Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019 wrap up | African art on the rise

21 Feb 2019

Ingrid Booth

Digital content specialist, Investec

Caroline Edey Van Wyk

Digital content specialist, Investec

The 2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair saw crowds flock to the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 15-17 February to be inspired by contemporary art from Africa and the world. 

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Highlights from the 2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair

 

If you missed this year's Fair, here is a roundup of some of the best moments.

A young fair that’s setting the standard for African contemporary art

This year the Investec Cape Town Art Fair truly lived up to its reputation as the platform that brings Africa to the world, and the world to Africa. With a record number of local and international visitors through the door, and some 100 galleries from across the globe exhibiting, it’s grown into Africa’s choice contemporary art destination.
 
Now in our second year as lead sponsor, Investec is extremely proud of the reviews the fair received from clients, artists, and curators alike. The standard of art on show was exceptional and varied.
 
"It becomes an interesting collaboration between all the local and international players and I think this is why we’ve seen the growth of the fair and such brilliant work being presented."
Tumelo Mosaka, the fair’s chief curator says, “Transforming the art fair each year is a challenge. What is interesting about the Investec Cape Town Art Fair is that we are still such a young fair, but with a very broad international presence, and that has helped us to actually lift the standard of the art being presented. It becomes an interesting collaboration between all the local and international players and I think this is why we’ve seen the growth of the fair and such brilliant work being presented.”

A 360-degree view of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019

 

Take a whirl around the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019

Partner with us to take a closer look

As proud lead sponsor, Investec commissioned award-winning artist Karyn Wiggill to create 52 original miniature works that were on display at the fair. Each tiny drawing fits into a little red dot and represents a fact about the art world which could be useful when deciding whether to buy or walk on. At the Investec stand, visitors were given magnifying glasses to "take a closer look".
 
Art has the potential to become a personal and financial investment. A little red dot on a gallery wall means an artwork has been sold. But what’s behind the dot? What makes the artwork so valuable? The sophisticated blend of knowledge, experience and, of course, the emotional connection that precludes a sale is an art in itself. 
 
It can take Karyn up to nine hours to create one of her gems that are smaller than a R1 coin. The complexity is astounding. “There’s no chance of making a mistake. It has to be perfect,” commented Karyn.
 
WATCH VIDEO: Karyn Wiggill on what it takes to create a miniature masterpiece

There's an art to buying art

 

Maps Maponyane talks to miniature artist Karyn Wiggill who was commissioned to created the exhibit on display at the Investec stand

Maps Maponyane talks to miniature artist Karyn Wiggill who was commissioned to created the exhibit on display at the Investec stand

Miniature art in motion

 

It takes up to nine hours for Karyn Wiggill to create one of her miniature artworks - watch the magic happen in 37 seconds.

Putting African art on the map

This year we brought Investec ambassador, entrepreneur and avid art collector Maps Maponyane to the fair. Maps is passionate about African contemporary art and says one need look no further than this market for a good investment.
 
WATCH VIDEO: Maps takes us through his personal art collection and shares tips on starting your own art collection


Take a tour around the fair with Maps Maponyane

 

Art collector Maps Maponyane shows us some of his highlights from the fair

Art collector Maps Maponyane shows us some of his highlights from the fair

Emerging artists to watch

 
One of the most popular sections of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair is the Tomorrows/Today feature, a showcase of emerging artists’ work, curated by Chief Curator Tumelo Mosaka who focused on finding unrecognised artists.
 
This year, Troy Makaza, a Zimbabwean artist took the top honour at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair winning R50,000 and a solo exhibit at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art. 

Troy works with knotted and moulded silicone to create pieces that speak to the turmoil in his homeland.

Watch video: Troy Makaza on winning the Tomorrow's Today prize

The Africa First art prize when to Benoni-born artist Mongezi Ncaphayi from Smac Gallery in Stellenbosch who won a two-month residency in Israel. Work he produces there will be displayed in the VIP area of the 2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair.
 

Working intuitively with the repetition of form and colour, Ncaphayi creates intricate works by combining paint and printmaking techniques.

About the author

Ingrid Booth image

Ingrid Booth

Lead digital content producer

Ingrid Booth is a consumer magazine journalist who made the successful transition to corporate PR and back into digital publishing. As part of Investec's Brand Centre digital content team, her role entails coordinating and producing multi-media content from across the Group for Investec's publishing platform, Focus.

About the author

Caroline Edey-van Wyk

Caroline Edey-van Wyk

Brand Editor

Colloquially known as Investec’s “storyteller,” Caroline curates and produces all the content that underpins Investec's Out of the Ordinary brand promise. She works across the business but specialises in the areas of Sustainability, CSI, Sponsorships and HR. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree in Political Science and Broadcasting - cum laude. Before she joined Investec she was a broadcast journalist at Sky News and eNCA.

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