March update on the Joburg art scene

Joel Mpha Dooh’s ‘Untitled “I’m not drunk, I’m just happy” ‘ Photograph Courtesy of Gallery Momo’s invitation

What’s new in the art scene in March? Along with Gerard Batha’s Paintings from the Karoo, Hermann Niebuhr’s exhibition City Chromatic, Views of Johannesburg opened at Everard Read on 8th March.  For a review see http://todoinjoburg.co.za/2012/03/hermann-niebuhrs-city-chromatic-views-of-johannesburg-opens-at-everard-read/.
RosenClaire’s  Immaterial Matters  is on at the Goodman and runs till 24th March. This is the first exhibition in South Africa by the duo of Claire Gavronsky and Rose Shakinovsky since they left the country for Italy in 1985.   Part of Rosenclaire’s aim is to examine the discourse of art history through their art making . This does perhaps present interesting contradictions in that artists as creative beings tend to look forward and construct visual texts, as opposed to historians who attempt to look at existing production and frame, comment on, and contextualize this creative work.  Have just come across a wonderful quote which encapsulates those who are cynical of art history:  ‘Writing about art is like dancing about architecture.’ !   So Rosenclaire’s starting point might turn the relationship between art historical production and contemproary art making on its head … but for sure contradictions still abound.    James Delaney’s Exhibition Creation: the Discovery of the Ancient  shows at In Toto in Birdhaven until 10th April.    Opening at Gallery Momo on 15th March (until 16th April) is Joël Mpah Dooh Let’s take a walk!   Further afield in Joburg central :  On Friday 16th March at 19.00 Trinity Session and Hobbs/Neustatter celebrate a decade of Collaboration with the opening of their exhibition 10 years on Air at the Maboneng precinct.   Showing his amazing jewellry at Unity Gallery until 1st April is Mthakathi Prince of Newtown – what a great poster. See http://www.jhblive.com/events/art/mthakathi_prince_of_newtown/98363   and http://www.jhblive.com/reviews/art/prince_of_newtown_%27s_studio/97865 Candice Breitz, who has just  joined Goodman’s stable continues to show at the Standard Bank Gallery until 5th April.  On 22nd March the Regional Finalists (Johannesburg) of Absa L’Atelier 2012 will be announced.

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  1. Cav. Andre Martinaglia
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    ”It would be wise as far as the arts and culture are concerned to keep in touch with the ”Italian Consulate General” in Johannesburg. There are interesting events taking place during the year to which other communities are also invited. My work in regard to the ”History of the Italians in South Africa”, can be found on Andre Martinaglia -”Google”.This also includes the discovery of the Sterkfontein Caves – see ”Guglielmo Martinaglia.

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