Archive: Issue No. 125, January 2008

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13.01.08 '.ZA, young art from South Africa' in Siena
13.01.08 'Momentary Momentum', Animated Drawings at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge
13.01.08 Ed Young and Artemio at Hayward Project Space, London

02.12.07 Pieter Hugo at extraspazio, Rome
02.12.07 Guy Tillim in Wolverhampton
02.12.07 South African Textile-related art at Kaunas Art Biennial, Lithuania
02.12.07 Wim Botha in Berlin

04.11.07 'I am not afraid: The Market Photo Workshop' in Austria


13.01.08 William Kentridge at Philadelphia Museum of Art

02.12.07 Berni Searle in Atlanta
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
04.11.07 William Kentridge and Nathaniel Stern at International Print Center, New York
07.10.07 Inscribing Meaning at the Fowler Museum, Los Angeles


02.12.07 'Nicholas Hlobo at the Haifa Museum, Israel


02.12.07 'Recent Paintings' by Brad Hammond in Bathurst, Australia


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


Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode
Stone Flag 2005

'Momentary Momentum', Animated Drawings at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

Robin Rhode will be exhibiting as part the group showcase 'Momentary Momentum' at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge. The exhibition, co-curated by Ziba de Weck and Laurence Dreyfus, consists of two parts and will be presented as a series of special installations and films screened in the gallery. Emerging international artists will be featured alongside established names such as Kara Walker and David Shrigley.

The exhibition also includes programmes of short films brought together specially for the exhibition, including the work of Robert Breer, Susanne Jirkuff, Arthur de Pins, Georges Schwizgebel, Paul Bush/Lisa Milroy, Michael Dudok de Wit, Brent Green and Takashi Ishida. The line-up also includes an animated film by William Kentridge.

Part One features Christine Rebet (France), Tabaimo (Japan), Zilla Leutenegger (Switzerland), Robin Rhode (South Africa), Avish Khebrehzadeh (Iran) and an animated film by William Kentridge. Part Two includes a short animation David Shrigley, a black and white 'moving picture' by Kara Walker, an animation video installation by Francis Alÿs, The French collective Qubo Gas (Laura Henno, Jef Ablézot and Morgan Dimnet), Naoyuki Tsuji (Japan), and Jochen Kuhn (Germany).

Part One Opens: January 29
Closes: February 24

Part Two Opens: February 27
Closes: March 30



Apoohcalypse Now 2002

Ed Young and Artemio at Hayward Project Space, London

In the last of a series of exhibitions which showcases works by film artists, The Hayward Project Space presents South African artist Ed Young and Mexican artist Artemio, both of whom take clips from well known films and splice them together like a cinematic collage, often to comic effect.

Young will present It's Not Easy, a series of re-edited scenes from Superman films showing the hero wracked by the very un-super and familiar human emotions of anger, despair and self-doubt. The film plays to a soundtrack of the same title by American band Five for Fighting, whose song became an anthem in the US following the terrorist attacks of September 2001.

Artemio exhibits a number of short films including State of Emergency (which mixes Total Recall with other footage taken from American science fiction and apocalyptic movies) and Apoohcalypse Now (which takes Marlon Brando's infamous monologue from Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film and interprets it through children's character Winnie the Pooh.)

Opens: Jan 25
Closes: March 9


Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo
Graveyard and the town's sewerage pipe 2006

Pieter Hugo at extraspazio, Rome

Pieter Hugo's photographic series depicting individuals, families, interiors, landscapes and incidental details of South Africa's Northern-most town 'Messina/Musina' is currently on exhibit at extraspazio in Rome.

The show runs concurrently at Durban Art Gallery and will move to Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein in February, Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town in March, and the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg in May.

Opens: November 22
Closes: January 19


Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim
Mai mai militia in training 2003

Guy Tillim in Wolverhampton

'Children in Conflict' is a group exhibition which draws together work by internationally renowned contemporary artists, looking at the ways in which children can become caught up in conflicts created by the adult world.

As part of this exhibition, in partnership with Christian Aid, war artist John Keane has been commissioned to produce a series of paintings about issues facing millions of young people in war-torn Angola. Guy Tillim, Simon Norfolk, Anthony Haughey and Emma Summers will also be exhibiting.

Opens: November 24
Closes: February 16


Jane Makhubele

Jane Makhubele
Aids is a Killer Disease
148 x 112cm

South African Textile-related art at Kaunas Art Biennial, Lithuania

'Skin - to - Skin', an exhibition curated by Fiona Kirkwood, is featured at this year's Kaunas Art Biennial, 'Textile '07' in Kaunas.

The show focuses on the diversity of work made by South African artists using textile-related concepts, techniques and materials. The title 'Skin - to - Skin' is used to describe not only art on the exhibit which deals with pigmentation and its political history in this country, but also other socio-economic and cultural matters such as scarification, animal pelts as signifiers and the relationships between sexual relations, HIV/Aids and skin.

The participating artists are Lynda Ballen, Tamlin Blake, Leora Farber, Karin Lijnes, Nkosinathi Khanyile, Fiona Kirkwood, Walter Oltmann, Langa Magwa, Jane Makhubele, Angeline Masuku and Yda Walt.

The show will travel to the Standard Bank Gallery in April.

Opens: November 30
Closes: March 2


Wim Botha

Exhibition poster

Wim Botha in Berlin

Wim Botha will be exhibiting as part of the group show 'POLITISCHE IKONOGRAFIE' at Galerie Jette Rudolph in Berlin.

Botha will present an installation of sculpture and prints, reflecting the motif of mortality through the visualisation of power and religion. Other artists on the show are Paule Hammer, Svätopluk Mikyta, Dennis Rudolph and Joulia Straussova.

Opens: November 30
Closes: January 19


Nontsikelelo 'Lolo' Veleko

Nontsikelelo 'Lolo' Veleko
not afraid, Louis Botha Rd, Johannesburg from
the ones on top won't make it Stop! series 2002
420 x 594mm

'I am not afraid: The Market Photo Workshop' in Austria

Photographers Bonile Bam, Jodi Bieber, Lerato Maduna, Sabelo Mlangeni, Zanele Muholi and Nontsikelelo 'Lolo' Veleko will be exhibiting at Camera Austria in Graz at the end of this month. 'I'm not afraid: The Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg' showcases works by graduates and students of the school of photography founded by David Goldblatt in Johannesburg towards the end of the 80s.

This exhibition - accompanied by the 100th issue of Camera Austria International, in which it will be the main feature - presents a collection of viewpoints which directly confront such issues as violence, different sexual politics, and economic niche work.

Opens: November 30
Closes: March 2

Symposium: 10am - 6pm, December 1



William Kentridge

William Kentridge
Porter Series - Man with Bed on Back 2006
mohair, silk and embroidery
123 x 90 3/4 inches

William Kentridge at Philadelphia Museum of Art

On show at Philadelphia Museum of Art are William Kentridge's 11 large-scale tapestries from a series conceived and executed between 2001 and 2007. The series, which is on loan from public and private collections in Europe, South Africa and the US, will be accompanied by 23 additional works including etchings, bronze sculptures, drawings and an artist's book.

The exhibition, entitled 'Tapestries', runs in conjunction with a series of discussions and readings as part of 'Art and Social Transformation', a new programme at the Philadelphia Museum of Art devoted to the social and political dimensions of artmaking. Guests include Zakes Mda, (author of The Heart of Redness, Madonna of Excelsior and others) on February 8, and Ivan Vladislavic (author of Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked and others) on March 14. Both take place at 6pm in Gallery 176 and admission is free after Museum hours.

Opens: December 12
Closes: April 6


Berni Searle

Berni Searle
Snow White (detail) 2001
video installation

Berni Searle in Atlanta

As part of the group exhibition 'Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970', Berni Searle will be screening her work In Focus: Snow White (2001).

The exhibition, at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, runs in two parts, the first of which finishes on December 8, and the second of which commences on January 24. For a complete line-up of events, talks and screenings visit

Part I:
Opens: September 14
Closes: December 8

Part II:
Opens: January 24
Closes: May 24


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


Nathaniel Stern

Nathaniel Stern
subtle reeds 2006
lambda on metallic paper
25 x 15cm

William Kentridge and Nathaniel Stern at International Print Center, New York

International Print Center New York presents their Autumn 2007 season of 'New Prints' opening at the beginning of November. On exhibition are Willliam Kentridge and Nathaniel Stern alongside the likes of Jenny Holzer and Chuck Close.

Other artists on exhibition include: Eric Avery, Marieke Bolhuis, Maria de la Providencia Casanovas, Michele Oka Doner, Richard Dupont, Eduardo Fausti, Barnaby Furnas, Yuji Hiratsuka, Laurie Hogin, Tom Huck, Sarah Nicholls, Andrew Stein Raftery, Jaune Quick-to-see-Smith, Tom Spleth, Craig Taylor, Mary Temple and Nicola Tyson.

The exhibition travels to Columbia College in Chicago early next year.

Opens: November 1
Closes: December 19

Opens: January 16
Closes: Feb 22


Kim Berman

Kim Berman
Playing Cards of the Truth Commission, an Incomplete Deck 1999
mezzotint, drypoint, and engraving on paper
40.5 x 60.5cm

Durant Sihlali

Durant Sihlali
Graffiti Signatures 1997-1998
Coloured cotton rag fibres
126 x 191cm

Inscribing Meaning at the Fowler Museum, Los Angeles

'Inscribing Meaning', opening in October at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, brings together works of art from a range of periods, regions, genres, and peoples in order to consider the interplay between African art and the communicative power of graphic systems, language, and the written word. More than 100 artworks are on display, including ancient Egyptian funerary arts; masks, sculpture, textiles, and adornment from across the continent; illuminated liturgical texts, as well as the work of contemporary artists Rachid Koraïchi, Ghada Amer, Berni Searle, Ike Ude, Victor Ekpuk, Sue Williamson, Kim Berman, Yinka Shonibare, Wosene Kosrof, amongst others.

Opens: Oct 14
Closes: Feb 17



Nicholas Hlobo

Nicholas Hlobo
Umthubi 2006
exotic and indigenous wood, steel, wire, ribbon, rubber inner tube
200 x 400 x 730cm (variable)

Nicholas Hlobo, at the Haifa Museum, Israel

Nicholas Hlobo is currently exhibiting on the group exhibition 'Overcraft', the third in a trilogy of exhibitions curated by Tami Katz-Freiman at the Haifa Museum of Art.

'Overcraft' focuses on the sensory experience of excess and of multiple details. It will be the first exhibition in Israel to revolve around works by Israeli and international male artists who share an interest in labour-intensive forms of craft, which were until recently largely identified with women.

This exhibition includes works composed of fabric, paper, beads, threads, wallpaper and other decorative materials in a range of techniques, including embroidery, sewing, weaving, threading, knitting and paper cut-outs. 'Overcraft' examines the discourse on the decorative, the ornamental and the obsessive from the point of view of male artists.

The exhibition serves as a platform for discussing the changing value of concepts such as beauty and masculinity, and the relations between art and craft; it examines these issues in relation to post-feminist, queer and postcolonial theories, as well as in relation to the influence of the global economy.

Other participating artists include Ron Aloni , El Anatsui , assume vivid astro focus, Eliahou Eric Bokobza, Jonathan Callan, Nick Cave, Dave Cole, Tim Curtis, Aashraf Fawakhry, Tom Gallant, Uri Gershuni, Gil & Moti, Haim Maor, Ohad, Jonathan Shilo, Francesco Vezzoli and Guy Zagursky.

Opens: November 3
Closes: February 24



'Recent Paintings' by Brad Hammond in Bathurst, Australia

Brad Hammond, who is perhaps better known in this country for his video work and drawing, will be exhibiting his 'Recent Paintings' at the Bathhurst Regional Art Gallery in Bathurst, New South Wales. The exhibition opened on November 30 and there will be a walkabout at the gallery on December 6.

Opens: November 30
Closes: January 27