19 September 2011 by Dianne Tipping-Woods

Artists, artists everywhere…

The 2011 FNB Joburg Art Fair opens on 22 September.  Seventeen of the participating galleries are South African, five are European and two are from elsewhere in Africa (Omenka Gallery is from Lagos, Nigeria and Migrant C is from Mauritius).

Here’s a quick rundown on the South African Galleries that are participating. Collectively, they represent many of the country’s best known and most exciting artists.

1.  Afronova Modern and Contemporary Art is a Pan African gallery for modern and contemporary art based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
2.  Blank Projects is an independent, artist-run exhibition space in Cape Town that is dedicated to new developments in contemporary South African Art. It encourages experimental practice from both emerging and established artists.
3.  Bailey Seippel Gallery is photo gallery at Arts on Main in the heart of Johannesburg’s CBD. The gallery features unique archival photos and material from Bailey’s African History Archives as well as contemporary African documentary photographers.
4.  David Krut Projects is a multi-faceted organisation dedicated to collaborations and promoting contemporary South African art through printmaking, book publishing, education and exhibitions. It has exhibition/project spaces in Johannesburg, Cape Town and New York.
5.  Everard Read Gallery represents many of Southern Africa’s most celebrated painters and sculptors. Both established artists and emerging artists exhibit with Everard Read, which is also the agent for fine artists from elsewhere in the world.
6.  Gallery 2 (previously known as Gallery on the Square) has established itself as one of South Africa’s leading fine art galleries. It strives to promote a cross-section of both established and emerging contemporary South African artists across a variety of disciplines, as well as supporting various local development projects.
7.  Gallery AOP promotes contemporary art by important, established and young, promising South African artists. They specialise in hand-printed, limited edition artworks.
8.  Gallery MOMO is a contemporary art gallery that represents a prominent selection of local and international artists, including artists from the Diaspora, who work across disciplines. An important goal for the gallery is to expand the local art market and develop new audiences and a broader base of art collectors.
9.  The Goodman Gallery is at the forefront of contemporary art in South Africa. Its focus is on artists from South Africa, the greater African continent, and other countries that engage in a dialogue with the African context.
10.  Graham’s Fine Art Gallery houses one of the finest collections of art in South Africa. They have an extensive database of clients and strong relationships with key buyers of fine art.
11.  iArt Gallery was established with the intention of creating an institution that serves as both a visual and cultural indicator for collectors, as well as a forum for contemporary artists to exhibit their work.  Artworks by some of South Africa’s most prominent contemporary artists can be viewed alongside works by promising, young talent.
12.  João Ferreira specialises in contemporary South African art, with regular exhibitions of work in many media.  João Ferriera Gallery was established in Cape Town in 1998, and has gained a reputation for being one of the country’s leading galleries for contemporary artists and art collectors.
13.  Rooke Gallery aims to further the appreciation of contemporary art. Based in Newtown South Africa, the gallery hosts a strictly limited number of exhibitions per year, all of which are designed to appeal to a growing art public with an appreciation for the avant-garde.
14.  Seippel Gallery was established in Johannesburg in 2007, in August House, Doornfontein, before moving into its new exhibition space at Arts on Main, the top address for arts and culture in downtown Johannesburg.
15.  Smac Art Gallery, the Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary (SMAC) Art Gallery has earned acclaim for successfully hosting a series of thought-provoking exhibitions accompanied by well researched publications. It is primarily concerned with the significance of historical and contemporary art movements in South Africa.
16.  Stevenson is a contemporary art gallery with premises in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and is jointly owned by its team of directors. The gallery has hosted a series of solo and group exhibitions that engage with contemporary art practice in South Africa as well as Africa and its diaspora.
17.  Whatiftheworld acts as a platform for a new generation of emerging South African contemporary artists. By giving voice to new talents, the gallery intends to grow public dialogue and critical debates within the contemporary art community, and to provide an alternative to the traditional art structures and institutions.

The five European galleries participating are Ames d’Afrique, Artco Gallery Germany, Fred [London] Limited, Galerie Beatrice Binoche, and October Gallery. The finalists for the R100 000 FNB Art Prize, Athi-Patri Ruga, Cedric Nunn and Nirveda Alleck are represented by Whatiftheworld Gallery, the Bailey Seippel Gallery and Migrant C, respectively. mThe Joburg Art Fair runs from 22 to 25 September. Have I mentioned that I can’t wait?

*Image courtesy of ArtLogic and the FNB Joburg Art Fair : Athi-Patra Ruga, The Speller, The Killer, 2011. Tapestry thread on cloth, 130 x 94cm
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