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THAT ART FAIR 2016: Participating Galleries & Artists Announced!

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We have had an overwhelming response to the call for applications for THAT ART FAIR 2016, receiving over 165 applications from artists and galleries from 21 countries, including Ghana; Mali; Senegal; Brazil; Ethiopia; Egypt; Cote d'Ivoire; Kenya; South Africa; Namibia; Angola; Mauritius and as far afield as Canada, Germany and Dubai! Have a look at the full list of confirmed participants for this year's fair – now only four weeks away!
 

ART AFRICA pays tribute to Stephan Welz and Jeremy Rose

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The South African art world mourns the sudden and untimely passing of two great minds and well respected professionals. In December 2015, we lost both the esteemed auctioneer Stephan Welz and acclaimed architect Jeremy Rose. Find out more about their significant contribution to the art world here.
 

Robyn Sassen In Conversation with Richard Smith

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ART AFRICA's Robyn Sassen met up with South African artist Richard Smith to discuss his current exhibition, 'New Paintings,' at Ebony in Cape Town. Smith began his career as a cartoonist, producing work for The Sunday Times, Punch and the Harvard Business Review. His current body of work is testament to his versatility as an artist. In the interview, Sassen speaks to Smith about his transition into oil painting, the naming of his work and the power of the accidental.

This article was published in the December issue of ART AFRICA, 'Whose South is it Anyway?' and is also available in the December edition of the Digital issue, available for download from the ART AFRICA app, HERE for Apple and HERE for Android.

Andrew Lamprecht in conversation with Gavin Rain

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Andrew Lamprecht met up with South African artist Gavin Rain at Worldart in Cape Town to discuss his creative process, neuropsychology, his Masters in Space Studies and his participation in the 54th Venice Biennale. Rain is best known for his op-art pointillist paintings that combine mathematics, precision and a love for analogue photography. Practicing as a painter throughout his career, he developed his specific pointillist style from 2003. Since then he has built up an impressive collection of pointillist portraits, cityscapes and other interesting subject matter. 

'A Concept in Flux:' Sabrina Moura's Positioning Piece for the December Issue of ART AFRICA

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In October ART AFRICA attended the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc-Videobrasil: Southern Panoramas, in São Paulo. The following positioning piece - which appears in the December Issue of ART AFRICA, 'Whose South Is It Anyway' - was written by the fair's seminar curator Sabrina Moura as a continuation of some of the discussions that were held over the course of the festival. 

You can now also purchase a copy via our convenient electronic payment form! SUBSCRIBE or BUY A COPY today! You can also access this exclusive content in the December digital issue, available for download from the ART AFRICAapp, HERE for Apple and HERE for Android.

'Symptoms Articulated as Objects': FNB JoburgArtFair 2015 by Ashraf Jamal

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Award-winning Cape Town-based cultural analyst, writer and educator, Ashraf Jamal, reviews the 2015 FNB JoburgArtFair for ART AFRICA. "Just how ‘African’ is African art?" asks Jamal, "How transcultural? How diasporic? It would seem that each of these questions... proved critical to [Lucy] MacGarry’s directorship."

This article was published in the December issue of ART AFRICA, 'Whose South is it Anyway?' and is also available in the December edition of the Digital issue, available for download from the ART AFRICA app, HERE for Apple and HERE for Android.
 

First Thursdays Highlights: Exhibitions to See Throughout December 2015

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It has been an interesting and important year for art, especially within the African context. To round it off, here are a number of exhibitions that will see 2015 through. As part of First Thursdays - that took place on 3 December in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa - these were some of our highlights from last night's event. If you didn't make it out last night, don't dispair! Most of these exhibitions will be on throughout December and make for some excellent holiday browsing.

The Broken Monsters Charity Art Show, in Support of Book Dash

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To celebrate the launch of her latest book Broken Monsters (2014), local sci-fi thriller writer, Lauren Beukes joined forces with curator Jacki Lang to put on a pop-up art exhibition with a twist. Not only would artists be invited to create works on pages torn from Beukes’ book, but the proceeds raised would go directly to a charity nurturing young South Africans to develop a love of reading.

'It Is What It Is:' Zemba Luzamba at EBONY

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Anna Stielau reviews Zemba Luzamba's solo exhibition, 'It Is What It Is,' at EBONY, Cape Town. Luzamba was born and grew up in Lubumbashi, DRC during the 1970s. Due to rampant civil war back home, the artist decided to move to South Africa, where he has lived and produced art since 2000.

10th Bamako Encounters: Snapped in Conversation with Uche Okpa-Iroha

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ART AFRICA's sister publication Snapped met up with Nigerian photographer Uche Okpa-Iroha at the 10th Bamako Encounters: African Biennale of Photography. Uche Okpa-Iroha has been an instrumental figure in the development of African photography and is a founding member of both the Invisible Borders: Trans-African Project and the Nlele Institute.

This interview also speaks to his body of work, The Plantation Boy (2012), which won the Seydou Keita prize at this year's edition of Bamako Encounters, the first time that anybody has been awarded the prize twice in the festival's history.

10th Bamako Encounters: Snapped in Conversation with Bisi Silva

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ART AFRICA's sister publication Snapped spoke to curator Bisi Silva about the 10th Bamako Encounters: African Biennale of Photography in Mali, which opened in October.

In this interview Silva sheds some light on the events history, the significance of this year's theme, 'Telling Time,' the challenges that African photography face and the importance of the medium as a tool to help remember and redefine.

'Whose South Is It Anyway?': Valerie Kabov's Positioning Piece for the December Issue of ART AFRICA

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The December issue of ART AFRICA, titled ‘Whose South is it Anyway?’ grapples with some pertinent questions relating to concepts of the ‘Global South,’ such as: What is considered the ‘Global South’? Who does this definition encompass and what are its effects? And, increasingly, are these definitions and delineations even still relevant?

This particular edition takes its name from this positioning piece by Valerie Kabov, ‘Whose South is it anyway?’ Kabov lends an indispensible voice to this issue, both as the founder and director of First Floor Gallery (Harare) and, we’re pleased to announce, one of our team as an ART AFRICA Editor-at-Large!

This article is available in the December issue of ART AFRICA, now on shelves across South Africa and available via international subscription. You can now also purchase a copy via our convenient electronic payment form! SUBSCRIBE or BUY A COPY today! You can also access this exclusive content in the December digital issue, available for download from the ART AFRICA appHERE for Apple and HERE for Android.

Carthage Film Festival Award Ceremony

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Carthage Film Festival is the oldest international festival of its kind in Africa. Set in Tunis, the event ran from the 21 - 28 November, showcasing some of the most outstanding film production from Africa, the Middle East, parts of Europe and South America, with a particular emphasis on cinema from North Africa. ART AFRICA were fortunate enough to attend the award ceremony and would like to take this oppurtunity to congratulate not only the winners, but everbody who contributed to the 2015 festival's cultural wealth.

ART AFRICA Claims Silver in the 2015 Arts Journalism Awards

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The National Arts Festival and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) announced the winners of the 2015 Arts Journalism Awards in Johannesburg yesterday, naming freelance writer Lwandile Fikeni as overall Arts Journalist of the Year.

ART AFRICA was awarded silver in the ‘Organisational Award’ category and Ashraf Jamal, previous editor of Art South Africa and ongoing contributor to ART AFRICA, also snagged a silver in the ‘Features’ category! Congratulations to all the winners!

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