Talks:  Cape Town Art Fair 

The Cape Town Art Fair 2014 (28 February–02 March 2014 at The Pavilion, V&A Waterfront announces its line-up of talks and panel discussions.

Friday 28 February

10h30-11h30       Brent Meistre asks ‘So, how did we get into Tracy Emin’s Bed: From Plato to Arthur C. Danto’.  This lecture essentially explains how the stream of art history led to contemporary art, starting with certain ideas from the Ancient Greek world and ending with the philosopher of aesthetics Arthur C Danto’s ‘end of art’ theory. While intended to be quite a playful lecture, it does address some relatively complex ideas in a light-hearted manner and will be accompanied by many visuals.

12h00-13h00       Across My Father’s Fault – Brent Meistre presents a stop-frame animation installation that was shot on location in the Cradle of Humankind during the artist’s residency at the NIROX Foundation in the UNESCO World Heritage site. The piece loosely narrates the emergence of the ‘fi­rst’ father, emerging from the primordial cave, wandering aimlessly across the land upon which he enacts his will.

14h30-15h00       Investment through Art: Timothy Mertens, Chairman of the Sovereign Group Africa

16h00-17h00       Zeitz MOCAA presents “Archaeology of Place” Marilu Knode and Marc Coetzee

Speakers:  Marilu Knode, Executive Director/Chief Curator, Laumeier Sculpture Park / Aronson Endowed Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Mark Coetzee, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Zeitz MOCAA / Visiting Professor, New World School of the Arts, University of Florida, Miami / International Advisory Committee, Laumeier Sculpture Park

Knode will speak about how her curatorial practice has shifted to reflect new forms of global artistic practice and why public art is the most exciting area for artistic exploration today. She will talk about Laumeier’s legacy of ‘curated’ public art within a near-urban park setting, and the rubric ‘archaeology of place’ she introduced to guide artistic investigation of St. Louis and its place in American history. Through Laumeier’s various programs, artists have been commissioned to explore complex, even troubling, themes that relate to the shifts in urban relationships, creating new genres of public art that challenge our ideas of place.


17h00-18h00       Vladimir Tretchikoff and Irma Stern – Discussion with Andrew Lamprecht and Ruarc Peffers

Irma Stern, Vladimir Tretchikoff and the Art Market: A Dialogue on Change and Difference * See end of programme below


Vladimir Tretchikoff's painting, Chinese Girl, and Irma Stern's painting, Two Arabs at the Cape Town Art Fair. Image supplied by Wired Communications

Vladimir Tretchikoff’s painting, Chinese Girl, and Irma Stern’s painting, Two Arabs at the Cape Town Art Fair. Image supplied by Wired Communications

Saturday 01 March: Panel discussions facilitated by Art South Africa

10:30 – 11:30                      The Art Economy and Audiences

A panel discussion on creating new forms of access, ownership, attendance and participation for creative products and services, particularly in the visual arts sector – this will look at ways to grow the art economy at a more accessible level in order to allow and encourage potential collectors who don’t have lots of disposable income to begin investing in artworks.

What are galleries, arts institutions and art fairs doing to incentivise, grow and attract new audiences and create access to individuals who may be interested in buying art? How does one view the economy of the exhibition?

The discussion aims to look at logical and practical ways we can begin to have a more inclusive art market/economy for collectors and audiences. In particular, how do platforms like the Cape Town Art Fair and other events assist in supporting and achieving this objective, particularly with a view to growing and sustaining an intra-African and intra-regional network of collectors.

Panelists: Ijeoma Uche Okeke, Thembinkosi Goniwe, Tshepiso Bathea Mohlala, Beathur Mgoza Baker and Chair: Brendon Bell-Roberts


12:00 – 13:00                      Independent Art Publishing

A panel discussion on independent and bespoke art and design publishing, the topics focused on will include the publishing of editions, as well as collaborations between studios and publishing houses. It will look at publishing of editions as an affordable purchase for young collectors, and how independent publishing is used to broaden audiences and inspire creativity.

Publications such as Art South Africa and DesignTimes inspire important conversations around African and South African creativity. Collaboration is key for independent publishing; Warren Editions focus is on all things collaborative. As a highly respected and well-known agency, Am I Collective collaborates with independent studios and publishers to create works that bring illustration and design to the forefront. Bespoke publications and editions are an easily accessible way for audiences to be inspired and collect affordable limited edition pieces, as well as a valuable site of collaboration across creative sectors.

Panelists:  Brendon Bell-Roberts, Mark Rosenberg, Ruan Vermeulen, Zhané Warren and Chair: Matthew Partridge


14:30 – 15:30                      David Krut and Stephen Hobbs on Collaboration, Networks and Artistic Practice

A conversation between David Krut and Stephen Hobbs will focus on the sustained collaboration between their two studios. Hobbs’ studio and the David Krut Print Workshop (DKW) at Arts on Main are geographically close to each other in the Johannesburg inner city, and both spaces function as extensions of the city, open to discussion about art and urban regeneration, strategically aligning different talents to the ends of reflective and creative writing, exhibitions, publishing and audience development. Arts on Main, particularly, functions as a hub for the networking of various talents, thought processes and modes of production. The conversation will touch on the importance of publishing and promoting editions, the distillation of Hobbs’ mercurial public/urban practice into a studio practice, and the role of the print studio for a process-driven artist. The conversation will deal with the extension of the collaboration between Hobbs and DK Projects in Cape Town in 2014. The planned project includes a site-specific investigation of the Montebello Design Centre in Newlands, where the gallery is based, and a response to the contribution of the site to the World Design Capital 2014 discussion.


16:30 – 17:30                      Urban Acupuncture

A panel discussion on Urban Acupuncture: small-scale but socially catalytic interventions to transform the larger urban context; looking at the role that public spaces, art and design play in an urban environment. With Cape Town as the World Design Capital 2014, the world’s focus is on this urban centre, and the ways that we use design to solve problems, improve environments and facilitate creativity. The discussions aims to look at the innovations that are taking place in the urban environment, and the way individuals are using their creativity to affect positive change. The role public art plays in cities, and community’s relationships with public spaces, will be discussed in relationship to the concept of urban acupuncture.


Panelists: Christopher Swift, Andi Norton, Siphiwe Ngwenya, Ricky Lee Gordon and Mike van Graan – Chair

Sunday 02 March

10h30-11h30                      Refus by Francois Knoetze

‘Refus’ is the story of a slice of the local trash dump’s continual conceptual, symbolic and material shift as a socially and culturally constructed concept.


12h00-13h00                      ‘It began with a walk’ is a screening of selected art videos from the Emile Stipp Collection, curated by Portia Malatjie.

The screening features films by Dineo Seshee Bopape, Moshekwa Langa, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Robin Rhode, Penny Siopis as well as a collaborative film by Deborah Bell, Robert Hodgins and William Kentridge.


14h00-14h30                      Investment through Art

Timothy Mertens Chairman of The Sovereign Group Africa


Art from the Waterfront to Langa

Visit the Cape Town Art Fair (28 February – 2 March at The Pavilion, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront and you can board a shuttle to Langa and tour the Township Art Galleries (TAG) as well as all the art on show at the Fair.

 Langa TAG.Image supplied by Wired Communications

Langa TAG.Image supplied by Wired Communications

The LANGA TAG takes you through the streets of Langa to 10 home galleries. The township of Langa is one of the oldest townships in South Africa but who would have thought that it would one day boast alternative spaces for high-end art from prolific artists such as Zolani Siphungela, Patrick Holo, Velile Soha and Mphati Gocini?

Shuttle departure times from V&A Waterfront:






Shuttle departure times from Langa (CPT)






The whole experience, including the shuttle ticket, costs R200 and is payable either to the shuttle driver or through the Langa TAG booking section


Book Signings


Jan Neethling will be signing his limited edition book on his lifework at the Erdmann Contemporary stand at the Cape Town Art Fair from 3pm on Saturday 1 March 2014.


Visitors to the Cape Town Art Fair can also meet Brett Murray, the SA artist renowned for his controversial ‘Spear’ painting of Jacob Zuma and his steel and mixed media wall sculptures.  This is the first time that members of the public will be able to meet Brett Murray and have him sign copies of his book (which has been censored at other art fairs).  He will be on the Jacana stand at the Cape Town Art Fair on Saturday 01 March at 14h30.


Brett Murray. Image supplied by Wired Communications

Brett Murray. Image supplied by Wired Communications


Other book signings include Buttermix comic artists and co-founders, Conrad Botes and Anton Kannemayer (who sometimes goes by the pseudonym Joe Dog), who will also be available for book signings on the Jacana stand.


Joe Dog: Conrad Botes and  Anton Kannemayer. Image supplied by Wired Communications

Joe Dog: Conrad Botes and Anton Kannemayer. Image supplied by Wired Communications


Whatiftheworld Gallery is also pleased to present the new publication, ‘I Saw This’, by Cameron Platter, whose work appears in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York and the Iziko South African National Gallery, as well as the Zeitz Collection, and The New Church collection.


Gold 6.  Image supplied by Wired Communications

Gold 6. Image supplied by Wired Communications



charcoal on paper65 x 92 cm


 Highly valued art on show at The Cape Town Art Fair


Two of the most highly valued and seminal South African paintings will be on show at the Cape Town Art Fair this weekend (28 February-02 March, The Pavilion, V&A Waterfront).  Two Arabs by Irma Stern and Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff will be on the Strauss & Co, Condé Nast House & Garden and Delaire Graff Estate stand.

Irma Stern’s painting, Two Arabs, achieved an astonishing South African auction record when it was sold by Strauss & Co in 2011.  It is amongst the most important Sterns to come onto the market in recent years and the most expensive painting ever sold at auction in South Africa. It has been kindly loaned to Strauss & Co by a private collector.

Said to be one of the most widely reproduced and instantly recognisable images in the world, Vladimir Tretchikoff’s painting, Chinese Girl, was acquired in 2013 by collector Laurence Graff, Chairman of Graff Diamonds, who had a lifelong fascination for the work.  In November last year Chinese Girl was repatriated to  South Africa, after spending  59 years out of  the country, and was unveiled at Delaire Graff Estate by Stephan Welz,  Managing Director of Strauss & Co, with the assistance of the model depicted in the painting, Monika Pon-su-san.  Chinese Girl is on permanent display at Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch and has also been kindly loaned for the Cape Town Art Fair.


As different as these two important portraits are, they both share the accolade of having topped the art auction market in recent years. Bina Genovese, Director of Strauss & Co. says that it is a great privilege for us to have this rare opportunity to exhibit paintings of such international renown.  “We are able to give the public a unique chance to see these rarely viewed, original works first hand.”

To be exhibited in conjunction with these two captivating portraits are Dakar Woman and Arab Man, Dakar, both by Irma Stern. These exceptional works, executed in 1938, will be included in Strauss & Co’s upcoming auction, which takes place at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town on 17 March 2014. “One can imagine the impact that Dakar, with its heady mix of African and French cultures, would have had on Stern during her first sojourn there in 1938,” states Emma Bedford, Senior Art Specialist at Strauss & Co.  These works are testimony to Stern’s extraordinary skill and mastery of different mediums – Dakar Woman, a lavishly executed oil painting, and Arab Man, Dakar, a powerful charcoal drawing.

Highlights of furniture and decorative arts from the Strauss & Co March auction include a pair of monumental Venetian blackamoors in the manner of Valentino Besarel, a handsome pair of Empire mahogany commodes, and a 17th/18th century Dutch cabinet from the Property of the RB Stuttaford Will Trust and the Estate Late Mrs DE Stuttaford-Burton. These exceptional pieces will further embellish the stand at the Fair.

In the context of this stand and as part of the series of lectures offered at the Cape Town Art Fair, Ruarc Peffers, Senior Art Specialist, Strauss & Co, and Andrew Lamprecht, Senior Lecturer, Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT will engage in a dialogue entitled Irma Stern, Vladimir Tretchikoff and the Art Market: A Dialogue on Change and Difference. They will discuss recent changes in the art market and, in particular, examine the continuing interest and ever-increasing prices fetched for works by Irma Stern and the recent upsurge of interest in and value of Vladimir Tretchikoff’s work. What do these two roughly contemporaneous yet highly diverse artists have in common, if anything at all? What shapes the market and popular interest in an artist and who dictates the shifts that occur in the art world?  The talk takes place on Friday 28 February from 5-6 pm in the Imax Theatre, The Pavilion.

 Info provided by Lana Martens, Wired Communications