(1948 – )

Gail Behrmann
Contemporary
Overview

Born in 1948 and having received her education at Central Primary School and the Girls High in Potchefstroom, Behrmann’s artistic journey began with studying art at Bill Ainslie Studios, which eventually evolved into the Johannesburg Art Foundation. This educational background paved the way for her unique combination of painting with a career as an archive researcher for films, books, and museum installations, collaborating with notable figures such as Angus Gibson and William Kentridge in theater installations.

In 1988, Behrmann faced a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis, which significantly impacted her ability to paint between 1994 and 1997. During this challenging period, she shifted her focus towards filmmaking. However, she now describes herself as “stabilized and replaced with good spare parts,” indicating an improved health condition.

Despite the obstacles, Behrmann actively participates in exhibitions and undertakes private commissions, showcasing her energetic commitment to her craft. Her studio is located at The Bag Factory in Johannesburg, where she continues to pursue her artistic endeavors.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
2021 
David Krut Gallery Johannesburg: Tomorrow

2009/10 
David Krut Gallery, Johannesburg.  Journey

1993 
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg       

1986 
Goodman Gallery Johannesburg

1984 
Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg

 

Group Exhibitions
2023 
Optimal Vibration Group Exhibition, Graham Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa

2022 
Bag Factory Johannesburg Open Studios

Bag Factory  Salon Sale

2021 
FADA Gallery Bag Factory 30th Aniversary Exhibition

  David Krut Projects – Turbine Art Fair Johannesburg  on- line due to Covid 19

2020 
David Krut Projects  –  KKNK Arts Festival (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunsfees – Little Karoo National   Arts Festival) on- line due to Covid 19

2019 
Bag Factory Salon sale

 Bag Factory Salon Sale

 Bag Factory/Turbine Art Fair

 Absa Gallery, Johannesburg/Bag Factory artists tête-à-tête             

2018 
William Kentridge Installation The Head and The Load, Opened Tate Modern. Since travelled   internationally

 Wits Art Museum  LL Editions opening 25 September

  The Bag Factory

2017 
ABSA Gallery Johannesburg Bag Factory – exhibition and auction

2016 
Gallery 2

2015 
Venice Biennale 2015 South African Pavilion. Telling The Truth? 

 Video Installation Angus Gibson – Behrmann collaboration archive research

 Arts on Paper artist’s books

Gallery 2 Two Painters Jenny Stadler & Gail Behrmann

 The Bag Factory, Johannesburg Art Fair

2014 
The Bag Factory Johannesburg Art Foundation curated by Liz Castle

2013 
Gallery 2 JohannesburgThinking in Paint

 Gail Behrmann, Ricky Burnett, David Koloane & ,Jenny Stadler

2012 
The Bag Factory, Johannesburg Art Fair

 The Bag Factory – 25 Years

 PArt (Prince Albert Art Fair)

2011 
David Krut Gallery Johannesburg Art Fair 

2010 
David Krut Gallery, Johannesburg Art Fair

2009 
David Krut Gallery, Johannesburg curator : Lucy Rayner

2004 
The Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg.

 Time Memory & Desire with Bongi Dhlomo & Jill Trappler

2003 
AVA (Association for Visual Arts) Gallery, Cape Town. November exhibit Absolut Magic

 The High Street Gallery, Johannesburg curator: Neil Dundas

2002 
Goodman Gallery Johannesburg: Donations for Fund raising auction: The Arts & Culture Trust-  Friends of the Johannesburg Art Gallery

2001 
AVA Gallery Cape Town – Absolut Secrets Too

Open Window Gallery Pretoria 

3/3 an exhibition of figurative & abstract.

With Jill Trappler & Jenny Stadler

2000 
AVA Gallery, Cape Town. Abstract curated by Jill Trappler

1999 
Gallery on Tyrone/Vega, Johannesburg

Mavericks, Rebels & Legends

1998 
Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg.

  Arcadia Centre, Johannesburg Fundraiser for Union of Jewish Women

1997 
Deutser Gallery, Houston, Texas. Conflict

  AVA Gallery, Cape Town. Absolut Secrets Too

  AVA Gallery, Cape Town.  Trans Figurative curator: Jill Trappler

1993 
Newtown Galleries, Johannesburg.

Birthday Exhibition curator: Richard Burnett

1992 
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg. Watercolours curator: Linda Givon

 Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg. Tiny Tapestries

1991 
Newtown Galleries, Johannesburg. Painted Faces: curator Richard Burnett

1990 
Sotheby’s Johannesburg. Celebrity Scribbles, Operation Hunger fundraiser

  Sotheby’s Johannesburg. Ainslie Trust auction

1989 
Johannesburg Art Foundation Gallery – Ainslie Commemorative Exhibition

1988 
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg Winter Exhibition curator: Neil Dundas

  Touring Exhibition Fine Art on Ceramic Red Cross fund raiser

 Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg.

Exhibited & co-ordinated with Goodman Gallery, 100 Artists Protest for the Detainee Parent   Support Committee

1987 
co-ordinated by Goodman Gallery. Celebrity Art Auction for PFP fund raiser

Johannesburg Art Foundation Gallery

1986 
Johannesburg Art Foundation Gallery

1985 
Johannesburg Art Foundation Gallery

 Gallery 21, Johannesburg. Women’s Festival

1982 
Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg. Curator: Richard Burnett

1978 
Akis Gallery, Johannesburg. Curator: Richard Burnett

 

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