New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50


Goodman Gallery Cape Town
2 June – 20 July

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.

  • Berg-en-Dal Monument.and Sarcophagus, Dalmanutha, Mpumalanga. (4_9624)

    David Goldblatt

    Berg-en-Dal Monument.and Sarcophagus, Dalmanutha, Mpumalanga. (4_9624), 2005

    Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper / Digital Prints on 1...

  • Berg-en-Dal Monument, Dalmanutha, Mpumalanga. December 1983 (4_8119)

    David Goldblatt

    Berg-en-Dal Monument, Dalmanutha, Mpumalanga. December 1983 (4_8119), 1983

    Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper / Digital Prints on 100...

  • Garden of words I

    Willem Boshoff

    Garden of words I, 1982-1997

    Wooden blocks, printed paper, safety-glass

    Variable Dimensions

  • Flame Lily

    Misheck Masamvu

    Flame Lily, 2016

    Oil on canvas

    180 x 170 cm

  • The Poppy

    Gerald Machona

    The Poppy, 2016

    Decommissioned currency, copper wire, silicone sand, vitrine

    approx 75 cm high

  • Portrait and Self-Portrait (set of 2)

    Brett Murray

    Portrait and Self-Portrait (set of 2), 2010

    Plastic and wood

    23 x 24.5 x 3cm (each)

    Edition of 5

  • East

    Carla Busuttil

    East, 2015

    Oil on Canvas

    150 x 130cm

  • Stumbling Block

    Gabrielle Goliath

    Stumbling Block, 2011

    performance (documentation: time-lapse photography)

  • Untitled (we stand accused)

    Fuad Adams

    Untitled (we stand accused), c. 1987/8

    Acrylic on paper

    104 x 84 cm

  • Untitled (A$inamali, we've got no money)

    Fuad Adams

    Untitled (A$inamali, we've got no money), c.1987/8

    Acrylic on paper

    104 x 84 cm

  • Shadow Boxer

    Diane Victor

    Shadow Boxer, 2015

    Charcoal, pastel and ash on paper

    150 x 128cm

  • Swimmers and Spectators

    Walter Battiss

    Swimmers and Spectators, c.1974

    Oil on canvas

    44.5 x 55.5cm

  • Canvas, #2

    Liza Lou

    Canvas, #2, 2011-2012

    Woven glass beads

    117.5 x 128.5cm

  • The bad guys and the good guys

    Kiluanji Kia Henda

    The bad guys and the good guys, 2010-2016

    10 silkscreen prints

    70 x 100 cm each / 70 x 100cm each

    Edition of 5

  • Aurora Australis

    Minnette Vári

    Aurora Australis, 2001

    Single channel digital video

    9 Minutes looped

    Edition of 5

  • Drawing for Il Sole 24 Ore - Domenica II

    William Kentridge

    Drawing for Il Sole 24 Ore - Domenica II, 2007

    Ink, charcoal,gouache and pastel on paper

    214 x 150cm

  • Jungle Love - She Alone

    Lisa Brice

    Jungle Love - She Alone, 2009

    Ink On Linen

  • Broken Statues

    Walter Battiss

    Broken Statues, Undated, c. 1979

    Oil on Paper

    36 x 50cm

  • Untitled II (Office for the Enregisterment of Slaves)

    Kudzanai Chiurai

    Untitled II (Office for the Enregisterment of Slaves), 2016

    Oil on Canvas

    Work: 150 x 120 x 5 cm

  • Infant

    Walter Oltmann

    Infant, 2013

    Aluminium wire

    Work: 170 x 172 cm

  • Sunset Jocks

    Robert Hodgins

    Sunset Jocks, 1988

    Oil on canvas

    152 x 89 cm

  • Punctuation


    Punctuation, 2010

    Oil on linen, French curve and ludo dot

    30 x 39 cm (painting)

  • Strip Test 7

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Strip Test 7, 2012

    Fibre print / Print on fiber-based paper

    190 x 150 cm / 95 x 186 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Ritual Slip (iJogolo) VI

    Kendell Geers

    Ritual Slip (iJogolo) VI, 2010

    Leather, glass beads

    Work: 74 x 42 cm Frame: 97 x 75.5 x 6 cm

  • Ritual Slip (iGabe) VII

    Kendell Geers

    Ritual Slip (iGabe) VII, 2010

    28 cm x 32 cm

  • So Over You

    Lisa Brice

    So Over You, 2007

    Oil on Paper

    163 x 176 cm

  • On the Line 1

    Haroon Gunn-Salie

    On the Line 1, 2016

    Pair of bronze-plated shoes / Pair of shoes bronze plated

    78 x 32 x 29 cm / 78 x 32 x 29cm

    Edition of ...

  • On the Line 2

    Haroon Gunn-Salie

    On the Line 2, 2016

    Pair of shoes bronze plated

    40 x 22 x 26cm

    Edition of 3

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