In a career spanning more than two decades, Andrew Tshabangu has established himself as one of the most important photographers of and in contemporary South Africa – Johannesburg, in particular.
Born in Soweto in 1966, Tshabangu inherited the mantle of those artists and journalists whose work documented what curator Thembinkosi Goniwe calls “the bearable lightness of being black in the world”. Yet Tshabangu’s black-and- white photography moves beyond the documentary mode; in his work, realism merges with otherworldly elements. Moreover, the viewer’s engagement with the subject is framed, interrupted, blurred or fragmented as the photographer experiments with ways of seeing and interpreting that much-contested place and time, “post-apartheid South Africa”.
Standard Bank Gallery Cnr Simmonds and Frederick Johannesburg CBD
Centre for the Less Good Idea
4 SHORT PLAYS BY SAMUEL BECKETT DATE: 1 & 2 March 2017 TIME: 7 – 8:30pm VENUE: William Kentridge’s studio at Arts on Main
An evening of 4 short plays performed back to back Not I, Rough for Theatre I, Play and Catastrophe
Directors include Khayelihle Dominique Gumede, William Kentridge, Khutjo Bakunzi-Green and Jemma Kahn
Actors include Patricia Boyer, Tony Miyambo, Hamilton Dlamini, Vanessa Cooke, Zethu Dlomo and Dan Robbertse
Book tickets at: https://lessgoodidea.com/
Founded by William Kentridge in Nov 2016, the Centre aims to nurture artists in finding the less good idea, and creates and supports experimental, collaborative and cross-disciplinary arts projects.
William Kentridge Studio, 245 Main Street, Arts on Main, Maboneng
Daville Baillie Gallery
Based in the ever expanding and exciting Grant Avenue. Its about understanding artists and art buyers alike. We consider the difference between aesthetics and investments, and strive to marry the two.
72 Grant Avenue, Norwood, Johannesburg
The Beauty of Disorder, African City in Motion” @ Agog Gallery (Level 2)
This exhibition and the theme explores the eccentricity, the complexities, the culture and transformation of an African City. This exhibition Features ten artists: Dathini Mzayiya, Happy Dhlame, Kgomotso Neto, Layziehound Coka, Lebohang Motaung, Lindo Zwane, Senzo Shabangu, Sizwe Khoza, Thabo Motseki and Thokozani Mthiyane. The theme is centred around the City, with City inspired pieces that explore unconventional techniques, such as painting on an Estate Agent board, Mixed Media Canvas, Lithography and Multi patterned paintings. These artists compel the viewer to look afresh at the surroundings of their City at large, commenting and examining the challenging aesthetics of the City, how the grit and urban decay can be exploited and made to look beautiful.
The AGOG gallery is located in the heart of the Maboneng Precinct Johannesburg and hosts new and established Contemporary African artists both locally and internationally.
12 Lower Ross Street
The Melrose Gallery
On 2 Mar at 7pm Esther Mahlangu will unveil an important series of paintings that she created in collaboration with Mr Nelson Mandela. Esther created these works by embellishing 6 prints of drawings created by Mr Mandela in her globally acclaimed abstract Ndebele style. The works were created in 2004, and this is the first time that they have been exhibited publicly. The exhibition will also include several other paintings created by Esther. The Melrose Gallery is proud to be hosting this South African icon and her wonderful works in association with The House of Mandela. The exhibition runs until the 2nd April 2017.
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The Melrose Gallery is an exciting art space situated on The High Street of the popular Melrose Arch urban precinct. Regular curated exhibitions showcase works by talented and up and coming artists.