The Kunstmuseum Stuttgart presents Candice Breitz: Ponderosa, the first major retrospective survey in Germany of the work of Candice Breitz. The exhibition traces the development of Breitz’s work from the 1990s to the present, focusing on works that address the affective power of popular music. Breitz has additionally developed a new work for the exhibition. Titled Love Story, it is a seven-channel installation that features Hollywood actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore.
Berliner Festspiele presents works from William Kentridge’s interdisciplinary oeuvre on the Foreign Affairs platform for the first time under the title NO IT IS! At venues in the the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, as well as at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Kentridge will show both his performative pieces as well as his visual art work from 12 May to 13 July. The spectrum of works ranges from early drawings via the famous Méliès and Soho animated films, to spatial installations (such as the Documenta-project The Refusal of Time), as well as Refuse the Hour with Philip Miller, Peter Galison, Dada Masilo and Catherine Meyburgh, to large-scale projections such as the film piece More Sweetly Play the Dance, which will be projected on the façade of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Theatrical pieces include Winterreise, an evening of Schubert lieder, as well as Ubu and the Truth Commission created with the Handspring Puppet Company. The season will also include Kentridge’s performance series Drawing Lessons in which the artist talks about his specific mode of working and about his political context, from the times of Apartheid until today.
Sue Williamson will present her recently published monograph Sue Williamson: Life and Work (Skira Editore, 2015), as part of the events program for the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York, on Sunday May 8, 4–5pm. The presentation will feature a public conversation between Williamson and the art historian and curator Chika Okeke-Agulu.
The exhibition_ Senses of Time: Video and Film-based Works of Africa_ opens at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC on 18 May. The show features works by six internationally recognized African artists that repeat, resist, and reverse the expectation that time must move relentlessly forward, and will include Sue Williamson’s major video installation There’s Something I Must Tell You.
Artist Hank Willis Thomas is taking his acclaimed Truth Booth on a tour of all 50 states of America in advance of the presidential election. He’s aiming to use the video confessional booth as a way to capture Americans’ collective conscious at this pivotal moment in our history, by allowing participants to record themselves finishing the sentence “The truth is …”.
Depth of Field, a solo exhibition by Mounir Fatmi, features a series of new work and site-specific installations created specifically for the grand opening of Labanque Bethune Contemporary Art Center in France. The ghost of Georges Bataille haunts the exhibition, and connects the underlying themes found in the work presented: the powerlessness of language, the multitude of perceptions, and the divisions between the body, sex, history and religion. Depth of Field questions the relevance of looking at a work of art in a world full of violence and current media fascination. The exhibition runs from 22 April to 28 August 2016. Fatmi will also take part in the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. Venues on several small islands in the Setouchi region of central Japan will host installations and art shows as part of this festival, which takes place in several phases throughout the year, and features work by well over 100 artists from Japan and beyond.
Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) exhibits new photography, copper plates, sculpture, and film by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin from 13 April to 11 September 2016. The artists will discuss their works on view at the BMA on 15 May. As part of the exhibition, the BMA will present in the Black Box gallery Broomberg & Chanarin’s 12-minute film, Rudiments (2015), featuring a group of young British cadets training at a military camp and referring to the 40 rudiments that form the technical foundation of percussive music.
Winner of the SP-Arte/Videobrasil prize, Haroon Gunn-Salie presents the exhibition Agridoce [Bittersweet] at Galpão Videobrasil from 2 April. The exhibition revolves around the recent environmental tragedy caused by the collapse of two dams in the town of Mariana, in Minas Gerais, Brazil that made headlines across the world. Created in collaboration with residents of the affected region, the exhibition features fragments of a house, around which the other featured video, sound and photographic works gravitate. Gunn-Salie also has a solo presentation of new work at Mendes Wood DM.
Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona presents the acclaimed traveling exhibition Making Africa from 23 March until 28 August. The exhibition focuses on the design accomplishments of the continent without, in the words of Okwui Enwezor, “being obsessed with the usual tropes of recycling, humanitarian design or traditional crafts”. Included are Goodman Gallery artists Kudzanai Chiurai, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Hank Willis Thomas as well as Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse.
Gerald Machona is included in the 20th Biennale of Sydney exhibition from 18 March until 5 June. Titled The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, this year’s Biennale is inspired by a comment by leading science-fiction author William Gibson, and also serves as a framework for artistic investigation. The first part of the title speaks to the fact that the exhibition is about the now; but more than that, it suggests that perhaps we have already surpassed our own ideas about the future. The second part reminds us that access to information, the internet and other more basic resources is by no means universal.
Twenty artists, including Sue Williamson, show Africa from various perspectives in the exhibition Lucy’s Iris at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC) in León, Spain until 12 June. The exhibition, looking at the role of women on the continent, addresses issues such as the environment, memory, colonial history (post) or identity on a continent that tends to look like a homogeneous unit while hiding countless unknown realities. Williams also appeared at the Cape Town Art Fair in conversation with Mark Gevisser and Sean O’Toole on the subject of a new monograph titled Sue Williamson: Life and Work, edited by Gevisser and published by Skira.
Mounir Fatmi’s solo exhibition, Darkening Process, which opened in January at the Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts, is based upon the idea of the Other; towards literature, Art History, figures and scientific experiments. Darkening Process consists of a series of photographic and video works, a sound installation and archival documents. The exhibition runs until 30 May. Work by Fatmi has also been included on the group exhibition Merchants of Dreams, which is divided into two parts and presented simultaneously at Brandts 13 and Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark until 8 May.
In 2016, Goodman Gallery celebrates its 50th anniversary – five decades of shaping contemporary art and working with artists who challenge unequal power structures and affect social change. Through global dialogue and exchange, Goodman Gallery has placed common histories at its core and has been instrumental in shifting perspectives through contemporary art. In celebration of half a century of advancing artistic achievement, we will host major exhibitions between our Johannesburg and Cape Town galleries in early June, featuring significant work, installations, interventions, performances, video and talks programmes, as well as partnerships with major public institutions.