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JOHANNESBURG

05.08.07 Cannonball Press at David Krut Projects
05.08.07 Cannonball Press at Oppikoppi
05.08.07 Johan Thom at the Bag Factory
05.08.07 Nontsikelelo Veleko at the Goodman Gallery
05.08.07 Colbert Mashile at University of Johannesburg Art Gallery
05.08.07 Thando Mama at the Project Room@ The Johannesburg Art Gallery
05.08.07 Petros Ghebrehiwot at Afronova
05.08.07 Arlene Amaler-Raviv at Worldart Johannesburg
05.08.07 Irene Naude at Fried Contemporary Art gallery and Studio
05.08.07 Kerri Evans at Everard Read Gallery
05.08.07 Nkosinati Quwe at the Rainforest Project Room at Gordart Gallery
05.08.07 Martienssen Prize Exhibition at the Wits Art Galleries
05.08.07 Irene Naude at Fried Contemporary Art gallery and Studio
05.08.07 Ann-Marie Tully at Gordart Gallery

03.07.07 Arlene Amaler-Raviv at Worldart Johannesburg
01.07.07 'Bicycle' at Artspace Fine Art Gallery
01.07.07 Beverley Price at Standard Bank Gallery
01.07.07 Christine Dixie at Standard Bank Gallery
01.07.07 'A Story of African Art' at The Pretoria Art Museum

03.06.07 Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent at the Johannesburg Art Gallery
03.06.07 Jürgen Schadeberg and Linda Shongwe at Seippel Gallery

06.05.07 Dungamanzi/Stirring Waters at the Johannesburg Art Gallery

JOHANNESBURG


Cannonball Press at David Krut Projects

In the build-up to Oppikoppi, South African musician and artist Waddy Jones of MaxNormalTV will be resident in David Krut Projects sewing together toy 'dassies' (rock rabbits) and showing them. After their appearances at the Ampli5 Festivals at the Northgate Dome and Oppikoppi, Cannonball Press will be showing work at David Krut Projects. This will take place on August 16.

Opens: August 16
Closes: September 9



Cannonball Press at Oppikoppi

Cannonball Press, called by David Krut Projects the �kings of scruffy-pirate, black-and-white, hillbilly printmaking� are showing at this venue after taking part in the 2007 Ampli5 Festival. The two initiators of this printmaking collective, Martin Mazorra and Mike Houston, had exhibited at David Krut�s New York premises earlier this year, and seemed the perfect choice when Oppikoppi Productions discussed with DK the possibility of adding a visual arts component to the venerable festival.

The artists have created a massive Oppikoppi banner on canvas featuring typical Cannonball imagery such as a demolition derby, pirates and the marketplace. At the festival a canvas snake, measuring 20 metres in length, will be paraded on poles through the crowd like a Chinese dragon. The snake�s scales are printed from woodblocks using unusual images of South African wildlife. For those not travelling to Northam, a separate work made in a similar fashion will be on view at the Johannesburg Coca Cola Dome.  



Johan Thom at the Bag Factory

The 'Theory of Flight' is a single-channel video installation produced by Johan Thom whilst on residency in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2006. Later that year the installation was included in the First Architecture, Art and Landscape Biennale of the Canary Islands by curator Antonio Zaya. Now, for the first time, the work will be shown in the artist's hometown.

'The Theory of Flight' is wry commentary on the failures and successes of humanity's search for mental and spiritual enlightenment. A 10-minute video loop of the artist meditating in Buddhist pose is projected onto the physical installation (comprising a massive heap of soil from which two large glass plates protrude). To the viewers it seems that they are in the presence of a ghostly apparition that floats above a mountain of soil. In the video loop the carcasses of recently slaughtered chickens and ducks progressively weigh down Thom's arms until he can no longer bear their weight. Finally, in a desperate attempt to maintain his equilibrium, Thom tries to fly, using his arms as wings. The soundtrack haunts as the noise of scavenging crows gathering nearby blends with that of the early morning traffic of Dhaka.

Johan Thom (b. 1976) is a full-time artist resident at the Fordsburg Artists' Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa. He often uses video, sound and performance to explore the close link between the human being, their socio-political and economic environment and spirituality. His works are often confrontational and darkly humorous, terrorising our sense of space, order and stability.

Opens: July 18
Closes: August 8


Nontsikelelo Veleko

Nontsikelelo Veleko
www.notblackenough.lolo: Not black enough not enough @all 2002
pigment inks on cotton rag paper


Nontsikelelo Veleko at the Goodman Gallery

The Goodman Gallery will be hosting a show of Nontsikelelo Veleko's work. Focusing on issues of the identity, 'Mute!Scream!Mute!' examines how people present themselves to the outside world and thus construct their identities. Through the use of fashion and clothing Veleko questions perceived notions of beauty. She focuses her lens on those around her, but at times she also turns the lens towards herself, posing both in guises of various identities and representing herself in self-portraiture.

The exhibition consists of three series of photographs, www.notblackenough.lolo, Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder, and Self-Portraits. Each series takes a different angle on the concept of identity, from performative to introspective.

Opens: July 19
Closes: August 12


Colbert Mashile

Colbert Mashile
Untitled (Bandaged Figure) 2007
oil on canvas
132,5 x 96cm


Colbert Mashile at University of Johannesburg Art Gallery

In collaboration with the Gallery on The Square, the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery presents a show of work by Colbert Mashile entitled 'Pholo-Entsho-Ya Rakgolo (My Grandfather's Great Black Bull)'. In the show Mashile addresses the theme of 'my grandfather's great black bull', extracted from a totemic poem, in an exploration of elements of intrinsic knowledge about the existence and co-existence of man in Africa. This body of work makes use of metaphorical, spiritual and symbolic forms, shapes and mark-making already characteristic of his work.

Although this locally and internationally acclaimed artist considers this exhibition a continuation of what he has been doing in the past five years, his conceptual approach detaches from the work on ritual initiation and circumcision for which he is known. Since his relocation to Bushbuck ridge in Mpumalanga, where he was born in 1972, his interests have expanded considerably to deal with broader social issues.

In conceiving these works, Mashile says he was '...experiencing a certain amount of knowledge and truth about the land and its smells, the people (not urban people), the sweat, the heat, the colours and sounds, as well as its mystery and history. This sums up a single concept that I consider to be the "basic-truth" of our existence in Africa. I consider my work to be a testimony of the knowledge of who we are, an awareness that we as people like to forget or sugar-coat with the sensational brush of the media.'

Opens: August 1
Closes: August 22



Thando Mama at the Project Room@ The Johannesburg Art Gallery

Cape Town-based video artist Thando Mama shows work at the Johannesburg Art Gallery's Project Room during August and September. Mama, recipient of the 2003 MTN New Contemporaries Award, has dealt with, amongst other things, black masculinity and marginality, frequently using his own body as a subject in his videos. The works often reference popular media such as hip hop, racial stereotypes and film. For Mama, video is not just simply a means of communicating ideas and stories: he is fascinated with its formal qualities too.

Opens: July 28
Closes: September 28



Petros Ghebrehiwot at Afronova

In this solo exhibition, entitled 'Gathered Spirits', Eritrean artist Petros Ghebrehiwot reflects on the collective behaviour of people. He explores the reasons that bring small or large number of individuals together as well as the capabilities, experiences, characteristics and power they hold. Every individual has a shelter where he/she practices a private life with family members or alone. Individuals also form crowds who get together for common social, cultural, religious or political reasons. The works deal with the aggregated human spirits and their deeds, through architecture, drawing, painting and assemblage.

Opens: August 3
Closes: August 22


Kerri Evans

Kerri Evans
Night Portrait 2007
oil on board>br> 61 x 30cm


Kerri Evans at Everard Read Gallery

The Everard Read Johannesburg presents a show of new work by painter Kerri Evans during August.

Opens: August 2
Closes: August 20


Arlene Amaler-Raviv

Arlene Amaler-Raviv
Untitled (Glue Sniffer 2007)
oil on canvas


Arlene Amaler-Raviv at Worldart Johannesburg

Painter Arlene Amaler-Raviv holds an extensive solo show at Worldart during August. The works, over 70 of them, form part of the artist's search to understand her own birthplace, Johannesburg. She confronts the denseness of urban life, and the sense of remoteness and dissociation that can result. Amaler-Raviv has lived for some years in Cape Town, and during this time has often worked in collaboration with photographer Dale Yudelman.

Opens: July 26
Closes: August 31



Irene Naude at Fried Contemporary Art gallery and Studio

In Irene Naude's 'Phantom Limb', the artist investigates an analogy between photographic technologies and human prostheses. A key idea for the artist is that photographs are not snapshots that match up to human vision, but enable a way of seeing, maybe even a kind of prosthetic vision that is as strange as it might seem familiar.

In the images and installation pieces that comprise this exhibition, the artist attempts to show how photographic imaging can supplement, yet distort, human seeing in unexpected and provocative ways.

Opens: August 4
Closes: August 24



Nkosinati Quwe at the Rainforest Project Room at Gordart Gallery

Nkosinati Quwe presents a body of work at the rainforest Project Room in August. The work, entitled 'Once Upon a Time There was a Hyena', is influenced by the symbolism of hyenas in South Africa. Long associated with evil, dark spirits and mischief, the animals are used by Quwe explore personal experiences of longing, searching and discovery.

Opens: July 25
Closes: August 11



Martienssen Prize Exhibition at the Wits Art Galleries

The annual Martienssen Prize Exhibition is up at the Wits University Galleries in University Corner during August. The show is distinct from most other student shows in that the work is produced outside of normal tuition, independently of lecturer input. The work on show ranges from drawing and painting to sculpture and performance. The show also boasts a robust digital and multimedia component.

Opens: August 2
Closes: August 17



Ann-Marie Tully at Gordart Gallery

Multidisciplinary artist Ann-Marie Tully presents a show of paintings entitled 'Non Facturé' at Gordart Gallery in Melville during August and into September.

Opens: August 19
Closes: September 8



Arlene Amaler-Raviv at Worldart Johannesburg

Arlene Amaler-Raviv's untitled solo show in Johannesburg reveals her as a prolific artist, and features more than 70 works, including two 2 x 2m canvases along with 53 postcard-sized images. Amaler-Raviv undertakes an attempt to understand Johannesburg, the city of her birth, by confronting the denseness of daily urban life and the sense of remoteness and dissociation that can develop as a result.

The show will be opened by William Kentridge.

Opens: July 26
Closes: August 31



Arlene Amaler-Raviv at Worldart Johannesburg

Arlene Amaler-Raviv's untitled solo show in Johannesburg reveals her as a prolific artist, and features more than 70 works, including two 2 x 2m canvases along with 53 postcard-sized images. Amaler-Raviv undertakes an attempt to understand Johannesburg, the city of her birth, by confronting the denseness of daily urban life and the sense of remoteness and dissociation that can develop as a result.

The show will be opened by William Kentridge.

Opens: July 26
Closes: August 31


Richard Smith

Robertus van der Wege, Johan Botha and Maja Maljevic
Bicycle invitation image


'Bicycle' at Artspace Fine Art Gallery

Artspace Fine Art Gallery Johannesburg presents 'Bicycle', an exhibition by Robertus van der Wege, Johan Botha and Maja Maljevic. In the show, these three artists explore the theme of bicycles in their own unique ways.

In a collective statement, the artists say: 'Bicycles are the world's foremost means of transport. They do not cost much to acquire and do not cost much to maintain. They do not require fuel, which means those without money can still afford to acquire them. More people use bicycles than any other mode of transport in the world.

American born van der Wege uses this idea as the starting point for his bicycle sculptures. Van der Wege, who has just moved to South Africa, noticed how many more people in America use bicycles than here in South Africa. Van der Wege's concern is an environmental one: his bicycles either exist on their own or become somehow incorporated into nature.

Botha expresses how he has found the idea of articulating narrative on a canvas constricting. Therefore he employs the graphic novel format in his paintings. Each work is separated into a number of frames and each work too employs a different painting technique befitting each storyline. Botha says that the painting is fuelled by the story, which is fundamentally the focus of his paintings.

Belgrade-born Maljevic paints in a similar way, although her paintings are not inspired by a preconceived narrative. The painting depicts the narrative. Her painting is intuitive and the shift between the painting techniques she employs in each frame has become a signature. She oscillates between the formal and what is purely abstract in one frame. From tight painting to a freer brush mark to the found object, her canvases aim at pure expression.

Brenden Gray will deliver an opening address. Also watch the press for details about a discussion around the work on Saturday July 21.

Opens: July 14
Closes: August 11


The Pre-Crapalite Brotherhood

Beverly Price
All Gold is Gold


Beverley Price at Standard Bank Gallery

'All Gold is Gold' is Beverley Price's first solo exhibition. Consisting of large objects, it brings together her ideas and work over the last seven years to promote a jewellery-art discourse, and to present jewellery as an artistic medium. Price's work draws on the goldsmithing of Mapungubwe and fuses indigenous South African adornment forms with conventional Western jewellery practices.

Opens: July 31
Closes: September 1


Christine Dixie

Christine Dixie
Lost Surveillance 1997
mezzotint and etching


Christine Dixie at Standard Bank Gallery

Christine Dixie is the subject of an exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery from July over the month of August. This exhibition, entitled 'Corporeal Prospects', showcases a range of new and earlier works by the artist. Dixie's innovative art embraces feminist concerns, as well as critical interrogations of the colonial landscape tradition. Her latest body of work, 'Parturient Prospects', focuses on representations of maternity that bring together both her interest in issues around landscape and how gender identity is constructed.

Opens: July 31
Closes: September 1


Africa Remix


Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent at the Johannesburg Art Gallery

'Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent' features the work of more than 85 artists from 25 countries on the African continent and the Diaspora. Considered to be the largest exhibition of contemporary African art ever seen in Europe, it includes painting, sculpture, installation, video, drawing, photography and design.

'Africa Remix' explores the themes of city and land (the contrasting experiences of urban and rural life), identity and history (including issues of tradition and modernity and the relation of the individual to the community), and body and soul (religion, spirituality, emotion and sexuality).

Cameroon-born, Paris-based curator and critic Simon Njami curated the exhibition, which was launched at the Museum Kunst Palast, Düat;sseldorf, in 2004. The show subsequently travelled to the Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. 'Africa Remix' will be open for the first time in Africa at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

Opens: June 24
Closes: September 30



Jürgen Schadeberg and Linda Shongwe at Seippel Gallery

Jürgen Schadeberg and Linda Shongwe present two separate shows at Seippel Gallery in the east end of downtown Johannesburg. Both bodies of work take impetus from the city of Johannesburg. Schadeberg's photographic works are collectively entitled 'Jazz and Jozi', and they document a perceived clash between nouveau riche black culture and the history of Jazz in Johannesburg.

Shongwe is a painter, and he presents his body of work entitled 'Street Scenes' in the Seippel Gallery's project space.

Opens: May 17
Closes: August 31


Roger Ballen

Dungamanzi/Stirring Waters
catalogue image


Dungamanzi/Stirring Waters at the Johannesburg Art Gallery

Dungamanzi/Stirring Waters� is the tipped as the first exhibition to comprehensively celebrate and showcase Tsonga and Shangaan art, called �some of South Africa�s finest heritage objects�. This show brings an awareness of the richness of creativity, innovation and the high degree of artistic skill in the Limpopo Province and surrounding regions. It represents a geographical and cultural segment of SA�s population that have been largely absent from museum and gallery displays. With the input of artist Billy Makhubele, who collected many of the treasured pieces � particularly the colourful sangoma items � this exhibition and its accompanying catalogue are believed to create a 'living' archive. In particular it presents the Makhubele family whose story is one of resilience and survival through the political turbulence of the late nineteenth century and the difficulties of the apartheid era. Their beaded art works form a permanent record of South African history over the past few decades and capture the joy of liberation after so much suffering.

The curators of the show are Nessa Leibhammer, curator of the traditional collections at the JAG; Natalie Knight, gallery owner and art collector who has researched Tsonga-Shangaan material over the last 30 years; and Billy Makhubele, an artist and experienced field researcher.

Aside form the full colour catalogue, an educational supplement and an accompanying DVD, written by Joni Brenner of Wits University, will be available free to under-resourced schools and art institutions. It is based on the school curriculum, and can be easily integrated into classroom syllabi.

Opens: May 13
Closes: August 19



New exhibitions at the Pretoria Art Museum

The Pretoria Art Museum is holding a number of shows in its various halls during this year. Until February this year is a 'Showcase of South African Art', with work arranged under the themes of portraiture, animals, interiors and landscapes. Works in various media form part of this show.

Also up, this time in the Albert Werth Hall, is an exhibition entitled 'Favourites from the Permanent Collection', catering to the varied tastes of the museum's visitors over the years. This show stays up until April 2007.

In the Henry Preiss Hall until May this year is a show of works from the Lady Michaelis Bequest. These works, donated in the 1930s, initially formed the core of the museum's permanent collection.

Until December this year is an exhibition of works from the museum's permanent collection under the title 'A Story of African Art'. The show tells 'a brief story of South African art from the time of the first San artists', including images from early 20th century painters, works from the period of Resistance art and 21st century contemporary works. This takes place in the museum's South Gallery.

Adding depth to this wide range of exhibitions is the travelling solo show by Andries Gouws, entitled 'Hiding Behind Simple Things', up until March 25. Gouws, an established Durban-based painter, lends an esoteric air to simple, everyday objects through the use of sensitive, highly considered lighting, a là Jan Vermeer.

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