All is quiet. Not a whisper is to be heard. Almost no one seems to want
to share their feelings, opinions, theories or anything else it would
seem. Well, at least if we go by the feedback section. If the listings
in this month's issue are anything to go by, it seems that there is
tremendous content being produced. Why so little discussion and debate,
then? What do we say about art or, perhaps more tellingly, what does the
nature of the art we focus on in this publication have to do with the
fact that very little ever seems to be said? Even at openings and
walkabouts, I have found that hardly anyone is interested in the art
anymore. Of the gossip about the artists, curators, hangers-on, etc,
much fills the cluttered whites cubes and other volumes dotted around
our country. Of art there is silence.
Next update: Friday 6pm, 4 March.
After a very successful show at Goodman in Johannesburg, Malcolm
Professor of Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, will show
'Illuminated Manuscripts' at the Irma Stern. "Blocked energy, releasing
of energy and entrances to a different dimension" will (hopefully) be
unravelled by Nicholas Hales at
João Ferreira. Work by two of the
titans of South African art, Edoardo Villa and Cecil Skotnes may be seen
at Lanzerac until next month. Amongst the fare on offer as part of Geoff
Grundlingh's initiative, the Month of Photography, will be Tony
Meintjes, showing at the impressive 34 on Long gallery. David
Goldblatt's new major body of work may be seen at Michael Stevenson.
Romance and sport jostle each other in two photographic shows at
The Dumile Feni retrospective at JAG seeks to place the artist in
historical perspective. Artspace shows three artists dealing with
intimate scales in their work. The Mapula Embroidery project and
Monkeybiz show at Gallery on the Square. Frances Goodman will further
explore the possibilities of sound in her solo show at Goodman. Zayd
Minty's superb exploration of work emanating from the South Asian
diaspora, 'A Place Called Home', comes to JAG after successful runs at
the NSA and Iziko SANG. 'Promised Land' is the evocative title of Bonita
Alice's one person exhibition at The Premises. According to Bonny the
works on display "allude to death but do not fetishise it".
Potential danger in everyday objects is but one theme explored by Faye
Sutherland at artSPACE durban. The NSA's laudable Young Artists' Project
finds its third resident in Vaughn Sadie while the annual NSA members'
exhibition celebrates the society's own centenary this year.
Cape Town-based printmaker Stephen Inggs explores the complexities of
using photographic source material in his sensitive light-sensitive
emulsion prints at the AIPAD Photography Show in New York this month.
James Webb remains as busy as ever with four shows which will see him
use, inter alia, bird calls from South Africa to subvert the
Michelle Matthews gets to grips with the catalogue of 'Curiosity CLXX',
the exhibition celebrating 175 years of research at UCT. Kim Gurney
reviews an world-class exhibition of Japanese netsuke as well as three
artists at the AVA. Renée Holleman provides a retrospective
review of Hannelie Taute's show at João Fereirra.
Tangencya/Thinta, a large scale multi-national inter-disciplinary
arts-based project involving 31 artists, two curators and a theorist
raised important questions for the Durban cultural milieu, observes Gabi
Ngcobo. Robyn Sassen sees Daphne Prevoo's recent installation at PAM as
a coup while the history of South Africa is sensitively and meaningfully
reflected in a rare showing of the SABC's outstanding corporate
collection. Sassen uses the Gauteng outing of Jacki McInnes' show as an
opportunity to reflect on her role as critic. Paul Emmanuel's impresses
at the Old Fort. Joost Bosland takes a look at how an American audience
may interpret the Kentridge show at New York's Met before taking on the
New York journalistic profession in a review of two African artists in
the Big Apple.
After a European reflection last issue, Joost Bosland begins his column,
AzaNYa, from the New York this month. In that metropolis he finds a
hidden treasure and does good PR for William Kentridge. In Cape Town the
Month of Photography (MOP) promises to make the Mother City an exciting
place to catch the best in new lens-based work. The National Arts
Festival in Grahamstown is looking for a new deputy. ArtThrob is looking
to appoint a new KZN Editor - please see our posting in Exchange
Sue looks over her New Year's resolutions and then it's off to Douala...
Bruce Arnott, the distinguished and acclaimed sculptor, who continually
surprises with his humour, erudition and ever-present human touch, is
this month's Artbio subject. [This will be available later in the month.]
Aeolian Ride, a marriage of cycling and art, which ArtThrob reported on
recently in the news section, has its own site. Carine Zaayman pedals
A fascinating venture that mixes hand crafted and digitally crafted work
- the brainchild of Marcus Neustetter and Nathaniel Stern - throws open
interesting and exciting possibilities in the production of new media
This month, the Brett Kebble Art Awards are looking to fill the
prestigious position of Curatorial Fellow for the next awards as well as
call for animators to share and compare in Cape Town. And Artthrob is looking
for a new KZN editor...
A short request for help in locating someone is all we have this month.
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There are only four more prints by William Kentridge left for sale. They will
be on online auction - the best offer by the 10 March will secure them. Make an offer by emailing your bids to
Editions for ArtThrob's latest print takes the form of a set of ten exquisitely designed cut and printed ivory cards entitled The Story of Thulani Nganga by artist Peet Pienaar, creator of the brilliant Afro magazine. Everyone who has seen the set wants one.
Available now: outstanding prints by William Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Hentie van der Merwe, Penny Siopis and Tracey Rose.
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