Joburg’s art galleries; what’s on during September

What’s On: September 2013

Stone Installation view Courtesy Smac Gallery
Stone Installation view Courtesy Smac Gallery

There are a number of interesting exhibitions on at the moment in Joburg and the Parks galleries. Spanning thirty-five years of Simon Stone‘s work, from 1978 – 2013, this retrospective at the Standard Bank Gallery only has another week before closing on the 14th September. Stone uses recognizable imagery in his work which makes it accessible on one level yet the enigmatic juxtapositions and evocative combinations offer a more whimsical and poetic view.

Also in Joburg Central at ABSA’s gallery is an exhibition by Collen Maswanganyi entitled ‘Footsteps’.  In this exhibition Maswanganyi looks at the issue of influence and following in predecessors footsteps. (Collen’s father Johannes Maswanganyi is a well -known sculptor.) It seems from the artist’s exhibition description that the notion of influence might be taken very literally. He writes about a work which shows himself as artist climbing a  pole which has a drum on top with the names of great artists like his father, Noria Mabasa, the late Jackson Hlungwani , Willem Boshoff, William Kentridge and  Brett Murray. This exhibition closes on the 26th September.

There are currently two exhibitions at Wits Art Museum. Jeremy Wafer, Professor in Fine Art at Wits, has a mixed media exhibition including sculptures, drawings and photographs which reflect on his 30 years of art-making. Wafer will conduct walkabouts on 14th Sept and 12th Oct at 12.00.   This exhibition closes on the 3rd November. Also showing at WAM until the 10th Nov is Umhlaba 1913-2013: Commemorating the 1913 Land Act , a photographic exhibition which interrogates the complex issue of land-ownership and dispossession and the contested nature of land in South Africa.  There are two walkabouts: Sat 28 Sept (Fiona Rankin-Smith) and Sat 26 Oct (Bongi Dhlomo).

At AOP, 44,Stanley Ave , Christian Nerf’s exhibition  Itinerant Studio No33 : Vestiges runs  from 7th to the 29th September. It seems that Nerf makes works during the duration of the exhibition and that ‘the ‘making’ of these drawings often involves complex folding of the paper, animated by his own physical motion and/or that of the drawing materials’.

At Upstairs@Bamboo Migration a two person exhibition shows the work of Lené Lordan and Fleur de Bondt until 7th Sept.  

Marion Boehm shows in a solo exhibition entitled Patched: an artistic voyage through Kliptown at In Toto Gallery in Birdhaven. German by birth Boehm spent time at Bolo,a community centre in Kliptown, Soweto.  Working in a variety of mediums: Sheshwe cloth, photographs from Kliptown worked on in pastel and graphite, and newspaper collages, Boehm makes works that speak of her time in Kliptown and the people who impacted on her life.  The exhibition runs until the 16th September.

Image Courtesy Everard Read Gallery
Image Courtesy Everard Read Gallery

At Everard Read there is a group show under the umbrella of a Centenary Exhibition 1913 -2013.  This opens on the 12th September and will run until the 21st December.  

Norman Catherine’s anthropomorphic sculptures can be seen at Circa on Jellicoe until the 5th October. The oval upstairs gallery is a wonderful space to show Catherine’s large scale whacky works with their edgy comicality and metamorphosing shapes. 

Showing at Goodman Gallery until  28th Sept is Minette Vari’s exhibition Excavation which includes photographic prints, video installations, paintings and sculptures.  The supernatural and the secular exist in uneasy tension – the title Excavation refers to how ideas of both the metaphysical and the physical or material are excavated and ‘brought to the surface’.   See review 

Showing at Gallery Momo on 7th Ave Parktown North until the 9th October is Ayanda V Jackson’s photographic exhibition Archival Impulse. Using herself as subject Jackson explores issues of women’s identity and representation. 

So if it’s a variety of cultural expression you want, there is lots on to see. And then of course the Art Fair is on at the Sandton Convention Centre from 27th to the 29th September. 

 Showing at Gallery Momo on 7th Ave Parktown North until the 9th October is Ayanda V Jackson’s photographic exhibition Archival Impulse. Using herself as subject Jackson explores issues of women’s identity and representation.


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