African art scene blooms in South Africa

first_imgArtist David Koloane attends the 2013 Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg. (Image: Turbine Art Fair)• Ross Douglas Founder and directorArtlogic+27 11 447 3868• Jade MacCallumMarketing ManagerTurbine Art Fair+27 11 575 3698• Liza Dyason ProducerCape Town Art Fair+27 21 674 5644Lucille DavieThe African contemporary art scene is blooming in South Africa, with one fair going into its seventh year, and two others having a second showing this year.The longest-running of them, the FNB Joburg Art Fair, is planning its seventh splash in August this year in Sandton, in the northern suburbs of the city of gold. “As we sit down to plan for the seventh edition of the FNB Joburg Art Fair, we are very excited to [get] feedback on what a pivotal year 2013 was for the African contemporary art scene,” says Ross Douglas, the director and founder of Artlogic, the company that initially conceived the idea.In 2013, 33 galleries participated, with groups in Mozambique, Nigeria and Zimbabwe showcasing work, while galleries in England, France, Germany and Spain took floor space too. Douglas says sales were up 25%, with R20-million raked in. Some 10 000 visitors attended the fair, which was held in September.Artlogic was founded by Douglas in 2004, with its first venture a production of William Kentridge’s 9 Films for Projection, shown in South Africa and New York, as well as The Magic Flute. Artlogic also produces the FoodWineDesign Fair, and the Winter Sculpture Fair, held in the scenic surrounds of the Nirox Foundation sculpture park, in the Cradle of Humankind, some 40km north-west of Johannesburg.Douglas says that the Joburg Art Fair is now on the international art calendar, and the 2013 edition secured interviews on German National Radio, Deutsche Welle, Monocle, Art Tactic and the AMA newsletter. There were also six African pavilions at the Venice Biennale 2013, he adds, and the Golden Lion for the best national pavilion was awarded to Angola.Two new art fairs“While we [had] been pioneers for five years, 2013 saw no fewer than two new art fairs in South Africa.” The first Cape Town Art Fair took place in October, with the second planned for late February this year. And the first Turbine Art Fair, in Newtown in downtown Joburg, took place in July; the second is planned for July this year.In total, 28 South African galleries were represented in Newtown, with the aim to create a platform for aspiring art collectors to buy art, says Jade MacCallum, the marketing manager of the Forum Company, which conceived and organised the event. A ceiling of R25 000 was set for the artworks.“The project was started by The Forum with the purpose to educate, include and excite people about the wonderful world of art, people [who] wouldn’t ordinarily be exposed to art or galleries. Sharing art experiences enables us to live out our passion and create opportunities,” says MacCallum. Some 3 000 people attended the two-day event, and she says the organisers are satisfied that they achieved their aim.The second Cape Town Art Fair takes place at the start of the year in which Cape Town is World Design Capital (WDC). “WDC is a biannual honour, awarded by the International Council for Societies of Industrial Design, to cities across the globe to show their commitment using design as a social, cultural and economic development tool,” indicate the organisers of the fair, Fiero Milano Africa.In all, 40 galleries took stands at the first Cape Town fair, most of which were from the city. Asked why it took Cape Town so long to have an art fair, Liza Dyason, the event producer, said: “I’m uncertain why it took so long… the idea seems obvious. Until now it was felt that the market was primarily Joburg-based but with the enormous developments and investments going into art and design in the Mother City, the [Cape Town Art Fair] was seen as an important addition to the events that are planned, especially with Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 in mind.”Fiera Milano Africa director Louise Cashmore says: “The success of the first fair in 2013 clearly illustrated that the time was right for Cape Town to host an art fair of this nature. Cape Town is an international city and home to many of the country’s leading contemporary artists, curators and galleries.”Other spin-offsAnother spin-off was the 1.54 Contemporary African Art Fair, held in London in October 2013. Artists from Tanzania, Mali, Angola and Benin exhibited, and galleries from Equatorial New Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, and South Africa took stands. Alongside these galleries were several European dealers who have an interest in work from Africa: Milan’s Galleria Continua, London’s Jack Bell and Berlin’s Mikael Andersen, among others.In November, the announcement of the first major private art museum in Africa was made: the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa will open in late 2016 in Cape Town. Jochen Zeitz has committed his collection of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora in perpetuity as the museum’s founding collection. Not only will he underwrite the running costs of the museum, but he will provide “a substantial acquisition budget to allow the museum to acquire new important artworks over time to remain on the edge of contemporary cultural production”, according to a statement by the V&A Waterfront, his partner in the venture.The museum will focus on collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting “cutting edge contemporary art”. It will be housed in the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront, with the V&A committing over R500-million to the development. “Built in 1921, and at 57m tall, the Grain Silo remains an icon of the Cape Town skyline. This investment will further the development of art in Africa and acknowledges the important cultural and financial contribution the visual arts sector makes.”Around the time of the announcement, Zeitz said: “Over the last two decades, Africa has played an important role in both my professional and private life. My collection has been strategically built over many years specifically with the goal to create an internationally relevant public contemporary art museum in Africa. After considering many cities across Africa, I am excited to partner with the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. It is an iconic location in an iconic city, and will be situated in a historic landmark building. This will make my collection accessible to local, national, continental and international audiences.”Douglas says that this year, more galleries from Africa and Europe will participate in the Joburg Art Fair, but the core theme will remain African. England, France, Germany, Mozambique, Nigeria, Spain and Zimbabwe will be represented, and so far 33 galleries have confirmed their attendance, 11 of which are new to the event.“One of Artlogic’s primary aims with the FNB Joburg Art Fair is to grow the audience for art from Africa,” he says.last_img read more

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Official Copa Libertadores final postponed

first_imgThe Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate has been postponed to Sunday after torrential rains in Buenos Aires left the pitch unplayable.According to AS English, the match officials carried out a pitch inspection at 19:15 CEST and confirmed the first leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores could not be played today.Tournament organisers Conmebol have confirmed the game will be played tomorrow, Sunday, at 20:00 CEST (16:00 local time)🏆 ¡A esperar un día más para la gran final de la #CONMEBOLLibertadores! 🔜 @BocaJrsOficial y @CARPoficial jugarán este domingo. pic.twitter.com/xbAfQUQ9iDRiver Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).— CONMEBOL Libertadores (@Libertadores) November 10, 2018Sources at Boca Juniors had previously told some sources that there was “no chance of the game being played”, and despite the pitch draining well continuous rain saw the game forced to be postponed.Considering the attention of the world will be focused on the first leg of the Copa Libertadores this Saturday, Boca’s ground staff had been working throughout to week to have the pitch in optimal conditions.AS’ Boca sources equally confirmed a special drainage system is in place at the Alberto J. Armando stadium to deal with the heavy rain, but the level of precipitation proved to be too much even for the up to date technology.last_img read more

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Redknapp Disloyal Arnautovics China move driven by greed

first_imgFormer West Ham manager Harry Redknapp slammed Marko Arnautovic’s decision to leave the club in favour of a lucrative move to ChinaThe Austrian forward’s agent and brother, Danijel Arnautovic, released a statement announcing his wish to seal a £35m move to China on Thursday.This came shortly after Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini claimed that the reports of interest from an unnamed Chinese club in Arnautovic were just “rumours”.West Ham have since released a statement of their own that announces they will not be selling Arnautovic in this month’s transfer window.Now Redknapp, who coached the likes of Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand at West Ham between 1994 to 2001, has hit out against Arnautovic.“They come and they go,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “A mate of mine had a horse and named it ‘We’ve Got Payet’.“And I told him in six months he’ll have to rename that horse ‘We Had Payet’. That’s how it works.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Forget loyalty. The days of people staying at clubs forever is long gone.“I don’t know the boy, but he never looks that happy. He’s a real good player, he’s got great talent, but it’s a shame for West Ham fans. It’s sad really but that’s the way it’s gone.“It’s not like it was when it was all lads who came from within an area, played for West Ham, that was their club and they were all happy to be there.“Now, there are probably four or five of them who would love the chance to jump ship and move to China or anywhere else they can make a few quid.“In their mind and the agent’s mind, they’re just thinking of the next move where they can make a few quid.”West Ham will host Arsenal at the London Stadium this Saturday in a Premier League match.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Air Force will establish a new information operations technical training school at Hurlburt Field, Fla., beginning in late fiscal 2019, officials announced this week. The decision to create a dedicated training school follows the service’s creation of the information operations career field and Air Force specialty code in late 2016, according to a news release. The 14- to 15-week-long curriculum will consolidate and integrate content from existing courses, including information operations intelligence integration, military deception, operational security and psychological operations. … The University of Illinois system last week launched the Illinois Defense Network, an initiative designed to bring together industry, government and academic stakeholders to strengthen the state’s defense supply chain. The initiative, funded through a grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, also covered a university system study which found that defense spending contributes billions of dollars to the Illinois economy and supports more than 100,000 jobs, reports the Daily Illini.IBM photo by John Mottern Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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