Candice Breitz will represent South Africa at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. Breitz, along with Mohau Modisakeng, will present a major two-person exhibition in the South African Pavilion in the Arsenale, running from 13 May to 26 November 2017. The exhibition will be curated by Lucy MacGarry and Musha Neluheni.
For British Art Show 8 in Southampton until 16 January 2017, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin present a series of portraits produced using sophisticated facial recognition technology. Spirit is a Bone was influenced by Citizens of the 20th Century, photographer August Sanders’s attempt to create a comprehensive record of German society during the Weimar Republic. Using the same categories as Sanders for their sitters, Broomberg & Chanarin photographed 120 people in contemporary Russia, including Pussy Riot’s Yekaterina Samutsevich. The work is exhibited at John Hansard Gallery.
Their exhibition of images of ‘war, violence, terror, murder and genocide” titled Don’t Start With The Good Old Things But The Bad New Ones runs at the C/O Gallery in Berlin until 5 December 2016.
Haroon Gunn-Salie’s powerful exhibition Agridoce took place at the Galpão VB in São Paulo as part of the SP-Arte/Videobrasil prize in April 2016. Working in the aftermath of the Rio Doce disaster – one of the worst environmental disasters in Brazilian history – Gunn-Salie created a site-specific installation, rebuilding part of one of the flooded houses at Galpão VB. As an extension to his Agridoce project, Gunn-Salie conceptualised Below the Line for the Museum of Congonhas in Belo Horizonte, in a partnership with UNESCO, IPHAN and IEPHA. The work includes casts of sections, imagined in ruins, of the Twelve Prophets, a group of soapstone sculptures completed between 1800 and 1805 by the artist Antônio Francisco Lisboa, commonly known as Aleijadinho. Runs until March 2017.
Sue Williamson’s Mementoes of District Six (1993) will be included in Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art, an upcoming exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, curated by Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition will run from 27 January 2017 to early January 2019. Third Space brings together more than 100 works of art, primarily from the Museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art, to examine the notion of the Global South from the perspective of the American South, and to challenge visitors to see a reflection of their culture within a global context. Mementoes of District Six was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1993.
Large-scale paintings by Misheck Masamu, and sculptures and drawing by Tracey Rose are included in the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo. Titled Incerteza Viva [Live Uncertainty], the 2016 Biennale focuses on notions of uncertainty, reflecting on the current conditions of life and the strategies offered by contemporary art to harbor or inhabit uncertainties. The 32nd Biennale de Sao Paulo runs until 11 December 2016.
William Kentridge’s major exhibition Thick Time at Whitechapel Gallery in London opened to much acclaim in September. Composed of six large-scale installations by the artist, music and drama are ruptured by revolution, exile and scientific advancement, highlights include the film work Second-hand Reading (2013), the installation O Sentimental Machine (2015) and The Refusal of Time (2012), an immersive work created with composer Philip Miller, projection designer Catherine Meyburgh, choreographer Dada Masilo, scientist Peter Galison and collaborators from around the world. Until 15 January 2017. In 2017 the exhibition will transfer to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art outside Copenhagen, in Denmark from 16 February to 18 June, 2017.
Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery presents an exhibition curated by Tamar Garb of work by William Kentridge and New York based South African Vivienne Koorland. Titled Conversations in letters and lines,and running from 19 November 2016 until 19 February 2017, the exhibition brings together the work of Kentridge and Koorland, who come from the same generation of South African artists. Born in the 1950s, they first met as university students in the mid-1970s and have been talking about art ever since. This exhibition foregrounds a friendship of nearly forty years and a dialogue which has been mutually enriching as the practice of each has informed that of the other.
Liza Lou appears on the exhibition Home Land Security at Fort Winfield Scott at Langdon Court. Occupying a suite of former military structures in the Presidio overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Home Land Security brings together works by contemporary artists and collectives from around the globe to reflect on the human dimensions and increasing complexity of national security, including the physical and psychological borders we create, protect, and cross in its name. Until December 18, 2016
ruby onyinyechi amanze was one of 5 finalists shortlisted for the 2016 Prix Canson drawing prize, and her work, along with that of the other finalists, was exhibited through the month of June at the Drawing Center in New York.
Until 31 December amanze’s work is included in the group exhibition L’Autre Continent: Artistes, Femmes, Africaines at the Museum du Havre in France. She also participates in the group show The Ease of Fiction at the California African American Museum, from 19 October to 19 February 2017.
From 7 July to 15 December Williamson’s work appears on the next leg of the exhibition Lucy’s Iris at the Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart in France. Twenty artists show Africa from various perspectives, looking at the role of women on the continent, addressing issues such as the environment, memory, colonial history or identity.
In 2016, Goodman Gallery celebrates its 50th anniversary – five decades of shaping contemporary art and working with artists who challenge unequal power structures and affect social change. Through global dialogue and exchange, Goodman Gallery has placed common histories at its core and has been instrumental in shifting perspectives through contemporary art. In celebration of half a century of advancing artistic achievement, we will host major exhibitions between our Johannesburg and Cape Town galleries in early June, featuring significant work, installations, interventions, performances, video and talks programmes, as well as partnerships with major public institutions.