Fritha Langerman and Katherine Bull, the winners of the 2002 Cape Town Public Sculpture Competition, unveil their passive public sculpture; Cameron Platter presents first one-person exhibition since his graduation from Michaelis two years ago, a suite of drawings entitled 'The Love is Approaching', at João Ferreira; the 2nd Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial opens at the Spier estate; the AVA kicks off the year with three new shows; and the Castle hosts a major Irish art exhibition.
'Working Proof' is a portfolio of lithographs by Jane Alexander, Katherine Bull, Stephen Inggs, William Kentridge, Fritha Langerman, Malcolm Payne, Roderick Sauls, Pippa Skotnes, Dominic Thorburn and Gavin Younge, at Art on Paper; 'Seeing White' the open-ended title to Michelle Booth's polemical show at PhotoZA. The Standard Bank Gallery presents three diverse exhibitions, including Anitra Nettleton, Julia Charlton and Fiona Rankin-Smith's 'Engaging Modernities: Transformations of the commonplace'.
Drawing with turps in oil, Coral Spencer focuses her - and our - attention on the male nude, at artSPACEdurban, while at the NSA Gallery, gallery members demonstrate their skills in a competition that demands they all utilise two panels. Karen Bradtke, Bernice Stott and Andrew Verster are amongst the prominent members also on show.
David Goldblatt's documentary work from the 1980s is on view in London, as part of the 2004 Citigroup Photography Prize show; Santu Mofokeng rethinks and refashions the landscape, in France; Sipho Hlati, Velile Soha and Ernestine White appear on a show in Chicago that underlines the importance of grass roots exchange; Aryan Kaganof's 'SMS' is in Amsterdam; and there is advance notice of the forthcoming group show, 'A Decade of Democracy: Witnessing South Africa', curated by Sophia Ainslie, Thembinkosi Goniwe and Tumelo Mosaka.
Reviews: "Can't you see he's protesting," quipped a curious onlooker at Steven Cohen's improvised performance in New York. Virginia MacKenny was there. Cameron Platter's crude colours, lines, shapes and conventions obey no rules and hold nothing precious, writes Paul Edmunds.
2003 in review: Paul Edmunds, Andrew Lamprecht, Virginia MacKenny, Sipho Madanda, Melvyn Minnaar, Sean O'Toole, Michael Stevenson, Garth Walker, Ed Young, and Carine Zaayman all offer their views on the highs and lows of 2003.
Books: Emma Bedford discusses the Fresh project; Mario Pissarra reviews The Short Century; Rory Bester reviews Chris Ledochowski and Michael Meyersfeld's books; and Sue Williamson Moshekwa Langa's.
Instead of looking back on our achievements, Sean O'Toole suggests a list of things worth watching out for in the coming year; the forthcoming 26th São Paulo Art Biennial is founded on some lofty curatorial concepts but do Alfons Hug's ideas hold water, asks Sean O'Toole; and Dale Yudelman and Arlene Amahler Raviv have covered one of Cape Town's key architectural icons with new examples of their collaborative works.
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.
Michael Stevenson reveals why, in his personal capacity, he only collects the work of one artist.
Sue Williamson goes to the first three openings of the year: Cameron Platter, Ed Young and the Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial.
Kathryn Smith, a well-known independent artist, curator and critic, has been selected as the Standard Bank Young Artist of 2004. Sean O'Toole gets to grips with the young artist's self-confessed "forensic method" of producing art, a method that recreates narrative and history by sifting through the debris, fragments and potentially risky spaces of her adopted city - Johannesburg - and its suburbs.
We laud a US-based website, Ijele.
Carine Zaayman, our New Media Editor, profiles three examples of Public Address Art.
A section devoted to calls for submissions and proposals; invitations to participate; studios to let; art auctions and charity benefits. In this update: a call for entries for VANSA Logo Design Competition.
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David Goldblatt is widely regarded as one of South Africa's foremost artistic talents, a photographer with a unique sensitivity to South Africa's landscape and the people that inhabit it. ArtThrob is particularly pleased to announce that David Goldblatt is our Editions artist for December 2003 and January 2004. Order his print here.
We had previously announced that Kay Hassan would be the final artist for 2003, but production problems have delayed Hassan's print, which will now be offered at a future date.
Available now: outstanding prints by William Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Hentie van der Merwe, and Tracey Rose.
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