This week the Cape Town Art Fair kicks off, set to reshape the contemporary art landscape in the Mother City.
Produced and managed by Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa, the Cape Town Art Fair is South Africa’s new exhibition of contemporary art. The lifestyle event aims to present something of great value to each visitor, in the midst of a fresh and friendly environment filled with contemporary art of exceptional quality. All exhibited works will be available for purchase, with price points below R50 000.
40 notable galleries and over 130 artists are taking part in the exhibition, and, an array of artworks in both traditional and non-traditional media will be on display. This includes including paintings, drawings and sculptures, as well as photography, prints and ceramics.
Special Projects surrounding the exhibition are as follows:
- There will be a screening of Life, Framed – a 25 minute documentary about street photographer Lindeka Qampi. The film presents Lindeka’s story as she photographs the people she encounters in vibrant colour and rich texture.
- Wanted magazine in association with Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom are presenting an installation of new video works by a number of SA’s top contemporary artists – Michael Subotzky, Khanyisile Mbongwe, Cameron Platter and Haroon Gunn-Salie.
- Land artist Strijdom Van Der Merwe has created his next remarkable structure at his workshop in Stellenbosch. This work, an installation of bright red cubes, will go up today at the Lookout venue and visitors are invited to interact with the work.
- Andrew Lamprecht has curated an exhibition of recent work by Barend de Wet: “A Tangled Skin.” De Wet uses the conventional language of contemporary art in an unconventional way – with a practice that is at once slick, and slightly rough around the edges. The exhibition will focus on a recent concern with wool and “craft-based” objects.
The Cape Town Art Fair is being held at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront, Granger Bay. Over the course of the weekend, a number of Art talks will be taking place – see below for details.
Friday, 25 October: 10h00 – 20h00
13:00 – From There to Here-Emerging Artists: Siphiwe Ngwenya with Maboneng Arts
15:00 – Investing In Art: Fred Scott @ Stephan Welz
17:00 – Andrew Lamprecht – curating Nelson Mandela in Kimberley exhibition
18:30 – Lindeka Qampi documentary: Life, Framed
Saturday, 26 October: 10h00 – 20h00
13:00 – Urban Goes Pop with CNN Africa’s featured Artist: Khaya Witbooi/World Art
15:00 – The Power of the Auction: Strauss & Co – Emma Bedford
17:00 – Druid Walk: Willem Boshoff – a South African artist primarily known for his conceptual installations
Sunday, 27 October: 10h00 – 18h00
13:00 – Art and Africa: Ashraf Jamal (editor of Art South Africa) and Brendon Bell-Roberts (Publisher of Art South Africa) discuss the new direction of Art South Africa magazine, Africas a creative hub and African art in international arenas.
15:00 – Lindeka Qampi documentary: Life, Framed
Find out more: www.artforme.co.za