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11.04.06 'Cyprian Shilakoe Revisited' at the Durban Art Gallery
11.04.06 'New Painting' at the KZNSA Gallery
11.04.06 'Unsettled: Chapter 2' at the Durban Art Gallery
11.04.06 'Off the Wall' at artSPACE durban
11.04.06 Cedric Nunn at the Durban Art Gallery
11.04.06 Lesley Magwood Fraser at artSPACE durban
11.04.06 Valerie Leigh at artSPACE Durban

13.01.06 Santu Mofokeng and Guy Tillim at the Durban Art Gallery
 

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Cyprian Shilakoe

Cyprian Shilakoe
Nobody Loves Me 1961
aquatint on paper
39 X 28.5cm
Collection: ELC Art and Craft

Cyprian Shilakoe

Cyprian Shilakoe
Boys 1969
aquatint on paper
38.4 X 30.2cm
Collection: ELC Art and Craft

Cyprian Shilakoe

Cyprian Shilakoe
Mma Koko 1971
etching on paper
30 X 21.5cm
Collection: Durban Art Gallery

Cyprian Shilakoe

Cyprian Shilakoe
Untitled
Rhodesian teak
50 X 14 X 11cm
Collection: De Beers Centenary Art Gallery, University of Fort Hare

Cyprian Shilakoe

Cyprian Shilakoe
BaPedi Girl
marula wood
72 X 20 X 21cm
On loan from Shilakoe family
 


'Cyprian Shilakoe Revisited' at the Durban Art Gallery

'Cyprian Shilakoe Revisited' showcases a substantial body of the artist's life's work. The exhibition combines sculptures and prints on loan from both public and private collections in South Africa, together with eight early Shilakoe works, never before shown on public exhibition. Exhibition curator, Jill Addleson, together with Phillipa Hobbs (Curator of the MTN Art Collection), travelled to Dennilton in August last year to meet with the Shilakoe family. In the family home, they discovered two clay sculptures, two acrylic on masonite paintings completed when Shilakoe was training at Rorke's Drift (1868 - 1969), and three wood sculptures.

'Cyprian Shilakoe Revisited' will travel to 10 of the country's major art museums including The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum, The South African National Gallery, Tatham Art Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery. A comprehensive catalogue has been published, with essays by curator Jill Addleson, Linda Goodman, Philippa Hobbs, Otto Lundbohm (Shilakoe's Swedish teacher at Rorke's Drift), Elizabeth Rankin and Yvonne Winters.

Opens: March 29
Closes: May 15


Tanya Poole

Tanya Poole
Drift
Oil paint and stop frame animation

Moshekwa Langa

Moshekwa Langa
Mixed media
 


'New Painting' at the KZNSA Gallery

'New Painting', curated by previous KZNSA curator Storm Janse van Rensburg, is a response to the resurgence of interest in painting. The exhibition includes a younger generation of artists who are either exclusively painters or who work with pigment on surface as an engaged and ongoing concern. While the death and rebirth of painting has been proclaimed many times, this exhibition is intended to be a survey of the diversity of practice employed by contemporary South African artists.

'New Painting' includes work by both established and emerging South African artists, such as Johannes Phokela and Moshekwa Langa. Works range from Deborah Poynton's monumental realist Survival to the intimate oil paint animations of Tanya Poole, recent winner of the Brett Kebble Art Awards. Kudzenai Chiurai, a Zimbabwean painter living and working in Johannesburg, contributes a visceral and politically charged work entitled Mzansi which is counterbalanced by the neutral and melancholic group of paintings by Tom Cullberg. Dinkies Sithole, who explores alternative materials on large canvases, references the legacy of abstraction in the South African painting lexicon in his evocative works.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue, with lead essay by Virginia MacKenny, which will be launched at 6pm, Tuesday, April 18. The exhibition travels to the UNISA Art Gallery in May.

Opens: March 30
Closes: April 23


David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt
Koegas, Northern Cape, 19 September, 2002
digital pigment print
92 X 112cm

Jodi Bieber

Jodi Bieber
Operation Crackdown, Hillbrow, Johannesburg 2001
digital pigment print
21 X 29cm

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
Police Training College, Pretoria 2004
C-print
76 X 60cm
 


'Unsettled: Chapter 2' at the Durban Art Gallery

Selected works from the 'Unsettled: 8 South African Photographers' exhibition curated by Mads Damsbo in conjunction with the Museum of Photography in the Royal Library, Copenhagen, are being shown at the Durban Art Gallery. The exhibition was created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the ending of apartheid in South Africa. The images explore transformations in the new South Africa, from optimism and solidarity to the ever-present tensions, conflicts and challenges.

The second installation in the 'Unsettled' exhibition is currently on view and features photographs by David Goldblatt, Jodi Bieber, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.

Opened: March 30
Closes: April 30


Rico Schacherl

Rico Schacherl
Soiled
oil on canvas
 


'Off the Wall' at artSPACE Durban

'Off the Wall' sees some of Durban's most notorious graffiti artists team up with the city's wackiest cartoonists in a unique crossover event that combines visual narrative with the art of the street. The 'Off the Wall Collektiv' is collaboration between the Durban Cartoon Project (DCP) and Durban graffiti writers.

The exhibition, co-curated by comic artist N.D.Mazin (Andy Mason) and hip hop poet and graffiti artist Ewok (Iain Robinson), includes works by Rico Schacherl (of Madam and Eve fame), City Press' Alastair Findlay, The Sowetan's Sifiso Yalo and Durban cartoonists Themba Siwela, Tyron Love, Luke Molver and Thoba Bhengu.

This three week creative jamboree brings together a variety of art styles and events, all under the banner of 'street art'. Artwork will be produced on a variety of surfaces: wood, canvas, cardboard, paper, surfboards, skateboards, shirts and caps; in a variety of media: pen and ink, acrylics and PVA, spraycan and duco, and found objects. The majority of works will be produced on site, allowing audiences the opportunity to observe the artistic process and to interact with the artists. Creative production will be accompanied by an educational component - comics and graffiti workshops run by leading cartoonists and graph writers, and a performance component - slam poetry, hip hop music, freestyle skateboarding and capoeira.

Opens: April 1
Closes: April 19


Cedric Nunn

Cedric Nunn
Amy Madhlawu Louw in conversation with her son Ronny, Ivuna 2001
black and white photograph
58cm X 58cm

Cedric Nunn

Cedric Nunn
Rosie Strydom after the death of her late husband, Inhlwati 1993
black and white photograph
58cm X 39 cm

Cedric Nunn

Cedric Nunn
Deborah Eksteen and her husband Noel Norris,
grieving at the graveside of Deborah's father, Peter,
who had been buried two months earlier, Mangete 2001
black and white photograph
112cm X 112 cm
 


Cedric Nunn at the Durban Art Gallery

These photographs, entitled 'Blood Relatives', were taken over a period of 25 years, in an attempt by Cedric Nunn to understand his identity as a coloured in South Africa. 'I decided to look at my own origins in order to better examine who the people were from where I arose, and how these communities related to others', says Nunn. The artist considers the identity of the coloured communities in relation to the character John Dunn.

Nunn considers the notion of a separate coloured people as a construct of a policy born out of prejudice, racial bias and the peculiar social experiment foisted on this country by imperialists, colonialists, white nationalists and now adopted by many coloured people themselves. The exhibition is also a documentation of aberration in the social structure, which leads to the separation of communities.

Opens: April 5
Closes: May 21


Lesley Magwood-Fraser

Lesley Magwood-Fraser
Belle I
oil on canvas
45cm X 45 cm
 


Lesley Magwood-Fraser at artSPACE durban

'Belle of the Ball' by Lesley Magwood-Fraser takes inspiration from advanced drawing classes and from visual journals that the artist has collected over time.

Opens: April 24
Closes: May 13


Valerie Leigh

Valerie Leigh
The Dam
Oil on board
43cm x 63cm
 


Valerie Leigh at artSPACE durban

Valerie Leigh's 'Events in a Divine Time Span' showcases 10 paintings which express a vision or impression of past incidents. Leigh is interested in 'the adequate presentation of the complete human personality... the human being as a whole in a whole society'.

Opens: April 24
Closes: May 13


Santu Mofokeng

Santu Mofokeng
Baragwanuth, Soweto 2004
C-print
120 x 180cm

Santu Mofokeng

Santu Mofokeng
The Namib: Where did the road lead when it lead nowhere?
Namibia 1997
C-print
120 x 180cm

Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim
UN Helicopter lands at Buyatenge, a Mai Mai militia stronghold, bringing a Mai Mai general to negotiate the former Rwandan Hutu army's return to Rwanda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 2003
Digital pigment print
58 x 83.5cm

Guy Tillim

Guy Tillim
Farm fire, near Kroonstad, South Africa 2003
Digital pigment print
58 x 83.5cm
 


Guy Tillim and Santu Mofekeng at the Durban Art Gallery

Selected works from the 'Unsettled: 8 South African Photographers' exhibition curated by Mads Damsbo in conjunction with the Museum of Photography in the Royal Library, Copenhagen will be on view at the Durban Art Gallery until April 30. The exhibition was created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the ending of apartheid in South Africa.

The works from the exhibition will be shown at Durban Art Gallery in two parts. The first, entitled 'Chapter One', features works by photographers Santu Mofokeng and Guy Tillim. 'Chapter Two', featuring works by David Goldblatt, Jodi Bieber, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, will be on view from March to April 2006.

The images explore transformations in the new South Africa, from optimism and solidarity to the ever-present tensions, conflicts and challenges.

Opens: January 1
Closes: April 30

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