There are few art fairs that so expertly presents stunning pieces with ease of access. Combine that with the fact that there is no artwork on sale over R50 000 and you have something that includes younger and older art buyers, as well as an important platform for new buyers.
Even rarer is a fair that provides special insight into new and established artists, as well as giving their work added reverence in a public space. If you’re excited about these promises, good: it’s all happening at Turbine Art Fair (TAF) this weekend.
This year TAF’s focus seems to be galvanised behind celebrating art while presenting even more talks and events during the three- day fair.
It’s especially the panel discussions that will peel away the paint on collecting, and how we immerse ourselves in the art of our own and others.
To make sure children grow up appreciating art, there will be four children’s walkabouts, giving parents time to appreciate the work from 50 galleries while the little ones are catered for.
Here are some not to be missed discussions during the fair:
_ Building Collections (1.30pm to 2.30pm): Anton Taljaard explores his Pierneef collection. Strauss & Co and Artinsure co-sponsors the exhibition of Pierneef from the collection of Taljaard at TAF.
_ Collecting within and beyond the walls (3pm to 4pm): A panel discussion
with Nomahlubi Shezi, Tshepo Hlongwane, Dawood Petersen,
Liesle Barrath and Tamzin Lovell Miller in conversation with Tladi
Marumo on individual’s motivation for acquiring and and collecting
and what sort of art it entails (think video installations and sculptures).
_ Artists and Collecting: Are they interested in building massive
collections? (11.30am to 1pm): Usha Seerjarim, Nelson Makamo, Lawrence Lemaona joined by Kara Blackmore, in conversation with Makgati Molebatsi to discuss artists’ well-trained eye and and how they acquire artworks through trades and swaps with other artists.
There will be guided walkabouts with artists and curators.
_ Tonight join Zama Phakathi at 5.30pm and 6.30pm.
_ Tomorrow join Lawrence Lemaoana at 12pm and 4pm.
_ Sunday join Refi loe Nkomo at 12pm and 3pm.
Graduate painters show
_ Curated by Jessica Webster in collaboration with Amber-Jade Geldenhuys and MC Roodt, the title of the exhibition is touch and will feature paintings which emphasise surface-quality and texture in which the meaning of the work is made. This brings a wide variety of forms into focus such as how thick layers of paint may heighten a sense of the psycho-somatic or how ultra-thin layers provoke an experience of the ethereal. The show is aimed at evoking a deep impression of sensuality in material methods of painting. Artists include Anthony Morton, Thato Nkosi, Tamara Osso, Sheekha Kalan, Neo Diseko, Mpho Machate, Michal Kruger, Marcel Waldeck, Malwande Ngcingi, Laura de Harde, Landi Raubenheimer, Jacki McInnes, Danielle Wepener, Daniel Nel, Corma Laubscher and Candice Kramer.