the best of fnb j obur­gart­fair 2017

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Plan your visit with this guide to some of the gal­leries that will be par­tic­i­pat­ing this year. En­joy out­stand­ing contemporary African art from a mix of reg­u­lar favourites (Good­man, Ever­ard Read and Steven­son have been with the Fair from the start) as

A decade after it be­came the first art fair in Africa, this year’s FNB JoburgArtFair is themed ‘Look­ing Back/Look­ing For­ward’. These are the 10 gal­leries to look out for, ac­cord­ing to Art­logic’s Ni­cole Siegen­thaler (right; art­

1. After form­ing part of our East Africa fo­cus at last year’s Fair, we’re de­lighted to wel­come back Ad­dis

Fine Art to the Main sec­tion of the Fair, where they will be pre­sent­ing a se­lec­tion of contemporary Ethiopian pain­ters. It’s great to see the re­la­tion­ships that be­gin from our curatorial foci grow into fu­ture edi­tions.

2. Blank Projects will be show­ing in two spa­ces: Contemporary Gal­leries and Solo Pre­sen­ta­tions. The gallery has been tire­lessly pro­mot­ing their South African artists abroad, par­tic­i­pat­ing in The Ar­mory Show (NYC), Frieze New York, Liste (Basel) and Frieze London this year alone. Visit their solo booth by Bron­wyn Katz.

3. ELA – Es­paço Luanda Arte re­turns with a solo pre­sen­ta­tion of the small and largescale works of An­golan mas­ter An­tónio Ole. A self-taught artist, Ole is also rep­re­sent­ing An­gola at the 57th Venice Bi­en­nale and has pro­duced work in a wide range of me­dia. He in 1995.

4. spa­ces, ROOM will be fea­tured in our Contemporary sec­tion. The gallery/project space is ded­i­cated to show­cas­ing and pre­sen­ta­tions, and the pro­gram­ming screen­ings, talks and din­ners. ROOM has en­joyed great suc­cess in adapt­ing their pro­gramme from au­di­ence to au­di­ence.

5. First Floor joins us once again from Harare. The gallery works through ed­u­ca­tion, ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and artist ex­change to pro­mote Zim­bab­wean artists both on the ground in Harare and abroad.

6. Mar­i­ane Ibrahim Gallery from Seat­tle makes a wel­come re­turn. Fol­low­ing Ibrahim’s in­au­gu­ral par­tic­i­pa­tion last year, in March she won The Ar­mory Show’s ‘Presents’ prize for her solo pre­sen­ta­tion of Ger­man-Ghana­ian artist Zohra Opoku. Look for the gallery in Contemporary and Solo Pre­sen­ta­tions, where they will be ex­hibit­ing a new body of work by Then­jiwe Niki Nkosi.

7. Gallery MOMO will be show­ing in three sec­tions of the Fair this year, namely Contemporary, Mod­ern and Solo Pre­sen­ta­tions. Their Mod­ern pre­sen­ta­tion will be an im­mer­sive view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence where works will be in­stalled as they may have been dis­played in a Mid-Cen­tury col­lec­tor’s home.

8. SMAC Gallery has been ex­hibit­ing at the FNB JoburgArtF in 2008. The gallery is also cel­e­brat­ing its 10th an­niver­sary this year, and it has been amaz­ing to see a gallery grow with the Fair, from be­ing one of the orig­i­nal 22 ex­hibitors to now ex­hibit­ing in the Contemporary, Mod­ern and Solo Pre­sen­ta­tions sec­tions.

9. MOV’ART Gallery from Luanda will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Fair MOV’ART Gallery has pre­sented var­i­ous pop-up ex­hi­bi­tions since 2014 and opened a brick-and-mor­tar space in Luanda ear­lier this year. This will be the gallery’s , and it will bring a two-per­son pre­sen­ta­tion of An­golan artists Keyezua and Thó Simões to Joburg au­di­ences. 10. One of our young gal­leries, SMITH

Stu­dio of Cape Town will be show­ing in Contemporary and Solo Pre­sen­ta­tions, with a solo booth of work by Cape Town­based de­sign col­lec­tive Hoick. We love to see gal­leries use the plat­form to ex­hibit un­ex­pected con­tent: in their pre­sen­ta­tion, Hoick will ex­plore the re­la­tion­ship be­tween art- ideas. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Fair and to buy tick­ets, visit fn­bjobur­gart­

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