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'YOUNG COLLECTORS' Exhibition: ART AFRICA in conversation with Mika Thom

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 Although Fried Contemporary is well into its tenth year of bringing contemporary art to Pretoria, the ‘Young Collectors’ exhibition that opened on the 3rd of September 2015 is definitely a first of its kind. It serves as a sort of democratisation of the art world that allows for greater participation from artists, curators and audiences alike. ART AFRICA met up with gallery director Mika Thom to discuss the potential of such an exhibition, the work on show, and the importance of establishing a 'buying culture' amongst South Africa's emerging markets:

ART AFRICA's First Thursdays Highlights: October 2015

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As we're sure you know by now, First Thursday’s is an event that takes place at the beginning of every month, stretching between two of South Africa’s major capitals; Johannesburg and Cape Town. The event aims to bring a multitude of artists, galleries and audiences together, creating a platform for artistic and cultural discussion. Due to the scope of the event it is almost impossible to be able to see and do everything, so here's a list of exhibitions that ART AFRICA is the most excited about!

Curator's Insight: Joseph Gergel on 'Elsewhere' at Art Twenty One, Lagos

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Curator Joseph Gergel on ‘Elsewhere,’
a group exhibition co-curated by Gergel and Caline Chagoury Moudaber, director of Art Twenty One, at Art Twenty One, Lagos. The exhibition ran from 29 June - 10 September 2015.
This article forms part of a new feature in the inaugural September issue of ART AFRICA, ‘Curator’s Insight,’ which provides a comprehensive look into the curatorial processes and thinking behind significant exhibitions across the globe. You will also be able to access this exclusive content in the October Digital Issue (FREE app download here for Apple and here for Android).

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Global Art Market? By Valerie Kabov

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Valerie Kabov investigates the global art market and what this means for the real market concerns in Africa. Kabov also talks to Marc Stanes of Ebony and Johans Borman of Johans Borman Fine Art about working with emerging and established artists from the African continent and the current global preoccupation with ‘youth.’
This article appeared in the inaugural September issue of ART AFRICA magazine, which was launched to enormous enthusiasm at the FNB JoburgArtFair 2015. You will also be able to read this exclusive content in the September Digital Issue (FREE app download here for Apple and here for Android).

14 African Galleries to Exhibit at 1:54 London 2015

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This year, at the third edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, ART AFRICA is excited to see that fourteen out of thirty-eight exhibitors are from the continent! This remarkable achievement is the result of dedication on the part of those working to build local art scenes in African countries, as well as the aim of 1:54 to engage in a conversation with cultural production and infrastructure on the continent.

Exhibition Review: 'The Voice of a Citizen' by Arlene Amaler-Raviv

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Arlene Amaler-Raviv’s solo exhibition ‘The Voice of a Citizen,’ currently on show at the South African Jewish Museum (SAJM) in Cape Town, brings to mind the allegory of Plato’s cave. In this particular instance her account appears to play out the role of the anguished prisoner who has witnessed the world beyond the cave wall yet — like all those imprisoned — is unable to completely shake the shadows that circumscribe their mutual reality.

Artes Mundi 7 Prize: Artist Shortlist Announced

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Following the success of the Artes Mundi 6 Prize, awarded to Theaster Gates earlier this year, Artes Mundi has announced the shortlist for Artes Mundi 7, the seventh edition of the UK's leading biennial art prize. Seven of world's most celebrated contemporary artists make up the shortlist, selected from over 700 nominations spanning 90 countries, and we at ART AFRICA are excited to see that contemporary artists from Africa and the diaspora have been represented!

Becoming African: Sean O'Toole on the All-New ART AFRICA

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The first-ever issue of ART AFRICA magazine was officially launched at the 2015 FNB JoburgArtFair last week and was received with enormous excitement and enthusiasm. If you missed us at the Fair, don’t despair! You’ll find us at Exclusive Books and CNA as well as in other niche bookstores and outlets across South Africa. Not in the country? No problem! Send us an email to enquire about international subscriptions.
The inaugural edition of ART AFRICA takes its name from this positioning piece by Sean O’Toole – ‘Becoming African.’

SA Mint Commemorates JAG Centenary with Release of Limited Edition Medallion Set

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To celebrate the Johannesburg Art Gallery’s (JAG) centenary and raise funds for the gallery, the South African Mint (SA Mint) has partnered with Friends of JAG and has launched three special, limited edition commemorative medallions. The expertly crafted and beautifully designed medallions were on display at the 2015 FNB JoburgArtFair, which took place from 11 to 13 September at the Sandton Convention Centre. The medallions can be viewed and purchased from Coin World at the SA Mint.

Signed & Sealed: In Conversation with Kendell Geers

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On 28th July 2015, Kendell Geers sent out a newsletter with the details of a gift that he was offering his subscribers – an homage to Marcel Duchamp, who was born on 28 July 1887. The newsletter contained instructions, calling interested subscribers to participate by responding. In doing so they would receive digital files, from which the recipient could then create their own rubber stamp of Marcel Duchamp’s signature – a version of the original artwork created by Geers in 1997.
ART AFRICA spoke to the renowned South African artist about his ‘free artwork’ campaign, Marcel Duchamp and a "new value system." This interview appears as original content in the September Digital Issue of ART AFRICA. Download the app for FREE here for Apple and here for Android.

FNB JoburgArtFair 2015: What Not to Miss & Curator's Insight from Lucy MacGarry

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ART AFRICA is in Johannesburg for the FNB JoburgArtFair 2015, and the City of Gold is simply buzzing with creative energy! There are so many exciting presentations happening this year that it can become difficult to keep track of them all, so we thought we would put together a list of our “not to miss” highlights for you. Learn more about the Fair from curator, Lucy MacGarry and have a look at some of our favourite things this year.

The Revolution of it All: Andrew Lamprecht in Conversation with Khaya Witbooi

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Andrew Lamprecht speaks to Khaya Witbooi, a multi-media artist that uses a combination of stenciling and oil painting to express his observations, usually of a socio-political nature. The result is edgy and urban with an African relevance. Topics like the seeming failure of democracy to provide solutions to problems related to post-colonial and post-apartheid South Africa, human behaviour in this context and the effects of globalisation are dealt with regularly.

“I’ve taken it upon myself to make a statement of a concerned citizen. I’m not expecting people from around the world to do it before I do. If there’s any person to make the first comment, it is the person who feels it immediately, and I’m that person,” says Witbooi.
This interview appears in full in the inaugural edition of ART AFRICA, ‘Becoming African,’ which will be launched at the FNB JoburgArtFair 2015!

Drawing in the Margins: In Conversation with Roelof Petrus van Wyk about the Johannesburg Pavilion 2015

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The Johannesburg Pavilion 2015 (JP2015) constitutes a group of Film and Performance artists who are investigating the possibilities and the implications of presenting and making work, by creating a site of production on the edges of a global art event like the Venice Biennale. ART AFRICA spoke to Roelof Petrus van Wyk about the JP2015's collective intervention, being 'African' at the Venice Biennale and the upcoming screening of the documentary film about their experience, Capital, Conflict and Death in Venice, at the FNB JoburgArtFair.
This article appears in full in the inaugural issue of ART AFRICA, 'Becoming African,' which will be launched at the FNB JoburgArtFair! Come and visit us and pick up your copy!

'Karoo Disclosure': Issues of Fracking Disclosed at Iziko

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“We have become our own extra-terrestrials.” The apt assertion that we have ‘othered the self is taken from UCT Anthropology lecturer Professor Lesley Green’s conclusive talk at the opening of ‘Karoo Disclosure’ this past weekend. Held at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town, the exhibition is a collaborative effort initiated by Deborah Weber to fuel discussion around the potential effects of fracking and our relationship to the world in which we are accommodated.

89plus is Calling for Submissions!

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89plus is calling for submissions from African artists, writers, architects, filmmakers, musicians, designers, scientists and technologists born in or after 1989, to be included in future 89plus projects. For in-depth interviews with the founders of 89plus, keep an eye out for the upcoming inaugural edition of ART AFRICA, where Houghton Kinsman speaks to Hans Ulrich Obrist, Simon Castets and Bogosi Sekhukhuni and Brendon Bell-Roberts speaks to Hans Ulrich Obrist at the launch of the Brutally Early Club in Johannesburg!

The 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue: Committed to the Medium by Valerie Kabov

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In 'Committed to the Medium,' Valerie Kabov considers the rise of new painting from Zimbabwe. This article is available in full in the most recent 'Painting's Not Dead!' (13.4) issue of ARTsouthAFRICA, which is the final edition of the magazine you have known and loved for over thirteen years. Look out for Kabov's article, titled 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Global Art Market' in the upcoming, inaugural edition of ART AFRICA!

Entries to the PPC Imaginarium Awards Close 31 August 2015

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‘Concrete’ and ‘innovation’ are two words which are seldom used in the same sentence. However, the latest trends in concrete bear witness not just to the unlimited application of design thinking, but also to the flexibility of concrete itself – especially when combined with other materials. By entering the PPC Imaginarium Awards (closing 31 August 2015), you not only stand a chance to win one of the biggest cash prizes for an art/design competition, but the chance to launch your career and challenge the perception of concrete as a one-dimensional medium.

ART AFRICA In Conversation with Bongani Khanyile

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ART AFRICA spoke with recent merit award winner at the 2014 Sasol New Signatures Arts competition, Bongani Khanyile. Khanyile, 24, from Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal impressed the judges with his submission Helmets, which challenges the general conventional gaze on manual labourers who in South Africa are always perceived as subjects of labour.

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