KATE GOTTGENS

b. 1965, Durban, South Africa.

Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

Kate Gottgens was born in 1965 in Durban, South Africa. Gottgens graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, in 1987. Gottgens is the most recent recipient of the Ampersand Fellowship Award, resulting in a residency in New York City, USA. In 2019 her works were included in the Ampersand Foundation Award 21 years celebration exhibition curated by Gordon Froud at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as SMAC Gallery’s presentation at FNB Art Joburg at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

She presented her first solo exhibition in 1993 entitled Modern Wonders. Subsequent solo shows include: most recently Tired from Smiling at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town in 2017; Famine at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg in 2016; MALICE Aforethought at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town in 2013; Merry Hell and the Dreambody in 2010; Asleep Inside You in 2009; and Little Deaths in 2007. In 2014 Gottgens made her international debut Savage Nature at Espacio Liquido in Gijon, Spain. Following Gottgens’ inclusion as the only South African selected for Thames and Hudson’s publication, 100 Painters of Tomorrow in 2014, her work was exhibited at One Art Space in New York City, USA as part of the exhibition to launch the publication. In 2015, SMAC Gallery published Kate Gottgens // Paintings 2007 – 2015 to coincide with her exhibition Infinite Loop in Stellenbosch. SMAC Gallery published Gottgens’ second book Gottgens // Paintings 2015 – 2017 in 2017 to coincide with her exhibition, Tired From Smiling

Gottgens has exhibited in numerous group shows locally and abroad since 1988–most notably; the 8th New Delhi Triennale in India in 1994 and Scurvy at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town in 1995. SMAC Gallery presented Gottgens at Miart in Milan, Italy in 2014, and selected international fairs including Artissima in 2017. Recent group shows include: Suitcase Show, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, as part of the group show in collaboration with Galleria Massimo Minini in 2019; Bathing, curated by Brian Shure at Planthouse Gallery in New York City, USA, in 2018; Summer Show ’16 at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2016 and Imago Mundi, a travelling exhibition held at Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome; Ca’ dei Carraresi, Treviso, Italy both in 2014.

Gottgens work forms part of numerous public and private collections such as the Luciano Benetton Collection in Treviso, Italy; The Royal Portfolio Collection in Cape Town, South Africa; The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Collection in Johannesburg, South Africa; Hans Porer Collection in Cape Town, South Africa; Spier Art Collection in Cape Town, South Africa.

Gottgen’s work is included in the Ampersand Foundation Award 21 years celebration exhibition curated by Gordon Froud. The exhibition runs from 11 September to 9 October 2019, at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ampersand Foundation Award 21 years celebration exhibition | University of Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), Johannesburg, South Africa.

FNB Art Joburg (SMAC Gallery) | Sandton Convention Centre | Johanneburg, South Africa | 2019

The Suitcase Show | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2019

Investec Cape Town Art Fair| Cape Town international Convention Centre (CTICC) | Cape Town, South Africa | 2019

Wish You Were Here | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2018

FNB Joburg Art fair | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2018

artmonte-carlo | Grimaldi Forum Monaco | Monte Carlo, Monaco | 2018

Investec Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town Convention Centre | Cape Town, South Africa | 2018

X: Part III | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2017

ARTISSIMA (SMAC Gallery) | OVAL Lingotto Fiere |Turin, Italy | 2017

X: Part II | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2017

FNB Joburg Art Fair | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2017

X: Part I | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2017

Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town Convention Centre | Cape Town, South Africa | 2017

SUMMER SHOW ’16 | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2016

FNB Joburg Art Fair | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2016

Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town Convention Centre | Cape Town, South Africa | 2016

UPSTART/STARTUP | SMAC Gallery | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2016

FNB Joburg Art Fair | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2015

Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town Convention Centre | Cape Town, South Africa | 2015

FNB Joburg Art Fair | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2014

Viewing Room #02 Architecture | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2014

Paperwork: an exhibition of Contemporary South African works on paper | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2014

miart | Fieromilanocity | Milan, Italy | 2014

Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town Convention Centre | Cape Town, South Africa | 2014

The Xmas Show | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2014

Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town Convention Centre | Cape Town, South Africa | 2013

FNB Joburg Art Fair | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2013

PAINT I: Contemporary South African Painting 2002 – 2012 | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2012

COLLECTION 17 Modern and Contemporary South African Art: 1952 – 2012 | Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees / National Arts Festival | Potchefstroom, South Africa | 2012

FNB Joburg Art Fair | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2012

Nicolas Simoneau & Manuel Moncayo | Kaltblut. Magazine | The personal as political with Kate Gottgens | June 2019

Anna Dickie | Ocula | Sydney Contemporary: Bridging the Gap | 20 September 2018 – PDF

Intense Art Magazine | “Tired From Smiling” by Kate Gottgens |  16 January 2018 – PDF

Art Super | Collector’s Guide | Top 10 | Artissima 2017 | 2017 – PDF

Layla Leimann | Between 10 and 5 | Are you scared of this too? Kate Gottgens’ new show ‘Famine’ | 26 September 2016

Lloyd Pollak | ARTTHROB_ | Colour, Blur, Memory: Kate Gottgens’ ‘Infinite Loop’ | 14 October 2015 – PDF

Melvyn Minnaar | Die Burger | Gottgens se Skilderye ‘n Hoogtepunt Vanjaar | 31 Augustus 2015