October 1, 2019

Why did the Joburg Art Fair, now Art Joburg lose its pan-African, international persona?

When the Joburg Art Fair (JAF) was established in 2008 it was advanced by Artlogic as a pan-African platform. At the time, this guiding ethos was difficult to achieve, given there w...

September 3, 2019

Over the years gallerists have spoken fondly of the decisive Joburg art collector. They are revered beings who apparently appear at the Joburg Art Fair on opening night and cutting through the maelstrom of art, VIP champagne, and socialites acquire art on the spot. The...

August 20, 2019

When I enter Banele Khoza’s Braamfontein studio, I’m confronted with an idyllic, expected, timeless, art studio scene. Khoza, brush in hand, is busy with a live portrait. His subject is a young man balanced on a stool in front of the easel. Khoza hasn’t set this up for...

August 20, 2019

Everyone wants a piece of William Kentridge and they can have one... Even at the RMB Turbine Art Fair this year there was one for sale this year at David Krut’s stand. Kentridge is the most well known contemporary artist in this country. The most well-known South Afric...

August 19, 2019

In arriving at insights, tracking patterns and gauging perceptions, Corrigall & Co rely heavily on conversations and in-depth interviews with other art specialists or stakeholders. We were very fortunate to have had the chance to interview Kenneth Montague. Not only do...

August 17, 2019

The South African art community was dealt a terrible blow last week, when the artist David Koloane passed away. He was 81 so it wasn’t exactly premature, however, it was impossible to think of the Joburg art scene continuing without him. He was a very active member of...

June 24, 2019

It was perhaps no coincidence that two of South Africa’s top tier galleries – Stevenson and Goodman – both announced in the week before Art Basel that they were opening spaces in Europe. They are the only two African-based galleries that participate in this fair. The a...

May 31, 2019

May is ‘Africa’ month in South Africa and as is the case with Women’s Month, it is only useful if it functions as more than an opportunity to ‘celebrate’ and also serves as a chance to analyse the flawed and limited ways we connect to the continent. 

In cultural spheres...

March 28, 2019

“Changes are afoot… a new report… looks set to blast away some of the shadowy mystique of the art world with some cold hard facts - or at least something a little more objective than fashion,” wrote Graham Wood in the Financial Mail. Read the PDF VERSION OF HIS TWO PAG...

March 14, 2019

Lists of ‘important’ African artists to ‘watch now’ have become the expedient way to navigate art from a large continent. It is a seemingly impenetrable ‘category’ of contemporary art, given no one can presume to have in depth knowledge of art from each African country...

February 22, 2019

“I didn’t expect it to be so South African,” remarked a Nigerian gallerist on the last day of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. The comment seemed at odds with the more widely held perception that this annual event at the city’s convention centre was undeniably ‘interna...

January 28, 2019

Is contemporary art over? It’s a question that perhaps the 2011 book Defining Contemporary art: 25 Years in 200 Pivotal Artworks promoted by virtue of its title.  If we were a quarter of a century into the ‘contemporary’ period, surely its conclusion was eminent? This...

July 23, 2018

AT the 2013 Joburg Art Fair David Goldblatt's ingrained sense of ethics and activism saw him take a stand, quite literally. He removed all the images from a stand dedicated to his work and refused to reinstall them until the organisers of the fair, ArtLogic, agreed to...

July 16, 2018

"David Goldblatt has a discreet presence. A habitual observer of South African society, it seems appropriate that his physical attendance is understated. I follow his diminutive and wiry frame, which is concealed under a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, to a cluttered stud...

July 9, 2018

Given David Goldblatt lived in Joburg it wasn't unexpected that this city was perhaps his most steadfast muse. In a way like most of us who have lived here, you can never really fully know this city; it is too large and is constantly expanding. It kept Goldblatt busy a...

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