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The Making of an African Master: on at Gallery Momo Cape Town

Gallery MOMO is proud to present a group exhibition featuring George Pemba, Dumile Feni, George Hallett, and Leonard Matsoso. Each of these artists has been labelled a “master” in his own regard. But what makes a master’s work? Is it the craftsman’s skill? Is it the political moment surrounding the oeuvre? Must it be avant-garde, socially and formally? Must it be made at the height of an artist’s successful career, or does mastery spawn from suffering? Is the cultural significance of a work determined by the public, or by galleries, museums, and auction houses? If the space between an object and an art object is difficult to determine, the space between an artist and a historically significant artist is all the more elusive.

The works in this show meet at a unique nexus of past and present. On the one hand, they are archival documents. The works of Dumile or Pemba belong to a specific historical context. Their works and biographies speak to issues of oppression, censorship, destitution, and exile in the context of the apartheid regime. On the other hand, the images and messages in these works continue to resonate with contemporary audiences. Not only do they speak to broader issues of representation, corporeality, materiality, and aesthetics, but these works shed light on social and political conditions that might not look so distant from the so-called past.

Typically, the role of the gallery in the art world is to advocate for the new, the up-and-coming, and the never-before-seen. The curation of artwork twenty years old or older normally falls under the jurisdiction of large-scale museums. However, This unique retrospective will cover over forty years of work by South African artists, some of which has never been displayed outside private collections. Join us for a reexamination of these deeply accomplished bodies of work, as well as an inquiry into the ways in which past masters return to make our present understandings of art more legible.

For more information, please contact Keely at:
keely@gallerymomo.com | +27 (21) 424 5150

Author: Gallery Momo

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INVITATION TO APPLY: Cassirer Welz Award 2017

”The Cassirer Welz Award, funded by art auctioneers Strauss & Co and the Everard Read Gallery provides an opportunity to an emerging South African artist, in the field of drawing, painting or sculpture, under the age of 35 to spend 10 weeks at the Bag Factory’s studios”.

For more information on the Award visit: http://www.bagfactoryart.org.za/2017/10/19/cassirer-welz-2017/

For more information on how to apply: https://madmimi.com/s/072afa

Author: Bag Factory

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Opportunities for artists at Bag Factory: applications open for residency (women) and studio space

The Bag Factory is looking for young emerging artists to apply to the Visiting Artist Residency Programme

The programme, sponsored by studio artist Benon Lutaaya will offer an emerging female artist working in the field of drawing, painting, printmaking, collage or sculpture a 5 month residency at the Bag Factory.

The residency will offer the selected artist an opportunity to interact with local artists, develop and grow their creative practice, to expand their network internationally and to experience a climate of cultural diversity.

Application requirements:
* Applicants must be female
* between 2 and 4 years practicing as an artist
* must work in the medium of either drawing, painting, printmaking and/or sculpture.
* applicants must be South African.

Visiting artists are expected to:
* work from the Bag Factory, interacting with Bag Factory and local artists, and experiencing the city,
* complete a written report on their visit,
* donate a work to the Bag Factory,
* arrive on time and stay for the full period (five months),

What will a successful applicant receive?
* A 5 month residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios including a material stipend and accomodation if the winner is from outside Johannesburg
* Solo show with Lizamore & Associates Gallery at the end of at the residency
* A return flight ticket to France for a 10 week international residency with SAFFCA in 2018, including R45,000 stipend while on residency in France
* Turbine Art Fair group show together with the 2 runners-up

This applicant must be able to participate in the full programme starting on 01 July and ending on 30 November 2017.

Applicants should not expect to profit financially from their stay at the Bag Factory, as this is cultural development programme.

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Call for Applications: Artist Career BootCamp

Author: Bag Factory Artists’ Studios

Are you a visual artist looking to jump-start your professional career? What you need is boot camp. The Artists’ Career Boot Camp is an exciting new opportunity for artists looking to fully immerse themselves in what it takes to manage their careers effectively.

A first in South Africa, it is designed to empower new artists with the critical skills to get serious about a career in the visual arts. It will train you to engage directly and confidently with market platforms to promote sustainability in your careers and professionalism in your practice.