Goodman Gallery is one of the most distinguished and long-standing international contemporary art galleries. Founded in 1966 during the era of apartheid it offered a non-discriminatory space – when museums served the agenda of the apartheid government – and was known for politically engaged conceptual art. Today the gallery offers a space for dialogue and socio-political engagement while facilitating an ongoing conversation about freedom of expression.

With spaces in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, the gallery has a significant programme that has shifted from representing only South African artists to including artists from the continent, engaging international artists in a dialogue with the African context, and bringing global African perspectives into its programming.

Since 2008, under the directorship and ownership of Liza Essers, the Goodman Gallery has brought significant international artists to South Africa for the first time. These include Alfredo Jaar, Ghada Amer, Liza Lou, Kara Walker, Jenny Holtzer, Cildo Meireles and Ellen Gallagher. Many of these artists are now represented by Goodman Gallery.

The gallery continues to represent significant South African artists such as Candice Breitz, William Kentridge and David Goldblatt, and is proactive in working with institutions globally to initiate and facilitate retrospective exhibitions. For example, William Kentridge’s Notes Toward A Model Opera is currently travelling to major institutions in South Asia including Ullens Centre, Beijing and National Museum in Korea. A major retrospective of the work of David Goldblatt will be exhibited at the Pompidou Centre in 2017. Goodman Gallery also represents already eminent younger artists including Kudzanai Chiurai, Mikhael Subotzky, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Gabrielle Goliath and Hank Willis Thomas.

The Goodman Gallery programme includes dialogue with the African context. The exhibition series South-South reinforces integration between artists of major centres of the developing world; and Working Title, innitiated in 2008, offers a platform for new and independent production and thinking.
In its five decades the Goodman Gallery has played a vital role in forging change through artistic production and dialogue, as it strives to bring African perspectives to a global audience.

163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg, 2193
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Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday 09h30–17h30, Saturday 09h30–16h00, Closed Monday

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Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday 09h30–17h30, Saturday 09h30–16h00, Closed Monday

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