David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things

David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things
29 April - 27 May 2010
Installation View
David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things
29 April - 27 May 2010
Installation View
David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things
29 April - 27 May 2010
Installation View
David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things
29 April - 27 May 2010
Installation View
David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things
29 April - 27 May 2010
Installation View
David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things
29 April - 27 May 2010
Installation View
David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things
29 April - 27 May 2010
Installation View
David Koloane
Commuters II, 2009
Mixed media on paper
Work: 20.5 x 29 cm Frame: 31.5 x 40 x 3 cm
David Koloane
Traffic II, 2008
Mixed media on paper
20.5 x 29 cm
David Koloane
Singer, 2008
Mixed media on paper
Work: 20.5 x 29 cm
David Koloane
Saxophonists, 2010
Mixed media on paper
14.5 x 21 cm
David Koloane
Shoppers I, 2009
Mixed media on paper
10.5 x 15 cm
David Koloane
Untitled I, 2010
Mixed media on paper
Work: 14.5 x 21 cm
David Koloane
Street Doves II, 2010
Mixed media on paper
Work: 63 x 93 cm Frame: 76 x 106 x 5 cm
David Koloane
Traffic V, 2008
Mixed media on paper
20.5 x 29 cm
David Koloane
Traffic IV, 2008
Mixed media on paper
Image: 20.5 x 28.5 cm Frame: 32 x 39.8 x 3.5 cm
David Koloane
Commuters I, 2008
Mixed media on paper
Work: 20.5 x 29 cm Frame: 31.5 x 40 x 3 cm
David Koloane
Diskiology V, 2010
Mixed media on paper
184 x 127 cm
David Koloane
Taxis, 2010
Mixed media on paper
133.5 x 80.5 cm
David Koloane
Mother and Child, 2010
Mixed media on paper
Work: 95.5 x 119 cm
David Koloane
Untitled II, 2010
Mixed media on paper
14.5 x 21 cm
David Koloane
Musicians, 2010
Mixed media on paper
14.5 x 21 cm
David Koloane
Construction Workers, 2008
Mixed media on paper
10.5 x 15 cm
David Koloane
Dancers, 2009
Mixed media on paper
14.5 x 21 cm
David Koloane
Bar, 2008
Mixed media on paper
Work: 20.5 x 29 cm Frame: 31.5 x 40 x 3 cm
David Koloane
Mass Movement III, 2010
Mixed media on paper
92 x 109 cm
David Koloane
Mass Movement IV, 2010
Mixed media on paper
107.5 x 126 cm
David Koloane
Shoppers II, 2008
Mixed media on paper
10.5 x 15 cm
David Koloane
Newspaper, 2010
Mixed media on paper
Work: 14.5 x 21 cm
David Koloane
Crossings, 2010
Mixed media on paper
Work: 98.5 x 111.5 cm Frame: 111 x 124.5 x 6 cm
David Koloane
Traffic III, 2009
Mixed media on paper
Image: 20.5 x 28.2 cm Frame: 32 x 40 x 3.5 cm
David Koloane
Traffic I, 2008
Mixed media on paper
20.5 x 29 cm
David Koloane
Diskiology I, 2010
Mixed media on paper
170 x 126 cm
David Koloane
Mass Movement I, 2010
Mixed media on paper
215.5 x 109 cm
David Koloane
Pedestrians, 2010
Mixed media on paper
15. x 10.5 cm
David Koloane
Street Doves III, 2010
Mixed media on paper
Work: 65 x 90.5 cm
David Koloane
Pigeon Square, 2008
Mixed media on paper
20.5 x 29 cm
David Koloane
Saxophonist, 2010
Mixed media on paper
15 x 10.5 cm
David Koloane
Doves, 2008
Mixed media on paper
Work: 14.5 x 21 cm
David Koloane
Street Doves I, 2010
Mixed media on paper
61.5 x 86 cm
David Koloane
Musicians II, 2010
Mixed media on paper
14.5 x 21 cm
David Koloane
Waiting II, 2010
Mixed media on paper
Work: 40 x 190 cm Frame: 56 x 209 x 4.5 cm
David Koloane
Blindfold, 2009
Mixed media on paper
Work: 14.5 x 21 cm
David Koloane
Diskiology II, 2010
Mixed media on paper
165 x 126 cm
David Koloane
Diskiology IV, 2010
Mixed media on paper
Work: 171.5 x 126 cm Frame: 188 x 139 x 6 cm
David Koloane
Night Shift, 2010
Mixed media on paper
Work: 86.5 x 215 cm
David Koloane
Waiting I, 2010
Mixed media on paper
Work: 72 x 105 cm Frame: 86 x 118 x 5 cm
David Koloane
Woman's Face, 2008
Mixed media on paper
15 x 10.5 cm
David Koloane
Diskiology III, 2010
Mixed media on paper
146 x 126 cm
David Koloane
Mass Movement II, 2010
Mixed media on paper
110 x 109 cm

David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things - Installation View

29 April - 27 May 2010

David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things - Installation View

29 April - 27 May 2010

David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things - Installation View

29 April - 27 May 2010

David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things - Installation View

29 April - 27 May 2010

David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things - Installation View

29 April - 27 May 2010

David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things - Installation View

29 April - 27 May 2010

David Koloane / Twenty Ten and Other Things - Installation View

29 April - 27 May 2010

David Koloane

Commuters II

David Koloane

Traffic II

David Koloane

Singer

David Koloane

Saxophonists

David Koloane

Shoppers I

David Koloane

Untitled I

David Koloane

Street Doves II

David Koloane

Traffic V

David Koloane

Traffic IV

David Koloane

Commuters I

David Koloane

Diskiology V

David Koloane

Taxis

David Koloane

Mother and Child

David Koloane

Untitled II

David Koloane

Musicians

David Koloane

Construction Workers

David Koloane

Dancers

David Koloane

Bar

David Koloane

Mass Movement III

David Koloane

Mass Movement IV

David Koloane

Shoppers II

David Koloane

Newspaper

David Koloane

Crossings

David Koloane

Traffic III

David Koloane

Traffic I

David Koloane

Diskiology I

David Koloane

Mass Movement I

David Koloane

Pedestrians

David Koloane

Street Doves III

David Koloane

Pigeon Square

David Koloane

Saxophonist

David Koloane

Doves

David Koloane

Street Doves I

David Koloane

Musicians II

David Koloane

Waiting II

David Koloane

Blindfold

David Koloane

Diskiology II

David Koloane

Diskiology IV

David Koloane

Night Shift

David Koloane

Waiting I

David Koloane

Woman's Face

David Koloane

Diskiology III

David Koloane

Mass Movement II

29 APRIL -27 MAY 2010.

Goodman Gallery Cape proudly presents a solo exhibition of new and recent drawings and prints by David Koloane. The exhibition foregrounds Koloane’s decades-long exploration of the bustle and frictions of the inner city of Johannesburg, where Koloane has his studio. In his work, Koloane negotiates actual and symbolic tensions between the vertical planes of high-rise buildings and the low pulse of crowd-filled streets, viewed through hazy early morning or late afternoon smog. The moods and shifts in the city’s light and landscape are represented in Koloane’s gestural marks and his colourful but earthy palette. This work lends credence to Ivor Powell’s observation that Koloane’s ‘expressive and representational realisation makes the canvas into a site of subliminally emotive suggestion as much as a representational equivalent of observed reality.’

A new body of work included on the exhibition playfully engages with the soccer mania sweeping the country. Koloane has created a series of large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings depicting a player in action – legs flailing in strong circular movements. Reminiscent of mandalas, the movement poetically captures the dynamics of the beautiful game.

David Koloane is one of the important South African artists of recent decades. His contribution to the visual arts spans criticism, curation, developmental interests and a prolific career as a practitioner. A founding member of the Bag Factory (Fordsburg Artists’ Studios) in Johannesburg, Koloane was instrumental in establishing a presence in southern Africa for the Triangle Trust, an international network of artists and arts organisations. He has exhibited widely and his work is represented in major collections including Iziko South African National Gallery, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Wits Art Galleries as well as the Botswana National Museum.

David Koloane

David Koloane (1938 – 2019) was born in Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa. Koloane spent his career making the world a more hospitable place for black artists during and after apartheid. Koloane achieved this through his pioneering work as an artist, writer, curator, teacher and mentor to young and established artists at a time when such vocations were restricted to white people in South Africa. A large part of this effort involved the initiatives Koloane helped establish, from the first Black Art Gallery in 1977, the Thupelo experimental workshop in 1985 and the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in 1991, where he served as director for many years. Koloane also tutored at the Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) in 1979 and became the head of the fine art section and gallery from 1985 to 1990.

Through his expressive, evocative and poetic artwork, Koloane interrogated the socio-political and existential human condition, using Johannesburg as his primary subject matter. Koloane’s representations of Johannesburg are populated with images of cityscapes, townships, street life, jazz musicians, traffic jams, migration, refugees, dogs, and birds among others. Imaginatively treated, through the medium of painting, drawing, assemblage, printmaking and mixed media, Koloane’s scenes are a blend of exuberant and sombre, discernible and opaque pictorial narratives.

Koloane’s work has been widely exhibited locally and internationally. In 1999 he was part of the group exhibition Liberated Voices at the National Museum of African Art in Washington DC. In 2013, Koloane’s work was shown on the South African pavilion at the 55th la Biennale di Venezia and on the group exhibition My Joburg at La Maison Rouge in Paris. In 1998, the government of the Netherlands honoured Koloane with the Prince Claus Fund Award for his contributions to South African art. Koloane was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate twice, once from Wits University in 2012, and again from Rhodes University in 2015.

Earlier this year Koloane was the subject of a travelling career survey exhibition, A Resilient Visionary: Poetic Expressions of David Koloane, which opened at IZIKO SANG in June and will travel to Standard Bank Gallery and Wits Art Museum in October.