The Investec Cape Town Art Fair is around the corner so we’ve brought you a guide to all the remarkable galleries and artists that will be on show. With the fair celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, it seems appropriate that the theme is the notion of time. This theme is appropriately wide-ranging and encompasses ideas related to the past, present and future, including the ever-important concept of change that comes with the passing of time both for humans and the world around us.
Different sections will explore this theme to mark a decade of the art fair, and events will highlight the art fair’s journey and impact over the last decade. By bringing together a diverse group of celebrated exhibitors, including prominent galleries from around the globe, Investec Cape Town Art Fair has provided an opportunity to showcase Cape Town, the city’s people and their creative achievements.
In presenting and welcoming the participating galleries, Investec Cape Town Art Fair Director Laura Vincenti says, “Investec Cape Town Art Fair continues to evolve and grow with those who support it. Together with this extraordinary visual arts community, we have created a platform for the advancement of all. Our progress has not been confined to the visual arts sector, because we have had a positive impact in all areas related to our practice. Investec Cape Town Art Fair welcomes you. Cape Town welcomes you. Together we will reflect on an amazing decade and plan the decade ahead.”
More than 70 South African, African and international galleries are participating in the fair – the full list is presented at the end of this article.
As in the past, the Investec Cape Town Art Fair will be divided into sections:
- Tomorrows/Todayis titled In and Out of Time and is curated by independent curators Natasha Becker (San Francisco, United States) and Dr Mariella Franzoni (Barcelona, Spain). The theme is taken from the title of a poem by Maya Angelou, about everlasting love and suffering. Exploring love, affection and suffering, Tomorrows/Todayengages with the link between our bodies, minds and social settings, our experiences of time, memory, history, imagination, action and desire. This will consist of 10 booths reflecting the decade of the art fair.
- SOLO is curated by South African author, critic, journalist, and editor Sean O’Toole and is titled Time’s Labyrinth. It looks at the relationship between drawing and photography. This curatorial project is loosely informed by a speculation of art critic John Berger: “Isn’t drawing the polar opposite of a photo? The latter stops time, arrests it, whereas a drawing flows with it. Could we think of drawings as eddies on the surface of the stream of time?” (What Times Is It? 2019).
- Past/Modernis curated by art dealer and adviser João Ferreira (Lagos, Portugal), which adds historical context to the fair through gallery-curated presentations of Modern masters from 1940 to 2000.
- Continuing the focus of connoisseurship and collector motivation, galleries will show past/modern works with the inclusion of one major contemporary work, to encourage the discourse on the influence of historical works on contemporary statements.
- EDITIONS showcases leading galleries and workshops that specialise in prints, multiples and editions.
- ALT debuted in 2022 and is dedicated to alternative galleries that reflect how technology continuously impacts the art world. Projects reflect the many ways in which the art world has had to adapt in response to the global shift from the physical to virtual. Young, non-traditional exhibitors have the opportunity to showcase their artists in a nonconventional way.
- Also to look out for is the talks programme curated by executive leader and strategic advisor Charlotte Ashamu, walkabouts and Gallery Night.
- Added to the 2023 programme is a new invitation-only event called Art Speed Dating, which is a unique networking opportunity that allows professionals in the art sector to establish connections in a fast-paced and highly interactive format. Organised in collaboration with The Art Momentum, participants from different areas of specialization, including the visual arts, media, cultural heritage and institutions, and other creative professions, will engage with one another across disciplines, to exchange ideas and, hopefully, initiate new cross-cultural projects.
The 10th Investec Cape Town Art Fair runs from 17-19 February 2023 at the Cape Town International Conference Centre from 11h00 to 19h00.
Tickets can be purchased via the Webtickets link on www.investeccapetownartfair.co.za
Participating International Galleries:
31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
Afriart Gallery (Kampala, Uganda)
AGorgi Gallery (Tunis, Tunisia)
Anna Laudel (Istanbul, Turkey)
ARTCO Gallery (Aachen, Berlin, Germany)
Atelier le Grand Village (Massignac, France)
Bode (Berlin, Germany)
C24 Gallery (New York, United States)
ERA Gallery (Milan, Italy)
First Floor Gallery Harare (Harere, Zimbabwe)
Galerie Atiss Dakar (Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Carole Kvasnevski (Paris, France)
Galerie EIGEN + ART (Leipzig, Berlin, Germany)
Galleria Six (Milan, Italy)
Gallerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana)
Madragoa (Lisbon, Portugal),
Giovanni Bonelli (Milan, Pietrsanta, Italy)
LAB36+Senda (Barcelona, Spain)
LIS10 Gallery (Arezzo, Italy)
Madragoa (Lisbon, Portugal)
Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art (Cairo, Egypt)
Michela Rizzo (Venice, Italy),
Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea (Milan, Italy)
OH GALLERY (Dakar, Sénégal)
Ora Loapi (Gaborone, Botswana)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Côte d’Ivoire, Abidjan, Dakar, Senegal, Paris, France)
Osart Gallery (Milan, Italy)
P420 (Bologna, Italy)
Primo Marella Gallery (Milan, Italy)
Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani (Milan, Lucca, Italy)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
Shazar Gallery (Naples, Italy)
Strouk gallery (Paris, France)
Suburbia Contemporary (Barcelona, Spain)
THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE GALLERY (Lisbon, Portugal, Luanda, Angola)
Reiners Contemporary Art (Marbella, Spain)
Participating South African Galleries:
131 A Gallery (Cape Town)
99 Loop Gallery (Cape Town)
Asisebenze Art Atelier (Johannesburg)
ArtThrob (Cape Town)
Artist Proof Studio (Johannesburg)
Bag Factory Artists’ Studios (Johannesburg)
Barnard Gallery (Cape Town)
Berman Contemporary (Johannesburg)
BKhz Gallery (Johannesburg)
blank projects (Cape Town)
Bubblegum Gallery (Johannesburg)
Christopher Moller Gallery (Cape Town)
CHURCH Projects (Cape Town)
Dale Sargent Fine Art (Johannesburg)
Deepest Darkest (Cape Town)
EBONY/CURATED (Cape Town, Franschhoek)
Eclectica Contemporary (Cape town)
Everard Read (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Franschhoek, London)
Gallery De Move On (Cape Town)
Goodman Gallery (Cape Town, Johannesburg, London)
Guns & Rain (Johannesburg)
Kalashnikovv Gallery (Johannesburg)
LL Editions Contemporary (Johannesburg)
Nel (Cape Town)
RESERVOIR (Cape Town)
Riaan Bolt Antiques (Johannesburg)
SMAC Gallery (Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Johannesburg)
STEVENSON (Cape Town)
South Atlantic Press (Cape Town)
Southern Guild (Cape Town)
Thomarts Gallery (Johannesburg)
THK Gallery (Cape Town)
Untitled (Cape Town)
Vault Research (Cape Town)
WALL (Cape Town)
WHATIFTHEWORLD (Cape Town)
Worldart (Cape Town)