Archive: Issue No. 121, September 2007

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20.09.07 'Autumn Season' at Baltic
09.08.07 'Bound' at Tate Liverpool
15.09.07 'Neck to Nuts' in London
09.09.07 Three photographers on Lumo '07 In Finland
26.09.07 Barcelona show examines apartheid as metaphor
17.09.07 James Webb at the Lyon Biennale
01.09.07 Award show for Subotzky in Perpignan
12.09.07 Mustafa Maluka in Switzerland

01.07.07 First Thessaloniki Biennale

03.06.07 52nd Biennale di Venezia, Italy
03.06.07 documenta 12 in Kassel

06.05.07 Nathaniel Stern in Ireland


30.09.07 New Photography at the MoMA
07.09.07 NY C Photo Exhibition
04.09.07 The Kyle Kauffman Gallery launches in NYC
04.09.07 Berenice Michelow at Agora Gallery
07.09.07 Sean Slemon in Utah
07.09.07 Berni Searle in Philadelphia

01.07.07 Repicturing the Past/ Picturing the Present at the MoMA


Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
Autumn Season Invite

'Autumn Season' at Baltic

Kendell Geers' 'IRRESPEKTIV' will be part of the lineup for the Autumn Season at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Geers' monograph of the same name was launched recently. Other participating artists are Kader Attia, Linder, Ant Macari and Suky Best.

Opens: September 20


Penny Siopis

Penny Siopis
Verwoerd Speaks, 1966
video still

'Bound' at Tate Liverpool

Organised by the Tate Liverpool and curated by Padrag Pajdec, 'Bound' is a Liverpool-wide exhibition of works by international and contemporary artists representing personal perspectives of the impact of slavery on humanity.

Penny Siopis is one of the participants, and is showing a video entitled Verwoerd Speaks 1966, in which Siopis captured old television video footage of the National Party leader in a public speech at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, celebrating the iron grip his party had over South Africa at the time. The artist instersperses this with excerpts from home movies of her own family life.

Opens: August 9
Closes: October 20


Carla Busuttil

Carla Busuttil
I am the System, 2007
oil on Canvas

'Neck to Nuts' in London

This is a show of recent paintings by London-based artists Carla Busuttil and Jill Mason. Both artists' work exudes a conjured violence, alternately animated and leaden.

Carla Busuttil completed her Honours degree at the University of Witwatersrand in 2004 and Jill Mason is a British-born artist. They are both currently completing a Postgraduate programme at the Royal Academy Schools.

Opens: September 15
Closes: September 21


Lumo Triennial

Logo for the Triennial

Three photographers on Lumo '07 In Finland

The Lumo Triennial presents in 2007 new photography from South Africa, Cuba and Europe. The theme of this triennial is 'us' (we) - people in a changing world. The South Africans on the show are Dale Yudelman, Pieter Hugo and Mikhael Subotzky.


Closes: September 30



A key image from the show

Barcelona show examines apartheid as metaphor

Several years in the planning, curator Pep Subiros' 'Local Racism, Global Apartheid. South Africa as a Paradigm' opens at the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona on September 26 and travels to the Foundation Bancaja in Valencia in 2008.

The narrative thread that runs through this exhibition is one of a return journey - starting with the European origins of modern racism, it follows racism's spread throughout the world during the colonial era, before returning to the wealthiest regions of the world in the post-colonial era.

Opens: September 26
Closes: January 13


James Webb at the Lyon Biennale

The next Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art - entitled 'The 00's - The history of a decade that has not yet been named' - will open on September 17. The project devised for this 9th edition by Stéphanie Moisdon and Hans Ulrich Obrist is a history book written by a number of people: 'the history of a decade yet to be named; of a present that is endlessly arriving'.

The project is structured like a grand game, with rules for selecting and casting the roles; a game in which some 50 'players' from around the world are invited to invite an essential artist of this decade. Art South Africa editor Sean O'Toole, as the 'player', has invited Cape Town artist James Webb to exhibit.

A 'history book' will be published on the occasion of the biennial as both the project's origin and its horizon with essays by philosophers, critics and historians, and the manifesto texts of each player, centred on a particular vision of the present and of what is happening on the contemporary creative scene.

Opens: September 17
Closes: December 31


Mikhael Subotzky

Mikhael Subotzky
Beaufort West series

Award show for Subotzky in Perpignan

Selected for the City of Perpignan's 2007 Young Photographer's Award, Mikhael Subotzky has been given a solo show as part of the city's Visa Pour L'Image, 19th annual festival of photojournalism. Subotzky also receives a cash prize of 8 000 Euros as part of the award.

Opens: September 1
Closes: September 16


Mustafa Maluka

Mustafa Maluka
One day it will all make sense, 2007
oil and acrylic on canvas
183 x 133cm

Mustafa Maluka in Geneva

The Galerie Bertrand & Gruner presents the first solo show by Mustafa Maluka in Switzerland. 'Painted in 2007, oil and acrylic on canvas, the large format pieces on display are portraits with a monumental aspect. Maluka takes the rules of the genre at face value as it were, opting to tightly frame his subjects, faces pressing forward into the foreground, occupying nearly the whole of the canvas'.

The show is entitled 'Reflexive Indices: A Phenomenological Study'.

Opens: September 12
Closes: November 3


Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi
Nomsa Mafunda and Tumi
Ndweni, entrepreneur, on the occasion of their civil marriage, Krugersdorp Home Affairs Office, 6 March 2007

First Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece

Borrowing the title 'Heterotopias' from Michel Foucault's lecture in which a man follows a certain set of rules which distract him from his daily tasks, the first Thessaloniki Biennale has been curated by Catherine David, Jan-Erik Lundstrom and Maria Tsantsanoglou.

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece, and the biennale is located in the State Museum of Contemporary Art. A total of 82 artists are on the biennale, including South Africans Tracey Rose and Zanele Muholi. A curatorial statement on the website reads in part, 'Contrary to European and international laws that often hinder border crossing, Art has no borders, it moves freely. Therefore, encouraging discourse in art contributes to the decline of fanaticism.'

Opens: May 21
Closes: September 30


Tracey Rose

Tracey Rose
The Wailers, 2003
Film Stills

52nd Biennale di Venezia

With all of its usual fanfare, the venerable Venice Biennale throws open its doors on June 10. This year, for the first time, a sizeable group of artists will show in the heart of the Biennial under the banner of an African Pavilion, located in the Arsenale. The show, curated by Fernando Alvim and Simon Njami, has been drawn from the Sindika Dokolo African Collection of Contemporary Art, and is entitled 'Check List Luanda Pop'

Opens: June 10
Closes: November 21

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Churchill Madikida

Churchill Madikida
Like Father Like Son? 2006
Video stills

Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim
A traditional dancer and crowd salute Jean Pierre Bemba as he walks to a rally from the airport, Kinshasa, July 2006 Colour pigment dye on archival paper

Documenta 12 opens in Kassel

Documenta retains its crown as the most significant contemporary art event in the world. Occurring for 100 days once every five years, documenta, held in the small German town of Kassel, is considered to be the 'authoratative worldwide seismograph of contemporary art'. For each cycle, a new director is appointed. Roger Buergel, Berlin-based curator, assisted by art historian Ruth Noack is the director for the 12th manifestation of the event.

Regarding the artists who will be exhibiting on the actual event, documenta plays its cards very close to its chest, and does not reveal the names of the chosen before the opening, but it is known that at least three South African artists are on the list: Churchill Madikida, David Goldblatt and Guy Tillim.

Tillim will be showing work from his Congo Democratic series, and Churchill Madikida will be showing the work made for his Standard Bank Young Artist Award show.

Opens: June 16
Closes: September 23


Nathaniel Stern in Ireland

Nathaniel Stern exhibits with Cork-based Canadian Paul LaRocque at the Haydn Shaughnessy Gallery all throughout the Irish Summer.

Stern presents a series of revolving performative prints, using a custom-built scanner appendage in and around his subjects and objects, this time engaging with the stories, locals and surrounds of West Cork and Dublin. Also in the gallery, printmaker Paul LaRocque combines digital and traditional techniques, local iconography and political discourse to explore cultural relationships in an increasingly globalised world.

Opens: May 31
Closes: Winter in Ireland



Berni Searle

Berni Searle
On Either Side, 2005
Pigment ink on archival paper
100 x 200cm

New Photography at the MoMA

Berni Searle is one of a group of three photographers selected for 'New Photography 2007', an annual prestigious exhibition which showcases the work of a select group of artists from around the world.

This is the second year running the museum has chosen a South African - in 2006 one of the choices was Robin Rhode. Searle will be showing work from the About to Forget series, based on the memory of her own fractured family.

Opens: September 30
Closes: January 1


NY C Photo Exhibition

C International Photo Magazine launches its fifth issue with the NY C Photo Exhibition, a show that 'faithfully reflects the spirit of the works that have appeared in the magazine since its inception in 2005'.

Cape Town-based Mikhael Subotzky, recently elected to Magnum Photo Agency, is included in the stellar lineup, which also features Andreas Gursky, Trent Parke, Malick Sidibe, Seydou Keita, Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Brian Eno amongst others.

Opens: September 7
Closes: September 26


Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas
Faceless, 1993
29 x 21cm

The Kyle Kauffman Gallery launches in NYC

'Not so black and white: South African Contemporary Art', is the title of the inaugural exhibition at the Kyle Kauffman Gallery, newly established in the emerging art area between Chelsea and Hells Kitchen.

'"Not So Black and White" aims to reacquaint New York audiences with South African artists who already have a world presence like William Kentridge and Marlene Dumas, and to introduce others who are known locally in South Africa, but have yet to be exposed to a wider audience.' The exhibition includes work by Jane Alexander, Pieter Hugo, Willie Bester, Kendell Geers and Zwelethu Mthethwa.

Opens: September 4
Closes: October 21


Berenice Michelow

Berenice Michelow
Forget Me Not
oil and charcoal on canvas
152 x 122cm

Berenice Michelow at Agora Gallery

Painter Berenice Michelow is featured in a solo show at New York's Agora Gallery. New work focuses on the overwhelming patriotism in the USA.

Opens: September 4
Closes: September 25


Sean Slemon

Sean Slemon
Tied Up/Tied Down
digital print
76 x 51cm

Sean Slemon in Utah

Cape Town multi-media artist Sean Slemon will show new work made during a summer residency at the highly esteemed Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture at the Central Utah Art Center in September.

The exhibition, entitled 'Public Property', consists of video, photography, drawing and installation. On September 19 at 7 p.m. Herman du Toit from the Brigham Young University of Art will lead a discussion on the show and the context in which the artist is working.

Opens: September 7
Closes: October 10


Berni Searle at Temple University Gallery, Philadelphia

Berni Searle is one of three artists on 'Re:Print Re:Present', an exhibition which focuses on printmaking and the printed image. Together with Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Rachid Koraichi, Searle has done new work which directly engages aspects of Philadelphia's diverse and multiple social histories. The exhibition is curated by Salah Hassan.

Opens: September 7
Closes: November 3


William Kentridge

William Kentridge
'Untitled' from
Ubu tells the truth, 1996-7
25 x 30 cm

'Repicturing the Past/ Picturing the Present' at the MoMA

Curated by prints curator Judy Hecker, this exhibition explores the ways in which the artists from the 19th Century to the present have engaged with contemporary social issues by challenging existing concepts and presenting new insights. Artists include Max Beckmann, James Ensor, Christian Boltanski and William Kentridge.

Kentridge is represented by four prints from the Ubu Tells the Truth series, 1996 - 7, made at the time of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.

Opens: June 13
Closes: November 5