FNB Joburg Art Fair was an amazing event of visual arts that took place between the 27 to 29 September 2013 at Sandton Convention Centre. Curators, artists, collectors and other interesting personalities from the art industry were present to exhibit the creative work of artists throughout South Africa. Even with the controversy of some art pieces that caused drama throughout the media the fair presented an incredible array of exceptional artworks across mediums and disciplines.
Ayanda Mabulu’s painting ‘yakhali’ nkomo’ created a lot of media attention after it was removed by the organisers from the exhibition with the fear of losing sponsorship from the government. David Goldblatt one of the featured artist together with other exhibitors took down their work to protest and get the painting back on display.
Mocke J van Vueren and Nelisiwe Xaba were the winners of FNB Art Prize for their video piece Uncles and Angels. They won R100 000 and had their work presented at the fair in a dedicated booth. The video is a 3D stereoscopic film created from the live performance of the same name.
Ross Douglas the Artlogic Director announced that 33 galleries have approved on exhibiting the artworks from South Africa and 11 of these will be taking place for the first time. Douglas mentioned that “the international interest and demand of Africa contemporary art is steadily on the rise” and that has been showed by galleries across the world that includes England, France, Germany, Mozambique, Spain, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.