Cape Town Art Fair 2017 Presents a Diverse Display of Contemporary Art


The upcoming fifth edition of Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF) will offer a diverse display of contemporary art from leading local and international galleries. Over 75 exhibitors from established and emerging art centres including London, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Lagos, Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Harare, Nairobi, Accra and Dubai are participating in CTAF 2017.

The event takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 17-19 February, showcasing a variety of sections dedicated to large-scale installations, emerging artists and online art platforms.

The list of exhibitors include galleries which represent the quality and multiplicity of the thriving contemporary African art scene: STEVENSON (Cape Town; Johannesburg), Goodman Gallery (Cape Town; Johannesburg), Galerie Cecile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Ivory Coast), Blank Projects (Cape Town), SMAC Gallery (Cape Town; Johannesburg), Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana), Addis Fine Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), BLOOM Art Lagos (Nigeria), Everard Read (Cape Town; Johannesburg), and GalleryMOMO (Cape Town and Johannesburg), among others.

Beyond the African continent, galleries from throughout Europe include: Galleria Massimo Minini (Brescia), Primo Marella Gallery (Milan) and Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins and Havana) from Italy; British galleries Tiwani Contemporary, October Gallery, TAFETA and Art First, all from London; as well as Galerie Pascal Janssens (Gent, Belgium), Galerie Seippel (Cologne, Germany), ARTCO (Aachen, Germany), Galerie Caroline Smulders (Paris, France) and Sabrina Amrani(Madrid, Spain).

Increasing in size and scope, CTAF 2017 will include a new section, UNFRAMED, dedicated to ambitious, large-scale works created by GalleryMOMO artist Mary Sibande, Everard Read artist Liza Grobler, and Katharien de Villiers and Michael Linders from up-and-coming gallery, SMITH.

Returning to CTAF is the Tomorrows/Today section, a curated cross-section of the most exciting emerging artists from Africa. DIGITAL PLATFORMS is a new addition to the Fair’s MAGAZINE & PUBLICATIONS section, intended to bring together the world’s most relevant voices in art journalism.

Using a digital interface, fairgoers will be able to engage and interact with online art platforms. CTAF2017 will also include a section entitled PAST/MODERN, displaying modern Southern African artists.

In the CULTURAL PLATFORMS section of the fair, non-profit art institutions and initiatives will display their art collections. LALELA, an organisation offering art education to at-risk youth, will be included in the section, as well as at a satellite venue in the V&A Waterfront where they will further engage with the public.

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