the best of fnb j oburgartfair 2017
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; artlogic.net).
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 fnbjoburgartfair.co.za