Archive: Issue No. 53, January 2002

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23.01.02 Jürgen Doom at 3rd i Gallery
23.01.02 Alex Hamilton at Azara restaurant
16.01.02 Grada Djeri at the Cold Room
16.01.02 Talk by William Kentridge at the SA Museum
16.01.02 Moshekwa Langa in 'Fresh' residency at the National Gallery
16.01.02 Marc Standing and Jacki McInnes-Graham at the AVA
16.01.02 Nicolaas Maritz at the Elsie Balt Art Gallery
16.01.02 Artists for Human Rights: 'Break the Silence' at the SA Museum
09.01.02 David Liknaitzky at the Arts Association of Bellville
09.01.02 Véronique Malherbe at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery
09.01.02 Mark Hipper at João Ferreira Fine Art
09.01.02 Derek Drake at the Cape Gallery
09.01.02 Brett Murray at João Ferreira on Greenmarket Square
12.12.01 Hylton Nel retrospective at UCT Irma Stern Museum
28.11.01 'Positive Lives: Responses to HIV' at the National Gallery

09.01.02 Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial
05.12.01 'Robert Hodgins: 50 Years A Painter' at the Sasol Art Museum

Jürgen Doom at 3rd i Gallery

Flemish photographer Jürgen Doom will show black and white photographs taken in China in an exhibition titled 'Visions of China: Tracing Dragons beyond the Great Wall'. Doom will hold two photographic workshops during the course of the exhibition, the first a basic introduction to photography; the second, a month later, an assessment of a set assignment. Workshop dates are February 20 and March 20 at 6pm. Call the gallery to book.

Opening: January 31
Closing: March 13

3rd i Gallery, 95 Upper Waterkant Street (corner Buitengragt)
Tel: (021) 425 2266
Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat 9.30am - 1.30pm

Alex Hamilton at Azara restaurant

Alex Hamilton's new paintings, mandalas inspired by a range of cultures, were exhibited in Holland and Spain last year. Now Hamilton returns to a familiar space in Cape Town. Azara is the restaurant located where Hamilton opened the original Bang the Gallery four years ago. In typically flamboyant fashion, Hamilton says: "To embrace and charge the past with a new energy and attitude and to showcase my development is part of the reasoning why I decided to exhibit at Azara. It is truly a beautiful space for my new works to make their entry." Hamilton will show this year in Dublin, Ireland, and Dortmund, Germany.

Opening: January 28 at 6pm
Closing: March 28

Azara, Heritage Square, 92 Bree Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 426 5094 or 422 1477
Hours: Mon - Sat 12 - 3pm, 7 - 11pm

Grada Djeri

Grada Djeri

Grada Djeri at the Cold Room

'Portrait - By appointment' reads the title of Grada Djeri's exhibition of photographic works at the Cold Room, presented in conjunction with the Bell-Roberts Art Gallery.

Opening: Thursday January 17 at 7pm
Closing: February 18

The Cold Room, 143 Harrington Street, Gardens
Tel: (021) 447 4183
Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm, Sat 8am - 1pm

William Kentridge

William Kentridge
Drawing from Sleeping on Glass, 1999

Talk by William Kentridge at the SA Museum

William Kentridge will give a talk on the use of shadows in his recent work at the South African Museum on Sunday January 27. Kentridge - a winner of the Carnegie Prize and numerous other accolades - makes innovative use of charcoal drawing, animation, film and theatre to present a nuanced view of South African society and the fraught legacy of apartheid.

'In Praise of Shadows' is a fund-raising event for the Friends of the SA National Gallery. The cost for members is R60 and for guests R75. Wine and snacks will be served after the lecture. Booking is essential - phone the Friends at 465 1628 on Tues, Wed or Thurs between 10am and 2pm.

Sunday January 27 at 6pm

Barry Lecture Theatre, Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 465 1628

Moshekwa Langa

Moshekwa Langa
The Mountains of My Youth - A Novel
Red lino, fax paper, cotton reels
On 'Juncture' at The Granary

Moshekwa Langa in 'Fresh' residency at the National Gallery

Self-trained artist Moshekwa Langa shot to prominence when he was invited, at a very young age, to study at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam, where he still lives. Prior to this, he exhibited work in Johannesburg and Cape Town to great critical acclaim, and last year he was the winner of the prestigious FNB Vita Art Prize. Langa is known for his innovative use of media, which range from video and paint to nail varnish and string. His works often allude in poetic ways to intimacies and passions suggested by places, journeys and relationships. Capetonians last saw Langa's work early last year when he created The Mountains of My Youth with rolls of fax paper and thread at the Granary for the 'Juncture' show.

Langa's residency is the final instalment of the 'Fresh' programme which has seen six other young South African artists take up residence at the National Gallery. The programme is funded by the Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund through an award made to Marlene Dumas, and co-ordinated by Emma Bedford. The other participants have been Senzeni Marasela, Berni Searle, Robin Rhode, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Usha Seejarim and Tracey Rose.

Langa will be working in the SANG Annexe where he will be accessible to the public on Tuesdays to Saturdays from noon to 2pm or by appointment.

January 22 - February 5

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

Marc Standing

Marc Standing
Walkabout (detail)
Oil on canvas
2m x 1m

Jacki McInnes-Graham

Jacki McInnes-Graham
Salt in the Wound
Stitched lead and coarse salt
30 x 30cm

Marc Standing and Jacki McInnes-Graham at the AVA

Marc Standing holds his first one-person show, to be followed by an exhibition at Wawana Gallery in Maastricht, the Netherlands, in March. Born in 1976 in Zimbabwe, Standing completed a BA Honours degree in painting at Michaelis in 1999. Since then he has participated in various group exhibitions in Harare, principally at Gallery Delta and the National Gallery. In this exhibition, titled 'Gerontophobia', Standing explores the certainty that our bodies and minds will deteriorate with age. He draws attention to the way the media promote a quest for eternal youth. Dieting, plastic surgery and the possibilities of cloning and genetic engineering serve as a constant reminder of the aging process, but when age does catch up with us we are left to our own devices.

Also holding her first solo show is Jacki McInnes-Graham, who is showing in the long gallery. She was born in Durban in 1966 and obtained a BA Fine Art degree from Unisa in 2000. She began participating in group exhibitions in 1999, and took part '!Xoe 2' in Nieu Bethesda and its counterpart at the Bell-Roberts in 2000. 'Salt in the Wound', a collection of mixed media works, deals with abortion. McInnes-Graham says: "Beneath the clamour of the debate the quiet impact on the psychological life of the woman who has made this choice goes unheard. There is no cultural acknowledgement that she may have struggled over her decision, or felt bereaved, or that the event may have left her with pain." McInnes-Graham insists that her work is not making judgments on the issue, but is more about dealing with the consequences of what has happened. "'Salt in the Wound' becomes the visual manifestation of a journey to discover what has been lost and what can now begin to be gained."

Upstairs on the Artsstrip, a selection of craft drawn from Wola Nani projects, created by women living with HIV/AIDS, will be on display.

Opening: Monday January 21 at 6pm
Closing: February 9

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

Nicolaas Maritz

Nicolaas Maritz
Untitled, 1991
Enamel on wood
Exhibited on 'Hoerikwaggo: Images of Table Mountain' at the National Gallery

Nicolaas Maritz at the Elsie Balt Art Gallery

Nicolaas Maritz is well known for his landscape and still life paintings, and recently for some large-scale wire sculptures. His work is distinguished by simplified forms and an intense but unsaturated palette. He held a large exhibition of paintings at the UCT Irma Stern Museum last year and now shows more new work in Darling, his hometown.

Opening: Sunday January 20 at 3pm
Closing: February 24

Elsie Balt Art Gallery, Evita se Perron, Arcadia Street, Darling
Tel: (022) 492 2851/2831

Mduduzi Xakaza

Mduduzi Xakaza
Artwork for HIV/Aids Billboards Porfolio

Click on image to see billboard in situ

Artists for Human Rights: 'Break the Silence' at the SA Museum

Previously shown in Durban, this exhibition of 31 prints by South African and international artists is part of the HIV/AIDS Print Portfolio and Bilboard Project of the organisation Artists for Human Rights, which aims to promote greater awareness of HIV/AIDS and its effects on individuals and communities. Local artists who contributed to the project include Trevor Makhoba, Gabisile Nkosi, Mduduzi Xakaza, Sue Williamson, Judith Mason and Judy Woodborne, while Yusuf Arakkal (India), Deryck Healey (UK) and Amira Wasfy (Egypt) are among the international names. The exhibition includes banners and billboards designed to take the artists' messages to the people. A limited edition portfolio of signed and numbered prints is for sale to raise funds for the organisation.

Until March 24

South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 424 3330
Fax: (021) 424 6716
Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm
Entrance R8 (children, scholars, pensioners, Friends free)

David Liknaitzky

David Liknaitzky
Gambit on the Mesa with (inset) Remnant of an Astronomical Site/SETI Series

David Liknaitzky at the Arts Association of Bellville

Titled 'Alien and Unlikely Landscapes', David Liknaitzky's show looks both arcane and accessible, to judge from the invitation. Intriguingly, it is to be opened by well-known palaeontologist Dr Juri van den Heever.

The gallery is simultaneously holding an exhibition of work by emerging artists entitled 'Krisp'.

Opening: Wednesday January 16 at 7.30pm for 8pm
Closing: February 9

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

Véronique Malherbe

Véronique Malherbe
Invitation to 'Love & Desecration'

Véronique Malherbe at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery

Notoriously excluded from 'YDETAG' at the National Gallery, Véronique Malherbe and Anarchic Harmony, her "global creative collective", are back with a "Double Feature" exhibition entitled 'Love & Desecration'. The exhibition features "One megalomaniac lead singer, 24 bands, 17 photographers, 3 lovers and a thief". Malherbe always courts controversy, with her last solo show at João Ferreira featuring breastmilk chocolate and test tubes of semen. Over the past few years, Malherbe has been exploring aspects of popular culture through photo shoots with herself and a collection of collaborators posing as fictitious bands. From drugged-up prog rocker to tranced-out crusty, Malherbe plays the roles to the hilt.

Opening: Saturday January 12 at 7pm
Closing: February 9


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

Mark Hipper

Mark Hipper
The Metaphysics of Architecture
Charcoal on paper

Mark Hipper at João Ferreira Fine Art

Well-known artist and former Capetonian Mark Hipper presents an exhibition of drawings entitled 'Interim'. Hipper has previously shown several bodies of work at João Ferreira, including the sculpted male torsos whose penises were draped in cloth when they were shown at the AIDS conference in Durban in 2000. His drawings of naked young boys also provoked extreme reactions at the Grahamstown festival. Whether this new work will prove as controversial in Cape Town, where he has been favourably received in the past, remains to be seen.

Opening: Wednesday January 9 at 6pm
Closing: February 2


João Ferreira Fine Art, 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

Derek Drake

Derek Drake
'Shapes and Space'

Derek Drake at the Cape Gallery

Derek Drake exhibits paintings under the title 'Shapes and Space'. Born in London in 1933, Drake studied art and graphic design, and began his working life in the advertising world. He later worked in top agencies in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Nairobi, and has lived in Uganda, Tanzania and the former Belgian Congo. His mixed media work reflects his training in Western design as well as the sense of colour, texture and rhythm he has absorbed in Africa.

Opening: January 6
Closing: January 26

Cape Gallery, 60 Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423 5309
Fax: (021) 424 9063
Website: Hours: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 1pm

Brett Murray

Brett Murray
I Love Africa
Mixed media
150 x 53 x 2cm

Brett Murray at João Ferreira on Greenmarket Square

João Ferreira's small shop-window gallery, squeezed between Benzakien and Primi Piatti on Greenmarket Square, is home to Brett Murray's I Love Africa for the month of January. Murray's characteristic irreverence and superb graphic sensibility come together in this mixed media work which pokes fun at both popular and political culture. The piece formed a central part of his solo show at the Bell-Roberts Art Gallery in 2000.

Until January 31

50/52 Shortmarket Street, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 423 5403
Fax: (021) 423 2136

Hylton Nel

Hylton Nel
Cat Lady
Double vase

Hylton Nel retrospective at UCT Irma Stern Museum

The retrospective of ceramicist Hylton Nel, curated for the Grahamstown festival by the King George VI Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth, is touring the country and touches down in Cape Town at the Irma Stern. Nel's work is known for its paradoxes, seemingly naive and crude yet simultaneously witty and knowledgeable. It assimilates many ceramic traditions, particularly those of the ancient Chinese, with masterful sophistication.

Opening: December 11
Closing: January 31

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

Gideon Mendel

Gideon Mendel
Treatment Action Campaign march, International AIDS Conference 2000. Durban, South Africa
Black and white photograph

'Positive Lives: Responses to HIV' at the National Gallery

A collaboration between the Terrence Higgins Trust, Network Photographers and people living with HIV, this exhibition uses photography and personal testimonies to communicate the human story behind the AIDS pandemic. The images and text present the personal experiences of people, reflecting the issues and emotions that confront them in living or working with HIV/AIDS.

Since the exhibition was seen at the National Gallery in 1995, it has travelled extensively, visiting India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Europe, the USA and Australia and has grown and changed significantly with new stories and photographs being added at each stop. New work reflecting experiences from Cape Town and environs will be added here. Next year will also see the start of a tour to nine regions in Mozambique, where local stories will form a central part of the exhibition. Organisers hope to extend the tour of the 'Positive Lives' gallery show to other cities in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa, along with their outreach programmes.

This event is made possible by volunteers from 'Positive Lives' in the United Kingdom and continued support from the Levi-Strauss Foundation. It tours with the support of various sponsors including Glaxo-Wellcome, AIDS Trust of Australia, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the British Council, Roche Products and Drik Gallery.

'Positive Lives' has a full educational programme which includes guided tours of the exhibition every Wednesday lunchtime. A full programme for school groups, including paper prayer workshops, quilt-making workshops and tours of the exhibition, and free educational pamphlet are available. Information volunteers will be present in the exhibition at all times. To arrange workshops and seminars, contact Dammon Rice at (021) 448 0117 or 082 673 8604. For more information on theproject contact Kevin Ryan at or visit

Opening: December 1
Closing: March 24 2002

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


Jacques Dhont

Jacques Dhont
The Plumber and the Swamp Lady

Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial

The beautiful wine estate of Spier will form the backdrop to the first Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial this month. With works commissioned from a selection of South African artists, joined by Urs Twellman from Switzerland, the biennial will serve to broaden the base of Spier's annual arts festival, which up to now has focused on the performing arts.

Initiated and administered by Public Eye, the Outdoor Sculpture Biennial aims to nurture national and international awareness of Spier and the Cape region. Similar events in the UK, Italy, Denmark and France have captured the public imagination, inspired discussion and created a new awareness of the surroundings.

The biennial comprises two parallel exhibitions. The first takes place on the Spier estate and includes work produced in the studio as well as on site. Participants are Susan Reid, Jacques Dhont, Deborah Bell, Willie Bester, David Brown, Jo O'Connor, Randy Hartzenberg, Sean Slemon, Bruce Arnott, Nicole Meyer and Swiss artist Urs Twellman. The second exhibition is at the Jan Marais Nature Reserve and features work by Sanelle Aggenbach, Elmarie van der Merwe, Terry de Vries, Marco Franzoso, Hettie de Klerk, Jacobus Kloppers, Dannie Carstens and David Jones.

During the biennial there will be workshops and talks by the participating artists and Sunday tours by trained guides. The art works will be for sale. Alongside the exhibition, a Public Art Symposium will be held in March which will attract academics and other experts in the field to share ideas, problems and future plans for outdoor exhibitions. See Exchange for details of this part of the event.

Opening: Thursday January 17 at 6pm
Closing: March 31

Spier Wine Estate and Jan Marais Nature Reserve, Stellenbosch
For more information contact Public Eye on 448 1087

Robert Hodgins

Robert Hodgins
Picture on a Striped Wall

Robert Hodgins

Robert Hodgins
Saluting the Flag

'Robert Hodgins: 50 Years A Painter' at the Sasol Art Museum

This retrospective by one of the country's best-known and most productive painters includes work from 1953 to the present.

In his expressionistic paintings Hodgins represents historical events, images and impressions, which have impressed upon his mind over the years. Along with the subject matter, Hodgins' use of paint and the formal elements of painting lend his figurative work a great power. Hodgins is never lacking in humour, but the unlikely characters and events he portrays are both spontaneous and carefully calculated, and his canvases are as full of raw feeling as they are amusing. Hodgins confronts the canvas and the seduction of paint on canvas through an intuitive process of marks, colours and forms, from which emerges an image of the contradictions of being human.

Hodgins has shown in museums and galleries all over the world and his work features in many major collections, public and private, in South Africa and abroad.

Opening: Wednesday December 12 at 7pm
Closing: February 3 2002

Sasol Art Museum, 52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: (021) 808 3524
Fax: (021) 808 3669
Hours: Tues - Fri 9am - 4pm, Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 2pm - 5pm