Archive: Issue No. 24, August 1999

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Brett Murray

collaborative wall lamps from sculptor Brett Murray and Bittercomix co-founder Conrad Botes


Boogie Lights at the Bijou

It's a four-day only run for "Boogie Lights" - collaborative wall lamps from sculptor Brett Murray and Bittercomix co-founder Conrad Botes. Satirical and terminally hip. To be displayed in the cavernous spaces of the old Bijou Cinema. The show opens on Friday August 27 at 7pm and closes on August 31. Tel: 447-1971.

The Bijou, 178 Lower Main Rd., Observatory.


The invitation for "Babes"

Babes at BangtheGAllery

Tracy Gander celebrates the sensuality of women in a series of photographic prints that hark back to the classic pinup photos of Hollywood's golden years when a star was a star and knew how to project it for the camera. Alongside these prints, are paintings of babies by Lilly Turner in a show entitled "Babes". It opens on Monday August 30 and runs until October 9.

Bang the Gallery is at 92 Bree Street.
ph: (021) 422 1477. or check out the website at


Jean Brundrit's "Lavender Menace"

Lavender Menace at the AVA

A different version of what being a woman can mean is projected by Jean Brundrit in a new series of photographs investigating the lesbian way of life in a show called "Lavender Menace" - a title which promises warmth and humour.

Opening August 30.

AVA, 35 Church Street.
ph: (021) 424-7436; fax 423-2637; e-mail
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm; Saturday, 10am to 1pm.

Connections- November in Jakarta

Photographs by Julia Knorr of the November 1998 student riots in Jakarta.
Show closes September 18. Tel: 447-0418.

German Language Centre, no.20 Suite 203, Waverley Business Park, Wyecroft Rd., Mowbray.

Tracey Derrick

Tracey Derrick
"Bare Necessity" series (1998)
black and white photograph

Three shows at the AVA

Opening on Tuesday 10 August is "Bare Necessity", a show of photographs by Tracey Derrick of sex workers in and around Cape Town. Derrick says that she found herself challenging the myths which society holds about sex workers and the trade they ply. The sassy black and white photographs reflect Derrick's admiration for the courage and wit of her subjects, and throw new light on this scorned and marginalised facet of society.

Also new at the AVA is work by sculptor Jan du Toit and multi-media works by Nadja Daehnke. Daenkhe's show has generated some excitement in its build up and promises to be quite interesting. She sets about to examine the construction of normality and morality in scientific text and images. The shows all close on August 28.

See Paul Edmunds' Review

AVA, 35 Church Street.
ph: (021) 424-7436; fax 423-2637; e-mail
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm; Saturday, 10am to 1pm.

Lionel Abrams

Lionel Abrams
Proust in His Bath
Acrylic on canvas
124 x 124 cm

Lionel Abrams at the Lipschitz

A retrospective of the paintings, drawings and sketches of Johannesburg artist and teacher Lionel Abrams (1931-97) will be on view at the Lipschitz until the end of August.
See review

Peter Eastman

Peter Eastman
Old coins, bicycle reflectors

Art Jewellery

Also at the Lipschitz: "Low Lustre, High Art: Goldsmithing Today" is the show which drew appreciative audiences to the Nitskana Gallery in the Monument Building at the Grahamstown Festival. Curated by Errico Cassa, Carine Terreblanche and Saar Moritz, the show features quirky and often beautiful jewellery in a variety of materials and styles by more than 20 Western Cape artists. Ends August 31.

Lipschitz Gallery, 138-140 Buitengragt Street, Cape Town.
ph: (021) 422-0280.

Jodi Bieber

Jodi Bieber
The Fast Guns Hangout, Westbury, Johannesburg
Silver print

"Lines of Sight" at the SANG

Following on the "eye Africa" exhibition earlier this year which looked at early photography in much of the continent, the Gallery is exploring a variety of aspects of South African photography over the last century. Check the review by Mthandeni Ziqubu.

Africa Meets Africa

"Mami Wata Legba"
Agbali Kossi
Togo; wood, paint;

Africa meets Africa

From the collection of the Museum of Ethnology in Rotterdam comes this collection of splendid African objects. A more appropriate title might be "Africa Comes Home to Africa", but no doubt everyone involved with the organisation is hoping questions of cultural reclamation will not be raised. Opening August 4.
See review

SANG, Government Ave, Gardens
Gallery hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm
ph: (021) 4651628

World Press Photo

In a fine photographic essay on the crowded lives of illegal Chinese immigrant men in New York, Chien-Chi Chang clicks on a worker dining on a fire escape.

World Press Photos at The Castle

The annual roundup of the best efforts of the photo journalists who roam the globe looking for the most heart-rending, grisly, electrifying and heart warming moments to illuminate our daily newspapers. Extremely popular. Until August 9.

The Castle, Cape Town. Gallery hours: Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4pm.


Postcards designed by Brode Vosloo
i-Jusi/Orange Juice Design


Self professed "Official supplier of design to the Rainbow Nation" Durban's Orange Juice Design are known for their wild and free wheeling designs for clients and for i-Jusi ,an experimental graphic design magazine with a long list of contributors which aims "to encourage and promote South African graphic design to interested creatives and writers world wide". I-Jusi is published tri-annually, and spreads from the A3 format magazine have been gaffer-taped up at the Picto-Ifas Gallery. On all this month.

Picto-Ifas Gallery 11-13 Bree Street
ph: (021) 419 6290

Velile Soha

A painting by Velile Soha

From Pisces into Aquarius

Mostly awful work with no discernable theme with redeeming moments from Velile Soha, and Veronique Malherbe, who recreates the bedroom of a young gang rape victim, though what that has to do with New Age theology one cannot imagine. An initiative of Le Bon Ton ...& Art. Until August 6.

Idasa Gallery, Spin Street
ph: (021) 4612559


Detail of a piece by the artist


Veronica de Greeff-Gabrielse presents mixed media work on the theme of the mysteries of death and resurrection. August 2 - 27 at Bang the Gallery.
See review

Bang the Gallery is at 92 Bree Street.
ph: (021) 422 1477. or check out the website at

Ian Pells

Ian Pells with one of his ceramic pieces.

Ceramacists at the Chelsea

Ian Pells and Debbie Webb show ceramics and other work at the Chelsea Gallery until August 25. The exhibition will be opened by Jill Joubert on August 2 at 6.30 p.m.

Chelsea Gallery, 51 Waterloo Rd, Wynberg
ph: (021) 7616805

Chantal Coetzee

Dead Pan
by Jan Verboom

Prophecy 2000 at the 3rd I Gallery

Soundmeister Warrick Sony is one of those collaborating on a video installation by Nick Potgieter and Roger Smith on Prophecy 2000, which opened at the 3rd I Gallery on August 11. The show features work around predictions for or visions of the next Millennium. Other exhibitors include Bitterkomix' Conrad Botes, David May and Tyrone Appollis. Until September 10.

3rd I can be found at 95 Waterkant Street.
ph: (021) 425-2266.

Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm; Saturday 10am to 1pm.

Vita Awards

Invite for the opening & award presentation
of the 1999 FNB Vita Art Prize


Vita Awards

On the night of August 10, the 1999 FNB Vita Art Award winner will be announced at the Sandton Civic Gallery. For ArtThrob's preview check news; or see Kathryn Smith's review

"Personal Concerns" at the Market Theatre Galleries

Featuring work by several exciting young artists - Brad Hammond, Usha Prajapat, Robin Rhode, Mocke Janse van Vuuren and Richard Penn (who collaborate on some stunning stop-frame animation work), Jose Ferreira and Mark Dunlop - "And many many more" reads the invitation - this show is more process-orientated than 'curated' in the strictest sense, developing over the duration of the exhibition. Rhode and Dunlop appeared recently on "Truth Veils: The Inner City" (Market Theatre Galleries) and Hammond recently won the Kempton Park/Tembisa Annual Art Competition, and received a merit award on this year's ABSA Atelier Competition. Until August 28.

See Kathryn Smith's Review

1st floor, Market Theatre Complex, cnr Bree and Wolhuter streets, Newtown
ph: (011) 832-1641

Frances Goodman
Sleep Series, 21 June - 24 June 1997 (detail) 1997
Papier mache, cloth
90 x 180 x 10cm

"The Paper Show" at the Goodman

Curator Peter Schutz invited almost 20 artists to explore the sculptural possibilities of paper in its many forms. The results were gratifying, the show has been extremely well received, and a strong lineup includes Penny Siopis, Jeremy Wafer and Durant Sihlali. Check Review. Until August 7.

Goodman Gallery. 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg.
ph: (011) 788-1113.

Lieke Grob
Daily Life in a Suitcase

Johannesburg Civic Gallery

"Daily Life in a Suitcase" is a project by Dutch artist Lieke Grob in which through an intemediary, Grob invited six South African women to fill a suitcase with written and gathered material portraying their lives over a ten year period, during which time Grob visited the women, and made a film about each. The results of this long term and intimate project are now on show.

Johannesburg Civic Gallery, Loveday Street, Braamfontein.
ph: (011) 403-3408

Martienssen Prize Exhibition

Benni Neocleous
Home Sweet Home
mixed media
each unit is 18.5cm X 18.5 X 8.5cm

Martienssen Prize Exhibition, GPG Gallery, Wits University

Approached with trepidation by students and perverse excitement by culture-watchers (ever since Kendell Geers' inflammatory review in a Johannesburg newspaper two years ago), this on again-off again-on again competition showcases work made independently (with no supervision or assistance by lecturing staff) by 3rd and 4th year Wits University Fine Arts students. The judges are Bongi Dhlomo, Jack Ginsberg and Tracey Rose. The show opens on 4 August at 18h00 and in the tradition of getting local luminaries to speak, Professor Andries Oliphant will do the honours this year.

See Kathryn Smith's Review

Closes 27 August 1999.
ph: (011) 716-3632

Walter Meyer

Filling Station
A landscape painting
by Walter Meyer


Objects of Desire: The Changing Still Life at the Open Window Gallery

A group exhibition featuring some well known names like Guy du Toit, Cecile Heystek, Walter Meyer, Anette Pretorius, Albert Redelinghuys, Kevin Roberts and Elna Venter, challenges the well-baked genre of the still life.

For more information, contact Henk Serfontein at (012) 347 1740 or
10 Rigel Ave, Erasmusrand, Pretoria

Sasol New Signatures Art competition at the Association of Arts Pretoria

It is at about this time we start to wonder why, with the few art competitions we have in this country, they all have to be lumped together around the middle of the year? A more even distribution would prevent these from being taken for granted at best, and at worst, from creating a homogenous, polymorphous mass whose individual identities and agendas are rather opaque. Be that as it may, the Sasol New Signatures opens in Pretoria on Wednesday 18 August at 19h00. With Stuttafords Van lines on board shipping work across the country, perhaps this show, like the Kempton Park/Tembisa Annual event, is more representative of popular modes of production than say, the Vita Art Prize. First prize is R 10 000, followed by two judges' awards of R 3 000 each and a people's choice prize of R 2 000 (nominated by the gallery-going public). Past winners for the last two years will exhibit work in an adjacent hall. For those young artists who have never submitted work to a competition like this, negotiating the entries-days are truly�well�character-building. An update on the winning works will follow next week.

18 August - 5 September 1999

"New Signatures" Winner announced

Moses Khubisa

This photograph was made by Moses Khubisa in a workshop conducted by Stefan Bremer


X-scape at the NSA Gallery

A joint project of the Durban Centre for Photography at the NSA and the Finnish Museum of Helsinki, "X-scape, photography in a new South Africa" opened at the NSA Gallery on August 8. The exhibition is part of the Shuttle 99 initiative - a cultural exchange programme between South Africa and the nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Until August 26.

NSA Gallery: 166 Bulwer Rd, Glenwood, Durban
ph: (031) 223686

James Beckett

James Beckett
Dark objective
Household objects painted black and installed in a gallery

James Beckett at the NSA Gallery

The prospect of a world ruled over by manic machines is made more uneasily plausible by James Beckett's gallery-filling installation of domestic furniture and appliances gone black and out of control. Last few days- ends August 7

NSA Gallery: 166 Bulwer Rd, Glenwood, Durban
ph: (031) 223686

Malcolm Payne

Malcolm Payne
Colour Test 1974



This overview of 25 years of South African art was curated by Julia Charlton and Fiona Rankin Smith and made a first appearance at this year's Grahamstown Festival.
The curators clearly went to great trouble to impose a structure on the unwieldy body of work, but the limited galleries of the Albany Museum were too much for the show, and it ended up looking overcrowded. Nontheless, "Emergence" is an important show, with many key works from the South African canon. In the more generous spaces of the King George VI Gallery, they should be seen to much better advantage, and it will be possible to give a more considered response to whether the show fulfils its purpose as a definitive overview. Review

King George V1 Gallery, St Georges Park
Gallery hours:
Weekdays 9:00 - 17:00 (Closed Tuesday Mornings)
Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays 14:00 - 17:00

ph: ++27 41 586-1030
fax: ++27 41 586-3234

Gallery website:
Exhibition website:

Kay Hassan

Kay Hassan
Egoli (The City of Gold) 1998
Installation detail

Jean Brundrit

Jean Brundrit 1998
Does Your Lifestyle Depress your Mother? Series
Black and white photograph



"Democracy's Images, Photography and Visual Art After Apartheid"

This is the show curated by the team of Katarina Pierre, Rory Bester and Jan-Erik Lundström which opened at the BildMuseet in Umeå in the European autumn last year. "The curatorial intention," says Lundström in a catalogue essay, "was exactly to examine the visual arts as they took shape during these years (1994-8) of rapid and dramatic changes". The artists participating are Jodi Bieber, Jean Brundrit, Kay Hassan, Senzeni Marasela, Santu Mofokeng, Ruth Motau, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Cedric Nunn, Tracey Rose, Joachim Schönfeldt, Penny Siopis and Minnette Vari, and the exhibition is an excellent balance of artistic approaches and sensibilities. Currently to be seen at the Malmo Museet until August 8, then reopening on the 29th at the City Museum of Sundsvalls. The well designed and substantial catalogue, with essayists which include Okwui Enwezor, is most desirable.
Inquiries: Website:

Bongi Dhlomo

Bongi Dhlomo
Flashes 1999
Mixed media
Installation view at the Van Reekum


[[Rewind]]Fast Forward.ZA: New work from South Africa

Occupying the same territory as the other two shows listed on this page - recent work from a spectrum of South African artists - [[Rewind]] opened at the Van Reekum Museum in Apeldoorn in June this year, and good attendances have lengthened the life of the exhibition until October 5. Independent curator Bozzie Rabie worked with museum director Frits Bless to put together a show which while for the most part vibrant and powerful, is somewhat diluted by too great a variety of work in a not overly large space. It is a pleasure to see Bongi Dhlomo working again - her installation at the entrance of the exhibition contrasting Johannesburg's crowded township Alexandra with its rich neighbour Sandton is a fine introduction to the show. Other artists include Kevin Brand, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Esther Mahlangu and Robert Hodgins, and Willie Bester. ArtThrob viewers who are interested in overviews of the South African art scene might try to obtain this catalogue as well, with another provocative essay by Okwui Enwezor entitled "The Crisis of Relevance".
The Van Reekum email address is Or pay a virtual visit:

Gavin Jantjes

Gavin Jantjes
Untitled (from the series Zulu) 1989
Ink on paper


"Claiming Art/Reclaiming Space: Post-Apartheid Art from South Africa"

"Claiming Art/Reclaiming Space: Post-Apartheid Art from South Africa" opened last month at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, one of the Smithsonian group of institutions. The title is derived from a 1995 quote by David Koloane: "Apartheid was a politics of space more than anything .. much of the apartheid legislation was denying people the right to move. It's all about space, restricting space �Claiming art is also reclaiming space". This is an exhibition of the Museum's holdings, rather than a curated show, and contains the work of 21 artists - prints, paintings, collages, videotapes and one sculpture - mainly from recent years, but with a few earlier pieces to set the scene. There is also a virtual interactive artists' book , Emandulo Re-creation, an Artists Proof studio project, with work by 20 more artists. Artists whose work is to be seen at the museum include David Koloane, Willie Bester, Gavin Jantjes, Winston Saoli and Sue Williamson.




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