The RMB Turbine Art Fair is a unique South African art fair that brings together exhibitors from around the country to present, sell and celebrate art. This August commemorates the 8th annual RMB TAF. However, things are set to be somewhat different this year. Due to COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions, the physical fair cannot take place. As such the 2020 RMB Turbine Art Fair will be held totally online! A first of its kind in South Africa, this week long fair is breaking new ground and bringing together visionaries to build a new way forward.

"Due to COVID-19 and lockdown safety precautions across the country, a physical fair is not possible. But a fair is most definitely required to offer support and a platform for galleries and artists alike," says Glynis Hyslop, Founder of RMB TAF.

The arts industry has been one of the hardest hit as a result of lockdown restrictions. This is why the organisers and sponsors of the RMB TAF are determined to offer their support and solidarity with artists during these trying times. "As the proud headline sponsor of RMB TAF we are able to co-create a powerful platform to showcase artistic talent, which is needed now more than ever. The virtual fair will give galleries and artists access to a broader and more diverse audience, while appealing to both existing and new collectors," says Chief Marketing Officer at RMB, Alison Badenhorst.

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How Will It Work?

The virtual RMB Turbine Art Fair will take place from 27 August – 2 September 2020.  Each participating gallery will have a dedicated virtual viewing room where they will display their artworks. These display rooms will also feature interactive messaging, behind the scenes profiling of artists, and video content. Visitors to the virtual RMB TAF will be able to search for their favourite artists, exhibitors, or medium, allowing a user-friendly and convenient experience for all. The virtual fair will be free to enter for all visitors.

The featured artist for this year's Fair is Jake Michael Singer. His work, along with a number of exciting new installations and sculptures by young, talented artists will be presented as part of the 'Looking Out' exhibition. You can also look forward to Strauss & Co's curated exhibition profiling the works of two South African female artists, Maggie Laubser and Gladys Mgudlandlu. This exhibition forms part of the 'Looking Back' showcase - a reflective look at artists who have and continue to be showcased and exhibited within the contemporary art landscape.

In another first for the RMB TAF, ordinary South Africans have been asked to submit photographic work as part of the 'Stilled Life' project. A community photographic project, this exhibition seeks to document 'life in the time of COVID-19'. Entrants may submit their work under one of these three categories: #YourStory, #NewNormal, #HelpingHands. The top 100 photos will be selected by a panel of four judges and exhibited online at the RMB Turbine Art Fair. The selected photos will then go on to be auctioned by Strauss & Co in August, with all proceeds going to the BASA Artists Relief Fund.

Check out the full showcase for the 2020 RMB Turbine Art Fair here.

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When Is It?

Thursday, 27 August 2020 - Wednesday, 02 September 2020. 

Where Is It?

The 2020 RMB TAF will be available to view on at www.turbineartfair.co.za.

How Much Is It?

The fair is free to view.

For More Information

Follow the RMB Turbine Art Fair's social media pages for more information:

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Details: (Tel) +27 (0)11 575 3888 | [email protected]

The Artist: Pitika Ntuli 

Sculptor, poet, healer, academic and philosopher, Pitika Ntuli wears many a hat. Born in the early 1940s, Ntuli's life and career spans over decades, bringing with it many trials, tribulations and triumphs. His work is dark, witty and contradictory, often positioning the contemporary with the ancient. He works in an array of mediums, including metal, wood, stone and even bone, to produce breathtaking sculptures. As one of the principal artists at the Melrose Gallery, you may be familiar with his work, which can be seen around the Melrose Arch precinct and at the gallery.

Needless to say, it comes as no surprise that Ntuli's latest body of work will be showcased as part of the first ever virtual National Arts Festival in June. The exhibition, which is curated by Ruzy Rusike, will be opened officially by Minister of International Relations, Naledi Pandor, on 25 June 2020.

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The Exhibition: Azibuyele Emasisweni (Return to the Source)

Piktia Ntuli has been working on this upcoming exhibition of work for the past three years. Titled Azibuyele Emasisweni (translated as Return to the Source), this body of work is constructed predominantly from the bones of elephant, rhino, giraffe and horses, as well as beads, shells, chains, computer circuit boards, pins, animal skins and marbles. Creating the impression of 'picking up' found objects and cultural symbols, this amalgamation of materials relays an underlying message by the artist - that there is a wealth of untapped knowledge within African spirituality and creative traditions which should be 'picked up' to foster healing in the modern age.

"In indigenous communities, diviners identify fault lines in the community, families, and/ or in people. To do this, they use bones. In Nguni culture specifically, to ‘throw bones’ means to divine the state of things, to help in the healing process. Izangoma (African healers) are central to African spirituality and bones are major agents in the carrying out of their duties in the community. Bones are vital to healing as well as to the process of divination. I am a healer. I throw bones to divine the State of the Nation in the season of anomie! As a sangoma/ healer, I see divination bones as sculptures imbued with multiple meanings. I believe that bones have spirits and consciousness, and it is that, that I seek to reveal in this exhibition," Pitika Ntuli says.

The Virtual National Arts Festival 

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the annual National Arts Festival has had to undergo a major reconstruction. With only 100 days till the kickoff of the 2020 festival, the organisers made the announcement that this year the NAF would be going digital! For the first time ever, the NAF will take place entirely online, bringing audiences throughout South Africa and the world 11 days of amazing theatre, music, dance, sculpture, visual art and poetry showcases.

The Melrose Gallery has also jumped on board, finding unique and interactive ways to be part of this historic virtual festival. As the sponsors for Ntuli's latest exhibition, the Melrose Gallery will present his work in a virtual viewing room on its website for the duration of the National Arts Festival and beyond. However, this will be more than just a series of snapshots of the exhibition. Ntuli has written and recited poems for each photographed artwork, thus creating a truly immersive and interactive experience for the viewers.

Ntuli has also invited 30 high-profile and respected artists, poets, singers, writers, curators and academics to engage with him on each work. Each of the collaborators will submit a poem, song, essay or thought as an audio note which will also accompany each piece. The artist will also be conducting online chats about the exhibition, life, African spirituality and the impacts of COVID-19 on our times, in collaboration with other academics, artists and spiritual philosophers. These pre-recorded chats and all other content will be available for viewing in the exhibition viewing room and will be broadcast on the National Arts Festival platform. Come and engage with the content and conversations via likes, shares, messages and comments online.

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When Is It?

The exhibition runs from Thursday, 25 June 2020 to Sunday, 02 August 2020.

Where Is It?

The exhibition will be showcased on the Melrose Gallery website, as well as the National Arts Festival online platform.

How Much Is It?

The exhibition is free to view.

For More Information

Visit www.themelrosegallery.com for more information. Join the conversation on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

Details: (Tel) +27 (0)837 776 644 | [email protected]

What Is It?

The Goodman Gallery presents the How To Disappear Group Exhibition - showcasing the work of some of South Africa's most acclaimed visual masters, as well as international artists, including Broomberg & Chanarin, David Goldblatt, Ewa Nowak, Hyun-Sook Song, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Ja'Tovia Gary, Jeremy Wafer, Kahlil Joseph, Mary Wafer and Mounir Fatmi.

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The How To Disappear Group Exhibition examines the influence of pervasive surveillance and remote technology in contemporary society. Through various mediums and practices, this group of artists provides reflexive commentary on these issues, offering the spectator the chance to engage and re-imagine their own self-hood in modern society.

This exhibition will run at the Goodman Gallery for a limited season, so don't miss out!

When Is It?

Th exhibition opens on Saturday, 14 March 2020 from 11:00 - 16:00. It will then run until 11 April 2020. 

Where Is It?

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the gallery is free.

For More Information

Visit the Goodman Gallery's website for more information, or give them a follow on social media:

Facebook - www.facebook.com/GoodmanGallery

Twitter - www.twitter.com/Goodman_Gallery

Instagram -www.instagram.com/goodman_gallery

Details: +27 (0)11 788 1113 | [email protected]

What Is It?

The Lizamore and Associates Gallery in Parkhurst presents Karin Preller's latest exhibition 'Almost no memory' this March.

In 'Almost no memory', Karin Preller engages her personal archive of photographs, in paintings that are as much about memory as the condition of forgetting/the erasure of memory. The exhibition reflects Preller’s continued interest in personal photographic archives, made public in paintings refracted through the prism of the past and the camera’s lens.

In her new works, more so than in previous work, the ephemerality of memory is made visible by her handling of paint; by figures that merge with the background, by the erasure of details that echo the erasure of memory. The title of the exhibition, 'Almost no memory', implies something of the elusiveness of memory and the spectral, haunting nature of the photograph.

Don't miss this exhibition!

When Is It?

The exhibition opens on Thursday, 05 March 2020 at 18:00 - 21:00. It will then run until 28 March 2020.

Where Is It?

Lizamore & Assoc. Gallery, 142 Jan Smuts Ave, 2193 Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the gallery is free of charge. 

For more information

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Details: 011 880 8802 | [email protected]

What Is It?

The exact geneses and imagery of the works remain undetermined, although they are believed to have been produced and/or designed in Paris during the sixteenth century, and are now classified as canonical works from the late Middle Ages/early Renaissance. Findlay says her paintings are about everything, the sky and the earth under it. They are about here and now as well as then. This surprising exhibition began as a reinterpretation a famously cryptic series, but it expands beyond those works into the heavens, into an esoteric realm of history.

When Is It?

Thursday, 20 February 2020 at 18:00 - 21:00.

Where Is It?

Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg, 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Not communicated.

For More Information

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What Is It?

The exhibition shows animation techniques usually not visible to the audience in real-time, and through that the joy of being an animator. Join in and see animations slowed down using the 19th century techniques of motion analysis until animation techniques like 'squash and stretch' and the use of multiples are revealed. It'll be interesting especially if this is just your kind of vibe.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 at 18:30 - 20:00.

Where Is It?

Wits Art Museum, University Corner, Corner of Bertha and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Not mentioned.

For More Information

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What Is It?

The Kalashnikovv Gallery in Braamfontein presents their first show for the 2020 season - 'Shadows of my Freedom' by Lazi Mathebula. After becoming disillusioned with the creative industry in 2018, Lazi Mathebula sought a new way to communicate their talents. 'Shadows of my Freedom' is the culmination of this journey, presenting their work in a new light, but with the same skill and character as always. Don't miss out on this exciting showcase right in the heart of the city!

When Is It?

Saturday, 18 January 2020 at 12:00 - 16:00.

Where Is It?

Kalashnikovv Gallery, 77 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the gallery is free.

For more information

Follow the Kalashnikovv Gallery on Facebook for more information about this event and other upcoming exhibitions.

Details: 065 021 2119 | [email protected] | kalashnikovv.co.za

What Is It?

The Stevenson Gallery presents artist Dada Khanyisa in their first solo exhibition in the city this February. Titled 'Good Feelings, the exhibition of work explores elements of culture, community and personhood. Replacing the subject with object spaces in their work, Dada Khanyisa offers an introspective comment on the duality between individuality and togetherness. See the exhibition before it closes!

When Is It?

The exhibition opens on Saturday, 01 February 2020.

Where Is It?

Stevenson Gallery, 46 7th Avenue, Parkview, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the gallery is free.

For more information 

Visit this website for more information. Alternatively, you can follow the Stevenson Gallery on Facebook for updates on events and exhibitions.

Details: [email protected]

What Is It?

Car enthusiasm meets art this November at the BMW Gallery in Braamfontein. Join them for a unique First Thursday collaboration with Swiss origami master, Sipho Mabona. Discover The 1 as the new BMW 1 Series takes centre stage in this memorable gallery experience. Don't miss it. 

Also, visitors at the gallery who book a test drive in The 1, will stand a chance to win a R1 000 Superbalist voucher!

Competition Ts&Cs

When Is It?

The exhibition runs from Friday, 08 November 2019 - Thursday, 05 December 2019.

Gallery open times:

Upcoming First Thursday is set for Thursday, 05 December 2019 from 14:00 - 22:00.

Where Is It?

155 Smit Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. 

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free.

For More Information

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What Is It?

The Reg Seth Art Gallery invite you to kick off your festive season celebrations at their art and wine evening. Come and mingle with fellow art lovers. The gallery will take you down memory lane with their retro-inspired artworks. One lucky guest will also win a piece of art worth R6,000! Your ticket includes wine, snacks and the chance to make new art-loving friends. Don't miss out.

When Is It?

Thursday, 21 November 2019 from 18:30-22:30.

Where Is It?

Reg Seth Art Gallery, Fairland Walk, Beyers Naude and Wilson Street, Randburg, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 per person. Email the gallery on [email protected] to book yours.

For more information

Follow them on Facebook for more information or call them on 067 729 6916.

What Is It?

The Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation invite Joburg art lovers to the inaugural On Main Road Public Art Exhibition this November. In celebrating its 15th anniversary, this dedicated NGO will host an exhibition themed to speak to its purpose: fostering an inclusive, empowered society. Showcasing the work of emerging and established fine artists, crafters, photographers and designers.

The On Main Road Public Art Exhibition makes for a thoughtful interrogation of the “main road” that divides us, that connects us, and that defines the aspiration and terms of an inclusive society. Through this exhibition, art contributes uniquely to the national discussion on inequality, inclusion/exclusion, cohesion/fragmentation, borders and boundaries. Entrance is free, so you really have no excuse to miss it.

Here are some of the participating artists at the On Main Road Public Art Exhibition:

Among the works on display are two photographic works by 14-year old Unathi Nkuna and Molly Lebea from Sitjwetla informal settlement near Alexandra township.

"Their works challenge one-dimensional representations of informal settlement communities," CEO of the Foundation, Mmabatho Maboya, said. "This exhibition relates to our purpose, which is to foster an inclusive society, and we aim for it to contribute to the national conversation on this important matter," she further shared.

Be part of the change by coming out to support the talent of these young artists.

When Is It?

Thursday, 21 November 2019 - Sunday, 15 December 2019. 

Where Is It?

Constitution Hill The Women's Jail, 11 Kotze Road, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Free entrance.

For more information

Follow the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation on Facebook for more information.

Details: (0)11 592 6560

Kendell Geers - The Mystic Artist

South African born Belgian artist, Kendell Geers presents his latest body of work titled In Gozi We Trust at the Goodman Gallery this November. Returning to his hometown Johannesburg, Geers mediates on the perceptions of the city and the element of physical danger that comes with living here. Geers has long been a front runner for altering ideas around the global South. His work navigates Afrikaner identity, landscape and Shamanistic principles, creating a syncretic approach to art that weaves together diverse Afro-European traditions.

Describing himself as an "AniMystikAKtivist", Geers believes that art has the power to change the world, one perception at a time. Returning to the Goodman Gallery for his sixth solo exhibition, he seeks to create new dialogues around the paradoxical relationship he and many others have with the city of Johannesburg.

Kendell Geers

Danger/ In Jozi We Trust

In Gozi We Trust presents a dynamic translation of the Nguni word for 'danger'. It also plays on the phrase 'In God We Trust'. Replacing the icon of a higher power with the eclectic Jozi (Johannesburg) city scape environment. A subtle reference to William Kentridge’s animation Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City After Paris (1989), this play on words is typical of Geers’ trickster sensibilities. The exhibition thus examines the role that threat and danger play in the construction of Johannesburg’s identity. It also provides a means for expressing the consoling habit of finding comfort through the beauty of art. 

"In Gozi We Trust blends the emotional geography of suburban paranoia with the very real dangers that make Johannesburg one of the most psychologically complex cities in the world to feel safe,” says Geers. “The comfort zones of security fences and lavish décor are thrown up against the border that is at once freedom on the one side and a prison on the other.

"In Gozi We Trust is a resurrection of spirit through an invocation of nature," Geers explains. "Pierneef painted the landscape without people because he was a prisoner of his perception. This exhibition is a return to the traditions of still life and landscape painting, in which conceptual language is flipped on its head with a conceptual-expressionist twist."

What Is It?

Digging into his Afrikaans roots, Geers questions the landscape traditions that began with Pierneef by resurrecting dead Acacia trees in the Kruger Park as Yggdrasil, the mythological world tree. The dead tree is both symptomatic of climate change and a spiritual call to arms. Inspired by shamanic practices as much as by the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, In Gozi We Trust is a resurrection of spirit through an invocation of nature.

Don't miss out on seeing these intriguing artworks for yourself at the Goodman Gallery.

When Is It?

The exhibition opens on Saturday, 23 November 2019. It runs until Saturday, 18 January 2020.

Gallery opening times:

Tuesday to Friday at 09:30 - 17:30

Saturday & Sunday at 09:30 - 16:30

Where Is It?

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the gallery is free.

For More Information

Visit the Goodman gallery website for more information - www.goodman-gallery.com.

You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 Details: +27 (0)11 788 1113 | [email protected]

A Cohan-esque Endeavor 

There is an incredibly distinct aesthetic about Steven Cohen's work. Using repetitive iconography such as butterfly wings, pointe shoes, chandeliers and false eyelashes, Cohen subverts cultural norms. Born in 1962, Steven Cohen is one of South Africa's foremost intervention artists. Inserting himself into the public realm, his performances are both uncanny and visually stunning.

Steven Cohen presents his fourth exhibition with the Stevenson Gallery this November. His previous body of work showcased in 2017, titled put your heart under your feet...and walk!was a resounding success. Dealing with the aftermath of the death of his longtime partner and collaborator, Elu Kiesler, this marked Cohen's first solo exhibition at the Johannesburg gallery.

Steven Cohen

"put your heart under your feet...and walk!"

Cohen is now back at the Stevenson, bringing audiences an intimate series of self-portraits titled There's Glitter In My Soup! Taking up residence at the gallery for three months, this exhibition is a must-see. Undoubtedly, one of Cohen's most introspective showcases, There's Glitter In My Soup reflects on an outstanding life and career by one of our country's most prolific artists. If you have never seen a Cohen exhibition, then let this be your introduction to his mad, quirky self-made world.

The Story Behind The Glitter

Those familiar with Cohen's work will know the importance of makeup and costume in his performances. His new series of self-portraits are crafted using the makeup right off of his face. An extension of his 30 year performance practice, this exhibition stands as a testament to memory. Incorporating his instantly recognisable iconography, including those beautiful butterfly wings, into these portraits. Cohen presents the image of his own face as something both outside of himself and inhabited.

The story behind There's Glitter In My Soup begins over a decade ago. Cohen explains:

"The birth of this idea to remove my makeup with adhesive tape came at an elegant museum supper one night 10 years ago, with an accusing glare followed by a rebuke from across the dinner table: ‘There’s glitter in my soup!’

I had just finished performing. I was embarrassed. In my bag, I had a roll of duct tape, and I used it there and then to remove the glittered makeup from my face. It was efficient. There is a real relief in peeling off the eyelashes – eyelashes are pointe shoes for the eyes. After that, the breakdown of the makeup using pressure-sensitive adhesive tape became part of my post-performance ritual."

Cohen thus imagines this new body of work as a palimpsest of sorts - a reconstruction of something that was once part of his skin. By literally ripping off his own cosmetic character, Cohen presents his audiences with an alternate version of himself. Looking out from beneath the mask, he reveals his most fragile state. With such a drastic breakaway from his usual outward attack on society, this may just be Cohen's most vulnerable body of work yet.

When Is It?

The exhibition opens on Saturday, 09 November 2019 at 10:00. It will be showcased until Friday, 24 January 2020.

Gallery opening times:

Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 17:00

Saturday: 10:00 - 13:00

Where Is It?

Stevenson Gallery, 46 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the gallery is free.

For More Information

Visit the Stevenson Gallery website for more information about Steven Cohen and the exhibition. You can also follow the gallery on social media for further event updates:

Facebook: facebook.com/Stevenson-162261250506912

Instagram: instagram.com/stevenson_za

Twitter: twitter.com/Stevenson_ZA

Details: +27 (0)11 403 1055 | [email protected]

What Is It?

Come and enjoy the highly anticipated solo exhibition of Kelly Higgs' beautiful botanical artwork. On show for a week at the Woolworths Court in Hyde Park, this exhibition promises to be a celebration of all things floral. Featuring exquisite original paintings by Kelly Higgs and a selection of limited edition prints. These will all be available to view and purchase, so be sure to bring your wallets!

When Is It?

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 - Monday, 18 November 2019.

Where Is It?

Hyde Park Shopping Centre, Jan Smuts Ave & William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Free.

For more information

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Details: kellyhiggs.com | +2779 600 8030 | [email protected]

What Is It?

IBI Artworx gallery invite you to the opening of 'Until Love Makes Sense' - the latest body of work by artist Layziehound.

This five day exhibit at the Gerard Sekoto Gallery includes cheese and wine evenings, where you will be able to mingle with like-minded art lovers and meet the artist himself.

Layziehound plays with the theme of love in all his work. Exploring how we feel, how different relationships function and how we steer ourselves forward in the modern day in our love relationships. Layziehound is a young, upcoming artist who incorporates text and poetry into his artwork. 'Until Love Makes Sense' promises to be highly engaging and thought-provoking, so don't miss it.

When Is It?

Opening nights:

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, Thursday, 17 October 2019 & Friday, 18 October 2019 at 18:00 - 20:00 (with cheese and wine.)

Saturday, 19 October 2019 at 10:00 - 13:00.

Where Is It?

Gerard Sekoto Gallery, Alliance Française Johannesburg, Cnr Kerry Rd & Lower Park Drive, Parkview, Randburg, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free.

For more information

Visit the IBI Artworx website. Or, follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/IBI-ART-267326863458514

Instagram - instagram.com/isagesseau

Contact Isa Gesseau on 011 3271845 / 083 6004030 or via email at [email protected] for more information.

What Is It?

WITS Art Museum presents the "Broken Land" exhibition by Daylin Paul this October.

In "Broken Land", photographer and journalist Daylin Paul investigates the impact of Mpumalanga’s fuel-burning coal stations on the local population, farming community and economy. Featuring works from his ongoing documentary that won the Ernest Cole Photographic Award in 2017, the exhibition goes beyond documenting the cost of extracting and burning coal to “personalizing the experience of the local people who are on the front lines of this crisis.”

Don't miss the exhibition opening!

When Is It?

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 at 18:30 - 20:00.

Where Is It?

WITS Art Museum, Cnr Jorissen & Bertha Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free.

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on Facebook.

Contact WAM on 011 717 1365 | [email protected]

What Is It?

The Stevenson Gallery presents 'Objects of Desire, Addendum', by Meleko Mokgosi. This will be his second solo exhibition with the gallery and his first in Johannesburg.

'Objects of Desire, Addendum' exists as a postscript to Mokgosi’s acclaimed, long-standing visual essay, 'Democratic Intuition'. This essay questioned how artists may approach the conceptual promises of democracy, in relation to the daily lived experiences of the subjects that occupy southern Africa.

The exhibition examines the contemporary African object, with the aim of challenging the legacy of African art as a tool for modernists in developing their own methodologies. Interspersed between the paintings of objects, Mokgosi presents texts taken from MoMA’s authorial labels for Primitivism and Objects of Desire, overlaid with his own annotations and research.

Be sure to see the exhibition at the Stevenson Gallery before it closes in October.

When Is It?

The exhibition opens on Saturday, 07 September 2019 at 10:00. It then runs until Friday, 25 October 2019.

Gallery opening times:

Monday to Friday at 09:00 - 17:00

Saturday from 10:00 - 13:00

Where Is It?

Stevenson Gallery, 46 7th Avenue, Parktown North,art exhibition Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the gallery is free.

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/Stevenson.Gallery

Instagram - instagram.com/stevenson_za

Contact them on 011 403 1055 or via email at [email protected]

Put together by the The Melrose Gallery, South Africa's largest sculpture exhibition returns to Melrose Arch for the third year in a row. SculptX 2019 will take place from 30 August to 29 September.

What Is SculptX 2019?

Over 200 artworks created by more than 90 established and emerging local sculptors will be showcased in numerous indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the Melrose Arch Precinct, creating a meander route throughout the precinct. Spaces to visit are not limited to sidewalks and the retail galleria, but include The Melrose Gallery itself, the luxurious Daytona showroom, Stanlib, the African Pride Hotel and Letsema Holdings.

SculptX was formed by The Melrose Gallery, in association with Melrose Arch, to provide a valuable platform to promote sculpture art and sculptors to those who live, work and play in the precinct, as well as art collectors and enthusiasts in general. SculptX provides emerging sculptors with the opportunity to exhibit alongside some of our most established artists, which is often not the case.

SculptX

The Sculptors

Participating artists include such notables as Noria Mabasa, Willie Bester, Pitika Ntuli, Vusi Khumalo, Wilma Cruise, Gordon Froud, Adejoke Tugbiyele and Strijdom van der Merwe, among numerous others.

Megan Theunissen and Ruzy Rusike, the curators, have considered more than 350 works in order to select over 200 sculptures for showcase this year. These come from different cities throughout South Africa and include numerous mediums ranging from bronze, steel, found objects and stone to wood, crystal, glass, grass, fibre glass, carbon fibre and even virtual reality.

“This fair is quite an assault on the senses, but in an extremely stimulating and positive way. To see so many sculptures in one area representing so many different media and styles is very rare and has proven extremely popular, consistently attracting a large crowd of artists, art collectors, art enthusiasts and media alike”, Craig Mark – The Melrose Gallery director.

SculptX

Sculptures In Conversation

The Fair is accompanied by the ‘Sculpture Dialogues’ which consist of a panel discussion involving experts who will discuss issues of pertinence to sculpture in Africa.

The Melrose Gallery has put a lot of effort into sourcing female and young artists from the previously disadvantaged communities to give them the benefit of this valuable platform as they are often overlooked and under-represented in this genre.

Education also plays an integral role in SculptX 2019, both for emerging sculptors who have the opportunity to hone their practice and to learn from so many different mediums and styles, and the public by making sculpture more accessible.

“SculptX 2019 is a testament to the increasing number of talented sculptors who are working with a diversity of materials, new mechanisms and technologies that are testing their production and creativity, the growing demand for sculpture from local and international collectors seeking powerful Pan-African narratives and a desire to encourage the continued growth of the genre within South Africa and the African continent at large”, say curators Megan Theunissen and Ruzy Rusike

What Is It?

August House is affectionately known as "the artists playground" by local artists. That's because this exclusive art building in New Doornfontein provides independent artists with a unique platform. Not only can they exhibit their work, but they are able to make a profit too! As a bonus, August House has a 15 year  history on the Joburg art scene. This five storey, classic 1940's industrial building houses in private studios the largest community of pan African fine artists under one roof.

Historically at August House, ‘Open Studio’ exhibitions have provided a platform for art followers and buyers to meet and get to know artists up close and personally in their private art studio spaces. These events also give art lovers the opportunity to buy art directly from the artists at affordable prices – a great opportunity for locals to collect and invest in local contemporary art. So, come and join August House for their September Open Studio edition. This event promises to be a highlight on the fringe Joburg art scene, part of the greater Joburg art week.

August House Open Studios will be hosting over 50 artists selling their art from their private studio's. Come and get up close and personal with artists and their work. Sushi, drinks and coffee will be on sale to keep you refreshed throughout the event.

Participating artists in the September Open Studio include:

Vusi Beauchamp, Lindo Zwane, Sifiso Temba, Andile Bhala, Arlindo Maunde, Petros Mwenga, Jan Maanda Tshikuthula, Sizwe Khoza, Kealeboga Tlalang, Siphiwe Makgoka and Patrick Seruwu.

When Is It?

Sunday, 08 September 2019 at 10:30.

Where Is It?

August House, 76 End street Doornfontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the studio is free. 

For more information

Visit their website for more information. You can also give them a follow on social media for event updates:

Facebook -facebook.com/augusthouse76

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Contact them via email at [email protected]

What Is It?

Underline Projects and the Museum of African Design presented the inaugural Underline Show 2019 this September. Bringing you four days of artistic excellence right in the heart of the city - how could you miss it?

The Underline Show is a new annual exhibition and curatorial platform in Johannesburg. Dedicated to supporting independent voices in contemporary art. The Underline Show is founded by curators, through a combination of private and public partnerships. Offering curators and artists opportunities to present an exhibition within a larger curated show.

The inaugural edition opens to the public in September 2019 at the Museum of African Design (MOAD) in Maboneng. The space has been generously provided by the GSA (Graduate School of Architecture) at the University of Johannesburg. There will be over 22 projects on show, ranging from curated, performance and site-specific installations. Underline 2019 is a must-attend, so get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Thursday, 12 September 2019 - Sunday, 15 September 2019 from 12:00 - 17:00 daily.

Where Is It?

Museum of African Design, 281 Commissioner Street, Jeppestown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R35 for adults. Students and pensioners enter free of charge.

Book your tickets here!

For more information

Visit their website for more information. Or, follow them on Facebook:

facebook.com/underlineprojects

Contact them on [email protected]

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