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JOHANNESBURG

4.03.08 The Joburg Art Fair at the Sandton Convention Centre
4.03.08 Marlene Dumas 'Intimate Relations' at the Standard Bank Gallery
4.03.08 'Spier Contemporary 2007' at the Johannesburg Art Gallery
4.03.08 'Exit Ahead Push Trolley Now' at Warren Siebrits
4.03.08 Christine Dixie 'Parturient Prospects' at Art on Paper
4.03.08 '6X6' at Rooke Gallery
4.03.08 William Kentridge '9 Films' at the Linder Auditorium
4.03.08 Johannesburg Art Fair 'The Talks' at the Alexander Theatre
4.03.08 'The Floor' at the former Johannesburg Stock Exchange premises
4.03.08 '2nd Unyazi Festival: Fear of the Known' at the University of the Witwatersrand
4.03.08 The Flemish-South African Project' at The Artist Proof Studio Gallery
4.03.08 Shoni Maphangwa 'Gouda and Chakalaka' @ gordart Gallery
4.03.08 'Decade: Highlights from ten years of collecting for the Sanlam Art Collection' at the University of Johannesburg
4.03.08 'A survey of South African painting and sculpture from 1960 – 2008' at Gallery on the Square
2.03.08 Tracey Rose at the Goodman Gallery
2.03.08 Leora Farber at the JAG
2.03.08 'Take your road and travel along:' the advent of the modern black painter in Africa' at the Michael Stevenson Gallery booth at the Joburg Art Fair
2.03.08 'Perfect Lovers' at Art Extra
2.03.08 Zwelethu Mthethwa at Everard Read and Joburg Art Fair
2.03.08 'Four Tales' at Gallery Momo
2.03.08 Kim Gurney at gordart Gallery
2.03.08 'Space Fusion' at Artspace
2.03.08 'South African Abstract Art - Volume I' at Seippel Gallery

10.02.08 'Africa and the World' at the Goodman Gallery
10.02.08 'Walter Battiss' at the Goodman Gallery
10.02.08 Project Launches at The Drill Hall
10.02.08 Andrzej Nowicki at David Krut Projects
10.02.08 Sue Pam Grant at Gallery Momo
10.02.08 Patrick Matlapeng at the Rainforest Project Room @ gordart Gallery

JOHANNESBURG


The Joburg Art Fair at the Sandton Convention Centre

The Joburg Art Fair runs from March 14 to 16 and will be the largest collection of African and South African contemporary art and the first ever art fair in Africa. The fair will feature fifteen of South Africa's leading galleries and six international galleries, including Jack Shainman Gallery from New York, Galerie Peter Herrmann from Berlin and October Gallery from London.

Beside gallery stands, the Joburg Art Fair will include a curated exhibition by Simon Njami, entitled 'As you like it'. A guided tour by curator Simon Njami will take place on 14 March at 2pm. This will be followed at 4pm by a talk by South African artist Robin Rhode who was chosen by the New York Perry Rubenstein Gallery to be featured as part of the special projects section of the Joburg Art Fair.

Tickets are available at Computicket from February 28 and at the Joburg Art Fair ticket counter and cost R100 for one day and R200 for a three day pass.

Opens: March 13
Closes: March 16


 

Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas
Helena 2001 nr.2, 2001
Oil on canvas
200x100 cm
Private collection
Photograph courtesy of Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp


Marlene Dumas 'Intimate Relations' at the Standard Bank Gallery

Marlene Dumas: Intimate Relations' is co-curated by Emma Bedford and the artist and functions as an introduction to Dumas for a South African audience and is structured like a mini-retrospective. The exhibition highlights major themes and motives, and covers more than 30 years of production, from Dumas' school notebooks to recent paintings.

As the title would suggest, relationships, from the romantic to the universal, are a key theme. The body is central in expressing vulnerability, power, the erotic, death and the effects of prejudice. It is a powerful collection of work and shows why Dumas is considered one of the world's foremost contemporary artists.

Opens: February 6

Closes: March 29


 

Mwenya Kabwe, Kemang WaLehulere and Chuma Sopotela

Mwenya Kabwe, Kemang WaLehulere and Chuma Sopotela
Unyawo alunampumlo (The Foot has no Nose)
Video performance


'Spier Contemporary 2007' at the Johannesburg Art Gallery

This exhibition of selected artwork for the Spier Contemporary competition opened in Cape Town on 12 December and can now be seen in Gauteng. 'Spier Contemporary 2007' is curated by Clive van den Berg.

Opens: March 15

Closes: 31 May


 


'Exit Ahead Push Trolley Now' at Warren Siebrits

'People are no longer citizens, they are passengers in transit', says French writer and weapons analyst, Paul Virilio. Visit an airport, free of the pressures of baggage checks and final calls, and you can observe the catalogue of parallel realities kept in line within the miniature city – a seamless quilt of shopping malls, banking services, telecom centres, restaurants and bars to keep the modern nomad occupied and animated in no man's land.

'Exit Ahead Push Trolley Now' at was curated to mirror a period of heightened commercialism and consumerism evident in the global art market and asks a couple of questions. Do the artists themselves remain important under current market conditions or just the prices their works are able to achieve on resale, whether privately or at auction? Is it always intelligent (or simply expedient) to think purely in numbers? What is more difficult? Getting onto the treadmill or trying to get off? At present, do the cultural, social and philosophical implications of owning art remain paramount, or is art collecting just a pursuit defined by power, ego and money?

A hard cover catalogue limited to 500 copies has been published by the gallery to coincide with the Johannesburg Art Fair. The catalogue includes works by Andy Warhol, Walter Battiss, Roger Ballen, Kendell Geers, Alfred Thoba, Karel Nel, Willem Boshoff, Wilhelm Saayman, Jonah Sack, Stefanus Rademeyer, Gerhard Marx, Sabelo Mlangeni and Jo Ractliffe.

Opens: March 6

Closes: April 25


 

Christine Dixie

Christine Dixie
Birthing Tray – Eggs, 2006
Digital print, Edition 20
54X83cm


Christine Dixie 'Parturient Prospects' at Art on Paper

Opens: March 8
Closes: March 29


 

Avant Car Guard

Avant Car Guard
Protected by Theory

Rooke Gallery '6x6' installation view


'6X6' at Rooke Gallery

The Society of Photographers is an invitation-only group of contemporary photographers based around the globe. Each member submits work anonymously and by peer review a selection of the photographers to be featured in the yearly book and exhibition is made. The book "6x6" features six images by six photographers, while the exhibition features some of the top entries as well as the selected work.

Opens: 31 January

Closes: 20 March


 


William Kentridge '9 Films' at the Linder Auditorium

This screening of William Kentridge's '9 Films' will take place at the Linder Auditorium on Friday, March 14 at 7pm and will include an introduction by the artist. '9 Films' is a showcase of his film work as a single evening's performance. The animated films are a selection of his work from the last 17 years and maps South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy through the rise and fall of a fictional antihero, a wealthy Johannesburg mine owner Soho Eckstein. The films are projected from 35 mm film projectors for a total duration of 82 minutes. Music composed by Philip Miller and performed by the Sontonga Quartet, Jill Richards and jazz singer Tumelo Maloi accompany the stirring visuals.

'9 Films' was first presented at the opening of the Johannesburg Constitutional Court in January 2004. It then went on to be shown in Central and Prospect Park in New York in 2005 and at the Melbourne Festival in 2006. This SA screening is sponsored by Standard Bank. Tickets are available at Computicket from February 28 and at the Joburg Art Fair ticket counter and cost R150.

Event: March 14 at 7pm


 


Johannesburg Art Fair 'The Talks' at the Alexander Theatre

'The Talks' aims to create a forum for lively discussions around African contemporary art by significant thinkers and practitioners in the field and is a series of lectures about collecting art and the trends and influences that drive the art market. These are aimed at a broad base of people including academics, first time buyers and international collectors and take place at the Alexander Theatre in Braamfontein on Saturday, March 15, from 2 until 6pm.

The Talks will be grouped into three main strands of discussion: My Collection (with a focus on collecting and curating), the Artist Spot and Creative Industries (focused on the relationship between commerce and art and how the city interfaces with art). The keynote speaker is Louise Blouin MacBain, chairperson of the LTB Group of Companies - a global media business with a commitment to arts and culture. Group publications include Art + Auction, Modern Painters, and the newly launched Culture + Travel. The group produces around 50 magazines and 130 titles in total each year. Also taking part are Christopher Spring, curator of the Sainsbury African galleries at the British Museum; Simon Njami, curator of the Joburg Art Fair's 'As You Like It'; Thumelo Mosaka, assistant curator at the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Robin Rhode, one of South Africa's most successful recent art exports who is currently based in Berlin and Oliver Koerner von Gustorf, an art critic and freelance cultural journalist from Berlin. Tickets for The Talks are available at R200 each via Computicket from February 28 and at the Joburg Art Fair ticket counter.

There will be a free public talk at the Alexander Theatre on March 15 from 11am to noon with Blouin MacBain.

Event: March 15, from 2 until 6pm


 


'The Floor' at the former Johannesburg Stock Exchange premises

Setting up a conscious counterpoint to the Joburg Art Fair stalls at the Sandton Convention Centre in the city's slick northern suburbs, 'The Floor' Party will be hosted on the former Johannesburg Stock Exchange trading floor in the gritty heart of downtown Johannesburg on Saturday 15 March at 9pm. Decommissioned in 1997 when the JSE relocated to Sandton Central, the super-retro modern architecture of the former headquarters of capital will set the tone for 80's trading flashbacks - with a range of creative acts and installation treatments designed by the Trinity Session and showcasing site-specific performance works by Jay Pather and Anthea Moys, artists screenings, audiovisual projections and a range of Joburg Art Fair party beats by guest DJs. Get in the mood to go big at the Joburg Art Fair's hottest extracurricular moment. Tickets are R 250 and available via Computicket from 28 February and at the Joburg Art Fair ticket stand.

Event: March 15 at 9pm


 


'2nd Unyazi Festival: Fear of the Known' at the University of the Witwatersrand

NewMusicSA is proud to present their 2nd Unyazi Festival, Fear of the Known, a festival of 'extreme listening.' Curated by James Webb, co-produced by ProHelvetia Cape Town and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and supported by the Goethe Institute, Institut Français d'Afrique du Sud, the Embassy of France, the Danish Arts Council, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Arts Council, SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts, UNISA Music Foundation, the International Library of African Music, and the Nederlands Fonds voor Podiumkunsten, the festival will be hosted at the University of Cape Town on the 12th of March, the University of Stellenbosch on the 14th and 15th of March and at the University of the Witwatersrand(WITS) on the 16th of March.

Artists appearing in concert and conference include: Asmus Tietchens (DE), Automat (FR), Brandon LaBelle (USA), Brendon Bussy (ZA), Carine Zaayman (ZA), Ensemble Je Ne Comprends Pas (ZA), Eric LaCasa (FR), Garth Erasmus (ZA), Jako Maron (FR), James Webb (ZA), Jason Kahn (CH), Julian Jonker (ZA), Lawrence English (AUS), Patrick Bebelaar (DE), Philip Samartzis (AUS), The POW Ensemble (NL), Marc Behrens (DE), Mark Schreiber (DE/ZA), Righard Kapp (ZA), Stacy Hardy (ZA), Sudden Infant (CH), The Kemus Ensemble (ZA), Theo Herbst (ZA), Ulrich Süsse (DE/ZA), Warrick Sony (ZA) & Willem Boshoff (ZA).

For the concert on 16 March at WITS participating artists are James Webb (ZA), Lawrence English (AUS), Marc Behrens (DE), Asmus Tietchens (DE), Eric LaCasa (FR) & Philip Samartzis (AUS) and Sudden Infant (CH).

Event: March 16 at 7:30pm


 


The Flemish-South African Project' at The Artist Proof Studio Gallery

Opens: March 11


 


Shoni Maphangwa 'Gouda and Chakalaka' @ gordart Gallery

In In "Gouda and Chakalaka" Maphangwa examines South African cultural tradition. She combines South African associated images and Dutch tradition, with special attention to the Dutch still-life tradition. Maphangwa is currently completing her masters at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Opens: 16 March
Closes: April 5


 

Gavin Younge

Gavin Younge
Forces Favourites, 1998
Bicycle, video player, vellum and video
107 x 107 x 55 cm


'Decade: Highlights from ten years of collecting for the Sanlam Art Collection' at the University of Johannesburg

'Decade' celebrates the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Sanlam in 1918. Since 1997 Sanlam has added some 544 works by South African artists to its celebrated collection begun in 1965.

The curator of the Sanlam Art Collection, Stefan Hundt states: 'The exhibition attempts within in the limitations of the space available to present some of the most interesting works acquired over the last ten years. In the context of considerable demand for works by famous 'Old Masters' on the one hand and cutting-edge contemporary works on the other, some of the artists represented on this exhibition have almost been forgotten. I hope that to some degree that this exhibition will re-introduce art lovers to the rich diversity that has made up South African art....'

Opens: March 5
Closes: April 23


 

Colbert Mashile

Colbert Mashile
Thuri-Le-Mong
Mixed media on paper


'A survey of South African painting and sculpture from 1960 – 2008' at Gallery on the Square

Opens: March 11
Closes: April 9


 

Tracey Rose

Tracey Rose
The Cunt Show, 2007
Video Installation


Tracey Rose 'Plantation Lullabies' at the Goodman Gallery

In this body of work Rose continues to challenge the roles of gender and race in society by using caricature and performance.

Opens: 29 March

Closes: 19 April'


 

Leora Farber

Leora Farber
A Room of Her Own: Redemption 2006-7
Archival pigment printing on soft textured fine art paper


Leora Farber 'Dis-Location / Re-Location' at the Johannesburg Art Gallery

Produced by Leora Farber, in collaboration with the South African design team Strangelove, Carlo Gibson and Ziemek Pater, 'Dis-Location / Re-Location', is a travelling exhibition touring seven South African Museums from June 2007 to May 2008. The body of work challenges a static cultural identity through the investigation of three South African narratives.

Opens: February 10

Closes: April 13


 


Take your road and travel along:' the advent of the modern black painter in Africa' at the Michael Stevenson Gallery booth at the Joburg Art Fair

Michael Stevenson, Michael-Graham Stewart and Johans Borman present this show at the Michael Stevenson Gallery booth at the Joburg Art Fair.

The show explores what it terms 'the assimilation of European painting tradition into an African idiom', and aims to redress the neglect of this phenomenon in contemporary research and curation.

The show combines work by seminal South African painters like Gerard Sekoto and George Pemba, with those of artists from further up the continent, including Nigeria's Ben Enwonwu and Sam Ntiro from Tanzania.

The exhibition draws on the collections of Cape Town-based Michael Stevenson and Johans Borman, and Michael-Graham Stewart from London.

Opens: March 13
Closes: March 16


 

Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi

Katlego Mashiloane and Nosipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg 2007

Lambda print, Edition of 8
76.5 x 76.5cm


'Perfect Lovers' at Art Extra

The last of three curated group shows with which gallerist David Brodie kicks off his schedule is entitled 'Perfect Lovers' and takes its name from the renowned Felix Gonzales Torres piece 'Untitled (Perfect Lovers)'. The collection of work on the exhibition explores the dualities embodied in Gonzales-Torres' seminal piece: self and other, destruction and creation, death and desire. The 'lovers' can be understood in the broader sense as a metaphoric subject that speaks of a space where oppositional yet productive energies are at play.

Brodie continues his interest in combining work by emerging and established artists in one space, and as such artists on show include Lester Adams, Simon Gush , Bronwyn Millar, Zanele Muholi, Youssef Nabil and Clive van den Berg.

Opens: February 28
Closes: March 29


 

Zwelethu Mthethwa

Zwelethu Mthethwa
Where is Lolita?, 2007
Pastel on cotton paper
107 x 159cm


Zwelethu Mthethwa 'Children of a Lesser God' at the Everard Read Gallery

Accomplished multi-disciplinarian Zwelethu Mthethwa presents an exhibition that considers the diminished position of children in present-day SA, where abuse of the vulnerable is rampant. In a series of paintings in pastel, acrylic and mixed media, Mthethwa plays on the notion of seduction: his seductive palette and surfaces bespeak the strategy of seduction employed by abusers, who are often well known to their victims. Yet the works resist aestheticising pain: rather, they attempt to interrogate how such abuse goes unreported and unpunished in a country that purports to value the rights of all.

Mthethwa's wrok will also be shown at the Joburg Art Fair between 13 and 16 March.

Opens: March 6
Closes: March 29


 


'Four Tales' at Gallery Momo

'Four Tales' is a group show curated by Thembinkosi Gondiwe and include work by the artists Gabrielle Goliath, Nomusa Makhubu, Mary Sibande and Gina Van Zyl De Oliveira.

Opens: March 27

Closes: April 29


 

Zwelethu Mthethwa

Kim Gurney
Untitled 01
Oil on canvas
600 x 400cm


Kim Gurney 'Disjecta Membra' @ gordart Gallery

In 'Disjecta Membra' Gurney explores the very dissimilar, but parallel narratives offered by her family photos from the1960s suburban South Africa and the last photographs of 'the disappeared', people who died during a similar era in the fight against apartheid and whose remains have not yet been found.

Opens: March 16
Closes: April 5


 


'Space Fusion' at Artspace

Artspace is relocating to Parkwood and will open the new venue with the show 'Space Fusion', a group exhibition of photography, sculpture and industrial design. Artists and exhibitors include Kevin Brand, Wilma Cruise, Liam Mooney for Whatiftheworld / Design Studio, Carla Crafford, Strangelove, Thobeka Ndabula and Dale Yudelman.

Opens: March 5

Closes: March 29


 


'South African Abstract Art - Volume I' at Seippel Gallery

Opens: March 6


 


'Africa and the World' at the Goodman Gallery

African and Diaspora artists Rotimi Fani-Kayodé, Kendell Geers, Seydou Keita, Moshekwa Langa, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Tracey Moffat, Bernie Searle, Yinka Shonibare, David Shrigley, Lorna Simpson and Guy Tillim are included in this show.

Opens: February 16
Closes: March 15


 


'Walter Battiss' at the Goodman Gallery

The Goodman Gallery presents a selection of Battiss' drawings, watercolours, prints and a tapestry by the Marguerite Stephens weaving studio.

Opens: February 16
Closes: March 15


 


Project Launches at The Drill Hall

February 16 sees the launch of two major projects at the Drill Hall: a site-specific exhibition by Mozambican artist-in-residence Gonçalo Mabunda, and the official opening of the Keleketla! Library, a joint initiative by the artists' collective innacitycommunity (Drill Hall) and Cape Town-based writer Bettina Malcomess. Both projects form part of the cultural programme facilitated by the Joubert Park Project and are supported by Pro Helvetia Cape Town, the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC), the Centre Culturel Franco-Mozambicain and the National Arts Council.

Opens: February 16


 

Zwelethu Mthethwa

Andrzej Nowicki
Untitled
2008
Watercolour, gouache & collage on paper
58.4 x 72.2 cm


Andrzej Nowicki at David Krut Projects

David Krut Projects presents a solo exhibition of original watercolours and prints entitled 'Sleep Depot' by Cape Town-based Andrzej Nowicki. Nowicki's last show, at whatiftheworld in Cape Town was sold out before its opening, and a suite of paintings are currently on the Spier Contemporary. He recently obtained his master's degree from Michaelis.

Opens: February 21
Closes: March 29


 


Sue Pam Grant at Gallery Momo

Sue Pam Grant presents a show of work at Gallery Momo during February and March. The show, entitled 'Open at the Seams', is to be opened by William Kentridge.

Opens: February 14
Closes: March 10


 


Patrick Matlapeng at the Rainforest Project Room @ gordart Gallery

gordart Gallery's Rainforest Project Room presents an exhibition of work by Patrick Matlapeng, under the title 'Contemporary vs. Tradition'.

Opens: February 17
Closes: March 2


 
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