An international draw card, the three-day Cape Town Art Fair exhibits a broad range of works that shows off the investment value of South African art.
This young fair – run by global art events firm Fiera Milano, which also runs the acclaimed art fairs Art International Istanbul and MiArt Italy – has fast become the top event on Cape Town’s art calendar.
With roughly 40 notable galleries and more than 130 artists represented, visitors are exposed to a wide range of media and genres and are encouraged to interact with gallery owners, curators and artists, not only to purchase works, but also to view the diversity of contemporary South African art.
“Cape Town can certainly claim to have the best location of any art fair in the world,” says New York-based author and art historian Rose Lee Goldberg, who has committed to using her influence to bring key New York galleries to Cape Town for future art fairs.
Running alongside the Cape Town Art Fair is the annual That Art Fair (thatartfair.com), an expo that showcases artists from Cape Town who are not part of the more traditional art scene. For outsiders, owning art or networking with the art community can seem intimidating, but this event is less formal and wants to create a space in which artists and art organisations can flourish.