Gallery News
01 January 2019

Solo exhibition of work by David Goldblatt at the A4 Arts Foundation in Cape Town

Titled Picture Theory, the A4 Arts Foundation presents a solo exhibition of photographic work by David Goldblatt (opens 25 October).  As an exhibition, Picture Theory deviates from the convention of presenting Goldblatt’s images within their original essays or bodies of work. Instead the project uncouples images from their chronological and contextual sources, seeking poetic connections that span decades and series. 

01 December 2018

Kapwani Kiwanga named winner of Canada’s largest annual art award

Kapwani Kiwanga is the winner of the 2018 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s most prestigious prize given annually to artists aged 40 or younger. Kiwanga’s work often deals with what she calls ‘multiplicities’, exploring subjects including independent African nationhood, gift-giving as a diplomatic activity and astronomy. Kiwanga was praised by the award jury for the ‘urgency of her research and the emotive, formal qualities of the artworks that result’ – with her practice being described as ’necessary at this time’. An exhibition of work by Kiwanga and the other shortlisted finalists is currently on view at the National Gallery of Canada (until 10 February).

23 November 2018

Sue Williamson receives Ellen Kuzwayo Award

Sue Williamson has received the prestigious Ellen Kuzwayo Award (30 November). The award is given to individuals who make outstanding contributions toward the betterment of society and higher education by the University of Johannesburg. Williamson was recognised for her socially-based practice that uncovers hidden histories, being honoured alongside Judge Edwin Cameron and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn.

12 December 2018

Solo exhibition for El Anatsui in Belgium

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, in Brussels, hosts a solo exhibition of work by El Anatsui titled The Beginning and The End (19 December – 17 February). The exhibition considers Anatsui’s work in relation to traditional African graphical systems that are used to form patterns on textiles, and where each symbol has a particular meaning.

05 December 2018

Shirin Neshat, Sue Williamson, Tabita Rezaire, and William Kentridge on Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Shirin Neshat, Sue Williamson, Tabita Rezaire and William Kentridge are included on the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India (12 December – 29 March). The biennale will take place across various public spaces and heritage sites in the town of Kochi. For biennial curator Anita Dube, the event aims to counteract ‘the virtual hyper-connectivity that has paradoxically alienated us from the warm solidarities of community’. The exhibition runs from 12 December until 29 March 2019.

01 December 2018

Alfredo Jaar and Kendell Geers on group show at MAXXI Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo, Rome

Kendell Geers and Alfredo Jaar are included on The Street. Where The World is Made, a group exhibition at Rome’s MAXXI Museum (7 December – 28 April). The exhibition explores, in the words of a press release, ‘the street as a continuously mutating manifesto of contemporary life, an element of connection but also of rupture, the setting for everyday experiences such as street festivals, improvised cinema or street food’. The work on the exhibition includes a variety of mediums including performances and site-specific interventions displayed in a series of galleries that help bolster the curatorial concept by mimicking a street.

01 December 2018

Alfredo Jaar at Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam and Faena Public art project in Miami

This Is Not America , a 42-second animation by Alfredo Jaar, lends its name to the inaugural Faena Art Festival taking place during Miami Art Week (3 – 9 December). First displayed on an electronic billboard in New York City’s Times Square in 1987, the animation will reappear on an LED jumbotron mounted on a boat set to travel along the Miami shoreline during the festival. Jaar will also present his second in a trilogy of installations at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam (26 January – 13 May). Titled Shadows, the work is based on a photograph of the same name by Koen Wessing depicting two Nicaraguan women who have just learned of their father’s murder.

01 December 2018

Broomberg & Chanarin on group show at C/O Berlin

Broomberg & Chanarin’s War Primer 2, a series of images embedded in a book by Bertolt Brecht, is included on The Last Image: Photography and Death at C/O Berlin (8 December – 3 March). The exhibition presents a selection of over 400 photographic works which grapple with death. The images chosen for this extensive survey include personal, journalistic, scientific and studio photographs taken since the invention of photography in 1839.

01 December 2018

mounir fatmi on group show at Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, USA

Cut Up/Cut Out, a group show at Daytona Beach’s Museum of Arts and Sciences, features work by Moroccan artist mounir fatmi (8 December – 27 January). The exhibition explores the captivating methods of decorative piercing and cutting, using a wide range of media from paper and plastic to metal and rubber. fatmi will be showing his sculpture Between the Lines, a large circular saw blade embossed with Arabic calligraphy.

27 November 2018

William Kentridge’s "The Head & The Load" at Park Avenue Armory and "Wozzeck" at Sydney Opera House

Following its critically-acclaimed debut at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, William Kentridge’s multimedia performance The Head & The Load travels to the Park Avenue Armory in New York (4 – 15 December). The Head & The Load tells the untold story of the almost two million African porters and soldiers who served in the British, French and German armies during the First World War. Kentridge’s celebrated rendition of Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck will also have another run at the Sydney Opera House in early 2019 (25 January – 15 February). The opera, which premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 2017, is centred on the experiences of a homicidal soldier – a tale brought to life by Kentridge through his characteristic charcoal drawings depicting bleak landscapes, denuded of their trees and scarred by shell craters.

10 November 2018

Alfredo Jaar at the 12th Shanghai Biennale

After being featured on the 2018 edition of Basel Unlimited, Jaar’s A Hundred Times Nguyen travels to the 12th Shanghai Biennale in Huangpu (10 November – 10 March). The 12th Shanghai Biennale presents works by 67 artists and artist groups from 26 countries, including 20 from China, 31 from Asia, and is also the first time, in the biennale’s history, in which works by Latin American artists are shown on a large scale.

25 October 2018

Jaar on show which explores the history and evolution of the monochrome

Jaar’s May 1st, 2011 is mounted on a group exhibition, titled The Monochrome Revisited, currently on view at the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation in Dubai (25 October – 28 February). Inspired by Marcia Hafif’s text ‘Beginning Again’, published in Artforum in 1978, the exhibition explores the history and evolution of the monochrome and looks at how artists have engaged with the art form.

13 October 2018

Kudzanai Chiurai’s "Madness & Civilization" at Kalmar Konstmuseum in Sweden

Following its debut at Goodman Gallery Cape Town earlier this year, Kudzanai Chiurai’s solo exhibition Madness and Civilization travels to the Kalmar Konstmuseum in Sweden (20 October – 3 February). Including works in mixed material on paper, photography, film and installation and taking its name from Michel Foucault’s influential 1964 text, Madness and Civilization presents work typical of Chiurai’s method of returning to and rejecting the post-colonial national state and ‘colonial futures’ – a perception which urges Africans to think, speak and act as their colonisers.

11 October 2018

William Kentridge and Shirin Neshat on Portuguese museum show about love

William Kentridge and Shirin Neshat are two of several artists, including Sophie Calle and Marlene Dumas, featured on the Museu Coleção Berardo’s latest group exhibition, titled Quel Amour!? (11 October – 10 February). The exhibition brings together several artists from different generations, countries, and cultures for whom ‘love’ has been a source of inspiration.

11 October 2018

Work by Carla Busuttil on new group exhibition in London, UK

Carla Busuttil’s Super High Viz is featured on a new group exhibition, titled Rules of Freedom, at the Collyer-Bristow Gallery in London (11 October – 13 February). The exhibition, curated by Rosalind Davis, explores the threat that modern freedoms, often taken for granted, are under in the twenty-first century digital age with the advent of Fake News, skewed votes and phone and election hacking. Within the context of the exhibition, Busuttil’s work, according to The Sunday Times, ‘clearly anticipates protests in France by demonstrators in high-vis jackets’.

07 October 2018

Alfredo Jaar on group shows at MET Breuer, Draiflessen Collection, and LagosPhoto

Alfredo Jaar’s Manhattan’s Milosevic is on view at the Met Breuer as part of Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy (until 6 January). The group exhibition explores the ‘hidden operations of power’ within Western democracies by presenting an alternate history of postwar and contemporary art that is also an archaeology of our troubled times. Jaar’s work also appears on across boundaries at the Draiflessen Collection (14 October – 27 January), a group exhibition which pairs various maps from history alongside artworks by contemporary international artists who ‘examine the cartographic depiction of space or the influence of maps on our view of the world.’ In addition, Jaar is featured on the 9th edition of the LagosPhoto Festival (27 October – 15 November). Titled Time Has Gone, this year’s festival explores how the past, present and the future interact within the medium of photography.

06 October 2018

Retrospective exhibition for David Goldblatt at MCA Sydney

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia presents a major retrospective for David Goldblatt as part of the Sydney International Art Series (13 October – 3 March). Curated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent in close collaboration with Goldblatt, the exhibition presents photographs spanning his six decade-career, as well as early vintage prints and never-before- exhibited material from a personal archive. The photographs encompass the darkness of Apartheid, the history of the country’s mining industry, the lives of the white middle class, forced segregation of black and Asian communities into townships under the Group Areas Act, as well as the stories of ex-offenders and their crimes, providing a ‘powerful reflection and insight into South Africa’s turbulent history.’

16 September 2018

Jaar's 'One million points of light' on a group exhibition celebrating light boxes in contemporary art

One million points of light by Alfredo Jaar features on the Kunstmuseum Celle’s group exhibition, LIGHT BOX – 18 aktuelle Positionen, which looks at contemporary artists’ use of the light box as a medium (23 September – 17 March). Showing works by 18 international artists, the exhibition offers an overview of the multifaceted artistic medium of the light box and how it can be used in different forms of art – from photography and installation to sculpture.

14 September 2018

Kentridge's "Thick Time" travels to the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester

William Kentridge’s touring exhibition Thick Time, travels to the United Kingdom and runs at the Whitworth Gallery at the University of Manchester (21 September – 3 March). This major touring exhibition focuses on the artist’s large-scale film installations including O Sentimental Machine and The Refusal of Time, an immersive work exploring the technology of time-keeping and string theory, created in dialogue with physicist Peter Galison. A display of new and recent tapestries, works on paper and artist books accompany the film projections, presented within an environment designed by Kentridge’s long-term collaborator Sabine Theunissen.

08 September 2018

Candice Breitz on group exhibition in Switzerland

Candice Breitz’s Love Story forms part of the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen’s group exhibition, titled The Humans (15 September – 24 March). The exhibition explores how artists formulate their independent views of the world and how they immerse themselves in realities that are inaccessible to traditional media. In addition to the role of our consumption of digital media, the participating artists also shed light on questions about how we deal with people on the margins of society and our attitude toward global migrations.

01 September 2018

El Anatsui on a group exhibition at the MAD Museum in New York

Work by El Anatsui is shown on the Museum of Arts and Design’s new group exhibition, MAD Collects: The Future of Craft Part 1, which features more than fifty works of craft, art, design, and jewelry acquired for the permanent collection over the past five years (6 September – 31 March). The exhibition frames MAD’s collecting mission and recent acquisitions over the last five years by positioning works within the context of the Museum’s current collections plan; championing the ever-changing field of art and design practices that sustain, expand and interpret the craft media the Museum was founded to support. ‘With MAD Collects, we are demonstrating our commitment to investing in works by a diverse roster of forward-thinking artists who are pushing the boundaries of craft’ said Shannon R. Stratton, principal curator of the exhibition.

01 September 2018

Solo museum exhibition for William Kentridge in Australia

Highlighting the nexus of art, ideology, history and memory emanating from William Kentridge’s experiences of the apartheid regime in South Africa, the Art Gallery of New South Wales presents a museum show of the artist’s broad and diverse oeuvre (8 September – 3 February). Titled William Kentridge: That Which We Do Not Remember and curated by the artist, the exhibition encourages viewers to trace visual and thematic links between diverse aspects of Kentridge’s practice, from his engagement with opera to his interest in early cinema, from his inimitable animated drawings to sculpture and works on paper.

16 August 2018

Ghada Amer on group exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum

Ghada Amer’s Heather’s Dégradé features on the Brooklyn Museum’s latest group exhibition, Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection (23 August – 31 March). Curated by Catherine Morris and Carmen Hermo, the exhibition presents new acquisitions, rediscoveries, and major works from the Brooklyn Museum collection from an intersectional feminist perspective, reflecting on contemporary conversations about feminism and culture. It highlights artists whose work commands our attention with direct messages of resistance and protest; questioning the historical narratives of the United States; calling for an understanding of how political realities are embedded in personal experience; exploring sexuality and exploitation in contexts of gendered power dynamics; and rethinking the biases present in art history and visual culture.

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.

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.