Summer 2007/8

28 November 2007 - 12 January 2008

Michael Stevenson's 12th annual summer exhibition features major new and recent works from the gallery's artists, many of whom have enjoyed international exposure and critical acclaim in the past year.

This year the gallery expanded its horizons to include artists from beyond South Africa's borders, presenting solo exhibitions by Youssef Nabil (Egypt/USA) and Meschac Gaba (Benin/Netherlands). Nabil, showing hand-coloured photographs, is joined on the season exhibition by Odili Donald Odita (Nigeria/USA), whose large-scale paintings featured on the 52nd Venice Biennale in June. Gaba currently has a solo exhibition at Johannesburg Art Gallery.

Photographic work came to prominence this year, with Berni Searle selected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for its annual New Photography exhibition. Here Searle shows a new video work, Spirit of '76, commissioned by the Philagrafika initiative in Philadelphia, USA - a meditation on the ebb and flow of history, from the signing of the US Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the student uprisings in Soweto two centuries later.

The summer exhibition showcases new works by David Goldblatt and Guy Tillim, both of whom were included on Documenta 12 in Germany in June, and by Pieter Hugo, this year's Standard Bank Young Artist for visual art who has solo shows scheduled in New York, Rome and Geneva. A new series of portraits of lesbian women by Zanele Muholi is shown for the first time; Muholi is currently included on the prestigious Camera Austria 100th issue exhibition in Graz, Austria.

A major new four-figure bronze sculpture by Doreen Southwood entitled The Dancer is seen here for the first time. The four solid bronze figures, each capturing an aspect of a single movement, appear to defy gravity, positioned around an oval structure. The exhibition also includes new sculptural installations by Wim Botha, Nandipha Mntambo and Nicholas Hlobo; the latter has a solo show as part of the Boston ICA's Momentum programme in July 2008.

A large new painting by Deborah Poynton is on exhibition prior to her solo show in Berlin in 2008. In this overwhelming painting, an older man and woman lie naked in bed contemplating their past and present relationships. The exhibition also includes new paintings by Mustafa Maluka who has just had a successful exhibition in Geneva; works by Conrad Botes and Anton Kannemeyer of Bitterkomix fame; a new print by Claudette Schreuders; a new series of paintings by Tracy Payne; photographs by Athi-Patra Ruga; and, as always, a selection of quirky and irreverent ceramics by Hylton Nel.



Youssef Nabil
Never wanted to leave, self-portrait, Paris, 2007



Youssef Nabil
My time to go, self-portrait, Venice, 2007



Deborah Poynton
Untitled

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Claudette Schreuders
The Free Girl

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Berni Searle
Spirit of '76



Berni Searle
Spirit of '76



Berni Searle
Spirit of '76



Tracy Payne
Slow Release

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Doreen Southwood
The Dancer



Doreen Southwood
The Dancer (detail)



Doreen Southwood
The Dancer (detail)



Nicholas Hlobo
Nyathela

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Nicholas Hlobo
Isabhokhwe sama

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Nicholas Hlobo
Fukama

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Nicholas Hlobo
Amaqanda'am

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Nicholas Hlobo
Amaqanda'am (detail)



David Goldblatt
Monument honouring Karel Landman ... 10 April 1993



David Goldblatt
The commemoration of Karel Landman and his trek ... 20 February 2006



David Goldblatt
The Cross Roads People’s Park ... Oukasie, Brits, North-West. 22 November 1986



David Goldblatt
At Kevin Kwanele’s Takwaito Barber ... Cape Town in the time of AIDS. 16 May 2007



Odili Donald Odita
A Third Power

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Mustafa Maluka
No more keeping my feet on the ground

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Anton Kannemeyer
White Nightmare: Black Dicks

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Anton Kannemeyer
White Nightmare: Monument

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Athi-Patra Ruga
Even I Exist in Embo: Jaundiced tales of counterpenetration #1



Athi-Patra Ruga
Even I Exist in Embo: Jaundiced tales of counterpenetration #3



Athi-Patra Ruga
Even I Exist in Embo: Jaundiced tales of counterpenetration #5



Athi-Patra Ruga
Even I Exist in Embo: Jaundiced tales of counterpenetration #2



Athi-Patra Ruga
Even I Exist in Embo: Jaundiced tales of counterpenetration #4



Conrad Botes
Requiem

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Conrad Botes
Requiem (detail)

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Wim Botha
Small God Vitrine

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Wim Botha
Small God Vitrine (detail)



Pieter Hugo
Messina/Musina series
Pieter and Maryna Vermeulen with Timana Phosiwa



Pieter Hugo
Messina/Musina series
Cardboard bed in an abandoned building



Pieter Hugo
Messina/Musina series
Martie and Morkel Smith, their son Stephen and his fiancé Illze Venter with their dog Snooze



Pieter Hugo
Messina/Musina series
Rest area on the road to Tshipise



Pieter Hugo
Messina/Musina series
Thina Lucy Manebaneba with her son Samuel Mabolabola and her brother Enos Manebaneba in their living room after church

Zanele Muholi
Faces and Phases
Dikeledi Sibanda

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Zanele Muholi
Faces and Phases
Tumi Mkhuma

Zanele Muholi
Faces and Phases
Nonzwakazi P Ncapayi

Zanele Muholi
Faces and Phases
Nosipho Solundwana

Zanele Muholi
Faces and Phases
Thembi Nyoka

Guy Tillim
Jessica Yesufi and Ajoke Edwardo, Porto Novo, Benin 2007

Guy Tillim
Facina, voodoo priest, at his temple, Porto Novo, Benin 2007

Guy Tillim
Facina’s house, Porto Novo, Benin 2007

Nandipha Mntambo
Nftombi mfana

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Nandipha Mntambo
Ukungenisa  (work in progress)

Nandipha Mntambo
Ukungenisa

Nandipha Mntambo
Ukungenisa

Samson Mudzunga
Fundudzi Fish

Hylton Nel
Tell us the truth Mr President  (series of 7 plates)

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