Joburg Art Fair will be a showcase for creativity

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Johannesburg will in the near future be a world stopover for those who like the finer things in life, like art.

The Joburg Art Fair - the first African contemporary art fair to be held in Johannesburg, is from March 13 to 16 - will feature a range of art pieces.

On sale at the Sandton Convention Centre will be the largest collection of African and South African contemporary art the world has ever seen. Prices vary, making it accessible to all.

The fair will provide buyers and art lovers with a single point of access to a wide range of galleries.

Potential buyers can also see a cross section of work by the continent's best artists including Zwelethu Mthe- thwa, William Kentridge, Santu Mofokeng, David Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo and Sabelo Mlangeni, as well as being exposed to the continent's best newcomers.

It will include a specially curated show titled As You Like It by Simon Njami and Thembinkosi Goniwe.

Njami was the chief curator of the highly successful Africa Remix exhibition, as well as the Africa pavilion at last year's Venice Biennale.

Njami is choosing a selection of art from artists throughout Africa who are not represented by galleries, and all these will be on sale.

Special projects include the Funda college booth that highlights emergent artists from this significant South African arts institution.

Tonic Design will create a VIP area that will showcase the cutting edge products of South African designers.

Local galleries that are taking part include Art Extra, Art on Paper, Bell-Roberts Gallery, David Krut, Erdmann Contemporary Gallery, Everard Read Gallery, Gallery Momo, Goodman Gallery, and others.