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Sannell Aggenbach

Sanell Aggenbach
Lemmings
Wire chairs, paint

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Fritha Langerman & Katherine Bull

'Come to Pass'
Fritha Langerman and Katherine Bull

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Pippa Skotness

Pippa Skotness
'Working Proof' portfolio, 2003
Published by the Katrine Harries Print Cabinet

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Constitutional Court

View of new Constitutional Court due to open in March 2004

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Yudelman/Amahler Raviv

A specialist team attaches a banner painting to the side of the grain silos
A Yudelman/Amahler Raviv
Banner at the V&A Waterfront

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Steven Cohen

Steven Cohen
'The Weight of the Media - the Burden of Reality' (improvisation with restriction)

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THIS WEEK

2004 is here. Amidst the excess of activities planned for this tenth year of our democracy, the opening of the new Constitutional Court in Johannesburg's inner city certainly offers itself as a beacon of light. Why this optimism? Having been allowed a sneak preview of the impressive new structure, situated under the gaze of the Hillbrow Tower, I was amazed at the privileged role accorded artists in making sense of this momentous construction. Far more than simply offering adornments, the artworks here will provide visitors with an important adjunct for making sense of things, sensory objects that will facilitate a deeper understanding of time and place as the old gives way to the new.

See also our list of ten recommendations for the year ahead. Finally, ArtThrob welcomes Carine Zaayman, our newly appointed New Media Editor.
Sean O'Toole

Next update: February 2 / 3

SELECTED LISTINGS

CAPE

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.

GAUTENG

'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'.

KWAZULU-NATAL

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.

INTERNATIONAL

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

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.

NEWS

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.

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.

Michael Stevenson reveals why, in his personal capacity, he only collects the work of one artist.

DIARY

Sue Williamson goes to the first three openings of the year: Cameron Platter, Ed Young and the Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial.

ARTBIO

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.

WEBSITES

We laud a US-based website, Ijele.

PROJECT

Carine Zaayman, our New Media Editor, profiles three examples of Public Address Art.

EXCHANGE

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.

FEEDBACK

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EDITIONS FOR ARTTHROB

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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