Openings This Week: CT

A list of the art exhibition openings in the Mother City this week which ends with the first ever contemporary Cape Town Art Fair this weekend.


Wednesday, 23 October 2013:


BLOCK, a solo exhibition by Maja Marx opens at Whatiftheworld.


Openings: Maja Marx


BLOCK, is a series of rich, evocative paintings that draw on the capacity that mark making has to construct and carry meaning. The mark can take the form of hand-writing, calligraphy, self-correction, note to self, act of erasure or censure, of the painterly gesture or pictorial illusionism – all acts of surface intervention that are explored using the surface oriented medium of painting.

Marx’s signature minimalist, analytic approach seizes on the simplicity of the mark making process in order to access the abstractions, intangibilities and the visual, as well as subjective immensities, to which the mark acts as vehicle or anchor.


1 Argyle Street (Corner of Argyle & Albert Road), Woodstock.


BLOCK runs 23 October – 23 November 2013.


Go here for more info, or find Whatiftheworld on Facebook.



Peninsula, an exhibition of botanical sculptures by Nic Bladen opens at Everard Read.


Nic Bladen
Daisy sp. in Bronze and Silwer, 22cm high.


Artist Nic Bladen is known for pioneering the process of casting entire plants in bronze and sterling silver to make botanical sculptures. In Peninsula he focuses on the richness of botanical diversity that surrounds his studio, situated in the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest yet richest of the world’s six Floral Kingdoms.


Nic Bladen
Erica Cerinthoides (Fire Heath, Rooihartjies, Bronze and Silwer, 35cm high.


Join them at 18:30 at Everard Read, Cape Town, 3 Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront.


Peninsula runs 23 October – 11 November 2013.


Go here for more info.



Thursday, 24 October 2013:


“I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things…” by Jaco van Schalkwyk opens at Barnard Gallery.




With this exhibition the artist explores the intertwined nature of faith and art. Van Schalkwyk recontextualizes the perpetuation of ritual and allegory to create social cohesion and moral clarity. He depicts imagined visual narratives and biographies to explore the synthesis of flesh and faith.


Join them at 18h00 at Barnard Gallery, 55 Main Street, Newlands. Guest Speaker Dr Paul Bayliss.


“I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things…” runs 24 October – 5 December 2013.


Go here for more info, or find Barnard Gallery on Facebook.



 ‘Curating (South African) Architecture: The Red Location by Jo Noero’ , an exhibition curated by Mia Borman opens at Roodebloem Studios.




The exhibition is curated by Mia Borman as part of her Honours in Curatorship course at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. It attempts to re-examine the relationship between art and architecture by showcasing specific works of The Red Location Precinct project by renowned South African architect Jo Noero from Noero Architects.


Join them 18h00-22h00 at Roodebloem Studios, 27 Roodebloem Road, Cape Town.


Go here for more info.



Friday, 25 October 2013:


Cape Town Art Fair launches at The Lookout in The V&A Waterfront.


CT Art Fair

Art Fair


This is South Africa’s new exhibition of Contemporary Art. Over 40 galleries, and more than 130 artists will be represented at the groundbreaking, anticipated launch of Cape Town Art Fair over the weekend.


Cape Town Art Fair runs the weekend of 25 – 27 October.

Doors open Friday and Saturday 10h00-20h00 , and Sunday 10h00-18h00


Find them on Twitter and Facebook, and go here for more info and the program.


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