Archive: Issue No. 25, September 1999

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Isaac Makeleni

Isaac Makeleni indicates a street sign of the kind planned for Guguletu


In an independent pre-festival initiative last weekend, Tarryn Healy co-ordinated a subway project under the title "Stink"


Cape Town Festival Preview
Public Eye events around September 24, Heritage Day

Newly formed Cape Town artists' organisation Public Eye is coordinating a series of events in and around Cape Town, taking place on the evening of September 23, to coincide with the Art Night Bus Tour, as well as on Heritage Day itself. Heritage Day in Cape Town is being celebrated through the theme of "One City, Many Cultures" and the chosen projects all reflect this idea.

Guguletu Tourist Route Street Signs
Isaac Makaleni from Masivuke ma-Africa Arts has begun work, along with 10 other artists, on 6 large scale signs. The signs will be placed along routes leading to major tourist sites around Cape Town, and has received support from Cape Tourism. The signs will be erected by September 20 and a launch in the form of a guided tour will take place.

Mural Project
Andrew Putter, a founding member of the group, has been working with students from the Michaelis art school, the Community Arts Project and other city mural initiatives. Together they have been exploring historical texts and images and by Art Night, chosen sites will include illuminated boards on the central concourse of the Cape Town Station, a wall on De Waal Drive, several Cape Talk bus shelters and posterboards along the city's main routes.

Kevin Brand and Brett Murray are organising "P.T.O." - a project is set to generate some controversy, given that it involves interventions and non-permanent alterations to existing public art works. The interventions will all go up in time for Art Night and remain on view during Heritage Day. Obviously the element of surprise is of the essence here and so details of the project are under wraps. Keep your eyes peeled.

Skerp Draaie

Stills from the unfilmed Afrikaans movie, Skerp Draaie

Skerp Draaie

Stills from the unfilmed Afrikaans movie, Skerp Draaie

Francine Scialom-Greenblatt

Across and Down
by Francine Scialom-Greenblatt
showing at Joäo Ferreira Fine Art

Zweletu Mthethwa

Zweletu Mthethwa
vanity at frank's
as part of Staking Claims exhib
on show at the Granary

Art Night - 23 September 1999

Visit 41 different Art venues from 7pm to midnight
Free shuttle buses all night
For Enquiries : Association of Visual Arts Tel 424 7436
or Bang the Gallery Tel 422 1477

Most of the city's galleries have exhibitions opening on this night to coordinate with the One City Many Cultures Festival. Many tie up with October's Month of Photography initiative too. Here is a selection of the events.

"Skerp Draaie"
Skerp Draaie is to be an exhibition of static cinema in which about 500 photographs will be presented as stills from a silent Afrikaans movie as yet unfilmed. It is a 90's fairytale set in contemporary Cape Town, and tells the story of a meter maid who lives on Voortrekker Road and falls in love with the Green Point lighthouse keeper. The project is a Squeaky Wheel Production of a Johnny Foreigner Random Art project.

Skerp Draaie will open on September 23 and will run until September 30, at 136 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town (next to the Lipschitz Gallery)

A preview of the work in progress will be held on Friday 17 from 4.30 to 7pm, at the same venue.

Joäo Ferreira Fine Art
An existing show of paintings called "Across and Down" by Francine Scialom-Greenblatt will be complemented by a still film projection by Brett Baker.

Beezy Bailey's Art Factory
Bailey has curated a group show of cartoonist's work including that of Zapiro, Tony Grogan and Gus Ferguson.

The Granary
The Granary, "Staking Claims", curated by Emma Bedford of the South African National Gallery, examines various experiences of living in Cape Town as interpreted by a wide range of artists. The unique and famous natural beauty of the city combined with it's history of slavery and dispossession have resulted in a society which is deeply divided in many aspects. Bedford has chosen artists whose identities and experience span the diversity of the cultures which inhabit Cape Town, and whose work reflects this complexity. The show includes work by Jane Alexander, Willie Bester, Lueen Conning Ndlovu, Randy Hartzenberg, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Mustafa Maluka, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Peet Pienaar, Berni Searle, Gregg Smith as well as a collective of women from the Philani Centre.

A craft exhibition, a cultural tourism expo and a poster competition are also to be hosted by this large venue. The Granary is also host to "Shuttle 99", a photographic project initiated by the Finnish Institute of Photography and a number of young South African photographers.

DC Art
A four day event starts on this evening and includes the exhibition "Uncover" which reveals aspects of the truth about African subjects in Riebeeck Square's colonial history. Documentary films on Saartjie Baartman and Robert Sobukwe will be screened as well.

The Design Museum
"Rising Suns" is an exhibition of the top 26 entrants in a Japanese competition held to commemorate World Heritage Day.

"Pm inc."
This is a project run by students from Michaelis art school which will take place on the buses which are ferrying patrons around on Art Night as well as on various walls around the city. The project aims to use and explore the language and conventions of advertising. Projections and on-line discussions will form part of this event.

Dave Southwood

Dave Southwood
Shrapnel 9 1999
hand colour prints
1m X 1m

Pam Warne

Pam Warne
from her exhib "mum"
on at the Granary

Dale Yudelman

Dale Yudelman
Shangani Women JHB 1987
black and white photograph
at Jo'burg this month

Launch of Month of Photography

To coincide with the Cape Town Festival, the Month of Photography opens on The night of September 23rd with more than 100 events on display throughout the city. Some of what you can expect to see are listed below, and click here for a full list.

Cape Town Castle
"Cache" takes place in the grain cellars and features black and white photographs from Tracey Derrick, Svea Josephy, Clive Hardwick, Jenny Altschuler and Jenny Gordon.

The gallery will be hosting a body of new work" by commercial and fashion photographer Merwelene van der Merwe. The photographs explore aspects of "women and eroticism".

Association For Visual Arts
The AVA is holding three photographic exhibitions. Jac de Villiers is exhibiting, in his first one person show, a series called "Portrayals". American Ed West, who took a lot of pictures in South Africa, is bringing out a large collection of colour photographs. Various photographers from the iAfrika press agency show will also be exhibiting in the gallery, along with pictures from the Cape Picture Library.

Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet
Showing separately in the Cabinet's two spaces are Terry Kurgan and Dave Southwood. Kurgan continues her exploration of family in "Family Matters", while Southwood presents a body of work exploring aspects of gun culture in South Africa entitled "Case". Jo o'Connor will be projecting photographic images onto the exterior walls of the building on the evening too.

The Granary
The Granary, aswell as several other shows, is to host "Shuttle 99", a photographic project initiated by the Finnish Institute of Photography and a number of young South African photographers. Work by Lance Slabbert, Dave Southwood and Adam Welz and others will be on the show.

Michaelis Gallery
Paul Weinberg's well known and highly acclaimed photographs of the traditional lifestyles and the challenges which face the people of Kosi Bay are to be shown.

Long Street Baths
Julia Tiffin is exhibiting a body of black and white photographs entitled "Noah's Ark" at this unconventional venue.

Photographer Hugh Fontaines will be holding a show entitled "Portvaires" which is a photographic exploration of harbour cities around the world.

Photographer Dale Yudelman will be adorning the walls of this bar/restaurant with his work. Entitled "Suburbs in Paradise", the black and white photos were taken in and around Johannesburg in the 1980s.

Jean Brundrit

Jean Brundit
Does Your Lifestyle Depress Your Mother? 1998
Photograph from a series of 12
10.5 x 15cm each

Julia Clarke

Julia Clark
"[Chart 1] Pale Blue Romance Cycle" (detail) 1999
Enamel paint and mixed media on board,

"Lavender Menace" - Jean Brundrit at the AVA

"Does Your Lifestyle Depress Your Mother?" is the witty, insightful title of Jean Brundrit's series of photographs of lesbian couples caught in cheerful, affectionate, ordinary moments of their lives - and the "Dyke Career Series" shows large format portraits of women working in different careers - a series Brundrit hopes will become a calendar for the year 2000.

See review

In the Long Gallery are disparate pieces by 14 different artists - each artist chosen by one of the members of the current AVA committee. Artists include Bruce Arnott, Julia Clark, David Koloane, Kevin Brand and Luke Younge.

On the Artstrip, Andrew Hollis, a relative newcomer to Cape Town, shows "Elevation to Human" - a show of painted portraits.

All shows close September 18.

AVA, 35 Church Street.
ph: (021) 424-7436; fax 423-2637
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm; Saturday, 10am to 1pm.


Tracy Gander
Julia (1999)
colour photograph

Babes at BangtheGAllery

Tracy Gander focuses her camera on her friends - and in a series of intensely coloured images, presents them in moments of playful eroticism.
Closes October 9.

See review

Bang the Gallery is at 92 Bree Street.
ph: (021) 422 1477.
or check out the website at


Veronique Malherbe
Photograph of Chantine Veldsman
collaged onto view of Malherbe's installation "Gangbang"

"Gangbang" moves to Mitchells Plain church

Veronique Malherbe's powerful installation on the subject of the gang rape of Chantine Veldsman has moved from the exhibition "From Pisces to Aquarius" to a church in Mitchells Plain at the invitation of Father Matt Esau, whose church it is, where it was on a view at a memorial service for children who have died violently. Until September 14.

See review.

Portland Church , Wall Street, Mitchells Plain
ph: 32-2850 and 32-9877
Viewing times: 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Africa Meets Africa

"Mami Wata Legba"
Agbali Kossi
Togo; wood, paint;

Africa meets Africa at the SANG

From the Rotterdam Museum of Ethnology - a splendid collection of objects from Africa, dating from the previous century up to the present. Masks include one with an attached cloak of feathers which took a full year to restore.

See review

SANG, Government Ave, Gardens
ph: (021) 4651628
Gallery hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm

Jodi Bieber

Jodi Bieber
The Fast Guns Hangout, Westbury, Johannesburg
Silver print

"Lines of Sight" at the SANG

In a series of seven related shows, curators present a portrait of South Africa through the years as seen though the lenses of a widely diverse group of photographers.

SANG, Government Ave, Gardens
ph: (021) 4651628
Gallery hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm

Nigel Mullins

A detail of a Nigel Mullins painting, on "Superhuman" at the Hanel

Nigel Mullins at The Hänel Gallery
A recent finalist for the new DaimlerChrysler Art Award, Grahamstown artist Nigel Mullins brings his recent work to Cape Town in "Superhuman", a show of large figurative oil paintings. The works range from the large single figure canvasses entitled "Titans" to surging, restless masses of figures spanning the entire support. The work purportedly depicts the manic and irrepressible energy of humanity in the face of often overwhelming and unnrelenting circumstances.

Until October 30

84 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
ph: 423-1406; fax: 423-5277
Open Tuesday - Friday 10am - 6pm; Saturday 11am - 2pm

Sharon Peers

Sharon Peers
The Alpha and the Omega

Double Eposure at the 3rd Eye Gallery
Herman van Wyk, well known for his low light, long exposure photographs has put together a body of work comprising collaged and superimposed images. Sharon Peers, curator of the gallery, exhibits alongside him until October 15 in this show entitled "Double Exposure". The exhibition opens on September 16.

95 Upper Waterkant Street, Cape Town.
Open Monday to Friday 9 - 6, Saturday 9.30 - 1.30.

Sandra Kriel

Sandra Kriel
Why are you afraid?


The textile works of Sandra Kriel

The last sighting of the work of Sandra Kriel was on the Emma Bedford curated show "Objects of Defiance" on the first Johannesburg Biennale in 1995 - since then, Kriel has taken a break for motherhood. Her medium is embroidery, an "anti-elitist, non-mystifying medium which is generally very accessible". Also extremely labour intensive. Why Are You Afraid took eighteen months to complete, working 4 - 6 hours a day. In 1993, Kriel, along with Jackson Hlungwane, was one of the official South African entrants on the Venice Biennale. This retrospective of her work opens at the University Museum on September 8.

US Art Gallery
Cnr Dorp and Bird Street
Phone: (021) 808 3660

Dave Southwood

Dave Southwood
Stefan Bremer's workshop

Joakim Eskildsen

Joakim Eskildsen


X-scape: Photography in a new South Africa

Durban has already been treated to this stunning show (in three different venues) featuring some of the country's most exciting photographers. A project of the Shuttle '99 cultural exchange between South Africa and the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, local and Nordic photographers got the chance to share life experiences and technical expertise in a series of workshops. The results of these are on show. Photographic shows (and the issue of photography's role in general) are very de rigeur at the moment and considering South Africa's fraught history of (documentary) photography as an educational tool and political weapon and its bed-partners of regulation and censorship of visual images, this makes perfect sense. And photography is the closest thing to a 'global' visual language we have.

X-scape is curated by the Durban Centre for Photography and the NSA in conjunction with the Finnish museum of Photography, Helsinki and funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. For more information, contact Jonathan Frost (011) 833 5624. The show opens September 5 at 3pm at the Bensusan Museum of Photography,and closes September 26.

MuseumAfrica, Bree Street, Newtown
ph: (011) 833 5624

Georgie Papageorge

Georgie Papageorge
Magnetic Fields through the rift between Kibo and Mawenzi 1999
mixed media on canvas

Georgie Papageorge at the Sandton Civic Gallery

'Kilimanjaro Through the Rifting Barrier' is the title of South African-born Georgie Papageorge's tenth solo show, and her fifth in this country. She has exhibited extensively in England and the USA with two of her works now in the Smithsonian Museum's permanent collection.

Papageorge, born Jennifer Jane van der Merwe in Simonstown, Cape Province, changed her name to George when she was 10. This heralded the beginning of what can only be described as an extraordinary life, marked by tragedy and an incredible ability to rise above it all. She graduated with a BA(FA) from UNISA at the age of 40 and embarked on an international art career. Her work has never been without intense personal, spiritual and social investment with the notion of 'barriers' (political in her earlier work and transcendental in later work), constituting her major thematic. Having worked extensively in environmental and 'land art' (most of her projects have been collaborative events with local people), the installations, photographic work and monumental drawings seen on 'Kilimanjaro Through the Rifting Barrier' are stages in a continual voyage of her experience of the mountain that she has climbed three times. The 'Rift' which she describes as "the centring of one's being through a line" is conveyed through four major recurring symbols: a circle, a ladder, a chevron barrier and a 6m high red rod. This is an invaluable opportunity to 'rediscover' a South African artist lesser known in her country of birth than she is abroad.

Ends 16 October

Corner West Street and Rivonia Road, Sandton.
Ph: 881-6432/1.

Last chance: "The Art Show 99"

The African Window Museum hosts the largest student art exhibition Pretoria has ever seen. Mounted by the Arts Faculty of Technikon Pretoria. Covering a total of 2200m2, viewers can get acquainted with everything from the more earnest 'fine arts' disciplines to all manner of applied arts, including glass technology, jewellery design and extending to fashion, interior, textile and entertainment design and technology. Textile Design. A true manifestation of the term 'multimedia', it's a pity we couldn't have heard about it sooner.

The museum is open seven days a week and the entrance fee is R5 for adults and R2 for children and students with a valid student card. For more information, please contact Irene at (012) 318 6175 or Valerie at (012) 318 6132.

Ends 22 September

Open Window, 410 Rigel Avenue, Erasmusrand.
Ph: (012) 347-1740.
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm; Saturday 10am-1pm.

Pat Mautloa

A large scale painting by Pat Mautloa on his show of new work at the Goodman

Pat Mautloa at the Goodman Gallery

Taking its impetus from the fraught spaces of the city, both inhabited and deserted, this show looks like a perfect companion to David Koloane's show at the Goodman earlier this year. Movement and trace inform Mautloa's body of work, which explores a variety of different media from photography and painting to drawing and installation.
Opens September 11, closes October 2.

See review

For more information please contact the Goodman on (011) 788 1113; fax (011) 788 9887 or email 163 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood.

Peter Magubane

Peter Magubane
First sight of the sea
Drum 1960

Johannesburg Station, these children were leaving for the seaside to see the sea for the first time

Alf Khumalo

Alf Khumalo
She cures with bath and a prayer
St John's Apostolic Faith Mission

Both images © Bailey's African History Archives
PO Box 37
Lanseria 1748 Johannesburg
(011) 659-2615

Gerard Sekoto

Gerard Sekoto
Cape Town Women 1944

Gerard Sekoto, Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi and DRUM at the Standard Bank Galleries

Not much of an introduction is needed for this powerful series of exhibitions presented by the Standard Bank Gallery. 'Gerard Sekoto Repatriated' presents a selection of works from over 2000 returned from France in 1997, following the resolution of many logistical, legal and tax issues and much negotiation between the Sekoto Foundation and the French and South African governments. Sekoto, who died in Paris in 1993 after almost 5 decades of self-imposed exile, bequeathed his work to the South African public. On the annual Gerard Sekoto Day for Children, galleries around the country carry out his wishes that the work be used for the upliftment of historically disadvantaged children through the arts.

'Waste into Beauty' is the title of Richman Buthelezi's exhibition which also serves to introduce him as the gallery's artist-in-residence from September 14-30, 9h00 - 16h00 daily. Buthelezi recently received the Mail and Guardian Greening the Future Award for his social conscience and creativity. His work is created (after researching and consulting with the Plastic Federation for safety reasons) predominantly from the reconstitution of waste plastics found in the dumping sites behind his house in Dobsonville, near supermarkets and on streets and pavements. The artist melts these onto stretched roofing plastic with a heat gun, then shapes and controls with a wet cloth. The result is ingenious: visually stunning, complexly textured figurative and abstract studies that are directly informed by his environment, both technically and conceptually.

'The Beat of Drum: Reliving the '50's and '60's from Drum magazine's archives' features images from Bailey's History Archives. For the first time, top-class magazine and newspaper photographs are presented as autonomous images, in conjunction with supporting text which conveys the important historical role Drum magazine occupied in anglophone African countries in terms of social documentary. The number of now-famous writers and photographers who contributed to Drum's rich heritage reflect this importance and make this show one that anyone living, or who has lived, in South Africa should make a point of seeing.

Bill Ainslie Gallery

Sam Nhlengethwa Staircase (1998)
Collage and oil on canvas

'Ten Years' at the Bill Ainslie Gallery, Johannesburg Art Foundation

The Johannesburg Art Foundation is super-colonial splendour at its slightly decaying best. Home to the recently-inaugurated Bill Ainslie Gallery, its wooden floors reverberate and it is impossible, no matter how lightly you tread, to walk quietly. Which is a fair metaphor for the vanguard figure that was Bill Ainslie and the group of artists showing here in his honour.

Willem Boshoff's Privatised Diaries and Gaea 1 always succeed in seducing, as does Sam Nhlengethwa's work, especially the minimal mixed media interiors of Untitled and The Black Bowl. Kay Hassan's Untitled (installation) in the recessed arch in the main space is compelling for its equal measures of complexity and accessibility. In what probably once was a fireplace, Hassan dumps trashy, hot-pink women's stilettos in amongst a pile of old bread loaves and rolls. From government issue to dainty knotted dinner buns, these are indicators of basic requirements and luxury items; of necessity and surplus - bread, dough, money. A gigantic collaged arm on the adjacent wall holds a plate and reaches out towards the heap. It is stunning in its deceptive simplicity.

According to co-ordinator Anna Varney, the gallery marks the beginning of a new era for the Johannesburg Art Foundation and for the art-going public. Artists can submit exhibition proposals and portfolios to Anna for consideration. A flexible programme in place until the end of 2000 will provide opportunities to see work by staff and students of the Foundation.

Anna Varney can be contacted on 083 269 6917.

Gallery hours are weekdays 9h00 - 17h00 and the show closes 26 September 1999.
The Johanneburg Art Foundation, 6 Eastwold Way, Saxonwold 2198.
ph: (011) 646 6197, 486 1658/9. Fax (011) 486 3194.

Nuno da Cru

Nuno da Cruz
Work on paper

Nuno da Cruz Gallery 101

An exhibition of paper-works by pop/graphic artist Nuno da Cruz. Da Cruz had a solo show at Pretoria's Millennium Gallery towards the beginning of the year and his work featured recently on the Kempton Park/Tembisa Art Awards exhibition.
Opening on Saturday 11 September at 8.30pm at Gallery 101, 101 Sunningdale Mansions on Riviera Rd corner Oxford Rd (entrance on Riviera Rd) Killarney
Open on Sunday 12 September 10am - 5pm
13-19 September by appointment
ph: 011 486 2431 or 083 430 2607

Emile Nolde

Emil Nolde (1867-1956)

'German Expressionist Graphics' at the GPG, Wits University
From 6 to 30 September

Having already graced the halls of the Durban Art gallery, Wits is the next host of an astounding collection of German Expressionist graphics, on show for the first time in Johannesburg. Sponsored by the German Institute of Foreign Relations in Stuttgart and supported by the German Embassy in Pretoria, the exhibition displays 121 graphics, including etchings, lithographs and wood-cuts of artists including Beckmann, Grosz, Nolde and Kollewitz. Expressionism is one of the most important and influential 'movements' in visual art of the twentieth century. This is an opportunity not to be missed.
For more information, contact Julia Charlton ph: (011) 716 3632 or Maja Borchers ph: (012) 427 8963.
Gertrude Posel Gallery, Ground Floor of Senate House, Wits University, Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Natal Tech

Isaac Khanyile
African Woman (detail)
bisque fired terracotta, imiyeko beads

Natal Tech at the Johannesburg Civic

The Civic Gallery Johannesburg is mounting a show of work by 10 senior students from the Department of Fine Arts, Technikon Natal. The department is an impressive 115 years old and has produced artists with international reputations. Staff members are all practising artists of clout and include Andries Botha, Jeremy Wafer, John Roome, Lola Frost, Hennie Stroebel and Jan Jordaan. Graduate student Isaac Khanyile was Vita nominee this year and is off to Australia on a Commonwealth Scholarship. In the knowledge that only a few students will pursue a career as professional 'gallery' artists, the four-year degree is structured to each student's individual area of interest. All disciplines, from the more traditional to the conceptual are represented, underpinned by the relationship between "form and content, craft and concept".

In the spirit of exchange, the NSA Gallery in Durban is presenting recent work by the staff of the Wedge, a.k.a. the Department of Fine Arts, Wits University. The show features work by David Andrew, Joni Brenner, Natasha Christopher, Alan Crump, Karel Nel, Walter Oltmann, Jo Ractliffe, Colin Richards, Tracey Rose, Penny Siopis, Peter Schutz and Clive van den Berg.

The ties that bind these two institutions are close, with a number of Durban expatriates now occupying the Wedge. These exhibitions showcase the extreme importance of being trained by, and having, staff members that are active in the contemporary art scene.

The Civic show opens Tuesday 31 August 1999 at 6pm and runs until 28 September 1999.

See review

For more information, call Justine on (011) 403 3408.

Mark Coetzee

Mark Coetzee
Offering III (1988-96)
black and white photograph bonded with aluminium
1,2m X 1,8m

Mark Coetzee at the Market

Cape Town artist Mark Coetzee is presenting an overview of his work from the last 10 years - a show that has come to Johannesburg via Cape Town and Worcester. The work includes large-scale photographs, paintings and reworked found objects, and Coetzee has reconfigured his show for the new space. The artist's concern is with "the way edifice, monument, decoration and public space is used to the advantage of representations of power in Western civilization in South Africa". In his photographs, Coetzee presents the body of the hero, accompanied by the objects that sustain his power: the rifle, the crown of laurels, wings, instruments of Work and Civilisation.

September 5-25.

See review

1st floor, Market Theatre Complex, cnr Bree and Wolhuter streets, Newtown
ph: (011) 832-1641

Abrie Fourie

Abrie Fourie
System faith

Konrad Schoeman

Konrad Schoeman
Spirituality (1999)
computer printout


"Present Continuous" at the Open Window

In a somewhat ambitious attempt to "predict what the new trends in art in the new millennium will be", the Open Window presents the work of three young but established artists, Abrie Fourie , MJ Lourens and Konrad Schoeman. In work that sets digital prints (Schoeman), lightbox and photographic work (Fourie), and video and redefined bronze sculptures (Lourens) against each other, this show looks promising (with just the right amount of cyber-spirituality to boot).
The show opens September 2 at 7 p.m. and closes September 25.

10 Rigel Ave, Erasmusrand, Pretoria
ph: (012) 347 1740


Kathryn Smith
Colour laser print
Detail of video installation

Sasol "New Signatures" People's Choice Prize

The annual competion for young artists was won by Kathryn Smith from a record 279 submissions, 32 of which are on show. The "People's Choice" prixe, voted for the people and by the people, will be announced by William Kentridge at a lecture he is giving on the competition on Wednesday 1 September at 18h00. The presentation takes place at the Pretoria Art Museum.

The show closes September 8.

Pretoria Art Museum, corner Schoeman and Wessels Streets, Arcadia, Pretoria.
ph: (012) 344 1807/8
fax: (012) 344 1809
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Sunday : 09:00 - 18:00; Wednesday : 09:00 - 20:00; Closed on Mondays and open on public holidays

Moses Khubisa

"Wedge" invite


"Wedge" at the NSA Gallery

The NSA in Durban gets a strong show of work by lecturers at the University of Witwatersrand Department of Fine Art - many of whom once lived in the Durban Area. Exhibitors include Penny Siopis, Jo Ractliffe and Clive van den Berg. Opens August 29 and closes September 16

See review

NSA Gallery: 166 Bulwer Rd, Glenwood, Durban
ph: (031) 223686

Malcolm Payne

Malcolm Payne
Colour Test 1974



This overview of 25 years of South African art was curated by Julia Charlton and Fiona Rankin Smith and made a first appearance at this year's Grahamstown Festival.
"Emergence" is an important show, with many key works from the South African canon, and the curators have done an excellent job of contextualising the different themes which run through the work. Until September 12 Review

King George V1 Gallery, St Georges Park
Gallery hours:
Weekdays 9:00 - 17:00 (Closed Tuesday Mornings)
Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays 14:00 - 17:00

ph: ++27 41 586-1030
fax: ++27 41 586-3234

Gallery website:
Exhibition website:

Conrad Botes

Conrad Botes


"Towards-Transit" opens in Zurich

"Towards-Transit: new visual language in South Africa" opened in two venues in Zurich on August 28. Participants include the Bitterkomix boys - Conrad Botes, Anton and Mark Kannemeyer; studio photographer Bobby Bobson, Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa; photographers from Drum, the ubiquitous Zwelethu Mthethwa, Berni Searle and Minnette Vari.
At the Blauer Saal and the Serge Ziegler Galleries in Limmatstrasse.

The show closes September 25.
Check the website at

Kay Hassan

Kay Hassan
Egoli (The City of Gold) 1998
Installation detail

Jean Brundrit

Jean Brundrit 1998
Does Your Lifestyle Depress your Mother? Series
Black and white photograph


"Democracy's Images, Photography and Visual Art After Apartheid"

This is the show curated by the team of Katarina Pierre, Rory Bester and Jan-Erik Lundstrom (note to Tracy: two dots over the o)which opened at the BildMuseet in Umea (note to Tracy: the a has a little circle above it) in the European autumn last year. "The curatorial intention," says Lundstrom in a catalogue essay, "was exactly to examine the visual arts as they took shape during these years (1994-8) of rapid and dramatic changes". The artists on the show are Jodi Bieber, Jean Brundrit, Kay Hassan, Senzeni Marasela, Santu Mofokeng, Ruth Motau, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Cedric Nunn, Tracey Rose, Joachim Schönfeldt, Penny Siopis and Minnette Vari, and the exhibition is an excellent balance of artistic approaches and sensibilities. The show is currently to be seen at the City Museum of Sundsvalls. The well designed and substantial catalogue, with essayists which include Okwui Enwezor, is most desirable.


Bongi Dhlomo

Bongi Dhlomo
Flashes 1999
Mixed media
Installation view at the Van Reekum


[[Rewind]]Fast Forward.ZA: New work from South Africa

Occupying the same territory as the other shows listed on this page - recent work from a spectrum of South African artists - [[Rewind]] opened at the Van Reekum Museum in June this year, and good attendances have lengthened the life of the exhibition until October 5. Independent curator Bozzie Rabie worked with museum director Frits Bless to put together a show which while for the most part vibrant and powerful, is somewhat diluted by too great a variety of work in a not overly large space. It is a pleasure to see Bongi Dhlomo working again - her installation at the entrance of the exhibition contrasting Johannesburg's crowded township Alexandra with its rich neighbour Sandton is a fine introduction to the show. Other artists include Kevin Brand, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Esther Mahlangu and Robert Hodgins, and Willie Bester. ArtThrob viewers who are interested in overviews of the South African art scene might try to obtain this catalogue as well, with another provocative essay by Okwui Enwezor entitled "The Crisis of Relevance".

The Van Reekum email address is
Or pay a virtual visit:

Gavin Jantjes

Gavin Jantjes
Untitled (from the series Zulu) 1989
Ink on paper


"Claiming Art/Reclaiming Space: Post-Apartheid Art from South Africa"

"Claiming Art/Reclaiming Space: Post-Apartheid Art from South Africa" opened last month at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, one of the Smithsonian group of institutions. The title is derived from a 1995 quote by David Koloane: "Apartheid was a politics of space more than anything ... much of the apartheid legislation was denying people the right to move. It's all about space."

Check review by Siemon Allen


Museum for African Art

The Museum for African Art
Broadway, New York City

Brett Murray

Brett Murray
Guilt and Innocence 1960-90 1999
Photographs, frames
Installation detail

"Liberated Voices" opens in New York

The first major group show of South African contemporary art to open in New York City received an unexpected setback when Hurricane Floyd decided to hit Manhattan on opening night, and following Mayor Giuliani's injunction to all businesses to close early and workers to get out of town, the opening festivities had to be postponed for six days.

"Liberated Voices - Contemporary Art from South Africa", curated by the Museum for African Art's director of exhibitions, Frank Herremans is also a first for the museum - until now, the exhibitions policy has been to show traditional rather than contemporary art. The Museum is situated on Broadway, and extremely well located in terms of attracting visitors - a stone's throw from the downtown Guggenheim and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in trendy Soho. Herremans curated the "Liberated Voices" by paying two visits to South Africa, and on each visit asking the artists he met to suggest other names the artists felt important - and in this way, slowly building up the framework of the exhibition.

Visitors to the exhibition are greeted with Paul Stopforth's The Interrogators, a triptych of the three police officials involved with the death of Steve Biko. This is the only piece made before 1994. From there, reflective works by David Koloane, Sue Williamson and Willie Bester lead on to installations by Brett Murray and Penny Siopis, photographs by Zwelethu Mthethwa, and mixed media pieces by Richman Buthelezi, Samson Mnisi, and Thabiso Phokompe. In the lower gallery, Bridget Baker, Sandile Zulu and Claudette Schreduders represent the younger generation of South African artists.

For all the work by all the artists and a detailed overview of the show, check the website at The show opens on Wednesday, September 23.

Willie Bester

Willie Bester
Toxic 1999
Oil on paper


"Conflux" at the Tendances Mikado, Luxembourg

Curated by Louis Jansen van Vuuren and co-ordinated in Luxembourg by Sally Arnold, "Conflux", a group show by 21 South African artists opened at the Tendances Mikado Gallery under the gallery directorship of Nathalie Reuter on September 9.

The concept of the show was "flexible, nomadic", with artists working in a wide variety of contemporary media, and Reuter reports that response from gallery goers, the French and German language press and on Luxembourg Television (RTL) has been most positive. Participating artists are Arlene Amaler-Raviv, Val Archer, Sally Arnold, Bongi Bengu, Willie Bester, Lien Botha, Kevin Brand, Mark Coetzee, Claire Gavronsky, Eunice Geustyn, Francine Scialom Greenblatt, Lize Hugo, Komo, Dorothee Kreutzveldt, Fritha Langerman, Mustafa Maluka, Xolile Mtakatya, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Sam Nhlengethwa, Jill Trappler,and Louis Jansen van Vuuren.

'Conflux' will tour through several European capitals into the year 2000.




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