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World On Its Hind Legs at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg

Art Week Joburg will see the unveiling of the installation of World on its Hind Legs at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg. This monumental sculptural work was born out of a long collaboration between William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx, and is based on Kentridge’s drawings for an Italian newspaper in which he addressed the Italian invasion of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) in 1935. The work depicts a world that is both powerful – suggested by the bold stride and the steel structure of the work – and fragile; on the verge of disintegration, but held together by its own volition; fleeing its fate and at the same time, striding towards its destiny. World on its Hind Legs will be unveiled at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg on Tuesday 8 September 2015.

Gerhard Marx headlines in Potch

Gerhard Marx was the 2014 invited Festival Artist at Aardklop in Potchefstroom from 6 – 11 October. The festival fine arts programme included his solo exhibition The Garden at Night at the NWU Hoofgalery on the NorthWest University Campus. The exhibition included new sculpture, and works with inlaid organic material on canvas, as well as new print editions and earlier works from the Garden Carpet series. Marx is also featured on Exact Imagination: 300 years of botanically inspired art in South Africa at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg. Goodman Gallery artists Willem Boshoff and Walter Oltmann also feature on this exhibition, curated by Cyril Coetzee, which is on show until 6 December.

Various artists at the South African Pavilion at Venice Biennale

Works by David Koloane, Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx, Philip Miller, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sue Williamson & Nelisiwe Xaba are featured on the South African Pavilion at the 55th la Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Brenton Maart, the exhibition is titled Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive. The exhibition is presented by the National Arts Festival and funded by the Department of Arts & Culture. The 55th la Biennale di Venezia will take place from 1 June to 24 November 2013.

Life of Bone launches at Origins Centre

Life of bone, both an exhibition and a book, is the fruit of a series of interactions between a group of artists, scientists and writers, whose work has included the consideration of bones. As Joni Brenner, the co-ordinator of the project, explains, “Our explorations mean that we have dealt with issues of human origin, evolution, human consciousness, deep time, lineage, ancestry and belonging.”

Life of bone has created a meeting of art and science in an exhibition, staged at the Origins Centre, where significant palaeoanthropological discoveries are found in dialogue with artistic responses to bones, life, death, past, present and future. The three artists, Joni Brenner, Gerhard Marx and Karel Nel, have each produced a body of work which relate in different ways to the presence and meaning of skulls or bones. The scientists who have engaged with the artists’ work deal with bones in their own disciplines as anthropologists, geneticists and social scientists involved in human rights work. Further responses to the works have come from a writer and a poet.

The exhibition will feature the Taung child skull, one of South Africa’s most treasured finds in a rich hominid heritage, was discovered at Taung in the North West province in 1925. The fossilised skull is that of a young Australopithecus africanus, or “Southern ape of Africa.” Brought to the attention of the world by Raymond Dart, the skull, estimated at 2.5 million years old, points to the fact that this creature and its kind walked upright on two legs. Believed to have been 3 years old at the time of its death, this touching fossil has rarely been on public view. Also on view will be the Border Cave skull –a fossilised, early human skull– and a chimpanzee skull.

The book, Life of bone, published by Wits University Press, will be launched at the exhibition. Life of bone runs from May 5 – 31, 2011. Origins Centre is open seven days a week from 09h00 -1700.

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  • Transparent Territories

    Calligraphy and Cartography

    Depths in Feet

    The Garden Carpet series

  • Solo exhibitions

    Gerhard Marx / Transparent Territories / 2017

    Gerhard Marx / A Geometry of Echoes / 2015

    Gerhard Marx / Lessons in Looking Down / 2013

    Gerhard Marx / Cumulus / 2011

    Group exhibitions

    Summer Show / 2016

    In Context: Where We Are

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Editions / 2013

    Advance/...Notice / 2012

    Summer Show / 2012

    Winter Show / Joburg / 2010

    The Marks We Make / 2010

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    Teaching, Lectureships and Workshop

    Awards and Merits

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  • Press for Gerhard Marx

    Gerhard Marx / IOL Tonight / South Africa / 17 September 2014

    Understanding the world through tactile art by Diane de Beer (56.8 KB)

    Gerhard Marx / Business Day Live / South Africa / 12 December 2013

    Marx's Maps connect the sky to Subterranean in unexpected ways by Chris Thurman (418.7 KB)

    South Africa's exhibition at the Venice Biennale / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / April 19-25 2013

    An imperfect past and its impact on the present by Brent Meersman (306.3 KB)

    Gerhard Marx / Art South Africa / Johannesburg / January 2011

    Cumulus | Art South Africa (53.3 KB)

    Gerhard Marx / / January 2011

    Cumulus | Artforum by Leora Maltz-Leca (121.6 KB)

    Gerhard Marx / Artthrob / South Africa / February 2011

    Cumulus | Renee Holleman | ArtThrob (346.9 KB)

    Gerhard Marx / Die Burger / South Africa / 27 January 2011

    Cumulus | Die Burger by Bettie Lambrecht (39.3 KB)

    Gerhard Marx / Design Magazine / 19 June 2011

    Cumulus review by Gavin Younge (44 KB)