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End Of Year Message


As the year draws to an end, the gallery owner Candice Berman would like to share a few of her favourite highlights in one of the most extraordinary years in the 3 years of the gallery's existence. In the midst of devastating challenges of the global pandemic and the stringent South African lockdown most exhibitions, museum shows and art fairs came to a physical halt, but digital initiatives provided us with new avenues. These unprecedented times have encouraged us to reimagine and diversify our channels of access to artistic practices and artworks. Artists inspired us to think outside the box and we thank them for doing so and for their great resilience and creative effort.

This new way of working allowed you to browse artworks via a selection of new online options including live events on Zoom, virtual walkthroughs with artists, 360⁰ tours of exhibitions and enter into online conversations with the gallery owner Candice Berman and the senior curator Els van Mourik.

In response to lockdown life, Candice Berman developed the Artists Solidarity Assistance Project (ASAP). The sale of prints brought in a much-needed income for the artists to cover costs of daily living, studio rent and art materials. Right from the beginning, the initiative has been generously supported by many of our clients who have continuously encouraged the artists and the gallery during these difficult days. With your help and the dedicated work by the whole team we are looking with confidence forward to our online and offline art events in 2021.

Berman Contemporary wishes you a happy holiday season full of warmth, love and joy. May 2021 be safe, healthy and prosperous. We'll be stopping our newsletters until 2021 and reducing support as our gallery closes from 23 December - 8 January.  We look forward to welcome you to our new exhibition programme in 2021, on- and off-line.

INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS

Virtual Contemporary Istanbul

19 December 2020 - 6 January 2021
Ingrid Bolton, Stefan Blom and Marian Hester
Curated by Els van Mourik

Visit The Virtual Art Fair

Download Exhibition Catalogues

CURRENT EXHIBITION

Summer Show 2020

28 November – 10 January 2021
Ingrid Bolton, Stefan Blom, Marian Hester, DuduBloom More, Natalie Field, Robyn Denny, Natalie de Morney, Amogelang Maepa, Nomfundo Mkhize, Odette Graskie and Chrisél Attewell.
Curated by Els van Mourik

Visit and explore the joyous 2020 Summer Show at Berman Contemporary. The Summer Show brings together 11 artists, with works in all mediums of art – prints and paintings, photography, sculpture, multimedia works and more. Stuck at home? Call or mail the gallery for an exhibition catalogue. 

2020 SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY

CREATION OF THE NEW VANGUARD
The New Vanguard is a mentoring group for artists with emerging practices. We create opportunities for them such as curated exhibitions, art fairs and coaching.

Meet The New Vanguard
 

APRIL

LEARNING TO BREATHE DIFFERENTLY
30 April  – 21 June 2020
Our first virtual exhibition with Ingrid Bolton, Stefan Blom and Marian Hester
Curated by Els van Mourik

Revisit The Virtual Exhibition
 

MAY

ASAP
Candice Berman formed the Artists Solidarity Assistance Project dedicated to our visual artists. The art proceeds were split equally between the 24 artists.

Read more about this initiative
 

AUGUST

LABYRINTHINE
22 Aug – 12 Sept 2020
The New Vanguard
Curated by Els van Mourik
A virtual exhibition and guided tours in small groups in the gallery.

Revisit The Virtual Exhibition
 

AUGUST

RMB TURBINE ART FAIR
27 Aug – 13 Sept 2020
The New Vanguard
Curated by Els van Mourik
A virtual exhibition and guided tours in small groups in the gallery.

Revisit The Virtual Exhibition
 

SEPTEMBER

SOCIOGENESIS | RESILIENCE UNDER FIRE
22 19 Sept – 17 Oct 2020
Chrisél Attewell
Curated by Els van Mourik
A virtual exhibition and guided tours in small groups in the gallery.

Revisit The Virtual Exhibition
 

OCTOBER

URBAN MYTHS
3 – 30 October 2020
Dewald Bruwer, Tshepo Moloi and Lebohang Tlhako
Curated by Els van Mourik
Photographic pop-up exhibition in Amsterdam.

View The Exhibition Page
 

OCTOBER

1-54 LONDON
8 – 10 October
DuduBloom More
Curated by Els van Mourik
Somerset House, London

View The Art Fair Page

1-54 WEBINARS: Artists To Watch - Anya Painstill and DuduBloom More View Now

OCTOBER

TRACES OF UNTOLD STORIES
24 Oct – 22 Nov 2020
Robyn Denny
Curated by Els van Mourik

View The Exhibition Page
 

GALLERY NEWS

19 Collectors on the Art They Bought in 2020

Nov 24, 2020

DuduBloom More is featured in this Artsy Editorial regarding her work purchased at 1-54 London.

Read more
 

Rand Steam Commissioned Tote


This environmentally friendly campaign started on the 14th September and had a wonderful response by shoppers. A custom tote bag that is made of 100 percent recycled plastic was given to shoppers who spent more than R450.   

All 200 of Odette Graskie’s designed bags were given out in 3 weekends. 

 

CALENDAR

SUMMER SHOW | 2020
A group exhibition curated by Els van Mourik
28 November – 31 January 2021

CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL
Virtual Exhibition
19 December - 6 January 2021

POETIC ENCOUNTERS
Ingrid Bolton
Curated by Els van Mourik
13 February - 14 March 2020

URBAN MYTHS
A collaboration with Through The Lens Collective 
Curated by Els van Mourik
20 March - 18 April 2021

ASAP
Artists Solidarity Assistance Project is an initiative to raise funds for the 24 participating artists.
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