Constellation
Jun
29
to Aug 23

Constellation

Deepest Darkest Contemporary Gallery opens it’s winter Group Show, ‘Constellation’ on Saturday

29 June. The show features an exciting line-up of 12 established and emerging South African

artists presenting painting, drawing, sculpture, illustration, photography and mixed media works.

Gallerist Deon Redman notes: ‘Constellation’ further establishes the gallery’s focus on curating

quality, accessible work across multiple art practices. Premised on the Oscar Wilde quote, ‘We are

all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars’, the show explores ideals of myth and

legend, the vulnerability of the constant human quest for meaning, and the acquiring of abstracts as

a means of defining context and formulating understanding, both personal and communal.

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"Alchemical Beasts"
Dec
3
to Dec 5

"Alchemical Beasts"

The solo project, “Alchemical Beasts”, by South African collaborative duo, AD-Reflex, explore intersections of ‘alchemy’ in contemporary art and science. Alchemy, the royal art of transforming stones into silver and base metals into gold, has captured the popular imagination for centuries and is a particularly fruitful subject for artists. AD-Reflex depicts the artist studio as ‘alchemical laboratory’, wherein digital culture and new technologies collide in unexpected ways with oil painting and various other paint mediums. Resulting from this, the artists also shed light on our changing understanding of the world and our position in it.

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Show Your World
Sep
27
to Oct 12

Show Your World

Art is a non-verbal language understood by people speaking different mother tongues. It conveys both historical and social facts, lifestyle, inspiration, and feelings. We’ve been creating a dialogue among artists from various cities and countries.

The show takes place at Gallery MC, New York City, September 27 - October 12, 2018. The Opening Event: September 28, 2018. The Networking Event for exhibitors and friends: September 29, 2018. All finalists will be contacted individually regarding the upcoming exhibition. Art of all submitted artists will be demonstrated digitally as a projection on a gallery wall throughout the exhibition time. 

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Wounds & Relics
Sep
1
to Sep 22

Wounds & Relics

The group exhibition, Wounds and relics, focuses on art which has been made at either personal or social points of friction, fragmentation or pain and which cuts through the smooth, but also comforting surface of conventional culture. In equal measure poetic and political, the artists that form part of the show explore the paradox of simultaneously forgetting and remembering the social scars of violent conflicts, and how we carry these with us, whether as traces or wounds, or objects surviving from an earlier time.

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London Contemporary Art Prize 2018
Jul
26
to Aug 26

London Contemporary Art Prize 2018

The London Contemporary Art Prize aims to reveal and promote artists who have yet to establish a profile on the contemporary London art scene. The Prize is aimed at artists working in one or more of the following media: drawing, printing, painting, photography, digital art, sculpture and video.

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Dead and dreaming  (still life)
Nov
30
8:00 AM08:00

Dead and dreaming (still life)

Like the god Pan, painting has frequently been proclaimed dead. First the photograph killed it and then Duchamp with the readymade. His criticism of retinal art removed technical virtuosity as painting's primary virtue. However, in the panic of its own demise the medium found a way out of potential redundancy to redefine itself as infinitely flexible.

The assimilatory capacity of painting is where its true virtue lies; consuming whatever seems to pose a threat to its relevance. It seems that this very crisis is what allows the artists who employ this sensual, gestural medium to continually reformulate its scope and character. Through its fluidity, the material responds to the pressures placed on it.

The exhibition, Dead and dreaming (still life) aims to draw together asmall selection of artists who have significantly contributed, in on way or another, to the vitality of painting in a contemporary South African context. 

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Comfortably Numb
Aug
3
to Aug 26

Comfortably Numb

Gallery 2 is pleased to present the group exhibition “Comfortably numb” from 3-26 August, 2017. Conceived by artist and curator Johan Conradie, the exhibition takes as a starting point the evocative lyrics of Pink Floyd's 1979 song, "Comfortably numb". The exhibition brings together the works by contemporary South African artists which combine visual tension and a strong conceptual vigour, whilst reverberating closely with the ideas and sentiments as expressed through this iconic song. Envisioned as a dialogue between the works of artists from different backgrounds, the exhibition explores notions of 'alienation', 'disillusionment', 'delirium', ‘disembodiment’, 'emotional detachment', 'in-between states', ‘invisibility’ and 'melancholy'.

The album “The Wall” is a concept album about Pink, an embittered and alienated rock star. The song “Comfortably numb” compares Pink’s memories of being feverishly ill as a child with his later experience of feeling nothing at all in adulthood. The lyrics feature interplay between a doctor treating the adult Pink and Pink’s inner dialogue. Roger Waters claimed that the song is about "detachment from reality" and "alienation", while Dave Gilmour suggested that "the song could be divided into two sections: dark and light". 

Artistic practice emerges ‘in-between’, beyond geographic demarcations, and arbitrary boundaries. The exhibition emphasizes that this state of ‘in-between’ contains a wide range of assertive and rewarding potentialities. These artists engage the viewer in the often intimate movement and destruction of human life and, at the same time, the persistence of the delicate, humorous, lyrical, or divine. The sequences of narrative information and visual effect evoke the fragile endurance of the sacred and the spiritual.

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The ARTBOX project Basel 1.0
Jun
14
to Jun 18

The ARTBOX project Basel 1.0

 We are organising a very large art project which is moving around the world and is stopping at the best art locations in the world. As it stands, Art Basel is the most important art trade fair in the international art market. Every year, during these days in June, artists, art collectors, gallery owners and many VIPs meet up in Basel. A large proportion of the roughly 90,000 visitors travel via the Euroairport. The Euroairport welcomes around 7.1 million visitors per year! THE ARTBOX.PROJECT Basel 1.0 will take place on Euroairport’s events platform, next to the giant “Luminator” sculpture by Jean Tinguely. Jean Tinguely is an internationally recognised sculptor and the number one representative of kinetic art. The exhibition takes place on a surface measuring 300m² and is open daily during Art Basel Art Week from 4am-midnight from 14 June - 18 June 2017. All registered pieces of artwork are displayed on an oversized screen. Each piece of artwork (labelled with the name of the artist and the name of the artwork) will be on the screen for a substantial amount of time, and will be visible multiple times. A judging panel chooses 25 semi-finalists and 5 finalists from all of the registered pieces of artwork; all 30 artists may display their registered original piece of artwork. There will be a public vote during the exhibition. The winner will receive a collaborative contract with THE ARTBOX.GALLERY Switzerland. The closing date for registration is 30 April 2017.

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Tokyo International Art Fair 2017
May
26
to May 27

Tokyo International Art Fair 2017

  • Hikari Hall Shibuya Japan (map)
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The GAA Ltd also known as the Global Art Agency presents the second edition of the "Tokyo International Art Fair" 26-27 May 2017, HIKARIE HALL SHIBUYA.  

The art fair features paintings, sculptures, photography art, illustration and multi media artworks by award-winning and top emerging artists.

Giving Art Collectors and Art Enthusiast a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy art directly from the artist that has travelled all the way to Tokyo. A unique experience for both visitors and exhibitor, at the fabulous Hilarie Shibuya.

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DESIRE - curated by Johan Conradie
Oct
14
to Nov 2

DESIRE - curated by Johan Conradie

  • Pretoria Arts Association (map)
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“DESIRE” features the works of contemporary South African artists, known for challenging the ambiguity and paradox of ‘desire’ head-on. We were born from desire; it is desire that moves us, and, in moving us, gives our life direction and meaning. One provocative aspect of these artists is not their imagery, as such, but the manner by which many of them take intimate experiences and translate them into public expression.

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CRITICAL DISCHARGE - CURATED BY WAYNE MATTHEWS AND ALISON SHAW
Oct
6
to Oct 20

CRITICAL DISCHARGE - CURATED BY WAYNE MATTHEWS AND ALISON SHAW

PRIEST presents Critical Discharge.

Critical Discharge - Created by Wayne Matthews and Alison Shaw

1. a physical discourse (dis- away; Currere- to run) constituting an extended form of linguistic criticism that views image, action and object as critical (criticus/ diseased or ill); a discursive formula and phenomena. (?.) critical response to crisis or threat in the socio-political dynamic that often seeks to adequately and even inadequately produce insight into the way language, in its extended forms, both generates and resists power, abuse and dominion.

To unload but not as a release from “obligation.”

2. a phrase or trope that allows for maximum projection; more explicitly, a difference that can extend the metaphor.

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