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MONTHLY ISSUE #67 MAR 2003
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Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons An iconic 'Pink Panther being rescued by fair maiden' ceramic sculpture by Jeff Koons

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Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin (UK)
Dion, 2002
Photograph

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Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim
On the road between Mazar-I-Sharif and Kabul, Afghanistan, 1996

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Sandile Goje

Sandile Goje
Walking to the other side of town
polymer print in black
Paper size:28.5 x 25.5cm
Image size: 16.2 x 16.4cm
2002
Edition: 20

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Alan Alborough

Alan Alborough
Split Decision [2002], 2002
Installation view, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

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Angela Buckland

Angela Buckland
Kruger's Day, Brand Road, Durban (1994)
colour print
305mm x 406mm

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STANDBY

THIS WEEK:

The South African artworld was shocked by the recent death of Nhlanhla Xaba, the 1998 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner. Xaba burnt to death in a fire at the Artists Proof Studios in Newtown, Johannesburg. His passing was both tragic and untimely. Another distressing news story from this week is that financial services company First National Bank have decided to withdraw their funding of the Vita Art Prize. The company has spent the last year looking at how to consolidate its myriad cultural activities into a few strategic focuses. Apparently the art prize is no longer regarded as part of the revised strategic focus. The bank has however committed itself to the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, which takes place later this month.
Sean O'Toole

Robert Hodgin's witty and richly coloured lithograph La Contessa Venemosa is the second offering in the Editions for ArtThrob.

Next Update: April 1, 2003


CAPE

Running concurrently with the Lang/Baumann, at the Bell-Roberts, is Stan Engelbrecht's 'Infinity' video installation. Mark Coetzee returns to Cape Town from Miami for another solo outing at the AVA, titled 'All Our Sons II'. 'Lexicons and Labyrinths', at the SA Museum, is a show curated by artist Fritha Langerman. Lucia Burger is chief curator of this year's KKNK. Featured festival artist is Wim Botha. Other artists attending include Antoinette Murdoch and Doreen Southwood. 'Clean' and 'Grime', each seen separately in Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively, will be shown together for the first time.

'Teken', a show of drawings by 15 contemporary artists, curated by well-known sculptor Claudette Schreuders, comes highly recommended. 'Coats and Coverings' is Fiona Kirkwood's tenth solo exhibition; 'Departure', at PhotoZA, is an exhibition of photographs taken by Guy Tillim; and a selection of photographs, paintings and collaborative works by Dale Yudelman and Arlene Amaler-Raviv opens at David Krut Fine Art.

The NSA is staging three exhibitions: 'A Forest of Columns', an exhibition of mosaic sculptures by Jane du Rand; screen prints by Maurice Kahn; and 'Geometric Modern', an exhibition of Art Deco. 'Rorke's Drift: Empowering Prints 1962-1982', at the DAG, is a timely look at the Evangelical Lutheran Church Art and Craft Centre at Rorke's Drift and its influence on the training for black artists in South Africa.

The David Goldblatt retrospective, 'Fifty-One Years', gets its only UK showing at Modern Art Oxford; 'Diorama' is Candice Breitz's first solo show in London; 'My Robben Island' is a series of charcoal sketches of Robben Island done by ex-president and Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela; and the work of Cape Town photographer Tracey Derrick is on view in Brazil, part of the fourth 'African Photography Encounters'.

REVIEWS

Bustling. The Goodman Gallery has been choc a bloc ever since the opening of William Kentridge's new show. Sean O'Toole looks over the shoulders of curious art lovers to report back on 'Zeno Writing'. A student attending a recent Michaelis Lunch Time Lecture series salutes its speaker, Jeff Koons, while Michelle Matthews visits David Krut's small print gallery. The economy of art is seen as the subject of a show at Warren Siebrits, and Emily Speers Mears hails Zwelethu Mthethwa's new DVD work for once again confronting our expectations. Karin Frei contextualises the work of Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann, the Swiss artist couple also known as L&B.
NEWS

Nhlanhla Xaba dies tragically in a fire in Johannesburg; First National Bank withdraws its funding of the prestigious FNB Vita Art Prize; there is news of regional VANSA meetings in KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape launch; we supply details of Andrew Lamprecht's Michaelis Lunchtime Lecture and Bruce Gordon's imminent tattooing session at the SANG; and Linda Givon is profiled in The New York Times.
SUE WILLIAMSON'S DIARY

Sue Williamson chaperones art superstar Jeff Koons while on a visit to Cape Town.
ART BIO

Angela Buckland is an independent photographer interested in the private histories of seemingly ordinary people. "The lived experience of everyday situations and looking inwards offers generous possibilities," she affirms. Virginia MacKenny interrogates this accomplished photographer's career, arguing the case that Buckland's work is "emotionally brave, critically informed and technically challenging."
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH

Links to artists, galleries, and institutions. SciCult: "Bridging science and culture through contemporary art".
PROJECT OF THE MONTH

www.hottentotvenus.com is artist Mara Vern's web art project. It reveals different aspects Sarah Baartman's story using seven voices/speakers, archival documents and links.
EXCHANGE

There is an opportunity to profile digital/electronic/new media art activity in southern Africa; details on an introductory 10-week course, aimed at post-graduate students, junior journalists, or arts practitioners who have a particular interest in writing on visual art specifically and the arts in general; and a call by artist Christian Nerf to: "Give me your defunct gold wedding band."
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