Rendezvous Focus Painting exhibition
An exhibition of paintings by South African, French and Greek artists
The Rendezvous Focus Painting exhibition concludes its yearlong national tour at the UJ Art Gallery in September 2012. This fourth undertaking by The Rendezvous Art Project showcases artworks by 60 artists from South Africa, France and Greece who use paint as a medium.
As the innovations of photography, film, video, installation art and rapid developments in the field of visual art threatened painting's pre-eminence, critics have suggested that painting has lost its way during the second half of the twentieth century. Despite this criticism, paintings are still desirable art objects and command huge prices on international markets. It was thus decided to focus on painting as a medium for the 2011/12 national travelling exhibition of the Rendezvous Art Project thereby showcasing art works by South African, French and Greek painters.
The recipients of the Bettie Cilliers-Barnard Award will furthermore be announced on the opening night. The award came into being in acknowledgement of Cilliers-Barnard’s (1914 – 2010) legacy and contribution to South African art and will afford a number of South African artists the opportunity to attend a residency program in painting in France within the next year.
The Rendezvous Art Project has showcased 14 exhibitions over the past 4 years. The first project, Rendezvous Focus Sculpture, gave 40 Grade 12 learners from the Alexandra Township in Johannesburg the opportunity to apply to study at a university by paying their application fees in full. The second edition, Rendezvous Focus Wearable Art, in association with the North-West University, made it possible to provide a bursary to a humanities postgraduate student. The third edition, Rendezvous Focus Original Lithography, sent six South African artists to the Atelier Pons in Paris, France to study for a month with the master lithographer Elisabeth Pons. The artists’ works produced in France were showcased as part of a South African travelling exhibition. None of these projects would have been possible without sponsors, who have been extremely supportive. In 2010, Air Liquide received the Best International Sponsorship Award from BASA (Business and Art South Africa) for its involvement with The Rendezvous Art Project.
The Rendezvous Art Project is a non-profit organisation that depends on partnerships with corporate establishments, art festivals, museums, galleries and tertiary institutions for the success and development of its ambitious and challenging projects.
The exhibition opens on 5 September and runs until 26 September 2012
UJ Art Gallery, Kingsway Campus, Corner of Kingsway Avenue and University Road, Auckland Park.
For more information on the exhibition and the Rendezvous Art Project please contact:
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- SEPTEMBER 2012
Installation view of the Rendezvous Focus Painting exhibition at
UJ Gallery, Johannesburg.