FRED SCOTT: International art fairs offer something for collectors and first-time buyers
‘Art fairs have radically transformed the way galleries do business’
The FNB Joburg Art Fair opens on Friday to the public at the Sandton Convention Centre. The 10th anniversary edition of the fair presents 60 exhibitions and galleries from 12 countries across Africa, Europe and the US. The featured artist is South African-born and Berlin-based Robin Rhode, who was the fair’s inaugural featured artist when it was launched in 2008. The fair runs from September 8 to 10. Over the past 10 years, the FNB Joburg Art Fair has grown steadily, more than doubling the number of participating galleries and substantially increasing the representation of exhibitors from outside SA. The Cape Town Art Fair was launched in 2013. It is also going from strength to strength and shows that the local art market is healthy enough to sustain two reasonably sized fairs.Over the past few years, the Turbine Art Fair, which presents artworks under R40,000, and a number of satellite fairs and fringe events have also developed, further demonstrating that the South African art mar...