What distinguishes the RMB Turbine Art Fair (TAF) from the other SA art fairs is that it’s all about affordable art. It’s always a bit of a shock when you’re reminded that the definition of "affordable" is "below R50,000" (which somehow always sounds like "up to R50,000" and makes even affordable art sound pretty unaffordable), but you’ll be pleased to know that you can also pick up artworks for just a few hundred rand.

Most fall somewhere between R1,000 and the dizzying upper limit. If you keep in mind that there’s an Irma Stern still life being exhibited that will be auctioned this October with a pre-sale estimate of R8m-R12m, then perhaps R50,000 doesn’t sound so bad. TAF is exciting because, on the one hand, it’s accessible. The whole tone is less intimidating than many of the snootier art events. On the other hand, even if you fancy yourself as an aficionado, the emphasis on fresh new work and relatively unknown artists acts as a kind of equaliser. Everyone’s a beginner a...

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