Cape Town Art Week and Cape Town Art Fair 2019
ART WEEK CAPE TOWN needs no introduction to local denizens of the art world. Now in its seventh year, it is aimed at strengthening and increasing access to Cape Town city’s contemporary art sector.
What began in 2012 as a small project driven by the simple idea of highlighting local contemporary art the project has grown into an important annual festival, shining a spotlight on wider Cape Town contemporary arts practitioners. The ART WEEK project pulls together galleries, public institutions, curators and artists for one week of open access events and activations.
With Investec Cape Town Art Fair acting as the anchor event for the ART WEEK CAPE TOWN programme, local practitioners are afforded the opportunity to take advantage of the large national and international audiences that the Investec Cape Town Art Fair attracts to the city.
Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF)
Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) is pleased to announce the participating galleries in its seventh edition, taking place from the 15th to the 17th February 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. ICTAF is set once again to offer a unique cross-section of the art market, representing the forefront of contemporary art globally.
An increasingly large contingent within Investec Cape Town Art Fair is made up of prominent galleries from around the globe. These galleries are well-established, representing exciting, established and emerging artists with a presence in museums, biennials, and important private collections around the world. International galleries returning to the Fair are Perrotin (Paris), Galleria Minini (Brescia), Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan), Galleria Continua (San Gimignano), Circle Art Gallery (Nairobi), Officine dell’Immagine (Milan), Gregor Podnar (Berlin), First Floor Gallery (Harare), Tyburn Gallery (London), October Gallery (London), Galleria Giovanni Bonelli (Milan), Addis Fine Art (Addis Ababa), Afriart Gallery (Kampala), ARTCO Gallery (Aachen), Caroline Smulders (Paris), THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE (Luanda), Sulger-Buel Lovell (London), Galerie Pascal Janssens (Ghent), Art First (London), THIS IS NO FANTASY (Melbourne), and Matter Gallery (Toronto).
There is also an influx of international galleries participating in Investec Cape Town Art Fair for the first time: Templon (Paris), MAGNIN-A (Paris), LOOM Gallery (Milan), Ayyam Gallery (Dubai), Retro Africa (Lagos), Lia Rumma (Milan), Omenka Gallery (Lagos), Montoro12 Gallery (Rome), Eduardo Secci Contemporary (Florence), Art Twenty One (Lagos), Barbara Paci Galleria d’Arte (Pietrasanta), MOVART (Luanda), NIL Gallery (Paris), Cellar Contemporary (Trento), ELA – Espaço Luanda Arte (Luanda), NOMAD Gallery (Brussels), Sitor Senghor (Paris), and Louis Simone Guirandou Gallery (Abidjan).
Investec Cape Town Art Fair also serves as the hometown fair of local galleries with a significant international presence. ICTAF 2019 will see new presentations by leading South African galleries including Goodman Gallery, Stevenson, Everard Read CIRCA, Gallery MOMO, SMAC Gallery, WHATIFTHEWORLD, SMITH, and Blank Projects. Alongside their presentations at ICTAF these galleries, each of whom are pillars of the art scene in Cape Town and South Africa at-large, will form a captivating, programme of exhibition openings and events to coincide with the Fair.
Tomorrows/Today, the section of the Fair which aims to place a spotlight on emerging and under-represented artists, will be curated by Fair Curator Tumelo Mosaka. The artists presented in Tomorrows/Today are new to the market, and are positioned to be tomorrow’s prominent names in contemporary art. The presentations in the section have continued to be thought-provoking and experimental since its inception at the 2016 edition of the Fair. The section’s continuation reiterates the Fair’s support of artists who may otherwise be overlooked by the art market.
The second iteration of the SOLO section, will explore the effects of the digital world on artistic production and our lived realities. Each edition of SOLO aims to present a more in-depth insight into the artistic practices of a varied selection of artists than is commonly found in the commercially-driven, art fair setting. The selected artists have varying aesthetics and contexts, are situated in different stages of their careers, and have unique perspectives on each edition’s thematic focus.
The Unframed section of Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019 presents large-scale sculpture, installation, performance, and new media artworks that offer the opportunity for more ambitious, more conceptual aspects of artists’ practice to fairgoers. The section includes works that are large in scale, site-specific, and interactive, defying the limitations of the traditional fair booth and encouraging fairgoers to fully engage with the work.For the 2019 iteration, Unframed includes a performative video installation by Ed Young (South Africa) presented by SMAC, a video room showing works by Clément Cogitore (France) and Borna Sammak (US) by A4 Arts Foundation, and a large-scale, sculptural installation by Asemahle Ntlonti (South Africa) by The Project Space.
See the full list of participating galleries below:
99 Loop Gallery Cape Town, South Africa
Addis Fine Art Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; London, United Kingdom
Afriart Gallery Kampala, Uganda
Art First London, United Kingdom
ARTCO Gallery Aachen, Germany
Ayyam Gallery Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Barbara Paci Galleria d’Arte Pietrasanta, Italy
Barnard Gallery Cape Town, South Africa
Blank Projects Cape Town, South Africa
Caroline Smulders Paris, France
Cellar Contemporary Trento, Italy
Christopher Moller Gallery Cape Town, South Africa
Circle Art Gallery Nairobi, Kenya
EBONY/Curated Cape Town, South Africa
Eclectica Contemporary Cape Town, South Africa
Eduardo Secci Contemporary Florence, Italy
ELA – Espaço Luanda Arte Luanda, Angola
Everard Read CIRCA Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Franschhoek, South Africa; London, United Kingdom
First Floor Gallery Harare Harare, Zimbabwe
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Galerie Pascal Janssens Ghent, Belgium
Galleria Continua San Gimignano, Italy; Beijing, China; Les Moulins, France; Habana, Cuba
Galleria Giovanni Bonelli Milan, Italy
Galleria Massimo Minini – Francesca Minini Brescia, Italy
Gallery MOMO Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa
Goodman Gallery Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa
Gregor Podnar Berlin, Germany
Guns & Rain Johannesburg, South Africa
Kalashnikovv Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa
Lia Rumma Milan, Italy
LOOM Gallery Milan, Italy
LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery Abidjan, Ivory Coast
MAGNIN-A Paris, France
Montoro12 Gallery Rome, Italy; Brussels, Belgium
Nil Gallery Paris, France
October Gallery London, United Kingdom
Officine dell’Immagine Milan, Italy
Omenka Gallery Lagos, Nigeria
Perrotin Paris, France
Retro Africa Abuja, Nigeria
Salon Ninety One Cape Town, South Africa
SMAC Gallery Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and Johannesburg, South Africa
SMITH Cape Town, South Africa
Stevenson Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa
Sulger-Buel Lovell London, United Kingdom
Templon Paris, France
The Melrose Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa
THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE Luanda, Angola
Tyburn Gallery London, United Kingdom
WHATIFTHEWORLD Cape Town, South Africa
Worldart Cape Town, South Africa
Art First London, United Kingdom | Zyma Amien (South Africa)
Art Twenty One Lagos, Nigeria | Medina Dugger (US/Nigeria)
Berman Contemporary Johannesburg, South Africa | John-Michael Metelerkamp (South Africa)
First Floor Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe | Troy Makaza (Zimbabwe)
Guns & Rain Johannesburg, South Africa | Chris Soal (South Africa)
Julie Miller Investment Art Institute Johannesburg, South Africa | Azael Langa (South Africa)
LKB/Gallery Hamburg, Germany | Armand Boua (Ivory Coast)
MOVART Luanda, Angola | Ihosvanny (Angola)
NOMAD Gallery Brussels, Belgium | Aimé Mpane (Democratic Republic of Congo)
THIS IS NO FANTASY | Melbourne, Australia | Michael Cook (Australia)
Apalazzo Gallery Brescia, Italy | Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana)
Eclectica Contemporary Cape Town, South Africa | Kyu Sang Lee (South Korea)
Goodman Gallery Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa | Tabita Rezaire (French Guyana/Denmark)
Matter Gallery Toronto, Canada | Jake Singer (South Africa)
SMITH Cape Town, South Africa | Sitaara Stodel (South Africa)
Billy Monk Collection Cape Town, South Africa
Goodman Gallery Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa
Sitor Senghor Paris, France
SMAC Gallery Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and Johannesburg, South Africa
WALL Cape Town, South Africa
50TY 50TY Cape Town, South Africa
ARTCO Publishing Aachen, Germany
Artist Proof Studio Johannesburg, South Africa
Bad Paper Cape Town, South Africa
Dale Sargent Fine Art Cape Town, South Africa
MK and Artist Print Studio Johannesburg, South Africa
Offset Culture Johannesburg, South Africa
South African Print Gallery Cape Town, South Africa
Angola Air Luanda, Angola
AVA Cape Town, South Africa
Greatmore Studios Cape Town, South Africa
Javett Art Centre Pretoria, South Africa
Kuenyehia Trust for Contemporary Art Accra, Ghana
LALELA Cape Town, South Africa
NJE Collective Windhoek, Namibia
South African Foundation For Contemporary Art (SAFFCA) Johannesburg, South Africa
South African Foundation of Islamic Art (SAFIA) Cape Town, South Africa
THE PROJECT SPACE Johannesburg, South Africa
MAGAZINES & PUBLICATIONS
ART AFRICA Cape Town, South Africa
Art Forum New York, US
Art Momentum Amsterdam, Netherlands
Art Review London United Kingdom
Artthrob Cape Town, South Africa
Art Times Cape Town, South Africa
Chimurenga Cape Town, South Africa
Flash Art Milan, Italy
Mousse Milan, Italy
Nataal London, United Kingdom
The Lake Cape Town, South Africa
THK Photography Cape Town, South Africa
Returning to the seventh edition of Investec Cape Town Art Fair, which takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 15 to 17 February 2019, TOMORROWS/TODAY is a cross-section of the most exciting, emerging and less known artists from Africa and around the world chosen by Investec Cape Town Art Fair curator Tumelo Mosaka as being thought-provoking voices.
According to Mosaka the aim of TOMORROWS/TODAY is to shine a light on emerging and under-represented artists, set to be tomorrow’s leading names. It is open to those working on and beyond the African continent and as the title implies, the ongoing theme is one of transformation, and experimentation showcasing unorthodox art forms addressing current social and political issues.
“The art scene is not short of rising stars,” says Mosaka. “The point is how to provide visibility.”
“For Investec Cape Town Art Fair visitors – especially those who intend to invest in the future – it is important that the art fair sets the bar while ushering in a new crop of artists. For this reason, the fair has established this major platform.”
“In essence, the thought-provoking TOMORROWS/TODAY section reiterates the Fair’s support of artists who have developed their talents outside the structures of the art market,” says Mosaka.
The Tomorrows/Today Prize
The Tomorrows/Today Prize is supported by Fondazione Fiera Milano and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) and will be awarded to the most exciting artist presentation within the section. The prize will include a solo exhibition at the museum, as well as a cash prize of R50 000.
The winner of the prize will be selected by a jury* from the ten solo presentations in the Tomorrows/ Today section. The jury, led by Mosaka includes Renaud Proch, Director Independent Curators International of New York City, Brooke Minto, Director of Institutional Advancement at Zeitz MOCAA and associate professor at Michaelis School of Fine Art, Berni Searle.
The prize ushers in new possibilities for both the artist and collectors observing the development of singular careers in the contemporary art world.
Investec Cape Town Art Fair is the largest event of its kind in Africa. With almost 100 galleries, over 15,000 visitors and 2,815 invited guests, it offers a platform for collectors, galleries, curators, artists, and art journalists from around the globe to create connections at the forefront of contemporary art. With an intimate experience of one of the world’s most unique art capitals, Investec Cape Town Art Fair has proven to be the place where the fast-growing African art market and the international art world meet.
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Investec is an international specialist bank and asset manager that provides a diverse range of financial products and services to a niche client base in three principal markets, the United Kingdom and Europe, South Africa and Asia/Australia, as well as certain other countries. The group was established in 1974 and currently has approximately 10 300 employees.
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