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A Meditative Journey at AVA

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The AVA Gallery, Cape Town, is currently showcasing solo exhibitions by established artists Johann du Plessis, Harris Steinman, and Stefan Blom, as well as an inaugural solo exhibition by the young up-and-coming painter, Swain Hoogervorst.
By Fay Jackson
 

R3,4 million buys you Love

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A rare and undocumented painting by the celebrated South African artist Stanley Pinker last night set a new world record for the artist when it sold for R3,4 million at Strauss & Co's auction, having been hotly contested between ten telephone bidders and buyers in the packed auction room.
 

The Colours of Change

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'The Colours of Change' exhibition, held at the at the !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, opened last Friday, 7 March 2014.
!Khwa ttu (KT) is a San Culture and Education Centre situated on the West Coast, which is dedicated to celebrating San culture - past, present and future. Its key goals include restoring and sharing San heritage.

Chance of a lifetime for talented young artists

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Twenty-five young artists from 21 countries have been selected as finalists for the 2014-2015 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. 

One young artist in each of the seven disciplines will be selected as a protégé for 12 months of one-to-one collaboration with leading artists Olafur Eliasson, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Michael Ondaatje, Alexei Ratmansky, Kaija Saariaho, Jennifer Tipton and Peter Zumthor.

Infecting the City 2014: Cubicle

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In his recent article 'The Creative Act' (in Art South Africa's March issue), writer Matthew Partridge speaks to ideas of art and accessibility, saying that "art, it seems, is the reserve of those who know where to look." He focuses on the relatively small number of people living in South Africa who are fortunate enough to interact with art on a daily basis, where the kind of exposure is limited to events like the nationwide controversy of Brett Murray’s The Spear, when it hit the media in 2012.

Creation Generation Media Project

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This weekend the Creation Generation Media Project, #WDC566, found its first expression through the CORE Collective mural artists Rayaan Cassiem, Anwar Davids, Leigh Cupido and Amedeo Bisogno, who created an inspiring and thought provoking 5m x 12m mural reflecting the story and spirit of the Creation Generation Corner Sir Lowry Road and Lewin Street, Woodstock.

The Refusal of Time

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A joint acquisition by the Met and SFMOMA, William Kentridge's five-channel video installation 'The Refusal of Time' (2012) is a thirty-minute meditation on time and space, the complex legacies of colonialism and industry, and the artist's own intellectual life. It will be running until May 11, 2014.

Design Indaba Expo 2014 Innovation Award

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Shonaquip, a social enterprise committed to improving the quality of life of people living with severe disabilities through appropriate seating devices and services, was honoured with the Design Indaba Expo 2014 Innovation award.
 

Launch of SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015:

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The British Council and the South African Department of Arts and Culture have launched the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a two year partnership to build lasting relationships in the creative communities of South Africa and the UK.

Art Dubai 2014

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Art Dubai, the leading international art fair in the Middle East and South Asia, offers the opportunity to engage with the most comprehensive and promising line-up of artists from across the region and the world.
 

Art Dubai Highlights

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The eighth edition of Art Dubai took place March 19-22, 2014, at Madinat Jumeirah, and celebrated the fair as an essential meeting point in the art world; offering the opportunity to engage with the most comprehensive line-up of artists from across the region and the world.

African finalists in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative

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South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape is one of 5 artists from African countries selected as part of the 25 Rolex Mentorship finalists. Following a worldwide search, Rolex announced the 25 finalists being considered for a year of creative exchange in architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and visual arts, as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Photofestival Knokke-Heist 2014

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From March up to June 2014 Knokke-Heist, Belgium, will once again focus on contemporary photography. The International Photo Festival Knokke-Heist 2014 ensures that there is something for every visitor, with six exhibitions offering various perspectives.

The highlight of the festival is the outdoor exhibition, entitled “Haute Africa”, in which international leading artists and photographers such as Martin Parr, Wangechi Mutu, Zanele Muholi, Viviane Sassen, Yinka Shonibare and many others offer an alternative perspective on the contemporary African continent.

Afronaut at the Cape Town Art Fair

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Gerald Machona has chosen the Cape Town Art Fair to create a performance piece that invites the audience to critically engage with currency and its value. Central to this performance will be an attempt to explore the devaluation of currency through his character, Ndiri Afronaut (a space suit made of money), and his artistic oeuvre of decommissioned currency.

Art Dubai's Global Art Forum: Video Postcards

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Forum Forum contributors Raja’a Khalid, Sarah Abu Abdallah and Hind Mezaina have been commissioned to create VIDEO POSTCARDS shown during the Global Art Forum talks’ intermission. They will also be on display in the Forum Forum, the Global Art Forum’s media repository in the Fair. We take a closer look at Raja’s commission ‘1951-1964 The Big Picture’:
 

Fashioning Africa at MOAD

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Following the success of 'Native Nostalgia', the Museum of African Design's next exhibition, 'Fashioning Africa', is set to bring some of the continent’s most exciting contemporary designers to Johannesburg. The multidisciplinary exhibition explores the history of African fashion and surveys the current landscape of fashion in Africa.
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