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Goodman
Gallery sold
By Michael Coulson renown were on occasion forced
to pose as waiters when the
In the biggest development in the apartheid police came to sniff out
gallery world since Rand Merchant Communists and other subver-
Bank tycoon Paul Harris bought sive elements who, by Calvinist
into the Everard Read Gallery, definition, made up the bulk of the
control of Johannesburg’s other audience.
biggest and longest-established As the gallery’s Web site allitera-
gallery has changed hands. Linda tively says, its policy was to foster
Givon, who founded the Goodman the culture of the country despite
Gallery 40 years ago, has sold despotic duress. Post-1994, this
out to film producer (her credits has widened to embrace the
include Oscar winner Tsotsi), art promotion of SA artists internation-
consultant and serial entrepreneur ally. The Goodman is a private
Liza Essers. company (to be precise, it’s a
The sale was finally completed, closed corporation that is now
with money changing hands, in the converting into a Pty company) so
last week of May, after prolonged doesn’t publish results, but Givon
negotiations that are believed by indicated to me some years ago
insiders to have been so fraught that more than half her sales were
at times as to have come close to to foreign buyers.
being called off – which those who Artists fostered by Givon in those
have known Givon for decades early days include Judith Mason
will have no difficulty in believing. Dumile Feni, Sydney Khumalo and
Ezrom Legae. More recently she’s
The sale also includes the offshoot brought the likes of David Gold-
Givon established in Cape Town blatt, Moshekwa Langa, Kagiso
last year. Pat Mautloa, Mikhael Subotzky
and Nontsikelelo Veleko to interna-
The price has not been disclosed, tional attention. And though she
but Neil Dundas, senior curator didn’t “discover” William Kentridge
in the Johannesburg gallery, says – that honour belongs to Nadine
market talk of a figure between Gordimer’s husband, the late Re-
R50m-R100m is way off the mark. inhold Cassirer – his international
He points out that while the Good- éclat owes much to her.
man has accumulated a huge and Others who currently show there
valuable inventory over the years, include Deborah Bell, Robert Hod-
most of the works are held on con- gins, Penny Siopis, David Koloane
signment and remain the property (whose current exhibition contains
of the artists. some of his best work in years),
When Givon (nee Finger, Sam Nhlengethwa, Tracy Rose,
formerly Goodman) started out in Walter Oltmann, Diane Victor,
the 1960s, she had an inestimable Jeremy Wafer, Sue Williamson,
advantage: a wealthy family back-
ground. Her father owned most of
Clive van den Berg and Minette
Vari. Essers plans to meet all
One beautiful lady: from R 350K to R 3.74M in one night
Johannesburg’s leading private these, and the rest of the stable, to
hospitals. But she was no dilet-
tante: the gallery was never run on
assure them that it’ll be business
as usual. Tretchikoff joins the Blue Chip old South African Masters Club as
less than totally professional lines,
and from the outset she set out to At the time of writing, Essers and
The Fruits of Bali sells for 10 x pre- sale estimate for a staggering R 3. 74 M
find and encourage black artists at Givon are in Switzerland for Art
a time when most galleries stuck 39 Basel, the prestigious art fair
to the tried and true. at which Goodman is the only SA The South African art fraternity gasped in amazement as a Tretchikoff put on reserve for R300 000 sold for
The Goodman’s 1960s Sunday gallery invited.
night openings were legendary, R 3. 740 M at a Sothebys auction in Cape Town on 26th May. Everyone has their own version for the reason for
not least because black artists Continued on Page 2 this extraordinary auction result, which brings Russian born so-called “King of Kitsch” into line with icons of the
who later found international local art canon such as Irma Stern and Maggie Laubser. Story on Page 3
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Views expressed by writers and
opened in 2007 in the new trendy Woodstock art belt, subsequently Michael Stevenson and Bell- Roberts Gallery have moved to close proximity to the Goodman.

The Goodman sale
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news and marketing managers by the As well as showcasing a number corporate collectors in SA and Marlene Dumas. Other current its major rivals the gallery is exciting and challenging exhibi-
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by its readers. Opinions expressed in the
SA Art Times do not necessarily represent Brazil, on Art Unlimited, the major (2003 ongoing), the David project exhibition for the Nirox sculpture sudden shift of emphasis would casions; it doesn’t always work out
the official viewpoint of the editor, staff or curated exhibition at Basel. sponsored by Nedbank and The park. Located near the Cradle be possible, anyway. So far this so trouble-free.
publisher, while inclusion of advertising
features does not imply the newspaper’s Legacy group (2005) and, more of Mankind, the Nirox park, year the gallery has shown Alison Much of the value of a business
endorsement of any business, product or Givon, who is taking the opportu- recently, the Nirox International beautifully designed by top garden Kearney and Emily Stainer in a like the Goodman Gallery is the
service. Copyright of the enclosed mate-
rial in this publication is reserved.
nity to introduce Essers to major Artist’s Residency Programme, architect Patrick Watson, recently joint exhibition, the late Walter goodwill attached to the proprietor,
international contacts, says: “Liza established in 2007. hosted the latest exhibition by Battiss (whose whimsical Fook felt by both artists and clientele.
SUBSCRIPTIONS reminds me of myself at that age the evergreen sculptor in metal, Island fantasy, devised in conjunc- Essers plans to meet all the latter
and I feel very confident about Group exhibitions she has curated, Edoardo Villa. tion with Norman Catherine, was to reassure them. But clients
NAMIBIA handing over to her”. Essers will include Integrating Cultures (2003, a feature of the Goodman in the who’ve virtually grown up as
Call John at: also accompany Kentridge to the Cape Town), Faces to Names Essers intends to maintain the 1960s and 1970s), Rose and collectors with Givon may prove
Tel: +264 81 1286585 Sydney Biennale in mid-June and (2006, Johannesburg) and Shift Goodman’s reputation as a leading Goldblatt. Booked in the next few harder to keep on board.
Subotzky to his exhibition at MoMA (2007, Johannesburg, and Lon- contemporary art gallery. No ma- months are Hentie van der Merwe
ZIMBABWE in New York in September. don). The last-mentioned included jor changes in staff are planned, (July-August), Mautloa (August- The other question still stimulating
Gallery Delta Originally a management Kentridge, Nhlengethwa, Mautloa, the name will remain, and Givon September), Mulcaire (Septem- gossip is where the money’s com-
110 Livingstone Avenue, consultant with Accenture (for- and Claire Gavronsky, so she’s herself will stay on as a consultant ber-October) and Jeremy Wafer ing from. Rumour is that Essers is
Greenwood Park, Harare, merly Andersen Consulting), after already familiar to a number of the for three years. At least, that’s (October-November). being backed by a businessman
Tel/fax: (263-4) 792135 studying art in Florence, Essers Goodman stable. the intention, though it remains with a career in the financial serv-
ael@twinarts.co.zw shifted careers in 2003 to become to be seen how she adapts to no In typical PR speak, the official ices business neither as long nor
an independent art advisor and Essers recently initiated a large- longer being the mistress in her announcement says the gallery as distinguished as Paul Harris’s;
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Tretchikoff joins the local Blue Chip (Million) Masters Club KUNSGALERY
Art Investment writer value of Tretchikoff’s work. He said
Tretchikoff had been the first to
Balinese woman as the centre
piece is so striking and so beauti- All the others up sold well within JOHANS BORMAN
The South African art frater- realise that money could be made ful and the colours of the fruit glow their margins but I think this one
nity gasped in amazement as a
Tretchikoff put on reserve for
from prints and had the ability to
paint for the public in a way that
intensely. I don’t believe that this is
a flash in the pan price - I think we
exceeded all expectations be-
cause it is a picture that comfort-
FINE ART GALLERY
R300 000 sold for R3. 740 M made people feel important in that will see steadily increasing prices able embraces all the strongest
at a Sothebys auction in Cape they were able to understand the for Tretchikoff as long as they are elements of the artist’s visual
Town on 26th May. meaning of his work works of this kind of quality” vocabularly. Tretch was well know

Everyone has their own version for
Brooks believes that the price
achieved for The Fruits of Bali
An art auctioneer in Durban who
prefers to remain anonymous and
for his love of baroque exoticism,
glowing sensual colour, rich tropi-
CAPE TOWN
the reason for this extraordinary will result in a “total re-evalua- who has dealt often auctioned cal massing of fruits or flowers,
auction result, which brings Rus- tion” because it would be difficult original Tretchikoffs believes that black naked beauty of human
sian born so-called “King of Kitsch” for anyone to ignore the kind of this astonishing price was part of a form....it’s all in this picture.”
into line with august icons of the money that had been raised. scam to raise the asking price for
local art canon such as Irma Stern Tretchikoffs. (Art Times) Flash in the pan then,
and Maggie Laubser. Andries Loots of 34 Long Art a once off or a foretaste of what iis
Gallery in Cape Town has another “Everyone knows what Brett Keb- to come for Tretchikoff sellrs and
Both these venerable hallowed take on the high price. 34 Long ble did with his collection of Irma buyers of the future ?
females recently fetched what auctioned Trechikoff’s “Dying Sterns. He significantly raised
were considered record prices at Swan” two years ago just after the price of his Stern collection by Says Ian “Well, it is in my opinion
recent London auction houses. the artist died and got R300 000 having some of them auctioned an exception but I suppose we will
But stocky blonde inimitable Tretch for this famous painting. Andries and then bought for hugely inflated get owners of his works phoning
is enjoying what will probably be firmly believes that the Russians prices. In this way he dramatically us and demanding no less than 3
a whole series of last laughs from are buying heavily into art as are increased the asking price for her mil for their paintings ! We’re used
the grave as he considers how the Chinese. He does not think works. I think the same thing has to that. In the same sale we had
all his South African life time he that “Fruits of Bali” is all that great happened here. After all, why did a record price for an Alexander
was derided and resented by local a Tretchikoff work but this would the others on the auction go for Rose-Innes and for an Adriaan
art critics and snobs. All he ever not matter to the Russians. average prices - why just this one Boshoff. But as for Tretchikoff,
said of local opinion was “Bullshit for 10 times the estimate ?” it’s difficult to say: the barrier has
!” while his reputation grew ever “They are driving the art market The same art expert knows of the been broken now, anything can
greater world wide and his Chi- at present. The Russians think of well-know fan in Durban who is happen as far as we’re concerned. Hussein Salim, My People II
nese Girl became the best selling Tretchikoff as one of their own and reputed to have the largest collec- With Tretchikoff, both the art and
art print in history and continues they want his work back in Russia. tion of original Tretchikoffs in the the artist, you can never take
selling. There is enormous wealth there world, collected from the artist’s anything for granted”.
A showcase for the best of
now - money totally no object and earliest days when this Durban South African Masters,
Robert Brooks, Emiritus professor I believe that they will be looking man became an instant and undy- Ian confirmed that the painting had
and former head of Fine Art at for more Tretchies now. After all, ing fan of his work. been bought by a South African. as well as some leading
Rhodes University, said the R3.7- Tretch has always been bigger “I have been in touch with However the Art Times would like contemporary artists.
million sale trashed those critics anywhere else in the world but someone who knows him and this to not rule out that they could have
and academics who had “muttered here. Everyone shunned him here collector is totally ecstatic at the acted on a local or international
away” about Tretchikoff, whose as not being a truly South African Sotheby’s result - naturally.......” clients behalf. Telephone: 021 423 6075
work has previously been labelled artist but I reckon that his portraits
kitsch and lacking in substance. of some of our African tribesmen In quoting Ian Hunter of Sotheby’s Tretchikoff’s daughter Mimi, who www.johansborman.co.za
“He was accessible and he bright- and local people of colour are the Constantia Cape said: was approached by SA Art Times
ened people’s lives in the 1950s finest representations of the genre for comment regarding the results Mon-Fri: 10h00 - 18h00
and 1960s.” you can find in South Africa’. “We were all very surprised but of remarked in true Tretchi spirit Sat: 09h00 - 14h00
He explained the price leap as course extremely pleased when “about bloody time” or by appointment
being related to art investment be- Graham Britz of Grahams Fine Fruits of Bali achieved this record
ing in a “tremendously good way”. Art gallery, however, was loud in price over our estimate. We In Fin Art Building
He said there was “a lot of money praise of “Fruits of Bali” “I think pegged it at R300 000 because Upper Buitengracht Street, Cape Town 8001
floating around looking for things that this is an absolute classic, ww ecoud nt find a sale price for Cell: 082 566 4631
to buy” but he said people were iconic work by a master painter. Tretchikoff over R400 00 so we
also looking back and seeing the This is a definitive piece. The were abit of the conservative side. E-mail: art@johansborman.co.za
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(left) Artists Nico Eilers and Gavin du Plessis are not charmed by Laurens Barnard (right) of the Moustache Gallery, Stellenbosch.

Detail: Laubser, Maria Magdalena (1886 – 1973) “Landscape with Houses and Figures”.
Droopy moustaches over Stellenbosch art gallery
Oil on board, 50.8 x 43.2 cm. Signed “M Laubser” (lower/left)
Patrick Burnett money for work and he had only violence had settled down. He said he had another painting
THE MODERN A group of artists have accused
been paid in “little bits”, claiming
that he was owed nearly R10,000
Another artist, Julia Forman from
Durban, said she had sent two
that had to be sent Germany and
this was all that was outstanding.
PALIMPSEST: a Stellenbosch gallery owner of for oil paintings sold through the paintings to Barnard. With regards Eilers, he said he
ENVISIONING shoddy treatment, alleging that
they have been kept in the dark
gallery. “He sold one, but I have never
seen the money,” she said, say-
had sold one work and the others
had been picked up. “I don’t know
SOUTH AFRICAN about the sale of their work,
received sporadic payments and
Du Plessis said over the years he
had received poor treatment from
ing she believed she was owed
R2,500.
why he is complaining.”
As to Forman’s complaints, he
MODERNITY been unable to collect their work art galleries in general. said one of her paintings had been
when deciding to end their deal- “They think we owe them, but “It’s just the principle to not even sold and he was returning the
THE OPENING OF AN ings with the gallery. without us they would be selling know where you stand,” she said. other one.
EXHIBITION OF SOUTH scrap metal and vrot fish.” She said she had given Barnard
AFRICAN MASTERS The artists say they have had Another artist, mixed media sculp- three months until the end of April He said payments were slow
ongoing problems with the Mous- tor Nico Eilers, said by 2007 he and he had responded saying because people paid by credit
FROM 1853 ONWARDS. tache Gallery, situated in Church had become suspicious because he had called for an audit which card and these payments had to
The exhibition will conclude on the 29 August 2008.
For private viewings and appointments please contact
Street, Stellenbosch, and owned Barnard was full of “promises, would take three months. She said be cleared by banks. Sometimes
Graham Britz on 083 605 5000 by Laurens Barnard, an artist and promises”. she had therefore decided to give the banks reversed payments and
filmmaker. him “that grace”. so he had to make “double sure”
This year he said he had decided When contacted, Barnard said: “I before paying out.
Barnard, however, has hit back, “enough was enough” and he had have 70 artists, do you want me to
saying that only a minority of art- made an appointment in April to give you 25 happy people?” Barnard said he had sent an email
ists are unhappy with his gallery. get his work back, but when he He said there would always be to artists informing them that if
Shop 46, Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, Cnr.
Cedar & Valley Roads, Broadacres, Fourways.
He said he had invited artists had arrived at the gallery Barnard problems with artists. “Artists are they were not happy they were
Graham Britz 083 605 5000 who were unhappy to fetch their had not been there. emotional,” he said. welcome to collect their work, but
Sarah Keys 084 568 5639
Gallery 011 465 9192
work and only three artists had “I am considering taking legal only three artists had indicated
responded. action,” said Eilers, who said he Dealing with the specific com- they wanted their work back.
would talk to his lawyers once his plaints, he said he had made a -- WCN
One of the unhappy artists, Gavin work around helping refugees as sale for Du Plessis and had paid
www.grahamsfineartgallery.co.za du Plessis, said he was owed a result of the current xenophobic him “up to I think R20,000.”
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THIS MONTHS SHOW HIGHLITES SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

10 Green bottles, Installation, artist unknown. Photograph by Mary-Ann Orr (see article in next months SA Art Times) Sanell Aggenbach, Playboys, 2007. Digital print and mixed media. From upcoming show: Myth, Memory and the Archive 13
August – 19 September at Bell Roberts Gallery.. The show focuses on works that move toward experimental and new media,
as well as performance and installation. Archival concerns have always been a priority for printmakers.
For more info rmation see www.bell-roberts.com for more details

Sorry we are closed, work by Manfred Zylla who has just been selected
Hayden Proud curator of the Revisions+ Expanding the Narrative of South Afri-
for participation in the 10th Havana Biennale in Cuba next year. Zylla will
can Art at a book launch of the exhibition catalogue at The Stellenbosch Modern
be exhibiting at the Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town until 28 June.
and Contemporary art gallery (SMAC).

Nick Cave- Soundsuit . Found, beaded and sequined hand-sewn garments, manne- As part of their live-arts programme - the Sandton Central Open Street Sessions Johan Thom shows the video projection Bind/Ontbind as “a metaphor for the constant
quin, metal armature 254 x 66 x 35.6cm Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York - the infamous Gerard Bester will feature on the sidewalks of Sandton Central with a processes of decay and of regeneration [which] may disfigure us, but whenever we
As seen at Disguise The art of attracting and deflecting attention show at Michael performance at 13h00 on 16th and 17th May 2008. The act forms part of the Spier attempt to replace them with new systems of thought we are in fact simply disfiguring
Stevenson Gallery until 5 July. Contemporary programme of visual art performed live in Johannesburg starting on May ourselves anew Three new exhibitions, a radical performance and an effort to save the
14, and promises to be an unforgettable outdoor theatre experience. world. 13 May at KZNSA Gallery, Durban.
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