Gallery News
10 July 2018

World premiere of William Kentridge’s ‘The Head and The Load’ at Tate Modern

William Kentridge’s new grand-scale work, The Head and The Load, premieres at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall (11 – 15 July). Combining music, dance, film projections, shadow theatre and kinetic sculpture, the piece tells the little-known story of the two million Africans who served as porters for British, German and French forces during the First World War. The title of the work is taken from a Ghanaian proverb, ‘the head and the load are the troubles of the neck’. Kentridge has worked together with long-time collaborator, the composer Phillip Miller, and musical director Thuthuka Sibisi, to create an original score that will be performed by orchestra collective The Knights, along with an international cast of singers, dancers and performers.

11 July 2018

mounir fatmi on group show in Texas and Japan’s Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale

The Ellen Noel Art Museum in Texas will play host to the travelling group show Cut Up/Cut Out, which includes work by mounir fatmi (19 July – 14 October). The exhibition includes an international roster of artists who incorporate decorative piercing and cutting into their work through various media such as paper, plastic, rubber and in fatmi’s case, metal. Concurrently in Japan, fatmi will be one of fifty artists selected to create site-specific artwork for the 7th Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale (29 July – 17 September).

07 July 2018

Solo Exhibition for Hank Willis Thomas at the Delaware Art Museum

Hank Willis Thomas’ Black Survival Guide: or How to Live Through a Police Riot is a series of 13 large-scale retroreflective screen prints commissioned by the Delaware Art Museum for a solo exhibition titled after the work (14 July – 30 September). For the series, Thomas collaged material drawn from the Delaware Historical Society with photographs taken of the 1868 National Guard occupation of Wilmington. The reflective surface of the prints make parts of the work only visible through the use of a torch – a conceptual conceit that refers to the searching required to uncover the unknown stories of our collective past.

01 July 2018

William Kentridge, Shirin Neshat and Sue Williamson to feature on Kochi-Muziris Biennale

The 4th edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale has announced the initial list of participating artists, which includes William Kentridge, Shirin Neshat and Sue Williamson. The exhibition opens on 12 December and in the words of its curator Anita Dube aims to act as a “knowledge laboratory” that encourages “the need to listen, think, and learn with each other, particularly voices from the margins.”

28 June 2018

Haroon Gunn-Salie on Frieze Sculpture 2018

Haroon Gunn-Salie’s sculptural memorial Senzenina has been selected for Frieze Sculpture, which opens in London’s Regent’s Park (5 July – 8 October). The work depicts 17 life-sized, hunched figures, modelled after the striking mine workers slain at Marikana in one of the most lethal uses of force by South African security forces against civilians since the 1960s. The work debuted earlier this year at the New Museum Triennial in New York. In an interview with the Cape Times, Gunn-Salie said that taking Senzenina to London is a crucial step given that the city is home to the head offices of Lonmin, the Marikana platinum mine operators. “This is an opportunity to take the unresolved issues to their doorstep,” said Gunn-Salie, “and it’s the next step of mobilisation, I believe.”

21 June 2018

Candice Breitz and Hank Willis Thomas on major exhibition celebrating ‘the king of pop’ in London

Work by Breitz and Thomas feature on the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition, Michael Jackson: On the Wall, commemorating the contribution of Michael Jackson to popular and contemporary visual culture (28 June – 21 October). Taking an interesting angle on celebrating the life of Jackson, the exhibition explores how the singer inspired some of the leading names in contemporary art. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, this major new exhibition spans several generations of artists who each work across a diverse range of media. The exhibition is scheduled to travel to multiple art institutions including The Grand Palais and Espoo Museum of Modern Art, but opens at the National Portrait Gallery to coincide with what would have been Jackson’s 60th birthday.

21 June 2018

Gabrielle Goliath’s ‘Elegy’ at National Arts Festival, Verbo in Mexico and Video Brasil

A durational performance conceived by Gabrielle Goliath titled Elegy brings together a group of female vocal performers to enact a mourning ritual. Intended as a response to the epidemic of violence perpetrated against women in South Africa, Elegy viscerally evokes the ongoing pain of countless individuals “whose subjectivities have been fundamentally violated – and who, as such, are all too easily consigned to a generic, all-encompassing victimhood.” Over the next month, Elegy will be performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (28 June – 8 July) before travelling to the Verbo festival in Mexico (3 – 7 July) and Video Brasil (7 – 27 July).

08 June 2018

Carla Busuttil on Artist Alliance group show in New York

For a group exhibition at New York’s Cuchifritos Gallery, titled Scenes From A Chasm (15 June – 29 July), Carla Busuttil is one of just four artists invited to show work that ‘reflects on shadows cast by global wealth inequality and its impact on society, culture and an ever-shifting workplace.’ Paradise No.7 (lucky for sum), a series by Busuttil made for the exhibition, feature drawings on pages from the infamously leaked Paradise Papers which illustrate the connection between British colonialism to the current murky waters of global finance.

01 June 2018

mounir fatmi’s first solo exhibition in Sweden

The Göteborgs Konsthall presents mounir fatmi’s first solo show in Sweden, titled 180° Behind Me (8 June – 16 September). Dealing with the multifaceted character of the written word, the works included on the exhibition expose the layers of interpretation and re-interpretation that make up our histories. Several of the works in the exhibition integrate Arabic calligraphy, both as language and patterns; looking at the beauty of words, and their power to both bring together and shatter, is consistently present in fatmi’s practice.

26 May 2018

First French solo exhibition for Ghada Amer since 2000

The Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré – in Tours, France –​ hosts a solo exhibition for Ghada Amer, titled Dark Continent (2 June – 4 November); Amer’s​ first ​solo ​museum exhibition in France since 2000 and features a selection of paintings, sculptural works and two outdoor garden installations in its presentation. The title of the exhibition, curated by Elodie Stroecken, is a reference to The Question of Lay Analysis by Sigmund Freud, a text in which he wrote that ‘[t]he sexual life of adult women is a dark continent for psychology’.

08 April 2018

William Kentridge and Gerald Machona on exhibition celebrating the Friends of the Iziko South African National Gallery

To celebrate a fifty-year relationship and partnership with the Friends of the Iziko South African National Gallery, the Iziko Museums of South Africa hosts a group exhibition titled Friends50, which features works by William Kentridge and Gerald Machona, to mark the occasion (15 April – 4 November). The Friends of Iziko SA National Gallery, a not-for-profit membership-based organisation, has supported the institution in its role as South Africa’s premier public national art museum, through full or partial funding of acquisitions, as well as a variety of educational and conservation initiatives since 1968.

07 April 2018

Solo exhibition for Hank Willis Thomas in Illinois

Northwestern Block Museum of Art holds a solo exhibition, Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded, for Hank Willis Thomas’ two Unbranded series (14 April – 12 August). Housed within the museum’s main gallery, and featuring artworks from both Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America and Unbranded: A Century of White Women 1915-2015, the exhibition offers a focused selection of 40 photographs which draw directly from the visual repertoire of American print advertising. Seen together, the works in these two series offer a unique opportunity to explore the ways in which Thomas interrogates images across subject matter and allows for a complex and nuanced contemplation of the interrelated construction of narratives about race, gender, and class though the vehicle of advertising.

06 April 2018

Hank Willis Thomas’ work features on exhibition at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami

Thomas’ Hand of God is currently on view at the Pérez Art Museum’s group exhibition, The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art (13 April – 2 September). This exhibition responds to the multilayered aspects of soccer, also known as football, by depicting the role of the game in society and engaging with the idea of a common humanity built around the sport. The show brings together works by more than 40 artists who share in diverse and intersecting dialogues formed around the sport. Featuring a variety of mediums – including painting, sculpture, photography, and video – the exhibition aims to create an experience in which the viewer employs the universal game to engage with the works of contemporary artists from around the world.

04 April 2018

Kiluanji Kia Henda on major group exhibition about environmental transformation at MAAT

Work by Kia Henda is included on MAAT’s latest group exhibition, Eco-Visionaries, in Lisbon (11 April – 8 October). Forming part of the institution’s ongoing project, ‘Eco-Visionaries: Art, Architecture and New Media after the Anthropocene’, the exhibition is centred on current practices that propose critical and creative visions on the environment and its transformation. With contributions from over 35 artists and architects, the show in Lisbon is the first of four exhibitions; all of which will appear simultaneously in Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden.

31 March 2018

Ghada Amer features on a group exhibition at the Speed Art Museum

Ghada Amer is one of seventeen artists, including Barbara Kruger and Kehinde Wiley, included on the Speed Art Museum’s latest group exhibition, titled Breaking the Mold, in Kentucky (7 April – 9 September). Drawing chiefly from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition explores depictions of gender identity through the body, dress, objects, and history. In so doing, Breaking the Mold addresses gender and sexuality through a multitude of perspectives; questioning how we define ‘ideal’ body types, gendered societal roles, how gender intersects with race and the perceived differences between male and female.

30 March 2018

mounir fatmi on exhibition about Arab music in Paris

Work by mounir fatmi is included on the Cité de la Musique’s first-ever exhibition, titled Al Musica, dedicated to Arabic music (6 April – 19 August). Oragnised by the Philharmonie de Paris,the exhibition celebrates the richness of Arabic heritage and the creativity of contemporary artists, all of whom are from one of the 22 countries which make up the Arab world. The exhibition features material from musical instruments to music album covers, paintings and calligraphy, as well as photographs, travel diaries, comics and rare sound archives. In exhibiting the diverse range of works together, the exhibition offers an unique visual and sound journey to its viewers.

28 March 2018

Various Goodman Gallery artists on exhibition about fashion in San Francisco

Five Goodman Gallery artists – Kudzanai Chiurai, Hasan and Husain Essop, Gabrielle Goliath, Haroon Gunn-Salie and Gerald Machona – exhibit work on the travelling exhibition, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics, and Culture in Contemporary South African Art, at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco (28 March – 26 August). The exhibition features 14 artists who are using fashion, textile, and clothing to comment on social and political landscapes since 1994, to consider a feeling of lacking social change within the country, and to imagine new alternatives for South Africa’s future.

25 March 2018

Kudzanai Chiurai and Yinka Shonibare MBE are included on 21c Museum Hotel’s latest group exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky

Kudzanai Chiurai and Yinka Shonibare MBE feature on 21c Museum Hotel’s new group exhibition, Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation, in Louisville (1 April – 31 March). The exhibition explores the role that costume plays in constructing one’s identity and confronting history. With over 35 participating artists from 22 countries, Dress Up, Speak Up offers a global investigation into such concepts, whilst reconfiguring, reimagining, and reconstituting history in order to examine the legacy and effects of European colonialism.

16 March 2018

Alfredo Jaar at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof museum

Jaar’s (Kindness) of (Strangers) forms part of the group exhibition, Hello World. Revisioning a collection., hosted by the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (23 March – 19 August). The exhibition, conceptualised by Udo Kittelmann with guest curatorial input from various art professionals, serves as a critical inquiry into the collection of the Nationalgalerie and its predominantly Western focus. As such, Hello World. Revisioning a collection. asks the question, ‘[w]hat could the collection look like today, had an understanding characterised its concept of art, and consequently also its genesis, that was more open to the world?’ As a result, the exhibition places the focus on transnational artistic networks and cross-cultural entanglements from the late nineteenth century to the present. This provides points of departure wherein viewers are invited into an exploration of hidden stories and new perspectives on the collection and its history.

15 March 2018

Alfredo Jaar on group exhibition at the Museo Jumex

Alfredo Jaar’s 1981 work, Studies on Happiness, Public interventions, forms part of the Museo Jumex’s group exhibition – Memories of Underdevelopment: Art and the Decolonial Turn in Latin America, 1960-1985 – currently on view in Mexico (22 March – 9 September). The exhibition examines a major paradigm shift in Latin American culture and visual arts produced during the early 1960s and the mid-1980s; a period characterised by the articulation of a counter-narrative to the dominant rhetoric of developmentalism and the emergence of decolonial thought in the artistic practices produced in the region.

15 March 2018

Solo museum show for William Kentridge in Frankfurt

Frankfurt’s The Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung presents a comprehensive and unusual exhibition, titled William Kentridge. O Sentimental Machine, of Kentridge’s artworks (22 March – 26 August). The curatorial premise for the exhibition centres around the artist’s work being in conversation with the institution’s sculptural collection which includes artefacts and works spanning 5000 years. The exhibition comprises more than thirty, partly space-filling installations exemplifying the range of Kentridge’s approach. Curated by Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Brinkmann and Kristin Schrader, the exhibition presents the artist’s work on a stage that combines with the artist’s conceptual, narrative and aesthetic intentions in a close and fertile way.

14 March 2018

Kentridge’s ‘The Refusal of Time’ travels to Denmark

The Refusal of Time by William Kentridge is currently on view at the KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg in Denmark (21 March – 19 August). The exhibition invites viewers to consider and grapple with issues like ‘how does we make the world they live in’ and ‘how do they remember the story?’. Through the installation’s immersive black and white stop-motion ‘world’, the gallery space becomes packed with a mixture of nostalgic memories, dreams and future visions that ‘go hand-in-hand’ with a sense of historical deja-vu and a flattering insurgency.

13 March 2018

Major solo exhibition for Shirin Neshat in Copenhagen

The Faurschou Foundation in Copenhagen presents Shirin Neshat: I Looking for Oum Kulthum, a solo exhibition for Shirin Neshat, which delves deeply into the process of creating an artistic feature-length film (20 March – 7 September). As a ‘film within a film’, Neshat’s Looking for Oum Kulthum renders the journey of an Iranian woman, who is making a film about the most famous singer of the Arab world; the Egyptian singer, Oum Kulthum, often referred to as ‘the Queen of the Arabs’, owing to her ability of culturally uniting a diverse group of nations.

02 March 2018

Tracey Rose on a group show in San Antonio, Texas

Work by Tracey Rose is featured on the Linda Pace Foundation’s group exhibition, Reclaimed, showcasing 25 monochromatic works by some of the most influential contemporary female artists working today (9 March – 26 January). As its title implies, the exhibition addresses the concept of ownership – both literally and figuratively – and the notion of “reclaiming” what belongs to a person and their communities, from their lands and governments to their physical bodies and basic human rights. Drawn from the Foundation’s collection, the exhibition serves as a departure from the institution’s typical spotlight on experimental and new media works, and provides insight into the depth and variedness of its permanent collection.

01 March 2018

Candice Breitz’s ‘Love Story’ travels to various museums around the world

Breitz’s seven-channel video installation Love Story continues its travels around the globe. Having moved from Venice to Melbourne, and on to South Africa, the video now features at the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark (8 March – 9 September), as well as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (31 March – 25 June) and Norway’s Stavanger Art Museum (6 April – 27 May).

01 March 2018

Colorful Shonibare “Wind Sculpture” blows its way into Central Park

As a specially commissioned project funded by the Public Art Fund in New York, Yinka Shonibare MBE presents his first outdoor sculpture in New York City . Titled Wind Sculpture (SG) I, the sculpture is on exhibition in Central Park at Doris C. Freedman Plaza (7 March – 14 October). Continuing in a similar vein to the Wind Sculpture series initiated in 2013, this particular sculpture begins a second generation within the body of work, with a much larger and more complex structure and rippled surface, painted in turquoise, red, and orange.

01 March 2018

Sue Williamson work included in the Birmingham Museum of Art’s permanent exhibition of contemporary art

Sue Williamson’s Mementoes of District Six forms part of the latest installment of the Birmingham Museum of Art’s permanent exhibition, Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art, the museum’s first large exhibition of contemporary art from its own collection (until 6 January). Mementoes of District Six is an immersive installation that humanises the destruction of an entire area in South Africa during Apartheid. Within the context of the exhibition, the work highlights similarities between post-apartheid conditions and the result of segregation in the American South.

24 February 2018

Kambalu, Shonibare and Thomas exhibit at the Taub Museum of Art in Virginia

Works by Samson Kambalu, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Hank Willis Thomas are included on a major group exhibition, titled Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, at the Taubman Museum of Art (3 March – 2 September). Featuring over 100 artworks created from various media, the exhibition seeks to investigates the universal conversation surrounding migration, history, race and representation in art being made today. The artworks illustrate how artists use their art to reference their own home countries whilst developing narratives that embrace global histories.

06 February 2018

Breitz’s ‘Profile’ on exhibition in Finland

Having recently been acquired by the Saastamoinen Foundation, Candice Breitz’s Profile is included on an exhibition of the Foundation’s collection, titled Touch / Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection, at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art in Finland (13 February – 16 September 2018). The exhibition is made up of three different sections – Human, space and encounters; Human, identity and body; and Human and power respectively – with the overarching theme of humanity at its core. As a permanent exhibition at the institution, the works on show will change periodically to feature new acquisitions in the collection.

01 February 2018

Oltmann, Nhlengethwa and Thomas feature on a group exhibition at 21c Museum Hotels

Work by Walter Oltmann, Sam Nhlengethwa (in collaboration with Marguerite Stephens) and Hank Willis Thomas feature on the 21c Museum Hotel’s group exhibition, SEEING NOW, in Nashville, USA (1 February – 31 December). The exhibition, curated by Alice Gray Stites, aims to explore and reveal the visible and hidden forces shaping what the contemporary world looks like.