The fifth edition of the Turbine Art Fair (TAF), brought to you by the Forum Company, took place at the iconic Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, from the 14th to 16th July 2017.
TAF has firmly established itself as a must-attend event on the annual South African art calendar. The fair is an excellent platform for both established and first time collectors to buy art from early career South African and African artists. This year was a lavish and lively event which offered the art consumer and appreciator a chance to purchase pieces, mingle with the art establishment and enjoy incredible food on offer by the Forum Company.
“The Turbine Art Fair has undoubtedly made its mark as a not-to-be-missed event for art lovers and those looking to learn more about South Africa’s rich art scene. With over 50 galleries and exhibits from across South Africa there’s bound to be something to catch everyone’s eye,” says Glynis Hyslop, TAF Director.
All applications have been carefully considered to ensure compliance with the core values of the fair and its organizers. Exhibitors, whether galleries, collectives or dealers were invited to exhibit contemporary artwork priced below R50 000 including VAT.
This year was a testament to the strength and vibrancy of the South African art scene. The fair was buzzing with thousands of Jo’burgers.
Here is a summary of some of DEKAT’s favorite stalls and pieces that were on show this year:
DF Contemporary is a contemporary art gallery established by Elton Faber in June 2013. Operating from their space in Woodstock, Cape Town, DF Contemporary showcases and promotes contemporary work by both emerging and established artists.
Steyn’s sculptures are delicate, uncanny caricatures of baboons; they cleverly and nervously look up at the viewer which induces a sense of discomfort. The sculptures seem vulnerable and are adorned with symbols of the Mexican Day of the Dead, in which Mexicans celebrate and mourn family members who have passed away. The piece has an environmental feel, which was a rising theme at the fair this year. One is made aware of the vulnerability of nature and the looming environmental crisis.
Since its inception in 2008, Salon 91 has served as a platform for both emerging and established South African artists of all disciplines to gain exposure through sharing their creativity and vision.
Salon 91 presented Kirsten Beets, a Western Cape based artist whose work focuses on illuminating pockets of Edens in the city. Flamingoes, hyenas and tigers are common themes in her ‘Henri Rousseauesque’ oil on canvas pieces. Her previous exhibition titled Mirage included images of swimming pools with lush botanicals and foliage – a reference to water shortages in Cape Town. Her works on show at TAF were darker in nature, perhaps a reference to the recent environmental disasters and massive natural fires in the Western Cape.
The Artists’ Press has been collaborating with artists and publishing limited edition prints for the last 26 years. They focus on working with Southern African artists to create the finest possible lithographs from their studio in Mpumalanga.
Botes has worked with The Artists’ Press since 2005. The Liberal Communist alludes to the political vultures who are currently circling around State Owned Enterprises such as Eskom. The photograph behind the rider is of a substation that Botes took in the Western Cape, a symbol of the abuse of power and of our vulnerability to those who control it.