NORMAN CATHERINE

BIOGRAPHY

NORMAN CATHERINE
(b. 1949, East London, South Africa)

In 1969 Catherine held his first solo exhibition consisting of oil paintings on wood, bone, wire and an assortment of found objects. His art has since undergone several metamorphoses, from the pristine airbrush paintings of the 70s to the frenzied, ritualistic mixed media works of the early and mid 80s; the wire sculptures and tin can works of the late 80s, and the primitive-futuristic paintings of the early 90s which provided the seeds for his pre-millennial menagerie of anthropomorphic beasts. In the thirty years spanning his past and present output, Catherine s visual trademarks have included rough-edged comical and nightmarish forms, rendered in brash cartoon colours. His idiosyncratic vision - a combination of dark cynicism and exuberant humour, as well as his innovative use of everyday materials, has secured his place at the forefront of South African contemporary art.

Hazel Friedman

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Off the wall: A Group Sculpture Show, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

2013                     
Incognito, CIRCA on Jellicoe, Johannesburg, South Africa

2006                     
Now & Then Retrospective, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa
Dualities, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2005                     
Now & Then Retrospective,Stellenbosch Art Gallery, South Africa
Now & Then Retrospective,Nelson Mandela Metro Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Now & Then Retrospective, Polokwane Art Gallery, South Africa
Now & Then Retrospective, Durban Art Gallery, South Africa         

2004                     
Urban Mutations, Moba Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Now & Then Retrospective, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa
Now & Then Retrospective, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2002                     
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2000                     
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1995                     
Espace XL,  Luxembourg

1994                     
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1993                     
Spot-On Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia

1991                     
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1987                    
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1986                     
S.A. Association of Arts, Pretoria, South Africa
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg (Fook Island-Walter Battiss Commemoration Exhibition)
Gallery 21, Johannesburg (100 works from Pelmama Collection)
Area-X Gallery, New York, USA

1985                    
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1984                    
S.A. Association of Arts, Windhoek, Namibia

1982                    
Gowlett Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa    

1980                  
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg    

1979                    
Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg (Retrospective exhibition 1969-1979)

1978                    
Kunsthandel SIAU, Amsterdam, Holland
Gallery 21, Johannesburg, South Africa

1977                    
No 13 Abel Road Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1976                    
Gallery 21, Johannesburg, South Africa

1974                    
Goodman-Wolman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

1973                    
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1972                    
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1971                    
N.S.A. Gallery, Durban, South Africa

1970                    
Motif Gallery, East London, South Africa

1969                    
Herbert Evans Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Everard Read CIRCA booth, Cape Town, South Africa

2015                    
Winter, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

2014                    
Summer of Sculpture III, Mount Nelson Hotel and Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa     

2013                    
It s New, It s Now, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, USA                         

2012  
Impressions from South Africa: 1965 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA         

2011                    
Art Monaco 11 , Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
Entre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain
Water – the [Delicate] Thread of Life, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007                    
Local Racism, Global Apartheid , CCCP, Barcelona Spain

2006                    
1er Salon d Art Contemporain Africain, Brussels, Belgium

2004                    
Identity - The ID of South African Artists  Exhibition, Scheveningen, Holland

2003                    
Brett Kebble Awards, Cape Town, South Africa
Art 34 Basel, Switzerland

2002                    
Passport to South Africa, Centro Culterale Trevi, Bolzano, Italy
Natural Born Painters, Galerie W, Paris, France      
L'humour dans L'art contemporain, Espace Belleville, Paris, France

2000                    
Zeignössische Kunst aus Südafrika, Bayer AG, Leverkussen, Germany

1998    
Included in United Nations Portfolio:  “New York - Artists Salute Gerard Schroeder”

1997                    
South Africa, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Fin de Siecle, Michel Luneau Art Gallery, Nantes, France

1996                    
Simunye, Adelson Galleries, New York, USA                    
Modern Konst i Afrika, MalmöKonsthall, Malmö, Sweden
Common and Uncommon Ground, Atlanta, USA                    
Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, USA (May)
Art 27 96, Basel, SwitzerlandEight from South Africa, Centre for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, USA                   
Colours, Zeignössische Kunst aus Südafrika, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

1995                    
Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK                   
On The Road, Delfina Studio Trust Gallery, London
Mayibuye i Afrika, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK
Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Panoramas of Passage: Changing Landscapes of South Africa, Meridian Cafritz Galleries, Washington, Touring USA (Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit and Wilberforce,Ohio)

1994                    
In Full Color, Les Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA
Cuban Biennial, Havana, CUBA & Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany     

1993                    
Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy                          
Graphica Creativa, Jyvaskyla, Finland

1991                    
AA Life Vita Art Exhibition, Johannesburg, South Africa

1990-91              
Art from South Africa, Zabalaza Festival, Oxford Museum, Oxford, UK (touring Exhibition)

1990
Voices from South Africa, Contemporary Art against Apartheid, Stuart Levy Gallery, New York, USA

1989                    
Art 20 89, Basel, Switzerland

1987                   
Art 18 87, Basel, Switzerland

1986                    
Pictures of People, Area-X Gallery, New York, USA                    

1985                    
Tributaries  Exhibition, Johannesburg & Germany (BMW-sponsored touring exhibition)

1985                    
Soker-Kaseman Gallery, San Francisco, USA

1981                    
Defense Art Gallery, Paris, France
Art EXPO, San Francisco, USA
Art EXPO, Los Angeles, USA

1975                    
Art  6 75, Basel, Switzerland

1973                    
Galerie Daniel Gervis, Paris, France

1972                    
Galleria d Arte L Orizonte, Senigallia, Italy

AWARDS

1973                      
Art South Africa Today, Durban (Cambridge Shirt Award)

1981                      
Republic Festival Arts Exhibition, Durban (lst prize for Graphic Art)

1991                      
AA Life Vita Art Now 3rd Quarterly Award (Shared with Andries Botha)

2012                      
SA Academy of Science & Art: Award for Visual Arts.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

SA  National Gallery, Cape Town
Johannesburg Municipal Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
Durban Art Gallery, Durban
Ann Bryant Art Gallery, East London
Sandton Municipal Art Gallery, Sandton
Oliwenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein
The Haenggi Foundation Inc, Switzerland
Pelmama Permanent Art Collection, Johannesburg
University of South Africa, Pretoria
Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
University of Natal, Durban
Walter Battiss Museum, Somerset East
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth
Roodepoort Public Library, Roodepoort
Department of National Education
Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle
Gauteng Legislature, Johannesburg
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
Constitutional Court of SA, Johannesburg
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (MOMA)
Reserve Bank of South Africa
Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, USA
Mobil Court Art Collection, Cape Town
Volkskas Bank, Pretoria
Everite Ltd, Johannesburg
Premier Milling Co, Johannesburg
Trust Bank, Johannesburg
Bankorp, Johannesburg
Standard Bank, Johannesburg
Sasol Art Collection
World Bank, Johannesburg
BHP Billiton, Johannesburg
World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
Union Bank of Switzerland, Sandton
Telkom, Johannesburg
Absa, Johannesburg
Saronsberg Wine Estate Collection, Tulbagh
Vodacom, Cape Town
Berardo Foundation, Portugal
Sanlam Ltd., Bellville
Fortis Circustheatre, Scheveningen, Holland

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND PUBLICATIONS

2012     
Impressions from South Africa: 1965 to Now, Judith B Hecker & Glenn D. Lowry

2009                     
South African Art Now , Sue Williamson re-issue (Harper Collins)

2008                     
Art and Justice , David Krut Publishing

2004                     
Now & Then Retrospective Exhibition Catalogue

2004                     
Identity - The ID of South African Artists  Exhibition Catalogue, Scheveningen

2002                     
L humour dans i art contemporain Catalogue, Paris

2002                     
Passport to South Africa  catalogue for exhibition in Bolzano, Italy

2000                     
Norman Catherine monologue  published by Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

1996                     
Colours - Kunst aus Sudafrika, Berlin.

1996 
Art in South Africa -the Future Present, Sue Williamson, Ashraf Jamal - David Philip Publishers

1995                     
Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa Catalogue, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

1995 
On the Road Catalogue, Delfina Studio Trust, London, UK published by Goodman Gallery, Jhb

1994                     
Style (September), Johannesburg

1994                     
De Kat (March), Johannesburg

1993                     
Vogue (Dec/Jan), Paris, France

1993                     
Incroci Del Sud Affinities Catalogue, XLV Venice Biennial

1991                     
The Sasol Art Collection Catalogue

1991                     
Style (August), Johannesburg

1991                     
South African Portfolio, Steel & Michel (Struik), S.A.

1991                     
Omni (April - Coverpage), New York, USA

1990                     
A.D.A. Magazine No 8, Jennifer Sorrel, Cape Town

1990                     
20/20 (February), London, UK

1990                     
150 S.A. Paintings, Alexander & Cohen (Struik Publ.)

1989                     
Resistance Art in South Africa, Sue Williamson (David Phillips Publishers), Cape Town

1989                     
Battiss & the Spirit of the Place (Unisa Art Gallery), Pretoria

1987                     
Norman Catherine Recent Works (Catalogue for

1987                     
Johannesburg Art Gallery (Vita Art Now Catalogue)

1987                     
De Kat (July), Johannesburg

1987                     
Art 18 87, Basel - publ. Goodman Gallery), Jhb.

1987                     
Art 18 87 Basel Catalogue, Switzerland

1986     
Gallery 21, Pelmama Collection Catalogue Leadership (Vol 5 No 4), Johannesburg

1986    

Pretoria Art Museum, (September Newsletter)

1986                     
Johannesburg Art Gallery Brochure (Tapestry)

1986                     
Hello (May), Johannesburg

1986                     
Artspeak (Sept Vol IX No l)New York, USA

1986                     
Art Forum (Dec-Exhibition review) New York, USA

1986                     
108 East Village Review (Sept) New York, USA

1985                     
Vula, Cape Town (December/January)

1985                     
Looking at S.A. Art, P. Harmsen (JL van Schaik) Pretoria

1985                     
East Village, A Guide A Documentary (Egret Publishing), New York, USA

1985                     
Cape Town Triennial Catalogue, Cape Town

1985 
AD Art Director (No 2 & No 3), Johannesburg Tributaries - A View of Contemporary S.A. Art (BMW), Johannesburg

1984                     
Pretoria Art Museum (Catalogue - Marguerite Stephens, Weaver - Tapestry), Pretoria

1984                     
OPTIMA (Vol 32, No 1 - Coverpage), Johannesburg                                   

1984 
The Advanced Airbrush Book, Misstear & Scott-Harman (Orbis Publishing), London, UK

1984 
Sun Magazine, Johannesburg (February) Sandton Sun Guide (September  )

1983                     
The Blue Book, Brad Benedict (Vermillion) London                                 

1983                     
South Africa 1983, Johannesburg

1983 
University of the Witwatersrand (Catalogue: Art & Artist of SA, November),   Johannesburg

1983 
Art & Artists of S.A., E. Berman, revised edition                                                         

1983 
(A.A. Balkema), Cape Town,SA/Rotterdam, Holland                                 

1982                     
University of StelIenbosch (Catalogue  40 Portraits exhibition)

1982                     
UCLA Bulletin Cover, Los Angeles, USA

1982                     
Style, Johannesburg (August)

1982                     
Progressive Architecture, Stamford, USA (Vol 63 No 3 - Fook Manor)

1982                     
GA Houses  10 (ADA. Edita, Tokyo - Fook Manor)

1982                     
Frontline, Johannesburg (Vol 3 No 3)

1982 
Three Centuries of S.A. Art, H. Fransen (A.D. Donker), Johannesburg

1981                     
Style, Johannesburg (October)

1981                     
Idea 164, Tokyo, Japan (Vol 29 - January)

1981                     
Artwork, Los Angeles, USA (Catalogue)

1980                     
The Airbrush Book, Curtis & Hunt, (Orbis Publishing), London, UK

1980                     
Style, Johannesburg (December)

1980                     
S.A. Architecture, Cape Town (Fook Manor designed by Stanley Saitowitz)

1980                     
Graphis Annual, Zurich, Switzerland

1979                     
Rand Afrikaans University exhibition Catalogue, Johannesburg

1979                     
Music Maker, Johannesburg (May)

1979                     
Art Collection of Unisa, Pretoria (Catalogue 1)

1978                     
South African Art, James Ambrose Brown (MacDonald), Cape Town

1978                     
Last Letters from the Wilderness, Ramsay MacKay                   

1978                     
De Stalmeesters, H R  Meijer (De Opkomende

1977                     
Escape, Johannesburg (May)

1977                     
Deluxe, London, UK (Vol 1, No 1)

1976                     
Source Guide for Art & Architecture, Pretoria

1976                     
Habitat, Johannesburg (No 21)

1976                     
Art 7 76 Basel Catalogue, Switzerland

1975                     
Habitat, Johannesburg (No 12)

1975                     
Art 6 75 Basel Catalogue, Switzerland

1974                     
To the Point, Johannesburg (13/9)

1974                     
Passport to Pleasure, Johannesburg (August)