[05.05.06] Roger Ballen at Erdmann Contemporary
South African resident, US-born Roger Ballen is revered as an undisputed master the world over but largely meets with hostility here. Lloyd Pollack gets to grips with his latest body of work - 'Shadow Chamber' - which, Pollack claims, 'addresses metaphysical concerns not current issues, and it challenges accepted notions of genuineness and authenticity. His fictive images are the lie that tells the truth... '.
[05.05.06] Wim Botha at the SANG
With works that combine unusual phenomenological and conceptual prowess, Standard Bank Young Artist 2006 Award winner Wim Botha continues his interrogation of religion, morality, power and art history. Linda Stupart reviews 'Premonition of War'.
[05.05.06] Sanell Aggenbach at Art on Paper
The third in Sanell Aggenbach's series of shows begun in 2005 is entitled 'Blues and Greys'. Michael Smith finds the artist engaging with the history of maritime painting, using this to explore notons of personal and cultural uncertainty, which she does with great wit, whimsy and technical competence.
[05.05.06] New Painting at the KZNSA
Curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, 'New Painting' explores the medium's most recent incarnation, juxtaposing traditional oil on canvas works with installations such as that by Dineo Bopape. Francesca Verga reviews.
[05.05.06] Uninvited (working with restrictions): Steven Cohen and Elu
Student Meriel Alisa Shire reviews South African performance artists' exhibition at Bard College.