Archive: Issue No. 127, March 2008

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2.03.08 Two Durban artists exhibit 'Rear View' at artSPACE Berlin
2.03.08 'Urban Concerns' Johannesburg/ Umeå cultural exchange
2.03.08 Dan Halter at Derbylius, Milan
2.03.08 'Instants' international painting exhibition in Istanbul

10.02.08 Mustafa Maluka at Galerie Mikael Anderson, Berlin
10.02.08 'Biennale Cuvée' in Linz, Austria

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


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

13.01.08 William Kentridge at Philadelphia Museum of Art

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


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


Dan Halter

Dan Halter
Bags 2008
Plastic mesh bags and international orange thread
Edition of 5

Dan Halter at Derbylius, Milan

Derbylius at the Liberia Galleria is currently exhibiting the solo show 'Never say Never' by Dan Halter.

The exhibition takes a further look at socio-economic themes, including HIV, previously explored by the artist. Halter examines both individual and collective perspectives on what is 'local' and what is 'global' and meditates on Halter's country of origin, Zimbabwe.

The exhibition is curated by Carla Roncato and P&P.

Opens: February 20
Closes: March 29


Carina Claassens

Carina Claassens
Memory Series 2007-2008

'Instants' international painting exhibition in Istanbul

As part of 'Instants', an International Painting Exhibition by Erenus Art at Dolmabahce Palace Museum Art Gallery - Besiktas/ Istanbul, Carina Claassens will be exhibiting some of her more recent work.

Claassens was born in South Africa and educated at Tswane University. She later moved to Mozambique and has recently moved to The Netherlands.

Other artists exhibiting on 'Instants' include Blanca Ruth Casanova (Mexico) Marga Duin (The Netherlands), Alessandro Dalbuono (Italy), Fran Mc Cann (Ireland)Sofia Minson (New Zealand), Gayl Sharabi (Israel) and Kelly Young (Taiwan/USA)

Opens: March 1
Closes: March 10


Mustafa Maluka

Mustafa Maluka
I've decided my fate 2007

Mustafa Maluka Galerie Mikael Anderson, Berlin

Mustafa Maluka will present his solo exhibition 'The Message' at Galerie Mikael Anderson in Berlin.

This new body of work presents more graffiti and hip-hop influenced portraiture. Maluka develops his portraits though several layers of colour, enabling the depicted persons to appear as characters with their own personality. His 'invented heroes' hint at personal stories, including those dealing with the formation of identity, a theme central to the artist's oeuvre.

Opens: February 1
Closes: March 8


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


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


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



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


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


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