LIPS LIKE SUGAR

With invitations to do public art projects in Washington DC and for the 2013 Venice Biennale completed successfully (view the video for the Venice performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKTAbKpxrbs) and two solo exhibitions – one in Cape Town and one in Johannesburg – as well as group show participation in Sydney, scheduled for 2014, things do not seem to be slowing down.

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THE WHOLE OF THE MOON

Solo exhibition for Thembinkosi Kohli

The whole of the moon is a phrase made famous by The Waterboys in a song with the same title that was a minor hit in the mid-eighties. The general interpretation is that when two people look at the same thing, they don’t necessarily see the same thing.

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THE DISCOMFORT ZONE: A SOLO EXHIBITION BY KARLIEN DE VILLIERS

Worldart is pleased to announce a solo exhibition titled The Discomfort Zone by Karlien de Villiers to take place at the gallery from 21 October to 15 November.

De Villiers, who started working with Bitterkomix in 2002, has since had a graphic novel by her translated in three European languages, been awarded the 2011 UNESCO-Aschberg bursary for Visual Arts and shortlisted for a number of important art awards.

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WORLDART TO EXHIBIT AT ARTFORME

Worldart will be at the first ARTFORME event to be held in Cape Town from Friday 25 to Saturday 27 October 2013.

“ARTFORME is a fabulous first for South Africa, an expo designed to make art accessible to all, whether you’re a consummate expert, a new homeowner with blank walls, or an intimidated newcomer to the world of art. Whoever you are, ARTFORME is for you.


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NEW PAINTING BY AYANDA MABULU

A group exhibition titled Our Fathers is currently showing at the AVA in Cape Town — my neighbour gallery here in Cape Town. Of the 25 esteemed artists on show, four of them, Ayanda Mabulu, Khayalethu Witbooi, Dale Yudelman and Zolani Siphungela have exhibited at Worldart recently. Mabulu is scheduled to have another solo show at Worldart opening on 8 November 2012.

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MIGRANT ATTRACTION BY KHAYA WITBOOI. OIL AND SPRAY PAINT ON CANVAS, 150CM X 120CM, 2013

Witbooi wrote the following about this painting

“In the culture of Africans in general, the physique of a female adult has always contributed to the foreknowledge about her ability to be a good wife. For instance; black knees and strong hands say a lot about diligence, meaning that it would be suspicious if the woman is reedy since the household duties and bearing children demanded strength. I remember my paternal grandmother who gave birth to eight children before her forties, when she carried bales of samp, flower and oil on her head because they bought staple foods in large quantities. Every pot in our kitchen was so large and she carried these by herself. So, looking back at how people perceived a person capable of being a wife, the good looks played a minor part in what constitutes a wife to be.

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KILMANY-JO LIVERSAGE IN MERCEDES BENZ LIFE

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Off the Wall by Leila Bloch

Wedged in a niche between graffiti and classic portraiture, Kilmany-Jo Liversage paints visages in a style as
dichotomous as human nature itself. Her saturated canvasses exhibit control and abandon in equal measure, all
wrapped up with pop sensibility.

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KHAYA WITBOOI’S SKATEBOARD ART TO BE SHOWN IN GERMANY

Khaya Witbooi’s first solo exhibition held in March at the Worldart gallery in Cape Town was very successful and attracted attention for all the right reasons.

It has also lead to him being commissioned to do two public art projects – a mural for a cultural centre in Houtbay, Cape Town and a mural for a school in Grabouw, a town about 60km outside Cape Town.
A third opportunity that came about as a result of this exhibition is his inclusion in a group show scheduled to take place in Bremerhaven, Germany from 22 June 2013. The show is titled YOUNG VISIONS IN MOTION, curated by Kent Lingeveldt and will feature Witbooi’s work on a skateboard.

The other artists participating are Atang Tshikare, Tattoo artist Rico Swanepoel, Graffiti artist Nardstar and poet Toni Stuart.

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MOOI KINNES & JAS LAAITIES

2012 was a good year for artist Dion Cupido.
Besides his two sold out exhibitions, he also had the good fortune to catch singer Beyoncé Knowles’s eye when she bought a painting of his during a visit to the Cape Town.


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NEW DOG, OLD TRICKS – KHAYA WITBOOI’S FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION

Khaya Witbooi is not a familiar name. And maybe it’s too soon to say – but we’d like to add ‘yet’ to that sentence.

This young Cape Town artist’s exceptional and expressive style has grabbed the attention of serious art collectors over the past few months. And Worldart Gallery is thrilled to host his first solo exhibition from 11 March 2013.

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LENNA – THE FIRST LADY OF THE INTERNET

The painting above is the latest from Gavin Rain and is titled Lenna

Lenna is the name given to an image that has been in use since 1973 as the standard test image to compare digital images with. Today, the use of Playboy model Lenna’s image has been recognized as one of the most important events in the history of electronic imaging with her being referred to “The first lady of the Internet”.

In 1973, two researchers at the University of Southern California were hurriedly searching the lab for a good image to scan for a colleague’s conference paper. They had tired of their stock of usual test images and wanted something glossy to ensure good output and dynamic range. Just then, somebody happened to walk in with a recent issue of Playboy… Today Lenna (a Swedish model) helps handicapped people use computers.

Read the full story here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~chuck/lennapg/pcs_mirror/may_june01.pdf


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