Goodman Gallery is pleased to announce Africans in America, a three-part project curated by Hank Willis Thomas. The focus of the project is on artists who are African immigrants or first generation Americans of African parents living in the United States. Africans in America will launch in 2015 and alternate between Goodman Gallery spaces in Johannesburg and Cape Town leading up to the Gallery’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Thomas is a photo-conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He has a longstanding interest in the strains and connections between Africa, America and related notions of diaspora and home.
The seventh edition of the Florence Contemporary Sounds (the Firenze Suona Contemporanea) festival opens with a premiere by William Kentridge and Philip Miller. They will present their collaboration in the courtyard of the National Museum of the Bargello on September 11. This is the latest project in an ongoing collaboration, dating back to 1993, between Kentridge and Miller. Paper Music features a selection of films by Kentridge with music by Miller, including three that were presented at the dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition as part of The Refusal of Time installation. The work runs in Florence until September 21.
Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, presents David Goldblatt’s series Structures, one of the major body of works by the artist described by the writer Nadine Gordimer as “an extraordinary visual history of a country and its people.” Since the 1980s Goldblatt has been travelling across South Africa photographing monuments and buildings, public or private, secular or religious, built from the Colonial era with the idea that the architecture reveals something about the people who built them. Black and white photographs from the series taken in the 80s and 90s were shown in an exhibition at MoMA in 1998 entitled South Africa : The Structure of Things Then. Since then Goldblatt has taken new images of buildings built after the Apartheid. The opening reception will provide the opportunity to launch the book Photographers’ References: David Goldblatt, a collection of conversations between Goldblatt and Baptiste Lignel. From September 6 to October 18.
Until February 10 2015 the Perlman Gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) presents a selection of photographs from 1973 to 2014 by David Goldblatt. Titled New Pictures 10: David Goldblatt, Structures of Dominion and Democracy,” the photographs explore, “the quiet and commonplace, where nothing ‘happens’, and yet all is contained and immanent,” according to Goldblatt. The exhibition is loosely divided among Goldblatt’s photography before and after 1991. “The photographs exhibited,” writes Goldblatt of his exhibition at the MIA, “are from these two separate yet intimately connected bodies of work.” Goldblatt will make his first appearance in Minnesota on October 2 to discuss his exhibition.
Alfredo Jaar‘s iconic 1987 public intervention, a gialnt light bulb display titled A Logo for America ran in Times Square for the month of August. As part of The Times Square Alliance’s Midnight Moment program, the work premiered just before midnight on Friday, August 1, and played every night throughout the month at 11:57pm on over five blocks of signs in Times Square. The press statement put out by the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts, in collaboration with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum said that “Amidst Times Square’s maelstrom of advertising and commercial culture, Alfredo Jaar‘s animation A Logo for America displays the statement ‘This is not America’ emblazoned across the outline of the United States. Through an apparently contradictory juxtaposition, the work denounces the fact that the word ‘America’ is routinely but erroneously applied to just one part of the American continent. In the 2014 reiteration of this 1987 intervention, Jaar points out that, almost 30 years later, the representation of an entire continent is still monopolized by the same, single country.”
Mounir Fatmi appears on the show The Disappearance of Fireflies at the Prison Sainte-Anne in Avignon, France. Taking its name from a famous text by filmmaker and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini the exhibition, held in a former prison situated behind Avignon’s Papal Palace, presents highlights of the region’s Collection Lambert, a donation made by Yvon Lambert comprising 556 contemporary works. The curator is Eric Mézil of Collection Lambert and the show runs until November 25. Fatmi also appears on Colonial Apocrifa that runs at MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Spain, (until January 6 2015), on the The Sea is my Land, Triennale di Milano, Milano, Italy (until August 24); Colonia Apocrifa at MUSAC in Leon, Spain (until January 6 2015) and Giving Contours to Shadows at N.B.K., Berlin, Germany (July 31).
Artbook publisher thames & Hudson has included painter Carla Busuttil in 100 Painters of Tomorrow due to be launched on September 22. The chosen artists were selected from more than 4300 entrants, come from over 37 countries and the entries were judged by an international panel of prominent painters and curators including Cecily Brown,curators Tony Godfrey, Yuko Hasegawa and Gregor Muir, and writer-critics Suzanne Hudson, Barry Schwabsky and Philip Tinari.The book will be launched at Christies in London on October 30. Busuttil also has a solo exhibition titled A Change of Tongue opening at Space K in Seoul on September 25.
Moshekwa Langa takes part in Krasj, an exhibition situated in multiple semi-public spaces in the town of Ninove, Belgium, from September 6 to October 5. The bi-annually created platform, established in 2012, brings together artists of different generations, and from different countries, to present their works in various locations in Ninove situated on the River Dender, in the province of East Flanders. Krasj founder is sculptor Koen de Decker who says by inviting guests Krasj will open minds, “the expo gives priority to Ninove’s young artists, who are freshly graduated from Art College which enables them to showcase their works and creations before they leave (the town).”
The City of Cape Town commissioned work by Haroon-Gunn Salie has been installed on the Sea Point promenade in Cape Town for a year. Titled Kom oor die see it forms part of the art54 pilot project for the city’s Ward 54, timed to coincide with Cape Town’s the World Design Capital distinction. Commissioned public artworks are intended to enhance the dramatic landscape of the Atlantic Seaboard. Gunn-Salie’s bronze Sunday Best is on the show From Sitting to Selfie: 300 years of South African Portraits at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg until September 6. And until November 1 prints from his Witness series feature on the exhibition No Fixed Abode curated by Candice Allison at the New Church Museum in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town.
A solo exhibition of new paintings by Lisa Brice opens at gallery French Riviera in Bethnal Green, London on September 19. Titled Cut Your Coat, this will be Brice’s first solo exhibition in London. Born in Cape Town, in 1968, Brice divided her working life between South Africa, Trinidad and the UK for over a decade before settling in London in 2010, where she is currently based. Her work is included in Vitamin P2, the publisher Phaidon’s anthology on painting, 2011. She has been invited to contribute to the upcoming Frieze Masters 2014 Artists on Artists feature. The gallery, started by artists Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski offers a platform to artists who are currently without representation in the UK.
The Australian Centre for Photography marks 20th anniversary of the transition to democracy in South Africa with a look back at two outstanding series’ by World Press Photo award-winner Jodi Bieber. Titled Between Darkness and Light: Selected works from South Africa 1994–2011 the exhibition is curated from Between Dogs and Wolves: Growing up with South Africa and Soweto. With the first body of work, Bieber journeyed to one of the toughest neighbourhoods of Johannesburg in a series that ultimately deals with the loss of innocence and the instinct for survival. Soweto is an open-ended photo-essay that is both a celebration and a portrait of life in Soweto today. Bieber exhibits alongside photojournalists Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jongh (The Netherlands) and Ashely Gilberstson (Australia/US) until October 26 .
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin will premiere a new body of work titled Divine Violence at MOSTYN in Llandudno, Wales. The markings and annotations that German playwright Bertolt Brecht added to his personal bible were the inspiration for their publication Holy Bible, published in 2013, which the artists have subsequently developed into a full-scale exhibition concerned with historical and contemporary visual representations of conflict. The exhibition runs until 2 November 2014.
Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro hosts artevida (politica) until September 21 that includes five works by Sue Williamson. Curated by Adriano Pedroso and Rodrigo Mouro, artevida examines the relationships between art and life from the late 1950 to the early 1980s taking Brazilian, and particularly Rio de Janeiro, art practices from that period as a point of departure. Five works from Williamson’s A Few South Africans are included in the show which gathers works made in resistance to authoritarian regimes. At the same time Williamson shows For Thirty Years Next to his Heart and the video works, Better Lives on Contemporary Art/South Africa at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut until September 14. More than 30 South African artists are on this survey show featuring work made from the late 60s to the present. Williamson is the subject of a solo show at Cape Town’s Iziko Slave Lodge titled There’s something I must tell you, until June 2015, as well as being included in No Fixed Abode at the New Church Museum in Tamboerskloof.
Chiurai has been shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize. Established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, the Prize is a major contribution to the open participation of younger artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition.
Kudzanai Chiurai has been nominated for the 2014 Discovery Award at Rencontres d’Arles by Azu Nwagbogu, founder and director of the African Artist’s Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria. Chiurai’s work will be exhibited along with works by the nine other nominees at the Parc des Ateliers in Arles from 7 – 21 September 2014.
Moshekwa Langa’s site-specific work The Jealous Lover opened at ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relation) in Berlin on 10 July 2014. The Jealous Lover describes the hope for a better life in the metropolis, a hope which “captures, captivates and grips” people like jealousy. The exhibition has travelled to Berlin after having its debut at ifa Stuttgart and runs until 21 September 2014.
There’s Something I Must Tell You is an extended exhibition of work by Sue Williamson focusing on women activists involved in the political struggle against apartheid in South Africa. The exhibition spans five rooms at the Iziko Slave Lodge in Adderley Street, Cape Town and three separate bodies of work by the artist, including the 2013 video installation There’s something I must tell you, recently acquired by Iziko Museums with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York. On show until June 2015.
William Kentridge’s first large-scale solo exhibition in South America, Fortuna, has been travelling since October 2012. This extensive retrospective – conceived in close collaboration with the artist and designed especially for this tour – highlights Kentridge’s unique artistic process rather than focussing on a particular theme. The exhibition features six to seven rooms or sections comprising works ranging from 1989 to 2012. The retrospective has travelled to Instituto Moreira Salles (IMS) in Rio de Janeiro, Fundaçao Ibere Camargo (FIC), Porto Alegre, Pinacoteca Do Estado De Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo. Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica, Bogota. It will run at Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellin from 30 July to 03 November 2014.
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin’s Dodo is currently on show at the experimental exhibition space Galeria Jumex, Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico. Part archival research, archeological excavation, and montage, the exhibition takes as its starting point the discovery of previously unseen offcuts from the film Catch-22 in the vaults of Paramount Pictures. On show until 19 October 2014.
Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive brings into dialogue various documents from the late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century and recent photographic and video work by contemporary artists engaged with photographic archives, to offer new perspectives on the legacy of anthropological and ethnographic visions of Africa. The exhibition, curated by Tamar Garb, is on view at the Walther Collection in Ulm, Germany until 2015, and features work by Candice Breitz, Kudzanai Chiurai, David Goldblatt, and Sue Williamson. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Steidl.