Archive: Issue No. 54, Februray 2002

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20.02.02 The Meneghelli Collection at Standard Bank Gallery
20.02.02 Judith Mason at Art on Paper
13.02.02 Alessandro Papetti at the Everard Read Gallery
13.02.02 'Vaguely Valentine' at Spaza Art
13.02.02 Robert Hodgins at the Goodman Gallery
13.02.02 'Art of Darkness' at Carfax
13.02.02 Andre Otto at the Absa Gallery
06.02.02 Winston Saoli at the RAU Art Gallery
06.02.02 Graeme Williams at Photo ZA
06.02.02 Marco Cianfanelli and Stephanus Rademeyer at The Art Space
06.02.02 Veronique Tadjo at the Bag Factory
06.02.02 Christine Dixie at Millennium II
30.01.02 Wayne Barker at the Alliance Française
30.01.02 Hazel Frankel at Spark!
30.01.02 Marie Ange Bordas at the Bag Factory
23.01.02 'Surviving the Lens' at Johannesburg Art Gallery
23.01.02 'Africa Bonita' at The Zone
16.01.02 Jacques Fuller at the Sandton Civic Gallery

20.02.02 Spies Venter at the Millennium Gallery
13.02.02 Speelman Mahlangu at the Open Window Art Gallery
13.02.02 'Drawing Conclusions' at the Association of Arts
06.02.02 Jürgen Schadeberg lecture at the Pretoria Art Museum
06.02.02 'Bitch' at Tina Skukan Gallery
30.01.02 Iranian Art at the African Window
09.01.02 Jürgen Schadeberg at the Pretoria Art Museum

Meneghelli Collection

Benin bronzes from the Meneghelli Collection
Click to see full image

The Meneghelli Collection at Standard Bank Gallery

The Meneghelli Collection is the largest collection of historical African art in southern Africa, and includes some of the oldest sculptures from sub-Saharan Africa as well as objects of more recent origin. The pieces on this exhibition represent a selection of the Nigerian artworks in the collection, and it is probably the first time that such a collection has been exhibited in Africa outside Nigeria.

The antique pieces are considered by the Nigerian government to be inalienable. As part of the exhibition process, these pieces have been ratified by the Nigerian government through the director general for museums of Nigeria, Dr Omotoso Eluyemi. The collection has also agreed to "repatriate" 16 pieces to Nigeria.

This is an exhibition of great historical and contemporary importance in terms of the broader cultural production of Africa and should not be missed. There are a number of walkabouts scheduled, so call the gallery for details.

Opening: February 27
Closing: April 13

Standard Bank Gallery, corner Simmonds and Fredericks streets, Johannesburg
Tel: (011) 636 4231
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 4.30pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

Judith Mason at Art on Paper

One of South Africa's best known artists, Judith Mason shows a collection of new works on paper, including artist's books about, she says, "tuna-friendly canned mermaids, the Himalayas, gunshots in Troyeville, the National Anthem, bees, religions, grafitti, fake Leonardo Da Vinci scrolls, other people's poetry and assorted drill bits". Her unforgettable pictorial vocabulary, rendered in taut line and delicate shading, and the intellectual density of her work are reaffirmed in this exhibition.

Mason will lead a walkabout on March 2 at 3pm. Professor Anitra Nettleton will give a talk on March 13 at 4pm. Booking is essential.

Opening: February 23 at 3pm
Closing: March 14

Art on Paper, 8 Main Road, Melville (next to Outer Limits bookshop)
Tel: (011) 726 2234
Hours: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm

Alessandro Papetti

Alessandro Papetti

Alessandro Papetti at the Everard Read Gallery

The Everard Read Gallery presents Alessandro Papetti's show as one of its major highlights of the year. Originally from Milan, Papetti paints very naked nudes and industrial landscapes that speak of failed ambitions, all rendered in a restricted palette of sober tones. This is his first show in South Africa, though his work is widely exhibited and collected in Europe, the United States and Canada.

Opening: February 26
Closing: March 12

Everard Read Gallery, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank
Tel: (011) 788 4805
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat 9am - 5pm

Vaguely Valentine

Invitation to 'Vaguely Valentine'

'Vaguely Valentine' at Spaza Art

Andrew Lindsey invites "the whole fam-damily" to a sundowner/evening event combining art, music and food (a fish braai) - all the good stuff - with the promise of some surprises.

February 17 from 5.30pm onwards
RSVP by February 15 - call Drew on 082 494 3275

Spaza Art, 19 Wilhemina Street, Troyeville
Tel: (011) 614 9354
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5 pm, Sat 10am - 2pm

Robert Hodgins

Robert Hodgins
Sunshine Generals, 2002
Oil on canvas

Robert Hodgins at the Goodman Gallery

Master colourist Robert Hodgins needs no introduction. For someone who has a major retrospective exhibition travelling the country and an equally major book in the pipeline, you wouldn't expect an entire new show. But here it is, full of the lust for life that characterises this 80-plus year old artist's creative journey. He says: "I was born two years after the First World War, so I've seen a great deal of the 20th century. Some things changed for the better, some for the worse. It's been both a dismal and a wonderful century ... For the most part I see the humour in my work because, despite everything, life still manages to enchant and startle me. I love life. It's not a terribly fashionable philosophy, but it's mine. Life is about living - the first smell of jasmine in spring even though you've smelt it a thousand and one times before. The duality of life is the reason I can paint a prison one day and a plump and pretty girl in a floral hat the next. It's about pleasure and pain, lightness and dark." Indeed.

Opening: February 16 with drinks at noon
Closing: March 9

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
Tel: (011) 788 1113
Fax: (011) 788 9887
Hours: Tues - Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 4pm

'Art of Darkness' at Carfax

An exhibition of "art from the underworld" is accompanied by alternative DJs with a Gothic/EBM bent in what is the last Gateway party.

February 15 from 8.30pm

Andre Otto at the Absa Gallery

Ex-lecturer and seasoned commission-based artist working for private collectors and corporates, Andre Otto presents his first solo exhibition of bronzes. Otto's works reflect his interest in archaeological finds and abstract forms, and play with scale relationships. if you've ever wondered who creates the trophies for the Absa Atelier Award each year, it's this man.

Opening: February 11
Closing: February 28

Absa Gallery, Absa Towers North, 161 Main Street, Johannesburg
Tel: (011) 350 4588
Hours: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 3.30pm

Winston Saoli

Winston Saoli
Evolution of Man

Winston Saoli at the RAU Art Gallery

Work by the late Winston Churchill Masakeng Saoli is being curated as a retrospective exhibition at the ex-Gencor Gallery at RAU University. Saoli, who died in 1995 at the age of 45, held his first solo exhibition at the Goodman Gallery in 1969, and received local and international acclaim during the 1970s onwards. A prolific painter and sculptor, Saoli was best known for abstract works in oils, mixed media and pastels. The 73 works on show are on loan to the university from a private collection. The exhibition will be opened by Thelma Ngcobo of the SA Reserve Bank.

Opening: February 13 at 6pm
Closing: February 27

Rand Afrikaans University, cnr Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park
Tel: (011) 489 2099
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

Graeme Williams

Graeme Williams
Two Dogs
Black and white photograph

Graeme Williams at Photo ZA

Graeme Williams shows a selection of images at this small space dedicated to quality contemporary South African photography. Williams started working on his first documentary project, 'Life on Long Street', in 1986 and this genre of work remains his dominant focus. After working in London during the late 1980s Williams based himself in Johannesburg, working for Reuters News Agency covering sociopolitical changes in the region. More recently his work has seen a shift towards a personal and often quite quirky eye. Williams is well-known for his recent publication The Inner City, and he is a founding member of the photographic agency, South Photographs.

Opening: February 10 at 6.30pm
Closing: March 30

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

Stephanus Rademeyer

Stephanus Rademeyer

Marco Cianfanelli and Stephanus Rademeyer at The Art Space

Last year's Absa Atelier winner, Stephanus Rademeyer, and merit prizewinner Marco Cianfanelli present a two-person exhibition at this domestic gallery space, run by Sasol curator Teresa Lizamore. Rademeyer's sculptural work investigates concepts of space, time, the virtual and the sublime through the use of optical lightboxes consisting of an array of florescent lights and mirrors. Cianfanelli's current body of work adopts specific techniques of presentation and masking to construct images that are made evident through their omission. This should be one of the most aesthetic conceptual shows of the year as both artists pay close attention to design elements in their work.

Preview: February 9 from 10am to 2pm
Opening: February 10 at 5.30pm

The Art Space, 3 Hetty Avenue, Fairland
Hours: Tues - Sat 10am - 4pm

Veronique Tadjo

Veronique Tadjo

Veronique Tadjo at the Bag Factory

Writer, illustrator and painter Veronique Tadjo, who hails from the Ivory Coast, presents work produced during her residency at the artists' studios. Tadjo, who has lived in Paris, Lagos, Nairobi and London, grew up in Abidjan, received a BA in English from the University of Abidjan, and followed that with a doctorate from the Sorbonne in African-American literature and civilisation. Dividing her time between writing and painting, which she sees as complementary pursuits, Tadjo has authored and illustrated several books for young people, and facilitated workshops on the subject in Mali, Benin, Tchad, Haiti, Mauritius, French Guyana and Rwanda. She is a participant in the Rwandan Memory Project.

Opens: February 9 at 3pm
Closes: February 14

Bag Factory, 10 Minnaar Street, Newtown
Tel/fax: (011) 834 9181
Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

Christine Dixie at Millennium II

'Hide' is the title of this exhibition by printmaker and installation artist Christine Dixie. Based at Rhodes University and living in Nieu Bethesda, Dixie's preoccupation with the landscape of the Eastern Cape constantly informs her production. Art historian Gerhard Schoeman writes about the show: "In Christine Dixie's recent exhibition 'Hide', consisting of etchings, objets and installation pieces, everything turns on the divisions and boundaries, the territorial membranes that divide inside and outside in socio-historical as well as psycho-geographical terms. The works are personal; they are also implicitly and explicitly political. This continues a line of contemporary art-making that, while rooted in Europe and the Americas, is deeply South African. That Dixie's work is rooted, moreover, in both the concrete and fantastical experience of the South African landscape - inner and outer - places it within a tradition of landscape art particular to the Eastern Cape." Professor David Bunn will open the exhibition.

Opening: February 8 at 6pm
Closing: March 2


Millennium II, 19 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank
Tel: (011) 880 5270
Hours: Tues - Fri 11am - 6pm, Sat 12pm - 5pm

Wayne Barker

Wayne Barker

Wayne Barker at the Alliance Française

Wayne Barker, who has kept something of a low profile on the local scene of late, presents a solo exhibition titled both 'Erratum' and 'A Brief History in Time'. Barker says of his new work: "Based on wax figures and old books, my work deals with the issue of the creation of new identities in South Africa. The aim is to show all the identities of the country on a par with one another. Each figure represents a people, a culture, and all are beautiful and dignified. This installation is, in its own way, about memory, about knowledge of oneself, of one's country and its history, and about societal interference in accessing this knowledge. I deconstruct icons because I find them indicative of societal drifts. I like for example to emphasise the ridiculous found in a logo. Another source of inspiration is the visible change in Johannesburg. I might be utopian but I believe that what is happening in the city is very important for the future of the country, because we find in it the concept of ubuntu, meaning the concept where people are not people without other people."

Opening: February 6 at 6.45pm
Closing: March 5

Alliance Française, 17 Lower Park Drive, Parkview
Tel: (011) 646 1169
Fax: (011) 646 4521

Hazel Frankel

Hazel Frankel
Falling City 1-4

Hazel Frankel at Spark!

'Scrolls, Ladders, Books & Rings' is the title of this exhibition by Hazel Frankel, whose abstract works combine collage, painting and the calligraphic mark, often suggesting huge landscapes and cityscapes in the process of destruction. Frankel works on canvas scrolls and mandala forms, as well as ladders and books made from glass. The artist has had two solo exhibitions and has masters in Fine Art from the University of the Witwatersrand. Karel Nel will open the exhibition.

Opening: February 6 at 6pm
Closing: February 23

Spark!, 10 Louis Road, Orchards
Tel: (011) 622 8297
Pieter Vorster 082 574 2152; Glynnis Jackson 083 836 1210
Hours: Mon - Sat 10am till café-bar closes, Sun 10am - noon

Marie Ange Bordas

Marie Ange Bordas

Marie Ange Bordas at the Bag Factory

French-Brazilian installation artist Marie Ange Bordas has been in residence at the Bag Factory for the last few months, developing the first stages of a two-year project called 'Displacements', which focuses on different forms of being displaced. The artist has been (and will be) working with refugees, exiles and internally displaced people in Africa and Europe. In a century where boundaries are quickly shifting and dissolving, and theorists emphasise mobility as a key word in the global world, Bordas is interested in the experiences of people for whom moving was not a choice, but a necessity.

The show interrogates the meaning of home, family and redefining identity according to traversing borders. During her four months in Johannesburg, the artist interacted with different refugee communities in the city, working as a volunteer at the Jesuit Refugee Service and conducting an interdisciplinary art workshop with refugee children ('The Memory House' workshop).

The exhibition will be opened by Robert Loder, co-founder of the Triangle Workshop in New York, the Gasworks in London and the Bag Factory.

Opening: February 2 at 6pm
Closing: February 6


Bag Factory, 10 Minnaar Street, Newtown
Tel/fax: (011) 834 9181
Hours: Sun - Wed 12 - 6pm

Alfred Martin Duggan-Cronin

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

'Surviving the Lens' at Johannesburg Art Gallery

Arriving in Johannesburg after a run at the South African National Gallery, 'Surviving the Lens: Photographic Studies of South and East African People, 1870-1920' is a selection of 50 photographic portraits from the collections of art dealers Michael Graham-Stewart and Michael Stevenson.

The show is intended to offer contemporary South Africans the opportunity to re-evaluate colonial photography of this time and region. At a time when Europeans were busy "discovering" the exotic nature of foreign lands, both amateurs and professional photographers, in the form of tourists, scientists and commercial photographers, were subjecting indigenous people to their exploitative lenses.

As the exhibition publicity states, these images can be seen as art, ethnography, anthropology, amateur snapshots or visual souvenirs, and perhaps even pornography, but the underlying issue in collecting these images for an exhibition - and a lush, coffee-table publication - seems to be about subjectivity. Instead of wondering who took the pictures, we begin to ask questions about why certain images were made, as well as the attitudes of the subjects to their being photographed. The exhibition tracks images of slavery, tribal traditions and the black "middle class" in studio and field images.

Opening: January 27 at 11am
Closing: March 31


Johannesburg Art Gallery, corner Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park
Tel: (011) 725 3130
Fax: (011) 720 6000
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm

'Africa Bonita' at The Zone

Poet Tholang Tseka and visual artist Payne Phalane host 'Africa Bonita', a book launch and art exhibition in empty retail space in The Zone mall in Rosebank. You'll find the venue next to Nando's.

Opening: January 31 at 8pm

Tel: (011) 880 7397

Jacques Fuller

Jacques Fuller
Public Protector

Jacques Fuller at the Sandton Civic Gallery

Sculptor Jacques Fuller presents an exhibition of representational bronze pieces in association with the Oliewenhius Art Museum, Bloemfontein. Bonang Mohale, CE of Corporate Marketing at Sanlam, will open the exhibition.

Opening: January 31 at 6pm
Closing: March 10

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


Spies Venter

Spies Venter

Spies Venter at the Millennium Gallery

'Exports' is informed by the demolition, removal and relocation of historical works of art and artifacts. Venter is intrigued by our fascination for objects in common use thousands of years ago, and that others in times to come might study the common objects we now unthinkingly discard. Process is an integral part of the work, with elements buried over time and pedestals turned into containers.

Opening: February 17
Closing: March 10

Millennium Gallery, 75 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof
Tel: (012) 460 8217
Fax: (012) 346 5552
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

Speelman Mahlangu

Speelman Mahlangu
The Life Behind the Image
Oil on canvas

Speelman Mahlangu at the Open Window Art Gallery

Speelman Mahlangu won top honours at the New Signatures competition in 1980 and has subsequently shown in Gabarone, Vancouver, New York, West Germany, Israel and Toronto. Recently a long illness and an injury prevented him from exhibiting, but he has now produced a series of new works in his characteristic style, influenced by the formal qualities of Ndebele murals and Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Opening: February 20 at 7pm
Closing: March 16

Open Window Art Academy, 10 Rigel Avenue, Erasmusrand
Tel: (012) 347 1740
Fax: (012) 347 1710
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 2pm

'Drawing Conclusions' at the Association of Arts

Diane Victor curates herself and 20 other young artists including Henk Serfontein, Wim Botha, Hanneke Benade, Retha Erasmus and Berco Wilsenach on an exhibition that looks at the politics of contemporary drawing.

Opening: February 10
Closing: February 28


Association of Arts, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 346 3100
Fax: (012) 346 3125
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 4.30pm, Sat 10am - 12pm

Jürgen Schadeberg lecture at the Pretoria Art Museum

Coinciding with his photographic exhibitions 'The Black And White 50s' and 'Soweto Today', currently on the PAM, Jürgen Schadeberg presents an illustrated lecture on his magazine, photographic and film career which spans some 50 years.

February 20 at 6pm
Donations towards refreshments will be appreciated.

Pretoria Art Museum, corner Schoeman and Wessels streets, Arcadia
Tel: (012) 344 1807/8
Fax: (012) 344 1809
Hours: Tues, Thur - Sat 10am - 5pm, Wed 10am - 8pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm

'Bitch' at Tina Skukan Gallery

Artists Riaan Bosch, Marinda Combrink, Suzanne du Toit, Hardus Koekemoer, Pohl Huyzers, Andre Knoesen, Andre Prinsloo, Francois Swanepoel, Nicolene Swanepoel, Tivan van Dyk, Lize van Robbroek, Patricia Victor and Kobus Walker present a selection of mixed media works taking different perspectives on dogs. Radio 702 and Cape Talk's Dr Platzhund will open the exhibition.

Opening: February 10
Closing: March 7

Tina Skukan Gallery, Plot 6, Koedoeberg Road, Faerie Glen
Tel/fax: (012) 991 1733 (Thea Nigrini)
Hours: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm

Iranian Art at the African Window

The Islamic Republic of Iran meets 'Africa' in an exhibition of Iranian paintings brought to South Africa in conjunction with our own Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology.

Opening: February 7 at 6pm

African Window (National Cultural History Museum), 149 Visagie Street
Tel: (012) 324 6082
Fax: (012) 328 5173
Hours: Mon - Sun 8am - 4pm

Jurgen Schadeberg

Juürgen Schadeberg
Looking up to a pop star, Johannesburg 1960

Jürgen Schadeberg at the Pretoria Art Museum

The ever-prolific Jurgen Schadeberg will present a major photographic exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum, featuring work produced over a 50-year period. The exhibition, organised by the Alliance Française of Pretoria, will also be the first time - almost unbelievably - that he exhibits in Pretoria. The show features black and white and colour work and also marks the launch of two new books from the famous lensman, The Black and White Fifties and Soweto Today. The show is scheduled to tour several Alliance Française venues in South Africa and neighbouring countries throughout 2002, including Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Mitchell's Plain, Maseru and Gabarone.

Opening: January 21
Opening function: January 30, with guests Dolly Rathebe and Kader Asmal

Pretoria Art Museum, corner Schoeman and Wessels streets, Arcadia
Tel: (012) 344 1807/8
Fax: (012) 344 1809
Hours: Tues, Thur - Sat 10am - 5pm, Wed 10am - 8pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm