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Videos: Faith47 Creates Mural for the Wall\Therapy Project in New York

Faith47Between 10 and 5 have shared a video from the Wall/Therapy 2012 mural project in Rochester, New York, that shows the making of artist Faith47′s mural “Rhapsody” as well as a trailer for the documentary about the project.

The trailer for the short documentary features Faith47 and DALeast who both took part in the project for the second time.

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Nandipha Mntambo Contributes Short Film to World Wide Peace Initiative

ApartheidThe Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) is supporting a World Peace Day initiative by holding a screening of short films.

The 30-90 second movies are commissioned by PUMA.Peace for films4peace from a selection of international artists and compiled by curator Mark Coetzee. One of the contributors to this year’s initiative is Nandipha Mntambo.

One of several artists featured in Pep Subirs’ Apartheid: The South African Mirror, Mntambo is known for her representations of the female body through the mediums of sculpture, photography and video. The movies will be screened at UCT on 20 September, the night before World Peace Day.

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The Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will join hundreds of art institutions worldwide, from Australia to Zimbabwe, supporting films4peace to celebrate World Peace Day — an international UN day of ceasefire, and a day for individuals, organizations and countries to demonstrate acts of peace. The films will be screened at 19:30 in Hiddingh Hall on Thursday 20 September.

films4peace, curated by Mark Coetzee, is an annual short film commission by PUMA.Peace. It features 21 of today’s most innovative artists visually interpreting the subject of peace. Live screenings will accompany the online release at major museums globally, including the Bass Museum of Art (Miami, USA) and the Design Museum (London, UK); in public urban spaces, such as the City of Barcelona (Spain) and the Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis, USA); educational institutions and youth leadership conferences, such as the H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute (USA) and the 2012 One Young World summit (Pittsburgh, USA).

The films include 35 mm live action, experimental animation and fine art. The films are 30- to 90-seconds to facilitate online as well as live screenings. None of the films are language specific. The artists were selected for the quality and scope of their work and their sensitivity in interpreting the theme.

“The fine selection and curation of artists is testament to the seriousness of purpose behind this important global initiative. We feel privileged to join art institutions worldwide to showcase relevant and cutting edge international work to simulataneously mark World Peace Day. Given the upcoming Heritage weekend, it is also a particularly significant time for South Africans” commented Jay Pather, Director of GIPCA.

“Artists confront us with the challenges that face us at this time,” said Mark Coetzee, films4peace curator. “films4peace are both disturbing and inspiring, responsive to the reality of our time but they also ask us to be responsible for our actions. PUMA.Peace wishes to contribute to making the world a better place. A world that is safer, more peaceful and more creative. We are honoured that GIPCA has joined us in this important initiative.”

Curator Mark Coetzee has invited 21 artists to create 17 new works:

Janet Biggs (USA)
Ergin Cavuþoðlu (Bulgaria)
Magali Charrier (France)
Gregory Crewdson and Costanza Theodoli-Braschi (USA and UK)
Yang Fudong (China)
Tom Gran and Kayleigh Gibbons (UK)
Max Hattler (Germany)
Isaac Julien (UK)
Peterson Kamwathi (Kenya)
Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy (Ireland)
Nandipha Mntambo (Swaziland)
Michael Nyman (UK)
Noriko Okaku (Japan)
Jacco Olivier (Netherlands)
Bill Porter (UK)
Levi van Veluw (Netherlands)
Hank Willis Thomas and Terence Nance (USA)

In keeping with the spirit of the commission, these films will be gifted to the world, within public domain and screening cost free, as tools for peace. By releasing these short films as broadly as possible, on mutliple live and virtual platforms, the aim is to effect positive social change and broaden the discussions around peace globally. These art films will be released online on World Peace Day (21 September) on a dedicated films4peace website, through social networking and video sharing sites and blogs amongst others.

The GIPCA screening will take place at Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town (UCT) Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town on Thursday 20 September 2012 at 19:30 (note that this screening is on the night before World Peace Day) and is free. No Booking is necessary. For more information on the series, please contact 021 480 7156 or

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The Beauty of the Line: The Life and Times of Dumile Feni by Chabani Manganyi

The Beauty of the LineNew from David Krut Publishing:

There are many voices in The Beauty of the Line. One is that of the writer and editor of the book, N Chabani Manganyi. In telling the remarkable story of Dumile Feni’s life, the author is joined by a distinguished cast of art historians, lifelong friends and admirers of Dumile Feni.

Among many themes, the book captures the intimate recollections of South Africans and contributors from around the world whose lives intersected with Dumile’s in Johannesburg, London and New York City. They tell their own stories of the life and times of the artist. Here, in this book, is confirmation of what one South African Said, namely that ‘everyone had a story to tell’ about Dumile.

As an artist, Dumile’s talent was groundbreaking; he had the tenacity to endure in the face of severe obstacles; a quality which enabled him to persist in creating his ‘precious monsters’.

He was steadfast in his pursuit of ‘the beauty of the line’, and dedicated through his drawings and sculptures to the exposure of the pain of the people in the land of his birth.

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  • The Beauty of the Line: The Life and Times of Dumile Feni by Chabani Manganyi
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    EAN: 9780620510135

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David Krut Projects JHB Hosts Julian Opie and Chris Ofili

Julian OpieChris OfiliDavid Krut Projects is currently hosting an exhibition of selected prints by London-based artists Julian Opie and Chris Ofili, entitled O/O. The exhibition opened at David Krut Projects Johannesburg on 5 April and continues until 1 May 2012.

“More than any British artist of his generation Julian Opie has taken art beyond the gallery environment and into the mainstream of cultural life.” – Mary Horlock, author of Julian Opie: Tate Modern Artist Series

“Chris Ofili is one of the most acclaimed painters working today. His intensely coloured and intricately ornamented paintings bridge the gap between popular culture and high art, the sacred and the profane.” – Judith Nesbitt, editor of Chris Ofili Monograph

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Find the Perfect Christmas Gift at David Krut Publishing

Juliet White has rifled through the wealth of excellent publications available at the David Krut bookstore and narrowed the list down to eighteen truly special local and international titles that will make perfect Christmas gifts. White’s picks include Zapiro’s Do You Know Who I Am?, Under the Sway by Justin Fox and two William Kentridge titles. Take a look!

Inspired StylesAfro ModernDo You Know Who I Am?TraceFlavours of the MediterraneanThe Art Game Book

ChanelLucian FreudLight on a HillFuture BeautyIn the Spirit of AspenCarnets D'Egypte

The Allure of WomenThe Allure of MenThe Allure of BeautyThe Printmaking BibleRed Star over RussiaUnder the Sway

William Kentridge: Trace

This visually compelling publication highlights The Museum of Modern Art’s unparalleled collection of prints and books by William Kentridge – nearly fifty works spanning the past three decades. The book also features a succession of artistic interventions made by Kentridge especially for the occasion. Kentridge’s practice brings together drawing, film animation, books, sculpture and performance. Too little is known to the extent of which the artist applies his astonishing draftsmanship to the techniques of printmaking, including etching, screenprinting, lithography and lino cut. In fact printmaking has always been essential to his work, from his first forays into visual art in the 1970s to his recent large-scale operas.

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Lloyd Pollak Reviews Penny Siopis’ Who’s Afraid of the Crowd?


Penny Siopis, Swarm, 2011

Lloyd Pollak reviews Who’s Afraid of the Crowd?, a solo exhibition of mixed works by Penny Siopis which concluded last month after a run at the Michael Stevenson in Cape Town:

Only the word ‘entrancement’ can convey my response to Penny Siopis’s new ink and wood-glue paintings with their radiant mists of iridescent crimson, scarlet, fuchsia and cerise floating over creamy, faintly blushing white grounds. The artist injects inky figurations into her luscious field of shimmering white, and then buries them in opalescent crusts of semi-opaque wood-glue into which the ink bleeds like a drop of cochineal dissolving in water. The textural and chromatic delights she extracts from her unconventional materials prove irresistible, and it is only when we have sated ourselves on these aesthetic splendours that we ponder the meaning of the work, and register the dissonance between the brutality of the subject matter and the ethereal delicacy of the technique.

Photostats of archival material documenting past historical atrocities, such as the bombing of Hiroshima and the gruesome public hangings during race riots in America, are placed alongside the paintings, indicating that they form a meditation on history and the dangers of the herd instinct, mob hysteria and the brutish, irrational drives that overtake humanity at moments of crisis.

ApartheidPenny Siopis

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  • Apartheid: The South African Mirror by Pep Subirs
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    EAN: 9788496954038

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First Call for Students of Design Competition


Design ThinkingIn partnership with the Johannesburg Art Fair, PG Bison has announced a brief for their Student Design Competition. For the first time, the competition has opened a category for industry professionals, not just students. The competition calls for students of interior design, architecture, interior architecture and industrial design to design bookcases and tables for the Johannesburg Art Fair. The closing date for entries is Friday 12 August 2011, and will be judged by Ross Douglas (Artlogic) and Adriaan Hugo (Dokter and Misses):

PG Bison has released the brief for the 2011 PG Bison 1.618 Student Competition, adding an open category competition and partnership with the Joburg Art Fair.

Open category brief

For the first time, it has opened the traditionally student-orientated competition to industry professionals who may enter the new open category. The brief calls for the design of tables and book cases for the Joburg Art Fair. The winning designs will be built from company’s material and entries will be judged by Ross Douglas (Artlogic) and Adriaan Hugo (Dokter and Misses). The closing date for entries is Friday 12 August 2011.

Stoned Cherrie’s Nkhensani Nkosi has been tasked with coming up with new designs for her Love Movement range of Afro chic products, currently housed within 50 Foschini stores nationwide. Foschini has purchased an existing building in the Woodstock area of Cape Town to house Nkhensani’s design studio and workshop for her Stoned Cherrie – Love Movement fashion range, as well as provide display and retail space for her new designs.

Although space is at a premium, Foschini are of the opinion that an additional revenue generator should be considered in order to assist in carrying the operating costs of the building. While Nkhensani has defined clear guidelines as to her requirements for the design studio and fashion retail space, the proposed additional income generator is, as yet, undefined. The only firm guideline is that, whatever the extra source of income, it must be branded ‘Enjoy Responsibly’.

The Interior Design CourseThe Fundamentals of Architecture

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