De Arte - Volume 2011, Issue 84, 2011
Volumes & issues
Volume 2011, Issue 84, 2011
Author Bernadette Van HauteSource: De Arte 2011, pp 2 –4 (2011)More Less
This lavishly illustrated issue of de arte presents three research articles, the first of which is written by seasoned art-historian Brenda Schmahmann. It deals with sculpted portraits of Cecil John Rhodes, acquired by Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town in the early twentieth century. The article focuses on the circumstances surrounding the acquisition of the two works and how they have been negotiated in a post-apartheid context.
Bringing Cecil out of the closet : negotiating portraits of Rhodes at two South African universities : researchAuthor Brenda SchmahmannSource: De Arte 2011, pp 7 –30 (2011)More Less
Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town each acquired keynote sculpted portraits of Cecil John Rhodes in the early twentieth century. The focus of this article is on the circumstances surrounding the acquisition of the two works and how they have been negotiated in a post-apartheid context.
Author Lize GroenewaldSource: De Arte 2011, pp 31 –51 (2011)More Less
Plant portraiture has never received good press, yet, perversely, the genre remains one of the most popular and therefore indispensable forms of visual art in the twenty-first century. Despite - or perhaps due to - its popularity, the depiction of plants is under-researched and undervalued by theorists and critics in the arts (Arnold 2001). Arguably, plant portraiture suffers from its inherent charm, its anthropomorphic qualities, and an uncomfortable association with popular ideas of happiness, loyalty and love, and their binary opposites, despair, betrayal and bereavement.
Artist Proof Studio : twenty years of responding to South African transformation imperatives : researchAuthor Kim BermanSource: De Arte 2011, pp 52 –69 (2011)More Less
Artist Proof Studio (APS), a community printmaking studio in Johannesburg, was founded twenty years ago as a response to the challenge of building democracy in post-apartheid South Africa. APS has used multiple strategies to shape the ways in which artists can discover their own capacities as creative voices for change, and the roles artists can assume as agents of change and active participants in the South African democracy.
Comfortably numb : Crump unveiled - a review of the 2011 Alan Crump retrospective exhibition : views and (re)viewsAuthor Paul CooperSource: De Arte 2011, pp 70 –76 (2011)More Less
Alan Crump : A fearless vision. 8 May - 11 June 2011, Johannesburg Art Gallery and 30 June - 9 July 2011, Standard Bank Albany Museum, Grahamstown National Arts Festival.
I have chosen to structure this essay using a series of trigger headings, some provocative and possibly even inflammatory, others more neutral and concerned with getting to the core of what this retrospective and posthumous show is all about. All the while my thinking is to channel a sense (or lack thereof, as it may turn out) of my own experience of his work and person.
Space, ritual, absence : liminality in South African visual art - a review of the UJ colloquium (9-11 March 2011, FADA, University of Johannesburg) : views and (re)viewsAuthor Suzanne ErasmusSource: De Arte 2011, pp 77 –79 (2011)More Less
To address issues around liminality within South African visual culture, James Sey instigated a colloquium titled 'Space, ritual, absence : liminality in South African visual art'. He involved the University of Johannesburg and invited cultural critic and artist, Mieke Bal, and author and lecturer, Ashraf Jamal, as keynote speakers. The colloquium was held from 9-11 March 2011 at the Research Centre : Visual Identities in Art and Design (VIAD), Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
Author Monique VajifdarSource: De Arte 2011, pp 80 –84 (2011)More Less
Life of bone : art meets science. 5-31 May 2011, Origins Centre, Wits University.
The centre has always presented concepts which are forward thinking and challenging, and upon walking into the space around Walther Oltmann's massive woven sculpture of the continent of Africa - poised in the entrance like a guardian elephant - it is clear that one is entering a place of innovation. 'Life of bone : art meets science' was an exhibition held from 5â??31 May 2011 at the Origins Centre, at the University of the Witwatersrand. Though small in size, the exhibition nevertheless packed a big punch.
Author Rachel BaaschSource: De Arte 2011, pp 85 –91 (2011)More Less
On the fringe of the National Arts Festival, at a point of transition between Rhodes University campus and the commercial side of Grahamstown, the walls of a former home and former horse-stable, now a research house,reverberate with the strain of cross-disciplinary, site-specific collaboration. The Arts Lounge made its first official appearance at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival (ViPPA Research Center, Rhodes University) from 30 June to 9 July 2011. The ten-day event was organised by the Visual and Performing Arts of Africa Research (ViPPA) team in collaboration with musicians, artists, writers, performers and members of the public.
Author Federico FreschiSource: De Arte 2011, pp 92 –101 (2011)More Less
Author Marilyn MartinSource: De Arte 2011, pp 102 –104 (2011)More Less
This biography follows on the boxed double-volume collectors' edition on Alexis Preller (Africa : The sun and shadows and Collected images), written by Esmé Berman and Karel Nel, and published by Shelf Publishers in 2009. It accompanied the Preller retrospective held at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg and the Iziko South African National Gallery in 2009 and 2010. In the process of doing the research and reconstructing Preller's life, Berman's biography of the artist grew and it was decided that it could stand alone - in a less expensive, popular version that would be accessible and appeal to art lovers and the general reader alike.
Author Shannen HillSource: De Arte 2011, pp 105 –108 (2011)More Less
Author Melanie HillebrandSource: De Arte 2011, pp 109 –111 (2011)More Less
Curiosity is piqued on many levels in this attractive book. Nel's entire artistic output could well be described as 'curious' - remarkable, bizarre, unusual and intriguing. His way of life could be described as 'curious'. Heis something of an 'odd man out', trained as a painter but not painting in a conventional way. His preference for living in small communities, away from urban centres (the preferred habitat of most contemporary artists) might also be thought of as 'curious'. This book itself is 'curious' in that an intriguing approach has been taken in this latest publication by Stevenson towards his premier (in fact, only) ceramic artist to exhibit at his gallery on a regular basis.
Author Carol BrownSource: De Arte 2011, pp 112 –114 (2011)More Less
The book Signature pieces is a survey catalogue with a collection of essays on the Standard Bank art collection. It is a comprehensive publication giving the viewpoints of respected academics, curators and artists, in nine lavishly illustrated chapters. The book details both the history and the current state of the collection, which has been in existence for forty years.
The lie of the land : Representations of the South African landscape, Michael Godby (Ed.) : book reviewAuthor Annemi ConradieSource: De Arte 2011, pp 115 –118 (2011)More Less
At the crux of Michael Godby's argument, as put forward in The lie of the land : Representations of the South African landscape, is a reality we often overlook in our day-to-day engagement with the land : that land is political and its narratives are never neutral. The compact and attractively illustrated volume, with a preface by Hayden Proud, is divided into two parts. In both the reader is provided with thoroughly contextualised interrogations of the genre of landscape art, a destabilising of the subject/artist's position and an unsettling of the very language employed in the representation of the land.