STEVENSON is pleased to present Both, and, a group exhibition reflecting on 15 years of the gallery’s existence. Stevenson is jointly owned by a collective of 11 directors, and this exhibition is curated by its newest partners, Sisipho Ngodwana and Alexander Richards. Both, and takes place in Cape Town and Johannesburg simultaneously.
The title positions this exhibition as an alternative to an 'either/or' way of thinking, making room for a point of view that is multiple, mutable and inclusive. At its core, Stevenson has always been dedicated to art history and current discourse – a place for ideas. However, at the same time, the gallery remains a place of commerce. A question that has been pivotal throughout the years is 'how can we be both dedicated to art history, and fully engaged with the market?' The curators set out to navigate this apparent paradox in their approach to the show.
The exhibition features new and existing works by current gallery artists as well as old friends and new acquaintances. The artworks are loaned from private, public and artists’ collections; some works are new to the marketplace, others re-enter it and others exist apart from it. As part of an endeavour towards criticality and engagement, for the duration of Both, and, private and administrative spaces within both galleries will be made accessible for interaction.
Over the past 15 years we have moved from Green Point to Woodstock, and expanded to Johannesburg. A staff that now numbers close to 40 people has opened more than 200 exhibitions and published well over 100 catalogues and books. The number of artists represented by the gallery has tripled, their works making major contributions to current discourse and forming part of collections at institutions including the Guggenheim and MoMA in New York, Tate Modern in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Iziko South African National Gallery, among many others.
This exhibition celebrates the intellectual rigour and commitment to experimentation that has informed this growth as well as the support for the gallery’s programme that has been vital at each step. Through the work of some 50 artists with unique relationships with the gallery, the curators think back and look forward, tracing the history of the gallery, its publication programme, local presence and global perspective. In Both, and we express hope for the future while reflecting on past and current practices; we invite our friends, followers and critics to join us as we embark on another 15 years.
Artists include Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Jane Alexander, Francis Alÿs, Avant Car Guard, Zander Blom, Wim Botha, Breyten Breytenbach, Jordan Casteel, Edson Chagas, Steven Cohen, Paul Edmunds, Olafur Eliasson, Meschac Gaba, David Goldblatt, Ian Grose, Simon Gush, Nicholas Hlobo, Pieter Hugo, Anton Kannemeyer, Mawande Ka Zenzile, Dada Khanyisa, Moshekwa Langa, Glenn Ligon, Songezile Madikida, Mustafa Maluka, Sabelo Mlangeni, Nandipha Mntambo, Meleko Mokgosi, Zanele Muholi, Wangechi Mutu, Youssef Nabil, Daniel Naudé, Paulo Nazareth, Simphiwe Ndzube, Hylton Nel, Mame-Diarra Niang, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Odili Donald Odita, Deborah Poynton, Jo Ractliffe, Robin Rhode, Viviane Sassen, Claudette Schreuders, Berni Searle, Bogosi Sekhukhuni, Penny Siopis, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Lerato Shadi, Guy Tillim, Barthélémy Toguo, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Portia Zvavahera
Both, and opens in Cape Town on Thursday 5 July, 6 to 8pm, and in Johannesburg on Saturday 7 July, 10am to 1pm.