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Openings This Week: JHB | 300 years of portraits and the next CreativeMornings talk

This week’s art openings and events include a grand-scale exhibition which charts 300 years of portraits in South Africa, an exhibition by two new artists at a new mobile gallery space, a solo exhibition and this month’s CreativeMornings talk.


Wednesday 25 June 2014


From Sitting to Selfie: 300 years of South African Portraits




This exhibition maps the long tradition of portraiture and its changing use and function in society. From 19th century oil paintings to 21st century video installations, the exhibition raises many interesting questions about how and why people make portraits of themselves and others, and how the reasons for this have changed over time. It’s a visual feast, a richly textured walk through South African art and social history and an opportunity to come face-to-face with those who peopled our past and share our world.


Standard Bank Gallery, Corner Simmonds and Frederick Street

Open daily except Sunday

More info on the Standard Bank Arts site.



Thursday 26 June 2014


Floating World, a solo exhibition by Patricia Driscoll




This is the artist’s third solo exhibition at Gallery MOMO.


Gallery MOMO, 52 7th Avenue Parktown North


More info on the gallery Facebook page.



Containing the Unbalanced, a group show




Stop Sign Art Gallery, a new mobile creative space that is dedicated to supporting and promoting entry level artists presents this group exhibition with artworks by Melissa Bester, a 4th year UJ arts student, and Casper Whiteman, a junior lecturer at UJ.


Stop Sign Art Gallery, 263 Main Street Bizarre, Maboneng


More info on the Facebook event page.




Friday 27 June 2014


CreativeMornings – Nathan Reddy: Make sure it means something




This month’s global CreativeMornings theme is ‘Minimal’, and Nathan Reddy of Grid Worldwide Branding and Design will speak about the driving force behind GRID’s philosophy, “The World doesn’t need another brand”. #Makeitmeansomething


Anti Est. De Beer Street, Braamfontein

8:30 – 10:30 am

The talk is free, but you need to register to reserve your seat.

All the info on the Facebook event page.



Also on a worth a look:


IN CASE OF EMERGENCE (follow the bifurcation), a solo exhibition by Neil le Roux




Artists seldom invert their own practice whereas Neil le Roux has done exactly that. His “Deterministic Chaos Drawings” – a veritable contradiction in terms – are made up of seemingly random, inorganic repetitive marks/lines, but are in effect highly calculated and structured. Recently, however, he has generated “Deterministic Concept Objects”: the drawings are repeated )literally redrawn), and then cut and folded into their geometric three-dimensional sculptural counterparts.


Gallery AOP, 44 Stanley

More info on the gallery website.



No Man’s Land, a group exhibition




An exhibition of artworks by Sonia Dearling, Noelkudo, Nina Torr, and Maaike Bekker.


Wolves, Corlett Drive, Illovo

Open daily

More info on the Wolves blog.


Between 10 and 5