Writer Grethe Kemp give five things to look out for at Turbine Art Fair 2018.
With 380 artists and 48 exhibitors, the RMB Turbine Art Fair is bound to be spectacular this year. But apart from the plethora of local artwork on display, there are interesting talks and walkabouts you should join. Grethe Kemp looks at some of the highlights.
RMB Turbine Art Fair
Turbine Hall, Newtown
July 12 to 15
1. Take the kids
An amazing way for kids and adults to start understanding art and learning the language around it is to join a walkabout. This years free programme, which takes place throughout the weekend, will include walkabouts with celebrities, art professionals and well-known artists.
Comedian John Vlismas, for instance, will be conducting one called THINK fun Art that tickles my fancy, while art collector and Kaya FM chief executive officer Greg Malokas topic will be THINK Afropolitan. Completely free, the walkabouts also include a special childrens programme, offering age-appropriate options for them. Many dont see an art fair as something thats child-friendly, but at Turbine children are encouraged to come, learn and expand their art vocabulary.
* Click here for the walkabout schedule
2. Join the talks
The talk component of Turbine is always a must-attend. Its here where you can expand your knowledge and get involved in interesting discussions.
Completely free, the RMB Private Bank Talks Programme will tackle questions such as Is the Starving Artist label myth or reality? and How do you know what is good art? Speakers will include artists, curators, collectors, businesspeople, gallery founders and arts brokers, and will be interspersed with screenings of interesting TED talks.
* Click here for the talks schedule
3. Irma Stern exhibition
Gallery Strauss & Co has collected a variety of works, some from private collectors, for this special exhibition of iconic South African artist Irma Stern. Called Life Force Still Lifes by Irma Stern, its a showcase of the prolific painters expressionistic, modernist work.
One of the paintings on show will be the 1947 Dahlias. Strauss & Co bought the work from the illustrious Labia family at a Cape Town sale in 1994 and its now up for sale at their auction in October. Dahlias carries a staggering pre-sale estimate of R8 million to R12 million
4. Eighty years of David Koloane
Iconic Alexandra-born artist David Koloane will be celebrated at this years fair. Called This landscape! The Quintessential Metaphor For Life, the exhibition is in collaboration with LL Editions and curated by Ruzy Rusike. Says LL Editions Joe Legate: In all life of South African Art, especially in the black community, none has ever celebrated our own. Therefore it is time that we celebrate Ntate Koloane as he was taught how to paint but expressed himself though the medium of printing.
Koloanes drawings, paintings and collages were a pivotal part of documenting the apartheid era, and the artist, now 80 years old, is known for the frenetic nature of his drawing, as well as its political themes. On the Saturday, Koloane will be involved in a talk at 2.30pm on the journey between passion and success, lessons from life.
Some of the most eye-catching works are installations, and therell be a focus on this medium.
With works that incorporate virtual and interactive elements, curator Tamzin Lovell Miller will ask the question: Who are we after this Post-Truth time has shaped us?
VIP tickets for the opening night on Thursday are R800. Single-day passes are R50 to R100. A weekend pass for Friday to Sunday is R200. Buy at webtickets.co.za