Democracy in Focus
[01.04.04] Ten Years and Still Counting...
In April, South Africans will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their democracy - and also vote. Khwezi Gule considers the totality of this context and calls on artists to interrupt the flow of rhetoric, particularly that which echoes power.
[01.04.04] Free Nelson Mandela
In anticipation of the tenth anniversary of South Africa's democracy, Sean O'Toole reviews the burgeoning visual artefacts that have grown up around the figure of Nelson Mandela.
[01.04.04] In the Spirit of Seamless Work and Play: Provisional Notes for a Dialogue Between 'Us'
Zachary Yorke scrutinises Sean O'Toole's recent ArtThrob editorial, probing at the semantic capabilities and limitations of certain strategic word choices in an attempt to open a space for discussion.
[01.04.04] The art of remembering
On March 21, South Africa's new Constitutional Court opened on a site adjacent the old Fort prison. Sean O'Toole paid its chief artistic patron, Justice Albie Sachs, a visit.
[01.04.04] Paradise is closing down
Swiss curator Karin Frei leaves Andrew Lamprecht more than a little disappointed by her exhibition.
[01.04.04] Paradise unveiled
What is paradise? Leading South African and Swiss artists express their personal visions in an exhibition at João Ferreira Gallery. Kim Gurney reports.
[01.04.04] Borders and the Spaces In-between
Two photographic exhibitions in Cape Town galleries see the issue of borders through different lenses. By Kim Gurney.
[01.04.04] Finding something missing
The chameleon-like talent of Peet Pienaar recently stunned Design Indaba 7 delegates. Sean O'Toole was there.
[01.04.04] Michelle Booth's Seeing White
The brouhaha surrounding Michelle Booth's photographic exhibition interrogating whiteness was almost entirely formulated by white critics. We asked a young black writer to offer her view. By Thuthu Lesuthu.
[01.04.04] New kid on the block may shake up existing art spaces
The Premises at the Civic leaves Gauteng editor Robyn Sassen delighted with its potential for redressing art marketing locally.
[01.04.04] Watch this space!
Khwezi Gule, Carla da Cruz, Gabi Nkosi, Peter Rippon, Sicelo Ziqubu and Clinton de Menezes - new names to watch. Virginia MacKenny offers an overview of recent and current exhibitions in Durban.
[01.04.04] City and Country
New York Times art critic Holland Cotter offers a useful summary of 'City & Country', a recent exhibition of South African photography in New York.
[01.04.04] Interrupting Mythologies
Photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa's new show 'Lines of Negotiation' is an investigation of the lives of ordinary South Africans living at edges of the global economy. By Bronwyn Law-Viljoen.
[01.04.04] Cruel and tender
Eschewing the usual gallery review, Sean O'Toole heads off in search of Claudette Schreuders at her home. He returns with a better understanding of her recent sculptural and print works.