Joburg Art Exhibitions You Need To See This February
Here are HL’s resident senior story editor Garreth van Niekerk’s picks of the six Joburg art exhibitions you need to see this February.
Do you live in Gauteng and want to begin your year on an artistic note? Then spend this weekend, and the rest of February, exploring some of the most exciting Joburg art exhibitions currently on show. With an interesting mix of young and established artists as well as solo and group shows in big and up-and-coming galleries, you're in for an incredibly diverse and varied offering.
Here are HL’s resident senior story editor Garreth van Niekerk’s picks of the six Joburg art exhibitions to see this February.
1. Zander Blom's New Paintings at Stevenson (opens 2/2/2019)
Prepare yourself for a fresh selection of work by one of our favourite painters working in the country right now. Zander Blom’s canvas collages are explosive expressions of colour, form and texture that explore what the artist says are 'an endless infatuation and frustration with painting and mark-making – a stubborn, impatient desire to will paint into a compelling composition or expression of some sort'.
Find more info about this and other Joburg art exhibitions on the Stevenson website.
2. Jody Paulsen's Water Me at SMAC Gallery (closes 16/2/2019)
Ruminate on the transience of life and material success in the new body of work by ‘ever-lasting Millennial’ Jody Paulsen at his eye-bogglingly colourful and explosive exhibition Water Me, which just opened at SMAC Gallery in Rosebank. It’s on until 16 February, so there’s still a bit of time to see it.
Find more info about this and other Joburg art exhibitions on the SMAC Gallery website.
3. Gerhard Marx's Ecstatic Archive at Goodman Gallery (closes 9/3/2019)
Get lost in the wonderfully nonsensical maps created by contemporary art-cartographer Gerhard Marx at his new exhibition open at Goodman Gallery. The works are labour intensive reimaginings of the artist’s lifetime spent exhuming, cutting up and rejigging historical maps into an entirely new navigational experience.
Find more info about this and other Joburg art exhibitions on the Goodman Gallery website.
4. Brush Strokes and Fine Lines at Gallery Momo (closes 4/3/2019)
Gallery Momo's Joburg space returns after a renovation sabbatical with a group show of new paintings and drawings by some of their standouts from the Momo stable. Think Ransome Stanley, Raél Salley, Jonathan Freemantle and Kimathi Donkor.
Find more info about this and other Joburg art exhibitions on the Gallery Momo website.
5. Jennifer Morrison's Surface Depth at Graham Gallery (closes 26/2/2019)
The enormous canvases of Jennifer Morrison leave you room to soak in all the colour, movement and pattern found in her expressive process. A trip to Graham Gallery is also utterly incomplete without exploring some of its collectable furniture pieces by design legends, so make sure you spend a little extra time sitting on its remarkable chairs.
Find more info about this and other Joburg art exhibitions on the Graham Gallery website.
6. Simphiwe Buthelezi's Lala La at Bag Factory (closes 22/2/2019)
'Lala la' means ‘come rest here’ in Zulu – the perfect feeling to keep in mind as you make your way through the extraordinary thatch-based installations by 2018 Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize winner Simphiwe Buthelezi. The artist has spent three months in residence at Bag Factory producing work for her debut show, with each piece carefully asking ‘how tradition is used as a tool to justify the oppression of women’.
Find more info about this and other Joburg art exhibitions on the Bag Factory website.