Transcending Instinct by Nandipha Mntambo | Southern Guild
Multidisciplinary South African artist Nandipha Mntambo is well-known for her cowhide sculptures and art that celebrate the female body.
With Transcending Instinct, her first solo exhibition with Southern Guild, she explores the art form of functional sculpture with four large seating objects for which she has used her signature medium: there’s a rocking stool with leather tassels and a bowl-shaped chair with a rugged leather exterior.
She also uses unique touches such as zebra skin and the combination of cow hair and ink which she’s used for inspiration in a timber chaise.
Transcending Instinct opens on February 16 and will run until April 8. The gallery is open from 9am — 5.30pm Mondays to Fridays and from 10am — 2pm on Saturdays.
She Could Talk a Flood Tide Down by Yto Barrada | Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
Yto Barrada is a Moroccan-French artist who is known for her multidisciplinary investigations of cultural phenomena and historical narratives.
She Could Talk a Flood Tide Down is Barrada’s first exhibition in Johannesburg and with Goodman Gallery and brings together a diverse range of the artist’s work that explores alternative forms of learning, including her film collage Continental Drift which is comprises footage that has been taken over eight years across the US and Morocco, and Plumber Assemblage, a series of photographs that interrogates the romanticism that is often applied to foreign objects.
She Could Talk a Flood Tide Down opened on January 29 and will run until March 17. The gallery is open from 8.30am — 5pm Tuesdays to Fridays and from 8.30am — 4pm on Saturdays.
Monochrome Paintings by Zander Blom | Stevenson Gallery Johannesburg
For Zander Blom’s new exhibition with Stevenson Gallery, he has stripped down his colour palette and embraced abstraction. For the works exhibited in Monochrome Paintings, the artist used diluted oil paint which he applied with thin brush strokes to primed lined and then worked into the cloth, revealing the surface of the canvas.
To create this body of work, the artist says he created visual tricks employed in smart ways.
“It’s not just peaceful in the studio, it’s also exciting because these works are fun to make,” says the artist. “The simplicity of it is a joyous relief.
Monochrome Paintings opens on February 12 and will run until March 18. The gallery is open from 9am — 5pm Mondays to Fridays and from 10am — 1pm on Saturdays.
Hippophiles have a few more days to explore the Art & Equus exhibition on Avontuur Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch that opened last month.
Featured artists Riaan Van Zyl, Tarryn Stebbing, Chase Liebenberg, Liesl King, Candiese Lenferna and Robin Kutinyu have produced photographs, sculptures and illustrated equestrian art works in celebration of the beauty and majesty of horses which comes together with fine wine and good food in the estate’s gallery.
Art & Equus opened on January 12 and will run until February 13. Open daily.
Shooting Down Babylon by Tracey Rose | Zeitz MOCAA
Shooting Down Babylon is the largest, and most comprehensive, retrospective from South African artist Tracey Rose.
Originally planned for 2020 but postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the exhibition traces some of the artist’s work from 1996 to 2019.
Her work acts as an investigation into postapartheid legacies and liberation movements and how the body is often a site for outrage and protest, touching on her earlier interest in identifying tropes, to her interest in the aesthetics of violence, and more recent interest in rituals and processes of healing.
Shooting Down Babylon opens on February 18 and will run until August 28. The museum is open from 10am — 6pm Tuesdays to Sundays.