Archive: Issue No. 71, July 2003

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Michael Stevenson Contemporary

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Michael Stevenson Contemporary

Michael Stevenson Contemporary
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Michael Stevenson Contemporary

Michael Stevenson Contemporary Gallery is Cape Town's newest kid on the block. The gallery, comprising three inter-leading white cubes, is to be run by Michael Stevenson, Kathy Grundlingh and Andrew da Conceicao. Stevenson currently runs a self-titled operation responsible for a number of exhibitions, collections and catalogues over the last few years. In addition to specialising in African art and artefacts, Stevenson has cultivated an in-depth knowledge of recent South African art. The gallery's inaugural show, 'Contact Zones: colonial and contemporary', was extremely well received by critics.

50th Venice Biennale

The 50th edition of the Venice Biennale, 'Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer', opened on June 15. Directed by Francesco Bonami, five South African's are participating in this year's events: Clifford Charles, Pitso Chinzima (in collaboration with Veliswa Gwintsa), Moshekwa Langa and Chris Ledochowski.
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Billed as a platform for collaboration, discussion, inspiration and exposure of visual design, art, music, writing and all forms of creative innovation.

Triangle Arts Trust

Initiates and facilitates an international network of artist led workshops and residencies that engage audiences through public events and exhibitions. The majority of workshops are in Africa.


The Arts Association of Bellville and Gallery has re-branded itself as Art.b - the Arts Association of Bellville. The gallery has been modernised, this attractive new website telling you all about it.

One of the oldest galleries in Cape Town, the AVA provides space for a continuous round of exhibitions decided upon by a committee.

Durban's Bartel Arts Trust acts as a community cultural centre on the harbour, with exhibitions, art shops and music, theatre and dance venues.

The Bell-Roberts Gallery, on Cape Town's upper Loop Street, is a hub of busy art activity with its new coffee and bookshop.

Small, functional site of a gallery located in Cape Town's picturesque Wynberg. Current exhibitions are listed and work by gallery artists can be referenced.

Website commemorating the area of District Six and honouring the people who fought against the forced removals and Group Areas Act.

Home of South Africa's top art dealer, Linda Givon, whose artists include Kendell Geers, William Kentridge, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Sue Williamson and Moshekwa Langa.

Cape Town's Greatmore studio and residency project is now online.

Home page of the Hänel Gallery in Shortmarket Street, Cape Town.

Jhb Art City

The official site for the Jhb Art City project, the on-going initiative that aims to use Johannesburg's inner city as the backdrop and setting for a large outdoor gallery.

Cape Town dealer João Ferreira's gallery in Hout Street showcases work by well-known and emerging contemporary South African artists.

Home of the Port Elizabeth gallery, with news of current exhibitions and activities and a virtual tour of some highlights.

A portal offering access to most of South Africa's national and regional museums.

Durban leading contemporary art gallery, run by the Natal Society of Arts.

Brings together the former collection of Fernand F Haenggi, comprising mainly 1970s and 1980s works by South African artists including Norman Catherine, Lucas Sithole, Judith Mason and Lucas Seage.

Johannesburg's premiere photographic gallery, with two exhibition spaces, represents Hannelie Coetzee, Graeme Williams and Jürgen Schadeberg, amongst others.

An independent art consultant, dealing in works by leading and emerging, contemporary South African artists.

One of Cape Town's more enduring art institutions, housed in a historic farmhouse once owned by artist Ruth Prowse.

The Cape Town based centre co-ordinates activities aimed at fostering the development of the practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism of photography.

Comprehensive site with info about the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, library and newsletters.

Point of access for The | Premises gallery (which is currently under construction) at the Johannesburg Civic Centre and arts consultancy group The Trinity Session.

Helen Martins' home and sculpture garden in Nieu-Bethesda are beautifully documented, alongside info about the Owl House Foundation's conservation efforts.

Online gallery promotes visual artists in South Africa with the aim of selling work, and includes articles, news and profiles.


This New York-based gallery is run by South Africans Lisa Brittan and Gary van Wyk, the space devoted innovative exhibitions featuring South African artists.

The London counterpart of Jo'burg's Bag Factory and Cape Town's Greatmore Studios, with an international residency programme.

Download essays and read about the site specific projects commissioned by Locus+, a non-profit arts organisation based in England.

This beautifully executed website is worth navigating just for its crisp design and excellent animations. It also happens to be the online mouthpiece for the Palais de Tokyo, an innovative contemporary art space in Paris.

Dutch organisation with its own gallery, which also sponsors public art projects by such artists as Vito Acconci.

The Thami Mnyele Studio in Amsterdam offers residencies for two visiting artists a year.

Virtual Museum of Contemporary African Art

The VMCAA offers an insightful list of African artists based in the Netherlands, including Mustafa Maluka, Ina van Zyl, Michelle Tabor, Moshekwa Langa, Marlene Dumas and Jon Eiselin.


Andries Odendaal

Heralded as one of the world's most innovative Flash programmers, this link will reveal why.

Standard Bank Young Artist for 2000, Alborough's site contains everything you need to know about this reclusive personality.

A site that offers visual artists a home on the web, without the costs of registering domains or employing web designers. Artists include Wilma Cruise, Willem Boshoff and Diane Victor.

Cobus van Staden, a South African photographer living in Nagoya, Japan, posts pics regularly on his website.

"Kendell Geers - the black hole in the rainbow nation in a fucked up world." This site consists of articles and reviews of Geers' works and writings by the artist.

A website in memory of South African artist Lucas Sithole (1931-1994), showing many important sculptures from 1966-1991, as well as biographical notes, pictorial references and stories about the works.

New website documenting output of this expatriate artist.

Photographer Rob Mills reflects on domesticity and the personal realm, using a very simple site as his exhibition space.

The personal website of Cape Town portrait artist and graphic designer Selvin November.

Independently funded directory lists over a thousand South African artists and is geared specifically towards online sales.

Offers extensive biographies and portfolio selections from an accomplished list of South African image-makers, including Rodney Barnett; David Goldblatt; Motlhalefi Mahlabe and Paul Weinberg.

Performance artist Steven Cohen's wicked attires and writings can be scrutinised at leisure on his site.

Johannesburg-based artist Theresa-Anne Mackintosh's new website.


Chaz Maviyane-Davies

As influential US design magazine Print has commented, this Zimbabwean designer's work "explores an indigenous iconography that speaks not only for his clients' particular needs but for Zimbabwe."

Intriguing and informative site by the pop author who is actually a sculptor by training.

A good way to track this Austrian artist's various initiatives, projects such as 'Administrative Detention For Asylum Seekers' and 'Barbie and Ken are HIV positive'. Activist art.

What can you hear during a Minute of Silence? Artist Jonty Semper's audio works ask disquieting questions about ritual and commemoration.

New York-based Davies is an inquisitive developer and programmer who applies design concepts to computer technology - often just to see what will happen.

A virtual exhibition of the works of Mozambican painter Kheto Lualuali, who has lived and worked in Amsterdam since 1998.

Rob Moonen is a Dutch conceptual artist known to many South Africans after he participated in a Cape Town workshop in 1996.

Valery Grancher has an interesting splash page that plays with binary oppositions like love/hate. The rest is less exciting.

Yugo Nakamura

Showcase for this Japanese master of Flash animation's MONO*crafts project.


Showcase for the International Design Indaba, which takes places annually in Cape Town.

A melting potjie of art, language, politics and the best koeksisters this side of the Swartberg, the annual Easter festival offers its highlights online.

The December 2001 Cape Town leg of the six-city 'Homeport' exhibition is documented with maps, pictures, information on contributing artists, and essays by Sue Williamson, Vincent Kolbe and Natasha Becker.

Founded in 1999, Public Eye was formed by a collection of Cape Town-based artists and cultural activists to initiate and manage art projects in the public arena with the aim of enriching the cultural life of the city and the country.

Information on the monthly Red Eye art-for-all event founded by Suzy Bell at Durban Art Gallery.


Introduce yourself to this "meeting of minds", organised by Miltos Manetas and the Electronic Orphanage.

Visit the gorgeous website of the International Biennial of Young Art, held from April 19 to May 19 2002.,8542,669680,00.html

London's Guardian newspaper presents selected exhibits from 'Body Worlds', the anatomical exhibition of real human bodies that has been seen by over eight million people worldwide.

The HSAL Project was designed specifically to have dialogue and communication between seven Dutch and seven South African artists as its primary objective.

This virtual tour from Universes in Universe concentrates on participants from Africa, Asia/Pacific and Latin America.

Universes in Universe takes a virtual tour of Okwui Enwezor's ambitious exhibition that "redefines Africa's place in the annals of 20th century history".

The website of the Dutch exhibition of installations and performances in Amsterdam and Hoorn which marks 400 years since the powerful VOC or Dutch East India ruled the spice routes to the east, colonising the Cape en route.


This site becomes more and more useful, with its e-mailing of arts-related press releases available to subscribers.

Cape-based artists are invited to exhibit work in the cyber gallery, join the database or list upcoming events.


"Chimurenga wants to articulate the experiences of African peoples wherever they may be located," says Ntone Edjabe, the founding editor of this Pan-Africanist publication in the tradition of Transition.

Online literary site edited by Alan Finlay and Paul Wessels, offering worthwhile contributions by a host of known names.

Devin Purvis runs this Durban based e-zine devoted to experiments in design, art, music, photography and the internet.

David Krut Publishing's useful series of artist's monographs dedicated to lesser known but established South African artists.


A daily arts news outlet, and the largest and most successful programme of it's kind representing over 80,000 works by over 10,000 artists from around the world.

Dutch-based site with a particular emphasis on the arts and culture of this continent.

This French site features articles on local art, including an interview with Stephen Hobbs and a piece on Tracey Rose. French language site!

An excellent e-zine looking at digital arts and culture which accompanies the print magazine Artbyte.

This slick site is a natural translation of the print look and feel, offering art world news, critics' picks and selected articles from the magazine.

A New York-based website, this is one of the best and biggest, offering excellent reviews and magazine coverage.

Flying the flag for women artists, Artsymag features interviews with Nancy Spero, Guerilla Girls and Judy Chicago.

With a name like, you'd expect a few Damien Hirst aquaria floating around, but this email-order art shop focuses on promoting and selling new UK talent.

Based in New York and Milan, Brigata Italia presents itself as a centre of digital gravity for people interested in design and communication.

From the publishers of ZOO, the renowned arts quarterly, this UK site is a gold mine of information and inspiration, encompassing art, architecture, advertising, design, new media, moving image, photography and publishing.

Theoretical e-journal edited by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker.

An independent e-zine that takes in all forms of the contemporary creative scene: graphic design, music, jewellery, fine art, industrial design, decor, architecture, fashion, furniture. The catch is plentiful!


A collective of photographers dealing with photography and photojournalism. A site that redeems photography from its prominent role in giving the society of the spectacle its glossy appeal.

E-flux distributes information on contemporary institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Tate Modern. The site also features special projects and a free listings service.

UK e-zine looking at "critical thought around the whole subject of how culture and technology are interweaving at the end of this century".

The online version of the inestimable British art magazine devoted to contemporary art and culture.

The gorgeous online version of a biannual global ideas magazine published in India and addressing issues that are of universal concern.

New York artist and critic Joy Garnett's site with images and prose and poetry and articles of interest to artists.

NY Arts the print magazine may not be as luscious as Artforum or Frieze but it's packed with interesting articles, many of which make their way onto the relatively new website.

Photo Japan

Useful for its information on avant-garde photographer such as Takashi Homma, Kyoichi Tsuzuki, Naoya Hatakeyama and Izima Kaoru.

This 'news' site offers a refreshing insight into current news stories in the US. This is no mean feat given the virtual monopoly corporate USA has over reliable web news reporting. Refreshingly honest and quirky.


"Bridging science and culture through contemporary art," is how the specialist science-related contemporary art gallery and science-art agency SciCult present themselves.

Art magazine that includes daily updates.


Another Poster for Peace

A grassroots campaign that uses the poster as a vehicle of dissent, a counter argument to the onslaught of fear and warmongering currently in the media.

Interesting project site that operates at the intersection of design, activism and digital art. Information about the New Media Underground Foundation can be accessed here.

Future Farmers

A collective of digital artists and firebrands based in San Francisco. Includes the myriad of projects initiated by individual members.

Human-oriented public artists and audiophiles par excellence, the members of Greyworld colour those empty, interstitial spaces with interesting sonic effects.


A multimedia arts lab dedicated to exploring the intersection of cognitive, terrestrial and digital space through various practices. The site includes some interesting (if unresolved) images and ideas.

This new website from Lard animation (comprising local artists Melissa Visser and Chris Higgo) shows "lip-smacking" clips from forthcoming releases.

One of the best: great artist projects, articles, news.

RhythmEngine (REg), created by Photon Inc, is a project that uses music and visual effects as a communication tool.

A site of truly wondrous projects involving, for example, the number of earthquakes that have happened worldwide in the past 14 days, and the sounds of the web itself.


A not-for-profit organisation that has as its core mission the commissioning of net art works by emerging and established artists.

The Disembodied Art Gallery

Website for a British art group responsible for initiatives such as Deconstructing Duchamp, an internet collaborative art project.


Home of a loose network of artists, academics, journalists and cultural workers, with updates on activities and events happening in Cape Town.

Founded in 1958, Clarke's specialises in Africana books, prints, maps and ephemera concentrating mainly on Africa south of the Sahara.

Ambitious Cape Town-based venture pitched as the artist's "International Internet Career Tool".

The progressive weekly print title's invaluable online version is a good resource for art listings, reviews and interviews.

Zayd Minty, organiser of Cape Town's One City, Many Cultures Festival, flights this website for One, his production/curation company.

A resource for designers and artists, you need to become a soldier ant in order to submit work for exhibition and receive invitations to ant art events.


An online resource for contemporary African art and artists, its sister site presenting new media projects initiated in Africa.


The world leader in art market information. "Our press agency reports and comments on the art auction figures and charts covering 2,900 auction houses in 40 countries."

Anyone with wads of cash to spare will be storming over to Bookstorming to splurge on this e-commerce site's extensive library of contemporary art publications, catalogues and 150 art magazines.

Started by the Asia-Europe Foundation, this website facilitates Asian-European cultural exchange.

In conjunction with the Dia Center, this new online bookshop focuses on postwar and contemporary art and cultural history.

The extensive Distributed Art Publishers catalogue of over 2 500 books on contemporary art and culture is now available online. Hide the credit card!

Refusing to limit style, creativity and genre, DV8 provides a platform and a resource for developing digital filmmakers of all inclinations.

Comprehensive public art resource, including links to articles, discussions and exhibitions; specific artists and localities; temporary pieces; web-based projects; as well as a list of awards, competitions and commissions.

A not-for-profit educational forum for the display and discussion of queer art and culture.