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The A4 Arts Foundation’s inaugural exhibition,, in Cape Town (13 September – 30 November) includes work by David Goldblatt, Haroon Gunn-Salie and Yinka Shonibare MBE. As a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to promoting and encouraging innovation within the South African arts, the exhibition uses the Buitenkant Street gallery space as a platform in which the idea of collaboration and collectivity can be explored. Curated by Ziphozenkosi Dayile and Kemang Wa Lehulere, You & I examines the multivocality of collectivity by investigating and reconsidering the social conditions, dynamics and histories of such ideas.

The A4 Arts Foundation’s inaugural exhibition, You & I, in Cape Town (13 September – 30 November) includes work by both David Goldblatt and Haroon Gunn-Salie. As a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to promoting and encouraging innovation within the South African arts, the exhibition uses the Buitenkant Street gallery space as a platform in which the idea of collaboration and collectivity can be explored. Curated by Ziphozenkosi Dayile and Kemang Wa Lehulere, You & I examines the multivocality of collectivity by investigating and reconsidering the social conditions, dynamics and histories of such ideas.

Goldblatt, first ever feature-length documentary on the legendary South African photographer, is showing at the Durban International Film Festival on 16,18 and 22 July. The documentary made its world premiere at the Encounters Documentary Festival in June this year and is produced by Goodman Gallery owner Liza Essers and Josh Ginsburg, and directed by Daniel Zimbler.

The first ever feature-length documentary on the legendary South African photographer David Goldblatt – titled, Goldblatt – makes its world premiere in Johannesburg on 6 June at 6:30pm at Rosebank Nouveau and on 9 June at Cape Town’s Labia Theatre at 6:30pm as part of (1-11 June 2017). Goldblatt is produced by Liza Essers and Josh Ginsburg, and directed by Daniel Zimbler. It turns the lens on one of South Africa’s most prolific image-makers and documents his remarkable contribution to photography, both locally and on an international scale. Offering unique insights into the photographer’s practice, it features interviews with Zanele Muholi, William Kentridge, the late Nadine Gordimer, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Howard Booth.
‘This moving documentary has been in the making for six years,’ says Essers. ‘It comes at an exciting moment in the 87-year-old’s career, which is showing no signs of slowing down, with two current exhibitions in British prisons and an upcoming retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in 2018. The documentary marks the moment when we finally turn the lens on this shrewd witness to social change in South Africa and document his remarkable contribution to photography, both locally and on an international scale. It is the second film in an ongoing documentary series on major SA artists that I conceptualised ten years ago, starting with a film on William Kentridge and Marlene Dumas in conversation in 2010.’

Dhlamini, Goldblatt and Sekgala in Aperture’s ‘Platform Africa’

Jabulani Dhlamini, David Goldblatt and Thabiso Sekgala are included in Aperture’s summer 2017 issue, which profiles the biennales, art spaces and educational workshops that are changing the shape of photography across Africa today. Edited in collaboration with John Fleetwood, former head of the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg, Bisi Silva, founder and director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, and Aïcha Diallo, associate editor of the website Contemporary And, the issue is accompanied by an exhibition at the in New York (5 – 7 May).

David Goildblatt exhibits 'Ex-Offenders' series in UK prisons

David Goldblatt’s acclaimed body of work, Ex-Offenders, is being exhibited inside two British prisons: Manchester Maximum Security Prison (opens 18 May) and Birmingham Prison (opens 22 May). This is the first time that the series of photographs, which depicts ex-offenders revisiting the scenes of their crime, reaches a dedicated prisoner audience. Goldblatt worked with a group of inmates to become guides to the other inmates about the show. A specially produced catalog for prison inmates will be published by Steidl.

Various artists on Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Africa show

Five Goodman Gallery artists – Kudzanai Chiurai, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, David Koloane and Sue Williamson – are included in Fondation Louis Vuitton’s exhibition Art/Afrique, Le nouvel atelier (26 April – 28 August). They are featured in the section Being There, which focuses on work by 15 artists from South Africa.

Various artists on Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Africa show

Five Goodman Gallery artists – Kudzanai Chiurai, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, David Koloane and Sue Williamson – are included in Fondation Louis Vuitton’s exhibition Art/Afrique, Le nouvel atelier (26 April – 28 August). They are featured in the section Being There, which focuses on work by 15 artists from South Africa.

Breitz, Goldblatt & Nhlengethwa at British Art Museum

South Africa: The Art of a Nation at London’s British Museum includes an work from David Goldblatt’s photographic series The Transported of KwaNdebele, Candice Breitz’s video work Extra, and It Left Him Cold by Sam Nhlengethwa. It runs until 26 February 2017.

Various artists at the New Church Museum, Cape Town

Works by Willem Boshoff, Kudzanai Chiurai, David Goldblatt and Sue Williamson are included on the exhibition 50/50, curated by South African art historian Rory Bester at the New Church Museum in Cape Town. Bester has selected works from the museum’s permanent collection and augmented these with loans that reflect on the patterns of repetition and recognition in turning over and overturning of art histories. The exhibition is a collation and juxtaposition of historical and contemporary works, all viewed through a responsive, documentary lens. As these repetitions and recognitions accumulate over time they come to bear on signifiers such as monuments, monumentality and iconoclasm, secrets and lies, the rise and fall of ideas, culture, cultivation, movement and mobility.

David Goldblatt at Standard Bank Gallery

David Goldblatt: The Pursuit of Values is on show at Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, from 20 October to 5 December. The catalogue produced for the show notes that the exhibition is “essentially about the human spirit” and draws on a number of bodies of work, covering a period of some 65 years. There is a particular focus on South Africa, with works from the series The Structure of Things, Then (1998) and from his ongoing series on the Structures of Democracy.

David Goldblatt in Bloemfontein and Stellenbosch

The University of the Free State, in partnership with the Goodman Gallery, will present the exhibition Structures of Dominion and Democracy 13 July to the 7 August. The exhibition is dedicated to the series Structures, one of the major bodies of works by Goldblatt. For over three decades Goldblatt has traveled South Africa photographing sites and structures weighted with historical narrative: monuments, private, religious and secular, that reveal something about the people who built them. The exhibition forms part of the main programme of the Vrystaat Arts Festival. Goldblatt’s exhibition In the Time of Aids runs at Stellenbosch University from 6 July. According to the artist’s statement the awareness-raising exhibition happens at a time when, “although less voracious in its spread and through drugs less terrible the suffering it brings, HIV/Aids is still very much with us.” Runs until 30 November 2015.

Various artists on TWENTY: Art in the Time of Democracy

The exhibition TWENTY: Art in the Time of Democracy features works by 115 artists and is presented by UJ Arts & Culture at the UJ Art Gallery from 1 July to 5 August 2015. Curated by Gordon Froud, senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg (FADA), it incorporates a broad range of works by established and emerging South African artists addressing their experiences of the first twenty years of democracy in this country. Artists include William Kentridge, David Goldblatt, Diane Victor, David Koloane, Kagiso Pat Mautloa, Vusi Beauchamp and Clive van den Berg. Froud originally curated the exhibition for the Appalachian State University Turchin Centre in North Carolina, in 2014.

David Goldblatt awarded the Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship

Eminent South African photographer David Goldblatt has been awarded the Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship. The award was given at a ceremony in London last night (18 April) and was the first Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship awarded for achievement as a photographer working in the photographic book form.
The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are presented by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation in partnership with Media Space and they pay tribute to Andor Kraszna-Krausz (b. Hungary, 1904 — 1989), one of the most important and influential names in photographic publishing.
In announcing the fellowship Michael G. Wilson – Chairman of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation — said in April: “David Goldblatt is the 2015 inaugural Kraszna-Krausz Fellow in recognition of his incredible achievement as a photographer working in the medium of the photography book. Throughout his career, Goldblatt’s projects have exemplified the highest standards of intellectual rigour and creative production. His photography books have inspired multiple generations of photographers and are among the most influential of the 20th and 21st centuries.” Other Krausz-Kraszna Fellowships went to writer and journalist Sir Harold Evans as well as a First Book Award 2015 to Ciarán Óg Arnold for his project ‘I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed but all I could do was to get drunk again’.

David Goldblatt in Durban

Durban‘s KZNSA Gallery presents major photographs in the ongoing Structures series by David Goldblatt. Structures is a major body of work described by the late Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer as “an extraordinary visual history of a country and its people.” Titled Structures of Dominion & Democracy, the exhibition traverses the distinct eras in our history. The exhibition contains images dating back as far as 1963. Goldblatt’s contemporary photographs picture the political and social landscapes of the period after the advent of democracy. From 31 March to 19 April.

Various Artists At Standard Bank Gallery

From Sitting to Selfie: 300 years of South African Portraits at Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg maps the long tradition of portraiture and its changing use and function in society. The exhibition, which opened to the public 25 June 2014, features work by Candice Breitz, Willem Boshoff, Hasan & Husain Essop, David Goldblatt, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, Brett Murray, Walter Oltmann, Mikhael Subotzky, Minnette Vári and Diane Victor amongst others. From 19th century oil paintings to 21st century video installations, the exhibition raises many interesting questions about how and why people make portraits of themselves and others, and how the reasons for this have changed over time. The exhibition runs until 6 September 2014.

Various artists at the Smithsonian African Art Museum

Works by Ghada Amer, Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Sam Nhlengethwa, Mikhael Subotzky, Clive van den Berg, Diane Victor featured on Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa at the National Museum for African Art at Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA. This was the first major exhibition and scholarly endeavor to comprehensively examine the rich relationship between African artists and the land upon which they live, work, and frame their days.

David Goldblatt at the Goodman Gallery Cape Town

Until 6 December 2014, the Goodman Gallery Cape Town is to display the exhibition “Structures of Dominion and Democracy” by photographer David Goldblatt.

The exhibition is to display major works from the Structures series, which Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer described as, “an extraordinary visual history of a country and its people.” Goldblatt has travelled South Africa for over 30 years documenting sites weighted with historical narrative; the exhibition in question focuses on the period after the fall of apartheid. Goldblatt commented that: “I’m mainly showing Democracy. And the reason for this is that people here are familiar with Baaskap and the period of apartheid, but they are not very familiar with looking at what is emerging now.”

David Goldblatt was born in South Africa in 1930, founding the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg in 1989. In 1998 he was the first South African to be given a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.

David Goldblatt / Some Afrikaners Revisited at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum

David Goldblatt’s photographic essay Some Afrikaners Revisited was exhibited at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein from 15 October 2009 – 10 January 2010.

Goldblatt in Minneapolis

Until February 10 2015 the Perlman Gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) presents a selection of photographs from 1973 to 2014 by David Goldblatt. Titled New Pictures 10: David Goldblatt, Structures of Dominion and Democracy,” the photographs explore, “the quiet and commonplace, where nothing ‘happens’, and yet all is contained and immanent,” according to Goldblatt. The exhibition is loosely divided among Goldblatt’s photography before and after 1991. “The photographs exhibited,” writes Goldblatt of his exhibition at the MIA, “are from these two separate yet intimately connected bodies of work.” Goldblatt will make his first appearance in Minnesota on October 2 to discuss his exhibition.

Various artists on Figures & Fictions at the V&A

Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London featured works by some of the most exciting and inventive photographers living and working in South Africa today, including Goodman Gallery artists Jodi Bieber, Kudzanai Chiurai, Hasan & Husain Essop, David Goldblatt, Mikhael Subotzky and Nontsikelelo Veleko. The exhibition presented the vibrant and sophisticated photographic culture that has emerged in post-apartheid South Africa. The works that were on display respond to the country’s powerful rethinking of issues of identity across race, gender, class and politics. The photographs depict people within their individual, family and community lives, practicing religious customs, observing social rituals, wearing street fashion or existing on the fringes of society. All the photographers question what it is to be human at this time in South Africa.
The exhibition ran from 12 April to 17 July 2011.
to view the video From Black and White to Full Colour: a curator’s journey in which curator of Figures & Fictions, Tamar Garb, reflects on her Cape Town upbringing and the forthcoming show.

David Goldblatt at Marian Goodman Gallery Paris

Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, presents David Goldblatt’s series Structures, one of the major body of works by the artist described by the writer Nadine Gordimer as “an extraordinary visual history of a country and its people.” Since the 1980s Goldblatt has been travelling across South Africa photographing monuments and buildings, public or private, secular or religious, built from the Colonial era with the idea that the architecture reveals something about the people who built them. Black and white photographs from the series taken in the 80s and 90s were shown in an exhibition at MoMA in 1998 entitled South Africa : The Structure of Things Then. Since then Goldblatt has taken new images of buildings built after the Apartheid. The opening reception will provide the opportunity to launch the book Photographers’ References: David Goldblatt, a collection of conversations between Goldblatt and Baptiste Lignel. From September 6 to October 18.

David Goldblatt wins ICP Infinity Lifetime Achievement award

The International Center of Photography (ICP) recognised David Goldblatt for the Lifetime Achievement award at the 29th Annual Infinity Awards gala event on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. Goldblatt has produced numerous books and museum exhibitions of his work. His work was included in ICP’s exhibition, The Rise and Fall of Apartheid.
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David Goldblatt at SFMOMA

The exhibition South Africa in Apartheid and After at the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) examined the work of three photographers — David Goldblatt, Ernest Cole, and Billy Monk.
This exhibition continued SFMOMA’s renowned scholarship in the field of documentary photography, presenting work by photographers who have depicted what they have seen during a vital and difficult period in the recent history of South Africa.
Goldblatt’s book project In Boksburg (1982) portrays a typical suburban white community not far from Johannesburg shaped by what the artist calls “white dreams and white proprieties.” The late Cole, a self-taught black South African photojournalist, documented the other side of the racial divide until he was forced to leave his country in 1966. Recently Goldblatt recovered a group of Cole’s original prints, organised a retrospective tour of the work, and championed an accompanying book project, Ernest Cole, photographer. Selected works from the book — deeply human without a trace of sensationalism — add an important dimension to Goldblatt’s work included here.
Monk was a gregarious self-taught photographer who worked as a bouncer in a rowdy Cape Town nightclub in the 1960s. His work, also recovered and reprinted after his death with assistance from Goldblatt, made a raw and beautiful record of the port city’s racially mixed population. These three groups of pictures will be complemented by a selection of Goldblatt’s post-apartheid photographs.
The exhibition ran from 01 December 2012 – 03 March 2013.

David Goldblatt at the Venice Biennale 2011

Numerous photographs by David Goldblatt featured on ILLUMInations, the 54th International Art Exhibition at the 2011 Venice Biennale directed by Bice Curiger. The exhibition opened to the public from 4 June–27 November 2011 and took place at Arsenale and Giardini. Goldblatt’s photographs, which included works from his Ex-offenders series as well as other recent black and white and colour prints, were shown at Giardini within the star-shaped and wallpapered “Para-Pavilion” conceived by Polish artist Monika Sosnowska. The curatorial concept for the 2011 Biennale involved asking four artists to create so-called Para-Pavilions, largish structures of a sculptural, architectural nature capable of harbouring works by other artists. Along with Goldblatt’s photographs, included in Sosnowska’s star-shaped structure is an installation by English artist Haroon Mirza.
David Goldblatt’s works were presented courtesy of the Goodman Gallery, with the support of Henri Cartier-Bresson Award for 2009 and Groupe Wendel.

Various artists at the Walther Collection in Ulm

Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive brings into dialogue various documents from the late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century and recent photographic and video work by contemporary artists engaged with photographic archives, to offer new perspectives on the legacy of anthropological and ethnographic visions of Africa. The exhibition, curated by Tamar Garb, is on view at the Walther Collection in Ulm, Germany until 2015, and features work by Candice Breitz, Kudzanai Chiurai, David Goldblatt, and Sue Williamson. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Steidl.

David Goldblatt, TJ,1948-2010 at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and Marian Goodman Paris

From 12 January to 17 April 2011, David Goldblatt exhibited TJ,1948-2010 at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris. “TJ” stands for Transvaal, Johannesburg, from the former system for South African vehicle registration. Goldblatt has been recording the turbulent history of this city all his life – during the apartheid era he photographed both “sides”, Afrikaner and black. His work earned him the Prix HCB, a prize awarded by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, which allowed him to continue to photograph this ever-changing city, and the result can be seen in this exhibit.
In conjunction with this exhibit, the Marian Goodman Gallery exhibited a selection of black-and-white photographs from Goldblatt’s “TJ” series from 15 January through 19 February 2011.

Jodi Bieber, David Goldblatt & Mikhael Subotzky in France

Works by Jodi Bieber, David Goldblatt and Mikhael Subotzky were included in the exhibition series ‘Commitment’, which featured three generations of artists, in three locations and two cities in France. Commitment I, featured Goldblatt’s ‘TJ’ series, as well as work by a group of artists from the Market Photo Workshop. Commitment II, and exhibition of work from Subotzky’s ‘Retinal Shift’ series, featured a photographic investigation of crime, social marginalisation, private and public law and security in South Africa. Commitment III, by Bieber, Subotzky and Goldblatt, chronicled an experience of South Africa from three generations of artists, each with a unique perspective and critical eye. Commitment I took place from 18 October to 29 November at Maillon-Wacken in Strasbourg. Commitment II took place from 2 October to 1 December at La Chambre in Strasbourg. Commitment III took place from 5 November to 21 December at La Filature in Mulhouse.

Joel Andrianomearisoa, mounir fatmi, Kendell Geers & David Goldblatt at The Menil Collection

Bringing together the work of over twenty artists – including Joel Andrianomearisoa, mounir fatmi, Kendell Geers and David Goldblatt – The Progress of Love at The Menil Collection in Houston considered how technology, economic systems, and other forces have shaped ideas about love and their expression. In doing so, the exhibition seeks to ask what part of love is universal? What part is timeless and what is a cultural construct? The exhibition ran from 2 December 2012 to 17 March 2013.

Intersections Intersected / The Photography of David Goldblatt at the New Museum, New York

Over the last fifty years, David Goldblatt has documented the complexities and contradictions of South African society. His photographs capture the social and moral value systems that governed the tumultuous history of his country’s segregationist policies and continue to influence its changing political landscape. Goldblatt began photographing professionally in the early 1960s, focusing on the effects of the National Party’s legislation of apartheid. The son of Jewish Lithuanian parents who fled to South Africa to escape religious persecution, Goldblatt was forced into a peculiar situation, being at once a white man in a racially segregated society and a member of a religious minority with a sense of otherness. He used the camera to capture the true face of apartheid as his way of coping with horrifying realities and making his voice heard. Goldblatt did not try to capture iconic images, nor did he use the camera as a tool to entice revolution through propaganda. Instead, he reveals a much more complex portrait, including the intricacies and banalities of daily life in all aspects of society. Whether showing the plight of black communities, the culture of the Afrikaner nationalists, the comfort of white suburbanites, or the architectural landscape, Goldblatt’s photographs are an intimate portrayal of a culture plagued by injustice.

In Goldblatt’s images we can see a universal sense of people’s aspirations, making do with their abnormal situation in as normal a way as possible. People go about their daily lives, trying to preserve a sense of decency amid terrible hardship. Goldblatt points out a connection between people (including himself) and the environment, and how the environment reflects the ideologies that built it. His photographs convey a sense of vulnerability as well as dignity. Goldblatt is very much a part of the culture that he is analyzing. Unlike the tradition of many documentary photographers who capture the “decisive moment,” Goldblatt’s interest lies in the routine existence of a particular time in history.

Goldblatt continues to explore the consciousness of South African society today. He looks at the condition of race relations after the end of apartheid while also tackling other contemporary issues, such as the influence of the AIDS epidemic and the excesses of consumption. For his “Intersections Intersected” series, Goldblatt looks at the relationship between the past and present by pairing his older black-and-white images with his more recent color work. Here we may notice photography’s unique association with time: how things were, how things are, and also that the effects of apartheid run deep. It will take much more time to heal the wounds of a society that was divided for so long. Yet, there is a possibility for hope, recognition of how much has changed politically in the time between the two images, and a potential optimism for the future. Goldblatt’s work is a dynamic and multilayered view of life in South Africa, and he continues to reveal that society’s progress and incongruities.

—Joseph Gergel, Curatorial Fellow

David Goldblatt and Ivan Vladislaviċ win Kraszna-Krausz Best Photography Book Award

The widely acclaimed duo-edition that includes David Goldblatt’s photographic compilation TJ and Ivan Vladislaviċ’s novel Double Negative, was awarded the Kraszna-Krausz Best Photography Book Award. The two works together create a dialogue between word and image, balancing both Goldblatt’s rigorous research and Vladislavic’s narrative fiction. The resulting project describes a difficult metropolis scarred by the history of apartheid, symbolic of contemporary South Africa. Judges Mary McCartney (Chair), David Campany and Yuka Yamaji commented: “Goldblatt and Vladislaviċ’s ambitious project explores the relationship between text and image. A highly effective pairing of fiction and photography, this innovative collaboration redefines the possibilities for writing on and about photography.”

David Goldblatt at Market Photo Workshop

Founder of the Market Photo Workshop (MPW), David Goldblatt, celebrated his 80th birthday in November 2010. In recognition of his extensive contribution, not only to the Photo Workshop, but also to photography in South Africa, MPW presented his first exhibition at The Photo Workshop Gallery: Fale le Fale.
Fale le Fale was an exhibition of works selected from both Goldblatt’s historical oeuvre as well as the work he actively continues to produce, which explored the shifts in significance over time and the ways in which meaning is made through processes of representation. Goldblatt’s photographs are often invested in similar ways, enacting multiple and layered perspectives and questioning the function of photography as a medium of representation. Fale le Fale is Sesotho for ‘There and There’ referencing the curatorial process of selecting photographs from ‘there and there’ for this exhibition, but also as a suggestion of the ways in which Goldblatt’s practice has encompassed not only a wide coverage of places and times, but also of meanings, of ideas.
The exhibition ran from Wednesday 15 June to 29 July 2011.

David Goldblatt at Barbican Art Gallery

Photographs by David Goldblatt featured on the exhibition Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. This major photography exhibition surveyed the medium from an international perspective, and, as well as Goldblatt, included renowned photographers such as Bruce Davidson, William Eggleston, Boris Mikhailov, Raghubir Singh and Shomei Tomatsu.
Kate Bush, Head of Art Galleries for the Barbican Centre, spent a week of research in South African with Goldblatt in preparation for the show. Both Goldblatt and Bush decided to revisit his major series of the 1960s and 1970s, from On the Mines to Some Afrikaners Photographed, and In Boksburg. The selection includes rarely exhibited works.
“Over five decades, Goldblatt has created arguably one of the most important bodies of documentary photography in the history of the medium,” states the Barbican website in its explanation of the show. “He has forged a complex, contradictory tableau of South Africa’s fractured society, during and after apartheid.”

David Goldblatt and Mikhael Subotzky in The Lie of the Land: Representations of the South African Landscape

Photographs by David Goldblatt and Mikhael Subotzsky featured on the show The Lie of the Land: Representations of the South African Landscape, which ran at the Sanlam Art Gallery from 14 October 2010–15 January 2011. Curated by Professor Michael Godby of the University of Cape Town, this exhibition of landscape is described by the organisers as a sequel to his show Is there Still Life? (2007-2008). The Lie of the Land aimed to show how South African artists have approached complex and contentious issues of representing landscape, and how this mirrors a wide range of issues – from the personal to the political.

David Goldblatt at MoMA

David Goldblatt exhibited alongside photographers such as Walker Evans and Bruce Nauman in The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibition ran from 1 August to 1 November 2010.
The Original Copy presented a critical examination of the intersections between photography and sculpture, exploring how the one medium has been implicated in the analysis and creative redefinition of the other. Bringing together three hundred pictures, magazines, and journals by more than one hundred artists from the dawn of modernism to the present, the exhibition looks at the ways in which photography at once informs and challenges our understanding of what sculpture is.

David Goldblatt's Kith Kin & Khaya at South African Jewish Museum

Kith, Kin & Khaya, a major exhibition of photographs by David Goldblatt, opened at the South African Jewish Museum, in Cape Town’s Company’s Garden, on 1 November 2010. The exhibit arrived in Cape Town from The Jewish Museum in New York City where it drew large audiences and received very enthusiastic reviews.
Described as a contemporary master and our country’s most distinguished photographer, Goldblatt, now 80, has for decades used the South African condition – its complexities, graces and obsessions – as material for his mesmerising work. While the ‘struggle’ is Goldblatt’s ‘great theme’, his subject matter then, is the manifestation of struggle, and his subjects the engaging, if sometimes unwittingly and innocent, participants. The result is a showcase of South African studies from the 1950s to the 21st century.
Goldblatt’s skill is such that each image provides insight into the life and times – often the very soul – of his heterogeneous subjects. These range from exhausted migrant workers to a seemingly vulnerable Harry Oppenheimer; from careworn whites from the wrong side of the tracks to the well-groomed women of the Boksburg’s Women’s Zionist League; and from simple, devout families posing stiffly to a humble cleaner.
The exhibition ran from 1 November 2010–11 February 2011.

David Goldblatt at the Jewish Museum (New York)

David Goldblatt exhibited at the Jewish Museum (New York), from 02 May 2010 through to 19 September 2010. The exhibition presented approximately 150 photographs by Goldblatt that focus on South Africa’s human landscape in the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

David Goldblatt is presented with prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson Award

David Goldblatt was awarded the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson Award (2009), for his project ‘TJ’, an ongoing examination of the city of Johannesburg. The award is intended for a photographer of exceptional ability who has an established career and has completed a significant body of work. This award will be followed by an exhibition of David Goldblatt’s essay of Johannesburg photographs at the Henri Cartier-Bresson in 2010.

David Goldblatt, Moshekwa Langa and Kendell Geers at 29th São Paulo Biennial

The work of David Goldblatt, Moshekwa Langa and Kendell Geers featured on the 29th São Paulo Biennial, which took place in Brazil from 25 September to 12 December 2010.
Curated by Moacir dos Anjos and Agnaldo Farias and a team of guest curators from various backgrounds including Fernando Alvim, Rina Carvajal, Yuko Hasegawa, Sarat Maharaj, and Chus Martinez, the title of the Biennial is “There is always a cup of sea to sail in”, which was inspired by a line by the poet Jorge de Lima in his work Invenção de Orfeu (1952).
The title considers the utopian dimension of art. According to the curators: “It is in the ‘cup of sea’ – or in this near infinite in which artists insist on producing their works – where in fact lies the power to move forward, despite everything else.” As de Lima continues, “the power to sail on even without ships / even without waves and sand.”

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