There’s always something to look forward to on the local arts scene. We’ve rounded up some awesome events and exhibitions for you to add to your calendar.
Industry at Southern Guild Johannesburg
Until 15 December 2017
Industry, the next group show to open at Southern Guild Johannesburg, will feature work by Conrad Hicks, Philippe Bousquet, Dokter and Misses and Xandre Kriel. There is emphasis on metal as a material in this collection of work, be it through exposed nuts and bolts that hint at the making process or refined geometric forms revealing the precision of the artist. The limited edition collectible designs if not directly influenced by machines and machinery have been made from found industrial parts that have been repurposed and collaged into a raw yet unexpectedly balanced result.
For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.
Meyina exhibition by El Anatsui at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
Until 20 December 2017
Meyina, curated by Bisi Silva, marks the first solo exhibition of El Anatsui in South Africa – one of the most influential contemporary artists working today.
Over the past four decades El Anatsui has created a vast body of work that has expanded the language of contemporary sculpture in Africa and internationally. Meyina (meaning “I am going” in Ewe), curated by independent curator and the Director of CCA Lagos Bisi Silva, presents a portrait of the artist by bringing together disparate fragments that form a whole.
The seven large-scale sculptural installations, which read like intricate tapestries, are composed of thousands of crumpled pieces of metal sourced from local alcohol recycling stations and bound together with copper wire. The works engage with and comment on African history, post-colonial conditions, as well as the daily realities and experiences on the continent.
For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.
Prince Albert Open Studios
15 December – 22 December 2017
Prince Albert is an historic village with a strong sense of place, an oasis situated at the foot of the magestic Swartberg Mountains. The area is home to many talented artists working in a variety of mediums and genres. From 15 to 22 December 2017 resident artists will be opening their studios, inviting the general public to engage on a personal level.
For more information, visit princealbert.org.za.
Patricia Fraser Through the Glade at The Voorkamer Gallery in Cape Town
Until 23 December 2017
The Voorkamer Gallery at Chandler House, 53 Church Street, Cape Town will be ending off the year with the much-loved artist Patricia Fraser. Having not exhibited for almost two years, the show features a collection of prints and paintings from both internal and physical journeys. From India waterways to Newlands forest paths, the exhibition is a lush and verdant collection of memories, adventures and private moments of the artist.
For more information, visit voorkamergallery.com.
Naked Art Exhibition at Youngblood in Cape Town
7 December – 31 December 2017
Interior designer and artist Marie-Louise Koen is just one of the artists launching pieces from her latest collection, as part of this exhibition.
“I feel that the importance of exposure for all established and aspiring artists, of every discipline, under the same roof is so needed in the creative world,” says Marie-Louise. “There is no such thing as hierarchy when it comes to creativity, all artists and creators need to support each other – we are so often each other’s inspiration, this kind of collaborative exhibition only makes sense.”
For more information, visit youngblood-africa.com.
Summertime by David Kuijers & Tania Babb at the Cape Gallery
Until 6 January 2018
David and Tania have a light take on the exuberant experience that is Cape Town. David has a background in illustration and design, and has been a full-time artist since 1999. Tania, born in Zimbabwe, studied graphic design in Cape Town where she later apprenticed as a ceramic artist with Barbara Jackson in 1986 and has been exhibiting her work ever since.
For more information, visit capegallery.co.za.
Portia Zvavahera, Viviane Sassen and Ian Grose Exhibitions at Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town
Until 13 January 2018
Portia Zvavahera – Take Me Deeper
This new body of work arose from the artist’s three-month residency, from July to September this year, at the Gasworks in London – the longest period Zvavahera has ever spent away from her family. She describes the experience as one of intense emotion, her prevailing feelings being fear – of the uncertain and unfamiliar – and love, manifested in her spiritual beliefs and mirrored in the people around her.
Viviane Sassen – Roxane II
In this photographic series, Sassen and her muse Roxane Danset continue writing the shared visual journal they began in 2012. In an introductory poem, Maria Barnas captures the spirit of the work as she writes: “When I take a glance at our selves I hold my breath and see us expand in colours and clouds bursting from a mouth. Are they yours or mine?”
Ian Grose – Pictures From The Studio
Many of the images in these works are drawn from the by-product materials of previous paintings. For a year or two he had a growing collection of large sheets of acetate that he used to press areas of flat colour onto paintings. After some time the overlaid sheets with patches of dried paint started to catch his eye, and he photographed and re-printed some compositions.
For more information, stevenson.info.
SS17 Exhibition at Gallery MOMO Cape Town
7 December – 13 January 2017
Gallery MOMO Cape Town presents a group exhibition showcasing the work of several emerging young artists from South Africa and the broader continent, who are challenging conventional art practices through new and exciting techniques. Spanning diverse media ranging from sculpture, painting, printmaking, to embroidery and video, each artist is forging their own idiosyncratic and distinctive path.
Threading performative elements through sculpture, photography and video, Sethembile Msezane utilises the visual language of history and mythmaking to address the paucity of black female bodies in public constructs of commemoration and monumentalisation. Bridging the gap between arts and sciences, Martin Wilson makes uses of non-traditional carbon-based materials such as organic remains, ash, charcoal, graphite and oil in his sculptural works in order to explore the chaotic, fluctuating and unpredictable spaces between so-called rational knowledge production. Tiago Rodrigues’s sculptures refer to predominantly Catholic iconography in order to critique the misappropriation of religious belief into oppressive patriarchal structures of control and penitence.
For more information, visit gallerymomo.com.
Tired from Smiling Exhibition by Kate Gottgens at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town
Until 13 January 2018
Tired from Smiling will be showing at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town over the festive season.
In an anxious era, when so much seems awry, we find ourselves grappling to remain optimistic. Tired from Smiling – the title of Gottgens’ fourth solo exhibition with the gallery – quotes the thoughts of the world-weary heroine in Joan Didion’s Play it as it Lays. The 1970s novel deals with the ennui of contemporary society, and a woman who kills time and purpose by aimlessly driving the freeways of Los Angeles.
For more information, visit smacgallery.com.
William Kentridge: That Which We Do Not Remember exhibition at Goodman Gallery in Cape Town
Until 13 January 2018
Kentridge’s sketchy, fragmented examination of history’s underbelly is reaching more than just art audiences; his stage direction and set design for celebrated productions of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck (1925) and Lulu (1937) currently tour the globe.
This solo exhibition in Cape Town presents major new work by Kentridge, spanning two recent opera productions, Lulu and Wozzeck, and several projects in between. That Which We Do Not Remember gives unique insight into his prolific practice and intricately interconnected projects over the past two years, bringing together drawings, prints, sculpture, tapestries, a kinetic model theatre as well as a 360° virtual reality film – many of which are rooted in the artist’s distinctive charcoal drawing. While some works will debut in South Africa, others have recently shown abroad and will be accessible to local audiences for the first time.
The exhibition extends into the Video Room with the kinetic model theatre Right Into Her Arms, assembled from film material made while developing the production of Lulu.
For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.
Nandipha Mntambo: The Snake You Left Inside Me at the Stevenson Gallery in Johannesburg
Until 19 January 2018
For her seventh exhibition at the gallery, Mntambo uses paintings, sculpture and mono-prints to deliver a new chapter in her ongoing meditation on binaries. The Snake You Left Inside Me explores the interdependence of shadow and light, alluding to the tensions inherent in relationships. Combining dark shades with gold-leaf, Mntambo utilises the refracting nature of various snake mythologies as an expression of the mechanics of illumination.
The figure of the snake becomes emblematic of Mntambo’s resistance to dichotomy. Occupying different roles in different cultures, some life-giving and others ominous, the snake is impervious to essentialism and Mntambo explores this in her use of colour and her ruminations on androgyny. Her interest centres on the hybrid and shape-shifting nature of the snake, and most importantly the portrayal of the half-snake, half-woman Echidna, known in Greek mythology as the mother of monsters. The artist draws on the depiction of this figure, simultaneously maternal and lethal, as the means to articulate a vision of wholeness as a necessarily fractured thing. The gallery will be closed from 16 December and reopen on Monday 8 January.
For more information, visit stevenson.basikgroup.com.
Trees Make Forests Group Exhibition at Salon Ninety One in Cape Town
Until 20 January 2018
Salon Ninety One’s end-of-year group exhibition will feature affordable artwork with 10% of all sales going towards the Peninsula School Feeding Association and the many children they support.
Hungry children struggle to concentrate and the deficits of under-nutrition becomes irreversible if not addressed. The Peninsula School Feeding Association provides breakfasts and lunches to 27 270 hungry learners at a total of 160 educational institutions across the Western Cape. These meals provide regular balanced nutrition across all food groups as well as incentive to attend school and to help children focus on their studies.
For more information, visit salon91.co.za.
Barnard Collective at Barnard Gallery in Cape Town
Until 23 January 2018
The exhibition will showcase signature works by the gallery’s stable alongside works by invited artists, reviewing examples of highlights from the past year while introducing examples of exciting collaborations planned for 2018.
Barnard Collective includes works by Alexia Vogel, Sarah Biggs, Lien Botha, Hugh Byrne, Tom Cullberg, Alex Emsley, Ryan Hewett, MJ Lourens, Virginia MacKenny, Richard Mudariki, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Robyn Penn, Katherine Spindler, Alastair Whitton and Jaco van Schalkwyk.
For more information, visit barnardgallery.com.
Queens in Exile by Athi-Patra Ruga at WHATIFTHEWORLD in Cape Town
Until 27 January 2018
Queens in Exile by Athi-Patra Ruga is about telling better stories. This isn’t simply a revisionist exercise, patching up inconvenient holes in the historical record. Instead, Ruga excavates collective memory and exclusionary national myth to rebuild both in wholly new shapes – to make a world where the exiled can reign. The result is a land of many queens, lost and found and forgotten.
The culmination of a three-year long project and a continuation of his critically acclaimed exhibition The Future White Woman of Azania Saga in 2014, Ruga presents the viewer with a ambitious and immersive exhibition over three floors including Over the Rainbow, a large-scale film projection that can best be described as an electrifying experience. The bulk of the exhibition is made up of exquisitely hand-embroidered petit point tapestries, which unequivocally proclaim Ruga as a master of his chosen medium.
For more information, visit whatiftheworld.com.
Uncovering Ancient Memory – 15 Years of Etching by Deborah Bell at the Montebello Design Centre in Cape Town
9 December 2017 – 28 February 2018
David Krut Projects is pleased to present Uncovering Ancient Memory – 15 Years of Etchings by artist Deborah Bell, one of the great art printmakers in South Africa. This unique showcase features selected prints from 15 years of collaborative work between Bell and the David Krut Workshop (DKW) in Johannesburg. The exhibition celebrates the start of Bell’s collaboration with David Krut Workshop in 2002 starting with the Ulysses series, the first editions printed at the DKW studio, and continuing on to the her most recent collaboration with US Master Printer Phil Sanders at DKW in 2017.
Bell’s body of work has consistently delved into the realm of self-discovery and her subconscious memory; also using ancient Western and Africans myths and iconography to discovering the Self. All the time realising these discoveries through the exploration of various intaglio techniques and pushing the boundaries of printmaking.
For more information, visit davidkrutprojects.com.
Sally Arnold Disturbed Beauty Exhibition at William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley
7 February 2018
The basic premise of Sally Arnold’s solo show is simple and profound. Without flowers and plants, life as currently experienced is unsustainable on Earth. Disturbed Beauty (Floral Archaeology) alludes inter alia to the odd phenomenon of homo sapiens’ mistrust of beauty, and while admiring it, conspiring to disturb and destroy it.
For more information, visit whag.co.za.
Gregor Jenkin’s Solo Exhibition at Southern Guild Gallery in Cape Town
Until 12 February 2018
Gregor Jenkin is widely lauded as one of South Africa’s foremost designers. A self-proclaimed ‘maker of things’, his interest in engineering, intervention and re-imagining has shaped unique and storied pieces and a pared down vernacular that is at once nostalgic and highly contemporary.
His solo show at the Southern Guild Silo gallery in Cape Town promises a broad spectrum of work that will provide visitors with a snapshot of his studio as it is today. New work inspired by the incidental shapes of heritage steel salvaged from the Silo district will be shown alongside well-known furniture and subtly adjusted Jenkin’s classics.
For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.
LIGHT SPACE LIFE – Past, Present & Future Work at THE ARCHITECT Pop-up Gallery in Cape Town
7 December – 2 March 2018
Light Space Life is SAOTA’s first exhibition at THE ARCHITECT pop-up gallery at The Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA). With work in 86 countries, the exhibition highlights SAOTA’s past, present and future work around the globe.
The gallery has been transformed to reflect SAOTA’s distinctive style and dedicated approach to design. The space is divided into regions – Southern Africa, West -, East- and Central Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia and America – taking the viewer through the studio’s history and 30-year journey.
A focal point is a high impact zone featuring a selection of signature projects and timelapse footage. Tenebris Lab, a design collaborative and software development studio, will allow viewers to experience and explore projects in Virtual Reality through Lux Walker.
SAOTA staff have built scale models of key projects to demonstrate the use of light and space. Held until 2 March 2018, entrance is free and open to the public on First Thursdays and daily between 12pm – 2pm.
For more information, visit saota.com.
Bespoke Art Auction at Idiom Wine Estate
17 March 2018
Have the best of both worlds in the Cape Winelands and enjoy a gourmet lunch at Idiom Wine Estate on 17th March 2018 while supporting the Bespoke Art Auction in aid of Little Angels and Senecio.
Featuring a selection of superb lots by some of South Africa’s leading artists, including Anton Smit, Lionel Smit, Janko De Beer, Jimmy Law and many others, the Bespoke Art Auction will be hosted by two non-profit organizations that have dedicated their time to making a positive impact in the lives of children with disabilities.
Tickets to the Bespoke Art Auction & Gala Luncheon include a delectable three course meal and canapés.
To buy tickets, visit quicket.co.za.