Arts and Culture

The best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss

Jan 6, 2020, Author: Candice May

With Joburg’s art scene being so prominent yet ever-changing, you don’t want to miss any significant exhibitions this January. So, we’ve rounded up our top art shows and exhibits in the City of Gold to keep you updated with the dizzying array of displays. You’ll morph into a culture vulture before you even know it … don’t say we didn’t warn you! 


Wherever you go, go with all your heart 

Boundary-pushing conceptual artist Kendell Geers is back with a new exhibition. In Gozi We Trust plays on Ingozi, the Nguni term for danger or accident; Jozi, one of Joburg’s names; and the idea of In God we Trust. It’s also a subtle reference to Johannesburg, 2nd Greatest City After Paris, William Kentridge’s first animated film that came out in 1989. We know that Joburg is one of South Africa’s top three most violent cities to live in, and this exhibition examines the role that “threat and danger play in the construction of Johannesburg’s identity and the consoling habit of finding comfort through the beauty of art”. Geers says the work blends the emotional geography of suburban paranoia with the very real dangers that make Joburg one of the most psychologically complex cities in the world to feel safe. It’s only running at Goodman Gallery until 18 January, so don’t miss out! 

Admission: Free 

Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood 

Facebook: @goodmangallery 


Go potty 

A day without pottery is a day wasted. If you agree, hit up the Abstract ceramics exhibition where Cape Town-based contemporary ceramist Clementina van der Walt will be selling a broad, eclectic range of items, including utilitarian tableware, sculptural vessels, figurines and architectural wall pieces. Taking place at Kim Sacks Gallery until 15 January, this exhibition focuses on the concept of ‘abstract’, taking influences from the simplicity of traditional tribal masks; ‘wabi sabi’, the Japanese aesthetic philosophy centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection; American abstract expressionism; and midcentury potters and artists such as Miro, Kandinsky and Malevich. 

Admission: Free 

Kim Sacks Gallery, 153 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood 

Facebook: @kimsacksgallery 


Don’t be afraid to sparkle 

The number of portrait and self-portrait exhibitions currently on view in Jozi proves that artists are still obsessed with capturing likeness … and that we never get tired of looking at each other. In performance artist Steven Cohen’s latest exhibition, There’s Glitter in my Soup!, he presents a new series of intimately crafted self-portraits that incorporate glitter, make-up, butterfly wings and his own DNA. Happening at Stevenson Gallery until 24 January, the promise in this exhibition is that the portraits will bear the memory of Cohen’s previous performances and the emotional tolls that they take on the artist before, during and after. In his own words, “It’s strange to make a work by unmaking one.” 

Admission: Free 

Stevenson Gallery, 46 7th Avenue, Parktown North 


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