Don’t miss the major retrospective exhibition of Alexis Preller’s work which opened last night at the Standard Bank Gallery in Joburg CBD. Attended by several hundred people, the exhibition was opened by Esme Berman, well-known researcher on South African art, who co-curated the exhibition with Karel Nel (artist, curator, collector and teacher). Some 60 works construct an historical overview of Preller’s output. and to enrich our understanding of this engimatic artist is a section which deals with material and objects from both Preller’s own personal collection (often quite curio-type), as well as objects from other collections which are similar to those that formed part of his ‘memory-bank’. Accompanying the exhibition is a limited edition double volume book co-authored by Nel and Berman. Published in a very manageable size (some 23 by 26 cm) the books are completely visually seductive, with wonderful juxtapositions of source material and excellent reproductions of Preller’s works. Karel Nel’s extraordinary eye for aesthetic detail is evident in both the exhibition layout and display, as well as his input into Kevin Shentons layout and design of the books.
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