#artcrawls

Part of the appeal of a 'romantic' turn in contemporary art has to do with a renewal in painting and an interest in representing subject-matter that escapes reason or logic. It's part of a push-back against conceptualism, where the idea, the logic was clear or drove th...

After a good cup of coffee at Rosetta Roastery, one of my favourite Cape Town coffee shops I introduced the theme of this artcrawl, the first of many looking at the rise of abstract art. I touched on how the revival of this mode was interlinked with the rise of design,...

On paper skateboarding and abstract art have zero in common. One takes place in gritty urban settings, while the other winds up in pristine white galleries, or museums and is part of a tradition in painting that dates back to the early 1900s. The two activities, howeve...

 What a splendid crawl! It began with a meaty chit-chat outside Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, where I recounted my first encounter with Athi-Patra Ruga's live performance. He was dressed in balloons, watching Soap operas  in the basement of a rundown buildi...

Ahead of Athi-Patra Ruga's highly anticipated Queens in Exile solo exhibition at Whatiftheworld gallery and to commemorate and celebrate his decade as a practicing artist,  art commentator and consultant Mary Corrigall has curated a special artcrawl centered on this in...

It is easy to see how the lush, green tropical settings that define Kimathi Mafafo’s exhibition, Alone in Spring, at Ebony/Curated, have taken root in her barren, cramped studio in Woodstock, Cape Town. This verdant, life-affirming season which colonises every inch of...

 The Woman’s Eye II examines the connections between the domination of nature and the exploitation of women.  In this crawl Corrigall explored how women are exploiting their historical link to 'nature'. Touching on eco-feminism, Corrigall will look at how female artist...

In celebration of Women’s Month, art commentator and consultant Mary Corrigall  has curated a sequel to the Woman’s Eye for Cape Town art lovers this August. The Woman’s Eye II examines the connections between the domination of nature and the exploitation of women.  In...

There was a great turnout for The Woman’s Eye I artcrawl held in Hyde Park Corner at Aspire’s Winter Auction in Joburg. It is focused on sight and looking from a female perspective. Mary Corrigall first chatted to Emma Bedford, one of the art specialists at Aspire and...

The Woman’s Eye: A themed art-crawl led by art commentator and consultant Mary Corrigall at Aspire’s Winter Auction in Joburg. It is focused on sight and looking from a female perspective. How do female artists represent women? The fourth wave of feminism has put femal...

Before the American artist Miriam Shapiro was known as a “feminist” artist she painted abstract art. As such in the ‘60s her art superficially appeared like that of her male contemporaries, however, it didn’t attract much attention. This was one of the reasons she star...

It is hard to imagine that Steve Biko and Karlheinz Stockhausen would have had much to talk about when they met in 1971 in Joburg. What would a black consciousness leader have in common with a German composer, who by all accounts appeared to be on a fly-by-night trip t...

The crawl began at the Goethe-Institut Gallery in Parkview where crawlers first watched  BikoHausen, a multimedia installation created by Philip Miller. This layered visual and aural collaborative work is an artistic response to a series of selected fragmented archival...

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