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smac galleryWoodstock, Cape Town


SMAC Gallery is a leading South African contemporary art gallery representing established and emerging artists from South Africa, Africa, and further afield. The gallery first opened in Stellenbosch in 2007 and launched a second space in Cape Town in 2011. SMAC opened its third space in Johannesburg, in 2016. The gallery manages a dynamic programme, mounting between 18-22 exhibitions per year across the three spaces, whilst maintaining a regular publishing initiative. The gallery also presents large-scale historical exhibitions and projects that offer a critical re-evaluation of South African art history within a global dialogue.


SMAC’s notable art fair participation includes; The ARMORY SHOW, New York; ARTISSIMA Torino; Art Brussels, Brussels; Untitled, Miami Beach; Dallas Art Fair, Dallas; MiArt, Milan; FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg; 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London; Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town; Loop, Barcelona. 



Frances Goodman was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1975. She obtained a Master of Fine Art Degree from Goldsmiths College at the University of London in 2000. Goodman holds a Laureateship from the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (HISK) in Antwerp, Belgium. She was a recipient of the Cecily Brown Fellowship for Outstanding Woman Artist in 2014, and took part in The Fountainhead Residency Programme in Miami, USA, in 2015. Frances Goodman cemented her practice with the presentation of her debut solo exhibition, Intimate/Inanimate Moments in 2003 at The Process Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. She has since exhibited extensively in South Africa and internationally.

Recent selected solo exhibitions include; Spit - Swallow at Galleri SPECTA in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2018; Beneath Her, in 2017 at Richard Taittinger Gallery in New York City, USA; Degreened at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa; Rapaciously Yours, at Richard Taittinger Gallery in New York City, USA, both in 2016; as well as Let Your Hair Down, curated by Jennie Lamensdorf as part of the (TEI) Art-in-Buildings Programme in New York City, USA in 2015. 

Goodman’s work has formed part of a number of group exhibitions in both South Africa and abroad, including: Le Jour Qui Vient, curated by Mari-Ann Yemsi, at the Galerie des Lafayette in Paris, France; All Things Being Equal, at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), in Cape Town, South Africa, both in 2017; The Future is Female, at 21c Museum, in Louisville, USA in 2016; The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, a travelling exhibition curated by Simon Njami, starting at the Museum fu¨r Modern Kunst (MMK), in Frankfurt, Germany, then moving to SCAD Art Gallery, in Savannah, USA in 2014, and later to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, in Washington DC, USA in 2015; The ‘F’ Word: Feminism in Art, at The Untitled Space, in New York City, USA; and Money Makes the World Go Round, at Galleri SPECTA, Copenhagen, Denmark both in 2015. Her work forms part of multiple significant, public and private, collections including: the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA); the Fundação Sindika Dokolo, in Luanda, Angola; the Matthais and Gervanne Leridon Collection, Paris, France; and the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA.

Frances Goodman’s work is included in SMAC Gallery’s booth at the 2018 Investec Cape Town Art Fair in Cape Town, South Africa. In addition Goodman's work will be featured in DAK’ART: the 13th edition of the Biennial of Contemporary African Art, in Dakar, Senegal, as part a group exhibition, entitled The Red Hour curated by Simon Njami, to open in May 2018.

Featuring Works By:

  • Frances Goodman