KAREL NEL  
         
 

 

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Silent Thresholds, Art First, London
2011 There But Not There: The Significance of Absence, Art First, London
2008 The Brilliance of Darkness, Art First, London
2007 Lost light: fugitive images from deep space, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg

2005

In the Presence of Leaves, Art First, London

2004

Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Brentwood, Los Angeles

2003

Status of Dust, Art First, London

2002

Status of Dust, Art First, New York

2000

Volcanic Texts, Art First, London

1999

Solo Journeys, Standard Back Gallery, Johannesburg

1998

Images of Paradise and Death, Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles

1996

View on the Inner House, Art First, London

1995

Isles and the Inner House, Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Brentwood, Los Angeles

1994

Inner Province, Art First, London

1990

Recent Work, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg

1986

Quite Lives, Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of Witwatersrand

1983

Recent Drawings and Guest Artist, Johannesburg Art Gallery

1980

Drawings, Olivetti Gallery, Johannesburg



Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 The African Cosmos, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
2009 Penelope and the Cosmos, Karel Nel and Willem Boshoff, CIRCA, Johannesburg
  ZOOM – Looking Back/Looking Forward, Art First, London
2008 Angaza Afrika, African Art Now, October Gallery, London
  Dialogue, Art First, London
2004 Ten Years of Democracy, South Africa National Gallery, Cape Town

2003-4

Place, Galerie Asbaek, Copenhagen and Kastrupgardsamlingen, Kastrup, Denmark, Touring to Pretoria Art Museum and Oliwenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2001

Art First at 10, Art First, London

2000

The Shachat Art Collection, SASOL Art Museum, Stellenbosch, South Africa

1999

Claiming Art/Reclaiming Space: Post Apartheid Art from South Africa, Smithsonian, Washington DC

Emergence, Standard Bank National Festival of the Arts,, Grahamtown and touring exhibition

1998

Divided City Installation, In Nearer than Bronze Exhibition, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1997

Art '97, The London Contemporary Art Fair with Art First

1996

Art '96, The London Contemporary Art Fair with Art First

Three Years On, Art First, London

'Insights', Wright Gallery, New York

'Vita Art Today', Johannesburg Art Gallery

1995

Terminos Installation, Johannesburg Art Gallery for the Johannesburg Biennale

Common and Uncommon Ground, South African Art to Atlanta, City Gallery East, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

'Art '95', The London Contemporary Art Fair with Art First

1994

'Art '94', The London Contemporary Art Fair with Art First

'Artists Under the Southern Cross', Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Giholte-Baard-Breda Fonden, Copenhagen, with Doris Bloom and Marlene Dumas

1993

Resident Artist, Standard Bank National Festival of the Arts, Grahamstown

'Art '93', The London Contemporary Art Fair, Islington

'Affinities', Contemporary South African Art, Venice Biennale (and Rome)

1992

Institute of Contemporary Art, Johannesburg

'Art Meets Science', Grahamstown Festival of the Arts

1991

University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley

Three South African Artists: A Contemplative View, Midlands Contemporary Art, Birmingham

1988

Cape Town Triennial

Fort Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California (prizewinner)

1987

'Vita Art Now', Johannesburg Art Gallery

National Drawing Competition Exhibition, Standard Bank National Festival of the Arts, Grahamstown

Valparaiso Biennale, Chile

Tapestries , Linda Goodman Gallery, and tour to South Africa National Gallery

1986

'Selections From a Century', Johannesburg Art Gallery

1985

'Tributaries A View of Contemporary South African Art , BMW Exhibition, touring Germany and Europe

Cape Town Triennial

Paperworks Group Show (prizewinner

1983

Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg Association of Arts, Natal

1982

Cape Town Triennial (Gold Medallist)

1980

Durban Arts '80

'Young Artists', Olivetti Gallery

'Sculpture '80', University of Pretoria

1977

University of Witwatersrand



Commissions

2004

Oval Carpet, South Africa House, London

1999

ABSA, Johannesburg, Place of Nurture (Entrance Mural)

1997

B/M/D Headquarters, Cape Town, Signs of Fire (Drawings)

1996

The Way of Stone, Reunion, Indian Ocean

1995

Four ‘Core Tapestries’ for the Mining Group Gencor, Johannesburg

1992

Grahamstown Festival of the Arts: Three Lithographs

1988

Anglo Vaal: Panel

African Oxygen: Tapestry for new Hospital Complex

1986

Johannesburg Art Gallery: ‘Intact’ - Graphic

1984

Anglo American: ‘Trance Atlantic’ - Drawing

Sandt Du Plessis Theatre, Bloemfontein: ‘Inner Dance’ - Drawing



Awards

2004 Brett Kibbel Award

2003

Residency, Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen

1991

The Old Mutual Vita Award: Overall Winner

The Simpson Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley

1989

Art Gallery Founders Prize of the University of California, Berkley

1987

Fulbright Placement (University of California, Berkley)

University Council Fellowship (University of the Witwatersrand)

1986

The Volkskas Atelier Award (and 1987,1988)

1982

Olivetti Travel Grant

1981

Almaks Prize

1979

Montagu White Travel Grant

1978

Montagu White Bursary

Afrox Prize: Open Category

1977

Afrox Metal Art Sculpture Annual Competition (Student Award)