Archive: Issue No. 126, February 2008

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Joberg Airt F

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Pierre Fouché

Pierre Fouché
Portrait of Marie Fouché (b. Greyling) 2007
dymo tape, Perspex, cable

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Andrew Putter

Secretly I Will Love You More
2007
Spier Contemporary Art Award Winner
Video Installation

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Diary

My work at the Hayward gallery in London, with Lisa Brice

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Diane Victor

Diane Victor
Monument from the series Drawings of Mass Destruction (detail) 2007
charcoal on paper
150 x 200cm

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Dan Halter

Dan Halter
HIV (Henry the Fourth) 2007
mixed media

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Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander
Editions for ArtThrob

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Documenta

Finalist for the Arts & Culture Trust Award 2003 - Electronic Media of the Year in Support of the Arts
ARTS & CULTURE TRUST


THIS MONTH

Speaking to Clive van den Berg at Spier in December last year, he said an interesting thing about Andrew Putter’s award-winning Secretly I Will Love You More. Van Den Berg asserted the work’s importance because, he said, it shifted the emotional register of much SA contemporary art, especially work that dealt with race-based issues, into one of tenderness rather than the more frequently-plumbed depths of prejudice, guilt and recrimination. This month, our ARTBIO focuses on Putter’s career to date, rightfully inserting him into our mini-pantheon.

The downside of Charles Saatchi’s seemingly endless series of ‘The Triumph of Painting’ shows is, of course, that the discipline becomes somewhat artificially separated from other forms of contemporary practice. Locally, and on a much smaller scale, the mercurial Robert Sloon curates a show of painting at Whatiftheworld. On ArtHeat, Sloon states that ‘Painting tends to be hemmed in and misunderstood both by a conservative mainstream and by other artists who see themselves as conceptual’. One wonders whether creating yet another ‘Special Olympics’ for painting is the way to remedy this…

Speaking of painting, Capetonian Andrzej Nowicki is the subject of a solo up Jozi, at David Krut Projects. One unnamed observer called Nowicki’s works ‘fun-sized Neo Rauchs’. You be the judge.

In our occasional STUDENT REVIEWS section, Lauren Reid looks at Ernest Cole's 'Chronicler of the House of Bondage', at Iziko SANG. This is quite a sharp piece of writing, which will hopefully serve as a bit of a challenge to other student writers out there. Stop debating Lacan over lattés or Baudrillard over bagels, and get scribbling! We want your rants solidified into typed words. ArtThrob would especially appreciate reviews of smaller, possibly entry level shows that you think the SA art scene should know about.

At ArtThrob we hope the well-heeled amongst you are saving some of that green for the Joburg Art Fair, which is now little more than a month away. Also, check out the reciprocal link between Joburg Art Fair’s site and ours.

MICHAEL SMITH
MANAGING EDITOR

NEXT UPDATE: March 2.

SELECTED LISTINGS

CAPE

Having endured Blue Monday, it should come as no surprise that February's offerings are underpinned by rather morose themes. The prodigious Diane Victor explores a topography of fear and paranoia at Goodman Gallery Cape, whilst Lyndi Sales continues to contemplate death at the Bell-Roberts. Elsewhere Artheat editor Robert Sloon turns curator with 'Fresh Meat', an exhibition of contemporary painting.

GAUTENG

Jo'burg slowly gets back up to speed with a show of work by African and Diaspora artists, including Rotimi Fani-Kayodé, Moshekwa Langa and Lorna Simpson, at the Goodman Gallery. David Brodie's Art Extra presents 'The Trickster' featuring Alan Alborough, Nandipha Mntambo, Anthea Moys and Kathryn Smith amongst others, while Capetonian Andrzej Nowicki shows at David Krut Projects.

KWAZULU-NATAL

The KZNSA presents a solo exhibition by Michael MacGarry who, although based in Johannesburg is a Durbanite, and this is his first major showing in the city. The opening will present an opportunity for performance as it is teamed with the 'Isis X' group and the gallery walls have already been painted by well-known rapper and graffiti artist Ewok, who will be part of the evening's performances. Paul Weinberg's exhibitions are always a highlight, and the Durban Art Gallery's show 'Then and Now', which features both his own and others' work, promises not to disappoint.

INTERNATIONAL

Kyle Kauffmann presents a range of South African artists on 'Regeneration' in New York. SAarts Emerging exhibits on 'Project(or)' at the Rotterdam Art Fair and Nathaniel Stern presents virtual prints on 'Second Life'. 'Scratches on the Face', featuring work from Iziko SANG's collection, moves to Mumbai in India.

OPINION

Editor Michael Smith addresses City Press art journalist Carl Collison's relentless critique of artist and ArtThrob writer Ed Young's recent (November 2007) work in Miami, concluding that his ill-informed and factually inaccurate opinion falls victim to the same reductionism of which he accuses Young.

INTERVIEW

Carol Brown interviews Henrietta Hamilton, co-owner and director of Durban's Bank Gallery.

REVIEWS

CAPE

In 'Intersections Intersected', acclaimed photographer David Goldblatt juxtaposes pre- and post-apartheid images. Often this allows viewers to reflect on the changes our country has undergone, but sometimes a more fluid interpretation of the twinned images is called for. Clearly underlying all of this is a steady cynicism of dominant political power and a critical dissection of the values people impose, endure and negotiate. Tavish McIntosh reviews. On occasion of John Bauer's exhibition at art. b, Lloyd Pollack visited the ceramic artist. Here he describes the universe and cosmology this apparent 'Outsider' has created, reflecting on the reasons for his retreat into the world he creates and the work that necessitates its existence.

GAUTENG

In reviewing the Jacki McInnes-curated 'A Legacy of Men' at the JAG, Anthea Buys suggests that a 'morally outspoken project such as this one treads a precarious line between providing viewers with a contemplative space or provoking them to act (or refrain from acting) in a certain way'. She questions the success of pitching a show such as this only at a Gallery-going audience. Michael Smith reviews Allison Kearney and Emily Stainer's joint showing at the Goodman Gallery, concluding that although 'there was much there, both visually and conceptually, to stimulate initial debate and sustain further exploration, one's sense of the bodies of work that made up the show is that it represent steps towards bigger things rather than great stuff in its own right'.

KWAZULU NATAL

AVA Director Kirsty Cockerill visited 'Light Show' at Bank Gallery in Durban. South Africa's current energy crisis throws the show's theme into deep relief as works by Jeremy Wafer, Siemon Allen and others interrogate the exhibition's premise in an intelligent, relevant and evocative way.

STUDENT REVIEWS

Lauren Reid reviews Ernest Cole's 'Chronicler of the House of Bondage' at Iziko SANG, which, while doing great justice to the images he produced in the early 60s in South Africa, does little to flesh out his entire life as a professional photographer.

NEWS

The Michael Stevenson Gallery is set to move to Woodstock. The Joburg Art Fair opens next month in Johannesburg, as Carol Brown reports, and it looks set to capitalise on a booming art market, as Rat Western investigates. Also in Johannesburg, 'Marlene Dumas: Intimate Relations' opens at the Standard Bank Gallery.

DIARY

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Ed Young facilitates.

ARTBIO

Sue Williamson profiles Andrew Putter, who won one of the prizes at the inaugural Spier Contemporary late last year with his extraordinary Secretly I will love you more.

WEBSITES

Ed Young visits the competition - Art South Africa online.

EXCHANGE

In a rather busy month for Exchange, the Goodman Gallery Cape seeks a Store Supervisor and Greatmore Studios presents a workshop. The Arts and Culture Trust invites enquiries towards applications, and there are studio and residential spaces available in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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ISSUE #126_02.08

Association for Visual Arts

Bank Gallery

Bell-Roberts Contemporary

Goodman Gallery

Gallery on the Square

Vansa

Whatiftheworld

Mweb

Michael Stevenson Fine Art

Goodman Gallery

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