Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF) has recently released an update on the participating galleries and fair highlights for the 5th edition, due to take place from 17-19 February 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre:.
CTAF 2017 has attracted the highest number of applications in the Fair’s history, from local and international galleries. “The selection process has been extensive,” says leading international curator, South African-born Tumelo Mosaka who was appointed as the CTAF curator earlier this year. This ensures that the quality of the fair is of an exceptional standard, offering exemplary value for its guests and participants.
More than 20 international galleries are part of the 2017 selection which includes galleries such as Galerie Seippel and ARTCO Gallery from Germany; Tiwani Contemporary, Art First and October Gallery from London; Galerie Caroline Smulders, France; Galerie Pascal Janssens, Belgium; and Galleria Continua, Galleria Massimo Minini and Primo Marella from Italy.
Galleries from Africa
Participating galleries from the African continent include: Addis Fine Art from Ethiopia, Afriart from Uganda, Art Twenty One from Nigeria, First Floor from Zimbabwe, and Galerie Cecile Fakhoury from Ivory Coast will showcase their new works by their most exciting artists alongside significant South African galleries such as Stevenson, Goodman, SMAC, Gallery MOMO, Everard Read, blank projects, WHATIFTHEWORLD, HAZARD Gallery and SMITH, among others.
Art museums and cultural institutions will also exhibit works in a dedicated section called Cultural Platforms. As in previous years, the organisers will also welcome a large contingent of visiting acquisitions managers from various institutions as well as significant art collectors from South Africa and abroad.
A highlight in 2016 and once again a key feature of the event, is the special project titled Tomorrows/Today – curated by Mosaka. Tomorrows/Today features solo presentations by emerging artists from Africa and the African Diaspora, all of which have been chosen by Mosaka as being representative of the continent’s most thought-provoking young voices. About 10 artists, including Onyis Martin (Kenya) represented by ARTLabAfrica, Jackie Karuti (Kenya) represented by Circle Art Gallery, Sandile Zulu (South Africa) represented by SMAC Art Gallery, Helen Teede (Zimbabwe) represented by Showcase Gallery Dubai and First Floor Gallery Harare, and Joël Andrianomearisoa (Madagascar) represented by Sabrina Amrani Gallery in Madrid, among others.
A brand new feature, the Unframed section will feature large-scale installations and sculptures and has been conceived to encourage visitors to engage with the art. Five ambitious projects proposed by artists from four of South Africa’s leading galleries will be dispersed throughout the fair floor to create a number of points of interest.
Five local galleries, Stevenson, SMAC, Goodman, Luvey ‘n Rose and WALL, will showcase pre-2000 works in the masters section entitled Past/Modern.
Further information and the full press release can be found here.
The CTAF runs from 17 to 19 February 2017. Tickets are R140 for adults, R100 for students and pensioners and free for under-12s. For more information, visit capetownartfair.co.za.
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