Diary Listing: Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa exhibition

Exhibition: Exact Imagination: 300 Years of Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa

Artists: Various

Venue: Standard Bank Gallery

Dates: 8 October – 6 December 2014

Originating out of a desire to showcase the extraordinary national treasure of botanical illustrations in the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) collection, and extended by curator Cyril Coetzee, Exact Imagination: 300 Years of Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa brings together three intersecting themes: botanical illustrations from SANBI and other collections; contemporary botanically inspired fine art; and southern African objects of material culture made from a variety of grasses, reeds and creepers.

Lecture Programme

A fascinating series of lunchtime lectures has been planned to complement this exhibition. All lectures will be held at Standard Bank Gallery, Cnr. Simmonds & Frederick Streets, Johannesburg, from 13:00 to 14:00. Phone 011 631-4467

8 October: Cyril Coetzee – Exact Imagination: 300 Years of botanically inspired Art in South Africa

15 October: Mary Scholes – How plants and microorganisms work together

22 October: Bob Scholes – Mixed Media: Art meets science

5 November: John Rourke – History of botanical art in South Africa (colonial times to the present)

12 November: Braam van Wyk – Remarkable wild flowers of Gauteng

19 November: Ben-Erik van Wyk – Indigenous plant-based medicines: the fiction and the fact

26 November: Vivienne Williams – The history of medicinal plants in South Africa

* This programme is subject to change.

CAPTIONS FOR IMAGES 

Keith Struthers, Protea repens: Flower Head Path Curves Created by a Morphological Field, 2014. Photographic print. Private collection

Karel Nel, Elegies to the Forest, 2001.Red pigment, baobab fibre, 171 x 61 cm. Private collection.

Karel Nel, Elegies to the Forest, 2001. Charcoal, baobab fibre, 173 x 45 cm. Private collection.

Karel Nel, Elegies to the Forest, 2005. Coco de mer leaf, 280 x 60 cm. Private collection.

Angeline Masuku, Basket, undated. Plant fibre, 145cm (height) x 73cm (diameter). Wits Art Museum.

William Kentridge, Dutch iris, 1992-1997. Etching and aquatint, 123 x 80,5 cm. Private collection.

Walter Oltmann, Cactus, 2014. Aluminium wire and rods, 120 x 120 x 85 cm. Private collection.

Helmut Starcke, Elegies to the Slender Shrub, Study #1, 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 100 cm. Circa Gallery.

Esta Zulu, Large spiral basket, 2014. Woven Agave sisalana and Lutinzi grass, 60 x 120 x 23 cm. Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection.

Stefanus Rademeyer, Spiral Forest, 2010. Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper, 61 x 61 cm. Private collection.

Michelle Thomas, Gerbera, 2007. Linocut on paper, 120 x 80 cm. University of Cape Town Collections.

Cythna Letty (1895-1985), Rhodhypoxis baurii; Vellozia retinervis,1963.  Watercolour; 23 x 15,5 cm. South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

Willem Boshoff, Garden of Words I, 1982 – 1997. Wooden blocks, printed-paper, safety glass, 600 x 200 cm. Private collection.

John Herschel (1792 – 1871), Cyrtanthus obliquus, 1834. Watercolour over pencil camera lucida drawing, 24,5 x 19,5 cm. Brenthurst Library.

Cythna Letty (1895-1985), Rhodhypoxis baurii; Vellozia retinervis,1963.  Watercolour; 23 x 15,5cm. South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

Auriol Batten, Gazania Krebsiana, c 1980. Watercolour and graphite, 86 x 65cm. South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

Auriol Batten (1918 – ), Scadoxus Puniceus, 1980. Watercolour and graphite, 86 x 54cm. South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

Ellaphie Ward-Hilhorst (1920- 1994), Pelargonium lobatum (Burm.F.) L’Hèrit, 1988. Watercolour and pencil, 30 x 23 cm. Brenthurst Library.

Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770), Aloe Ferox, 1737. 75 x 55 cm. South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

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