Artwork by Sizwe Khoza
Now in its fourth year, Joburg’s Turbine Art Fair is returning to Newtown’s Turbine Hall from 14 to 17 July 2016 with a pull that’s hard to resist – the price of each contemporary artwork on show is capped at R40 000.
Because of this we’ve come to appreciate the fair as an unmissable annual event on the South African art calendar, knowing that it’s a worthwhile platform for new and emerging artists to promote their work and tap into a more diverse audience of collectors, as well as those who are only now getting their art feet wet.
Brought to you by The Forum Company, the Turbine Art Fair line-up includes, among many other highlights, a Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) exhibit showcasing the work of artists Diane Victor and Francisco Goya alongside each other, juxtaposing then and drawing parallels between the old and the new. Although created centuries and continents apart, ‘Goya’s Los Caprichos series echoes Diane Victor’s Disasters of Peace very well in that they are both social commentary on their contemporary socio-political situations,’ explains curator Musha Neluheni.
Aside from being able to view contemporary work from over 50 galleries and exhibits across South Africa, visitors can also look forward to art installations around the Turbine Hall, curated by Suzie Copperthwaite; a free daily interactive Talk’s Programme, where visitors can up their knowledge about art; a Fresh Produce Exhibition; and the Emerging Painters: The Graduate Show, with work drawn from the Fine Art departments of South African universities.
Glynis Hyslop, managing director of The Forum Company, says, ‘Turbine Art Fair is not just an art fair but a lifestyle event! A fabulous showcase of the talent we have in South Africa and a great way to start collecting art in a unique and undaunting way, bringing the best galleries and artists under one roof.’