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Goodman Gallery

The Blinding Light

Mounir Fatmi
The Blinding Light, Print on mirror , 103 x 150 cm

SEE LISTING 5 km from Carletonville (3)

William Kentridge
5 km from Carletonville (3), Charcoal and coloured pencil on ledger book paper from the Central Administration Mine Cash Book 1906 ,

SEE LISTING Sibidla Autostereogram Cycle

Mikhael Subotzky
Sibidla Autostereogram Cycle, Single-channel HD video ,

SEE LISTING Land of Black Gold IV

Siemon Allen
Land of Black Gold IV, Original comic mounted on board ,

SEE LISTING No Colonial Blimp

Carla Busuttil
No Colonial Blimp, Oil on Canvas ,


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Hours: Tuesday to Friday 09:30 - 17.30 | Saturday 10:00 - 16:00 | Closed Sunday, Monday and public holidays


Liza Lou, David Goldblatt, Mounir Fatmi, Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg, Candice Breitz, Kendell Geers , Mikhael Subotzky and Moshekwa Langa at Goodman Gallery

'Imagine them reconstructing the conceptual framework of our cultural moment from those fragments. What are the parameters of that moment, the edge of that framework?' K Eshun (2003)

'Other People’s Memories' is a group show which explores the ways in which history and memory exist in the process of making, as well as the process of viewing, and by extension, the relationship between the artist, the artwork and the viewer. ?The works included in the exhibition are the result of the artists’ relationship to something which has already happened, so that the artwork becomes an act of insertion, where the artists’ personal history becomes part of the historical, social or cultural moment which is referenced. In some instances the physical presence of the artists and their surroundings is consciously transferred to the artwork.


Participating Artists:


28 January 2015 - 26 February 2015

William Kentridge at Goodman Gallery

The exhibition consists of approximately 45 landscape drawings, mainly made from mining landscapes around Johannesburg.

The drawings are made on the pages of an old cash book from East Rand Proprietary Mines from 1906 (with a few from other mine ledgers), in which the text under the drawings, either covered or glimpsed, is an important part of the history of the drawing. What is hidden by the landscape? What traces are left in the landscape by the actions upon it? In what way does nature reclaim this damaged ground and erase its history?

The drawings were done over a three year period, and range from the East Rand to the platinum belt. Accompanying the exhibition is a launch of a book which reproduces the drawings and includes a text by Rosalind Morris, Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. Part detective story, part archival history, part anthropological reverie, Morris’s text reads between the lines to find evidence of the vast webs that linked South Africa to other parts of Africa, China, the United States, and Australia in an early moment of the globalizing economy.

15 November 2014 - 20 December 2014

Mikhael Subotzky at Goodman Gallery

‘Show ‘n Tell’ at Goodman Gallery Cape Town presents a number of new works by Mikhael Subotzky, alongside a work that he made over ten years ago. At the heart of the exhibition is the psychological disparity between what it means to “show” something, and what is implied in “telling” about it. This subject has been central to Subotzky’s work, to varying degrees, since graduating from The University of Cape Town in 2004.

Subotzky writes: ‘ ‘Show ‘n Tell’ builds on the concerns of my previous body of work, Retinal Shift. I’m interested in situations where two opposing things can both be true, or at least coexist. And I’m interested in the psychology of this, the psychological need to split those things off from one another,” Subotzky explained in an interview with Valérie Labayle of Musée MAC/VAL. 'In Show ‘n Tell this plays out largely in the relationship between abstraction and representation. Of course, artists have been interested in optical illusions almost for as long as artworks have been made. My interest in this is specif¬ic to my experience. Autostereograms were a popular craze of the 1990s when I was a kid. So on the one hand they are a historical illustration of my early visual experiences of duality. But they are also interesting in relation to vision. The 3-D image that one ‘sees’ in the autostereogram doesn’t exist on our retinas. It is created entirely in our brains as a result of a repeated pattern, which takes advantage of our binocular vision in order to trick the brain into seeing three-dimensional form. Part of trying to understand how two opposing things can both be true is necessarily about the nature of truth itself, and thus about perception, memory and ontology too. This is why the imagery in ‘Show ‘n Tell’, both abstract and representational, draws from a wide range of scientific and mythological sources – two realms where truth and the nature of reality are thought about and contested.’

16 August 2014 - 13 September 2014

Various Artists at Goodman Gallery

Goodman Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition to end the calendar year, review some of the most significant works produced in 2013 and not yet seen in Cape Town, unveil new chapters in some ongoing projects, and to look forward to exhibitions coming up in 2014.

The exhibition features work by some of South Africa’s most important artists covering the full spectrum of contemporary artistic practice, and also serves as a chance to introduce a Cape Town audience to some of the exciting young artists the gallery has begun working with over the past year.

The exhibition will feature a new flip-book film by William Kentridge titled 'Second- Hand Reading', with music by South African composer Neo Muyanga. In the film, which premiered to great acclaim in New York in September, the pages of a 1914 edition of Cassel’s Cyclopedia of Mechanics, marked by the artist with charcoal, chalk and pencil, are flipped at twelve pages per second to create a characteristic and remarkable animation.

Kudzanai Chiurai will show the film 'Moyo' – as well as a new photographic print from the project – in which the artist gently engages with notions of memory, mourning and loss. Moyo is the third film in a series that includes Creation and Iyeza, which formed part of his exhibition at dOCUMENTA in 2012.

In a series of photographs titled SABC Minimal Candice Breitz explores the studios and stages behind the scenes at the South African Broadcasting Corporation, an institution that, despite its radical transformation over the past 20 years, remains indelibly marked by its own role in the country’s political and social history.

Gerald Machona anticipates his upcoming solo exhibition in Johannesburg with 'The Edelweiss', a delicate sculpture of Switzerland’s national flower, made with decommissioned currency and suspended under a glass dome, that speaks powerfully of the impact that seemingly abstract economic policies have on our daily lives.

Haroon Gunn-Salie’s 'Turn the Other Way', originally installed in a demolished house in District Six, asks viewers to consider their own role in the devastation of the neighborhood that began in the 1960s, and the ongoing conflicts over the land on which it once stood. In transposing the installation to a gallery space on the edge of the district the work’s message is changed and complicated further.

In 'Land of Black Gold IV', recently shown on the exhibition 'Kaboom! Comics in Art' at the Museum fur Moderne Kunst in Bremen, Siemon Allen strategically cuts up, splices and erases original Tintin comic strips by Hergé to create a large single panel that raises questions about language, cultural perspective and the contingent nature of narrative.

The exhibition also includes large-scale sculptural work by Kendell Geers, Sigalit Landau, Stuart Bird and Walter Oltmann, new and recent photographic work by Mikhael Subotzky, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Alfredo Jaar, David Goldblatt and Sue Williamson, and paintings by Moshekwa Langa, Clive van den Berg and Vusi Beauchamp.

14 December 2013 - 08 February 2014

Carla Busuttil at Goodman Gallery

Goodman Gallery Cape Town presents an exhibition of new paintings by South African-born and UK-based artist Carla Busuttil. In her first exhibition in Cape Town, titled 'Post-National Bliss', the artist imagines and explores the rituals and conflicts of a fictional world perpetually on the brink of chaos.

Busuttil writes: "This world is flat, and its inhabitants are a generation lost: unhinged aristocrats, powerless lawmen, scoundrel children, otherworldly victims – all lurching towards some unrecorded fate. It is a time after history. Left in the wake of this carnival of unseen faces lies a dystopian vacuum consumed by superstition and fervour.  This imagined future (or alternative present) is a world derived from history but extrapolated to an exaggerated end." 


In Busuttil's vivid and unsettling canvases and watercolors, figures and images from the edges of historical and current events are edited, divorced from prior context and re-imagined in a different world where new histories are allowed to emerge. In an accompanying video piece, titled 'No More History', figures from this world recur and jostle for attention. The mask appears as a motif throughout the exhibition, acting alternately as a disguise, a symbol of identification, and an object that bestows power, and freedom. 

02 November 2013 - 07 December 2013