Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists, worlds more different one from the other than those which revolve in infinite space, worlds which, centuries after the extinction of the fire from which their light first emanated, whether it is called Rembrandt or Vermeer, send us still each one its special radiance.’ - Marcel Proust
Olatunji Sanusi addresses his Yoruba heritage, the global water scarcity and the effects it will have on future generations - especially children, as well as his hopes of one day exhibiting in Nigeria.
Cathy Layzell talk’s gardens and gardening, the politically-loaded concept of reserves, and the driving force behind her latest exhibition, ‘Reserve’, currently up on show at Salon91.
Obie encompasses a decades-long sweep of his life’s work and covers the globe. It is part coffee-table book, part travelogue, part autobiography and part storybook, with a bit of philosophy thrown in for good measure. It’s a great photographer, documenter and character looking back through his ever-increasing archive (built up over 60 years) and choosing the images that resonate the most, and which have a story to tell.
ART AFRICA in conversation with Gabrielle Raaff on her solo exhibition currently up on show at SMITH Studio.
Painted by JH Pierneef in 1955, the spectacular A View Across Fisherman's Cove, Seychelles will be offered at estimates of R2,500,000 – R3,500,000 at Aspire Art Auctions’ Inaugural Cape Auction on 27 March 2017 at the Avenue in the V&A Waterfront.
March 14, 2017, Sharjah—During the Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj Act I opening, Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) announced the recipients of the Sharjah Biennial Prize.
ART AFRICA had the opportunity to sit down with Dion Cupido and discuss his recent body of work.
"When I look at graffiti; tagging, writing your mind on the wall, there’s something really beautiful about it. I like the idea of writing on the back of toilet doors. I find it so interesting. It’s these peoples’ lives, on walls and behind doors, you know."
The Cloths of Heaven
Solo exhibition at Galerie 38 - Casablanca, Morocco
March 16th to April 16th 2017
With the support and patronage of the Sindika Dokolo Foundation, ART AFRICA invited Kendell Geers to Guest Edit this special edition entitled ‘A Luta Continua’. Geers responded by inviting contributors from all over the world to share their thoughts on the irreconcilable contradictions embodied by the question, “What is African Art and how might it be read today?”
PAN AFRICA | series 1 contemporary African art exhibition 17 artists | 6 countries from 25 Feb to 30 April 2017.
Uzoma Samuel Anyanwu, Lindi Badenhorst, Paul Blomkamp, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Layziehound Coka, Johannes du Plessis, Mbongeni Fakudze, Phillip Heenop, Thonton Kabeya, Mbulelo Mabutho, Dario Manjate, Ephia Mmbidi, Solomon Omogboye, Michaela Rinaldi, Edward Selematsela, Bambolwami Sibiya, Stanislaw Trzebinski
Curated by Patrizia Litty
A selection of creative concepts from this year’s PPC Imaginarium Awards’ finalists will be showcased at the ART AFRICA FAIR 2017 from 24 February to 5 March 2017 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Artworks and designs from across the competition’s six entry categories, namely architecture, jewellery, sculpture, fashion, industrial design and film, will be on display for the duration of the fair.
In addition to a compelling collection of historic and modern artworks - from JH Pierneef and Pieter Wenning, to Cecil Skotnes and Christo Coetzee - Aspire Art Auctions’ Inaugural Cape Auction will include powerful and engaging artworks from top African contemporary artists.
FNB JoburgArtFair is delighted to announce Robin Rhode as the 2017 Featured Artist. Rhode was born in 1976 in Cape Town and currently lives and works in Berlin.
Strauss & Co posted a record turnover of R215 million in 2016, the highest combined income achieved by the company in a single year since its inception in 2009. While the narrative around individual sales matter, it was Strauss & Co’s capacity to achieve a sell-through rate of over 80% at its four live auctions in Johannesburg and Cape Town that contributed to its resounding performance. The outstanding result is a testament to Strauss & Co’s capacity to bring quality work to the market, an aptitude that is also evident in the strong suite of work – by among others, Irma Stern, JH Pierneef, Peter Clarke and Mikhael Subotzky – assembled for the company’s 6 March 2017 sale at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town.
Standing in a dimly lit studio Kate Tamakloe is trying to remember where she last saw the photo of a major that served in the Ghanaian army. As she does I peer through the frames on the walls at year old faces – some are recognisable, others aren’t. Studying pictures is reminiscent of opening a time capsule or an old family chest full of fading images and memories.
Goodman Gallery will present three booths at the 2017 Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF), held from 17-19 February 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. In addition to a group exhibition in the main section of the fair, the gallery will participate in two of the show’s special features – Tomorrows/Todays and Past/Modern – as well as launch Kudzanai Chiurai’s new monograph as part of Woodstock Art Night.
On 18 February 2017 the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg will host an exhibition that covers the last twenty years of South African photographer Andrew Tshabangu’s career. Born in 1966, Tshabangu has played a significant role in redefining the visual landscape of South Africa, working alongside the likes of Bob Gosani, Ernest Cole, Peter Magubane, Alfred Kumalo, Omar Badsha, Santu Mafokeng, and David Goldblatt. While his black and white photography has certain ‘documentary’ qualities, Tshabangu’s work lends itself to a more poetic vocabulary, and is often described within the framework of magic realism and surrealism.
The Mangbetu people, they say, migrated from present day South Sudan between the 18th and 19th century, southwards towards the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where they eventually settled in the North Eastern part of the country, in what is now the Orientale province.
South Africa’s first International Public Art Festival (IPAF), to be held in Cape Town from February 10-20, will bring art and art lovers out of the galleries and on to the streets like never before.
By Jess Castellote
It is less than four months since we mourned the death of Sammy Olagbaju, less than two since Rasheed Gbadamosi passed away and now, we are confronted with the death of Ben Osaghae. Rasheed, I knew him well, but Sammy and Ben were personal friends. In 2012, with the help of Sammy, I published a book: “Nigerian Contemporary Art in Lagos Private Collections”. Just a couple of years ago, Akinyemi Adetunji and I wrote “Ben Osaghae. Visual Chronicles of a society in flux”, a book monograph on Ben.
The Afropolitan Festival is three days of exceptional programming dedicated to Afropolitan art, creativity and state of mind, presented by BOZAR and its partners. Taking place from 3rd to 5th February Afropolitan Festival is a celebration of the Belgian and European artists of African descent currently boosting the European cultural scene. This edition features a special focus on the Belgian Congolese diaspora, on Afropolitan artists in the contemporary art scene, and on the bridges between Sub-Saharans and North Africans.
In the second edition of the South-South series, Goodman Gallery presents Let me begin again, an exhibition drawing parallels between artists from the Global South, looking at and beyond the afterlife of political revolution. The show reveals cross-cultural influence and divergence – both historical and recent – between countries such as Cuba, Brazil, South Africa and Angola, as well as Mozambique, and Namibia; featured artists born in or living between these countries or in the diaspora.