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JOHANNESBURG

26.04.05 Terry Kurgan at Goodman
26.04.05 Landless at Constitution Hill
26.04.05 Varieté at Artspace
26.04.05 Wayne Barker at Alliance Francaise
26.04.05 Belinda Zangewa at Alliance Francaise
26.04.05 Literary magazines and related artworks at Warren Siebrits
26.04.05 Through the Looking Glass at Standard Bank Gallery
26.04.05 Gold of India at Standard Bank Gallery
26.04.05 Dinkies Sithole at Franchise
26.04.05 Hans Berhnard and Alessandro Ludovico at The Premises
26.04.05 Shepherd Ndudzo at Gallery Momo
26.04.05 Functional Funky Fine Art at Gordart
26.04.05 Gordon Froud curates at ABSA
26.04.05 Dumisane Mabaso at Spaza
26.04.05 Willem Boshoff's Taxi Art Book launch at Boekhuis
26.04.05 Fujifilm Prophoto Awards at Bensusan

PRETORIA

26.04.05 Michael Teffo at Association of the Arts
26.04.05 Sean Slemon at Outlet
26.04.05 Zhané Warren at Outlet
26.04.05 Elza Sullivan at Association of the Arts
26.04.05 Willem Boshoff's Taxi Art Book Launch at Harrie's Pancakes
 

JOHANNESBURG

Terry Kurgan

Terry Kurgan
Untitled III, 2005
Pigment print on cotton paper, 100 x 80 cm


Terry Kurgan at Goodman

Terry Kurgan, working in photography and installation, draws attention to how photographs mediate our experience of ourselves in the world.

Over the last number of years, alongside and intimately connected to her gallery- and museum-based exhibitions, Kurgan has worked on many site-specific, public realm projects and commissions. These projects have ranged in scale from the domestic to the monumental and have been sited in spaces as diverse as a maternity hospital, a popular Johannesburg shopping mall and a prison.

Underpinning all of this work Kurgan indulges a preoccupation with what and how photographs �mean�, and with the complex relationship of photography to personal and cultural identity and memory. Kurgan was awarded the FNB Vita Art Prize in 2000, for the installation Lost and Found, which deals with such themes.

Her new work for the current exhibition is an intimate body of photographs of Johannesburg children and teenagers focused on their awkward, self-conscious passage from childhood to adulthood.

Working with a large format camera in indoor and outdoor studio environments has required her subjects� patience, participation and collaboration. In this potentially sentimental realm of late childhood Kurgan and her subjects regard each other with empathy and the keen focus of a critical gaze.

Opens: April 21
Closes: May 14



Landless at Constitution Hill

The Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE) in association with the South African Council of Churches (SACC), National Land Committee (NLC) and Constitution Hill is mounting a photographic exhibition confronting the burning issue of land rights in South Africa.

This photographic exhibition entitled 'Our Land... Our Life... Our Future...', tells the story of day-to-day life of rural South Africans through 70 photographs accompanied by narrative texts, various publications and a CD compilation of music and song. It offers the general public insight into rural life in South Africa today. The exhibition and public dialogue are part of TCOE's ongoing efforts to give a voice and visibility to the concerns, dreams and aspirations of the rural poor.

Opens: March 15
Closes: April 15


Kenau Botha

Kenau Botha
Sculpture in cement

Johannes Maswanganyi

Johannes Maswanganyi
Enamel on tamboti

Christine Dixie

Christine Dixie
etching
 


Varieté at Artspace

In this Easter exhibition, 21 of South Africa's top artists will participate in an unprecedented group show. Artists include Johannes Maswanganyi, Anton Momberg, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Christine Dixie, Diek Grobler, Zonia Nel-Scheffer, Colin Richards, Cobus Haupt, Guilio Tambellini, Pascual Tarazona, Graham Jones, Candy le Sueur and Hanneke Benade.

Opens: April 9
Closes: May 7


Wayne Barker

Wayne Barker
Invitation cover

Wayne Barker

Wayne Barker
Miriam

Wayne Barker

Wayne Barker
Miriam (detail)

Wayne Barker

Wayne Barker
Book
 


Wayne Barker at Alliance Francaise

Wayne Barker shows new work.

Opens: March 24
Closes: April


Belinda Zangewa

Belinda Zangewa
Photograph by John Hodgkiss

Belinda Zangewa

Belinda Zangewa
Freedom Road silk tapestry
Photograph by John Hodgkiss

Belinda Zangewa

Belinda Zangewa
Billie Photograph by John Hodgkiss
 


Belinda Zangewa at Alliance Francaise

As an adjunct to the Absa Atelier Awards, the French Embassy, French Institute and Alliance Francaise introduced the Gerard Sekoto Award for the most promising artist for the first time in 2004. The award comprises a return ticket to Paris, three months' stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts, a nation-wide touring exhibition, French language classes and a catalogue for the exhibition.

This award was won by Rhodes graduate Belinda Zangewa, with Faith, Love and Hope, a mixed media triptych of clutch bags depicting city scenes of Johannesburg. They celebrate the contradictory nature of the CBD: beautiful and at the same time, dangerous, whilst asserting the artist's femininity through the chosen media.

The upcoming exhibition entitled 'Hot in the City' explores this further. The city is a setting for stories with the action taking place in its streets and building interiors. The cityscapes introduce the story about to be told, as well as telling their own stories by appearance alone.

As with Faith, Love and Hope , she has worked on a raw silk 'canvas' forming images and words in silk collage, embroidery and beading to create these tapestries. The combined use of illustration and text communicates with the viewer on visual, conceptual and emotional levels, with things left unsaid to allow the viewer to participate in the story-telling.

Opens: April 9
Closes: July 8


Wopko Jensma

Cover design by Wopko Jensma for Ophir 16, December 1972


Literary magazines and related artworks at Warren Siebrits

The 1960s and 1970s were a golden age of literary magazines in South Africa, when both English and Afrikaans writers found it necessary to break away from oppressive and claustrophobic establishments and create opportunities for the publication of local poetry, short stories and essays.

An exhibition based on these magazines will showcase 16 of them, published between 1956 and 1978. These include The Purple Renoster edited by Lionel Abrahams, The Classic edited by Nat Nakasa and Barney Simon, Izwi edited by Stephen Gray, Phil du Plessis and Wilma Stockenström and Staffrider, produced first by Mike Kirkwood and Ravan Press and later edited by Chris van Wyk and Andries Oliphant.

In addition 40 artworks by 15 artists from this period will be on show. Artists include Walter Battiss, Wopko Jensma, John Brett Cohen, David Goldblatt, Ezrom Legae, Dumile Feni, Nils Burwitz and Harold Rubin.

Opens: March 15
Closes: April 14


Jean Brundrit

Jean Brundrit
Myself as a Wrestler, 1993
Photograph (inkjet print), 66.3 x 50.7cm
Collection of the artist (Schmahmann 2004: pl 53)

Antoinette Murdoch

Antoinette Murdoch
Eksie-Perfeksie (Just Perfect) - Self Portrait, 2002
Paper doll reproduced on the back cover of Murdoch's exhibition entitled 'Eksie Perfeksie: Just Perfect'. (Schmahmann 2004: pl 29)

Leora Farber

Leora Farber in collaboration with Strangelove
Panel 1 of Nemesis, 2003-4
Lambda print mounted on Novalite, 148.5 x 92cm
Make up artist: Lyn Kennedy. (Schmahmann 2004: pl 40)
 


Through the Looking Glass at Standard Bank Gallery

'Through the Looking Glass' is a ground-breaking exhibition curated by Professor Brenda Schmahmann to celebrate the centenary of Rhodes University. It is complemented by her book of the same name.

It examines representations of self by South African women artists. Comprising a wide range of significant works that have been borrowed from public and private collections, it explores the many intriguing ways in which paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and artwork in other media speak of women's relation to their communities and themselves.

The title of the exhibition alludes to the adventures of Alice in the celebrated writings of Lewis Carroll. Equally, it refers to the mirrors that artists have historically used to make images of themselves. As the show reveals, however, women artists in South Africa do not produce self-representations that are uncritical reflections of traditional ideas.

If Alice traverses a universe that inverts or defies convention, South African women artists, likewise, unsettle and challenge inherited norms.

The exhibition was launched at the 2004 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and has since been travelling the country.

Opens: April 19
Closes: May 28



Gold of India at Standard Bank Gallery

An exhibition entitled 'Gold of India', showcases pieces drawn from the Musée Barbier-Mueller collection of handcrafted Indian gold jewellery and represents a tradition that is thousands of years old.

From 3000 BCE, Indian jewellery has been depicted in art forms such as sculpture and painting. While there is no dearth of this pictorial and literary evidence, the material itself is not as commonplace. These rare items of ancient Indian jewellery show a consistency of form, design and reason for being, which has not changed through the ages.

Based on the myths and legends of Indian gods and goddesses, abstract and obscure philosophical concepts are conveyed in layman's terms to be easily comprehensible. While most of the Barbier-Mueller collection, which dates from the late 19th and 20th centuries, once belonged to various individuals, it is believed that some of the pieces originated in temples where images of gods and goddesses were fashioned from stone and metal and worshipped daily using prescribed rituals.

The 25-piece Barbier-Mueller collection is not only pleasing to the eye but takes the viewer on a fascinating journey through cultural structures that few will have the opportunity to visit otherwise.

Opens: April 19

Closes: May 28


Dinkies Sithole

Dinkies Sithole


Dinkies Sithole at Franchise

Dinkies Sithole is a Johannesburg-based artist, whose work has been exhibited locally and internationally since 1990. He has also taken part in residency programmes in Britain and the USA. As well as for his visual art, Sithole is known for his tap dancing performances. His output includes sculpture, photography, installation and mixed media paintings.

Franchise presents Sithole's first solo exhibition in four years. This show is the culmination of two years of work on a series of mixed media pieces on canvas and paper. Using the paint, ink and paper, these large scale works offer an unusual balance of delicate beauty and textured roughness. Sithole is inspired by such diverse influences as ancient Eastern art and philosophy and the changing urban environment.

Sithole's work comprises a rich layering of materials and media, the result of seeking an essential experience of making art. These playful improvisations express a sincere and more serious desire to assimilate elements of the local environment into a world where spiritual transcendence is possible.

Opens: April 1
Closes: April 16


Hans Berhnard and Alessandro Ludovico

Hans Berhnard and Alessandro Ludovico


Hans Berhnard and Alessandro Ludovico at The Premises

'global deconstruction of d-commerce', a show by Hans Bernhard and Alessandro Ludovico, is premised on the artists' statement: 'Google Will Eat Itself'.

'We generate money by serving Google advertisements on our website. With this money we automatically buy Google shares via our Swiss e-banking account. We buy Google via their own advertisement! Google Eats Itself - but in the end we'll own it!

'By establishing this model we deconstruct the new global advertisement mechanisms by rendering them into a surreal click-based economic model. We inject a social virus ('let's share their shares') into their commercial body hidden under a polite and friendly graphic surface.' This exhibition is the official GWEI.org release after a 12-month collaboration between the project coordinators, Hans Bernhard and Alessandro Ludovico.

Bernhard (born in 1973) lives and works in Vienna and St. Moritz, is founder of etoy and ubermorgen.com. whose core activity is media hacking - finding weak spots on and off the global market of attention.

Ludovico is a curator, media critic and editor-in-chief of Neural magazine since 1993. He's one of the founding contributors of the Nettime community and of the 'Mag.Net (European Cultural Publishers)' organisation. Weekly he conducts 'Neural Station' a radio show on electronic music and digital culture and is part of the n.a.m.e. (normal audio media environment) group.

Opens: April 2
Closes: April 23



Shepherd Ndudzo at Gallery Momo

'Emotions', an exhibition of new work by Botswana-resident Shepherd Ndudzo, confronts the personal experiences of this young artist. Born among Shona stone sculptors in Zimbabwe in 1978, Ndudzo learnt the medium of stone sculpture from an early age.

He also employs ironwood and metals for his figurative sculptures, sometimes incorporating a number of materials into one sculpture. 'Artists use what is around them,' he explains, and in most parts of Africa, wood and stone are very accessible.

Ndudzo's new works depict people engrossed in daily tasks. The works are about ordinary things being represented in extraordinary ways. Stylistically, the works embrace strong lines emphasised by Ndudzo's use of the elongated necks, limbs and torsos that evoke a sense of youthful grace. In this exhibition the artist focuses on creating movement in a static medium through the application of textures carved into the wood.

Opens: April 7
Closes: May 2



Functional Funky Fine Art at Gordart

'The Funktional Exhibition of Funky Functional Fine Art' represents a great chance to see innovative functional objects by some of South Africa's best contemporary artists. Items on display include glass work, ceramics, fabric, bookshelves, tables, lights and more.

Opens: March 30
Closes: April 9



Gordon Froud curates at ABSA

Gordon Froud of gordart Gallery (who has just toured the country as the National Selector for the ABSA L'Atelier Awards Competition) has curated a show called 'Far and Wide' for the ABSA Gallery.

He comments: 'This exhibition showcases an interesting mix of artists selected from Gauteng, ranging from emerging artists from areas like Soweto and Katlehong, to street-children in Hillbrow, to better known artists from Pretoria and Johannesburg. The show is intended as a focus on an eclectic, broad range of work spanning races, sexes, persuasions and other classifications to reveal the depth of talent that is out there and emerging. It is the kind of show that should have something for everyone in it.'

Opens: April 6
Closes: April 21



Dumisane Mabaso at Spaza

Entitled 'Landed Fish', an exhibition of new work by Dumisane Mabaso is on show at this art venue, which also offers haircuts by Amanda, ceramic and mould making workshops by Jan, and music by Steve.

Opens: April 3
Closes: April 16



Willem Boshoff's TAXI Art Book launch at Boekhuis

The 11th title in the TAXI Art Books series, focused on the work of Willem Boshoff, is the first extensive overview of the work of this major South African artist. Boshoff possesses the instincts of the collector, the playfulness of the prankster and the attention to detail of the scientist. His knowledge of wood and plant species (he is a self-taught and highly regarded dendrologist) is an extension of a long-held fascination with words and language, with encryption, secret writing, taxonomies and codes.

These interests and sources of inspiration have resulted in works such as The Blind Alphabet. Other works, like 370-Day Project, Tafelboek, the Dictionary of Perplexing English, and his monumental pieces in stone such as Kring van Kennis and Windfall are remarkable as much for their complexity of structure as their exploration of ideas and their challenges to accepted notions of aesthetic possibility.

The book includes over 100 colour images of Boshoff's work, from his earliest woodcarvings and concrete poems, to more recent works in stone, wood and other media. An extensive and carefully researched essay by the award-winning writer Ivan Vladislavic places Boshoff's art in context and offers insightful and sensitive analyses of several major works.

Boshoff's work has been exhibited internationally since the 1980s. He has completed several important commissions and his awards include the FNB Vita Award and the Helgard Steyn Award for Sculpture.

Ivan Vladislavic is a writer and editor and has published five books of fiction, including The Restless Supermarket and the critically acclaimed The Exploded View.

TAXI is a series of titles on contemporary South African artists, initiated in 2000 by the French Institute of South Africa and Pro Helvetia - Arts Council of Switzerland. TAXI-011 Willem Boshoff was funded by the French Institute of South Africa, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the National Arts Council of South Africa, and David Krut Arts Resource. It has been selected by Exclusive Books for Homebru 2004/5.

Opens: April 12


Fuji

Fuji

Fuji

Fuji

Fuji
 


Fujifilm Prophoto Awards at Bensusan

Professional photographers from Southern Africa and the Bensusan Museum of Photography showcase award-winning work. The exhibition will be opened by Sean O'Toole, former ArtThrob editor, now at the helm of Art South Africa.

Opens: April 10
Closes: May 13

PRETORIA

Michael Teffo

Michael Teffo

Michael Teffo


Michael Teffo at Association of the Arts

Michael Teffo, the versatile and much lauded artist, holds an exhibition of wood panels and sculptures, and mixed media paintings. The exhibition will be opened by Professor Marinus Wiechers.

Entitled 'Humankind in Harmony with the Animal Kingdom' Teffo's works speak of the harmony which exists in the primordial relationship between humans and animals. In this harmony, Teffo finds the peace which makes it possible to escape the harshness of a modern scientific world. Opens: April 3
Closes: April 21


Sean Slemon

Sean Slemon
Maquette
Laser cut mild steel

Sean Slemon

Sean Slemon
Forty Nine Layers
Beech ply

Sean Slemon

Sean Slemon
Maquette
 


Sean Slemon at Outlet

'The Mountain and the city', Sean Slemon's first solo exhibition, represents a collaboration between Outlet and the Premises Gallery. The Outlet show is a smaller scale exploration of the larger project, which will manifest during June and August at the Premises Gallery.

Slemon comments: 'Present occupations have directly exposed me to geographical and socio-political issues, which have fuelled my current interest in mapping. I am currently re-mapping spaces and cities.' Slemon is creating sculptures that are reliant on the physical shape of the land, which influences society and industry. He continues: 'Physical contours are a reflection of communication modes; each is separate from the next and yet one relies upon another for definition'.

Opens: March 12
Closes: April 2



Zhané Warren at Outlet

'eatmyheartout', the upcoming performance by Zhané Warren, questions the boundary between the private and the public, the existence of small, secret and unconscious histories and the need to acknowledge them. She will attempt, through the performance, to rid the self of the paranoia and fear that settle in the mind. If gone unchecked, she claims, this fear can infiltrate every part of the being.

Born in Johannesburg, Warren lives in Antwerp, Belgium. Her interdisciplinary practice forms a dialogue between performance actions, sound, video, installation and digital and photogravure printmaking. Warren obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from the University of Stellenbosch, and is currently reading for her Masters Degree in Fine Art at the University of Johannesburg.

Opens: 2pm, April 9


Elza Sullivan

Elza Sullivan
 


Elza Sullivan at Association of the Arts

Elza Sullivan, nationally acclaimed and innovative ceramicist, exhibits her work. Calling herself the 'Clay Lady', Sullivan offers a trademark of exquisite designs, extraordinary glazes and fine aesthetic qualities which are all the results of her unique technique. The exhibition will be opened by Pieter van Heerden.

Opens: April 8
Closes: April 30



Willem Boshoff's Taxi Art Book Launch at Harrie's Pancakes

The 11th title in the TAXI Art Books series, focused on the work of Willem Boshoff, is the first extensive overview of the work of this major South African artist. Boshoff possesses the instincts of the collector, the playfulness of the prankster and the attention to detail of the scientist. His knowledge of wood and plant species (he is a self-taught and highly regarded dendrologist) is an extension of a long-held fascination with words and language, with encryption, secret writing, taxonomies and codes.

These interests and sources of inspiration have resulted in works such as The Blind Alphabet. Other works, like 370-Day Project, Tafelboek, the Dictionary of Perplexing English, and his monumental pieces in stone such as Kring van Kennis and Windfall are remarkable as much for their complexity of structure as their exploration of ideas and their challenges to accepted notions of aesthetic possibility.

The book includes over 100 colour images of Boshoff's work, from his earliest woodcarvings and concrete poems, to more recent works in stone, wood and other media. An extensive and carefully researched essay by the award-winning writer Ivan Vladislavic places Boshoff's art in context and offers insightful and sensitive analyses of several major works.

Boshoff's work has been exhibited internationally since the 1980s. He has completed several important commissions and his awards include the FNB Vita Award and the Helgard Steyn Award for Sculpture.

Ivan Vladislavic is a writer and editor and has published five books of fiction, including The Restless Supermarket and the critically acclaimed The Exploded View.

TAXI is a series of titles on contemporary South African artists, initiated in 2000 by the French Institute of South Africa and Pro Helvetia - Arts Council of Switzerland. TAXI-011 Willem Boshoff was funded by the French Institute of South Africa, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the National Arts Council of South Africa, and David Krut Arts Resource. It has been selected by Exclusive Books for Homebru 2004/5.

Opens: April 9

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