Cape Town Art Fair’s back for some in­ter­ac­tion

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THE FIFTH edi­tion of the Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF) will of­fer a di­verse dis­play of con­tem­po­rary art from lead­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional gal­leries.

More than 75 ex­hibitors from es­tab­lished and emerg­ing art cen­tres such as Lon­don, Paris, Mi­lan, Madrid, La­gos, Abid­jan, Ad­dis Ababa, Harare, Nairobi, Ac­cra and Dubai are tak­ing part in the fair at Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (CTICC) from Fe­bru­ary 17 to 19.

A va­ri­ety of sec­tions will be ded­i­cated to large-scale in­stal­la­tions, emerg­ing artists and on­line art plat­forms along­side talks, guided walk­a­bouts, a dig­i­tal me­dia plat­form and out­door ac­ti­va­tions that prom­ises to ig­nite the nearby V&A Wa­ter­front precinct.

Among the list of ex­hibitors are gal­leries that rep­re­sent the qual­ity and mul­ti­plic­ity of the thriv­ing con­tem­po­rary African art scene such as: Steven­son (Cape Town, Johannesburg), Good­man Gallery (Cape Town, Johannesburg), Ga­lerie Cé­cile Fakhoury (Abid­jan, Ivory Coast), Blank Projects (Cape Town), Smac Gallery (Cape Town, Johannesburg), Gallery 1957 (Ac­cra, Ghana), Ad­dis Fine Art (Ad­dis Ababa, Ethiopia), Bloom Art La­gos (Nige­ria) and Ever­ard Read (Cape Town, Johannesburg).

CTAF 2017 has at­tracted the high­est num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions from gal­leries in its his­tory.

More than 20 in­ter­na­tional gal­leries are part of the se­lec­tion, among them Gal­le­ria Mas­simo Minini (Bres­cia), Primo Marella Gallery (Mi­lan) and Gal­le­ria Con­tinua (San Gimignano, Bei­jing, Les Moulins and Ha­bana) from Italy and Bri­tish gal­leries Ti­wani Con­tem­po­rary, Oc­to­ber Gallery, Tafeta and Art First (all from Lon­don).

Un­framed In­creas­ing in size and scope, CTAF 2017 will in­clude a new sec­tion – Un­framed – ded­i­cated to am­bi­tious, large-scale works cre­ated by Mary Sibande, Liza Grob­ler and Katharien de Vil­liers and Michael Lin­ders. The works will be in­ter­ac­tive, en­cour­ag­ing fair­go­ers to en­ter into a more stim­u­lat­ing di­a­logue with con­tem­po­rary art.

To­mor­rows/To­day Re­turn­ing to CTAF is the To­mor­rows/To­day sec­tion, a cu­rated cross-sec­tion of the most ex­cit­ing emerg­ing artists from Africa. Made up of solo pre­sen­ta­tions by among oth­ers, Serge At­tuk­wei Clottey, He­len Teede, Jackie Karuti, Joël An­dri­anomearisoa, Onyis Martin and Sandile Zulu. To­mor­rows/ To­day is a bold pre­dic­tion of the fu­ture of African artis­tic ta­lent.

Dig­i­tal | Mag­a­zines and Pub­li­ca­tions

Dig­i­tal Plat­forms is a new ad­di­tion to the fair’s Mag­a­zine and Pub­li­ca­tions sec­tion, in­tended to bring to­gether the world’s most rel­e­vant voices in art jour­nal­ism.

Us­ing a dig­i­tal in­ter­face, fair­go­ers will be able to en­gage and in­ter­act with on­line art plat­forms in­clud­ing: Art­net and Con­tem­po­rary And (C&) from Ber­lin; Africa is a Coun­try and True Africa from New York; Mousse Mag­a­zine from Mi­lan; and Be­tween 10 and 5 from Cape Town. Also at CTAF, in a phys­i­cal booth as part of Mag­a­zines & Pub­li­ca­tions, will be new­com­ers Chimurenga mag­a­zine and the re­cently founded Ad­jec­tive mag­a­zine. Re­turn­ing to CTAF are Art Times and Art Africa, which will once again have a booth in Mag­a­zines & Pub­li­ca­tions, as well as Art­throb, which will be in the Edi­tions sec­tion with prints by well-known South African artists, in­clud­ing Zanele Muholi, Candice Bre­itz and David Gold­blatt.

Past/Modern CTAF 2017 will in­clude a sec­tion ti­tled Past/Modern, dis­play­ing modern South­ern African artists such as Robert Hod­gins in Good­man Gallery’s booth, Alexis Preller and John Mohl pre­sented by Steven­son, Kevin Atkin­son and Erik Laub­scher by Smac Gallery, and Ce­cil Skotnes and Edoardo Villa by Wall Gallery.

Cul­tural Plat­forms In the Cul­tural Plat­form sec­tion of the fair, non-profit art in­sti­tu­tions and ini­tia­tives will dis­play their art col­lec­tions. The non-com­mer­cial area will pro­vide or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Ava Gallery (Cape Town), Bag Fac­tory (Johannesburg), and in­ter­na­tional ex­hibitors Es­pace Luande Arte (Luanda) and Vil­lage Unhu (Harare), with a show­case op­por­tu­nity that prom­ises to pique the in­ter­est of fair­go­ers, col­lec­tors and cu­ra­tors.

Lalela, an or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fer­ing art ed­u­ca­tion to at-risk youth, will be in­cluded in the sec­tion, as well as at a satel­lite venue in the V&A Wa­ter­front where they will fur­ther en­gage with the pub­lic. – Staff writer

Tick­ets are avail­able from Com­puticket. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit capetow­nart­fair.co.za <http://www. capetow­nart­fair.co.za.

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