September, spring and Jozi’s art scene explodes

Jozi is exploding with green leaves, blossoms and art exhibitions. Here is a list of some of the art events … with 2 further afield in Pretoria. 

Paul Emmanuel at UJ Art Gallery until 2nd October 

Executive Blazer

“Substance of Shadows’’ is a culmination of 6 years work.  Using the material of carbon ‘paper’, Emmanuel’s time-consuming, detailed, painstaking technique; consummate skill; and deeply personal and poignant content, make for a powerful show at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery. All the works, whether two or three-dimensional (as with the Blazer on the left) have been made from carbon paper, with all marks made by scratching the carbon wax off the “paper” (it is in fact a plastic). Paul was lucky to acquire a large commercial roll directly from a factory.  The last walkabout with the artists is on 2 Oct at 10.30am. Spaces are limited & bookings required. Visitors can also book to view the exhibition physically on Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm.

Joburg Fringe at The Art Room until 2nd October  

If lesser-known up-an-coming artists interest you, this is the show for you. You can view their catalogue on line. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm; Friday 9am to 4 pm; and  Saturday 9am to 1pm. You can find them at 22, 4th Ave, Cnr. 7th St, Parkhurst. 

Turbine Art Fair GIBS Campus 10 Fricker Rd 1st to 3rd Oct will be a hybrid art fair this year ie both on-line as well as live visits. There are various ticket options but general access from 1st to 3rd Oct costs R150. Thirty SA exhibitors, special projects, featured artists and artisanal food and drink will be on offer for the duration of the fair.

Exhibition overview Caught by Olivia Botha. Photo courtesy of David Krut Projects

Olivia Botha at David Krut until 30th September 

There are only a few more days to visit Botha’s solo show Caught, comprising portraits made during a recent residency in Cape Town. The painted portraits and prints grew out of a series of monotypes made by Botha in 2020.  David Krut is at 142 Jan Smuts Ave, slightly south and opposite Gallery 22 below. 


Broken Angel Wing by Toni_Ann Ballenden

Toni-Ann Ballenden at Gallery 22  until 9th October

At Gallery 22 on Jan Smuts Ave, Toni-Anne Ballenden’s Phoenix Rising comprises artworks made from cutting and destroying old unresolved works which she then reconstructs into new works in their own right. Toni-Ann and her family suffered a tragic loss and the acts of the compulsive cutting up into small pieces and reconstituting of old canvases and paper, was therapeutic for Ballenden in her grief. The sensitive and poignant images she has created in these “reconstructions”, are aesthetically beautiful, mesmerizingly meticulous and at times quite gut-wrenching.   Open Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturday 10am – 2pm  

Mosheka Langa at Stevenson Art Gallery (46, 7th Ave Parktown North) until 8th October

The title of Langa’s solo show: Sanctuary alludes to the respite in making works having moved into a permanent home-studio in Amsterdam after being in disruptive transitional spaces.  These large scale mixed media work on paper are both abstract swirls of colour as well as loosely figurative. Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm


Look Daddy! I’m a Snoek 2021 Ink and crayon on paper 152 X 215 cm . This is a very large work.
Onkruid vergaan nie 2021 ink on paper 100 X 71 cm The title of this work (Translation in English: Weeds will not disappear) refers to the ongoing fight for recognition of brown people in society

Lady Skollie at Circa Art Gallery until 15th October

Lady Skollie (born Laura Windvogel), who graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2009 with a degree in Art History and Dutch literature, identifies as a feminist artist.  Her professional name of Lady Skollie gives an “in” to her work. Skollie in Afrikaans has several pejorative meanings: a gangster, a naughty child, a bad-mannered person, while the term “Lady” of course denotes the complete opposite. And it is this contradictory element that is very evident in her work. So while these works are vibrant, colourful and visually seductive on one level (layer upon layer of beautiful mark-making in ink and crayon), the underlying themes of oppression, women’s struggles, brown people’s outsider status (Lady Skollie identifies as brown), are tough to grapple with.  Gallery Hours:  Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm

A wall of large scale works by Lady Skollie on show at Circa

SculptX 21 at Melrose Arch and adjacent venues until the 24th October 

Over 200 sculptures by more than 90 sculptors are on show in various spaces within the Melrose Arch precinct and Sandton City’s Diamond Walk.  There is a mix of emerging and midcareer artists along with more established sculptors such as Willie Bester, Noria Mabasa, Wilma Cruise, Johannes Maswanganyi, Esther Mahlangu, Andries Botha, Gordon Froud, Strijdom van der Merwe, Wessel Van Huyssteen, Mandy Johnston, and Collen Maswanganyi

Willem Boshoff at Javett Art Gallery, Pretoria until 9th January

Words Woes is a retrospective exhibition of the works of conceptual artist Willem Boshoff. As the title suggests, Boshoff is fascinated with the use of language.  Words Woes can be understood in both English and Afrikaans but although the two words look identical, their meanings differ greatly in each language. Read in English, the title WORD WOES refers to difficult issues around words and language. Read in Afrikaans, the same words encourage us to let go and be wild.    Hours 10-5 Tuesday to Sunday Adults R150; Pensioners R75 under 18 R50 

Word Woes by Willem Boshoff
Handle with Care by Kagiso Pat Mautloa

Handle with Care at Javett Art Gallery, Pretoria till 31st January 

This title of this exhibition Handle with Care comes from a work on show by Pat Moutloa and refers to the conservation and preservation aspect of museum work. Artists include Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, Penny Siopis, David Koloane, Gerard Sekoto, Robin Rhode, Jo Ractliffe, Santu Mofokeng, Adrian Piper and Antonio Ole, among many others. The exhibition is arranged around four themes:   Rituals of Self-Preservation; Dreamscapes; Construction of South African Masculinities; and Abstraction. 

Group Show at JCAF (1 Durris Rd Forest Town) until 29th January

Liminal Identities in the Global South forms part of JCAF’s first research theme: Female Identities in the Global South. This is the second of three exhibitions on this theme and it explores hybridity and resistance in the artistic practices of key women artists from Latin America, alongside artists from the Middle East and North Africa region, the African diaspora and South Africa. The exhibition considers various forms of expression across art, architecture and music, from the 1960s to the present. Booking is essential as there only 5 people are allowed at once and groups are fully guided.

Standard Bank African Art Collection at Wits Art Museum until February 2022  

Seen, Heard and Valued: WAM Celebrates 40 years of the Standard Bank African Art Collection enables visitors to see many items from WAM’s African Art Collection which have not been on display for public access for many years. So a visit is highly recommended. If you can’t make an actual visit, join members of the WAM team: Kutlwano Mokgojwa, Julia Charlton, Fiona Rankin-Smith, Kamal Naran and Idara Udom for a virtual talkabout.  On Wednesday 29th September at 6 pm, they will be talking with Strauss & Co Auctioneers about this exhibition as part of their Museum Moments series.  Zoom link: passcode 981732. Otherwise: Tues – Saturdays 10am to 4pm. 

Zen Marie at Wits Art Museum until Friday 1st October 

Paradise Fallen: Blaxis explores the art of landscape cinematography using footage from landscapes around the Karoo’s Valley of Desolation and the Maloti-UKhahlambaDrakensberg Mountain range. 

Apart from the Javett Art Gallery in Pretoria, all these galleries are within 6km of Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse. 

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