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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DIANE VICTOR – Transcend

Diane Victor, 4 Horses Baited, 2009, Etching, digital printing 105 x 200cm (Goodman Gallery)

Diane Victor, 4 Horses Baited, 2009, Etching, digital printing 105 x 200cm (Goodman Gallery)

With the sharpness of a scalpel artist Diane Victor slices through society’s posturing and pretenses to expose the unsettling, the disturbing and the unjust. She approaches each of her drawings, lithographs and etchings with uncompromising intensity and relentlessly explores the human condition.
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STUDIO VISIT: DIANE VICTOR

Diane Victor, 4 Horses: Bayard 2010, Etching, embossing, digital printing and drawing 171 x 121: August House

Work in progress: Diane Victor, 4 Horses: Bayard 2010, Etching, embossing, digital printing and drawing 171 x 121 cm, August House (photograph MAMs)

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

Alexis Preller. Hieratic Women 1955-57. Oil on canvas 20.8 x 151.3 cm University of the Witwatersrand Art Gallery

Alexis Preller. Hieratic Women 1955-57. Oil on canvas 20.8 x 151.3 cm University of the Witwatersrand Art Gallery (Source Standard Bank Gallery)

‘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 opening of Alexis Preller: Africa, the Sun and Shadows (14 October – 5 December 2009) at the Standard Bank Gallery in downtown Johannesburg was no exception. A larger than usual throng of who’s who in the Johannesburg art world crowded into the bank’s dining hall for drinks, snacks, speeches and to ‘work the room’ before being herded into the exhibition space to get a glimpse of the artwork. It was at this point that my art loving friend and I fought our way out of the gallery and decided to return at a later date to view the art properly.

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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 the following question: ‘Do you think that William Kentridge has gone ‘Huisgenoot’?[1] Continue reading

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