b. 1948, Cape Town, South Africa; lives in Cape Town.
In painting, installation and performance, Randolph Hartzenberg produces quiet, seemingly un-obtrusive works that gradually reveal a great depth of symbolic content. Hartzenberg’s deliberate use of normal objects acts as the surface of his practice of thoughtful political and conceptual engagement, exploring questions of power, labour and race within South African society.
- Domestic Baggage
- Map of the Neighbourhood
- Graphics & Paintings
- Installation & Sculpture
Staking Claims catalogue
One and another – Art South Africa, Volume 8, Issue 3, Autumn 2010 – article by Randolph Hartzenberg
Grahamstown National Arts Festival Performance, 2012
Randolph Hartzenberg, created “Three Days” for the Making Way exhibition curated by Ruth Simbao at the 2012 National Arts Festival. The performance took place at Fort Selwyn in Grahamstown.
1989: Bachelor of Art (BA), Fine Art, University of Cape Town.
1982: Higher Diploma in Education, Drama, University of Cape Town.
1968: Certificate Art Teaching, Hewat Training College.
Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)
1996: Map of the Neighbourhood, Metropolitan Life Gallery, Cape Town.
1994: Domestic Baggage, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
Group Exhibitions (South Africa)
2015: In Print/ In Focus, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town.
2012 - 2013: Making Way, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg; Grahamstown Art Festival, Grahamstown.
2009: Dada South, Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG), Cape Town.
2007: africa south, Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, Cape Town.
2007: ReCenter, Look-out Hill, Khayelitsha, Cape Town.
2006: Facing the Past: Seeking the Future — Reflections on a Decade of Truth and Reconciliations Commission, Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG), Cape Town.
2006: Amajita in Conversation, Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, Cape Town.
2005: Botaki 3, Old Mutual Asset Management, Cape Town.
2004: Botaki, Old Mutual Asset Management, Cape Town.
2002: Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, Spier Farms, Stellenbosch.
2001: Telling Tales, 3rd I Gallery, Cape Town.
2001: Homeport, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town.
2000: Kwere Kwere: Journeys into Strangeness, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.
1999: Staking Claims, The Granary, Cape Town.
1998: !Xoe Site Specific, organised by Ibis Art Centre, Nieu Bethesda.
1998: 30 Minutes, Robben Island Prison Complex, Robben Island.
1997: Hong Kong, etc., 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg.
1997: District Six Sculpture Project, Cape Town.
1997: Cyst: Works in Paint, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town; Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg.
1996: Hardground Printmakers in collaboration with Stellenbosch University Gallery, Stellenbosch University Gallery, Stellencosch.
1996: Faultlines, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.
1978 - 1979: Response To The Detentions, Space Theatre Gallery, Cape Town
1968: Artcom, Argus Gallery, Cape Town.
Group exhibitions (International)
1999: Dialogue, Arhus, Denmark.
1995: Transitions, Bath Festival, UK and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1995: Siyawela: Love, Loss and Liberation in South African Art, Curated by Colin Richards, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, UK.
1995: Venice Biennale (participant in work by Malcolm Payne), Venice, Italy.
1994: Displacements, Curated by Jane Taylor and David Bunn, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA.
2012: Three Days, Making Way, Curated by Ruth Simbao, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
2000: I Want To Hear My Brother, The Granary, Cape Town.
1996: The Ninth Haptic String, Faultlines, The Castle, Cape Town.
1991: Eight Haptic Strings, Michaelis Gallery, University of Cape Town.
1982: Member of the Community Arts Workshop, (CAP) Mime Group, Culture and Resistance Festival, Gaborone, Botswana
1977: Hand Signals, Space Theatre Gallery, Cape Town.
1976: The Zoo has Nothing to Hide, Space Theatre Gallery.
The Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town.
The University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg.
Vodacom, Cape Town.
The Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Chicago.
2000: Breadline/Waterline, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
1995: Commissioned participation in Malcolm Payne’s installation for the Venice Biennale, Italy.
2011: Thembinkosi Goniwe, Mario Pissarra and Mandisi Majavu (eds), Visual Century Vol.4, Wits University Press, Johannesburg.
2010: Randolph Hartzenberg, One and Another, Art South Africa 8(3): 12.
2008: Deela Khan, Salt on my breath. https://asai.co.za/artist/randolph-hartzenberg/
2007: Thembinkosi Goniwe, Mario Pissarra and Mandisi Majavu (eds), Visual Century Vol.4, Wits University Press: Johannesburg.
2005: Mario Pissarra (ed), Botaki Exhibition 3: Conversations with Donovan Ward, Old Mutual Asset Managers, Cape Town.
2004: Mario Pissarra (ed), Botaki: Conversations with South African artists, Old Mutual Asset Managers, Cape Town.
1999: Emma Bedford, Staking Claims: Confronting Cape Town, South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
1997: Clare Menck and Johann Louw in collaboration with the William Fehr Collection and the Sandton Civic Gallery, Cyst: Works in paint, The Artists' Press, White River.
1997: Emma Bedford, Contemporary South African Art, South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
1997: Sue Williamson, Thirty Minutes: Installation by nine artists, Robben Island Museum, Cape Town.
1997: Philippa Hobbs and Elizabeth Rankin, Printmaking in a Transforming South Africa, David Philip, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
1996: Sue Williamson and Ashraf Jamal, Art in South Africa: The future present, David Phillip Publishers, Cape Town.
1995: Clive van den Berg, Panoramas of Passage: Changing landscapes of South Africa, University of Witwatersrand Art Galleries, Johannesburg and Meridian International Centre, Washington DC.
1992: Joe Dolby and Deon Viljoen, Friends’ Choice 1975-1991 / Vriende Se Keuse 1975-1991, Friends of the South African National Gallery sponsored by Creda Press, Cape Town.
1988: Gavin Younge, Art of the South African Townships, Thames and Hudson, London.
Deela Khan, Salt on My Breath, (ASAI, 2008).
Mario Pissarra, Quiet Provocations: Thoughts on two works by Randolph Hartzenberg, (ASAI, 2014).