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.
Carrol Boyes Gauteng Charity Open Day Sale in Johannesburg
This is the fourth year of the popular annual Carrol Boyes Charity Open Day Sale in Gauteng. It’s a wonderful and unique opportunity to buy your favourite Carrol Boyes products at amazing discounts, shop for early Christmas gifts and support two worthy charities, all at the same time.
The sale takes place at The Pod, The Creative Counsel Building, 105 Corlett Drive, Melrose, Johannesburg.
For more information, visit carrolboyes.com.
Opening of blank projects’s New Space in Cape Town
31 August 2017
Turiya Magadlela, Bronwyn Katz and Herman Mbamba’s exhibitions open at the new space at 10 Lewin Street, Woodstock at 6pm.
Bronwyn Katz (b.1993, Kimberley, South Africa) graduated with a BFA from the Michaelis School of Art in 2015 and was awarded the Simon Gerson Prize. Katz’s oeuvre incorporates sculpture, installation, video and performance. Katz is a founding member of iQhiya, an 11-women artist collective which has performed across various spaces, including Greatmore Studios, the AVA Gallery, and Iziko South African National Gallery. Later this year, she will present Deur die draad, a solo project at the FNB Joburg Art Fair. She is the 2018 recipient of the SAM Art Projects residency in Paris, which will culminate in a presentation of her work at the Palais de Tokyo. Katz lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Turiya Magadlela lives and works in Johannesburg. Working primarily with common yet loaded fabrics, she creates abstract compositions by cutting, stitching, folding and stretching these materials across wooden frames. Magadlela’s most recent solo exhibition, Impilo ka Lova (blank projects, 2015), employed pantyhose, a material imbued with notions of discreet femininity and eroticism, as a medium in which to articulate her personal experience of woman- and motherhood. The compositions are double-edged; suggestive of sexual intimacy and violence. Simultaneously, they are aesthetically seductive plays on colour, line, and form.
For more information, visit blankprojects.com.
The New Parthenon at Stevenson Cape Town
Until 26 August
The New Parthenon is a group exhibition that focuses on the essay film and object-based installation as modes of speculative inquiry.
The essay form is used as a means to approach a series of formal and philosophical questions around images and the production of meaning. These questions are articulated within a broad field of materiality, including the essay film and installations that incorporate objects as well as elements of photography, ephemera and performance. The movement between film and object speaks to the dual nature of practices that work with both the tangible and intangible aspects of images.
FILM PROGRAMME: Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Phil Collins, Harun Farocki, Ângela Ferreira, Simon Fujiwara, Simon Gush, Basim Magdy, Vincent Meessen, Christine Meisner, Penny Siopis, Hito Steyerl, Kemang Wa Lehulere
For more information visit, stevenson.info.
Intimate Justice in the Stolen Moment at Gallery MOMO in Joburg
Until 27 August 2017
Intimate Justice in the Stolen Moment seeks to view Black womanhood as delicate – as temporal and intimate – as weightless.
Fragility, tenderness and softness are conjured in Ayana V Jackson’s latest solo exhibition at Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg. Jackson’s new work acknowledges a self-realisation of the weight of gravity, both metaphorically and physically, fixed upon the bodies and subjectivities of black women. As if to deny the very physics that control time and space, these works take pleasure in seeing this body being allowed to be light, allowed to lose herself in unspoken tales and rapture often denied to nonwhite bodies.
Jackson deliberately uses classic tropes to highlight this injustice while also providing glimpses of women in bondage claiming freedom by stealing moments of pleasure and tenderness.
In Jackson’s interrogation of the stereotype of the strong and angry black woman, she explores how these tropes are rooted, and justified by the legacy of enslavement. Her existence is inextricably linked to a laboured body that history has thoroughly documented to have endured centuries of physical and psychological humiliations. This has left little to wonder as to why her fragility and innocence are often stolen with her need for protection readily forgotten. The effects of this can be seen in the common association that bondage, coercive reproduction, enforced child neglect, and disrupted family dynamics have assumed as a definitive truth of the Black woman’s experience in the 15th to 19th Century America(s).
For more information, visit gallerymomo.com.
Sideways at 99 Loop in Cape Town
Until 2 September
A mid-career painter, Clare Menck has refined her skills of observation; her subject matter which at first glance appears to be the obvious and familiar proves on closer inspection and engagement with the medium to reveal a fresh and life-affirming vision of the environments around us.
In this series of intimately-scaled works, Menck asks us to take a sideways glimpse at our collective past. Through the use of almost-familiar images that could be photographs from grandparents’ storage boxes or vintage magazines, coloured with the sepia haze of time passing, she prompts us to interrogate our own memories and family histories.
For more information, visit 99loop.co.za.
The Artists’ Press Limited Edition Prints Pop Up Shop in Pretoria
Following its hugely popular debut in Johannesburg in 2014 and two subsequent editions in 2015 and 2016, The Artists’ Press Limited Edition Print Pop Up Shop is finally coming to Pretoria on Saturday, September 2nd with some exciting new editions to add to its already superb mix of original artist prints.
This time, the one-day-only event will take place at Open Window Institute Southdowns Centurion in the auditorium overlooking the courtyards.
The Artists’ Press Limited Edition Print Pop Up Shop offers Tshwane-based buyers the opportunity to purchase from the widest selection of prints on sale outside the studio’s White River, Mpumulanga premises. The Artists’ Press is highly regarded for its work with both local and international artists who are invited to collaborate in the studio with Master Printer Mark Attwood.
With a particular focus on lithographs , monoprints and letterpress, the full range of The Artists’ Press printmaking techniques will be on display at the Pop Up Shop through the work of more than 30 artists including Anton Kannemeyer, Diane Victor, Sam Nhlengethwa, Willem Boshoff , Walter Oltmann, Johann Louw and Colbert Mashile. There will also be brand new prints from from Claudette Schreuders, Conrad Botes, Karin Daymond, Judith Mason and Hanneke Benadé. Prices range between R2 500 and R19 000.
For more information, visit facebook.com.
Shadowlands by Chris Valentine at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town
Until 2 September
The work of Johannesburg-based Valentine (b. 1990) has its roots in naturalistic portraiture, honed by years spent as an illustrator for commercial industries. Inspired by old and contemporary Masters alike, from Velázquez and Sargent to James Jean and Phil Hale, Valentine typically uses the vast scape of the internet to find inspiration and to connect to his audience and other artists.
For the works in this series, however, Valentine ventured through his native city and surroundings to capture aspects of their decay, which he translates through energetic brush strokes and marks scratched into the surface of the paintings. Emphasised by the monochromatic palette, the one lone figure found in the cityscapes seems to disappear into his surroundings, reflecting the effect our environment has on us. This dissolution is also seen in the portraits making up the series, whose faces de-solidify into smoke – the entropic decay of identity.
Valentine’s combination of realistic alla prima brushwork and graphic abstract marks gives each piece a surreal and dreamy quality; a dream only partially remembered.
For more information, visit 99loop.co.za.
Guise of Reality by Zarah Cassim at Salon Ninety One in Cape Town
Until 9 September
An exhibition of recent paintings by Zarah Cassim.
Zarah Cassim’s forthcoming solo exhibition, The Guise of Reality, develops her theme of encounters with perception by evoking pictorial spaces derived from natural landscapes. The artifice of these spaces is foregrounded in her dissolving treatment of the medium. Oil paint is applied, sponged away, wiped and diluted with solvent such that the forms she attempts to describe become ever more dreamlike and inaccessible. Layer by layer she peels away the play of illusion to quarry the question of reality itself, situating the viewer in the “existential attitude”: a sense of disorientation in the face of an absurd world.
Her process engages the theme of rebellion. The exact nature of the rebellion is open-ended: a rebellion against an inherited system of seeing, the tradition of landscape painting or the painted surface itself. The Romantic notion of the natural sublime as a space of freedom is revealed as a guise of reality, riddled with artifices that Cassim persists in unveiling through paint.
For more information, visit salon91.co.za.
Jaco van Schalkwyk’s -arium exhibition at Barnard Gallery in Cape Town
22 August – 19 September
Barnard Gallery presents Jaco van Schalkwyk’s fourth solo exhibition, -arium. Jaco van Schalkwyk’s ever-evolving exploration of the photorealist technique may be seen to indicate a preoccupation with illusionism – a constant attempt to seamlessly capture reality in paint, to achieve perfection in surface, to master the representation of space and light. But this painterly hyperrealism points to an investigation which functions beyond illusionism, one fascinated with and attuned to the processes of representation itself. In –arium, van Schalkwyk’s fourth solo exhibition with Barnard Gallery, this consideration of the modes and constructions of representation finds its most complex and multi-faceted expression yet. Through the use of various media – painting, sculpture, installation, assemblage and film – van Schalkwyk considers questions of representation both in the artistic endeavour and in the everyday ways we construct and mediate realities around ourselves, our environment and our encounters with the Other.
In With The New Exhibition in Riebeek-Kasteel
Until 30 September
In With The New will see exhibiting artists putting their own contemporary spin onto classic paintings and sculptures that stand in art museums around the world at The Gallery in Riebeek-Kasteel.
Astrid McLeod, the owner and curator of The Gallery explains that selected artists were invited to submit artworks which are their personal interpretations of renowned pieces. “The brief was for each artist to still stay true to their signature style and medium – each submission must still be recognisable as the work of that specific artist.”
In With The New has an impressive line-up of exhibiting artists such as Michaela Rinaldi, Ann Marais, Theo Paul Vorster, Floris van Zyl, Katherine Meeding and Pascale Chandler, as well as young graduates including Nabeeha Mohammed, Erin Chaplin, Sam Matthews, Fanie Buys and Olivie Keck, whose fresh styles provide an interesting and alternative perspective on the old masters’ productions.
“I wanted to challenge the exhibiting artists to think out the box and love the idea of putting a modern contemporary spin on an old classic,” says McLeod. The artworks should be familiar and instantly recognisable icons, yet re-interpreted, distorted and somewhat uncanny.”
For more information visit, galleryriebeek.co.za.
The Silences Between / 2017 at The Goodman Gallery in Cape Town
24 August – 23 September 2017
Curated by Emma Laurence, The Silences Between brings together major works by a selection of pre-eminent contemporary artists who use varying modes of storytelling to rethink, rework and reimagine the world and our place within it. The title is taken from the Maori poetry book, The Silences Between: (Moeraki conversations) in which writer Keri Hulme prompts the question: “What is recorded in the writing of history and what is left out?” The exhibition considers the role of the artist in questioning how meaning is made and what is recorded in visual memory. Works by artists such as Paulo Nazareth (Brazil), William Kentridge (South Africa), Candice Breitz (South Africa/Germany), Nolan Oswald Dennis (Zambia/South Africa), Grada Kilomba (Portugal/Germany) and Samson Kambalu (Malawi/UK) confront this process and offer alternatives to the “grand narrative” of Western thought.
For more information, visit goodmangallery.com.
Moshekwa Langa FUGITIVE Exhibition at STEVENSON Johannesburg
19 August – 13 October 2017
A solo exhibition at STEVENSON by Moshekwa Langa has been conceived as a homecoming, this will be the artist’s first showing in our Johannesburg gallery, and his first exhibition of new work in this city since 2009.
It is often remarked that Langa’s work since the mid-1990s has interrogated land and public and personal politics through the mapping of territory and cultural environments. This exhibition explores these concepts in terms that are personal but not self-directed. Langa immerses himself in the process but allows it to evolve organically, engaging his work in a reflexive conversation. He says:
“I decided to find a way to capture the various ways in which I had made things, thought through things and tried to make meaning of things and the space I was in … It became paramount for me to have a studio practice in which I would explore various methods and see where they would lead me. I had no clear way of knowing where the various exercises would go; it was more important to see things before me because maybe then I would discover something about not only myself, but also the work.”
These works were produced in Paris and Amsterdam as Langa reflected on his past and in particular the landscape of his home town of Bakenberg as it changed with the onset of platinum mining. Taking on a new life in Johannesburg, his experiments become an articulation of the artist’s concerns with time, memory and the entanglement of context.
For more information, visit stevenson.info.
STELLAR Group Show at GUILD in Cape Town
Until 14 October
Southern Guild has opened its new flagship venue at the V&A Waterfront Silo District in Cape Town with its inaugural exhibition celebrating the most lauded local design heroes. The group show, titled Stellar, exhibits work by 23 South African heavyweights alongside work by Cheick Diallo from Mali and Hamed Ouattara from Burkina Faso, with both globally recognised and never-before-seen pieces. The title, recognising excellence, relates to Southern Guild’s own identity, originally inspired by the Southern Cross constellation.
For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.
Kudzanai Chiurai – We live in silence at Constitution Hill Exhibition at Goodman Gallery in Cape Town
9 September – 14 October
Kudzanai Chiurai’s new solo show marks the final instalment in a three-part series that includes Revelations (2011) and Genesis [Je n’isi isi] (2016). This ambitious body of work disrupts what the artist refers to as ’colonial futures’, creating ‘counter-memories’ within his images to contest dominant colonial narratives.
The exhibition opening will also serve as the Johannesburg launch of Chiurai’s monograph While the Harvest Rots: Possessing Worlds of Kudzanai Chiurai’s Art. Edited by Robert Muponde and Emma Laurence and published by Goodman Gallery, the book is the first in-depth survey of the artist’s innovative and revolutionary practice. The artist will be present to sign copies.
For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.
Ghost In The Machine: a Solo Exhibition by Richard Smith at EBONY/Curated in Cape Town
1 November 2017
With a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 40 exhibitions, Richard Smith will soon be presenting his 18th solo exhibition, Ghost in the Machine, at EBONY/CURATED in Cape Town on 1 November, from 6pm – 8pm at EBONY, 67 Loop Street, Cape Town.
Richard Smith (b. 1947) began his artistic career as a political cartoonist in the ‘70s. To date, Smith has had over 14 solo exhibitions both locally and internationally. Smith refers to his paintings as accidental, allowing the act of painting to be foremost while form and content are secondary. Although his finished works are richly layered, he wants, in his own words, ‘the brush to spend as little time on the canvas as possible.’
For more information, visit ebonycurated.com.
Street Food Festival
Woodstock, Cape Town: 2–3 September
Maboneng, Joburg: 10 September
“The Street Food Festival is more popular than ever,” says director Hannerie Visser. “Street food is something everyone can relate to, and South Africans have always had an affinity for informal dining, whether it’s pancakes at a church bazaar or bunny chow in a corner shop.”
Street food culture will be celebrated as organisers pay homage to local South African foods and serve it all pavement-style. You can expect everything from deep-fried mac and cheese balls to jerk chicken, pap and tripe, bunny chows, foot-long boerie rolls, butter chicken and slap chips.
Applause 4 Paws Gala Dinner
This event will be the first of its kind. The gala will take place on 12 October at Vredenheim Wine Estate from 6:30pm. There will be a complimentary glass of wine/bubbly on arrival, a scrumptious three-course dinner prepared by Hudson’s Venue & Restaurant, an art exhibition showcasing some of the Western-Cape’s up-and-coming artists and an auction with must-have items up for grabs. All proceeds from the evening will go towards the Animal Anti-Cruelty League Cape Town.