SOMETHING TO PASS THE TIME
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