THINK TALKS AND ART WALKS

Spon­sored by RMB Pri­vate Bank, the talks at this year’s RMB Tur­bine Art Fair are guar­an­teed to make you THINK.

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One of the most ex­cit­ing art walk­a­bouts on this year’s sched­ule is ‘THINK Fun – Art that tick­les my fancy’ by co­me­dian John Vlis­mas. Known for his ex­treme brand of com­edy, Vlis­mas has per­formed at the Royal Albert Hall, re­ceived death threats from Steve Hofmeyer, and, among many things, is an artist and a suc­cess­ful businessman.

As an artist, Vlis­mas is in­flu­enced by Fran­cis Ba­con and Robert Hodgins, and spent a lot of time paint­ing with the lat­ter be­fore he passed away. He had his first solo ex­hi­bi­tion Off The Reser­va­tions in 2009, and has ex­hib­ited nu­mer­ous times since then, in­clud­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive ex­hi­bi­tion with Juanita Frier en­ti­tled Through the Roof and Un­der­ground at Art Eye Gallery in 2016.

Vlis­mas in­vests in art as well as cre­at­ing it, and says that art is ‘much more im­por­tant to hu­man be­ings than most re­alise.’

An in­sight­ful walk­a­bout to look for­ward to is ‘THINK Big Ideas – RMB Tur­bine Art Fair in­stal­la­tions’ by Tamzin Lovell-Miller, this year’s in­stal­la­tions cu­ra­tor.

The ex­em­plary knowl­edge of the Strauss & Co team will be on dis­play on both the talks and walk­a­bouts pro­grammes. Strauss & Co’s Jo­han­nes­burg Gen­eral Man­ager, Susie Good­man will con­duct the ‘THINK Knowl­edge’ walk­a­bout, with Se­nior Art Spe­cial­ist Wil­helm van Rens­burg giv­ing the ‘THINK Growth – Art for In­vest­ment’ walk­a­bout. Van Rens­burg will also give the ‘THINK His­tory’ talk. He will dis­cuss how con­tem­po­rary artists re­spond to his­tory and present a se­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary artists who re­sponded to the ex­hi­bi­tion Life Force: The Still Lifes of Irma Stern.

Am­s­ter­dam-based art buyer and In­sta­gram­mer, Els van Mourik, will give the talk ‘THINK Africa’.

Ron­nie Apteker will lead a panel dis­cus­sion in ‘THINK Film’. The dis­cus­sion with artists, fash­ion de­sign­ers,

cu­ra­tors, writ­ers and film­mak­ers will cover top­ics like: How much does film as an art form in­flu­ence us as a so­ci­ety, and as artists? Is this chang­ing now in a so­cial-me­di­adriven world? How has the Hol­ly­wood bias af­fected the rest of the world? Do our own aes­thet­ics, our own sto­ries in South Africa and Africa, have enough in­flu­ence, are they be­gin­ning to have in­flu­ence else­where in the world?

The ‘THINK Scenes of Suc­cess’ panel dis­cus­sion be­tween gal­lerists, artists, an ed­u­ca­tor and a ca­reer coach will ask, is the ‘starv­ing artist’ la­bel a myth or re­al­ity? Should par­ents guide their chil­dren away from the arts? What are the chances of suc­cess as an artist to­day and in the fu­ture? What sup­port ex­ists for the arts? Why is the cre­ative econ­omy im­por­tant?

Art ad­vi­sor Kholisa Thomas will do a walk­a­bout en­ti­tled ‘THINK Prom­ise’, look­ing at a se­lec­tion of up-and-com­ing artists. Thomas is a Joburg-based cu­ra­tor who is pas­sion­ate about bridg­ing the gap be­tween artists and art lovers. With her com­pany The Art Talks, Thomas con­nects people with art in an ac­ces­si­ble, fun and ed­u­ca­tional way, and aims to do the same with this walk­a­bout.

Other top­ics cov­ered in the talks include ‘THINK Pas­sion’, ‘THINK Prom­ise’, ‘THINK Legacy’ and ‘THINK Home’.

So, whether you want to learn a bit more about art, about in­vest­ing in art, want to iden­tify the next big star, or just have a bit of fun, make sure you book your tick­ets!

To book for any of the talks, walk­a­bouts or chil­dren’s walk­a­bouts, pur­chase a gen­eral ad­mis­sion ticket on­line and se­lect which ad­di­tional pro­gramme you would like to at­tend. These are free to at­tend and are avail­able on a first come, first serve ba­sis. Should you not be able to get a spot for a talk or walk­a­bout on­line, there are a few spots avail­able for walk-ins on the day.

John Vlis­mas Wil­helm van Rens­burg

Kholisa Thomas

Tamzin Lovell-Miller

Susie Good­man

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