Every year, the editors of ArtThrob attempt to come up with a 'Best of' list as a look back at the artists and art events of the previous year. This is always a highly subjective exercise, but to see who thought what about who, go to 'News
ArtThrob would like to congratulate ex-South African RoseLee Goldberg (and as I write this, I recall Kendell Geers' comment that the citizens of no other nation are referred to as ex- ... have you ever heard of an ex-American?) on her incredible achievement in conceiving and bringing into being the first New York biennale, Performa05. RoseLee is the subject of a Contemporary magazine profile this month, and Performa05 made the front cover of Art In America. More in the editor's diary.
After the ups and downs of SESSIONS eKapa, the VANSA - Visual Arts Network of South Africa - conference takes place in Cape Town this month, with a serious agenda to look at the relationship between art and social development across the country. Speakers will be flying in from all over the country. For a full programme, see News.
ArtThrob welcomes our new Gauteng Editor, Michael Smith.
Next update: Friday, March 3
Cape Town galleries pick up the pace this month, with a slew of new exhibitions. Two photographic shows, Kevin Mackintosh's whimsical 'Dancers on Glass Horses' at 34Long and Pieter Hugo's disturbing images of machismo both look to be worth an extended visit. Bridget Baker opens at João Ferreira, Roelof Louw at Bell-Roberts and young painter Lauren Palte at Rust en Vrede. Once again, city centre galleries are open for the evening for an Art Night event.
The pace picks up a little in Gauteng with the opening of a number of new shows and even a new space. Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary presents the third installment of 'Prints and Multiples', Deborah Weber holds a one-person show at The Premises, while Gordart opens The Project Room, a new space on their Melville property. Gregg Smith's project 'Very Real Time' launches a series of discussion forums at the Drill Hall's Point Blank Gallery.
'Confrontations' featuring the works of Simphiwe Zulu opens at the KZNSA, The Durban Art Gallery hosts the Dumile Feni Retropective and the city of Durban is under the spotlight in the 'Images of Durban' exhibition at the African Art Centre and in 'Durban Today' at the DAG. Petros Ghebrehiwot's 'Secrecy of Shelters' opens at artSPACE Durban.
South African artists seem a little sparse on the international scene this month, though the seemingly omnipresent James Webb manages to exhibit in two continents and Jo Smail holds an emotional post-stroke exhibition in New York. Also in New York is William Kentridge at the Marian Goodman Gallery, and down in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sue Williamson is part of a two person show with Pat Ward Williams entitled 'Fabricated Harmony'
Linda Stupart visits group shows 'Umsi' at the AVA and 'Synergy' at The Old Townhouse, while Lloyd Pollack visits Deborah Poynton's 'Safety and Security' at Michael Stevenson Contemporary.
New Gauteng Editor Michael Smith reviews Lisa Brice's 'Night Vision' at the Goodman Gallery.
The KZNSA is host to their annual Members' Exhibition which Francesca Verga reviews.
Francesca Verga reports on the opening of a new exhibition space at the KZNSA, specifically aimed at nurturing young talent. The Visual Arts Network of South Africa hosts a three day conference entitled 'Transformation, Opportunity, Growth', preceding their first AGM. Alongside the talkshop there are a number of artists' workshops and an Art Night event on February 10.
Sue Williamson reports back from Charlotte, North Carolina.
The subject of last month's ArtBio writes about Johannesburg resident Nathaniel Stern for this month's ArtBio.
Carine Zaayman visits www.veryrealtime.co.za, previewing the opening of the discussion forum at the Drill Hall's Point Blank Gallery.
Carine Zaayman visits 'gag artist' Ze Frank's website www.zefrank.com, which she describes as a delight for the web-weary surfer.
The Department of Science and Technology invites submissions for their National Art Competition, the Construction New Media Awards come around once again and UNIDEE in Residence publish their International Programme for 2006.
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