Archive: Issue No. 115, March 2007

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04.03.07 South African Artists in London
04.03.07 Ed Young in Zurich
04.03.07 Frances Goodman in Denmark

04.02.07 William Kentridge in Berlin

15.01.07 South African Photographers in Berlin


04.02.07 Claudette Schreuders in New York

15.01.07 William Kentridge in New York
15.01.07 Sue Williamson opens at Wertz in Atlanta

3.12.06 African Comics in Harlem

7.07.06 'Body of Evidence' at the National Museum of African Art in the USA


04.03.06 Kendell Geers in China

5.05.06 Robin Rhode in Japan

5.05.06 'Off the Record' in Tokyo


William Kentridge

William Kentridge
Office love 2001
mohair tapestry

South African Artists in London

Liza Nicole Fine Art presents 'Shift', an exhibition featuring works by four leading South African artists - William Kentridge, Sam Nhlengethwa, Pat Mautloa and Claire Gavronsky at the Gallery in Cork Street this month.

Tracking the themes of disruption and adaptation, the show explores the acute sense of personal displacement that accompanies social change and dramatic local events. With the world in a state of constant flux, upheavals and migrations are the flipside of social development and growth. Having undergone the radical transition from apartheid to democracy, South Africa is a nation highly sensitised to the nuances of change.

Whether it's William Kentridge tracing the slow collapse of the old imperial order through changes to the European map or Pat Mautloa responding to the chaotic vibrancy of street life in the 21st century African metropolis of Johannesburg, the mobility and migration of people is central to the work of each of these artists.

Opens: March 24
Closes: March 24

The Gallery in Cork St
28 Cork Street, Mayfair, London
Tel: +44 (0)207 287 8408
Fax: +44 (0)207 287 2018

William Kentridge

Ed Young
It's Not Easy 2004
video still

Ed Young in Zurich

Ed Young is exhibiting in the first of a series of three exhibitions by The Boys Today Institute, entitled 'The Boys Today Institute - a boy like me' at the Freymond-Guth gallery in Zurich.

The Boys Today Institute Projects is intended to be a series of three shows with different focuses - the first focuses one on the issues of role models and stereotypes of men in contemporary art. What is it that men identify with and how does that interfere with classical stereotypes and role models. What are their symbols and codes? Are there alternatives, historical changes and new inventions?

The second shows plan to dwell more on performative aspects concerning cross-gender and stage identities. The third show focuses on documentary media and explores the issue of masculinity and everyday life.

The exhibition is curated by Jean-Claude Freymond-Guth (Freymond-Guth and Co Fine Arts) with Burkhard Meltzer (Director Kunsthalle St. Gallen) and Michael Hiltbrunner (art historian and musician, scientific assistant at the Zurich University of Arts and Design Institute for Arts and Media) and Young will be exhibiting amongst a small group of artists from around the world.

Opens: March 2
Closes: March 23

Freymond-Guth Gallery
Langstrasse 84, Zurich, Switzerland
Tel +41 (0)44 240 0481
Fax +41 (0)44 240 0482
Hours: Wed - Fri 2pm - 6pm, Sat 12pm - 4pm

Frances Goodman

Frances Goodman
Heartlessness 2004
photographic print on metallic paper
24 x 28 cm

Frances Goodman in Denmark

Frances Goodman exhibits in a three person show entitled 'Compulsions' at Specta Gallery in Copenhagen this month. Goodman exhibits alongside Chilean Roc&iicute;o Inestas and Signe Jais from Denmark in this exhibition of quiet, yet haunting, images of human wants, needs and desires.

Opens: March 9
Closes: April 21

Galerie Specta
Peder Skrams Gade 13, Copenhagen
Tel: +45 33 13 01 23
Fax: +45 33 13 32 03
Hours: Tue - Fri 12pm - 5pm, Sat 11am - 4pm

William Kentridge

William Kentridge
Journey to the Moon 2003
video still

William Kentridge in Berlin

William Kentridge shows Journey to the Moon and Fragments for George Méliès at the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum fur Gegenwart in Berlin. Fascinated by the first science fiction film telling the story of 'Le Voyage dans la Lune', Kentridge creates a homage to its creator, French experimental filmmaker Georges Méliès.

On nine screens, Kentridge transforms drawings on sheets of paper into scenes of bustling life. The strokes dance across the paper, forming semantic consolidations in an ephemeral surreality, evoking the charm of the very beginnings of cinema.

Opens: February 7
Closes: May 6

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum fur Gegenwart
50 Invaliden St, Berlin
Tel: 49 (0)30 39 78 34 39
Hours: Tue - Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 11am - 6pm

Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim
Residents of Goma salute Laurent Kabila after his army's takeover of the city from Mobutu troops 1997
100 x 141.5 cm
edition of 12
  Guy Tillim

Zanele Muholi
Too Beulah
Lambda print
100 x 76.5 cm

South African Photographers in Berlin

The Neuer Berliner Kunstverein is hosting the first large scale exhibition of South African photography to be held in Germany, curated by Pam Warne of the Iziko South African National Gallery. Warne has subtitled the show 'Reality Check' as the exhibition aims to explore the ways in which contemporary South African photography reflects, examines and critiques the social, historical, cultural and political realities within the country.

The artists on show are Bridget Baker, Lien Botha, Jean Brundrit, David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Jo Ractliffe, Mikhael Subotzky, Guy Tillim, Andrew Tshabangu and Nontsikelelo 'Lolo' Veleko. Candice Breitz will also show a selection of new video work on February 21.

Opens: January 13
Closes: March 11

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
128/129 Chaussee St, Berlin
Tel: (030) 280 70 20
Fax (030) 280 70 19


Claudette Schreuders

Claudette Schreuders
The Fall 2006
  Claudette Schreuders

Claudette Schreuders
In the Beginning 2006

Claudette Schreuders in New York

Claudette Schreuders exhibits a series of new woodcarvings in her solo exhibition 'The Fall' at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York this month. Schreuders maintains her now iconic naïve style, with her large-headed, tragic squat figures ironically influenced by portraits - known as 'colon' figures - that African sculptors made of early European colonists.

'The Fall' is Schreuders' most extensive exploration of Christian iconography, and with titles such as In the Beginning, Paradise and Departure, Schreuders presents contemporary interpretations of the Biblical story of Eden and our subsequent fall from God's grace.

Opens: February 9
Closes: March 10

William Kentridge in New York

William Kentridge is amongst the artists exhibiting in 'Breaking Boundaries: Exploration and Collaboration at Atlantic Center for the Arts', at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New York. The exhibition is a collection of both works-in-progress and completed works and celebrates the history of Atlantic Center for the Arts. Selected by curator Judith Page from Atlantic Center's permanent collection, the works in this exhibition represent an impressive cross-section of the prestigious artists; musicians, composers, writers, poets, choreographers, painters, sculptors, photographers, playwrights and directors, who have been Master Artists at Atlantic Center.

Opens: January 30
Closes: March 17

Sue Williamson

Better Lives
Video installation
Courtesy The Goodman Gallery
  Sue Williamson

'What about El Max?' lll 2006
Archival photograph
Edition of 6
46.5 x 59 cm
  Sue Williamson

'What about El Max?' lV 2006
Archival photograph
46.5 x 59 cm

Sue Williamson opens at Wertz in Atlanta

Located in Atlanta's trendy art district, Castleberry, the Wertz Gallery, under the directorship of Jason Wertz, shows an international roster of artists, including Odili Donald Odita, Kay Hassan and the Egyptian photographer Maha Maamoun. Following the successful showing of 'Comfort Zones' at the gallery last July, a collaborative show with Pat Ward Williams, Sue Williamson will open a solo show at Wertz on February 2.

Entitled 'Hotels and Better Lives', the show will include the video and print series in which Williamson investigated the lives of immigrants who come to Cape Town from other parts of Africa. The 'Better Lives' series attempted to make visible the enormous sacrifices and difficulties experienced by the newcomers, many of whom face rejection by the local community as they set about making a new life for themselves.

A new series of work which has not been shown before, is 'What about El Max?' El Max is a small fishing community in Alexandria, Egypt, under threat from the military who are stationed nearby and a petro chemical company at the top of the canal that leads to the sea. Both would prefer the community to move elsewhere.

Working in El Max as part of an international art project, Williamson suggested to residents that their statements of solidarity and determination to remain could be painted on the outside of their houses, in English and Arabic. Her photographs document this work.

The artist is currently working in New York at the Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design on a fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, and will be present at the opening.

February 2 to March 20, 2007

African Comics

African Comics in Harlem

In partnership with Africa e Mediterraneo, a non-profit organisation based in Bologna, Italy, The Studio Museum in Harlem hosts 'Africa Comics', the first-ever exhibition in the United States dedicated exclusively to comic art from across the continent. A new generation of African artists is expressing itself through a medium most Americans associate with superheroes and funny pages. Using comics, this talented group depicts the rage, desperation, hope and humour of daily life in Africa. The work, which addresses issues as wide-ranging as corruption, human rights, immigration and the plight of women, provides an unprecedented glimpse into modern Africa.

'Africa Comics' includes 32 artists or 2-person artists' teams from all over the continent, including Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Togo.

Opens: November 15
Closes: March 18

'Body of Evidence' at the National Museum of African Art in the USA

'Body of Evidence' is a new show at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of African Art. The long running show is an exhibition of works by contemporary African artists from the museum's collection who deal with ideas of 'The Body' with varying levels of explicitness.

The artists use the human body, and its absence, as a site for issues of race, identity, gender and geography - all issues that are often integral to artists from this continent. South African artists Kay Hassan, Gavin Jantjes, Rudzani Nemasetoni, Georgie Papageorge, Johannes Phokela, Berni Searle, Sue Williamson and Jeremy Wafer are included.

Opens: June 14
Closes: April 6, 2007


Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
Post - Pop fuck 21 2006
acrylic paint on wall
450 x 300 cm

Kendell Geers in China

Kendell Geers will exhibit in 'One Colour' at the Continua Gallery in Bejing, an exhibition where all participating artists' works are black, white or a careful and balanced combination of the two.

The expressive power of black and white has been long documented: whether through photography, pencil sketches or black vinyl installations. These 'non-colours' are evocative of a myriad of feelings and emotions. As colours, black and white stand in a category of their own with as much, and perhaps more, expressive power than all the vivid colours of the spectrum.

'One Colour' explores the vibrant diversity amongst artists from all over the world through the simplicity of black and white imagery and features artists from France, Italy, Spain, Cuba, South Africa, Belgium, Bulgaria, India and China.

Opens: February 10
Closes: April 5

Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode
Untitled (Street Light) 2005
digital print
45 x 30 x 24cm

Robin Rhode in Japan

Robin Rhode is amongst a multitude of exciting artist in an exhibition entitled 'All About Laughter: Humor (sic) in Contemporary Art' at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. The exhibition traces a vast history of humour in art and is divided into sections that include 'Anti-Art and Avant-Garde Laughter,' 'Everyday Laughter' and 'Deviant Laughter'.

Rhode exhibits in 'The Flip Side of Laughter', an exhibition focusing on the role that laughter and humour play in facilitating cross cultural understanding as artists take light-hearted swipes at their own cultures and communities.

Opens: January 27
Closes: May 7

Off the Record

An X-cube locker

'Off the Record' - Shibuya and other stations, Tokyo

Timed to coincide with the opening of 'Africa Remix' at the Mori, is a project much lighter in weight and more ephemeral in concept: 'Off the Record', devised by Belgian artist Eric van Hove, now based in Tokyo, will hi-jack X-Cube storage lockers found in subway stations in the city.

These lockers are opened not by a key but by utilising a cell phone number designated by the storer. Invited artists will make an artwork to fit into one of these lockers, which measures 30 x 30 x 60 cm. An SMS to a friend inviting him/her to come and view the artwork will set the process in motion. The invitee will then invite someone else in turn, setting the new cell phone number as the new code. 'Think of Chinese whispers', says Van Hove.

Participating artists include Lara Baladi (Egypt), Federico Herrero (Costa Rica), John di Stefano (New Zealand) and Sue Williamson (South Africa).

Will the artwork be stolen by a viewer? Will the next invited viewer take the trouble to pay a visit? Will an earthquake destroy Tokyo and all the artworks? The agenda is open.

More information?

May 2006 - until such time as the project ends itself.