Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, is showing an exhibition of recent work by South African artist William Kentridge until 26 November 2014.
The exhibition presents a selection of recent work by Kentridge and is organised to run concurrently with the U.S. premiere of Paper Music: A Ciné Concert by William Kentridge and Philip Miller at Carnegie Hall. Two new films from Paper Music — Emergency and Trio for 4 Hands — will be projected in the viewing room at the gallery. There are also drawings from the films: on the north wall there are drawings made from India ink and red pencil on paper sourced from old dictionaries, whilst on the east wall hangs a series of long narrow strips of Japanese rice paper, pinned alongside each other with calligraphic type ink markings on them.
William Kentridge was born in 1955 and studied at the Johannesburg Art Foundation and the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. His work has featured at prestigious institutions such as: Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Louvre, Paris; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
William Kentridge opens three exhibitions in Johannesburg in November. From 15 November the Goodman Gallery will exhibit his landscape drawings on the pages of Johannesburg mine ledger books from the early 1900s in the series Drawings: East Rand Proprietary Mines Cash Book. From 9 November the Johannesburg Art Gallery will exhibit the installation The Refusal of Time, a collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison, an American historian of science. From November 18 the Wits Art Museum will exhibit Kentridge’s Tapestries in collaboration with the Marguerite Stephens Tapestry Studio. The season of three exhibitions will be accompanied by the launch of three books by Kentridge and collaborators:Accounts and Drawings from Underground: East Rand Propriety Mines Cash Book, 1908 (Seagull Books) with a text by Rosalind C Morris; Six Drawing Lessons (Harvard University Press) and Second-hand Reading (Fourthwall).
Hank Willis Thomas is included in the exhibition of works by the Goodman Gallery at Frieze London from 15–18 October. Thomas is teaching part-time this fall as a Visiting Artist in the graduate photography and film department at Virginia Commonwealth University. His transmedia project titled Question Bridge, which facilitates a dialogue between black men from diverse backgrounds, will be shown at a number of galleries across the United States throughout October, including the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia from October 2 to January 3, 2015; the Schomburg Center for African American Culture and Research, New York City from October 3 to January 11, 2015; Winthrop University, Rock Hill, from October 7 to November 16; Rochester Contemporary Art, from October 3 to November 8; San Diego African American Museum of Art; and the Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY from October 23 to December 13. Thomas’ work is also on show in October at galleries in Ho Chi Minh City, Sao Paolo and Paris.
Candice Breitz exhibits her work in a solo exhibition at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, from 11 October to 1 March 2015. Her video installation The Woods explores how we create, define and perform identities in a world of mass media saturation by portraying the cinematic culture of three centres of global filmmaking – Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood. Group shows that include works by Breitz take place in October at Stockholm’s Färgfabriken (exhibition titled UrSenses) and at the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (exhibition titled She). Breitz will be giving a talk on 6 October at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.
Mikhale Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse’s photographic book Ponte City (Steidl) has been nominated for a Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook award for 2014. The shortlist for the award was announced by Todd Hido at the New York Art Book Fair on 26 September. Initiated in November 2011 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with two major categories: First PhotoBook and PhotoBook of the Year. For this, their fourth edition, the Awards introduced a new third category: Photography Catalogue of the Year. Subotzky was nominated in 2011 for his book Retinal Shift (Steidl).
Work by Tracey Rose is included in the exhibition Theory of Colour, curated by Cuauhtemoc Medina at the Museum of the National University of Mexico until 7 February 2015. According to the curator’s statement the exhibition showcases contemporary art produced over the past decade that deals with racism from a diversity of approaches: “nationalism, scientism, homogenisation, exoticisation, colonisation, exploitation and sexualisation”. Her work will also be included in the group exhibition Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of African Women Artists, curated by Koyo Kouoh at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, in Brussels, from 18 February 2015 until May 2015.
Following from his first solo exhibition in the United States earlier this year, Sam Nhlengethwa’s exhibition Life, Jazz and Lots of Other Things travels to SCAD Atlanta from its original home at the SCAD Museum of Art. Curated by Laurie Ann Farrell, SCAD executive director of exhibitions, the show features a broad cross-section of the artist’s practice and themes. The show opens with a juxtaposition of works by Nhlengethwa and Romare Bearden, orienting viewers to Nhlengethwa’s source of inspiration. The exhibition features paintings, tapestries and prints of jazz scenes, images of daily life and nation-building. The exhibition runs until 17 October.
Gerhard Marx was the 2014 invited Festival Artist at Aardklop in Potchefstroom from 6 – 11 October. The festival fine arts programme included his solo exhibition The Garden at Night at the NWU Hoofgalery on the NorthWest University Campus. The exhibition included new sculpture, and works with inlaid organic material on canvas, as well as new print editions and earlier works from the Garden Carpet series. Marx is also featured on Exact Imagination: 300 years of botanically inspired art in South Africa at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg. Goodman Gallery artists Willem Boshoff and Walter Oltmann also feature on this exhibition, curated by Cyril Coetzee, which is on show until 6 December.
William Kentridge’s first large-scale solo exhibition in South America, Fortuna, has been travelling since October 2012. This extensive retrospective – conceived in close collaboration with the artist and designed especially for this tour – highlights Kentridge’s unique artistic process rather than focussing on a particular theme. The exhibition features six to seven rooms or sections comprising works ranging from 1989 to 2012. The retrospective has travelled to Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS) in Rio de Janeiro, Fundaçao Ibere Camargo (FIC), Porto Alegre, Pinacoteca Do Estado De Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo. Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica, Bogota. It will run at Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellin from 30 July to 03 November 2014.
Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce Africans in America, a three-part project curated by Hank Willis Thomas. The focus of the project is on artists who are African immigrants or first generation Americans of African parents living in the United States. Africans in America will launch in 2015 and alternate between Goodman Gallery spaces in Johannesburg and Cape Town leading up to the Gallery’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Thomas is a photo-conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He has a longstanding interest in the strains and connections between Africa, America and related notions of diaspora and home.
Until 6 December 2014, the Goodman Gallery Cape Town is to display the exhibition “Structures of Dominion and Democracy” by photographer David Goldblatt.
The exhibition is to display major works from the Structures series, which Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer described as, “an extraordinary visual history of a country and its people.” Goldblatt has travelled South Africa for over 30 years documenting sites weighted with historical narrative; the exhibition in question focuses on the period after the fall of apartheid. Goldblatt commented that: “I’m mainly showing Democracy. And the reason for this is that people here are familiar with Baaskap and the period of apartheid, but they are not very familiar with looking at what is emerging now.”
David Goldblatt was born in South Africa in 1930, founding the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg in 1989. In 1998 he was the first South African to be given a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.
The work of mounir fatmi is represented at the Goodman Gallery booth this year at Frieze London from 15–18 October. From 12 October until 18 January 2015 fatmi’s solo exhibition Walking on the Light shows at the Centre de Création Contemporaine in Tours, France. Group shows exhibiting his work in October include Helvetica Zebra at Station Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon from 7 October to 9 November; The inaugural exhibition 1914-2014. Cent ans de création au Maroc at Musée Mohammed VI in Rabat, Morocco from 9 October to June 2015; the Jameel Prize 2013 exhibition at Manege, Moscow, Russia from 10 October to 23 November; Le Maroc Contemporain at the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France from 15 October to 25 January, 2015; and Memory, Place, Desire: Contemporary Art of the Maghreb and the Maghrebi Diaspora at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford college, Haverford, USA from 24 October to 15 December.
Chiurai has been shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize. Established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, the Prize is a major contribution to the open participation of younger artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition.
Until February 10 2015 the Perlman Gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) presents a selection of photographs from 1973 to 2014 by David Goldblatt. Titled New Pictures 10: David Goldblatt, Structures of Dominion and Democracy,” the photographs explore, “the quiet and commonplace, where nothing ‘happens’, and yet all is contained and immanent,” according to Goldblatt. The exhibition is loosely divided among Goldblatt’s photography before and after 1991. “The photographs exhibited,” writes Goldblatt of his exhibition at the MIA, “are from these two separate yet intimately connected bodies of work.” Goldblatt will make his first appearance in Minnesota on October 2 to discuss his exhibition.
Mounir Fatmi appears on the show The Disappearance of Fireflies at the Prison Sainte-Anne in Avignon, France. Taking its name from a famous text by filmmaker and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini the exhibition, held in a former prison situated behind Avignon’s Papal Palace, presents highlights of the region’s Collection Lambert, a donation made by Yvon Lambert comprising 556 contemporary works. The curator is Eric Mézil of Collection Lambert and the show runs until November 25. Fatmi also appears on Colonial Apocrifa that runs at MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Spain, (until January 6 2015), on the The Sea is my Land, Triennale di Milano, Milano, Italy (until August 24); Colonia Apocrifa at MUSAC in Leon, Spain (until January 6 2015) and Giving Contours to Shadows at N.B.K., Berlin, Germany (July 31).
There’s Something I Must Tell You is an extended exhibition of work by Sue Williamson focusing on women activists involved in the political struggle against apartheid in South Africa. The exhibition spans five rooms at the Iziko Slave Lodge in Adderley Street, Cape Town and three separate bodies of work by the artist, including the 2013 video installation There’s something I must tell you, recently acquired by Iziko Museums with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York. On show until June 2015.
Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive brings into dialogue various documents from the late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century and recent photographic and video work by contemporary artists engaged with photographic archives, to offer new perspectives on the legacy of anthropological and ethnographic visions of Africa. The exhibition, curated by Tamar Garb, is on view at the Walther Collection in Ulm, Germany until 2015, and features work by Candice Breitz, Kudzanai Chiurai, David Goldblatt, and Sue Williamson. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Steidl.