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Acclaimed Artist Arlene Amaler-Raviv returns to Johannesburg

The Melrose Gallery is pleased to present a captivating solo exhibition, the din of daily life by acclaimed artist Arlene Amaler-Raviv, returning to her home town after a break of 11 years since her last solo.


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Applications open for inaugural State of the Art Gallery Award 2018

Posted on 24 May 2018

StateoftheART is delighted to announce the launch of the StateoftheART Gallery Award, a visual arts prize aimed at uncovering emerging South African talent.


Applications are open for the 2018 Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop

Posted on 18 May 2018

The Market Photo Workshop in partnership with The Tierney Family Foundation realise the importance of creating opportunities for photographers to cultivate the development of photographers and photography as a medium. The Tierney Fellowship creates an ideal space for a photographer to develop such a body of work.


Best Before: Artist Margaret Nel explores complexities of female identity, age and abuse of power in challenging exhibition

Posted on 6 April 2018

Comprising 27 paintings completed between 2009 and 2018, Best Before by Margaret Nel at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein confronts the viewer with three investigations of the same theme: cuts of meat, baked goods and fresh produce, all depicted on an oversized, visceral scale.


Is that a drawing? Hyperrealistic art that looks like photographs

Posted on 22 March 2018

Hyperrealism evokes the illusion of photography. Artists who create hyperrealistic art are precision-oriented in their practice, creating artworks that make you do a double take. Art.co.za found some South African and African artists who have mastered their skill.


Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition launches 20 March 2018

Posted on 16 March 2018

Artists invited to draw inspiration from acclaimed visual arts consultant, Les Cohn.


13 Reasons You Should Go to Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees 2018

Posted on 15 March 2018

The renowned art festival is an Afrikaans language arts festival that takes place yearly in the South African town of Oudtshoorn. Art.co.za took a look at what art lovers can look forward to in 2018.


Strauss & Co sets new world record for still life by Erik Laubscher

Posted on 7 March 2018

A bold and colourful Still Life with Coffee Pot and Fruit by Erik Laubscher set a new world record at Strauss & Co's live sale in Cape Town on 5 March 2018, selling for R 2.273 million.


Colourful dissections of water by SaySay.Love

Posted on 22 February 2018

Artist and visual activist SaySay.Love's latest works draws attention to the current water crisis in the Western Cape and highlights water as a precious resource that connects every aspect of life and cannot be take for granted.


Jenny Nijenhuis explores identity archetypes through sculpture

Posted on 22 February 2018

South African artist Jenny Nijenhuis uses her sculpture to explore identity archetypes, how they are developed through society and how we come to an understanding of "who I am". Inspired by psychoanalyst Carl Jung, Nijenhuis looks at the human psyche as a personal unconscious and a collective unconscious.


BOOK: Footnotes for the Panther: Conversations Between William Kentridge and Denis Hirson

Posted on 13 February 2018

In June of 2010, William Kentridge asked Denis Hirson to join him in a public conversation at the opening of his retrospective exhibition at the Jeu du Paume in Paris. These conversations grow out of a friendship that stretches back to the 1980s and that is deeply entwined in the fortunes of the city where they both grew up and the country that is the wellspring of their work.


Sculpture Workshop: Anatomical Studies with Alex Trapani

Posted on 8 February 2018

Alex Trapani presents an Anatomical Studies Sculpture Workshop in Johannesburg from 24 - 25 February 2018. Trapani will be sculpting his own study with you so that you get a live, real time example of how it is done.


Three dimensional paper cut sculpture by Daniel du Preez

Posted on 8 February 2018

Daniel du Preez transforms flat sheets of paper into three dimensional hypnotic patterned artworks inspired by unseen organisms, cells and atoms that surrounds us in our daily lives.


Strauss & Co to launch first-ever dedicated contemporary art sale in South Africa's oldest working harbour

Posted on 2 February 2018

Strauss & Co is pleased to announce details of its first-ever dedicated contemporary art sale, due to be held on 17 February 2018. The venue for the 71-lot sale is an impressive former warehouse overlooking the Duncan Docks, a harbour facility at the Port of Cape Town.


Exploration of the human condition by Maritha van Amerom

Posted on 1 February 2018

South African artist Maritha van Amerom uses her fascination in the human body/human condition to create mixed media artworks using oils, paper, feathers, inks, cotton etc.


57th Venice Biennale highlights presented by Johan Conradie

Posted on 31 January 2018

On 5 March, 2018 contemporary art professional, Johan Conradie, returns to Atterbury Theatre (Pretoria) with a visually exhilarating and informative presentation on the highlights of the 57th Venice Biennale.


Exhibition: New Romantics curated by Mary Corrigall at Barnard Gallery Cape Town

Posted on 19 January 2018

For the first time in South Africa an exhibition dedicated to exploring a 'romantic' turn in contemporary art will be staged at Barnard Gallery in Cape Town.


Art Fairs and Festivals to see in 2018

Posted on 18 January 2018

Art fairs and festivals have become one of the premier means for artists and galleries to come together and showcase the best they have to offer to the art world notables who count. For art lovers, they offer the opportunity to view a cross section of the contemporary art market under one roof. We at Art.co.za have created a handy guide to the South African art fairs and festivals in 2018.


Rivalry to Revelry: 2018 Art Competitions in South Africa

Posted on 11 January 2018

Every year, art competitions around South Africa offer artists the opportunity to build and develop their artistic resume as well as win handy prizes. Art.co.za takes a look at what art competition opportunities are available in 2018.


Kumalo's lost Madala comes to market

Posted on 9 November 2017

A very rare example from this series, Madala VI (estimate R700 000 - 900 000), will go on sale at Strauss & Co's live auction at the Wanderers Club, Johannesburg, on 13 November.


Absa Gallery hosts first-ever group exhibition of all Absa L'Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award winners

Posted on 9 November 2017

The Absa Gallery, inspired by Sekoto's contributions to South African art, brings together, for the first time, all the Absa L'Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award winners in one exhibition.


Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winners for 2018 Announced

Posted on 2 November 2017

Igshaan Adams wins in the Visual Arts Category of the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards conferred by the National Arts Festival and Standard Bank on deserving young South African artists.


Entries for Suzanne Shaw Creative Award 2018 now open

Posted on 12 October 2017

The Fulcrum Group, in collaboration with The Bag Factory Artists' Studios and Business and Arts South Africa, BASA, are excited to announce that the call for entries for the annual, Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Awards are now open.


Visual history takes center stage at 2017 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards

Posted on 27 September 2017

The first prize was awarded to Muntu Vilakazi for his photographic triptych entitled Imvuselelo, Inkonzo, Uhambo exploring the visual documentation of contemporary black history in South Africa.


Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards 2017 Winners

Posted on 27 September 2017

The winners of the 2017 City of Ekurhuleni Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards have been announced. Read more about their winning works.


Gender issues highlighted at 2017 Absa L'Atelier Competition

Posted on 14 September 2017

Maral Bolouri of Kenya was awarded the overall 2017 Absa L'Atelier prize for Mothers and Others, a multi-sensory, interactive installation that investigates representations of women in African oral traditions.


Absa L'Atelier 2017 Top 10 Finalists

Posted on 14 September 2017

The top 10 finalists for the 2017 Absa L'Atelier 2017 art competition have been announced. Read more about their winning works.


Animated film by Lebohang Kganye wins Sasol New Signatures 2017

Posted on 31 August 2017

Johannesburg-based artist, Lebohang Kganye won the coveted 2017 Sasol New Signatures award for her animated film Ke sale teng (I'm still here). Created using cutouts of family members and other props in a diorama, the film explores how photo albums contain a fixed but constructed account of the family structure.


Sasol New Signatures announces seven finalists for 2017

Posted on 31 August 2017

The finalists for the 2017 edition of the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition have been announced. Read more about their winning works.


August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg Atelier

Posted on 22 August 2017

Fourthwall Books presents the upcoming publication of Kim Gurney's August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg Atelier, a fascinating study of the role of the atelier and its artists in South Africa's fractious art world.


2016 Sasol New Signatures Winner Zyma Amien exhibits Real Lives and Ordinary Objects at Pretoria Art Museum

Posted on 17 August 2017

Previous winners of New Signatures competition are testament to the positive impact winning it has had on their artistic careers. Among them is Zyma Amien, Sasol New Signatures 2016 winner, who will be holding her solo exhibition in Pretoria from 31 August to 8 October 2017.


Margaret Nel exhibits over four decades of work in major retrospective

Posted on 10 August 2017

A major retrospective exhibition by South African artist Margaret Nel will be shown at the Pretoria Art Museum from 15 October 2017 until 28 January 2018, featuring a selection of over 70 paintings, spanning a career of over four decades. The themes demonstrate progression in technique, subject matter and influences within Nel's career, while simultaneously tracing common conceptual motifs running through her entire body of work.


Highly detailed pastel portraits by Helena Hugo

Posted on 3 August 2017

Portrait paintings have historically been used to memorialized the rich and powerful. But South African artist Helena Hugo's pastel paintings feature the overlooked classes of society. After working for ten years almost exclusively in oils, she made a transition to the more direct medium of pastel creating highly detailed portraits of people - mostly South African labourers.


Sharon Sampson explores the cycle of life at Halifax Art

Posted on 6 July 2017

Moved by a series of incidents surrounding a well-nigh 100 year old oak tree in the artist's garden, Sampson explores the cycle of life - growth, maturity, decay, and most significantly, renewal and rejuvenation - occurring in nature in her new exhibition in Johannesburg.


Three-dimensional insect sculptures by Retha Buitendach

Posted on 24 May 2017

Retha Buitendach creates three-dimensional insects - small sculptures assembled from sticks, leaves, pods and seeds.These fantasy insects are very nearly real insects with both a common and Latin name.


Banele Khoza announced as winner of 2017 SA Taxi Foundation Art Award

Posted on 6 April 2017

Banele Khoza wins the 2017 SA Taxi Foundation Art Award with his work, Untitled (triptych), which comments on the complexities of so-called "African identity".


Danelle Janse van Rensburg's bleeding roots explores the interconnectedness of all life

Posted on 27 March 2017

Danelle Janse van Rensburg's latest solo exhibition, Bleeding Roots at Fried Contemporary in Pretoria, explores the 'interconnectedness' as well as the symbiotic role of the 'Mother Tree' with other younger surrounding trees creating a network of interconnectedness of all life.


Collen Maswanganyi film showcases life-changing opportunities of L'Atelier art competition

Posted on 22 March 2017

The power of the L'Atelier art competition to open doors for young, emerging artists and provide them with a platform to share their art with the world, is highlighted in a new short film on L'Atelier Merit Award winner, Collen Maswanganyi.


Ruan Huisamen creates hyper-realistic drawings with technical expertise and artistry

Posted on 3 November 2016

Self-taught artist Ruan Huisamen's charcoal portraits show a mastering of the human form. His portraits are rendered isolated and largely decontextualized within time and space through their mostly dark backgrounds.


Sculpture-Bombing: Saadjies sculptures pop up in various cities

Posted on 13 October 2016

When one thinks of public sculpture, one always visualizes monumental landmarks depicting important figures. But the Saadjies project, initiated by Mathews & Associates Architects, challenges this notion and features travelling 180mm³ miniature sculptures photographed in various urban locations all over the world.


Audrey Anderson sketches everyday life

Posted on 6 October 2016

Audrey Anderson began sketching to "up-grade" her skills. Using her sketchbooks, she took her drawing outside the studio.


Franli Meintjies captures the sound waves of Pretoria

Posted on 29 September 2016

Pretoria artist Franli Meintjies' latest installation, The Noise We Make at the Association of Arts Pretoria features plaits of various shades of purple fabric creating an image that will resembles that of a sound wave.


Allen Laing creates a series of mixed media sculptural inventions

Posted on 11 August 2016

South African artist Allen Laing creates highly crafted artistic 'inventions' that perform interesting tasks. His interactive artworks made from everyday objects function as a new means to execute menial tasks, such as listening, seeing, smoking and taking a leak.


Majak Bredell creates hybrid figures of Mary Magdalene

Posted on 4 August 2016

Majak Bredell re-interprets Mary Magdalene through blending the sacred and profane, Christian and pagan, West and East, history and mythology. But - who was Mary Magdalene? Bredell answers this question through repeatedly re-creating and re-imagining her figure on various canvases, folio artist books and sketches.


Beautiful Imperfections in the Sculptures of Ruhan Janse van Vuuren

Posted on 28 July 2016

South African sculptor Ruhan Janse van Vuuren's unique figurative artworks are both technically apt and visually engaging. He models his sculptures from everyday people, each figure containing imperfections that draws one closer, creating works that are real and human.


The Singing Rocks - Artist Jenna Burchell turns ancient rocks into songsmiths.

Posted on 23 June 2016

South African artist Jenna Burchell repairs ancient, fractured rocks found in the Cradle of Humankind combining "golden joinery" with technology and sound, creating site-specific golden sound instruments (songsmiths).


Unusual Ways to Showcase Sculpture at Home

Posted on 28 April 2016

Art lovers often consider their home as an immediate, enjoyable place to display their art so they can see it every day. Adding original sculpture to your home can take your interiors to another dimension but can sometimes be difficult to integrate into your existing decor. Art.co.za suggests six ways to add sculpture to your home.


Interesting Art Apps for Artists and Art Lovers

Posted on 21 April 2016

Smartphones have become an important part of artist's go-to tools. Whether it's a digital drawing tool; discovering new artists or galleries, or social networking, there is a plethora of smartphone apps on the market for creative minds. Art.co.za reviews 8 art apps.


South African Artists on Instagram You Should Follow

Posted on 14 April 2016

Instagram has become one of the Internet's most popular social networks, especially amongst artists. With over over 530,000 followers combined, we've compiled a list of the best South African artist Instagram accounts who offer streams filled with insights into the daily life of a professional artist.


South African Artist-Run Galleries You Need to Know

Posted on 30 March 2016

Do artists make better gallerists? More and more artist-run spaces are growing around the world circumventing the structures of public and private galleries. We took a look at a group of independent South African artist project spaces recasting what a traditional gallery can be.


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