Stevenson takes part in Art Basel in June, presenting work by Kemang Wa Lehulere as part of Statements (the sector showcasing new solo projects by young, emerging artists), and a large-scale sculptural installation by Meschac Gaba on Unlimited (Art Basel's platform for projects that transcend the limitations of a classical art-show stand). The fair takes place from 13 to 16 June. See artbasel.com for details.
Artists / Exhibitions
Viviane Sassen is among the artists selected by curator Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, titled The Encyclopedic Palace. The South African Pavilion at Venice, curated by Brenton Maart and themed Imaginary Fact: South African art and the archive, includes Wim Botha, Penny Siopis, Zanele Muholi and Andrew Putter, among others. The biennale opens to the public on 1 June and runs until 24 November.
Zanele Muholi won the Index on Censorship - Freedom of Expression art award in London in March. She has a solo exhibition of her Faces and Phases series at the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Italy, at Palazzo S Agostino (20 April to 23 June) and at Widmer + Theodoridis in Zurich for the Pink Apple Film Festival (28 April to 11 May). She is included on the group show All You Need is Love at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (25 April to 1 September), and has been selected for the 2013 Carnegie International survey of contemporary art, opening 4 October.
Related press:'Zanele Muholi Highlights Lesbians, Transgender Women' (The Huffington Post, 18 March); 'For African Dykes, Zanele Muholi' (Gay City News, 27 February); 'Saving Face: The Portraits of Zanele Muholi' (Time LightBox, 25 February); Robyn Sassen reviews Faces and Phases at the Goethe-Institut (Sunday Times, 6 January 2013); Renee Holleman reviews 'Mo(u)rning' (Artthrob, September 2012); Dan Moshenberg on Zanele Muholi's 'Mo(u)rning' (Africa is a Country, 7 September 2012)
Wim Botha is the Stellenbosch University Woordfees Kunstenaar (Wordfest Artist), showing the fifth in his series of Solipsis polystyrene and neon installations at the Sasol Art Museum in Stellenbosch. The run has been extended to 20 July. A catalogue of all Botha's Solipsis works to date accompanies the exhibition - see Publications.
Kemang Wa Lehulere has his first New York solo show, titled Sleep is for the Gifted, at Lombard-Freid Projects, running from 18 April until 1 June.
Jane Alexander's major solo exhibition Surveys (From the Cape of Good Hope) is on view at the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine in New York, hosted by the Museum for African Art, through July 29.
Related press:Review by Holland Cotter (New York Times, 25 April)
Nicholas Hlobo has work on Out of Fashion: Textiles in international contemporary art at Gl Holtegaard in Copenhagen, Denmark (5 April to 7 July.) He will be included in do it: the compendium, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Manchester International Festival and Manchester Art Gallery from 5 July to 22 September.
Pieter Hugo's survey exhibition, This Must Be the Place, travels to the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, opening 30 May and running till 25 August. Hugo's work is included on the group show Either-Or at Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre, Denmark (until 19 May).
Related press: Pieter Hugo interviewed by Noah Rabinowitz (Guernica, 15 May 2012); This Must Be the Place book review by Sean O'Hagan (The Guardian, 8 April 2012); Rwanda 2004: Vestiges of a Genocide reviewed by Sean O'Hagan (The Guardian, 16 November 2011); Permanent Error in Design Arts Daily (8 September 2011) and Photo District News (25 May); Permanent Error book review by Sean O'Toole (Mahala, 5 May 2011)
Jo Ractliffe, Berni Searle and Andrew Putter have work on Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa at the Smithsonian National Museum for African Art (22 April to 5 January). Ractliffe's solo exhibition As Terras do Fim do Mundo travels to the Museet for Fotokunst in Odense, Denmark (24 April to 25 August).
Nandipha Mntambo has work on Female Power: Matriarchy, Spirituality and Utopia at the Arnhem Museum in the Netherlands from 2 March to 20 May. She and Penny Siopis are participants in Between the Lines, a South African-German exchange, with a symposium and exhibition taking place in Berlin in April.
Guy Tillim's Avenue Patrice Lumumba shows at CentroCentro, Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid, from 18 April to 13 October. Tillim was shortlisted for the 2012 Prix Pictet, themed Power, for his Congo Democratic series. An exhibition of work by the shortlisted artists is currently touring in Europe, with openings in Budapest, Istanbul and Amsterdam in the first part of 2013.
Related press: Leora Maltz-Leca on Avenue Patrice Lumumba (ArteEast Quarterly, 1 September 2011); Chad Rossouw reviews Second Nature (Mail & Guardian, 29 July 2011); Richard Poplak on Avenue Patrice Lumumba in Toronto (The Daily Maverick, 18 May 2011)
In November 2012, the Tate, London, announced its new acquisitions of modern and contemporary African art, including 'a seminal work in the recent history of African art', Meschac Gaba's Museum of Contemporary African Art (1997-2002). The work will be displayed at Tate Modern in 2013. The Library of the Museum has been donated by Gaba to the city of Cotonou as part of his project Musée de l'Art de la Vie Active (MAVA). Gaba's Bibliothèque d'Art Contemporain, which also hosts artists' residencies, opened to the public on 15 February.
Related press: 'Why Tate's showcase of African art is a good thing' (The Guardian, 26 November 2012); 'Tate Announces New Acquisitions Of Contemporary African Art' (Artlyst, 1 November 2012)
Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, curated by Okwui Enwezor with Rory Bester, opened at the International Center of Photography in New York in late 2012, and travels to the Haus der Kunst in Munich (15 February - 26 May 2013). The exhibition 'examines the aesthetic power of the documentary form - from the photo essay to reportage, social documentary to photojournalism and art - in recording, analyzing, articulating, and confronting the legacy of apartheid and its effect on everyday life in South Africa'. Among the artists included are Billy Monk, Guy Tillim, Jo Ractliffe, Jane Alexander and Sabelo Mlangeni.
Related press: Review by Holland Cotter (New York Times, 20 September 2012)
Penny Siopis curated The New Church No 1 - a first exhibition of works from the collection of Piet Viljoen, at The New Church in Cape Town. Featured artists include Zander Blom, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Wim Botha, Steven Cohen, Paul Edmunds, Nicholas Hlobo, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Robin Rhode, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Siopis herself. The gallery is open by appointment only.
Appropriated Landscapes, the second major exhibition of the Walther Collection based in Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen, Germany, features works by Ângela Ferreira, Jo Ractliffe, Jane Alexander, Sabelo Mlangeni, Zanele Muholi, Penny Siopis and Guy Tillim, among others. The exhibition, curated by Corinne Diserens, runs through May 2013.