Archive: Issue No. 128, April 2008

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6.04.08 'Noise: a Hole in the Silence' at Spazio Oberdan, Milan

2.03.08 Two Durban artists exhibit 'Rear View' at artSPACE Berlin
2.03.08 'Urban Concerns' Johannesburg/ Umeå cultural exchange

10.02.08 'Biennale Cuvée' in Linz, Austria

13.01.08 '.ZA, young art from South Africa' in Siena


6.04.08 Guy Tillim and Pieter Hugo in Massachusetts
6.04.08 'Esther Mahlangu: Reacquiring' at KyleKauffman Gallery, New York
6.04.08 'Black Womanhood: Icons, Images, and Ideologies of the African Body' at the Hood Museum
6.04.08 'Flow' at the Studio Museum Harlem
6.04.08 Sean Slemon at Magan Projects, New York
6.04.08 Anton Kannemeyer at the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

2.03.08 Ed Young Second Installment at Locust Projects, Miami

10.02.08 'Far From Home' at North Carolina Museum of Art
10.02.08 'Make Art/Stop Aids' at Fowler Museum, UCLA

02.12.07 'Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora' in Kansas City

04.11.07 William Kentridge and Robin Rhode at the San Diego Museum of Art


'Noise: a Hole in the Silence' at Spazio Oberdan, Milan

Curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and Gwy Mandelinck, 'Noise: a Hole in the Silence' brings together works by 21 artists whose work explores silence and noise and every possible variation and gradation in between.

Each work presented helps to outline a particular fragment within the complex panorama of sounds, noises, hums and silences that make up the exhibition, which takes its inspiration from 'Een Lek in het Zwijgen: Noise', an event conceived and organised by Mandelinck (poetry) and Di Pietrantonio (visual arts) at Watou (Belgium) during the summer of 2007.

Artists exhibiting are Joseph Beuys (Germany), Marcel Broodthaers (Belgium), John Cage (USA), Mircea Cantor (Romania), Giuseppe Chiari (Italy), Jimmie Durham (USA), Jan Fabre (Belgium), Lara Favaretto (Italy), William Kentridge (South Africa), La Monte Young (USA), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (Italy), Kris Martin (Belgium), Shirin Neshat (Iran), Melik Ohanian (France), Yoko Ono (Japan), Adrian Paci (Albania), Diego Perrone (Italy), Miguel Angel Rios (Argentina), Luigi Russolo (Italia), Mungo Thomson (USA), Bill Viola (USA) and Jordan Wolfson (USA).

Opens: February 27
Closes: May 25


Sharlene Khan

Brigitta Gaylard
Help Yourself
PVC Fabric

Two Durban artists exhibit 'Rear View' at artSPACE Berlin

'Rear View: An Exhibition by Two Village Idiots Making Themselves Useful' at artSPACE Berlin is of retrospective of work exhibited in the last few years by Durban artists Brigitta Gaylard and Tamlyn Martin.

Predominantly video and photographic, their body of work explores the themes of the trickster or jester who reveals a darker side of life through irony and comic action. The exhibition, which has been described as Borat meets Thelma and Louise, will run during the Berlin Biennale weekend at the beginning of April.

Opens: March 15
Closes: end April


Sharlene Khan

Sharlene Khan

Two Fish and Five Loaves

'Urban Concerns' Johannesburg/ Umeå cultural exchange

'Urban Concerns' is a collaborative programme conceptualized by Michelle Harris (South Africa) and Veronica Wilman (Sweden) as part of an on going cultural exchange project between Bildmuseet and Johannesburg Art Gallery. 'Urban Concerns', which will take place during 2008, examines developments and changes in urban space, people's relation to and experience of public spaces and the city.

As part of the launching of 'Urban Concerns' at the Bildmuseet, Sweden, Sharlene Khan presents a solo exhibition which includes an installation Two Fish and Five Loaves and the wall piece (B)LACK, two works that take as their starting point city life in the metropolises of South Africa, discussing the presence of informal economies as well as questions related to immigration and xenophobia.

Other work on show includes Daniel Peltz's video exchange project Call and Response and Public Notes an interactive public 'scrapbook' by RACA and the collaborative The Hub designed by Pulsk Ravn and Johan Carlsson (RACA) a site specific spatial installation at Bildmuseet, which will serve as a meeting place and information centre for Urban Concerns. Visitors can access how citizens in Johannesburg comment on their city. Later in the year RACA will also contribute to Urban Concerns with a social intervention in Johannesburg.

Opens: January 19

Opens: February 23


Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode
Actions in Town 2006

'Biennale Cuvée' in Linz, Austria

The OK Centre in Linz presents a selection of art projects from the recent biennials in Venice, Sydney, Moscow, São Paulo, Taipei, Shanghai, Seoul, Sharjah, Gwangju and Mechelen.

The 45 projects on exhibition have been selected for their current aesthetic modes of expression, and emphasis has been placed on works that explicitly relate to the new media.

Amongst the exhibitors on 'Biennale Cuvée' are Candice Breitz, Meschac Gaba, Robin Rhode and Guy Tillim. Other artists include Lida Abdul, Narda Alvarado, Ruben Ramos Balsa, Patricia Bueno, Omer Fast, León Ferrari, Shaun Gladwell, Kui Huang, Shih-Chieh Huang, Sejla Kameric, Servet Koçyigit, Marko Mäetamm, Ronald Moran, Jacques Nimki, Raeda Saadeh, Vasan Sitthiket, Sanghee Song, Kazuna Taguchi, Ilya Trushevsky and Kuang-Yu Tsui.

Opens: February 28
Closes: April 27


Pippa Stalker

Pippa Stalker
Simulation 2006
installation of computer game stills

Bridget Baker

Bridget Baker
The Blue Collar Girl (Valais, Switzerland)
Lambda print and diasec
at Grieger, Dusseldorf, Germany
60 X 241.5 cm

Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi
Miss D'Vine series 2007
Lambda print
Image size 76.5x76.5 cm

'.ZA, young art from South Africa' in Siena

This exhibition, conceived by Lorenzo Fusi, is co-curated by five established South African artists: Marlene Dumas, Kendell Geers, Bernie Searle, Minnette Vári and Sue Williamson. Each was asked to put forward the work of artists not older than 35, still residing or mainly operating in South Africa. More than 20 works were thus gathered from as many artists, mostly little known or completely unknown to the Italian and European public.

The show represents a sort of passing on of the torch, as well as a tribute on the part of the better known artists to their younger colleagues, who are often penalised by their geographical isolation at the farthermost point of the African continent.

Selected artists include: Bridget Baker, Ismail Farouk, Simon Gush, Nicholas Hlobo, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Ruth Sacks, Sean Slemon, Pippa Stalker, Doreen Southwood, Johan Thom, Nontsikelelo Veleko and James Webb.

The Italian/English catalogue, published by Silvana Editoriale, will include essays by all the curators.

Opens: February 2
Closes: May 4



Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo
Mohamed Bah, Monrovia, Liberia, 2006, II

Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim
Mai Mai militia in training near Beni, eastern DRC,
for immediate deployment with the APC,
the army of the RCD-KIS-ML, December 2002
Portrait VI

Guy Tillim and Pieter Hugo at DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park

'Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children' features images of children in photographs that range in date from the early 20th century to the present day. Selected from the private collection of Anthony and Beth Terrana, the 113 photographs and single video fall loosely into the following thematic and often overlapping categories: the child alone, family relationships, children and animals, the child observed, the child at play, the child at risk, rites of passage, and constructed narratives.

The children in these photographs are sweet and tough, innocent and wise, cherished and victimised, joyous and sorrowful, carefree and desperate. Although all of these pictures have been taken in a particular place at a specific time, they are timeless because they speak to conditions that children experience universally. The photographs also raise many challenging questions about the relationships between the child, the photographer and the viewer of the image; and about the nature of the 'presumed innocence' of the child subject.

Featured photographers include South Africans Pieter Hugo and Guy Tillim alongside a variety of well known photographers such as Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mike Brodie, Leslee Broersma, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Robert Frank, Gour (Kids with Cameras), Lewis Hine, William Klein, Ingar Krauss, Dorothea Lange, Jocelyn Lee, Arthur Leipzig, Leon Levinstein, Helen Levitt, Loretta Lux, Sally Mann, Mary Ellen Mark, McDermott and McGough, Laura McPhee, Rachelle Mozman, Bob Natkin, Jehad Nga, Nicholas Nixon, Luis Gonzàlez Palma, Nicholas Prior, Sebastião Salgado, Frederick Sommer, Erika Stone, Helen M. Stummer, Jock Sturges, Antanas Sutkus, Joseph Szabo, Katherine Turczan, Doris Ulmann, Brian Ulrich, and Liu Zheng.

Opens: February 2
Closes: April 27


Esther Mahlangu

Esther Mahlangu
Out of Unity, Strength 2006
acrylic on vintage apartheid-era police sign

'Esther Mahlangu: Reacquiring' at KyleKauffman Gallery, New York

'Esther Mahlangu: Reacquiring' is the first US solo exhibition by South African artist Esther Mahlangu. Widely regarded as the most important Ndebele artist working today, Mahlangu was the first to transfer Ndebele designs onto canvas. Traditionally Ndebele painting is executed in large scale, colorful, geometric murals exclusively reserved for the exterior of domestic buildings.

The show is a survey of the artist's most recent body of work and includes a wide range of media: paintings, beadwork and sculptural objects. Chronologically, it begins with the finest examples of Mahlangu's flat paintings - boards and canvases elaborately decorated in either bright commercial acrylic or muted natural pigments of cow dung and mud, utilising only feathers and bundled-twigs as brushes. However, the focus of the exhibition is her most recent series of sculptures: contemporary objects such as trucks and signs, meticulously embellished in traditional Ndebele fashion.

These objects - juxtaposing the old and the new, the abstract and the representational, the traditional and the contemporary - are the paradigmatic examples of the way in which her oeuvre is constantly evolving, breaking from convention and challenging the strictures of a customary art form.

In conjunction with the show, the Gallery will be releasing the first in a series of full-colour exhibition catalogues with an accompanying essay by Dr. Kauffman. The book will run in a limited edition of 500 copies, the first 100 to be signed and numbered by Mahlangu. Proceeds from the sale of the catalogues and her work will go to her School for Ndebele Art for local girls, which she founded and funds herself directly.

Opens: March 27
Closes: May 10


Senzeni Marasela

Senzeni Marasela
From series: Theodora comes to Johannesburg 2003/06

Penny Siopis

Penny Siopis
Fever 2007

'Black Womanhood: Icons, Images, and Ideologies of the African Body' at the Hood Museum of Art

The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College presents 'Black Womanhood: Icons, Images, and Ideologies of the African Body', a major travelling exhibition, curated by Barbara Thompson, that explores the historical roots of a charged icon in contemporary art - the black female body.

The exhibition will explore the complex perpetuation of icons and stereotypes of black womanhood through the display of over 100 sculptures, prints, postcards, photographs, paintings, textiles and video installations by artists from Africa, Europe, America and the Caribbean.

Presented in separate but intersecting sections, 'Black Womanhood' reveals three different perspectives - the traditional African, Western colonial, and contemporary global - that have contributed to current ideas about black womanhood. These three sections explore themes such as ideals of beauty, fertility and sexuality, maternity and motherhood, and women's identities and social roles, and examine collectively how these overlapping perspectives penetrate the complex and interwoven relationships between Africa and the West, male and female, and past and present, all of which have contributed to the inscription of meaning onto the black female body.

Zanele Muholi, Senzeni Marasela, Nandipha Mntambo, Penny Siopis and Berni Searle exhibit contemporary representations of black womanhood which, in contrast to the historic representations of the African female body on display, dissect the layers of social, cultural, and political realities that have influenced the creation of stereotypes about black women.

Also expected to feature in the exhibition are well-established contemporary artists living in Africa and Europe such as Hassan Musa, Ingrid Mwangi, Robert Hutter, Sokari Douglas Camp, Emile Guebehi, Magdalene Odundo, Fazal Sheikh and Maud Sulter.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 370-page illustrated catalogue published by the Hood Museum of Art in association with the University of Washington Press in April 2008.

Opens: April 1
Closes: August 10


Nicholas Hlobo

Nicholas Hlobo
Umphokoqo 2008
mixed media on paper

'Flow' at the Studio Museum Harlem

Nicholas Hlobo and Mustafa Maluka are included on 'Flow', which opened at the Studio Museum in Harlem at the beginning of April. 'Flow' is an exhibition focusing on work made by a new generation of international artists from Africa.

The approximately 20 emerging international artists, who hail from 11 African nations, reside mainly in Europe and North America and travel to and from Africa regularly. They are uniquely conscious of, and responsive to, recent African history, global economics and the idiosyncratic culture of the new millennium which they represent on this exhibition through a diversity of media including digital photography, video, paintings and site-specific installation.

The majority of the featured artists have never been included in major US museum exhibitions. 'Flow' is modelled after 'Freestyle', the Studio Museum's landmark 2001 exhibition, which was followed in 2005 by 'Frequency'.

Opens: April 2
Closes: June 29


Sean Slemon

Block 700
exhibition Invitation

Sean Slemon at Magan Projects, New York

Sean Slemon's inaugural solo exhibition, and second exhibition in New York, 'BLOCK 700' references an actual city block in the Chelsea area of New York City.

Bordered by 10th and 11th Avenues on the east and west, and by 28th and 29th Street on the north and south, 'Block 700' has, in reality, limited natural infrastructure for an area which is fast becoming residential.

Slemon explores the ephemeral and the transient by creating physical solid renditions of light and in so doing questions these areas of natural infrastructure which cannot be physically owned within the structure of the city, yet have inadvertently become one of the most sought after commodities in terms of real estate and quality of life, with people hijacking its benefits for the purpose of profit.

The exhibition leads from an ongoing investigation and interrogation into the natural infrastructure of New York, looking at policy in and around public access to what have become private, exclusive parts of the city life, and how man and nature are interacting together as a unit.

Opens: April 3
Closes: May 6


Anton Kannemeyer

Anton Kannemeyer
White Nightmare: Black Dicks 2007
acrylic on canvas

Anton Kannemeyer at the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Anton Kannemeyer's exhibition, 'The Haunt of Fears' at Jack Shainman Gallery, makes reference to the EC Comics title of the 1950s, like Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror, which revelled in a gruesome joie de vivre, with grimly ironic fates apportioned to many of the stories' protagonists.

Kannemeyer applies the stylistic and narrative traits of this 50s pulp fiction to his satirical view of contemporary South African life and politics. By poking fun at the secret bigotry masked by political correctness, he exposes the insecurities and fears of a society struggling to come to terms with its past and its present.

The show will incorporate two series of work, Cursed Paradise and Alphabet of Democracy.

Opens: April 17
Closes: May 17


Ed Young

Ed Young
Black in Five Minutes

Ed Young Second Installment at Locust Projects, Miami

Black in Five Minutes will be the second installment of the site-specific Locust Projects mural project of by Ed Young. He utilizes forms of conceptualism, performance, and minimalism, underscored by his persona, to call attention to major themes of boredom, insolence and laziness. Young investigates the idea that the structure of the art world has superseded the art object itself. For this project, Young will create a new site-specific mural every four months for one year. The final mural will coincide with Art Basel Miami 2008.

Opens: March 2008
Closes: June 2008


Youssef Nabil

Youssef Nabil
Never wanted to leave, self-portrait, Paris 2007
hand-coloured silver gelatin print

'Far From Home' at North Carolina Museum of Art

Starting in mid-February, North Carolina Museum of Art will host 'Far from Home', an exhibition which includes art that addresses the global displacement of people and populations as they relocate for economic, political, or other reasons. The exhibition features photography, paintings and sculpture by artists of diverse national and cultural origins.

'Far From Home' explores the various ways that displacement is manifested in creative expression, suggesting very personal transformations alongside the wider group dynamics of belonging and exclusion.Whether focused on the individual or larger community, works here stand in dialogue with the expansion of global networks as people relocate and circumscribe their experiences in new places while maintaining connections to homelands and heritage, however tenuous.

Featured artists include Ghada Amer, José Bedia, Lalla Essaydi, Maria Elena González, Seydou Keïta, Vik Muniz, Youssef Nabil and Lorna Simpson among others.

Opens: February 17
Closes: July 13


Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo
Nyameka J Matiayna 2005
lambda print

Churchill Madikida

Churchill Madikida
Virus V 2005
lambda print

'Make Art/Stop Aids' at Fowler Museum, UCLA

'Make Art/Stop Aids', a travelling international exhibition debuting at the Fowler Museum at UCLA on February 23, shows how artists around the world have responded to HIV/Aids and how their work can raise awareness and inspire activism.

The exhibition, which includes artists from the Brazil, India, South Africa and the United States, presents more than 60 contemporary works, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, performance videos, posters, animated shorts, digital media and installations that engage these questions: What is Aids? Who lives, who dies? Why are condoms controversial? Are you afraid to touch? When was the last time you cried? Why a red ribbon? and, Are you ready to act?

South African artists featured on the show include David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, William Kentridge, Fiona Kirkwood, Brenton Maart, Churchill Madikida, Gideon Mendel, Zanele Muholi, Pennny Siopis and Clive Van den Berg.

Opens: February 23
Closes: June 15


Churchill Madikida Churchill Madikida
Virus 2005
video still

'Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora' in Kansas City

'Tapping Currents' presents a diverse range of contemporary work made by African artists and Diaspora to the Kansas City public.

The exhibition, which is on display at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, brings together artists working in traditional and new media to investigate themes such as colonialism and post-colonialism, slavery, trade, history, gender and identity. Humour and irony call attention to Western misperceptions of what is authentically African.

Featured on the show, amongst others, are Berni Searle, Churchill Madikida and Odili Donald Odita.

Opens: November 17
Closes: April 13


William Kentridge

William Kentridge
Tide Table 2003 - 4
single-channel 35 mm hand-drawn animated film, transferred to video
colour, sound; 8 min

William Kentridge

Robin Rhode
Harvest 2005
single-channel video projection
black and white, sound; 3.45 min

William Kentridge and Robin Rhode at the San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art's new exhibition, 'Animated Painting', showcases contemporary artists who adapt traditional painting and drawing methods to the concepts and technologies of animation. Twenty moving-image works by 14 international contemporary artists are featured on the exhibition.

Highlights include William Kentridge's animated film Tide Table (2005); computer animated figures by Julian Opie displayed outside of the Museum; Jeremy Blake's digital video Sodium Fox (2005); and Sadie Benning's video projection of hand-made drawings, Play Pause (2006). Other participating artists are the Barnstormers, Sebastián Díaz Morales, Kota Ezawa, Ruth Gómez, Ann Lislegaard, Takeshi Murata, Serge Onnen, Wit Pimkanchanapong, Qiu Anxiong and Robin Rhode.

In conjunction with 'Animated Painting', SDMA is presenting a free four-part symposium titled 'Animation: From the Avant-Garde to Popular Culture'. The symposium takes place on Thursday, November 1, and Saturday, November 3, and includes panel discussions by leading art and animation scholars, presentations of artworks, and a screening of animation by Southern California artists.

The exhibition moves to Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT) in Tijuana, Mexico in 2008 and the Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, in 2009. Opens: October 13
Closes: January 13

Opens: October 1 2008
Closes: December 31 2008

Opens: February 6 2009
Closes: April 19 2009