Often accused of being an exclusive and alienating industry, the FNB JoburgArtFair has been groundbreaking in cultivating public interest in art. Aiming to make art accessible and to stimulate conversation that extends beyond the works, this annual Fair invites galleries from around the country and beyond to curate exhibitions. Choosing the galleries is a curatorial process in itself, and at a Fair of this scale it’s important to find a balance between established and emerging galleries to ensure that it’s a noteworthy event without being predictable or repetitive.
One way in which ArtFair manages to strike this fine balance is through its Young Galleries category, which invites local contemporary art galleries that have been open for less than 3 years to exhibit at the Fair. This keeps the line-up fresh and offers newer galleries the chance to reach a larger audience. This year’s Young Galleries include Kalashnikovv Gallery, SMITH Studio and Sulger-Buel Lovell. Although all are still fairly new on the scene, they’ve already developed distinct voices that can’t be ignored.
Kalashnikovv is part art gallery and part project space based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Founded and run by MJ Turpin and Matthew Dean, their focus is to challenge the traditional concept of what an art gallery is. They do so by providing a platform for emerging and more established South African artists whose work is exciting in an unconventional way. Their inaugural booth at the FNB Joburg Art Fair, titled “we will take no prisoners”, showcases the next wave of painters and sculptors from across South Africa. Featured artists include Dylan Graham, Vusi Beauchamp, Andrew Kayser, Jason Bronkhorst, MJ Turpin, Skullboy, Nathan Vuuren, Marcel Marcel and Craig Smith.
SMITH Studio is a contemporary art gallery that was co-founded by Amy Ellenbogen and Candace Marshall-Smith. Housed in a historical building in Cape Town’s Church Street, the gallery’s focus is on showing never-before-seen works by emerging and established artists. Since opening earlier this year they’ve curated and exhibited 6 shows, including an upcoming solo show by Jeanne Gaigher titled ‘Club’. This body of work effortlessly captures a sense of timeless existence in paintings and prints, and SMITH Studio will be exhibiting a selection of these at the FNB Joburg Art Fair.
Sprouting from a mutual desire to support artists working in or originating from Africa, art collector Christian Sulger-Buel and gallerist Tamzin Lovell Miller founded Sulger-Buel Lovell. In 2009 the duo opened their first gallery in Riebeek Kasteel outside of Cape Town, and in 2014 they expanded to London. Mirroring the gallery’s line-up of contemporary African art, they’ll be showing a photography exhibition curated by Kefiloe Siwisa in their first-ever booth at this year’s FNB Joburg Art Fair. The show includes work by David Lurie, Ralph Ziman, Paul Sika and Roger Ballen. Jenna Burchell’s series of sculptural instruments titled ‘The Narrators’ will also be part of the Special Projects programme at the Fair.
Visit the Young Galleries at the FNB Joburg Art Fair from 11 – 13 September at the Sandton Convention Centre.
Friday 11 September from 11am – 8pm
Saturday 12 September from 10am – 6pm
Sunday 13 September from 10am – 5pm
R500 for Thursday night’s Opening Preview Party
R100 on Friday
R130 on Saturday / Sunday
R260 for a Weekend Pass
Buy tickets online or at the door.