New art auction house, Aspire Art Auctions, launches its first auction on 31 October 2016 at The Park on 7 in Hyde Park, a stunning new white-cube venue, in which superior works of art will be superbly displayed to best effect.
“I am really excited and grateful for being asked to paint for this solo at ODA. The large double volume space of the gallery lends itself perfectly to every piece and compliments my work beautifully. My work for ‘A Moment in Time’, captures my personal philosophy to remain present in the now as well as expresses the esence of my work as an artist, visualising emotions with the help of paint, brush & canvas.”
Stephan Welz & Co's new Senior Art Speciailist Chris de Klerk has been involved in the art industry since a very young age, having purchased his first painting at the tender age of just 9. His love for the art industry has flourished ever since. At a professional level, de Klerk started as an assistant in the Edoardo Villa museum while studying at the University of Pretoria.
Paintings dominate the offerings in Strauss & Co’s forthcoming October sale in Cape Town, but there is a noticeable contemporary attitude about this spring auction. Two still life paintings by pioneering South African painters, Irma Stern and Penny Siopis, rank among the standout lots. Produced in 1947 and 1983 respectively, the two works capture Stern and Siopis at very different moments in their careers.
‘Black Dog’ is a series of still photographs by the South African artist, Oupa Lesime Sibeko. Each photograph contains a figure, usually in a standing position. Sibeko collaborated with the photographic artist Benjamin Skinner in creating this subject matter. Through using himself as the model, the artist has created himself as both the subject and the object. Sibeko acknowledges that this collaboration with Benjamin Skinner was significant and productive. Skinner’s photographic skills allowed Sibeko to tap into the variety of emotions as expressed through the lens of Skinner’s camera. It is evident from this series of photographic stills that the collaboration proved particularly successful.
Let’s start with a discussion about economics. That’s not very sexy, is it? And creativity usually is sexy in some way, or if that’s the wrong word then how about: expressive, visceral, thoughtful, embodied, emotive, meditative, sensitive, impassioned, provocative… Relevant? Valuable? That’s harder to assess.
ART AFRICA caught up with Khehla Chepape Makgato to talk about his latest body of work 'The Heroines of Southern Africa,' which opened at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg last week and runs until the 30th September 2016.
ART AFRICA catches up with Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year 2016, Mohau Modisakeng to discuss his recent body of work at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2016, his inclusion in the public collection of the Zeitz MOCAA and some of the underlying themes in his work.
Alexandra Karakashian’s rise to celebrity status was rapid, as her debut coincided with the international resurgence of interest in abstraction. However as the SMAC exhibition ‘GROUND’ reveals, her paintings are an acquired taste for she is utterly uncompromising: refusing point-blank to make any concessions, or woo the viewer with blandishments. Alexandra holds the merely decorative in contempt, and concedes that the shimmering beauty of her paintings is as lethal as the Siren’s song that almost lured Ulysses and his crew to shipwreck and a briny grave.
There is an iconic aerial image of Cape Town - taken from the air above the ocean - with the city’s Natural Wonder, Table Mountain, in the background, the harbour and Waterfront to the left and Lion’s Head to the right. In the middle of the image is the Green Point stadium, built for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The stretch of beach directly below the stadium is where artist Janko de Beer collects the bull kelp for his contemporary futurist sculptures, Janko de Beer constructs his sculptures by first creating a metal armature, which is then meticulously shrouded in dry bull kelp stems, bulbs and fins. Details and depth are added using non-drying modelling clay. The sculpture is then moulded and cast into limited editions of bronze and resin. His latest solo exhibition, 'Constructing Imagination,' will be on show from the 10th - 29th September 2016 at the ODA Gallery in Franschhoek, Cape Town.
Presented as a solo exhibition by Lizamore & Associates at this year's FNB JoburgArtFair is the work of Mandy Coppes-Martin. Recognized for her use of natural materials like silk, hemp amd handmade paper translated into portraits and organisms found in nature, the body of work presented by Coppes-Martin's is inspired by what she sees as the new age war between man and nature.
Indra Wussow chats to South African artist Jaco van Schalkwyk about the landscape, paradise, funeral rites and the body of work on show at this year's FNB JoburgArtFair 2016
Candice Berman Gallery was established in 2013 as a contemporary art space showcasing artists of emerging, mid-career and established calibre. This year they will present the work of Kimberley Gundle at the FNB JoburgArtFair 2016, with a simultaneous exhibition of the artist's work running at the gallery space in Johannesburg.
Established in 1913, Everard Read Gallery has played a large role in the national and international growth of artistic practice from South Africa. In 2009 they developed a new space dedicated to contemporary South African art, CIRCA, a now iconic building within the Johannesburg landscape. This feature provides an insider's glimpse into the work of three prominent artists exhibiting at the Everard Read and CIRCA gallery's stand - Lyndi Sales, Rina Stutzer, and Pauline Gutter - all of whom have concurrent exhibitions running in Johannesburg during the month of September 2016.
Alexandra Karakashian's recent solo exhibition 'GROUND,' held at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town until the 10th September 2016, is part of the artist's expaning oeuvre of work. ART AFRICA caught up with Alexandra to find out more about this work, and her inclusion as part of SMAC gallery's stand at the FNB JoburgArtFair 2016.
ART AFRICA met up with abstract artist Vladimir Zagorov following the opening of his exhibition 'Yellow Movement' at Graham's Fine Art Gallery in Johannesburg last week. During this interview Zagorov talks about the reflective capabilities of abstraction, light, and the universal.
Salon91 is a Cape Town-based gallery and art consultation service, showcasing works by emerging and established contemporary artists of all disciplines. Rather than showcasing a variety of artists at this year's FNB JoburgArtFair, Salon91 have instead opted to showcase the work of Andrzej Urbanski, who believes all creative work begins in the abstract.
There has been an increase recently in the export of South African art and objects of value. Stephan Welz & Co. regularly deal with queries regarding the relocation of art works. All art and objects of national and cultural interest are considered as National Estate and falls under the National Heritage Resources act #25 of 1999. In order for collectors to fully understand the regulations surrounding the export of artwork, Stephan Welz & Co. have put together a few pointers to guide you through this process.
SMAC Gallery will be exhibiting a wide selection of artwork by a variety of artists at this year's FNB JoburgArtFair. ART AFRICA caught up with two of these artists, Masimba Hwati and Gareth Nyandoro, to discuss the work on show.
In these pages Lucy MacGarry shares her vision for the ninth edition of the FNB JoburgArtFair, taking place between the 9th - 11th September at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. This interview forms the backdrop for a series of interviews conducted with artists and gallerists present at this year's fair, highlighting some of the key focus points and giving some insight into the work on show.
Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Muluneh has lived in Yemen, the UK, Cyprus, Canada and the United States. Muluneh is also the founder and director of Addis Foto Fest, as well as FanaWogi, a yearly open-call for contemporary supporting contemporary artists in Ethiopia. As part of this year's FNB JoburgArtFair's East Africa Focus. Aida Muluneh's project consists of a selection of images from her latest series of photographic works entitled 'the world is 9.' It comes from an expression that Muluneh's grandmother repeated, in which she stated "the world is 9, it is never complete and never perfect."
Galerie NOKO features works by various artists offereing diffused social, cultural or traditional views on contemporary culture. ART AFRICA caught up with artist and Galerie NOKO director Usen Obot and the dynamic Johan Bloom, to discuss their various practices and the work that will be on show at the FNB JoburgArtFair 2016.
As one of Uganda's most universally acclaimed artists, Sanaa Gateja has, over the years, earned the nicknamed 'The Bead King,' a title derived from his process of making beads from recycled paper which he uses to create various designs and compositions. Presented by Afriart gallery (Kampala) as part of the FNB JoburgArtFair's special focus on East Africa, Gateja's work ethic and preference for recycled materials suite the global consciousness which highly regard the environment and its preservation. Gateja's artwork could be described as mixed-media experimental abstract art. ART AFRICA spoke to the artist about his latest body of work PATHS, which explores aspects of African history as a journey, encorporating a variety of elements from Barack Obama's presedential campaign posters to bark cloth.
“It’s important to create that new generation that will build the future we are all longing for. Now is the time for the new revolution in Africa. And the only weapon for this revolution is the brains we have, our ability of thinking.” – Simon Njami
A prominent intellectual, art critic and curator, Simon Njami together with an Italian non-profit foundation lettera27 are hoping to inspire a new generation of thinkers around Africa through AtWork, an educational format that uses the creative process to stimulate critical thinking among its students. Led by renowned artist-mentors, students participate in three to ve day collective workshops to explore a certain theme through which they make personal and cross-cultural connections.