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Announcing the Sasol New Signatures 2014 Winner

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The Sasol New Signatures art competition was established by the Association of Arts Pretoria in the early 1960’s, and is the longest running, national art competition in South Africa. This year, Sasol celebrates a milestone in its contribution towards the development of South Africa’s arts and culture industry in this, its 25th year as a lead sponsor of the Sasol New Signatures art competition.

The Interview Issue: Malibongwe Tyilo & Sandiso Ngubane

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ARTsouthAFRICA 13.1 is the 'Interview Issue.' In it, we engage in conversation with a number of carefully selected artists, curators, writers and organisations who we know are truly committed to transformation, to changing perceptions about contemporary African art practice, and promoting the integration of communities that might otherwise not be exposed to the wealth of talent from the continent and the ways in which art can change lives. We published a number of excerpts and now present the full interview with Malibongwe Tylio and Sandiso Ngubane, fashion and lifestyle bloggers at Skattie, What are you Wearing?. They have also recently launched, in collaboration with ARTsouthAFRICA, the Skattie Celebrates exhibition series. View the online SKATTIE catalogue through the ARTsouthAFRICA app for Apple or for Android.

The Interview Issue: Naima J. Keith

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ARTsouthAFRICA 13.1 is the 'Interview Issue.' In it, we engage in conversation with a number of carefully selected artists, curators, writers and organisations who we know are truly committed to transformation, to changing perceptions about contemporary African art practice, and promoting the integration of communities that might otherwise not be exposed to the wealth of talent from the continent and the ways in which art can change lives. We published a number of excerpts and now present the full interview with Naima J. Keith, assistant curator at Studio Museum Harlem, New York City.

Comics Fest 2014: In Conversation with Mike Carey

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In the build up towards the launch of ARTsouthAFRICA’s comics supplement in the upcoming December issue (13.2), our newly appointed Comics Editor, Andrew Lamprecht, will be speaking to various comic artists attending the 2014 Open Book Comics Festival in Cape Town. Our first conversation is with British writer, Mike Carey; whose long and illustrious career has included numerous comics, novels, film scripts and TV shows. He is most well known for DC/Vertigo’s ‘Lucifer’, which is the longest-running and most successful ‘Sandman’ spinoff to date. He has also been the lead writer for Marvel’s ‘X-Men’ since 2006.

Review: 'The Wayland Rudd Collection' at First Floor Gallery Harare

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When I was a little boy growing up in Harare, I became obsessed with the idea of Russia. My parents had a collection of Russian texts, all published during the Soviet era. These books were like picture books that tell the great stories of classical drama. But it was Allison Blakely’s comprehensive book 'Russia and the Negro', published in 1986, that made me yearn to be a black Russian; for a short while, I started calling myself “Tinashe Mushakov” and soon fell in love with Anna Karenina; the idea seemed farfetched even then. This idea was recently awakened after First Floor Gallery Harare started showing The Wayland Rudd Collection.

The Interview Issue: Kendell Geers

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ARTsouthAFRICA 13.1 is the 'Interview Issue.' In it, we engage in conversation with a number of carefully selected artists, curators, writers and organisations who we know are truly committed to transformation, to changing perceptions about contemporary African art practice, and promoting the integration of communities that might otherwise not be exposed to the wealth of talent from the continent and the ways in which art can change lives. This is the conversation piece we published with the infamous South African conceptual artist, Kendell Geers.

Event: Skattie Celebrates Laura Windvogel

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Following a successful debut in July, Skattie Celebrates presents in association with ARTsouthAFRICA returns with the second edition on the 18th of September 2014. This time the event turns its gaze on emerging artist Laura Windvogel from Cape Town. The 26 year-old is known to those with their eyes on the streets and ears to the ground as the artist behind the sexually charged watercolours that remove the taboo from the subject of sex.

The Interview Issue: Maria Varnava

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ARTsouthAFRICA 13.1 is the 'Interview Issue.' In it, we engage in conversation with a number of carefully selected artists, curators, writers and organisations who we know are truly committed to transformation, to changing perceptions about contemporary African art practice, and promoting the integration of communities that might otherwise not be exposed to the wealth of talent from the continent and the ways in which art can change lives. We published a number of excerpts and now present the full interview with Maria Varnava, director at the Tiwani Contemporary in London.

The Interview Issue: Athi Patra-Ruga

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ARTsouthAFRICA 13.1 is the 'Interview Issue.' In it, we engage in conversation with a number of carefully selected artists, curators, writers and organisations who we know are truly committed to transformation, to changing perceptions about contemporary African art practice, and promoting the integration of communities that might otherwise not be exposed to the wealth of talent from the continent and the ways in which art can change lives. We published a number of excerpts and now present South African artist Athi Patra- Ruga's full interview. 

Ama Culture: (Re)discover Pierneef

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To honour Heritage Day on the 24th of September Ama Culture revisits the stories of individuals and products that have shaped South Africa's cultural landscape, starting with one of South Africa's best old Master: Jacob Hendrick Pierneef.

The Interview Issue: Simon Njami

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ARTsouthAFRICA 13.1 is the 'Interview Issue.' In it, we engage in conversation with a number of carefully selected artists, curators, writers and organisations who we know are truly committed to transformation, to changing perceptions about contemporary African art practice, and promoting the integration of communities that might otherwise not be exposed to the wealth of talent from the continent and the ways in which art can change lives. This is the full interview that we published with Simon Njami, the reknowned curator, lecturer, art critic and novelist.

The Interview Issue: Joburg Art Fair's Ross Douglas & Silvia Pillon

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ARTsouthAFRICA 13.1 is the 'Interview Issue.' In it, we engage in conversation with a number of carefully selected artists, curators, writers and organisations who we know are truly committed to transformation, to changing perceptions about contemporary African art practice, and promoting the integration of communities that might otherwise not be exposed to the wealth of talent from the continent and the ways in which art can change lives. In this article, Ross Douglas and Silvia Pillion of the FNB Joburg Art Fair shared their opinions in a conversation piece based on the questions we asked in Issue 13.1.

‘THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR LEGO ART EXHIBIT’, THE ART OF THE BRICK, HEADS TO SOUTH AFRICA

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Expo24, specialists in global travelling exhibitions, will be bringing the world-renowned LEGO® art exhibit, The Art of The Brick, to South Africa at the brand new Watershed Exhibition Centre at the V&A Waterfront in December, and will be the first “Internationally acclaimed” exhibition to take place in this space. The exhibition will then head north to take place in Rosebank, Johannesburg, in May 2015.

Ama Culture: The Art of Pairing #amapairing

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The unusual pairing of art with wine aims to challenge perceptions. It tells a new story about two different forms of art. Christine Lundy presents her first pairing for Ama Culture: The work of Angus Taylor paired with Reyneke Biodynamic wines.

CAAM COLLECTIVE presents The De Waterkant Fringe Art Fair™ 2014

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CAAM COLLECTIVE (Contemporary African Art Masters) is a new age art gallery located in the heart of Cape Town's trendiest area, De Waterkant. The collective has also founded and curates The De Waterkant Fringe Art Fair™ which is managed and run from the same premises as CAAM Collective.The Fair is due to run from 4- 30 September 2014.

FNB JoburgArtFair 2014: most successful fair to date

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A masterful display of contemporary art from around Africa and the diaspora attracts record visitors to the 7th Edition of the FNB JoburgArtFair. Strong sales were reported from galleries, with extremely positive feedback from museum representatives and private collectors from all over the world.

Reflections on OPENLab 2014, Part II.

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Welcome to the second part of the post- OPENLab panel.Last week Art South Africa posted the first in this two-part series and in the final piece the artists reflect on their performances and workshops. OPENLab 2014 took place over the course of 10 days from 18 July – 27 July 2014 in Bloemfontein as part of the Vryfees Festival; and then at Modern Art Projects (MAP) in Richmond where the bulk of the residency took its effect.

but the sea kept turning blank pages looking for history. ON THE STATE OF REFUGEENESS. at SAVVY Contemporary

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A project by "To Whom It May Concern"* & Anna Jäger. 
You are cordially invited to join SAVVY Contemporary this Friday, 22nd Aug. and Saturday, 23rd Aug. (10am - 7pm) at SAVVY Contemporary to deliberate on the "State of Refugeness" in our present times. Together with 'refugees', activists, philosophers, psychologists, artists, architects, lawyers and even the police we will try to scrutinze issues of humanitarianism, politics of space, crafting, law/lawlessness, D-/Remonstration and love! We are in the age of refugeeness and we need to understand what that concept, space and time could be...

Ama Culture: #Artagram on Instagram

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The rise of digital photography and social media has democratized the art of image making so that it is no longer restricted to a select few. The four year old App Instagram is making headlines with the rise of our 'photo sharing obsession' as described by Ben David on Artnet. From the thousands of pictures posted every minute some amazing talents are emerging, Christine Lundy interviews one of them, Skye Grove.

Reflections on OPENLab 2014, Part I.

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Welcome to the post- OPENLab panel. OPENLab 2014 took place over the course of 10 days from 18 July – 27 July 2014 in Bloemfontein as part of the Vryfees Festival; and then at Modern Art Projects (MAP) in Richmond where the bulk of the residency took its effect.
OPENLab 2014 was an experimental platform that engaged in critical dialogue about art making in the public realm among creatives in interdisciplinary fields.
In this two-part dialogue, 13 of the 15 artists reflect on their experiences.
 
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