Jo’burg art pick: April 22 2011

Seldom do local commercial galleries rummage through their storerooms to put on exhibitions.

Ordinarily, they schedule exhibitions of works from artists in their ‘stable”, often to great expense to themselves. This is a great pity,
because an institution like the Goodman Gallery, which has been around at least twice as long as many of the artists it represents, has over the years amassed the most astonishing stock of works by artists who have once shown under the illustrious Goodman banner.

, a newly-opened exhibition at Goodman Gallery Projects at Arts On Main, is a curated group exhibition of prints that brings old, rare and seldom-seen works out from the drawers of the storeroom and into the light. Amongst the impressive Marco Cianfanelli etchings, Gerhard Marx monotypes, Robert Hodgins colour lithographs and Kudzanai Chiurai photographic posters, there are some real treats: forgotten Kentridge silkscreen prints (affordable, given the artist’s status) and Cyprian Shilakoe etchings from the 1970s. The latter, three superb sprit-bite works part of a series about loss and anxiety, are a lesson in printmaking to any workshop aspirant, and a real boon to any collector charp enough to spot them.

At Goodman Gallery Projects at Arts On Main

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