STILLNESS and DARK CITY DREAMS by MICHAEL MEYERSFELD | 28 October 2015 to 31 January 2016 | North Gallery
The internationally recognised Johannesburg-based photographer Michael Meyersfeld is exhibiting two of his latest collections of photographs at the Pretoria Art Museum. Meyersfeld’s work schedule revolves around his personal fine art projects and commercial work for the advertising industry, both in South Africa and abroad. With his remarkable use of and play with light, he draws the eye to the mystery beyond the phenomenon. Close to 60 photographs will be on exhibition.
The collection titled Stillness represents a distilled and superbly refined body of work, where Meyersfeld uses a visual language to describe the human condition and prompts the viewer to rethink notions such as fragility, brevity and illusive peace.
Dark City Dreams consists of fifteen staged images that portray the intrinsic hope of Alexandra and furthers Ubuntu, the universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.
FRAGILE HISTORIES, FUGITIVE LIVES by KEITH DIETRICH | 21 October 2015 to 17 January 2016 | South Gallery
Fragile histories, fugitive lives is a compelling body of work by Keith Dietrich conceptualised to draw from our history and engage with current debates and issues. The works are stimulated by the artist’s serious historical research and have a direct relevance to our contemporary attempts to build a cohesive society. Through the interaction between words, images and materials, Dietrich has endeavoured to examine the interplay between histories and social and political differences in South Africa. By so doing, he has attempted to bring about a dialogue between the past and present, and between difference and diversity. As such, the artist believes that this work explores a new way of understanding the world folded into the self.
A STORY OF SOUTH AFRICAN ART | Ongoing | Albert Werth Hall
This selection of artworks from the permanent collection of the Pretoria Art Museum briefly reviews South African art. It includes the works by early 20th century painters, Resistance artists of the 1980s, and artists of the 21st century. The exhibition is based on the secondary school syllabus, and the artworks are rotated regularly.
A selection of ceramics is on display, representing the development of studio ceramics and the work of traditional rural potters in South Africa over the past 30 years. Newly acquired ceramic pieces are added throughout the year.
UMLAMBO UZWIWA NGE DONDOLO, by BAMBO SIBIYA | 19 November to 13 December 2016 | Preiss Hall
Opening: Thursday, 19 November at 18:30
Bambo Sibiya has performed extremely well in South African art competitions in recent years: in 2012 he was a finalist in the Absa L’Atelier top ten awards, and the winner of the prestigious Gerard Sekoto Award, which granted a three month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2013. Working at the the APS Gallery, he has also worked on the large scale linocuts of several leading artists such as William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Norman Catherine and Colbert Mashile.
Rich stylistic detail and textures mark Bambo Sibiya’s linocuts and drypoint works, which seem to give insight into masculine identity and community on the streets of Johannesburg. Sibiya has found inspiration in the social realists – Hogarth’s social allegories, Goya’s Disasters of War and Diane Victor’s Disasters of Peace – and has been strongly engaged with the theme of poverty in his local community, including the role of single mothers as heads of their households. In his current work Sibiya has shifted his focus to the lifestyle that developed around migrant communities.
For enquiries please contact the Alliance Française of Pretoria at 012 343 6563 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite you to make use of our Art Library which houses books on South African Art, African Art, Western Art as well as Crafts and Ceramics. Our library is accessible by appointment from Tuesday to Friday 10:00 to 03:00.
PUBLICATION | LUCAS SITHOLE 1931–1994 – HIGHLIGHTS
Published 21 years after Lucas Sithole passed away and more than 35 years after the first exhibition catalogue was printed in 1979, this publication covers major works in private, corporate and public collections throughout the world, being a brief introduction to 100 selected sculptures.
This publication should be a valuable document for museums, art libraries, researchers, educationalists and galleries. This monograph includes a brief biography, stories and legends about the sculptures of Lucas Sithole, a list of public and institutional collections, selected references and statements about Lucas Sithole, and extracts from the artist’s handwritten private diary from 1985.
The publication is available in South Africa from Clarke’s Bookshop in Cape Town (email@example.com) or from the publisher (the Haenggi Foundation Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org). The ISBN is 978-3-033-04655-9.
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