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Does Your Collection include any National Heritage Works?

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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.

FNB JoburgArtFair 2016: An interview with curator Lucy MacGarry

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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.

FNB JoburgArtFair: Aida Muluneh | East Africa Focus: Presented by David Krut Projects

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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." 
 

Sanaa Gateja: FNB JoburgArtFair East Africa Focus | Presented by Afriart

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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. 
 

AtWork: From Dak'Art to Addis Ababa

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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. 

'Seven Hills:' Kampala Art Biennale 2016 Curator Élise Atangana on this year's theme

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Established by the Kampala Arts Trust in 2014, the Kampala Art Biennale has proved an important platform for exchange and growth within the local context of Kampala and beyond. The Biennale seeks to address issues of inclusion faced by artists on the continent, whilst channeling a healthy conversation around the complexities of day-to-day life within the ever-growing city of Kampala. Élise Atangana, the Artistic Director for this year's edition, speaks about the curatorial framework for this edition, entitled 'Seven Hills.'
 

'Jumping the Ditch:' A review of Henri Matisse's 'Rhythm and Meaning' at the Standard Bank Gallery

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French modern master Henri Matisse’s (1869-1954) exhibition ‘Rhythm and Meaning’ opened its doors to the public on the 13th July 2016 at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg. Co-curated by Patrice Deparpe and Professor Federico Freschi, and held in collaboration with the Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute and the Musée Matisse in Le Cateau Cambrésis (France), the exhibition comprises of drawings, paintings, collages and prints, and is the first wide-ranging exhibition of Matisse’s work to be held in South Africa.

'A Grand Way To Fall:' Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi's 'Window Part II' at Barnard Gallery, Cape Town By Ashraf Jamal

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A window is an aperture, a screen; connecting, dividing. The history of illusion in painting is connected with the idea of the framed window. Here the Barnard Gallery has noted the importance of Leon Battista Albertus’ 1435 study, De Pictura, and the shaping influence of the Quattrocento System central to Renaissance painting in which the Eye – yours and mine – is kept at the centre of the picture plane and allowed to become the allpowerful surveyor of the world. That Eye is also the Ego, which in the 18th century spirited the birth of individualism.

'I Invented Myself:' Walter Battiss at the Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg

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Upon walking into the exhibition, you are welcomed by a collection of landscape paintings and a curiosity in rock art, a quirky installation of work conceived in response to censorship and an intimate curating of wood cut prints at the basement of the Wits Art Museum. Amongst other artworks, pamphlets, catalogues, photographs and memorabilia, the installation forms part of Walter Battiss’ retrospective exhibition: ‘I Invented Myself ’ curated by Warren Siebrits of the Jack Ginsberg Collection. 

'1994:' Pieter Hugo at the Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town

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A lithe figure reclines in a gold, sequined cocktail dress that reaches to her knees. But for her dress, the girl is androgynous. She is positioned like Manet’s Olympia on a bank of loam. The wet ground around her is the same brown as her skin. I am mesmerised by the roots, worming their way through the soil beneath her form. She meets your gaze with a fashionista’s rueful scowl while creepers, with tendrils and heartshaped-leaves, infiltrate the frame.

‘Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity’ at UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria

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Is it not slightly self-defeating for African curators to foreground the identity of the artists as the central curatorial thrust for an exhibition of art from the continent? This mirrors the manner in which African art is promoted on global stages, with the provenance of the art or the geographical origins of the artists almost always framing their work. Conceived by !Kauru in association with the Black Collectors Forum, 'Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity' took place at the UNISA Art Gallery in Pretoria, South Africa, and mimics this trend, while trying to usurp and take 'ownership' of how African identity is advanced. It seems that for as long as African art is advanced on European or American platforms (and by auction houses) as a discrete category, or worse, a genre of contemporary art, perhaps African artists will remain locked into a dialogue around their identity. Or have we turned a corner, allowing for this theme to be explored in new ways?

'Met Ander Oë,' Larita Engelbrecht at EBONY Curated: 01 September - 29 October 2016

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Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa in 1986, Larita Engelbrecht has been involved in academia for most of her life. In 2009 she received a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Stellenbosch, followed by an MA in Visual Art three years later. In addition to her work as a visual artist, Engelbrecht is now a senior lecturer at Cape Town Creative Academy. This proximity to knowledge, or more accurately, the systems and processes that have come to define and transpose knowledge, forms the basis for her latest body of work ‘Met Ander Oë,’ which will be exhibited at EBONY Curated in Cape Town from the 1st September until the 29th October.

Nolan Oswald Dennis announced as FNB Art Prize winner

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Amongst the exhibiting artists at this year's FNB JoburgArtFair, set to take place between the 9th - 11th September 2016, is this year's FNB Art Prize winner, Nolan Oswald Dennis. Comprised of Zimbabwean curator and director of the Zimbabwean National Gallery in Harare, Raphael Chikukwa, FNB JoburgArtFair curator Lucy MacGarry, and Angolan architect and curator Paula Nascimento, this year's jury were given the opporunity to select one nominated artist from each of the participating galleries' stands. Represented by the Goodman Gallery, Dennis joins a prestigious list of winners since the launch of the FNB Art Prize in 2011, and will be showcasing his work in a dedicated space at the FNB JoburgArtFair.

Picturing Power: Allison K. Young In Conversation with Bradley McCallum

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Bradley McCallum is a Brooklyn-based artist whose practice has long been politically and socially-engaged. The international tour of his ‘Weights and Measures’ series, which addresses questions of social justice through the lens of the International Criminal Court, will launch at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg in February 2017. A selection of his ‘reversal’ paintings from this series – large-scale portraits of criminal defendants rendered in a grisaille, almost solarised palette – was also on view at ‘Still (the) Barbarians,’ at the 2016 EVA Biennial in Limerick, Ireland, curated by Koyo Kouoh. Depicting gures as diverse as Congolese militia leader German Katanga and South African jurist Navi Pillay, the series navigates the humanity of the justice system from the perspective of defendants, justice advocates and victims. Allison K. Young spoke with McCallum about the ‘Weights and Measures’ series and its forthcoming debut in South Africa.

Artists' Books and Africa: By Petra Mason

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Far from the razzmatazz of New York City’s art scene – and only a two and a half hour train ride away – in the nation’s capital of Washington DC, is the National Museum of African Art. It’s a post-modern jewel of a building tucked away between the Arthur. M Sackler Gallery for Asian Art and the Air and Space Museum. Washington DC is largely home to admin staff and the secret service, so it can be a bit vanilla, à la Pretoria (in South Africa). But it is one of the world’s greatest cities and one that houses many of the nation’s top museums. And because the Federal Government owns them, entrance is free. ‘Artists’ Books and Africa,’ curated by Janet Stanley, is showcased at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art until September 11, 2016.

From Hero to Zero: An Artist’s Take on South African Politicians

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Cape Town artist, Campbell Lak, takes a playful take on past and current major political events by transforming beloved comic book characters. From ‘JjACOB ZUMA THE ORIGINAL ZUMATELLO’ (above) and ‘NELSON MANDELA IS SUPER-MAN’, Lak brings a fresh approach to the country’s ever-so-gloom democratic soap story.  

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