Highlights of the Cape Town Art Fair
by Sthe Msezane
The Cape Town Art Fair took place at the Pavilion, V&A Waterfront and was judged to be a resounding success by gallerists, artists, visitors and international art commentators. International art curator, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, who is considered to be one of the most powerful and influential people in art in the world, visited the Cape Town Art Fair and particularly enjoyed artist Josh Ginsburg’s special project, Language Games, which involved assembling a series of micro exhibitions. Presenting a diverse range of works loaned from galleries, private collections, friends, colleagues and the booths at the fair itself, the project engaged visitors in conversation sparked by the shifting combinations presented. Ginsburg said he thinks that Hans-Ulrich Obrist probably also enjoys seeing art as a conversation.
Curated by Michaelis’s Prof Andrew Lamprecht and guest curator, Ernestine White, the art fair showcased over 34 leading SA galleries, including heavyweights Stevenson, Goodman and Everard Read, which displayed artworks by masters as well as a huge array of emerging talent from all over the African Continent. The fair was punctuated by a series of talks, debates, tours, book signings and even a special live performance by an Afronaut, portrayed by one of the country’s leading artists, Gerald Machona. Howard Bilton said that this art fair is bound to grow rapidly and his company has signed up to sponsorThe Cape Town Art Fair for three years.
A sense of celebration pervaded the art fair and infected everyone involved. Some of the artists had fun designing some special cocktails for the Stevenson party which Copy Shop then created. The list included Athi-Patra Ruga’s Azanian Clutterfuck (using Jameson, vodka and rum) and Zander Blom’s untitled cocktail of just two shots of tequila, each of 25ml.
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