Wednesday, December 10, 2008
whatiftheworld/gallery: BIG WEDNESDAY - OPENING TONIGHT 18H00
10 December 2008 - 17 January 2009
OPENING: Wednesday 10 December 2008 18h00 - 21h00
Including a special opening performance at 19h30 and after party at Albert Hall
“Stay Casual, Barlow!”
- ‘Fly’ ( Robert Englund, Big Wednesday )*
For its final show of 2008, Whatiftheworld / Gallery will present a major group exhibition entitled Big Wednesday,* the first in a series of annual summer group shows. This year’s exhibition is co-curated by Julia Rosa Clark & Daniel Levi, and features a collection of new works by both resident and associated artists from Whatiftheworld.
The gallery’s stable of noteworthy talent includes up-and-coming young painter Andrzej Nowicki (now based in New York), who will be submitting a series of new watercolours and works on paper in his signature style. Matthew Hindley has recently returned from a successful 3-month studio residency in Berlin, and will be showing a selection of new large scale oil paintings. Gifted Michaelis Prize winner Rowan Smith will be submitting two new works, and has just been selected for the exhibition ‘Objects of a Revolution’ at Gallerie Fiat in Paris in January 2009. In collaboration with Brodie/Stevenson in Johannesburg, Athi-Patra Ruga will be exhibiting selected works from his recent solo exhibition …of bugchasers and watussi faghags (and will be presenting a subsequent solo exhibition at Whatiftheworld in August 2009).
Other participating artists include: ABSA L’Atelier Winner James Webb,Zander Blom (who will be featured at Kucke+Kuckei in Berlin - January 2009)and new paintings by Tom Cullberg. Also expect to see selected works by Stuart Bird, Linda Stupart, Liam Lynch, Georgina Gratrix and others.
2008 was a year that saw some significant firsts for Whatiftheworld, including their successful participation in the inaugural Johannesburg Art Fair, a debut London exhibition, the launch of a new publications department, as well as features in a number of international publications (most recently W Magazine). In 2009, the gallery looks to expand its profile and network overseas with 3 international art fairs scheduled, as well as the introduction of several new artists to the programme.
* ‘Big Wednesday’ , 1978 , A Coming of Age film about a group of young surfers poised for success, failure and change in their lives as the world transforms around them.
Whatiftheworld / Gallery
First Floor, 208 Albert Rd.
Cape Town, South Africa
Tues - Fri 10.00 - 16.30 / Sat 10.00 - 15.00
Closed Sunday + Monday