Archive: Issue No. 73, September 2003

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   [15.09.03] Robust commentary or rhubarb
Some say it is not art but criticism that is in crisis. Sean O'Toole responds, in a manner of speaking.

   [15.09.03] Very Real Time residency project in Cape Town
Artist Gregg Smith's 'Very Real Time' residency and project programme is rather unusual. We mention why.

   [15.09.03] Art awards highlight search for South African identity
Jette Kristiansen remarks how the 167 artworks shortlisted for the Brett Kebble Art Award function as a cross section of South Africa's current artistic reality

   [15.09.03] Samson Mudzunga at the Johannesburg Art Gallery
Samson Mudzunga, currently showing elaborate Venda drums at the JAG, is scrutinised by Pitso Chinzima.

   [15.09.03] Brett Murray and Mario Pisarra in Polvo magazine
Chicago-based art mag. Polvo features contributions by two South Africans.

   [15.09.03] A right to vote, or is it simply comment
The public could comment on the finalists of the first phase of the SANG's Public Art Commission. Will their views matter?

   [15.09.03] The Wits School of the Arts officially launches
The Wits School of the Arts is the first integrated School of Arts at any University in South Africa.

   [15.09.03] Thando Mama: saviour of video art?
"Video is a new medium to me," says Thando Mama. Maybe that's why his work is so refreshing - at times.

   [15.09.03] Second Getty Images Fellow named
The second recipient of the Getty Images Fellowship has been announced.

   [15.09.03] Bester to receive prestigious award
Willie Bester will soon receive the same award bestowed on Pierneef, Anton van Wouw, Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern, Cecil Skotnes and Eduardo Villa.

   [01.09.03] Finalists for Iziko public art commission announced
Cape Town's Iziko Museums have announced a shortlist of six candidates for their Public Art Commission.

   [01.09.03] ArtThrob clinches two nominations
The finalists for this year's Arts and Culture Trust Awards 2003 have been announced, with ArtThrob shortlisted in two categories.

   [01.09.03] Network for Arts and Culture South Africa launched in Cape Town
Paul Edmunds attended the public launch of the Western Cape branch of the Network for Arts and Culture South Africa (NACSA), where he learnt a little about the province's funding policies and practice.

   [01.09.03] New director for District Six Museum
The recent appointment of cultural historian Valmont Layne as director of the District Six Museum heralds a new era for this important institution.

   [01.09.03] New art gallery in Cape Town
Joshua Rossouw, owner of Gallery Number 10 and The Fisherman's Gallery in Hermanus, has decided to open a gallery in Cape Town.

   [01.09.03] Durban gets a new alternative art space
ArtSPACE Durban is a new gallery/exhibition space housed in a warehouse in the central industrial area of Umgeni, Durban. When it opens it will fill a perceived gap for artists in Durban.

News Feature: Venice Biennale

   [01.09.03] Faultlines and fumblings
"Africa was hijacked and killed by the diaspora in Venice at the hands of those who purport to have her interests at heart," writes Marilyn Martin in a rousing argument. Africa's death in Venice is not the fault of the Forum, Gilane Tawadros, Francesco Bonami or the diaspora, she writes, but that of African artists and governments.

   [01.09.03] Death in Venice
"From 1950, when South Africa was invited to Venice for the first time, until 1995 our status has changed from temporary occupant to exile to bywoner (squatter)," writes Marilyn Martin on South Africa's history at the Venice Biennale.

News Feature: Who's criticising who?

   [01.09.03] Words, words, words! What's with the Work Then?
Art critic Melvyn Minnaar, responding to ArtThrob's debate on art criticism, remarks on the vociferous muddle within which the contemporary critic has to operate.