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Making Faces presents work by South African artists that draws on the tradition of portraiture. The selection comprises work made in a variety of media and spans over six decades, from the 1950s to today.

The history of portraiture can be tracked as far back as Ancient Egypt and Rome, when most painting and sculpture was used to provide dimensionality for otherwise invisible entities - the deities and religious parables of the time. In Western thought, these periods mark the beginning of recorded history, before which the notion of creating a visual record of one's own life for the purposes of posterity was quite remote. The development of European portraiture in painting and sculpture can be followed from there through the religious fervour of the Middle Ages, to the humanistic tendencies of the Renaissance period, into the realm of royalty and aristocracy, in which portrait painting served to record the notable personalities of the time. By the mid-18th century, revolutionary happenings in the New World delivered art into the hands of ordinary people and the miniature portrait and silhouette were commonplace answers to the middle class desire to own one's own image. The invention of the camera revolutionised the conception of portraiture as a whole and, concurrently, painting was released from its documentary role. This did not, however, see the end of the depiction of the human form and both the traditional and new media continued to be put to use for the purposes of portraiture. Today, with internet, mass media and the moving image all streaming simultaneously, portraiture continues to penetrate ever more deeply into our everyday experience.

As we are increasingly able to view our lives in images - images of ourselves, of our friends and families, of the people that inspire us or lead our nations - we become more open to an ever-accelerating sense of our lives as historical documents and our visages as symbolic of the meaning we may find there. Our awareness is also heightened of identity as a series of narratives, a collection of fictions, a photograph album that represents a psyche, in opposition to the traditional belief that the true essence of the sitter could be found somewhere in his or her face. The phenomenon of social media platforms (and Facebook in particular) exemplifies our current obsession with our own image. This process of investigation and the push and pull between subjects and representations is familiar territory within the context of fine art. An exhibition of portraiture today, in the context of democratic imaging of the people that occupy our own lives, and open access to images of portraits of the past, presents viewers with an opportunity to do two things: 'firstly, to be able to look out into the past, and survey and re-evaluate it in terms of what we have come to know since then, and secondly to frame and fix the present in the hope of understanding it better.'

Text: Jacqueline Nurse

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RICHARD SMITH
Simanga with Green Ground


RICHARD SMITH
Bongi with Robot Mythology


RICHARD SMITH
Maze 3 (Tawonga)


RICHARD SMITH
Richie with Spots Abandoned


Sold


RICHARD SMITH
Julia with Code


Sold


RICHARD SMITH
Raymond with DH Spots


Sold


RICHARD SMITH
Maze (Musha)


RICHARD SMITH
Jo-Anne


ROBERTS SLINGSBY
Strapped Ostrich


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Untitled 'Face Series' #2


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Untitled 'Face Series' #3


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Untitled 'Face Series' #1


GEORGIA LANE
First Son


GEORGIA LANE
Mr M


GEORGIA LANE
Awakening


GEORGIA LANE
History Repeats Itself


GEORGIA LANE
Gently into the Night


GEORGIA LANE
Minoan Man


ANTHONY LANE
Thinking Thoughts I Cannot Think #3


ANTHONY LANE
Thinking Thoughts I Cannot Think #6


ANTHONY LANE
Thinking Thoughts I Cannot Think #2


ANTHONY LANE
Thinking Thoughts I Cannot Think #4


ANTHONY LANE
Thinking Thoughts I Cannot Think #5


ANTHONY LANE
Saying Things I Cannot Say #2


ANTHONY LANE
Brian


ANTHONY LANE
Jess


ANTHONY LANE
Saying Things I Cannot Say #1


ANTHONY LANE
Thinking Thoughts I Cannot Think


GEORGIA LANE
Neverending Story


PAMELA STRETTON
Scrutiny (Sepia version)


PAMELA STRETTON
Snap


PAMELA STRETTON
Scrutiny (Black/white version)


PAMELA STRETTON
Self Portrait in Fragments


JOHANN LOUW
Lying Head II


JOHANN LOUW
Lying Head IV


JOHANN LOUW
Lying Head I


JOHANN LOUW
Lying Head III


WILLIAM KENTRIDGE
Almost, Don't Worry


WILLIAM KENTRIDGE
Take off your Hat


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WILLIAM KENTRIDGE
Floral Dress


WILLIAM KENTRIDGE
Xa Xa Xa


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WILLIAM KENTRIDGE
Self Portrait


WILLIAM KENTRIDGE
Nose 21


WILLIAM KENTRIDGE
Nose 20


DIANE VICTOR
Smoke III


DIANE VICTOR
Smoke II


HANNEKE BENADE
No More Bobby Pins


HANNEKE BENADE
Gauze


HANNEKE BENADE
Gaze


ROBERT HODGINS
Officers and Gents, Series #1


ROBERT HODGINS
Officers and Gents, Series #5


ROBERT HODGINS
Officers and Gents, Series #6


ROBERT HODGINS
Officers and Gents, Series #8


DAVID HLONGWANE
Untitled


DAVID HLONGWANE
I Wish Tomorrow Never Comes


DAVID HLONGWANE
Boy with 3 Figures and the Moon


DAVID HLONGWANE
Man and Household Objects


CONRAD BOTES
Detective


CONRAD BOTES
Mermaid


KATE GOTTGENS
"Boy" 2


KATE GOTTGENS
"Boy" 1


ANTON KANNEMEYER
B is for Black


ANTON KANNEMEYER
16 Self Portraits (Bitter-Komix)


ANTON KANNEMEYER
W is for White


SIMON STONE
Hairdo and Beach


Sold


ROBERT HODGINS
Sergeant Major


ROBERT HODGINS
American Beauty


ZWELETHU MTHETHWA
Self Portrait


SAM NHLENGETHWA
Tribute to Marlene Dumas


Sold (Another copy available)


BRUCE BACKHOUSE
Le Kiss I


SAM NHLENGETHWA
Miles Davis Solo I


SAM NHLENGETHWA
Miles Davis


SAM NHLENGETHWA
Miles Davis Solo II


WAYNE BARKER
Land and Desire Series


DEBORAH BELL
Massif


WAYNE BARKER
Land and Desire II


PAUL BLOMKAMP
The Man Who Collided With Himself I


PAUL BLOMKAMP
The Man Who Was Too Hard On Himself


PAUL BLOMKAMP
The Man Who Collided With Himself II


NORMAN KAPLAN
Roadworker, Hillbrow JHB


NORMAN KAPLAN
The Barber


NORMAN KAPLAN
Messengers, Hillbrow, JHB


JOHN MURRAY
Untitled (Portrait #1)


JOHN MURRAY
Untitled (Portrait #5)


JOHN MURRAY
Untitled (Portrait #4)


JURGEN SCHADEBERG
Boycie Gwele "Piano Fingers" 1952


JURGEN SCHADEBERG
Miriam Makeba


JURGEN SCHADEBERG
Dolly Rathebe Blues Singer 1953


JURGEN SCHADEBERG
Nelson Mandela during the Treason Trial - Pretoria 1958


JURGEN SCHADEBERG
Nelson Mandela in his Law Office which he Shared with Oliver Tambo 1952


JURGEN SCHADEBERG
Nelson Mandela in his Cell on Robben Island (Revisit) 1994


JURGEN SCHADEBERG
Nelson Mandela in his Cell on Robben Island, Revisit 1994


CLAUDETTE SCHREUDERS
The Writer


JAN NEETHLING
Tilly


CLAUDETTE SCHREUDERS
The Boyfriend


PATSY GROLL
Vase 2 (Untitled)


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PATSY GROLL
Round Vase


PATSY GROLL
Vase 1 (Untitled)


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PATSY GROLL
Round Vase


JOE WOLPE
Turpin


PATSY GROLL
Round Vase


WILLIE BESTER
Metal Spade with Child's Red Sandals


WILLIE BESTER
Metal Spade with Child's Yellow Shoes


WILLIE BESTER
Thembi


WILLIE BESTER
Thando Simba


WILLIE BESTER
Lindiwe


WILLIE BESTER
Social Engineering