South African Art Now

29 November 2006 - 6 January 2007

Michael Stevenson's annual exhibition of South African art is an unrivalled event on the collector's calendar, and this year will run throughout the holiday season. For the first time in 11 years, the exhibition will focus exclusively on the work of contemporary artists, in recognition of the increasingly high profile of the gallery's artists.

Among the major works on exhibition will be a huge shark-shaped drum by Samson Mudzunga, a performance piece and new mixed media works by Nicholas Hlobo, recent sculptures by Wim Botha, a large-scale wall painting with glass roundels by Conrad Botes, and Anton Kannemeyer's Alphabet of Democracy shown in its entirety for the first time. Photographic works include previously unseen photographs of the Congo's Mai Mai militia by Guy Tillim; Pieter Hugo's portraits of boy scouts in Monrovia, Liberia; recent colour South African landscapes by David Goldblatt and new portraits by Zanele Muholi. Mustafa Maluka, Deborah Poynton and Tracy Payne will all show new paintings.

Parallel to this is an exhibition of recent ceramics by Hylton Nel, whose idiosyncratic works are sought after by collectors across the world. This year he will be showing a series of plates which are wall-hung in particular patterns, inscribed with his characteristic quirky and polemical images and phrases. Also on exhibition will be new vases and small sculptures.

These exhibitions take place at the end of an extremely successful year for the gallery's artists. Among their achievements, David Goldblatt won the Hasselblad Prize for 2006; Guy Tillim was awarded the first Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography by Harvard University; Pieter Hugo was named the Standard Bank Young Artist for 2007; Churchill Madikida's 2006 Standard Bank Young Artist exhibition embarked on its national tour; Nicholas Hlobo won the Tollman Award for 2006 and Zanele Muholi was awarded the first BHP Billiton/Wits University Visual Arts Fellowship. Berni Searle has survey exhibitions at the Johannesburg Art Gallery and the Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida in Tampa, USA. Tillim, Goldblatt and Wim Botha are included on the international touring exhibition Africa Remix which was seen in Tokyo and Stockholm this year. Conrad Botes showed on the Havana Biennale and Hugo, Tillim and Mustafa Maluka were selected for the São Paulo Bienal.

Michael Stevenson's annual exhibition provides an insightful view of trends in South African art, and as always is accompanied by a well-researched catalogue.

The exhibition will open on Wednesday 29 November, 6-8pm and close on Saturday 6 January 2007. The gallery will be open throughout December except for public holidays and Saturdays the 16th, 23rd and 30th. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 1pm.

Click on the titles of works to view larger images and information



Wim Botha
Tête d’un homme

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Wim Botha
Calamity

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Conrad Botes
Pietà

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Conrad Botes
Pietà (detail of roundel)



Conrad Botes
Pietà (detail of roundel)



Tracy Payne
Golden Boy

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Tracy Payne
Smiling and Crying

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Tracy Payne
Crying Monk

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Tracy Payne
Crowned Monk

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Tracy Payne
Mature Monk

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Tracy Payne
Yellow Monk

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Tracy Payne
Downward-looking Monk

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Berni Searle
Suspend



Deborah Poynton
Diptych

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Zanele Muholi
Martin Machapa

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Zanele Muholi
Black Beulah



Zanele Muholi
Too Beulahs



Samson Mudzunga
‘Fundudzi in Honolulu Hawaii’

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Samson Mudzunga
‘Mmbe Ngwa Venda’



David Goldblatt
On the farm Rooinek, Seweweekpoort, Western Cape. 18 February 2006



David Goldblatt
Remains of children's households ..., Kwezinaledi, Lady Grey, Eastern Cape. 5 August 2006



David Goldblatt
Remains of long-drop lavatories built for the 'closer settlement camp' of Frankfort, Eastern Cape. ...



David Goldblatt
A scaled-down replica of Krugersdorp’s Paardekraal Monument ...; and figures from children’s stories celebrating Christmas. In the time of AIDS. Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape. 15 January 2006



Anton Kannemeyer
Alphabet of Democracy: Installation

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Anton Kannemeyer
Alphabet of Democracy: M is for Mugabe

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Anton Kannemeyer
Alphabet of Democracy: V is for victim of vigilante justice



Anton Kannemeyer
Alphabet of Democracy: V is for victim of vigilante justice



Anton Kannemeyer
Alphabet of Democracy: H is vir Hansie



Anton Kannemeyer
Alphabet of Democracy: J is for Jack Russell ...



Anton Kannemeyer
Alphabet of Democracy: S is for suicide



Anton Kannemeyer
Alphabet of Democracy: “Tjorts, manne, hier gaan hy!”



Guy Tillim
Jean-Pierre Bemba, surrounded by his bodyguards, walks into an election rally in central Kinshasa, July 2006



Guy Tillim
Mai Mai militia in training near Beni, eastern DRC, for immediate deployment with the APC (Armée Populaire du Congo), the army of the RCD-KIS-ML, December 2002   Click on title to view Portraits I - XVI



Pieter Hugo
Morris Toe, Monrovia, Liberia, 2006



Pieter Hugo
Archaebor Kerkula, Monrovia, Liberia, 2006



Pieter Hugo
Mohamed Bah, Monrovia, Liberia, 2006, II

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Small size sold out



Pieter Hugo
Dorwan Zagban, Monrovia, Liberia, 2006



Pieter Hugo
Maxwell Dorbor, Monrovia, Liberia, 2006



Mustafa Maluka
What do they know!

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Mustafa Maluka
Their chips are stacked so high against us

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Mustafa Maluka
It will pay off in the end

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Nicholas Hlobo
Ntywilela ngaphantsi

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Nicholas Hlobo
Yiphathe ngembambo

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Nicholas Hlobo
Untitled

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Nicholas Hlobo
Proposal

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Hylton Nel
Girl in nine parts



Hylton Nel
Girl in nine parts (detail)



Hylton Nel
Girl in nine parts (detail)


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