Openings This Week: Cape Town | An Illustration Sale, A Bicycle Frame Exhibition and First Thursdays

This week is the first First Thursdays of the year, and the galleries in Cape Town are buzzing.   Here’s a list of the openings you can’t miss:   Wednesday, 5 February   The Art of Samuel Bak: A Retrospective exhibition walk-abouts, led by Dr Ute Ben Josef, begin at The South African Jewish Museum.   Screen Shot 2014-01-29 at 12.49.15 PM  

February marks the final month of our Samuel Bak exhibition and we’ll host a guided walk-about of the exhibition every Wednesday during February at 11am. The walk-about is led by Dr Ute  Ben Josef who worked with the artist on the exhibition and who wrote the exhibition catalogue.

  88 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town.   The Art of Samuel Bak: A Retrospective runs until 28 February 2014.   More info here.   –   Thursday, 6 February   Take Me Home, an illustration exhibition and print sale hosted by us, opens at the Secret Courtyard.   003 copy  
Presenting Take Me Home: the 1st in a series of events (exhibitions – food jams – show&tell design talks – art sales) that we’ll be hosting this year. We’re joining the ranks of the after hours art crowd this First Thursday to bring you an all-illustration exhibition where everything is for sale. 21 illustrations, with limited editions of 10 prints each.
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Artists include Kirsten Sims, The Motel, Katrin Coetzer, Bruce Mackay, Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Renee Rossouw, Gerhard Human, Nicole Liebenberg, Gregory Wylde, Warwick Kay, Amber Smith, Andy Wyeth, Andrés Pallavicini, Catherine Holtzhausen, Inus Pretorius, Ben Grib, Stephan van Wyk, Matthew Bradley, Annika de Korte and Mieke van der Merwe.
  Enjoy wine from Spier and a bite from food stalls in the courtyard while you view (shop) the works on show.   Spier Secret Courtyard, 64a Wale Street, Cape Town from 5pm – 9pm.   We’ll have a card machine but cash is quicker!   See the Facebook Event here for more info.   –   Fencing and the Pencil, a solo exhibition by sculptor Daniel Blom, opens at Commune 1.   Daniel Blom_Wolf 2013LR  
The exhibition title, fencing and the pencil, alludes to the duality contained within each of these closed systems. Blom’s exhibition consists of seven installations. These installations are conceptually independent from one another and function as self-contained closed systems. Within each of these divisions exists a projecting or piercing object; fencing foil, pencil or horn. The codpiece acts as a pivotal point, both physically and conceptually; it acts to protect and contain.
  64 Wale Street, Cape Town.   Go here for more info.   –   Helen Joseph’s solo exhibition opens at StateoftheART   Where do all the dead birds fall by Helen Joseph oil on canvas 100 x 150cm  
StateoftheART Gallery is delighted to bring selected works by Johannesburg artist Helen Joseph to Cape Town. Helen’s latest series of paintings are not about the people or figures represented, but about colour and freedom. The paintings depend on drawing for architecture, most of which is  then lost in the process of adding veils of colour in oil on the canvas. “The paintings create themselves” says Helen. “It’s very exciting because you don’t know the end result. It’s also very liberating”
  StateoftheART Gallery, 61 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town   Exhibition runs February 6 – March 31   Go here for more info.   –   Living just enough, a photography exhibition by Kutlwano Moagi and Mack Magagane, opens in Room 1 at Brundyn+  
By Mack Magagane
By Mack Magagane
 
The title is a refrain from Stevie Wonder’s hit song “Living For The City” from his seminal album Innervisions. The recording plots the migration of a young African-American man from rural Mississippi to the skyscrapers of New York and the struggles he encounters in its inner city. Wonder’s lyrics touch on issues of race, migration and the ‘hustle’ many marginalised young black men face in the United States. In distinct ways Magagane and Moagi’s work speak to similar themes in responding to the politics of inner city Johannesburg. Living just enough comments on the excesses of Johannesburg’s gold rush past and apartheid industrial might in sharp contrast to the often desperate economic realities of its present day inner city.
 
By Kutlwano Moagi
By Kutlwano Moagi
  First Floor, ORO Africa Building, 170 Buitengracht St, Cape Town at 6pm.   –   Nihiliphobia [Expeditions into the Unknown #1-15], a solo exhibition by Carla Liesching opens in Room 2 at Brundyn+   nicole  
Taking a fear of nothingness as its conceptual starting point, Nihiliphobia documents an imagined landscape through which Liesching explores the play between geography, identity and the construction of meaning.
  First Floor, ORO Africa Building, 170 Buitengracht St, Cape Town at 6pm.   Go here for more info.   –   This is Where I leave You, a solo exhibition by Gabrielle Alberts, opens in Room 3 at Brundyn+   sleep  
The miniature installations in the exhibition investigate the spectacle of and fascination with crime scenes through its representation in media, literature and television series. The ability to visualise or imagine a crime narrative from an inanimate object is central to Alberts’ work. The work focuses on creating perceptions (of crime) by not portraying crime in action but rather the insinuation thereof. The miniatures create an immersive reality for the viewer. Through a method of suggestion, the viewer questions their tendency to assume that a crime of sorts has been committed.
  First Floor, ORO Africa Building, 170 Buitengracht St, Cape Town at 6pm.   Go here for more info.   –   Group Show I: 2014, a group photography exhibition opens at EBONY   Daniel-Naude  
The 3rd iJusi Portfolio – ‘South African Photographs’ which features artists David Goldblatt, Zanele Muholi, Mikhael Subotzky, Roger Ballen, Jo Ractliffe , Daniel Naude, Nadine Hutton, Jabulani Patrick, Sabelo Mlangeni and Pieter Hugo. Also on show prints and original work by Cecil Skotnes, Colbert Mashile, JPHM Murray and more.
  67 Loop Street   Exhibition runs 6 February – 4 March   Go here for more info.   –   South African Bicycle Builders, an exhibition of locally built bicycle frames curated by Nic Grobler & Stan Engelbrecht opens at SAM (South African Market)   SA_bicyclebuilders1  
Most people, even South African bicycle enthusiasts, don’t know that we used to have a burgeoning local frame building movement. Le Jeune, Alpina, Hansom, Du Toit – to name a few – are very commonly seen vintage brands on South Africa’s roads, and all share a proud locally-built heritage. This small exhibition will showcase a number of these classic bicycles that come from the private collections of a few South African friends.
  107 Bree Street   –   Saturday, 8 February   What’s Going On?, a group exhibition opens at Lovell Gallery.   frc  
This group exhibition that visually invokes societal consciousness. Co-curated by Kefiloe Siwisa and Tamzin Lovell Miller, the group exhibition includes artworks by Benon Lutaaya, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Emma Willemse, Helena Parsons, Neva Duncan, Vivien Kohler, Neville Petersen, Neill Wright.
  139 Albert Road, Woodstock 11am – 2pm.   Exhibition runs 8 February – 4 April.   Go here for more info.   –    

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