JONI BRENNER SHOWS AT CAPE TOWN ART FAIR 2015

Joni Brenner has worked within and against the genre of portraiture since the early 1990s, making portraits in a range of media including oil on canvas, on wax slabs and on hard stone surfaces, and others made using clay and plasticine, sometimes cast in bronze and plaster.

Joni Brenner exhibits at Cape Town Art Fair 2015

Highly regarded artist, Joni Brenner exhibited six watercolours and five oils at the Cape Art Fair 2015. One of Brenner’s water colours here are investigations of the juvenile Taung skull, which pushed her understanding of lineage and belonging back some 2.5 million years. Her oil paintings presented at the Art Fair are all of Fred who arrived at the studio twice a week for a period lasting almost one year.

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KAREL NEL SHOWS AT CAPE TOWN ART FAIR 2015

Hovering at the point where art, science and biology intersect, renowned South African artist, Karel Nel’s approach to the natural world is meditative but also investigative. His long standing body of work entitled Elegies to the Forests, harbours a deep sense of lament as he grapples with the waning of the world’s great forests and the growing threat of their extinction. Yet his drawings inspire us to marvel at Nature’s gifts and to consider the compelling formal complexities of leaves themselves, alongside the tragic beauty they may come to represent.

Watch Karel Nel talk about his work – and the work of Joni Brenner

Karel Nel Parinirvana

Karel Nel at the Cape Town Art Fair talking about his work Parinirvana, 2013, pastel and pigment on fibre fabric, 181 X 181 cm.

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KAREL NEL AND JONI BRENNER AT THE CAPE TOWN ART FAIR

At the 2015 Cape Town Art Fair,  London based gallery, ART FIRST, presented Joni Brenner and Karel Nel, two prominent South African artists based in Johannesburg at the Wits School of Arts. Their influential teaching, curating and exhibiting have had a far-reaching impact locally and internationally. ART FIRST London is their principal gallery and further information, online catalogues and exhibition history can be found on the website: www.artfirst.co.uk

London based Art First's Clare Cooper and renowned South African artist, Karel Nel in front of his works at the 2015 Cape Town Art Fair.

London based Art First’s Clare Cooper and renowned South African artist, Karel Nel, at the 2015 Cape Town Art Fair.

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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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