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Header image: (detail) Mbongeni Buthelezi in his studio, August House, circa 2009.

Art for the Arch Charity Auction

A host of art and experiences on auction to raise money for the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

A new, limited-edition print by renowned artist William Kentridge and a fully sponsored stay at a five-star private villa near Hermanus in the Western Cape are among the variety of works of art and experiences that will go under the hammer on 22 September 2021 to raise funds for the Tutu Legacy Fund, the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has announced. [Peruse the entire press release HERE]

Front Cover Artwork,

Mbongeni Buthelezi

How did we arrive here? (2021).

Plastic on Plastic Collage. 95 x 140cm.

Value: Not yet valuated; The work is part of a new series by the artist

Image used with courtesy of the artist.

Companion Text: Mbongeni R. Buthelezi – Blowing life into plastic


Not Another Hair Show features an array of artworks stemming from multiple disciplines by contemporary South African artists, inclusive of sculpture, drawings, paintings, pyrography, photography, and digital illustrations, all reflective of the diverse nature of black women’s hairstyles. The exhibition aims to reflect the role of black women’s hair as a medium for creativity, a representation of social, economic, and political affiliations, source of pride and an expression of freedom of choice. The exhibition further acclaims the ingenuity of black hairstyling manifested through the creation and the continual development of new, fascinating, dynamic techniques, choices, and practices of black hairstyling.

For more info: visit here>>[|_|]

SMAC Gallery

Phenomenal Women Maya Angelou and Margaret Courtney-Clarke

Curated by  Dr. Siona O’Connell

14 August –  25 September 2021

Image courtesy of SMAC Gallery, artwork copyright of Margaret Courtney-Clarke

“The idea that two women from different continents, and very different backgrounds connecting and developing a remarkable friendship over many years, may be surprising to many. When one of those women is Dr. Maya Angelou, the African American poet, novelist and mother who was born in St Louis, Missouri in the United States, and the other is Margaret Courtney-Clarke, writer and photographer who was born in Swakopmund, South West Africa (now Namibia), the unexpected friendship and the conversations that ensued offers those of us looking for hope and other ways of being, fresh impetus.” – Dr Siona O’ Connell. 

[Source: SMAC Gallery]  For more info: visit here>>[|_|]

Interfacing New Heavens

Series of works by Vanessa Lorenzo and Tebogo George Mahashe

21 August – 31 March 2022

The exhibition Interfacing New Heavens brings together two different positions that contemplate the entanglement of science and art; indigenous knowledge systems and their inquiry within the discursive terrain of astronomy; the agency of “vibrant matter”; and the dreamscape as research methodology. The series of works by Vanessa Lorenzo and Tebogo George Mahashe reflect on the possibilities of these interactions and their affect on our present. Presented within the context of the Javett UP, Interfacing New Heavens is the development of a series of exchanges between the two practitioners with the artists-in-labs program, of Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK). The artistic research process sought to “reflect on ideas of the other, the foreign or the unfamiliar, and to explore a range of scientific topics, methods and technologies [within] the site of the laboratory”. The exhibition is a culmination of work undertaken during this process 

Supported by Pro Helvetia and  Embassy of Switzerland in Pretoria, South Africa.

You may peruse the press release HERE

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18 September is jammed with public programmes at the Javett Art Centre-UP. Read more > HERE <

When There Are No Words

Olwethu De Vos Solo Exhibition

28 August – 25 September 2021

Presented by MMArtHouse

“When there are no words” is a solo exhibition presented by curator and artist Olwethu De Vos. Through the exhibition De Vos contemplates a momentary loss of words and proposes art as a profound form of expression and communication.  

You may peruse the press release HERE

For more info: visit here>>[|_|]   

Turbine Art Fair

30 September – 03 October 2021

The 9th edition of Turbine Art Fair -TAF ARCADE, a new hybrid fair of online viewing rooms and exhibition space will take place on 30 September to 03 October.

The 2021 programme, themed Evergreen (having an enduring freshness/ retaining freshness) will showcase a selection of art exhibitions by South African and Southern African galleries, collectives, art dealers, creative project spaces, designers as well as specially curated exhibitions.    

You may peruse the press release HERE

For more info: visit here>>[|_|]   



Museum Fellowship Programme

30 September 2021

Zeitz MOCAA and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) LAUNCH
A Pan-African Museum Fellowship Programme

  • Zeitz MOCAA and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) collaborate on a pan-African museum fellowship programme
  • Five fellows from across the African continent will be selected to participate in the 12-month study programme
  • Applications are now open and close on 30 September 2021

You may peruse the press release HERE

Call out info: visit here>>[|_|]   

PAST tense…

Lindo Zwane presents mystery, intensity and pure intentions with his latest solo exhibition, ubumnyamaThe title of this exhibition refers to a play on darkness, like the color black or a shadow. This body of work extends a generous invitation to interrogate the deepest corners of our own being. The artist plays with the elements of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes and forms on his canvas, creating a visual balance between simplicity and complexity. This juxtaposition allows a continuous rethinking and comparison of opposing thoughts that follow in its wake. The artist uses high contrast in his work, reminding us of the never-ending duplicity of human nature – one that is both good and evil. The artist invites us on a journey of introspection as he leads us through the darkness or ubumnyama, using his own portraits as reference material for a symbol of hope and light. [Source: Exhibition Press release]  For more info: visit here>>[|_|]

You may explore August 2021 listing HERE

So far for this edition, a special thanks to @mbongenibuthelezi @smacgallery, @nwugallery, @lizamoregallery and Olwethu De Vos as well as @mmarthouse for allowing your events to be flighted on Intraparadox. 

Updated 01 October 2021 at 09:06

Disclaimer: Driven by curiosity, the information appearing on this page has been sourced and prepared in collaboration with artists, their respective studios, galleries or their representatives following formal data requisition/s.

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