Archives for March 2017
First Thursdays is a public event and free to attend. Art galleries and cultural events around Cape Town’s central city stay open until 9pm or later on the first Thursday of every month, allowing anyone to explore the city on foot and experience the cultural wealth this city has to offer. There is no tour, schedule, or guided walk; that is up to you. We simply help you figure out what to see and where to go by highlighting what is happening.
Next event: 06 April 2017
First Thursdays Cape Town is a free cultural experience where art galleries and other cultural attractions in the central and East city districts stay open late on the first Thursday of every month. What started in late 2012 with just 6 art galleries has grown into one of the city’s foremost cultural experiences, attracting thousands of people every month.
First Thursdays Johannesburg is a free cultural experience where art galleries and other cultural attractions in Braamfontein, Maboneng and Rosebank stay open late on the first Thursday of every month. More than just a transplant of the successful Cape Town edition of First Thursdays, we’re excited to see this edition take on its own form – inspired by the complex and culturally rich city that is Johannesburg.
artnet News | Eileen Kinsella:
Mikhail Novikov, deputy director of construction at the Hermitage Museumin St. Petersburg, has been placed under house arrest for two months, according to a report on Interfax. The Lefortovo court of Moscow ordered the house arrest, Interfax reports, because Novikov is “suspected of massive fraud committed by a group of people.”
Museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky told Interfax in a March 29 report that he believes the detention is connected to “the implementation of construction projects.” In an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Piotrovsky said “all these events are connected primarily to the issue of Hermitage construction projects… [which] involve a lot of money, a lot of various problems, many unscrupulous contractors.”… Read more
Image: The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg Photo: saint-petersburg.com
artnet News | Sarah Cascone:
The New York art world is used to make one annual pilgrimage to Pier 94 on the far West Side for the annual Armory Show in March. Now it’s worth taking a second trip in 2017, however, for the AIPAD Photography Show, from the Association of International Photography Dealers, on view there for the first time after leaving the Park Avenue Armory.
It’s a sprawling show, although the fair’s roughly 115 dealers—which formerly had to squeeze into the Park Avenue space—leave the cavernous pier feeling a bit empty. Visitors can expect some of the biggest names in photography, both from 19th and early-20th century masters, as well as Modern greats and contemporary giants. But there are also plenty of new talents to discover from across the ages. Here’s a list of 10 artists to seek out at this year’s fair… Read more
Image: Sacha Goldberger, from the “Super Flemish” series (detail). Courtesy of Baudoin Lebon
A film about the work of world-famous street artist Banksy will have its UK premiere in Aberdeen. Saving Banksy will be shown for the first time on British soil at the Belmont Filmhouse. The documentary, which is being screened as part of Nuart Aberdeen, explores attempts to preserve and profit from street artists’ work… Read more
Image: Banksy’s Haight Street Rat
THE ART NEWSPAPER | Hannah McGivern:
Want to explore Zaha Hadid’s unbuilt architecture or visit the world’s first photography exhibition? With virtual reality (VR), you can—sort of. Museums are increasingly using the tool to offer visitors new experiences. But curators remain cautious about investing too much in a still-rapidly-evolving medium.
“These kinds of skill sets are not that prevalent in the art world yet,” says Ben Vickers, the curator of digital at London’s Serpentine Galleries… Read more
Image: A VR app offers visitors to the Städel Museum a 19th-century perspective. Image: © Alexander Paul Englert, courtesy of the Städel Museum
THE ART NEWSPAPER | Hannah McGivern:
The National Army Museum in London’s Chelsea reopens its doors today (30 March) after a three-year, £23.75m makeover. The museum created by royal charter in 1960 and originally located in former stables at the military academy Sandhurst houses the central collection of the British Army and of the Commonwealth land forces. Thanks in part to a £11.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum has now transformed its brutalist 1960s building and taken hundreds of objects—uniforms, weapons, equipment and ephemera as well as art—out of the stores for the first time… Read more
Image: Lawrence of Arabia’s robes and dagger feature in the new Army gallery at the National Army Museum in London (Image: © Richard Lea-Hair)
artnet News | Caroline Goldstein:
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair has announced the lineup for its annual 1:54 FORUM talks program. This year’s roster features Raél Jero Salley, professor in art history at Maryland Institute College of Art, as the keynote speaker.
Curator Koyo Kouoh—founder and artistic director of RAW Material Company—describes the three-day event as a selection of educational programming centered around the role of art as a means of creative activism to resist, rather than react to oppression. “As artist methodologies filter into and blur academic disciplines, activist, and social practices, we look to the radical traditions of art-making in search of strategies for political liberation,” she said in a statement… Read more
Image: 1:54 FORUM’s curator, Koyo Kouoh, 2017. © Antoine Tempé
Dispatch Live | Barbara Hollands:
A vibrant route teeming with art and craft pop-up galleries peppered along the scenic Wild Coast Jikeleza coastal route will again see visitors to the annual Art and Craft Weekend follow an art “treasure map” on Saturday and Sunday. Hosted by the Wild Coast Jikeleza Association’s artists, the weekend will feature 10 pop-up galleries set up at the tourist route’s lodges and restaurants. Four artist studios will also throw open their doors so visitors can see where the magic happens… Read more
Image: Arty Meander: Chintsa East artist Jennefer Ann Gordon Grant will be in attendance at her gallery during the Jikeleza Art and Craft Weekend, where visitors can follow a ’treasure map’ to pop-up galleries and studios along the scenic route Picture: Supplied
Rabat – Morocco is hosting a month-long festival to celebrate African art and culture, featuring some of the continent’s most prominent artists. Activities including theatre, exhibitions and concerts are being held around Rabat as part of the Africa in the Capital event. The festival follows a vast diplomatic, political and economic offensive by Morocco across the continent which culminated in its return to the African Union in January… Read more
Image: Moroccon Flag