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Johannes Phokela

Johannes Phokela
Head on Collar Series, no. 2 2006
oil sketch
84 x 58cm

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Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas
Nelson Mandela

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Deborah Poynton

Deborah Poynton
History, 2007
oil on canvas
200 x 300cm

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Deborah Bell

Deborah Bell
Fuse 2008
mixed media on paper
158,5 x 121cm

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Mikhael Subotzky

Mikhael Subotzky
Johnny Fortune 2004
pigment inks on archival cotton paper
47 x 70cm

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Robert Hodgins

Robert Hodgins
The Men in Bunks 7.11 etc 2007/8
oil over charcoal
90 x 120cm

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Candice Breitz

Many of the single-channel works in La Strozzina's Worlds on Video
exhibition were creatively mounted on upturned chairs.

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Dineo Bopape

Dineo Bopape
Arti Bitchi 2008
household knives, chiffon threads/string, tube light attached to wooden beam
that sags in the middle, 1/2 circle grass green carpet, halogen lamps

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Athi Patra-Ruga

Athi Patra-Ruga
Even I Exist in Embo: Jaundiced tales of counterpenetration #7 2007
lambda print

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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

The new year traditionally begins slowly in the South African art world, as many galleries, studios and publications take their sweet time in getting started. But this year will certainly be a crucial one for many, as the climate of economic uncertainty curbs any laurel-resting. February and March, by contrast, promise to be industrious bordering on frenetic, as we build up to the second Joburg Art Fair in early April.

Shows to entice you out of your slumber this month include Robyn Penn's new body of paintings at Johannesburg's Brodie/Stevenson, and Deborah Bell's exhibition at the Goodman Gallery Cape. Also, Johannes Phokela and David Andrew have separate but concurrent shows in the two spaces of Johannesburg's Standard Bank Gallery. That's good enough reason to put down the turkey leftovers, pack away the Tannenbaum and head on out.

NEXT UPDATE: February 1, 2009

SELECTED LISTINGS

CAPE

In Cape Town, 34 Long makes changes to their current show of work in stock entitled 'Four', the UCA puts together a diverse range of work in 'Twenty Artists/Twenty Portraits', while Whatiftheworld extends the run of 'Big Wednesday', their summer showcase. Deborah Bell presents 'Flux' at the Goodman Gallery Cape.

GAUTENG

Although the year's start is typically slow, Johannes Phokela's 'I like my neighbours' opens at the Standard Bank Gallery, and Robin Penn presents 'A Brutal year' at Brodie/Stevenson.

KWAZULU-NATAL

Durban wakes up slowly with the KZNSA's annual Members Exhibition, and Under my Skin', a joint show by Liz Speight, Hermine Spies Coleman and Anni Wakerley at artSPACE Durban.

INTERNATIONAL

The Kyle Kauffman Gallery presents a comprehensive survey of Marlene Dumas' prints and editioned works, Vulindlela Nyoni exhibits linocut prints at artSPACE berlin and Deborah Poynton has her first museum solo exhibition in Savannah, Georgia.

INTERVIEW

An exhibition by Grahamstown-based artist, writer and lecturer Maureen de Jager entitled 'In Sepia', travelled to Johannesburg for a showing at Gordart Gallery in November and December. Editor Michael Smith spoke to her about the work, her processes and her interest in the poetics of disintegration.

OPINION

Johannesburg-based artist, writer and urban researcher Ismail Farouk recently spent three months in Los Angeles on a residency with the Mak Center's Urban Future Initiative. This month he gives us a report-back in an opinion piece titled 'Explorations into Spatial Justice'.

REVIEWS

CAPE

Andrew Putter submits a review of Kate Gotggens' show at João Ferreira entitled 'Asleep Inside You', finding a painter at the height of her powers. 'How the Troubles Started' features work by Lizza Littlewort and Wilhelm Saayman, two artists who 'take their jokes very seriously'. While Littlewort takes pops at the self-importance of the artworld in her paintings, sketches and text works, Saayman spends more time on the tragedy of human emotion and relationships in his drawings and text pieces. Linda Stupart reviews. Octogenarian painter Robert Hodgins' painting just gets better and better, says Sue Williamson, regretting that his exhibition at the Goodman Cape ever had to come down. Katharine Jacobs draws parallels between Anton Kannemeyer's 'Fear of a Black Planet' and the writings of Fanon in her review of this show which forces a viewer to locate oneself in the comics Kannemeyer references in these highly charged and layered graphic works.

GAUTENG

While the prospect of curating a show of contemporary Scandinavian and South African art seems to have provided Clive Kellner and Maria Fidel Regueros with breathing space, and despite individual instances of brilliance, Anthea Buys feels that the connections between the respective artists and practices are tenuous. Wim Botha's first solo outing in Johannesburg entitled 'New Work', is decribed by Cara Snyman as 'monumental, imposing and iconic', and quite appropriate for the launch of Brodie/Stevenson. The installation, sculpture and drawings, rich in imagery and substance, draw on the canon of art history, natural history and Classical mythology, engaging notions of evolution, mortality and materiality. Michael Smith follows up last month's interview with Jo Ractliffe with a review of her recent Warren Siebrits show, 'Terreno Ocupado', which he describes as '... a powerful addition to an already-stellar career, one in which the nuances of African cities' changing characters are frequently the subject'.

KWAZULU NATAL

Bronwen Vaughan-Evans' 'Memento Mori' at Bank Gallery finds the artist employing her signature light-on-dark gesso technique in works comprising pairs of portrait- and landscape- formatted images. The juxtaposition of humans, or suggestions of humans, with elements of land- and cityscape explores the relationship between her subjects and their environments. Carol Brown reviews. Regular contributor Peter Machen reviews Cameron Platter's 'Studio' a show and event held at the KZNSA, and finds much to get excited about, not least of which is the absence of 'the slightest hint of masturbation often associated with event-based art' at the show's closing party.

INTERNATIONAL REVIEWS

Candice Breitz recently showed her Soliloquy Trilogy from 2000 at 'Worlds on Video' at Strozzina, Florence. Amy Halliday feels the work's production is a little tired, its mode of deconstruction too familiar. She was far more interested by Breitz's new work shown at Temporäre Kunsthalle in Berlin.

STUDENT REVIEWS

Ivana Abreu reviews Avhashoni Mainganye's 'Journey', an exhibition of paintings, collages and sculpture.

ARTBIO

Tavish McIntosh writes about Dineo Bopape who is currently doing her Master's at Columbia University in the US.

WEBSITES

Chad Rossouw explores 'feed readers' or 'aggregators', a useful way of keeping in touch with blog and website updates.

PROJECT

Chad Rossouw visits Christo Doherty's 'Small Worlds', the artist's online archive of his photographs of model train landscapes and layouts, which layers notions of 'virtual' worlds.

EXCHANGE

Fried Contemporary runs creative courses and Absa anounces submission dates for this year's L'Atelier competition. Start - The Nivea Art Award invites submissions.

FEEDBACK

A quiet month for feedbackers. Come on, SA, vent your spleens.

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EDITIONS FOR ARTTHROB

Young artist Mikhael Subotzky is currently featured in MoMA's annual 'New Photography' exhibition, on show until the January 12, 2009. Curator Roxana Marcoci describes Subotzky's achievements in photography as a 'reinvention of documentary photography to picture diverse conditions of everyday life in South Africa'. Editions for ArtThrob is proud to be offering an original Subotzky print from his first photographic series that explores conditions in the notorious Pollsmor Prison. Johnny Fortune, 2004 is printed by Tony Meintjes to the highest digital archival standards and is available from R3 500.

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ISSUE #137_01.09

Association for Visual Arts

Rose Korber Art

Bank Gallery

Bell-Roberts Contemporary

Goodman Gallery

Gallery on the Square

Vansa

Whatiftheworld

Mweb

Michael Stevenson Fine Art

Goodman Gallery

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