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MONTHLY ISSUE #70 JUNE 2003
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Alan Alborough

Alan Alborough
from 'work[ing/ in] pro[cess/gress]', 2003
Invite Image

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Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim Kunhinga portraits

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Virginia MacKenny

Virginia MacKenny
installation detail showing 24/40 (each painting 70cmx70cm) from painting installation 'Sleepers (sightlines)' 2001-2003
oil on acrylic on canvas

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Fritha Langerman

Fritha Langerman
modelmaking, 2003
Mixed media installation

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Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
from 'Terrorealismus', 2003
Installation view

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Philipp Krebs

Amsterdam Artwork III.jpg Philipp Krebs
'Flying Tunnel Amsterdam', 2003
Mixed media

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Colbert Mashile

Colbert Mashile
Legala, 2003
Pastel on paper
76 x 56 cm

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THIS WEEK:

Leafing through Hal Foster's book The Return of the Real recently, I was charmed by a short passage. �Each epoch dreams the next,� Foster writes quoting Walter Benjamin, �but in so doing it revises the one before it�. This comment struck me as quite apt, particularly after having just read that Iziko Museums were piloting an ambitious plan to address the imbalances of the past (South Africa's lack of �examples of significant and groundbreaking public art�) with a new public art commission. But let me not stray here from Hal Foster. �There is no simple now,� Foster continues, �every present is nonsynchronous, a mix of different times; thus there is no timely transition between the modern and the postmodern. In a sense each comes like sex(uality), too early or too late, and our consciousness of each is premature or after the fact.� Might the same be said of what is going on in South Africa now, our desperate craving to shape the future now, with the past still so visibly amongst us? True, this last comment could be interpreted cynically, which I am not. All I wish to highlight are the glorious difficulties of living in the now, in this nonsynchronous present. Which is why I continue to think Brett Murray's Africa is such a wonderful feat.
Sean O'Toole

Due to an overwhelming response - and a slight delay in their distribution - we are extending William Kentridge's run as our featured Editions for ArtThrob artist. We are currently offering readers a rare opportunity to acquire an original artwork by this stellar South African art personality, the work in question a chine-colle silhouette image on watercolour paper titled Village Deep.

Next Update: July 1, 2003


CAPE

Guy Tillim's take-over of Cape Town happens in the form of three simultaneous shows: 'Departure' at the Loop Street premises of the Bell-Roberts; 'Dr Congo' at the Bell-Roberts new photography gallery; and 'Kunhing Portraits' at Michael Stevenson Contemporary. Also at Michael Stevenson is Chris Ledochowski's 'Cape Flats Details: Art and Life in the Townships of Cape Town'. Other events include: Lynne Lomofsky and Anthony Cawood at the AVA; Stefan Blom's 'Dressed for Love'; and Jesus Macarena-Avila's talk at Art.b.

The JAG hosts artist and downtown raconteur Christian Nerf's '24.7', a weekly series of 24-hour residency programmes; Art on Paper showcases prints by contemporary San artists from Kuru, Botswana; 'Across the Divide' is an exhibition by two Bag Factory artists in residence, Senegal's Birame Ndiaye and Nigeria's Olu Amoda; and Colbert Mashile and Amos Letsoalo show new works alongside graphic works by Frank Stella, Jim Dine and David Hockney, at Gallery on the Square.

Welcome S'phiwa Danca and Sibusiso Duma are two Durban trained artists showing at the Menzi Mchunu Gallery, BAT Centre; 'Zulu Sushi' is Peter Engblom openly wicked parody of the West's need for the allure of the exotic, at Bean Bag Bohemia; and not to be missed (according to Virginia MacKenny) is Andrew Verster's show at the Tamasa Gallery.

Moshekwa Langa, Clifford Charles, Pitso Chinzima, Veliswa Gwintsa and Chris Ledochowski are part of the fanfare that is the 2003 Venice Biennale; Frances Goodman's 'Intimate/Inanimate Moments' is on in Dublin; Kendell Geers is in Zurich with 'Terrorealism', a show specially designed for the museum; Geers is also involved in an 18-artist group show titled 'The African Exile Museum' at the same museum, featuring Willem Boshoff, Lisa Brice, Kay Hassan and Moshekwa Langa amongst others; in Belgium, Sue Williamson, Minnette Vari and Tracey Rose are three amongst a host of artists appearing on 'TRANSFER(T)S'; and again in Belgium, Sue Williamson's first European solo show is extended by two weeks.

REVIEWS

Virginia MacKenny's 'Sleepers (sightlines)' has Greg Streak meditating on his place in the cosmos and reflecting on the continuing power of painting; Paul Edmunds is impressed by the careful and thorough realisation of Sanell Aggenbach's third one-person show at the AVA, 'Blank'; and James Webb's sound installation 'Phonosynthesizer' surprises Virginia MacKenny.

Book Review: Kim Gurney reviews Noria Mabasa's new Taxi art monograph.
Student Reviews: 'Male Order', a group show drawn from the permanent collection of the Durban Art Gallery, presents a postmodern pastiche, writes Annwen Bates; while Sue Nepgen sees 'Lexicons and Labyrinths' as a commendable effort to develop a visual iconography on the Human Genome Project in Southern Africa.

NEWS

Paul Edmunds attends the launch of the Brett Kebble Art Awards, South Africa's most lucrative art award with a first prize of R100K; Geoffrey Grundlingh recently announced that Cape Town's Month of Photography (MoP) would in future be a structured, stand-alone event, reports Kim Gurney; Iziko Museums of Cape Town announces plans for a public art commission to enhance the area in front of the Iziko: South African National Gallery; Art South Africa has a new winter edition on sale; and local artists in the press.
GALLERY CHOICE

What motivates curators and art buyers to purchase artworks? This simple question is the premise for Gallery Choice, a monthly feature that aims to reveal who (public museums/corporate collections) is buying what (artist), and why.

This month's choice is Colbert Mashile

SUE WILLIAMSON'S DIARY

Sue Williamson is in Europe. Her next diary update will appear in our July issue.
ART BIO

The photographer Chris Ledochowski has been invited to exhibit on 'The Structure of Survival', Carlos Basualdo's show focussing on shantytowns, at the 2003 Venice Biennale. In this timely review of Ledochowski's output, Andrew Lamprecht points to how the photographer has chosen to show the Cape Flats not as a dry and dusty site of desolation, but rather as a place where ordinary people use art and colour to enrich their environment.
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH

We profile www.swikiri.com and suggest a visit to the Triangle Arts Trust website if you are interested in artists residencies in Africa.
PROJECT OF THE MONTH

Our search for web artists evidencing a highly conceptual understanding of their chosen medium has turned up three markedly different web-based projects.
EXCHANGE

Details on the R100K Brett Kebble Art Awards, which aims to provide a showcase for established artists and help those less-known attain recognition; Greatmore Studios are offering studio space; Cape Town's V&A Waterfront will host a satellite event to the 2nd Spier Biennale and is calling for proposals; and VIPER Basel, the International Festival for Film Video and New Media, is calling for works and projects in any of its three categories.
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EDITIONS FOR ARTTHROB

William Kentridge is a name that requires little introduction. A man who comfortably shoulders the accolade genius, ArtThrob is particularly proud to announce that William Kentridge has agreed to be our featured Editions for ArtThrob artist. We are currently offering readers a rare opportunity to acquire an original artwork by this stellar South African art personality, Village Deepa chine-colle silhouette image on watercolour paper.
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