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Tabita Rezaire: EXOTIC TRADE

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Exotic Trade is Tabita Rezaire’s first solo exhibition in which she deploys ‘digital healing activism’ as a strategy to envision decolonial technologies through which we can ‘holistically connect to ourselves, to one another, to the earth and to the multiverse’ (Rezaire). Exotic Trade is on show at the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg from 8 April to 17 May 2017.


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Art Dubai has established itself as one of the world's leading global art fairs. Whilst its roots were originally set in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA), Art Dubai has evolved over the years to become a vibrant meeting ground between established and trail-blazing emerging artists, collectors and art connoisseurs, and a vital link between the art ecosystems of Europe and the Americas with the Arab world, Africa and Asia.
Over the past seven years ART AFRICA has maintained a partnership with the fair and experienced these developments first hand. We believe that this platform in particular has an important place to play for Africa as it continues to emerge more prominently on the global art scene. Besides being a cultural powerhouse and center of creativity, Art Dubai harnesses the incredible spirit of collaboration and artistic energy of the region.

Documenta 14 | Learning from Athens

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The 14th edition of documenta will open in April 2017 in Athens and in June 2017 in Kassel. documenta 14, organised by Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk, is unique in its organisation as, reflected in its title: “Learning from Athens”, the exhibition will take place over two cities, instead of the usual Kassel.

Ryan Hewett 'Once Were Leaders' at Barnard Gallery

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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

A Story Picture Book by Obie Oberholzer

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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. 

Pierneef in Paradise

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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.

WRITINGS ON THE WALL: In Conversation with Dion Cupido

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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."

PAN AFRICA | series 1, contemporary African art exhibition, 17 artists | 6 countries, from 25 Feb to 30 April 2017

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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

PPC Imaginarium Awards exhibits at the Art Africa Fair

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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.

Looking back, looking ahead: Strauss & Co’s bumper harvest

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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.


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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 Presents Three Booths at 2017 CAPE TOWN ART FAIR

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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. 

Footprints: In Conversation with Andrew Tshabangu and Thembinkosi Goniwe

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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.

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