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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.
 

Cape Town Art Fair 2015 Applications Now Open

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Fiera Milano is proud to announce the dates for the third edition of the Cape Town Art Fair which will run from Wednesday, 25 February to Sunday 1 March, 2015. As the latest addition to South Africa’s fast growing and vibrant art economy, the Cape Town Art Fair 2015 promises to showcase contemporary art from both the country and continents most prestigious galleries. The call for entry in now open, until the 25th of August 2015. 

Ama Culture: Enrich Your Mind and Your Palate at Uitkyk Wine Estate

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Enriching your mind and your palate is an experience made increasingly possible by forward thinking wine farm owners conscious to preserve South African Heritage whilst creating new products; A trend promoted and encouraged by international organizations like Great Wine Capitals, and the like. 
Christine Lundy had the opportunity to visit one of Stellenbosch’s great historical wine farms; Uitkyk, which means ‘Look out’ in Afrikaans. The name reflects the spectacular location and views of the Cape Peninsula, False Bay and Table Bay.
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