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On the VISUAL ARTS front Young Artist Award winner Nandipha Mntambo will be presenting her exhibition Faena which is the most beautiful and skilful section of a bullfight. It refers to a dance with death, where the matador must prove his courage and artistry. In this work, Mntambo presents an extension of her interest in the sport of bullfighting. Using the media of painting, drawing, video and sculpture, she creates an experience/encounter that interrogates the viewer’s sense of sight, hearing, smell and touch.

The Johannesburg Art Gallery’s retrospective exhibition celebrates the life and work of Prof Alan Crump (1949-2009), entitled Alan Crump: A Fearless Visionary. This memorial exhibition celebrates the extraordinary depth and integrity of his artistic vision by bringing together for the first time a comprehensive retrospective of his work.  From the austerity of early conceptual work, influenced but in no way constrained by the conceptualism he encountered as a Fulbright student in Los Angeles and New York City in the 1970s (where he worked as a studio assistant to Vito Acconci and Richard Serra); via the boldly monumental watercolours that engaged the landscape ravaged by mining and industry; to the profoundly subtle and elegiac abstract watercolours of his last solo exhibition in 2001, Crump’s work is a testimony to his unwavering vision and consummate skill as an artist

An innovative group exhibition featuring 26 South Africans and four international artists, each involved in some aspect of comic art and sculpture will collaborate in the CO/MIX Pavilion 2011. Drawing inspiration from the Beautiful Losers DIY street art movement, CO/MIX conjoins expressionist comic art with political and underground cartooning and the contemporary visual subcultures of skate, surf, street, hip hop, Indie craft & graffiti, overlaying it all with a passionate concern for aesthetic integrity in the creation of unique art objects. The Co/Mix Pavilion is presented at the National Arts Festival by the Centre for Comic & Illustrative Book Arts at the University of Stellenbosch.

Presented by the Caversham Centre and featuring works from the major portfolios printed by the Caversham Press, including many produced for and shown at previous Festivals such as the ‘Decade of Young Artists. Ten Years of Standard Bank Young Artist Awards’ (1991) and the ground-breaking ‘Spirit of Our Stories’ (1994) which brought the narratives of black artists to prominence in South Africa’s year of dramatic political change. Featuring well-known artists such as William Kentridge, Magkabo Helen Sebidi and the late Robert Hodgins and Gabisile Nkosi, the exhibition presents a comprehensive history of personal visual concepts and observations mediated by experiencing life in pre- and post-apartheid South Africa.  After two and a half decades, Caversham’s contribution to the story of South African printmaking reveals a complex dialogue of many voices and the evidence of many visions embedded in a rich diversity of imagery.

"...and walk in my shoes.", presented by Brodie Stevenson Gallery, is an experiential installation that blurs the distinction between the roles of viewer and performer by Burundi-born artist Serge Nitegeka. As an installation, the sculpture is incomplete without viewer interaction and it gets completed by the viewer's experience.

For future generations
is presented in association with the Albany History Museum and the International Library of African Music, and features instruments and artefacts from its vast collection. The exhibition is the outreach and education component of a two year cataloguing and digitizing project (2008-09) and it displays a selection of African musical instruments from the Hugh Tracey instrument collection and numerous features on Tracey’s field research, publications, films and audio recordings. Video stations offer footage of South African mine dancing, Chopi xylophone orchestras, Shona music and story-telling, and on ILAM’s history and current projects. 




 
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