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David Koloane





David Koloane

Born June 5th, 1938 in Alexandra
Died June 30th 2019 in Johannesburg

Koloane received his art training at the Bill Ainslie Studio from 1974 to 1977. In 1977, he was co-founder of Johannesburg's first black art gallery. From 1982 to 1983, he was Head of Fine Arts at the Federative Union of Black Artists (FUBA), an agency for Black artists that creates awareness of their work in South Africa. In July 1982, Koloane was the visual arts coordinator of a pivotal rally of arts and culture workers, the Culture and Resistance Festival held in Botswana.

Most recently he is credited along with Robert Loder as founder of The Bag Factory studio and gallery space in downtown Johannesburg.

Koloane's post-liberation (1990) works have tended towards what critic Ivor Powel defines as a "primal stylistic chaos". Koloane's work shares something of the abstract intentionality of Jean Michel Basquiat. His work is also characterised by its recurring subject matter (particularly townships scenes, dogs, cityscapes, jazz music), and tends to offer a curious blend of sombre epiphanies and mesmerised celebrations of our collectivity as human beings.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
In The City, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2014 – 2015
David Koloane Survey,Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010
Twenty Ten and Other Things, Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

2008
Revival, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2006
New Work, A.B.A Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2003 Rituals , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2002
City Beat , Seippel Gallery, Germany

1999
Cityscapes and City Dwellers , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1997
New Work , NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

1994
Made in South Africa 2 , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1993
Made in South Africa 1 , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Solo Exhibition, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1990
Gallery on the Market, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa

1977
Nedbank Gallery, Killarney, Johannesburg, South Africa


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
In Context: Where We Are, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014
Controversial ways of seeing, Bag Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013
My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France

2013
Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive, South African Pavilion, 55th la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2012
Terra firma, Fried Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio, Pretoria, South Africa

2011
e-Scapes, David Krut Publishing, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009
KOLOANE MABASO MASHILE MAUTLOA, Gallery AOP, Johannesburg, South Africa

2008
Print Run, David Krut Publishing, Cape Town, South Africa

2006
Unhomely – Seville Bienale, Seville, Spain

2002
Ubuntu, Malaysia Art Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2000
South African Artists, Seippel Gallery, Germany

1999
Liberated Voices, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA

1996-1997
South Africa National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

1996
Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyvaskyla, Finland 1996 Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, USA

1995
Zora Neal Hurston National Museum of Fine Art Hurstonville, Florida, USA

Meridian International Center, Washington DC, USA

South African Murals, ICA Gallery, London, UK


BIBLIOGRAPHY

2002
Veronique Tadjo, David Koloane: Taxi 006. David Krut Publishing: Johannesburg

1999
Frank Herreman and M. D’amato, Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa. The Museum of African Art: New York, p.27.

1997
Walking The Tight Rope: Trade Routes, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale catalogue text

1996
Andre Magnin and Jacques Soulillou, Contemporary Art of Africa, Thames and Hudson, New York and London

Sue Williamson and Ashraf Jamal, Art in South Africa: The Future Present, David Philip Publishers: Claremont, South Africa

1995
Clementine Deliss (ed.), Seven Stories About Modern Art In Africa. Flammarion: Paris, p. 140 – 156 and p. 261 – 265 (in conversation with Ivor Powell).

1993
Esme Berman Painting in South Africa, Southern Book Publishers, Halfway House, p. 363.

1990
Art from South Africa: Catalogue, Thames, and Hudson

A question of identity: Third Text magazine, London, UK

A report on the Johannesburg Africa’s Biennale catalogue text

1984
A dissertation on the establishment of printmaking workshops employing alternative methods in the urban areas of South Africa, U.K

1982
A Profile: Lucas Seage: A Konrad Aadenauer Prize Winner. Staff Rider Magazine

1981
Margaret Makhoana, Bonanza Magazine

A Profile: Dan Rakgoathe Mofolo Art Centre.