Each year, the Standard Bank Gallery host several exhibitions. Second on the 2013 events calendar is the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist winner for Visual Arts, Mikhael Subotzky with his exhibition, ‘Retinal Shift’. We chatted to gallery curator, Barbara Freemantle about this extraordinary collection of imagery.
It’s very exciting to see an exhibition by a previous Standard Bank Young Artist winner, and especially someone of Subotzky’s calibre. What makes this exhibition different from any you’ve curated before? Read more »
Out and about on the streets of Jozi, blog writer, Kagiso Mnisi sheds some light on the fascinating work of artist Prince Twala, otherwise known as "The Prince of Newtown" who frequents the area.
Joburg is a tempestuous seductress and very few who have flirted with her come out unscathed. Among those who have had brushes with the tempest and still survived is Prince Twala. Prince Twala is known in the city's art scene by aliases such as Mthakathi and Prince of Newtown, he is a jewellery designer who makes pieces out of forks, knives and spoons. Read more »
It’s about journeys. It’s about movement. It’s about MAKING WAY for new conversations which explore humanity within the body, mind and soul. The MAKING WAY: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China exhibition takes a journey through new paths, and explores the rise of new regimes, new leaders, urban spaces, as well as economic and cultural shifts within the societies of these two nations. Have you taken the journey?
The meaning behind it all Read more »
It all began with a trickling in of feet with eager faces. Soon enough the room was filled with chatter and excitement. Drinks and light snacks served, a sizable crowd of people began to form around the many couches and bar stools as the sun began to set on the streets of Jozi. We attended the MAKING WAY: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China opening and explored the meaning behind the joining of two strikingly different nations in one fascinating exhibition.
Introducing MAKING WAY… Read more »
Freelance blogger, Kagiso Mnisi recently attended a performance by Mali musician, Vieux Farka Toure after a visit to the country last month.
Mali's musical heritage has produced world renowned firebrands such as Toumani Diabate, Djeli Moussa Sissoko, Sidiki Diabate and Salif Keita to mention a few. The country's brand of desert blues now enjoys contemporary global appeal through new generation artists like Vieux Farka Toure, the son of singer and multi-instrumentalist, Ali Farka Toure. Read more »
"All art is material culture, but not all material culture is art," says regular blogger Talita Myburgh. Or is it? In this piece we take a look at the Tsonga door and explore the differences between African crafts as an art form versus Western perceptions of what constitutes art. Read more »
Regular blogger, Talita Myburgh takes a look at Walter Oltmann's piece entitled "Ligabe" and explores the African cultures which make use of the art of beading.
In the 1960s it was said with great enthusiasm that art should be brought to the masses and, though you could quibble about the definition of “the masses”, many would agree that art has become comparatively much more accessible through public exhibitions. Read more »
"Take a walk" around the streets of Joburg with Meruschka Govender who gets to the heART of street art in and around this bustling city.
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Enigmatic and romantic, Robert Hodgins was an artist with a fascinating interpretation of the various relationships he saw surrounding him. Talita Myburgh takes a look at this much missed South African artist and one of his works, entitled: "The White Safe."
“What we call art is not only that which culminates in great work but rather the space where society carries out its visual production.”– Carol Becker Read more »
Kagiso Mnisi takes us on a visual journey through some of the artworks on display in the The Art of Banking: Celebrating through collections exhibition.
Standard Bank Group is intrinsically entwined with South Africa’s recent history, having been born on the goldfields of the Highveld. To this end the bank has developed an exhibition that mirrors pivotal moments in South Africa's history, and highlights Standard Bank’s evolution. Read more »
Talita Myburgh explores J H Pierneef's artistic style and takes a brief looks at what has influenced his landscape pieces. Read more »
We take a look at the rich history presented by the current exhibition, 'The Art of Banking: Celebrating Through Collections' at the Standard Bank Gallery.
Opening up to a wealth of creativity Read more »
Fumi May takes a close look at technique employed by the 20th Century Masters at the recent 20th Century Masters: The Human Figure exhibition which was on at the Standard Bank Gallery. Read more »
On the 19 September 2012 Standard Bank and PAST (Palaentological Scientific Trust) hosted the 8th lecture series, now renamed to the Philip V. Tobias Memorial Lecture Series in honour of the late South African paleoanthropologist who died earlier this year, at the Soweto Theatre, Johannesburg. Read more »
Palesa Sibeko reflects on the highlights of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz 2012.
I love live music. The last weekend of August is one of my favourite times of the year as I get to attend the annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival. Now in its 13th year, I don’t think the lineup has ever been stronger, which presented a challenge for someone with access to multiple stages. How does one choose to see one artist over another? This is a time when for a short period, music lovers form part of a vibrant jazz community in Johannesburg. Read more »