The continent of Africa has forever been the cradle of life for all of humankind's needs, wants, and desires. Within its earth is a veritable treasure trove; wonders of beauty and stores of energy and gold that have long since propelled people to greatness with the acquisition of their bounty.
The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) will reopen on Heritage Day, 24 September 2020.
There's no better time to cast the spotlight on artists who have created works that incorporate our country's unity in cultural diversity than in the month of September, when we commemorate our heritage. One such artist who has managed to celebrate our country’s diversity while also embodying the concept of ubuntu is Javett-UP’s curatorial assistant and logistics manager, Shenaz Mahomed.
A solid step towards making it easier for women to have flourishing art careers is to discard the idea that artists and people who work in the art world are “not committed enough” if they do not put their work ahead of everything else in their life.
The Keiskamma Guernica (a work by the Keiskamma Art Project) is a profoundly important work, not only for the place it takes in our 101 Collecting Conversations: Signature Works of a Century collection, but also for the account it gives of the ravages HIV/Aids wrought in a rural Eastern Cape community around 20 years ago.
All in a Day’s Eye: The Politics of Innocence in the Javett Art Collection is a curatorial project that foregrounds the exhibition format as a continuous thinking system. This was achieved by, among other things, altering the exhibition space with additional diagonal walls.
Workers make the world – and the economy – go round. They are its engine room, its life blood. And, just as Europe lays claim to a body of acclaimed representations of labourers by the likes of Van Gogh, Millet, Courbet and Degas, South Africa also has a proud canon of art with the worker as the hero at its centre.
Fine Art is a material form of self-expression that is perhaps best understood, within the academic world today, as being a practice-based field of research. Each day we work with materials (clay, paper, steel, ink, paint etc.) to create artworks that are conceptually and formally complex.
Because of the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Arab Priest, a masterpiece by South African artist Irma Stern, will remain on exhibition at the Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) for now. Once the global pandemic has been halted, the work will be returned to the Qatar Museums in Doha, Qatar.