Cape Town Art Fair – 2014
The Cape Town Art Fair came up trumps a second time round this past weekend. It showcased a lot of contemporary art in the Pavillion at the V&A Waterfront. from emerging and established artists who usually work with oil or acrylic or mixed media on canvas. Contemporary art is the art of our times and the art that reflects who we are individually and as a society. The wild and wacky artists inspire thought, imagination and visual effects. It is a unique experience and the way we interpret a piece of work is different for each and every one of us. It engages the eye and the mind and gives a different perspective from any angle. Art is an exciting and interesting form of expression. In the world of contemporary art the bigger the piece of art the better the impact will be in a room. Perhaps the room said very little but then suddenly, it becomes a WOW!
The art fair is on the map! It demonstrates the huge amount of talent that Cape Town has to offer. Under the guidance and supervision of Fiera di Milano Africa, it has joined the International art world and now has its place. Some of the artists are rubbing brush strokes with their contemporaries and etching their way into a competitive world of art. I subscribe to the idea that if you are starting an art collection, then it is wise to buy limited editions rather than open editions.
Strauss & Co, Condé Nast House& Garden and Delaire Graff Estate joined forces in creating an interior stand at the fair that was aesthetically compelling – displaying art, furniture, wine and interior design. Marrying the trio‘s areas of expertise in tastes and lifestyles gave a combined X factor to their stand.
Cape Town Buzz was invited by the beautiful Tanja Mackay-Davidson, Estate Marketing and PR Manager at the Delaire Graff Estate, to view the stand and then join in for the dinner at Dash in the Queen Victoria Hotel. I was delighted from a cultural level to have had the occasion to socialise with an interesting and fascinating group of local and cosmopolitan people in Cape Town. The dinner was superb, the wine flowed and the quietly-fancy space was just right in a contemporary ambience.
Bina Genovese, Director of Strauss & Co, said it was a great privilege to be able to exhibit Two Arabs by Irma Stern and Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff – now a permanent fixture at the Delaire Estate. As different as these two major portraits are, they both share the honour of having topped the art auction market in recent years.
I read somewhere that it’s all about sourcing, curating, and displaying art collections that truly reflect a client’s lifestyle.