Archive: Issue No. 50, October 2001

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24.10.01 'Innovative Threads' at Durban Art Gallery
24.10.01 No Red Eye @rt in November
24.10.01 End of year party and fundraising gala at the DAG
24.10.01 Film screenings and lectures at the NSA
17.10.01 'Endowment/Ezamandulo' at Durban Art Gallery
10.10.01 Aidan Walsh - 'Places' at the NSA Gallery
10.10.01 Association of Potters Regional Exhibition at the NSA
03.10.01 October Red Eye at Durban Art Gallery
03.10.01 Carol Kaufman talks on 'Soul of Africa' at the DAG
21.08.01 'The Politics of Space' at the KwaMuhle Museum
21.08.01 'Art Against Apartheid' at Durban Art Gallery
21.08.01 'Soul of Africa' - Art from the Han Coray Collection at the DAG

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12.09.01 Walter Oltmann, Standard Bank Young Artist 2001 at the Tatham
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Christina Mabasa

Christina Mabasa
Untitled
2001


'Innovative Threads' at Durban Art Gallery

Textile art, which made an impact in the 1960s, has finally come of age, believes Margie Garratt, curator of 'Innovative Threads'. The quilt exhibition has already toured Cape Town, Grahamstown and Johannesburg and been visited by more than 10 000 people. One of the primary objectives of the show is to encourage textile artists, create a market and enlighten the public as to the rich diversity of textile art in this country. Jurors Sally Scott (fibre artist and teacher) and Carol Brown (director of Durban Art Gallery) chose 35 artworks highlighting the challenges presented by the thread medium. For more information see www.inno.co.za.

Opening: October 31
Closing: November 25

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd floor, City Hall, Smith Street
Tel: (031) 311 2262
Fax: (031) 311 2273
Website: www.durban.gov.za/museums/artgallery/index.htm
Hours: Mon - Sat 8.30am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 4pm




No Red Eye @rt in November

The Red Eye @rt committee will be taking a breather for the month of November to allow for a regrouping of minds and ideas and the opportunity to shift into gear for an end of year party of mega proportions. Red Eye supporters can look forward to kicking off the festive season with a bumper event on December 7 to be held at the Wheel Shopping Centre in the space that formerly housed The Hub. This two-in-one event will take art out of the traditional gallery environment and lend a fresh perspective to both a disused shopping location and the artworks themselves. It promises to be a big one.




End of year party and fundraising gala at the DAG

The Friends of the Durban Art Gallery will be holding their annual End of Year party at the gallery on Thursday November 15 from 7pm. There will be a live jazz band and the theme will be 'Innovative Threads'. Numbers will be limited so patrons are asked to reserve their places in advance. The cost of R80 per person will include a curry dinner, sweets and wine.

A gala fundraising event will be presented by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Friends of the Durban Art Gallery on Saturday November 24 at 7pm. The evening will feature a five-star meal with fine wines in the long gallery where 'Innovative Threads', 'Soul of Africa' and the Standard Bank Young Artist exhibition by Walter Oltmann will be on view. Listen to the strains of the KZNPO under the baton of Gerhard Geist playing a programme of light classics from Mozart to Mendelssohn. The event has been organised as a joint collaboration to raise funds for the purchase of artworks and to extend the educational programmes of the DAG. Tickets are R250 per person.

To book for either event phone Rosemary Muir on (031) 311 2268.




Film screenings and lectures at the NSA

The NSA will present three film screenings and supporting lectures with film fundi Eddie Magic under the title 'To see or not to see, to be seen (and how) or not to be seen (at all?)'. This series of lectures hopes to engage audiences with the myriad possibilities of looking as engaged through the filmic experience.

Lecture 1, Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm
How do I look? - to you, to myself, how do I appear, how am I seen? What are the ways in which I'm seen or can be seen, the conditions of my visibility? Film: The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Lecture 2, Wednesday, October 31 at 7pm
How do I see? How do I look at you, at the film, at myself? How do I see, what are the modes, constraints and possibilities of my seeing, the terms of vision for me? Film: Antonia's Line.

Lecture 3, Wednesday, November 7 at 7pm
How do I look on? - as the film unrolls from reel to reel in the projector, as the images appear and the story unfolds on the screen, as the fantasy scenario unveils and the sound track plays on in my head? Film: Eyes Wide Shut.

Tickets available at the door: R20 each or R50 for series

For more information call Storm or Nathi on (031) 202 3686.

NSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood
Tel: (031) 202 3686
Fax: (031) 202 3744
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 3pm




'Endowment/Ezamandulo' at Durban Art Gallery

Last chance to catch 'Endowment/Ezamandulo', an exhibition curated annually at the DAG by the eThekwini Heritages Department to commemorate and celebrate the diversity of KwaZulu-Natal's heritage. Every year yields an increasingly wide collection of works drawn from both professional artists and grassroots communities. This year is no exception and viewers will probably find themselves reassessing their notions of what constitutes our social, cultural and historical inheritances.

Closing: October 21

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd floor, City Hall, Smith Street
Tel: (031) 311 2262
Fax: (031) 311 2273
Website: www.durban.gov.za/museums/artgallery/index.htm
Hours: Mon - Sat 8.30am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 4pm


Aidan Walsh

Aidan Walsh
Entrance, Verulam Graveyard
Oil painting


Aidan Walsh - 'Places' at the NSA Gallery

The ever-popular Aidan Walsh shows recent work under the title 'Places'. Walsh carefully documents the visible world around him in small and intense paintings. He is known in particular for his fascination with places of history or sacred import. His interest is not just in public monuments that stand witness to great events, but also to those spaces that hold personal memories. Typical of such sites are cemeteries. Loaded with the cultural and religious trappings of our intimations of mortality, these are also sites of intensely private experiences. Walsh maintains that "I only paint things which affect me: if something does not touch me, it is not worth the effort". For Walsh the unusual and sublime lie hidden in the everyday.

A professional painter all his adult life, Durban-born Walsh trained at the Natal Technical College and later in London. Influential in the South African art scene since 1961 as a gallerist and curator, his works are in numerous collections (public and private) locally as well as in France, the United Kingdom, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Opening: October 16 at 6pm
Closing: November 4

NSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood
Tel: (031) 202 3686
Fax: (031) 202 3744
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 3pm


Lynnley Watson

Lynnley Watson
Ceramic sculpture


'Anything that Pours' - Association of Potters of Southern Africa at the NSA

The aptly named 'Anything that Pours' shows off the products of the KZN branch of the Association of Potters of Southern Africa (APSA). Partially sponsored by Old Mutual, the exhibition promises a wide range of approaches and techniques in an arena that is much more diverse than many are aware. Surprises will also occur in terms of the exhibitors - so far all we know is that this regional show presents works by well-known (but unnamed) KwaZulu-Natal potters and showcases guest exhibitor Lynnley Watson from Port Elizabeth. Watson is known for her classically shaped Raku and smoke-fired vessels and ceramic sculpture.

Potters and ceramicists who are interested in joining APSA are invited to contact Martha Zettler on (031) 201 3350.

Opening: October 16 at 6pm
Closing: November 4

NSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood
Tel: (031) 202 3686
Fax: (031) 202 3744
Email: iartnsa@mweb.co.za
Website: www.nsagallery.co.za
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 3pm


Julie Hartley

Julie Hartley as Marilyn Monroe


October Red Eye at Durban Art Gallery

After the serious issues of last month's World Conference Against Racism, this month Red Eye @rt focuses on fashion. Seven young designers will showcase their creations in a competition for a floating trophy, to be awarded by the night's audience. There will be a guest appearance by Marilyn Monroe, aka Julie Hartley. Music is by Durban rock band Thirty Three; there will be an arm-wrestling competition and fire-performers outside.

October 5, 6pm - 8pm

Entrance R15, R10 for members and students
Durban Art Gallery, 2nd floor, City Hall, Smith Street
For more information contact Liana Turner at (031) 311 2268
Website: www.redeyeart.co.za


Han Coray Collection

African mask from the collection of Han Coray


Carol Kaufman talks on 'Soul of Africa' at the DAG

'Soul of Africa' is the most important African art exhibition ever to have been shown in Durban. It consists of sculptures from Central Africa dating back 500 years and features Benin bronzes, Kuba masks and many objects used in ceremonial occasions. The works are on loan from the Volkermuseum in Zurich and were collected by Han Coray, a Swiss collector in the early part of the 20th century. The Friends of the Durban Art Gallery have invited Carol Kaufman to give a walkabout of this collection. Curator of African Art at the South African National Gallery, she will hopefully provide another viewpoint to the somewhat antiquated vision of the official catalogue.

October 9 at 7pm
Cost: R10 including refreshments

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd floor, City Hall, Smith Street
Tel: (031) 311 2262
Fax: (031) 311 2273
Website: www.durban.gov.za/museums/artgallery/index.htm
Hours: Mon - Sat 8.30am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 4pm




'The Politics of Space' at the KwaMuhle Museum

Subtitled 'Apartheid Architecture, Urban Design and Spatial Policy', this promises to be an interesting exhibition. Drawing on Michel Foucault's writings and elaborations on Bentham's Panopticon as a model for the organisation of the apartheid city, the exhibition will demonstrate that in South Africa the control of the black majority was based on the same principles as the Panopticon, a prison in which all prisoners can be watched from one point, a structure which is "the epitome of surveillance; a machine for controlling people, a laboratory of power". The exhibition will use text, documents, photographs and artefacts to show the way in which apartheid was implemented, taking Durban as its main point of reference. The exhibition will also examine resistance to apartheid and the way in which the oppressed claimed spaces within the city to demonstrate their opposition to racist and oppressive laws.

The guest speaker for the opening evening will be Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Ben Ngubane.

Opening: Tuesday August 28 at 6.30pm for 7pm

See REVIEWS

KwaMuhle Museum, 130 Ordinance Road, Durban
For more information contact Lorelle Royeppen at loreller@crsu.durban.gov.za
Tel: (031) 311 2235 or 083 234 4598
Fax: (031) 311 2224


Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein
Gouache


'Art Against Apartheid' at the Durban Art Gallery

Spanish artist Antonio Saura and French artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest devised the concept of an association of Artists of the World Against Apartheid in Paris in 1983 - the same year the United Democratic Front was formed in South Africa. International artists responded to the appeal by Saura and Pignon-Ernest to denounce apartheid's crime against culture and fight for a new non-racial democracy by producing a range of art that was both powerful and moving.

This international collection was first shown in Paris in November 1983 at the Rothschild Foundation. Since then it has been exhibited in over 40 cities worldwide. In 1995, a year after the first democratic elections in South Africa, the collection was presented to South Africa and it is now housed in Parliament.

The collection comprises works by 80 artists, as well as contributions by internationally acclaimed poets, writers and philosophers. Hazel Friedman comments: "The exhibition reads [most] effectively as an extraordinarily broad selection of works by representatives of popular international art movements of the late 1970s and 1980s ..." Artists include France's Christian Boltanski, showing conceptual photographs of children framed in glass; op art works by Venezuelans Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesus Raphael Soto; abstract expressionism by Robert Motherwell and Antonio Tapies and pop art by English artist Joe Tilson. A gouache by Roy Lichtenstein, lithographs by James Rosenquist, mixed media by Claes Oldenburg and a figurative oil by Richard Hamilton are but a small fraction of the big-name works on this exhibition.

The exhibition forms one of the fringe activities of the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance that is being held in Durban in early September. It has been brought to the DAG by the South African government.

Opening: August 20
Closing: October 20

See REVIEWS

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd floor, City Hall, Smith Street
Tel: (031) 311 2262
Fax: (031) 311 2273
Website: www.durban.gov.za/museums/artgallery/index.htm
Hours: Mon - Sat 8.30am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 4pm


Han Coray Collection

Mask from the Han Coray Collection


'Soul of Africa' - Art from the Han Coray Collection at the Durban Art Gallery

Han Coray was one of the first collectors of the early 20th century to exhibit African tribal objects as art. His collecting was based largely on aesthetic considerations and the collection has always been regarded as an art collection and never as an ethnographic one. The people for whom these objects were made, however, did not separate form from function and the "aesthetic" effects were an indication of the object's status and importance.

While the concept of art, as is understood in the Western European paradigm, did not exist in these communities, the success of the work in rituals and ceremonies was linked to the craftsmanship. In most of the cultures represented in the Han Coray Collection, for instance, "good" and "beautiful" are expressed by the same word. The many chairs and stools that were owned by persons of a high status are one example where the symbolic ornamentation reflects their rank, prestige and standing in the world.

The exhibition is structured into six thematic areas that address royalty, proclamations of status, rituals of passage, religious practices, funerary and ancestral beliefs and ceremonial instruments. In a museum environment, these pieces are out of context, removed from their natural life cycle. For example, idealised human figures carved by the Baule to assuage the spirits of the wilderness were usually smeared with beer or blood from sacrificial offerings. While some figures still bear traces of their earlier lives, most were cleaned off before they were sold to European collectors. Similarly, power figures were altered once the maker had completed them. Substances thought to contain supernatural powers were added or nails were driven into them to stimulate healing powers, elicit advice, or seal an oath.

Exhibition curator Miklós Szalay says Coray came to believe there was no distinction between African art and religion. Szalay goes on to say that today, the unity between art, religion and society no longer exists in Africa the way it did in the 1920s. "Art, it is said, strives for autonomy," he writes in the catalogue, but then cautions that as art is released from its social and religious context, its importance is diminished.

Opening: September 2
Closing: November 25

Durban Art Gallery, 2nd floor, City Hall, Smith Street
Tel: (031) 311 2262
Fax: (031) 311 2273
Website: www.durban.gov.za/museums/artgallery/index.htm
Hours: Mon - Sat 8.30am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 4pm

PIETERMARITZBURG

Walter Oltmann

Walter Oltmann
Larva Suit
2001
Aluminium and steel wire
230 x 160 x 40cm


Walter Oltmann - Standard Bank Young Artist 2001 at the Tatham

Walter Oltmann is this year's Standard Bank Young Artist. Known for his almost obsessive wirework sculptures which employ traditional basket-making, thatching and weaving techniques, he transforms everyday items into glittering icons. Blowing up the scale of everything from a glove to a wooden spoon, he engages in a discourse that embraces postcoloniality through reference to the mundane srawn from a variety of cultures in South Africa. Recent work has also seen the manifestation of strange hybrid creations such as his Larva Suit - a cocoon-like, full-scale suit with sci-fi mutant connotations. A show not to be missed.

Opening: September 13 at 6pm
Closing: October 28

See Reviews and Artbio, Artthrob July 2001

Tatham Art Gallery, corner Longmarket St and Commercial Rd
Tel: (033) 342 1804/01
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 6pm

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