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.
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.
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.
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.
The buzzword in the global media, and the continent on every investor and business leader's radar, Africa is brimming with opportunity and possibility. ARTsouthAFRICA has long been frustrated with the slow pace of transformation in the contemporary African art landscape, a generic bundling of the term ‘African Art’ certainly contributing to the situation.
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.