Joburg Art Fair launches in March
The first Joburg Art Fair opens at the Sandton Convention Center on March 13 2008. The event draws together the efforts of 22 South African, African and international galleries, co-ordinating company Artlogic, and the sponsorship of First National Bank (FNB). Unprecedented on African soil, the Art Fair marks a shift from curated events like the Dak'Art Biennale, and large curated survey shows like Ten Years of Democracy' and Africa Remix'; instead its focus is on the business of art, and providing galleries that deal in contemporary African art with a platform upon which to present work.
Alongside these primarily trade-oriented concerns, the Joburg Art Fair will also host three Special Projects booths. These are aimed at highlight[ing] significant entities in African contemporary art', namely FUNDA Community College, Tonic Design and artist Robin Rhode.
Galleries exhibiting work are Art Extra, Art on Paper Gallery, Bell-Roberts, David Krut Projects, Erdmann Contemporary, Everard Read Gallery, Galerie Ames d'Afrique, Gallery MOMO, Goodman Gallery, Jack Shainman Gallery, João Ferreira Gallery, KZNSA Gallery, La'Appartment22 Rabat, Michael Stevenson, October Gallery, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Rooke Gallery, SMAC Art Gallery, Take Your Road, Townhouse Gallery, Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary Art and Whatiftheworld/Gallery.
Their will also be a curated show, As You Like It', a joint venture by Cameroon's Africa Remix' curator Simon Njami and SA artist, writer, curator and lecturer Thembinkosi Goniwe. The show focuses on the work of 29 emerging contemporary artists to exhibit the 'now' of contemporary African art', providing an overview of the general themes in contemporary African art along with a fresh perspective of the scope of the field itself'.
Joburg Art Fair
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg