19 February 2019

South Africa: Cape Town Art Fair - the Unavoidables

For its seventh edition, 108 galleries and collectives came from all corners of the world to present contemporary art at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF). There were extensive collections of art exhibited, from sculptures to video installations and paintings. Here is a small selection of some of the great artworks on display, the ones that were simply impossible to avoid.

Attending an art fair, and especially on opening night, can be overwhelming: a multitude of artworks, drawings, videos, sculptures, paintings, photographs, people and conversations come crashing into the air in an explosion of concepts, colours, structures and ideas. It's a thunderstorm of emotions, a sort of sensory overload. The aim is to see, let the eye be surprised and the heart seduced, buy or reserve a piece (for those who can afford such investments) and discover artists, emerging or established, who are usually confined to the spartan walls of galleries around the world.

At this year's ICTAF there were 10 more exhibitors than last year - a total of 108 galleries and collectives who paid between R1,500 and R2,400 per square meter for a booth to showcase their artists' work. Set in the lower level of the Cape...

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