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6 reasons to pick up the #HLArtIssue2018

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The contemporary art scene in this country has grown tremendously. This is evident in the existence of two major South African art fairs in this dynamic space – Investec Art Fair in Cape Town and FNB JoburgArtFair – as well as by the boom of recent art pop-ups; the boozy First Thursdays; artists collaborating with commercial brands; and financial institutions and their growing art collections.

You can even get a quick art fix with your flame-grilled chicken at Nando’s – showing the fast-food chain’s commitment to reflecting the zeitgeist via art, which, by the way, is a great anchor for a brand that prides itself on being a real part of local culture. In contemporary South Africa, art is a sign of education and culture, and corporates gravitate towards this – the result is that it’s easier for many of us to experience art almost every day.

Factoring in these numerous facets, our #HLArtIssue2018 endeavours to be a reminder of the current progressive state of art in our country. Here're six reasons why we think you'll enjoy it.

1. go figure

Channeling the female form, these curvy designs create a nurturing and gentle environment. On location at SMITH Gallery in Cape Town, decor editor Chrizanda Botha creates a sensual space inspired by the allure of the female figure.

2. inside the homes of women in art

There is much to do to support the arts in general, and with that in mind we have focused this issue mainly on women in art in SA today. More specifically, we’ve directed the spotlight on an amazing lineup of local artists, curators and gallery owners who are changing perceptions and views around this topic on an ongoing basis. Acclaimed sculptor Nandipha Mntambo shared her newly renovated house (p52); Goodman Gallery owner Liza Essers invited us into her carefully curated abode, where she celebrates mostly female artists (p60); we were given a private tour of the Cape Town home of SMITH Gallery owner Candace Marshall-Smith (p68); and we visited painter Joni Brenner’s art-filled, sun-splashed Joburg apartment (p76). We even got a glimpse of the home of young art collector Lezanne Viviers, whose eclectic Hyde Park space (p84) features work by the artists – up-and-coming and established – on which she has her discerning eye.

Nandipha Mntambo. Photo: Elsa Young
Liza Essers. Photo: Elsa Young
Candace Marshall-Smith. Photo: Greg Cox
Joni Brenner. Photo: Elsa Young
Lezanne Viviers. Photo: Sarah de Pina

3. body of work: billie zangewa

The body is a central aspect of FNB JoburgArtFair 2018 featured artist Billie Zangewa's incredible textile creations. She walks us through her movement of work, from feet to nose to eyes.

ALSO READ: Inside the making of Billie Zangewa’s FNB JoburgArtFair artwork

Photo: Graeme Wyllie.

4. braamfontein: revisited

Fresh tenants, renovated buildings and a renewed vision put ‘braam’ precinct on a new footing as the heart and soul of Johannesburg’s thriving art scene. Join us we venture to 14 of its favourite locations.

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5. tomatoes!

A colourful, delicious staple in recipes from South America and Spain to South Africa, this versatile fruit turns any dish into something special. Create eight dishes at home, from sweet honey-tomato confit with whipped cream and salty almond praline, to tomato bread and tomato firewater with herb salt.

Recipe and styling: Brita du Plessis; Photo: Myburgh du Plessis

6. river run

Old meets new during a luxury cruise upstream on China’s mighty Yangzi River. Turn to pages 110–115 for the adventure read of a lifetime. 

Tracking upstream on the mighty Yangzi River, China. Photo: Chris Chen/bauersyndication.com.au/magazinefeatures.co.za