Annual Joburg Art Fair enjoys successful opening night

The Citizen | Bruce Dennill:


The packed aisles during the opening night of the FNB Joburg Art Fair on Thursday night suggested this whole “recession” lark has been blown out of proportion.


A visitor walks passed Cape Town based artist Jody Paulsen’s visual presentation featured at the Brundyn+ Gallery’s display at the Joburg Art Fair at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, 22 August 2014. In the latest collection Paulsen has infused interdisciplinary works exploring themes such as gay online dating and shopping using a variety of fabrics and textures to drive home the themes. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Sure, it was mostly the well-heeled who were wandering through the exhibits, sipping on glasses of wine or beer, but the Sandton Convention Centre hall is a large space and to have as many enthusiasts as were there gathering to comment on the collected works suggests that the arts buyers’ market is in rude health.

It was necessary to remain alert as you walked around the fair – not only to ensure that you didn’t miss any of the highlights but to guarantee you didn’t step on the occasional creation that was placed on the floor, or walk straight into the rear end of the the Handspring Puppet Company’s Joey (from the stage show War Horse) who was doing his rounds as part of an exhibition of some of the company’s craft…


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