The Latest Art Exhibitions Around The City


We went in search for the best upcoming art exhibitions in the city. Here’s what we found.

The Latest Art Exhibitions Around The City

Everard Read Gallery

Blessing Ngobeni: Study Song Of Chicotte

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020 – Saturday, 15 February 2020

Everard Read’s CIRCA Gallery invite you to Blessing Ngobeni’s latest exhibition of print work, titled Study Song Of Chicotte. This new series of hand-coloured linocuts is based on Ngobeni’s 2016 exhibition at the CIRCA Gallery, which dealt with issues of colonial slavery and human relationships. The artist now presents these artworks reproduced, offering a graphic reinterpretation of his large, bold and complex collages on canvas, rendering the familiar images in softer tones of blues, purples and greys.

Blessing Ngobeni is the recipient of the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for the Visual Arts.

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TMRW Gallery

Phumlani Pikoli: Occupying A Fatuous State Of Severity

Date: Thursday, 23 January 2020 – Saturday, 29 February 2020

In Partnership with the British Council SSA Arts, the TMRW Gallery and Keyes Art Mile present Phumlani Pikoli’s Occupying A Fatuous State Of Severity. This exhibition, which began as a collection of short stories themed around depression, reflects the mental and emotional highways of the mind. The works themselves prompt introspection and empathy for a generation lost in their own insecurities. This is definitely one for the deep thinkers and feelers out there.

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The Goodman Gallery

The Goodman Gallery opens their 2020 season with two must-see art exhibitions.

Thabiso Sekgala: Bôna

Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020 – Saturday, 14 March 2020

Bôna is a selection of work from several photo essays by the late Thabiso Sekgala, which explore how social borders determine visibility in society. This must-visit exhibition is the first solo show of Sekgala’s work at Goodman Gallery since his passing in 2014.

The exhibition’s title is a Sesotho word with a double meaning. As a verb, Bôna means to “see”. However, when used as a pronoun, the word translates to “them”. Sekgala’s photographs evoke this title through the responses they elicit from the subjects in the work and, in turn, the viewers. The exhibition features work from Sekgala’s Homelands, Second Transition and Running series.

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Brett Charles Seiler: Closet

Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020 – Saturday, 29 February 2020

Closet is Brett Charles Seiler’s first exhibition with Goodman Gallery. Exhibited in the form of painting and installation, Closet expresses Seiler’s ongoing interest in themes of longing, distance and nostalgia.

The artist describes his work as a straight-forward “coming of age narrative”, taking place during the gay rights movement. Born in 1994, Seiler did not personally experience this period of history. Instead, he accesses it through references to historic gay modes of communication and conduct, incorporating figurative forms as well as text and language, to tell these stories through poetic snapshots of a time before gay liberation in society. By accessing this history, Seiler attempts to celebrate and recognise the struggles of the past.

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Stevenson Gallery

Dada Khanyisa: Good Feelings

Date: Saturday, 01 February – Friday, 13 March 2020

Dada Khanyisa presents their first ever solo exhibition in the city of Johannesburg at the Stevenson Gallery. Titled Good Feelings, this exhibition breaks with the artist’s original understanding of narrative and subjecthood. It offers the viewer scenes of existential crisis, backgrounded by the mundane reality of communal living. In some works, the figure is absent all together, replaced by lounges, kitchens and bedrooms as emblems of personhood. This is one of the most highly anticipated art exhibitions for the season, so don’t miss it.

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Victoria Yards

Night Of A 1000 Drawings

Date: Friday, 27 March 2020 – Sunday, 29 March 2020

The annual Night Of A 1000 Drawings is officially two months away! So, get out those pens and start doodling. This event brings together artists from all over the city to present their doodles and sketches at the largest A5 exhibition in Joburg. You can participate as an individual or join a doodle session prior to the exhibition. Once you have all your drawings completed, simply drop them off at one of the drop-off box locations.

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Do you know of any other upcoming art exhibitions happening in Johannesburg? Let us know about them!

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