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New Comic Art Boutique, AMAK, to Launch in Cape Town on 3rd October 2014

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AMAK, the Azania Mania Art Kolektiv, is new comic art boutique gallery in Muizenberg, attached to the Alive Café Creative Experience Hub. The new space is spearheaded by the Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts' (CCIBA's) Head of the Comic Art Unit, Andy Mason, better known by his pen name, "N.D. Mazin". You are invited to the opening on Friday 3 October at 18h30.

The Interview Issue: Arts Township International

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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 Siphiwe Ngwenya and Theo Ndindwa, co- founders of Arts Township International. 

The Interview Issue: Meskerm Assegued

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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 Meskerm Assegued, curator, anthropologist and writer based in Ethiopia.

The Interview Issue: Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt

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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 Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt, gallery director and founder of M.I.A. Gallery in Seattle.

The Interview Issue: Jean-Pierre de la Porte

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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 with South African writer and philosopher, Jean-Pierre De La Porte.

Ama Culture: Xhosa Chicken and the Samp

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Heritage Day is a proud day for all South Africans. It is an occasion for celebrating our nation's diversity and the soul of our many richly flavoured cultures. These celebrations are expressed in many ways representing our vast national mixture of races, religions and rituals. However, there is a commonality to all the millions in our country and it centers around food, family and feasting.

Johannesburg and Lagos are 'Art Cities of the Future'

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What makes a city a hub for art? Curators, collectors, and dealers have tried for years to predict the cultural capitals of the future — cities that could challenge the dominance of centers like New York, London and Berlin. ARTsouthAFRICA's new vision has focused on expanding our coverage, into Africa and internationally, looking at established and up-and-coming artists/writers/curators from across the continent. In our 13th year of publication, we have procured an extensive library of books, and we are always looking for fresh reference material, especially when it gives Africa the recognition it deserves! Art Cities of the Future: 21st Century Avant-Gardes, published by Phaidon Press, cites the African cities of Johannesburg and Lagos among the 12 global cities to watch for exciting contemporary art.

InAWE Residency: The Artists Reflect

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During Cape Town's reign as World Design Capital 2014, online creative showcase, Between 10and5, worked together with InAWE Stays to present the InAWE Residency. From May to September, eight Cape Town-based creatives were invited to spend a week to ten days at the inspiring InAWE Stays, a historic house and four self-catering, designer cottages in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town. ARTsouthAFRICA spoke to the artists about their experiences.
 

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.

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