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THOM PIERCE’S "THE HORSEMEN OF SEMONKONG" – TURNING HEADS ACROSS THE WORLD

October 13, 2017 - Everard Read JHB

The first exhibition of The Horsemen of Semonkong took place at CIRCA, Johannesburg in October 2016. Since then Pierce’s work has been shown around the world as part of award exhibitions and photographic festivals. It has been featured in print and online in various publications including Vogue, Esquire and The Guardian.

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ArtSpoken & Reviews

October 10, 2017 - Sharmini Brookes

From Canaletto to Angus Taylor - Rosebank Artfest

Sharmini Brookes 10/08/2017 07:40:02
Sharmini Brookes: Rosebank is for art lovers and I enjoyed wandering from the Exhibition On Screen’s viewing of Canaletto to the Everard Read Gallery sculptures.

The Exhibition On Screen at Rosebank Mall Cinema Nouveau takes us on a tour of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints by Canaletto and some of his 18th Century counterparts which are the basis of the Royal Collection held at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Place and Windsor Castle. The collection was bought by the young King George 111 in 1762 from Joseph Smith, the British Consul in Venice and a speculative art dealer who targeted the lucrative British market for landscape paintings to both advertise their knowledge of the Grand Tour many had undertaken and to remind them of the places they visited. He quickly moved away from other popular landscape painters of the time to collecting Canaletto because, as he explains to his clients, one can feel the sun in his paintings.

The film takes us to Venice too so we can compare the real views with Canaletto’s interpretation of it and takes pains to argue that while it may seem almost photographic in appearance due to the fine detail and painterly skill of capturing the picturesque textures of surfaces as well as the architectural accuracy of the buildings, Canaletto ordered and designed it to his particular taste and viewpoint, peopling it with characters that were real enough but not necessarily in the scene at the time and moving columns, structures and objects to realise his artistic vision. A sketchbook, showing detailed topographical and architectural drawings backs up the view that Canaletto painted in his studio – assembling the drawings he had made while out and about to recreate his view of Venice – and yet his view of Venice seems ultra-real in the way we remember places we have visited some time ago.

From the ‘Feast of the Ascension in Venice’ to the ‘Regatta at Ca’ Foscare’ to the many views of San Marco square, these paintings are a delight to view. There are also his paintings of London, when he spent time there, of views overlooking the River Thames.

A few streets down from the Rosebank Mall, at the corner of Jellicoe and Keyes Avenue, is the Everard Read Gallery. People say that once you have your work exhibited here, you have made it as an artist. A South African of Scottish heritage, Angus Taylor could be seen at home amongst his monumental sculptures fully togged in kilt and sporran. His exhibition here is entitled ‘In The Middle Of It’ and suggests where he finds himself at this point in time – beyond the first anxieties of a struggling artist at the beginning of his career – his being between the first and third world – between Africa and Europe – and immersed in the challenges of his work.

The first work, ‘Resistance As Nurture’, we see are a series of small bronze figures in various stages of struggle with pieces of stone revolving around within a transparent box in a never ending revolution. It initially reminded me of some of Kentridge’s mechanical art pieces but also of Sisiphus’s eternal struggle carrying his rock up the mountain. Later on in the exhibition, these figures are lined up in a row and we can peruse them in greater detail. Then one notices how the pieces of stone or rock are slowly added on becoming almost unbearable in the middle but towards the end many drop off leaving two pieces that look like angel’s wings or one on the leg looking like the wing on Mercury’s feet suggesting a kind of lightness and freedom. This work, probably, best sums up the title of the exhibition and the artist’s view of where he sees himself.

In the second room are the monumental statues of ‘The Gatekeeper’ with a red Jasper head and another with arm outstretched but what looks like a Graphite head. The bronze is roughly hewn and riveted together with bolts and moulded to form the immense body. There is an attractive quality to the un-smoothness of the texture – it shows the work put into it and somehow makes it more human and less godlike. I notice though that the hands and feet are delicately carved – showing the fragile detail of knuckles and lines and the well-formed nails – a reference perhaps to the refined delicacy of the artist’s hands in making these works.

The stones – red Jasper formed a billion years after the earth was formed; black Belfast Granite, harder than normal Granite because the linkages between the molecules of metal are more flexible and so it is not so brittle; stone with various stages of iron in it or with bits of quartz and silica – are found pieces picked up in Belfast and Rustenburg and are quite beautiful.

The final piece made with strips of metal fills a whole room and is of a man seated on the ground with his legs folded to one side and leaning his weight on one hand. The monumentality of the piece belies the tender vulnerability of this pose. A photograph of the same piece made in stone is shown installed in a public park or garden.

This is an exhibition I was glad to have seen and heartily recommend a viewing. One feels almost exalted at the end of it.

Canaletto and The Art of Venice is on at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau from Saturday 7 October.

Angus Taylor – In The Middle Of It is showing at the Everard Read Gallery until 2 November 2017.


Sharmini Brookes
Freelance writer
sharminibrookes@yahoo.co.uk
078 477 6938
 
Related Venues:
Everard Read Gallery, 6 Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank Johannesburg

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Spotlight on FNB JoburgArtFair 2017

September 15, 2017 - Artthrob

Joburg Art Fair talks and discussions

FNB JoburgArtFair 

Image and text curtesy of Artthrob.

 

Talks, talks, talks

The FNB JAF Talks Programme always delivers and there were some real winners lined up this time. Robin Rhode, The Armoury Show executive director Benjamin Genocchio, and a mammoth conversation around the 10th Berlin Biennale. Two group chats were particularly memorable: Lady Skollie, Zohra Opoku, Peju Alatise, Sethembile Msezane (moderated by Pulane Kingston) and Penny Siopis, Sue Williamson, Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi in conversation with Dr. Zoe Whitley.

 

 

 

For more information please contact Kylie Serebro at kylie@everard.co.za 011 788 4805 

BETH DIANE ARMSTRONG TO OPEN AT STANDARD BANK GALLERY

August 3, 2017 - Everard Read JHB

Beth Diane Armstrong

Standard Bank Young Artist 2017

in perpetuum

 

in perpetuum is a sculptural exhibition centred on contrasting variations of density and looseness. Accompanying her 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art, the exhibition highlights Armstrong’s use of sculpture to explore different expressions of these two terms in relation to scale, structure, materiality, space, representation and process.

 

3 August, 2017 marks the opening of Armstong's solo show, in perpetuum at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg.

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TURBINE ART FAIR: FIVE YEARS ON

July 13, 2017 - Everard Read JHB

The annual Turbine Art Fair will celebrate its fifth consecutive opening on Thursday, 13 July 2013. The fair, which showcases some of South Africa’s finest contemporary art, offers audiences a chance to view and buy work from established as well as emerging local artists.

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LIBERTY BATTSON CURATES THE CONFESSIONAL

July 13, 2017 - Everard Read JHB

10 July, 2017 marks the opening of The Confession; a group show curated by 2014 L’Atelier Art Competition winner and Everard Read represented artist, Liberty Battson.

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Gary Stephens' solo exhibition opens at Everard Read Johannesburg

June 2, 2017 - Everard Read JHB

GARY STEPHENS

PLEATED

1 - 24 June 2017

 

1 June marked the opening of Gary Stephens' solo exhibition, PLEATED.

The exhibition includes both Stephens' photographic prints and iconic chalk pastel drawings on folded paper with hand-dyded string systems.

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ANGUS TAYLOR TO OPEN AT EVERARD READ LONDON

May 24, 2017 - Everard Read JHB

2 June 2017 marks the opening date for Pretoria-based artist, Angus Taylor’s first solo exhibition at Everard Read London. In the Middle of it will showcase Taylor’s new body of sculptural work; demonstrating the artist’s prowess as both a mason and metalsmith.

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ARTISTS TAKE PART IN ART ANGELS AFRICA AUCTION IN LONDON

May 12, 2017 - Everard Read JHB

Art Angels Africa hosted their first public auction in London, England on Thursday 11 May 2017. The event forms part on the on-going initiative to raise money for the education of learners in rural South Africa.

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COLLABORATIVE ABSTRACT EXHIBITION OPENS AT EVERARD READ JOHANNESBURG

May 10, 2017 - Everard Read JHB

SPECTRUM

4 MAY – 24 JUNE

 

A group show exploring colour, light and energy in South African contemporary art. Derived from the Latin term ‘specere’ meaning an image or apparition, ‘spectrum’ also refers to the band of colours created by the refraction of light.

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