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.
Waiting: Sam Nhlengethwa at The Goodman Gallery Cape Town
Until 1 December 2018
Waiting is an exhibition of new work by Sam Nhlengethwa which explores the myriad ways in which we find ourselves occupied by this state of being.
What are we waiting for? In certain works, the answer appears self-evident: an empty stage occupied by instruments on stands overlooking a packed audience; a person loitering beside a pole; a group of commuters on the side of the road. But upon closer inspection of these quotidian scenes, more questions arise. Who is doing the waiting? What qualities do these people share?
For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.
Century’s View: Jeanne Gaigher at SMITH Gallery in Cape Town
Until 1 December 2018
SMITH is pleased to present Century’s View, a solo exhibition by Jeanne Gaigher and her third with the gallery.
In this collection of work, Jeanne once again uses layers of scrim and appliqué to build up rich strata of visual information in her paintings, and for the first time, extends this to three-dimensional forms and installation. Jeanne explains, “I wanted to mess with painting and the flat surface and think of it as separated elements; to use form as a starting point and new surfaces to paint on.”
Where previously Jeanne worked from photographs and audio recordings, in Century’s View she turns her attention to banal domestic objects from her immediate surroundings – a table, a bed, clothing. However, she is interested in the fluidity of subject matter and how, through the act of painting and “forcing action onto objects”, she can transform the familiar into the surreal and invite myriad new meanings. A pair of trousers grows enormous and strides into the gallery space becoming columns to support an imaginary house and viewfinders through which other works are viewed.
For more information, visit smithstudio.co.za.
Architectural Open Studios
3 December – 4 December 2018
Open Studios returns to Cape Town once again, with architecture practices across the city opening their doors to the public.
Step inside the studios responsible for the buildings shaping our city, meet the architects behind the projects and to see the diverse creative spaces in which design takes place.
Open Studios 2018 is a joint initiative by the South African Institute for Architecture (SAIA) and the Cape Institute for Architecture (CIFA). The programme this year forms part of a broader week of architectural celebrations in Cape Town including the Cape Institute for Architecture’s annual street party, First Thursdays and the SAIA Honours Awards and Presidential Inauguration.
For more information, visit openstudios.co.za.
Centennial: A Century of South African Art from the Sanlam Art Collection 1918 – 2018 at the Sanlam Art Lounge in Joburg
Until 14 December 2018
From Botha’s devastating Butterfly Box and Kentridge’s eerily abandoned Stadium to the perpetually discharging pistol of van der Merwe’s Gaste and the #RhodesMustFall reference behind Mudariki’s The Model, is art the most truthful documentation of a nation’s history? And if so, what does Sanlam’s Centennial exhibition say about the transformation of SA? The exhibition commemorates Sanlam’s centenary and is one-of-a-kind in its objective to showcase SA history. Curator Stefan Hundt takes visitors on a journey through the last 100 years, with guided tours available by appointment on set dates. A journey that brings one face-to-face with chapters of colonial hegemony, political repression, a triumphant democracy and the economically unbalanced society that followed.
The exhibition can be viewed from 5 September to 14 December at the Sanlam Art Lounge at 11 Alice Lane in Sandton, Johannesburg. The gallery will be open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm and Saturdays 10am – 1pm. Free guided tours will be offered on 5 September at 4pm and 6pm and on 7 September at 10am, 2pm and 4pm.
For more information, please contact the curator, Stefan Hundt on 021 947 3359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ernesto Neto: Um dia todos fomos peixes at The Goodman Gallery
Until 22 December 2018
For his first solo exhibition on the African continent, Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto will exhibit a series of new works alongside his large-scale immersive sculpture Um dia todos fomos peixes (One Day We Were all Fish). Originally commissioned for the Blueproject Foundation in Barcelona, the installation is an abstracted representation of a giant fish, filling an entire room in a knitted blue net scented with aromatic spices and inviting visitors to be present and relax into the atmosphere created by the work.
For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.
Woven Forms at Southern Guild in Cape Town
Until 30 December 2018
Southern Guild launches Woven Forms, a collection of limited-edition rugs by leading international designers, presented by R & Company and Amini.
The rug collection – a collaboration between New York gallery R & Company and Milan-based carpet producer Amini – was presented to the public for the first time at the 57th Venice Biennale in May 2017.
For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.
Foundry Proof at Southern Guild
Until 30 December 2018
Southern Guild and Bronze Age Studio co-curate Foundry Proof, an exhibition that casts a 21st-century light on the age-old material of bronze.
“Bronze is a material to live with – tactile, warm and transformative, with the comforting knowledge that it will last generations,” says Julian McGowan, co-founder of Southern Guild.
Joining Julian as co-curator of Foundry Proof are Otto du Plessis and Charles Haupt of Bronze Age Studio, in celebration of the close working relationship the gallery and studio have enjoyed over the past 10 years.
For more information, visit southernguild.co.za.
About Face Group Exhibition at STEVENSON Cape Town
Until 12 January 2019
About Face considers the acts of seeing, being seen, and looking back.
From earliest times the genre of portraiture in picture-making has served to reflect on our human experience, confirming existence and presence to the world. To record the likeness of oneself or another is a powerful proposition with dynamic determinants of meaning. In thinking about these meanings we’ve asked ourselves a number of questions.
Exhibiting artists include Mequitta Ahuja, Steven Cohen, Nelly Guambe, Pieter Hugo, Mawande Ka Zenzile, Moshekwa Langa, Mustafa Maluka, Neo Matloga, Zanele Muholi, Paulo Nazareth, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Deborah Poynton, Claudette Schreuders, Berni Searle, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Penny Siopis and Barthélémy Toguo.
For more information, visit stevenson.info.
Barnard Collective Group Exhibition at Barnard Gallery in Cape Town
Until 15 January 2019
Barnard is pleased to present its end of year exhibition Barnard Collective. Showcasing signature works by represented and invited artists, this exhibition reviews examples of highlights from the past year while introducing examples of exciting collaborations planned for 2019.
Barnard Collective includes new works by Tom Cullberg, Lien Botha, Richard Mudariki, Alastair Whitton, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Alexia Vogel, Hugh Byrne, Sarah Biggs, Katherine Spindler, Tom Cartwright, Robyn Penn, MJ Lourens and Vanessa Cowling.
For more information, visit barnardgallery.com.
FOLKLORE Group Exhibition at Salon Ninety One in Cape Town
Until 16 January 2019
This exhibition showcases accessible, affordable artwork across a broad range of mediums by some of Salon Ninety One’s favourite emerging and established creatives.
This year our gallery and exhibiting artists will be donating 10% of all artwork sales to the True North Organisation. True North is a non-profit organisation that is pioneering Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiatives within marginalised communities.
As we celebrate 10 wonderful years of Salon Ninety One, we recognise the light, love and hard work that has gone into building the True North organisation since 2007.
For more information, visit salon91.co.za.
Anastasia Pather Solo Exhibition at Pretty Face at 99 Loop in Cape Town
Until 19 January 2019
Anastasia Pather is a Johannesburg-based artist, finger painter and female. Concerned with gender and value, Anastasia enjoys the ambiguity of double meanings and innuendo. Somehow, her paintings consider the complicated relationship between exoticism, eroticism and history, which generally confuses how she feels about culture, inheritance and love.
For more information, visit 99loop.co.za.
Lucinda Mudge: SPACE IS THE PLACE 牛屄死了 at Knysna Fine Art
Until January 2019
Lucinda Mudge is a contemporary South African artist working primarily in the medium of ceramics.
After graduating from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (1997-2000), she spent the following years between Cape Town and the UK before moving to Keurboomstrand, Plettenberg Bay, where she now lives and works.
SPACE IS THE PLACE 牛屄死了 is her ninth solo exhibition.
For more information, visit finearts.co.za.
Wim Botha: Heliostat Exhibition at the Norval Foundation in Cape Town
Until 22 January 2019
Renowned South African contemporary artist Wim Botha is set to enthral visitors to Norval Foundation in Tokai with Wim Botha: Heliostat, a brand-new exhibition exploring the transformation of light.
The theme that unites all work in Wim’s exhibition is refraction, understood in optics as the transformation of light by splitting into visible rainbow spectrum or distortion through material such as glass or a prism. This principle is used by Wim both literally, by applying dichroic filters to glass surfaces throughout the exhibition, and metaphorically, for the transformation and manipulation of canonical artworks and symbols of Afrikaans identity.
Wim transforms familiar symbols and icons, suggestive of the artist’s ambivalence towards European and Afrikaans culture, in which he is at once deeply invested, but of which he is also critical in terms of South Africa’s colonial and Apartheid histories. Within this ambivalence, Wim continues to search for a visual language that articulates the contradictory, complex nature of being human.
For more information, visit norvalfoundation.org.
Mia Chaplin Mouth Solo Exhibition at WHATIFTHEWORLD in Cape Town
6 December 2018 – 26 January 2019
WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to present Mouth, Mia Chaplin’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. In this series, Mia smears muddy greens and warm pinks from her recognisably impasto paintings onto sculpted objects, moving towards a more immersive three-dimensionality. She considers the politics of privacy, performed identities, and power structures through her exploration of femininity by using feminine tropes and aesthetics. Mia’s personal experiences and relationships, specifically as they manifest in the home, form the locus of her subject matter.
For more information, visit whatiftheworld.com.
Open Agenda Group Exhibition at blank projects in Cape Town
Until 26 January 2019
blank is pleased to present open agenda, a group exhibition drawing together the practices of fourteen artists: Igshaan Adams, Jan-Henri Booyens, Jared Ginsburg, Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Donna Kukama, Turiya Magadlela, Herman Mbamba, Sabelo Mlangeni, Kyle Morland, Cameron Platter, Cinga Samson, Gerda Scheepers, James Webb and Pedro Wirz.
Developed through discussions with the artists, open agenda reflects on some of their earlier working methodologies and thematics, creating new meaning in existing works, or repurposing old ideas in the case of new works. The exhibition offered pause to reflect, allowing for previously unrealised ideas and conversations to develop between artworks and practices. Through the inclusion of rare and seldom seen works, the exhibition creates space for unexpected encounters with the artists’ practices.
A selection of etchings by Jan-Henri Booyens dating from between 2007 and 2010 plots a timeline in the development of the artist’s visual language, moving between representational, abstract, and text elements, with Jan-Henri’s signature motifs recurring throughout.
For more information, visit blankprojects.com.
Pride Of Africa at Cellars-Hohenhort
14 February – 17 February 2019
Ardmore, South Africa’s cutting-edge ceramics and design company, has joined forces with the Zimbabwean luxury brand Patrick Mavros for a groundbreaking exhibition in Cape Town. It marks their first collaboration in South Africa.
The Pride of Africa exhibition will be held at The Cellars-Hohenort in Cape Town from 14 – 17 February 2019.
The Ardmore and Patrick Mavros brands are both family owned and operated and share a deep love for Africa. Both are now major players on the international stage. They have previously exhibited together in London, Nairobi and Harare.
Elizabeth Gunter: Last Solo Exhibition at Cavalli Gallery in Stellenbosch
Until 24 February 2019
“Last explores notions around continuance of life as opposed to annihilation, and the complex bonds that tie humans and animals.”
For more information, visit cavallistud.com.
Brett Murray Hide Solo Exhibition at Everard Read in Cape Town
From 6 February – 28 February 2019
Brett Murray unveils his latest body of work Hide at Everard Read/CIRCA Cape Town in February 2019.
Brett returns with his considered satirical language, but is investigating a more personal, emotionally-charged narrative as well. With this series of works, he comments on mounting global threats and the unpredictability of contemporary politics.
Brett continues to reinvigorate his practice as a leading sculptor of his generation, and Hide sees him include new conversations with materiality. The exhibition debuts his monumental marble works, including White Elephant and Hug. The marbles are being produced in collaboration with Studio Sem in Lucca, Italy, which has produced work by artists such as Henry Moore and Damien Hirst.
For more information, visit everard-read-capetown.co.za.