Alan Alborough was born in Durban, South Africa, in 1964. He has an MA Fine Art degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London (1997), and a BA Fine Art degree from the University of the Witwatersrand (1991). He has previously held the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, University of Stellenbosch (2000 - 2005), been a part-time lecturer at the Technikon Witwatersrand (1994-1996), and worked as the Exhibitions Officer at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (1991-1992).
He currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
Selected exhibitions and projects
2008: The Trickster, art extra, Johannesburg
2007: SIZE TEN, Joáo Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town
2006: Artissima 13, João Ferreira Gallery, Turin, Italy
2005: In the making: materials and process, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
2004: A Decade of Democracy, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
2003/4: Invited artist - Sasol Art Museum (solo exhibition) Stellenbosch
2003: Staff and Student Print Exhibition, US Art Gallery, University of Stellenbosch (part of the Impact International Print Conference programme)
2003: Lexicons and Labyrinths: Iconography of the Genome, South African Museum, Cape Town.
2002: FNB Vita Art Prize 2002 - Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
2002: Photo/Art - Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch.
2001/02: Homeport Cape Town - V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
2000/01: Standard Bank Young Artist 2000 - National touring exhibition.
2000: Solo Exhibition - US Art Gallery, Stellenbosch.
1999: Emergence: Looking at 25 years of South African practice, presentation and scholarship - National touring exhibition.
1998: Alborough; Alexander; Nel; Lipson; Van Der Merwe; Wilson - Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
1997: Graft, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale - South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
1997: MA Graduate Exhibition, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
1995/96: ROOM 6 or RULES OF LEXICON or (RED HERRING) - Installation in domestic environment, Yeoville, Johannesburg.
1994: Vita Art Now 1993 - Johannesburg Art Gallery.
1994: Outdoor site-specific sculpture for architects Manfred Hermer Grosskopff & Lombart, Johannesburg. (destroyed late 2005)
1994: State of the Art - Everard Read Contemporary, Johannesburg.
1993: Installation (FULFIL; FORCE; FEAR; FAITH) - Everard Read Contemporary, Johannesburg.
1993: Vita Art Now 1992 - Johannesburg Art Gallery.
1992: First Solo exhibition - Everard Read Contemporary, Johannesburg.
Awards, Grants and Scholarships
2007: Ampersand Foundation Fellowship (New York residency)
2006/7: Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant
2002: Winner, FNB Vita Art Prize 2002
2000: Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art 2000
1996/97: Commonwealth Scholarship, United Kingdom
1993: Annual Merit Award Winner 1992, Vita Art Now
1992: Quarterly Award Winner, Vita Art Now
1990: Prize-winner, Martienssen Prize Exhibition, University of the Witwatersrand
1990: Giovanna Millner Scholarship, University of the Witwatersrand
1990: Certificate of Merit (Sculpture), University of the Witwatersrand
1986: Anya Millman Scholarship for Overseas Travel, University of the Witwatersrand
1986: Prize-winner, Martienssen Prize Exhibition, University of the Witwatersrand
1986: Certificate of Merit (Sculpture), University of the Witwatersrand
South African National Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
University of the Witwatersrand
Sandton Civic Art Gallery
Billiton Collection of Contemporary Art
2007: "Alan Alborough" Hazel Friedman, Art South Africa vol6 issue01 spring
2007: "Alborough-tekenmasjien bied venster op tydsgees" Adrienne van Eeden,Die Burger, 17 May
2005: "In the making" - Hazel Friedman, Art South Africa vol4 issue02 summer
2005: "The magnet is always on" - Andrew Lambrecht, Artthrob issue97 September (http://www.artthrob.co.za/05sept/reviews/stevenson.html).
2005: "In the making: materials and process" - Michael Stevenson Fine Art, Cape Town, August 2005 (exhibition catalogue)
2005: "spit - volume 1" Department of Fine Arts, University of Stellenbosch
2004: "10 Years 100 Artists - Art in a Democratic South Africa" - ed. Sophie Perryer, Bell-Roberts, South Africa, October 2004
2003: "TASCHENS's 1000 Favorite Websites" ed. Julius Wiedermann, Taschen, Germany October.
2003: "Kunswerk in Sasol het tonge los" - Kampusnuus, University of Stellenbosch 23 Oktober
2003: "Alan Alborough at the Sasol Art Museum" - Paul Edmunds, Artthrob, October (http://www.artthrob.co.za/03oct/reviews/sasol.html).
2003: "Alan Alborough, Sasol Art Museum" - Hazel Friedman, Art South Africa vol 02 issue 01 Spring.
2003: "Allowance for imagination" - Karen Breytenbach, Die Matie, 30 Julie.
2003: "Konsep-gedagte neig na uiterste" - Melvyn Minnaar, Die Burger July 19.
2003: "Celebrate with Alan Alborough" - Eikestad Nuus, June 13.
2003: "Art pick of the week" - Chris Roper, Mail & Guardian, June 13 to 19.
2003: "Alan Alborough at the Sasol Art Museum" - Paul Edmunds, Artthrob, July (http://www.artthrob.co.za/03july/reviews/sasol.html).
2003: "Tolletjie-brei" - Stellenbosch Gazette, May 20.
2003: "Prints and Multiples", Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary Art, catalogue 3, February, Johannesburg (exhibition catalogue)
2003: "Lexicons&Labyrinths - Iconography of the Genome", HSRC Cape Town (exhibition catalogue).
2003: "The Lexicons and Labyrinths of the Human Genome" - Sue Nepgen, Artthrob, June (http://www.artthrob.co.za/03june/reviews/sam.html)
2002: "Tough choices" - Kathryn Smith, Mail & Guardian, July 26 to August 1.
2002: "In/Substantiality in the Work of Alan Alborough" - Sandra Klopper, FNB Vita Art Prize Catalogue, July.
2001: "Alan Alborough at the Standard Bank Gallery" - Kathryn Smith, Artthrob, May 22.
2001: "Watching the grass grow" - Kathryn Smith, Mail & Guardian, May 18 to 24.
2001: "Eindelik tuis ... die einde van 'n kunsreis en Alan swyg" - Lucia Burger, Beeld, May 9.
2001: "Essence of show is to live and change" - Robyn Elliot, Business Day, May 4.
2001: "Seven haikus for an exhibition with no name" - Brenda Atkinson, Standard Bank Young Artist catalogue essay for Johannesburg, www.alanalborough.co.za, May.
2001: "'Kunsmasjien' boei met talle vraagstukke" - Cobus van Bosch, Die Burger, March 21.
2001: "Lego for the creative psyche" - Lucinda Jolly, Cape Argus Tonight, March 19.
2001: "Alan Alborough at the SANG" - Michelle Matthews, Artthrob, March.
2001: "An open letter to Alan Alborough" - Sue Williamson, Standard Bank Young Artist catalogue essay for Cape Town, www.alanalborough.co.za, March.
2001: "Invisible Cities and Primed Spectators" - Dirk van den Berg, Standard Bank Young Artist catalogue essay for Bloemfontein, www.alanalborough.co.za, January.
2000: "What you are, the world is" - Andrew Verster, Standard Bank Young Artist catalogue essay for Durban, www.alanalborough.co.za, November.
2000: "It's what you make of it" - Terence King, The Natal Witness, September 21.
2000: "Artist poses a challenge" - Margaret Von Klemperer, The Natal Witness, September 15.
2000: "Alborough: Conceptual and ethical dimensions" - Juliette Leeb-du Toit, Standard Bank Young Artist catalogue essay for Pietermaritzburg, www.alanalborough.co.za, September.
2000: "Alborough exhibition offers viewers another world" - Kin Bentley, Eastern Province Herald, August 1.
2000: "The Usefulness of Uselessness" - Melanie Hillebrand, Standard Bank Young Artist catalogue essay for Port Elizabeth, www.alanalborough.co.za, August.
2000: "Review: Alan Alborough" - Chris Roper, Artthrob, July.
2000: "The aesthetics of exquisite ambiguity" - Wendy Lauritano-Gers, Cue, July 8.
2000: "Objects of strange beauty" - Chris Roper, World Online, July 13.
2000: "Other world air to young artist's work" - Gillian McAinsh, Eastern Province Herald, July 3.
2000: "A Corrosive Beauty" - Colin Richards, Standard Bank Young Artist catalogue essay for Grahamstown, www.alanalborough.co.za, July.
2000: "Deduction swathed in aesthetic seduction" - Brenda Atkinson, Mail & Guardian, June 9-14.
1999: "Alborough wins Standard Bank Award" - Paul Edmunds, Artthrob, November.
1998: "Six alumni at the Gertrude Posel Gallery" - Sue Williamson, Artthrob, August.
1998: "The Johannesburg Biennale" - John Peffer-Engels, World Art #17.
1997: "It's improved but the Biennale still beats an uneven path to the soul" - Julia Teale, The Sunday Independent, October 26.
1997: "Trade Routes: History and Geography" - exhibition catalogue, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale.
1997: "Goldsmiths MA Fine Art 1997" - exhibition catalogue, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
1996/7: "April Fool's Interview: Alan Alborough and Colin Richards in Conversation, April 1 1996" - NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, Summer/Fall, and White Elephant (unpublished).
1996: "A Cow's Tail" - Julia Charlton in collaboration with Alan Alborough, White Elephant (unpublished).
1994: "Separate, and equal: The artists of South Africa" - Andrew Solomon, The New York Times Magazine, March 27.
1994: "State of the Art" - exhibition catalogue, Everard Read Contemporary, Johannesburg.
1993: "Vita Art Now 1993" - exhibition catalogue, Johannesburg Art Gallery.
1993: "Enter into an Orwellian nightmare" - Hazel Friedman, The Star, November 10.
1993: "Brilliant and beastly work" - Anthea Bristowe, Business Day, November 2.
1993: "South Africa, Art and Literature" - Revue Noire, December.
1992: "Vita Art Now 1992" - exhibition catalogue, Johannesburg Art Gallery.
1992: "Alan Alborough sê baie met min" - Lucia Burger, Die Beeld, November 25.
1992: "Art on games people play" - Hazel Friedman, The Star, November 25.
1992: "Nursery rhymes echoing amid the vision of killing" - Anthea Bristowe, Business Day, November 12.
1990: "Student sculpture sets a high standard" - Kendell Geers, The Star, August 9