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Archive: Issue No. 43, March 2001

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Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers
T.W. (Virus)
wood and chevron tape
1.8m X 1.8m X 1.8m, 1999
from 'Bodies of Resistance' at the NSA last year

Something to ask? A comment to make on ArtThrob? Email us at All queries answered by Paul Edmunds, Feedback Editor.

From: Cleo Theron
Subject: Sculptor Angus Taylor
Date received: March 20

Can you give me more information on Angus Taylor, the sculptor featured in your October, 1999 archives? He had an exhibit at the Open Window Contemporary Art Gallery dated 19.10.99. I was hoping to see more of his sculptures online. Does he have a current exhibit?

Cleo, I don't know much about his work at all. If you haven't already done so, try the site's Search Engine. Failing that I suggest you contact the Open Window on (012) 347-1740 or mail them at

From: Karen Gale
Subject: Interested in subscription
Date received: March 13

I am a SA citizen, currently studying fine art in London. I would like to know how I can subscribe to ArtThrob since I would like to stay in touch with South African art. Can you help me, possibly send me an example of your magazine??
many thanx
Karen Gale

Although a print version of ArtThrob is in the planning stage, it will not be launched for another few months. When it is, it will be published once every two months, and will be available through subscription. Until then, keep checking the online version. Your name will be added to the list of people interested in the new print version, and we will keep you informed.

From: Matyas Kovacs
Date received: March 13

Hello I am Matyas Kovacs from Hungary.
I would like to ask you if you can to find Belinda Blignaut (South African artist) If you have any information about BELINDA or can you make a contact with her, my address.:
With Special thanks: Kovacs Matyas

4th. Organisation D.C.
Address.:42st. Damjanich

Belinda Blignaut can be reached at

Subject: art project
Date received: March 13

Checked out website. Insufficient info. on Julia Teale "Bitter Fruit"- please forward info. regarding painting as well as "background" info on artist.

Thanx in advance
Alicia Kay

We pass on information if we have it, but do not do research on behalf of readers. Doesn't Julia Teale teach at the University of Cape Town? Why don't you ask her yourself?

From: Corne Bekker
Subject: Submission for artist of the year - 2000
Date received: March 12

One cannot help but to miss the name of Kendell Geers amongst your list of artists of the year (2000). It is sad to see that the recent impressive accomplishments of this important South African artist this last year have gone largely unnoticed in his own home country (and especially in a publication like ArtThrob). One can only consider some of his international exhibitions this year (to great critical acclaim) to start to comprehend his contribution not only to the international art arena but also to the growing awareness of South African art in the world. The following international exibitions (to mention a few that took place during 2000) of Geers' work serve to illustrate the above:

    "Strange Fruit, 2000" in Rathaus
    "Timbaktu" in the Mak-Gallery in Vienna, Austria
    "Arte all' Arte" in Volterra, Italy
    "Title Withheld (Harakiri)" in Matsunoyama
We rely on ArtThrob for up to date information on art and artists in South Africa. Thank you your excellently produced and erudite publication. We look forward to the future printed editions of ArtThrob.

Corné Bekker

ArtThrob has a high regard for the work of Kendell Geers, and would list his exhibitions and carry pictures of his work if we knew about them, but as in the case of all the listings and news we carry, we are reliant on receiving information and images from an outside source.

From: Denise
Subject: gumboots video
Date received: March 12

I am a graduate student researching gumboot dance and I am interested in the video featured in your article on line. How can I get a copy?


- I am forwarding your email to Robert Weinek who was the producer of Channel, the exhibition of video art on which the gumboots video entitled My Boy is a Beautiful Girl by Joachim Schonfeldt appeared, and he will respond to you.

From: Monya Kilian
Subject: Competitions
Date received: February 26

It would be really nice if ArtThrob could give coverage and information on all the annual art competitions that run in South Africa.


Monya, if you keep your eyes on Exchange you will see that most of the major competitions and details crop up on there regularly. A comprehensive annual list of all the country's competitions is a good idea, but with all annual changes in dates, sponsorship, prizes etc., it would never really be accurate.

From: James Hackley
Subject: Hargreaves Ntukwana original artwork
Date received: February 26

Greetings Fellow Art Lovers,

I recently purchased an "original" Hargreaves Ntukwana piece signed and dated 24/11/78. Unfortunately, this lovely work lacked any official paperwork to confirm its authenticity. Therefore, I've decided to check with my fellow art lovers in cyberspace to see if anyone can help.

The work in question can best be described as a boy with spray-paint. In fact, this piece seems to follow the "Boy with Bicycle Frame", "Boy with Bird", and "Boy with Whistle" series. Can anyone offer any additional information on this work related to authenticity, title of work, and estimated value?

Artfully Yours,
James Hackley

James, it's certainly not our field of expertise but hopefully someone out there can help you.

From: Keisha Mayhew
Subject: WOW!!!
Date received: February 20

What a stunning, stunning website - is class. Came about it by accident while looking for references for one our clients The African Art (, which highlights some of South Africa's top black artists and goes live this month. It's not a purely commercial site as it endeavors to promote international art relations. Please go visit the site and if possible review it.

Keisha Mayhew
Yellow Lizard Web Studio

Thanks for the kind words and good luck with your website.

From: Han
Subject: Your life and work
Date received: February 18

Can you please describe how you use memories in your work.

This email was addressed directly to the editor, Sue Williamson, who responded that she does not use her memories in her work, but that she suggests you read Kathryn Smith's review of Karin Preller's work in this issue for an artist who does deal with memory. Other artists also might like to respond.