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Floating in time’s fabric in search of self in life’s fire

October 20, 2017 - Mary Corrigall | BusinessDay

The fire that destroyed Shany van den Berg’s home haunts her exhibition, (In)filtration of Time, but it is not immediately apparent.

It is a biographical tidbit that offers a deeper reading of this intriguing exhibition concerned with the evolution of the female identity and existential questions about the passing of time and what it is to be alive.

It is hard to think why these two themes shouldn’t be interlinked. Perhaps we are programmed to believe that any dialogue about the female body has to do with appearances and not deeper universal issues that also pertain to men.

Yet the exhibition is a deeply feminist one. The link between clothing and the female identity lingers. The works in the entrance of the cavernous Circa gallery in Cape Town pivot on silhouettes of ideal-looking female bodies, which are cut out from a coarse linen and allude to pattern pieces of garments or mock traditional couture.

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Ends and Means: Swain Hoogervorst’s ‘Searching Eudaimonia’

June 8, 2017

‘Searching Eudaimonia,’ Swain Hoogervorst’s first solo exhibition with Everard Read, hangs in an even horizon line on charcoal-coloured walls. The dark backdrop and incandescent track-lighting activate the procession of canvases, illuminating splashes of oleander pinks, succulent viridians and ashy greys; a bright panorama of painterly sketches.


Invisible, Intangible, Insensible: Barbara Wildenboer’s ‘The Invisible Gardener’

June 8, 2017

Barbara Wildenboer’s second exhibition with Everard Read/CIRCA Cape Town, is dedicated to the invisible hand that guides nature, and the human hand that attempts to interpret it. At its heart, The Invisible Gardener is also a celebration of collage at luxurious scales. A microscopic image is scaled upwards, downwards and reintroduced into a variety of media whilst exploring a number of subject matters. Collages are photographed, cut up and collaged again, re-absorbed into Wildenboer’s visual language.


Nataal’s highlights and favourite art works from the debut edition of AKAA (Also Known As Africa) art fair

November 22, 2016 - Helen Jennings |

Without a doubt, the maiden voyage for AKAA (Also Known As Africa) was a rousing success and Nataal enjoyed the ride. The international art fair devoted to contemporary art and design from Africa attracted 15,000 visitors to Carreau du Temple in Paris last week to enjoy works by over 100 artists plus insightful performances and debates. “AKAA paves the way for a meeting place where the actors of the contemporary art market from Africa come together to exchange dialogue and share with spontaneity,” says founder and director Victoria Mann.


Beth Diane Armstrong wins Standard Bank Young Artist Award

October 27, 2016 - South African Cultural Observatory

Thirty-one-year-old Beth Diane Armstrong is regarded as a leading sculptor of her generation. For the last number of years, she has worked predominantly on monumental artworks made of mild and stainless steel. Multimedia artist Dineo Seshee Bopape (35) uses experimental video montages, sound, found objects, photographs and sculptural installations in her work which has been shown in the US, the Netherlands and the 12th Biennale de Lyon.

Watch a video about the artist here -


How South African sculptor Dylan Lewis creates beasts in bronze

October 25, 2016 - Jonathan Foyle | Financial Times

Bronze sculpture is at home in the grounds and interiors of great houses — and for good reason. The grandeur of this lustrous dark matter lies in its use for works of world art spanning 3,500 years. The earliest known bronze sculpture is the tiny Mohenjo-Daro figurine from the Indus valley, created well before Greek Zeus figures, Chinese crucibles, Inca cogged discs or Landseer’s lions in London’s Trafalgar Square.


'Ruin Lust:' Matthew Hindley at Everard Read, Johannesburg

October 20, 2016 - Danny Shorkend | ART AFRICA

Matthew Hindley has extended his series of paintings, entitled 'Resurrection' exhibited at Everard Read in Cape Town last year with its focus on fire and destruction in a new body of work and has developed a slightly different stylistic methodology. His most recent body of work, 'Ruin Lust' at Everard Read in Johannesburg explores the fascination, even aesthetic beauty, associated with violence, explosions, and bomb blasts. In conversation with the artist, what became evident is that in his steering away from the merely 'pretty,' the artist wishes the viewer (and he himself) to confront the shadow side; that a recognition of one's lust for violence and chaos may in fact be cathartic. Tragedy in art may ironically lead to healthier or more profound living.

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October 1, 2016 - Jeanne Mercier

C’est une culture, un peuple et ses

légendes que Thania Petersen aborde dans

un travail de mise en scène aux frontières

du kitsch. Prenant la pose en

costume dans des décors décalés, l’artiste

sud-africaine évoque son histoire

personnelle et celle de sa communauté,

issue d’esclaves malais et indonésiens.


Anxious Landscapes: Pastoral Abstraction at Everard Read

April 20, 2016 - Quanta Gauld | Art Throb

Quanta Gauld of Art Throb reviews Everard Read CT's April group show, Pastoral Abstraction.

“all that stuns the soul, all that imprints a feeling of terror, leads to the sublime” (Diderot).

The above quote serves as the opening line for the exhibition guide for  ‘Pastoral Abstraction’. The title immediately harks back to an art historical understanding of the pastoral, a genre of 19th century landscape painting that glorified human dominion over and cultivation of the natural environment. This reference provides a crucial starting point to consider the works on show. Drawing on the concept of the sublime, ‘Pastoral Abstraction’ is a contemporary effort to visualise the place of humans in nature in the context of the current historical moment.

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Zwelethu Machepha selected for 2016/2017 edition of Art Residency Project in Rome, Italy

April 14, 2016

Centro Luigi Di Sarro, Rome and Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town are pleased to announce that the South African artist selected for the 2016/2017 Edition of ARP- Art Residency Project - is Zwelethu Machepha.

Financed by MAECI, Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and have the patronage of the Italian Embassy in South Africa and the South African Embassy in Italy, the residency will take place in Rome starting the 3rd of May, 2016, after which the artist will have a solo exhibition, at Centro Di Sarro, opening on May 31st 2016. The exhibition and the residency will conclude on 11 June and 13 June 2016, respectively.


Shany Van Den Berg to participate in BP Portrait Awards 2016

April 10, 2016

Gallery Artist Shany Van den Berg's Self, 21x30cm, 2016 is one of 50 finalists in this years BP Portrait Awards 2016 at the National Portrait Gallery in London.


Teasing out connections can prove a rewarding task

March 20, 2016 - Tim Liebbrandt

Tim Liebbrant reviews Nigel Mullin's Retrogressive Propaganda exhibition in the Sunday Argus.

"Seen from a distance, his subject matter is easily recognisable as archival photographs of mostly femaile figures. As one moves closer, what was previously a faithful recreation melts into an indecipherable mishmash of dense impasto paint bursting from its frame.''


CIRCA Settles in London: Siobhan Keam in conversation with Georgie Shields

March 10, 2016 - Siobhan Keam, ART AFRICA

With just over a week to go until the opening of CIRCA Gallery in London on March 17th, director Georgie Shields speaks to Siobhan Keam of Art Africa about the new Chelsea gallery.

"...given an appropriate platform, artists from Southern Africa do as well as artists from anywhere else in the world.''

Read more in the March issue of ART AFRICA


Cape Town Art Fair to serve as showcase for ‘Tomorrows’ artists

February 18, 2016 - The Next 48 Hours

Everard Read artist Thania Petersen was featured on the front page of The Next 48 Hours newspaper. Petersen's striking photograph, Queen Colonaaier and her Weapons of Mass Destruction, adorned the front page article detailing the Cape Town Art Fair's Special Project Space, Tomorrows / Today.

Petersen, who describes her work as quite theatrical in style, gives a voice to her community – Indonesian descendants living in South Africa. She will be showing a video titled ‘Baqa’ alongside her ‘Rampies’ installation. Together the two engage the senses and speak of the Cape Malay people’s spiritual rituals. She will also be presenting a second body of work called ‘Botanical Imperialism’, comprised of two photographs highlighting the impact of colonialism both on the natural environment and Petersen’s people.

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Visual splash at weekend Art Fair

February 16, 2016 - Lucinda Jolly

The 4th edition of the Cape Town Art Fair will be showcased at the CTICC from Friday to Sunday. Lucinda Jolly previews. 

Matthew Partridge, the recently elected director of the Cape Town Art Fair says that ''his primary mission is to generate three primary conversations. Firstly, while he believes that the SA art market was consolidated at the Joburg Art Fair seven or eight years ago, he wants to “recenter” Cape Town within the SA art world. Secondly, he wants the fair to engage with neighbours on the African continent by including galleries from Cameroon, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Senegal. Thirdly, dialogue with Europe via galleries from Italy, Germany, France, Belgian and the UK reconfiguring Africa’s place – especially given that contemporary African art is so hot right now. This year’s Amory Show which opens a week after the CTAF has an African focus.''

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February 10, 2016 - Elle Decoration

"A variety of emotions and personal experiences will all be translated into art as part of the Tomorrows/Today special project taking centre stage at the Cape Town Art Fair. Featuring a rich array of mediums the special project will give art enthusiasts, investors and collectors the opportunity to experience the works of eight emerging artists from around the continent. 

The special project aims to open up ideas about consumption by considering the ways in which tomorrow’s artists should not be pinned down by today’s ideas. It contemplates the ways in which human beings are consumed by so many aspects of life.''

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Mail & Guardian: Wayne Barker: A new image with change of medium

February 5, 2016 - MARY CORRIGALL

Mary Corrigall interviews Wayne Barker for the Mail & Guardian.

"'The renowned South African artist has turned to silkscreening for his latest exhibition but his trademark touches remain.''


Times Live: "World Changing: More tales of paint and dirt''

February 2, 2016 - Tymon Smith

Times LIVE interviews Wayne Barker about his solo show The World that Changed the Image in Johannesburg. 


Deborah Bell: Echoes of Antiquity

January 14, 2016 - Delaire Graff Estate

Everard Read Artist Deborah Bell was featured in VIEWS: The Journal of Delaire Graff Estate. 

A trasncendant scultpuror, painter and print maker, Deborah Bell is one of South Africa's most celebrated artists. Bell is renowned for producing highly mystical and personal works in a variety of mediums.


Don’t Stop, Play: @play at Everard Read

December 16, 2015 - Sinazo Chiya: Art Throb

Art Throb reviews @Play, a five person multi disciplinary exhibition at the Cape Town gallery. Opening on the 12th November 18:30pm, it will run until the 30th November 2015.

"It is appropriate that the @play group-show at Everard Read prompts child-like exclamations of ‘that’s so cool.’ While all the artists have different styles, they converge on the task of  ‘experimentation and the processes of physical mark-making’ without restraint.  Ranging from deconstructed pianos to dogs crafted out of carbon fiber, this show is entirely too caffeinated to called a meditation on medium."

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CIRCA Gallery London Opens

November 15, 2015 - Art Throb

The London dealer John Martin has partnered with Everard Read gallery from South Africa to launch Circa London in the Chelsea space Martin acquired last year. The new gallery is due to open fully in mid-March after renovations are complete, but the front part of the building opened earlier this week with a rotating display of contemporary works from South Africa and Europe.

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New Ventures: Ashraf Jamal in Conversation with Charles Shields

October 28, 2015

Ashraf Jamal interviews Charles Shields, director and co-owner of Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town, on the upcoming opening of Circa London in March 2016. The move promises to hold many exciting developments both for the gallery’s represented artists, as well as for the international arts community which is in many ways centered within this international hub. Art Africa on 28 October 2015.


Art: A circular transition - Financial Mail

October 26, 2015 - Ashraf Jamal

IN THE Medici of Jozi Jillian Carman recounts the story of SA’s oldest commercial gallery, Everard Read, which has not only "weathered the vagaries of artistic and economic trends" but stands, through its numerous satellite shopfronts over a century, as "a testament to an extraordinary family possessed of business and artistic acumen".  Read Article here