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Mary Sibande: The purple shall govern
10-Apr-2014

The purple shall govern, the exhibition of work by Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for 2013, Mary Sibande, concludes its national tour at the Standard Bank Gallery.

This exhibition takes Sophie, the elaborately costumed figure for which Sibande is best known, to a new level: a deeper, somewhat darker exploration of personal anxieties and preoccupations with birth, rebirth, growth and death.

Translations: art into jewellery
27-Jan-2014

This exhibition explores the crossover of art into jewellery, and is the result of collaboration between Schwartz Jewellers and ten top South African artists. The exhibition, which runs at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, from 14 October 2010 until 4 December, comprises a unique range of artist-designed jewellery pieces.

Each piece has been created by a synthesis of artistry and the jewellery-making know-how that epitomises Schwartz Jewellers. The participating artists are Senzeni Marasela, Faiza Galdhari, Marco Cianfanelli, Walter Oltmann, Karel Nel, Dylan Lewis, Loren Kaplan, Norman Catherine, Diana Hyslop and Michael Frampton.

Simon Stone: A Retrospective Exhibition
27-Jan-2014

Simon Stone :A Retrospective Exhibitionis the first comprehensive review of the career of one of South Africa's foremost artists, Simon Stone (b. 1952). Jointly organised by the Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery (SMAC) and the Standard Bank Gallery, the exhibition spans 35 years of Stone's work, from 1978 - 2013, and includes a selection of his most definitive paintings.

Over a prolific career, Stone has built an impressive reputation as a painter. This exhibition identifies him as unique amongst other South African painters.

Lifelines: object biographies from the Standard Bank African Art Collection
22-Jan-2014

"Do objects have lives? If objects could speak, what stories would they tell? Objects are made, re-made and repurposed, they are worn and broken, sometimes fixed. Objects are traded or stolen; they are entangled in people's lives or remain unused. Only a very few find their way into museums; some we know much about, others nothing." These are some of the questions and issues addressed in Lifelines, which explores the biographies of selected objects in the Standard Bank African Art Collection housed at Wits Art Museum (WAM).

Lifelines, the exhibition and publication of the same name, grew out of a Wits History of Art postgraduate project, Object Biographies, pioneered by Dr. Justine Wintjes in 2013. This research project was developed in response to the intriguing collection housed at WAM and the abundant research opportunities it offers to students of African Art.

In the Weave: Walter Oltmann – working over three decades
21-Jan-2014

Curated by Neil Dundas, In the Weave celebrates three decades of work by Walter Oltmann, one of South Africa's finest and most intriguing artists.  It also explores his sources, inspirations and allusions to the exchange of concepts between cultures in southern Africa.

Although he is noted for his drawings and prints, Oltmann is best known for his wire sculptures, for which he uses techniques which parallel handcrafts. Wire has long been his chosen medium. He was initially drawn to wire as a sculptural medium when he moved from Pietermaritzburg to Johannesburg to complete his postgraduate studies in fine arts. There he came across gabion structures - wire cages filled with rocks as a preventative measure against soil erosion - along mine dumps and embankments, which he considered as sculptural forms to explore. "The limitations of the weight of these forms," he says, "soon directed me to using wire in itself as a medium."   

Mikhael Subotzky: Retinal Shift
10-Apr-2013

Retinal Shift, the exhibition by Mikhael Subotzky, Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for the Visual Arts in 2012, first shown at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in mid- 2012, ends its country-wide tour in Johannesburg. Retinal Shift investigates the practice and mechanics of looking - in relation to the history of Grahamstown, the history of photographic devices and Subotzky's own history as an artist.

 The works on exhibition draw on a diversity of sources: archival portraits from the last century, found surveillance footage and Subotzky's own photographs from various series that have been re-contextualised. Self-Portrait (With Assistance of Optometrist) (2012) shows high-resolution images of Subotzky's left and right retinas placed side by side. Speaking of this work the artist says, "At the moment that my retinas, my essential organs of seeing, were photographed, I was blinded by the apparatus that made the images. So it is a self-portrait of myself, the photographer, at a moment that I could not see."

Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China
30-Jan-2013

Johannesburg audiences can look forward to viewing Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China,the acclaimed exhibition curated by Ruth Simbao for the 2012 National Arts Festival.

One of the most critical geopolitical shifts of the 21st century has been the rise of China as an economic power, and its venture into the Global South - particularly the African continent.  Too often, however, the media sensationalises China-Africa relations, simplistically framing China as either Africa's new curse or as the economic saviour to the continent. While revived China-Africa relations have piqued the interest of economists, little meaningful cultural understanding exists, and 'Sinophobia' is hot on the heels of 'Afrophobia'.

Successful showing of “20th Century Masters: the human figure”
05-Oct-2012

The exhibition 20th Century Masters: the human figure which was on display at the Standard Bank Gallery from 13 July - 15 September 2012 was a resounding success.

Due to public demand, the Gallery had to extend its weekend opening hours; with an unprecedented number of people coming to view the exhibition. Saturday 8 September saw no less than 1800 people passing through the doors, with the exhibition showing to an overall total of 21 269 visitors.

The Art of Banking: celebrating through collections
02-Oct-2012

'The Art of Banking: celebrating through collections' runs at the Standard Bank Gallery from 16 October - 1 December 2012. The exhibition marks Standard Bank's 150th year in banking.

All of the works on the show are drawn from the Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection, one of the oldest and most comprehensive of South African corporate art collections. Initiated in 1938, this collection comprises over 1,000 works by some 250 artists, most of whom are South African, while others are pioneer explorers of the colonial era.

Nandipha Mntambo: Faena & Leonie Marinovich: Not Me-Not Mine
13-Apr-2012

About to open at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg is the 6th leg of Nandipha Mntambo's national touring exhibition, Faena. The exhibition opens on 3 May 2012 and runs until 9 June. Mntambo is the winner of the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art.

"Winning the Standard Bank Young Artist Award is wonderful. At this stage of my career it is a great affirmation of my achievements within my art practice," says Mntambo. "My hope is that the scope of my art creation would be increased."

Leonie Marinovich: Not Me – Not Mine
13-Apr-2012

Currently running at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg is Not Me - Not Mine, an exhibition of photographs by Leonie Marinovich that explores the interrelation between women and HIV. The exhibition also includes two documentary films by Jungle Works Production, which draw attention to some of the more nuanced issues women are faced with in the context of the HIV epidemic. One of the films is shot in Uganda and focuses on three HIV sero-discordant couples, or couples in which one partner is HIV-positive and the other is HIV-negative. The second documentary is filmed in Lesotho and is a cross-generational conversation between a young woman and her aunt who is living with HIV.

Marinovich's photographic essay and the documentary films were commissioned by the UNAIDS Regional Support team for eastern and southern Africa to highlight the exceptional vulnerability of women and girls to HIV in eastern and southern Africa, and to kick off the Decade of the African Woman (2010 - 2020). UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative United Nations partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

Nandipha Mntambo: Faena
13-Apr-2012

2 May - 9 June 2012

The 5th leg of Nandipha Mntambo's national touring exhibition, Faena, opens at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg on 2 May 2012 and runs until 9 June. Mntambo is the winner of the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art.

Nandipha Mntambo: Faena
05-Apr-2012

The 5th leg of Nandipha Mntambo's national touring exhibition, Faena, opens at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg on 3 May 2012 and runs until 9 June. Mntambo is the winner of the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art.

"Winning the Standard Bank Young Artist Award is wonderful. At this stage of my career it is a great affirmation of my achievements within my art practice," says Mntambo. "My hope is that the scope of my art creation would be increased."

Candice Breitz: Extra! Iziko Museums of Cape Town
02-Apr-2012

Venue: Iziko in Cape Town

Dates: 26 April to 22 July 2012

Nandipha Mntambo: Faena & Leonie Marinovich: Not Me-Not Mine
30-Mar-2012

The 5th leg of Nandipha Mntambo's national touring exhibition, Faena, opens at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg on 3 May 2012 and runs until 9 June. Mntambo is the winner of the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art.

"Winning the Standard Bank Young Artist Award is wonderful. At this stage of my career it is a great affirmation of my achievements within my art practice," says Mntambo. "My hope is that the scope of my art creation would be increased."

Celebrate Freedom!
27-Mar-2012

"We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free. Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward." From the speech made by Nelson Mandela at his inauguration, 1994

This month we celebrate Freedom Day: 27 April 1994, the historic occasion on which South Africans of all races stood side by side for the first time to cast their votes in a democratic election. It is a day many remember with pride - who can forget the images of the long lines of people waiting patiently to cast their vote that were beamed around the world. Eighteen years later, we're protected by one of the finest constitutions in the world, with a Bill of Rights that enshrines the rights of all in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom, but we're still working to come to terms with our difficult past.

Candice Breitz: Extra! Standard Bank Gallery
24-Jan-2012

8 February - 5 April, 2012

Candice Breitz: Extra! - the first comprehensive survey exhibition of the artist's work to be presented in South Africa - runs at the Standard Bank Gallery in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and Goodman Gallery from 8 February until 5 April, 2012. Breitz, who was born in Johannesburg but now lives and works in Berlin, is an internationally renowned artist who has exhibited her photographs and video installations worldwide.

12-Oct-2011

'END GAME', an exhibition by Michael MacGarry, runs at the Standard Bank Gallery from 26 October until 3 December 2011. MacGarry is the winner of the 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art. His exhibition in Johannesburg is the final leg of a tour that began at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in June 2010.

'END GAME' comprises a series of works related to MacGarry's artist's statement: "My work investigates the ongoing ramifications of imperialism on the African continent, coupled with the analysis and parody of the socio-political and economic role of political elites within this context as well as the increasingly complicated dynamics attendant on the extraction of natural resources - particularly oil - in African nation-states post-independence."

Water, the [Delicate] Thread of Life
06-Jul-2011

'Water, the [Delicate] Thread of Life', sets out to navigate a course through the many wonders and complexities of water and to challenge the way we think about and respond to one of the most precious substances on earth. This unique exhibition seeks to bring home just how fragile and tenuous life on earth would be without sustainable water resources. Through the eyes, minds and creative endeavours of South African artists, it shows how integral and fundamental water is to life. Water is indeed the delicate thread on which life depends.

The exhibition, dedicated to "the lifeblood of all life forms on earth", comprises work by a host of artists, such as Deborah Bell, Penny Siopis, Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, Jackson Hlungwani, Walter Oltmann, Norman Catherine, William Kentridge, Georgie Papageorge, Simon Max Bannister, Alan Crump, David Goldblatt, Andrew Verster, Noria Mabasa, Strijdom van der Merwe, Moshekwa Langa, Marcus Neustetter and Durant Sihlali. Through their collective artworks, the exhibition traces water's role on earth, from sustaining life and fuelling economies to its presence in belief systems, religions and rituals.

Listening to Distant Thunder: The Art of Peter Clarke
20-Apr-2011

This exhibition honours the life and work of Peter Clarke, the highly respected South African artist.

Born in Simon's Town in 1929, Clarke's career spans six decades. After painting in his spare time for a number of years while working in the Simon's Town dockyard, he became a full-time professional artist in 1956.

Super Boring
02-Feb-2011

The concept for Wayne Barker's exhibition, 'Super Boring', was born at the private showing before the opening of the 2009 Venice Biennale, given to recognising an older generation of conceptual artists, including the American John Baldessari. Barker was in Venice to show on a fringe exhibition, 'I Linguaggi del Mondo: Languages of the World', curated by Vincenzo Sanfo. On the Grand Canal hung a banner declaring Baldessari's words from a 1971 artwork: "I will not make any more boring art."

Barker is a colourful, provocative and rebellious persona and artist who lives a life of seemingly endless outrageous incidents. He and his work are anything but boring, lending an ironic twist to the exhibition's title. He firmly rejects the idea that art should be "idle navel-gazing", as it is said in his exhibition catalogue. What Barker presents instead is work that is arresting, incisive and a challenge to political perceptions and understandings, morality, authority and values.

A Vigil of Departure - Louis Khehla Maqhubela, a retrospective 1960 - 2010
30-Jul-2010

3 August - 18 September, 2010

'A Vigil of Departure - Louis Khehla Maqhubela, a retrospective 1960 - 2010', opens at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, on 3 August 2010, running until 18 September. The thrust behind the exhibition and catalogue is to assess Louis Maqhubela's (1939- ) place in, and contribution to, the history of South African art. The intention is to remind the public of a great artist, to return Maqhubela from obscurity and to re-inscribe him into the history of art of this country.

Standard Bank Gallery
28-Apr-2010

Signature Pieces

Formed over the last four decades, the Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection is a testament to the vision of its creators and the changes in attitudes by which it has been shaped: shifts in corporate culture, the visual art sector and the broader South African social and historical context.

Halakasha!
19-Apr-2010

The National Arts Festival will present the biggest Fringe offering in its 38 year history, this year. In line with the spirit of 'open access' embodied by the Festival, 390 Fringe productions are expected to hit the boards during this year's 11 Days of Amaz!ng.

This 20% increase in the number of applications has meant that the Festival has had to source new venues in a city already bursting at the seams, but the Albany Bowling Club, Oatlands School and St Aidan's Chapel will no doubt fast become an integral part of the Festival landscape, and artists are increasingly making use of unusual and site-specific spaces. 

Nicholas Hlobo: Umtshotsho and Karin Preller: City and Suburban
24-Feb-2010

10 February - 13 March, 2010

'Umtshotsho' is the exhibition of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art winner, Nicholas Hlobo, and it runs at the Standard Bank Gallery from 30 March to 8 May 2010. This year-long exhibition began at the National Arts Festival in June 2009 and has travelled around the country. Its run in Johannesburg precedes the final leg, which takes place in Cape Town in August.

Alexis Preller: Africa, the Sun Shadows
13-Oct-2009

13 October - 5 December, 2009

'Alexis Preller: Africa, the Sun and Shadows' opens at the Standard Bank Gallery on 13 October and runs until 5 December 2009. A retrospective exhibition, it showcases the work of Alexis Preller (1911-1975).

Nontsikelelo "Lolo" Veleko: Wonderland
10-Jun-2009

10 June - 18 July, 2009

On show at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg are two particularly absorbing shows - Nontsikelelo Veleko's 'Wonderland' and Len Sak's 'Jojo'.

Andrew Verster: Past/Present
17-Apr-2009

17 April - 23 May, 2009

Andrew Verster's 'Past/Present' exhibition is a show currently on in Johannesburg which is definitely not to be missed. Verster is one of the country's most respected and dynamic artists, and his exhibition runs at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg until 23 May 2009.

Johannes Phokela - I like my neighbours
02-Mar-2009

3 February - 21 March, 2009

I like my neighboursat the Standard Bank gallery, Johannesburg is an exhibition by the internationally acclaimed Soweto-born artist, Johannes Phokela. Following on Phokela's other successful solo shows in South Africa, it features a body of new work, as well as recent works from a number of private and public collections. The exhibition runs from 3 February to 21 March 2009.

David Andrew - Misc (Recovery Room)
03-Feb-2009

3 February - 21 March, 2009

David Andrew's exhibition, Misc (Recovery Room), opens at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg, running from 3 February to 21 March 2009.

Judith Mason - A prospect of icons
02-Oct-2008

2 October - 6 December, 2008

A prospect of icons, Judith Mason's retrospective exhibition at Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg opens on 2 October 2008, running until 6 December.

Toys for Africa - an exhibition of handmade african toys presented by The African Toyshop
30-Jul-2008

 30 July - 6 September, 2008

Also opening at the Standard Bank Gallery in the downstairs space on 30 July 2008 is Toys For Africa - an exhibition of handmade African toys presented by The African Toyshop.

Cecil Skotnes: A Private View
30-Jul-2008

30 July - 6 September, 2008

Images from the archive of Cecil and Thelma Skotnes opens at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, on 30 July 2008, running until 6 September.

Joni Brenner - Collection
27-May-2008

27 May - 4 July, 2008

I work in my studio all the time - I believe in daily practice. I make sculptures in clay, large and small, I make oil paintings on canvas, on stone, on wax and I make small watercolours of the two human skulls I have in my studio. I carve into rubber slabs and make casts of these in plaster, I make plasticine sculptures, I take photographs of my studio and my model and myself, I decide which works to cast in bronze, and which works to group together. I just work, sometimes knowing exactly what I am doing and sometimes not knowing at all. I like the unimagined possibilities that open up through such an approach. This way of working produces an enormous amount of work, which is stacked in my studio, in my lounge, dining room, bathroom and kitchen… I live with the work, some of it I leave - quite a lot of it, and some of it I rework or discard. Sometimes it feels like I live in an archaeological dig, excavating and collecting my own work.

Pieter Hugo - Messina / Musina
27-May-2008

27 May - 5 July 2008

Messina/Musina is an exhibition of works by Pieter Hugo, the 2007 Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art and internationally acclaimed photographer. The title of the exhibition refers to Musina, the northernmost town in South Africa. It lies on the Limpopo River on the border with Zimbabwe.

Skin-to-Skin: Challenging textile art
15-Apr-2008

16 April - 10 May, 2008

Skin-to-Skin: Challenging Textile Art opens at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg on 16 April 2008, running until 10 May. Curated by Fiona Kirkwood, the exhibition reflects South Africa's multi-cultural identity and unique history through diverse work by artists using textile-related concepts, techniques and materials.

Marlene Dumas - Intimate Relations
06-Feb-2008

6 February - 29 March, 2008

Marlene Dumas' long-awaited exhibition, MARLENE DUMAS: Intimate Relations, opens at Iziko South African National Gallery on 8 November 2007, running until 13 January 2008. The show then moves to Johannesburg, where it will be held at the Standard Bank Gallery from 6 February-29 March 2008.

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