"The past two decades have seen an enormous shift in South African art, with our local artworks becoming more internationalised and our artists taking their rightful place on a world stage," says noted independent Cape Town art dealer and consultant, Rose Korber. Celebrating her 20th annual Art Salon, Rose - herself an icon in the art industry - will be exhibiting works by many of these artists from 16 December 2011 to 29 February 2012.
The venue for the 20th Art Salon will be Rose Korber Art at 48 Sedgemoor Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town. Gallery hours are 10 am to 6 pm including weekends and public holidays. (Open also on Christmas and the New Year).
Among the renowned artists exhibiting on the Art Salon and who are regular participants on international biennales, art fairs and 'blockbuster' shows on five continents are William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas, Sam Nhlengethwa, Zwelethu Mthethwa and Claudette Schreuders.
Other notable names that have become increasingly well-known both locally and abroad exhibiting are: Simon Stone, Robert Slingsby, Richard Smith, David Koloane, Robert Hodgins, Paul du Toit, Paul Blomkamp, JP Meyer, Deborah Bell, Diane Victor, Sanell Aggenbach, Kate Gottgens, Pamela Stretton, Penelope Stutterheime, Wendy Anziska, Kim Lieberman and Cynthia Villet. Prominent classical artists, John Kramer and Erik Laubscher - whose paintings are emblematic of the South African environment and landscape - will also be well represented on the show. New painters to watch out for are Georgia Lane and Liane Dutilleux.
Since its inception in 1992, the Art Salon has been a major annual event in Cape Town, bringing together - under one roof - a large showcase of quality artworks in various media and styles that give a comprehensive overview of the current state of South African art: paintings, mixed media works, original limited-edition prints, photography, ceramics, sculpture and contemporary Shangaan beadwork.
The photographers on show are Stephen Inggs, whose iconic landscapes and object-based images are internationally recognised, Jurgen Schadeberg - known internationally for his depictions of black life in South Africa since the 1950s.
Sculptors of note include Kevin Brand, Willie Bester, Jaco Sieberhagen, Naomi Press and Anthony Lane.
The Art Salon has also become known for its exceptional annual selection of prize-winning, South African ceramists and this year is no exception. Among the leading ceramic artists exhibiting are Ian Garrett, Louise Gelderblom, Hennie Meyer, Clementina van der Walt, Carolyn Heydenrych, Wiebke von Bismarck, Ralph Johnson, Helen Vaughan, Rae Goosens, Melanie Hillebrand, Sarah Walters, Patsy Groll, Yvonne Martin and Laura du Toit. A special feature this year will also be a large selection of works by members of the renowned Ardmore Studio Ceramics in Natal, while two exciting new names to look out for are in Natal, while two exciting new names to look out for are prizewinners, Hylett Engelbrecht and Alessandro Pappada.
Commenting on another important aspect of the South African art scene, which has changed dramatically over the last few years, Korber adds: "The recognition given to younger, groundbreaking artists has changed with talented art school graduates being snapped up by curators and major galleries almost before they graduate. This has led to a newer, fresher, more accessible terrain of art and ever-more visitors to our galleries and art museums to see the wonderful fruits of South Africa's creativity and a number of these young artists are to be included on this year's Salon."