This week the Four Seasons Hotel in Westcliff was the perfect venue for the official media launch of the FNB JorbugArtFair.
The launch was attended by members of the media, participating galleries, FNB JoburgArtFair sponsors, and partners amongst other guests. The purpose of the launch was to give media the first glance of what to expect this year and also to officially announce the FNB Art Prize winner.
“In preparing for the tenth-anniversary edition, we asked ourselves if we ever simply reflect on a scenario without imagining the potential outcomes, or envision a future without considering the past? So we used this natural moment of reflection and celebration as a framework for the focus of this year’s Fair – to interrogate how closely the acts of ‘Looking Back & Looking Forward’ are tied. We’ll be looking back at the legacy of Modern and Contemporary African Art while looking forward to the future possibilities of artistic practices, communities, and markets on the continent.” – Mandla Sibeko, Director of the FNB JoburgArtFair
The 10th year of the FNBJoburgArtFair is a remarkable milestone that would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our partners. First National Bank has played a pivotal role in supporting the arts through championing for a platform that creates access to the arts, in South Africa and the continent.
“The FNBJoburgArtFair continues to play a significant role in discovering the value that artists bring to society and has earned a reputation as the ideal place for those interested in African contemporary art. As a proudly South African bank with roots that extend into several other countries on the African continent and further afield, First National Bank (FNB) helps to sustain the support of art through this prestigious annual event.” – Mari Van Niekerk, Senior Communication and Sponsorship Manager at FNB
FNB JoburgArtFair welcomes back Robin Rhode- who was the featured artist of the very first Fair in 2008, to once again grace us with his participation as the 2017 featured artist. Rhode’s most recent body of work resonates with the concept of ‘Looking Forward’. He obscures obvious age, race or even gender from his imagery, favouring instead the constants of geometry, balance and colour theory. The results are eerily comforting avatars in the age of globalization – iconography with which anyone may identify.
Cartier has joined as a secondary sponsor of the FNBJoburgArtFair and will be supporting the arts, showcasing exceptional jewelry and watch creations, and a selection of artworks created but the students of Johannesburg-based art schools, The Artists Proof Studio and The Market Photo Workshop. The exhibition, part of the Maison’s support of emerging artists in South Africa, is titled “The Ordinary Becomes Precious”, and is inspired by Cartier’s Juste un Clou collection. Juste un Clou pieces magnify the precious qualities of everyday objects in a sublime take on the ordinary, embodying boldness, modernity, and innovation by offering a creative twist on a familiar object.
“This is our inaugural year as sponsors of the FNBJoburg ArtFair, and Cartier has always had strong ties to the world of art. In fact, the art of jewelry-making is one of the most ancient and universal forms of expression. We were driven to support the ArtFair as art and design are part of our identity. The creative spirit of Cartier resonates with that of the ArtFair.” – Sheila Anne Johnston, Cartier Country Manager
“We would like to thank First National Bank for their vision and continued support”. We especially want to thank our galleries, those who have been with us since our inception, and the new galleries whom we’re excited to welcome to this bumper edition. Another thank you to Cartier not only for their exquisite exhibitions but their enthusiasm and recognition of the value that art brings to society. Further, thanks are extended to our government partners, Gauteng Provincial Government, as well as the Department of Small Business Enterprise. We are very grateful and want to thank to Egon Zehnder for enabling our VIP programme, Artinsure for hosting the walkabouts and thank some of our other partners Vodacom, Pernot Ricard, Times Media Group, Lalela who are our partners in action for the education programme and Nelson Mandela Square. We look forward to continued relationships with these prestigious organisations.” – Mandla Sibeko Director of the FNB JoburgArtFair