I can’t ever give a gift that I don’t personally like (although I make an exception when it comes to sport-loving sons), so my things to do in Joburg always reflect my personal tastes and interests. You won’t find any suggestions of air shows, expos at Northgate or events at Emperor’s Palace. This last week-end I went the Turbine Art Fair and loved the selection of art on offer: really accessible, reasonable and varied – something for all art-loving income brackets. Next year I am going to make sure I make the time to go to some of the talks, and have a more leisurely visit. There’s live music, a couple of great pop up cafes and the space of the Turbine Hall lends itself to the these kinds of events.
You can still catch Fiona Pole’s exhibition Le monde flottant at Arts On Paper at 44 Stanley until 1 August. Pole references traditional Japanese woodcuts including Kawanabe’s Kyosai’s famous images of Crow on a Snowy Plum. AOP also has a great edition of Norman Catherine prints – my friend and I were both sorely tempted at the Art Fair.
In addition, Wilhelm van Rensburg, curator of the Pierneef exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery, will be holding walkabouts of this exhibition on Wednesday 22nd at 1 pm as well as Saturday 1st at 10 and Wednesday 8th at 1pm. Booking is essential firstname.lastname@example.org. While we are on walkabouts, you’ll need to juggle as Gordon Froud has walkabouts of the touring exhibition Twenty: Art in the time of Democracy on Wed 22 July also at 1 pm and Sat 1 August also at 10. The exhibition has recently returned from a tour of the USA and many of South Africa’s artistic luminaries have works on this group show, so it will be well worth the visit to the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery.
One of the reasons I didn’t have time to finish my orgy of art viewing at the Art Fair was that I had booked matinee tickets for We Didn’t Come to Hell for Croissants: 7 Deadly New Stories for Consenting Adults showing at the Wits Theatre as part of the 969 festival. Jemma Khan and Roberto Pombo are quite superb in this extraordinary piece of theatre. If you do one thing this week, book for the last show (Wednesday 1.15). It’s clever, witty and completely outrageous .. be warned. For R30 this has to be the best value for money you will get all year. Book on Webtickets.co.za for this show and other productions showing at the 969 Festival which finishes on 26th July.
More exciting events at Wits include the long-awaited beadwork exhibition which opens at WAM on 28th July at 6 pm. The Standard Bank Collection housed at Wits includes one of the finest collections of Southern African beadwork in the country. Beadwork, Art and the Body runs until 11th October.
Anybody else doing the Walk the Talk this Sunday 26th? If so remember to collect your tickets and pack from Marks Park from Wed this week any time from 7.30-5 and Sat 8-1. And for those who need to get around Joburg that day, make sure you check the 702 route and road closures on their website. Last year saw the 50,000 odd runners braving a freezing cold winter’s day, so let’s hope it’s going be warmer this year.
And if you fancy an evening out with some late night shopping make sure you get to Christmas in July in Parkhurst on Wednesday 23rd again on 30th July. It’s always good to meander down 4th Ave Parkhurst – specialty stores, antique treasures, stylish decor shops and loads of eateries. Hopefully there’ll be gluwein and cinnamon roasted chestnuts for sale in the pavement as in previous years.