Guns & Rain goes ‘Offline’ for Johannesburg’s Turbine Art Fair
Contemporary art start-up will showcase artists from SA, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana
The Turbine Art Fair (TAF15) kicks off on 16th July 2015 for the third year running in Johannesburg, South Africa. The fair is a platform for over 40 galleries, curators and art organisations to promote accessible and affordable art by emerging and established contemporary artists.
This year, online contemporary African art start-up Guns & Rain will bring some diversity to the mostly-South African offering of the Turbine Art Fair, presenting, amongst others, the work of Namibian artists Nicky Marais, Andrew Van Wyk and Lok Kandjengo, as well as Zimbabwean artists Admire Kamudzengerere, Wallen Mapondera, and Richard Witikani.
“Turbine Art fair is a fabulous showcase of talent and a great way to start collecting art in a unique and un-daunting way, bringing the best galleries and artists under one roof” says Glynis Hyslop, MD of The Forum Company, the main sponsor and organizer of TAF15.
Guns & Rain is a curated online gallery of work by contemporary fine artists from southern Africa, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. Buyers can order their art online and have it delivered anywhere in the world.
“Whilst African contemporary art is firmly trendy on the global scene, African artists are still significantly under-represented online. This is something that Guns & Rain seeks to change”, says Guns & Rain founder and director Julie Taylor. “Even though our focus is online, it’s also great to give people the opportunity to see work by Guns & Rain artists in the flesh”.
Taylor continues: “I’m excited to be exhibiting at next month’s Turbine Art Fair, and delighted to showcase the work of South African artists like Bevan de Wet, as well as Namibian and Zimbabwean artists such as Marais, Kandjengo, Kamudzengererere and Mapondera. Artists from the wider region need greater exposure in South Africa, and South Africans need to learn more about their neighbouring countries, their history and their visual art.”
“The internet provides a huge opportunity for African contemporary art. Finding and buying art is no longer as tricky or as intimidating as it used to be, and African contemporary art is increasingly accessible. I’m looking forward to seeing African artists, including those from Namibia and Zimbabwe, rise in prominence” says Taylor.
Visitors to TAF15 will also be able to take part in the daily talks programme with influential South African speakers from the world of art, collecting and design. Topics include art collecting; creative collaborations between visual arts and other creative disciplines; art printmaking and editions; and personal stories from young artists and professionals including Hlengiwe Vilakati (curator and gallerist), Benon Lutaaya (artist, Bag Factory), Senzo Shabangu (artist, David Krut Projects).
Last but not least, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, established in 1915, will be showing original drawings, mixed media works and multiples by some of the greatest and most influential international artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries. The exhibition brings together jewels from the museum’s own exceptional collection in a celebration of the genres and scope of paper works, which are often more affordable and accessible to collectors. Artists will include Pablo Picasso, Lucien Freud, Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein and Damien Hirst.