The addition of a new event into the SA art calendar has everyone in a bit of a flurry. This month, as if you didn't know, the Joburg Art Fair kicks off at the Sandton Convention Centre, hosting 22 galleries and numerous side projects. We wish all concerned, and especially the good people at Artlogic, the event co-ordinating company, a successful maiden voyage. In two OPINION
pieces, ArtThrob considers the importance of such an event, and the shift in dynamics from the curated shows we are more used to on home turf.
Marlene Dumas's show continues at the Standard Bank Gallery. The importance of this show is hard to overstate, so if for some shameful reason you haven't yet got there, it's time to haul some ass. One wonders whether the authority of this artist's aesthetic and conceptual approach will prove influential on a younger generation of local painters previously denied access to her important works.
The Spier Contemporary re-enacts the Great Trek this month, bringing its wisdom up north: the show opens at the Johannesburg Art Gallery from March 15. Those of us lucky enough to have seen the Cape version will be interested in how it reads in the venerable JAG's hallowed halls.
The MTN New Contemporaries runs again in 2008, with ArtThrob alumna Melissa Mboweni at the curatorial helm (see NEWS). Also, entries close for the ABSA L'Atelier Art Competition (see EXCHANGE) in the first week of March.
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It's a two-punch combination of good shows opening in Cape Town this month, with Minnette Vári at Goodman Gallery Cape and the meteoric Nicholas Hlobo at Michael Stevenson. Also, Anton Karstel opens an exhibition at João Ferreira. Most hot Cape galleries are also represented at the Joburg Art Fair, so a bit of inter-provincial cross-pollination should result.
March is Joburg Art Fair month! ArtThrob can barely contain its excitement. Look for our link on their website, and theirs on ours. Most events outside of the Fair are calculated to capitalise on the presence of big spenders and swollen audiences in town: Goodman Gallery runs 'Africa and the World' and Walter Battiss until half way through the month, and then the elusive Tracey Rose makes a welcome return at the end of March. Also towards the close of the month, Gallery Momo opens a Thembinkosi Goniwe-curated show called 'Four Tales', which promises to be worth a look. The show follows hot on the heels of another Goniwe outing, a show co-curated with Simon Njami at the Art Fair, called 'As You Like It'.
In Durban, your favourite copy editor and mine Paul Edmunds has an exciting show at Bank Gallery. The exhibition, entitled 'Aggregate, brings together selected works from the last eight years of Edmunds' measured career, and is well worth a trip. The rest of us unable to be there can only hope this show will travel. Elsewhere in KZN, artSPACE Durban has a busy month, with work by Michele Silk, as well as a group show by Grace Kotzes students, entitled 'Journeys', opening this month. The Ntokozo Embroidery Group exhibits at the African Art Centre, and the Durban Art Gallery shows off its latest purchases in 'New Acquisitions'.
Dan Halter exhibits at Derbylius in Milan. 'Rear View: An Exhibition by Two Village Idiots Making Themselves Useful' is on display at artSPACE Berlin. '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. 'Instants', an international painting exhibition runs in Istanbul. Ed Young's Second Installment is on display at Locust Projects, Miami.
Editions for ArtThrob Manager Tracy Murinik considers the implications of the Joburg Art Fair in an important piece. Michael Smith chimes in with a related piece that speculates on how art and money can coexist productively.
Tavish McIntosh works through the traumas imaged in Diane Victor's recent show. While McIntosh sugests the show could have benefited from some editing, she nonetheless applauds Victors willingness to engage with the politics of the day, and wonders where the next generation of politically-conscious artists are. Katherine Jacobs continues the Capes run of articulate student reviews in her take on Lyndi Sales' recent show at Bell-Roberts.
Johannesburg Editor Cara Snyman visits group show 'The Trickster', and although she believes its curatorial framing to be a bit loose, she seems to find much to recommend the show. And looks forward to curator David Brodies future endeavours at the fledgling Art Extra. Musha Neluheni unpacks the many layers of the Leora Farber/Strangelove collaborative effort 'Dis-Location/Re-Location, and emerges mostly impressed. Leigh-Anne Niehaus contributes her views on Capetonian Andrzej Nowicki's inaugural Johannesburg exhibition, at David Krut Projects.
Peter Machen reviews 'Then and Now', an exhibition in which a simple premise gives way to a flowering of complexity. Carol Brown reviews 'Little Travellers', an exhibition of AIDS-related art. Michael MacGarry returns home with his first solo exhibition in his hometown 'True/Story'.
International Listings Editor Rat Western reviews '.ZA Young Art From
South Africa' at Palazzo delle Papesse, Sienna, Italy.
The Joburg Art Fair opens this month, presumably with all the appropriate fanfare. Also, the MTN New Contemporaries is back, with Melissa Mboweni installed as this years curator. The Director of the KZNSA Gazllery, Brenton Maart is currently exhibiting his work at the LACE Gallery in California
Ed Youngs diary is MIA this month. If anyone in Cape Town spots Ed, please usher him towards the nearest PC, ASAP, so that he can generate more VNSL. Oh, and BTW, exercise caution: you may get between him and someone from UCTs daggers.
March's ARTBIO has been delayed.
ArtThrob's designer Michele Horwitz makes a first-time contribution as writer, considering two new design sites that have uncharacteristically eco-friendly concerns.
The AVA's Artreach fund calls for applications, and GoodHopeArt studios invites applications for residency. Also, the ABSA LAtelier Art Competition entries close in the first week of March, with various collection points around the country.
Nomusa Makhubu, a previous contributor to FEEDBACK, thanks us for the feedback forum and updates on developments since her first letter.
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