Barnard is pleased to announce the sale of Richard Mudariki’s painting At the Art Fair (2015) at Sotheby’s London. The painting, consigned by a private collection in Germany, was included in the Modern & Contemporary African Art auction on 16 October and sold above its estimate. For the auction result click here.
Running concurrently with the artist’s solo exhibition Maonero Angu (My Reality II) at Barnard Cape Town is the survey show of contemporary Zimbabwean painting entitled ‘Five Bhobh: Painting at the End of an Era’ at Zeitz MOCAA featuring large scale canvases by Mudariki. The exhibition was recently reviewed by Claire Keeton from the Sunday Times. View the review
Barnard will present works by Richard at ‘AKAA: Also Known as Africa‘ in Paris from 9-11 November during which time the artist will contribute to a panel discussion examining the place of African contemporary art in the global market at UNESCO. The discussion will be moderated by Hannah O’Leary, Director and Head of Modern and Contemporary African Art at Sotheby’s London and will include panelists Azu Nwagbogu, Curator, Founder and Director of the African Artists’ Foundation and of the Lagos Photo Festival; Victoria Mann, Founder, AKAA: Also Known as Africa Fair, Paris; Ayo Adeyinka, Curator, Art Consultant and Founder of Tafeta Gallery, London and Salimata Diop, Director of the Museum of Photography in Saint-Louis amongst others.
Join us tonight from 18:30 onwards for the opening of the solo exhibition Maonero Angu (My Reality II) by Richard Mudariki. While the artist often tackles societal issues and public personas, rendering them in absurdist, theatrical milieus, his work nevertheless always maintains a highly personal dimension, providing a space for personal reflection and examination. In moving away from classical allusions and into the more intimate space of the artist studio, Maonero Angu (My Reality II) re-orientates the artist on-going discussion on the nature of painting into a more personal, self-assured space, allowing the viewer a window into the processes of creation and inspiration.
The exhibition will be opened by Pulane Tshabalala Kingston, Art Basel Global Patron, Member of the Zeitz MOCAA Advisory Board & Tate Modern African Art Acquisition Committee.
Work by Richard Mudariki is currently included in the group exhibition Five Bhob – Painting At the End of an Era at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) curated by Tandazani Dhlakama. The exhibition features twenty-nine artists from Zimbabwe. In various ways they mark the end of an era, offering foresight into an alternative dispensation. Painting has a long history in Zimbabwe. In its broadest sense, it can be defined as the application of pigment on a surface or the manipulation of materials that are traditionally associated with painting. This exhibition provides a synopsis of the medium as it applies to Zimbabwe today, challenging traditional ideas around how painting is defined. In some cases, the painting is stripped to its most basic form, exposing threadbare canvas. At other times, paint is mixed into substances such as silicone, synthetic hair, and wood. For decades, artists from Zimbabwe have manipulated this medium as a way of subtly articulating complex issues, speaking in intricate, allegorical codes.
The exhibition runs until 31 March 2019.
Barnard is pleased to announce its participation in the third edition of AKAA (Also Known As Africa). The art fair will take place at Le Carreau du Temple in Paris from 9 -11 November 2018. Barnard will present work by Richard Mudariki, Tom Cullberg, Lien Botha, Alastair Whitton, Katherine Spindler, Robyn Penn, Sarah Biggs, Alex Emsley, Jaco van Schalkwyk and Alexia Vogel.
Barnard is pleased to present Maonero Angu (My Reality II) by Richard Mudariki. The artist’s work has long been interested in the intersection of personal and political worlds, a theme succinctly captured in the title of his latest body of work: Maonero Angu (My Reality II). While the artist often tackles societal issues and public personas, rendering them in absurdist, theatrical milieus, his work nevertheless always maintains a highly personal dimension, providing a space for personal reflection and examination. In moving away from classical allusions and into the more intimate space of the artist’s studio, Maonero Angu (My Reality II) re-orientates the artist’s on-going discussion on the nature of painting into a more personal, self-assured space, allowing the viewer a window into the processes of creation and inspiration. While these new works may give the viewer a new insight into a more personal space, the artist has not abandoned the humorous play with politics and power for which he has become increasingly more acclaimed. Drawing on such recent events as the fall of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, the water crisis in Cape Town, and the fallout of Brexit and Donald Trump, Mudariki displays an ever more astute ability to capture the absurdity of contemporary social reality, a theatricality and playfulness which contains within it a searing understanding of the volatility of global politics.
Barnard is pleased to announce Richard Mudariki’s two-month residency at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Working from the museum’s studio, the artist is creating works ahead of his solo exhibition opening in October at Barnard. Work by the artist will also be included in the exhibtion Five Bhob – Painting At the End of an Era which will be presented by Zeitz, MOCAA opening in September.
Richard Mudariki’s painting The Model is included in Centennial: A Century of South African Art from the Sanlam Art Collection 1918 – 2018. The exhibition will be on view at the Sanlam Art Gallery until 24 August when an edited version will move to the Sanlam Art Lounge, at 11 Alice Lane, Sandton Johannesburg where it will be on view from 5 Septmber 2018 until 15 December 2018. Please click here to watch a short video about selected works in the exhibition.
The artist will also welcome international students from Yale University and the Australian National University into his studio on July 2 as part of the Social Justice course initiated by the University of Cape Town.
Coming soon – the third iteration of -nano.
A concept of relative simplicity, nano- 1.2 invited artists to zoom in, scale down, shrink, condense, encapsulate and compact; submitting works no larger than 20 x 20 cm (framing inclusive). The exhibition is an opportunity to play with scale, to explore what effects it has for both artist and viewer, and what new parameters it may set for the curator and the gallery space.
Smaller works immediately require and create a greater intimacy with the viewer, compelling us to come closer, look closer, stay longer. While large, expansive works keep us at a distance, smaller works activate interiority and introspection. They require a sharper focus, a keener gaze, a lingering attention. Playing into our fascination with the miniature, small works conjure whimsy, a sense of the magical, a playfulness. But profundity need not be reserved only for the grandiose, and by requiring an economy of expression from the artist, smaller works are also often surprisingly affecting and impactful.
Barnard is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Richard Mudariki’s painting Economy of Scale by IZIKO South African National Gallery for their permanent collection. A highlight of Barnard’s booth at this year’s Investec Cape Town Art Fair in February, this work was also the gallery’s feature image in the art fair catalogue. In 2017, following the artist’s early career retrospective at Sanlam in Johannesburg and Cape Town, his painting The Model was purchased by Sanlam for their corporate art collection.
Barnard will be participating in the sixth edition of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) from Friday 16 – 18 February 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
This curated presentation will include new works by Richard Mudariki, Lien Botha, Tom Cullberg, Alex Emsley, Ryan Hewett, Sarah Biggs, MJ Lourens, Virginia MacKenny, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, Katherine Spindler, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Robyn Penn & Alexia Vogel.
Please find us at Booth B5.