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Sunday Times - - Contents - Roberta Thatcher

For six years, the Tur­bine Art Fair has been tak­ing the pomp and cer­e­mony out of the art in­dus­try for col­lec­tors and art lovers alike. It caps the price of all art­works on sale at R50 000 in­clud­ing VAT, and presents the works in a fun and un­daunt­ing way. The fair re­turns to Tur­bine Hall in Johannesbu­rg next week­end, with RMB as head­line spon­sor, so if you’re look­ing to in­vest in art this is a great, non-in­tim­i­dat­ing place to start. We chat­ted to four peo­ple in­volved in the fair.

GLYNIS HYS­LOP Founder of RMB Tur­bine Art Fair

I love the fun of the fair. It has a great en­ergy and the di­ver­sity of the artists and at­ten­dees re­minds me that Johannesbu­rg is a world-class African city.

I’m most look­ing for­ward to The Fo­rum Com­pany’s grad­u­ate show, which is a col­la­tion of the best of the grad­u­ates from all the uni­ver­si­ties in South Africa. I love to buy artists at the be­gin­ning of their ca­reers.

CAROLYNNE WATER­HOUSE Fair spon­sor, RMB

We are par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about the se­lec­tion of young artists be­ing pre­sented at the RMB Tal­ent Un­locked ex­hi­bi­tion. There will be 15 new artists to meet, whose range of cre­ative en­ergy will make this col­lab­o­ra­tive “show and tell” mag­netic and mem­o­rable. I look for­ward to plac­ing a red dot on a piece or two for RMB’ s art col­lec­tion.

I’ll join the walk­a­bout with John Vlis­mis called “Art­works that tickle my fancy”. As a renowned co­me­dian, John’s choice of pieces to dis­cuss prom­ises to be de­light­fully dif­fer­ent to what would nor­mally at­tract my at­ten­tion.

MUSA N NXUMALO Cu­ra­tor of the grad­u­ate ex­hi­bi­tion

Keneilwe Mokoena is an up-and-com­ing artist I have my eye on. She has a bright fu­ture and is likely to do great things in the next few years. She will be ex­hibit­ing with the grad­u­ate painters this year, and it’s a per­fect plat­form to launch her. Other than the art, I can’t wait for the talks and sim­ply to peo­ple watch. It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to see the growth of art en­thu­si­asts, es­pe­cially young col­lec­tors.

RUZY RUSIK Cu­ra­tor at LL Edi­tions Gallery

The fair show­cases the dif­fer­ent de­mo­graph­ics of peo­ple in the city with a va­ri­ety of eco­nomic back­grounds and cul­tural his­to­ries. It’s not just an­other art fair, but a melt­ing pot of ideas that go be­yond the fair it­self.

I’m ex­cited to see David Koloane. I am cu­rat­ing his show “This land­scape. This land­scape! The Quin­tes­sen­tial Metaphor For Life” which cel­e­brates his 80 years. I’m ex­cited be­cause of the lay­ers of sym­bol­ism that form his fi­nal im­age. He has a way of call­ing for a deeper con­scious­ness of the world we live in.

The RMB Tur­bine Art Fair takes place from Thurs­day July 12 (VIP open­ing) to Sun­day July 15 at Tur­bine Hall, New­town. For more info and tick­ets visit www.tur­bin­eart­fair.co.za

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