Showcasing large-scale works at the MAX pavilionHighlights of the three-day art fair include MAX, a large pavilion showcasing massive sculpture, paintings, video, large-scale installations and live performances. A first in Africa, the MAX pavilion will host a massive painting by Misheck Masamvu, show-stopping sculpture by Brett Murray, a new collage by Jody Paulsen, a multimedia sculpture by Athi Patra-Ruga, a new work by Igshaan Adams commissioned especially for the fair and a large scale photographic print by the internationally acclaimed Zanele Muholi.
Nurturing new talent at Gallery LabAnother exciting area of the fair promises to be the Gallery Lab, a 600sqm 'incubator' where galleries and hybrid art spaces from across the continent will gather to present and test new artists and nurture emerging galleries. In addition to the gallery presentations, Gallery Lab will also become an active hub for workshops, talks, panel discussions and informal gatherings covering a wide array of topics relating to the needs and trends of the contemporary African creative economy. Curated by artist and gallerist Banele Khoza and fair manager Nicole Siegenthaler, Gallery Lab features nine galleries and artists from five different countries including 16/16 and Rele Gallery from Lagos, ELA Espaço Luanda Arte from Angola and Modzi Arts from Zambia
Connecting with the city at Gallery WeekendComplementing the fair at Sandton Convention Centre is Gallery Weekend, a lifestyle and art programme that includes art parties, music sessions, DJ sets, talks, art performances, film screenings, curated cocktail and wine tasting evenings and special exhibitions at venues including the Marble restaurant, Mesh Club and Mix Cocktail Bar at Keyes Art Mile, Publik wine bar, The Tennis Club and The Artivist in Braamfontein.
The official art fair opening night after party takes place at Greenhouse in Parktown North on Thu Sep 12 and on Sat Sep 14 there is another major Art Fair after party celebration at The Tennis Club in Ellis Park.
On Saturday September 14 join the Gallery Weekend gallery hop through Parktown North and Rosebank with a variety of exhibition openings, talks, live music and special installations happening at the area's top art galleries Stevenson, Gallery MOMO, Goodman Gallery, SMAC and Everard Read plus art-inspired cocktails at the rooftop restaurant and bar Marble at Keyes Art Mile.
Other Gallery Weekend events include an open studio afternoon on Sun Sep 15 at artist Wayne Barker's studio in New Doornfontein and 'Porompompompompo' a unique eight-hour exhibition on Sat Sep 14 at The Cosmopolitan in Maboneng where local artists will be constructing new site-specific installations and sculptures.
Read our complete guide to the Gallery Weekend programme here.