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Risky Business, Anthea Moys throws herself to the Pirates, in her award winning show at The Everard Read Gallery, Jhb. Moys who won the prestigious Bait-Everard Read Award 2009 worked with the Pirates Rugby Team in Johannesburg. In her words she states: “In this performance I played the role of the ball.
Throwing oneself into unfamiliar territory always involves risk. It asks of both performer and participant to engage in a shared space of play. For modern humans, this is a risky proposition, for there are no winners or losers in my rugby game. The outcome is the experience”.
See her show at The Everard Read Gallery, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg from Thursday 30 July. Or visit there website at www.everard-read.co.za or www.antheamoys.co.za Photo: John Hodgekiss

Report back session from The Joburg Art Fair Breaking Art News
The SA Business Arts publishes 2 keynote speakers at the JAF disscussion Daily at The Art Times
held at the Narina Trogon restaurant in Braamfontein last month In an effort to break the monthly and even
quarterly South African art news cycles
to ceiling (sounds like an art fair!); Neurath Memorial Lecture given at the kicked in late last year. Despite the chiefly around the argument
The SA Art Times brings you daily breaking news
Clive Kellner’s speech the art works were not for sale! Here University of London gives four factors Alex Dodd’s fact that the Fair’s attendance was that fairs are nothing more than stories from South Africa and beyond.
the academic and artistic merit of the that lead to an artist’s success: 1) peer up by 4 000 and that the produc- meat markets for art. The same
works were paramount and sales were recognition 2) critical recognition 3) pa- report back to The Art Times tion value of this year’s event way criticisms have been leveled at Art See us at www.arttimes.co.za
In reflecting on the Joburg Art Fair, its for tradesmen. Art was not seen as a tronage by dealers and collectors and 4) outstripped last year’s, art sales at Fairs the world over, and I quote Also Read us at Facebook at SA Art Times as well as follow
trade but as a higher activity. Far from public acclaim. Art Fairs are not the all Before I begin, I feel it is neces- this year’s Fair grossed about half Jerry Saltz from an article in The our Twitterings at www.twitter.com
past and future, I thought I might raise sary to state upfront that I under-
a number of comments, facts, con- where we are today! Today art’s value conclusive defining arbitrator of artistic of what was achieved last year. It Village Voice a few years ago: ‘Art
is created by headline newspapers, taste or merit. But they are important took some media strategy work was a jackpot of a Fair in every fairs are perfect storms of money, People in the Spotlight
tradictions and ideas about art fairs, for Artlogic in the runup to this
high prices and business managers. vehicles in a network of artists, dealers, sense other than sales, which must marketability, and instant gratifica- Britz: Kebble’s Lost Orchid, not the Lost Orchid (27 Jul 09)
the art market, curating and values as year’s Joburg Art Fair. There was
However the global financial crisis is auctions houses, media, curators, col- surely be attributed to the dreaded tion – tent-city casinos where art After months of speculation, auctioneer Graham Britz has admitted, in an interview
a means of addressing this post Joburg an article published in a recent
beginning to show signs of a downturn, lectors and museums. Increasingly they slump having metamorphosed is shipped in and parked for five with Beeld, that a painting sold as Tretchikoff’s “Lost Orchid” earlier this year, is
Art Fair assessment. In a sense, what is are changing their focus from purely edition of SA Art Times that sug- from a hazy projection into an days. They’re adrenaline-addled
postwar and contemporary art auc- “without a doubt” not the original. Forensic tests have proved that the painting is
at stake here is the relationship between tion have tumbled 77% from totals economic, dealer booths to include gested that I was compromised or uncomfortable reality. spectacles for a kind of buying and definitely not the work it was billed as in the catalogue, but, says Britz, may still be
art and commerce. Often, it achieved a year ago. Although records collateral events and programs. These some kind of sellout as a result Since then we have seen the selling where intimacy, convic- an original work by Tretchikoff. According to the auctioneer, forensic tests prove
would appear that the two are diame- prices for select artists continue to be include: talks by leading figures in the of this. So perhaps this is an op- landmark closure of Warren tion, patience, and focused look- that the work is at least 60 years old, while other tests and the opinions of experts
trically opposed, more especially in re- established. It is a contradictory time. art world, music and film pro-grams, portune moment to respond and Siebrits Contemporary and an ing are essentially nonexistent. suggest that the work, is “in all probability”, another work by Tretchikoff, entitled
lation to curating, academia, museums There are 284 art fairs and Biennale’s education programs, curatorial pro- say that, as an independent writer article in the latest edition of They are places where commerce “After the Dance”. [more...]
and art history. Damien Hirst’s now in the world today and they in total grams, artistic commissions, awards, and editor, it is my prerogative to SA Art Times in which just about has replaced epistemology, and
infamous two-day sale at Sotheby’s on associate with whomever I choose An arts adviser for Zuma? (27 Jul 09)
receive a total of 4.9 million visitors public art projects and collaborations. I all the key Johannesburg galler- the unspoken contract that existed Sean O’Toole writes a letter to president Jacob Zuma, in the Sunday Times, offering
September 15 and 16, 2008, brought in a year. By comparison, the Tate remember in the 1990’s – there was an on whatever basis I choose. Those ies, barring Everard Read, admit between artists, dealers, and col-
in sales of 95.7 million Pounds, on the the president Kudzanai Chiurai as official cabinet photographer. ‘Sobriety Tool’, as
Modern received 5.3 million visitors outcry by galleries and artists not being associations are often deep and to having to tailor their strategies lectors has been scraped.’ Eish! the Art South Africa editor coyly signs the letter, says that he has already entreated
same day that the Lehman Brothers in 2007, MOMA 2.6 million visitors presented at the Basel Art Fair and implicated ones. I have never around an impaired art market and More than a touch of pulpit-style the president to accept his services as an art consultant. “You didn’t reply. That’s
collapsed initiating a global financial and the metropolitan 4.24 million. The they ended up creating the un-fair! The claimed to be a detached and a limping economy. fulminating there. OK, really, I understand”, says a mock hurt Tool. Chiurai, whose satirical posed
crisis. Art has never been so popular! Joburg Art Fair is in its infancy. Art Joburg Art Fair is important in a South unbiased onlooker commentating It is against this choppy back- Since the 1990s, when art fairs photographs are currently on show at Goodman Gallery Cape, portrays “extreme
Art certainly does reflect its time and Basel has been going for four decades African context. It promotes an active on the toings and froings of the art drop that we are evaluating the started to become big events on stereotypes” of African success, and says he would love to photograph the real
in the Warholian sense, appeals to and has changed significantly over and positive image of the contemporary world. I write in the first person Fair. And for this reason that the global art calendar, there have cabinet. [more...]
everyone and is accessible to all. Art this period. Perhaps one of the oldest, South African art market internation- and have never striven to be some I wish to encourage a spirit of been countless articles comparing
Fairs have become symbolic of a time the cologne Art Fair which started in ally, contributes to cultural tourism and ideologically unstained bystander. treading gently, not roughly fairs to the other big international ABSA L’Atelier 2009 Award Winners announced (24 Jul 09)
where money and art are synonymous 1967 with just 18 galleries. Art Basel, facilitates the For this reason, I have always had stamping on a seedling before it forums for contemporary art – The results of the 2009 Absa L’Atelier competition were announced last night at a
and everybody knows the name of Da- difficulties with the term ‘critic’, gala exhibition in Johannesburg, and the this year it’s Eastern Cape artist, Stephen
started in 1968 when 3 Swiss gallerists growth and development of art collec- has a chance to put down roots. biennials. Usually the biennale Rosin, who will be taking home the R110 000 prize money and jetting off for a six
mien Hirst. There is a story that goes, in – Trudi Bruckner, Ernst Beyler and tors and patronage. Even more impor- although it is often tagged on to We South Africans are all too is introduced as counterpoint to
the 16th century, Mrs Albrecht Durer, month jaunt in Paris, Die Burger reports. [more...]
Baltz Hilit decided that Switzerland tantly, it brings contemporary South my name. For me, it is too cool a quick to slag off things and people protest against the gross com-
would set up her stall of art works for needed an Art Fair too. One of the most African art into the mainstream public term. I am far more interested in when they’re still trying to find a modification of art. But, in my Babelaas after the festival: NAF Director reports back (24 Jul 09)
sale in the public square in Bruges. The celebrated newer Art Fair’s must be the domain. A recent article in the Art the generative possibilities that my foothold and then mourn the loss view, although they are different National Arts Festival director, Ismail Mohamed compares himself to an alcoholic
roots of the art market can be traced Frieze Art Fair in London. However Newspaper runs with the heading, “At writing may serve, than in criticis- of them when they’re suddenly animals, they are not at opposite in a report-back on this year’s Grahamstown fest, on Artslink. “I guess there is much
to the fairs of Brabant and Medina del American art critic, Dave Hickey had times of crisis, fairs should take a more ing things in a manner that shows not there anymore. This said, the ends of the art spectrum. Biennials similarity between a festival producer and an alcoholic. As soon as the alcoholic’s
Campo in the 15th century and during some very controversial things to say ‘curated’ approach”. It would appear no concern for the potentially Joburg Art Fair is not the delicate are not exempt from conceptual bottle is empty he looks for the next.” The morning after the end of a successful
the 16th century the public sale of art about it at the keynote lecture he gave that there is a move toward bigger, damaging impact of published young calf that needs my protec- trendiness or favouritism, and fairs festival, is, says Mohamed, like a “lekker babelaas”. [more...]
became widespread particularly in the at Frieze in 2007. I will quote a few better, more complex and more words. I am not suggesting that tion. It has already proven itself to generate a lot more than just cash.
Netherlands. Art, for a long time has lines, “This is a great moment. There competitive art fairs as the pressures criticism be discouraged, merely be quite a strapping and muscular While biennials are curated START Nivea Art Award winners announced (22 Jul 09)
remained the domain of the select few, of success, hype and the ‘shock of the stating that I am personally more young event, drawing thousands The winners of the 2009 START The Nivea Art Award were announced at a packed
are people out there who like art more with quite specific ideological or gala award ceremony at the KZNSA last night. First prize went to Pinetown artist,
a rarefied field where connoisseurship, than money”. How do we know what new’ are increasingly present. Art’s committed to constructive collabo- through the doors of the Sandton methodological aims, art fairs are Jane Oliver, who received R20 000 in cash, a sponsored art studio and art materials
the canon and art history were the makes for ‘good art’. We live in an age function, at least, one of them, has ration, translation and invention, Convention Centre and command- hybrids combining elements of for six months, as well as an exhibition at the KZNSA in 2010. [more...]
purveyors of knowledge and therefore where money defines taste and im- shifted from an academic role to that of than in detached deconstruction. ing a healthy chunk of airtime and trade fairs, conferences, and big
taste. The more things change, the more ages are everywhere. So much so that a social function. It is now cool to be This year’s Joburg Art Fair page space across Johannesburg’s family get-togethers. Money might New CEO for NAC (14 Jul 09)
they stay the same! I believe that during economists are beginning to define this seen at Venice Biennale or Art Basel. In was the first big test for the lo- various media platforms. be their motive but community is The National Arts Council has a new CEO, in the shape of Annabell Lebethe, Mail
the Salon’s of the 17th century, where era as the image economy or i-conomy. the end, does this help make cal art market since the dreaded Yet the vinaigrette criticisms their medium. Fairs can superfi- and Guardian reports. Lebethe has a background in provincial government, where
art works were hung wall to wall, floor Sir Alan Bowness in his 1989 Walter better art? turbulence in the global economy have also been fairly rife, centred continued on page 2 Newsfeeds continued on page 2

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‘Umtshotsho’, a “traditional youth the town of Beaufort West, an area SA Art Uppers to expand on the established festi- by selling donated works at R100
Breaking art news daily dance”, comprises new sculptures made notoriously associated with violent Arts sponsorship on the rise val, looking to models such as New apiece. [more...]
continued from page 1 in Hlobo’s distinctive materials, rubber crime and alcoholism. Exhibited as a (21 Jul 09) Orleans’ Mardi Gras festival, and the
inner tube, leather and ribbon. [more...] solo show at Goodman Gallery Cape in The 12th Annual Business Day BASA National Arts Festival in Grahamstown 2010 art project largest ever for Fifa
August 2007, the series was then shown Awards, supported by Anglo Ameri- for inspiration, as well as seeking World Cup (09 Jul 09)
Read the full stories at Goldblatt and Subotzky are pre- at MOMA, New York as part of their can, have received a record number the expertise of those who have been South Africa will “break new ground”
www.arttimes.co.za sented with prestigious photographic New Photography 2008 program. of entrants this year, with 63 different involved with the festival since 2003. with the arts festival accompanying the
awards (13 Jul 09) projects putting themselves forward [more...] 2010 Fifa World Cup, says managing
she held the Director of Creative David Goldblatt has been awarded the African Art Downers for the award, Artsmart reports. “The director of 2010 Fine Art, Craig Mark,
Industries post, and was responsible important Henri Cartier-Bresson Award Valuable Sumner self-portrait stolen large number of first-time entries is also Minnaar vs Maggs & Sloon The Herald reports. Never before has
for the development of arts, music and (2009), for his project ‘TJ’, an ongoing (24 Jul 09) exciting as it indicates the diverse sup- (15 Jul 09) such a large arts festival accompanied
other creative projects in the Gauteng examination of the city of Johan- A Maud Sumner painting worth an port of the arts through business,” said It’s gloves off for Melvyn Minnaar the Fifa World Cup, according to the
department of sport, art, culture and nesburg. The award is intended for a estimated R150 000, has been stolen Michelle Constant, CEO of Business as he reviews Maggs and Sloon’s paper. The project is still growing to in-
recreation. [more...] photographer of exceptional ability from the house of former art dealer, and and Arts South Africa (BASA). The Whatiftheworld exhibition over at clude more artists and will be promoted
who has an established career and has Pretoria Association of the Arts director, awards are set to take place on August Tonight. The whole show, says Min- internationally and locally. [more...]
Kentridge cops mixed reviews in completed a significant body of work. Elbie Kachelhoffer. Kachelhoffer, who 31, in Johannesburg’s Turbine Hall. naar, has “been positioned with such
States (15 Jul 09) This award will be followed by an has been bedridden since October 2008, [more...] evangelistic self-confidence... that one Prisoners art on show in Graham-
“It’s quite a coups for the Modern to exhibition of David Goldblatt’s essay of first noticed the theft on the 17th July wonders whether they will even con- stown (09 Jul 09)
snag a show devoted to this rising star Johannesburg photographs at the Henri of this year, when she visited her sitting ArtHeat gets remix (20 Jul 09) sider that what they are showing may “I did art at school, but after matric I
of the art world”, says the Fort Worth Cartier-Bresson in 2010. Goldblatt’s room for the occasion of her daughter’s Cape Town-based artist, critic, not be all that interesting.” ‘Syndrome’, did not practise my skills. In prison,
Weekly, claiming that Kentridge “has exhibition Joburg was on view at the fiftieth birthday. [more...] “feminist, WWE fan” and cultural com- a two man show by artheat.net blogger they showed me how to do it again”,
been winning raves for the exhibition Goodman Gallery in 2008. mentator, Linda Stupart has launched Robert Sloon, and video artist, Charles said Andile Jaha, an inmate whose work
William Kentridge: Five Themes”. Art Goldblatt has been photographing and Walsh’s work stolen at his memorial a new, collaborative blog, linked to Maggs is what Minnaar derisively dubs is currently on show at the Department
Daily calls it “a searing body of work”. documenting South African society for celebration (24 Jul 09) Robert Sloon’s blog, ArtHeat.net. a “’conceptual’ show”, and has “been of Correctional Services exhibition, The
But not everyone is so happy. [more...] over 50 years. Born in Randfontein in One of the last ten works painted Stupart’s blog, Mixtape (‘collabora- smothered in highbrow words and Times reports. Jaha produced a range
1930 to parents who came to South Af- by Aidan Walsh, before his death of tion, culture, chaos’), takes the form of hype”. of ceramics and vases embellished
Hlobo “weird”? (14 Jul 09) rica to escape the persecution of Lithu- cancer on July 11, was been stolen at a collaboration with fifty odd artists, [more...] with flowers for the Department of
Grahamstown festival visitors dubbed anian Jews in 1890. Motivated by his the deceased artist’s Monday memorial critics, students and academics. The Correctional services marquee, which is
Nicholas Hlobo’s ‘Umtshotsho’ contradictory position in South African ceremony at the KZNSA in Durban, space will serve “as a space for each National Arts Festival triumphs displaying prisoner’s art on the village
“weird”, but Anthea Buys suggests society, Goldblatt began photograph- Artsmart reports. Partner of 42 years, member of the project to post whatever despite recession (14 Jul 09) green. A spokesman for the region’s
that this might have more to do with ing this society, and in 1963 decided to and fellow artist, Andrew Verster, said they like.” This may be fiction, reviews, This year’s National Arts Festival saw Correctional Services said there was no
the extremely limited National Arts devote all of his time to photography. the theft was “an act of desecration music, video, “philosophical meander- visitor numbers increase by 13.21%, policy regarding the sale of prisoner’s
Festival art program, than Hlobo’s flow- Mikhael Subotzky has been awarded to his memory.” “As the last works ings, angry feminist rants and blatant with a whopping 170 045 people turn- art in place. [more...]
ing rubber forms. In a review for the the highly regarded Leica Oskar that an artist touched before they died, self-promotion”. Contributors include ing out to support the various events.
Mail and Guardian, Buys reveals that, Barnack Award for his Beaufort West they have the aura of holy relics”, said Charles Maggs, Andrew Lamprecht, Growth in visitor numbers has been the Artists show their appreciation (06
as a socialisation ritual, Umtsho-sho essay. An international jury is involved Verster. [more...] Julia Rosa Clark, Andrjez Nowicki, trend over the past few years however Jul 09)
provides “a place for marginial subjects in the selection process, and the prize Wayne Barker and Ed Young amongst this kind of growth is unprecedented. Tammy Ballantyne, writing for the
– particularly gay men and women – is awarded to a photographer who has Nigerian Gallery Officials charged others. [more...] Previously, 2005 held the record with Weekender offers a more positive view
within traditional Xhosa culture”. This the ability to capture and express the with stealing $6.8m (23 Jul 09) a 5.18 % rise in visitor numbers. of the Standard Bank young artist
is the point of departure for Hlobo’s relationship between man and environ- While Nigerian president Umaru Musa Arts Alive under new management [more...] awards. Ballantyne, who attended the
works, which are, says Buys, “the ment without being obtrusive while Yar’Adua faces impeachment threats (20 Jul 09) celebration of the 25th anniversary of
worthiest follow-up on a Young Artist maintaining a poignant and strong for ‘lopsided budget implementation’, Johannesburg’s Art’s Alive Festival will Charity Auction rakes in the cash the awards at the end of June, witnessed
vision throughout the series. be under new management, as of this (10 Jul 09) many previous and current winners
j
Award in years.” [more...] five Nigerian government officials have
South African photographer Mikhael been charged with the theft of $6.8m year, with brand solutions company, A charity art exhibition at the Knysna showing their appreciation for the
Hlobo in Grahamstown: exclusive Subotzky was born in Cape Town in worth of funds meant for the National Zanusi, taking over the festival program Oyster Festival has outstripped all exposure and acclaim the award had
pics (13 Jul 09) 1981, and achieved both international Gallery of Art, the BBC reports. Gallery and event management, Artslink expectations, raising three times as brought them. She also reports a new
For those who didn’t make it to Graha- and South African acclaim for his final director and artist, Joe Musa, and four reports. The festival, which will take much money as organisers had hoped initiative, being launched in conjunction
mstown for the National Arts Festival, year project entitled Die Vier Hoeke, colleagues, stand accused of siphoning place in Johannesburg from 3 to 30 on opening night. Organised by the with Alliance Francais this year, which
festival rag, Cue, publishes a slideshow which consisted of a detailed study of off the money for their own personal September this year, will include visual Hospice Knysna fundraising commit-
of work by 2009 Standard Bank Young the South African prison system. In use, over the past three years. [more...] art, theatre, dance, comedy and poetry, tee, the ‘Night of 1000 Pictures” had Read 3-4 daily news clips at
artist Award winner, Nicholas Hlobo. 2007 Subotzky went on to photograph amongst other things. Organisers hope hoped to raise R10 000 for the hospice, www.arttimes.co.za

driven exhibitions in which one of place or home. Interestingly, Manglou at Galerie Beatrice they were at the October Gallery vulture stalking a starving Suda-
Report back session person tells everyone else what to these paintings came mostly out of Binoche from Reunion Island, stand for everyone and his cousin nese child. The parallel felt all the
continued from page 1 look at. Cape Town, with a strong showing but to have the opportunity to talk to enjoy. more prescient against the back-
One of the most significant fea- at the João Ferreira stand, while with the artist herself about how I conducted several tours of drop of the renewed hype around
cially be viewed as crass reduc- tures of all fairs is that by making the focus in Johannesburg seems she had drawn on old colonial the Fair, which were supposed to the work of the Bang Bang Club
tions of art into exchange value, your way around the booths, indi- to be more outward looking, with photographs to conjure the ghosts last for an hour. Mostly though photographers whose work was on
but the less cynical understand vidual galleries’ signature styles a strong foothold in photography of history and capture the post- they turned into wild discursive show at the Rooke Gallery stand.
that they also offer something start to become clear and acces- cerebral/conceptual engagements colonial melee of island life on adventures with aunties from So, in my eyes, the Joburg Art
else to the inhabitants of the ‘art sible. And, perhaps even more ex- with form, social documentary Reunion. Cyrildene and visiting art teachers Fairs is an invaluable forum that
world’. citing than tracking the distinctive excursions, installation and urban Art Fairs also provide us with from Toronto that went on for provides visitors with the oppor-
For most visitors, the big fairs styles of each gallery present, is interventions. the valuable opportunity to see more than two hours at a stretch, tunity to see the work of hundreds
create a sense of kinship that over- the thrill of having galleries from Another common criticism of things in the flesh previously only and only ended when I managed of different artists under one roof,
rides the whirl of air kisses and all three of South Africa’s major Art Fairs is that they dissolve into encountered in reproduction. to drag myself out of the conven- assess at a glance what’s on the
lipstick stained bubbly glasses. cities present under one roof. a meaningless whirl of freebee Before this year’s Joburg Art tion centre in search of a Strepsil market and get acquainted with art
‘Art fairs are the new biennials,’ It’s the ideal opportunity to track champagne and canapés, but from Fair I had only ever seen the for my burning throat. But the the- and the people who write about it,
declared The Village Voice a few regional trends. One of the themes my point of view that really is work of Ghanaian waste sculp- matic connectivities that emerged produce it, appreciate it and sell it.
years back. They are gigantic that I picked up on that this year’s a choice. And even with all the tor El Anatsui in books. Despite on those tours were exhilarating. As someone who passionately and
conventions where everyone sees Joburg Art Fair was a trend in distractions, if you have your heart the brilliance of reproduction, One of my personal high points fervently hopes to see the arts and
one another, hangs out, and does intimate, personal, psycho-sexual set on discovery and aesthetic nothing compared to seeing these being the moment when the culture sector flourish and grow
deals. Fairs may even generate a paintings. Paintings that grapple exploration, the Joburg Art Fair is large-scale majestic sheets of emasculated wingless vulture at in South Africa, it is my wish that
valid sense of community in an with psychological rather than a great opportunity to encounter goldenness, ironically crafted the centre of Jane Alexander’s every year we will see a greater
art world so disparate that this socio-political realities or concep- work by artists that are fresh and from the throwaway tops of booze gut wrenching Security installa number of art collectors, artists,
experience is otherwise rare. Some tual trickery, they explore loss, new. I was delighted not only to bottles. Only one wealthy Sheik tion, conjured up the memory of dealers, curators, critics and art
even argue that they are more desire, memory, transience, an discover the bright fantastical could afford to buy an El Anatsui Kevin Carter’s 1994 Pulitzer enthusiasts from around the
loose and egalitarian than curator- uncertain connec-tion to the notion collage paintings of Gabrielle masterpiece at the Fair, but there Prize winning photograph of a world participating in the Joburg
Art Fair.

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Les and Taryn Cohn The Fine Art of Fifa


though Les says the Institute’s nations. It is certainly one of the
requirements on how fund raisers largest and most ambitious inter-
may be rewarded can be inappro- national art collaborations ever –
priate for artistic projects. befitting the first ever African Fifa
Art Source has also acted as World Cup. Our partner galleries
intermediary in the acquisition of are being chosen for their ability
art works by many major institu-
to exhibit the Collection to its best
tional collections, including BHP-
Billiton, Hollard Insurance, Spier. effect, their existing client bases,
Sanlam, Sasol, the Iziko National and their connections with their
Gallery, the Apartheid Museum, local media to assist in promoting
Constitution Hill and civic galler- the exhibitions. The project is be-
ies in Kimberley, Johannesburg ing coordinated by our 2010 Fine
and Pretoria Art team based in Cape Town.
What qualifies the duo to offer PM: And how will local artists
this range of services, and how did benefit?
they get into the business? Craig Mark: Local artists and art-
Les has a BA Fine Art from ists from other African countries
UCT and a diploma in arts and are being given the opportunity
culture management from the Wits to submit works for consideration
Business School. In the 1980s, she Work from “Real Heros’s” show by Clint Strydom
returned to full-time study at the for inclusion in the 2010 African
Les and Taryn Cohn direct Artsource a Johannesburg based art
former Technikon Witwatersrand. Fine Art Collection. We also
promotions company
One of her teachers was Kim firmly believe that the 2010 Fine
Michael Coulson This is their second project Berman, who introduced Cohn to Peter Machen chats to Craig that only Fifa World Cup 2010 Art project will benefit the broad
for Emmanuel. Other artists for outreach work and the arts’ need to Mark from Kizo Gallery who is artwork will be allowed for sale in community of African and South
Art Source, the consultancy run whom they’ve worked on projects raise funds. also the MD of 2010 Fine Art, a the defined radius? African visual arts by helping
by mother-and-daughter team Les include Rosemary Marriott, Leora In 1995 Cohn was appointed South African company that has CM: No commercial or retail ac- to showcase the talents of our
and Taryn Cohn, claims to occupy Farber and, in association with art to start a residency program me tivity can happen in the so-called communities to a very diverse
acquired a global license to pro-
a “unique niche” in the local at dealer Ralph Seippel, Mbongeni at the Bag Factory, of which Ber- exclusion zones except through international audience.
man was a major progenitor, and duce and distribute fine art re-
world. That’s the sort of state- (Richman) Buthelezi, whose cur- the on-site stores operated by PM: All of the works on show at
rent mid-career touring exhibition raise funds for it. Six years later lated to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
ment that raises any experienced Fifa’s commercial affiliates. Even the recent 2010 African Fine Art
journo’s eyebrows, but they make opened in Pretoria in April 2009 she left to start Art Source. From Collection were inspired by South
2006-2008 she was artistic director Peter Machen: This is the first our own products, if they were to
a convincing case. “Most artists and will visit five other galleries be sold within those zones, would Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa
are hopeless at career planning,” before coming to Jo’burg next and curator of the Sasol Wax Art time in the history of the world
award, sadly axed in a precursor to have to be carried by those retail World Cup and they have all been
says Les, “and while galleries have year. Thereafter, they are hoping cup that Fifa has licensed a fine
Sasol’s more recent major retreat stores. Those locations are not re- recognised as Official Licensed
the resources to help them, they for international exposure. art licence? What does a Fifa art
from sponsorship of the visual arts. ally our focus – the 2010 Fine Art Products of the 2010 Fifa World
tend to focus on short-term sales. Fund raising for projects is a licence actually mean?
We can help artists devise a long- knotty area. Organisations like Art Taryn was also involved in Sasol collections will be more specifi- Cup. What are the criteria for
Craig Mark: It means that we, as
term career strategy which can Source may not take fees from a Wax as project manager or publi- cally retailed through exhibitions, recognition or inclusion?
the license holders, are allowed to
range from marketing individual grant or foundation. If finance is cist throughout its existence. although we may look at some CM: There are both thematic and
assemble, exhibit and retail fine
works to museums or corporate raised from a more commercial Taryn did a BA Fine Arts (Hons) targeted merchandising lines if technical criteria. In terms of the
at Stellenbosch, followed by a art collections that will be official
collections to project development source, Les says Art Source may there is a demand for them. thematic brief, we have asked
Master of Philosophy in Cultural licensed products of the 2010 Fifa
and organising travelling exhibi- charge either a flat fee or take a PM: I presume that Fifa will be participating artists to draw inspi-
development, in which Berman World Cup. It also means that, as
tions that can tour museums both percentage, but she stresses that taking a large share of the profits? ration from the return of the world
in SA and internationally, literally this is done in consultation with was one of her supervisors. Since a South African company, we will
CM: There is a share of each to Africa, the energy and passion
for many years.” the funder and will be on top of the 2002 she’s worked on various have the opportunity to use the
work sold that is payable to the of the world’s largest sporting
Museum tours, they stress, project finance. cultural projects. As well as the phenomenal international platform
already mentioned Sasol Wax, she Global Brands Group – which event and the national pride of
are aimed at building an artist’s Projects like this are only one provided by the tournament to
was with the first Brett Kebble is only fair in the sense that the their own country’s participation
profile rather than immediate sales, aspect of Art Source’s activities, promote African visual arts to
Award but presciently quit the value of the Fifa brand and the therein. The technical criteria ad-
though they hope the work has a however. Broadly, it claims to in- the world and have some of the
commercial value at the end of the terface between creators of art and second, unhappy with how it was association with the tournament dress issues like medium, size etc.
world’s most talented contempo-
day. As a prime example, they cite providers of funds, both corporate developing, and was marketing provides the raison d’etre for the PM: The exhibition showed
rary artists celebrate Africa and
the Transitions exhibition of Paul and public-sector, and is branching manager for Constitution Hill. collections. original artworks but sold prints
South Africa through art.
Emmanuel. Its appearance at this out into marketing, public relations She began working for Art PM: At the launch, I think you of them. Will this be the standard
Source part-time in 2006, and went PM: Does your contract with Fifa
year’s National Arts Festival is its and communications. said that there will be Fifa-li- format for all Fifa-licensed exhibi-
full-time in October 2007. She allow the license to continue in
fifth outing in SA. Later this year it For the past six years Art Source censed exhibitions in 80 countries. tions? Who owns the original
still presents a weekly radio pro- subsequent world cups?
goes to Spier, in the Western Cape, has been a major fund-raiser for This sound like a massive project artworks?
Jack Ginsburg’s Ampersand Foun- gramme focusing on Jo’burg, Jozi CM: Technically our license is
and next year to Zylt, in Germany. and a major undertaking. How CM: Both the 2010 International
This will open the door to other dation, which gives local artists Today, for the community station with the Global Brands Group –
have you chosen your partners Fine Art Collection and the 2010
European venues. the opportunity to spend time in Radio Today 1485. Fifa’s worldwide Master Licensee,
Some may feel that consultan- around the world? And who is co- African Fine Art Collection
“We reckon Transitions still New York. It has also raised funds and no, it is for 2010 alone –
cies like Art Source are parasites ordinating the global project? comprise originals and limited
has another five years’ life in it,” for the Phum ani Paper craft-based although, should this project suc-
on the art world. But in truth, as CM: The 2010 International Fine edition, signed, numbered prints.
says Les. As Emmanuel started national poverty alleviation pro- ceed as we believe it will, we feel
gramme and has been appointed Les and Taryn argue, most artists Art Collection will be exhibited The originals are also planned to
conceptualising the project in 2004 certain that there will be scope to
(its first outing was at Jo’burg’s to raise funds for the Keiskamma (like most journos!) are so bad at in all 32 countries that qualify to be offered for sale – but will only
negotiate licenses for Brazil 2014
Apartheid Museum in 2008), this Trust’s art project, based in Ham- career development and financial play in South Africa in 2010 – this be made available for acquisition
and beyond.
will give it a total lifespan of 10 burg, in the Eastern Cape. management that, properly used, is being done through a gallery closer to the period of the tourna-
they can only benefit from their PM: And does it, in terms of
years. Art Source is, indeed, a member partner in each of the qualifying ment.
skill and services. Fifa’s 5km restraint of trade, mean
of the SA Institute of Fund Raisers,

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East London Shore and Janaina Tschape. a girl it is, works by male artists, and Karin Miller. Town Marklaan Centre, 79 Market Street,
Coolart Space King George Street, Joubert Park, curated by Debbie Cloete 2 Long Street Cape Town, T. 021 T. 021 480 7147 George, T. 044 874 4027.
Ann Bryant Art Gallery
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From 28 Jul, sculptures and paint- Johannesburg T. 011 725 3180 Shop 21B, Southdowns Shopping Northern Cape 419 8888 www.artaffair.co.za
ings by Avril Kentridge-Kayser. www.joburg.org.za Centre, Centurion T. 012 665 1832 www.focuscontemporary.co.za Raw Vision Gallery
Society Peep Show exhibition, an 17 6th st, cnr 4th Ave, Parkhurst, www.magpie.co.za New digital prints by Mike Fisher
exhibition of miniature paintings Johannesburg. T.011 442 6469 Market Photo Workshop Gallery F available for viewing. Upcoming Oudtshoorn
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East London T. 043 722 4044 An- David Brown Fine Art exhibition of photography by Musa 1-26 Aug, Face Look, portraits by African Art 89 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock. T. A
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20 Aug-20 Sep, Aidon Westcott Nxumalo. Cathy Giordano and Leonie van lery 221 Long Street, Cape Town, T. 021 076 581 9468 fishermike@mac.com ArtKaroo Gallery
39 Keyes Ave,off Jellicoe, Rose- 2 President Street, Newtown, Johan- der Loo From 30 Jul, David Walters and 422 5246 From 6 Aug, Klein Karoo Kleur en
bank, Johannesburg. T. 011 788 nesburg, 2000 T. 011 834 1444 254a St Patrick’s Road, Muckleneuk Friends, an exhibition of top South www.galleryf.co.za Rose Korber Geur Exhibition, Judy Bumstead,
Port Elizabeth 4435 www.marketphotoworkshop.co.za Ridge, Pretoria, T. 012 440 2201 African ceramicists. For Aug, Prints from the Graphic Francois Tiran, Francois Gerber,
www.davidbrownfineart.co.za www.art.co.za/andrenaude Civic Centre, Cullinan Crescent, Gill Allderman Gallery Drawer Lisl Barry
Alliance Francaise Port Elizabeth Museum Africa For Aug, Group Exhibition 11, 48 Sedgemoor Road, Camps Bay, 107 Baron van Reede Str, Oudt-
Kimberley, T. 053 831 1724,
1-22 Aug, Clay 5 Artists 5 Direc- David Krut Projects 25 May-24 Dec 2010, l’Afrique: Platform on 18th including new works by Dathini Cape Town T. 021 438 9152 shoorn
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tions 30 Jul-29 Aug, I Knew you in this A Tribute to Maria Stein-Lessing 30 Jul-15 Aug, bronze sculpture by Mzayiya e-mail: roskorb@icon.co.za Tel/Fax: (044) 2791093
17 MacKay Street, Richmond Hill, Dark, an exhibition of paintings by and Leopold Spiegel; co-curated Andre Otto and Sua Havenga. 20 278 Main Road, Kenilworth, Cape www.rosekorberart.com janet@artkaroo.co.za / www.
T. 041 585 7889 Jessica Webster by Nessa Leibhammer and Natalie Aug-5 Sep, Narrative Video art, Town T. 083 556 2540 artkaroo.co.za
www.alliance.org.za 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Knight. paintings and sculpture by 22 Open www.gillalldermangallery.co.za Rust-en-Vrede
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Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art www.davidkrutpublishing.com nesburg, T. 011 833 5624 232 18th Street, Rietondale, Pretoria Goodman Gallery, Cape spired mosaic exhibition. 25 Aug-17 Paarl
Museum www.knightgalleries.net T. 084 764 4258 The Loop Art Foundry & Sculp- 16 Jul-15 Aug, Dying to be Men, Sep, Judy Woodborne, Paul Birchall
4 Jun-10 Aug, Decade, A selection Gallery MOMO ture Gallery works by Kudzanai Chiurai, 20 Aug- and Chris Diedericks
Casterbridge Complex Corner R40 The Hout Street Gallery
of works by some of South Africa’s 9 Jul-3 Aug, Long Live the Dead Origins Centre Pretoria Art Museum 12 Sep, Hentie van der Merwe 10 Wellington Road, Durbanville. T. 30 Jul-20 Sep, the 34th annual
most valued and emerging artists Queen, work by Mary Sibande. 6-31 5 Aug-10 Oct, From Abidjan to 14 May-16 Aug, Mbongeni Buthe- and Numbi Roads White River T. 3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 021 976 4691
013 751 2435 www.tlafoundry.co.za Winter Gala, including paintings by
from the Sanlam Art Collection. Aug, ‘Agony and Ecstacy’, David Joburg, Veronique Tadjo lezi’s first touring national exhibition Sir Lowry Road Woodstock, www.rust-en-vrede.com 25 South African artists, as well as
30 Jul-20 Sep, sculpture by 2009 Tlate and Charles Storr. Cnr Yale and Enoch Santonga Str. of “plastic painting”. Until 1 Dec, Cape Town T. 021 462 7573/4, sculptures, glass work and ceramics.
Standard Bank Young Artist Award 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, University of the Witwatersrand A selection of artworks tells a brief www.goodmangallerycape.com Salon91 Contemporary 270 Main Street Paarl T. 021 872
Winner, Nicholas Hlobo. 15 Aug-25 Johannesburg T.011 327 3247 T. 011 717 4700 www.origins.org.za story of South African art from the 12-29 Aug, Fate Amenable to 5030
Nov, Poking Fun, works from the www.gallerymomo.com time of the first San artists, includes Western Cape Infin Art Gallery Change, a solo exhibition of paint-
Art Museum’s permanent collection Resolution Gallery early 20th century painters, Resis- Wolfe Street Chelsea Wynberg T. ings by Shui-Lyn White Stellenbosch
exploring humour, biting commen- Gallery on the Square For Jul/Aug, The Wealth of No tance artists and artists of the 21st 021 761 2816 and Buitengracht St 91 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape
tary and satire. For Aug, contemporary South Afri- Nations, works by Pat Mautloa and century. Also on show until Dec, the Cape Town Cape Town T. 021 423 2090 www. Town 021 424 6930
1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth, T. 041 can artists, including: Paul Blom- Godfried Donkor. Corobrik Collection, showcasing the infinart.co.za www.salon91art.co.za Art on 5
506 2000 kamp, Wilma Cruise, John Kramer, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, development of ceramics in South Permanent exhibition of paintings
www.artmuseum.co.za Colbert Mashile, Hermann Niebuhr, Johannesburg T. 011 880 4054 Africa in the past thirty years. Alliance Française Irma Stern Museum South African Museum and ceramics by Maryna de Witt,
Carl Roberts, Jenny Stadler among www.resolutiongallery.com T.012 344 1807/8 http://www. For August, Nina Barnett, a sound, 8-29 Aug, functional ceramics by 25 Jul-Mar 2010, Subtle Thresholds, Pera Schillings, Karen Kieviet.
others pretoriaartmuseum.co.za video and stop-motion animation ex- four potters the representational taxonomies 7b Andringa Street, Stellenbosch. T.
Free State 32 Maude Street, Nelson Mandela Sally Thompson Gallery hibition, investigating urban spaces. Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town of disease, a mixed media show 021 887 7234
Square at Sandton City, Sandton, 2-29 Aug, Drawing from Memory, Pretoria Association of Arts 155 Loop Street, Cape Town. T. 021 T. 021 685 5686 curated by Fritha Langerman.
Johanesburg. T. 011 784 2847 paintings by Hazel Frankel and Judy 14 Aug- 2 Sep, etchings, monoprints 4235699 www.irmastern.co.za 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Dorp Straat Gallery
Bloemfontein www.galleryonthesquare.co.za Shear and mixed media works by Gerda www.alliance.org.za Town T. 021 481 3800 Until 31 Aug, Winter Warmers
78 Third Avenue, Melville, T. 011 Scholtemeijer http://www.iziko.org.za/sam/index. Exhibition, featuring work by Henk
Oliewenhuis Art Museum Gold of Africa Museum Gallery 482 9719 173 Mackie Street, New Muckle- Art B Gallery #Iziko South African National html Serfontein, Anthony Sherratt, Anya
21 Jul-18 Aug, Dissemination, 30 Jun-30 Sep, Headgear, drawings www.thompsongallery.co.za neuk, Pretoria, Gauteng, 0181, T. 29 Jul-19 Aug, mixed media works Gallery Adendorff, Maraleen Jonker-Aran-
computer drawings by Jaco Spies, by Jeannette Unite. 012 346 3100 by Marieke Kruger and sculpture by 2 Jun-16 Aug, Jol, paintings and South Gallery gies, Kelly John Gough, Louis Nel,
7 Jul-16 Aug, Wilma Cruise, Cocks, Turbine Hall, Jeppe Street, Johan- Standard Bank Gallery www.artsassociationpta.co.za Paul de Jongh prints on the subject of jolling. Showcasing creativity from Cornelia Stoop, Jenny Parsons, An-
Asses &, nesburg T. 07829251834 4 Aug-19 Sep, SBYA 25th Anniver- Library Centre, Carel van Aswegen Includes work by William Kentridge, Kwazulu-Natal including Ardmore thony Johnson Anton Momberg and
16 Harry Smith Street, Bloemfontein www.goldofafrica.com sary exhibition. Tina Skukon Gallery Street, Bellville T. 021 918 2301, Bob Gosani, Michael Wyeth and Ceramic Art. ceramics by light from Africa, Laura
T. 051 447 9609 Cnr. Simmonds & Frederick Streets, 19 Jul-12 Aug, Worker, by Helen www.artb.co.za Gerard Sekoto, amongst others. Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry du Toit and John Newdigate.
Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, 2001 Hugo 9 Jun-25 Oct, Cross-Pollination, Road Woodstock, Ground Floor. T. 144 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch T. 021
Johan Smith Art Gallery 6-22 Aug, Eliza Kentridge Tel: 011 631 1889 www.standard- Plot 6 Koedoeberg Road, Faerie Association for Visual Arts (AVA) South African artists working from 021 465 4672 887 2256
Glass, Bronze, Ceramics, Old Mas- 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, bankgallery.co.za Glen, Pretoria 17 Aug-4 Sep, Flatlands, photogra- 1930-50. Includes work by Laubser, info@southgallery.co.za www.dorpstraatgalery.co.za
ters, Contemporary works. Johannesburg, T. 011 788 1113 T. 012 991 1733 phy by Marc Shoul. Stern, Kibel, Pierneef, Sekoto and
Windmill Centre Main Street www.goodman-gallery.com The Art Place, Gallery & Art 35 Church Street, Cape Town T. 021 Lipshitz. 30 Jun-25 Oct, Choices Red Black and White
Clarens T. 058 256 1620 www. Centre St Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery 424 7436 www.ava.co.za 2008, showcasing new artworks These Four Walls Fine Art Gallery 30 Jul-29 Aug, Beesboude en Blom-
johansmith.co.za 11 Jul-8 Aug, All Creatures Great 30 Aug-26 Sep, Rooftop, outdoor acquired in 2008 by the Acquisitions 14 Aug-5 Sep, an exhibition of potte, by Johann Slee A
and Small, a group show. sculpture exhibition curated by Committee. From 14 Jul, The Art sculptures and paintings by P L 5a Distillery Road, Bosman’s Cross-
Blou Donki Art Gallery 144 Milner Ave, Roosevelt Park, T Gordon Froud of Relief Printing, an exhibition de- Anderson ing, Stellenbosch. T. 021 886 6281
Contemporary Art, Steel Sculp- 011 888 9120 492 Fehrsen Str, Brooklyn Circle, mystifying print processes. Includes 169 Lower Main Road, Observatory, www.redblackandwhite.co.za
tures, Functional Art, Photography, Pretoria. T. 012 460 0284 woodcuts, wood, engravings and T. 021 447 7393. www.thesefour- H
Ceramics. University of Johannesburg Arts www.stlorient.com linocuts. walls.co.za SMAC Art Gallery
Windmill Centre Main Street Centre Gallery Government Avenue, Company’s 25 Jun-1 Sep, On Skin, works by
Clarens T. 058 256 1757 www. 29 Jul-22 Aug, Boarding House, UNISA Art Gallery Garden T. The 021 467 4660, The South African Print Gallery Ricky Benett; Abstract South African
bloudonki.co.za photographs by Roger Ballen. 2 15 Aug-11 Sep, New Acquisitions www.iziko.org.za Until 26 Sep, prints by gallery art- Art from the Isolation Years, part
Sep-14 Oct, Braam Kruger. 2 Sep – exhibition ists. 27 Aug-28 Sep, ArtThrob Print III; Collection 11 in the library
14 Oct, retrospective of oil paintings Theo van Wijk Building, Goldfields Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery Editions Exhibition, works by Jane De Wet Centre, Church Street, Stel-
by Braam Kruger entrance, 5th floor. Unisa Campus, 15 Aug-12 Sep, 10-20 Anniversary Alexander, Willem Boshoff, Lisa lenbosch T. 021 887 3607
A Better World is Possible, by Lisa Brice University of Johannesburg, Pretoria. T.012 429 6823 Exhibition: Art That Inspires Brice, Nontsikelelo ‘Lolo’ Veleko, www.smacgallery.com
Gauteng in her exhibition entitled: Auckland Park Kingsway campus www.unisa.ac.za/gallery In-Fin-Art Building, Upper Bu- Guy Tillim, Mikhael Subotzky, Peet
More wood for the fire Until 01 August cnr. Kingsway and Universit- itengracht Street, Cape Town, T. Pienaar, Penny Siopis, David Goldb-
09 at The Goodman Gallery, Jhb Stellenbosch Art Gallery
eits Rd, Auckland Park T. 011 559 Brenda, The Mexican Sports Bar, Hill-
021 423 6075/082 5664631 www. latt, Hentie vd Merwe, Tracey Rose, Permanent exhibition of Conrad
Art on Paper 2099/2556 www.uj.ac.za/artsacad- johansborman.co.za William Kentridge and Zwelethu
brow, 2006. Photo from Marc Shoul’s Theys, John Kramer, Gregoire
25 Jul-12 Aug, mixed media works
by Senzeni Marasela; 15 Aug-12
emy KwaZulu-Natal show entitled ”Flatlands” to be seen at Mthethwa, as well as a new Robert Boonzaier, Adriaan Boshoff and
Everard Read Gallery Jhb the AVA Gallery, CT 18 of August - Hodgins print, hot off the press. other artists.
Sep, prints and watercolours by 30 Jul-23 Aug, solo show by Kalk Bay Modern 107 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock,
04 September 2009 34 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
Fiona Pole
44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf
Brait-Everard Read Award-Winner, Pretoria Durban Winter Showcase: art works on pa- Cape Town, T. 021 462 6851 T. 021-8878343
Anthea Moys. 11-25 Sep, sculptures per by Cecil Skotnes, Penny Siopis, www.printgallery.co.za www.stellenboschartgallery.co.za
(Milpark), T. 011 726 2234 by Dylan Lewis Atlantic Art Gallery Colbert Mashile, Michele Tabor,
Alette Wessels Kunskamer Artisan Contemporary
www.artonpaper.co.za 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, A permanent display showcasing Jane Eppel, Lyn Smuts, Rory Botha, UCA Gallery
Exhibition of Old Masters and se- 10 Aug-20 Sep, Vista, a collection of
Johannesburg T. 011 788 4805 lected leading contemporary artists. fibre art by Fibreworks, and beaded leading contemporary South African Nat Mokgosi. 29 Jul-21 Aug, Voight-Kampff, University of Stellenbosch Art
Artspace – JHB http://www.everard-read.co.za artists. 1st Floor, Olympia Buildings, 136 curated by Chatherine Ocholla, will
Maroelana Centre, Maroelana. sculpture by Ceasar Mkize and Gallery
29 Jul-22 Aug, Six Small Stories, 25 Wale Street Cape Town, T. 021 Main Road Kalk Bay. T.021 788 feature works by Shani Nel, David
GPS : S25º 46.748 EO28º 15.615 Thase Dlamini 4 Aug-25 Aug, Propositions, works
group exhibition of contemporary Grahams Fine Art Gallery 423 5775 6571 Scadden, Justin Allart, Niklas Wit-
T. 012 346 0728 344 Florida Rd, Morningside, T. 031 by Postgraduate students of the
jewellery design by Liz Loubser, 16 Jul-16 Sep, Imaging and Imagin- kbmodern@iafrica.com tenberg, Catherine Ocholla, Linda
C. 084 589 0711 312 4364 Department of Visual Arts, Univer-
Marchand van Tonder, Geraldine ing: South African Art circa 1896- Blank Projects Stupart and Andrew Lamprecht. 26
www.artwessels.co.za Email: sue@artisan.co.za sity of Stellenbosch. Participating
Fenn, Eric Loubser, Nannette Nel 2008 5-25 Aug, Black: the antithesis of Kunst House Aug-18 Sep, Elysian Fields, group artists include Lunga Kama, Larita
and De Villiers Venter. 26 Aug-16 Shop 31, Broadacres Lifestyle the fraudulent sensuality of culture’s 18 May–31 Aug, a varying collec- show.
Cameo Framers and Gallery Art Space - DBN Engelbrecht, John Henry Foster,
Sep, paintings by Dylan Graham Centre, Cnr. Valley & Cedar Roads façade an experiment in voluntary tion of work by resident artists 46 Lower Main Road, Observatory,
1-12 Aug, Glass art by Tersia du 3-22 Aug, Body of Work, a solo show Corlia Harmsen, Niel Vosloo, Berry
Chester Court, 142 Jan Smuts Av- Fourways, Johannesburg. T.011 465 asceticism. A group show includ- 62 Kloof Street, Gardens, T. 021 Cape Town T. 021 447 4132
Plessis, sculptures and prints by of paintings by Coral Spencer Domi- Meyer, Gina Heyer, Lara Kruger,
enue, Parkwood, Johannesburg. T. 9192 www.grahamsgallery.co.za ing works by Zander Blom, Liza 422 1255 www.ucagallery.co.za
Marinda du Toit and monoprints, jan, 24 Aug–12 Sep, mixed media Gussie van der Merwe, Wessel Sny-
011 880 8802 Grobler, Nomthunzi Mashalaba, www.kunsthouse.co.za
paintings and drawings by Hardus works by Martin Burnett and Life man, Zahn Rust, Rachael Colette,
www.artspace-jhb.co.za GordArt Gallery Kathryn Smith, Michael Taylor, Hen- VEO Gallery
Koekemoer Journey by Di van Wik Ferdinand Kidd, Hendrick L. Coe-
11 Jul-1 Aug, Family by Lettie 198 Long Street, Waterkloof, Preto- 3 Millar Road, Durban. T.031 312 tie van der Merwe and Mary Wafer Lindy van Niekerk Art Gal- From 1 Sep, The Concept, group tzee, Doret Ferreira, Janienke van
Gardiner and Sticks and Stones ria T. 082 923 2551 0793 198 Buitengracht Street, Bo-Kaap, lery exhibition Zyl, and De Villiers Venter.
Brodie/Stevenson (Dodge Burn) by Carla Crafford. 8 Cape Town, T.072 1989 221, www. Exhibition of SA’s leading artists. Jarvis Road, De Waterkant, Cape
trent.art@gmail.com www.artspacedurban.co.za cnr Dorp & Bird Street, Stellen-
9 Jul-8 Aug, photography by Zanele Aug-29 Aug, Cast and Crew, by Alex blankprojects.blogspot.com 31 Kommandeur Road, Welgemoed, Town. T. 021 421 3278 bosch T.021 808-3524/3489
Muholi. 13 Aug–5 Sep, solo show by Hamilton, and Mtkidu, an interac- Belville T. 021 913 7204/5 www.veo.co.za
Fried Contemporary Art Gallery Durban Art Gallery Email: us.max.09@gmail.com
Conrad Botes. tive performance by the collective Cape Gallery www.artpro.co.za
8 Aug-12 Sep, Recent work by Until 2 Aug, Working in Warwick,
373 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannes- Shop 1 Parkwood Mansions, 144 26 Jul-14 Aug, prints by Lorraine What if the World…
Johann Moolman, Diane Victor and by Denis Gilbert. 12 Aug- end Oct,
burg T. 011 326 0034, Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, t/f 011 Vivian and Ellen Norbu; 16 Aug-12 Michael Stevenson Contemporary 5-29 Aug, solo show by Athi-Patra
http://www.brodiestevenson.com/
Rossouw van der Walt PAST/PRESENT, works by Andrew Knysna
880 5928 430 Charles Str, Brooklyn, Pretoria Verster. Until Dec 2009, Pic(k) Of Sep, Annual Wildlife exhibition, 4 Jun–1 Aug, Everything Matters, Ruga.
http://www.gordartgallery.com/ T. 012 346 0158 www.friedcontem- The DAG, South African works from including painting, sculptures and paintings by Deborah Poynton; First floor, 208 Albert Road Knysna Fine Art
gordon@gordartgallery.com porary.com the gallery’s Permanent Collection. mixed media Ingubo Yesizwe, new installation by Woodstock T. 021 448 1438 www. 20 Aug-1 Sep, Decade, 10 Years of
Constitution Hill 60 Church Street, Cape Town, T. Nicholas Hlobo; This is my Africa, whatiftheworld.com
Second Floor, City Hall, Anton Collecting for the Sanlam Art Col-
From 6 Aug, Innovative Women, Manor Gallery 021 423 5309 documentary by Zina-Saro-Wiwa;
Kraal Studio Lembede Street, Durban T. 031 311 lection
work by ten contemporary black 2-26 Aug, 6th Black Like Us Exhibi- www.capegallery.co.za Shroud, sculpture by Katharine
29 Aug-10 Oct, Solitude and Things 2268 8 Grey Street Knysna, T.044 382
South African female artists Dineo tion of 2009 Jacobs. 6 Aug-26 Sep, Wim Botha,
Collected. Email:strettonj@durban.gov.za 5107
Bopabe, Zanele Muholi, Nandipha Norscot Manor Centre, Penguin Carmel Art Sidestep by Simon Gush and Middle-
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Usha Seejarim, Senzeni Marasela, www.wssa.org.za zen etchings 160 Sir Lowry Road, Cape Town, T.
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Lerato Shadi and Bongi Bengu. 66 Vineyard Road, corner Cavendish 021 462 1500
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artgallery@dut.ac.za or 031 373 Christopher Møller Art www.ridley.co.za
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artworks, including new black and www.christophermollerart.co.za Sloon at the Whatiftheworld Gallery, 8 Jul-31 Aug, Uitkyk – Outlook,
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I was drawn to Mosaka’s easy tear of real life and art politics, a great deal has been falsely pam- has just again embarked on some
going unpretentious manner, no doubt would tackle this in an pered and promoted. Some of that such calling-all-artists scheme)
which stood out against the atti- academically-designed, scientific had to do with political correctness, seem to believe.
tude of that other ‘blue-chip’ (a way. (May the force be with her.) some with the usual buddy-buddy- One needs only to take a look
term Mosaka applied to art- Only towards the end of their ness in the fragile world of artists, at the nonsense that goes for art
ists) curator Simon Njami, who conversation, did the word ‘creativ- and much of it with incompetence on the fringe of art festivals like
Alex Dodd succeeded in alienating several Melvyn Minnaar ity’ appear; the word ‘artist’ never or lack of knowledge, not to men- last month’s in Grahamstown, to
local audiences at public events did. For all her gusto, the new CEO tion expertise. know that art-making or craft in
surrounding Africa Remix with his showed little appreciation that real, (If the grumblings of ‘elitism’ the bread-and-butter stratagem
Furniture designer and chef stand offish pop star shades and good art and real, talented artists sounds up against this notion, it’s delivers little. You may feel a little
Lientjie Wessels and her husband his supercilious one liners. are rarities. Which is exactly why it simply insulting to those who have less guilty after buying a piece, but
Robert Denton of the cult Pretoria Mosaka judiciously hedged his Nurturing the real thing and they need the pampering which worked hard to encourage real tal- nothing more will come from that
eaterie and homegrown design bets when one audience member an fully-effective NAC would ent the last decade or two. One or bought object. Of course, what you
outlet, Libel, have recently taken asked him to comment on the At least we can’t fault the brand- provide. two curators and perhaps a couple paid will make a welcome differ-
to regular Facebook postings on stereotyping effect of Njami and new CEO of the National Arts Not every one is an artist. (Even of local galleries can take a bow.) ence to the economic status of the
the theme of winter to draw Fernando Alvim’s Africa Pavil- Council, Annabell Lebethe, on though some art schools, numbed When, at the beginning of the crafter. But that is not the point.
people’s attention to the hearty lion at the 2007 Venice Biennale, noisy enthusiasm. Unlike the previ- in their postmodern haze, would 1990s, the battle cry was about It is time that the NAC and the
cuisine on offer at their establish- which agglomerated the art of ous (useless) lot, she can speak like to teach that hackneyed con- breaking down the boundary useless official department of arts
ment. The one that seemed to most a continent, whilst the rest of (well) in public, it seems - and cept. And Cape Town has a solid between so-called ‘high’ and ‘low’ and culture step out from this way
aptly summarise the dusty and the world was represented on laugh chirpily. This she did in an gang of youngsters who believe art - and the ‘art-versus-craft’ of thinking. It is on the one hand
gusty spirit of late July on the country-by-country basis. But he of a new conservativism in the climbed up and down a ladder 1 interview with Nancy Richards on that of themselves.) thingy kept museum curators oh-so paralysing genuine invention - and
Highveld was a nugget by Ameri- did stake his claim by expressing arts, with less new commissions 850 times to create two lumines- SAFM shortly after taking on the Making paintings or videos, or busy - it was a legitimate, liberating great art-making. On the other, it
can author and billiard’s cham- a degree of skepticism in rela- and less institutions being willing cent blocks of delicate, almost job last month. staging performances, or weaving move. But, two decades down the is creating expectation that a town-
pion player Robert Byrne, who tion to ‘mega-shows’, which are to go out on a limb for the sake of invisible chord that catches the What is worrying is that Ms Leb- wire, doesn’t make you an artist, line, it is not obvious that we’ve ship scheme painted for and sold
quipped: ‘Winter is nature’s way ‘driven by political ideology’, and something fresh and dangerous. light in the most ephemeral ways. ethe, in chatting to Ms Richards, nor is a painting, video, perfor- managed to nurture the real thing to gullible tourists will put you on
of saying “Up yours”.’ asserting that he was more drawn My spirit was renewed by a visit In one structure a suspended mass was using the usual (bureaucratic) mance or wire toy per se an art- - true creativity, great invention - a great career path. By all means
Among the myriad events to the ‘complexities of specificity’ to a collaborative installation by of feathered fishing flies resembles jargon which throws out words like work. True invention is measured properly. Mediocrity abounds. encourage as many crafters as you
clustering in my inbox, like that lie in smaller, more nuanced Bronwyn Lace and Vaughn Sadie a swarm of insects caught for one ‘facilitate’, ‘economics’, ‘opportu- against expectation and something Artists (not crafters who can like. Polish their skills and excel-
kindling for a fire to ward off the exhibitions. But his presentation at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, fleeting moment in time, or a hand- nity’, ‘empower’, ‘community’ and a little higher tuned. A good artist paint, make videos or wire cars - lence; give them opportunities. But
decimations of winter, was an was sadly lacking in specificity. which shed a bright new light on ful of dandelions thrown up at the the like. kicks butt; good art re-wires audi- they have another kind of job) have let’s not forget about the precious-
email subtitled: ‘This presentation Although he did present slides of the fertile possibilities of re- sky. A solitary African Monarch The subtext of this kind of talk ence minds; the excited reviewer a vital role to play in the culture ness of the real thing.
will address the shifting curatorial a few works from shows he has examining the kinds of objects and Butterfly has been pinned to the is that the land is inhabited by mil- revels in that originality. and well-being of society. It is not If these officials did, we’d have
practices affected by the current curated, he didn’t mention any art- spaces that lie dormant in existing Perspex base of the other structure lions of creative people, who only A lot has happened in South only a matter of money and oppor- had a brilliant presence at the cur-
economic crisis.’ The terms ‘cura- ists’ names or offer much insight institutions. This project, Unit for in a way that subtly calls for an needs to be shown the way to fame Africa’s dynamic art world since tunity, as those NAC people (and, rent Venice Biennale - with all the
torial practice’ and ‘current eco- into their conceptual motivations. Measure, presents a challenge to interrogation of outmoded Vic- and fortune. A fresh-faced CEO, democracy fifteen years ago. Plenty for that matter, the Western Cape’s positive spin-offs.
nomic crisis’ seem to be in such That said, his time was limited rigorously explore spatial practices torian modes of collection and not yet untainted by the wear-’n- of that has been very exciting, but relevant provincial department who
urgent circulation at the moment, and his focus was on emerging in ways that reinvent the architec- display.
I couldn’t resist contending with curatorial strategies in the light (or tures of museums, presenting new Meanwhile Sadie walked 30km
the parking crisis at Wits Univer-
sity to make my way to the School
of the Arts for this Diva Talk by
Tumelo Mosaka.
should I say the gloom?) of the
current global crunch. Giving us
a sense of the New York climate,
he said ‘about 20 galleries had
landscapes and possibilities for
displaying objects that trigger fresh
thoughts and associations. Lace
and Sadie’s immaculately rendered
within the small block of space
contained within the room to
install 1 000m of galvanized steel
wire rope. The suspended trails of
Durban
Mosaka graduated from Wits shut down in Chelsea in the past installation was forged in tandem wire start to resemble the electrici- buses (those few that are left on
with a BA Fine Arts and com- month or two, with about 30 hav- with a workshop process that en- ty cables that run along the sides of Durban’s streets at the moment
pleted his Masters in Curatorial ing closed before that’ and that couraged the education officers of freeways evoking vast landscapes since our municipal service
Practices at Bard College in New the Brooklyn Museum, where he local museums to think about new in a way that makes you wonder have kind of evaporated - but
York. He is currently the curator used work, had recently laid off experiential modes of exhibiting. about scale and about the kinds of that’s another story). On a good
of contemporary art at the Kran- about 70 people. He said that, in Practising what they preach, distances and vastness that can be day, I find myself in awe of the
nert Art Museum at the Univer- this tight climate, institutions are Lace and Sadie, uncovered a rub- traveled in one enclosed room.
sity of Illinois, after working as tending to turn inwards, showing ble-strewn storage area in the cool The project arose out of ongo-
Peter Machen chaotic visual expression that is
exercised in the Durban’s public
associate curator at the Brooklyn work from their established collec- depths of the Sci Bono building, ing conversations between Lace spaces even though we ain’t got
Museum in New York, where he tions and opting for exhibitions of and transformed it into a sparsely and Sadie around the creation of much public art. Even the city’s
curated the exhibition, Infinite Is- master works, which guarantee an sensual space of wonder. The platforms in South Africa for ex- A few Wednesdays ago marked bridges and walls which retain
lands: Contemporary Carribbean audience. More artists are working project’s other manifestation will perimental and experiential work. the first time that I missed freeways have images etched into
Art (2007), among others. He was as collectives and, in the absence take place at the Durban Art Gal- To me it was a blazing affirmation an event because I wasn’t on them. Check out the architectural
most recently in town in April as a of gallery spaces, are redirecting lery in November where the exact of the fact that some South African Facebook. Well, kind of, almost, drawings, from Zulu huts to Cape
guest curator at this year’s Joburg their energies away from com- same materials will be applied to a artists are rising to the challenges missed. I was actually next door Dutch gables, on Essex Terrace in
Art Fair, for which he curated mercial pursuits, using available completely different space. of the reduced and strapped art to the event in question – at Bean Westville, or the animated draw-
Here a nd Now, an exhibition of materials and occupying vacant Using 6 000m fishing line, 3mm context described by Mosaka in Bag Bohemia, having a drink ings on the Umgeni Road freeway
DVD work by artists from around lots and empty buildings. The of perspex, 2 000 fishing flies and the most fabulously future-minded – when the owner, Guy Wood, interchange.
the globe. picture he painted signaled the rise an African Monarch butterfly, Lace ways. dragged me along to some random In the more formalised space
function a few metres away at St. of the KZNSA, where the Penny
Mary’s church, one of Durban’s Siopis survey show Red was about
most beautiful and flexible spaces to take hold of the city, Siopis
where religious dogma hasn’t Photo: Guy Wood
spoke about how important this

10-20 Borman Birthday exhibition excluded a good spread of fairly


risqué entertainment over the
years.
The function happened to be
of culture in the broadest possible
sense of the word. In fact his doc-
umentary photography is seldom
presented as such – with Walker,
exhibition or Africa Remix, we’ve
got Chatsworth cemetery. These
things even out in the end.
The motorbikes were par-
freedom was to her during the
time she spent in Durban. It was
in Durban, she said that she found
the confidence to be experimental,

celebrates the artist as hero Durban’s inaugural Pecha Kucha


event, another global phenomenon
spread by the web, where creative
people get up and talk for 400
content is king – the things he
photographs are so intriguing
and fascinating – that you don’t
ticularly great, encased in joyful,
deadly irony. There was one image
in particular, which was one of the
and where she found that experi-
mentalism to be encouraged and
accepted; when she subsequently
even see the photograph. Which most beautiful, amazing things I’d moved to Jo’burg her experimen-
seconds (that’s 6 minutes and forty is, I suppose the sign of a good ever seen. It didn’t just make my tal cake paintings weren’t nearly
seconds) while they show 20 im- documenter. night but made me glad I’d lived as eagerly received, and it was
ages, each for twenty seconds. We And one of the things that to see it. The photograph was of some time before she re-embraced
arrived as people were flooding Walker has been obsessed with five bikers astride their machines, her now seminal exploration of the
out into the courtyard for the inter- documenting is burial sites. For riding towards the viewer, two material nature of painting.
val. A small army of cigarettes lit more than forty years, he has in front, three behind; riding on If Siopis gave Durban a compli-
themselves up into the evening air been photographing grave sites in for all eternity, perhaps as Walker ment, the city more than repaid her.
– a brisk winter night for Durban Southern Africa. “I’ve got millions suggested, on their morning run. I don’t remember a show that has
but still warmer than nearly ev- of these”, he said, and I’m sure he It wasn’t just me who fell in love had such an overwhelmingly emo-
erywhere else in the country – and was only slightly exaggerating. with the image; the whole room tional response from the public.
after a few minutes, everyone was But if you’re thinking neoclas- cooed and aahed like five-years- Durbanites are often reticent about
herded back inside. sical tombstones and doves and olds watching bubbles being darker work but Siopis’ blend of
And I was so glad I joined angels think again. In South Africa blown, before breaking into fits of terror and tenderness seemed to
them. Not for the whole Pecha – where for all our embrace of laughter. cut through that reluctance. A col-
Kucha ticked-that-done-that thing the West, we tend to do things on It makes sense that Walker league who is particularly wither-
but for the presentation which fol- our own terms - grave sites are lives in Durban. The biker image ing about most of modernity, said
lowed from Garth Walker. Walker, often, as Walker pointed out, more I loved so much wasn’t – as far as “it restored her faith in art.” Me, I
who is widely acknowledged as about life than death. And so the I can remember – from a Durban don’t need no faith.
one of the kings of global graphic headstones included such graphic cemetery, but it is exactly the kind Finally, I must bid a sweet and
design, has also always been a elements as guitars, turntables of deeply human craziness you teary-eyed farewell to talented
rabid documenter of the idiosyn- and motorbikes, all of which can find in the streets of eThekwini. painter and former gallerist Aidan
JH Pierneef - ‘Bushveld’ Cecil Skotnes - ‘Head’ crasies of local design language now be constructed with digital Just spend an afternoon read- Walsh, one of Durban’s sweetest
and iconography, something which assistance. And while Durban ing the taxis and marvelling at souls, who died last month. He is
has never been separate from his might not have got the Picasso the graphic design of the city’s deeply, deeply missed.
Johans Borman will be celebrating Many of the masters included from both before and after Sekoto’s design work and his appreciation
ten years in their Upper Buiten- on the show had to overcome exile are included on the show.
gracht Street Gallery, and twenty adversity to produce their work, Maggie Laubser is another artist
years in the business with a “10-20 says Borman. Pieter Wenning, on the show. “Laubser grew up on
Anniversary exhibition”. Opening
on the 15th of August, the exhibi-
tion will deal with
whose early life was plagued by
malaria, also suffered bad health
and poverty during the last
a farm at the end of the 19th cen-
tury, but liberated herself through
her studies of German Expression-
What to watch out for in August
notions of heroism in art making. years of his short life. Despite ism at a time when it was most
“The concept of ‘heroism’ first this, he managed to produce a unusual for an Afrikaner woman to
surfaced during my research of
the early Sekoto painting, ‘Family
respected body of work, influenc-
ing the work of second generation
have such dreams.”
Work by contemporary artists
Ben Coutouvidis - ‘The windmill’ Cape Views this month – On Show in Durban
with candle’”, says gallery director, Cape Impressionists such as Gre- such as Susqya Williams, Jaco
Johans Borman. “Barbara Lindop
describes how Sekoto managed to
goire Boonzaier, Terence McCaw,
Piet van Heerden and David Botha.
Sieberhagen, Jacobus Kloppers,
Ben Coutouvidis and Walter Meyer
The gallerist who spent ten years
dealing in Pretoria, Stellenbosch Some to venture out for... in August
and Onrus with his wife, prior to
successfully capture ‘the heroism Gerard Sekoto is another inspira- are also included on the show, opening his Cape Town space,
revealed in ordinary human life’ in tional artist included on the show. which comprises 72 works overall. puts his success down to relation- Langerman’s installation Subtle Heath Family Retrospective her first show here in many years.
most of his early works. It required “He progressed from a rural, Pedi Though the challenges facing art- ships. “The success of any gallery Thresholds at the Iziko SA Museum at the Tatham Art Gallery ‘Red’, subtitled ‘the Iconography of
a talented artist, an ‘art hero’ in his background to become a Modernist ists today are somewhat different business depends on maintaining in the Gardens (until March). Colour in the Work of Penny Siopis’
own right, to identify this and com- painter with dogged determina- to those faced by our early masters, a healthy equilibrium between the Prints, of a very different kind, are Although their work has not been is curated by KZNSA director Bren-
municate it truthfully.” tion - leaving the relative comfort artist today still require a measure three groups participating in such also part of talented Michael Taylor’s
fully acknowledged, The Heaths ton Maart. The exhibiton includes
The more research Borman of early fame and the repressive of heroism to succeed. Says Bor- portfolio of work. His solo show at many of Siopis’ most seminal works
an enterprise -the artists, the art World Art in Church street, called are one of KwaZulu-Natal’s most
undertook, the more the concept political situation in South Africa man lovers or clients, and the gallery.” influential artistic families. Between from her Cake painting to ‘Mel-
seemed appropriate; “it became to brave a new beginning in Paris, “The art world today is more The Plot Thickens, is long anticipated ancholia’ to the Pinky Pinky and
The opening is on Sat 15 August (until August 22). them, they taught in the Fine Art
the golden thread throughout this the ‘centre of the art universe’ at competitive than ever... it has at 12h00. Dr Elza Miles will be the Department at the University of Shame series, and even includes a
collection of work which was the time, in spite of the handicaps become far more challenging to be Most artists-on-show this month
opening speaker. Show runs until seem to be the youthfully talented. Natal (now University of KZN) for reconstruction of her 1997 video in-
produced over more than a century of being black, poor and not know- unique and authentic in the creative until 12th September. Black, Michael Taylor more than 70 years. Jack Heath was stallation, My Lovely Day, complete
- from 1906 to 2009”. ing the language or culture.” Works process”. One such is the bright Kudzanai
The young and the talented are in our Chiurai, originally from Zim-babwe, the head of department for many with the original mini-cinema and
sights this month – such as students whose Dying to be Men is at the years, while his wife Jane, taught plush red seats. Closes 19 July.
in their sprint stage towards becom- Goodman Gallery Cape (until there until her retirement, as did
ing artists (or whatever they become). August 15).The equally sharp Hentie their daughter Bronwen, who has
In Stellenbosch, some 20 of the van der Merwe follows him here restored much of her late parent’s
Winner of the ABSA l’Atelier Award local art school’s postgraduates have
gone public with their
Propositions in the cute university
(until September). In a similar vein of
challenge and flash is
Athi-Patra Ruga’s art - on show at
work for this exhibition. Regarded
as artists’ artists, the Heaths’ talents
have thus far been recognized only
Roger Ballen
at the Durban Art Gallery

art gallery (until August 25). Special Whatiftheworld (until August 29). In ‘Boarding House’, Ballen contin-
by colleagues, their students, the ues to zoom in on the physical and
about this show is that students, At Blank Projects, Black: the South African art museums and a
The winner of this year’s ABSA top ten finalists last year. This have been replaced by devil horns. the American political situation under a scheme they call MA|X09, antithesis of the fraudulent psychological details of his
L’Atelier competition is an un- year however, was third time A subtle jibe at corporations, at the moment. He is horrified handful of private art collectors. artistic landscape. Although it is
work completely independently in sensuality of culture’s façade – an
likely suspect. Thirty-four year lucky for the Rosin, the artist it is perhaps a brave choice for by the apparent neo-colonial managing the project. experiment in voluntary asceticism
This Family Retrospective is an clear to anyone who has been fol-
old Stephen Rosin runs a family taking home the winning prize of ABSA, a sign perhaps that the project with which the country is In the city, at the Michaelis Art Gal- sounds a top-notch conceptual show excellent place to start for everyone lowing the arc of Ballen’s career
pie-making business, and lives in R110 000, and a six month tenure organisation is open to laughing occupied,“working on the strategy lery, the curiously-named Anaphora (until August 28). Another such fresh else. that
a rural area near Plett, where, until at the Cité Internationale des Arts at itself. Rosin, for his part, is in- for a new American century”, as is an exhibition by seven fine art group show is Voight-Kampff at the Closes 13 September. ‘Boarding House’ evolves directly
last September, he had no elec- in Paris. It’s dream come true for terested in contemporary geopoli- politicians claim to be. masters students from Wits (until UCA in Observatory (until August from his earlier work, at the same
tricity. Winning the award, held Rosin, who living as he does in tics and globalism, and is highly The pie season being what it is, August 18). 21). time the work recalls the dadaism,
at Gauteng’s ABSA gallery on the a rural area, says he doesn’t get critical of the power held by a Rosin says he will only be able While at Michaelis, don’t miss the If these are more of the pretty young Penny Siopis primitivism and surrealism that
23rd July came as something of a much exposure. small number of individuals at the to head to Paris after December, wonderful collection of prints from things, an oldie (he’s 60 fueled the western art world in
the university’s famous Katrine this year) can also catch plenty of at the KZNSA
surprise to the artist too. “I wasn’t Rosin’s winning work is the heads of such businesses. He is possibly in January of 2010. the late 20s and early 30s. When
even supposed to be going,” says eponymously titled, “The devil currently working on a piece using He is however, thrilled at the Harries print cabinet now on show attention. Ricky Burnett’s On
Siopis, who taught at DUT (then the looking at Ballen’s images it easy to
(until August 21). Talking of prints, Skin at the small Smac space
Rosin, “it was completely unex- makes his Christmas pie out of hundreds of bank bags, one of the prospect. “It’s incredible,” says Dianne Victor’s masterly series The Natal Technikon) for several years forget that photography is consid-
in Stellenbosch is teasing the ma-
pected!” politician’s tongues and banker’s few items, which, Rosin points Rosin, “amazing”, to be afforded Disasters of Peace is in the groups tronly locals by their Twombly-esque in the 80s, returns to Durban for ered by many to be a figurative art
Rosin, who studied painting at fingers”, a low relief group portrait out, one can still get for free from the opportunity not only to travel show at the old wine cellar at Spier outrage (until August 14). Nice. form. Closes 19 July.
the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan shot of a suited group of men. banks. “Soon they’ll be charging to Paris, but to receive so much in Stellenbosch (until August 14). Finally, the one thing that is sure to
Museum in Port Elizabeth (though Worked up with layers of pinstripe, a cover charge just to enter”, jokes exposure. Until then, he plans to And even more about prints: Not to be a gallery hit, is Zineb Sedira’s new
he never painted a single canvas bespoke suiting, fake suede and Rosin, who has seen the effects of set up a proper portfolio, fram- be missed is Wim Botha’s enor- film at Michael Stevenson as part of
in his final year), has entered the velvet, the men might be “a govern- the recession hit the small town ing the works he hasn’t had funds mous lino-prints, part of his Joburg the Forex series. If MiddleSea (2008) Pop in See more Daily News at www.arttimes.co.za
competition for the previous two ment cabinet or a corporation’s of Plett. to frame, and saving up for his Altarpiece, at Michael Stevenson ) is as stunning as Saphir, shown in
years in a row, making the list of board”, but for their heads, which Rosin is also fascinated by European sojourn. (until September). Then there’s Fritha 2007, we’re in for a treat. Enjoy.
06 BUSINESS ART | AUGUST 09 GALLERY BUZZ

Artb Gallery, Cape Town July exhibition openings of ‘Peripheral Vision’ Zizamele ceramics and artists Sisanda Mbana, Eignoria Eononisi, Vuyelwa
participating 4 artists Sean Cameron, Stasa Hlava, Miona Janeke and Khatswa and Joyce Mfene.
Yolanda Warnich.

National Arts Festival Rhodes Art School student exhibition where


students from First year through to the Honours year exhibit at a
National level.

artSPACE durban 13 July – 1 August 2009


‘Flavours’ – Emerging Jewellery Designers from Durban
Artists Mbongeni Buthelezi and Paul Emmanuel together on the island of Sylt. They were both (individually) invited and their trips co-incided to the Founda-
left to right: Indira Munthree, Taryn Coleman, Taryn Koekemoer, Sean tion, The Kunst: Raum Sylt Quelle The Sylt-Quelle Foundation is located on the island of Sylt in the North Sea, off the coast of Germany. The Kunst:Raum
Leipoldt, Chantell Wehmeyer with Romela Mudaly in front of her, Christy- Sylt-Quelle Foundation is for artists interested in multiple areas of interaction and co-operation. The Kunst:Raum Sylt-Quelle Foundation is intended as a
Ann Bestwick with Lusanda Mgugudo in front of her, Jadi Clark with place of beginnings: of ideas, of creative projects throughout the year. Artists, actors, musicians and writers come to this foundation to work on projects, to
Nomfundo Cebekhulu in front of her, S’bhekile Lukhele and Chris de participate in events, and to exchange ideas. Its South African branch, Jozi Art:Lab, works much the same way – the setting up of cultural projects with local
Beer artists, actors, musicians and writers and has coordinated projects in Kliptown and Johannesburg CBD.

Mad Bad Monk


By Sean O’Toole Two men, one of them a friend of
Monk, were embroiled in an ar-
All that survives, at least with gument over furniture. Someone
any fidelity, are his recordings, was at fault for not showing up
those paper-thin slivers of Cape to help move the stuff. A gun was
Town’s unlovely and unloved. produced. Monk leaped to save
Of the man who made these a life, in the process sacrificing
photographs, a man whose fam- his own.
ily name recalls an exuberant Monk was 45 when he died
American jazz pianist of the same – at least according to Sampson
name, all we have is legend. and Revue Noire who correctly
This we know: Billy Monk give his birth date as 1937. When
was born William John Monk on I meet photographer Jac de
January 11, 1937. Since his death Villiers, who in 1979 stumbled
27 years ago, on July 31 1982, on Monk’s unpublished archive
the biography of this skollie when he took over a photograph-
with an artistic eye has taken on ic studio on the corner of Hope
the character of myth. Meaning, and Wesley streets in Cape Town,
there are a lot of gaps in the life he categorically states that the big
story of this one-time nightclub bruiser died aged 50. Details.
bouncer whose balled fist also Let’s agree that Monk lived, a
sensitively wielded a camera. very hard and sexually rampant
In the imagination of the life by all accounts, and then he
editors of Revue Noire, that died. All that survives are his
posh Parisian poodle of an art recordings, crisp black and white
journal who in 1999 released photographs that read like spare,
432-page anthology of African uncompromising short stories.
photography, Monk was killed Which prompts a thought.
in Johannesburg, “struck down Amongst his many vocational
by two bullets in the heart”. The attributes – add petty criminal,
mental image this conjures is of jailbird and gentleman to those
Billy Monk as Saint Sebastian, not already mentioned – I would
the Christian martyr whose body add another, storyteller. Monk
was treated like a pincushion by used his Pentax like Hemingway
Roman bowmen. did his Royal typewriter, beauti-
The truth about this chiselled fully rendering brutal stories.
Capetonian with a big bust nose To quote the “dark-haired
planted between his dark eyes is Frenchman” from Revue Noire says De Villiers, who together were in an embattled apartheid a neat script. what you see on the periphery – their sole author? the mid-1970s he cashed in on
far less gilded. Monk was neither who visited De Villiers, Monk with friend Andrew Meintjes put society. Ever the schemer, Monk For those who have never see the broken bottles underfoot, the “I think when an artist dies his notoriety and opened up a
a model Christian nor a saint. His “brought a tragic but in no way together Monk’s first exhibition sold his photographs back to his Monk’s social snapshots from faces of other club-goers in the there are always these myths small leather shop on Long Street
unwritten autobiography could indulgent sensibility to bear on of his Catacombs pictures. Held subjects. the late 1960s, they are currently background – that tells a story, about the person,” responds De called Mad Monk. A decade later
easily have been titled Chipped the nocturnal world” of Cape at Johannesburg’s Market Gallery “I think he just saw it as a job,” on view at the South African the darker side of jolling.” Villiers. “We’ve had four exhibi- he found a modicum of respect-
Nails and Worn Heals. Town’s foreshore. in 1982, Monk died without see- ventures De Villiers. “But he was National Gallery. Titled Jol, the Like De Villiers, Warne is in- tions. No-one has come forward ability as a diamond dive r. Two
My colleague Lin Sampson It was here, near the harbour, ing the outcome; he was trying to genuinely interested in photogra- exhibition features a selection of trigued by the rapport Monk had and claimed any of the pictures.” bullets ended it all.
tells the story of Monk’s death in that dodgy nightclubs like the hustle a lift up north at the time. phy. He worked as an assistant for work by painters Gerard Sekoto with his subjects. Case closed.
a house with turquoise-blue walls Catacombs and Navigator’s Den “He documented by default,” a commercial photographer, a guy and Johannes Phokela and pho- “He wasn’t a spectator, he was It bears stating that Monk
adds De Villiers. “He was there called Leslie Dektor.” Monk even tographers David Wise, Graeme a participant,” states De Vil- wasn’t a longsuffering shutter- Sean O’Toole is a journalist and
with great aplomb. She origi- mushroomed, selling booze to editor of Art South Africa
nally did it in 1982, her article on foreign sailors. Since their pa- to make money from his pic- accompanied Dektor, now a big Goddard and Michael Wyeth that liers. This gave Monk license to bug.
Monk for this paper later deliver- trons represented all nationalities, tures.” name in moving images the US, collectively depict a society at push the boundaries and show “In 1969 Monk stopped taking The following article was
ing the title for her 2005 book, these establishments tended to be In between bouncing rowdy on a shoot abroad. ease, a nation carousing. Monk is his subjects in less than flatter- pictures in the Catacombs,” wrote published in an abridged form in
Now You’ve Gone ‘n Killed Me. exempt from the strict separate customers, a little too roughly “He was very disciplined,” in- the star act. ing scenarios. “He took some De Villiers in a 1991 article for Sunday Times Lifestyle, July 5,
it is generally agreed, he made sists De Villiers of the seemingly “I love the grittiness of his pictures that he could probably Vrye Weekblad. “He later com- 2009
“Now you’ve gone and killed amenities laws of the day. Not
me.” It is what Monk exclaimed that this social context was im- pictures of bleached blonds high dissolute figure whose work he photographs,” says Pam Warne, a never have sold to anybody,” plained to me that Polaroid film
on brandy and gaunt hipsters is the custodian of. When he first curator of photography and new states De Villiers. had become the vogue for social Jol is on at Iziko South African
after two bullets from .22 pistol portant to Monk.
with pointy shoes. Jollers seeking discovered Monk’s photographs, media at the National Gallery. What about the widespread photographers and he had no National Gallery until October
felled him on a rainy Saturday “I think he was a documentary
evening off Somerset Road in photographer without the ideals reprieve in imagined republics, he says they were carefully “It’s not only what is the immedi- rumours that Monk didn’t take feeling for this instant product.”
Cape Town (not Johannesburg). of a documentary photographer,” which is what nightclubs often archived, everything annotated in ate focus of the image, but also the pictures, or that he wasn’t It wasn’t the end of Monk. In
SOUTH AFRICAN ART AUCTIONS AUGUST 09 | BUSINESS ART 07

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Jacob Hendrik Pierneef’s South
Important British, Continental and South African Paintings, Drawings,
Prints and Sculpture Royal Pictures African
7 September 2009 on Sale at Bonhams art auctions
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Gregoire Johannes Boonzaier


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7 September 2009 – Johannesburg


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HJ Pierneef, Cape Avenue Venue: The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands

13 & 14 October 2009 – London


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a commission or gift to Princess The South African Sale
Alice who would have lived there
during her husband’s tenure as 20 & 21 October 2009 – Cape Town
Governor-General. Stephan Welz & Co.
It is not certain whether these In Association with Sotheby’s
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South African 1915- commissioned by Princess Alice. Venue: Kirstenbosch
Abstract Form What is certain is that she was
stamped IMI (Mike Edwards an admirer of Pierneef’s work. 1 February 2010 – Cape Town, 8pm
Foundry,) dated 90 and numbered In October 1930 Pierneef held Strauss & Co
an exhibition of 47 paintings in Important Paintings, Furniture, Silver
Edoardo Villa 37.17, mounted on a cylindrical and Ceramics
Edoardo Villa steel plinth Pretoria, which Princess Alice (Entries open till 10 December 2009)
South African 1915- visited and where she selected
South African 1915- bonze with green patina Venue: The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands
Figure two paintings for the Women’s
Sentinel 50 by 20 by 24cm on a plinth with
signed and dated 1993 Committee of Pretoria to present
signed and dated 1970 a total height of 163cm
painted steel to her. The Princess chose `Karoo’ Auction Houses Contact details
painted steel R60 000–90 000
270 by 60 by 40cm and `Bushveld Rustenberg’. Two
111 by 22 by 22cm Ashbey’s Galleries cc
R200 000–250 000 months later she and the newly
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LITERATURE retired Governor General visited Valuers & Appraisers
Karel Nel, ELizabeth Burroughs Pierneef’s studio and chose a For an appointment please contact:
and Amalie von Maltitz, Villa at 90, large painting – a landscape of Inge Beck
the northern Transvaal that they 43 Church Street Cape Town
Jonathan Ball, Johannesburg and Tel: 021 423-8060
Cape Town, 2005, illustrated on wished to donate to the museum in Fax: 021 423-3047
page 219. Cape Town, because they felt that email: info@ashbeys.co.za
This maquette was submitted for a South African artists were poorly www.ashbeysgalleries.co.za
Edoardo Villa proposed monumental sculpture represented in the museum. Today
South African 1915- at the Jan Smuts Airport, the that work takes pride of place in Bonhams
Massai Warrior Irma Stern, Ripe Fields Contact for SA Artwork:
project, however, never came to the South African National Gal-
signed and dated 1963 Hannah O’ Leary
fruition. lery, opened by the Athlones on sapictures@bonhams.com
painted steel 3rd November 1930.
Three Pierneef paintings, which auction, the biggest sale of South www.bonhams.com/southafrica
168 by 40 by 40cm Giles Peppiatt, Head of African +44 (0) 20 7468 8213
R600 000–800 000 once belonged to Queen Victoria’s Africa art ever held, grossing
Art at Bonhams comments: “This
granddaughter, Princess Alice, over ZAR100million. These three Stephan Welz & Co.
charming painting has the added
Countess of Athlone, will be sold paintings by Pierneef (1886- In Association with Sotheby’s
interest and significance of having
at Bonhams South African sale on 1957) include a scene of a sleepy
once belonged to a British Royal Johannesburg
October 14th in New Bond Street, town in the Cape, depicting a
On view: It is indeed surprising to see so forms of the highly polished steel married to the Governor Gen- 13 Biermann Avenue, Rosebank,
Friday 4 September, Saturday 5 September and Sunday 6 September many works by the prolific Italian- Lot 102, Conversation, 1971. London. sun-drenched avenue with typical
eral of South Africa. Pierneef is Johannesburg
10.00 am to 6.00 pm born sculptor Edoardo Villa on Another venture into the lesser Princess Alice accompanied Cape Dutch cottages and Dutch Telephone: +27 (11) 880-3125
artistic royalty in South Africa and
auction. This leads one to surmise known, is his exp loration of the her husband when he served as Reformed Church beyond. It is Fax: +27 (11) 880-2656
painted a number of commissions
Auction: that they might have belonged to use of polystyrene packaging Governor-General of South Africa estimated to sell for £80,000 to Email: jhb@swelco.co.za
for South Africa House in London.
Part I at 3.30pm a single collector, as the pieces materials; this smaller “Abstract from 1924–1931. During their £120,000. It is signed and dated www.swelco.co.za
So this picture is a very potent Cape Town
South African Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture cover a wide range of Villa’s oeu- form” is a unique cast, as the time in South Africa, Lord and 1929, the same year Pierneef was
link between Britain and South The Great Cellar, The Alphen Hotel,
Lots 1-222 vre. The “Masai Warrior” of 1963 original disappears during the Lady Athlone had a coastal beach commissioned to paint 32 panels
Africa.” Alphen Farm Estate, Alphen Drive,
attests to his masterful use of pre- mould-making process. Here house constructed at Muizenberg, for the Johannesburg railway Constantia 7808
Also appearing on the market
Part II at 8.00pm fabricated mechanical metal parts, again, he masterfully adapts a beach suburb of Cape Town, station, which occupied most of Tel: +27 (21) 794-6461
for the first time is a rare land-
Important British, Continental and South African Paintings, Draw- which he blends in iconic figures, mechanical geometrical formal which still stands today and is one his time over the next three years. Fax: +27 (21) 794-6621
ings, Prints and Sculpture standing proudly tall and assertive. elements in expressive combina- scape by the grand dame of South Email: ct@swelco.co.za
of South Africa’s national monu- Once owned by HRH Princess
Lots 1-143 This verticality, which embodies tions, while the expert casting by African art, Irma Stern. Better- www.swelco.co.za
ments. The Cape Town suburb of Alice, Countess of Athlone, it has
the mammal who stood up, i.e. the Mike Edwards retains the texture known for her exotic portraits and
Athlone was named in honour of been passed by direct descent to
human, is characteristic of much of the original material. luscious still-lifes, this is an idyllic Strauss & Co
Edoardo Villa is one of South This impressive group of works the Governor-General. Princess the current owner.
has not come from one source of Villa’s work, as can be seen While Villa’s assistant Lu- rural scene in early summer during
Africa’s most enigmatic sculptors Alice, Countess of Athlone (1883 The second picture is a Karoo Johannesburg
as one might be tempted to in subsequent sculptures of Lot cas Legode was on leave, Villa the wheat harvest. Other sale high-
who, in both in style and personal- – 1981) was the longest lived landscape with a rural dwelling, 89 Central Street, Houghton, Gauteng,
assume but from various own- 100, The Sentinel,1970, Lot 102, reverted to modelling for bronze, lights include works by Maggie 2198
ity, indelibly stamped his African Princess of the Blood Royal of the also oil on board, that is estimated
Vision onto his works and into our ers. The works span a period of Conversation, 1971, and Lot 104, and in these works his gentler, Laubser, Cecil Skotnes, Anton van Tel: +27 11 728 8246
British Royal Family and the last to sell for £40,000-60,000.
consciousness over a period of thirty years, the earliest work Figure,1993, where the formal more emotive side comes to the Wouw, Gerard Sekoto and Alexis Fax: +27 11 728 8247
surviving grandchild of Queen The third picture is ‘Gov- General Information jhb@straussart.co.za
more than 50 years. The thirteen dating from1963 and the most language changes, but the vertical fore in small intimate groups. Preller among many others.
core remains. Earlier pieces were more figura- Victoria. ernment House, Pretoria’, oil Cape Town
Villas in our upcoming sale are recent 1998. One seldom has the Bonhams smashed the previous on board, estimated to sell for
Ever exploring, however, Villa tive, later ones as these of 1998 The Oval, 1st Floor Colinton House,
remarkable in that they represent privilege of working with such a world record for a South African £15,000-20,000. The Presidential 1 Oakdale Road, Newlands, 7700
wonderful range of iconic pieces may swing from works that are and 1988 become more vegetable/ For further press information
a range of stylistic diversity and work of art with the sale of J.H. Guesthouse, designed by Sir Her- General Information ct@straussart.co.za
evolution not usually seen except – not likely to appear again in one bursting with fecund energy in animal, but no less expressive of please contact Julian Roup on Tel: +27 87 806 8780
sale, and the finest examples I their massive rotundity, as does gentle interrelationships. Pierneef’s ‘The Baobab Tree’ bert Baker in 1902, was known 0207 468 8259 or
in a specifically curated exhibi- Fax: +27 86 654 6100
have dealt with in my career! the bronze Lot 60, Figure of 1970, for £826,400 (ZAR 12,400,000) as Government House when the julian.roup@bonhams.com or
tion.
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Suburban house, Cape Town, etching, 1996

The South African Print Gallery Presents


GABRIEL CLARK-BROWN
Mid Life Retrospective Exhibition
Work from 1990 – 2007
runs until Thursday 25 August 09

ARTTHROB PRINT EDITION


Opens Saturday 27 August 09 11h30 - 14h00
including a brand new Robert Hodgins Print.
Artists include: Guy Tillim, Mikhael Subotzky, Penny Siopis, David Goldblatt, Willem Boshoff more.

South African Print Gallery


107 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock Cape Town.
Tel 021 462 6851 www.printgallery.co.za