Only seven weeks to the 16th edition of FNB Art Joburg
with gallery HUB
Reflecting on the last edition of FNB Art Joburg, founder and managing director, Mandla Sibeko spoke to how contemporary artists in Africa and the diaspora are leading the global visual conversation in what’s next in research, concept, materiality and abstraction. “Johannesburg has a very exciting culture scene. The culture producers from across the continent, working here, are shaping a new discourse and reflecting the pulse of the change. It’s so refreshing and different from anywhere else in the world,” he said. “So when you do come to Johannesburg, you’ll be completely inspired because it’s a different take. Of the many cities you can visit in the world, you’ll never get the feeling you get when you come to Johannesburg.”
Taking on a hybrid approach where curatorial and commercial interventions meet, the fair is divided into six specialised sections: gallery HUB, gallery LAB, MAX, ETC, AUX, and ORG sections. Referred to as gallery HUB, the fair’s central section presents the best in contemporary art from across the continent in line with the objective to be a quality rather than quantity focused fair. FNB Art Joburg is proud to have the following galleries, amongst others exhibit this year; BKhz, blank, Eclectic Contemporary, Everard Read, First Floor Gallery Harare, Gallery MOMO, Goodman Gallery, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Stevenson, Suburbia Contemporary and WHATIFTHEWORLD. This week we spotlight Everard Read, First Floor Gallery Harare, Goodman Gallery, and Stevenson.
Based in a 360 square metre gallery in Woodstock, Cape Town, blank was founded by Jonathan Garnham as a project space in 2005 before transitioning into a commercial gallery in 2012. The gallery represents emerging and increasingly established artists from the region in a critically engaged programme that emphasises contemporality, with a focus on concept and abstraction in the African context.
Directors: Jonathan Garnham, Hannah Lewis, Catherine Humphries
Established in 1913 in Johannesburg, Everard Read is Africa’s oldest and one of its largest commercial art galleries. It has spaces in Cape Town, Franschhoek, Johannesburg and London. Always dynamic, the gallery strives to maximise the exposure and dissemination of fine contemporary painting and sculpture to a broad audience. As significant contributors to the already vibrant cultural life of South Africa, Everard Read and Everard Read’s CIRCA gallery maintain a strong and unique identity. A programme of both solo and group exhibitions, often accompanied by publications, serves to showcase established contemporary artists alongside the emerging, younger generation of artistic talent. Whilst artists from the United Kingdom, Europe, and the USA are exhibited, the gallery retains at its core a stable of prominent South African artists.
Directors: Mark Read, Monique Howse, Charles Shield
First Floor Gallery Harare
First Floor Gallery is an independent international contemporary artist-led gallery and educational space. Founded in 2009, FFGH is dedicated to supporting international career development of the emerging generation of contemporary Zimbabwean artists and beyond.
Directors: Valerie kabov and Marcus Gora
Goodman Gallery is an international contemporary art gallery with locations in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London. The gallery represents artists whose work confronts entrenched power structures and inspires social change.
Goodman Gallery has held the reputation as a pre-eminent art gallery on the African continent since 1966. It has been pivotal in shaping contemporary South African art, bringing Lisa Brice, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, David Koloane, Sam Nhlengethwa and Sue Williamson to the world’s attention for the first time during the apartheid era.
Since Liza Essers became owner and director in 2008, the gallery roster has grown by more than 30 international artists, with a focus on women from the African Diaspora and beyond.
Goodman Gallery has a global programme working with prominent and emerging international artists whose work engages in a dialogue with African and post-colonial contexts.
Director: Liza Essers
Stevenson was founded in 2003 and has spaces in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Amsterdam. Since its inception, the gallery’s exhibition programme has connected local artists to the global art world, and introduced international practitioners to South African audiences. In 2012, the gallery initiated its current partnership structure, and it is currently owned and operated as a collective by its 13 directors.
Directors: Federica Angelucci, Marc Barben, Lerato Bereng, Joost Bosland, David Brodie, Sinazo Chiya, Andrew da Conceicao, Jessica Honeyman, Lanese Jaftha, Sisipho Ngodwana, Sophie Perryer, Alexander Richards and Michael Stevenson.