The New Church Museum presents ‘Thinking, Feeling, Head, Heart’, an exhibition of works from the permanent collection, engaging notions of abstract art.
The title, taken from Kevin Atkinson’s c.1976 painting, sums up the broad directions and possibilities of abstract art – cerebral, rigorous and calculated; visceral and expressionistic.
Considering abstraction in South African art is timely. Painting in general and abstraction in particular are being reconsidered and re-interpreted by longstanding practitioners, as well as a younger, dynamic generation.
Includes artworks by: BILL AINSLIE | KEVIN ATKINSON | AVANT CAR GUARD | WALTER BATTISS | ZANDER BLOM | JAN-HENRI BOOYENS | DINEO SESHEE BOPAPE | WILLEM BOSHOFF | WIM BOTHA | CHRISTO COETZEE | BAREND DE WET | NEL ERASMUS | KENDELL GEERS | GEORGINA GRATRIX | IAN GROSE | DAN HALTER | NICHOLAS HLOBO | WOPKO JENSMA | ERNEST MANCOBA | MAJA MARX | CHRISTIAN NERF | LOUIS MAQHUBELA | SERGE ALAIN NITEGEKA | STANLEY PINKER | CAMERON PLATTER | GERDA SCHEEPERS | ROSE SHAKINOVSKY | PENNY SIOPIS | MARY WAFER
Curated by Marilyn Martin
Marilyn Martin is an independent writer, curator and lecturer. Currently a senior scholar at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, lecturing in Visual and Art History. Prior to this, she was director of the South African National Gallery for eleven years and director of Art Collections for Iziko Museums for seven years. Before joining the museum sector she was senior lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Wits University. Martin has curated exhibitions of South African art in Brazil, Denmark, France, Mali and the USA, and has served on many panels for art and architecture, including the Dakar Biennale (2000, 2010). She was co-curator for the exhibition Picasso and Africa and curated the retrospective exhibition on Louis Maqhubela for the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg in 2010.