Modernist Limited Edition Pop Up Shop Offers Rare Chance to Own Part of SA Art History
Sunday, 02 April 2017 (9am – 4pm)
at Parktown High School for Girls
The first Pop Up With event of 2017 offers all levels of art collectors the rare opportunity to own a piece of South African art history.
The Modernist Limited Edition Prints Pop Up Shop features work by Walter Battiss, Lucky Sibaya, Cecil Skotnes, Judith Mason, Dirk Meerkotter and Fred Schimmel amongst many others. It takes place on Sunday April 2nd at Parktown High School for Girls in Johannesburg.
Unusually for a current print collection, the works on sale at the upcoming pop up were made during the 1970s and early 1980s – drawn from one of the most important art clubs South Africa has ever produced, the Graphic Club.
Started by artist Fred Schimmel in 1970, the Graphic Club was aimed at giving entry-level collectors an accessible way of owning investment art. For a monthly membership fee, members were entitled to two works by any of the artists who were contributing to the club. With many based out of the legendary Polly Street Art Centre in central Johannesburg, the artists made screenprint works that are now firmly part of the Modernist tradition. The prints are signed, dated and editioned.
After Fred died in 2009, the Graphic Club was resurrected by his daughter Gail, who has now made the original collection available through the Modernist Limited Prints Pop Up Shop.
Fred had meticulously documented and conserved the collection of prints that vary in price from R1500 to R60000, with many priced in the R3500 to R7000 range.
The Modernist Limited Edition Prints Pop Up Shop has no entrance fee and will also feature supervised children’s art activities with food and drinks by Cajun Joe’s Food Co. and Go Coffee – making it a great family outing this April.
Walter Battiss, Cecil Skotnes, Lucky Sibiya, Judith Mason, Dirk Meerkotter and Bettie Cilliers-Barnard, Bill Hart and Frank Hawley, Fred Schimmel, Lionel Abrams, Raymond Andrews, Noel Bisseker, Wim Blom, Lee Brews, Nils Burwitz, Bettie Cilliers-Barnard, Dorothy Clark, Tadeusz Jaroszynski, Aileen Lipkin, Kara Malaise, Wendy Malan, Berenice Michelow, Francois Naude, Nina Aleksander Ristic, Ulrich Schwaneke, Larry Scully, Herman van Nazareth, Nico Van Rensburg, Jensma Wopko