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MONTHLY ISSUE #54 FEB 2002
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Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo

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Moshekwa Langa

Moshekwa Langa
Far away from any scenery that he knew or understood
Digital print

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Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt
You Promised (detail)

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Mustafa Maluka

Mustafa Maluka
Money is of no use in the jungle

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Jo O'Connor

Jo O'Connor
Gardenism
Installation view

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SELECTED LISTINGS

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THIS MONTH:

Recently opened in New York is Okwui Enwezor's major survey exhibition, 'The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994'. The New York Times carried two reviews on Sunday, with Holland Cotter hailing it as "one of most important shows to hit town in years" (and recommending that someone "grab" Moshekwa Langa for a New York solo), and Roberta Smith awarding it "landmark status". While contemporary African art is gaining a toehold on the global scene, African modernism has remained overlooked and largely invisible - and both critics clearly find it immensely rewarding and stimulating to see such work situated within its historical and political context. All of which drives home what a tragedy it is that 'The Short Century' will not be seen in South Africa (or anywhere on the continent), despite efforts by certain staff at the SA National Gallery. Of course, the costs involved in a show like this are enormous, but surely, if it had been planned from the start, there could have been a way? As small consolation, the full reviews by Cotter and Smith can be read online (registration is required but free).

CAPE

Photographer Pieter Hugo holds his first solo show at the Cold Room. See works commissioned for the World Wide Video Festival at Michaelis Galleries

Works from the Meneghelli Collection of African art are on show at the Standard Bank Gallery. Judith Mason opens at Art on Paper

New work by Ulric Roldanus and Michael Croeser opens at the NSA Gallery while a photographic exhibition promises 'The Truth about Tibet'

A new Parkett edition by William Kentridge is included on 'The Armory Show' in New York, while traditional South African art gets major exposure at the Musée des Arts d'Afrique in Paris

REVIEWS

The critical lowdown on Dorothee Kreutzfeldt at the AVA, Arlene Amaler-Raviv and Dale Yudelman's 'Where the Mountain meets the City', 'Surviving the Lens' at Jo'burg Art Gallery, Diane Victor's farewell to Pretoria, Egon Tania at João Ferreira, the Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennial and more
NEWS

National Arts Council CEO Doreen Nteta outlines the way forward: from art to heritage. The 'Fresh' series of artists' residencies at the National Gallery signs off with a visit from Moshekwa Langa
SUE WILLIAMSON'S DIARY

Still in Washington, Artthrob's founding editor attends a symposium entitled 'Who defines the contemporary? Biennials and the global art world'

ART BIO

South Africa's top ceramicist Hylton Nel takes the spotlight with a touring retrospective exhibition
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH

Website of the month is a virtual gallery of African art - currently showing new work by South African artist in Amsterdam Mustafa Maluka
PROJECT OF THE MONTH

Meschac Gaba invites you to play an online game of 'Adji' - created for the Salon of his Museum of Contemporary African Art at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris
EXCHANGE

Attend a Zulu pot-making workshop by master potter Jabu Nala at Spaza Art.
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