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Melvyn Minnaar

Melvyn Minnaar

    What’s in the shape of your champagne glass?
    What’s in the shape of your champagne glass?
    Just when most of the drinking world has bought into the idea that the long, thin glasses are the perfect-fit vessels for enjoying champagne, or...
    From snake wine to fire water, brandy is all medicinal
    From snake wine to fire water, brandy is all medicinal
    Halfway from Hanoi to Haiphong and nearby Ha Long Bay, the weary driver of the four-hour bus trip makes a pit stop. It’s a convenient one: a...
    The stars, and price, will tell you what wine to like
    The stars, and price, will tell you what wine to like
    The dawn of the silly months means wine awards are handed out, proclamations made and, important for those on the marketing side of that industry,...
    Stephen Hobbs’s meditation on war and subterfuge
    Stephen Hobbs’s meditation on war and subterfuge
    ‘Camouflage” – a delicious word and an inspiring concept, especially for an artist – is both the visual theme and metaphoric construct of...
    Money talks: In art, now, the cart pulls the horse
    Money talks: In art, now, the cart pulls the horse
    Gallerists never talk about money. Not in public anyway. In their swanky showrooms these days, prices aren’t even mentioned on the exhibition...
    Penny Siopis does it time and again
    Penny Siopis does it time and again
    Thirty years ago, the painting hung in more or less the same spot. It had, and still has, an astounding presence. The judges of the second...
    Another public sculpture for Cape Town: Toy art?
    Another public sculpture for Cape Town: Toy art?
    Few who enjoy – or even like – the giant sunglasses installed on Sea Point's promenade, will suggest that this is, well, a significant work...
    David Goldblatt's landscapes of high voltage
    David Goldblatt's landscapes of high voltage
    A restless sense of documentation drives David Goldblatt. Like those earliest colonial adventurer-explorer-writers of Southern Africa, wide-eyed to...
    Oh, so Irma! Exhibition brings Stern's eccentricities to life
    Oh, so Irma! Exhibition brings Stern's eccentricities to life
    The house at number 21 Cecil Road in Rosebank, Cape Town, a museum and cornucopia of the late Irma Stern's (now extremely...
    National gallery a victim of Iziko structure
    National gallery a victim of Iziko structure
    When his contract wasn't renewed earlier this year, director of art collections at the Iziko Museums of South Africa, Riason Naidoo, and...
    Nothing cheesy about cheese
    Nothing cheesy about cheese
    The politics of provision are heating up as Slow Food's symbolic snail sets out to establish global power. Right now the fuel of that crusade is...
    Putting olive oil to the taste
    Putting olive oil to the taste
    Swirl, sniff, sip and spit — the four Ss of the great wine experience are very much the code of this tasting. Except that part about the two...