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Uptown South


Goodman Gallery is delighted to announce that our Art Basel Miami Beach presentation will be available to view online on OVR: Miami Beach as well as in person at Adler Beatty in New York. (34 E 69th St, New York)

This collaboration marks an exciting opportunity to view key artists represented by Goodman Gallery - a pre-eminent gallery on the African continent since 1966 - bringing new and historic works by contemporary African and Diasporic artists as well as artists hailing from the Global South.

At this time of a global pandemic, with many national borders closed and social divisions further entrenched, this group presentation, titled Uptown South, has been curated with the unique kinship of Johannesburg and New York in mind. 

Uptown South features works that speak to the longstanding cultural affinity and global exchange between the two cities, which have a shared status as economic and cultural centres of their respective regions. This connection has historically seen a two-way exchange of ideas and artists over the decades. Featured artists have either spent time in these regions or make artwork that taps into themes around this relationship. 

Among a generation of South African artists who sought exile in New York as a safer space in which to make their voices heard was Ernest Cole - South Africa's first Black front line photographer - who exposed the brutal realities of apartheid to the world. Goodman Gallery is proud to present a historically significant selection of rare vintage prints by Cole, taken while on assignments in the US in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Through these photographic assignments, Cole was “confronted by the very different, new expressions and fights for freedom taking place on the streets of New York and simultaneously, the depressing evidence of familiar racial segregation and inequality still visible in the early post-Civil Rights era rural south” (Tymon Smith, critic).

Selected highlights: Cassi Namoda’s evocative paintings of Southern Africa, including post-colonial scenes of Mozambique, produced in Long Island, New York; Hank Willis Thomas's retro-reflective works which revisit archival photographs from South African political history, created in Brooklyn, New York; Sam Nhlengethwa’s signature collage-paintings, which reference Jazz traditions from both sides of the Atlantic, created in Johannesburg.   

For inquiries, or to receive more information, contact or directly:

Liza Essers +27 83 287 2700
Tony East +27 72 018 1293
Jo Stella-Sawicka +44 7734 923150

ruby onyinyechi amanze | Kudzanai Chiurai | Ernest Cole | Nolan Oswald Dennis | David Goldblatt | Alfredo Jaar | William Kentridge | Misheck Masamvu | Cassi Namoda | Shirin Neshat | Sam Nhlengethwa | George Pemba | Faith Ringold | Yinka Shonibare CBE | Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum | Hank Willis Thomas | Naama Tsabar

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