SANAVA promotes visual arts, develops visual artists and furthers international cooperation in the field of the visual arts Newsletter Nº
May/June 2017
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Avi's notes

While the tide is slowly turning to winter, happenings on the arts scene are not slowing at all. Congratulations to SANAVA member Fawa Conradie on his initiative with the recent exhibition of previous Cité visitors at the Tank Art gallery at Stellenbosch Hills. Read about it in 'The meeting of old friends – and an exhibition'.

The Sasol New Signatures art exhibition opens at the Pretoria Art Museum in August. Read about the collection points.

Kai Lossgot, the 2015 Barclays L'Atelier winner, shows his solo exhibition at the Absa Gallery after his return of the SANAVA-sponsored stint at the Cité in Paris. This exhibition is part of his prize.

Enjoy the rest of SANAVA matters and be sure to forward your art items for publication.

Absa and SANAVA are hosting a round table discussion with all adjudicators of the L'Atelier at the University of Johannesburg, FADA Auditorium, Bunting Road Campus on 28 June. The topic is Dialogue - Art making and curating in Africa. Please phone 011 559 2099 to reserve a seat.

The SANAVA AGM meeting will take place at the Absa Gallery/Museum in Johannesburg on 29 July. Details to follow.

Until next time.

Avitha Sooful
National President
 
The meeting of old friends – and an exhibition

Good friends, good wine and good art – all the right ingredients for a delightful evening.

Thanks to the initiative of SANAVA member, FAWA Conradie, the wheels were set in motion to organise the first (that we know of) exhibition of South African Cité visitors à l'extérieur de Paris.

Familiar names and familiar faces – all gathered at the Tank Gallery at Stellenbosch Hills to hear what everybody is up to.

An impromptu discussion of 'my time at the Cité' gave every one insight into what a stay meant to everybody. No matter what such a visit might have meant to each artist and what it might have contributed to each one's development, the mutual feeling was that in South Africa the job of an artist might not be the easiest – however, that it is rewarding, everybody agreed.

Bottoms up to many Cité reunions!
 
For the love of drawing - Jeppe @ Tina Skukan

An exhibition of figurative work, mostly life drawings, but sometimes paintings, by Carl Jeppe and the artists who gather at his drawing sessions on weekends is on at the Tina Skukan Gallery until 29 June.

On 17 June from 11:30 Carl will present a walkabout.

For more information contact the gallery 012 991 1733, 083 653 6928 or rex@tinaskukangallery.co.za.
 
See the NEW ARTISTS GROUP EXHIBITION at Arts Association, Pretoria

The exhibition with works by Elsie de Beer-Weich, Elisca du Toit, Hannie Engelbrecht, Liezl le Roux, Anna Liebenberg, Amora Nel, Cheri van der Westhuizen, Riaan Ooshuizen and Renske Schep is on until 21 June.

And also at the Arts Association is ... and then one morning the ground shifted - an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Anna-Carien Goosen.

The closing date is 14 June.

Then an exhibition A DIFFERENT VIEW exhibits paintings by Lelani Nicolaisen. This exhibition is on until 7 June.

For more information phone 012 346 3100 or e-mail artspta@mweb.co.za.
 
ART AFRICA celebrates Africa Day

Biography of the Forgotten
Ellen Agnew

"We are told that Dr Livingstone 'discovered' the Victoria Falls, and that somebody else, a thousand years after Ptolemy chartered them, 'discovered' the sources of the Nile. But who 'discovered' that African art was 'art'?

Before the Expressionists, before the Picasso Group, and long before the movements of independence, a vertiginous fascination for it spread over Europe. It was like pattering rain, announcing a violent squall. The squall blew up at the turn of the century while Africa was still in the great sleep and Spanish, French and German artists – explorers in aesthetics – were blown before its blast like full-rigged ships under bare poles."
 
11th Aesthetica art prize – call for entries

The Aesthetica art prize is now open for entries.

Prizes include £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox, a group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica, editorial mention in Aesthetica Magazine and publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology.

Categories for entries are photographic and digital art, three dimensional design and sculpture, painting, drawing and mixed media and video, installation and performance.

Up to two works can be submitted per entry fee, except for the video, installation and performance category, in which one work can be submitted.

The deadline for submissions is 31 August. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize.
 
Museum for contemporary African art opening in Cape Town

Neo Mabubula

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa - Zeitz MOCCA - in the Silo District on Cape Town's V&A Waterfront, will open on 22 September.

Jochen Zeitz and the V&A Waterfront have partnered to open the Zeitz MOCCA. Zeitz has donated his African art collection and curators for the museum accept art donations from the public as well. The museum comprises nine floors, 80 different galleries and 6 000 sqm of exhibition space. It has two sections, the elevator section, and the bottom half is the museum, occupying what were 42 grain silos.

It also comprises institutes – the Costume Institute, Centres for Art Education, the Moving Image, Performative Practice and the Curatorial Excellence.

The museum promises to showcase Africa and African diaspora art and gives African artists and African diaspora artists international reach.

The museum was established with the promise of 'access to all' said Carla White, Launch Director of Communication.

"Entry is for free for people under 18 and a single-day entry and membership fee for those older than 18 apply. There are also dedicated school and children's programmes."

The operating hours are Wednesday to Monday from 10:00 to 18:00. It is closed on Tuesdays.
 
Sasol New Signatures art competition – submissions

The submission dates for the Sasol New Signatures art competition are on Thursday 29 June 2017 or Friday 30 June 2017 between 10:00 and 16:00.

Collection points
Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein
Whow Studios, Durbanville
KZNSA Gallery, Durban
Ann Bryant Art Gallery, East London
Sasol Place, Sandton
Quad Gallery, NMMU, Port Elizabeth
Pretoria Art Museum

Emerging South African artists of 18 years and older who have not yet held a solo exhibition may participate in the Sasol New Signatures art competition.

All artists who want to take part must submit a completed and signed entry form with a copy of an identity document or a permit of permanent residence. A colour photograph of the work (for reference only), a biography, a conceptual statement/synopsis and assembly, maintenance and disassembling instructions (if applicable) must be submitted with the entry form.

For more details visit www.sasolnewsignatures.co.za.
 
Barclays L'Atelier winner exhibits at bank gallery

Kai Lossgott, the 2015 L'Atelier winner, stages a solo exhibition at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg until 15 June.

In a human-made era of global social and ecological challenges, when that which we call 'the environment' is urban for the majority of our planet's human inhabitants, the artist asks what it means to be human.

Lossgott has looked for answers in places that seem to be most overlooked due to their familiarity – the ecology of the city and the household objects we discard. In hunter-gatherer, the minute, jumbled and discarded fragments of urban life suddenly attract attention through slow and careful re-arrangement. Through changing their location and context between street, the transparent pockets of the 'hunter-gatherer' body suit and cape and the floors of cultural institutions, these discarded objects, many of which cannot decompose, become temporarily useful in a game about composition.

Since the first industrial revolution, what we have called 'nature' now refers to something made by human beings. This is a retro sci-fi about the habits of our ancestors and the potential futures in store for us. The artist is fascinated by the shifting value placed on the same objects over time, in their journey from a supermarket shelf to the chaos of the dump, back to the order of the anthropological museum display. It speculates that practices of collecting, hoarding and abandoning define the human relationship with 'things', and perhaps our identity as a species.

As a human being and a consumer, enquiring into the world as an African artist, Lossgott is ultimately concerned with knowledge itself. He wants to know how our inherited world view can be reshaped when we realise through shifting contexts that we are not looking at the universe, it is looking at us.
 
Pink moon exhibition at Pumkin House

A solo exhibition, the Pink Moon, by Marie Theron is on at the Pumpkin House in Langebaan.

Marie Theron painted colourful and joyful works and also some very pensive ones. This will be Theron's last West Coast event, as she is moving away from the area.

For more information contact Hanli on 082 285 3818.
 
Rupert Museum hosts retrospective Albert Adams exhibition

Albert Adams (1929-2006) – a fractured history

Adams' remarkable, monumental triptychs, South Africa 1959, dubbed his Guernica, along with South Africa 1958-59 (Deposition) featuring his black Christ, are central to this exhibition. Adams remains an important voice in South Africa, while being relevant for all humanity - across borders and beyond his lifetime. The works selected from public and private collections, span his artistic career and highlight his contributions as an exceptional artist and humanist.

Born in Johannesburg, Adams moved to Cape Town with his mother as a young child. After matriculating from Livingstone High School he applied to the Michaelis School of Fine Art, but was refused entrance because of the colour of his skin; he went to work as a window dresser and qualified as a teacher at Hewat College. Grants from the Cape Tercentenary Foundation enabled him to study at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and thereafter a scholarship took him to the University of Munich and master classes with Oskar Kokoschka in Salzburg. Adams returned to Cape Town and exhibited to critical acclaim, but in 1960 he settled in London.

Considering his experiences as a mixed-race youth in apartheid South Africa, it is not surprising that his self-portraits, one of the recurring themes in his work, display an agitated urgency and multi-levelled self-reflection. His challenging and psychological critique of the evil perpetrated in the world is projected through his early Ape series, which is picked up again in 2001. Much of his work is concerned with the human condition and the fear, power and control that we inflict upon one another. In his Prisoner and Celebration series we see his unbridled approach to the trauma of disillusionment and marginalisation. Adams was a modernist and expressionist, but remained spiritually and politically contemporary.

The exhibition opens on 9 June to 8 October.

For more information phone 021 888 3344 or e-mail dvermeulen@remgro.com.
 
Come see Vice Versa @ art.b

Art.b offers Vice Versa, an exhibition of paired works by artists from various disciplines portraying each other, curated by Juria le Roux.

The exhibition is on until 9 June.

The Gallery is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 and on Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00. For more information, call 021 917 1197.
 
Titus Matiyane at the Pretoria Art Museum

Titus's Panoramas and landscapes: Cities of the world is on at the Pretoria Art Museum until 18 June.

Titus Matiyane is a self-taught artist and musician who lives and works in Atteridgeville, Tshwane.

For more information phone 012 358 6750 or e-mail art.museum@tshwane.gov.za.
 
Stellenbosch public art bike racks are calling for proposals

The Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust, in partnership with the Stellenbosch Trail Fund, is calling for functional public art bike rack designs. This project seeks to add a new element of distinctive outdoor art to local streets and provide an opportunity for the community to think creatively and imaginatively about public spaces. It will also promote Stellenbosch as a cycling destination and highlight bicycles as a healthier, environmentally-friendly form of transportation.

Selected designs will be both beautiful items of outdoor art as well as functional urban design elements. The project schedule begins in June 2017 and will run for 12 months. During this time a number of creative bike racks will be installed throughout the town centre and its surrounds.

The call for design proposals is open to artists, design professionals and community members with a creative flair and an eye for fun functionality. A design review committee comprised of arts professionals, cycling stakeholders and municipal representatives will be responsible for selecting designs. Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of creativity, artistic merit, technical proficiency and compatibility with the character of Stellenbosch. Functionality for the intended purpose, long-term maintenance, durability, and public safety concerns will be equally important selection criteria.

A budget (maximum R10 000) will be given to each of the selected designs. Awarded proposals will be responsible for the fabrication of the final product. The artist/design team is not responsible for installation of the rack.

A copy of proposed narrative (max 500 words) must include:
  • Description, inspiration, dimensions, how bike will attach for locking.
  • Describe yourself and why you are proposing your design (optional).
  • Attach one copy of the design on white background. Design may be hand-drawn or prepared using a computer software programme.
  • Brief biography.
For more information, contact 082 779 0072.

Proposals can be submitted until April 2018. The exhibition will run from June 2017 to June 2018.
 
Wednesday walkabout at Stellenbosch University

Wednesday Art Walkabouts is a new initiative of the University Museum to educate and share its art collections with the public. Every first Wednesay of the month at lunchtime (13:05 - 14:00), the Museum will showcase previously unseen artworks from its permanent collection.

This is a very rare oppurtunity for members of the public and art connoisseurs to appreciate and learn more about the art collections of Stellenbosch University. The Wednesday Art Walkabouts are free to members of the public and will be followed by snacks and drinks.

The series of guided Wednesday Art Walkabouts and themes for 2017 includes the following:
7 June 2017: Printmaking
5 July 2017: Realism
2 August 2017: Expressionism
6 September 2017: Abstraction
4 October 2017: Landscapes
1 November 2017: Portraits
6 December 2017: Sculptures

Booking is compulsory. To book a place, please contact Ulrich Wolff on uw2@sun.ac.za.
 
SANAVA secretariat
Junxion Communications, e-mail ben@thejcs.co.za, tel +27 82 551 4853, fax +27 86 615 4876