Johannesburg to Lagos: Upcoming African Art Exhibitions Summer 2017 [Part 1]

We love June so much. Not just for the lasting sunshine but for the incredible African art exhibitions happening around the globe. Whether you an African art dealer, enthusiast, gallery owner or even an artist, you can’t afford to miss this.

From modern and fancy, to classical and serene, we’ve got your next art outing sorted.

Here are our picks of highly anticipated art exhibitions at Africa’s leading art galleries that you must not miss:

HANK WILLIS THOMAS

ADS IMITATE LIFE

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EXHIBITION OPENING AT GOODMAN GALLERY CAPE TOWN
10 June – 1 July 2017

In The Rhetoric of the Image, Roland Barthes defines the advertising image as the most ‘intentional’ kind of image. Indeed, the messages behind adverts are direct and unambiguous to achieve their – supposedly – singular aim: selling the product.

Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist who works with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He joined Goodman Gallery in 2010 and has been exhibiting with the gallery since then.

You can’t deny the role of advertisements in our society. From influencing what we eat, wear, think, drink, dream and what we buy. While the tole of advertisers have sort of evolved drastically thanks to social media and analytics, this art exhibition sheds light on the role of black men in adverts.

 

 

 

In Ads Imitate Life, I expose the backward attitudes that continue to pervade American advertising, undermining the neat narrative of ‘progress’ that countries like the US hold dear.

– Hank Willis Thomas

Ads Imitate Life features work from three celebrated series by Hank Willis Thomas, titled: Branded, Unbranded: Reflections in Black Corporate America and Unbranded White Woman, allowing for an in-depth investigation into the visual language strategies of advertising and the cultural stereotypes in which they are rooted.

 

TITI OMOIGHE

MODERN INTERPRETATIONS

EXHIBITION OPENING AT TEMPLE MUSE

June 3 – August 30, 2017

Get the feeling that this would be a  good exhibition? Indeed we trust Temple Muse to deliver.

In a rare glimpse into her world, Titi Omoighe showcases the inner workings of her mind with 34 paintings in Modern Interpretations.

Omoighe’s works can be split in three main themes. Recent Works that show her ability to take risks and exploration of new techniques and subjects. The Hunter Series which is inspired by D.O. Fagunwa’s book “Ogboju Ode ninu Igbo Irunmale”, translated into English by Wole Soyinka as ‘Forest of a Thousand Daemons’. The final theme, Tradition & Culture focuses on the way of life of the African people, while also exploring the indigenous and focusing on different groups, values and cultures.

 

GARY STEPHENS

PLEATED

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This centre of this subject is hair – just you know. Gary Stephens is taking his talent to Johannesburg to showcase his works on African traditional hair-braiding. It doesn’t end there, the US born artist is also bringing hats, headscarves and contemporary urban style to Everard Gallery.

The first time we saw an exhibition focusing on hair was by the prolific Nigerian photographer J.D ‘Okhai Ojeikere. This was at the Venice Biennale a couple of years ago.

Stephens portrays women in head scarves or men wearing caps to focus attention on the power of these “everyday” symbols of African life.

The drawings capturing a view from behind, focus on the iconic power of a subject’s hair or hat instead of their specific facial features.

From a visual perspective, he is constantly drawn to patterns and visual rhythms, such as geometric repetitions, textile patterns, or botanical shapes.

If you’re in Johannesburg, go over to Everard and support this art exhibition. You don’t get to see ornate hairstyles and headdresses everyday.

Address: Everard Read / CIRCA Johannesburg 2 & 6 Jellicoe Avenue Johannesburg, 2196

Email: gallery@everard.co.za

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