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David Goldblatt wins ICP Infinity Lifetime Achievement award

The International Center of Photography (ICP) recognised David Goldblatt for the Lifetime Achievement award at the 29th Annual Infinity Awards gala event on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. Goldblatt has produced numerous books and museum exhibitions of his work. His work was included in ICP’s exhibition, The Rise and Fall of Apartheid.

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Joel Andrianomearisoa, mounir fatmi, Kendell Geers & David Goldblatt at The Menil Collection

Bringing together the work of over twenty artists – including Joel Andrianomearisoa, mounir fatmi, Kendell Geers and David Goldblatt – The Progress of Love at The Menil Collection in Houston considered how technology, economic systems, and other forces have shaped ideas about love and their expression. In doing so, the exhibition seeks to ask what part of love is universal? What part is timeless and what is a cultural construct? The exhibition ran from 2 December 2012 to 17 March 2013.

David Goldblatt at Barbican Art Gallery

Photographs by David Goldblatt featured on the exhibition Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. This major photography exhibition surveyed the medium from an international perspective, and, as well as Goldblatt, included renowned photographers such as Bruce Davidson, William Eggleston, Boris Mikhailov, Raghubir Singh and Shomei Tomatsu.

Kate Bush, Head of Art Galleries for the Barbican Centre, spent a week of research in South African with Goldblatt in preparation for the show. Both Goldblatt and Bush decided to revisit his major series of the 1960s and 1970s, from On the Mines to Some Afrikaners Photographed, and In Boksburg. The selection includes rarely exhibited works.

“Over five decades, Goldblatt has created arguably one of the most important bodies of documentary photography in the history of the medium,” states the Barbican website in its explanation of the show. “He has forged a complex, contradictory tableau of South Africa’s fractured society, during and after apartheid.”

David Goldblatt at SFMOMA

The exhibition South Africa in Apartheid and After at the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) examined the work of three photographers — David Goldblatt, Ernest Cole, and Billy Monk.

This exhibition continued SFMOMA’s renowned scholarship in the field of documentary photography, presenting work by photographers who have depicted what they have seen during a vital and difficult period in the recent history of South Africa.

Goldblatt’s book project In Boksburg (1982) portrays a typical suburban white community not far from Johannesburg shaped by what the artist calls “white dreams and white proprieties.” The late Cole, a self-taught black South African photojournalist, documented the other side of the racial divide until he was forced to leave his country in 1966. Recently Goldblatt recovered a group of Cole’s original prints, organised a retrospective tour of the work, and championed an accompanying book project, Ernest Cole, photographer. Selected works from the book — deeply human without a trace of sensationalism — add an important dimension to Goldblatt’s work included here.

Monk was a gregarious self-taught photographer who worked as a bouncer in a rowdy Cape Town nightclub in the 1960s. His work, also recovered and reprinted after his death with assistance from Goldblatt, made a raw and beautiful record of the port city’s racially mixed population. These three groups of pictures will be complemented by a selection of Goldblatt’s post-apartheid photographs.

The exhibition ran from 01 December 2012 – 03 March 2013.

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Press for David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt / Sunday Independent / 17 October

Haunted by the past by Mary Corrigall (2.8 MB)

David Goldblatt / ARTNews / United States of America / 9 April 2012

Things Fall Apartheid by Robin Cebalist (512.1 KB)

David Goldblatt / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / 2-8 November 2012

Exploration of mining taps into rich seams by Rory Bester (623 KB)

David Goldblatt / The Guardian / United Kingdom / 9 November 2012

Feeling the heat: Photography under apartheid by Roger Tooth (131.6 KB)

David Goldblatt / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / 17 September 2010

Shot on the spot by Shaun de Waal (7.4 MB)

David Goldblatt / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / 29 April 2010

David Goldblatt's clear-eyed view of apartheid by Ann Levin (171.7 KB)

David Goldblatt / Marie Claire / South Africa / October 2010

More than black and white by Aspasia Karras (8.1 MB)

David Goldblatt / Sunday Independent / South Africa / 17 October 2010

Haunted by the past by Mary Corrigal (2.8 MB)

David Goldblatt / Sunday Times / South Africa / 26 September 2010

Posers by Sunday Times Lifestyle (5.4 MB)

David Goldblatt / The Jewish Daily Forward / United States / 9 May 2010

A Lens on Apartheid's Haunting Legacy by Donald Weber (5.2 MB)

David Goldblatt / The New York Review / New York / 2 - 19 September 2010

South Africa; The Truth Teller by Joseph Lelyveld (2.5 MB)

David Goldblatt / The Times / South Africa / 8 October 2010

Goldblatt's old and new by Jackie May (1.8 MB)
  • Solo exhibitions

    David Goldblatt / On the Mines

    David Goldblatt / Portraits

    David Goldblatt / TJ: Some things old, some things new and some much the same

    David Goldblatt / Fietas

    Group exhibitions

    C-16: A Group Exhibition





    Joburg Art Fair 2011

    Winter Show

    Winter Show

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