Monthly Archives: June 2010

STUDIO VISIT: DIANE VICTOR

One of the many advantages of being a member of Friends of JAG – Johannesburg Art Gallery – is that art enthusiasts are able to gain unprecedented access to artist studios on visits organised by the gallery.

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ALEXIS PRELLER: AFRICA, THE SUN AND SHADOWS

‘Whatever I am after is contained in an African shape …’ Alexis Preller[1] Reflecting on Alexis Preller’s extraordinarily visual life with Karel Nel… More often than not artworks at exhibition openings serve as a backdrop for a social event. The … Continue reading

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Has William Kentridge gone ‘Huisgenoot’?

There I was in the company of good friends enjoying Johannesburg’s glorious weather and settling in for a leisurely lunch at a Greek eating establishment. Then out of the blue my good friend, a strategic branding and advertising guru, posed … Continue reading

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Can a holy, virgin hermit not be my role model?

Last week I sent the following email to friends: ‘I knew I would have a role model somewhere. I just didn’t realise that it would be a virgin and a hermit!

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WILLEM BOSHOFF: THE WORD ACCORDING TO BIG DRUID, knowing through seeing…

‘It is only through seeing that one can know: Druids like artists must see in order to know. It is through art that one learns first to look and then to see. It is important to recognise that it is … Continue reading

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REMEMBERING ROBERT HODGINS (1920 – 2010)

‘I think there’s something of a split personality … outside the studio, I think I’m not much: a cheery bloke, full of anecdotes and jokes, wise saws and modern instances, light and agreeable on the palate. But the painter in … Continue reading

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HALAKASHA: Art and Soccer

HALAKASHA* (*traditional South African celebratory cry of a goal being scored)

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