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Openings This Week: JHB | Visiting Artists, Making Art in a Park, and the Varied Faces of Faust

This week’s art openings and creative events include a group show of emerging and established artists at the Stephan Welz & Co. Studio, American artist Robert Pruitt’s first solo exhibition in South Africa, a fun day of making art in a park, and Johan Thom imagines the various faces of Faust in Africa.


Thursday 19 March 2015 


Voice of the Nation, a group show




A group exhibition of emerging and established artists, aiming to show that a new kind of art making has evolved in South Africa, one which embraces all people irrespective of their race, religion, heritage or belief. This art expresses common concerns in the present and aspiration for the future. The curator, Jessica Deutsch of Arts to Life (NY – London), says “These artworks are what bind a nation together. Many artists feel it is time in South Africa to acknowledge art as fundamental in making us think, explore, and shape the future we would like to have. It is only increased patronage that will allow for more galleries, and that in turn will allow young artists to sustain themselves.”


Stephan Welz & Co. Studio, Shop L38 Nelson Mandela Square, Cnr Maude & 5th Streets, Sandton


More info on the gallery Facebook page. 



Omohle Ntsudu Omnyama, a solo exhibition by Robert Pruitt





This is Pruitt’s first solo exhibition in South Africa. This new body of work, produced while in residency at Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg consists of a series of large portrait drawings of both Americans and South Africans, a number of small collage studies, and an animation. The exhibitions’s title is a rough translation of the American political slogan “Black is Beautiful” into Xhosa.


Gallery MOMO, 52, 7th Avenue, Parktown North


More info on the gallery Facebook page. 



Saturday 21 March 2015


Killarney Pop-up Park Art




Inviting YOU to the Killarney Park. Join us in turning the walkway into a temporary community art project. Chalk supplied, we just need YOU! Bring your family and friends, a picnic and some games, and let’s enjoy our park together.


Killarney park, on 4th Avenue, Killarney


More info on the Facebook event page. 



Also on and worth a look: 


The Devil Made Me Do It, by Johan Thom


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Thom is a multidisciplinary artist, frontrunner of a Now Generation of South African practitioners drawing on dramatic histories while creating self-reflexive journeys. His work encompasses two disparate elements: dark humour and light tragedy. The exhibition will consist of a series titled Faust the African made up dozens of heads cast from a 19th Century bust of Faust, in builder’s foam, and inlaid with found objects making a macabre and carnivalesque gallery of types.


Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood

More info on the gallery website. 


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