All things art at the an­nual fair

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MPILETSO MOTUMI

ART and life­style come to­gether this week­end as the an­nual Tur­bine Art Fair (TAF) gets un­der way in Joburg.

Cre­atives can look for­ward to ev­ery­thing from art talks to live mu­sic, film screen­ings and ex­hi­bi­tions.

The fair is now in its fifth year at the Tur­bine Hall in New­town. To­day, peo­ple can ex­pect live mu­sic from Abby Nurock and ex­pe­ri­ence some ar­ti­sanal food that will be on sale. Doors open at 11am and the fair will end at 8pm.

There will be var­i­ous projects and ex­hi­bi­tions that will be tak­ing place, and guided walk­a­bouts for both adults and chil­dren. At­ten­dees will also have the op­por­tu­nity to buy art­works, and var­i­ous art in­stal­la­tions will also be on show.

One in­ter­est­ing in­stal­la­tion is the Ralph Zi­man Casspir Project, which is a re­claimed Casspir cov­ered with over 60 mil­lion beads.

The walk­a­bouts are not so much for art fundis but rather for peo­ple who show in­ter­est in art and want to un­der­stand it bet­ter. The walk­a­bouts are aimed at help­ing chil­dren un­der­stand art fairs and also teach them the vo­cab­u­lary to de­scribe art pieces.

Fair di­rec­tor Gly­nis Hys­lop said the fair had made its mark as a not-to-be-missed event for art lovers and those look­ing to learn more about the coun­try’s rich art scene.

“With over 50 gal­leries and ex­hibits from across South Africa, there’s bound to be some­thing to catch every­one’s eye.”

Film screen­ings will in­clude Peggy Guggen­heim – Art Ad­dict, which ex­plores the wild life and in­flu­ence of the New York art gallery owner, and Herb and Dorothy – a screen­ing about pub­lic ser­vants in Amer­ica who were able to gather one of the most im­por­tant post 1960s art col­lec­tions in the US.

The An­ton Tal­jaard Ex­hi­bi­tion is one of the high­lights of the week­end fair. Tal­jaard bought his first art­work at age 13 and has been an avid col­lec­tor since.

At the TAF ex­hi­bi­tion, he will be dis­cussing his love for land­scape artist Ja­cobus Hen­drik Pierneef’s art­works.

The artist’s tech­niques will also be show­cased by young artists who have been study­ing Pierneef’s graphic work.

One other fea­ture that may be of in­ter­est to at­ten­dees is fresh pro­duce.

The fair ends on Sun­day.

COLOUR­FUL: Ralph Zi­man’s

Casspir Project, which is a Casspir cov­ered with mil­lions of beads, is on dis­play at the Tur­bine Art Fair in New­town. The fair runs un­til Sun­day.

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