The art galleries on Johannesburg's renowned Art Strip on Jan Smuts Avenue give visitors easy access to the city’s vibrant contemporary art scene. The galleries form a comprehensive grouping of modern art venues, exhibiting and selling work in all disciplines by established and emerging artists.

Did you know?

The Goodman Gallery was involved in the Art Against Apartheid exhibition in 1985.

The galleries on Johannesburg's Art Strip collectively represent much of what South African art has to offer. The cluster of galleries in the suburb of Parkwood has grown steadily, with the biggest concentration situated along the north-south concourse of Jan Smuts Avenue.

These Johannesburg art galleries benefit from a mix of co-operation and competition, representing a diverse cross-section of South Africa's modern art industry.

Warren Siebrit’s Modern & Contemporary Art Gallery deals predominantly in works by black pioneers of South African art, including such pivotal artists as Gerard Sekoto, Gerard Bhengu and Gladys Mgundlandlu. David Krut Projects, next door, exhibits prints by South African contemporary artists like Penny Siopis, William Kentridge and David Koloane. Artspace, also alongside, has a reputation for good deals on a range of modern art.

These three galleries have been joined by Resolution Gallery, focusing on digital and new media art, and Gallery 2, which promotes both established and emerging South African artists.

Across the road, the Goodman Gallery is a leader in contemporary art and sculpture, representing artists such as David Goldblatt, Kudzanai Chiurai and Hasan and Hussain Essop. Further up the road, the Kim Sacks Gallery exhibits ceramics and artefacts from across Africa, as well as cutting-edge designer pieces from South Africa.

Art One Sixty, also on Jan Smuts Avenue, sells works by new artists and has a constantly changing schedule of exhibits.

The Everard Read Gallery, just off Jan Smuts Avenue, is also an important part of the Art Strip. It is South Africa's largest commercial gallery and exhibits a range of national and international artists. And, just a few blocks down 7th Avenue in Parktown North, is Gallery Momo, an alternative art venue for artists of an experimental bent.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Art One Sixty
Tel: +27 (0) 11 447 4967

Gallery 2
Tel: +27 (0) 11 447 0155/98

Artspace Gallery
Tel: +27 (0) 11 880 8802

The Everard Read Gallery
Tel: +27 (0) 11 788 4805

David Krut Project
Tel: +27 (0) 11 880 4242

Gallery Momo
Tel: +27 (0) 11 327 3247

Goodman Gallery
Tel: +27 (0) 11 788 1113

Kim Sacks Gallery
Tel: +27 (0) 11 447 5804

Resolution Gallery
Tel: +27 (0) 11 880 4054

Warren Siebrit’s Modern and Contemporary Art
Tel: +27 (0) 11 327 0000

How to get here

The Art Strip' stretches along Jan Smuts Avenue, through Parkwood and Parktown North to Rosebank. The area is well-served by public transport and close to the Rosebank Gautrain station.

Get around

Most of the galleries are in close enough proximity to walk from one to another. If laziness sets in, however, there are plenty of buses and taxis on Jan Smuts Avenue.

What will it cost

Entrance to all the galleries is generally free of charge unless there's a special exhibition on. Check the gallery websites for details.

What to eat

Parktown North has a number of restaurants and fast food outlets, as does the nearby 4th Avenue in Parkhurst.

Best buys

Contemporary South African art.

Related articles