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SA Visual arts sector shies away from World Summit


The recent World Summit on Arts and Culture dealt with the arts in general. Did this isolate specialists in the field of art, asks Mary Corrigall

Joy Mboya, the executive


director of The Performing and
Visual Arts Centre in Kenya,
suggested that in her country
creativity in the arts had been
stifled by this supposed need to
create work that was designed
to address a particular social
Mary Corrigall ill. Surprisingly delegates from
hailing from the visual arts western countries or repre-
The 4th World Summit of Arts sector. sentatives of western-based
and Culture was held in Johan- Sack suggested that many cultural institutions - the
nesburg last week and with 250 were put off by the cost – fees primary funders to non-western
of the 450 delegates hailing for locals could cost up to countries - seemed to be in
from the African continent the almost R5000. “The money agreement.
affair had a decidedly African just doesn’t seem to be there,”
flavour. The themes that Mike commented Sack. He tried to “There is this perception that
Van Graan, the programme drum up interest in the visual organisations in the North
director, had set for the discus- arts community, especially aren’t willing to fund projects
sions also reflected the sum- academia but without funding that deal with soft issues. This
mit’s destination. Reflecting a to attend Sack said his efforts is a real problem for organisa-
predominant concern in South were met with little interest. tions in the South. The artistic
African cultural and politi- value of projects is just as
cal realms the central theme In the run-up to the summit important, we are failing artists
seemed to probe the dynamics some arts practitioners and or- if we do not address this,” ob-
and the best conditions for in- ganisations were unaware that served Laurent Clavel, director
tercultural dialogue. It was also the summit was taking place. of the French Institute in South
relevant to a gathering of arts Africa. Peter Anders, Clavel’s
organisations and practition- “One can never have enough counterpart at the Goethe Insi-
ers from around the globe who publicity,” observed Sack, tute, concurred.
were keen to exchange ideas. whose organisation is one of
Issues facing all the various the sponsors of the event. “We are not development
creative disciplines were ad- agencies, we are here to listen
umbrated in favour of engaging Sack also implied that the to what artists want and need,”
with ‘the arts’ in general and visual art fraternity in South Anders observed.
the commonalities that might Africa tends to isolate itself
face all who toil in creative from the arts community at Many of the commercial gal-
industries. large. He also suggested that leries in South Africa oper-
the visual arts community were ate without aid from foreign
Consequently none of the talks less “interested in policy” than agencies but our museums and
were tailored for the visual arts the rest of the arts fraternity in artists remain highly dependent
sector albeit that some of the the country whose livelihood is on foreign funding, conse-
speakers made oblique refer- more dependent on the govern- quently the summit might have
ences to this arena. In her ad- ment’s funding policies. Brett Bailey piece opened the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture proved the ideal platform to
dress on intercultural dialogue come to grips with the dynam-
through the arts, Yvette Vaughn Certainly artists hailing from sponsored by the NAC, would to reassert arts value. Madeeha these kinds of topics would ics of the relationships between
Jones, a British-based policy- other disciplines expressed help identify the issues facing Gauhar, a theatre practitioner highlight the importance of the the “north and the south” and
maker and policy analyst, who disdain for the National Arts the arts fraternity and set future from Pakistan who has used arts and their political value to simply network with the host
now runs Visiting Arts, referred Council (NAC), the main funding policies. her art to challenge the draco- thus drawing governments’ of foreign organisations which
to the 1 mile squared project, government funding body for nian laws set by the Taliban in attention to the role they could were present at the summit.
an online arts initiative which the arts, in the run-up to the At the closing press confer- her country, and Stojan Pelko, play in furthering democratic
is currently running with the summit. In talks held at the ence, however, she was unable the state secretary for the ideals – hence justifying the Kate Tarratt Cross, director
Johannesburg Art Gallery. She African Museum preceding the to outline the specific insights Slovenian Ministry of Culture, need for more generous fund- of the Greatmore Studios in
presented it as an example of summit artists bemoaned the the NAC had acquired during attempted to discover what ing. In the concluding session Cape Town found the summit
ways in which technology is fa- paucity of government funding the summit. role the arts play in advancing Sanjoy Roy, head of Teamwork to be highly stimulating and
cilitating intercultural creative for the arts. However, in its programming peace or propagating conflict. Films, a production house with worthwhile.
projects. Representing South the summit seemed more Pelko observed that no cultural interests in the performing and “Just in my own work I have
Africa was Steven Sack, direc- Annabel Lebethe, the new chief geared to probe more philo product is neutral and can be visual arts, also placed empha been trying to get cross cultural
tor of arts and culture for the executive officer for the NAC, sophical quandaries such as the appropriated to further any sis on the social value of art. projects off the ground so the
City of Joburg. Nevertheless implied that the summit, arts role in society. In other kind of political end – “there The implication was that art summit has affirmed that what I
there was a paucity of delegates which was predominantly words it operated as a platform are no innocent songs.” had to be seen to add value to am doing is on the right track,”
It was perhaps thought that society to prove its worth. she said.

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Sotheby’s (London) Art for Africa auction fetches


pleasing results for local and international artists
Monday 21 September in London at Sotheby’s, a selec-
tion of donated works by top South African and British
artists went under the hammer to raise over R5 million
for two charities, the Africa Foundation and Ikamva
Labantu.
The auction was the brainchild estimated prices.
of South African artist Beezy Marlene Dumas’ Would Jesus
Bailey in collaboration with have done the same? in pen,
philanthropists Tara and Jes- brush and ink on paper, sold for
sica Getty, with Bailey rarking £32,000, well over its estimat-
on the results by saying that ed £15,000-20,000 range.
he was thrilled that the funds
raised would benefit children Beezy Baily set a new personal
in need. record his A Farm in Zimba-
bwe, which almost doubled
Bailey also commented on the its low estimate of £6,000,
power of art o bring people fetching
together saying that almost £11, 000.
never before had the British
press seen so many noteworthy Other South African highlights
contemporary artists in one included William Kentridge’s
room. World on Its Hind Legs selling
above estimate at £21,000 and
The two pieces fetching the Jane Alexander’s Transmitter
highest prices where sculptural fetching £2,800.
works by Antony Gormley for
his Standing Matter XX which Commenting on the success
sold for £130, 000 and Marc of the auction Oliver Barker,
Quinn’s Microcosmo (Fortuna), Sotheby’s contemporary art
which fetched £85, 000. specialist stated that ‘tonight’s
exceptional results are true
Yet, what is notable about testament to the quality and
the figures is not only the appeal of the great works of art
highs reached by the British which were generously donated
contingent of artists but that to this historic event by some
the many of the South African of the world’s leading contem-
artists’ works sold above their porary artists’.

Images: Zulu dancers get the bidding crowds warmed up, at £500 per encore
x 6 they raised £3 000, Bidding starts, (below) (L-R back) Gavin Turk, Silvia
Ziranek, Alison Jackson, Beezy Bailey, Stuart Semple, (L-R front) Terry
O’Neil, Jessica Getty, Marc Quin and Yinka Shonibare pose for a photograph
at Sothebys on September 16, 2009 in London, England. The group are artists
(plus organiser Getty) work will feature in the Art for Africa Charity auction
which will be held at Sotheby’s London on Monday September 21, 2009.
(September 15, 2009 - Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe) Antony
Gormley for his Standing Matter XX which sold for £130, 000 and Marc
Quinn’s Microcosmo (Fortuna), which fetched £85, 000, (right) Yinka Shoni-
bare: The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (Africa) See www.artforafrica.
org.uk for more details

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Ross ushers in a new art economy grips Cape Town & Joburg
Staff writer practical, matter of fact way.
ArtLogic’s Spring Art Tour is set to on display in the galleries store
‘South Africa is full of poten-
hit Cape Town on Thursday this room, together with Bili Bidjocka’s
‘I’m a pragmatist’ Ross Doug- tial that is never quite realised’.
week with a series of openings in show in the main exhibition space.
lass explains as he sips his Instead of merely aiming at
galleries around the city. Arttimes Curator Storm Janse Van Rens-
coffee in the newly opened Su- corporate social investment
spoke to the participating galleries burg said that the Spring Art Tour
perette beneath Whatiftheworld that Douglass sees as typify-
to take the tone of the upcoming is a good way to start the season
on Albert Road in Woodstock. ing much of the funding being
event. and comes at a good time for
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the land ahead of the upcom- government and its associated
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of work by Beezy Bailey as well as for owners of high value art,
Cape Town at the beginning of sustainable payback instead
a group show of recent acquisi- Jonathan Garnham of Blank,
October. of ‘cultural rhetoric that is not
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a week of talks, events and ex- potential of branding as being
coming to Cape Town would that the tour promises to provide
hibitions intended to get people an intricate part of how to get
help build relationships between invaluable exposure.
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dealers and gallerists that saw Artinsure is that dedicated expert
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who really understands the ways
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the night, with Meschac Gaba and
challenges for South Africa, According to Douglass, South
Ashleigh Mclean of Whatiftheworld Paul Edmunds showing as well as
posed by organising such an Africa is largely without the
extended this idea by saying that Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in the Fo-
event is the question of what sussed ‘sophisticated audience’
the commercial nature of the tour rex and Musa Nxumalo in the side
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Mlangeni was born in 1980 scenes of women cleaning the nightscape photography. as they wish; to produce new
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stroom in Mpumalanga. He Women which he photographed The annual Tollman Award a publication.
moved to Johannesburg in over an eight-month period for the Visual began in 2003.
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20 Sep-25 Oct, ‘Us’, curated
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Pretoria


Oct, Kindlers and Angels,
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Alette Wessels Kunskamer
Malcolmess, examines notions 17 Sep-1 Dec, The Unseen 16 Oct-4 Nov, works by André
Exhibition of Old Masters and
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Safe Parking- corner of Miriam Rosebank, Johannesburg town, 37 Quinn Street New- Studio
Makeba and Gwigwi Mrwebi T. 011 788 4435 Manor Gallery town Johannesburg From 10 Oct, Should I go or
Fried Contemporary Art
St, Newton C. 083 726 5906 www.davidbrownfineart.co.za 8-24 Oct, paintings at The T. 072 658 0762 should I stay: reflecting on the
Gallery
www.afronova.com opening of the 82nd Open www.rookegallery.co.za South African Diaspora. Paint-
3 Oct-15 Nov, In From above
David Krut Projects Exhibition. ings and installation by Tessa
and beyond, notions of per-
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spective and viewpoint are ex-
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Everard Read Gallery Jhb 1989-2009, opening by David photography by Sally Gaule. Plot 6, Koedoeberg Road,
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hanlieandclive@kraalstudio.
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Magpie Gallery
aspgallery@mweb.co.za Gallery MOMO Campus, Pretoria
26 Sep-15 Oct, Beast of Bur-
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den, an exhibition of works by
8 0ct-2 Nov, Murder on 7th, hattif@unisa.ac.za
Steven Delport, MJ Lourens,
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Justice Mokoena, Sarel Petrus,
20 Sep-6 Oct, ‘Us’, curated by Goliath.
Gerda Smit and Fran Veda.
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Shop 21B, Southdowns Shop-
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Free State
comess, examines notions of ping Centre, Centurion
nation, culture, class, gender, T. 011 327 3247
T. 012 665 1832
sexuality and race. www.gallerymomo.com
www.magpiegallery.co.za
Fox St, Johannesburg
artsonmain@gmail.com Gertrude Posel Gallery
Michael Heyns Gallery
20 Sep-26 Oct, [Sample] EC,
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curated by Fiona Rankin-
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7 Oct- 15 Nov, works by
Michael Heyns.
Bloemfontein
Art on Paper Smith. Historical and contem-
Sue Williamson at The Goodman Gallery Johannesburg 116 Kate Ave Rietondale Oliewenhuis Art Museum
From 8 Oct, Parrot, works by porary work which images the
Pretoria T. 082 451 5584 30 Sep-18 Oct, Freshford
Colin Richards. Eastern Cape from the 1830’s Museum Africa Standard Bank Gallery
www.michaelheyns.co.za House Museum, Photographic
44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein to today. 25 May-24 Dec 2010, 14 Oct-5 Dec, works by Alexis
University of the l’Afrique: A Tribute to Maria Preller Competition Exhibition. 20
Werf (Milpark), Millennium Gallery
Witwatersrand, Braamfontein Stein-Lessing and Leopold Cnr. Simmonds & Frederick Oct-10 Jan 2010, David
T. 011 726 2234 30 Sep-17 Oct, Water, a photo-
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gallery@atlas.wits.ac.za Nessa Leibhammer and Natalie T. 011 631 1889 Afrikaners Revisited (Main
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Artspace-JHB Knight. www.standardbankgallery.co.za
75 George Storrar Drive, Fractal young artist’s Exhibi-
Until 3 Oct, Pale Male: sitting Goethe Institute Sep 16-28 Oct, Oswenka, an
Groenkloof T. 012 460-8217 tion (the Reservoir).
standing walking, an exhibition 14 Sep-17 Oct, Shukumisa, a exhibition of photographs by Seippel Gallery
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of sculpture and drawing by collection of woodcut prints by TJ Lemon (Bensusan Museum Opening Oct, Enter Exit, pho-
Isabel Thompson. of Photography). tography exhibition by Bloemfontein T. 051 447 9609
Louis Oliver. 7-21 Oct, Jowzi, Naude Modern
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Oct-7 Nov, Nomadixx, by Sinta T. 011 4423232 www.knightgalleries.net Street, Doornfontein
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leneuk Ridge, Pretoria, Alain Nortje, Elga Rabe, Hen-
recycled, reinvented textiles, Obert Contemporary at www.seippel-gallery.com
T. 012 440 2201 nie Meyer, Llewellyn Davies
feathers, buttons, and found Goodman Gallery Melrosearch
www.art.co.za/andrenaude and Elbe van Rooyen.
objects. 1-24 Oct, Absent Fields, From 8 Oct, Seventies On- The Art Place, Gallery & Art
works by Marco Ciafanelli. 29 wards, works by Jan Neethling Centre Windmill Centre Main Street
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burg T. 011 880 8802 ings and sculptures by Cecily
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Parkwood, Johannesburg including the female form and Rugani. 10-31 Oct, Introducing
Joubert, Adele Adendorf, Lieze Contemporary Art, Steel Sculp-
The Bag Factory Artists’ T. 011 788 1113 power relations. An exhibi- TAG, quilts and wall hangings.
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ure! Sculptures and painting by Arch T. 011 684 1214 Arts Centre Gallery www.bloudonki.co.za
photography of Yusuf Chubb Pretoria Art Museum
Garda, audio accounts of Ntate Colin Payne. Upstairs: paint- www.obertcontemporary.com 2 Sep-14 Oct, retrospective of
Until 1 Dec, A selection of
Modimokoane and Junior ings by Craig Smith. oil paintings by Braam Kruger.
artworks tells a brief story of
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1mile²
Art Leader

coming to David Brodie


Johannesburg By Michael Coulson included the likes of Robin
Rhode, Wim Botha, Diane Vic-
One of the newest and sharp- tor, Minette Vari and Sandile
est gallerists around town is Zulu. They had kept in contact
The project 1mile² asks David Brodie, who recently and worked together on other
communities to map their added to his lustre by forming projects, so he sees the partner-
neighbourhood exploring the a partnership with the gallery ship as in effect formalising an
biodiversity, cultural diversity, considered by many to be the existing relationship.
and aesthetic diversity of their star of Cape Town, if not the
local square mile. whole of SA, Michael Steven- While the model of two gal-
son, to form Brodie/Stevenson. leries working in collabora-
Working in collaboration with While Brodie will continue to tion has been tried elsewhere,
artists and an ecologist, the originate some shows, he will Brodie believes it’s the first
programme brings together so- also broaden his offering by of its kind in SA. He’s a great
cial and environmental sustain- providing a shop window in admirer of Stevenson’s exten-
ability via a creative medium. Jo’burg for Stevenson’s Cape sive knowledge and absolute
artists. Indeed, his current exhi- integrity and thinks he has the
Communities are linked across bition of Nandipa Mntambo is most forward-thinking, clearly
the world through an internet a case in point, as it comprises formulated strategy of any
platform that shares their find- some work from her recent gallery on the continent. “It’s a
ings, ideas, attitudes, creativity Cape show (cynics would say, great privilege to be associated
and approaches to conserva- the pieces that didn’t sell) plus with him.”
Colin Richards Parrot (African Grey) I (detail) 2009
tion. newly created work.
Watercolour (AOP Gallery)
Brodie studied fine art at Wits The combined stable will
1mile² addresses the interrela- from 1996-1999, and like many include several of Brodie’s
tion between culture (including others started his gallery career long-standing artists, such as
issues such as faith and gender at Goodman Gallery while Lawrence Lemoana, Reshma
equality) and the environ- completing his master’s. Wryly, Chhiba and Mary Wafer, as
ment within diverse societies, he admits that the last artwork well as Stevenson artists like
and provides education and he ever completed himself Mntambo, Wim Botha and
learning opportunities through was his submission for his Conrad Botes.
a process shaped by artistic master’s degree! By this stage While Mntambo’s exhibition
practice. he’d become disillusioned with includes some work seen in
Alex Dodd the process of creating art and Cape Town, Botes’ recent show
There is no doubting the fact you’re in on the academic Visiting Arts is pleased to an- found the gallery environment was completely different from
that spring sweet spring has jargon or not, it’s a varied and And speaking of diaries, mine’s nounce 1mile² Johannesburg. invigorating. his Cape Town show some
sprung on the highly-strung compelling multi-media show busting at the seams with The project, launching in months previously. Zanele Mo-
Highveld. We’ve had our first well worth getting lost in for an must-see art happenings tak- September, is set to take place Then came a spell at the holi’s upcoming show Faces &
cathartic thunderous storm and hour or two. ing place around the city over around the bustling Joubert Jo’burg Art Gallery, which Phases, on the other hand, will
the art world is starting to buzz the next few weeks. Firstly, Park area of Johannesburg, he remembers as an “incred- approach the same issues as his
with the same kind of frenetic, I was particularly drawn to an there’s Marco Cianfanelli’s first a frantic hub in one of the ible experience. There were Cape show but in a different
honey-making activity as the installation by gallerist/artist Goodman Gallery solo, Absent ‘greenest cities in the world’. some great people there, and way. As Brodie says, the mix of
bees (endangered though they Gordon Froud entitled Excerpts Fields, opening on Thursday it gave me direct access to the new and old work must depend
may well be). and Alterations of Alice, which night. Then there’s Bettina For three months a Joburg kind of work I’ll never again on the specific circumstances,
featured cabinets and book- Malcomess and Simon Njami’s artist, an artist from the UK be able to stand around and bearing in mind that Jo’burg
The sun has already set and I’m cases filled with an obses- Us at JAG, a group show and a local ecologist will lead look at. But though JAG had and Cape Town are different
just back from the University sive collection of books and exploring notions of differ- a diverse group of participants a heart of gold, its body was markets, with different tastes
of Johannesburg where I’ve ephemera on the theme of Alice ence, featuring Andrew Putter, from across the community wasting away. It was a difficult and different artists. One of
been part of a team putting in Wonderland. Froud’s fierce, Bridget Baker, Daniel Halter, in putting the area under the time, and some good people Brodie/Stevenson’s objectives
together a two-day colloquium focused dedication to this Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Frances microscope. Their discoveries, left. And at the same time as is to try to bridge this gap.
called On Making that explores single wildly inventive text by Goodman, Hasan & Husain they will not only share with I was becoming aware of its Brodie says there’s no ques-
the relationship between theory Lewis Carroll is a metaphoric Essop, and Kudzanai Chiurai fellow South Africans week by organisational defects, I was tion that business has been
and practice, thinking and mak- display of delicious dedication among others – what a line week, but with communities increasingly aware that I was hit by the downturn, though
ing, in an attempt to critically to the limitlessness of the im- up! And the good news is that doing the same in Bradford, more suited to the commercial – and he’s not unique in this
engage with the global trend agination. Bookcases, display there’s still time to catch one Edinburgh, Waltham Forest, gallery environment, not least – he feels that his particular
towards practice-led research cabinets and collections of last walkabout, taking place Smethwick (UK) and Karachi, because things happen faster market niche has held up bet-
in the fields of art, design and dated ephemera are one of the from 12 to 1pm on 10 October Dhaka, Shanghai, Tehran and there!” ter than some. “We originally
architecture. interesting, almost Victorian during the Spring Art Tour. Delhi, creating a fascinating So it was back to the Goodman showcased mainly younger,
sub-themes of this show, point- living online artwork in www. for a few years, to encoun- emerging work, which was
The theme of the event, which ing towards a shared desire to Taking place from 8 to 11 square-mile.net ter “more fantastic art and priced accordingly. Most of our
is due to take place on 15 and hold onto and cherish (even October, Artlogic’s Spring fantastic artists”. But while buyers have been collecting for
16 October at UJ’s Faculty of damaged and warped) material Art Tour features a plethora The project is an exciting new the Goodman is sans pareil for no more than five or 10 years,
Art, Design and Archiecture objects from the past, possibly of exhibition launches, artist partnership between Visiting established artists, Brodie came and we think they’ve cut back
(FADA) must have tapped into as a reaction to the demateri- talks and special projects along Arts, Arts Alive 2009 festival to realise that he wanted to much less than the corporate
some kind of zeitgeist because alized, high speed nature of with specially designed menus and JAG (Johannesburg Art work in a creative partnership market.
the number of participants is digital culture. at suggested lunch and dinner Gallery) who are passion- with younger and emerging “Also, SA collectors largely
already at 80 and climbing – no venues to capitalise on the art ate about connecting to and artists, that he really believed collect SA art, so to some
small stakes for an academic One of the refreshing elements hungry vibe. Be sure to check celebrating the creativity of the in. So he started his own extent the market has been
get together. In addition to of the exhibition, are the lists out the Joburg itinerary at local communities and in con- gallery, under the name Art insulated from international
several international keynote of 20 things (and why) that <springarttour.co.za> before necting them to the world. Extra, which opened its doors trends. Slowdowns just force
addresses, a host of local influence and inform each the whole hip jamboree has on November 11 2007, just as galleries to work a bit harder.
speakers, from both inside and artists’ creative production. passed you by. I might have to Brenda Devar (Arts Alive) is Goldman Sachs was collapsing, “Buyers may look harder and
outside of the academic terrain, For Rosalind Cleaver it’s 20 take some lessons in Vulcan ‘thrilled’ to be supporting the taking the bubble in the world longer before they buy, and
will be presenting – from artists species of living creatures, teleportation from Star Trek’s project as part of Arts Alive art market with it. be more selective, but that’s
Kathryn Smith, Penny Siopis, from the praying mantis to the Spock before next Thursday 2009 and Antoinette Murdoch, It was always clear to Brodie a good thing. I’ve always en-
Santu Mofokeng and Ger- endangered wild dog, Lycaon night in order to make the new Chief Curator at JAG that his offerings had to strike a sured that my work is appropri-
hard Marx, to architects Don Pictus. For John Shirley it’s launch of CO-OP in the heart is pulling out all the stops to balance between strong, excit- ately priced; my biggest fear is
Albert and Thorsten Deckler, 20 albums, from Bob Dylan’s of Braamfontein (the new col- bring the best of the city’s ing work and what was viable. of over-pricing a young artist’s
to curators Farzanah Badsha Desire to Nick Drake’s Five laborative project space hosted thriving arts scene to take a His gallery had to be a com- work and blowing them out of
and Thembinkosi Goniwe, to Leaves Left. For Ilse Pahl it’s by Whatiftheworld, Dokter look. mercial space, not a museum, the water before their career
designers Clive Rundle and 20 second-hand shops. For and Misses and Open Johan- and this was also important in has started. On the other hand,
Garth Walker, to writers/edi- Sandhya Lalloo it’s 20 foot- nesburg), hotfoot it to Gabrielle As part of the Arts Alive his tie-up with Michael Steven- you mustn’t underprice them,
tors/publishers Sean O’Toole wear inspirations, from a pair Goliath’s Murder on 7th at festival there will be opportu- son, a year later. either, and you must let their
and Bronwyn Law-Viljoen. of bright blue Wellingtons to a Gallery MOMO and somehow nities to connect with 1mile² As Brodie says, his backers are pricing develop as their career
pair of handmade sandals from still see Colin Richards’ im- Johannesburg and its artists and shareholders in the gallery, and grows.”
The colloquium is designed to Phuket. For Leora Farber it’s maculately rendered African communities through events he has to keep them happy. He
compliment this year’s FADA 20 films, from Peter Greena- Grey parrots at Art on Paper throughout September. thinks they are, though they It’s a philosophy that seems
staff show, which has been way’s The Pillow Book to all on the same night. It might haven’t seen any dividends yet. to combine philanthropy with
curated by Rory Bester and ‘fo- Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon even be too tall an order for a Sabrina Smith-Noble sound business practice, and
cuses on how creative and cu- Amour. Viewers are invited to self-declared art pig such as Visiting Arts Brodie first worked with one can only hope that it will
ratorial processes contribute to take home copies of each list yours truly. Stevenson in 2005 on an continue to work for the benefit
methodological innovations in – a bit like taking home a few exhibition, Personal Affects, of all concerned.
practice-led research’. Whether key pages of each artist’s diary. seen only in New York, which
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ART GALLERY LISTINGS: EASTERN, NORTHERN AND WESTERN CAPE

Eastern Cape Association for Visual Arts (AVA)


T. 021 419 8888,
www.focuscontemporary.co.za
1st Floor, Olympia Buildings, 136
Main Road Kalk Bay.
What if the World…
1-31 Oct, a solo exhibition by up-
Kobus La Grange.
Church Street, Stellenbosch
28 Sep-16 Oct, A Meeting, works by T.021 788 6571 and-coming young painter Andrzej T. 021 887 2256
Joanne Halse and Michael Taylor, Gallery F Email: kbmodern@iafrica.com Nowicki. First floor, 208 Albert www.dorpstraatgalery.co.za
East London Através do olho mágico (through the
peephole) by Hannah Morris, and
Contemporary and archival South
African Art.
www.kalkbaymodern.com Road Woodstock T. 021 448 1438
www.whatiftheworld.com Glen Carlou Estate
Wood, a group exhibition includ- 221 Long Street, Cape Town Kunst House 3-4 Oct, Guided Tours of the Hess
Ann Bryant Art Gallery
ing works by Sam Allerton, Justin T. 021 422 5246 24 Sep-17 Oct, Seductress in Woodstock Industrial Centre Art Collection.
17 Sep-4 Oct, paintings by
Anschutz, Stuart Bird, Peter Jenks, www.galleryf.co.za Distress, works by Thelma van 5 Nov, Night of 1000 Drawings, Simondium Road, Klapmuts
Stella Wills.
Jost Kirsten, Thami Kitty, Adrian Rensburg. a one-night-only art exhibition T. 021 875 5314
9 St Marks Road, Southernwood,
Kohler, Gimberg Nerf, Rowan Smith Goodman Gallery, Cape 62 Kloof Street, Gardens showcasing the vast and varied www.glencarlou.co.za
East London T. 043 722 4044
and Donovan Ward. 17 Sep-10 Oct, FICTION #1: Auto- T. 021 422 1255 creative talents of the city. Get
annbryant@intekom.co.za
35 Church Street, Cape Town biography without form of Bernado www.kunsthouse.co.za involved by drawing anything. Pier Rabe Antiques, Art and
T. 021 424 7436 Soares by Bili Bidjocka. Every donation goes on display. Contemporary Design
Blacksmiths Sculpture Studio
www.ava.co.za 3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery For Doodle sessions email: 3-4 Oct, Conceptual Installation
From 2 Oct, sculptures by Frans
Sir Lowry Road Woodstock, Exhibition of SA’s leading artists. capetown@1000drawings.co.za. and Event by Strijdom van der
Boekkooi.
Atlantic Art Gallery Cape Town T. 021 462 7573/4, 31 Kommandeur Road, Welgemoed, www.1000drawings.co.za Merwe.
Pienaar Street (next to the brewery)
A permanent display showcasing www.goodmangallerycape.com Belville 143 Dorp St, Stellenbosch
Nieu Bethesda T. 049 841 1636,
leading contemporary South African T. 021 913 7204/5 Worldart T. 021 883 9730
C. 082 865 2699
artists. Greatmore Art Studios www.artpro.co.za 23 Sep-12 Oct, Cityscapes, paint- www.pierrabe.co.za
25 Wale Street Cape Town, 1-7 Oct, video installation by Max- ings by Gavin Rain.
Heidi’s Gallery
T. 021 423 5775 ense Denis Michael Stevenson 54 Church Street Cape Town CBD Red Black and White
From 2 Oct, a group exhibition of
47-49 Greatmore St, Woodstock, Contemporary T. 021 423 3075 3-4 Oct, Creative Blocks, curated by
paintings and sculptures by various
Blank Projects Cape Town T. 021 447 9699 1 Oct-21 Nov, The Street, sculpture www.worldart.co.za Jeanetta Blignaut.
Eastern Cape artists.
1-24 Oct, The conductor’s fear info@greatmore.org by Meschac Gaba and ‘Subtropi- 5a Distillery Road, Bosman’s Cross-
Pienaar Street, Nieu Bethesda
of the soloist-ten small pieces for www.greatmoreart.org calia’, video, sculpture and a short ing, Stellenbosch.
T. 049 841 1636, C. 082 865 2699
violin, a video still from a 3-channel story by Paul Edmonds. Franschoek T. 021 886 6281
video installation by Marianne Infin Art Gallery Ground Floor, Buchanan Building, www.redblackandwhite.co.za
Port Elizabeth Halter and Mario Marchisella. Wolfe Street Chelsea Wynberg 160 Sir Lowry Road, Cape Town Galerie L’ Art
A permanent exhibition of old
113-115 Sir Lowry Road, T. 021 761 2816 and T. 021 462 1500 Rupert Museum
Woodstock T.072 1989 221 Buitengracht St Cape Town www.michaelstevenson.com masters. 3-4 Oct, Rodin, bronze sculptures;
Alliance Francaise Port Elizabeth
www.blankprojects.com T. 021 423 2090 Shop no 3, The Ivy, Krugerstreet, permanent collection of 20th Cen-
3-23 Oct, a duo exhibition with
www.infinart.co.za Raw Vision Gallery Franschoek T. 021 876 2497 tury South African Art.
works in ceramics by Delphine Niez
Cape Gallery 13 Aug-07 Oct, Weifeling, a www.galart.co.za Stellentia Ave, T. 021 888 3344
and multimedia by Cheryl Dougans.
17 Mackay Street, Richmond Hill 27 Sep-17 Oct, See, oil paintings by iArt Gallery multimedia exhibition by www.rupertmuseum.org
Anthea Delmotte. 25 Oct-4 Dec, oil 2-17 Oct, an exhibition inspired by Wessel Snyman. Gallery Grande Provence
T.041 585 7889
paintings by Lesley Charnock. POSTER theft, a collection of origi- 89 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock 6 Sep-7 Oct, painting by Cornelia Sasol Art Museum,
www.alliance.org.za
60 Church Street, Cape Town nal art posters created by Carla fishermike@mac.com Snook, objets d’art by Nanette Nel Stellenbosch University
T. 021 423 5309 Crafford alongside work from the and flowers by Okasie. 16 Sep-24 Oct, works by Mbongeni
Jack Heath Gallery
www.capegallery.co.za artist featured in each poster. Artists Rose Korber 11 Oct-11 Nov, an exhibition Buthelezi.
6-22 Oct, Depression-Through the
work on show include: Powerful new charcoal and pastel of recent paintings by Jenny 52 Ryneveld St, Stellenbosch
fire, paintings and drawings by
Carbonage Diane Victor, Berco Wilsenach, Co- drawings by Richard Smith, as well Groenewald, with bronze sculptures T. 021 808 3691
Nicky Leigh.
14 Oct-12 Nov, New Art bus Haupt, Pieter Swanepoel, Eric as recent works on paper by Wil- by Angus Taylor, Anton Momberg
Centre for Visual Art, University of
Exhibition. Duplan, Magdel Fourie, Guy du liam Kentridge, Deborah Bell and and Jupiter Studios. SMAC Art Gallery
KwaZulu Natal, Ridge Road, Pieter-
4th Floor, Harrington House, 37 Toit, Wilma Cruise, Gordon Froud, Ryan Arenson. Main Road Franschoek From 3 Oct, paintings and pho-
maritzburg T. 033 260 5170
Barrack Street, Cape Town. Johann Moolman, Sarel Petrus, 48 Sedgemoor Road, Camps Bay, T. 021 876 8600 tographic installations by Anton
www.nickyleigh.co.za
www.carbonage.co.za Egon Tania, Ladiné Joubert, Erna Cape Town T. 021 438 9152 www.grandeprovence.co.za Karstel, portraits by Nel Erasmus
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Bodenstein-Ferreira, Curt Fors and roskorb@icon.co.za and performances by Barend de Wet
Museum
15 Aug-25 Nov, Poking Fun, works
Carmel Art
Dealers in Fine art, exclusive
Jan van der Merwe.
71 Loop Street T. 021 424 5150
www.rosekorberart.com
George and Tracey Rose
De Wet Centre, Church Street,
from the Art Museum’s permanent distributers of Pieter van der www.iart.co.za Salon91 Contemporary Stellenbosch T. 021 887 3607
George Museum
collection exploring humour, biting Westhuizen etchings. 18 Sep-10 Oct, Abdication: paint- www.smacgallery.com
19 Sep-23 Oct, Decade, highlights
commentary and satire. 66 Vineyard Road, corner Cavend- iArt Gallery (Wembley Square) ings, sculpture, animation, drawings
from 10 Years of Collecting for the
1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth ish St, Claremont T.021 671 6601 1-17 Oct, Experience and the Scar, and a performance piece by Lourens Stellenbosch Art Gallery
Sanlam Art Collection.
T. 041 506 2000 Constantia Village Shopping work on paper by Colbert Mashile. Joubert. Permanent exhibition of Conrad
9 Courtenay St, George
www.artmuseum.co.za Centre, Main Road, Constantia Wembley Square, Gardens 91 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Theys, John Kramer, Gregoire
T. 044 873 5343
T. 021 794 6262 T. 021 424 5150 Town 021 424 6930 Boonzaier, Adriaan Boshoff and
www.iart.co.za www.salon91art.co.za other artists.
Christopher MǾller Art Oudtshoorn 34 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
Northern Cape Dealers in South African contempo-
rary art and South African masters.
Irma Stern Museum
3-24 Oct, Visitor, by Liza Grobler
South African Museum
25 Jul-Mar 2010, Subtle Thresholds,

ArtKaroo Gallery
T. 021-8878343
www.stellenboschartgallery.co.za

82 Church Street, Cape Town and 14 other artists. The exhibition the representational taxonomies Until 23 Oct, Amongst Aloes, a solo
T. 021 439 3517 will change daily: Objects, sounds, of disease, a mixed media show show of paintings by Janet Dixon. 1- Tokara Winery
Kimberley www.christophermollerart.co.za friends and acquaintances will curated by Fritha Langerman. 26 Oct, An Installation of Drawing 3-4 Oct, Art at Tokara exhibition.
occupy the space. Work ranges from 25 Queen Victoria Street, by Leanette Botha. 29 Oct-12 Nov, R310 Helshoogte Pass
William Humphreys Art Gallery David Porter Antiques graphic prints to knitted sculptures Cape Town T. 021 481 3800 Thijs Nel Solo Exhibition. T. 021 808 5314
From Oct 1, Cansa Exhibition, a Buyers and sellers of South African to musical interludes and interven- http://www.iziko.org.za 107 Baron van Reede Str, www.tokara.co.za
group exhibition by various artists art tions. Oudtshoorn T. 044 279 1093 janet@
T. 021 6830580/083 452 5862 Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town South Gallery
who donated their works.
Civic Centre, Cullinan Crescent, david@davidporterantiques.com T. 021 685 5686 Showcasing creativity from
artkaroo.co.za
www.artkaroo.co.za
Elgin
Kimberley T. 053 831 1724 www.irmastern.co.za Kwazulu-Natal including Ardmore
Erdmann Contemporary /Photog- Ceramic Art. Oudebrug Gallery
www.museumsnc.co.za
raphers Gallery Iziko South African National Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Paarl 31 Oct-15 Nov, paintings and sculp-
1-31 Oct, Parrot Jungle, a solo pho- Gallery Road Woodstock, Ground Floor. tures by Sheena Ridley, Prof. Pierre
tography exhibition by Lien Botha. 9 Sep-30 Nov, The Everyday and T. 021 465 4672 Off the Wall Contemporary Volschenk, Xhanti Mpakama, Susan

Western Cape 31 Oct-5 Dec, While you were


sleeping, includes large paintings,
the Extraordinary, three decades of
architectural design by Jo Noero.
info@southgallery.co.za 24 Sep- 30 Oct, Drawing Exhibi-
tion.
Mitchenson, Paul Andrew and Niel
Jonker.
Grabouw, Elgin T. 021 859 2595
original works on paper, monotypes 9 Jun-25 Oct, Cross-Pollination, These Four Walls Fine Art Galley 171 Main Road, Paarl
www.ridley.co.za
and lithographs by Karlien de South African artists working from Until 3 0ct, Salon, a group exhibi- T. 021 872 8648 info@offthewall-
Cape Town Villiers. 1930-50. Includes work by Laubser, tion including works by Tamsyn contemporary.co.za

34 Long
63 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
T. 021 422 2762
Stern, Kibel, Pierneef, Sekoto and
Lipshitz. 30 Jun-25 Oct, Choices
Lancaster, Angela Briggs, Mary
Visser, Leboanna Lefuma, Em-
www.offthewallcontemporary.com
Hermanus
www.erdmanncontemporary.co.za 2008, showcasing new artworks manuel Mutizwa, Philippa Allen and
29 Sep-17 Oct, Recovery, a group
exhibition upstairs, with works by acquired in 2008 by the Acquisitions Janet Anderson. Stellenbosch The Old Harbour Gallery
An exhibition of art and sculpture.
Leonora van Staden, Jop Kunneke, Everard Read Gallery - Committee. 169 Lower Main Road,
Art on 5 No.4 Warrington Place, Harbour
Sulette van der Merwe and Jeff Cape Town Until 25 Oct, From Fire into Observatory T. 021 447 7393
Permanent exhibition of paintings Road, Hermanus
Koons. 20 Oct-21 Nov, ‘editions 8-22 Oct, Sex, Power & Money, a Bronze: The power of bronze, www.thesefourwalls.co.za
and ceramics by Maryna de Witt, T. 028 313 2751 / 0822595515
limited’, a new selection of portraits group exhibition. works by Norman Catherine, Nandi
Pera Schillings, and Karen Kieviet. www.oldharbourgallery.co.za
(downstairs) and other works by Portswood Rd, V&A Waterfront Mntambo and Claudette Schreud- Urban Contemporary Art
T. 021 418 4527 ers. From 14 Jul, The Art of Relief 23 Sep-16 Oct, Historyⁿ, a group 7b Andringa Street, Stellenbosch
Japanese artist Takashi Murakami Philip Harper Galleries
www.everard-read-capetown.co.za Printing, an exhibition demystifying show curated by Andrew Lam- T. 021 887 7234
(upstairs). Specialising in South African old
34 Long Street, Cape Town print processes. Includes woodcuts, precht. Artists include Alan Taylor,
Boezaart Bauermeister masters and select contemporary
T. 021 426 4594 Exposure Gallery wood, engravings and linocuts. Brett Shuman, Catherine Ocholla,
3-4 Oct, Jewellery exhibition artists.
www.34long.com From 1 Oct, Kevin Factor Government Avenue, Company’s Charles Maggs, Gavin Younge,
Andmar building, Cnr Ryneveld and Oudehof Mall, 167 Main Rod,
Exhibition. Garden T. 021 467 4660, Lauren Palte, Maria van Rooyen,
Church St, T. 021 886 7569 www. Hermanus T. 028 312 4836
3RD i Gallery The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert www.iziko.org.za Richard Chauke and Wayne Barker.
boezaartbauermeister.com www.philipharpergalleries.co.za
1 Oct-6 Nov, Heart, mixed media Road, Woodstock T. 021 447 4124 21 Oct-13 Nov, solo exhibition with
artwork by Tina Nel and www.exposuregallery.co.za João Ferreira Gallery works by Jonathan Munnik.
Lisa T von Brandis. 2 Sep-3 Oct, ‘Before Life’, photog- 46 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Delaire Graaff Estate
Art Collection
l’Agulhas
95 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant. Focus Contemporary, Fine Young raphy by Araminta de Clermont. Cape Town T. 021 447 4132,
Art 7-31 Oct, From Here to Eternity II, www.urbancontemporaryart.co.za 3-4 Oct, Guided tours of Delaire
T. 021 425 2266 Red Corridor Gallery
19 Sep-16 Oct, Om Shanti Om, oil paintings by Louise Linder. Graff Estate Art Collection
Sculpture by Rudi Neuland, paint-
photography exhibition by Jochen 70 Loop Street, Cape Town, The South African Print Gallery R310 Helshoogte Pass
Alliance Française ings by Leszek Skurski and textile
Manz. 17 Oct-6 Nov, Cast in Africa, T. 021 423 5403 Artthrob Editions. Show extended to T. 021 808 5900
23-Sep-13 Oct, paintings by Leon objects by Joanna Skurska.
a collaborative sculpture show by www.joaoferreiragallery.com end of October www.delaire.co.za
Vermeulen. 4 Main Road, L’Agulhas 7287
155 Loop Street, Cape Town. some of Cape Town’s finest young 107 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, T. 028 435 7503
talent, including works by Ian Cat- Kalk Bay Modern Cape Town, T. 021 462 6851 Dorp Straat Gallery
T. 021 4235699 info@capeagulhas-arthouse.com
tanach and Nicolas Wells-Bladen. 7-31 Oct, Paul Weinberg’s Photo- www.printgallery.co.za 3-27 Oct, Hang in there, paintings
www.alliance.org.za www.capeagulhas-arthouse.com
2 Long Street Cape Town graphic Exhibition. by Nigel Mullins and sculptures by
www.redcorridor-RSA.com
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Invisible beauty of
sickness probed
Melvyn Minnaar reviews: Melvyn Minnaar
Fritha Langerman’s Subtle Thresholds
at the Iziko SA Museum.

There is something very poign- (Everyone is taken by the The Artful Viewer tory texts are good and there’s
an interactive programme for
ant in wandering around this bandaged, “medicated” stuffed
visitors to engage with. In a
in-between museum room in a animals. It charmingly trips
number of ways, it is quite an
time in which the World Health another vital wire about life
important show, covering a
Organisation warned, a few and medication.)
Bronze Business wide range.
months ago, that the notorious
N1H1 influenza virus would Being a skilled and precise
Unfortunately, there is a
place “all of humanity under graphic artist, Langerman takes
serious space and presentation
threat”. up on the curious loveliness in
Will bronze ever go out of problem, with the whole lot
the geometric and other pat-
business in the ‘monument squashed into the one room. It
Fears about the invisible terns that constitute representa-
industry’? One would think makes for difficult negotiation.
killer have been toned down tions of microscopic organisms
that in this country where the Pompous bronzes and the like
somewhat since, even though like viruses and uses these to
lowest copper cable connection - as humans and personalities
several dead, South Africans visually define the various parts
to Telkom is unsafe and fair do - need breathing space. This
included, lie in the wake of the in all their density of texts and
game to scrap metal thieves, crowded bazaar runs a little
deadly virus. objects. All of the latter are,

Vuleka Art
the question will be particularly low on viewer oxygen.
naturally, offered in the highest
All manner of variations on of curatorial presentation. potent.
Nevertheless, it is great to
that nasty little instigator of ill
see some of the SANG pieces

winners 2009
and illness surrounds one in At the same time, there is a de- Then there is the business of
grandiose public statues in that had been out of sight for
this major installation: a grand, licious, even amusing feeling,
a tradition which is essen- yonks. These are the works that
ambitious project that inves- to a presentation that has all the
tially a colonialist construct. compel the essential ques-
tigates the invisible beauty of wacko dramatic flair of an off-
Theoretically, liberated African tions about the significance of
sickness. beat Madame Tussauds set-up.
aesthetic thinking should have bronze sculpture, both in the
Curiosity and scary stuff, theat-
reject it, but seemingly the Western tradition and else-
It brings sharply into focus the rically-presented, have always
industry continues merrily. (I where. (The Iziko collection
fact that, in an effort to cope had box-office appeal.
know, this is a hoary hobby of Ashanti pieces, acquired in
with the dangers and disasters Using projections, texts and
horse, but it still amazes - and 1971, showcases the vibrant
of disease, we humans insist on digital images, as well as
still empowers bad public art.) bronze-casting traditions of
codifying and boxing-in as best those museum objects, Subtle
West Africa, and makes a
we can the signals that, actu- Thresholds is, the artists
The case of the replaced bronze vibrant counterfoil to the ro-
ally, scare us no end. proposes, concerned with the
monument to cadres Williams mantic grandeur that pervades
Coincidentally, we recently means through which images
and Waterwitch at the Athlone elsewhere - both the ‘colonial’
marked 40 years since the are seen (or not) and under-
police station by Egon Tanya European traditions and the
first men on the moon came stood (or misunderstood). For
and Guy du Toit (originally iconoclastic traits that informed
back to earth and were held in this reason, the installation
one of the better such projects, modernism and beyond.)
quarantine, before accolades employs “devices that heighten
and stardom, until such time vision: scopes, light, shadows, and the new one isn’t too bad
either) is poignant marker in There are more than a few
as Nasa’s medical people were reflection, projections, etc.”
this sometimes foolish busi- artworks that oblige a reward-
happy that they didn’t bring
ness. There is something rather ing visit to this major under-
strange, evil contamination Subtle Thresholds is a major,
darkly amusing that the work, promoted exhibition. But the
from outer space. pioneering art work, which
broken and stolen in pieces by display piece not to miss is the
took Langerman two years to
copper thieves two years ago, recently-acquired casting of the
In the light of the subtle and research and construct. It liter-
Art Winner: Doorway to Comfort, by Angeline le Roux was replaced in August by a famous Gloria Victis! by the
not so subtle social politics and ally employs hundreds of bits
follow-up adaptation - which Beaux-Arts sculptor Antonin
propaganda manipulations that and pieces. She uses historic This year the prestigious na- ry Best painting in oil, water or probably doubled up the cost as Mercie. What a work of art
played out all over the world medical equipment. tional Vuleka Art Competition acrylic is Zonia Nel-Scheffer well as the effort. Let’s hope it this is! What a magnificent
as the so-called “swine flu” has drawn just three short of from Stellenberg for The Miss- stays put. indulgence.
caused havoc in a world we A 68-metre timeline - that 400 entries – 83 more than last ing Year, an oil painting on
humans try so hard to control, includes a biblical concord- year. A selection of 57 works board (R5 000). This thing with bronze - wheth- Originally created by the young
Langerman’ s serious, very ance of disease - together with is currently on exhibition in er turned into art, or simply French artist (he became vastly
serious - but awesomely beauti- a running list of thousands of the Art.b Gallery in Bellville’s Instead of a category prize for statements of personal and/or famous later) in the early-
ful and challenging - show species, charts the display. library complex (Carel van Works in any other medium, political power - seems to be 1870s, it is one of the most fa-
illustrates, the fine lines that we Aswegen Street). including photography, the ad- an odd aspect of the human mous of all bronzes pieces, for
use to divide knowledge. She There are light boxes with viral judicators opted for two merit condition. Yes, we know it has various reasons. One of these,
reminds us that aesthetics lurks images made from pharma- Vuleka (the Xhosa word for prizes of R2 500 each. These its roots in the distant ‘bronze as Proud says, is that what
in those dividing lines. cological lab plastics, where ‘open’) is hosted annually were awarded to: age’, but the way it entered began as a projected victory
we encounter those influenza by The Arts Association of Lionel Smit from Somerset the realm of art does throw out memorial, had to be turned into
Using illness as a metaphor nasties. Bellville (Art.b) in conjunc- West, for Residue (Oil on questions about its mysterious one glorifying the dead of the
(not the first time it has been tion with the financial services canvas); and metal appeal. losers - after France’s defeat
done, of course, and there Sign plates with GPS co-ordi- group Sanlam. It is open for Klara-Marie Den Heijer from in the Franco-Prussian war of
are strong overtones here of nates show disease outbreaks, artists (18 years and older) who The Strand, for Post Modern It doesn’t answer directly, but 1870. Thus the title in English:
Camus’s famous existentialist electron microscope images of have not had a solo exhibition Thinker in glass, ink and Hayden Proud’s ambitious Fire ‘Glory to the Vanquished!’
novel about the human condi- animal droppings in trefoil and during the preceding three acetate film.
tion, The Plague), she revital- quatrefoil-shaped frames, steel to Form exhibition at the Iziko
years. SA National Gallery provides a Many castings of the sculpture,
ises it, and suggests that the silhouettes of bacteria, and 512 Maxie Oosthuizen, co-ordina- couple of thoughtful pointers. in various sizes, exist, but the
“subtle thresholds” of her title cut-out hands, derived from A three-dimensional work in tor of exhibitions at the Art. All about bronze art, this is Iziko version is a valuable one
are the limits that keep us from art-historical images of healing, paper and metal, titled Door- b Gallery, expressed her joy at every beginner and advanced from the famous Ferdinand
a fuller understanding of that add to the visual dramatics. way to Comfort, by Angeline the fact that the entries were enthusiast’s chance to learn just Barbedienne foundry. The
which, in some ways, threatens le Roux, was adjudged the best representative of a wide spec- about everything: from casting piece, apparently wanted by
human existence most. It is not an easy, walk-through artwork overall and has landed trum of cultures and age groups methods to patinas; all things the Boston Museum of Fine
exhibition this. It takes time her a windfall of R10 000 and a and that the record number of sculptural and technical. (It’s Arts, was donated to the SANG
Being “subtle thresholds”, the to read, see and figure out the return flight to Paris, France. entries seemed to indicate that surprising how little we all in 2004 by Donna Nicholas in
inference is that we should lay-out and threads that the the competition had clearly be- know about this.) memory of her husband, the
breach those. artist-cum-museum-curator has Angeline (36), currently from come recognised as a respected collector Dimitri Nicholas in
plotted for the visitor to follow, Slanghoek, Rawsonville, also art platform. The show is scheduled to close 2004. A great gift, if ever there
For this purpose, she has set cross refer to, and come to won the category Best Three- at the end of this month, but was one.
out to create a remarkable terms with. dimensional work, including While most entries were drawn
environment. Iziko being what it is, one
ceramics (R5 000). She is from the Cape metropole and never knows. Rush and see it. One cannot talk about the
The result is a most enlighten- no stranger to Vuleka, having Boland towns, some travelled bronze business - puzzling as it
Drawing on the holdings of ing, eye-opening and fulfill- won the prize for three-dimen- from as far as Potchefstroom, Proud has done a fine curato- is - without having a
the Iziko, UCT and Wits Adler ing experience. It is simply sional works in 2005. She was Parys (Free State), Johan- rial job, sourcing nearly 100 look at this.
collections, bringing together brilliant. awarded a merit prize at the nesburg, Grahamstown, Port
biomedical objects, images and pieces from the Iziko and
Sasol New Signatures competi- Elizabeth, George, Okiep and Sanlam collections (the latter
artefacts from the zoological, First published in tion the following year. Steinkopf indicating the ex-
human and microbial spheres, The Cape Times has surprising good stuff) with
panding footprint of Vuleka. some additional loans from lo-
she created crisp interventions. The prizewinner in the catego- cal private collectors. Explana-
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ART GALLERY LISTINGS: KWA ZULU - NATAL

Durban

Artisan Contemporary
30 Sep-28 Oct, the latest Nieu
Bethesda-inspired work by
internationally-celebrated ce-
ramicist Charmaine Haines.
344 Florida Rd, Morningside,
T. 031 312 4364
sue@artisan.co.za

Art Space - DBN


5-24 Oct, Ceramics SA/KZN
Regional Exhibition (Main
Gallery),
Stillness Moves, works by Ellis
Pearson (Middle Gallery). 26
Oct–14 Nov, work by UNISA
Students, Cally Lotz (Middle
Gallery) and Anthea Martin
(Front Room).10 Oct, Showing
of Art 21 Series 5. 17-23 Oct,
works by Vega Imagination Lab
students (Front Room).
3 Millar Road, Durban. T.031
312 0793 www.artspace-dur-
ban.com

Durban Art Gallery


12 Aug-end Oct, PAST/
PRESENT, works by Andrew
Verster. Until Dec 2009, Pic(k)
Of The DAG, South African Peter Machen
works from the gallery’s Per-
manent Collection. Sometimes it’s the most obvi- perfect stillness. ceiving credit where credit was
Second Floor, City Hall, Anton ous things which can be the None of that seemed to matter overwhelmingly due. Sculptor
Lembede Street, Durban most powerful. Personally though, partially because there Noria Mabasa, choreographer
T. 031 311 2268 speaking of course – because was so much going on over Jay Pather, cartoonist Nanda
strettonj@durban.gov.za it was only myself and a friend the course of the evening, and Sooben and cross-cultural
www.durban.gov.za/durban/dis- who thought that the projection partially because much of the muso and high kicker Johnny
cover/museums/dag of a rotating geometric pattern joy of Red Eye lies in watching Clegg all had awards bestowed
onto the ridged textures of the things happen and enjoying a upon them, as did genius jazz
Elizabeth Gordon Gallery monolithic City Treasury build- full diversity of human beings pianist the late Bheki Mse-
A variety of new South African ing opposite the City Hall was and art run amok in the gal- leku and theatre personality
artworks, including paintings King Zorro is your Art Bus guide one of the most beautiful things lery’s baroque colonial space. the late Alfred Nokwe. Now,
we’d seen in ages The fact that no-one on the as anyone who’s attended an

A Moveable Arts
by Hugh Mbayiwa, Scott Bredin
and Ezequeil Mabote. It wasn’t conceptual. It wasn’t other side of the room could awards ceremony will tell you,
120 Florida Road, Durban breath-takingly intelligent. It hear the choral singers for they tend to be deathly boring
wasn’t even going as art. It their first two songs seemed and overflowing with pomp,

Feast - The Arts Bus


T. 031 303 8133
eqqart@iafrica.com was supplied by a production to matter only to a few; most pretension and exclusivity.
company and was the kind of people seemed content to hear Which was what I was pretty
Imbizo Art Gallery thing you might even see at them whispering, although I much expecting. But I was
24 Sep-31 Oct, Décor Delight, one of those boring alcohol or was greatly relieved when the more than pleasantly surprised
with works by Pieter Lessing. cigarette sponsored parties. But group broke with tradition and to find instead an event infused
The Arts Bus - a free hop-on, a dedicated circuit to these it was reeeaal pretty, and build- brought in backing tracks for with good feeling, warmth and
Shop 7A, Ballito Lifestyle
hop-off city bus service which venues throughout the day ing-sized reeeaal pretty at that. their last three songs. a remarkable inclusiveness,
Centre, Ballito 4418
allows arts lovers to visit eight allowing visitors to visit some The supersized disco eye candy But the fact that people will something I found hugely en-
T. 032 946 1937
of the city’s premier galleries in of Durban’s top galleries every was a sign of the art-based watch singers they can’t hear couraging, and which induced
info@imbizogallery.co.za
one Saturday - is being hosted Saturday. event Red Eye returning to the doesn’t mean that they they’re in me the feeling that I am part
again as part of the Celebrate Durban Art Gallery, and the being blindly receptive. It’s of the broad family of eThek-
Tamasa Gallery
Durban season over Heritage Arts Bus tour guide King Zorro citizens of Durban – well those more about the fact that the wini, something I haven’t felt
20 Oct-11 Nov, Trees, oils,
month and October. will be providing narrative who were prepared to shell out audience become immersed in some time.
pastels and charcoal works by
along the route about the gal- forty bucks – reclaiming the in the process of Red Eye, Much of this feeling came from
acclaimed KwaZulu-Natal art-
The Celebrate Durban season leries and exhibitions on show. streets, or at least the stretch of including anything that might the premier Zweli Mkhize, who
ist Pippa Lea Pennington.
bus schedule will cover eight road outside city hall, which go wrong, and so when things spoke humbly and off-the-cuff
36 Overport Drive, Durban
weekends - Sat 12, 19, 26 Sept The following galleries will be had been cordoned off from do go wrong, they are strangely about the patchworked col-
T. 031 207 1223
and 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Oct leav- part of the initiative KZNSA traffic and which connected invisible, the distance between lective culture of KZN, where

ing from the KZNSA Gallery Gallery in Glenwood; Durban the gallery to the King Club the performers and the audi- the continuing geographical
Pietermaritzburg at 9am and returning to the
gallery mid afternoon. There
University of Technology Art
Gallery in Steve Biko / Berea
and Zulu Jazz Lounge where a
rocking after party took place.
ence shrunk by the sense that
everyone in the space is part of
and economic divisions of
apartheid don’t preclude a
is safe parking at the KZNSA Road; Durban Art Gallery in I had been helping out with the a larger performance. And Dur- common enjoyment of each
Tatham Art Gallery
Gallery. Durban City Hall; BAT Centre evening, my contribution being banites like to perform, albeit other’s cultures, something that
18 Sep-18 Oct, African Ceram-
along Margaret Mcnadi Ave; organising the music inside as casually and unconsciously was reflected in the Ceremony
ics UKZN Alumni Exhibition.
A Movable Arts Feast, AKA African Art Centre and Artisan the gallery, for which had I as possible, like the crew of itself and then re-echoed at
27 Oct-14 March, the Sch-
the Arts Bus, is an innovative Gallery both in Florida Road; gathered one of Durban’s most goth-looking boys who had Red Eye a week later. But what
reiner Gallery New Acquisi-
project to encourage the pubic artSPACE durban is in Millar loved DJs, a hot electronic rows of metal studs – and even was even more impressive
tions Exhibition, including a
to visit Durban’s many galler- Rd, off Umgeni Road and the band named Seak and Mbon- feathers on one angel boy – in- than Mkhize’s tenderness and
linoprint by Vuli Nyoni, and a
ies. It is being hosted for the Kizo Art Gallery in Gateway. geni Ngema’s new favourite serted under their their freshly humanity was the fact that he
rolling ball sculpture by Zotha
second year by VANSA (Visual A ninth stop is the Kunene isicathimiya band uSuthu into reddened skin for the evening, arrived on time. In all my years
Shange.
Arts Association of SA, KZN) Museum in Churchill Rd, what was supposed to be a the adornments applied pub- of cultural function-going, this
Cnr. Of Chief Albert Luthuli
as part of the Celebrate Durban close to the KZNSA Gallery in collaboration but which ended licly with all the ceremony of a was, I’m pretty certain, the first
(Commercial) Rd. and Church
season supported by the City. It Glenwood. up with barely a sound-check back stage make-up room. time that an audience has not
Street (Opposite City Hall)
receives supplementary support Bus entry is free and all are between them. But more than anything, this been kept waiting by a member
Pietermaritzburg
from the Department of Arts welcome. Seats are limited so It didn’t really work, but not latest Red Eye – the first in of provincial government. For
T. 033 342 1804
and Culture. booking is advisable because the three different several years – was an indica- that alone, Mkhize has my re-
www.tatham.org.za
Enquiries and bookings: Domy musical styles didn’t meld. The tion of how much the event spect. But most importantly, in
People are encouraged to visit Cortes 031 208 9430 / 073 719 acoustics in the circular gallery had been missed, “isn’t it great a province in which ethnic and
a selection of Durban’s premier 0444 / domy@saol.com. sent the sounds flying around to have it back” being the cultural divisions continue to
SEND YOUR SHOW galleries through an “art gallery Detailed info / online booking
LISTINGS TO: the room’s domed structure. evening’s mantra. remain central parts of the vo-
trail”. Members of the public on www.pubmat.co.za And a big whole in the middle A week earlier, I’d been a cabularies of many politicians,
will be able to park their cars of the room didn’t really help few hundred metres away at his words – and hopefully his
SHOW@ARTTIMES.CO.ZA in Glenwood and hop on the Free Saturday Durban art gal- to gather rapport between the the ICC, where the Heritage actions – can only help to heal
specially-decorated free Art leries bus entertainers and the audience, Awards ceremony was being our culture and broaden the
Bus at the KZNSA Gallery Leaves KZNSA Gallery 9am who were also blocked from held and where six South language of our arts.
which leaves the gallery at 9am Returns mid afternoon each other by a group of super- African creative talents – some
every Saturday. It will travel styled models posed in picture- famous, some less so – were re- Photo: Christopher Laurenz
SA BUSINESS ART | OCTOBER 2009 PAGE | 09

Taken with the opening of FIVE.


From left to right: Jo-Marie Rabe, Christina Bryer, Lyn Smuts,
Leon Vermeulen, Katherine Glenday and Piér Rabe

The approaching storm, Robert Macintosh (Jnr)

Tracy Payne: Rooikanol- From the Cape Chakras series


Michael Stevenson

The show curated by Simon Njami, founding editor of Revue Noir and curator
Us of Africa Remix, and Bettina Malcomess, a writer and artist. The show takes
Us is a show of new work by younger and more established local and international artists around the theme of group identity, whether nation, culture, class, gender, sexuality or race.

The showplace
is curatedat theNjami,
by Simon Johannesburg Art
founding editor of Revue Gallery,
Noir and Goethe
curator of Africa Institute,
Remix, and Bettina Malcomess, aas well
writer as Pro Helvetia,
and artist.
The show takes place at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, in partnership with the generous support of the Goethe Institute, as well as Prohelvetzia, and the Goodman Gallery at the Goodman
Goodman
Gallery Project Gallery
space at Arts on Main. at the GoodmanGallery Project space at Arts on Main.
See Press release below

Top to bottom“Montparnasse” by Aldo Balding


Top: Brett Baileys opening piece| Annabell Lebethe CEO National Marlene Dumas and Gavin Young photo that is included at the Leonora van StadenThe Dream 2009 From the show: Recovery A selectio
Arts Council, Advocate Brenda Madumise, Chair National Arts History Show at UCA Gallery, Observatory, CT. works by various artists 23 September – 17 October 2009 upstairs at 34
Trust and friend| Minister of Art and Culture Ms Lulu Xingwana See www.urbancontemporaryart.co.za for more details. Long Fine Art Recovery showcases new talent, handpicked by 34Long,
giving key note address| Crowd scene, and below, a panelists. alongside work by some well-known artists with whom the Gallery has
long been associated. http://vgallery.co.za/34long/recovery/ind.htm
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The Oyster Box’s Art Collection


- a tribute to KZN known and aspiring artists
Following two years of resourcefulness of KZN.The four years. and won bronze medals in the
meticulous planning, delicate collection is a colourful visual Comrades Marathon in 1986,
craftsmanship and time-hon- description of the traditional The seven paintings by 1987 and 1988. He attended the
ouring restoration, one of folk tales, myths and daily lives African Art Centre’s Velobala
South Africa’s architectural of the people of KZN and gives WELCOME DANCA Art Classes from 1994 to 1997
treasures, the Oyster Box us an insight into life in their are painted with more realism and studied fine art at the
opens its elegant, timeless, communities. Their narrative and illustrate daily activities Durban Institute of Technology
welcoming doors once more style is of vital importance in such as work, hair-braiding and for one year.
on 1 October 2009. understanding South African communicating. He also has
history and specifically Zulu a quiet humour, most promi- The collection includes four
The Oyster Box Hotel will culture. Story-telling as a nently seen in his painting paintings by
once again be part of South means of transferring knowl- TV is Rare in the Countryside SIYABONGA SIKOSANA
Africa’s most treasured history edge and skills from generation which shows a group of chil- which continue the tradition
by recalling and re-igniting to generation is an inherent dren gathered in a doorway in a of township art. There is one
precious memories of the past part of Zulu culture, as is im- village watching television. He work by THEMBA SIWELA,
- it also sets the stage for a mediately apparent in these was born in Umlazi, KwaZulu- also in the township tradition
celebration and tribute to the paintings. In doing so, these Natal, and studied graphic but with a strong awareness of
vibrant people and culture of chosen aspiting artists will design at the Durban Institute cartoons. A work by MESHAC
KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and receive exposure to the many of Technology and with Trevor THULANI MBOKAZI, born in
South Africa. There’s no better South African and international Makhoba for four years. His 1979 in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Na-
way to convey and encapsulate guests that visit the hotel. They hope is that by painting the tal, takes this genre into a rural
this than through the medium will also heighten awareness traditional Zulu way of life, landscape.
and expression of art. of the distinctive creativity and its customs and ceremonies,
resourcefulness of KZN. people will gain an apprecia- As he writes about his painting
The Oyster Box’s Art Collec- tion and understanding of Zulu in the collection: “My artwork,
tion brings together a vibrant The collection will continue culture. in oil paint on canvas, shows
and exciting tradition of to evolve. There are already a rural sub-township where
paintings by contemporary over 80 selected paintings in beauty is appreciated in a
Zulu-speaking artists in KZN the hotel’s collection by 14 The eighteen paintings by strange manner. An elderly man
into this iconic setting. The KZN artists. At first glance, the JOSEPH MANANA illustrate appreciates a young, beautiful
hotel’s owners have always paintings with their bold col- his amazing flair for pattern lady by touching her hand; he
been patrons and collectors of ours often appear playful, witty and design. His themes are reflects that he still has human-
contemporary South African and optimistic, yet many of daily occurrences and myths in ity even though he is ageing,
art. In 2003 they established the them simultaneously reflect on traditional Zulu life. His acute and kissing her hand shows that
annual Tollman Award for the socially sensitive issues such as sense of colour and rhythmic although he is old he can still
Visual Arts, in which a grant health, HIV/AIDS, democracy compositions bring his subjects love. The whole artwork re-
is given directly to a young and teen pregnancy. to life, with vibrantly patterned flects harmony and interaction
artist who has received critical fabrics and stylised landscapes. in a community, with the stall
recognition, but is hampered by The collection has been curated He tenderly portrays his sub- women gossiping and laughing
finances in realising the poten- by Yvette Dunn from Durban jects, be they dancers, babies, at the sight of the lovely lady
tial of their work. The hotel’s and Michael Stevenson in Cape chiefs or a daughter asking her who keeps herself beautiful.”
art collection is an extension of Town. Many of the painters mother for advice. He often
this commitment and reflects whose work is represented in plays with the scale of figures
the property’s principled belief the Oyster Box Collection were in relation to the landscape ZWAKELE GUMBI,
in the support of the local com- encouraged by the African – two children are larger than a born in 1973 in Estcourt,
munity as a part of its pioneer- Art Centre which has offered baby elephant, and a frog is the KwaZulu-Natal, also gently ob-
ing vision for the hotel’s role Saturday art classes to aspiring same size as a person. Manana serves the world that surrounds
in sustainable tourism and painters, called the Velobala was born in 1964 in Weenen him. After leaving school, he
conservation. Group, since 1994. The late in KwaZulu-Natal, and studied received excellent training
Trevor Makhoba (1956-2003) fine art at what is now the Dur- from Fay Halsted-Berning of
The collection is a colourful also inspired many of these ban Institute of Technology for Ardmore, who taught him the
visual description of the tradi- artists. He was well-known for three years from the age of 36. finer points of painting. In his
tional folk tales, myths and dai- his controversial, socially criti- own words, his painting in the
ly lives of the people of KZN cal narrative painting style, the collection depicts “a happy
and gives us an insight into life influence of which can be seen In the ten paintings by couple watching animals at
in their communities. Their in the works of Sibusiso Duma SIPHIWE ZULU, the artist of- the zoo. The interaction or
narrative style is of vital impor- and Welcome Danca who were fers us poetic reflections on the relationship between the two is
tance in understanding South his students from 1993 to 2003. essence of life. His abstracted a result of their pure, deep and
African history and specifically fields of dots are in a Pointillist abiding love for one another.
Zulu culture. Story-telling as a style of his own and combine In this picture there is also an
means of transferring knowl- There are 20 paintings by text and image. He depicts con- element of giving and receiving
edge and skills from generation SIBUSISO DUMA cepts and ideas such as ‘change between the two lovers. This is
to generation is an inherent in the collection. His quiet is pain’, ‘the crossroads of life’, portrayed by the ceramic gift
part of Zulu culture, as is im- paintings are metaphors for ‘a U-turn’, and quirky subjects which the boyfriend is giving
mediately apparent in these daily life and are distinctive including the sideways walk of to his girlfriend, which symbol-
paintings. In doing so, these and simple in conception, with a crab! He was born in 1961 in izes their love for one another.
chosen aspiring artists will one or two figures situated in Lamontville, KwaZulu-Natal, The animals in the background
receive exposure to the many a landscape and sky depicted and after leaving school has also reflect the qualities of be-
South African and international in flat bands of colour. He was held various jobs as a machine ing cared for, and interaction.”
Artists Sibusiso Duma, Kzwakele Gumbi and Joseph Manana guests that visit the hotel. They born in Durban in 1978 and is operator, mechanic’s assist-
will also heighten awareness self-taught aside from some ant and petrol attendant. He is
of the distinctive creativity and guidance from Makhoba over a seasoned marathon runner

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Top six images from Red Eye, Durban. Top left image: Peter Machen, Gabi Brown and Tamlyn Martin Photo: Christopher Laurenz.

Visitors to the Spring Baardskeerdersbos Art Route with Art Route guest artist: Hanneke Benade (in pink cap) “Reach” by Lionel Smit
PAGE | 12 ART AUCTIONS SA BUSINESS ART | OCTOBER 2009

Sensation Sells
By Jo-Marie Rabe reliable and a world media that unintentionally save-guarding Needless to say that on the
needs mad-figure stories to sell its players against the ebb and night of the auction, all eyes
On the 8th of December an their product. Until more or flow of fashion buying and were on these four works. The
important Rembrandt paint- less a year ago, plenty of sensa- making it an attractive proposi- room had its usually highs and
ing will be on offer at the Old tional press releases came out tion. Who knows? lows with the usual punters and
Masters sale at Christie’s, of the contemporary art scene. telephone bidders battling it
London. Portrait of a Man, At least, that was the case up Local scene out for supremacy. Nothing out
Half-Length, With His Arms until Lehman Brothers filed for In October 2007 four rare and of the ordinary. That is until,
Akimbo was painted in 1658. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protec- important South African Old about ten minutes before the
The period signifies one during tion in September 2008 and the Master works came under the much talked about lots were to
which Rembrandt the artist was contemporary art market went hammer at the Cape Town be auctioned, a group consist-
at his pinnacle, but Rembrandt into free fall. Prices for some branch of Stephan Welz and ing of several (I have forgotten
the man, quite down and out. contemporary art has lost up Co. (then in association with the exact number, but not the
Having declared bankruptcy to 60% of its value this year Sotheby’s). effect it had) unfamiliar but
two years before, 1658 was the alone. The five portaits of Xhosa magnificently dressed men
year in which he had to sell chiefs were painted between and women walked into the
his house and move his studio. A frantic scramble for a straw 1847 and 1853 by Frederick room. One of the men bought
Arms Akimbo was one of only to clutch resulted in the reas- Timpson I’Ons (1802 - 1887), both lots. As the gavel hit the
two works done during that sessment of the Old Master a portrait and landscape painter podium, they got up (as one)
tumultuous year. category. This previously from Islington, England. He and walked out. It felt like a
The pre-sale estimate is ₤18m lacklustre and un-newsworthy settled in Grahamstown in statement.
– ₤25m. Everyone is hoping market was holding up – Halle- 1834. The painting of Chief The buyer was Chief Fadama.
for ₤25m. It could easily fetch lujah! Attention: calling all spin Mqhayi (lot 385) was done in He acted on behalf of the
that amount. It has the right doctors, there is work to be 1847. Lot 384 consisted of four Xhosa King, King Zanesizwe
provenance (a paper trail reach- done. During the last few years portraits of four Xhoza Chiefs. Sandile the sixth and a direct
ing right back to year dot), a (after the recovery of the 1990 The portrait of Chiefs Sandile, descendant of Chief Maqoma.
famous seller (not Hello maga- fall-out) the face (and motiva- Maqoma, Siyolo and Phato In an interview with Die
zine material, but American tion) of the contemporary art were commissioned by Sir Burger Chief Fadama said (my
collector Barbara Johnson is a collector has changed. Hedge- George Cathcart, then governor translation) “It is an insult to us
well-known player in the world fund managers merely propped of the Cape Colony, in order that these works are sold like
of art), a good story (you prices for famous pop stars and to capture “the visages of the animals. The King told me to
know, the finger-wagging look- mighty industrialists, resulting savages”. buy the paintings. Price is not
what-happens-when-a-genius- in speculative behavior that is Not discounting I’Ons’s artistic an issue.” Pride has no price.
has-to-file-for-bankruptcy! currently undergoing severe merit, it is in fact this painstak-
one) and most importantly of correcting phase. ing “capturing” of the scenes Judging from the discrepancy
all, a massive media campaign and peoples he painted that has between the estimated values
behind it. Old Master collectors, on the contributed to his status as one and the prices realized it seems
The last time this amount of other hand, are deeply com- of South Africa’s Old Masters. as if there were many other
press was offered to a piece mitted but mostly unknown. In the case of the four chiefs, potential buyers. The group
of art was during the build-up Well not always. Last year Jeff I’Ons attention to dress and of 4 was estimated at R30
to the sale of Mark Rothko’s Koons bought a 16th Cen- demeanor yields a document 000 – R50 000 and realized
White centre (yellow, pink and tury wood carving by Tilman all the more important for pre- R260 000; the portrait of Chief
lavender on rose) - but that was Riemenschneider and Damien dating photographic representa- Mqhayi, estimated at R20 000
Rothko at ₤37,4m in 2007, a Hirst apparently also collects tion. To academia these works – R 30 000 was sold for R280
year before the fall. Old Masters. Old Master col- represent an extremely valuable 000.
It is the first time in decades lectors still seem to aspire to source of ethnographic refer- These Old Masters did perform
that an old master is attract- connoisseurship – a concept ence. But to a large contingent wonderfully and attracted the
ing such attention. Does the scorned by many for its build- of South Africans the value of type of attention that other
painting warrant it? For sure, in suggestion of elitist privilege these works were much more sectors of the market are pining
but that is not the reason for the and stuffy clubbyness.Yet, than referential. Before the sale for. Now it is just a matter of
furore (it never is, is it?). perhaps it is exactly the knowl- murmurs were heard from vari- looking to the future to see if
The origin of the hype is edge based decision making ous groups about the desirabil- this was a one-off occurrence
slightly more sinister – what’s and protected environment that ity of selling items of cultural or the beginning of a local
at play here is an industry’s has caused this market not to importance on public auction. trend as well.
needs to re-establish itself as grow beyond it’s own capacity,

Bonhams refused export licences on four works


By Michael Coulson Harry Potter saga), and an early not even mentioned in Audrey Dumbleton for R10 900. in Cape Town. They will, Culverwell says this is not the
work by Gerald Sekoto, Boy Beerman’s 1993 work, Painting These two offerings are both however, avoid the 14% export first time Bonham’s has been
London auction house With Yellow Cap. in SA. According to Grania estimated at GBP2 000-GBP3 Vat. The four pictures will be refused an export licence.
Bonham’s has been refused Ogilvie’s Dictionary of SA 000, so even if he is seldom on show at the Everard Read
export licences for four Bowler’s depictions of Painters & Sculptors, he was seen they are hardly national gallery, Jo’burg, from next An iconic Preller in its previous
pictures on offer at its sale of early British colonial SA are born in 1896 in George and treasures. Monday. show was refused an export
SA art in London on October major items of Africana, and died in 1966 in Cape Town. He licence and promptly sold for
13/14. They are a Thomas Bonham’s SA agent Penny studied in London and Paris The bar does not mean that the Other lots can already be seen three times the estimate, which
Bowler view of Adderley St, Culverwell says export licences and lived variously in SA and works have been withdrawn on Bonham’s web site. she half-seriously hopes may
two portrait paintings by the are routinely refused for works Europe, finally settling in SA from the sale, but success- be a happy augury for this sale.
little-known Bertram Dumb- painted by Sekoto before he in 1938. ful buyers will have to pay The printed catalogue arrived
leton (not to be confused with left for Paris. But the bar on for them in Rand through a in SA late last week and is now
a well-known character in the Dumbleton is surprising. He is In 2006, Bonham’s sold a specified lawyer’s trust account being distributed.

Results of Strauss & Co’s Johannesburg Auction


By Michael Coulson star names. It also adopted the buyer’s premium) for No 15, 000). Villa was in fact the most bursary fund were sold, raising W H Coetzer , Otto Klar (both
common international practice estimated at R500 000-R700 represented artist, with 10 works a disappointing R42 000. four sold), Cecil Skotnes and
Second auction of this week of splitting the sale into two, 000) and R835 000 for No 14 on offer, all of which sold. Just two items reached R100 Piet van Heerden (both three
understandably fell well short with lesser works consigned to (est R400 000-R600 000). The He was followed by Hugo 000: R106 000 for a David sold).
of the new house’s much hyped an afternoon sale. cover lot, a composition by Naude (five sold out of eight), Botha landscape (est R75 The overall gross for both ses-
maiden venture, but they con- There were 136 SA lots in the Maggie Laubser, was the run- Carl Buchner (three of six sold), 000-R100 000), and R100 000 sions was R23.5m, just within
firm that the market for SA art main evening sale, of which 99 ner-up price, at R891 000 (R700 and five each from David Botha for a Tinus de Jongh landscape the range of R23m-R33m,
is still reasonable, and certainly (73%) were sold, with a gross 000-R900 000), while among (four sold), Ruth Everard-Haden (R100 000-R150 000). A Frans though excluding the buyer’s
top the intervening sale at rival of fractionally over R20m just lots to go well over estimate and Laubser (both all sold). Oerder pencil drawing went for premium would bring the take
Stephan Welz & Co (Swelco) topping the minimum estimate were Alexis Preller’s Primav- R95 000 (R50 000-R80 000) down to about R21m.
(no longer in association with of R19.2m. In testament to the era Profile at R724 000 (R400 The difference in the two ses- and two lots on R78 000 were
Sotheby’s!) quality of the selection, all 12 000-R600 000) and Anton Van sions is well illustrated in an another Botha landscape (R80 The sale room focus now shifts
the top estimates (ranging from Wouw’s sculpture Shangaan, average minimum estimate 000-R100 000) and Terence to Cape Town, with Strauss &
No doubt Strauss pulled out a low low of R350 000 to a high at R501 000 (R350 000-R450 of R17 400 in the afternoon, McCaw’s Libertas (the cover Co on October 8, including sev-
all the stops to reap the cream high of R900 000) were sold, 000). against R141 000 for the main lot, R40 000-R60 000). eral major Sterns and Laubsers,
of the crop for its maiden sale, mostly comfortably within their body. The sales ratio of the 215 All seven Erich Mayers sold two Tretchis and the collection
but it made a virtue of this by estimates. Also notable were another consigned lots was 78%, with and five of the six Gregoire of the late Leslie Milner. On
emphasising the inclusion this Most pleasing were two interior Laubser, Fishing Boats, at R579 a gross of R3.4m, 91% of the Boonzaaiers, but only two of October 20 and 21, the Swelco
time of important works by scenes by Freida Lock, one 000 (R500 000-R700 000) and minimum estimate of R3.75m. the six Walter Battisses. Five Cape sale has major works by
artists who are highly respected of which was the only item to Edoardo Villa’s Masai Warrior Sadly, only two of the five extra lots each were by Errol Boyley, Pieter Wenning, Stanley Pinker,
but often overshadowed by the top R1m: R1.003m (including at R646 000 (R600 000-R800 lots offered on behalf of a Tuks Robert Hodgins (both all sold), Pierneef and Preller.
The South African Sale
13 & 14 October 2009
London
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+44 (0) 20 7468 8213 Ripe Fields Bonhams
hannah.oleary@bonhams.com oil on canvas 101 New Bond Street
Estimate: ZAR 2,000,000 - 2,500,000 London W1S 1SR
(£150,000 - 200,000) www.bonhams.com/sasale

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Stephan Weltz & Co.


Upcoming Auction: Tuesday 20 October 09
For more information as well as download the catalogue at www.swelco.co.za

An iconic J.H. Pierneef titled artist’s mature style, featuring in the Chinese section is a
‘The Baobab, Bushveld, a dynamic composition in a Chinese green- glazed pottery
Messina’ (pre-sale estimate symphony of bushveld hues. model of a Grain Storage Jar
R2 400 000-2 800 000) is the The mighty tree straddles the (R8 000-10 000) dating from
highlight of Stephan Welz landscape with assured grace the Han Dynasty 206BC-
& Company (Pty) Limited’s and gravity, its ancient form 220AD. One of the highlights
Spring auction. The sale will marrying both earth and sky.” from the English ceramic ses-
take place on 20 & 21 October In addition to this monumental sion is a pair of Staffordshire
in the Old Mutual Conference work, Hunter draws attention two-handled vases and covers,
Centre at Kirstenbosch Botani- to other South African mas- circa 1820 (R12 000-15 000).
cal Gardens, Cape Town. The terworks on the sale including Works of Art include a pair of
pre-sale viewing, which is open Ethel Ruth Prowse’s ‘A View Italian marble and gilt-metal
to the public, runs from 16 of St George’s Cathedral’ figures of Allegorical Putti
through 18 October. (R140 000-180 000), Pieter (R20 000-30 000) from the
Wenning’s lush ‘Geboue Met 19th Century and a fine Chi-
Shona Robie, Manager of the Bome’ (R600 000-800 000), nese Mughal-style white-jade
Cape Town Office and Head of a late period Irma Stern titled teapot and cover (R9 000-12
Ceramics, comments that the ‘After the Storm, Alicante’ 000). The teapot, originally
sale is comprised of a strong (R1 800 000-2 200 000) which part of the Brownlow Collec-
cross-section of Decorative and showcases Stern’s strong sense tion, was sold by Christies in
Fine Arts items and that “in ad- of design and colour mastery, 1984.
dition to the majestic ‘Baobab’ an early Alexis Preller titled
and other show-stopping South ‘Still Life with African Head Viewing:
African paintings, collectors of and Horse Skull’ (R1 200 000- Friday 16 October
decorative art will not be disap- 1 600 000) dating from the end ‘The Baobab, Bushveld, essina’ (pre-sale estimate R2 400 000-2 800 000) 10am till 8pm
pointed by the rich variety of of WW2 and Stanley Pinker’s Saturday 17 October
works. These include, amongst languorous rendering of a 10am till 3pm
many others, a Celestial Globe sunbathing couple in ‘Suntan’ scholarship in Skotnes’ name Furniture collectors will vie for (R35 000-45 000). Sunday 18 October
by Johann Bernhard Bauer of (R300 000-400 000). at the Michaelis School of Fine an 18th century stinkwood peg- The tradition of great crafts- 10am till 5pm
Nuremburg (R7 000-9 000) Art. top table (R15 000-20 000) and manship is well represented by
and a seductive aquamarine There is also a unique invest- a fine Cape yellowwood and the cross-section of ceramics Auction:
Venini ‘A Bollicine’ glass vase ment opportunity in ‘Homage’ According to Anton Welz of stinkwood jonkmanskas (R25 on offer. Enthusiasts are spoilt Tuesday 20 October
by Carlo Scarpa (R40 000-60 (R40 000-60 000), a print the Furniture Department, dis- 000-35 000).” Welz goes with a selection of works from Session 1 10am
000)”. portfolio created in memory cerning collectors who desire on to say that English furniture around the globe. Some of the Session 2 2.30pm
of Cecil Skotnes. This project signature pieces to complete stalwarts will be delighted with oldest pieces on offer include Session 3 7pm
“ ‘The Baobab’ was origi- has brought together some of a home or collection will not a fine Regency rosewood writ- a collection of Pre-Columbian
nally sold by the company South Africa’s most prominent be disappointed. “A covetable ing table (R40 000-60 000), wares. One such example is a Wednesday 21 October
in the late 1980s and we are contemporary artists including Egg Chair and Ottoman (R75 an English Longcase clock by Moche Vessel in the form of Session 4 10am
delighted to again be offering William Kentridge and Peter 000-85 000) designed by Arne Thomas Page of Norwich circa a Seated Feline (R12 000-15
this work ,” Ian Hunter, Head Clarke. The proceeds from the Jacobsen executed in 2000 is 1780 (R20 000-25 000) and 000) dated circa 200BC-
of Paintings. “ ‘The Baobab’ is sale of the portfolio will go included in the contemporary a George IV mahogany and 700AD executed during the
a masterwork; executed in the towards the establishing of a furniture session while Cape inlaid extending dining table Pre-Classical period. Included

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Strauss & Co.


Upcoming Auction: Thursday 08 October 09
For more information as well as download the catalogue at www.straussart.co.za

The Milner Art Collection the dust-jacket and frontis-


piece of the book Wolf Kibel
by Freda Kibel and Neville
Leslie Milner, was born in sculptor and poet of Polish
Dubow. It has been described
Lithuania in 1927 and moved to origin who lived above his
by the late Professor Neville
South Africa with his family at small factory in Hatfield Street.
Dubow as “ ….a remarkable
the age of six. After matricu- Disner was also an art dealer
statement whose emotional
lating in 1948, he joined the and, through him, Leslie was
content is carried as much by
family business, ”Milly’s”, and introduced to the leading Cape
its overall treatment as by the
embarked upon a career defined artists of the time. He would
characterisation of the face.
by industry and innovation. sometimes accept art in lieu of
The painted area corresponding
Over the course of the next dec- rent and purchased some of his
to the sitter’s shirt is composed
ades he travelled extensively, finest paintings from Disner,
of great rivers of broken white
pioneering many areas of South including important works by
interspersed with tiny spatter-
African foods. He established Maggie Laubser, Paul du Toit
ings of local colour, the whole
a frozen food plant, a pickled and Maurice van Essche, but
bifurcated by the red gash of a
cucumber factory and South his first acquisition was notably
tie. Its effect is one of an up-
Africa’s first smoked salmon Irma Stern’s Still life with Tiger
ward surge of nervous energy
factory which, in addition to Lilies and a Melon. His wife re-
capped and stilled by the face.
supplying the local market, calls how furious she was with
It is a compelling image.
exported to Germany, Australia him when he brought the paint-
If one wants, one can already
and Canada under the name of ing home, as they still had no
read into it the premonition of
“King Solomon”. Following curtains or chairs. He formed
the death mask. It assumes a
the sale of the ‘Milly’s’ chain in enduring ties within the art
cast which is at once quizzical,
1984, he relocated to Johan- world, including with Gerard
shrewd, even gently self-mock-
nesburg. Five years later, Leslie Sekoto who he often visited in
ing. It is a brave man’s view of
and his wife, Dorothy, pur- Paris. Leslie did not speculate
himself. No touch of self-pity
chased a small factory called in art. He trusted his instincts
softens its awareness. Instead
New York Bagels in London’s and made choices motivated
there is the barest hint of a
Kentish Town which grew to by the sheer enjoyment his col-
swagger, but no sooner mooted
become a leading producer of lection provided. Consequently
than turned into a shrug.’
fresh and frozen bagels. This many of these paintings have
became the namesake for the never been seen outside the
Lot 285
landmark deli and bakery in circle of Milner’s family and
Sea Point, once the location friends. He was well-known
Wolf Kibel
of an old Milly’s store, which for his pioneering work in the
SOUTH AFRICAN 1903-1938
they opened upon their return to food industry, but many people
South Africa. will be surprised to discover his
Self Portrait
passion for art.
oil on canvas laid down on
Leslie Milner’s interest in art He passed away in March 2009
A highly important self portrait & Co. in their inaugural Cape as one of the icons of South board, 43 by 39,5cm
was stimulated in the 1950s, after a short illness at the age
by South African artist, Wolf Town auction on 8 October African art and is featured
when he met Solly Disner, a of 81.
Kibel, is to be sold by Strauss 2009. This work is regarded prominently in literature and on R500 000 – 600 000

Irma Stern Irma Stern


SOUTH AFRICAN 1894-1966 SOUTH AFRICAN 1894-1966

Still Life with Dahlias Carla

signed and dated 1930 signed and dated 1944, inscribed with the title, the artist’s name and address on the stretcher
oil on canvas, 92 by 67cm oil on canvas, 55 by 49,5cm
R3 500 000 – 5 000 000 R2 500 000 – 3 500 000
The South African Print Gallery
Presents the

ARTTHROB PRINT EDITION


including a brand new Robert Hodgin’s Print. Artists include: Guy Tillim, Mikhael Subotzky, Penny Siopis, David Goldblatt, Williem Boshoff more.

Extended until 17 October 2009


107 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town www.printgallery.co.za

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