Gallery News for Robert Hodgins
Robert Hodgins at WAM
The Wits Art Museum (WAM) is to host the long-awaited exhibition of the legacy left to the collection by the late Robert Hodgins. This will be the most extensive exhibition ever of works on paper by the artist, and coincides with the publication by WAM of A Lasting Impression: The Robert Hodgins Print Archive. The exhibition will open on 26 February, and run until 7 April 2013, and provides an opportunity to see a comprehensive survey of the Hodgins’ diverse print output.
Various Artists At Standard Bank Gallery
From Sitting to Selfie: 300 years of South African Portraits at Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg maps the long tradition of portraiture and its changing use and function in society. The exhibition, which opened to the public 25 June 2014, features work by Candice Breitz, Willem Boshoff, Hasan & Husain Essop, David Goldblatt, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, Brett Murray, Walter Oltmann, Mikhael Subotzky, Minnette Vári and Diane Victor amongst others. 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. The exhibition runs until 6 September 2014.
At the end of Robert Hodgins’ long life, he found being ill “just too tedious!” and was frustrated at the fact that “ I cannot paint!” He was involved in The Great Human Drama, right to his last day. He left a legacy of compelling work behind him, which is evident in the exhibition now at Wits Art Museum, a wide survey of his works in print media, and monotype. Take the opportunity to see this show before it closes on 6 April 2013.
Possessed of a mischievous and curious eye with which he critically evaluated the doings of humankind; a lively wit, the sensitivity to include himself in his impressions of our species, and a healthy cynicism, Hodgins was above all the keenest observer of life one could meet. Painting, drawing and printing constantly taught him more about life and the process of producing images. He approached his canvas or paper with feeling and intellect, and found the act of image-making exciting, amusing, but also an intelligent means to understand and examine life, in all its splendour and grossness at once.
This first solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery since his passing in March 2010 presents a full range of his diverse oeuvre, with pencil drawings, prints, a watercolour, tapestry, monoprints, ceramic sculpture and oil painting.
This March, Goodman Gallery Cape presents a group exhibition of work in a wide range of media. Titled Editions, the show brings together photographs, sculpture, video/multimedia works, lithographs, linocuts and photogravures by a variety of South African and international artists, with the common thread that each work forms part of an edition.
Kudzanai Chiurai shows a new film from his Conflict Resolution series, last seen at Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany, as well as a new photograph from the same body of work. New prints by Gerhard Marx and Walter Oltmann find them engaging with etching, lithography and woodblock printing in new and exciting ways.
Alfredo Jaar’s photographs of Serra Pelada, an opencast gold mine dug by human hands in Brazil, are shown as color transparencies mounted in lightboxes, and sit in uneasy relation to Liza Lou’s Gather Forty, a sculpture made from gold-plated beads threaded and bound in a sheaf.
The exhibition also includes new prints by Clive van den Berg and Diane Victor; photographs from Candice Breitz’ recent Extra!, last seen at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and David Goldblatt’s characteristically quiet colour landscapes; and a portfolio of photolithography by Moshekwa Langa.
Also on show is the full series of Robert Hodgins’ experimental Officers and Gents, to coincide with the Wits Art Museum’s exhibition of his print archive; a selection of lithographs from Sam Nhlengethwa’s recent Conversations series; Mikhael Subotzky’s Don’t even think of it, a film made from a series of still photographs shot by the artist in 2004; and a set of 7 photogravures by William Kentridge titled Zeno Writing II.
Goodman Gallery Johannesburg welcomes you to 2012 with Advance/… Notice, an exhibition of new works by a dynamic group of contemporary artists from around the world. As we advance into a new calendar year, this exhibition gives notice of innovations from some of our artists who are already familiar to you, and of our new ventures into an intellectual exchange with artists with whom we are excited to work for the first time. This show will also give audiences a preview of what is to come, as many of the featured artists have solo shows planned for 2012 at Goodman Gallery spaces and other prestigious South African institutions.
Advance/… Notice introduces newly perfected techniques or processes for some of our well-known artists, such as platinum photographic prints by David Goldblatt, and a completely new turn of direction and field of interest for African American artist Hank Willis Thomas, who first exhibited with us on In Context in 2010, as well as for Sigalit Landau, the acclaimed Israeli artist we co-hosted at last year’s Venice Biennale. These international savants are joined by South African artists such as Hasan and Husain Essop, Moshekwa Langa, Mikhael Subotzky, Sue Williamson, William Kentridge, Rosenclaire, and Frances Goodman revealing either brand new works, or works not yet seen in Johannesburg. Also featured are works by Kendell Geers, whose retrospective exhibition will open at IZIKO South African National Gallery in late March 2012.
Our first show of the year seems an apt time to introduce the novel and the unexpected in the work of a number of artists and to also welcome prominent figures including Liza Lou, a world-renowned American now living and working in KwaZulu Natal; South African Candice Breitz, now resident in Berlin; Chilean-born New Yorker Alfredo Jaar; London-based Iranian Reza Aramesh, as well as Carla Busuttil – a young South African artist based in Berlin who is well-established in the United Kingdom, but has never before exhibited in her home country.
Liza Lou presents a work titled Gather Forty, one of a series of forty individual sculptures made from gold-plated beads that have been expertly threaded onto four hundred individual pieces of stainless steel wire and bound in a sheaf – continuing the shift of the beadwork medium from craft to conceptual art. Alfredo Jaar, internationally recognised artist, filmmaker and architect, celebrated for the public interventions he has created all over the world, shows From Time to Time, a panel of nine Time magazine covers focusing on Africa that either feature animals or malnourished Africans – revealing how the rest of the world often encapsulates its second largest continent. Breitz, who opens a major survey of her work titled Extra! at the Standard Bank Gallery this February, presents The Character, a video installation filmed in Mumbai that seeks to understand the role and influence of child characters in mainstream Indian cinema through interviews with a group of young moviegoers. In Action 78, Aramesh uses familiar scenes from news footage of the first Gulf War to restage, re-present and destabilise any easy readings of the conflicts we think we understand. Oil paintings by Busuttil offer a sinisterly-executed perusal of the exploitation of power and cruelty.
We are also very pleased to present for the first time the work of Nelisiwe Xaba, who will be presenting an interactive dance and video collaboration with Mocke J van Veuren at Goodman Gallery Projects in February. The crossover into visual art is exciting new territory for this renowned performer/dancer.
Goodman Gallery hopes you will join us to be inspired, challenged and excited by this exhibition and its promise of advances in the visual arts of South Africa. We trust you will find the exhibition gives notice of an innovative and exciting programme for 2012 in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Lisa Brice | Kudzanai Chiurai | Soly Cissé | Tom Cullberg | Claire Gavronsky | Robert Hodgins | David Koloane | Moshekwa Langa | Minnette Vári
There is an element of uncertainty inherent in the medium of paint – it is a fluid material that allows for various modes of expression, and as such is an ideal starting point for an examination of notions of nebulousness and accident.
Goodman Gallery Cape presents Open End, a group exhibition of paintings by both emerging and established artists that speaks to the element of uncertainty in artistic production and expression, and illustrates a process that seeks to arrive at meaning through search.
In an environment where so much emphasis is placed on work that is conceptually pre-determined, where the work is crafted around and invested with a deliberate and established message or meaning, the show aims to create a space for paintings produced without a clear conceptual starting point, focusing on the wrestle or the hunt for meaning rather than the expression of a packaged and determined project.
It is a simultaneously dangerous and powerful position to work from, unstable and vulnerable on the one hand, but filled with the potential of new and unexplored ideas, of work that is discursive and receptive to chance on the other. The title Open End refers not only to the absence of resolution, but to the very manner in which the work is approached: an embracing of uncertainty – or, to paraphrase Francis Bacon, a courting of accidents – in the search for meaning.
The exhibition will feature new works by Lisa Brice and David Koloane, and a painting created in situ by Kudzanai Chiurai. Tom Cullberg will show a series of abstract, perhaps metaphysical paintings dealing with the tensions that exist between the rational and the chaotic. Two anamorphic landscape-like paintings by Minnette Vári – first seen earlier this year as part of her solo show Parallax at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg – as well as several typically humorous and confrontational works by Moshekwa Langa will be included. Dakar-based artist Soly Cissé will show nine small monochrome paintings deftly straddling the figurative and the abstract, Claire Gavronsky will show an oil painting addressing notions of memory and loss, and several works by the incomparable Robert Hodgins illustrate the flex and the power of the medium.
Robert Hodgins was born in Dulwich, England in 1920. In 1954 he became a Lecturer at the School of Art, Pretoria Technical College, where he remained until 1962. Then he took up a position as Journalist and Critic for Newscheck magazine. Between 1966 and 1983 he was a Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand Fine Art Department. At the end of 1983 he retired to take up painting full-time. Some paintings convey a feeling of deep seriousness and sadness; the paintings depict a sense of confusion that many people experience. However Hodgins believed that being an artist is about creating something new, an artist perfects the art of ingeniously reinventing content within society.
“Being an artist is about putting something into your subject matter that isn’t inherently there,” wrote Hodgins in 2000. “You are not at the mercy of your subject matter, it’s the content, and what you put into it, what you do with it, what extract from it, and what you put it with, that is so exciting. If you are aware of this, then you begin to build on the content of your whole life. Before you know where you are, you’re already thinking about the next work, and you could live to be 300. Paintings can be one-night stands or lifetime love-affairs – you never know until you get cracking”
VODACOM, Cape Town, South Africa
Anglo American, Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Sandton Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand Art Galleries, Johannesburg, South Africa
William Humphries Art Gallery, Kimberley, South Africa
1966-83 Senior Lecturer in painting, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South
1954-62 Lecturer, School of Art, Pretoria Technical College, Pretoria, South Africa
2009 Robert Hodgins Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
2004 Hodgins at Goodman, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2003 Robert Hodgins Simon Mee Fine Art, London, UK
2002 50 Years a Painter, Retrospective exhibition, Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa
2002 50 Years a Painter, Retrospective exhibition, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
2002 Robert Hodgins Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2001-2 50 years a Painter, Retrospective exhibition,SASOL Art Museum, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2001 Robert Hodgins Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2001 50 years a Painter, Retrospective exhibition, University of Potchefstroom, Potchefstroom, South Africa
2000 Robert Hodgins Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1998 Robert Hodgins Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1995 Robert Hodgins Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1992 Robert Hodgins Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1990 Robert Hodgins Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1987 Robert Hodgins Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1986 Retrospective, Standard Bank National Festival of the Arts, Grahamstown, South
1960 Robert Hodgins Lidchi Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1959 Robert Hodgins South African Association of the Arts, Pretoria, South Africa
1958 Robert Hodgins Lidchi Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1956 Robert Hodgins Lidchi Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2014 From Sitting to Selfie, Standard Bank Gallery, South Africa
2003 Absolutely/Perhaps, group exhibition with William Kentridge, Johannes Phokela, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Sam Nhlengethwa, Simon Mee Fine Art, London, UK
>FAST FORWARD, Van Reekum Museum of Modern Art, Appeldoorn, Netherlands
1997 Michel Luneau Gallery, Nantes, France
1997 Ubu 101, Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa
1997 Collaborations, with William Kentridge and Deborah Bell, Johannesburg Art Gallery,Johannesburg, South Africa
1997 Cram, SA Association of the Arts, Cape Town, South Africa
1995 Mayibue iAfrica, Africa ’95 Festival, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK
1995 Seven Stories of Africa, Africa ’95 Festival, curated by David Koloane, coordinated by Felicity Lunn and Catherine Lampert, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
1995 Panoramas of Passage, curated by Clive van den Berg, in association with University of the Witwatersrand Art Galleries Recipient, Helgaard Steyn, Award for
painting, Meridian International Centre, Washington DC, USA
1994 Displacements, curated by David Bunn and Jane Taylor, an exhibition of works on paper, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA
1993 Portraits in the Round, a ceramic exhibition in collaboration with Deborah Bell and Retief van Wyk
1992-3 Easing the Passing (of the Hours), computer animation and graphics in collaboration with William Kentridge and Deborah Bell
1992 IGI Life Vita Now Awards, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1992 Le Bal des Tables Artistiques, Mayoral Ball, Johannesburg Art Gallery,
Johannesburg, South Africa
1991 Little Morals Series, with Deborah Bell and William Kentridge, Cassirer Gallery,
Johannesburg, South Africa
1990 Life Vita Now Awards, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1989 Hogarth in Johannesburg, book launch, Gertrude Posel Gallery,University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
1987 AA Life Vita Art Now Awards Exhibition, Johannesburg, South Africa
Hogarth in Johannesburg, Cassirer Gallery, Johannesburg and national tour, South Africa
1986 AA Mutual Life Vita Arts Now Awards Exhibition, 3rd quarter Award Winner,
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1985 Cape Town Triennial, SA National Gallery, Cape Town and major museums, South Africa
1984 Four Johannesburg Artists, with Ricky Burnett, Jo Smail and Ilona Anderson, South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg;
Museums Nationwide, South Africa
1983 Exhibited with Deborah Bell, Ann Sassoon and Frank van Schaik, Carriage House Gallery, Midland, Canada
1980 Wits University Lecturers, Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
1980 Pretty Boy Floyd, series of graphics, Market Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1978 Paintings with sculptures Two man show with Jan Neetling, Market Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1975 Goodman Gallery with Jan Neetling, Johannesburg, South Africa
1971 Two man show of Cliches Verres, with Jan Neetling, Lidchi Gallery, Johannesburg; SA Association of the Arts, Cape Town, South Africa
1970 Two man show with Jan Neetling, Lidchi Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1961 Two man show with Jan Neetling, Lidchi Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1954 Transvaal Art of Today (Best Young Artist Award), Pretoria Centenary Exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa
1950-1953 Goldsmith’s College of Art, University of London, National Diploma in Design,(Painting), London, England
1995 Helgaard Steyn Award for painting, South Africa
1992 1st quarter Award winner, IGI Life Vita Now Awards, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1990 3rd quarter winner, Life Vita Now Awards, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1987 Winner of AA Life Vita Art Now Awards Exhibition, Johannesburg, South Africa
1986 Vita Quarterly Award Winner, Johannesburg, South Africa
1955 Transvaal Art of Today Best Young Artist Award, Pretoria, South Africa
2013 Mpho Moshe Matheolane, An Artist for all Seasons, Mail & Guardian, Johannesburg, South Africa
2010 Anthea Buys, Shapes of a Man, Johannesburg, South Africa
2012 Anthea Buys (ed), A Lasting Impression: The Robert Hodgins Print Archive, Wits Art Museum, South Africa
2008 Retief van Wyk (ed), The Ceramic Art of Robert Hodgins, Bell-Roberts Publishing, Cape Town, South Africa
2002 Robert Hodgins, The Human Race, Goodman Gallery Editions, South Africa
2002 Atkinson, B, Robert Hodgins, Tafelberg, Cape Town
2014 It Began with a Walk Screening at the Pavilion, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town Art Fair
Press for Robert Hodgins
Robert Hodgins / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / 22 - 27 March 2013An artist for all seasons by Mpho Moshe Matheolane (342 KB)
Robert Hodgins / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / 19 - 25 March 2010Shapes of a man by Anthea Buys (2.4 MB)