Taking place from 15-17 February at the CTICC, the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019 boasts more than 100 galleries and exhibitors from around Africa and the world, with shows, live performances and talks thrown into the mix. 

The Investec Cape Town Art Fair has always been at the forefront of the African art scene, providing a globally-recognised platform showcasing a diversity of contemporary art from across the continent. These are DECO’s five must-see experiences taking place at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair:

1. Talks programme

Listen to esteemed scholars and curators from a range of different backgrounds discuss the state of exhibition making today in the Investec Cape Town Art Fair’s panel discussion ‘Curating in the 21st Century’.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019
Image: Mohamed Somji Photo courtesy Alserkal Avenue

2. Tomorrows/Today

Showcasing a group of creatives who are positioned to be tomorrow’s prominent names in contemporary art, this part of the fair offers the opportunity to discover exciting emerging and under-recognised talents, as selected by Investec Cape Town Art Fair curator Tumelo Mosaka.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019
‘Blue Suku’, ‘Aja Nloso in Torlowei’, ‘Calabar Bun Trio’ and ‘Teal Gele (Carla Grima)’, all from the Chroma: An Ode to J.D

3. Digital directions

This year’s SOLO section of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair is made up of solo exhibitions that explore the effects of the digital world on our lives. A mixture of mediums form the basis of this extensive presentation, where new and traditional skills intersect to examine the strained relationship between the real and the digital, and how the cyber world impacts art as a whole.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019
Image: Apalazzo Gallery – Ibrahim Mahama

4. The world stage

A huge contingency of international galleries have returned to the fair, with institutions from Melbourne, Paris, Rome and Dubai to name but a few. This showing not only presents a rare chance to see an array of works, but also reminds of the importance of global support of the contemporary African art scene.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019
Image: ‘Physichromie’ by Carlos Cruz-Diez

5. Afrika rising

In an effort to raise awareness of African galleries and encourage dialogue surrounding the fact that the appreciation of modern African art is growing from strength to strength worldwide, the fair has ensured that a number of African art institutions have been represented alongside notable names in the South African gallery circuit including Goodman Gallery, Stevenson, Everard Read CIRCA, SMITH and Gallery MOMO.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019
Image: Dickens Otieno, Conjoined with Emerging Reds, 2018

To find out more about the event, visit the official website – investeccapetownartfair.co.za

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