Group exhibitions and collaborations are order of the month for December with Michael Stevenson hosting its annual grand show of South African art, this time from 1948 to the present. 34Long holds an exhibition of Chinese, Japanese and South African artists. There are end of year group shows at João Ferreira, the AVA and two of Rose Korber's exhibition spaces. A Matthew Hindley and Pete Eastman print collaboration opens a new space at 34Long and an exciting beadwork project unites young contemporary artists with practicing beaders at the Old Townhouse. Also, don't miss the long awaited Gerard Sekoto exhibition at the SANG.
Year end exhibitions include an insightful use of maps by Gerard Marx at Warren Siebrits Contemporary and Abrie Fourie with 'End of the World' at JAG. As part of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, Afronova holds an exhibition entitled 'Bound' by Helen Joseph. This year has seen the participation of several artists, including Clive van den Berg, Tracey Rose, Angus Taylor and Peter Schütz, in a project at the newly built Michelangelo Towers in Sandton. Artspace hosts an exhibition of Miniatures for the third time.
'The Affordable Art Fair' at artSPACE durban presents viewers with an opportunity to purchase works by both established and upcoming artists at reasonable prices. In the Tatham Art Gallery's exhibition, 'Treasures from the Dungeon', a collection of earlier works are unearthed, many of which form part of the generous donation by Colonel Whitwell from 1922. 'Ukukhanya - Shine' showcases a variety of artworks created with recycled materials and beads such as the trademark Umcebo tapestries.
The international art world is treating young South Africans well, with two new works by James Webb making their début in Buenos Aires and various venues in China, while Gregg Smith presents a performance in the Netherlands.
Linda Stupart visited three new alternative exhibition spaces on the outskirts of the Cape Town city centre. She also reviews the Kentridge show at 34Long. Tavish McIntosh reviews Sanell Aggenbach's 'Fool's Gold' at Bell-Roberts.
Melissa Mboweni reports back on Sonja Britz's painting show which explores the relationship between humans and animals in South Africa. Michael Smith reviews Penny Siopis' 'Panics and Passions', finding her at the top of her game.
Francesca Verga reviews Wim Botha's Standard Bank Young Artist Award show and Roger Ballen's 'Shadow Chambers', both of which take place at the Durban Art Gallery.
Nathaniel Stern attended Performa '05, 'The First Biennial of New Visual Art Performance' in New York. Here he took in Marina Abramovic's re-enactment of six seminal performance works from the 60's and 70's as well the début of her new work.
Linda Stupart attended SESSIONS eKapa in Cape Town and reports back on her experience. She also reports on the appointment of Gavin Jantjes as Artistic Director of the biennial event due to start next September in Cape Town. Francesca Verga interviews newly appointed curator of the KZNSA, Nathi Gumede.
Sue Williamson plays artist-in-residence in California, meets radical feminist bell hooks, is shocked to hear the Pigozzi collection is opening at the Smithsonian, and receives mixed news from Italy.
This month's Artbio features Cape Town-based artist and teacher Ralph Borland, exhibiting this month at the New York Museum of Modern Art. He's also ArtThrob's design editor (or keyboard monkey).
Carine Zaayman visits the Telkom-hosted website Artists in Conversation.
This month we cover The Guardian's Imagine Art After, an online exhibition about dialogue between artists who have left their conflict-riddled countries of origin. Carine Zaayman also visits the Rhizome.org commissioned project, The Average Shoveler which addresses, lightheartedly, our bombardment by the media.
A Triangle Artists' Workshop invites applications, while the Yeoville Children's Mosaic Park seeks funding contributions and De Appel Curatorial Training Programme calls for applications.
Themba Shibase responds to Francesca Verga's review of his recent show at the KZNSA, which he claims, reveals her allegiance to the 'old order'. Verga responds to this.
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