Diary: Local Events To Look Forward To

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There’s always something to look forward to on the local arts scene. We’ve rounded up some awesome events and exhibitions for you to add to your calendar.


Mango Farm Solo Exhibition by Zarah Cassim at Salon Ninety One in Cape Town

Until 21 September 2019

Zarah Cassim – Wilderness II

“These (painted) images include stories of my grandparents in India and mango farms,” says Zarah Cassim. “They are an attempt to retrace my heritage through exploring old family photographs and stories told by my elders; the only sources for claiming a history for myself, as the surname I bare (Cassim) was given to my family by the South African apartheid regime, and the original family name, and its history, was lost.”

The artist’s dreamlike jungle landscapes are explorations of a heritage and history, which both does and does not exist, put together by fragments of memory and storytelling. Mango Farm reflects on the notion of a constructed history.

For more information, visit salon91.co.za.


Sanlam Portrait Award 2019 Exhibition at AVA Gallery, Cape Town, and Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville

Until 21 September 2019 and 23 October 2019 respectively 

AVA Gallery is hosting 60 of the top 100 entries of this years Sanlam Portrait Awards. Launched in 2013 the Sanlam Portrait Award is a biennial competition that aims to increase public awareness and appreciation for the art of portraiture, as well as give South African artists an opportunity for further exposure. The competition is based on anonymous judging: all the works entered are unsigned, thereby levelling the playing field and ensuring that the three judges select the top 100 portraits purely on technicality, narrative and emotional appeal.

The remaining Top 40 works will be exhibited at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville. The Top 40 finalists are: Craig Cameron-Mackintosh (Winner), Annette Pretorius (Runner-Up), André Serfontein (3d Place), Willem Pretorius (4th Place), Ruan Huisamen (5th Place), Annelie Venter, Ashley Ogilvy, Bettina Elten, Brenda Koper, Candice Helen louw, Christiaan Blaauw, Alexander Knox, Alexis Schofield, Fiona Goldthorpe, Janet Traut, Janna Prinsloo, Jody Waterson, Juria Le Roux, Jolante Hesse, Kayleigh Hordijk, Kathryn Harmer Fox, David Jackson, Emma de Bruin, Kerry Arnot, Kim Moby, Kim Myerson, Malose Pete, Richard Mudariki, Marié Stander, Priscilla Broberg, Peter Steere, Mariette Theron, Marinda Combrinck, Penny Simpson, Shany van den Berg, Sonja Rivett-Carnac, Veronica Reid and Tania Thandeka.

For more information, visit ava.co.za and rust-en-vrede.com.


SELF Group Exhibition at the Gallery @ Glen Carlou in Paarl

Until 22 September 2019

Michael Taylor – Colourful at the Edges, 2019

The Gallery @ Glen Carlou is proud to present SELF, a group exhibition featuring self-portraits by more than 70 South African artists.

For more information, visit glencarlou.co.za.


Worse Than Heroin Group Exhibition at WORLDART Gallery in Cape Town

Until 25 September 2019

WORLDART is pleased to host an exhibition of paintings by a group of local graffiti artists considered by their peers and curator Warren Maroon as some of the most active and respected in their field at present.

The exhibition is titled Worse Than Heroin, a reference to the fact that a lot of attention goes into covering up graffiti in Cape Town as opposed to dealing with issues such as drug use and crime. Meanwhile, Cape Town, and the rest of the country, has seen a significant increase in drug use in recent years, specifically heroin. Due to the nature of graffiti, many of these artists explore the city and its abandoned locations in order to practice their art. This exploration provides them with a “behind the curtains” look at some of the problems and how they are – or aren’t – being managed. This, together with the unyielding cleaning and removing of graffiti, could be interpreted as the city treating the “Broken Window”: cleaning the facade and hoping the problem will go away. 

Graffiti artists are increasingly being recognised in the visual arts with their work now regularly featuring in auctions and museums in major international cities. Local artists like Nardstar*, Bush, Slegh and Conform have become recognisable brands with a loyal following. They have participated in group exhibitions and public art festivals in South Africa and abroad and are often contracted by the corporate world to communicate with younger audiences.

Other participating artists include 2KILER, Anoy, Caso, Dino, Mors, Smet, ZNK and Zombie.

For more information, visit worldart.co.za.


The Space Between Exhibition by Amy Keevy at Prana House in Cape Town

Until 30 September 2019

The Space Between is Amy Keevy’s latest body of work and includes watercolour and ink paintings created between 2017 and 2019. Her artworks delve into the intimate moments of being caught in the act of being oneself.  “For me painting is like poetry,” says Amy. “It is a form of meditation that brings me closer to myself. It is in these quiet moments where paint meets paper that I feel most alive.”

The exhibition opens on Sunday 1 September⁠ 2019 from 10:30am to 4pm at Prana House, 12 Dunkley St, Gardens, Cape Town. View by appointment (contact amykeevy@gmail.com) or see the workshop schedule here.

For more information, visit amykeevy.co.za.


Dear Linda Solo Exhibition by Linda Pretorius at the Voorkamer Gallery in Cape Town

Until 30 September 2019

The Pretorius family live in the tiny Eastern Free State town of Rosendal where they both paint and home-school their eight children. Their house is surrounded by an enormous garden filled with flower beds, fruit orchards and vegetables, all of which are serviced by a reliable windmill. The fruit and flowers you see in this exhibition are from their garden beds or from friends who live nearby.

Linda’s works are painted using her husband’s supplies while her youngest children are sleeping in the afternoon. She does each painting in one sitting at the family dining table. She never returns to a work once she gets up to tend to her family – time is her most limited resource.

This is Linda’s first exhibition and despite having no formal art training her works are accomplished. They are larger than life, tenderly-observed and evoke the often-unacknowledged tension that comes with family life. Like the family’s Instagram handle @skoppelmaai (skoppelmaai is the Afrikaans word for ‘swing’), her works oscillate between the domestic contrasts of stillness and chaos, beauty and the grotesque, and the search for stability amongst them.

For more information, visit chandlerhouse.co.za.


DARG Art Auction at The Gin Bar in Cape Town

1 October 2019

DARG is excited to announce its first Art Auction, which will be held on Tuesday, the 1st of October 2019 at The Gin Bar at 64A Wale Street, Cape Town. The doors will open at 18:00pm and the art auction will start at 19:30pm.

Amongst the artists presenting work are Dan Halter; Candice Dawn Blignaut; Conrad Botes; Elzanne Louw; Georgina Gratrix; Fanie Buys; Kate Gottgens; Liberty Battson; Lionel Smit Studio; Liza Grobler; Mikhael Subotzky; Roger Ballen Photography; Ruby Swinney; Sasha Hartslief; Skubalisto; Sue Williamson; Zapiro.

There’ll be canapés and cocktails, a photo booth and goodie bags for the first 200 guests to purchase a ticket. Tickets are R100 and can be purchased via EFT or Snapscan. Send POP to Maryke on dargmarketing@gmail.com

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Boys on the Side Solo Exhibition by Michael Taylor at WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery in Cape Town

Until 19 October 2019

This small portraiture exercise began in 2018. The nature of the project was intended to be a distraction for Michael from his wider practice; from the imaginary landscapes and fictitious figurative narratives that he has become synonymous with.

Extracted from a miscellaneous pool of source material, these painted figures become allusions to existing people, archetypes, and fantasies: Golden Boys of our dreams and of our realities. The title of the show alludes to it being an alluring affair or project that Michael tampered with on the side.

For more information, visit whatiftheworld.com.


The Little Binche Peacock and other Utopian Dreams Solo Exhibition by Pierre Fouché at WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery in Cape Town

Until 19 October 2019

Comprising of a large-scale installation, this ambitious exhibition reveals the high craftsmanship of Pierre’s practice as a lacemaker. Through referencing historical notions of utopia, Pierre looks towards ingenuity and imagination, and invokes the fantastical as tools for seeking out an alternative existence.

For more information, visit whatiftheworld.com.


By Ben Orkin Solo Exhibition at WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery in Cape Town

Until 19 October 2019

Orkin’s series of large-scale vessels centralises love shared, given, and taken between lovers. Importantly, he reflects on this love from his position as a queer artist.

For more information, visit whatiftheworld.com.


Mitchell Gilbert Messina’s Sure Thing! Exhibition at blank projects in Cape Town

Until 5 October 2019

Sure Thing! is Mitchell Gilbert Messina’s first solo exhibition with blank projects.

Collapsing video, performance, sculpture, installation and painting, Mitchell’s practice is concerned with institutional critique and the pursuit of alternative means of production, played out in the form of fictional narratives and staged documentation. By producing mockups, sketches and ideas in various states of completion, he attempts to convey an aspirational body of work hovering just outside of his own reach.

Sure Thing! takes the form of a studio residency in which viable modes of practice will be prototyped through interventions, interviews and improvisations, turning the exhibition space into one of production, research and action.

For more information, visit blankprojects.com.


Over Time Solo Exhibition by Carrie Mae Weems at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg

Until 5 October 2019

Carrie Mae Weems, Blue Notes, 2014, © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Considered to be one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Over Time is Carrie Mae Weems first solo exhibition on the continent.

Using photography, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation and video, Carrie compels viewers to actively consider how the world is structured, bringing to light systems of oppression and inequality while exploring relationships between power, class, race and gender.

Over Time presents several bodies of work, which look at these themes in relation to how the past comes to bear on the present. In this regard, the artist reflects on history in order to engage with the present and question where we might be going.

For more information, visit goodman-gallery.com.


La Cucaracha Solo Exhibition by Pieter Hugo at Stevenson Cape Town

Until 5 October 2019

Pieter Hugo – In bloom, Oaxaca de Juárez, 2018

Pieter’s latest body of work is the result of four trips to Mexico over the last two years, each spanning close to a month, with Pieter travelling from the industrialised zone of Mexico City to the desert of Hermosillo and the mountainous regions of Ixtepec and San Cristóbal.

For more information, visit stevenson.info.


feelthings Solo Exhibition by Dominique Edwards at Barnard Gallery in Cape Town

Until 22 October 2019

Process and labour intensive, Dominique’s enigmatic plaster forms have evolved intuitively over the past two years. With layers of plastering, additions and extensions, carving away and ultimately sanding to a high-level finish, the work represents an extensive practice-based meditation through the medium of Plaster of Paris. Unlike traditional applications of casting and mould-making, the plaster forms are ends in themselves – their insides and their surfaces have been negotiated over long periods in the artists’ studio. The forms, the feelthings, are found in this way.

As with previous work, under the title of Gutspeak, Dominique suggests that the space between maker and material is mysterious and that there’s an interaction of knowledge systems and affective entanglements. The stakes are high for this endeavour. Are the things we make mere reflections of our inner workings or do they breathe with a similar primordial urge to exist and extend influence?

For more information, visit barnardgallery.com.


Reflecting on August Group Exhibition at THK Gallery in Johannesburg

Until 25 October 2019

August House, located in Johannesburg’s inner city, is an artistic space that fuels inventiveness and encourages thinking through incubation and collaboration. Looking at creativity and its relationship with inspiration, Reflecting on August aims to link the different practices and processes of each artist to their respective studios, as well as to their work, created surrounded by others, in the heart of a highly urbanised, intense, city centre. Within this exhibition, we reflect on shared spaces and environment as a common fertile ground triggering thoughts, differences and in the case of August House: singular art.

Exhibiting artists: Andrew Orapeleng Ntshabele, Fatima Tayob Moosa, Jake Michael Singer, Themba Khumalo, Thina Dube, Toni-Ann Ballenden and Vusi Beauchamp.

For more information, visit thkgallery.com.


Ikhono LaseNatali Exhibition at A4 Arts Foundation in Cape Town

Until 7 November 2019

Ikhono LaseNatali

The Ikhono LaseNatali exhibition, currently running at the A4 Arts Foundation in Cape Town, a not-for-profit laboratory for the arts in Southern Africa, features 25 young artists from KwaZulu-Natal who have interpreted an image from Sir Professor Zanele Muholi’s Somnyama Ngonyama photo series.

For more information, visit a4arts.org.


Rocks Group Exhibition and Publication Launch at the gallery, in partnership with the gallery, in Johannesburg

Until 9 November 2020

From Where I Was, a project in parts: part two, Io Makandal & Sam McCulloch, 2016

This group exhibition, curated by Chloë Reid and Matty Roodt, features work by Nina Barnett, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Jared Ginsburg, Thami Jali, Io Makandal, Nabeeha Mohammed, Daniella Mooney, Sean O’Toole, Matty Roodt, Jonah Sack and Sitaara Stodel.

The Magic of Stones, a new book by Sean O’Toole, will be launched at the opening of the exhibition on 14 September at 2pm.

For more information, visit gallerygallery.co.za.


I See U: Imagining a Space for Freedom Exhibition at Spier in Stellenbosch

Until 30 November 2019

Artwork by Helen Sebidi

I See U: Imagining a Space for Freedom features more than 35 works from the Spier Collection.

Celebrating 25 years of South Africa’s democracy, the works – by artists such as Athi-Patra Ruga, Helen Sebidi and Ricky Ayanda Dyaloyi – encompass painting, sculpture, photography, beadwork and drawing.

Together they powerfully illustrate the importance of art to catalyse change, hold the powerful to account, and give a voice to the voiceless.

For more information, visit spier.co.za.


TSIATSIA – Searching For Connection Solo Exhibition by El Anatsui at ZEITZ MOCAA in Cape Town

Until December 2019

TSIATSIA – Searching For Connection, by the acclaimed artist El Anatsui, will adorn the museum’s iconic BMW Atrium until the end of the year.

El’s work breaks away from the traditional cast of sculptural practice to invoke a multilayered, sensory reimagining of our material world.

For more information, visit zeitzmocaa.museum.


MJ Lourens: Land Rewoven / Land Herweef Exhibition at La Motte Museum in Franschhoek, in collaboration with Barnard Gallery

Until 12 January 2020

La Motte Museum and Barnard Gallery are pleased to present Land Rewoven / Land Herweef. The exhibition comprises a considered body of work by MJ Lourens in conversation with selected paintings of JH Pierneef from La Motte Museum’s collection, inspired by the notion of recontextualising the latter well-known oeuvre within a contemporary dialogue.

The exhibition explores the interpretation of land by two South African artists from different generations, whose work could broadly be classified within the same genre. MJ’s expansive land- and cityscapes composed of skies, clouds and industria, pierced in instances by interjecting elements, invites the viewer to join this exchange of ideas surrounding themes of geographical place, memory and identity, read in relation to Pierneef’s work.

For more information, visit la-motte.com.


The Largest William Kentridge Exhibition in Africa at Zeitz MOCAA and Norval Foundation in Cape Town

Until 23 March 2020

The largest exhibition to be held in Africa in over a decade by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge is set to open in Cape Town in August. The major exhibition of his work will be hosted simultaneously in two parts by Norval Foundation and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), opening 24 August and running through to March 2020.

Local art enthusiasts and international visitors to Cape Town – a fast-growing cultural capital – will gain access to many different works, executed over decades, by William Kentridge in two of the city’s leading art institutions at the same time, with the artist’s Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture on view at Norval Foundation and Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings To Work on display at Zeitz MOCAA.

For more information, visit zeitzmocaa.museum and norvalfoundation.org.