STEVENSON is pleased to present an exhibition at the Cape Town Art Fair that reflects the increasingly international nature of our programme. Work travelled to Cape Town from Amsterdam, Mons, Lille, New York, Harare, Bandjoun and Joburg. Artists presented in our main booth live in Berlin, Amsterdam, Harare and Bandjoun, and of course South Africa.
Robin Rhode, who this week opens a solo show at SCAD in Savannah, shows a large photo series that has not been seen in South Africa before. Wooden stamps were carved in Barthélémy Toguo’s Bandjoun studio to create two new towers like the ones seen in Venice at the last biennale. We show new drawings by Moshekwa Langa for the first time, in anticipation of his solo show in April. Zanele Muholi, whose work was recently acquired by a number of museums, including MoMA in New York and the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, presents a new self-portrait. Wim Botha occupies an area in the middle of our booth with a mini-solo show of three new paintings and a marble bust sculpture. Zander Blom, Portia Zvavahera, Deborah Poynton and Ian Grose all show new paintings.
We are proud that the fair has invited Meschac Gaba to show his Globalloon, a 2013 sculpture that celebrates global interconnectedness and interdependency.
At the centre of our Past/Modern booth (PP3), Steven Cohen’s iconic Chandeliercarries the patina of 70 performances around the world, from Aichi to Toronto. A haunting Johannes Meintjes painting of St Sebastian (also a self-portrait) dating from around 1948 reminds us of the complexities of gay iconography in the early days of the apartheid state. A Cohen screenprint on an orange-blue-and-white old SA flag ridicules perhaps the most sacred emblem of the apartheid state, as does an Anton Kannemeyer watercolour from 1997 entitled Uit Die Bloujob van Onse Hemel, which makes great fun out of the old South African anthem. More joyous is a series of fourWalter Battiss watercolours of an ear listening to the sea in the morning, midday, in the afternoon, and evening.