Marvellous Steven Cohen misdemeanour

A recurring nightmare of many an auction buyer must surely be successfully bidding on the wrong item. Well trust me, it can and does happen.

But first some back story. If memory serves me it was the early nineties when I first saw Steven Cohen’s work at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. It was an installation staged as a domestic setting using hand printed fabric to cover arm chairs, shown with exotic throws and chandeliers. I was intrigued by his splendidly colourful screen printed ‘uneasy chairs’, so flamboyantly gay, cheekily, cheerfully camp, shamelessly and shockingly erotic.

Steven Cohen work auctioned at Russell Kaplan last year

Steven Cohen work at Russell Kaplan (photograph courtesy RKA)

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AN ENCOUNTER WITH ORLAN

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ORLAN in front of Femme-girafe africaine Ndebelé souche nguni Zimbabwe et visage de femme Euro-parisienne, Self-Hybridation africane, 2000, Digital photograph, colour print, 155.5 x 124 cm  Saint Etienne, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole (photograph Cliff Shain, Standard Bank)

What a boon it was for contemporary art lovers to meet French born neo feminist artist ORLAN at the recent 20th Century Masters: The Human Figure exhibition, Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg, part of the French Season. Continue reading

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Water, the [Delicate] Thread of Life

‘Water, the [Delicate] Thread of Life’, 29 July to 1 October 2011, sets out to navigate a course through the many wonders and complexities of water and to challenge the way we think about and respond to one of the most precious substances on earth.

Norman Catherine, Requiem, 1994. Oilstick on paper. 130 x 112 cm. Private Collection

Norman Catherine, Requiem, 1994. Oilstick on paper. 130 x 112 cm. Private Collection

The Standard Bank Gallery exhibition, curated by Marion Dixon, seeks to bring home just how fragile and tenuous life on earth would be without sustainable water resources.

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ART AND DESIGN:The brilliance of the Widow Clicquot Ponsardin

Veuve Clicquot. Yellow By Design:  Karim Rashid, Love Seat

Karim Rashid's Love Seat designed for Veuve Clicquot's Yellow By Design exhibition. It is a contemporary reinterpretation of an 18th century love seat of the French 'art de vivre' era combined with characteristics of the Maison of Veuve Clicquot. Its rose colour seats with a Clicquot Yellow ice bucket and its feminine curves offer a fresh take on tradition (Photograph Veuve Clicquot).

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WITHOUT MASKS Contemporary Afro-Cuban art

 Maria Magdalena Campos, Dreaming of an Island, 2008, Polaroid 20” x 24”, Polacolor #7 Composition of 9 Polaroid’s 70, 5 x 62 cm (each piece) 215 x 188 cm (overall size) Edition 1/2 (photograph Johannesburg Art Gallery JAG - UNMASKED)

Maria Magdalena Campos, Dreaming of an Island, 2008, Polaroid 20” x 24”, Polacolor #7 Composition of 9 Polaroid’s 70, 5 x 62 cm (each piece) 215 x 188 cm (overall size) Edition 1/2 (photograph Johannesburg Art Gallery JAG - WITHOUT MASKS )

How fortuitous that the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) was able to unmask a collection of Afro-Cuban art at an exhibition coinciding with South Africa’s hosting of the soccer World Cup – and the spotlight falling on Africa.

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ART AND THE GAME. PART 2. Joana Vasconcelos

Joana Vasconcelos, Red Independent Heart, 2005, site specific installation, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg (photograph MAMs)

Joana Vasconcelos, Red Independent Heart, 2005, site specific installation, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg (photograph MAMs)

An unexpected delight during the soccer mania was the arrival on our shores of one of Portugal’s most influential artists, Joana Vasconcelos, together with the marvellous revolving Red Independent Heart, 2005, a site specific installation at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg. Continue reading

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ART AND THE GAME. Part I. Strange bedfellows

Who would’ve thought that the usually sedate, introspective and discreetly tucked away fine art sector would step out into the colourful crowd trumpeting their vuvuzelas with as much gusto as the cheering fans? That’s what this ball game does. It turns preconceived notions and the world as we know it upside down.
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