Archive: Issue No. 62, October 2002

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15.10.02 Cecil Skotnes and Harold Rubin at the Goodman
15.10.02 Joni Brenner at the Gertrude Posel Gallery
15.10.02 Francois Krige at Art on paper
15.10.02 'Spirit of Africa' maquette to be unveiled at JAG
15.10.02 Ceramics at Kim Sacks
15.10.02 Facets at Upstairs@Bamboo
15.10.02 Sally Gaule and Scott Brightwell at PhotoZA
15.10.02 Sally Gaule Slide Lecture at the Camera Club
01.10.02 Jürgen Schadeberg at RAU

15.10.02 Aleta Michaletos at the Old Arts Gallery, University of Pretoria
15.10.02 Jacquelyn Thunfors in Pretoria
01.09.02 Pandemic: Imaging AIDS at the Pretoria Art Museum

Harold Rubin

Harold Rubin
'Ostrich' series, 1993
Ink and gouache on paper
70 x 50 cm

Cecil Skotnes and Harold Rubin at the Goodman

Continuing a career that now stretches to almost half a century, Cecil Skotnes, one of South Africa's most widely collected artists, presents a new collection of engraved paintings, "lamenting lives lost, the sacrifice and cruelty and potential not realised by the miserable system of separate development". Alongside his carved paintings in the rich earth colours of the African landscape, the assured and witty ink drawings of co-exhibitor Harold Rubin provide an interesting foil. Rubin's series is entitled 'Ostrich'.

Opens: October 12
Closes: November 2

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

Joni Brenner at the Gertrude Posel Gallery

'Infra-Red' by Joni Brenner is a complex investigation of the traditional genre of portraiture, questioning its conventions and the issue of 'likeness'. Instead, her work is about the less tangible qualities of recognition. Her work, often encased in glass or perspex boxes,is very tactile, caught between misshapen lumps of clay and sophisticated abstraction with rich, layered allusions to art history and the formal qualities of painting and sculpture. A catalogue and viewer's guide is available and a comprehensive workshop programme is scheduled.

Opening: October 17 at 6pm with guest speaker Prof. David Bunn

Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein
Tel: 011 717 1363
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm

Francois Krige

Francois Krige

Francois Krige at Art on paper

David Krut Fine Art co-hosts the first Gauteng exhibition of works on paper by the late Fran´┐Żois Krige, brother of poet Uys Krige. The show brings together a large number of works on paper, in charcoal, oil and other media, spanning the artist's entire career up to his death in 1993.

Closing: October 31

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

Lin Evola

Lin Evola

'Spirit of Africa' maquette to be unveiled at JAG

Lin Evola, founder of Peace Angels International unveils her maquette Spirit of Africa alongside Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in Joubert Park. The unveiling is an event of significance, marking one site in Evola's 13-site project, where she plans to erect these Peace Angel sculptures in 13 sites of conflict throughout the world. Each sculpture will be approximately 20 feet high, standing atop a 10-foot base to create a 30 foot monument. They will be cast in a mixture of stainless steel and titanium from decommissioned nuclear missile casings and lower grade metal from surrendered street weapons. Each country and region will provide indicative cultural imagery as well as indigenous weapons of choice, such as landmines and cluster bombs.

When: October 20 at 3.30pm

RSVP's are required. Please respond to (011) 782 7628 or email

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

Shelley Maisel

Shelley Maisel

Ceramics at Kim Sacks

Shelley Maisel and Greg Joffe present a two-person exhibition of contemporary ceramics with historical influences. Maisel's include Aboriginal, African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian forms and Joffe's extend this interest to include Egyptian, Vedic, Mayan and Andean cultures, among others.

Opening: October 12
Closing: October 28

Rudolph Vosser

Rudolph Vosser

Facets at Upstairs@Bamboo

Dealer Carol Lee presents 'Facets, including work by Collin Cole, Jaco Roux, Carl Becker, Alet Swarts, Judith Mason, Karin Preller, Tara Cranswick, Pat Mautloa, Kobus Kloppers, Ben Coutouvidis, Bronwen Findlay, Rudolph Vosser, David Langmead and George Coutouvidis.

Opening: October 17 at 6.00 pm
Closing: October 27

Upstairs@Bamboo, Melville
Adrienne Sparks, Bright House
Tel: 011 726 5657; 083 309 4275

Scott Brightwell

Scott Brightwell

Sally Gaule and Scott Brightwell at PhotoZA

Scott Brightwell shows 'Myopic Visions - Italian Landscapes' alongside Sally Gaule's 'Transition'. Spurred by a childhood fascination with biology and technology, Brightwell sees his place and purpose within these realms, and they are the driving force behind his creative pursuits. Living in central Italy, the new landscape became the source of dramatic light and soft pastel palettes, and inspired a reawakening to experience the landscape through a lens, particularly plastic and antique lenses. The images are produced without looking through the camera's viewfinder.

'Transition' by Sally Gaule focuses on Newtown. Gaule has been documenting this fragile urban space for the last four years, focusing on the two old boiler houses that supplied electricity to the city of Johannesburg in the first half of the 20th century, and the new South African Reserve bank - a visual representation of South Africa's commitment to a new democracy. When squatters invaded the old boiler houses and erected shacks in the vast cavernous spaces, this jarred with the economic aspirations contained in the financial heart of Newtown. Gaule depicts this dilemma of the inner city searching for metaphors that convey one of the latest phases of urbanisation in Johannesburg.

Opening: October 13
Closing: November 1

PhotoZA, upper level, The Mews, Rosebank (the old CD Warehouse)
Tel: 083 229 4327 or 082 533 7143 (Michelle Rock)
Hours: Mon - Fri 11am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 1pm

Sally Gaule

Sally Gaule

Sally Gaule Slide Lecture at the Camera Club

'Thinking Photography: Meaning in 20th century photography', is the subject of a slide lecture by Sally Gaule at the Camera Club of Johannesburg's next meeting. She will focus on some of the ideas portrayed in 20th century photography, and will discuss the ways in which images communicate metaphorically.

Gaule, who is also showing an exhibition of her work titled 'Transition' at PhotoZA in Rosebank, lectures in the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Witwatersrand.

R10 per person includes tea, coffee and safe parking.

When: October 21 at 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm

Classroom 2, Gordon Institute of Business Science, 26 Melville Road , Illovo

Jürgen Schadeberg

Jürgen Schadeberg
The Trance Dance series
Black and white photograph

Jürgen Schadeberg at RAU

Veteran photographer Jürgen Schadeberg holds an exhibition and launches a book at the RAU Art Gallery entitled The Trance Dance, the San people of the Kalahari, 1959. Opening speakers are Prof. Phillip Tobias, Professor emeritus of the Wits Medical School, and Ambassador Michael Lake of the European Commission, one of the sponsors of the event.

Opening: Wednesday, October 2 at 6.30 pm by invitation only
Closing: October 23

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


Aleta Michaletos

Aleta Michaletos
'Point of Choice : Playing it Safe - Safe Haven' (detail)

Aleta Michaletos at the Old Arts Gallery, University of Pretoria

Aleta Michaletos' 13th solo exhibition is called 'Point of Choice : Playing it Safe - Safe Haven', a culmination of works since 1994, marking prominent points of departure in the artist's profile of works, 28 years since her Fine Arts graduation at the University of Pretoria. In this exhibition, Michaletos concerns herself with the unique, ironic and sometimes humorous precautions we surround ourselves with.

There is a walkabout scheduled for October 17 at 1.00 p.m. Appointments to discuss the work can be booked with the artist through the gallery. View her work online at

Closing: October 18

The Old Art Gallery, University of Pretoria
Tel: (012) 420 3036 / 083 456 7064 (Frieda/Thea van Schalkwyk)
Gallery hours : Mondays - Fridays 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Jacquelyn Thunfors in Pretoria

An exhibition bearing the hyberbolic title 'Birth Mother of Us All - South Africa' comes to an unusual venue in Pretoria - the emergency entrance hall of the Pretoria Academic Hospital. Proposing that South Africa needs to assume leadership responsibilities for the entire globe, it is Thunfors' contention that mitochondrial DNA "has put South Africa in a unique global spotlight that will enable us to become the authentic core sample of human evolution at its diverse finest."

In this collection of 45 works, titles include "Recovering from Rosebank", "My Sangoma", Black Moon Rising", "Back of the Moon Blues" and "Haunted Hideaway under the Dinosaurs Paw". Thunfors has drawn on San culture, the "Mathematics of Eve", the Maluti mountains, Jeppe hostel dress competitions and Modjadji the Rain Queen.

Because of the continued global vagaries of the rand, despite high energies of the government teams, Thunfors is pricing her work for this first South African viewing in terms of sewing machines for deserving people, waterless toilets for needy families (that require only dried leaves, grass clippings, twigs to turn waste into mulch). Minimal compensation will go towards the costs of the exhibition and her stay here.

Jacquelyn Thunfors has exhibited her sculpture and paintings for the United Nations in both New York City and Mexico City. She has had one woman shows in Hawaii, Spain, England, America and Greece. Collectors and institutions in many countries have her work and her recent exhibition at the municipal Merlina Mercouri Exhibition Hall in Hydra, Greece, is now a travelling show with collectors from seven countries.

Opening: October 16, 5.00 pm
Closing: October 31

Emergency entrance hall, Pretoria Academic Hospital, Dr Savage Road, Pretoria
On view daily between 11.00 am - 7.30 pm

Pandemic: Imaging AIDS

An image from the show

Pandemic: Imaging AIDS at the Pretoria Art Museum

Pandemic: Imaging AIDS is a powerful collection of international photographic works on the topic of AIDS by award-winning, international photographers. This exhibition presents images that have been crucial to confronting the disease, to memorialising the lives of those lost, and most important, to sounding an urgent call to action. From reportage to portraiture, agit-prop posters and expressive pieces by some of the finest photographic artists of the last twenty years, the exhibition is designed for emotional impact as well as a challenge to make a world without AIDS a reality. Participating photographers include Nan Goldin, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Gideon Mendel, Nicholas Nixon, Cindy Sherman, Joao Silva, Rosalind Solomon, Graeme Williams and David Wojnarowicz. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and editor and curator Nan Richardson write text panels to guide viewers through the show, which was hosted by former US president Mr Bill Clinton at the 2002 International AIDS Conference in Barecelona. He hosts the exhibition again in South Africa, after which it tours New York, Washington, Paris, Moscow and Rio de Janeiro.

Closes: October 27

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