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Robyn Denny

Curated by Els van Mourik
24 October - 22 November 2020

“The banners, with the images of Príncipe, form a spine down the middle of the exhibition” Shirley Maltz

Guided tours by the artist

Join us for personal, guided tours of the exhibition with the artist on 14th and 15th  November.
Each group will have a maximum of 5 people.

Guided tours with Robyn are on Saturday14th November between 10.00 and 15.30 
and Sunday 15th November between 10.30 and 13.30.
Please contact the gallery to make your reservation.
Tel +27 010 880 5240 / 5241

Limited edition prints in support of Fundação Príncipe

Fundação Príncipe is a local NGO based on Príncipe Island (São Tomé & Príncipe, West Africa) with the mission to create economic and social development opportunities, inspiring both current and future generations through - and for - biodiversity conservation.

Robyn Denny’s paintings and accompanying film, was inspired by the ruins of Roça Sundy chocolate plantation on Príncipe. Once a slave colony, Príncipe now constitutes a Unesco Biosphere Reserve, a pristine ecological paradise focused on environmental sustainability, conservation and community building.
Proceeds of Denny’s limited edition prints go towards supporting the work of the Fundação Príncipe; guardians of the community and the rainforest. 
Support This Initiative


1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2020, London.

"1:54 London has been the most amazing rollercoaster for DuduBloom More and her solo-exhibition LOST BUT FOUND.  This was Berman Contemporary's first presentation at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. It was so good to see people engaging again with the art at a physical fair, asking lots of questions and trying to understand the works DuduBloom made during the lockdown in South Africa. Seeing people standing on their toes, with their nose nearly against the glass focused on reading DuduBloom's personal journals, discussing how they experienced the impact of the pandemic in their lives, it was just what everybody needed. To experience the strong teamwork with 1:54 and the gallery team in Johannesburg, who could not come to the fair, was so rewarding and inspiring, that it could not have been better."
- Els van Mourik, Senior Curator

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Download 1-54 London 2020 Full Media Report

New African Magazine

October/November edition

On the eve of 1–154 Art Fair, London, Omar Ben Yedder moderated a roundtable that included Touria El Glaoui, the fair’s founder and organiser, artists Dudu More, Tuli Mekondjo and Tsedaye Makonnen, and Rakeb Sile, co-founder of the gallery Addis Fine Art.
Read the full article


We would like to welcome Odette Graskie and Amogelang Maepa to Berman Contemporary.  After an intensive period of working together as part of The New Vanguard group, both artists agreed to be represented by Berman Contemporary.

Odette Graskie

Odette Graskie is interested in the imaginative, interaction and line. Graskie’s work is influenced by  the people around her, the everyday interactions that highlight human connection. Odette works with storytelling in a variety of mediums, including textile art, ceramics and works on paper.

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Amogelang Maepa

Amogelang Maepa first studied art in 2009 at Die Hoerskool Langenhoven, she matriculated in 2013 and furthered her studies in the arts at Tshwane University of Technology in 2014. Amogelang majored in Ceramics and Printmaking during her studies at Tshwane University of Technology and graduated in the year 2017 with a national diploma certificate.

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August House

August House is hosting its popular Open Studio event on Sunday, 8 November 2020 from 11am to 5pm. The artists’ studios will be open to the public, where South African Art Enthusiasts and Collectors can come and experience first-hand how, where and why art is created.  Gallery assistant Morgan Kunhardt will be hosting visits to Chrisel Attewell and Odette Graskie combined studio.

Urban Myths | Amsterdam


The 3 young street photographers Lebogang Tlhako, Tshepo Moloi and Dewald Bruwer largely grew up after the abolition of apartheid. They carry this history (1948-1990) of the violent racial segregation system and the apartheid regime pursued by a white government, but they are also the representatives of modern-day South Africa.
Read more


Natalie Field

Lagos Photo Festival
One of Natalie's works,  A Bird in the Hand, has been included in the Lagos Photo Festival's Home Museum Program.  A small edition of the work is available and can be seen during the Highlights exhibition at Berman Contemporary.
Click here to view Press Release
Click here to visit Lagos Photo Home Museum Website

Natalie Field

World Cyanotype Day
The 26th September 2020 was World Cyanotype Day. The website illustrates how many people use the process across the world, and how their techniques and subject matter varies. Read more
Sol-Shadows #1, 2018, Cyanotype on Fabriano.  The cyanotype is still available and be purchased through our ASAP project.


"I recently did an interview with Johan Myburg for Taalgenoot, a local magazine, about my residency in Guernsey. I spoke about the joys of doing residencies as an artist and visiting places where people live entirely different lives, getting to know local art scenes and the perks of getting out of your comfort zone to experiment with new work. I told them about my love of paper and making my own make-shift paper studio in Guernsey, and finally fleeing back home before the lockdowns in Guernsey and South Africa started." - Odette Graskie
Read the interview


A collaboration with Through The Lens Collective 
Curated by Els van Mourik
3 - 30 October 2020

Robyn Denny
Curated by Els van Mourik
24 October - 22 Nov 2020


Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre
14 - 20 Dec 2020

A group exhibition highlighting the artists' works from 2020.
Curated by Els van Mourik
28 November - 10 January 2021

A collaboration with Through The Lens Collective 
Curated by Els van Mourik
16 January - 7 February 2021

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


Artists Solidarity Assistance Project is an initiative to raise funds for the 24 participating artists.
Support this initiative
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Cnr Barry Hertzog Ave & Napier Rd
Richmond, Johannesburg
South Africa
Tel: +27 010 880 5240/5241


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