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A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: Revolution?

Posted on 17 December 2012

The final edition features the coveted Michaelis Graduate Exhibition. Michaelis School of Fine Art has a long track record of producing leading fine artists. But does this "newest crop of talented and ambitious young artists" have what it takes to create a revolution?


The private becomes public: South Africa's first privately owned museum opens

Posted on 13 December 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas

Prominent works often disappear from public view into private or corporate collections only to reappear when sold at auction often years later. The opening of the first private contemporary art museum should have the tongues wagging at this innovative move to South Africa's scene.


A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: Installations on a new graduate level

Posted on 12 December 2012

This week's edition of A Portrait of a Young Artist Series features the talent from the Pretoria's UNISA graduates and Stellenbosch Gradex multi-disciplinary exhibition.


Re-sampled exhibition: Old meets new

Posted on 14 November 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas

Re-Sampled at the Absa Gallery juxtaposes renowned historic artworks within their art collection against the modern interpretations conceptualized by promising young artists.


A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: North vs South

Posted on 14 November 2012

The first of the series, A Portrait of a Young Artist Series, features the talent from the capital city at the University of Pretoria and UNISA Cape Town talented student's abilities.


PPC Young Sculptor Awards 2012: Concrete taking on new forms

Posted on 12 November 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas

Concrete surrounds us. It's in the walls that line our homes, the walls that protect us and the pillars that hold the roof above our heads.The PPC Young Sculptor Awards 2012's theme, Re-imagine Concrete, saw entries focusing on identity and personal issues.


2012 ROOFTOP Sculpture exhibition questions consumerism

Posted on 3 October 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas

In today's consumer driven society, consumption reflects the need for more, constantly craving and consuming leaving behind useless waste. The 2012 ROOFTOP Sculpture exhibition features artist use recycled materials to reflect the notion of overconsumption.


Carol Hamman uses humour to question hierarchies in society

Posted on 11 September 2012

Carol Hamman uses human figurines to relate to her own personal experiences with pregnancy and motherhood. She often uses satirical and underlying sarcastic and humorous tones to question the idiosyncrasies in the way society lives.


Seven Finalists of 2012 Sasol New Signatures Competition

Posted on 30 August 2012

The seven finalists of the 2012 Sasol New Signatures are Ingrid Bolton, Mandy Martin, Brendon Erasmus, Martin Pieter Klaasee, Lindi Lombard, Renzske Scholtz and Zelda Stroud. View a selection of the artworks.


Science meets art at this year's Sasol New Signatures Awards

Posted on 30 August 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas

The winner of the 2012 Sasol New Signatures prize is 48 year old microbiologist from Franschhoek, Ingrid Bolton, sees this merging of biology and art. Bolton depicts diatoms in her work which are one of the largest and ecologically significant groups of organisms on Earth.


Magda Joubert makes a return to South Africa

Posted on 29 August 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas

Fine artist, Madga Joubert exhibited new works at the Association of Arts Pretoria on Friday 24 August 2012 supported by her family and friends. After an over a 5 year absence since she relocated to Australia, the exhibition of new works are inspired by a visit to active volcanoes in Java, Indonesia


Me 1 explores identity

Posted on 8 August 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas

The questioning of identity has been of one the most conflicted themes in art throughout the centuries. Fried Contemporary's current exhibition entitled Me 1, which opened on 4 August, explores the view of our identities in today's contemporary South African society.


Wilma Cruise takes audience down the rabbit hole in The Alice Diaries

Posted on 28 July 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas

Wilma Cruise's audience were taken on a trip down the rabbit hole into a darker rendering of life-size ceramic and bronze figures, prints and drawings surrounding the fairytale novel theme of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass.


Absa L'Atelier Winner Announced

Posted on 21 July 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas

The finalists' exhibition consists of 85 works by 77 artists that were judged as well-conceived conceptually and technically; artworks with a sense of engagement in discourses present in our society; and, artworks that display a confident use of material.


Absa L'Atelier 2012 Top Ten Finalists

Posted on 21 July 2012

The list of the Absa L'Atelier 2012 Top Ten Finalists


Terra's final installment suggests retrospective

Posted on 28 June 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas

The final installment of the Terra exhibition series,Terra Pericolosa, explores the relationship of the self to place, land, soil or territory.


Art Alive Opens Biggest Show

Posted on 26 June 2012 by Marilyn de Freitas

This year's exhibition saw more entries than ever before and the committee had to go through a rigorious slection process. Art at WHPS is viewed as an intrinsic part of society.


South Africa's Oldest Living Modern Artist: Gunther van der Reis

Posted on 8 June 2012

The Association of the Arts Pretoria was proud to exhibit works by Gunther van der Reis. The exhibition pays tribute to Gunther's long contribution to art in South Africa and its important place in the South African modern art movement.


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