[9.08.08] Power Play at Goodman Gallery Cape
Tavish McIntosh is impressed with 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'.
[9.08.08] Michael MacGarry at Art Extra
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'.
[9.08.08] 'Dis-ease' - a New Generation of Video Art from the Rijksakademie Archives at Bank Gallery
Although Peter Machen found moments and instances of brilliance in 'Disease', 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.
[9.08.08] 'Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography' at Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
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'.