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Interview | Artist Neo Matloga – the next Big thing

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It was such a delight to meet Artist Neo Matloga recently. I stopped by his booth at Joburg Art Fair and it felt like I was witnessing the Next Big thing. His works reminded me a little bit of the incredible Nigerian Artist Yinka Shonibare. As we were having a casual chat, a group of Art lovers on tour of the Fair arrived en masse, led by renowned Art critic Ashraf Jamal and I felt privileged to listen in as he spoke so passionately about Neo’s works. Neo gave me an insight into his Art and his world in the interview that followed. What is your process when creating Art: I watch a lot of theatre and without rejecting other genres I have developed a keen interest for jazz music. Oh, some of the books and short stories I read have contributed to the theoretical...

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Joburg Art Fair 2016 – a Great success

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Joburg Art Fair 2016 Wow, what a show. The Joburg Art Fair this year took African Art to the next level. There was so much excitement leading up to the events, and they did not dissapoint. With Mandla Sibeko at the helm, as Director, the fair was filled to capacity with a well curated programme. It is no surprise that this was the most successful fair to date with Art Sales almost double that of last year. One of the prominent galleries shared with me that one of their works sold for a hefty price at the Pre-opening sales for Private Collectors earlier on opening night. This is of course great news for those of us who want to see the Art world thrive. Firm favourites like Nicholas Hlobo, Mohau Modisakeng, Athi Patra Ruga and Zanele Muholi had strong showing and it was refreshing...

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Interview | Andile Dyalvane – beyond ceramics

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As a young boy growing up in rural Eastern Cape, Andile was fascinated with objects, and mainly the bone china that most mothers would keep for special guests. Out of curiosity he tried to understand what was so special about this beautiful material. So he tried to carve shapes out of animal bones and soon gave up on this mission when it didn’t work out. In school, he enjoyed history and would draw sketches as a form of escape. By the time he was in high school in Standard 9 (Grade 11), he met a friend and they would compete with each other in drawings. His father wanted him to become a lawyer and in 1995 after matric he moved to Cape Town to stay with his brother in a hostel in Gugulethu while looking for a tertiary school. It was while...

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Cape Town Art Fair 2015

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The 3rd instalment of Cape Town Art Fair took place 26 February to 01 March 2015, attracting a large number of Art lovers, collectors, curators and artists.  Local, Continental and International Art lovers descended to Cape Town for what has become the Art and Design Week featuring Design Indaba, Guild and the newly launched That Art Fair. In its new venue, Cape Town Art Fair seems to have created a scenic route that stretches along V&A Yatch Basin with 2 main expo spaces: Avenue and Marquee. Strategically placed close to Zeitz MOCAA at Scheryn Pavilion and Chavonnes Battery Musuem to provide additional inspiration. The Fair housed a collection of the Best in Contemporary African and International Art from renowned local, continent wide as well as international galleries. Additional to this were Art talks on varied topics exploring the challenges and opportunities within the world...

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Art According to Gerald Machona

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Gerald Machona is a Zimbabwean Artist who has recently produced such ground-breaking works that made the Art world sit up and take notice. He has taken currency notes, mostly the devalued Zim dollar, and turned them into works of Art. We met with him for a lengthy conversation. Tell us about your journey: I started in the music industry, having studied sound engineering but grew frustrated with the music industry. In Zim, I owned an Events company that hired out PA system to clubs and parties. And I realized that the economics of music have shifted from music production to performance. Then I came to SA to study Fine art. For my graduation project my work was spotted by independent curators Simon and Betina. They were putting together a show called ‘US’ which was included in an exhibition for Gugulective in CapeTown....

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It’s a brave new world led by Art Curator Ernestine White

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“Luxury is … Freedom to do what you want, how you want and when you want” Ernestine White The exhibition, “A Brave New World”… 20 Years of Democracy, currently on at iZiko Museum’s South African National Gallery is a selection of permanent collections acquired in the last 20 years. The dawn of a new democracy in South Africa created the backdrop for the varied subject matter, captured by the Artist’s brushstrokes or camera lenses as they take on critical issues like HIV/AIDS, violence, rape, sexuality, poverty, ethnicity or politics. Over 100 pieces are on display spread across 6 rooms of the museum, the works are placed in conversation with each other to offer multi layered insights into South Africa’s past and present. Curators Andrea Lewis and Ernestine White worked together on this mammoth task, and in conversation with them they shared the passion for ensuring that the...

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