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Art South Africa publishing wins, again!

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JOHANNESBURG - Every year the South African Institute of Architects awards projects it feels encourage and recognise good design, or in some way make a significant contribution in the field of architecture.This year year the highest honour went to a book, not a biuilding. 10+Years 100+ Buildings, a 450-page critical survey of post-apartheid architecture, edited by Ora Joubert and produced by Art South Africa (formerly Bell-Roberts Publsihing), has been awarded the Corobrick SAIA Award for Excellence, and a further Award of Merit. It is the first time in the award's histoy that a book has receieved the accolade. For more,

Art South Africa publishing wins, again!

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JOHANNESBURG - Every year the South African Institute of Architects awards projects it feels encourage and recognise good design, or in some way make a significant contribution in the field of architecture.This year year the highest honour went to a book, not a biuilding. 10+Years 100+ Buildings, a 450-page critical survey of post-apartheid architecture, edited by Ora Joubert and produced by Art South Africa (formerly Bell-Roberts Publsihing), has been awarded the Corobrick SAIA Award for Excellence, and a further Award of Merit. It is the first time in the award's histoy that a book has receieved the accolade. For more,

Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa since 1950

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An exhibition that considers photography's role in South Africa's composite transformation opens at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 21 August 2010. Titled Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa since 1950 The exhibition includes 18 artists who span four generations: fourteen are South African; four are from the England, the United States, and Germany, and either made South Africa their home or created significant bodies of work there. Featured Goodman Gallery represented artists are William Kentridge, Nontsikelelo Veleko and Sue Williamson.

The exhibition's eight sections highlight the ways that these artists have addressed South African culture from various perspectives, and their increased presence in the global art world since 1994. "The social and political transformation of South Africa is one of the most remarkable stories of the second half of the twentieth century," says Alex Nyerges, director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. "To engage with it directly through the eyes of those who experienced and documented the anguish, turmoil and elation of the period is both uplifting and thought-provoking."

A preview for VMFA members is scheduled for August 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. On August 26, there will be a screening of the 2002 film "Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony" at 6 p.m. This award-winning documentary looks at the role of music in the struggle for freedom in South Africa. After the screening, producer JohnathanDorfman will discuss the film.

Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa since 1950 will run until 24 October 2010.

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Ina van Zyl - Shame Pieces

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28 August - 21 November 2010
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

A still life, evocative, perhaps even erotic - that is a first impression when one sees a painting by Ina van Zyl (b. 1971). Look closer and her work creates mixed feelings of desire, loneliness and embarrassment. Ina van Zyl's exhibition in the Projects Gallery of the Gemeentemuseum takes on the form of an installation entitled Shame Pieces. The paintings in it show realistic close-ups of genitals, both male and female, and occasionally images of other objects, such as a luxuriant red flower, a dark-coloured fruit or a walnut. They are not shocking as such. They are details of the world we live in, blown up to images that at times almost become abstract. The artist's subtle, playful handling of paint makes her work seem introverted, although anger and aggression are always around.

Ina van Zyl was born and raised in South Africa, where she studied art at Stellenbosch University. She initially drew comic strips for the taboo-breaking satirical underground magazine Bitterkomix. It was only after she moved to Amsterdam, where she studied at De Ateliers, that she began to paint and to work as an autonomous artist.
The heat of South Africa pervades the subjects of her earlier work: varnished toenails in sandals, sweet fruit like apples and plums. These days, the emphasis lies more on the deep, dark, intense colours of South African nature, as found in the vast, empty landscape of the Karoo. At first glance, expectations of political engagement are not met. There is no direct reference to the rainbow nation of the new South Africa or to the previous apartheid era, the tumultuous period of her youth. Even so, here lies her focus. But instead of showing an immediately apparent political reality, she addresses the mechanisms underlying the political legacy of her country: hidden forces like power, oppression and humiliation are her chosen territory.
In Shame Pieces, Van Zyl explores these mechanisms in her own, highly distinctive way. But her work invariably operates on a number of different levels. Shame Pieces is not only about power and sexual violence; it is also about the humiliations that people impose on themselves, for example by following fashions in the removal of body hair. The works in this series are strongly interrelated but, at the same time, each is a world in itself.
The sexual connotations with close-ups of genitals are obvious but Van Zyl manages to evoke the same feelings through her images of fruit. She also plays the game in the opposite direction. For example, a vagina may be viewed from such an angle that it looks like a landscape, or be presented stylised to the extent that it almost resembles an abstract composition. This ambiguity is reflected in the effect of the paintings on the viewer, both attracting the eye and instigating feelings of embarrassment and repulsion.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication containing the essay How to paint shame? by Ernst van Alphen. 

South African artist finalist in prestigious programme

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Nicholas Hlobo is one of the 18 potential protégés across six artistic disciplines that were selected from 120 candidates from around the world in 2010 for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé arts initiative. Eight women and 10 men from 15 countries - will meet the mentor in their discipline. Each mentor will choose the finalist who seems best suited for the year of guidance and inspiration. Hlobo was selected as a 2010/2011 Visual Arts finalist.

Art South Africa Magazine Store

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Launch of new book by Jodi Bieber

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Jacana media invites you to the launch of the book "Soweto" by Jodi Bieber on 27th May at 18h30; The Shack, 8069 Baqwa Street, Orlando West, Soweto. About the book: Acclaimed home-grown photographer Jodi Bieber has created an open-ended essay which is a celebration and a portrait of life in Soweto today.

African Design featured at ICFF

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African designers live in a diverse world of dynamic, contrasting influences: nature's calm and urban energy; cultural traditions and individual identity; local resources and industrial materials; handmade artisanship and new technologies. Their artistic ingenuity drives design with substance and is forging connections with universal values.

At the ICFF, Amaridian and Design Africa will debut a select portfolio of studios from across Africa, representing a range of media and product categories. These companies have been chosen for their unique work and commercial excellence.
Working with local, disadvantaged communities on an arid, South African plateau, Werner and Philippa du Toit have transformed the harsh African soil into a promising light of social development and multicultural cooperation. Ronel Jordaan is inspired by nature. Through the medium of felted wool, her original designs playfully and eloquently echo organic forms and textures. These elements infuse a home with the comforting serenity, purity and beauty of the outdoors.

Honoring cultural heritage and the rich dynamism of their daily lives in Accra, Ghana, Tekura's designers, Kweku and Josephine Forson, create stylish interpretations of legendary Ashanti and Fanti artistry. Each of their handmade pieces resonates with authenticity and simple elegance.

Willowlamp's dynamic designers, Sian Eliot and Adam Hoets, ingeniously marry organic forms with industrial materials and processes to create a dramatic new species of lighting. Beginning with humble strands of everyday ball-chain, they use laser cut stainless steel frames to shape radiant representations of nature. International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2010
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 Built in 1929 to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice, the fully-restored Casa Labia has re-opened as South Africa's most exquisite multi-functional cultural centre. The grand opening was celebrated with a star-studded soiree for 300 VIP guests on 5 May 2010 hosted by the Labia family.

Creative Africa Network- 250 free admission tickets

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Dear Art South Africa Magazine,

To view or reply to this message, go here:

As a major exhibition and programming sponsor of the Design Museum, puma.creative would like to offer 250 free admission tickets to members of the Creative Africa Network valid until 5 September 2010.

These are some of the exciting exhibitions you will be able to see:

Urban Africa until 5 September

A remarkable photographic journey through the eyes of David Adjaye, this exhibition reveals a unique snapshot of Africa today and documents the nature of urban life in a rapidly developing continent. One of the leading architects of his generation, David Adjaye has stepped out of his regular line of work to photograph and document key African cities, putting a new focus on African architecture.

Sustainable Futures in association with and puma.creative until 5 September

From the world's first carbon neutral city to a refrigerator which doubles as an aquarium, this exhibition explores a range of products, concepts and projects that address issues of sustainability in their design. Through prototypes, samples, products and film, you can find out more about your impact on the world and how to change it. Presented around five themes: Cities, Energy and Economics, Food, Materiality and Creative Citizens, this overview shows the changing role of the designer and reveals how design can make a difference.

Brit Insurance Designs of the Year until 31 October

Now in their third year, the Brit Insurance Designs Awards, "the Oscars of the design world," showcase the most innovative and forward thinking designs from around the world. Last year's winner, the unofficial Barack Obama poster campaign by Shepard Fairey, demonstrated the power that design can have at a grass-root level. This year's winner is Royal College of Art graduate Min-Kyu Choi, who's ingenious creation is plug that folds up to less than a centimetre thick. See all 91 nominated designs in this inspiring exhibition.

To reserve your free tickets please click here: Creative Africa Network

Art South Africa Store opens 22 April 2010!!

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The Art South Africa Store opens next Thursday 22 April 2010, join us for a drink between 4 and 8pm. The store carries art, design and photography books, catalogues and magazines. We also sell unique products and quintessential gifts, made with love by some of the hottest young design and art talent in South Africa. Complete your sets of Art South Africa by buying back issues at the store.The Art South Africa Store, Ground Floor, Fairweather House 176 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock.Cape Town. Tel 021 465 9108.

Cameron Platter and Dan Halter at Dakar Bienale

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What if the World Gallery artists Dan Halter and Cameron Platter have been selected for Dak'Art 2010, the 9th Biennale of Contemporary African Art from May 7 - June 7, 2010. After 8 editions, Dak'Art has taken its place amongst international biennales. The number and quality of the professionals who choose to follow its development and activities by participating regularly and actively is a proof. As an extension of the biennale, following each edition of the Dak'Art, exhibitions are created and carried out in an international context. The increasing presence of African artists on the international art scene and in private and institutional collections also provides evidence of the importance of the biennale. Today the image of Dak'Art obliges to more demand on the preparations and the organization, more rigorous selection and greater relevance in the communication of the event.


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Position available at Art South Africa Magazine

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Art South Africa magazine is looking for full-time receptionetail staff for our new shop in Woodstock, Cape Town. This is an entry-level position which would suit a recent graduate. The ideal candidate would have excellent organization and communication skills as well as knowledge of the South African art industry. Key responsibilities would include:
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Please email your CV with salary requirements to . The position is available immediately.

Zanele Muholi wins international awards

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Zanele Muholi won the Casa Africa award for best female photographer and a Fondation Blachè;re award at Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography (2009). She also received a Fanny Ann Eddy accolade from IRN-Africa for her outstanding contributions in the study of sexuality in Africa, at the Genders & Sexualities in Africa Conference held in Syracuse, New York. She has work on the group show In Between in conjunction with an artist's residency at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania; exhibition dates are 26 January to 16 February. She will also take part in a colloquium on Sara Baartman at the Africana Research Center at Penn State University on 1 March.

Spier Contemporary 2010 Selects 100 Artists for its National Exhibition

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After an exhaustive nation-wide selection process 100 artists and 132 art pieces have been chosen for South Africa's largest contemporary art exhibition, the Spier Contemporary 2010. The Africa Centre's art biennale, the Spier Contemporary 2010 will launch on the 14th March 2010 at the Cape Town City Hall. The artworks were selected from a national call for submissions, with artworks collected at thirteen selection centres across South Africa. The final exhibition was chosen from over 2,700 entries, which represents an increase of 10% on the submissions received for the Spier Contemporary 2007/8. The selection was made in November and December 2009 by a curatorial team of five local and continental industry professionals. Work has begun on the Cape Town City Hall, where the first leg of the Exhibition will be held. The Spier Contemporary has commissioned architect Nabeel Essa to design the exhibition. Nabeel's vision is to contrast the contemporary nature of the artworks against the historic grandeur of the Edwardian building.

Rijksakademie 2011 applications open

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The prestigeous Rijksakademie in the Netherlands is open for applications to their 2011 residency. Resident artists have usually successfully completed their (art) studies and have already worked independently as artists for three to five years prior to their application.

One is initially admitted for a work period of one year (January to December). Whether a second year is considered worthwhile, is decided in mutual consultation.

The selection procedure consists of a number of rounds. Demonstrable artistic quality and development potential are the decisive factors here. Following the first selection rounds in April/May, a number of candidates are invited for an interview in May/June at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. The successful candidates are announced at the beginning of July.

Application for the 2011 residency

One can apply for the coming residency (starting in January 2011) between December 1, 2009 and February 1, 2010. Note that an complete application has to arrive by February 1, 2010. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

ART AND FOOTBALL -limited edition posters

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David Krut Projects and Bookstores


140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, 011 880-5648

Arts on Main, JHB Central City East, 011 334 1209

Montebello Design Centre, Newlands, Cape Town, 021 685 0676

The Official Art Poster Edition 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa TM, manufactured and distributed under licence by brands united, Leipziger Strasse 63, 10117 Berlin, Krut Projects is proud to be the official distributor in South Africa of the FIFA 2010 Official Art Posters Edition series. Six local and eleven international artists were selected to create the poster collection. Artists: William Kentridge Marlene Dumas Zhong Biao
Romero Britto
Julie Mehretu Hassan Musa Barthelemy Toguo Kendel Geers Charles Fazzino Soly Cissé Akira Yamaguchi Robert Slingsby Kay Hassan Cameron Platter Isolde Krams Peter Eastman

William Kentridge makes The 2009 TIME 100

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William Kentridge

LOU REED - Thursday, Apr. 30, 2009
Julien Jourdes / The New York Times / Redux
I have often wondered: If a picture is worth a thousand words, what isthe price of a song? What could an essay be that is about the multiple emotions, feelings, moods and starlight of the startlingly original drawings by the South African artist William Kentridge, 54? These lives erupting through the line and the page with their features telling thousands of mutating stories. Kentridge has stated that he came to terms with the fact (often so hard to accept) that the images — states of mind — of these interior reflections are personal to the artist, who must accept that he is putting the deepest part of his soul and mind in his work and then showing it to the world. This is something that makes interviews and journalistic adventures a misery, as the conversation will always turn to the question "Why are you showing us this?" It does not seem enough to answer: I do this to reveal beauty and humanity in all its guises. We are one and similar in all respects. We look at Kentridge's Preparing the Flute (an installation tied to his staging of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute) and see charcoal, pastel and colored pencil with a model theater and animation — all tools brought to bear. And still I sit in awe of his study of the artist space Artist and Model from the series Pit. The drawings of his film Stereoscope. The ability to express that for which there may be no word. An original expression of the most inexpressible. Kentridge has made a home for emotions in his private expression, through line and form, of that which we cannot say. Reed is a writer, musician and photographer in New York City. - Read more: 

Eleven / Twenty Ten

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The Goodman Gallery's major current project is Eleven/TwentyTen, a biennale-style series of site - specific shows in and around Johannesburg and Cape Town, over the period of the Soccer World Cup in June/July 2010.Eleven/TwentyTen will involve exhibitions, performances, screenings and installations in public spaces. Invited artists include: Steve McQueen, Kara Walker, Philippe Parreno, Douglas Gordon, Kader Attia, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Bili Bidjocka, Ghada Amer, Mounir Fatmi, El Anatsui, Jenny Holzer, Vik Muniz, William Kentridge, Willem Boshoff, Mikhael Subotzky, Candice Breitz, Robin Rhode, Kendell Geers, James Webb, Yinka Shonibare, Thomas Mulcaire, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Richard Long, Michelangelo Pistelletto, Loris Cecchini.

David Golblatt is presented with prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson Award

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David Goldblatt has been awarded the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson Award (2009), for his project 'TJ', an ongoing examination of the city of Johannesburg. The award is intended for a photographer of exceptional ability who has an established career and has completed a significant body of work. This award will be followed by an exhibition of David Goldblatt's essay of Johannesburg photographs at the Henri Cartier-Bresson in 2010. Goldblatt has been photographing and documenting South African society for over 50 years. Born in Randfontein in 1930 to parents who came to South Africa to escape the persecution of Lithuanian Jews in 1890, he was simultaneously part of privileged white society and a victim of religious persecution and alienation. Motivated by his contradictory position in South African society, Goldblatt began photographing this society, and in 1963 decided to devote all of his time to photography. Goldblatt's work focuses on critical explorations of South African society. While he uses photography as a means of accessing and exploring people and societies, David Goldblatt(he?) is acutely aware of the ethics of photography, and has used the camera as a way of capturing the complexities and intricacies of the specific conditions and situations that he photographs. His photographs are neither propaganda nor violently provocative, but rather become complex, meditative documents that are open to interpretation and that permeate far more deeply, and for longer than the initial shock and violence associated with documentary and news photography. David Goldblatt is currently showing a photographic essay entitled 'Intersections Intersected' at the New Museum, New York, U.S.A. This exhibition runs from 15 July to 11 October 2009.


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Art South Africa poster wins Gold at Loeries!

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Y&R South Africa's Umshini Wakho for Art South Africa Magazine won a gold in the Advertising Outdoor and Ambient - Posters category. The campaign coincided with an issue of the magazine focussing on the "Awuleth' Umshini Wami" song popularised by President Jacob Zuma.

Setting up shop

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There is no shortage of exhibition spaces with new venues continuing to open. The Goodman Gallery has extended its reach from Johannesburg to Cape Town with a new gallery, designed by Jeremy Rose of Mashabane Rose Architects.

Public art and advocacy

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South African artists and poets recently collaborated on a public art campaign by Art for Humanity to highlight growing incidences of violence and abuse against women and children.

Latitudinal drift

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New alliances between developing countries are being forged in the political and economic arena and the art world is not immune. The South Project, a five-year initiative hosted by Craft Victoria in Australia, fosters south-south cultural exchange. It is headed this year for Johannesburg following three iterations in Melbourne (2004), Wellington (2005) and Santiago (2006).

Mapping creativity

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There is a need to nurture local creative industries in an increasingly globalised world, according to Erika Elk, executive director of the Cape Craft & Design Institute.

Mining the new gold

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Johannesburg's creative economy will get a boost next year when the inaugural Johannesburg Art Fair launches. ArtLogic, an arts event company, has secured funding from First National Bank to hold the art fair in March 2008 at the Sandton Convention Centre.