Event: Anton Karstel 1995 – 2018
When: 14 October 2018 to 3 March 2019
Opening and walkabout: Sunday, 14 October at 11:30
Where: North and South Galleries, Pretoria Art Museum
Cnr Francis Baard and Wessels Street, Arcadia Park, Arcadia
Anton Karstel 1995 – 2018 is a mid-career exhibition that will showcase a selection of works from the artist's career since 1989.
The title of the exhibition refers to the years that a cement cast of the artist lay buried under the lawn in front of the Pretoria Art Museum's entrance. The exhibition will feature the photographic record by the artist Abrie Fourie of "Self-Burial", the art event where Karstel buried the cement cast close to the museum entrance in 1995. On show will be many of Karstel's works that were produced during the political transition circa 1994. The works produced in 1995 reflect the violence and political turbulence of the time.
The exhibition will also feature painting installations and bodies of work that were produced in Cape Town after the artist relocated from Pretoria in 1998: "Kerkraad NG Gemeente Lyttelton-Oos", which consists of 65 portraits that were exhibited in 1998 at the Joao Ferreira Gallery; "Youth Day", an installation that was exhibited in 2012 at SMAC Art Gallery, comprising multiple oil painting renditions of the old South African flag; a series of paintings of 1980's "terrorism", which was exhibited in 2017 at the AVA Gallery and is a more recent example of Karstel's serial approach; a selection from a series of portraits of the five apartheid prime ministers; and a body of work that was produced during a residency at Nirox in Johannesburg in 2010.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a digital catalogue with an essay by Lloyd Pollak and Isabella Kuijers.