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, and presented her first solo exhibition in 1993, entitled Modern Wonders. 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. To date, SMAC Gallery has published two monographs on Gottgens, Kate Gottgens // Paintings 2007 – 2015 and Kate Gottgens // Paintings 2015 – 2017.

Selected solo exhibitions include: Tired from Smiling at SMAC Gallery and The Meek at The Vault, both in Cape Town in 2017; Famine at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg in 2016; Infinite Loop in Stellenbosch and The Rising Sea at NUNC Contemporary-Antwerp in Antwerp, Belgium, both in 2015; MALICE Aforethought in Cape Town and Savage Nature at Espacio Liquido in Gijon, Spain, both in 2013; Merry Hell and the Dreambody in 2010; Asleep Inside You in 2009; and Little Deaths in 2007. Gottgens has exhibited in numerous group shows locally and abroad since 1988, most notably; the 8th New Delhi Triennale 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 additional international fairs include SCOPE FAIR in Miami Beach, USA in 2014; Artissima in Turin, Italy, in 2017; and artmonte-carlo in Monaco, in 2018.

In 2018, Gottgens was included in a group exhibition curated by Brian Shure at Planthouse Gallery in New York City, USA. She was also selected by curator and academic, Marilyn Martin, as the featured artist for the Fynarts Festival in Hermanus, South Africa. Gottgens exhibited a solo presentation with SMAC Gallery at the Sydney Contemporary in Sydney, Australia; and in 2019, exhibited as part of SMAC Gallery’s group presentation at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. Her work was recently up on exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, as part of the group show, Suitcase Show, in collaboration with Galleria Massimo Minini.

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

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