It’s the much anticipated opening of the 10th edition of the Turbine Art Fair this week; a fair that has a stellar reputation for its unconventional approach and accessible approach to art and collecting. In addition to it being an unmissable art event, there are insightful walkabouts, educational demonstrations, and sensational exhibitions to keep the creative juices flowing. Joburg’s art activity is ceaseless – Check out our selection of this week’s biggest art events to visit
TAF SOLO: Ever Present Shift by Mbali Tshabalala
OPENING 21 UNTIL 24 JUL Gallery 2 presents a solo exhibition of work by artist Mbali Tshabalala at Turbine Art Fair. Mbali Tshabalala presents work that explores the politics of the ‘self’ and ‘becoming’ in a selection of mixed media artworks on paper. This show seeks to question personal existence through identity politics, culture, and aesthetics. Buy tickets to the Turbine Art Fair now so that you can view this exquisite exhibition.
TAF OFF THE GRID: A pebble in the mouth
OPENING 21 UNTIL 24 JUL TAF Off The Grid is a special exhibition at the Turbine Art Fair dedicated to mid-career artists who are not represented by the main galleries. This year’s exhibition is curated by Cape Town based artist and curator Maja Marx and is titled A pebble in the mouth. The show features artists Jeanne Hoffman, Yonela Makoba, Dominique Edwards, Bella Knemeyer and Sivan Zeffertt. A pebble in the mouth brings together the works of these five artists who explore the intersection between object and language – a state when the physical thing and the ideas’ behind that thing intersect to create different meanings. Each artist’s practice is, in one way or another, oriented around the idea of the object. Read more here.
Plan your art fair visits around the exciting TAF talks and walkabouts programme.
WALKABOUT: Pasada by Thonton Kabeya
WALKABOUT SAT JUL 23 at 11:00 Everard Read Johannesburg hosts Thonton Kabeya for an intimate walkabout of his solo exhibition Pasada.
Learn about the artist’s inspiration and process behind his latest work that celebrates the music and dance of Cuba in a selection of dynamic paintings and sculptures. Find out more here.
CLOSING EVENT: An answer to an unknown question by Maaike Bakker
PRINT DEMONSTRATION SAT JUL 23 at 11:00 David Krut Projects hosts a closing event for Maaike Bakker’s exhibition An answer to an unknown question. Artist Maaike Bakker and collaborating printmaker Sarah Judge will be doing a print demonstration, giving a sneak peek into the artists’ new editions currently in production. Don’t miss it! We have been promised that a special surprise will be waiting for all who attend. Find out more here.
EXHIBITION: Wonders shall never End! by Edozie Anedu at Melrose Gallery
ON SHOW UNTIL AUG 14 Don’t miss Nigerian artist Edonzie Anedu’s first solo exhibition in South Africa, filled with his brightly coloured mixed-media artworks. Edonzie is a self-taught artist working primarily with oils, acrylics, pastels, and recycled materials. Anedu’s paintings employ forms and figures that verge on the abstract. He references graffiti and mural art traditions to focus his work on popular culture, music, fashion, and the human condition. The artist describes the body of work on show in Wonders shall never End! as an adventure, a journey that explores what makes us ‘art.’ Learn more here.
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