Turbine Art Fair celebrates 5 years of contemporary South African art @theforumcompany

Turbine Art Fair celebrates 5 years of contemporary South African art @theforumcompany

Turbine Art Fair celebrates 5 years of contemporary South African art.

 

 The fifth edition of the Turbine Art Fair (TAF), brought to you by the forum company, will take place at the iconic Turbine Hall, Johannesburg from the 14th to 16th July 2017 with a First Access experience on the evening of 13th July.

 

TAF has firmly established itself as a must-attend event on the annual South African art calendar by offering visitors an opportunity to view and buy quality artwork from emerging and established talent in a fun and un-daunting way with great live music, artisan food, all curated within the heritage building that is Turbine Hall in the heart of Newtown.

 

“The Turbine Art Fair has undoubtedly made its mark as an not-to-be-missed event for art lovers and those looking to learn more about South Africa’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,” says Glynis Hyslop, TAF Fair Director.

 

All applications have been carefully considered to ensure compliance with the core values of the fair and its organisers. Exhibitors whether galleries, collectives or dealers are invited to exhibit contemporary artwork priced below R50, 000 incl VAT.

 

TAF17 will see numerous exciting projects and exhibitions take place within the Fair as well as a free talks programme sponsored by Artinsure, guided walkabouts for both adults and children alike as well as a dedicated children’s area and a selection of exciting art installations throughout the Fair.  

 

Dates and times:

13th July        18h00 – 21:00

First Access cocktail event with substantial canapés and wine included in ticket price.   Tickets R750 per person via webtickets

 

14Th July        11h00 – 20h00

(walkabouts start, live music featuring Abby Nurock and artisan food on sale from  17:00 – 20:00)               

 

15th July        10h00 – 18h00 

(TAF Artinsure talks, walkabouts and children’s area all commence)

 

16th July        10h00 – 17h00

(TAF Artinsure talks, walkabouts and children’s area all continue)

 

 

 

Tickets:          R100 at the door or R90 online via webtickets

                        R 200 Weekend pass (Fri, Sat & Sun)

                        R50 children, students & pensioners

For safety and convenience, TURBINE ART FAIR 2017  is now a completely cashless environment.

For more info or to buy tickets : www.turbineartfair.co.za

 

 

TAF17 Highlights and special projects

 

TAF TALKS SPONSORED BY ARTINSURE

 

“CONVERSATIONS ABOUT COLLECTING’ is curated by Art Advisor, Makgati Molebatsi and is proudly sponsored by Artinsure.

 

Why do people collect art? The panels, consisting of collectors and artists, will be sharing their stories behind their collections. How they started, what interests and attracts them, and why do they continue with their acquisitions. In acquiring artworks, do they buy within and beyond the walls. Do they think ‘my walls are full’ and stop with their acquisition, or do they continue beyond the confines of the walls, turning their acquisitions into collections. Does the term beyond the walls lead them to acquiring installation art, performance art and digital media? The conversations will explore these motivations, examining the diverse world of contemporary art eco-system, the role of the buyer, the artist, the gallery and the art fair within the art market“ says Makgati Molebastsi, curator TAF Talks.

 

Saturday 15 July  11:15 -11:30

 

Welcome and Opening Remarks by Makgati Molebatsi

 

11:30 – 13:00  

Film Screening: Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict

 

Peggy Guggenheim had a wild life. One of her husbands was Max Ernst, another used to make her stand naked in front of an open window while he chucked whisky at her. But she was also, in the art world, a force to be taken seriously. When she closed her New York gallery in 1947 ahead of a move to her beloved Europe, critic Clement Greenberg wrote: “Her departure is in my opinion a serious loss to living American art… She gave more first showings to more serious new artists than anyone else in the country.” He wasn’t wrong. In New York, Peggy had shown, among many others, Mark Rothko, Joseph Cornell, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and, perhaps most important of all, her beloved “Jack the Dripper”, Jackson Pollock. Her own collection is still housed in her strange bungalow-like Venice palazzo.” The Guardian 27 February 2015 – The Best 10 Art Patrons

 

 

13.30  – 14:30  

Building Collections

In conversation with Anton Taljaard on his Pierneef collection

 

15:00 – 16:00

Collecting within and beyond the walls:

Panel: Nomahlubi Shezi, Tshepo Hlongwane and Dawood Petersen and Liesle Barrath, joined by Tamzin Lovell Miller, in conversation with Tladi Marumo

 

Individual’s motivation for acquiring and collecting art vary. Mostly its to adorn the walls of their living or work spaces. When does acquisition stop or extend beyond what has been acquired already.  You invariably hear people say ‘ my walls are full’. Does that mean acquisition needs to stop at filling your walls, specifically at what can be displayed on the walls? Can it extend to storing some of the artworks, or decommissioning to make space for new works? What happens when one encounters an artwork that engages them, and its compelling enough to acquire; or its an artwork that does not necessarily need to be displayed on a wall. Does acquisition extend to sculptures, video, installation, even performance.

 

Sunday 16 July

11:30 – 13:00

 

Artsist and Collecting: Are they interested in building massive collections?

Panel: Usha Seerjarim, Nelson Makamo, Lawrence Lemaona joined by Kara Blackmore, in conversation with Makgati Molebatsi

 

Artists have well trained eyes and see more art than most people. In most cases, artists acquire artworks through trades and swaps with other artists.  How far does  their collecting extend? Beyond the wall, into storage; to include video, installation, performance? Do they experience pride of possession when an artwork acquired during an artists formative years becomes valuable when the artist becomes sought after, or do they see an opportunity to cash in?  It is said ‘artists trading of artworks is an important part of art history. Gauguin swapped works with Van Gogh and Degas; Andy Warhol, who had a huge collection of other artists’ work, traded with Jasper Johns; records show that in the 16th century, Raphael exchanged works with Albrecht Dürer.’ (Melanie Girlis, Financial Times 10 June 2016)

 

 

13.30 – 14.30

Film Screening: Herb and Dorothy – You don’t have to be a Rockefeller to collect art

 

Dorothy and Herb Vogel worked as civil servants in New York while quietly amassing one of the most important post-60s art collections in the US. They did this by living frugally and by pursuing unknown artists doggedly. Dorothy’s salary as a librarian was spent on food and rent, and Herb’s US Postal Service sorting clerk’s salary was devoted entirely to art, which they chose purely according to taste and whether they could get it home on the subway. The collection, so vast some of it had to be stored under their bed, included work by Richard Tuttle and Roy Lichtenstein, though in 1992, they donated it all to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the city where they honeymooned.” Ten Best Art Patrons; The Guardian 27 February 2015

 

15:15 – 16.45

Film Screening: Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict

 

Peggy Guggenheim had a wild life. One of her husbands was Max Ernst, another used to make her stand naked in front of an open window while he chucked whisky at her. But she was also, in the art world, a force to be taken seriously. When she closed her New York gallery in 1947 ahead of a move to her beloved Europe, critic Clement Greenberg wrote: “Her departure is in my opinion a serious loss to living American art… She gave more first showings to more serious new artists than anyone else in the country.” He wasn’t wrong. In New York, Peggy had shown, among many others, Mark Rothko, Joseph Cornell, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and, perhaps most important of all, her beloved “Jack the Dripper”, Jackson Pollock. Her own collection is still housed in her strange bungalow-like Venice palazzo.” The Guardian 27 February 2015 – The Best 10 Art Patrons

 

Alongside the talks there will be guided walkabouts with artists and curators.  

 

Friday 14th  with Zama Phagathi

17.30 – 18.30 & 18.30 – 19.30

 

Saturday 15th July with Lawrence Lemaoana

12.00 -13-00 & 16 00 – 17-00

 

 

Sunday 16th July with Refiloe Nkomo

12.00 – 13.00 & 15.00 – 16.00

 

 

Children’s Walkabouts with Robyn Penn 11h00 and 12h30 on both Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July (1 hour each)

These walkabouts are an accessible, age appropriate activity that quickly and in a fun way help children understand what an art fair is and ways of looking at art. The talk provides them with ways of understanding the art and a vocabulary to describe it. The participants get to interact with the exhibition by sticking a sticker on their favourite artwork as if they were buying it. Exhibitors may also chat to the group of budding art enthusiasts to give them more insight into the works they’re exhibiting. The children are safe and happy in Robyn’s care as she and her team shepherd them through the fair.

Each walkabout will be divided into ages 6-11 and 12+
Strictly no children under 6 years.   Please meet at the children’s area, maximum 20 children per walkabout, participation is on a first come, first served basis.

 

ANTON TALJAARD EXHIBITION

Strauss & Co and Artinsure are proud to co-sponsor an exhibition of Pierneef from the collection of Anton Taljaard at TAF17.

 

Inspired by his parents, who were avid collectors themselves, Anton accompanied them to collect their latest Pierneef acquisition from a prominent Johannesburg gallery, where he promptly bought his first artwork, a Pierneef linocut, at the age of 13.

 

He has been collecting ever since, and today Anton is respected as one of the foremost collectors of modern and contemporary South African art. He has a penchant for Pierneef, with a vast collection of all the mediums in which Pierneef worked. Of particular note is the very special group of Pierneef’s rare caseins.

 

The exhibition at TAF17 encompasses top examples from Anton’s collection, ranging from etchings to watercolours and oil paintings, showing the artist’s diversity in all its splendour. Of special note is Anton’s collection of the etching plates Pierneef used in his lifetime. They will be on exhibition, together with prints pulled from these by Pippa Skotnes from the Michaelis Art School, University of Cape Town.

 

In addition, the Artist Proof Studio students will demonstrate the linocut technique as part of the exhibition. These students study Pierneef’s graphic work as part of their curriculum, and they will be showing how their work is inspired by the master.

 

Fresh Produce 2017 Presented by RMB Talent Unlocked

Fresh Produce, curated again by Rolihlahla Mhlanga is aimed at creating an opportunity for selected artists who are young and emerging, to participate and showcase on a global stage. 

 

Assemblage in collaboration with VANSA and Turbine Art Fair will be running a 6 month intensive workshop programme that integrates practical art-making (focusing on process and conceptual development) and professional practice training. The aim is to provide the artists with a comprehensive programme that encompasses the necessary tools to help build and sustain a career in the industry. The ultimate outcome is to strengthen the artists work as a whole by providing those who participate not only a guide through the development of their work but very importantly the tools in order to put their career into action within the industry. 

There are a total of 15 artists that have been selected to exhibit at TAF17:  Johan Stegman, Alexander Von Klitzing, Katlego Modiri, Nkhensani Rihlampfu, Claudia Monyama, Sechaba Meloa, Odette Graskei, Mmabatho Mokalapa, Mary-Lee Makunye, Nosipho Nombuso Maseko, Lutendo Malatji, Chrisel van der Merwer, Kiyara Ananmalay, Isaac Zavale and Jodi Tracey

 

 

GRADUATE PAINTERS SHOW

 

Curated by Jessica Webster in collaboration with Amber-Jade Geldenhuys and MC Roodt, the title of the exhibition is touch and will feature paintings which emphasise surface-quality, and texture in which the meaning of the work is made. This brings a wide variety of painterly forms into focus such as how thick layers of paint may heighten a sense of the psycho-somatic or how painting in ultra-thin layers provokes an experience of the ethereal. Alternatively, painting in hyper-realistic ways can capture the visual textures of objects and figures.  The show is aimed at evoking a deep impression of sensuality in material methods of painting.

 

“We want the visitors to TAF to perceive how the choice of material and technique causes certain processes which inform the concept and affect of particular paintings. Moreover, references to the art-historical canon are also a significant means by which contemporary painting comes to have potency. The show will therefore be accompanied by a critical and explanatory piece of writing on each artist exhibited, which will suggest possible readings the viewer may take from the work “ says Jessica Webster, Curator.

 

 

Galleries taking part in TAF17 

 

50ty/50thy
Art in the Forest
Art Source South Africa
Artist Proof Studio
ArtVault Gallery
Bag Factory Artists
BLAQUE INQ Contemporaries
Candice Berman
Carol Lee
Dawid Ras
DF Contemporary
EBONY
Eclectica Contemporary
Erdman Gallery
Fresh Produce
Frisson Art Gallery
Gallery 2
iBi ART/Schwartz Art and Jewellery
INTETHE
Intoto Gallery
Julie Miller Investment Art Institute
Kalashnikovv Gallery
Lizamore Associates
LL EDITIONS
Luvey n Rose
Millennium Gallery
MK & Artist 
Natalie Knight 
No End Contemporary Art Space
outoftheCUBE
PPC Imaginairum
Prints on Paper
RED ROOM
Res Gallery
Salon91
Solo Studios 
Strauss Online
SulgerBuel Lovell
Sylt/TASA winner 2016
Tap4Art
The Art Room
The Artist Press 
The Creative Block/YELLOWOODS ART
The Graphic Club/ARTVAULT
The South African Print
The Young Female Residency Award 
Worldart

 

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