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'Conversations (House Keeping)'Various Artists at Johannesburg Art Gallery
Conversations is an exhibition which explores the role of applied arts that form part of the Johannesburg Art Gallery collection. Whilst this exhibition consists of many of the decorative arts which form part of the collection, the selection of the objects was aimed at bringing to light the seldom seen furniture collection.
Often the obligation of furniture is to hold bums and elbows while sipping tea, wrench beer, business meetings and where gossip is shared. In the gallery, the furniture is not filled with warm bodies, the viewer starts looking at the table, chair, armoire and chaises as art pieces, seeing as the pieces were dreamt up and designed by well-known artists, architects and artisans. Questions arise about the so-called decorative arts, in this case also including some of the exquisite lace collection of the gallery. While backdrops are created for many of these social (or not so social) settings, sometimes in harmony and other times in contrast, the intention is for the various elements and the viewer to have conversations with one another, a chore not unusual for the gallery dweller.
Participating artists include: Albert Adams, Marc Edwards, Albert Munyai, Anthony Caro, Beverley Price, Charles Rennie MacIntosh, Charles-Edouard-Jeanneret Le Corbusier, Claudette Schreuders, Clive Van den Berg, Elizabeth Margaret Vels, Fred Page, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, Jacques Coetzer, Jan Schoeman (Outa Lappies), Jeremy Wafer, Johannes Frederik Potgieter, Johannes Phokela, Keith Dietrich, Luan Nel, Moses Seleko, Nandipha Mntambo, Penny Siopis, Peter Bernd Schutz, Richard Hamilton, Robert Griffith Hodgins, Sam Nhlengethwa , Zwelethu Mthethwa, Sandile Zulu, Steven Cohen.
03 December 2013 - 11 May 2014
'Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art'Various Artists at Johannesburg Art Gallery
Throughout the world, women and girls are victims of countless and senseless acts of violence. The range of gender-based violence is devastating, occurring, quite literally, from womb to tomb. It occurs in every segment of society, regardless of class, ethnicity, culture, or whether the country is at peace or war.
This is the context for 'Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art', a multi-media traveling contemporary art exhibition that utilizes works by world-class artists to promote awareness of the root causes of violence against women; create empathy for women’s stories; foster a dialogue about the pervasiveness of violence against women; and inspire the belief that women and girls can be empowered with new behavioral choices.
Premised on the visionary potential of art, the stories that underlie these artworks help us feel and understand the essence of the problem of violence against women around the world.
Can art foment social change? We hope that the artworks in this show can push the door open a little wider and, in the process, shed new light on an old problem as we begin to forge a new journey—off the beaten path.
Exhibition curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg.
Marina Abramovic, Agency Volontaire, Jane Alexander Laylah Ali, Louise Bourgeois, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Patricia Evans, Luciana Fina, Global Crescendo Project, Mona Hatoum, Icelandic Love Corp, Yoko Inoue, ,Jung Jungyeob, Amal Kenawy, Myung Jin Kim, Lise Bjorne Linnert, Hung Liu, Wangechi Mutu, Maimuna Feroze-Nana, Almagul Menlibayeva, Gabriela Morawetz, Miri Nishri, Yoko Ono, Lucy & Jorge Orta, , Cecilia Paredes, Susan Plum, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Cima Rahmankhah, Joyce J. Scott, Fatou Kande Senghor, Elisabeth Sunday, Masami Teraoka, Hank Willis Thomas, Miwa Yanagi
01 September 2013 - 17 November 2013
'Looking as Learning II'Various Artists at Johannesburg Art Gallery
Education is an integral part of the Johannesburg Art Gallery’s (JAG) activities.
Through its education programme the JAG is able to contribute meaningfully to the learning and understanding of visual art. The JAG team perceives the gallery as an environment in which curiosity, discovery and contemplation are encouraged. The education team aims to provide all visitors, regardless of age, background or ability, with inspiring and empowering experiences through tours, exhibitions and other public programmes, developing new perspectives and ways of viewing art.
The exhibition 'Looking as Learning II' is one of JAG’s educational initiatives. Showcasing works from JAG’s permanent collection, this exhibition explores a chronological sequence of South African and International art trends based on the 2013 National Secondary School Visual Art Curriculum. The exhibition has been curated to utilise the JAG collection as an educational tool, not only targeted at art?students, but to assist educators in navigating the visual arts curriculum.
Following on from the 2011 exhibition, which separated the show in International and South African art, 'Looking as Learning II' will look at each decade of the 20th and 21st century, and display the works of International and South African artists alongside each other. International artists represented in this section include Jean Marchand, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein and Helen Frankenthaler. South African artists such as George Pemba, Walter Battiss, Irma Stern, Noria Mabasa and Wim Botha form part of the South African component of the exhibition.
This show includes some of JAG’s new acquisitions as well as works that have not been displayed at JAG for some time.
07 April 2013 - 25 August 2013
'Venus at Home'Usha Seejarim at Johannesburg Art Gallery
Usha Seejarim's 'Venus at Home', a touring museum exhibition, opens at Johannesburg Art Gallery.
Venus at Home is an intensely personal project, in which the artist aims to explore the places she finds herself in and the various roles she undertakes.
Explaining her previous work Seejarim states, 'The trajectory of my work shows a fascination with the everyday. Subsequent works have used household and ordinary objects like toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, bus tickets, soap bars, kwiklocks (plastic clips that close bread packet), earbuds, stoep polish and safety pins. The everyday features also in video works where the practice of daily activities has been explored. Works have been made about daily travel to work and back, washing dishes, mowing the lawn and making roti'.
'As a home-maker/housewife/mother of two, and an artist, I seem to straddle between daily chores like washing the dishes or changing diapers to the seemingly glamorous act of making art. These two distinctly female roles in my own life are coming together in this body of work that uses ordinary household objects as materials to create a series of sculptures and installations.'
10 February 2013 - 12 May 2013
'French Connections'Various Artists at Johannesburg Art Gallery
This summer Johannesburg Art Gallery shows an expansive selection of artwork by French artists from it's collection in collaboration with l'Institut Français d'Afrique du Sud (IFAS) for the French/South African season.
This exhibition aims to investigate a very specific time and place in a developmental era in European history. It looks at the precursors of Impressionism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and other alternate methods of visual expression from 1830 to the 20th century. This core collection aroused enormous interest in London where it was shown before being shipped to South Africa in 1910. It was regarded as the finest small collection of its day and preceded the Tate and the National Galleries in London displaying French Impressionists.
French romantic artists, such as Eugene Delacroix, working between 1800 and 1850 in Europe created expressive art forms that defied established artistic conventions. Capturing an accurate impression of light and atmosphere, often in their own personal way, they disregarded established artistic rules, and paved the way for the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists in the later 19th century.
This group, which included Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet, and the Barbizon School (Charles-Francois Daubigny, Narcisse Virgilio Diaz de la Pena, Camille Corot, Henri-Joseph Harpignies, Jean-Francois Millet), usually painted out of doors in situ, while others sought a more realistic depiction of the world around them, such as Edouard Manet and Honoré Daumier.
Impressionists on show are Paul Cezanne, Edgar Hilaire Degas, Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissaro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley as well as sculpture by Auguste Rodin in the form of the beloved Miss Fairfax. The list of Post-Impressionist artists' work in the collection which can be seen includes: Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Andre Derain and Toulouse Lautrec. Also look out for work by Pablo Picasso.
An area of the exhibition space is dedicated to the influential South African Modernist, Gerard Sekoto, who left the country to live in Paris under self-imposed exile from 1947. He is recognised as the pioneer of urban social realism in South Africa.
28 October 2012 - 24 March 2013