New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

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Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
4 June – 6 August 2016

In 2016, Goodman Gallery celebrates its 50th anniversary – five decades of forging change through artistic production and dialogue, shaping contemporary art within and beyond the continent. From early June, we will host major exhibitions between our Johannesburg and Cape Town galleries featuring significant work, installations, interventions, performances, a video and talks programmes.

Titled New Revolutions, our programme will include prominent international and African artists – each part of the Goodman Gallery’s history, present and future – engaging with the idea of perpetual change, alternative independent movements and the reinvigorating of ideology based upon mutable historical realities. The project as a whole will consider Goodman Gallery’s history as an inclusive space, as well as its approach to showing contemporary art that shifts perspectives and engenders social transformation.

New Revolutions recalls the fulcrum of activity into which the gallery was borne 50 years ago: revolutionary fervour, the gradual decolonisation of African countries and radical responses to the status quo. Locally, the gallery maintained a responsibility to show work by South African artists as museums served the agenda of the discriminatory government. By transcending its role as a commercial space Goodman Gallery rose to prominence as a progressive institution. And, while South Africa was deep in the throes of a draconian era, figures within the fight for African independence trail-blazed the struggle against apartheid. This exhibition reflects on how the events in Africa then, still play a part in the conceptual thinking of artists now. And, beyond that, how artists have responded to new forms of economic colonisation, migrancy, as well as radicalised reactions to economic inequality and lingering institutional racism.

By considering how the roles of artists cross into the realm of activism and socially transformative endeavours, New Revolutions explores historical and contemporary tensions and movements that are unfolding in Africa and around the world, through the panorama of contemporary art.

The 2016 anniversary programme highlights Goodman Gallery’s ongoing affiliation with artists who explore the power of dissent and the importance of alternative factions and cross-disciplinary collaborations in order to engender change and encourage dialogue. A non-chronological, intergenerational but conceptually linked collection of artworks from the 1960s to the present will focus on the spirit of protest, resistance, and revolution, and the way in which South Africa, and Goodman Gallery in particular, has offered an important platform from which to explore such approaches.

The Artists

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary Goodman Gallery takes pleasure in announcing new partnerships with some of the world’s most significant artists – Sonia Gomes (Brazil), Kiluanji Kia Henda (Angola), Shirin Neshat (Iran) – revealing new directions in the gallery’s programme. Locally, we announce the representation by Goodman Gallery of Tabita Rezaire and The Brother Moves On. In addition, the exhibition will include work by international artists Kapwani Kiwanga (US) and Jacolby Satterwhite (US).

New Revolutions will provide an opportunity to exhibit those who have worked with the gallery for decades including William Kentridge, David Koloane, Sam Nhlengethwa, David Goldblatt and Tracey Rose, and some of the most influential younger voices in contemporary art including Kudzanai Chiurai, Hasan and Husain Essop, Mikhael Subotzky, Gerald Machona and Haroon Gunn-Salie. The show will also include artists who have been integral in the gallery’s transformation over the past decade, including Ghada Amer, Candice Breitz, Alfredo Jaar, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, and Hank Willis Thomas. Performances will be presented by local innovators, Nelisiwe Xaba and The Brother Moves On.
Beyond this, the iconic significance of the gallery, and the historical moment necessitates that certain artists whose ideas and actions impacted on society, and on the course of art history, be included. Artists like Walter Wahl Battis, Cecil Skotnes, Ezrom Legae, Leonard Matsotso and Sydney Khumalo are exhibited as part of our endeavour to show how the regeneration of ideas – and the gallery as a repository of change – is not confined to epochs.

With New Revolutions we invite you to celebrate with Goodman Gallery as we pay homage to artists who have shaped the landscape of contemporary art in Southern Africa. These include artists based on the continent, those of the Diaspora, our northern counterparts who have been distanced from sub-Saharan Africa and those from outside of Africa whose work explores territory such as unequal power structures and socio-political constructs.

New Revolutions is curated by Liza Essers and will take place throughout the month of June at our Johannesburg and Cape Town galleries, and with a special selection of works for Art Basel from 16 June to 19 June.

  • Spirit is a bone  - Series 3

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Spirit is a bone - Series 3, 2013

    Glass, paint, C-type print, string

    40 x 50 cm each - installation size variable

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  • Outro Lugar

    Sonia Gomes

    Outro Lugar , 2015

    Stitching, binding, different fabric and laces

    350 x 50 x 50 cm

  • Other People Think

    Alfredo Jaar

    Other People Think, 2012

    Lightbox with b/w transparency

    152 x 152 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Shia Circle, Hamburg, Germany

    Hasan and Husain Essop

    Shia Circle, Hamburg, Germany, 2011

    Lightjet C-print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper

    93.5 x 240cm

    Edition of 5

    ...

  • Scribble Map (A Scribble for Europe)

    Gerhard Marx

    Scribble Map (A Scribble for Europe), 2016

    Cut and reconstructed map fragments on cotton paper

    90 x 120 cm

  • Hold the Open Heart

    William Kentridge

    Hold the Open Heart, 2015

    Indian ink on found paper

    316 x 178 cm

  • Pankop, Passage dividing primary and high school, former Kwandebele

    Thabiso Sekgala

    Pankop, Passage dividing primary and high school, former Kwandebele, 2009

    Color photograph on fibre paper

    60 x 60 cm / 60x60 cm

    ...
  • Another Jim comes to Joburg in the 60's

    Sam Nhlengethwa

    Another Jim comes to Joburg in the 60's, 2015

    Collage, Oil And Acrylic On Canvas

    150 x 180cm

  • Cars and Skyscrapers

    David Koloane

    Cars and Skyscrapers, 2009

    Charcoal on brown paper

    237 x 108 cm

  • Core Staircase, Ponte City (1267)

    Patrick Waterhouse

    Core Staircase, Ponte City (1267), 2008

    Inkjet, to be mounted to Dibond

    Paper : 125.5 x 150 cm, image: 105 x 131 cm / Paper siz...

  • Up in the air

    Mikhael Subotzky

    Up in the air, 2014

    Pigment inks, J-Lar tape on cotton paper

    Approx 300 x 300cm

  • Shadow Figure IV

    William Kentridge

    Shadow Figure IV, 2016

    Bronze

    70 x 100 x 60cm

    Edition of 8

  • Shadow Figure I

    William Kentridge

    Shadow Figure I, 2016

    Bronze

    50 x 67 x 42cm

    Edition of 8

  • Truth Games: Melanie Magmoed - brother shot - Dolf Vermeulen

    Sue Williamson

    Truth Games: Melanie Magmoed - brother shot - Dolf Vermeulen, 1998

    Mixed Media

    85 x 120cm

    Edition of 3

  • Vumbi

    Kapwani Kiwanga

    Vumbi, 2012

    Film with color and sound

    31 Minutes

    Edition of 1

  • Reclining Woman with Moon

    Sydney Kumalo

    Reclining Woman with Moon, 1981

    Charcoal and pastel on paper

  • Rainbow Series # 8

    Candice Breitz

    Rainbow Series # 8, 1996

    collage on paper

    56,5 x 40 cm

  • Aurum Disguise

    Walter Oltmann

    Aurum Disguise, 2016

    gold anodised aluminium wire

    108 x 74 x 45 cm

  • Dandelions

    Walter Oltmann

    Dandelions, 2016

    aluminium wire

    diameter 175 cm

  • Horse Rider in Horizontal Movement

    Leonard Matsoso

    Horse Rider in Horizontal Movement, 1988

    chalk and pastel on paper

    148 x 101 cm

  • Shadow Figure II

    William Kentridge

    Shadow Figure II, 2016

    Bronze

    40 x 67 x 42cm

    Edition of 8

  • Shadow Figure III

    William Kentridge

    Shadow Figure III, 2016

    Bronze

    30 x 42 x 26cm

    Edition of 8

  • Silver Girl - RFGA

    Ghada Amer

    Silver Girl - RFGA, 2015

    acrylic and embroidery on canvas

    106.7 x 106.7 cm

  • The Blinding Light

    Mounir Fatmi

    The Blinding Light, 2013

    Print on mirror

    103 x 150 cm

    Edition of 5

  • En Plein Air (Track 1.1)

    Jacolby Satterwhite

    En Plein Air (Track 1.1), 2016

    Video,3D animation HD

    9 min 27 sec

    Edition of 8

  • Looking for Freedom

    Hank Willis Thomas

    Looking for Freedom, 2014

    White retroreflective material on aluminum

    24.5 x 36 inches

    Edition of 3

  • Two Smiles

    Robert Hodgins

    Two Smiles, 1994

    Oil on canvas

    35 x 46cm

  • Untitled (what madness is this?)

    Fuad Adams

    Untitled (what madness is this?), c. 1987

    Acrylic on paper

    104 x 84 cm

  • Mme Tsholo, Putswastena

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Mme Tsholo, Putswastena, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper / Pigment inks on fibre paper

    90 x 90cm / Diptych : 30 x 30 cm each

    ...
  • Ntate Morobi, Vuka Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Ntate Morobi, Vuka Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper- diptych

    50 x 50cm / 50 x 50cm (each image)

    Edition of 7...

  • Masibeko, Rooistena, Sharpeville

    Jabulani Dhlamini

    Masibeko, Rooistena, Sharpeville, 2015

    Pigment inks on fiber paper / Pigment prints on fibre paper

    Diptych : 30 x 30 cm each

    ...
  • The mill at Pomfret Asbestos Mine. It was opened in September 1978 by the minister of Mines and Labour, Fanie Botha. Pomfret, North-West Province. (4_8769)

    David Goldblatt

    The mill at Pomfret Asbestos Mine. It was opened in September 1978 by the minister of Mines and Labour, Fanie Botha. Pomfret, North-West Province. (4_...

  • Four Letter Brand (Evil) 1

    Kendell Geers

    Four Letter Brand (Evil) 1, 2009/2014

    Plexiglass mirror and charred wood

    110.5 x 77cm

  • Four Letter Brand  (Gift) 1

    Kendell Geers

    Four Letter Brand (Gift) 1, 2009/2014

    Plexiglass mirror and charred wood

    110.5 x 77cm

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