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Archive 2015

A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: Access - A Serendipitous Symbol

Posted on 17 December 2015 by Charis de Kock

The interaction between the personal and the political must always play some role in any artistic practice, but the work on show at this year`s Michaelis graduate exhibition suggests that that interaction - and the way it plays itself out within notions of identity, memory and the body - has perhaps become a keener and more pressing concern.

Eat Paint Love Festival goes bold for 2015 edition

Posted on 6 December 2015

The ArtMode Eat Paint Love Festival in Cape Town is back with a new edition featuring an impressive line-up of artists performing their art live. Taking place at Palms in Woodstock, the festival opens on 12 December 2015 and features amazing food, music and incredible art installations.

Search for George Enslin Osaka Painting

Posted on 3 December 2015

George Enslin`s widow, Noriko Enslin, is searching for one of his paintings which depicts their homeland, Osaka, before its destruction in 1995 by an earthquake.

A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: What is in an identity

Posted on 3 December 2015

What is identity? Identity is the way we perceive and express ourselves through various factors and conditions. The third year students from the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture of the University of Johannesburg explored personal experiences of how they see themselves or are perceived within a complex South African identity.

Book Review: Lucas Sithole 1931 - 1994

Posted on 2 December 2015

Lucas Sithole 1931 - 1994 published by Fernand F. Haenggi, features a photographic collection of major works by the artist in private, corporate and public collections throughout the world.

A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: We learn the rules to break them

Posted on 26 November 2015

Western culture tends to reward the rebel, the trend setter, the people who break the rules. This year`s fine art graduates from the University of Pretoria sees students bypassing more traditional methods of painting, pencil drawing and bronze sculpture and embracing more experimental niches featuring installation, game animation, and even tattoo art in a form of `performance art`.

Barclays L`Atelier goes digital in 2016

Posted on 26 November 2015

Barclays has announced a number of exciting changes for the Barclays L'Atelier competition in 2016 moving to include 11 African countries and an online entry process.

Warren Editions Cape Town launches 2015 Edition S

Posted on 26 November 2015

There is a certain appeal to buying an artwork without knowing who the artist is. Each year, Warren Editions selects an artist to create a work for Edition S. On 1 December 2015, Warren Editions will announce the the name of the 2015 secret artist and release Edition S.

A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: The self-reflexive generation

Posted on 12 November 2015 by Dave Mann

In line with the rest of the country's tertiary education systems, students at the university currently known as Rhodes have had a challenging year in the recent #FeesMustFall protests and efforts towards decolonising the colonial structure of the university. Now it was time for the Fine Art students to have their say at the annual Fine Art Graduate exhibition through 21 solo exhibitions across a wide range of venues, all coming together in one evening.

JAG celebrates Lutyens Building's centenary

Posted on 12 November 2015

The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) has received its fair share of problems and setbacks over its long history. Following recent petitions against the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) recommendation to convert Joubert Park to a taxi rank, this week saw the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Lutyens Building, one of the oldest within the South African art establishment, on 10 November 2015.

The Artist's Prism at Eclectica Modern Gallery

Posted on 6 November 2015

By selecting an object or idea that is refracted through the psyche of the artist, something other transpires. Anthony Cawood, Jeremy Dyer, Paul Birchall and Wonder Marthinus interpret this in their own unique way in The Artist`s Prism at Eclectica Modern Gallery in Cape Town.

The equation of variables with Loeritha Saayman

Posted on 5 November 2015

Flowing Ground and Other Variables explores Loeritha Saayman`s exploration of the ever changing environment that comes with the seasons and age as well as the change in the social and economic climate. She portrays mundane objects and daily rituals in mixed media landscapes, portraits and still lifes. We asked Loeritha about her latest exhibition and the symbols and metaphors she uses in her works.

Print isn't dead - South Africa's First Print Fair

Posted on 27 October 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas

Prints are often overlooked in favor of painting or sculpture but fine art prints also offer viewers the opportunity to closely examine and appreciate what they have to offer by way of design, artistry, and the unusual techniques with which they are made. Sharon Sampson Studio in association with various professional printmakers is launching the inaugural South African Fine Art Print Fair (FAP) at GIBS in Johannesburg.

The pretty ponies of Nicolene Swanepoel

Posted on 23 October 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas

Nicolene Swanepoel`s latest solo exhibition Pretty Ponies, at IS Art in Franschhoek, features paintings, drawings, and ceramic and bronze sculpture that frivolously paints unencumbered, pretty ponies, rather than serious, embattled steeds. We asked Nicolene about the use of horses in her work and her exploration of various media.

Directing the Fair - Q & A with Cape Town Art Fair director Matthew Partridge

Posted on 15 October 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas

There's no question that the art fair has become an entrenched role in the way art galleries conduct its business and marketing. The Cape Town Art Fair presents its fourth edition at its newly appointed home, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in February 2016. We caught up with the newly appointed Fair director, Matthew Partridge, on what we can expect from next year's art fair, buyer trends, and art he likes to collect.

Celebration of Art - Inaugural Four School's Art Exhibition

Posted on 21 September 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas

The inaugural Four School's Art Exhibition featuring Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool, Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool, Pretoria Boys High School and Pretoria High School for Girls has re-emphasized the importance of visual arts in schools.

Bid for a Cause - An auction in aid of the Jacaranda Children's Home

Posted on 18 September 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas

Bid for a Cause is an auction collaboration between Samantha Eaton, finalist of the 2015 SA Bachelorette competition and the Longstreet Art Lovers 1932 Gallery in Pretoria to raise funds for the Jacaranda Children's Home. Conceived by Eaton, a visual arts and design educator at Pretoria High School for Girls, the auction aims to raise funds and awareness for the Pretoria children's home.

Sasol New Signatures 2015 Finalists

Posted on 7 September 2015

The finalists of the 2015 Sasol New Signatures Competition were Nelmarie du Preez, Mareli Janse van Rensburg, Colleen Winter, Sethembile Msezane, Bronwyn Katz, Nazeerah Jacub, and Rory Emmett. View more about their winning works.

The merging of traditional and digital at Sasol New Signatures 2015

Posted on 7 September 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas

As society moves away from the traditional mediums we have come to understand as art and becomes increasingly embedded within the digital, tools such as computers, smartphones, tablets and the internet have become a new form of 'medium' or 'mode' of creativity. The winning works of this year's Sasol New Signatures competition display these changes within the visual arts.

Art Week Joburg 2015 is coming

Posted on 1 September 2015

Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy 9 days of art, culture, food and music, exploring the creative side of the city! Art Week Joburg 2015 runs from 5 - 13 September 2015 at various venues around the city. View the highlights.

Artistry and Anarchy - Wim Botha dismantles the iconography of the Pieta once again

Posted on 25 August 2015 by Philip van Emmenis

One has, through the years of his resounding career, come to approach an exhibition by Wim Botha with a certain expectation of which his most recent has seem to live up to. The intertextualization with the past continues with the addition of paintings has somehow turned this particular show at the Stevenson Gallery into something personal.

Nigrini masterpiece on show again after 21 years

Posted on 6 August 2015

The Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch has recently re-hung part of it's collection, including Michele Nigrini's extraordinary Kleursimfonie. This panel installation, comprised of 395 A4 sized paintings, was acquired by Dr Anton Rupert in 1993 and displayed for the first time in 21 years.

Exploring the Johannesburg landscape - An interview with Lynette van Tonder

Posted on 17 July 2015

Lynette van Tonder told us about her online exhibition, Urbanism which explores the relationship between a Euro-African woman and her mother-city, Johannesburg. Architecture, flesh, masculine and feminine states, relationships and isolation, bravery and fear inform this body of work.

Lossgott wins the 2015 Barclay's L'Atelier Award

Posted on 17 July 2015

Kai Lossgott wins the 2015 Barclays L`Atelier with Small and common matters, which centres on spaces beyond what the naked eye can see and the existential significance of positions of self. The work, a three minute video, shows close-up, passing imagery of objects and moments often missed.

The landscapes of Michel le Sueur - An interview with a fine art photographer

Posted on 3 July 2015

We caught up with fine art photographer Michel le Sueur and asked him about his work and his current online exhibition with us, DuneScapes | LagoonScapes which explores recent trips to the West Coast of South Africa.

Pretoria`s Art Legacy - Public art commissioned for new BRT A Re Yeng stations

Posted on 11 June 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas

Art`s publicness creates a means for interaction with audiences and extends opportunities for community engagement. New artworks by Pretoria`s artists has been commissioned for the new Tshwane bus rapid transit (BRT) stations which bring to light important social and historical elements of Pretoria.

Thirty Years of L'Atelier

Posted on 15 May 2015

In 1986, Penny Siopis won the first coveted Volkskas Bank Atelier Competition. The L`Atelier is now one of the longest running art competitions of its kind in Africa and in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the competition, Barclays Africa and the Absa Gallery presents recent works by previous L`Atelier and Gerard Sekoto winners on display at the gallery from 13 - 29 May 2015.

Paradyse of the Damned - Mxolisi Vusimusi Beauchamp

Posted on 15 May 2015

Paradyse of the Damned is a body of work by Mxolisi Vusimusi Beauchamp with socio-reflective narrative inspired by the political and social icons of the past and the future South Africa as well as our contemporary global village.

TWENTY: Art in time of Democracy

Posted on 16 April 2015

TWENTY: Art in time of Democracy, curated by Gordon Froud (Senior Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg) on behalf of the University of Johannesburg, showcases historical and contemporary works that look at a slice of South African life and experience over the first 20 years of democracy.

Gran Cavallo - World Art Day 2015 at Association of Art Pretoria

Posted on 9 April 2015

Art is a form of self-expression. Artists in many countries will celebrate the fourth World Art Day on 15 April 2015. Several prominent artists are celebrating this year's festivities at Association of Arts Pretoria through their impressions of Leonardo`s iconic horse sculpture (the Gran Cavallo)

Reconstructing the pillars of Venice

Posted on 26 March 2015

Pretoria artist Diek Grobler will be participating at the Venice Biennale 2015 as part of an international environmental collective called Nine Dragon Heads. Grobler`s animated films are created with different animation techniques, mostly compiled from photographs, of the 'channel markers' used to delineate the waterways across the lagoon around Venice, leading to and from the city.

Exploring the world virtually - Islands by Heidi Fourie

Posted on 17 March 2015 by Marilyn de Freitas

Maps are important tools in understanding in a visual way the world around us. Heidi Fourie's Islands explores the world virtually where her studio becomes an 'island' from which she interprets and investigates the dualities between isolation and escape.

Going Beyond the Landscape - Q & A with Willie van Rensburg

Posted on 16 March 2015

Willie van Rensburg's newest exhibition Beyond at The Studio Kalk Bay in Cape Town explores the Western Cape's mysterious landscape. asked him about how he created these new works.

Festival of Art - A guide to 2015 South African Art Fairs and Festivals

Posted on 19 February 2015

Art fairs and festivals are changing the way art, bought, sold and viewed by both wealthy art buyers and art appreciators alike. Artcoza took a look at what 2015 art fairs has to offer.

Mozvolunteers Arts Initiative Workshop in Drakensberg

Posted on 16 February 2015

Mozvolunteers presents an arts initiative in July 2015 run from Rivercroft Cottage fibre farm in the Drakensberg mountains which aims to empower local women to express themselves creatively, and equip them with skills.

Nina van der Westhuizen celebrates African women at Casa Labia

Posted on 9 February 2015

Nina van der Westhuizen revisits two European old masters in Afrodite: A Celebration of Women. The portrait series plays on the grand tradition of the sitter surrounded by elements that symbolise their station and status in life.

Art on Screen - 2015 Films about art

Posted on 5 February 2015

There is a fascinating interplay between the visual cultures of film and art. Many directors and screenwriters have written or adapted the stories and histories of various artists and artworks into films. Artcoza took a look at upcoming 2015 films on art, artists or the arts.

Absa Gallery hosts Review Exhibition for Nelson Mandela Children`s Hospital Trust

Posted on 4 February 2015

From 2 - 27 February 2015, the Absa Gallery is hosting an exciting exhibition titled Review as part of a fundraising effort for the Nelson Mandela Children`s Hospital Trust.

Pretoria Art Meander - Discover the Jacaranda City

Posted on 9 January 2015

Gallery owners, curators and artists from around Pretoria have created the Pretoria Art Meander allowing art lovers the unique opportunity to explore galleries and studios in a leisurely manner, enjoy the company of other lovers of the arts and to continually discover new artworks.


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