Leora Maltz-Leca

“Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden”

September 2014

Curated by Leontine Coelewij, Kerryn Greenberg, and Theodora Vischer In the small watercolor from which this exhibition takes its title, a man carries the slumped, expired muse of painting in his arms. The work, dated 1993, is typical of … READ ON

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“Pascale Marthine Tayou: I Love You”

January 2014

Curated by Yilmaz Dziewior and Okwui Enwezor “I Love You,” the coquettish subtitle of Pascale Marthine Tayou’s upcoming exhibition at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, is of course gently ironic: an ambivalent affirmation in line with the … READ ON

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Zwelethu Mthethwa

September 2013

Curated by Nadia Arroyo Arce Zwelethu Mthethwa’s signature formal preferences—riotous saturated color and grand scale—have always implied a rejection of the rigid black-and-white documentary aesthetic that dominated apartheid-era South… READ ON

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“Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist”

May 2013

Curated by Salah Hassan Perhaps more than any institution of its ilk,Tate Modern has made a commitment to expanding—or even exploding—the Euro-American canon of postwar art. This initiative underpins its staging of “Ibrahim El-Salahi: … READ ON

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Alfred Kumalo (1930–2012)

November 2012

IN 2012, awash in images, it is hard to conceive of a time when a photograph of someone like Nelson Mandela could be a rarity. But in the last decades of South Africa’s apartheid, leaders like Mandela, Oliver Tambo, and Robert Sobukwe were… READ ON

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“Alfredo Jaar: The Way It Is. An Aesthetics of Resistance”

May 2012

Curated by Frank Wagner/NGBK Realismus Studio This summer, Berlin will host the first German retrospective of Alfredo Jaar’s four-decade career. Spanning three venues, the initiative is anchored by the NGBK, which, in presenting documentation… READ ON

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Santu Mofokeng

December 2011

“DAVID GOLDBLATT IS CONCERNED with the is-ness of things,” Santu Mofokeng said of his onetime mentor earlier this year. “I’m interested in their isn’t-ness.” It is this negative metaphysics that largely shapes the South African … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2011 [TOC]

“Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now”

June 2011

Inexpensive to produce and reproduce, easy to transport and diffuse, prints have long flourished as a medium of political disaffection. This was certainly the case in South Africa, whose restless history of papery protest is charted in this… READ ON

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Howard Hodgkin

March 2011

Although one of Howard Hodgkin’s pictures bears the mawkish title Home, Home on the Range, 2001–2007, his paintings of the past decade suggest that home—broadly conceived as the ground of painting itself—is squarely in exile. To this… READ ON

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Gerhard Marx

February 2011

Tenuously trapped in veils of glue, Gerhard Marx’s spindly weeds and other dregs of the Johannesburg veld outline piles of excavated bones in his “Cumulus” series (all works 2011). Invoking the construction and aesthetic of the Hortus… READ ON

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