ Jools and The Goema Captains.

The Graduation Ceremony takes place on Monday December 9 from 3 - 5pm and the Gumba follows from 6 - 10pm. There will be a cash bar and food for sale, and entrance costs R20 after 7pm.

The Gumba forms part of 'Liberating Zones: Cultural Movements of the 80s in Cape Town', a BLAC Initiative.

106 Chapel Street, Woodstock
Tel: (021) 465-3689

Ariel Cohen at 240 Long Street

Ariel Cohen was introduced to Cape Town audiences during this year's Month of Photography. His show 'Smashed' took place on an outdoor wall of the Saint Martini Church on Long Street. His photographs drew interesting, if tough, comparisons between the weathered faces of Cape Town's destitute and smashed vehicles. His new body of work, to be shown at the same venue, is entitled 'Push' and focuses on the Mother City's population of homeless who earn a hard living selling scrap, which they transport piled high on shopping trolleys. At the same time as highlighting the plight of these people, Cohen is also seeking to create a unique platform for local photographers to present work of social relevance to the public at large.

Cohen has secured sponsorship from Sappi, Dulux, Dragan Systems and Graphic Laminates. Public Eye is assisting with publicising the event.

Opens: 8pm, Monday, December 2
Closes: January 31, 2003

240 Long Street (adjacent to Marvel Bar)
Tel: 082 406-4699

Male nudes and other paintings by Nicolaas Maritz

Darling-based painter Nicolaas Maritz holds his second show in recent months. Taking place in his studio, the show is set to coincide with the Mother City Queer Project Festival and features, appropriately, male nudes.

Opens: December 1
Closes: January 15. 2003

Maritz Studio Gallery, 5 Nemesia Street, Darling (By Appointment Only)
Tel: (022) 492-3343

Xmas lights

Xmas lights and gift show at Jo'Burg

A new venue above the famed Jo'burg Bar, on Long Street, will host a Christmas shopping exhibition. The event is part of Every Dog Random Art Projects' Buy some ART this Christmas Campaign, and offers an opportunity to snap up works by an impressive list of emerging young talent. Included in the line-up are lighting and other works by Judith Brigg, Geeta Chagan, Julia Clark, Inge du Plessis, Peter Eastman, Paul Edmunds, Johnny Foreigner, Nadya Glawe, Heath Nash, Colin Payne, Mary Visser and others. (Go on, help a struggling artist! - Ed.)

Opens: 6pm, Friday December 13
Closes: December 21

Upstairs at Jo'burg, 218 Long Street, Cape Town
Tel: 023. 614-2100
Hours: 5 - 9pm during the week, and 10am - 2pm on Saturdays

Clementina van der Walt at the Irma Stern

Clementina van der Walt's ceramic work is widely known. She began her career teaching at Wits Technikon, at which time she became known for her tableware. This work drew heavily on African references and its popularity soon allowed her to move full-time into production. Employing as many as 10 assistants, her business expanded and she opened a gallery at her studio. All this meant she spent less time producing her own work. Consequently she paid a lengthy visit to Free State-based Hylton Nel, whose influence her work clearly bears now. At that time her studio was based at Dal Josafat, near Paarl, but later moved to her home there. Now based in Cape Town, van der Walt continues to produce her elegant, functional tableware that combines tradition with a contemplative approach to her craft.

Opens: 6pm, Tuesday, December 3
Closes: January 4, 2003

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

William Kentridge

William Kentridge
Casspirs Full of Love, 1989

Photo: New Museum of Contemporary Art

William Kentridge Retrospective at the SANG

William Kentridge has been selected the South African National Gallery as the venue for his major South African solo exhibition. Kentridge, whose importance as an artist scarcely needs to be explained, has an oeuvre that spans film and theatre as much as visual art. Despite his international stature, Kentridge is still based in Johannesburg. He is probably most renowned for his animated films, which explore the complex and often violent history of South Africa.
This retrospective has been curated by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Concurrently with this exhibition, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of 'Handspring Puppets' with whom Kentridge has collaborated on many projects, notably Ubu and the Truth Commission, will exhibit a number of their extraordinary puppets from the 10 years over which they have been collaborating.

Special Opening: 12 pm, Saturday November 30

Opens: December 1, 2002
Closes: March 23, 2003

South African National Gallery, Government Avenue, Company Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465 1628
Fax: (021) 461 0045
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm


Giselle Baille

Giselle Baille
Tata Ma Chance

Break the Silence at US Art Gallery

The artworks assembled in the 'Break the Silence' portfolio form the basis for the 'Artists for Human Rights' HIV/ AIDS billboard advocacy campaign. 31 artists - 21 South African and 10 international - have contributed original fine art prints to this initiative. South African participants include Gabisile Nkosi, Sue Williamson, Judith Mason, Diane Victor, Trevor Makhoba and Judy Woodborne. Several HIV/ AIDS awareness events surrounding this exhibition have been planned. Watch the press for details.

Opens: 6pm, Thursday, December 5
Closes: January 8, 2003

US Art Gallery, corner Dorp and Bird Streets, Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 808 3524
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

University of Stellenbosch Student Exhibition

It's the end of the year and student exhibitions are coming around again. 'S'53: Under Construction' is the elusive title given to the brief show by students at the University of Stellenbosch's Fine Arts Department. The show includes work by students of Fine Art, Graphic Design and the country's only university Jewellery Design course.

Opens: 6 pm, November 29
Closes: December 1

US Art Gallery, corner Dorp and Bird Streets, Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 808 3524
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

Larry Scully

Larry Scully

Larry Scully at Sasol Art Museum

'Larry Scully 80', a retrospective exhibition of his work, celebrates the well known Stellenbosch-based artist's 80th birthday. Scully, who headed the University's Fine Arts department, has remained an active painter for more than half a century. He is as well known for his large-scale murals on the Stellenbosch campus as he his for his multi-projector slideshows accompanied by music that he presents from time to time.

Opens: 6pm, Wednesday, December 4
Closes: February 3, 2003

Sasol Art Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 808 3524
Fax: (021) 808 3669
Hours: Tues - Fri, 9am - 4.30pm, Wed 9am - 8pm, Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 2pm - 17pm


Charmaine Haines

Charmaine Haines

Contemporary Ceramics in Nieu-Bethesda

'Thrown and Altered�' is an essential vacation diversion for anyone en route the liquid charms of the Cape coastline. An exhibition of contemporary ceramics by Charmaine Haines Noëlle Obers and Clementina van der Walt, the event takes place at the Ibis Art Centre in Nieu-Bethesda.

Opening: 6pm, December 10
Closing: January 20, 2003

Ibis art centre, Martin Street, Nieu-Bethesda
Tel/Fax: (049) 841-1623