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 at Russell Kaplan (photograph courtesy RKA)
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
‘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
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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Tagged David Goldblatt, Deborah Bell, Georgia Papageorge, Karel Nel, Marcus Neustetter, MARION DIXON, Mmakgabo Helen Sibidi, Norman Catherine, Penny Siopis, Simon Bannister, Standard Bank Gallery, Thomas Mulcaire, Walter Oltmann, Willem Boshoff, William Kentridge
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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Tagged Afro Cuban art, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Without Masks
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
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.