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PEEKABOO - Current South Africa

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South Africa has in the past fifteen years developed into a major centre of contemporary art, with several artists in the international limelight. Peekaboo is Finland's first major review of the artists and themes in contemporary South African art.

20th August 2010 - 16th January 2011

12th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience

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Durban: 1 to 12 September 2010 For 12 days Durban will play host to a dazzling 12th edition of the international contemporary dance festival, JOMBA! One of four annual festivals hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Creative Arts, the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience has become synonymous with cutting-edge dance theatre, and with principle funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund capacitating the festival, this bumper event contains a programme of broad scope and appeal.

Feel It — Creative Week is Coming

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Creative Week Cape Town 2010 will take place from 24 September to 3 October. It is a key showcase of Creative Cape Town to engage locals in the numerous quality creative offerings of the city.

Teboho Edkin

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http://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/interview-film-director-teboho-edkins/

Teboho Edkins, born in 1980 in the United States of America, grown up in Lesotho, Germany, South Africa as well as France, is film director and following the career of his renowned father Don Edkins, one of the most famous film producers of South Africa.

In Cape Town he studied Arts and he enhanced his course of studies with post graduations in France and Germany. Teboho Edkins documentaries are characterized by sociolcritical bias, for which he has taken several awards. In addition, he took part at umpteen film festivals, such as FID Marseille, Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou (FESPACO), International Filmfestival Innsbruck, Vision du Reel Nyon, Tampere Short Film Festival or Berlinale. Teboho Edkins is explaining to our South Africa web portal his job-related visions and documentaries on South Africa.

CHRISTIE'S ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE SALES OF £1.7 BILLION ($2.57 BILLION) FOR FIRST HALF OF 2010

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CHRISTIE'S ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE SALES OF £1.7 BILLION ($2.57 BILLION) FOR FIRST HALF OF 2010

- First Half Results Show Continuing Strength in Global Art Market

- Results Reflect Sustained Price Levels and Intrinsic Value of Art

- 169 Works of Art Sold for over $1 million

- Christie's Leads Global Art Auction Market

- Sale of Brody Picasso for $106.5 million (£70.2 million) sets new world record for most expensive work of art sold at auction

- Figures demonstrate continued development of art market in Asia

ATASA Trust turns office into world cup exhibition to support rural crafters

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The exhibition is taking place at the ATASA Trustoffice, a national monument which is part of the Worker's Library compound in Newtown.The opening and preview of the exhibition is taking place on 10 Junefrom 12pm to 3pm. Visitors can view and buy beautiful handcrafteditems such as beadwork, basketwork, carved wooden products, as well as hand-wovenmohair and wool accessories.

World records set at Stephan Welz ' Co's June sale in Cape Town.

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"The rostrum offered the best vantage point on Tuesday night with our normally poker-faced collectors animatedly chasing after the many top pieces on offer," said Phillippa Duncan, auctioneer and paintings specialist. "The biggest treat for me is being able to handle and pass on works of great beauty and cultural significance. As any one will tell you, the best means to do this is at auction."

AKADEMIE SCHLOSS SOLITUDE RESIDENCY PROGRAM

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For the thirteenth time in 20 years the international residency program Akademie Schloss Solitude — located in Stuttgart, Germany — is granting approx. 65 residency fellowships of six to twelve months in duration. A public foundation opened in 1990 and funded by the State of Baden-Wurttemberg, the Akademie Schloss Solitude operates an international residency program awarding live/work fellowships to artists.

Obituary: Louise Bourgeois

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Yet it was not until the French-born, American-based sculptor was 70 years old that her work became known to the wider art world. That recognition came when the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented a solo show of her career in 1982.

My Name is Legion

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BYT/02/2010 The first time I met with the secretive collective with no name they threatened to initiate me into it. After seeing photos of them stoically defying various City Bowl authorities while painted a chalkish grey, I was a little concerned.

Industrial Bloom

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Earlier this year, in the last few days before the heat of summer, nearly 50,000 people visited the Hong Kong International Art Fair, a 65% jump in attendance over last year. It's another step up for the aspiring capital of Asia's art market, a city where auction houses sold $502 million in art last year alone. But while collectors flock to Hong Kong to scoop up works by popular mainland Chinese artists such as Yue Minjun and Zhang Xiaogang, Hong Kong's real artistic vanguard can be found 40 minutes by train from the city center, in the grimy industrial area of Fo Tan, where artists work next to sausagemakers and metalsmiths in hulking, derelict factories. For years, manufacturers have been fleeing to cheaper pastures in China, so Hong Kong, notorious for high rents, has had a surplus of vacant industrial space. The result has been an explosion of creativity.

Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa Since 1950

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Tour this ground-breaking exhibition one day before it opens to the public. The exhibition features the work of 16 South African photographers and video artists from four generations including those who primarily lived and worked in South Africa during the apartheid era (1948-1994), as well as younger figures who have gained international prominence since apartheid's end.

New Museum Opens at WITS

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Included is a collection of fine art collected from the 1950s, with pieces by Irma Stern, William Kentridge, Maggie Laubser, Gerard Sekoto, Sydney Kumalo and Robert Hodgins.

Local art in full flower at major sale

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Stephen N Welz says there is an interesting conundrum about South African art on auction. Welz, who heads up fine art auction house Strauss & Co, says: "It is easier to sell a R1-million painting than a run-of-the-mill R10000 painting - unless the latter is a remarkable example of the artist's work.

Diamond in the dust for local art

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The answer: recycle it into the world's biggest gallery for earthwork art. This week De Beers and acclaimed Stellenbosch artist Strijdom van der Merwe unveiled South Africa's first major land art installation in the middle of the devastation wreaked by mining the remote Namaqualand coast west of Springbok.

Dear Mr President

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But the high rate of violent crime continues to cast a shadow over these happy preparations. Aggravated by the shocking number of guns on the streets of South Africa, violence is a daily threat to each of us and to the people we love.

ICP New York honours Peter Magubane

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Magubane will be in illustrious company in New York on the evening of Monday, May 10, when the ICP honours the nine recipients of the 26th annual Infinity awards, the country's leading awards for excellence in the field of photography.

Local art in full flower at major sale

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Blooming Marvellous: Alexis Preller's The Flower King, above, is expected to fetch between R800000 and R1.2-million. Irma Stern's Still life with Gladioli and Fruit, left, should sell for about R4.5-million