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SA Printmaking Feature
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Te Gallery at Grande Provence is proud to present an exhibition
of contemporary altarpieces themed Altered Pieces based on the
lyrics of Leonard Cohen. Tis exhibition was arranged by Gordon
Froud and includes work by: Adele Adendorf, Angie Banks,
Annemarie Tully, Carl Jeppe, Sarel Petrus, Anni Snyman, Chris
Diedericks, Diane Victor, Markus Steinmann, Audrey Anderson,
Ruhan Janse Van Vuuren, Carol Nathan Levin, Kai Losgott, Carina
du Randt, Jan Van der Merwe, Lourens Joubert, Sybrand Wiechers,
Sandra Hanekom, Ronel de Jager, Tony Scullion, Ricky Burnett,
Retha Buitendach, Paul Boulitreau, Ian Marley, Helena Hugo,
Gordon Froud, Frikkie Eksteen and Diek Grobler among others.
Te exhibition, Transformed by renowned sculptor, Anton Smit,
will be presented in Te Sculpture Garden and Te Gallery.
Te Project Room and Te Cathedral will feature Te Painted
Word. Tis extensive group show will include artworks by:
Eugenie Marais, Christo Basson, Emma Willemse, Erica Prinsloo,
MJ Lourens, JP Meyer, Elise Wessels, Gina Niederhumer, Hetty
Zandman, Pieter Haasbroek, Johannes du Plessis, Hester Viles,
Pienaar van Niekerk, Andr du Toit & Derick Smith among others.
Ingrid Coerlin questions the borderlands of departure and
decay with the launch of her book Alles ist lebend tot, featuring
interpretations of Baudelaires poems through her artworks.
Botanical artworks by Barbara Pretorius and a photographic
exhibition by Riaan Chambers of indigenous succulents will be
exhibited in Te Shop.
Tese exhibitions
will coincide with the
Franschhoek Literary
Festival and will be opened
by prominent artist
Gordon Froud on Sunday,
6 May 2012 at 11h00.
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Te Gallery at Grande Provence is proud to present an exhibition
of contemporary altarpieces themed Altered Pieces based on the
lyrics of Leonard Cohen. Tis exhibition was arranged by Gordon
Froud and includes work by: Adele Adendorf, Angie Banks,
Annemarie Tully, Carl Jeppe, Sarel Petrus, Anni Snyman, Chris
Diedericks, Diane Victor, Markus Steinmann, Audrey Anderson,
Ruhan Janse Van Vuuren, Carol Nathan Levin, Kai Losgott, Carina
du Randt, Jan Van der Merwe, Lourens Joubert, Sybrand Wiechers,
Sandra Hanekom, Ronel de Jager, Tony Scullion, Ricky Burnett,
Retha Buitendach, Paul Boulitreau, Ian Marley, Helena Hugo,
Gordon Froud, Frikkie Eksteen and Diek Grobler among others.
Te exhibition, Transformed by renowned sculptor, Anton Smit,
will be presented in Te Sculpture Garden and Te Gallery.
Te Project Room and Te Cathedral will feature Te Painted
Word. Tis extensive group show will include artworks by:
Eugenie Marais, Christo Basson, Emma Willemse, Erica Prinsloo,
MJ Lourens, JP Meyer, Elise Wessels, Gina Niederhumer, Hetty
Zandman, Pieter Haasbroek, Johannes du Plessis, Hester Viles,
Pienaar van Niekerk, Andr du Toit & Derick Smith among others.
Ingrid Coerlin questions the borderlands of departure and
decay with the launch of her book Alles ist lebend tot, featuring
interpretations of Baudelaires poems through her artworks.
Botanical artworks by Barbara Pretorius and a photographic
exhibition by Riaan Chambers of indigenous succulents will be
exhibited in Te Shop.
Tese exhibitions
will coincide with the
Franschhoek Literary
Festival and will be opened
by prominent artist
Gordon Froud on Sunday,
6 May 2012 at 11h00.
Te Restaurant
at Grande Provence
Contact us for reservations
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Preview: Friday 8 to Sunday 10 June, 10am to 5pm
Walkabouts: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June at 11am
Enquiries & Catalogues: 011 728 8246 / 079 367 0637
jhb@straussart.co.za
The sale also includes a captivating Zanzibari portrait
of a distinguished Arab by Irma Stern
www.straussart.co.za The global leader in the South African art market
JH Pierneef, A View through the Trees, Lowveld R 700 000 - 900 000 Gwelo Goodman, Source of the Little Tugela R 300 000 - 400 000
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This months Art Times is slightly different, from
the outside cover to the format of the Printmaking
Special. Much of these temporary changes were
decided for us, or better said, we went with the
fow of the generous material that was provided to
us. On the cover issue, I wanted to lose the leash
of the familiarity of other popular magazine styles
(this was initially adopted when we went from a
tabloid to a magazine format years back - and
we needed a solid sense of identity). The second
thing that we did not foresee is the overwhelm-
ing response to our request for material for the
printmaking feature, we were blessed.
As per usual I did not have the nastiness to
cut out a huge amount of submitted material,
although I did cut out a lot of the printmakers
images and tried to show at least one image from
each artist. I do know that there is a lot more SA
printmaking and stories that we had to leave out,
including many young printmakers whose work
was very exciting, but needed a year to focus
their work. To this regard I will be placing much
of the print material onto a much needed SA
Printmaking website for all to view and enjoy- and
more so participate.
You may notice that I have placed one of my own
works in the printmaking section, I could not re-
sist. I have spent most of my life as a printmaker,
falling in love with printmaking at the age of 17
and walking off with then the coveted Matric Art
prize. Many years later after starting the Art Times
I went to Naspers where the SA Art Times was
at that stage being printed and was hypnotized
by the mass media, its huge presses housed in
cathedral- like warehouses. At the printers, after
printing Die Son for 4 hours with a few hundred
thousand per zillionth of a second, the printers put
the Art Times on the press for about 2 minutes to
print 12 000 copies!. I was both smitten and per-
haps mislead, with the ease of printmaking and
the potential for reaching a greater audience with
the magazine. However I would like to say after
exploring two means of printing, is that at the end
of the day the artworks that will last a thousand
years an image like Munchs Scream haunts
one for many years. Magazines might rule the
day but who will remember last years headlines,
let alone yesterdays. As some of my new found
critics might not know is that I am an artist, I think
and feel in images, and that I am happy to pass
on the AT and title of art media mogul to someone
who can make things good, while feeling and
seeing with the heart. Until that day I am enjoying
what I do each day and besides- I enjoy my
critics, its all part of the fun of sticking ones neck
out.
If you missed our news coverage of both the SA
art community and art market we are pleased to
say that this coverage is alive and well as con-
stant news updates (usually 4-8 per day) on our
SA Art Times website at www.arttimes.co.za. In
addition to this we are launching our Business Art
website this week at www.businessart.co.za. We
have reached this level through the hard work of
our staff and whats more kept a high standard of
content by our news producer that has paid off in
the form of a growing amount of visits and traffc
on the daily updated websites
In our next months Art Times (June edition) we
cover the anticipated Grahamstown National Arts
Festival, so if you are going please let us know
in order for us to have further coverage of the
Festival.
Lastly, for the record, I would like to say to
Andrew Lampbrecht that I am sorry that I used a
provided transcript of one of his great talks that
he gave a group of art enthusiasts a while ago.
In retrospect I should have let him rewrite it in
proper art academic speak without his charming
puns and quirks. Although its just come back to
me now that indeed it was him on a Michaelis
art party evening that said to me dryly Gabriel
nothing is off the record.
I hope that you do enjoy this different edition,
there may be much kindness from our advertis-
ers, but this additional income pays for the word
of art to go even further into this fast growing
insular world, where the importance of art and
communicating our common humanity is needed
more than ever before.
EDITORIAL
May 2012
Global Art Information Group
SA ART TIMES. May 2012 07
NEWS | ART TIMES
Matthew Blackman First Published in The M&G
The department of arts and culture has opposed
an application to the Western Cape High Court in
seeking access to information under the Promo-
tion of Access to Information Act (Paia) regarding
an exhibition at Venice Biennale.
In September last year, the department was
requested to disclose certain information relating
to its decision to select and fund the commercial
gallerist Monna Mokoenas exhibition at the
prestigious event.
The department allegedly spent R10-million on
the exhibition it called a private initiative.
Documents which came to light after court papers
were served on the department also revealed that
Mokoena was appointed as commissioner without
the process being put out to tender.
The Paia request sought clarifcation on just how
and when the selection of Mokoena as commis-
sioner took place, why no tender process was
followed with regard to his appointment and what
the exact budget allocation was. It also asked for
information about whether any buildings in Venice
were owned or were being long-leased by the
department.
Only one substantive answer
To date there has only been one substantive an-
swer from the department as to what money was
spent on the Venice Biennale -- the admission
that they paid R10-million towards South Africas
participation.
This disclosure came in answers to questions
sent by the Democratic Alliance to Arts and
Culture Minister Paul Mashatile on August 5 last
year. They were, however, only answered on
December 13.
The budget accompanying the admission
revealed some eyebrow-raising anomalies. This
included a R4.5-million allocation for media, PR
and advertising.
Victor Dlamini, who the department acknowl-
edged acted in the capacity of public relations
for the Biennale, has gone on record to say that
he had nothing to do with it.
In the same conversation, Dlamini advised that
the only way of fnding out how this money
was allocated was to ask the department itself.
However, when the department was contacted
on these issues a departmental spokesperson
emailed back saying: As you quite correctly point
out, your Paia application is now a subject of
court action, which the department will respond to
in due course. The matter is sub judice.
However, the sub judice claim that the both
the department and the minister are using is
misplaced.
Interfering with the court application
Discussing South Africas participation at the Bi-
ennale can hardly be regarded as interfering with
the court application. The only issue before the
court is whether the department and the minister
have complied with the requirements of Paia.
In other answers sent to the DA, the department
stated that a proposal from Cul Art for South
Africa to participate in the Venice Biennalle [sic]
was received. And that once the proposal was
approved, Mr Mokoena was then appointed as
the commissioner for South Africa at the Venice
Biennalle 2011.
The identity of the company Cul Art was at frst a
mystery, but it has now been established that a
close corporation by that name was registered on
the January 19 2011 and is owned by Mokoena
and Tim Mangwedi.
What seems of interest is that Louise Graham,
the chief director of international relations for
the department, sent out an email on January
13 2011 confrming that South Africa was going
to participate at the Biennale. This was six days
before Mokoenas Cul Arts, the corporation that
the department stated made the proposal to go to
Venice, was in fact registered.
The notice of opposition to the court application,
received by lawyers on Tuesday, is the frst clear
suggestion from the department that they may not
wish make available what, under most circum-
stances, would be public information. As yet no
affdavit has been received from the departments
lawyers indicating their reasons for not complying
with Paia.
Venice is quite a lovely place
In an interview on Tuesday night on Cape Talk,
Mashatile again refused to offer any real answer
concerning the circumstances of the Venice Bien-
nale. Although several questions are known to
have been sent to the radio station on the matter,
only the last minute of the 40-minute show was
set aside for a question concerning the now well-
documented Venice controversy.
When the interviewer, Kay Sexwale, fnally asked
the minister about Venice, she added the caveat
that she had asked the ministers communica-
tion advisor how the minister would feel about
discussing the controversy.
Mashatile responded: Venice is quite a lovely
place where we showcase visual art. It is really
a premier area for artists to showcase their work
but the diffculty is there is a court case currently
that has been brought against us and we want to
respect that process.
Mashatile stated, in the last seconds of the
broadcast, that once they are done I would
defnitely like to talk to South Africans about
Venice, because it is one of those important areas
where we would like to see more of South Africas
participation.
Department mum on Venice Biennale exhibition
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ART TIMES | NEWS / A NEW CHAPTER IN THE STEPHAN WELZ & CO. COMPANY
08 SA ART TIMES. May 2012
Stephan Welz & Company (Pty) Limited is pleased
to announce the strengthening and restructuring of
its Executive Board. Mark Kretschmer has sold his
interests in the Company, making way for
Dr Fred Scott, the renowned Johannesburg-
based Contemporary Art Specialist, to become
shareholder and Director.
The Company would also like to announce the
appointment of Anton Welz as Head of the Paint-
ings Department, Cape Town, as well as welcome
both him and Shona Robie to the
Board of Directors.
Synonymous with both the auction and art worlds,
Anton Welz is the grandson of the late Jean Welz
and nephew to Stephan Welz. Having studied
History of Art at UCTs Michaelis School of Fine Art
he began his career in the late 80s at Sothebys,
Johannesburg, under the guidance of his uncle.
Here Anton entrenched himself as Furniture and
later, Classic Car Specialist. It is through Anton
that the Welz legacy continues.
Born into a family of prominent collectors,
Dr Fred Scott has an unparalleled knowledge of
South African art. An advisor, curator and expert
with a discerning eye and an insistence on quality,
Dr Scott has a profound respect for the historical,
a passion for contemporary and a determination to
grow and develop the local art industry at large.
Dr Scott has an extensive personal collection.
I see joining Stephan Welz & Co, one of South
Africas most established auction houses, as the
ideal opportunity to share my knowledge of and
empathy for the visual arts, Dr Fred Scott.
The Company welcomes Dr Fred Scott - a major
collector in his own right - who through his dedica-
tion and great knowledge of art is a fundamental
asset to Stephan Welz & Co.
A new and exciting chapter in the Stephan Welz & Co.
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SA ART TIMES. May 2012 09
Applications are invited for the post of Director at
Greatmore Art Studios, Cape Town.
The Studios are looking for a person who can
work creatively and fexibly with artists in a
culturally diverse environment. Experience in
managing a small organisation with a limited
budget is essential. The Director must have skills
in fundraising, communications, budgetary issues
and marketing.
Knowledge and networks within South Africas Art
world are highly desirable.
A detailed job description and person specifca-
tion for the Director is available on our website
(http://greatmoreart.org/news.html)
There is no job application form. Kindly email a
motivation letter plus a resume of your skills, ex-
perience and qualifcations with special reference
to the job description and person specifcation.
We also require details of contactable references.
Please send to:
The Chairperson, Greatmore Art Studios Board at:
info@greatmoreart.org
Key dates:
Closing date for Applications: 18 May 2012. In-
terviews are planned to begin on Monday 28 May
2012. It is hoped that the successful candidate
can commence duties for the latest by 1 August
2012.
Greatmore Art Studios
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STAP DEUR GALERY VAN SA KUNS OP GOOGLE
FROM HIRST TO LAST IN CHIC CIRCLES
KAROO-WERKE VERRUIM
DAMIEN HIRST: THE ENFANT TERRIBLE OF THE ART WORLD
BANKSY: PRIMED AND ALL SET TAKE-OFF
PORTRAIT FAME FOR NEWSPAPER VENDOR
DEATH BECOMES HIM
DEATH OF GUSTAV KALTENBRUN
DAMIEN HIRST, TATE MODERN, LONDON GILLIAN WEARING, WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, LONDON
DALIS DOODLES: THE SURREALISTS MANSERVANT REVEALS A VERY PERSONAL COLLECTION OF GIFTS IN PARIS
PORTRAITS TRANSCENDING REALITY
KOTOS WONDERLAND
COMMUNITY ART IS PROFESSIONAL ART
ARTIST HANS-PETER FELDMANN REVEALS WHATS IN WOMENS HANDBAGS IN A NEW EXHIBITION
WHY GRAMMAR MATTERS IN STREET ART
BALANCING ACT: BETWEEN ART & FASHION
SALES OF KINKADE ARTWORK SURGE AFTER PAINTER DIES
DAMIEN HIRST ARTWORK DEFACED OCCUPY PROTESTERS
DAMIEN HIRST-REVIEW
DAVID LISTER: IVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE CRITICS WHO INSIST ON TELLING THE WORLD WHAT IS AND ISNT ART
MoMAs CINDY SHERMAN EXHIBITION WEBSITE DISAPPOINTS
DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS
PUTTING A PRICE ON DESPAIR
GEORGE PEMBA MET SEELREEKS VEREER
S AI WEIWEI CONTINUES TO DEFY CHINESE CENSORS...
NET ARTISTS DISPLAY ART WORLDS STEAL OF THE CENTURY IN LONDON EXHIBITION
TEMPORARY ART CENTRE EUROPES BIGGEST CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE OPENS
EUROPES BIGGEST CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE OPENS
WHEN A MAN PAINTS A WOMAN
SO, SHE TRULY WAS LEONARDOS LABOUR OF LOVE
ALL THE QUEENS HORSES: MONARCHS EQUINE TREASURES TO GO ON SHOW BRITISH MUSEUM
STOLEN CEZANNE FOUND BY SERBIAN POLICE
CHINAS AI WEIWEI SUES TAX OFFICE IN EVASION CASE
YOUNG CONCRETE SCULPTURE AWARDS
WERELDKUNSTEDAG GEVIER
LANDSKAPKUNSTENAAR BEKROON
DAVID HOCKNEY HITS OUT AT ARROGANT GOVERNMENT
REMBRANDTS BRUSH: A GHOST STORY
COMING SOON: JACKSON POLLOCK CROCS
EGYPTS REVOLUTION GRAFFITI BRINGS DOWN BARRICADES
SIBERIAN BISHOP DEMANDS CENSORSHIP OF EROTIC PICASSOS FOR THE GOOD OF THE CHILDREN
DRAWN TO DISTRACTION
SUB-SAHARAN REGION IS OFF GUGGENHEIMS MAP
TITIAN COPY TURNS OUT TO BE A REAL WORK OF ART
BRONTE SISTERS PORTRAIT GOES UNDER THE HAMMER
AFTER A GOOD SCRUB, TITIANS COPY PROVES TO BE THE REAL DEAL
NAPLES MUSIC DIRECTOR BEGINS BURNING ART TO PROTEST AT LACK OF FUNDING
MUSEUM PLANS TO BURN 1,000 ART WORKS TO PROTEST CUTS
NAZI-LOOTED 474-YEAR-OLD PAINTING RETURNS TO HEIRS
RARE BRONZE STATUE OF TOPLESS FEMALE GLADIATOR FOUND IN GERMAN MUSEUM
FORGET THE BABY MONITOR- ESTIMATINGE THE VALUE OF POSHS DAMIEN HIRST ANKLE BOOTS
35 YEARS OF PORTRAITS OF THE QUEEN FROM THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF PORTRAIT PAINTERS
GUARD ACCIDENTLY SHOOTS HIMSELF AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
NO SLEEP FOR THE DREAMERS
HLOBO SE KUNS OOK OP PARYS-TRIENNALE
JULIAN SPALDING CHALLENGES TATE DIRECTOR TO PUBLIC DEBATE OVER HIRST EXHIBITION
QUEEN INVITES STARS TO PRESENT HER GIFT TO THE NATION
STEAL THIS ART? PAINTING STOLEN, ARTIST UPSET
EXHIBITION RE-UNITES TUT ARTISTS
LEONARDO DA VINCI ANATOMY DRAWING GO ON SHOW
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ART TIMES | NEWS / 365 SOUTH AFRICA SHOW, ARTSPACEJHB
10 SA ART TIMES. May 2012
Are you happy on the response for your frst solo show as an artist.
I am very delighted with the response, it has been very well received I have seen some unex-
pected reactions from the viewers who have been through, at the opening there were people
crying, overwhelmed by subject matter and what I imagine is the intensity of seeing such a
large body of work produced and exhibited at one time by one artist. From what I understand
its also had great deal of media interest for a frst unknown solo exhibition.
How did your idea of doing such an ambitious idea evolve
It started from a very simple idea; it was a combination of wanting to make a body of work that
forced me to work every day, without excuse. Also the news seemed like a perfect choice for
daily subject matter, ever changing, ever interesting. When I began the project I had only in-
tended to make good news stories, day one was the story of 10 youngsters being stampeded
to death in a tavern. Somehow the strength of the story and the emotion that bought out in me
set a precedent in that the work was going to somehow present itself to me; I almost felt that it
was the story that chose me, not me that chose the story.
I myself was personally was at a point that I was tired of the news, I was numb to all the bad
news, the murder, the death, the corruption, it had reached a point for me as I believe it has
for others that I had shut down. I started this project to reconnect with the news, to view it in a
new way. Hopefully causing the same outcome in others.
I also wanted to question what is newsworthy, what qualifes my story choices, is the man
arrested for stealing sheep in a hearse less deserving of a canvas than Zuma?
In terms of time, did the project assist you in forcing you to do a certain amount of
painting everyday, or did the project help you to make more art over and above the art
making time set aside every day.
Obviously the project forced me make art every day, the challenge was working in a full time
job and being a single mother. This project did not allow me the time to make more work than
I needed to complete the project, but it has certainly pushed me, and re-ignited my passion for
art making.
When did you make the paintings always the same time of day, or variables?
I would get up at 4am, prime my canvas, draw in the image. Then carry on with my normal
day. On return from work after my daily home chores would write my blog (something I used
as a record keeping tool more than anything else) and then would usually paint into the late
hours, it was a very exhausting year, but so rewarding.
How did you arrive at a similar format of recording each day, did you ever feel that
breaking the size and medium convention would create chaos, or interested when the
show would hang together as an exhibition.
This was purely an aesthetic decision, I am a little ocd and the idea of using different sizes
would never enter into my head, I knew how I wanted to hang the show from the beginning
and wanted very clean graphic lines that echo the works.
365 South Africa at the ArtSpaceJhb
The SA Art Times speaks with Alison McKay regarding her frst Solo Show. Alison painted 1 painting per day for an entire year
about issues relating to the average person on the street. View her blogspot at 365southafrica.blogspot.com
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What was the response from your viewers.
As I said earlier, the general sense was of being a little overwhelmed, what is interesting for me is seeing the viewers reactions,
fnding some paintings sad or disturbing where I myself have been so close to the work for so long, and so immersed in the
media, perhaps I was a little complacent about the intensity of some the imagery.
What are your thoughts as an artist picking up on how the media projects, prioritizes certain news.? Would you feel
that in a sense that the media is looking for news that is marketable, and is able to be repeated everyday, I mean in
order to keep the readers attention, the media house has to choose news that can continually shock readers and
keep their attention. Was it tempting to ever go deeper to the headline story and work the story through in your own
artistic mind.
I think that we are talking about two different mediums of information or telling stories - for sometimes different reasons and au-
diences. The media have a different time space and commercial imperative. Artists necessarily, use a medium that is probably
more enduring in terms of aesthetic appeal and input. The media, I guess, have to create a handle that will grab you from afar.
Artists on the other hand wait quietly for a moment of quiet and deliberate contemplation from the audience to let the work of art
appeal to their trained senses at times to take them. Sometimes the art will engulf the audiences emotions and even without
any fuller understanding from the audience, the works intensity and appeal will work its own magical allure and make its impact
where the artist and the audience, and the message connect at that critical point. So in a way I had to select my own level or
platform to talk to the storyline as it grabbed me. But then I had to transform it into my own personal and emotional medium.
Given the years highs and lows which work sold the best-
I think that there should be a mix of both good and bad news, but if one tries to identify a pattern in the work sold so far, it is
weighted toward the good news. Sometimes the good news interpretation would probably sell its appeal and vice versa.
If the good news works sold the best, surely this would be to a domestic market that has to live with your news head-
lines work on a daily basis. Do you think if you approached a media house, their view of purchasing subjects would
be different say to purchase images that are more provocative and would sell more papers etc.
I am not too sure about that angle. News has nowadays become such a global commodity that even our own news has begun
to make it into overseas newspapers and television channels. Because of this instantaneous coverage of both local and global
news, the fne line between the two has blurred and in a way. To answer your question, I still think that the artistic interpretation
would infuence the medias choices. If I were a media house I would purchase the whole show as it is a general overview of
our country for the year, I dont feel anymore as I did at the beginning of the project that we have the right to pick out only good
news, there is a sense of denial in that. Without the bad there is no good.
What do you have planned for the next show, and how has this show infuenced you to art making now.
I certainly feel that I have been given an amazing opportunity for a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something that few artists
have been able to commit to. It has taken much commitment and time, and this has certainly taught me much about myself
and also about the many supportive people and institutions who have been there when I was at a loss as to what now. I think
that I will continue to work at my art and learn to accept other challenges that help me defne my art and enable me to grow as
a person too.
In choosing just 1 news item per day, is there a danger of making an almost 1 liner type of work- per day and not ex-
ploring a great diversity of a human conditions, or is this deliberate that through the repetition of news and projection
you do begin to describe the human condition over time.
Well, this as I said earlier has been a once-in a lifetime opportunity to express art in a compressed format but over an extended
period of a year. While the items might seem truncated and distinct, they yet do tell the composite story of South Africa Incorpo-
rated if you will. While the 1 item per day might not necessarily capture the full gamut of human emotions, the captive national
audience that in a way has been party to the news making event have also been critical actors in the portrayal of the event;
because they would have read the news before the artwork and thus would be privy to the inputs into the fnal projection. I hope
this makes sense in a roundabout way.
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9 30 May 2012
Gerard de Leeuw (1912-1985)
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Lecture on 19 May 2012 at 10:00 for 10:30
6 27 June 2012
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With lecture
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EVERARD READ
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Oliewenhuis Art Museum
27 March 13 May, Christ and the other Person a series of
paintings by Father Frans Claerhout.
20 April 3 June, Rendezvous Art Project: Focus Painting
(Main Building) a travelling exhibition of works by 60 artists
which uses painting as a medium.
3 May - 17 June, For Future Generations - Hugh Tracey and
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Clarens
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Westhuizen, Erik Laubscher, Jan Vermeiren, Marjorie Wallace,
Eben van der Merwe, Conrad Theys, Hennie Niemann,
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Fana Malherbe & Jean Doyle, glass by David Reade & Shirley
Cloete and numerous others.
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Mutomba, on show until Sunday 10th of June.
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Gregoire Boonzaier, Otto Klar, and various others. Specializing
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Gauteng
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Alice Art
The weekend 12&13 May is artist Bert van Wyk,
19&20 May is Stan Polson and 26&27 May is Portchie.
217 Drive Str, Ruimsig. T. 083 331 8466/ 083 377 1470
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CIRCA on Jellicoe
3 April 12 May, Drawing clouds in the Karoo by
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gallery@circaonjellicoe.co.za www.circaonjellicoe.co.za
Everard Read Jhb
12 April 12 May, Recent Works by Stephen Conroy.
17 May 16 June, Nicky Leigh exhibition.
6 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Jhb. T. 011 788-4805
gallery@everard.co.za www.everard-read.co.za
Gallery 2
Artists currently on show include Eric Duplan, Kate Gottgens,
Lauren Palte, Colbert Mashile, Herman Niehbuhr, Carl Roberts,
Claudette Schreuders and Jenny Stadler.
140 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood. T. 011 447 0155
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14 April 12 May, Self-Organized Systems drawings by
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Johannesburg. T. 011 726 2234. info@artonpaper.co.za
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Opening 24 May @ 18:30, Streetlights by Vaughn Sadie.
On show from 25 May 03 June 2012.
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Goodman Gallery
From 5 May, Brett Murrays Hail To The Thief
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Grahams Fine Art Gallery
The gallery exhibits fne examples of South African art including
works by: Maggie Laubser, J.H Pierneef, Irma Stern, Freida
Lock, Walter Battiss, Alexis Preller, Gerard Sekoto,
Robert Hodgins, Stanley Pinker and Peter Clarke.
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Works by Michael Heyns, Leon Muller, Braam van Wijk,
Marina Louw, Mimi van der Merwe and other artists can be
viewed by appointment in Johannesburg at 16 Halifax Str,
Bryanston. Dana MacFarlane 082 784 6695
dana@16halifaxart.co.za www.16halifaxart.co.za
In Toto
12 April 8 May, Translations: Art into Jewellery Top South
African artists: Karel Nel, Senzeni Marasela, Walter Oltmann,
Diana Hyslop, Loren Kaplan, Norman Catherine, Michael
Frampton, Faiza Galdhari, Dylan Lewis, Marco Cianfanelli,
Wayne Barker and Don Searle have collaborated with the
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Opening 31 May, The Other World exploring the idea of
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(about ffty) until 3 July. 6 Birdhaven Centre, 66 St Andrew Str,
Birdhaven. T. 011 447 6543 megan@intotogallery.co.za
www.intotogallery.co.za
Isis Gallery
Leading Art Gallery in Rosebank showcasing todays most
Modern Contemporary Artists.
Shop 163, The Mall of Rosebank. Contact Daniel Erasmus
T. 011 447 2317 info@isisgallery.co.za www.isisgallery.co.za
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Opening 6 May, with a public lecture by William Kentridge from
2:00 - 3:00pm, the opening reception is at 3:30pm by Sibongile
Khumalo, Coming of Age: 21 years of Artist Proof Studio
a retrospective exhibition of Artist Proof Studio (APS) which
celebrates 21 years of printmaking in Newtown.
On show until 6 July. King George Str, Joubert Park, Jhb.
T. 011 725 3130 tinym@joburg.org.za www.joburg.org.za
Manor Gallery
The Watercolour Society Africa will be opening a new exhibition
on May 5th, entitled Grand Prix. This exhibition features top
South African watercolour artists. The public are invited to at-
tend the opening on Saturday morning 5th May from 10 to 12,
and meet the artists over tea. On show until 2 June 2012.
Manor Gallery, Home of the Watercolour Society of South
Africa. Norscot Manor Centre, Penguin Drive, Fourways,
Gauteng. T. 011 465 7934
F. 011 465 8951 gallery@wssa.org.za www.wssa.org.za
Nirox Projects
Opening Sunday 6 May @ 1pm, Revisited by Maja Maljevic.
Arts on Main, Cnr Main & Berea Streets, Joburg.
For more information please contact: Claire (David Krut
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Opening Fri 4 May @ 18:30 for 19:00, La Colour de LAmour
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Walkabout: Sat 12 May @ 11:00. 173 Mackie Str, Nieuw
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28 April - 26 May, Terra incognita: unknown territories Tribute
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27 March - 29 July in the Henry Preiss Hall, Lady Michaelis
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17 May - 13 July Ink-complete: Capturing Music II photogra-
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14 April 3 May, Their Best Side portraits of people and
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Portchie
Portchie is an unusual if not unique
phenomenon in South African contemporary
art. He is extremely prolic when he
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unassuming, articulate to the point when
he speaks with a staccato burst of words
and just plain plucky. For Portchie is that
rarest of people, a man who discovered
his calling fairly late in life and then there
was no holding him back. He is arguably
the most successful contemporary artist in
South Africa.
Theres a saying that the test of courage
comes when you are in the minority, the
test of tolerance comes when you are in the
majority. Portchie took his courage in both
hands in 1992 when he decided to stake his
name on his quick and undisputed ability with
a brush and canvas. Why was he so condent?
I paint universal themes; children hop-
scotching, people riding bicycles, people
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and this means it is equally as popular in
America, Germany, the United Kingdom or
South Africa, he says. It is not difcult to
understand or appreciate.
But there is more to Portchies work than an
easy understandability. Now that he is widely
known around the world he has an easy
tolerance for others who, he concedes, may
have tried as hard but have not met with his
astonishing success. A painting by Portchie
is always intensely colourful he seems to
see the world in terms of warm yellows, vivid
blues, bright reds, and intense greens. He
says that part of the secret is that he uses
Grumbacher acrylics the nest pigments
of all paints in the world. What is equally
true is that his equable nature seems to have
no room for twilights, for half-shades or for
shadow tones.
For Portchie the world is a bright, cheerful
place and this contagion communicates itself
immediately with the viewer.
It is very obviously a universal appeal and
Portchie has known success ever since he
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Portchie
Portchie is an unusual if not unique
phenomenon in South African contemporary
art. He is extremely prolic when he
paints, and each piece is snapped up. Hes
unassuming, articulate to the point when
he speaks with a staccato burst of words
and just plain plucky. For Portchie is that
rarest of people, a man who discovered
his calling fairly late in life and then there
was no holding him back. He is arguably
the most successful contemporary artist in
South Africa.
Theres a saying that the test of courage
comes when you are in the minority, the
test of tolerance comes when you are in the
majority. Portchie took his courage in both
hands in 1992 when he decided to stake his
name on his quick and undisputed ability with
a brush and canvas. Why was he so condent?
I paint universal themes; children hop-
scotching, people riding bicycles, people
reading my a r t doesnt know any languages
and this means it is equally as popular in
America, Germany, the United Kingdom or
South Africa, he says. It is not difcult to
understand or appreciate.
But there is more to Portchies work than an
easy understandability. Now that he is widely
known around the world he has an easy
tolerance for others who, he concedes, may
have tried as hard but have not met with his
astonishing success. A painting by Portchie
is always intensely colourful he seems to
see the world in terms of warm yellows, vivid
blues, bright reds, and intense greens. He
says that part of the secret is that he uses
Grumbacher acrylics the nest pigments
of all paints in the world. What is equally
true is that his equable nature seems to have
no room for twilights, for half-shades or for
shadow tones.
For Portchie the world is a bright, cheerful
place and this contagion communicates itself
immediately with the viewer.
It is very obviously a universal appeal and
Portchie has known success ever since he
started painting.
PORTCHIEs 20 TO 40 Winter Exhibition
will take place at Alice Art Gallery, 217 Dryf Street, Ruimsig
Sunday, 3 June 2012 from 11h00 - 17h00
Sms to 083 377 1470 to RSVP
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AVA
10 April 4 May, Dripping Away Unattended into Shadows
paintings by Odette Marais and Wired World photography by
Catherine Sassoon as well as Inja Elele a photography exhibi-
tion produced through the Iliso Labantu project.
Opening 7 May @18:00, Didnt want to be your Ghost a pho-
tographic exhibition by Natasja Maria Fourie until 1 June 2012.
Opening 4 June @18:00, Nothing New Under the Sun a solo
exhibition of paintings by Catherine Ocholla, on show until 29
June at 13:00. Association for Visual Arts, 35 Church Str, CT.
T.021 424 7436 art@ava.co.za www.ava.co.za
The Avital Lang Gallery
New artists at gallery Loyiso Mkize, Jordan Sweke, sculptures
by Sacha Leon and many more amazing artworks, so come in
and enjoy a feast of talent. Also dont forget our ceramic and
painting classes continue on a monthly basis. Two Oceans
House, Surrey Place, Mouille Point, CT. (Next to Newport Deli)
T. 021 439 2124 avital.artistinc@gmail.com
www.avitallang.com
Barnard Gallery
18 April 17 May, Just a Matter of Time a solo exhibition by
Jaco van Schalkwyk. 24 May 27 June, Another Mans Vine
by Barry Sullivan. 55 Main St, Newlands. T. 021 671 1666
gallery@barnardgallery.com www.barnardgallery.com
Blank Projects.
12 April 12 May, Strange Days paintings by Jan-Henri
Booyens.
Opening 17 May @18:00, Drawings by Nomthunzi Mashalaba.
Exhibition Closes 9 June.
113-115 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. C.072 507 5951
info@blankprojects.com www.blankprojects.com
Brundyn & Gonsalves (formely iArt)
9 May 20 June, White Termite Mixed Media by Liza Grobler.
71 Loop Str, CT. T. 021 424 5150
info@brundyngonsalves.com www.brundyngonsalves.com
Cape Gallery
15th April 5 May, Bright Horizons - Inspiration: Cape Town a
solo exhibition of recent work by Sybille Lampe.
Opening on Sunday 6th May at 4.30 p.m. The Elements a
solo exhibition of paintings & graphic works by Judy Wood-
borne, on show until 26th May.
60 Church Str, CT. T. 021 423 5309
web@capegallery.co.za www.capegallery.co.za
Carmel Art
Dealers in Fine art, exclusive distributers of Pieter van der
Westhuizen etchings. Cape Quarter Square, 27 Somerset Rd,
Green Point. T. 021 4213333 carmel@global.co.za
www.carmelart.co.za
Casa Labia Galleria
Currently on show until 20 May, Movement/Moment curated
by Joo Ferreira and featuring the works of
Doreen Southwood (Bronze sculptural installation) and
Mark Hipper (Oil on canvas paintings).
Casa Labia Cultural Centre, 192 Main Rd, Muizenberg.
T. 021 788 6068 info@casalabia.co.za www.casalabia.co.za
Cedar Tree Gallery
Contemporary Fine Art Gallery at Rodwell House.
Rodwell Rd, St. James, CT. T. 021 797 9880
cedartreegallery@gmail.com www.cedartreegallery.co.za
The Cellar Private Gallery
The Cellar Private Gallery of Art deals exclusively in original
& investment art, offering works by a variety of renowned &
upcoming SA artists. 12 Imhoff Str, Welgemoed, Bellville
T. 021 913 4189 info@thecellargallery.co.za
www.thecellargallery.co.za
Christies
International Auctioneers.
Juliet Lomberg, Independent Consultant. T. 021 761 2676
jlomberg@iafrica.com www.christies.com
Christopher Mller Art
New arrival at the gallery, visit the website to view Robert
Hodgins, (SA:1920 - 2010), Saluting the fag , oil on canvas,
50 x 60cm a sought after artwork. 7 Kloofnek Road, Gardens,
C T. T. 021 422 1599 Info@christophermollerart.co.za
www.christophermollerart.co.za
Commune.1 Gallery
19 April-19 May, a solo exhibition by Gretchen van der Byl
entitled, Today is the Yesterday of Tomorrow
64 Wale Str, CT. T. 021 423 5600 info@commune1.com
www.commune1.com
Erdmann Contemporary & the Photographers Gallery za
2 May - 2 June, Canaries in the Coalmine Barbara Wilden-
boers sixth solo exhibition. The exhibition will include paper
sculpture, paper cutting, altered books, photography, animation
and installation.
63 Shortmarket Street, CT. T. 021 422 2762
galleryinfo@mweb.co.za www.erdmanncontemporary.co.za
Everard Read CT
19 April 3 May, new works by David Bromley.
17 31 May, Recent Works by Stephen Conroy.
3 Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, CT.
T. 021 418 4527 ctgallery@everard.co.za
www.everard-read-capetown.co.za
34 Fine Art
1 15 May, New Arrivals new works by Takashi Murakami
and Mr. Brainwash as well as other regularly featured artists.
Norman Catherine, Lionel Smit, Asha Zero and others will also
be included, making for an exciting and eclectic Group Exhibi-
tion. 2nd Floor, The Hills Building, Buchanan Square,
160 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock. T.021 461 1863
info@34fneart.com www.34fneart.com
The Framery Art Gallery
From 7 May until 2 June, four hours and a month later... a
group exhibition of selected works by 29 artists. Artists include
Anine Barnard , Mncede Bodlo, Kim Mobey, Vernon de Wee,
Khayalethu Witbooi, John Kramer, Peter Diggery , Elizabeth
Robertson Cambell, Mauritsio dal Prato, Tyrone Appollis,
Mawethu Ntakana, Patrick Mokhuane, Loyiso Mkize, Zolani
Siphingela, Ian Tainton and others . 67g Regent Rd, Seapoint.
T. 021 434 5022 C. 0781227793 debbiegrewe@gmail.com
Gill Allderman Gallery
The Gill Allderman Gallery is dedicated to promoting some of
South Africas valuable talent. Having moved into cyber space,
but based in Kenilworth, Cape Town, the gallery will be special-
ising in home and corporate visits. C.083 556 2540
gallery@new.co.za www.alldermangallery.co.za
Goodman Gallery Cape
21 April 19 June, Minnette Vris new body of multimedia
work entitled Revenant
3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock.
T. 021 462 7573/4 cpt@goodman-gallery.com
www.goodman-gallery.co
Hout Bay Gallery
New artworks by Sarah Danes Jarrett, David Kuijers,
Koos De Wet and many more. Open 7 days a week.
71 Victoria Ave, Hout Bay. T. 021 790 3618
info@houtbaygallery.co.za www.houtbaygallery.co.za
Infn Art Gallery
A gallery of work by local artists.
Wolfe Str, Chelsea Village, Wynberg. T. 021 761 2816 &
Buitengracht Str. CT. T. 021 423 2090 gallery@infnart.co.za
www.infnart.co.za
Irma Stern Museum
5-19 May Terri Broll and Terence King will be holding an
exhibition entitled Moving Paint. Cecil Rd, Rosebank, CT.
T. 021 685 5686 irmastern@uct.ac.za www.irmastern.co.za
Iziko SA National Gallery
Until 13 May, Listening to Distant Thunder:
The Art of Peter Clarke 16 March 8 July, Iqholo le Afrika
(Her African Pride) A Centenary Celebration of the Life and
Work of Barbara Tyrrell. 26 April to 22 July Candice Breitz
Extra!25 Queen Victoria Str, CT. T. 021 467 4660
www.iziko.org.za
Iziko Michaelis Collection
Ongoing, Dutch treat: Dutch works from the 17th20th
centuries in Iziko collections. Iziko Michaelis Collection,
Old Town House, Greenmarket Square, CT. T. 021 481 3800
hproud@iziko.org.za www.iziko.org.za
Iziko Castle of Good Hope
From 26 Feb 2012 to 26 Feb, 2013, Fired an exhibition of
South African ceramics. Buitenkant Str, opposite the Grand
Parade, CT. T. 21 464 1262 kmooney@iziko.org.za
www.iziko.org.za
Johans Borman Fine Art
Currently showing a selection of works by SA Masters Walter
Battiss, Erik Laubscher, Peter Clarke, Cecil Skotnes, Pranas
Domsaitis and Sydney Kumalo, as well as new works by
contemporary artists Hussein Salim, Walter Meyer, Hennie
Niemann Jnr, Jacobus Kloppers and Jaco Sieberhagen.
16 Kildare Road, Newlands, CT. T. 021 683 6863.
art@johansborman.co.za www.johansborman.co.za
Kalk Bay Modern
12 April 12 May, a solo exhibition of recent works by Nicolaas
Maritz, titled Lucky Packet No.2
Opening Weds 30 May @6pm, Still Life with Walter Meyer,
Gail Catlin, Ben Coutouvidis & Hanneke Benade, on show until
30 June. 1st Floor, Olympia Buildings, 136 Main Rd, Kalk Bay.
T.021 788 6571 kbmodern@iafrica.com
www.kalkbaymodern.com
Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery
A large selection of artworks by new and prominent South
African artists and SA old Masters.
31 Kommandeur Rd, Welgemoed, Bellville. T. 021 913 7204/5
lindy@artpro.co.za www.artpro.co.za
The Lovell Gallery
25 April 19 May: Tanisha Bhana, Transience. Her work em-
ploys a fascination in deliberately destroying digital images in
order to create aged, dreamlike visions of futuristic landscapes,
to place the viewer in the position of looking back at our future.
139 Albert Rd, Woodstock. T. 021 820 5505
info@lovellgallery.co.za www.lovellgallery.co.za
The Project Room Gallery
3 31 May, Introducing The Nature of Women New Paintings
by Milly Jones.
Open from 9am 8 pm daily. Please email us to add you to
our E-vite list. 2nd foor, Old Port Captains Building, Pierhead,
Dock Road, V&A Waterfront T.021 425 7884 theprojectroom@
afraicantradingport.com theprojectroomgallery.blogspot.com
Red! The Gallery
On Thursday 10 May @ 7pm, a joint exhibition featuring
Michael Waters & David Kuijers. The gallery will exhibit a great
new body of work by these two great artists. It will be a live
Paint Jam style exhibition with a seated dinner in the gallery.
R200 per head for a three course meal. Booking essential
Steenberg Village shopping centre ,Reddam Avenue, Tokai.
T. 021 7010886 red@redthegallery.co.za
www.redthegallery.co.za
Rose Korber Art
1 31 May: Some Special Works from Private Collections
an exhibition featuring a range of paintings and original prints
by celebrated and lesser known, contemporary South African
artists all to be sold at specially reduced prices until the end
of May 2012. Painters include names such as Louis Jansen
van Vuuren, Lukas van Vuuren, Jan Vermeirin, Xolile Mtakatya
and David Hlongwane; while fne, original, limited edition prints
by Colbert Mashile, Kim Berman, Mandla Vanyaza, Tyrone
Appollis, Patrick Holo, Robert Siwangaza and Godfrey Ndaba
add a dynamic sparkle to the show.Hours: Monday-Friday: 9
am 5 pm. Weekends and public holidays by appointment.
48 Sedgemoor Rd, Camps Bay, CT. T. 021 438 9152
C.082 781 6144 roskorb@icon.co.za www.rosekorberart.com
Rudds Auctioneers
Antique, Fine and Decorative Art.
87 Bree Street, CT. T.021 426 0384
info@rudds.co.za www.rudds.co.za
WESTERN CAPE / GALLERY GUIDE | ART TIMES
The Cape Gallery, 60 Church Street seeks
to expose fine art that is rooted in the South
African tradition, work which carries the unique
cultural stamp of our continent and yet can
touch the imagination of others who view it.
Rotating exhibitions add to the diverse and often
eclectic mix of work on show. The Church Street
walking mall is the oldest in Cape Town.
featured artist: Judy Woodborne
THE CAPE
GALLERY
Open Mon - fri: 9h30 - 17h00
Sat: 10h00 - 14h00
27 21 423 5309
cgallery@mweb.co.za
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Pieter van Heerden, Director of the Association of
Arts Pretoria extends a hearty welcome to
LA COLOUR DE LAMOUR
An exhibition of paintings done and inspired in Paris by
ISABEL LE ROUX
The exhibition will be opened by
AMORE BEKKER
Well known presenter RSG
On Friday 4 May 2012 at 18:30 for 19:00
Walkabout : Saturday 12 May 2012 at 11h00
Association of Arts Pretoria: 173 Mackie Street,
Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria. Tel: 0123463100
artspta@mweb.co. Closing date: 23 May 2012
In our life there is a single colour, as on the artist palette, which provides the
meaning of life and art. It is the colour of love. Marc Chagall.
www.isabellerouxart.com or www.isabelleroux.co.za
94 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban 4001
Mon. - Fri. 8.30 am-5 pm. Sat. - 9 am-3 pm T: 031 312 3804/5 F: 031 312 3818
africanartcentre@afri-art.co.za www.afriart.org.za
Section 21 Not for gain company
Graces & Virgins
Sso Ka-Mkame
Sso Ka-Mkame at the African Art Centre
Rust-en-Vrede Gallery
8 May 31 May, In Salon A: Christiaan Diedericks.
Salon B: Group Exhibition of paintings Life Susan Kruger-
Grundlingh, Annelie Venter, Corlie de Kock, Marie Grotepas,
Marie Stander, Lynie Olivier, Tarryn Gordon, Caryn Scrimgeour,
Anthea Delmotte, Celia van Heerden, Di Smith, Natasha de
Wet. Salon C: Paintings by Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen.
Offce Showcase: Ceramics by Laura du Toit. In The Cube: A
Touch of Japan: Ceramics by Ralph Johnson and students.
10 Wellington Rd, Durbanville. T.021 976 4691
rustenvrede@telkomsa.net www.rust-en-vrede.com
Salon 91
26 April 26 May, The Man of Dust a debut solo exhibition of
new paintings on paper by Paul Senyol.
Opening Weds 30th of May @ 19h30 Into the Night solo exhi-
bition of photography by Niklas Zimmer, on show until 23 June.
91 Kloof Str, Gardens, CT. T 021 424 6930
info@salon91art.co.za www.salon91.co.za
The South African Society Members Exhibition 1
Opening - Friday 18 May at 18h00 and runs through to Sunday
27 May. The exhibition will be opened by Richard Smith. Open
Daily from 09h30 - 17h30. The Sanlam Hall, Kirstenbosch
Gardens (entrance2) If there are any queries or you would like
an invitation to the opening, please contact The South African
Society of South Africas secretary, Liz Pearson, on 082 222
2820 or email gchambers@mweb.co.za.
South African Print Gallery
A wide selection of fne art prints by South African masters
and contemporary printmakers.
28 April-24 May, Theo Paul Vorster exhibition.
26 May-28 June, Alice Goldin Retrospective Print Show.
109 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 6851
info@printgallery.co.za www.printgallery.co.za
Sanlam Art Gallery
17 April 8 June, Index 40 leading works from the Sanlam
Art Collection.
24 July 28 Sept, Gerard De Leeuw Centenary Exhibition of
bronze sculptures.
Sanlam, 2 Strand Rd, Bellville. T. 021 947 3359
sanlamart@sanlam.co.za www.sanlam.co.za
SMAC Art Gallery, Cape Town
1 April - 30 May, Collection 16 a group show.
In-Fin-Art Building,Buitengracht Str, CT. T. 021 422 5100
info@smacgallery.com www.smacgallery.com
StateoftheArt.co.za Online Art Gallery
A curated online art gallery bringing you original and affordable
artwork created by selected Fine Arts students and graduates
emerging from South Africas most prestigious art schools. With
an extensive selection of styles and genres to refect your taste,
budget and requirements, and a range of services to support
your choices, buying art couldnt be any simpler. T. 0724709272
info@StateoftheArt.co.za www.StateoftheArt.co.za
Stephan Welz & Company
29 & 30 May, Decorative & Fine Arts Auction. Public Viewing
25 27 May. The Great Cellar, The Alphen Hotel, Alphen Drive,
Constantia. T. 021 794 6461 ct@stephanwelzandco.co.za
www.stephanwelzandco.co.za
Stevenson Cape Town
4 April - 12 May, a group exhibition Trade Routes over Time
17 May 30 June, The Other Half: Past and Future Now a
solo exhibition by Michael MacGarry, a coherent body of work
comprising new sculpture, installation, photography and video.
Ground Floor, Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Rd,
Woodstock, CT. T. 021 462 1500 cpt@stevenson.info
www.stevenson.info
Strauss & Co.
Fine Art Auctioneers & Consultants.
The Oval, 1st Floor Colinton House, 1 Oakdale Rd, Newlands.
T. 021 683 6560 ct@straussart.co.za www.straussart.co.za
What if the World Gallery
19 April 26 May, Booty an exhibition of new drawings and
installation by Julia Rosa Clark.
208 Albert Rd, Woodstock, CT. T. 021 448 1438
info@whatiftheworld.com www.whatiftheworld.com
Franschhoek
Ebony
During the Franschhoek Literary Festival from 11 13 May a
selection of new works by Olaf Bisschoff, Claudia Ongaro,
Keri Muller, Helene van Aswegen and many more.
11 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 4477
info@ebonydesign.co.za www.ebonydesign.co.za
The Gallery at Grande Provence
Opening Sunday 6 May @ 11:00, a group exhibition of
contemporary altarpieces entitled Altered Pieces. The
exhibition, Transformed by renowned sculptor, Anton Smit, will
be presented in The Sculpture Garden and The Gallery. The
Project Room and Cathedral will feature an exhibition entitled
The Painted Word. This extensive group show will include
artworks by prominent South African contemporary artists.
Botanical artworks by Barbara Pretorius and a photographic
exhibition of indigenous succulents by Riaan Chambers will be
on shown in The Shop.
Main Rd, Franschhoek. T. 021 876 8630.
gallery@grandeprovence.co.za www.grandeprovence.co.za
Holden Manz Collection
New Karin Miller collages, Marie Stander charcoals and a set
of 43 amazing Cecil Skotnes woodcuts are on show at the
moment well worth a visit!
30 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek T. 021 876 44 02
info@holdenmanz.com www.holdenmanz.com
Is Art
22 April 11 June, The Franschhoek Literary Festival Group
Exhibition 2012. 16 Huguenot Str, Franschhoek.
T. 021 876 8443 isart@lqf.co.za www.is-art.co.za
George
Hyatt Regency Oubaai
Transitions a collection of new sculptures by Anton Smit.
406 Herolds Bay Rd,George. T. 044 851 1234
Milissa.els@hyatt.com www.oubaai.regency.hyatt.com
Strydom Gallery
2 May 4 June, a selection of South African Art.
5 June 6 July, South Cape Exhibition.
79 Market Str, George. T. 044 874 4027
info@artaffair.co.za www.artaffair.co.za
Hermanus
Abalone Gallery
During May in the Main Gallery: Group Exhibition selected
works on canvas & on paper, sculptures by :Titia Ballot,
Christo Coetzee, John Clarke, Jackson Hlungwani, Elzaby
Laubscher, Amos Letsoalo, Judith Mason, Lynette ten
Krooden, Carl Roberts, Susanna Swart, Yang Zulu.
In the Annex: Until 20 May - Solo Exhibition by Louis van
Heerden - Recent works on canvas and on paper.
2 Harbour Rd, The Courtyard, Hermanus. T. 028 313 2935
info@abalonegallery.co.za www.abalonegallery.co.za
Art Amble Hermanus Village
Ten diverse and unique Galleries all within walking distance in
the heart of Hermanus Village. Four resident artists studios to
visit. Collect your Art Amble Guide at any one of the Galleries
in Main Road or at the Hermanus Tourism Offce. Contact Terry
Kobus on 083 259 8869 or email originals@hermanus.co.za
for more information.
Originals Gallery
The art studio and gallery of Terry Kobus. See the artist at work
in his studio and view his latest paintings in an intimate gallery
space.Shop 22 Royal Centre, 141 Main Rd, Hermanus. T. 083
259 8869 originals@hermanus.co.za
www.OriginalsHermanus.blogspot.com
Shelley Adams Studio & Gallery
A permanent exhibition of artworks by Shelley Adams in her
personal studio space. She also offers ongoing art courses, crit
classes and workshops.
19A Royal Centre, Main Rd, Hermanus. C. 072 677 6277
www.shelley-adams.com
Walker Bay Art Gallery
View the wide selection of paintings, sculpture & ceramics by
established as well as up and coming South African artists.
171 Main Rd, Hermanus. contact: Francois Grobbelaar 028
312 2928 francois@walkerbayartgallery.co.za www.walkerba-
yartgallery.co.za
Klein Karoo
Sheena Ridley Open Studio and Sculpture Garden
Sculptures and Paintings
N9 Langkloof near Uniondale, Klein Karoo T. 083 5892881
sheena@ridley.co.za www.ridley.co.za
Knysna
Dale Elliott Art Galleries
Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa!
2 Galleries: Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre & The Knysna
Mall T. 044 382 5646
dale@daleelliott.co.za www.daleelliott.co.za www.elliottarton-
line.wordpress.com
A Different Drummer
An on-going exhibition of traditional African artefacts, photo-
graphs, ceramics, sculpture, paintings and objets de vertu.
Thesen House, 6 Long Street, Knysna. T. 044 382 5107
gallery@fnearts.co.za
Sally Bekker Art Studio
Ongoing exhibition Recent Watercolour and Oil Paintings
Upstairs in the Knysna Mall. C.082 342 3943 sally_bekker@
hotmail.com

Langebaan
Bay Gallery
Bay Gallery supports excellent, local artists, many of whom are
members of S.A.S.A. All mediums exhibited. Marra Square,
Bree St., Langebaan. Contact: Daphne 073 304 8744
baygallery@xsinet.co.za www.baygallery.co.za
Oudtshoorn
ArtKaroo Gallery
A selection of authentic Karoo fne art by various estab-
lished and emerging artists.
107 Baron van Reede, Oudtshoorn. T.044 279 1093
janet@artkaroo.co.za www.artkaroo.co.za
Paarl
Hout Street Gallery
The Hout Street Gallery specialises in South African paint-
ings and fne art and offers an extensive range of ceramics,
sculpture, creative jewellery, glass, crafts and functional art.
270 Main Str, Paarl. T. 021 872 5030
zetler@icon.co.za www.houtstreetgallery.co.za
Piketberg
AntheA Delmotte Gallery
15 April 20 July, Images from the Platteland a group
show with John Kramer, Clare Menck, Merle de Jager,
AntheA Delmotte, Annelie Venter
The Old Bioscope, 47 Voortrekkerstr. C. 0732817273
anthea@adgallery.co.za

Prince Albert
Prince Albert Gallery
Established in 2003, the Prince Albert Gallery always has
an eclectic mix of art on display. From George Coutouvidiss
quirky post-modern cartoonism to Guy du Toits striking
bronzes 57 Church Str, Prince Albert. T. 023 541 1057 C.
082 749 2128 (Brent) karoogallery@intekom.co.za
www.princealbertgallery.co.za
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Eastern Cape
Alexandria
Quin Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Enjoy refreshments under the jacaranda tree while enjoying the
sculptures of international sculptor Maureen Quin.
5 Suid Str, Alexandria, Eastern Cape, following the signs from
the main street. T. 046 6530121 C. 082 7708000
quin@intekom.co.za www.quin-art.co.za
East London
Ann Bryant Gallery
19 April 5 May, in the Coach House charcoal drawings by
Valerie Liebenberg and textile art pieces by Audette Jooste.
Opening 15 May 15 June, in the Main Gallery Cedric Nunn
Solo Exhibition of photography.
10 26 May, The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and
Culture will be hosting an exhibition in the Coach House. This
is a preliminary exhibition which will go to the Grahamstown
National Arts Festival.
Opening Thurs 31st May at 18h30, Anything but Painting
East London Fine Art Society Exhibition. The East London Fine
Art Society invites artists to submit their artwork on the theme
Anything but Painting which can be woodwork, beadwork,
leatherwork, sculpture, needlework, or simply anything where
painting is not the dominant media. Please submit your work
on or before Tuesday 29th May 2012. The exhibition closes
Saturday 16th June.
9 St. Marks Rd, Southernwood, East London. T. 043 722 4044
annbryant@intekom.co.za www.annbryant.co.za
Malcolm Dewey Fine Art
Ongoing exhibition of oil paintings by Malcolm Dewey plus
works by a selection of local artists.
60 Darlington Rd, Berea, East London. T. 043 7260421
art@dewey.co.za www.originalart.co.za
Vincent Art Gallery
The gallery houses an exceptional collection of fne arts,
sculptures, blown glass, ceramics, exclusive jewellery and
decor items.
2 Donald Rd, Vincent, East London. T. 043 726 4356
vinceart@lantic.net www.vincentartgallery.co.za
Port Elizabeth
ArtEC
3 12 May, Form-Physical-Spiritual an exhibition by Deon
Lemmer and Maureen Quin.
15 26 May, the 2011 New Signature winners Exhibition.
On show until 9 June, Siyadala an exhibition of artworks
created by students in Grade 4-10 from Joe Slovo.
36 Bird Str, P.E. T. 041 585 3641
gallery@artecpe.co.za www.artecpe.co.za
The Athenaeum
3 April 11 May, Large Works exhibition.
Opening 16 May a photography exhibition entitled The
Constructed Self which forms part of a Masters thesis for Nina
Joubert, runs until the 23 May.
7 Belmont Terrace, Central, Port Elizabeth. T. 041 501 8300
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum
4 Feb 13 May, Process revealed: How artworks are made
See how artworks and craft comes to life as we reveal the
rough drawings, sketches as well as works in progress, along-
side their completed work.
3 March 6 May, George Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba (1912-
2001)It is the 100th anniversary of George Pembas birth this
year and to celebrate this milestone, the South African Post
Offce has released a set of commemorative stamps. Be a part
of the celebration by coming to the Art Museum and seeing the
stamps next to the original artworks.
15 March 6 May, Ceramics Southern Africa (Eastern Cape)
Annual Regional Exhibition 2012
12 May 24 June, Size MattersDoes size really matter?
Find out which side of the scale tickles your fancy as we take
a look at a variety of artworks from overwhelmingly large to
breathtakingly small.
17 May 6 June, International Museums Day Exhibition:
Museums in a Changing World. New Challenges, New Inspira-
tions is the theme for the 35th International Museum Day on
18 May 2012. Come see how museums in Nelson Mandela
Bay have kept up with the speed of the world as we compare
the old and the new.
20 June 15 July, In Praise of Vessels/Treasures These two
group exhibitions, organized respectively by the Friends of the
Art Museum and Ceramics SA Eastern Cape, will form part of
the Nelson Mandela Bay Fine Art Fringe on the 2012 National
Arts Festival. The exhibition challenges artists in the Eastern
Cape to produce top craft.
1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth. T. 041 5062000
artmuseum@mandelametro.gov.za www.artmuseum.co.za
Ron Belling Art Gallery
22 May 16 June, Leon de Bliquy: Recent Works.
30 Park Drive, P.E. T. 041 586 3973
ronbelling@mweb.co.za www.ronbelling.co.za
Kwazulu- Natal
Durban
The African Art Centre
16 May 2 June, Virgins and Graces an exhibition of oil
pastels on paper by Sfso Ka- Mkame.
94 Florida Rd, Durban. T. 031 312 3804/5
africanartcentre@afri-art.co.za www.afriart.org.za
ArtSPACE Durban
7 May 26 May, I Spy Dee Donaldsons art class in the
Main Gallery and Bits and Pieces Sculpture by Gerald
Baise in the Middle Gallery.
28 May 16 June, A Journey into Ink acrylic and ink on
canvas by Bradley Schwartz
3 Millar Rd, Stamford Hill, Durban. T.031 312 0793
info@artspace-durban.com www.artspace-durban.com
Christies International Auctioneers.
Gillian Scott Berning, Independent Consultant.
T 031 207 8247 Gillian.gsb@mweb.co.za
www.christies.com
Elizabeth Gordon Gallery
A gallery situated in vibrant Florida Road, offering a variety
of SA art. Stockists of Dave Tomlinson bronzes.
120 Florida Road, Durban T. 031 3038133
joy@elizabethgordon.co.za www.elizabethgordon.co.za
The Collective
7 May 12 May (1 week), On-Form the Martin Burnett
Memorial Exhibition. 14 May 19 May (1 weeks) The
Collective Team Celebrating one year at the Collective with
a group show of its staff. 21 May 26 May (1 week), CFAD
Awards show.48b Florida Rd, (entrance in 4th Avenue)
Greyville, Durban. T. 031 303 4891 thecollectivedurban.
blogspot.com
KZNSA Gallery
20 April 6 May, Call and Response a solo exhibition by
Cedric Nunn.166 Bulwer Rd, Glenwood. T. 031 277 1705
gallery@kznsagallery.co.za www.kznsagallery.co.za
Tamasa Gallery
A small commercial gallery, Tamasa exhibits a broad variety
of contemporary KZN artists.
36 Overport Drive, Berea, Durban. T. 031 207 1223
Stellenbosch
IS Sculpture
8 March July 2012, an exhibition of sculpture by Ian
Redelinghuys and curated by Ilse Schermers Griesel of IS
Art will be on show at the Tokara Delicatessen, Helshoogte
Road, Banhoek, Stellenbosch. T. 021 876 8443
isart@lqf.co.za www.is-art.co.za
Rupert Museum
28 Sept 2011 1 Sept 2012, an extensive selection of
works by Willem Strydom consisting of sculptures and
unique drawings. Stellentia Avenue, Stellenbosch
T. 021 888 3344 saw@remgro.com
www.rupertmuseum.org
SMAC Art Gallery
29 March- 24 May, My Show by Georgina Gratrix.
1st Floor, De Wet Centre, Church Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021
887 3607
info@smacgallery.com www.smacgallery.com
Spier
8 March 31 May, Tamlin Blakes exhibition Altered Yarns
presents a series of tapestries woven from re-cycled,
handspun newspaper.
Spier Wine Tasting Venue, R310, Stellenbosch.
www.spier.co.za
Stellenbosch Art Gallery
An extensive selection of paintings, sculpture, handmade
glass & ceramics by selected Western Cape artists are on
offer to the discerning buyer.
34 Ryneveld Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 887 8343
mjg@kingsley.co.za www.stellenboschartgallery.co.za
US Art Gallery (University of Stellenbosch)
14 April 12 May, Our Land by Carl Becker &
Monique Pelser. Opening 2 May @ 18:30, Journey of a
Woman by Rachelle Bomberg until 26 May. Cnr of Dorp
and Bird Str, Stellenbosch. T. 021 808 3524/3489
corliah@sun.ac.za
Somerset West
Liebrecht Art Gallery
11 - 31 May. Sound image 12 oils each by Clare Menck
& Anthea Delmotte to coincide with the performance of
impressionist composer Claude Debussys First Book of
12 Preludes in the Gallery the Friday evening, 11 May by
internationally acclaimed pianist Luis Magalhes. Special
preview the Friday evening. Offcial opening on 16 May.
Rare collection of works signed at back by the internation-
ally established duo TwoPianists (Magalhes and his wife
Nina Schumann) to commemorate the occasion. Dinner
function after concert. 34 Oudehuis Str, Somerset West. T.
021 852 8030 C. 082 682 5710 vineyardartists@gmail.com
www.liebrechtgallery.com
Villiersdorp
Dale Elliott Art Gallery
Leaders of the painting course concept in South Africa!
80 Main Rd, Villiersdorp. T. 028 840 2927
dale@daleelliott.co.za www.daleelliott.co.za www.elliot-
tartonline.wordpress.com
Wilderness
Beatrix Bosch Studio
Unique works in leather as well as paintings & photography
can be viewed at her studio.
57 Die Duin, Wilderness. T. 044 877 0585
www.beatrixbosch.co.za
Pharoah Art Gallery
The gallery features an exquisite collection of Peter
Pharoahs fne art originals & prints including rich colourful
portraits, unforgettable African wildlife and bold textured
abstracts that are inspired by his travels around Africa.
Wilderness Centre, George Road, Wilderness T. 044 877
0265 C. 076 976 2629 gallery@peterpharoah.com www.
peterpharoah.com
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Fine Art Printmaking in SA Today Feature
By Kim Berman. Photographs: Christo Harvey
Now that Artist Proof Studio has come of age as a dynamic community-based printmaking
studio, it is opportune to refect upon aspects that have sustained its growth over the years.
When I returned to Johannesburg in 1990, after seven years of study in Boston, I was
inspired by three things. The frst was the tradition of community arts organizations in South
Africa, such Rorkes Drift and FUNDA, that had nurtured the outstanding talents of the
disadvantaged majority during the many years of oppression. The second, more immediate
source of inspiration was my experience at the Artists Proof, a printmaking collective in
Cambridge, where while training as a master printer, I learned about the virtues of printmak-
ing collaborations , co-operative exchange as well as the management of a printmaking
studio. The third and most important source of inspiration was Nelson Mandelas call for
each one of us to contribute to democracy in a post-apartheid South Africa.
Determined to implement that vision, I sold my belongings, purchased a French Tool
etching press and shipped it from the U.S. to a yet-to-be established organization in Johan-
nesburg. Through my mothers Frame-Up art gallery, I was fortunate to meet artist-teacher
Nhlanhla Xaba, who despite his commitment to black consciousness, was willing to join
me, as a white woman in co-founding a multi-racial studio. In turn, Xaba brought in many
of the established Rorkes Drift-trained artists as founding members, including Sokaya
Charles Nkosi, Vincent Baloyi, Mmakgabo Sebedi, Muzi Donga and others, who shared the
vision of art-making to imagine and to foster an educated, egalitarian society.
The early years of capacity-building as a means of redress were not always easy. The frst
studio at 57 Jeppe St in Newtown was far from state-of-the art, but the real challenge lay
in overcoming the racial distrust fostered during the apartheid years. Despite this legacy,
teachers and students alike were determined and energized by the vision of being a part
of building a democratic co-operative studio that refected the magical energy of Mandelas
vision of a new South Africa. During these years of redress, I taught evening classes
and fund-raised, while Nhlanhla, a gifted teacher, managed the daily operations of the
studio. I then joined the former Wits Technikon now University of Johannesburg as a full
time lecturer. We were able to celebrate our stability as an organization with a move to ex-
panded quarters at Building #9, 1 President Street, in 1995, as a venue for the frst Africus
Johannesburg Biennale that marked South Africas entry into the international art-world.
APS undertook an ambitious print exchange with nine countries which we called Volatile
Alliances and in the process Nhlanhla and I trained our students Ezekiel Budeli and later
Osiah Masakwameng as excellent edition printers.
From the beginning, art production at Artist Proof Studio has explored collaboration through
working in teams. Over the years, collaborative prints and murals have been created that
link APS to the public realm, creating a broader awareness of pressing issues such as
HIV/AIDS or xenophobia in the public mind and that of the APS artists as well.
This frst phase of optimism and growth was abruptly terminated by the catastrophic fre of
March 9, 2003 that burned APS to the ground, taking with it not only all of the artists works,
but even more disastrously, the life of Nhlanhla Xaba, mentor, teacher and friend. I was
determined that the vision he had lived and died for would continue. Fortunately, the news
of Xabas tragic death galvanized the South African art community, which, with extraordi-
nary generosity, contributed to the building of new quarters in the former Bus Factory at
One President Street. It still today seems miraculous that the beautiful new facility opened
one year to the day after the fre, on March 9, 2004. Since then, we have been sustained by
two fundamental concepts: imagination and resiliencethat guide our efforts to construct
our future.
The process of transformation and rebirth also involved the challenge of reconciliation. I
remain grateful to my sister, Hayley Berman, founder of the Lefka Art Therapy Centre, who
partnered with APS artists to discuss issues of loss and regeneration, opening the wounds
that led to healing. Shortly thereafter, the students created the collaborative Out of Fire
collages from the remains of the burnt prints. Lining the staircase of Artist Proof Studio,
they convey a continuous, inspiring message: new art and a new future can be created
out of trauma and loss. To further facilitate reconciliation, I presented a challenge to all
APS members to regard the organization as an ubuntu space, a space of sharing and of
honoring traditional communal values. The most recent phase of our history has focused
on the role of the artist as a citizen actively contributing to social justice. While the artists
individual works continue to explore issues of identity and their personal journeys, they are
also engaged in alliances with both NGOs and businesses to address public concerns. In
2006, in preparation for the Sasol Wax Award exhibition, each member of APS made a print
that honored someone they knew who had died of HIV/AIDS. Continues on next page
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Coming of Age is a retrospective exhibition of Artist Proof Studio (APS) which celebrates 21
years of printmaking in Newtown. The exhibition will open on 6th May 2012 at the Johan-
nesburg Art Gallery (JAG). This event will be a unique opportunity to experience the talent
and energy of the artists at Artist Proof Studio as well as other established artists who have
supported the studios growth over the last 21 years.
Artist Proof Studio, a community based printmaking studio, partners with corporates, patrons,
foundations, artists and individuals to create an environment in which talented young artists
are offered the space and opportunity to reach their full potential. Editions of historic and
current Artist Proof Studio artists will be showcased in 18 uniquely curated spaces within the
Johannesburg Art gallery.
The exhibition will include the works of Philemon Hlungwane, Nelson Makamo, Lehlogonolo
Mashaba, Lucas Nkgweng, Kim Berman and many emerging talents. New releases of edi-
tions from collaborating artists include William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Wim Botha, Norman
Catherine, Paul Edmunds, Gerhard Marx, Colbert Mashile, Chris Diedericks,
Kudzanai Chiurai and others. Please join us on Sunday the 6th May for a public lecture by
William Kentridge at 2pm, followed by the opening of the exhibition by Sibongile Khumalo.
APS looks forward to hosting members of the public at various events during the exhibition
and will hold a series of lectures, printmaking demonstrations, and walkabouts during the
month of May at the Johannesburg Art gallery and at Artist Proof Studio. There will be regular
updates on the website: www.artistproofstudio.co.za or for more info contact Tiny at tinym@
joburg.org.za or Noli at admin@artistproofstudio.co.za.
Fine Art Printmaking in SA Today Feature
Excerpted and edited by Pamela Allara, emerita, Brandeis University. Image: Hannah Swartz
[William Kentridge was in Residence at Harvard University during March and April while
delivering Six Drawing Lessons, the Charles Eliot Norton lectures for 2012. The title of the
interview is drawn from the third of the remarkable series of lecture-performances. Kentridge
frst came to Artist Proof Studio in 1997 to create etchings for the Emandulo (In the Beginning)
book/portfolio project, organized by Kim Berman and New York-based artist Robbin Ami
Silverberg. His subsequent projects have all involved linotype.]
After graduating from Wits, I worked at the Johannesburg Art Foundation, one of the frst
multi-racial art schools in the country. One of the things I did there was to teach etching. So I
believe in supporting Artist Proof Studio as a school. Printmaking has been a very central art
form in South Africa, particularly among black artists, and linocut has been favored because it
is cheap and accessible. Artist Proof Studio fts into a tradition of printmaking schools in South
Africa that were not only aesthetic projects, but had a defnite project of poverty alleviation.
But it is also a great printmaking facility. I have a purely selfsh interest in good master printers
being available, and feeling good about the institution both being a school that prints not only
student work but work by artists who are past being students.
My sense is that what Kim has done with Artist Proof Studio is completely remarkable in
both establishing it and keeping it running, and maintaining an openness and pleasure in the
project.
In 2003, I created large linocuts, Walking Man and Telephone Lady, as part of an exhibit
organized by Clive van den Berg at Wits. The plates were printed by Osiah Masekoameng at
Artist Proof, but half way through there was the calamitous fre, and so the edition was never
completed. [In 2010, when I was asked to make prints for a fund-raiser for bursaries for Artist
Proof Studio], I came back to linocut after not having done it for many years. In fact the very
frst prints I made were linocuts, done when I was in high school. There have been several
cases where prints have been done as a beneft to help some institution. Even though it starts
from an external pressure, it has happened on more than one occasion that the image that
emerged is one of the better prints Ive done. With the print, Eight Figures, I had been working
on a commission for a mosaic in Naples, and it was the same terrain. So it was very much
about making a rough drawing and fnding the image in the process of cutting. All the deci-
sions about the lines and negative spaces were worked out on the block itself. But I could not
believe how long the cutting took. So afterwards I decided I would never again cut a linocut
that size. I could hardly move the palm of my hand from pushing the cutting tool!
The third set of linocuts, being worked on now, is a different approach to linocut. Its a series of
ink drawings on paper, transferred to a lino block. Then with the greatest skill possible, the ink
drawing is cut out of the block so that you have the transformation of the brush into a different
materiala sort of anti-linocut!. There are now about 70 to 80 small linos, of which 24 (the
Colour Chart linos) were done at Artist Proof Studio. There is an enormous visible difference
between those cut at Artist Proof Studio and those printed elsewhere. The ones done at Artist
Proof Studio are more interpretative, but I am completely happy to see these different things.
[Colour Chart I and II (each a composite of 12 small linocuts) will be shown in the exhibition
Coming of Age: Artist Proof Studio at 21, opening May 6 at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.]
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FINE ART PRINTMAKING IN SA TODAY FEATURE | ARTLife
Coming of Age: 21 years of Artist Proof Studio
6th May - 6th July 2012. Johannesburg Art Gallery
A public lecture by William Kentridge 2:00 - 3:00pm
Opening reception at 3:30pm by Sibongile Khumalo

Viva Linocut Viva! Observations on
Working with Artist Proof Studio
Interview with William Kentridge
Cambridge Massachusetts, USA, March 22, 2012
Refections Continued
The Reclaiming Lives project led logically to internships with organizations such as Men
As Partners and Sonke Gender Justice. This project marked a new phase for the Paper
Prayers HIV awareness campaign that was started in 1997 into an active advocacy
programme involving student and staff in engagement. APS is strengthened by an active
Board of Directors , patrons, corporate and private partners in developing a sustainable
organizational strategy that is no longer dependent on donor funding, but on producing and
marketing excellence in printmaking. Our Education Unit is sustained by exchange of stu-
dent artwork with scholarship funding from corporate patrons. The APS Professional print
studio and gallery invite established and emerging artists to co-publish editions of prints
which we market to galleries, and public and private collections. In this way APS has been
successful in building new careers and strengthening the South African cultural industries
through skilled graduates.
Looking back at the history of Artist Proof Studio, I am proud of the strength the organiza-
tion has shown over the years, its ability to continuously adapt to new challenges, and to
grow and diversify in ways that preserve the founding ideal of a democratic, community-
based institution. Today, Artist Proof Studio has a three-year certifcate program that is
training over 100 students, a Pro-Shop where APS master printers edition work for some
of South Africas most prominent artists, and a range of outreach programs that engage
the members as artist-citizens. It boasts graduates who are among the rising stars of the
South African art world. The Coming of Age celebrating 21 years of printmaking at JAG
provides the opportunity for the new generation of artists to lead the way toward the future
for Artist Proof Studio.
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Over the past 27 years Cavershams focus has been on professional collabora-
tion, education and development. Individual printmaking projects are undertaken
whilst local and international residencies provide opportunities for groups to work
together. Specialist workshops are run as a forum for sharing print and bookmak-
ing skills and developing mentorship. Caversham has a strong commitment to
community art development through its Masabelaneni Network. The fve rural
and peri-urban CreACTive Centres with links to schools, run annual workshop
programmes which include print and digital arts. These have provided a source
for participation by visiting artists. Accommodation: 2 x Two Bedroom self
catering cottages Location: Caversham is situated in the rural midlands of KZN
and as such, offers a quiet, focussed environment for creative engagement. The
studio is housed in a converted 19th Century Methodist chapel.
The Artists Press is a professional print studio which focusses on hand
lithography and monoprinting. Established over twenty years ago we are com-
mitted to excellence in printmaking and collaboration and to living and working
sustainably. Artists are invited to work on prints with us which we then publish.
The Artists Press is in a beautiful valley in a rural area near White River in
Mpumalanga. Artists and visitors are accommodated in the comfortable guest-
house, a converted farm house. Twice a year we run a monoprint workshop
where a maximum of six people work with two master printers to create prints
which are theirs to take home at the end of the workshop.
The Caversham Press and Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers Directors: Malcolm Christian / Jabu Mtheku
The Artists Press, White River
David Krut Print Workshop, Johannesburg
David Krut Projects is an alternative arts institution dedicated to encouraging
an awareness of and careers in the arts and related literature and media,
and to promoting contemporary culture in a dynamic, collaborative environ-
ment. We have exhibition project spaces, adjacent arts bookstores and
print workshops located at Parkwood and Arts on Main, the major new arts
hub adjacent to downtown Johannesburg. There are also exhibition project
spaces and arts bookstores at the Montebello Design Centre in Cape Town
and in New York.
David Krut Print Workshop (DKW) is a experimental and collaborative
workshop that specialises in intaglio and relief techniques and produces fne
art editions
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The Blue Door Print Studio, Collin Cole, Johannesburg
Warren Editions, Cape Town
Sharon Sampson Press
The Blue Door Print Studio is a small professional print shop run by Collin Cole established in 2002. The Studio is situated on the premises of the St Ninians Church
in a peaceful and focused environment, in Parktown North, Johannesburg. Collin has a masters degree in Printmaking from Rhodes University and has lectured
printmaking at tertiary level for ffteen years and is currently a full time artist. He taught the following printmaking techniques: Serigraphy, Intaglio, Relief printing, off-Set
Lithography as well as all associated photomechanical processes from frst year to masters level.The aim of the studio is primarily to teach those artists and anyone
who has a serious desire, but has always found themselves outside of the often-restricted formal educational institutions, the opportunity to learn printmaking. The
Studio offers, through the exploration of techniques and processes the opportunity for the student to create images that result in traditional limited edition prints.
Warren Editions: Director: Zhan Warren. Address: 3rd foor, 62 Roeland Str, Cape Town. Focus of studio: Etching, Polymer Photogravure and monotype
Other: Internship Program for 2 months. Workshops offered at the studio: Workshops in Basic Etching, Aquatint, Monotype and Polymer Photogravure
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Teaching Institutions, Workshops
Free State Bloemfontein
Central University of Technology Printmaking Dept.
Hilda Faber: hfaber@cut.ac.za Tel 051 5073106
Website:www.cut.ac.za
Intaglio. Also silkscreen, monoprint, relief, colliotype etc.
Gauteng Johannesburg
Artist Proof Studio
Director: Kim Berman Tel: 011 4921278
E-mail: info@artistproofsstudio.co.za
Website: www.artistproofstudio.co.za
Focuses on: Relief, intaglio, silkscreen and photo- mediums.
Classes: Courses, Editioning Services, collaborations.
David Krut Print Workshop (DKW)
Director: David Krut Tel: (0)11 447 0627
E-mail: info-jhb@davidkrut.com
Website: www.davidkrut.com
Experimental and collaborative workshop that specialises in
intaglio and relief and editions. Editioning Services
David Krut Print Workshop (DKW) -Arts on Main
Director: David Krut Tel: (0)11 447 0627
E-mail: info-jhb@davidkrut.com
Website: www.davidkrut.com
Experimental and collaborative workshop that specialises in
intaglio and relief and editions. Editioning Services
The Blue Door Print Studio
Director and Master Printer: Colin Cole
Tel: 082 924 6673.Website: www.art.co.za/collincole
Focus: Intaglio, Relief printing - lino cut, wood cut, collagraph,
stencil card printing, Mono printing direct and indirect /
colour and black and white. Associated photomechanical
processes.
Tims Print Workshop
Director and Master Printmaker: Tim Foulds
Tel: 0823460811 E-mail: timsprintstudio@gmail.com
The Sharon Sampson Studio, Gallery, Workshops.
Director and Master Printer Sharon Sampson
Tel: 082 3226752 E-mail sharonsampson@ibsa.co.za
Website: www.sharonsampson.com
Focus drypoint etching, monoprints, monotypes, collographs
and lino/woodcuts. Classes Yes
University of Johannesburg (UJ) Printmaking Dept.
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.
Department Head: Prof Kim Berman
Tel: 011 559 1098 E-mail web-fada@uj.ac.za
Website: www.uj.ac.za/fada
Focus: Intaglio, Relief, Silkscreen, Photo mediums, Digital.
Vaal University of Technology Printmaking Dept.
Website: www.vut.ac.za/visual
Focus: Relief and Intaglio
Wits University Art School Printmaking Dept.
Printmaking Technition: Nial Bingham
Tel 0742617189
Focus: Monotype, Relief, Litho, Combination of Photo based
mediums and digital.
Pretoria
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
Head of Dept: Andreas Schoenefeld
E-mail: schonenfelda@tut.co.za
Tel: 0727842171
Website: www.artut.co.za/printmaking
University of Pretoria (TUKS)
Head of Dept: Margaret Slabbert
Tel: 012 420 2285
E-mail: margaret.slabbert@up.ac.za
Relief, Intaglio, Plate Litho, Silkscreening, alternative
printmaking (includes digital)
Asprint Print Studio
Director: Andreas Schnfeldt. Contact: 082 943 8872
E-mail: asprint.za@gmail.com Litho, Intaglio, Relief
Mimi van der Merwe Print Studio
Director: Mimi van der Merwe
Tel: 012 4303442 E-mail: mimivandermerwe@telkomsa.net
Focus: Intaglio Classes: Yes
Mpumalanga
The Artists Press
Director: Mark Attwood
Tel: 013 751 3225 Cell 083 6763229
E-mail: mark@artistspress.co.za www.artprintsa.com
Focus on Lithographic technique. Also holds twice year
monoprint classes. Highly recommended Artist
accommodation for collaborating artists, printing editions
Tackach litho presses (75 x 105cm) and seventy stones
Easten Cape
Grahamstown
Fine Line Press - Printmedia Section Rhodes Fine Art
Director: Professor Dominic Thorburn
Tel: 046 6038193 E-mail: d.thorburn@ru.ac.za
Focus: Intaglio, Litho, Silkscreen, Relief and
photo- print mediums.
Port Elizabeth
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University,
Art Department, Printmaking
Head of Dept: Ethna Frankenfeld
Tel. 041 5043358 E-mail: ethna@nmmu.ac.za
Intaglio, Relief, Photo Transfer,
East London
Walter Sisulu University, Art Department, Printmaking
Head of Department: Nhlanhla Nsusha
E-mail: nn@wsu.ac.za Tel 0837520177
Focus on woodblock relief, Intaglio.
Natal KwaZulu Natal
The Caversham Press and Caversham Centre for
Artists and Writers
Malcolm Christian / Jabu Mtheku
Location: Caversham is situated in the rural midlands of
KZN and as such, offers a quiet, focussed environment for
creative engagement. The studio is housed in a converted
19th Century Methodist chapel.
Durban
The Stepping Stone Press
Director: Greg Heyns
Phone 031 303 3193
Durban University of Technology
Art for Humanity Projects
Artists for Human Rights Trust
Director: Jan Jordaan
E-mail: afh@dut.ac.za Tel: 031 373 6610
www.afh.ac.za
Western Cape - Cape Town
Ruth Prowse School of Art
Director: Eunice Gersteyn
Tel 021 4472492 E-mail: admin@ruthprowse.co.za
www.ruthprowse.co.za
Focus on Intaglio, also has relief, silkscreen and photo
print mediums.
Michaelis School of Art, Printmaking
Head of Department: Andrea Steer
32-37 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town.
www.michaelis.uct.ac.za
Focus: Intaglio, Litho, Relief, Silkscreen and Photo-mediums.
Print Workshops
Warren Editions
Director: Zhan Warren
www.warreneditions.co.za
Focus of studio: Etching, Polymer Photogravure and
monotype Other: Internship Program for 2 months
Judy Woodbourne Print Studio
Director: Judy Woodbourne
Spencer St Studio, 6 Spencer Road, Salt-River, Cape Town
Focus of Workshop Etching and monoprint
Teaching Classes Classes are run throughout the year.
Short courses
Pangolin Press / Alma Vorster Print Studio
Director: Alma Vorster
Montebelo Craft Centre,Newlands Ave, Newlands
E-mail: alma.vorster@gmail.com www.montebello.co.za
Intaglio, monoprint and embossing.
Classes.
Christine Scheid Press
Director Christine Scheid.
Press at Stag Studios, in Simonstown Library, Simonstown
www.csb-art.net
Focus on Relief and Intaglio, Gives adult art classes.
Stellebosch University of Stellenbosch,
Art Department, Printmaking
Victoria Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: 021 808 3052
George
Atelier Strydom
Workshop manager: Ian Tainton
Strydom Gallery, 79 Market Street, George.
Tel: 044 874 4027
E-mail: info@artaffair.co.za Website: www.artaffair.co.za
Focus: Intaglio, Relief, lithography. Classes given
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Irma Sterns studies of Arabs have caused so much
of an uproar in the South African art market that they
can be likened to an Arab Spring with Strauss & Co
playing no small role in this. Irma Sterns Arab (R7
000 000 9 000 000), painted on the artists frst
visit to Zanzibar in 1939, is attracting considerable
interest given Strauss & Cos record-breaking sale
last year of Irma Sterns Two Arabs for R21 166 000,
the highest price ever achieved for any painting at
auction in South Africa. Arab has been in the same
family since it was purchased directly from the artist
by the present owners mother over 70 years ago,
and has never before appeared on the market. It is
still in its original Zanzibar frame embellished with
fowers and foliage that are intended to invoke good
fortune. With over 85% of items sold at Strauss &
Cos February 2012 sale, its clear that more South
Africans are taking the business of art buying very
seriously. Bearing in mind this ever-increasing inter-
est in South African art, Strauss & Cos upcoming
auction on 11 June 2012 at the Country Club Johan-
nesburg in Woodmead has a range of art to suit all
tastes and pockets. .
Images:
Irma Stern: Arab.
signed and dated 1939, in the original Zanzibar
frame. oil on canvas R7 000 000 9000 000
William Joseph Kentridge: Dutch Iris
Signed: signed and numbered AP III/IV
etching and aquatint, R350 000- 400 000
Jacob Hendrik Pierneef: A Nude with Roses
linocut: R10 000- 16 000
Sterns Arab Spring at Strauss & Co Continues
The mid-year auction of Stephan Welz and
Company in Cape Town on May 29/30 will offer a
selection of signifcant works from some of South
Africas most sought-after artists, as well as vari-
ous international art works. Amongst the painting
highlights is a portrait by Irma Stern of a young
African woman, her eyes averted and impassive,
her long neck adorned with brass neck bands
in the tradition of the Ndebele people. Painted
in 1954, and purchased by the current owner
directly from the artist, this evocative work has
never before appeared on the market, and with
a pre-sale estimate of R 3 000 000-4 000 000 is
sure to generate considerable interest. Continu-
ing the portrait theme is a very fne example by
Neville Lewis entitled Portrait of a Young Herero
Woman, which carries a low estimate of R 60
000, as well as a painting by Francois Krige
entitled San Woman, with an estimate of R 200
000-300 000. Another Krige painting, Clifton,
with its view of the famous beach and the Twelve
Apostle mountain range in the distance, is an
unusual example of this artists work. Lovers of
surrealism will not be disappointed; Keith Alexan-
der, South Africas foremost surrealist painter, is
without peer in this genre, and Ovoid, on offer at
between R 400 000-600 000, masterfully captures
the vast silence and sense of solitude so typical of
the Namib Desert he loved so well. Two works by
Fred Page, another surrealist painter whose work
is rapidly gaining widespread recognition, are also
on offer. The company is also delighted to be of-
fering four Robert Hodgins paintings, each gifted
by the artist to the current owner and never before
available on the market. Serial Disintegration of a
Human Head, and Night Brothel both exhibit the
fne use of colour, space and placing so integral
to Hodgins work whilst touching on the sombre
human condition which was often the theme of his
paintings. Works by several contemporary artists
are also available, notably Meyer Uranovsky,
whose powerful work entitled Museum feels as if
it has been brought to life by some gigantic force
of nature.
Each of the other departments also offers several
items of interest. From the book session, Congo,
signed by Irma Stern and on offer at R25 000-35
000 is sure to generate keen interest. Collectors
of Oriental ceramics and works of art will not be
disappointed at the selection on offer, and for
those who appreciate the work of local cerami-
cists, the rare offering of a large Esias Bosch tile
panel decorated with koi fsh, on auction at an es-
timate of R 160 000-180 000 is sure to delight. An
18th century Cape Armoire at R 150 000-180 000
is the piece de resistence of the furniture session,
whilst an Arts and Craft silver bowl, and a 18ct
white gold diamond tennis bracelet suspending
a diamond charm in the form of a handbag, are
sure to attract much attention in these sections.
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By Michael Coulson. Photos by Christo Harvey
Thank heavens the builders have fnished at last, says Wits Arts Museum
(WAM) senior curator Julia Charlton, a sentiment belied by the banging and
hammering that punctuates our talk. Oh, she explains, thats just the picture
rails being hung. Or it may be the installation of the fxtures for the coffee bar
downstairs. But the structural work is all completed. And beautifully completed
it is, too; fnancial stringency may have trimmed the budget for the new facility,
which started at R46m, escalated to R68m, and then had to be pared back to
R42m, but theres been no skimping on the quality of what remains, whether
the gleaming white cube of the main exhibition space or the cavernous storage
spaces and other behind-the-scenes facilities.
While the old Gertrude Posel gallery in the Senate House was also purpose-de-
signed, it was never particularly welcoming, not least because visitors had to run
the gauntlet of the notoriously user-unfriendly Wits security staff. Having said that,
a decade is far too long for one of our premier educational institutions to be with-
out a gallery space, but Charlton is confdent the wait will have been worthwhile.
The new gallery actually incorporates elements of three existing buildings, most
notably the old Lawsons Motors property on the corner of Jan Smuts and Joris-
sen. The coffee bar in the ground foor foyer occupies a corner of the old garage
forecourt and will, Charlton hopes, attract passers-by as well as students and
visitors to the gallery. Wherever possible, existing elements of the structures have
been retained or matched; where this could not be done, the most sympathetic
alternative materials have been used by architects Nina Cohen and
Fiona Garson (whose father, the noted historian Noel Garson, spent his entire
career at Wits).
Having the architects involved in the process right from the start, Charlton says,
made the process of cutting back and reaching compromises much less painful.
Indeed, making a virtue of necessity, in some ways she believes the new WAM
is stronger for being more rigorous. Overall, the location extends over 5 000
sq m. The main exhibition area will perpetuate the Gertrude Posel identity, and
coincidentally will occupy the exact space where Reinhold Cassirer established
the Sothebys auction house in SA many years ago.
The exterior of the building has been recladded and the melding of the three
buildings has allowed for interesting changes in levels and windows in une3x-
pected places that give teasing views of the local environment.
Charlton herself virtually grew up on the campus, her father Bob being one of
Wits more popular and able (the two dont always go together) Principals. She
did her frst degree at Wits (I can still remember her show at the long defunct
Rembrandt gallery on the West campus), proceeding to an MA (FA) at UCT.
Stints at the Unisa and Joburg Art Galleries followed before a desire to paint led
her to take a part-time job with a commercial gallery in Norwood. However,
juggling a job and painting was just too much, so it was back to JAG, as curator
frst of prints and then contemporary art.
Charlton sees the early 1990s as an exciting time to have been at JAG. We had
the Sekoto retrospective, the Vita exhibitions, Arts Alive and the frst Joburg bien-
nale. But the desire to start a family took her to the Gertrude Posel in a part-time
capacity in 1997; she went full-time just after the turn of the century when her
children became a little less demanding.
This too was an exciting time for her. She could sit in on Anitra Nettletons
lectures on African art and then go into the storerooms and get close to the real
thing. Rayda Becker, then curator of the collection, always emphasised the
connections between exhibiting, teaching and research, and this has spilt over
into her own philosophy.
I dont see myself as just an arts administrator I have a broader responsibility.
Seeing works on our storeroom shelves gives me the germ of ideas for exhibi-
tions. And we must resume the interaction with students that weve lacked for
the past 10 years. Above all, though, our function must be to be the pre-eminent
museum of African art, in the broadest sense. It includes Irma Stern and
William Kentridge just as much as West African sculpture.
Prof Nettleton, incidentally, now chairs the associated research-oriented Centre
for Creative Arts of Africa, which is funded by the US Mellon foundation. Another
key member of staff is special projects curator Fiona Rankin-Smith, whos been
at WAM and its predecessors since 1984.
With close on 10 000 works, including 5 000 in the Standard Bank collection of
African art, theres plenty of scope for mounting varied exhibitions from WAMs
own resources. While she also wants WAM to accommodate touring exhibitions,
she stresses that at least at frst they must have an African context; late, when
the venues image is established , they may be room for other art.
The opening of WAM gains added prominence by forming part of Wits
celebration this year of its 90th birthday. The inaugural exhibition, titled WAM!
Seeing Stars, which opens in May and will be on show for three months, will
demonstrate the eclectic range of the collection, ranging from Ndebele beadwork
through the wooden sculpture of Jackson Hlungwane to the likes of Willem
Boshoff and the late Robert Hodgins, as well as unknown artists from as far
back as 1900.
The publicity material promises that Seeing Stars will have you reeling. Well,
maybe. But its certainly great news that Wits again has a gallery space worthy
of the name, and in the assured hands of Julia Charlton it can only be an
important addition to the citys cultural attractions.
Curator of the Wits Art Museum (WAM)
Julia Charlton
Perhaps you are either for Damien Hirst or against him. I thought I fell into
the latter category. Hirst seems to have singlehandedly turned art into a
commodity on a production line scale, removed from any form of skill or
craft. I wasnt expecting much from his retrospective at the Tate Modern
(until 9 Sept), allowing me to be pleasantly surprised. It came as something
of a revelation to realise once again why and how he shocked the art world
as a cocky young Goldsmiths student. A retrospective gives one a wonder-
ful sweep of an artists progression and in his case it has given me new
respect for the young Hirsts originality, but also thrown into sharp focus just
how shallow his work is now.
His frst spot painting is a delight bright colours, squiffy circles and dribbling
paint a far cry from the mechanised production line of today. That frst
shark seems to lunge out of the tank at you, the audacity of its concept and
execution making it a legitimate icon of its time. The early wooden cabinet
with his grannys pills has a human touch that the rooms flled with sleek
metal cabinets, surgical steel instruments and doctors dummies dont. The
disgusting vitrine of the fies, zapped to death or feasting on the blood of
a dead cow is clever black humour, but by the time you get to the real live
butterfies you begin to wonder whether the Natural History section doesnt
belong somewhere other than an art gallery. True, the stained glass panels
with butterfy wings are exquisite - probably the only thing of beauty in the
exhibition.
There is a stark contrast between the sheer bravura of his early work, and
the tedium of his current crop. Hirst talks about his fascination with the end-
less repetition of a theme, encapsulating why his work elicits boredom. Just
how many more spots can he make or rather produce? Its as if he now
has six different motifs and simply uses them in varying sequences. There
are spots, cigarette stubs or ashtrays, pill cabinets, fies, formaldehyde and
most recently, bling. So there are spots made of dead fies, cabinets with
cigarette stubs and butterfies with zirconas. It all blurs into one fnal room of
golden excess ft only for an oil sheikhs mansion.
This is a superbly edited show by the Tate and one is very aware that the
curators have pared away most of the forgettable excesses. In the proc-
ess though, they may have heightened the sense of repetition. Even the
diamond-studded skull, that point where death and money join together, is
easier seen in reproduction.
Gillian Wearing is a YBA (Young British Artist), she went to Goldsmiths and
she won the Turner Prize in 1997, two years after Damien Hirst, but that
is where the comparisons with him end. The Whitechapel Gallery has a
comprehensive survey of her work on until 17 June which shows an artist
constantly challenging herself, looking for new ways of interpreting the world
around her. What she comes up with both inspires and disturbs. Wearing
is fascinated by the masks people wear, by the discrepancies between the
public and the private face. There is a warmth and humanity in her work that
is entirely lacking in Hirsts.
It is only when you get up real close that you see her series of self-portraits
as other members of her family features intricate masks. There is a constant
dissonance between layers of reality, whether it is the photographs of people
holding up signs of what they are thinking, or the interplay between anger
and affection in the unsettling Sasha and Mum. The video confessionals may
be behind masks, but they tell the sad story of lives that have been shattered
many of them adults still struggling to cope with childhood abuse. Wearings
masterpiece is 10-16, a video where she has placed the stories of children
in the bodies of adults. Her mismatch never seems to be simply for its shock
value, but rather an impassioned portrait of the heartache of our society, and
in that way she has found a theme that could be mined endlessly without
ever becoming repetitive.
Attacks, murder, shooting, crack, porn all words that feature in the
newspaper headlines that form the basis of Gilbert and Georges 2011
London Picture series on show at two White Cube galleries (Masons Yard
and Bermondsey) until 12 May. Headlines are by their very nature shock-
ing and sensationalist, and these posters picked from newsagents over six
years form a lurid portrait of the capital city. This is not the London that the
Olympics marketing team want to publicise, a city of crime and mystery.
The works range from multiples of four standard tabloids to thirty-six, all in
black and white with a key word picked out in red. In the bottom corner, each
one has a different picture of the Queen, taken from a real coin and blown up
to show her image scratched and battered by lifes daily grind. And behind
the headlines lurk the familiar faces of the artists. At times they are blurred
by refections in car doors, or they peer through bricks or lace curtains,
observers of modern life. The exhibition is arresting in its starkness, and how
it plays with interpretation, but only the scale makes it more interesting to see
in real life.
What is quintessential British design? The Mini, the E-type Jag, the Dyson
vacuum cleaner, the Brompton Bike? The post-war Olympics of 1948 were
called the Austerity Olympics. Sixty years later, and Britain is once again
feeling the pinch. The V&A is hosting a look at British Design 1948 - 2012
between the two Games (until 12 August) which tracks the countrys change
from a manufacturing powerhouse to a service economy. Its a trip down
nostalgia lane which includes Sanderson prints and Mary Quant dresses,
Sex Pistol posters and computer games. Art features prominently in the exhi-
bition: Henry Moores sculpture of The Family in one of the frst new towns,
stained glass by John Piper and a tapestry by Graham Sutherland for the
bomb-damaged Coventry Cathedral. In the Sixties the emphasis is on how
the radical innovation of art students such as David Hockney and Richard
Hamilton inspired consumer culture.
Nushin Elahis London Letter
Read more at http://london-letter.com
Damien Hirst (4 April 9 September 2012) Tate Modern The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living 1991. Lullaby, the Seasons 2002 (detail). For the
Love of God 2007. Mother and Child Divided (installation view) Images Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.
Gillian Wearing: Self Portrait at 17 Years Old, 2003. Me as Sander, 2012. Will Britain Get Through This Recession?, 1992-3 Images Courtesy Maureen Paley, London
Gilbert & George Jail 2011. Images Courtesy White Cube. Henry Moore: The Family
Sanlam Art Gallery
Sanlam Head Ofce, 2 Strand Road Bellville
Tel: 021 947 3359 Fax: 021 947 1602
Viewing times: Monday to Friday 09:00 16:30
Entry is free
Sanlam
Art Gallery
April
June
July
September
&
exhibitions
Leading works from the
Sanlam Art Collcetion
17 April 8 June 2012
A selection of 40 rarely
publicly seen signifcant
works from the Sanlam
Art Collection stretching
over more than century of
South African Art History.
24 July 28 September 2012
A rare opportunity to view a representative selection
of works by one of South Africas most eloquent, yet
under acknowledged bronze sculptors. Compiled in
collaboration with the University of Johannesburg
Art Gallery.
Gerard De Leeuw
Centenary Exhibition
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