A big apology to all the readers of ArtThrob, to the galleries who depend on this site to get their information out, and to all the artists who were expecting to see their shows listed or reviewed. The site has been late in appearing before, but has never THIS late. Sorry! We undertake to try to never let it happen again.
Editor Andrew Lamprecht simply found the workload more than he could handle alongside his university work, and has requested to be relieved of the post. ArtThrob thanks Andrew for his perceptive and insightful editorship over the past months. As founding editor, I will take back the editorship for the near future.
What is the art world to make of the sorry Nelson Mandela artists' prints affair? The wheeling and dealing now receiving extensive coverage in the press is unsavoury to say the least, and the credibility of artists and the validity of editioned prints is being called into serious question. An opinion piece will appear in News next month. Readers, email your views on the matter to email@example.com.
To allow a little time for this edition to remain online, (though of course it will continue to be available through the archives) the May edition of ArtThrob will appear on Monday, May 9, and after that will revert to the beginning of the month again.
The venerable Robert Hodgins shows a slew of all new paintings at Joao Ferreira with painter
Tom Cullberg in the lower gallery. There are new acquisitions at 34Long, and Standard Bank Young Artist for 2004 Kathryn Smith's 'Euphemisms' reaches the South African National Gallery after touring the rest of the country.
Gauteng highlights include new work from photographer Terry Kurgan at the Goodman Gallery and at Constitution Hill, a photographic essay confronts the burning issue of those without land.
Daimler Chrysler award winning photographer Guy Tillim shows post-award work at the Durban Art Gallery, and at the NSA, Johannesburg artist Bonita Alice shows mixed media work on 'Promised Land', the exhibition last seen at Gauteng's The Premises.
Two biennials opened this month - on the 7th edition of the Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates) there are no artists from South Africa this time, but the continent is represented by such artists as Ingrid Mwangi, Otobong Nkanga, and Moataz Nasr, who will show in Johannesburg later this year. In Egypt, Imagining the Book II has opened at the Alexandria Library, with South African representation from Cape Town artists Sonja Rademeyer, Norman O'Flynn and Sue Williamson.
Kim Gurney regrets that Jennifer Lovemore-Reed's revealing exhibition '45 minutes as object' was up for one week only at the Bell Roberts, and finds that Wim Botha's 'Cold Fusion: gods, heroes and martyrs' at the Michael Stevenson offers viewers much to contemplate.
In Gauteng, student reviewer Jacqui Brener writes on the important Dumile Feni retrospective at the JAG; James Sey demonstrates that technology in art is neither new nor inaccessible in his review of the Wits M.A. students interactive media show at The Substation. 'Illuminando Vida', a show of photographs from Mozambique, provides visual insight but no accessible context, finds Robyn Sassen, who also considers Stephen Erasmus' 'Requiem for a Cipher', with its theme of sorrowful love, and hails painter Bronwyn Findlay's movement into the realm of printmaking. Gerard Sekoto, one of the country's most celebrated artist was also a musician of note - Robyn Sassan reviews a recently released CD.
In the second of three columns entitled AzaNYa, Joost Bosland, writing from New York, gives the lowdown on gallerist Christopher Haye of The Project - best known to South Africans as the naked male figure in Tracey Rose's recreation of Rodin's 'The Kiss'. In Durban, as part of its Young Artists' Project programme, the NSA hosts an early May seminar on contemporary South African and African art and its place in the international art world.
The artist goes to Johannesburg to hang a show at the Goodman, stays with Penny Siopis, and is grateful not to be one of those bitten by Penny's dogs.
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New release: Not a new print, but available through the site now is ArtThrob 1998 - 2003: The Archive - the complete record of South Africa's leading website of contemporary art on one CD. Much quicker than tracking the information online, this CD is invaluable for everyone interested in South African Art and artists.
Editions for ArtThrob's latest print takes the form of a set of ten exquisitely designed cut and printed ivory cards entitled The Story of Thulani Nganga by artist Peet Pienaar, creator of the brilliant Afro magazine. Everyone who has seen the set wants one.
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