Welcome once again to yet another year which is bound to go by more quickly than its predecessor. In the holiday spirit we have produced a small update, allowing our contributors to take a year-end break. Some regulars, and other less regular contributors, however, have been hard at work. Johannesburg-based artist José Ferreira has allowed us to publish his extensive notes on eKapa SESSIONS, which find him in a reflective mode. Ruth Sacks also gives us her impressions of the three days which are sure to remain a talking point for some time to come. In addition to this she has written a report on the Vernissage of the Trienal de Luanda which she was invited to attend last month, and for which she has been appointed Cape Town co-ordinator. Recently appointed Gauteng Editor Melissa Mboweni is leaving us soon and is due to give birth any day now. We wish her all the best.
Next update day is February 3
January is a quiet month for the Cape Town gallery circuit with everyone recovering from a busy 2005 festive season. The Bell-Roberts, however, starts the year with an expansive group show and collecting opportunity, while 34Long hosts an exhibition of comics by the Strip Art Project. Michael Stevenson shows Deborah Poynton and 'artist-potter' Hylton Nel.
Lisa Brice returns to South Africa with a show of drawings and paintings at the Goodman Gallery entitled 'Night Vision'. At the JAG, Norman Catherine's retrospective 'Now and Then' traces 35 years of one of the country's most prolific artist's production.
This month, at the Durban Art Gallery, 'Unsettled - Chapter One' features the works of photographers Guy Tillim and Santu Mofokeng. The 2006 'Members' Exhibition' at the KZNSA includes works by Andrew Verster, Aidan Walsh and Marianne Meijer. artSPACE durban hosts artist Coral Spencer Domijan for the third time.
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.
The annual Michaelis show always generates excitement, promising young stars and good investments. Elan Ganmaker reviews. Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Scot Kaplan was recently hosted at the Department of Fine Art at Stellenbosch University. William Scarborough reviews his performance. Master's student Nandipha Mntambo reviews the exhibition 'Women's Spaces' at the South African National Gallery.
Ruth Sacks was invited to Luanda to attend the Vernissage of the Trienal de Luanda and get a sense of how it is operating. She is now acting as the Cape Town co-ordinator for this event, and tells us of her experiences. Ruth Sacks and José Ferreira share their impressions of SESSIONS eKapa.
Sue Williamson spends a few days in New York and hears that back in Cape Town, a conference is not going smoothly.
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).
Carine Zaayman visits the Telkom-hosted website Artists in Conversation.
CAPE has established an online forum for to continue the debate started at the eKapa SESSIONS. Carine Zaayman reviews it.
The Sasol Wax Art Award invites nominations, the Rijksakademie calls for submissions for their residency programme and Spier advertises the opportunity to establish an art gallery on their Estate.
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