Art alive at the Avenue
Great weather, a beautiful setting, a fabulous new campus concept and the best contemporary art – what more could one want?
The Cape Town Art Fair – at the V&A Waterfront’s new venue, the Avenue – is more exciting and vibrant than ever before.
From Thursday February 26th to Sunday March 1st, the V&A Waterfront becomes the hub for contemporary art when visitors will have the chance to stroll along the yacht basin, from the main venue, the Avenue, through to the North Wharf. This is a first for Africa. The aim of the Art Avenue is to give people a sense of being on a campus with the chance to not only visit all the galleries and their exhibits but also to take part in public art and installations along the way.
Cape Town Art Fair Guest Curator, art historian, critic, curator, and founding director of Performa, Goldberg discusses the importance of live performance by visual artists, considered to be the medium of the 21st century, as major museums in New York, London and Paris build dedicated spaces for their new performance programmes
Author of the seminal book Performance Art, from Futurism to the Present, Goldberg explains why she launched the first biennial dedicated to live performance by artists in New York in 2004, and highlights a selection of South African artists whose work contributes to this rich area of contemporary art. Matthew Blackman, the current Director of the Association for Visual Arts and editor of ArtThrob, is curating the Cape Town Art Fair Talks programme. For detailed information on all the speakers and the panel talks visit www.capetownartfair.co.za. To book your seat at the talks, please contact Katie Brock: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s take it outside
As part of the Art in Public Spaces initiative, a carefully curated selection of outdoor installations will occupy spaces along the Art Avenue and the North Wharf. This gives everyone a chance to engage with art in a fresh, three-dimensional manner. Vulindlela Nyoni, with his Bachelor of Arts, a Masters in fine Arts, and as previous Academic coordinator of the Centre for Visual Art in KZN will be curating the Art in Public Spaces.
Art about Town
The fair coincides with the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA) Scheryn Pavilion’s various openings, Design Indaba and the Guild International Design Fair. Don’t miss out on the Museum Night in collaboration with Iziko Museum of South Africa on Thursday, 26 February. This will include multiple museum visits in and around The Company’s Garden. On display will be William Kentridge’s: ‘The Refusal of Time’, ‘Time and Again’ by Penny Siopis at the South African National Gallery, ‘There’s Something I Must Tell You’, by Sue Williamson at the Slave Lodge, From African Earth: celebrating our African Vessel Heritage at the Slave Lodge, Rembrandt in South Africa: Pioneer Printmaker of Humanity and Modernity at the Old Town House and the World Wild Life Photographer 50th edition at the South African Museum.
Meet the locals
If you want to experience a local flavour, why not take an art township tour? The 2015 Cape Town Art Fair will give its audience access to the Maboneng Township Arts Experience where you can see all things ‘art’.
You will be able to experience a carefully-mapped, guided tour of homes which will be transformed into unique art galleries. These tours will take place every day from 10am – 12pm and 2pm-4pm and cost R600 pp for the tour and transport. Contact www.maboneng.com or email: email@example.com for bookings. Tickets are available at the departure venue, Two Oceans Aquarium.
You are also welcome to experience the fair by making use of the hop-on, hop-off bus shuttle service, every 20 to 30 minutes, from Thursday to Sunday from the Two Oceans Aquarium to Guild International Art Fair and the CTICC. And every 15 minutes, a canal boat shuttle will operate between the CTICC and the Cape Town Art Fair (One & Only Hotel jetty).
Sounds, words and wine
Fine Music Radio will be hosting interviews with some of the fair’s top personalities in the weeks leading up to the event. Listen out for your chance to win entry tickets during their diary slot on 20 February.
There will also be book signings and don’t forget to enjoy some Wade Bales Wine Society premium wines and bubbly which will be on sale at the marquee on the North Wharf and on the first floor of the Art Avenue.
From a decadent Cabernet Sauvignon and a juicy Shiraz to a delightfully tasty Sauvignon Blanc, Wade Bales Wine Society pulls out all the stops to bring you the finest wines at the fair.
Get your copy
Dylan Lewis will be launching his brand new book, An Untamed Force. Dylan’s sculptures are fast becoming well-known landmarks in South Africa and this publication brings his photographic record up to date. Known for his diverse exploration of oil painting and stop–frame animation, Nigel Mullins latest book, Chaotic Region will also showcase his newest works.
South African Artists at Home is the latest work from author Paul Duncan. The book gives the reader a glimpse into the homes and private locations of some of South Africa’s most loved artists. As the reader you are able to see the spaces in which their great art pieces are created. Another book to get your hands on is Making Art in Africa by Sir Robert Loder. The book signings will be held at the various bookstores on the ground floor of the Avenue.
Art for all
Contemporary art and outdoor installations from Africa and all over the world will be on display. A series of captivating talks will be given by internationally renowned curators and celebrated local speakers, writers and curators who will give visitors insights into a hugely diverse contemporary art world.
The Fair has a strong focus on Pan African artists: for example, Angolan Edson Chagas, Ndidi Emefiele from Nigeria, Zimbabwe’s Wycliffe Mundopa, and sought after Egyptian artist, Moataz Nasr. In line with the organiser, Fiera Milano’s strong Italian links, art presented by galleries such as Continua and Primo Marella will also feature.
Closer to home, visitors can delight in seeing South African contemporary artists such as Wim Botha, Kilmany-Jo Liversage, Deborah Bell, Mohau Modisakeng, Mikhael Subotzky and Joshua Miles. . Look out for Hannalie Taute’s performance art piece on Saturday 28 February at 2 at the Erdmann Contemporary Gallery
Bringing it home
KAURA, Contemporary Art From Africa, will be at this year’s Cape Town Art Fair. Their aim is to bring together artists, audiences and buyers of art in a relaxed yet informative setting to view, appreciate, discuss, invest and consume art. Date: 27 February; Time: 6:00 pm. Topics include, ‘Continuing dialogue – Widening Access to the Contemporary Art Market’, and more. Come and learn about the art of investing in art.
Full list of Galleries at Cape Town Art Fair
Art South Africa
Christopher Møller Art Gallery
Circle Art Agency
David Krut Projects
Everard Read Gallery
First Floor Gallery Harare
Friends of SANG
Johans Borman Fine Art
Lizamore & Associates
Michaelis School of Fine Art
Primo Marella Gallery
South African Print Gallery
Thames & Hudson
Thursday 26 February to Sunday 1 March, the Avenue (next to One & Only Hotel) – Dock Road, V&A Waterfront.
Thursday 26 February 2015:
10h00 – 20h00
Friday 27 February 2015:
10h00 – 20h00
Saturday 28 February 2015:
10h00 – 20h00
Sunday 1 March 2015: 10h00 – 18h00
Children under 12: R50
Children under 2 years: Free
Tickets at Computicket or at the door.
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