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Dec 2017/Jan 2018 Book reviews

The History of Bees | By Maja Lunde | Publisher: Scribner Simon & Schuster | ISBN: 9781471162756 England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive – one that will give both him and his

Encore

Encore: Marlene le Roux

Marlene le Roux is currently Chief Executive Officer for The Artscape Theatre Centre. She has received numerous South African and International Awards in arts education and leadership. Le Roux started the Audience Development and Education Department at Artscape. Name one artist you would love to

Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi

To make their country a top cultural destination that is internationally recognised for art, education and culture, the leaders of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi launched the development of a major universal art museum project. The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum is not, in any way,

UJ

UJ puts its money where its mouth is

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture (FADA), produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes aligned to the university’s vision. A vision that sees the university as an international university of choice,

Candice Berman

Indigo | Passage to Healing

Berman Contemporary recently showcased the collaborative exhibition, Indigo | Passage to Healing, by artists Robyn Denny and Mamela Nyamza. Indigo is the colour of the purest spirit, the purest love. It runs through our history on the African continent, adorning our bodies even as it

Guy du Toit

Guy Du Toit: Discovering The Object

Discovering the Object refers, in the first place, to the work of Guy du Toit. In the second place, it proposes the book itself as an object to discover.      Carla Crafford first started photographing the work of Guy du Toit in 2005, and,

ArtMyJozi

#ArtMyJozi: Place making through art

The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has for a number of years been passionately engaged in producing Public Art on behalf of the City of Joburg, with the guidance and collaboration of the City’s Directorate of Arts, Culture and Heritage and with the support of the

Zikulise enriches community

Zikulise Community Upliftment Project is a nonprofit company dedicated to the upliftment of the unemployed and impoverished community in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal. The grant funding approved by the NAC for 2017 assisted Zikulise in providing seven young, unemployed individuals valuable income-generating skills training in textile and

Jil Sander

Jil Sander: The Queen of Less

Jil Sander, one of the most influential fashion designers of her generation, may have come from Northern Germany and be at home on the international catwalks of Paris, Milan and New York, but it is Frankfurt that is now mounting a memorial to her.  

Casta Diva

As 2018 looms…

     As stores and shopping malls fill up with ‘Christmas Cheer’ and all the associated madness, Casta Diva Boutique Hotel offers a hidden sanctuary in the northern parts of Pretoria where you and a few friends can escape the consumer-driven holiday season – your

Playhouse

Festive Spirit abounds at the Playhouse this December!

Back by popular demand, The Playhouse Company presents A Christmas Celebration, a festive extravaganza for the whole family!      A Christmas Celebration is set to light up the Playhouse Opera Theatre stage from 22 to 24 December. Directed by renowned theatre giant Ralph Lawson, A Christmas Celebration promises

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Marianne Fassler’s latex neoprene coat

Performance artist Manthe Ribane in Marianne Fassler’s latex neoprene coat, inspired by the Ottoman kaftan and Japanese fashion label Comme Des Garçons. Shown as part of Marianne Fassler’s Spring/Summer 2017 range ‘CONSIDER(ED)’ at African Fashion International. PHOTO: Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

Strauss & Co

Irma Stern’s portraits of Freda Feldman

The fourth and final live auction of 2017 held at Strauss & Co in Johannesburg confirmed once again that collectors’ desire for important works by Irma Stern remains strong when the two Stern portraits, part of a trio from 1943 depicting the artist’s friend and

SBYA 2018

A social agent of change

Celebrated choreographer and dancer, Musa Hlatshwayo, has toured extensively across Africa, Europe and the Americas, receiving numerous awards and accolades along the way. He has been awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance 2017 in recognition of a professional practice that is as

SBYA 2018

A different level of operating

Pianist Thandi Ntuli has been awarded the coveted Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz, joining an illustrious group who represent some of the country’s top jazz musicians. ­  Born in Soshanguve, Pretoria, 30-year-old Thandi Ntuli comes from a family with a rich musical heritage. Her

SBYA 2018

A national treasure

Internationally recognised musician and one of South Africa’s musical phenomenons, Guy Buttery, has been awarded the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music 2018.    It’s a super cool opportunity and an accolade of course and I’m very happy to be wafting in the

SBYA 2018

Achieving the unachievable

Weaving together an abstract narrative of personal experiences and histories, Igshaan Adams’ work questions the self and his ‘hybrid identity’. His Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art 2017 cements his place as one of the country’s top young artists. ­  Igshaan Adams was born

SBYA 2018

The future is too bright!

The 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist for Performance Art, Chuma Sopotela, is a multi-talented performer, having taken to the stage in various guises. It means I can have more confidence in what I do, that people I watching and are listening. It is truly a

SBYA 2018

’The box lady’

Known for her ‘titillating and seductive theatre’, Jemma Kahn has been recognised for her inimitable contribution to the industry with the 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre. ­ ­ ­  Having started her university studies in fine art before changing to drama, Jemma Kahn’s

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