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Cape An­tique Fair comes to Alphen Es­tate, Con­stan­tia

Gaut­eng’s monthly an­tique fairs — at Nelson Man­dela Square and Hyde Park Cor­ner in Johannesburg and Brook­lyn Square in Pre­to­ria — have be­come fa­mous among res­i­dents, es­pe­cially at this time of the year. Cape Town will now have its own, with the Na­tional Cape An­tique Fair set to be held at the Great Cel­lar of the Alphen Es­tate in Con­stan­tia from Novem­ber 17-19.

The Great Cel­lar is home to Stephan Welz Auc­tion­eers, which has part­nered with the fair or­gan­is­ers to hold daily val­u­a­tions, at which the pub­lic can have trea­sured heir­looms val­ued. It is not un­usual to find that “that old thing” stuffed at the back of a cup­board or that was in stor­age for decades is in fact a rare piece of fur­ni­ture, a valu­able paint­ing or a Cape sil­ver col­lectable.

For those just shop­ping, there will be a trove of an­tique fur­ni­ture, sil­ver­ware, jew­ellery and art on sale, as well as vin­tage cloth­ing, cos­tume jew­ellery and Art Deco pieces. Other than con­tem­po­rary art­works and those by SA mas­ters, there will also be a rare Pi­casso draw­ing, a Maud Sum­ner oil, a Ti­nus de Jongh and a Gre­goire Boon­zaier paint­ing on sale.

The open­ing-night cock­tail event, from 7 pm to 9 pm on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 16, costs R100 a per­son. Book­ing is es­sen­tial.

The Absa L’ate­lier Award is one of the most sought-af­ter and pres­ti­gious in SA. But an­other is as cov­eted: the Absa L’ate­lier Ger­ard Sekoto Award, which is be­stowed on the most promis­ing emerg­ing artists to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion ev­ery year.

Absa in­tro­duced the award in 2004 and hon­ours Sekoto’s legacy, which changed the nar­ra­tive of how the work and lives of black South African artists would be per­ceived, val­ued and doc­u­mented.

An ar­ray of top artists has won the award since 2004 and this month a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether their works for the first time,

Among the artists in the ex­hi­bi­tion, A Change in the Nar­ra­tive, are Matete Mo­tu­batse, Lawrence Le­maoana, Bambo Sibiya and Is­abel Mertz, to­gether with many oth­ers.

And mak­ing his cu­ra­to­rial de­but is the young Dur­ban artist, Luyanda Zin­dela, who won a merit award in the 2014 L’ate­lier com­pe­ti­tion. Part of his prize was an art res­i­dency at the Am­per­sand Foun­da­tion in New York. Zin­dela is cur­rently com­plet­ing his master’s de­gree in fine art at the Dur­ban Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

Absa Gallery, Johannesburg. Novem­ber 20-Jan­uary 26 2018

Is­abel Mertz: 2017

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