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South Africa: Linda Givon will open up a new art gallery in Braamfontein
03/08/2011 14:34:41

Linda Givon (formerly Goodman, nee Finger) established Goodman Gallery in Hyde Park in 1966, after returning from a year’s internship at a major London gallery, the Grosvenor. Artists she discovered and promoted include Dumile Feni, Sydney Kumalo, Penny Siopis, Cecil Skotnes, William Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, Sam Nhlengethwa and Tracey Rose. A close association with Norman Catherine and Walter Battiss culminated in the creation of the Fook Island fantasy world. Her collaboration with photographer David Goldblatt led to the book Particulars in 2004, which won Europe's most important book prize, the Rencontre d'Arles award.

Three years after selling the Goodman Gallery, Linda Givon  is planning to open up in Braamfontein next April in partnership with young Koulla Xinisteris. She is a Jo’burg-based independent curator, with more than 15 years’ experience. Her biggest client has probably been the SABC, which under her curatorship has built up one of SA’s most impressive public collections. She was also part-time director of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studio from 1998 to 2010.

The two haven’t yet chosen a name for the new venture. Givon says her new gallery will specialise in developing new artists and concentrate on the local market, which she feels galleries have neglected in recent years.  

Cristina for ARTMAP

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