Brodie/Stevenson is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Anton Kannemeyer.
Kannemeyer will show a variety of original drawings and editioned prints, including drawings from the artist's sketchbooks and works selected from his extensive archive of rare, older prints.
The exhibition will comprise two bodies of work: politically orientated pieces, which take a highly satirical approach to historical and contemporary situations in Africa, and a selection of more personal works, focusing on self-portraiture as well as idiosyncratic characters in whom Kannemeyer has taken an interest.
Included among the political works will be some rarities by Joe Dog - Kannemeyer's alter-ego, the co-creator of Bitterkomix - such as original black ink drawings for the covers of The Big Bad Bitterkomix Handbook and posters from Bitterkomix Vols I and III.
Kannemeyer's appropriation of Herge's Tintin character reappears in two new, large-scale drawings that offer a searing critique of Belgian colonisation of the Congo. Also on show will be ink sketches for several of Kannemeyer's paintings.
Kannemeyer's ongoing Alphabet of Democracy series will be represented by several rare or unavailable prints, as well as a unique hand-worked version of Z is for Zuma (featured on the cover of Art South Africa's December 2008 issue). Danie Marais writes that in this series,
[Kannemeyer] has turned his focus from the sins, perversions and sexual repression of the fathers to the bigger post-apartheid picture. The Alphabet still sharply comments on the madness directly below the surface of the rabidly conformist parts of white South African society, especially the Afrikaans community. But as the title indicates, it is also concerned with the current mutations of bigotry bred by political correctness, financial greed and the hollow rainbow and renaissance rhetoric of a new political hierarchy. (Danie Marais, 'White on black on white', 2007)Autobiographical and other personal work by the artist will include iconic prints such as A White Person (acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2007), 5-Headed Monster of My Youth (2008), Look, Over There... (2005) and True Love (1999). There will also be drawings from the artist's ongoing Author series depicting Etienne Le Roux, George Sand, Eugene Marais and Charles Bukowski, among others, in addition to sketchbook pages and self-portraits.
Anton Kannemeyer completed an MFA at the University of Stellenbosch in 1997 and lectured there periodically until recently. Together with Conrad Botes, he has been at the forefront of introducing a comic and satirical aesthetic to South African art. He and Botes were the co-founders and are the ongoing co-editors of the Bitterkomix series, which started in 1992 and has become revered for its subversive stance and dark humour. He held his first New York solo exhibition, The Haunt of Fears, at Jack Shainman Gallery in April-May 2008. His most recent solo show, Fear of a Black Planet, took place at Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, in October 2008.
The exhibition will open on Thursday 12 November, 6-8pm. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Friday, 10.30am to 5.30pm, and Saturday from 9.30am to 3pm.
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