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Alastair Whitton

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Alastair Whitton currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Whitton graduated with distinction from the Durban University of Technology, South Africa and was awarded the Emma Smith Scholarship[1] to further his studies at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. The artist’s work has been featured in exhibitions at museums and institutions including the Carreau du Temple, Paris (2017); University of Johannesburg (2017); Pratt Institute, New York (2016); Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome (2015); Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice (2015); The Center for Book Arts, New York (2014); Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (2011); IZIKO South African National Gallery[2], Cape Town (2010); FotoMuseum, Antwerp[3] (2010); Johannesburg Art Gallery (2010); University of Pretoria (2009); National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare (2002); Gasworks, London[4] (1998); Africus Institute for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg (1997) and the Durban Art Museum (1994).[5]

Collections[edit | edit source]

Whitton’s work is represented in various public and corporate collections both locally and abroad including the Durban Art Museum, University of South Africa (UNISA), National Museum of Mali, South African Centre for Photography and the Luciano Benetton Collection.[6]

Artwork[edit | edit source]

With a body of work spanning twenty-five years that includes photography, artist books, sculpture, painting and installation, Alastair Whitton has explored multiple mediums and processes. His works are essentially concerned with notions of structural composition, the materiality of form and the ways in which we see and make sense of the world.[7]

Exhibitions[edit | edit source]

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  • 2018 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, CTICC, Cape Town
  • 2017 Barnard Collective, Barnard, Cape Town
  • 2017 AKAA Paris, Carreau du Temple, Paris
  • 2017 nano 1.1, Barnard, Cape Town
  • 2017 Booknesses: South African Artists' Books, FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg
  • 2016 Liminal Geographies, Barnard, Cape Town
  • 2016 The Art of Humanity, Pratt Institute, New York, USA
  • 2016 nano-,
  • 2015 Map of the New Art , Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy
  • 2015 The Art of Humanity, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome, Italy
  • 2015 Picture & Paper, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2015 HOST: EDITIONS Cape Town, Open Design Festival, Cape Town
  • 2015 Then & Now: Conversations in Time, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2014 The Art of Humanity, Museo Casa dei Carraresi, Treviso, Italy
  • 2014 Behind the Personal Art Library: Collectors Creating the Canon, The Center for Book Arts, New York, USA
  • 2014 Alastair Whitton Glimpse, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2014 Designing Destiny: Power Within and Outside the Frame, MoP6 Photography, Film and New Media Biennale, Cape Town
  • 2014 Revolve:R, Choisi Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland
  • 2013 Expose: Works in Polymer Photogravure, Warren Editions Projects, Cape Town
  • 2013 Point of View: Contemporary South African Photography, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2013 Exposed: Contemporary South African Photographers, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia
  • 2013 Editions / Artists' Book Fair, New York, USA
  • 2012 Cross-Currents, David Krut Projects, Cape Town
  • 2011 Conflict Zones: The Language of War, David Krut Projects, Cape Town
  • 2011 8th Bamako Encounters African Photography Biennale, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 2011 8th Bamako Encounters African Photography Biennale, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2010 Works in Series: Alastair Whitton, Diane Victor & William Kentridge, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg
  • 2010 8th Bamako Encounters African Photography Biennale, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2010 Alastair Whitton: Patmos and the War at Sea, Brundyn + Gonsalves, Cape Town
  • 2010 8th Bamako Encounters African Photography Biennale, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2010 8th Bamako Encounters African Photography Biennale, FotoMuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2009 Editions / Artists' Book Fair , New York, USA
  • 2009 Alastair Whitton: Patmos and the War at Sea , David Krut Projects, Johannesburg
  • 2009 8th Bamako Encounters African Photography Biennale, Musee National du Mali, Bamako, Mali
  • 2009 Prints from the David Krut Workshop, University of South Africa, Pretoria
  • 2006 Recent Prints from DKW, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg
  • 2005 South-east: Contemporary Art from China, Japan & South Africa, Gallery 34 Long, Cape Town
  • 2003 Alastair Whitton: Desert, Ibis Art Centre, Nieu Bethesda
  • 2002 Topographies: Contemporary South African Photography, South African Centre for Photography, Cape Town & National Gallery of Zimbabwe
  • 1999 ABSA Bank Atelier Award Winners 1986-1999, ABSA Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 1998 Kraal , Gasworks, London, England
  • 1997 Books as Art: International Literary Festival, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Art & Design, England
  • 1997 Lifetimes: Contemporary Southern African Art, Art Bureau, Munich, Germany
  • 1997 Photosynthesis: Contemporary South African Photography, National Gallery, Cape Town
  • 1997 Material Evidence , Africus Institute for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg & touring nationally
  • 1996 Jabulisa: The Art of Kwa Zulu Natal, Standard Bank National Arts Festival (touring nationally)
  • 1994 Forms of the Future, Durban Art Museum, Durban
  • 1994 ABSA Bank Atelier Awards, ABSA Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 1994 Face to Face: South African Youth Arts Festival, Natal Technikon Gallery, Durban
  • 1994 Alastair Whitton: Emma Smith Scholarship Award, Natal Technikon Gallery, Durban

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice, Italy
  • University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Jack Ginsberg Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Ellerman House Collection, Cape Town, South Africa
  • National Museum of Mali, Bamako, Mali
  • Coca-Cola, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Braitt Financial Services, Cape Town, South Africa
  • South African Centre for Photography, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Durban Art Museum, Durban, South Africa
  • Natal Technikon Collection, Durban, South Africa

Publications[edit | edit source]

  • 2013 Close to Home: The Krispin Collection, Dubsea Gallery, Seattle, USA
  • 2010 Art South Africa, Bell-Roberts Publishing, Cape Town
  • 2010 Contemporary South African Art, Brundyn + Gonsalves, Cape Town
  • 2010 Patmos and the War At Sea, Brundyn + Gonsalves, Cape Town
  • 2009 8th Encounters of Bamako African Photography Biennale, CulturesFrance Editions, Paris, France
  • 2009 Patmos and the War at Sea, David Krut Publishing, Johannesburg
  • 1999 ABSA Atelier Winners 1986 – 1999, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 1998 Books as Art, Cheltenham College & Gloucester College of Higher Education, Cheltenham, UK
  • 1997 Kunst aus dem sudlichen Afrika, Art Bureau & Stadt Forum, Munich, Germany
  • 1997 Photosynthesis: Contemporary South African Photography, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
  • 1997 Stuttgart meets Durban / Durban meets Stuttgart, Nirmi Ziegler, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1994 Volkskas Bank Atelier Award, Volkskas Bank, Johannesburg

Reviews[edit | edit source]

  • 2014 Glimpse Review by Danny Shorkendl, Art South Africa, Volume 13, Issue 02, December 2014[8]
  • 2014 MOP Designing Destiny, Litnet, 22 October 2014[9]
  • 2010 Alastair Whitton in conversation with Christy Tennant, International Arts Movement, New York[10]
  • 2010 Alastair Whitton, CultureMaking, Andy Crouch[11]
  • 2010 Patmos and the War at Sea, David Southwood, Art South Africa Issue 9.2
  • 2010 Patmos and the War at Sea, Alexandra Dodd, WANTED Magazine
  • 2010 Alastair Whitton, Lois Nicholls, Journo News, Brisbane
  • 2009 Visual Arts Highlights, Mary Corrigall, Special Feature: The Sunday Independent
  • 2009 A Picture of Africa? 8th African Photography Biennale, Antawan I. Byrd, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos[12]
  • 2009 Johannesburg Spring Art Tour, Mary Corrigall, Sunday Independent
  • 2009 Patmos and War at Sea, Tim James, University of Cape Town
  • 2009 Patmos and the War at Sea, Jacqueline Nurse, David Krut Publishing
  • 2009 Alastair Whitton in conversation with Jacqueline Nurse, David Krut Publishing

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • 2009 PUMA Creative Grant Award
  • 2005 Bret Kebble Awards: Finalist [13]
  • 1994 Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship Award Winner
  • 1994 Volkskas Atelier (now Absa L'Atelier) Merit Award [14]
  • 1994 South African Youth Arts Merit Award [15]

External links[edit | edit source]

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