Galleries are alive with the sounds of silence
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.
WOMAN, BEAST Europa
HIDDEN FACES Mawande Ka Zenzile: A Girl with a Hoody
HARSH MEMORIES Jabulani Dhlamini S 128 Vuka, Sharpeville, 2009