The Turbine Art Fair returns to the iconic Turbine Hall in Newtown for its fourth year from 14 - 17 July 2016. Sponsored and organised by The Forum Company, the fair offers audiences a look at the best emerging and established talents under one roof at affordable prices. Art.co.za took a look at seven things you should see at this year's TAF16.
1. Contemporary artwork available below R40 000
TAF is a platform for galleries, curators and other art organisations to promote emerging and established talents to a new art audience and collector base. The 40 000 or below price tag allows new art collectors to start buying art in a unique and un-daunting way and brings the best galleries and artists under one roof.
This year's fair sees over 50 galleries, exhibits and installations showcasing the best contemporary and emerging African talent.
2. #FreshProduce Emerging Artist Exhibition
This year's Fresh Produce Exhibition, in association with RMB, features a larger group of emerging artists than the 2015 Turbine Art Fair showcase. Curated by Rolihlahla Mhlanga, the showcase is aimed at creating an opportunity for the selected artists, young and emerging, to participate and showcase their art on a larger stage.
The preparations for the exhibition began in February 2016 with artists signing up for the 'Artists Career Development Course' facilitated by Assemblage. The course is guided by a mentorship programme involving mentors David Koloane, Anthea Moys, Usha Seejarim and Frances Goodman who will assisted in overseeing the development of the artist's final work for the Turbine Art Fair, as well as to encourage the artists growth with regards to professional practice.
Curated especially for the Turbine Art Fair, Emerging Painters The Graduate Show was a sell-out success at TAF15. The exhibition features some of the best post-graduate painting from fine arts departments across South Africa.
There is currently a resurgence in painting as the medium of choice in art schools across the country with some of the most interesting and engaging works produced in this medium on both graduate and post-graduate level. This exhibition is an attempt to track this current phenomenon in South African art departments.
4. #UNPLUGGED Interactive Talks Programme
Sponsored by Artinsure and hosted by one of Mail & Guardian's 200 Young Achievers in 2015, Hlengiwe Vilakazi, #UNPLUGGED is an free interview-style talk which reveals the personal stories, histories and ambitions of up and coming individuals making waves in the visual arts. Zwelethu Machepa, Vusi Beauchamp and Blessing Ngobeni are featured artists.
5. Exciting Art Installations
A series of interesting art installations, curated by Suzie Copperthwaite, will be showcased around the venue. These installations showcase some of the exciting talents we have in the art form of installations in South Africa and become major talking points at TAF16.
Featured artists include Andrew Lindsay & Bobby Rodwell (Spaza Art Gallery), Isabelle Grobler (Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery), Nicci Olivier (Assemblage) and Emma Willemse (outoftheCUBE)
6. JAG exhibition in association with Strauss & Co and Artinsure
Following on from the enormous success of the Johannesburg Art Gallery's collection of Multiples exhibition at TAF15, this year's exhibition will showcase a juxtaposition of the works of Francisco Goya and Diane Victor.
In anticipation of Victor's retrospective at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in November 2016, JAG has decided to pay tribute to Victor's Disasters of Peace series (2001 - present) in an exhibition that situates them with a selection of works from Goya's Los Caprichos (1797 - 1798). Victor's Disasters of Peace can be said to draw inspiration from Goya's Disasters of War series (1810 - 1820), but there are also many correlations between this body of work and Los Caprichos.
7. TASA Award 2015 Solo Exhibition - Sarah Biggs
Winner of the TAF & Sylt Emerging Artist Residency
Award (TASA) award for 2015, Sarah Biggs will have her own solo exhibition at #TAF16 and showing work inspired by her residency on Sylt Island.
The Turbine Art Fair, in association with the Sylt Foundation, awards a residency annually to an emerging artist living in South Africa. The TASA 2016 prize will be also officially presented during the Turbine Art Fair.
The Turbine Art Fair runs from 14 - 17 July 2016 at the Turbine Hall, 65 Ntemi Piliso Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.