Sunday, August 17, 2014

Johannesburg Art Fair 2014

Africa's premier contemporary art fair, the FNB Johannesburg Art Fair will take place this week (Aug. 22-24) at the Sandton Convention Cenre, Jo'burg. Congrats to the organizers of this very important event. While a few of the more established galleries that came from the US and Europe in the past are apparently absent this year, there is a strong presence of Nigerian dealers (Arthouse, Art 21, and Omenka), which is a clear indication that Lagos--like the Nigerian economy since the re-calibration a few months ago--is hot now, at least when it comes to buying and selling art. The fair organizers are quite aware of this, as they are featuring two Nigerian art forums on the opening day:
  • "Current tendencies of the Nigerian Art Scene": Speakers: Joseph Gergel (Curator at African Artists' Foundation and Co-Curator at Lagos Photo Festival), Oliver Enwonwu (Director of Omenka Gallery, founder of Omenka Magazine and Head of the Society of Nigerian Artists); Moderator: Bronwyn Law-Viljoen

  • "Collectors Forum: Focus on Nigeria": Speakers: Sammy Olagbaju (Collector), Prince Yemisi Shyllon (Collector and founder of Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation, Lagos), Kavita Chellaram (CEO of Arthouse Contemporary, Lagos); Moderator: Bomi Odufunade

Here is the plan/layout of this year's fair:

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