Notable aspects of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair that runs on 15 to 17 February 2019 are that it is the largest Fair on the African continent , with a record number of galleries taking part – more than 100 galleries and exhibitors from around Africa and the world; and 18 000 visitors, collectors, galleries, curators and artists from around the globe will descend on the Mother City to see work that represents the forefront of contemporary art.
10 Reasons to go to Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019
- TALK TALK
The Talks Programme turns towards the mid 21st Century, an epoch of schismatic change and undefined perspectives. The panel Curating in the 21st Century will feature esteemed scholars and curators from diverse localities to unpack the state of exhibition making today.
Participants include Renaud Proch Director of Independent Curators International, New York City who will be joined by Chief curator Khwezi Gule of Jo’burg Art Gallery. This panel will anchor the series of talks touching on everything new, safe and unchartered in the art world.
Collecting digital arts is another topic that is growing popularity in this information age. Tegan Bristow, Head of Digital media at Wits University, will bring together a host of multimedia adventure seekers from the country’s most exciting online initiatives.
Additional talks will wrestle with issues of copyright, creative hubs and, to round off, in depth conversations with renowned international artists whose work will hang at the art fair and around the city.
- TOMORROW’S TALENT TODAY
TOMORROWS/TODAY is a curated cross-section of the most exciting emerging and under recognized artists from Africa and around the world selected by curator Tumelo Mosaka.
The local art scene is not short of rising stars, nor is it short of blazing stars. The point is how to get the one to develop into the other. “For Investec Cape Town Art Fair visitors who intend investing in the future, or invest their time in exploring the present, it’s important that the art fair sets the bar while ushering in a new crop of artists, annually,” says Mosaka. “For this reason the fair has established this major platform.”
Artists include Zyma Amien (SA) of Art First in London, UK, Medina Dugger (US/Nigeria) of Art Twenty One in Lagos, Nigeria, John Metelerkamp (SA) of Candice Berman Gallery in Johannesburg, Troy Makaza (Zimbabwe) of First Floor Gallery in Harare, Zimbabwe, Chris Soal (SA) of Guns & Rain in Johannesburg, Aimé Mpane (DRC) of NOMAD GALLERY in Brussels, Armand Boua (Ivory Coast) of LKB/Gallery in Hamburg, Ihosvanny (Angola) of MOVART in Luanda, Michael Cook (Australia) of THIS IS NO FANTASY in Melbourne.
The 2019 incarnation of the ongoing SOLO section explores the effects of the digital world on our lived realities. By progressing to new traditions it is hoped that emerging practitioners and collectors will begin to think more analytically about how the digital world impacts art.
Artists include Kyu Sang Lee (South Korea) of Eclectica Contemporary in Cape Town; Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana) of APalazzo Gallery in Brescia, Italy; Sitaara Stodel (SA) of Smith Studio in Cape Town; Tabita Rezaire (French Guyana/Denmark) of Goodman Gallery SA; Jake Singer (SA) of Matter Gallery in Toronto.
- AFRIKA RISING
The continent will integrate into the mainstream of South African consciousness, and the abundance of galleries from African centres attests to the desire for dialogue on the African art scene. African galleries represented include Afriart Gallery of Kampala, Nairobi’s Circle Art Gallery, Espaco Luanda Arte, First Floor Gallery of Harare, Louis Simone Guirandou Gallery of Abidjan, Omenka Gallery of Lagos and This is not a White Cube also from Luanda.
- WITNESS THE WORLD STAGE
This year saw William Kentridge celebrated at the Tate Modern for his production The Head & the Load; and Kemang wa Lehulere was celebrated for his first solo exhibition at the Marian Goodman Gallery in London.
While a select few South Africans arrive in the international spotlight, the race is on to integrate the local scene into the international scene, and vice versa. The international scene can also make an impact on the local art scene by showing itself at prestigious events like Investec Cape Town Art Fair.
The list of top international galleries represented at Investec Cape Town Art Fair is long.
- TAKE TO THE STREET
ART WEEK CAPE TOWN pulls together galleries, public institutions, curators and artists for one week of open access events and activations.
- CAPE TOWN COOL
“While the city has the infrastructure to push the art agenda, it’s also a highly sought-after holiday destination. Voted the Best City in the World by The Telegraph there isn’t a shortage when it comes to the best restaurants, beaches and bars,” says Vincenti. “It’s got everything and it’s the right place for artists to develop their activities and for collectors to enjoy.
“From authentic seafood restaurants such as Panama Jack’s in the heart of Cape Town harbour, to trendy gin bars on Bree Street, cafe culture in Cape Town including Jason’s Bakery, Cafe du Cap, Honest Chocolate and cultural hubs throughout the city.”
And for those looking for something off the beaten track you can spend the night at the Overseers Cottage on Table Mountain or take a musical tour into the homes of jazz musicians for music, intimate conversation and a bord kos (plate of food), usually braaied snoek or pickled fish.
You can also forage for edible indigenous flora in the Cape Point reserve with fynbos experts, Roushanna and Gael Gray or hop on (and off) the Franschhoek double-decker railway tram, which takes visitors to spots that offer superb cuisine and award-winning wines.
“We’ve got top hotels, top restaurants, and top attractions. Now is a perfect moment for the city to be seen, to be explored,” says Vincenti.
LARGER THAN LIFE
The Unframed section of the fair is a welcome activation in which rising stars are able to commune with the public and allows visitors to experience installation outside of the gallery booth context.
- CULTURALLY SPEAKING
Cultural Platforms section Investec Cape Town Art Fair is dedicated to non-profit art institutions working both locally and in Africa. It aims to highlight networks outside the market. Collectives and arts organizations such as Village Unhu from Zimbabwe and the ZOMA Museum from Ethiopia have in the past, been represented. As initiatives that integrate the arts, they make a vital contribution to repositioning ideas of change on the continent.
- POWER TO THE PEOPLE
An event like Investec Cape Town Art Fair is not only about the art on the walls, it’s also about the people that regard it. The art fair welcomes schools, and reaches out to tertiary institutions that teach creativity. If you know of a group that warrants special treatment then get online and make contact.
What: Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019
When: Friday 15 – Sunday 17 February 2019
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)
Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019: www.investeccapetownartfair.co.za
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