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'Public Architecture, Heritage & the City' Panel Discussion at AVA, Cape Town

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On June 24 2015, a panel discussion took place at the Association of the Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town’s oldest non-profit public benefit organisation and art gallery. The objective was to discuss ‘Public Architecture, Heritage and the City,’ the exhibition which served as the backdrop for the debate chaired by Marilyn Martin. The panel, comprised of prominent figures of the artistic and intellectual landscape, included Andrew Lamprecht, Hayden Proud, Jo Noero and Matthew Blackman. Javiera Cadiz Bedini covered the discussion for ARTsouthAFRICA.

'Protest' & Willem Boshoff's 'Racist in South Africa' at Hazard Gallery by Khehla Chepape Makgato

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‘Protest,’ curated by Beathur Mgoza Baker, is a group exhibition at Hazard Gallery in Arts on Main, Johannesburg, featuring the work of Vusi Beauchamp, Kudzanai Chiurai, Willem Boshoff, Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani, Gerald Machona, Angus MacKinnon, Pola Maneli, Samson Mnisi, Lavar Munroe, Artu Peatoo, Kenan Petersen, Jumoke Sanwo, Johan Thom, MJ Turpin, Fiatsi Va-Bene, Usha Seejarim and Laura Windvogel (Lady Skollie). Khehla Chepape Makgato reviews the show and Willem Boshoff's talk about his controversial work, Racist in South Africa.

Okwui Enwezor Awarded Honourary Degree by UCT

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In an instance of synchronicity, the current Honours in Curatorship students have just returned from a whirlwind trip to Venice as Okwui Enwezor, the curator of the 56th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, was awarded the degree of Doctorate of Literature, honoris causa, by the University of Cape Town. The honorary degree was conferred during the shared Humanities and Science mid-year graduation ceremony, on the 12 June 2015.

The 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue: In Converation with Esther Mahlangu

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ARTsouthAFRICA in Conversation with Esther Mahlangu, the prolific South African Ndebele painter about being rooted in tradition, the Esther Mahlangu Ndebele Art School, her recent large-scale mural commissions for the Virginia Museum of Fine Art (VMFA) at the end of last year and a solo exhibition celebrating her 80th birthday.

This interview appears in full in the 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue (13.4) of ARTsouthAFRICA - on shelves at a store near you soon! You will also be able to read this exclusive content in the July Digital Issue (FREE download here for Apple and here for Android).

 

The 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue (13.4): In Conversation with Mehdi Ben Cheikh

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ARTsouthAFRICA in Conversation with Mehdi Ben Cheikh, founder and director of Galerie Itinerrance in Paris and Tour Paris 13 project (La Tour 13), as well as the organiser of Djerbahood, a beautiful open-air graffiti museum in Djerba, Tunisia.

This interview appears in full in the 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue (13.4) of ARTsouthAFRICA - on shelves at a store near you soon! You will also be able to read this exclusive content in the August Digital Issue (FREE download here for Apple and here for Andriod).

Art Dubai 2016: Open for Applications

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Art Dubai invites galleries to apply for its tenth edition (March 16–19, 2016)! Art Dubai is known as a particularly innovative fair, and one that takes a truly global approach to today's art world. The leading international fair in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Art Dubai places an emphasis on maintaining an intimate, human scale while foregrounding quality and diversity. Selected galleries range from world-renowned dealers to upcoming artspaces.

Art Basel 2015: ARTsouthAFRICA's Highlights

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Art Basel's 46th Basel edition – taking place from June 18 to 21, 2015 – will feature 284 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, presenting the work of more than 4,000 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging artists. With the world's premier international art show kicking off today, ARTsouthAFRICA shares some of our must-sees in the Swiss city this year!

The 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue (13.4): In Conversation with Ed Cross

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ARTsouthAFRICA in Conversation with Ed Cross; artist, founder of Ed Cross Fine Art (London) and African Contemporary and Modern Art Specialist at online auction house, The Auction Room.

This article is an exerpt of the full interview, which appears in the June Digital Issue (FREE download here for Apple and here for Andriod) and the 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue (13.4) of ARTsouthAFRICA - on shelves at a store near you soon!

The 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue (13.4): In Conversation with Bruce Onobrakpeya

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Having met with him at Art Dubai recently, we spoke with Professor Bruce Onobrakpeya, a pioneer of modern African art, renowned master print-maker, painter, sculptor and founder and President of The Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation (BOF) and the Harmattan Workshop.
 
This article is an exerpt of the full interview, which appears in the June Digital Issue (FREE download here for Apple and here for Andriod) and the 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue (13.4) of ARTsouthAFRICA - on shelves at a store near you soon!

Towards Intersections: Negotiating Subjects, Objects & Contexts

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To coincide with Africa Month in May 2015, !KAURU Contemporary Art from Africa and The Black Collectors Forum, with support from The Department Of Arts & Culture, is presenting a month long series of art exhibitions, events, discussions and outreach programs in Johannesburg and Pretoria throughout May and June.

The Official Launch of SKATTIE

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As you know, we've all been waiting in eager anticipation for the brand new SKATTIE website, in celebration of their fifth birthday. That time has finally come - SKATTIE is live at www.thatskattie.com!
Founders of SKATTIE, Mali Tyilo & Sandiso Ngubane, have written you a letter to tell you 'WTF' it's all about...
 

Day 10: The Johannesburg Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale

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Join us in following the daily activities of the Johannesburg Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. This is the daily entry for Day Ten of the 56th Biennale, in which Roelof Petrus van Wyk discusses Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Arya Lalloo's Jetsam, how Africa is 'so hot right now,' as well as a photographic installation by Tobias Zielony in the German Pavilion and the increasingly popular work of Sammy Baloji.

The Ezulwini Annual Biennale in Swaziland: In Conversation with Aleta Armstrong & Mbongeni Dlamini

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The Ezulwini Annual Biennale is an annual contemporary art event in Swaziland, and is curated by Yebo! Gallery, Swaziland's first contemporary art gallery, showcasing and promoting local art, design & creative expression. This year’s Biennale opens on Friday 29 May at the 2015 MTN Bushfire festival in The Barn (an interactive art, dialogue and activation space) and runs till Sunday evening, showcasing work by 30 artists. In an interview with Aleta Armstrong of Yebo! and Mbongeni Dlamini, coordinator of The Barn, we find out more about Ezulwini and MTN Bushfire, and how these platforms facilitate creativity, expression and conversation, and aim to ignite a collective response for positive change in Swaziland.

All Barn activities fall within the theme for 2015, ‘Just before the future,’ which looks at the future of a modernising and globalising Swaziland from two main standpoints: environment and development, and the arts and development.

1:54 New York - Visual Roundup

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The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is the leading international art fair dedicated to showcasing the diversity of contemporary art and cultural production from Africa. Having established itself at the forefront of the rapidly emerging contemporary art market in Africa and the diaspora with two successful editions in London, the fair recently made its way to New York. Have a look at ARTsouthAFRICA's visual overview of the event!

Day 6: The Johannesburg Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale

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Join us in following the daily activities of the Johannesburg Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In this, the daily entry for Day Six of the 56th Biennale, Roelof Petrus van Wyk discusses "the structure of things" - from Napolean Bonaparte laying the foundations (literally) for the Biennale as we know it to "the intertwined game of promotion and profit between the marketer and the potential investor."

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