EXHIBITIONS TO SEE THIS NOVEMBER
It’s one month to the end of the year, and it has been one of positive focus on the African art scene. This November, Omenka brings to you a guide on the exhibitions and shows across Africa. In Lagos, the sixth edition of the LagosPhoto Festival continues with the event spreading between indoor and outdoor venues across Lagos till November 27. Elsewhere, Art Twenty One plays host to Another Congo, featuring the work of Magnum photographers Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin. The exhibition, which is a result of an artistic commission documenting contemporary life in the Congo, continues till November 30. Also in Lagos, Art Clip Africa at the Radisson Blu shows Babajide Olatunji’s The Book of Proverbs from November 14.
Down town in South Africa, Goodman Gallery Cape Town throughout November continues to show Cradle, a new work by Walter Oltmann comprising aluminium wire weavings, drawings, prints and watercolours with a focus on a series of human skulls, notably those of children and young adults, as well as selected photographic images of South African landscapes taken at rock engraving sites. At Christopher Moller Gallery Cape Town, Jaco Roux will showcase Satara from November 5. According to Art critic Ashraf Jamal, “this new body of work offers us the viewers a fresh, exciting interpretation of the African landscape.’’ At Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town, there’s a show of the collaborative paintings of Jacobus Kloppers and Alet Swarts titled Spieëlkamer opening November 7. The title captures the essence of their conceptual goal, mirroring their games of layered meanings and their masterful abilities at harnessing metaphors. Stevenson Gallery Cape Town presents Serge Alain Nitegeka in a new series of free-standing sculptures, painted wall panels and a major intervention titled Black Passage. It runs till November 14. While Schema, a show that considers the nature of perspective and perception, featuring 12 exhibiting artists opens November 26. Gallery MOMO Cape Town is also exhibiting works by the iconic South African artist, Dumile Feni, as well as Raél Jero Salley’s first solo exhibition titled Present in which he examines the dynamics between art and freedom. Both will continue till November 28.
In addition, Everard Read Gallery and Circa, Johannesburg present Bronze, Steel & Stone from November to December. The project seeks to showcase major works by pre-eminent South African sculptors who work in durable traditional intervals – bronze, steel and stone. Gallery MOMO Johannesburg will also show a body of new works by Jonathan Hindson in an exhibition titled Home from November 19. According to Hindson, “the artwork he has created refers to some aspect of a place I could, or would like to, or wish to call ‘home’ – be it a country, a family or a social context.” Meanwhile, internationally renowned artist, Esther Mahlangu, will celebrate her 80th birthday with a solo exhibition from November 11 titled Esther Mahlangu 80 at UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town. The exhibition will comprise of recent paintings and three-dimensional works. David Goldblatt’s The Pursuit of Values continues to show at Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg. The exhibition is essentially about the human spirit and draws on a number of bodies of work, covering a period of some 65 years. From November 19, Stevenson Gallery Johannesburg shows new work by Zanele Muholi in which she presents her self-portraits, in an exhibition titled Somnyama Ngonyama. Meanwhile, the Goodman Gallery’s Johannesburg space continues to show Young, Gifted and Black, in keeping with their mission to investigate critical moments in the interconnected histories of global Black Life, features 18 artists and runs till November 11 with ruby onyinyechi amanze’s Salt Water following on November 19.
On November 12 in London, Tiwani Contemporary opens Workshop Maianga Mutamba, an exhibition of new works by Francisco Vidal and his first solo show in the UK.
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