Stand out with these 3 summer looks!
THE AVA GALLERY, Church Street, CBD. Tel: 021 424 7436:
Long Gallery: Brief Encounters. Painted portraits on paper by Frans Smit
Main Gallery: Anthroposcopy. Paul Painting presents a series of portraits drawing on the pseudoscience of physiognomy, also called anthroposcopy, which assumes that a person’s character can be gleaned from a study of facial features.
Artstrip: Ani-men (a human in an animal). Wallen Mapondera presents a series of paintings which interrogate social abuses through the artist imaging himself living the life of an animal.
BLANK PROJECTS, 113-115 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock. Tel: 021 462 4276:
Have You Seen Him? Igshaan Adams identifies with populist philosopher Mullah Nasiruddinm – a 13th-century Seljuq satirical Sufi who is often referred to as “the wise fool” – in an exhibition that features installation works and embroideries that reference the Sufi’s fabled sayings in the title. Today to September 21.
CAPE BAPTIST CHARITY HALL, 23 Kloof Street, Gardens. Tel: 082 344 2601:
Beauty of Minsters. A photographic exhibition by Laurence Savary.
Tuesdays to Thursdays.
THE CAPE GALLERY, 60 Church Street, CBD. Tel: 021 423 5309:
Annual Wildlife Exhibition. Until August 31.
Derek Jacobs and Peter Meikle bring together two views of the Cape with their exhibition in September. Jacobs’s detailed, realistic views of towns and cities (oil paintings and pencil drawings inspired by local views of Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town) create the perfect contrast to Meikle’s colourful, expansive impressions of vast landscapes ( oil paintings and pastel drawings, more personally motivated by views from his studio). September 5 to 28.
CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE, Castle Street, Cape Town. Tel: 021 787 1260:
In the Granary: Fired. An exhibition of South African ceramics which received the Best New Museum Project 2012/13 award from the Western Cape government.
The Void: Positive/Negative Spaces. Christopher Swift’s exhibition includes large-scale installations using various materials and sculptures made almost solely out of original Robben Island prison fencing in an attempt to explore the dark shadow of our past and the brilliance of our liberation from it. This exhibition is a precursor to a proposed major installation on top of Signal Hill for the World Design Capital 2014. Saturday to September 20 .
CULTURE URBAN + CONTEMPORARY
GALLERY, 1st floor, The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock. Tel: 021 447 3533:
#lookatmydickybird. Looks at the influence of popular social networking sites on the evolution of photography. Ends August 31.
DAVID KRUT PROJECTS, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands. Tel: 021 685 0676:
The Benediction of Shade. A group exhibition of artists who have engaged with the figure, idea or metaphor of the tree or forest in different ways and through various media. Ends August 31.
GALLERY AT GRANDE PROVENCE, Main Road, Franschhoek. Tel: 021 876 863:
Tom Waits for No Man. A group exhibition arranged by Gordon Froud. Until August 28.
Goodman Gallery, 3rd floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Road. Tel: 021 462 7573:
All Our Mothers. Sue Williamson’s multimedia exhibition celebrates the strength of the extraordinary women who helped to bring this country to freedom, and examines the generation gap between these wise, iconic veterans of the struggle, and their granddaughters, the confident young born-frees. Ends September 14.
IZIKO SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, 25 Queen Victoria St, Company Gardens, Cape Town. Tel: 021 481 3800:
Against the Grain. Cape sculptors Isaac Makeleni, Ishmael Thyssen, Shepherd Mbanya, Timothy Mafenuka, and Thami Kiti are featured in an exhibition curated by Mario Pissarra. This selection of works questions the marginalisation of these sculptors within the South African art world, as well as the low visibility of black African wood sculptors within the broader discourse of contemporary African art. Ends November 17.
JOHANS BORMAN FINE ART, 16 Kildare Road, Newlands. Tel: 021 683 6863:
Works by South African masters including Francois Krige, Hugo Naudé, Cecil Skotnes, and George Pemba, as well as works by contemporary artists such as Walter Meyer, Jacobus Kloppers, Ben Coutouvidis and Philip Barlow.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands. Tel: 021 671 8941:
In Sanlam Hall. The South African Society of Artists is holding its Members’ 2 Exhibition. Monday to September 5. Botanical Art Biennale: This centenary event showcases top South African botanical artists as well as international artists. This year’s biennale focuses on the medicinal and traditional use plants of southern Africa. Venue: Old Mutual Conference Centre. August 30 to September 15.
LA MOTTE MUSEUM, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek Valley. Tel: 021 876 8850:
Works from the Cape Town triennials. A selection of prize-winning contemporary South African art work that was first exhibited in the triennials exhibitions, and the acquired by the Rembrandt van Rijn Art Foundation.
THE LOVELL GALLERY, 135 Albert Street, Woodstock. Tel: 021 447 5918:
Pieces and Puzzles. Compositions of human expression inspired by nature. Saturday to September 26.
PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY ZA & ERDMANN CONTEMPORARY, 63 Shortmarket Street, CBD. Tel: 021 422 2762:
Johannesburg Architecture and Heritage. Photographs by Patrick de Mervelec. Until September 7.
SALON91 CONTEMPORARY ART COLLECTION, 91 Kloof Street, Gardens. Tel: 021 424 6930:
The Editions Show. A group exhibition of editions and multiples, including digital print, etching, laser engraving, sculpture, screen-print, photography and more by emerging artists from Cape Town and Joburg. Until Saturday.
slee gallery, 101 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. Tel: 021 887 3385:
Canadian artist Dylan Fish is participating in Nova Scotia College of Art and Design’s Art in Schools Initiative in South Africa for this year. Monday to September 24.
STEVENSON, Buchanan Building, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock.
Tel: 021 462 1500:
The Borderlands. Solo photographic exhibition by Jo Ractliffe. Locations: the abandoned mining town of Pomfret located near the Botswana border; Kimberley – Schmidtsdrift and Platfontein – and Riemvasmaak, near the Orange River in the Northern Cape, close to the Namibian border. Until August 31.
Work. Solo exhibition by Simon Gush comprising videos as well as installation pieces, plus After the Work Stopped, a series of six static video portraits of Joburg work sites after hours. Until August 31.
UCT IRMA STERN MUSEUM, Cecil Road, Rosebank.
Tel: 021 685 5686:
The Legacy of the Mine. Images by Ilan Godfrey, the winner of the Ernest Cole Award. He explores the social depths of the mining industry beyond its profit and economic contribution. Until September 21.
Paintings by Ruby Lara. As a child Lara was fascinated by intricate designs and indigenous beadwork. These elements are evident in her work. Ends Saturday.
• E-mail email@example.com. Please put “gallery” in the subject line.