For Art Basel 2019, Stevenson will present a focus on gallery artists exhibiting in Venice and Versailles. From May to November, visual activist Zanele Muholi and one-time Baloise Prize winner Kemang Wa Lehulere will participate in the 58th Venice Biennale's main exhibition, 'May You Live in Interesting Times', while Mawande Ka Zenzile is one of three artists selected for the South African Pavilion, 'The Stronger We Become'. And from May to October, Viviane Sassen will show newly commissioned work as part of 'Visible/Invisible' at the Palace of Versailles, one of five contemporary artists invited to respond to the art and architecture of the Trianon estate.
Stevenson’s booth will feature a number of Venice alumni, with new works on paper by Moshekwa Langa (2003 and 2009 Biennales), part of the generation of young South African artists to come to international prominence in the early 1990s; new paintings by Nicholas Hlobo (2011 Biennale), whose career growth has paralleled that of the gallery; and a new sculpture by Jane Alexander, whose iconic work 'The Butcher Boys' was shown at the Venice Biennale in 1995. We will present new and old work by Robin Rhode (2005 Biennale and the South African Pavilion in 2015), looking back at two decades of his production in the wake of his Zurich Art Prize exhibition at Haus Konstruktiv; and by Berni Searle, who entered the global arena at the turn of the millennium alongside artists like Shirin Neshat and Tania Bruguera – a moment best captured by the 2005 Venice Biennale and the 2007 Brooklyn Museum show 'Global Feminisms'.
For the first time in Basel, we will present work by another Venice alumnus, Paulo Nazareth (2013 Biennale and 2015 Latin American Pavilion), made while on residency in Cape Town early this year. Nazareth’s first solo US museum exhibition at the ICA Miami runs from May to October, followed by his first solo exhibition at Stevenson Cape Town in October.
We will show a new painting by Portia Zvavahera, who was first encountered by the gallery in Venice in 2013 when she was included on the Zimbabwean Pavilion; her sixth solo with Stevenson inaugurated our new gallery space in Johannesburg in May. We will also include new photographs by Edson Chagas, whose work was the focus of the Angolan Pavilion when it won the Golden Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, as well as new works by Wim Botha (South African Pavilion 2013), whose first US museum survey show runs at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham until August, and Serge Alain Nitegeka (South African Pavilion 2015), whose work recently entered the permanent collections of the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and the Studio Museum in Harlem. In addition, following a successful debut at Art Basel Miami Beach in December, we will show new paintings by Simphiwe Ndzube, whose solo show started the gallery’s exhibition calendar this year.