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Anthea Moys

Anthea Moys in collaboration with the District Six Hanover Minstrels
and Street Band and Everton Nsumbu
Deur Mekaar in Cape Town 2008
orchestrated situation
approximately 15 minutes
Photographer: Paul Grose

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Pascual Tarazona

Michael MacGarry
installation view of Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki
from 'Champagne Socialists' series
and H.F. Verwoerd from 'TippEx Politics' series

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Berni Searle

Berni Searle
Alibama 2008
single-channel video DVD format, shot on HD digital video
Duration 6 mins 42 secs, sound

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MTN

Dineo Bopape
Grass Green / Sky Blue (because you stood in the
highest court in the land insisting on your humanity) 2008
mixed media installation
photo: Russell Scott

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James Webb

Absa l'Atelier winner James Webb sitting on his winning work 'Auto Hagiography'
photo: Richard Hughes

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William Kentridge

William Kentridge
Annandale Edition 2004
offset lithograph
56.5 x 90cm

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David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt
Stalled municipal housing scheme, Kwezinaledi, Lady Grey, Eastern Cape, 2006 archival pigment ink digitally printed on cotton rag paper
99 x 127cm

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Peter Eastman

Peter Eastman
Bad Luck 2007
acrylic and enamel on aluminium
210 x 150cm

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Zander Blom

Zander Blom
The Boulevard: Bedroom 1, Corner 2, 5.11 pm, Friday, 1 June 2007
Ultrachrome ink on cotton rag
89.5 x 124 x 3.5cm

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Santu Mofokeng

Santu Mofokeng
Rock face inside cave, Motouleng 1996
silver print

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Diary

Avant Car Guard

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Finalist for the Arts & Culture Trust Award 2003 - Electronic Media of the Year in Support of the Arts
ARTS & CULTURE TRUST


THIS MONTH

Late this month, the SA art community was greeted with the bad news that the Spier Contemporary's Durban leg has been cancelled. In its official statement, the Africa Centre cited a drastic reduction in public sector sponsorship for the event, despite the full amount of this sponsorship having been initially secured.

It would be easy for most of the SA scene, i.e. Cape Town and Gauteng, to be glib and unengaged in this cancellation, because the Spier's appearance in these provinces happened; indeed, I have no doubt that most on the scene will be deathly quiet about this, simply because it doesn't directly affect them. Nonetheless, ArtThrob believes the significance of the Durban cancellation stretches wider than just the KZN. If public sector sponsors continue to wreak this kind of havoc in the arts, how can blithe government statements about support for culture be believed?

Despite the Spier's mammoth success in its own right (see NEWS for full details), it appears the culture sector remains all-too often at the mercy of murky local politics and government incompetence. More than that, against a backdrop of huge groundswells of private interest in art (Spier, Joburg Art Fair), it seems that certain sections of government are blind to the massive socially and economically transformative potential of visual art in SA.

MICHAEL SMITH
MANAGING EDITOR

NEXT UPDATE: September 7.

SELECTED LISTINGS

CAPE

At the beginning of September Berni Searle will be showing new videos at Michael Stevenson, but other than this, August looks to be the month of the curated show. There's 'Monomania' at Goodman, 'Print 08' at Bell-Roberts and a most exciting offering from manje-manje projects headed by Gabi Ngcobo and Mwenya Kabwe at AVA entitled 'Scratching the Surface vol. 1'.

GAUTENG

Standard Bank Gallery hosts a Cecil Skotnes show which affords a private view of this South African great, including drawings and letters dating back to the 50s, while the Absa l'Atelier award exhibition shows us one view of the contemporary. 'Come again' presents Michaelis Master's students' work at the Wits Substation. Art Extra presents Athi-Patra Ruga's quirkily titled '... of bugchasers and watussi faghags', his first solo show in Johannesburg.

KWAZULU-NATAL

Pioneered some years ago in Cape Town, the 'Moveable Art Feast' is a first for Durban. An 'art bus' will take people around the various galleries in the city as part of the annual 'Celebrate Durban' event. Eight major galleries work together to provide events for itinerant patrons on eight Saturdays during August and September. 'Production Marks: Geometry, Psychology and the Electronic Age', curated by Brenton Maart and featuring work by Marco Cianfanelli, Retha Erasmus, Doung Anwar Jahangeer and others, comes to the KZNSA from the National Arts Festival. Kizo Gallery hosts 'In Honour of The Artists of Rorke's Drift 1960's to 1970's'.

INTERNATIONAL

Two shows featuring South African artists open in South Korea, an overview of William Kentridge prints opens in New York, while David Goldblatt presents 'Intersections Intersected' in Portugal and Nicholas Hlobo has his first solo show in the US at the Boston ICA.

INTERVIEW

Cara Snyman interviews Liza Essers, who recently purchased the Goodman Gallery, asking her about the process of the acquisition and her plans for the future. Down in the Western Cape, Tavish McIntosh spoke to Marilyn Martin on the eve of her departure from the helm of the South African National Gallery. The interview covers highlights from Martin's 18 years, the institution's relationship with government structures and possible directions forward for the Gallery. Cara Snyman interviews MTN New Contemporaries Award curator Melissa Mboweni and winner Dineo Bopape about the award and about making art as a young black woman at this point in the country's history.

REVIEWS

CAPE

Tavish McIntosh is impressed with the way Goodman Gallery Cape is insinuating itself into its neighbourhood, just east of the city centre. 'Power Play', a group show featuring work by Anthea Moys and Moshekwa Langa amongst others, brings together 'a group of promising young artists, all intent on engaging the contemporary dynamics of power and privilege'.

GAUTENG

Corrupted power and the role of commerce therein, is the central theme in 'When enough people start saying the same thing', states Cara Snyman of Michael MacGarry's show at Art Extra. It is, she contends, an 'exceptional exhibition'.

KWAZULU NATAL

Although Peter Machen found moments and instances of brilliance in 'Dis-ease', he more broadly laments the fact that artists don't seem to be as excited by the medium as, for example, early film-makers were with theirs. The works' presentation at Bank Gallery was an object lesson in presenting the medium, he adds. 'Dis-ease' was a selection of work from the Rijksakademie's collection curated by Durban-based Greg Streak.

INTERNAIONAL REVIEWS

Clare Butcher reviews the Okwui Enwezor-curated 'Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography', which ends its world tour at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. While acknowledging that any undertaking this size is bound to be problematic, she still feels that 'by attempting to convey 35 "new positions" the exhibition in turn represents none faithfully, leaving international gazers dazed and jumping to old conclusions'.

NEWS

LOCAL

Capetonian James Webb wins the 2008 Absa l'Atelier award, and Carol Brown interviews Durban-based CAPE Young Curator Bongani Mkhonza.

DIARY

Avant Car Guard continues its assault on the ArtThrob diary this month, in its own inimitable style. Who says diaries have to be legible?

ARTBIO

This month's ARTBIO features Cape Town-based painter Peter Eastman.

WEBSITES

Chad Rossouw trawls through www.artvault.co.za, subtitled 'The complete guide to South African Art'.

PROJECT

Chad Rossouw surveys 'Emergence', a New York-based project with a very active blogspot and contributions by several South African artists.

EXCHANGE

Michaelis hosts a photography workshop with Stephen Shore, the Spier Performing Arts Festival calls for candidates and Thupelo Cape Town presents a Found Object Workshop. In Johannesburg the Market Photo Workshop invites applications for an Advanced Course in Photography.

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ISSUE #132_08.08

Whatiftheworld

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Michael Stevenson Fine Art

Goodman Gallery

Association for Visual Arts

Rose Korber Art

Bank Gallery

Bell-Roberts Contemporary

Goodman Gallery

Gallery on the Square

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