Contribute to the National Visual Arts Survey
The National Visual Arts Survey is South Africa’s largest research initiative in the visual arts, and was first undertaken in 2009, resulting in the first major report on the visual arts in 2010. This year, the survey is being undertaken again to assess the changes and developments in the sector since then.
Speaking Art’s Language
Contemporary art is often criticised for its gradual abandonment of visual coherence in favour of the abstract. In other words, contemporary art’s pretentious dimensions have expanded to include its explanations. This is art because it is art: we’re trapped in a tautological circle. Not only could a child have produced this, but words used to mean things, you know. The greater the waffle, the worse the art; right?
RMB Latitudes CuratorLab 2024
RMB Latitudes CuratorLab is a practice-based, online curatorial residency for emerging curators in Africa. In 2024, ten aspiring curators will be guided through a facilitated online residency, designed to offer practical experience in the industry and to hone their curatorial skills.
Curator's Journal: On Independent Cultural Production in Johannesburg
My initiation into the world of Independent cultural production was a whirlwind affair, a rendezvous with the avant-garde Pool Space tucked away downtown on the corner of the ground floor of Ellis House back on the auspicious evening of March 15, 2015. The alchemical collision of minds behind this exhibition: Mandla Mlangeni - Jazz extraordinaire - and maestro of melodies, Shane Cooper, visionaries in their own right. This exhibition was woven into a series christened Starter Room.
Curators at art fairs: disruptors or validators?
Curators were always going to be absorbed into the art fair fray. Nevertheless, it is difficult, if not impossible, to marry the curatorial act with commercial imperatives, given dealers need to make sales to recoup the costs of participating and staying in business.
What do we do with misogynist male artists; does the Brooklyn Museum’s Pablo-matic show plot a good way forward?
The foundations of Western art history are currently undergoing a profound reevaluation, spurred by a growing recognition of the contributions made by women artists who were often marginalised or overlooked.
New Perspectives: A three way dialogue on sheltering spaces
ESSAY is an exhibition that showcases a cross-generational dialogue through the works of three artists - Sam Nhlengethwa, Katlego Tlabela, and Cinthia Sifa Mulanga. The exhibition, which forms a Special Project at RMB Latitudes, and is presented by Lexus in collaboration with Goodman Gallery, explores the complexities of identity, culture, and artistic heritage through a nuanced approach to colour and line.
Innovative technology makes professional art tools accessible
Milan-based Artshell is an art software development company that specialises in archiving and managing collections of artworks. The Covid-19 pandemic not only gave them new purpose but drove more innovation that would benefit art dealers and art fairs.
Collecting Art: A guide to finding the next big artist
Are you looking to discover new, exciting artists? Many collectors and art enthusiasts seek the advice of experts when it comes to finding emerging artists with great potential but the key to this is often about redefining what ‘potential’ means.
Writing a contemporary South African art history
For many, “art history” is a charged term and one that still brings to mind the notion of a rigid, linear timeline of European art movements taught in schools and universities. In South Africa, what function does art history perform? What role has the art historian played in South Africa over the years, and what does the writing of art history look like, today?
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