Gal­leries are alive with the sounds of si­lence

CityPress - - Trend­ing - GAR­RETH VAN NIEK­ERK gar­reth.van­niek­erk@city­press.co.za

There’s plenty in store to whet art lovers’ ap­petites this year. With one of the big­gest African art col­lec­tions on the con­ti­nent, the Wits Art Mu­seum is able to put on a group show like few can, so be sure to check out a few of them in 2016, such as Modernisms, Moder­nity and the Rise of Pro­fes­sional Black Artists in South Africa, 1948-1970, in April.

At the com­mer­cial gal­leries, ex­pect ex­cit­ing new things from Mawande Ka Zen­zile’s third solo ex­hi­bi­tion at Steven­son Jo­han­nes­burg in March.

Also in Jo­han­nes­burg, the Good­man Gallery cel­e­brates its 50th birth­day, so we can look for­ward to a nos­tal­gic line-up of shows, with Wil­liam Ken­tridge open­ing the year and a show later on by pho­tog­ra­pher Jab­u­lani Dh­lamini look­ing at Sharpeville 55 years af­ter the tragedy.

Gallery Momo will be open­ing the year with a solo ex­hi­bi­tion by con­tro­ver­sial pho­tog­ra­pher Roger Ballen as well as Mary Sibande’s re­turn solo ex­hi­bi­tion.

Over in Cape Town at the South African Na­tional Gallery, Stu­dio – Cel­e­brat­ing the Lives and Work of South African Artists is a feast of lo­cal work on un­til the end of Septem­ber.

The Cape Town Art Fair, di­rected for the first time by South African art critic Matthew Par­tridge, has been con­firmed for Fe­bru­ary 19 to 21, and the Joburg Art Fair is set to take place from Septem­ber 9 to 11.

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