South Africa, it seems, has not been affected by the decline in the global art market. On the contrary, the local market is strong — and growing stronger, if last month’s RMB Latitudes Art Fair, held at Joburg’s Shepstone Gardens, is anything to go by. With its array of extraordinarily versatile interior and exterior exhibition settings, the fair attracted more than 9,000 paying visitors.

Emerging and established art collectors, artists and art lovers disembarked from Ubers or walked several blocks to join the throng in the weekend before South Africans went to the polls. An ambience of hope and joie de vivre permeated the hugely successful event...

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