The Jozi Art scene has woken up after the festive season shut down: what’s on for Feb/March 2011

Exhibitions in Joburg

There is a huge amount on:

  • Scottish painter George Devlin will be exhibiting his European Summer works at the Everard Read Gallery (6 Jellicoe Ave) during February. Also at the Everard is Thea Soggot’s ‘Earth and Ink’ from 10 February – 9 March.
  • Dylan Lewis is showing his recent body of mythological figures sculpted from clay and cast in bronze at CIRCA on Jellicoe 15th of February to 9th of March
  • A retrospective of the work of octogenarian photographer, J.D. Okhai Ojeikere  at Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg 03 Feb 2011 – 28 Feb. Titled ‘Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday’, the exhibition features a selection of images that interact with notions of modernity and nationalism through fashion.  Ojeikere began his photographic career in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, in 1950, with a camera that he got for two pounds sterling. He now has over 5000 photographs in his archives; and his artistic images of hairstyles like ‘Onilegogoro’, have acquired an iconic status.
  • No Romance an exhibition showing individual and collaborative works by Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh is showing at the Goodman Gallery from 17th Feb to 2nd April
  • Showing at David Krut Projects is Maja Maljević in her solo exhibition, Bubble and Leak, consisting of a series of large oil paintings and selected prints. On from 10th Feb to 19th March
  • Super Boring by Wayne Barker, who is anything but super boring, is showing at the Standard Bank Art Gallery from 2nd Feb to 9th April  Renowned for his re-interpretations of paintings by the Afrikaner nationalist artist, JH Pierneef, for this Barker  has produced a new body of work that confronts and questions the new South African culture.  ‘Super Boring’ was initially a curatorial collaboration between SAMC Art Gallery, Andrew Lamprecht and Barker.  There is an accompanying catalogue contextualising his new work in relation to earlier bodies of work.
  • Gabrielle Goliath’s Exhibition Murder on 7th at Nirox Projects, Arts on Main 3 -27 Feb
    As a body of work, Murder on 7th is styled according to the murder mystery ‘whodunnit’ tradition. Seven rooms, typical of the suburban domestic residence are presented as potential crime scenes – to be investigated by the viewer. The image of each room, a titled portrait set in its corresponding environ, is presented within a black CCTV-like structure or housing. This reference to surveillance is suggestive of the potential threat of crime, as well as of the pervasive culture of security in suburban South Africa.
  • Bonile Bam Recognition 2000-2010 at Seippel Gallery, Arts on Main 6 February 2011 – 10 April Comprises 10 years of black and white photographs of urban scenes and landscapes
  • Estudio Campana at the Goodman Gallery Projects, Arts on Main 5 February  – 9 April The two brothers Humberto and Fernando Campana are Brazilian designers who have been working together since the 1980s producing a range of  industrial design pieces
  • South African Photography at the Bailey Seippel Gallery, Arts on Main 10 February 2011- mid April   Includes  a selection of works from major SA photographers, such as Bob Gosani, Cedric Nunn, Sam Nzima, Paul Weinberg among others.
  • Figures of Speech at Jozi ArtLab, Arts on Main 25 February- 8 March  Curated by Eva Seufert & Claudia Shneider this exhibition presents works by South African and German artists: Ingo Gerken, Bandile Gumbi, Sharlene Khan, Alexandra Ross, Eva Seufert & Claudia Shneider. During the exhibition at Arts on Main, other discursive events, workshops and interventions will take place at the Hector Pietersen Museum Kliptown Centre in Soweto, Keleketla! Library at Drill Hall in Johannesburg, and the Polokwane Art Centre.
  • ‘Other Views is an African art exhibition currently on view until 11th March at the Origins Centre Gallery, Wits  It challenges some of the entrenched views of classic art history that see African art as peripheral, and frozen in primitive and traditional pardigms.
  • Tracey Rose’s first large scale solo exhibition to be held in South Arica, Waiting for God, opens at the Johannesburg Art Gallery on 20th Feb at 4pm. In her performance-based practice, Rose examines the roles given to Africans, to African women, and to women in a male dominated world.  Drawing on theatre conventions and the carnival condition her work often makes satirical comment. This exhibition will include an extensive photographic and video work archive of past live performance works.

Have guest staying at Liz at Lancaster who are particularly interested in the arts and culture scene and they are bowled over by how much there is on offer and how varied it all is.




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