FNB Joburg Art Fair
Written by Tamara Arden
The FNB Joburg Art Fair is a platform for a growing art scene full of collectors, observers and consumers. The event attracts a varied audience, creating a platform for dialogue and exchange, which goes outside the realms of the arts.
This year presented an array of special projects, an annual programme of curated shows that take place alongside Gallery, Young Gallery and Art Platform booth exhibits.
Part of this year’s focus was on young galleries. Highlighting La New Gallery from Madrid, Red Door Gallery from Lagos and Tilanda from Maputo, the work had an intrinsic grip on younger minds and how they approach aesthetics and the structure around the works.
Many art rationales found themselves picking at current affairs, the state of the country, socio-economic commentary linked to the transport industry while others took to print making as a visual nostalgia or what felt like large scale fields of abstract dreams through polka dots, wallpapers, and mixed media.
Many artists pulled through to exhibit for their first time, and were humbled by the experience, expressing that art is not always for the ‘elite’ and put forward approachable buying methods, for artists who’s budget was that of a students or young professional.
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