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New Romantics

“You can’t read about what is happening in the art scene right now, it has not been written. The most immediate way to get a handle on the contemporary is to engage with what is showing right now with someone in the know."

Meeting point: Newlands Forest Cape Town

When: February 10

Time:  10.30am to 1pm

Cost: R350 (excludes lunch at Basilico)

In the first #artcrawl of the year art commentator and consultant Mary Corrigall will be exploring why artists are once again consumed with depicting nature in all its grandeur. Corrigall has dubbed this movement  ‘new romanticism’ as it shares characteristics with a titular movement in the late 18th century.


For the first time in South Africa an exhibition dedicated to exploring a ‘romantic’ turn in contemporary art will be staged at the Barnard from January 29 to March 7. Corrigall has curated the show and this walking, talking crawl will introduce some of the artists showing their work in the exhibition.  Why and how are they representing nature through this romantic lens? 


Fittingly, the crawl will begin at the Newlands Forest, where Corrigall will introduce the theme and look at how humankind's connection to nature has been renewed in the wake of water shortages in this province. After a studio visit with a New Romantic artist, guests will meet Sarah Biggs, Rosie Mudge and other artists at the Barnard gallery in Newlands.


The crawl will conclude with an optional light lunch at Basilico in Newlands. 

Cost R350 (excluding an optional lunch)

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