Archive: Issue No. 100, December 2005

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Matthew Hindley and Peter Eastman

Matthew Hindley and Peter Eastman
Morning Road Stranger (detail) 2005
Lambda print, edition of 9
160 x 60cm

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Abrie Fourie

Abrie Fourie
Crossing Continue 2004
Photographic print

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Lalelani Mbhele

Lalelani Mbhele

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Gregg Smith

Gregg Smith
Men in Boxes
Performance

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Sonja Britz

Sonja Britz
Lives of animals: Gorilla hand (after Karl Amman)
Oil on canvas
40 x 50 cm

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Mikhael Subotzky

Mikhael Subotzky
'Johnny Fortune', 2004
Pigment inks on archival cotton paper

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THIS MONTH

Who would ever have thought that Kendell Geers would be the voice of reason? Well, that's how it turned out on the last day of SESSIONS eKapa. While other panelists fumbled - Tracey Rose um-ed and ah-ed with little more articulacy than Cheech and Chong, and Thembi Goniwe set aside his prepared paper to criticise 'certain gurus' - Lesego Rampolokeng played the perfect shapeshifting foil to Geer's measured and considered presentation. That was just the surface of it. See News for Linda Stupart's report on the conference which will surely go down in the books as a landmark event on the South African cultural landscape. Freshly appointed Artistic Director of the proposed Cape 'not just another biennial', Gavin Jantjes, was not present on the final afternoon and the organisers took a hail of fire for this. The event is set to take place in Cape Town next September which is enough of an incentive to get going as any. This is ArtThrob's last issue for the year, so, happy holidays until we return in January. Oh, did I mention Wayne Barker?

Paul Edmunds
Chief Subeditor

Next update on Friday 13 January.

SELECTED LISTINGS

CAPE

Group exhibitions and collaborations are order of the month for December with Michael Stevenson hosting its annual grand show of South African art, this time from 1948 to the present. 34Long holds an exhibition of Chinese, Japanese and South African artists. There are end of year group shows at João Ferreira, the AVA and two of Rose Korber's exhibition spaces. A Matthew Hindley and Pete Eastman print collaboration opens a new space at 34Long and an exciting beadwork project unites young contemporary artists with practicing beaders at the Old Townhouse. Also, don't miss the long awaited Gerard Sekoto exhibition at the SANG.

GAUTENG

Year end exhibitions include an insightful use of maps by Gerard Marx at Warren Siebrits Contemporary and Abrie Fourie with 'End of the World' at JAG. As part of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, Afronova holds an exhibition entitled 'Bound' by Helen Joseph. This year has seen the participation of several artists, including Clive van den Berg, Tracey Rose, Angus Taylor and Peter Schütz, in a project at the newly built Michelangelo Towers in Sandton. Artspace hosts an exhibition of Miniatures for the third time.

KWAZULU-NATAL

'The Affordable Art Fair' at artSPACE durban presents viewers with an opportunity to purchase works by both established and upcoming artists at reasonable prices. In the Tatham Art Gallery's exhibition, 'Treasures from the Dungeon', a collection of earlier works are unearthed, many of which form part of the generous donation by Colonel Whitwell from 1922. 'Ukukhanya - Shine' showcases a variety of artworks created with recycled materials and beads such as the trademark Umcebo tapestries.

INTERNATIONAL

The international art world is treating young South Africans well, with two new works by James Webb making their début in Buenos Aires and various venues in China, while Gregg Smith presents a performance in the Netherlands.

REVIEWS

CAPE

Linda Stupart visited three new alternative exhibition spaces on the outskirts of the Cape Town city centre. She also reviews the Kentridge show at 34Long. Tavish McIntosh reviews Sanell Aggenbach's 'Fool's Gold' at Bell-Roberts.

GAUTENG

Melissa Mboweni reports back on Sonja Britz's painting show which explores the relationship between humans and animals in South Africa. Michael Smith reviews Penny Siopis' 'Panics and Passions', finding her at the top of her game.

KWAZULU NATAL

Francesca Verga reviews Wim Botha's Standard Bank Young Artist Award show and Roger Ballen's 'Shadow Chambers', both of which take place at the Durban Art Gallery.

INTERNATIONAL

Nathaniel Stern attended Performa '05, 'The First Biennial of New Visual Art Performance' in New York. Here he took in Marina Abramovic's re-enactment of six seminal performance works from the 60's and 70's as well the début of her new work.

NEWS

Linda Stupart attended SESSIONS eKapa in Cape Town and reports back on her experience. She also reports on the appointment of Gavin Jantjes as Artistic Director of the biennial event due to start next September in Cape Town. Francesca Verga interviews newly appointed curator of the KZNSA, Nathi Gumede.

DIARY

Sue Williamson plays artist-in-residence in California, meets radical feminist bell hooks, is shocked to hear the Pigozzi collection is opening at the Smithsonian, and receives mixed news from Italy.

ARTBIO

This month's Artbio features Cape Town-based artist and teacher Ralph Borland, exhibiting this month at the New York Museum of Modern Art. He's also ArtThrob's design editor (or keyboard monkey).

WEBSITES

Carine Zaayman visits the Telkom-hosted website Artists in Conversation.

PROJECT

This month we cover The Guardian's Imagine Art After, an online exhibition about dialogue between artists who have left their conflict-riddled countries of origin. Carine Zaayman also visits the Rhizome.org commissioned project, The Average Shoveler which addresses, lightheartedly, our bombardment by the media.

EXCHANGE

A Triangle Artists' Workshop invites applications, while the Yeoville Children's Mosaic Park seeks funding contributions and De Appel Curatorial Training Programme calls for applications.

FEEDBACK

Themba Shibase responds to Francesca Verga's review of his recent show at the KZNSA, which he claims, reveals her allegiance to the 'old order'. Verga responds to this.

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