THE ART ADVISORY
ALEXIA WALKER: Sculpture carves out its niche at art fairs while it inhabits same space as the viewer
Sculpture has gained a significant place in the art market
Sculpture will once again take centre stage as artistic medium at the annual Winter Sculpture Fair, which launches on May 13 and 14 at Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind. The popular two-day exhibition will include some of Franschhoek’s top chefs and wine makers. The ancient practice of creating three-dimensional objects was traditionally connected with ritual happenings and later associated with monuments to celebrate historical personalities and events. In the 20th century, sculpture underwent radical changes, diverting from having statuary functions and focusing increasingly on being art objects. Modern and contemporary sculpture tends to be more personal and more readily interpreted as an artist’s emotional expression in materials. Collectors are advised to include sculpture works in their collections, thereby not negating a significant part of contemporary art. South African art collector and connoisseur Jack Ginsberg notes that "many major artists, like William Kentridg...