Upcoming visual arts events in the parks and Jozi inner city

Faith47’s Fragments of a Burnt History is showing at David Krut Projects Parkwood from 8 November until early 2013.  Faith47, a street artist based in Cape Town, who has a well-established international profile.  She is increasingly developing a cross-over from street to studio Fragments of a Burnt History and her current show includes both found objects and artwork created in the studio context. She draws particularly on her experience of Joburg and its contradictions with both its ‘energy of transformation and endless possibilities’ as well as a place where the ‘harsh realities of everyday life’ are evident.


Showing at Goodman Gallery is an exhibition of photographs around mining by David Goldblatt and the Chilean-born Alfredo Jaar, whose interest is in the memory and memorialisation of human rights violations.  Jaar’s photographs were originally produced in 1985 during a visit to the Serra Pelada mine in north-eastern Brazil, whilst Goldblatt’s photographs are taken from his 1973 book On the Mines (with text by Nadine Gordimer).

Rina Stutzer’s exhibition For the Time Being opens at Everard Read on 8th November until the 27th November. In this body of work Stutzer develops her interest in the nomadic and the idea of  temporary settlement and continual  re-settlement.

On until 1st Dec, Bronwyn Lace’s show A tendency towards complexity is showing at  Circa on Jellicoe.  Working with flimsy  materials such as fishing line, the delicacy of medium belies the challenging content and unsettling visual effect on the viewer.

At the Artist’s Proof Studio at the Bus Factory in Newtown (3, President St) there is a sale of works until the 27th November.

Opening on 13th November at Wits Art Museum (WAM) Cnr Jorissen and Jan Smuts is New Work by Wits Fine Arts students – the graduating class of 2012. The exhibition closes on the 27th November.

Marcus Neustetter’s  ‘Without Time and Place’ shows at AOP, 44 Stanley Ave until 24th November . Neustetter continues to develop his interest in the stars, space and the planets. This theme was seen in his last exhibition at AOP where he exhibited 12 digital prints which drew on his research for the stamps designed for the South African Post Office’s celebration of South Africa’s role in world astronomy. The artist will conduct a walkabout on Saturday 10th Nov at 13.00.


Zombi Babylon a solo exhibition by Conrad Botes opens at Michael Stevenson Gallery Juta St on 8th Nov and runs until 15th December. Botes’ dystopian  commentary on alienated contemporary life is communicated in a style which uses repetition and  the optical effects of intense colour.   The imagery in his works ‘serves as allegories of how some dark force has seemingly taken over our minds and left us lost, wandering in malls and trawling the internet for distraction from our intense dissatisfaction with life.’


Showing at Absa Gallery (Absa Towers North, 161 Main Street) is Re-sampled. This exhibition comprises a selection of artworks from the Absa collection which have been re-sampled by a younger generation of artists. The exhibition features the original artwork and the newly re-sampled work.    In 2000 I had the privilege of seeing an exhibition at the National Gallery in London where famous contemporary artists had chosen a work from the collection and produced a work of their own in response to it.  So this promises to be a very interesting exhibition.  Artworks from the Absa collection include: J.H. Pierneef; Anton van Wouw; P.G. van Heerden; Maude Sumner; Irma Stern; Frank Sidney; Georgina Ormiston; John Mohl; Joe Maseko; Eli Kobeli; W.H. Coetzer; and, Bettie Cilliers-Barnard.   Participating artists who ‘re-sample’ the old are: Maaike Bakker; Lothar Böttcher; Katherine Bull; Amber-Jade Geldenhuys; Martli Jansen van Rensburg; Sarel Jansen van Vuuren; Fritha Langerman; Nina Liebenberg; Philiswa Lila; Nomusa Makhubu; Amelia Malatji; Maja Marx; Collen Maswanganyi; Mahlomola Nkosi; Stephen Rosin; Bambo Sibiya; and, Jaco van Schalkwyk.    The exhibition will run from Monday, 12 November 2012 until Thursday, 24 January 2013.

At the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) selected works by famous French artists in the collection are on show until 10th March 2013. The  exhibition entitled French Connections includes an impressive line-up of artsits such as  Delacroix, Daubigny, Corot, Manet,  Millet, Daumier, Michel, Harpignies, Courbet, Picasso, Rodin, Monet, Masson, Ernst, Man Ray, Leger, Chagall, Braque, Toulouse-Lautrec, Signac, Modigliani and Miro.

At Arts on Main until 8th November is Shifting Urbanism http://www.mojaheritage.co.za/article/items/maboneng-shifting-urbanism.html after which it moves to Main Street Life Entrance  Gallery.  This is an interactive exhibition where members of the public, architects and urban planners strategize ways to  activate the surrounding walkable area.

‘We down our tools to serve you art, fashion and delicious summer cocktails’  Now this can’t be too bad as a by-line from the Lilian Rd Studio who have there annual open exhibition on  Saturday 17 November @ 3pm  38 Lilian Road ( corner Main Street) Fordsburg.   Featuring works by: Hermann Niebuhr, Lou Almon, Dom Tshabangu, Lisa Jaffe of Guillotine and Carl Becker.

And continuing in the refreshment line …    From the 15th to the 18th November On Air Studios invites you to: ataya/thé/tea
Where: Hillbrow/Berea  Olivia Road between Fife and OTudhope Avenue
When: From 5pm on 15 November



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