The summer season sees many new and exciting events in Cape Town, but, for our art lovers, possibly none are awaited with as much anticipation as the annual Art Salon, curated by noted Cape Town art dealer and consultant, Rose Korber. Once again the Salon promises to live up to the high reputation of its previous incarnations, when it celebrates its 18th anniversary. The exhibition opens on 14 December 2009 until 31 January 2010 at Rose Korber Art 48 Sedgemoor Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town. Gallery hours are 10 am - 6 pm daily, including weekends and public holidays.
The Art Salon - widely regarded as one of the key events in Cape Town's visual arts calendar - aims to present a comprehensive and varied overview of the current state of South African art. Artists featured include William Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, Sam Nhlengethwa, Colbert Mashile, Richard Smith, Paul du Toit, Kevin Brand, Stephen Inggs, Robert Slingsby, Paul Blomkamp, Diane Victor, Deborah Bell, Claudette Schreuders, Nina Romm and Wendy Anziska.
Since its inception in 1992, the Art Salon has been a major enterprise, bringing together -under one roof - a large showcase of quality artworks, in various media and styles. In keeping with international trends, this event sees a subtle shift towards the most cutting-edge art, while still maintaining its backbone of 'classics', such as John Kramer and Erik Laubscher.
Contemporary, younger artists have become increasingly important since 2000, and this year the Salon will have plenty to offer on this score, with artists such as Pamela Stretton, Peter Eastman, Sanell Aggenbach, Dan Halter, Kate Gottgens, Jaco Sieberhagen, Kathryn Smith, Alexandra Ross and Stuart Bird represented.
In addition to the traditional genres of landscape and figurative painting, the Art Salon will also feature some of the best in sculpture, photography, ceramics and contemporary Shangaan beadwork.
Leading ceramic artists on this year's Salon include Louise Gelderblom, Astrid Dahl, Barbara Jackson, Hennie Meyer, Helen Vaughan, Ruan Hoffmann, Laura du Toit, Rebecca Tetley and Yvette McGee; while photographers of note include Stephen Inggs, Dale Yudelman, Kathryn Smith and Jurgen Schadeberg.
According to Korber: 'This year's Art Salon promises to have a more focused selection and is more directed towards the demands of the contemporary collector than ever before, while still showing the best possible work of established South African artists. We hope this year's offering will be the most exciting ever'. 'Given the economic crisis facing the world', she adds, 'art, and especially South African art, seems to have weathered this storm amazingly well - against the most dire predictions'.
Andrew Lamprecht - noted art writer, curator and lecturer at U.C.T.'s Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town - will be conducting a walkabout tour at 48 Sedgemoor Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town on Wednesday 16 December 2009 at 11 am. He will discuss aspects of contemporary, South African art and the art market, with reference to the wide range of artists and works on view. Entrance is free and all are welcome.
Gallery hours - for the duration of the Art Salon - are from 10am to 6 pm daily, including weekends. For further information about this exhibition, please contact Rose Korber or Valerie Botha at Rose Korber Art - Tel 021 438 9152 Fax 021 438 6262 Mobile 083 261 1173 / 082 781 6144 email@example.com website: www.rosekorberart.com