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Feast of art at Johannesburg Art Gallery

BUZ Publicity
05/01/2012 08:28:58

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William Kentridge opens Coming of Age, an APS retrospective, on Sunday 6 May at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

During Artist Proof Studio’s (APS) 21-year celebration, which kicked off on 3 April with a very successful preview, a veritable art fest has been driving creativity at the APS hub in Jozi’s inner-city. It began with a series of workshops, hosted by international visiting artists who mentored three groups of local, up-coming artists, culminating in the best works been chosen to become a part of a prestigious exhibition titled The Boston-Joburg Connection: Collaboration and Exchange at Artist Proof Studio, 1983-2012 that will ultimately be hosted at the Tuft University Art Gallery, in the States, in June.

Before these collaborative artworks get shipped off to the States they will be exhibited at JAG (Johannesburg Art Gallery) at the Coming of Age exhibition, a highly anticipated retrospective celebrating over two decades of printmaking at APS.

Coming of Age opens Sunday 6 May 2012 and will showcase the talents of artists from APS, as well as other renowned artists who have supported the studio over the last 21 years. The exhibition will include the works of Phillemon Hlungwani, Nelson Makamo, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Lucas Nkgweng, Kim Berman and many emerging talents. New releases of editions from collaborating artists will include William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Wim Botha, Norman Catherine, Paul Edmunds, Gerhard Marx, Colbert Mashile, Chris Diedericks, Kudzanai Chiurai and other exciting South African artists.

Artist Proof Studio is a community-based printmaking studio, which was conceived by renowned fellow South African artists Kim Berman and Nhlanhla Xaba with the intention of training potentially talented, up-and-coming artists, from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, to become professionals. In order to hone this emerging talent, APS partners with corporates, patrons, foundations, artists and individuals to create an environment conducive to creativity, a space where these artists are able to reach their full potential.

William Kentridge will present a public lecture at the opening of the Coming of Age exhibition, followed by another famous face on the Arts & Culture scene, that of music icon Sibongile Khumalo, who will officially open the event. APS will also be hosting members of the public at various events during the exhibition and will hold a series of lectures, printmaking demonstrations, and walkabouts during the month of May at the Johannesburg Art gallery and at Artist Proof Studio.

The conclusion of the APS 21-year celebration in Joburg marks the opening of the Boston-Jo’burg Connection: Collaboration and Exchange at Artist Proof Studio, 1983-2012 exhibition, at Tufts University Art Gallery at the Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center in Boston, which will run from 1 June to 29 July. It is here that the APS student-mentor collaborative artworks will be exhibited for a final time alongside more than 150 individual and collaborative fine art prints spanning some twenty-five years by several dozen artists from Boston and Johannesburg.

The Johannesburg Art Gallery exhibition will be guest curated by a team of local and international curators, including Pamela Allara, who is well-versed in contemporary South African art and APS, and will be structured into four themes: The Early Years of Artist Proof Studio in Boston and Johannesburg (1983-1995); Community and Citizenship (1996-2007); the Fire and Rebuilding (2003-2009); and Coming Full Circle (2009-2012). Artists who will be showcasing works include Lauren Adelman; Kim Berman; Birgit Blyth; Muzi Donga; Jane Goldman; Phillemon Hlungwani; Cathy Kernan; Ilana Manolson; Osiah Masekoameg; Mongezi Ncaphayi; Charles Nkosi; Judy Quinn; Rhoda Rosenberg; Peter Scott; Stompie Selibe; and Nhlanhla Xaba.

Visit www.artistproofstudio.co.za for regular updates about the workshops and exhibitions or for more info contact Tiny at tinym@joburg.org.za or Thembe at admin@artistproofstudio.co.za

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Johannesburg Art Gallery, Joubert Park Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa


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