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Up and Under

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Lawrence Lemaoana's embroidered rugby balls and fantastical photomontages offer more than just ironic comments on the white man's sport. By Sean O'Toole. Lawrence Lemaoana is Art South Africa's fourth Bright Young Thing for 2007

What does Ruth do again?

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After winning a big competition last year Ruth Sacks jetted off to the Canary Islands, then not long afterwards Paris. She talks to Sean O'Toole about her next big stopover: the Venice Biennale. Ruth Sacks is Art South Africa's sixth Bright Young Thing for 2007

Johan Thom in Conversation with Willem Boshoff: The Answer is Under The Rock

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In the first of a series of artist-to-artist exchanges, Johan Thom interviews Willem Boshoff. The pairing is appropriate. Boshoff, with his long-term insight and perspective, not to mention his knack for verbal tomfoolery, is the perfect foil to Thom, a young performance artist still working in relative obscurity. The central issue of their discussion: ferreting out the nuances of talk around cutting-edge art practice

Bitterkomix

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Could John Lydon still be Johnny Rotten 20 years on? Or would the comfortable paunch and the receding (or receded) hairline - leave aside the absence of a bass player - ineluctably condemn the Sex Pistols to absurdity, bathos, irrelevance? Some species of art or cultural intervention or whatever you want to call it, come from a place that can only really be justified with reference to a brash and callow youthfulness. Their strong motive centre lies in the poetics of "fuck you!" Salutary such species of art certainly can be, and authentic, and eloquent in context. Out of the context or relation in which they came into being, however, they have little to commend them; what was once powerful commentary becomes flabby and embarrassing posturing.

3 Missed Calls ' Beware the Curves

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It was funny. But how many times can you repeat the same joke? In Cameron Platter's third solo show, 3 Missed Calls, his now familiar cast of colourful, tough-talking characters return.