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David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt
Schoolboy with Scrolls of Merit 1979
silver gelatin print

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Michael MacGarry

Michael MacGarry
Hu Jintao and the Scramble for Africa 2007
jute, nylon, cotton, wood, enamel paint
epoxy, fiberglass mannequin
2000 x 400 x 200mm

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William Kentridge

William Kentridge
Construction for 'Return' (Mezzo) I 2008
wire, torn black paper, adhesive tape, dowel sticks,
wooden board, clamps, turntable
circa 66 x 82 x 40cm

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Brett Murray

Brett Murray
Shame III 2008
offset lithograph
57 x 38cm

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Robert Hodgins

Robert Hodgins
The Orator 1998
oil on canvas
155 x 61 x 17cm

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Mikhael Subotzky

David Goldblatt
The sports field at Hondeklipbaai. 14 September 2003
pigment print on cotton rag archival paper
42 x 51.5cm

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Fritha Langerman

Fritha Langerman
p 5635, column 1 2007
laser-cut Supawood
diameter 60cm

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Tracey Rose

Tracey Rose
!XAW! 2008
DVD projection, found objects, bronze cast objects, drawings
dimensions variable

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Avant Car Guard

Avant Car Guard
Gay, Black, Jewish Artist 2007
inkjet print on cotton paper

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Finalist for the Arts & Culture Trust Award 2003 - Electronic Media of the Year in Support of the Arts
ARTS & CULTURE TRUST


THIS MONTH

In 'The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art and Auction Houses', Don Thompson, a business professor at Toronto's York University, points out that contemporary art operates much like branding, presumably to the shock of a buying public that often still clings to notions of art's purity and criticality. Thompson's thesis is that sneaky perception, scaffolding and water-tight control of supply mix with a healthy side order of withering snobbery, to artificially inflate prices way beyond reason. Whether it's art, condos or sneakers, buyers are at the mercy of branding, which chiefly operates to justify extortionate prices.

This month, three of ArtThrob's reviewers consider issues of the market and the implications of artists approaching brand status. Linda Stupart considers the effect of Michael Stevenson's 'McMuseum' on previously edgy artists, Katharine Jacobs wonders about the effect of ubiquity on perceptions of William Kentridge's work, and student Tim Gareth Leibbrandt considers how artists' signature styles and personae butt up against curatorial imperatives.

This month ArtThrob welcome to its ranks Katharine Jacobs as Cape Town Editor. Katharine, a recent graduate from Michaelis, impressed us as a freelancer, and we are happy to have her with us. Katharine is well-placed to fill the roomy shoes of Tavish McIntosh, who left us in December to concentrate on her academic career.

Michael Smith
MANAGING EDITOR

NEXT UPDATE: March 1, 2009

SELECTED LISTINGS

CAPE

Michael Stevenson shows David Goldblatt's 'In Boksburg' series from 1979 - 80, alongside some photographs taken in the town recently. Xander Ferreira (Gazelle) debuts at Whatiftheworld / Gallery and Observatory's UCA hosts 'Pigment on Paper'.

GAUTENG

Brett Murray's latest show 'Crocodile Tears' opens at the Goodman while David Krut Projects presents a curated group show entitled 'Swamp Eyes'. Gordart Gallery hosts 'Fetish Object' with works by Moses Seleko, Bevan de Wet and Ulricke Lourens.

KWAZULU-NATAL

The long awaited 'Not Alone - An international project of Make Art/Stop Aids' arrives at the Durban Art Gallery this month. This is part of an ongoing travelling project featuring artists from four countries, focussing on prevention and treatment access. The Sasol Wax Art Award show comes to the KZNSA for the first time.

INTERNATIONAL

The international scene picks up with a number of South African group exhibitions. Video work by Churchill Madikida, Penny Siopis, Jo Ractliffe and Usha Seejarim is included on 'Test Patterns' in San Francisco; Kay Hassan, Lawrence Lemoana, Athi-Patra Ruga, Andries Botha, Senzeni Marasela and Frances Goodman explore 'Beauty and Pleasure' in Norway. Berlin gallery Kuckei + Kuckei asks the question 'why not' in their perspective on current trends in SA contemporary art.

FEATURE

ArtThrob's editors and contributors pick their highlights from 2008.

REVIEWS

CAPE

Wary of yet more William Kentridge, Katharine Jacobs approached his double header at Goodman Gallery Cape and the SANG with caution. What she found though was 'not the dumbed-down repetition of a household name capitalising on fame, but complex repetition'. Like the way in which he destroys and re-constructs images in many of the works, 'Kentridge appears, by means of simple repetition and returning to the same idea, to have reversed entropy, and become interesting again'. Meanwhile Kentridge's lecture/performance I am not me, the horse is not mine at the SANG in December was a tour de force, writes Sue Williamson. Despite her initial optimism, Linda Stupart is duly unimpressed with Pieter Hugo and Conrad Botes' dual solos at Michael Stevenson. Hugo, she argues, gives the audience the dark and exotic it so craves, while Botes has lost his edge. Read on.

NEWS

LOCAL

The NAC announces funding outcomes for the second cycle of 2008, the Design Indaba takes place in February at the Cape Town ICC and a new multi-use art space under construction in inner city Johannesburg. That city is Johannesburg to host the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture, and Carol Brown sends on some feedback on Durban Institute of Technology's Work Integrated Learning Module 2008.

ARTBIO

Michael Smith revisits titan of SA painting Robert Hodgins

WEBSITES

Chad Rossouw dips into Pythagoras-tv, a networking site set up by a local entrepreneur Don Albert.

PROJECT

Chad Rossouw looks at a few of the shoe-throwing games which cropped up simultaneously on the Internet in the euphoria of Bush's infamous news conference pelting.

EXCHANGE

Vermont Studio Center offers full fellowships and the Joburg Art Bank invites proposals for a tribute to Walter and Albertina Sisulu. Vansa Western Cape seeks a Network Coordinator and apexart invites proposals for their Annual Unsolicited Proposal Program.

FEEDBACK

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EDITIONS FOR ARTTHROB

David Goldblatt is currently showing 'Intersections Intersected' at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool and the show travels to Malmö Konsthall in Sweden later this month. Goldblatt has been photographing South Africa since the early 70s, exposing our nation's complex social, economic and cultural realities over the years in numerous compelling visual essays. His major retrospective exhibition 'David Goldblatt - 51 years' was shown in New York, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Oxford, Brussels, Munich and Johannesburg. His photographic essay South Africa: the Structure of Things Then was shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1998. This month he opens 'In Boksburg' at Michael Stevenson in Cape Town. Editions for ArtThrob is proud to be offering two compelling works from this remarkable artist.

ArtThrob Editions link for Goldblatt's print: http://www.artthrob.co.za/05editions/profile006.html

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ISSUE #138_02.09

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