Cape Town


Exhibiting artists: Jane Alexander, Cian-Yu Bai, Zander Blom, Wim Botha, Edson Chagas, Steven Cohen, Meschac Gaba, Georgina Gratrix, Ian Grose, Simon Gush, Pieter Hugo, Ruth Ige, Sosa Joseph, Bronwyn Katz, Mawande Ka Zenzile, Dada Khanyisa, Moshekwa Langa, Neo Matloga, Meleko Mokgosi, Paulo Nazareth, Simphiwe Ndzube, Hylton Nel, Mame-Diarra Niang, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Odili Donald Odita, Frida Orupabo, Deborah Poynton, Jo Ractliffe, Robin Rhode, Viviane Sassen, Shine Shivan, Penny Siopis, Guy Tillim, Barthélémy Toguo, Portia Zvavahera Stevenson is pleased to present a new chapter of The River by Wim Botha for the 2021 iteration of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. This ongoing installation, which debuted in the gallery’s Parktown North space in May, comprises intricate walnut carvings in miniature dioramas and ink drawings on paper, combined here in a single landscape. Wood, glass, marble and semi-precious stone remain central to The River. Individual small scenes - simple moments of contemplation, silence or activity - are positioned so as to suggest a waterway, semi-dry and ancient. The river, a potent symbol across histories and mythologies, serves as source and continuum, where the figures seem to be at peace and at leisure. Coherence of scale is disrupted in places with miniatures and larger-scale elements occupying the same plane. In this iteration, The River is seen against the backdrop of a new series of drawings by the artist. Created with Japanese lamp soot ink, this selection of work varies across detailed references to the scenes in Botha’s waterway to oblique mark-making that alludes to and reinterprets elements of the installation.

160 Sir Lowry Road Woodstock , 7925, Cape Town, Western Cape
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