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Stuart Bird flexes his muscles at YoungBlackman

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CAPE TOWN, Dec. 9, 2010 - Former church restorer and recent MTN New Contemporaries nominee Stuart Bird, known for his love of white vests, will be participating in a three-way collaborative exhibition with Belinda Blignaut and Linda Stupart at Cape Town venue YoungBlackman this coming Friday, December 10. Read more here.

Gerard Sekoto's gift to Joburg youth

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JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 9, 2010 - Two years before Gerard Sekoto's death in Paris in March 1993, aged 80, the painter received the 1991 Vita Art Award. Despite living a life of penury, Sekoto generously donated his prize money to JAG, on condition the monies be used towards a special day for the youth. Every year since, the gallery has continued to honour the artist's wish by celebrating the Gerard Sekoto Youth Festival. Read more here.

Jared Ginsburg wins the 2010 Michaelis Prize

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CAPE TOWN, Dec. 9, 2010 - Jared Ginsburg has been awarded the 2010 Michaelis Prize. The announcement was made last night at a packed Hiddingh Campus, home of the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Read more here.

Michaelis curator shines in her new role

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CAPE TOWN, Dec. 8, 2010 - Earlier this year Nadja Daehnke was appointed curator of the Michaelis Galleries at the University of Cape Town. Formerly the curator of contemporary paintings and sculpture at the South African National Gallery and Old Town House, Daehnke is the silent star of the 2010 Michaelis School of Fine Art Graduate Exhibition. Read more here.

National Gallery hosts African photographers

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CAPE TOWN, Dec. 8, 2010 - In a coup for Riason Naidoo, director of the Iziko South African National Gallery, his institution is currently hosting a selection of work shown on the 2009 Bamako African Photographic Biennale. Read more here.

Abri De Swardt stands out at Gradex'10

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STELLENBOSCH, Dec. 7, 2010 - Abri De Swardt, a graduate of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Stellenbosch, has won the Timo Smuts Art Prize, this institution's highest accolade, for a highly stylised video installation reinterpreting the Last Supper. Read more here.

Zanele Muholi's response to Kenny Kunene

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CAPE TOWN, Dec. 2, 2010 - Zanele Muholi, the Cape Town photographer who in some eyes toppled the former minister of arts and culture Lulama "Lulu" Xingwana, has created a photo that responds to businessman Kenny Kunene's controversial fortieth birthday party in October. Read more here.

Vacancy at KZNSA as Brenton Maart prepares to leave

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DURBAN, Dec. 3, 2010 - Brenton Maart, the energetic curator at Durban's Kwa-Zulu Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA) Gallery, has resigned his position to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Cape Town. The KZNSA is currently calling on interested parties to submit applications for the vacant post.

New travelling exhibition involving Simon Njami

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TRIPOLI, Dec. 3, 2010 - To commemorate the 50th anniversary 22 African states in 2010 and 2011, the European Commission, together with architect David Adjaye, curator Simon Njami and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, in partnership with the Commission of the African Union, is launching a multi-disciplinary travelling exhibition. Read more here.

David Goldblatt and Ivan Vladislavic in conversation

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JOHANNESBURG, Dec 3, 2010 - "I have long since put aside doubtful questions about the legitimacy of taking photographs and the nature of taking photographs," reveals David Goldblatt in his conversation with Ivan Vladislavic, his collaborator on the new book project TJ/Double Negative, and Art South Africa editor Bronwyn Law-Viljoen. "I just take photographs. But that's been my position all along." Read more here.

Bronwyn Law-Viljoen interviews Riason Naidoo

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CAPE TOWN, Nov. 25, 2010 — Riason Naidoo, director of Iziko South African National Gallery, talks to Art South Africa editor Bronwyn Law-Viljoen about life before taking up his job in Cape Town, reading Fanon for the first time, Mali, art education and why parliamentarians don't visit his museum. Read more here.

Why Pierneef to Guguglective was important

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CAPE TOWN, Nov. 24, 2010 - The recent group exhibition, 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, represented an important attempt to break away from colonialism and articulate a sense of national modernism, argues visiting Nigerian scholar Okechukwu Nwafor. Read more here.

Brett Murray is angry, very angry

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CAPE TOWN Nov. 19, 2010 - Brett Murray is back with, as his press release explains, "a new body of satirical work that continues his acerbic attacks on abuses of power, corruption and political dumbness". At his walkabout, he explained why the language of his press releases was almost as disgusting as current political governance.Read more here.

Peter Anders' swansong: a book and a party

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JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 17, 2010 - Peter Anders, the energetic head of programmes for Sub-Saharan Africa at the Johannesburg office of the Goethe Institute, will be leaving South Africa at the end of the year to take up a new appointment as country director of the non-profit German cultural institution's operations in China, albeit not before celebrating his tenure locally with a final contribution to the local cultural landscape. Read more here.

William Kentridge Wins R4.17-million Kyoto Prize

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KYOTO, Nov. 11, 2010 - William Kentridge, a past recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award (1987) and winner of the Rembrandt Gold Medal at the 1991 Cape Town Triennial, was yesterday honoured with an award of an entirely different status when he received the 26th annual Kyoto Prize for lifetime achievement in arts and philosophy. Read more here.

Two solo show in one night, but which one is the debut?

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JOHANNESBURG - Two years after winning the 2008 Absa l'Atelier art competition, Cape Town artist James Webb has relented. This coming Wednesday he will be presenting a long overdue solo show of work at the ABSA Gallery. It is customary for winners of this competition, which includes a six-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts studios in Paris as part of the winning prize, to present an exhibition of work after returning. Read more here.

Wits Graduate on Show at Saatchi Gallery

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LONDON - Carla Busuttil, a young Johannesburg-born painter living in Berlin, is currently showing examples of her colour rich canvas work at collector Charles Saatchi's Chelsea gallery in London. Busuttil, a Wits graduate (2004) who furthered her studies at London's Royal Academy of Arts, is included on the group exhibition Newspeak: British Art Now (on until April 17, 2011). Read more here.

SA Artist on Show at New York Museum for a Year

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NEW YORK - Clinton De Menezes, a Johannesburg-born painter and teacher who relocated to the United Kingdom from Durban in 2007, is currently showing a large-scale installation at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a space formerly occupied by Damien Hirst's infamous 1992 shark piece, which had been on loan to the museum for three years. Read more here.

Iziko Museums CEO Retires

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CAPE TOWN - After eight years at the helm of Iziko Museums of Cape Town, Professor H.C. "Jatti" Bredekamp, the first black CEO of the organisation, has retired as chief executive officer. Read more here.

Bumper Spring Harvest for Strauss ' Co.

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JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 2, 2010 - Last night, at an auction held at the Johannesburg Country Club, Strauss & Co achieved over R66 million in sales, the highest single auction total of the year for any South African art anywhere in the world. Colour drenched still lifes by Irma Stern and Maude Sumner were especially sought after. Read more here.

Four South African dancers in Mali

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BAMAKO - Four South African dance practitioners, including choreographer PJ Sabbagha and dancers Gregory Maqoma, Nelisiwe Xaba and Mamela Nyamza, are currently in the Malian capital of Bamako for the eighth edition of the influential pan-African dance biennial, Danse l'Afrique danse! Read full story here.

Jane Taylor to Advise on Next Documenta

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BERLIN - Jane Taylor, a South African author, scholar, curator and past collaborator with William Kentridge for documenta 11, has been announced as one of a number of advisors to Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, artistic director of the forthcoming dOCUMENTA (13), due to open in 2012. Read more here.

New world record for SA painting

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LONDON - Seventeen days after a sucessful R12-million (R13.3-million including for buyers premium) bid at the Strauss & Co auction in Cape Town for Irma Stern's still life Gladioli established a new world record price for a South African artist paid at auction, a client bidding on the saleroom floor of London auction house Bonhams doubled the existing record, paying R26.4-million (or £2.37-million in buyer's premium) for a Stern portrait of an Indian woman from her pivotal Zanzibar period.

Date change for 2011 Joburg Art Fair

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JOHANNESBURG - The dates for the fourth Joburg Art Fair have been announced. Deviating significantly from the past three installments of this annual event, which were all held in autumn, the provisional dates for the 2011 event are September 23-25. Initially the event was scheduled to take place on April 15-17, 2010. The hosting venue remains unchanged: Exhibition Hall 1 of the Sandton Convention Centre.

Standard Bank's New Arts Ambassadors for 2011

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JOHANNESBURG - The 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners are "a group of diversely unique individuals with distinctive artistic voices, who that are bringing a fresh edge to their respective disciplines," said National Arts Festival Committee Chairman Jay Pather at the announcement of the winners of the prestigious award in Johannesburg last night, hosted by Standard Bank.

Two South Africans at New York's Guggenheim

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NEW YORK - Two South African online video makers, one living in Cape Town, the other an emerging musician now based in Australia, were amongst the 25 finalists selected by a distinguished jury for the inaugural YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video.

David Goldblatt, unstoppable at 79

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CAPE TOWN - David Goldblatt, the 2010 Lucie Award Lifetime Achievement Honoree who turns 80 in November, is enjoying a busy work season. He is currently showing his photographs in Johannesburg and New York, with a further travelling solo show due to open in Cape Town on Monday, November 1.For more read: http://www.artsouthafrica.com/?news=234

The legacy of Louis Maqhubela

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A slightly edited version of the exhibition held at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg earlier this year, A Vigil of Departure - Louis Khehla Maqhubela surveys a half-century's work by the influential Durban-born painter. The exhibition, curated by former Iziko SANG director Marilyn Martin, aims to correctly state Maqhubela's place in and contribution to the history of modern South African art. For more, see http://www.artsouthafrica.com/?news=230

Not the only South African at Frieze 2010

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LONDON - The difference two years makes. In 2008 South Africans were everywhere in London. Robin Rhode, who was the subject of a large-scale solo show at the Hayward Gallery, was one of the artists displayed in the White Cube's booth at the annual Frieze Art Fair. Other South Africans on offer included Angela Ferreira, Kendell Geers and William Kentridge. This year the only work by a South African was this editioned print by Kentridge, a processional scene drawing his Nose series, on offer by his New York dealer, Marian Goodman.

Andrew Putter's merry company

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CAPE TOWN - Andrew Putter, who in recent years has dedicated his creative energies to reimagining the Cape visual archive, is presenting a show of new work. Sketch Assembly: Merry Company, on at the Michaelis Galleries (October 19-21), is the latest installment in his award-winning Hottentots Holland cycle. Produced while a fellow of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, based on the Hiddingh campus, this educational, interdisciplinary project is the culmination of Putter's collaboration with 30 artists and designers; the finished work, a series of photographic tableaux, re-imagines the 'Hottentots' and Dutch at the Cape in the 1600s. The exhibition launches at 18:00 on Tuesday October 19, and will be open from 10am to 5pm on October 20 and 21. Putter will also present a public lunchtime lecture at 1pm on October 20. For more details www.gipca.uct.ac.za or contact Nadja Daehnke, Michaelis Galleries curator, at 021 480 7170 / 082 316 5272 /

A photographic journey by David Adjaye

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JOHANNESBURG - London-based architect David Adjaye is currently showing his photographs of African cities at Gallery Momo. The outcome of a decade-long, largely unaccompanied stroll through the metroplitan centres of the African continent, Adjaye, who was briefly in Johannesburg for the opening of his show, briefly chatted with Art South Africa. See http://www.artsouthafrica.com/?news=225

Art SA wins two Loeries

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CAPE TOWN - At first glance, Art South Africa and Gun Free SA, an alliance of organizations lobbying for stricter gun control laws in South Africa, might seem to share little in common. The two organisations were introduced in late 2008 on the advice of Cape Town agency Young & Rubicam, who created a polemical multi-platform campaign intended to highlight the issue of illegal gun ownership in South Africa while subtly profiling the two organisations' brands. The resulting campaign was awarded two bronze Loerie Awards at the advertising industry's annual 2010 awards ceremony, held at the Goodhope Centre this past weekend. The promotional initiative started out as a simple poster campaign in late 2008, but later grew into a national project involving radio and print. Building on the momentum and interest created by the 2008/9 poster campaign, which dialled into the editorial focus of the December 2008 issue of the magazine, Y&R helped Art South Africa and Gun Free SA place strategic print adverts in national media as well as produce a choral song that re-interprets 'Umshini Wami', a struggle song controversially re-popularised by Jacob Zuma in the build-up to his presidency in 2008. The radio spot, titled 'Umshini Wako' became a clarion call to hand over illegal forearms to the police during a gun amnesty that ended earlier this year. The campaign was the brainchild of Clinton Bridgeford, executive creative director at Y&R Cape Town, whose agency received an Ubuntu Award for their successfully integrated campaign and a further bronze in the category Radio Commercials. To read what Ivor Powell, Kevin Bloom, Lesego Rampolokeng and others had to say in Art South Africa's extended enquiry into the song 'Umshini Wami', order a back issue of the December 2008 edition. Edited by Sean O'Toole, the edition opens with a custom graphic by Richard Hart and Roger Jardine, of Durban design agency Disturbance.