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July 30, 2015 - Comments Off on Cape Town Salon – A Tribute to Rose Korber – Opening 2nd Dec 2015 – will run until 30th Jan 2016

Cape Town Salon – A Tribute to Rose Korber – Opening 2nd Dec 2015 – will run until 30th Jan 2016


The Cape Town Salon opens December 2, 2015

THE vibrancy of local art – its playfulness, but also its colourful social suss - is the thread that runs through the rather eclectic group exhibition that the Association for Visual Arts has put together for its end-of-year summer celebration in the AVA Gallery.

Titled the Cape Town Salon, the show will open on Wednesday, December 2 and run for the duration of the festive season. A wide range of paintings, prints and ceramics will be on display and for sale.

As the classic title ‘salon’ suggests, the artworks chosen, are meant for a more intimate experience - one that would ultimately manifest itself more personally when it finds a permanent home after being acquired by an art lover. The AVA Gallery’s interior has been especially furnished for the occasion, with help from new partners Madame Zingara and Stokperd Home Décor.

It is an important imperative of an exhibition like this (unlike one-person shows) that the works complement one another and that they are for sale – at an affordable price.

The non-profit Association for Visual Arts has been an active supporter of local art for many decades. Part of this vision is to take good artworks into people’s homes. Both appreciation and acquisition are promoted by the salon.

The first Cape Town Salon – it is hoped to become an end-of-year tradition – is also offered as a special ‘Tribute to Rose Korber’.

The esteemed art dealer and, for many years, member of the AVA and its predecessor’s committees, introduced the salon concept to Cape Town more than 20 years ago. Held annually at the end of the year, Ms Korber brought together art from the most diverse sources and studios, artists famous and unknown – all chosen with an expert eye.

She will be guest of honour at the opening.

The Cape Town Salon – A Tribute to Rose Korber will run until January 9, 2016.

* On Tuesday, December 1, as a preview to this important exhibition, a fundraising wine-and-art event will be presented at the gallery. Synaesthesia will match different wines from top producers with various artworks on show.

More information: 021-4247436

July 2, 2015 - Comments Off on Associated Exhibition of MATRIX

Associated Exhibition of MATRIX

David Krut Projects, in collaboration with the AVA, is pleased to present MATRIX, an exhibition of editioned works from the David Krut Print Workshop (DKW) that sheds light on the processes of printmaking. The exhibition coincides with the AVA/Strauss Open Printmaking Studio, which is to be held at the AVA from 4 June – 21 July and will see the main gallery transformed into an open studio for 32 artists and 7 printmaking specialists. The selection of works explore a range of different intaglio and relief printing techniques and are exhibited alongside the plates that were used to make them and, in some cases, the trial proofs that show the development of the work.

Prints, unlike paintings or drawings, generally exist in multiple examples.  They are created by drawing a composition not directly on paper but on another surface, called a matrix, and then, by various techniques, transferring that image onto paper. The matrix (from the Latin word mater, meaning mother) can be made out of a number of things – a wooden block, a metal plate, a lithographic stone or a mesh screen for example. At DKW, etching (on copper plates) and relief printing (on woodblock and linoleum plates) are used most frequently. Artists in studio have the opportunity to work with a master printer, who helps to achieve the marks the artists want by guiding the artists in the manipulation of the matrix. The job of the collaborating printer, ultimately, is to build the confidence in artists that allows the way they see the world to come through their hands, in a medium and using techniques they may be unfamiliar with and taking the transformative nature of the press into account. Printmaking is the only medium in which the process of an artist’s image creation is revealed, also to the artist – when a proof is pulled off the press, the artist sees the result for the first time, along with everyone else. Consequently, the print workshop is a supportive environment that embraces technical and aesthetic exploration, innovation and collaboration.

Included in MATRIX are works by Deborah Bell, William Kentridge, Maja Maljević, Senzo Shabangu, Diane Victor, Mary Wafer and Quinten Williams that offer viewers insight into techniques from linocut to aquatint. As well as plates and proofs, the installation includes explanatory text for each technique used and a number of important printmaking terms.

July 2, 2015 - Comments Off on Public Architecture, Heritage, Art and The City

Public Architecture, Heritage, Art and The City

“Public Architecture, Heritage, Art and the City”, currently at the AVA, comprises work produced by 12 Honours students at the UCT School of Architecture, Planning + Geomatics. The focus of their studio work, guided by Jo Noero, was the design of a Centre for Contemporary Art as part of the Iziko South African National Art Gallery. In the process, they have addressed the role and needs of the institution.

An interrogation at this level brings to light museological and architectural challenges in the 21st century: preserving the history and heritage of the national art museum, while situating it firmly in the present.

The vision informing the students’ work and the exhibition is to stimulate debate around museums of contemporary art in Cape Town in general and the future of the Iziko South African National Gallery in particular.

July 2, 2015 - Comments Off on The AVA/Strauss & Co Open Printmaking Studio

The AVA/Strauss & Co Open Printmaking Studio

From 4 June – 30 July the AVA Gallery, thanks to Strauss & Co and Business and Art South Africa,  will turn into an open studio for over 32 artists and 7 printmaking specialists.  The end of the open studio will run concurrently with Strauss & Co’s exciting Online-Auction from the 13 -27 July, whose focus will be works on paper.

Each day of the open studio will see an artist or artists working together with a printmaker to produce a unique print in either relief or intaglio.  The public will be able come and see the artists at work in a bottega or atelier style studio environment. All works produced over the period will be hung on a washing line that will circumnavigate the gallery.  The washing line will then, at various stages, be curated by well-known and upcoming curators.

Artists will range from exciting young to established names. They will work with a trained printmaker in a medium which they do not usually work in.  During the same time the AVA will be running paid workshops as well as unpaid workshops as part of our ArtReach programme.  All work produced will be on sale immediately hot or, in reality, a little damp off the press on a first seen first served basis.

Participating Artists include:  Mohau Modisakeng, Dan Halter, Laura Windvogel, Roderick Sauls, Katherine Bull, Chloe Reid, Olivie Keck, Georgina Gratrix, Richard Mudariki, Vulindlela Nyoni, Jared Ginsburg, Ian Grose, Kerry Chaloner and many more.

The AVA/Strauss and Co Open Printmaking Studio will be brought to you by Strauss and Co, Business and Art South Africa and the AVA’s associated sponsor Spier.