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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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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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