SA art fairs are having to evolve rapidly in response to the international trend for collecting contemporary African art (whatever that term might cover). You’ll be able to see this at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF) this week — both in the range of galleries from the rest of the continent exhibiting, and in the significant presence of galleries specialising in African art from elsewhere in the world. Local galleries with an international presence will also be jostling for attention.

The CTAF has been making a concerted effort to attract international collectors in addition to serving the SA scene, which remains surprisingly parochial. But with the increased presence of African art on the world stage — William Kentridge’s The Head & the Load at the Tate Modern last year, for example — and the launch of private art institutions in Cape Town, such as the Norval Foundation and the Zeitz MOCAA, the market is shifting, and the fair is responding. Apart from the main section,...

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