[07.07.06] James Webb at blank projects
Robert Sloon reviews James Webb's untitled work at blank projects. Although he hasn't seen the work, he describes what he would see and how he would interpret this.
[07.07.06] 'Second to None' at the SANG
Linda Stupart visits the SANG's 'Second to None' where she is glad to find a 'curated' show of any kind, this commemorating the famous women's march of 1956. However, while the assembled works from the gallery's collection is impressive in its scope, she finds that the traditional media and content of most of the work seem to unfairly suggest a lack of informed and empowered contemporary women artists in South Africa.
[07.07.06] 'Distant Relatives/Relative Distance' at Michael Stevenson Contemporary
While 'Distant Relatives/Relative Distance' marks quite some achievement for Michael Stevenson Contemporary in terms of the African artists it includes, Linda Stupart feels the show lacks the curatorial dynamism that is to be expected of such a landmark event.
[07.07.06] Anton Kannemeyer at Art on Paper Gallery
Anton Kannemeyer's 'More Days of My Life' finds the artist's sketchbook showing his ongoing interest in what his collaborator Conrad Botes calls 'fiction disguised as biography'. Michael Smith questions Kannemeyer's ongoing use of porn images, a strategy he finds strangely quaint. Other works suggest that the most incidental, off-the-cuff of situations or images are frequently the most revealing, and herein lies the artist's strength.
[07.07.06] 'Red Eye: Access Denied/Access Granted' in Durban
As usual, Durban's 'Red Eye' event was well attended. Storm Janse van Rensburg returned to Durban for 'Red Eye: Access Denied/Access Granted' where his enjoyment of aspects of the event was tempered by poor logistical organisation and communication on the part of the organisers.
[07.07.06] Clean and decent: Peter Engblom refurbishes the Durban Art Gallery's water closets
'Zululand's pre-eminent exhibitionist' Peter Engblom was recently commissioned to re-furbish and decorate the Durban Art Gallery's toilets. Francesca Verga visits.