Art covers a hugely diverse range of activities and can broadly be described as anything that motivates a person, or people, to express their idea/s in a creative manner.
Today, art in its various forms is more diversified than ever as technology opens up new opportunities to express and communicate things. Expressions of art appeal to the senses and are interpreted in different ways by different people.
There are an abundance of different forms of art, many of which overlap and involve aspects of other art types. Generally we can break art into the following classes:-
The visual arts are those creations we can look at. Here is a partial list:-
Calligraphy – Ceramics – Crafts – Drawing – Painting – Photography – Printmaking – Sculpture.
The applied arts are the application of design and decoration to make them aesthetically pleasing and/or practical and functional e.g.
Architecture – Fashion – Interior Design – Jewellery – Wood Craft.
This art form is a creative activity that is performed in front of an audience usually for entertainment and includes:-
Comedy – Dance – Drama – Films – Music – Magic Shows – Opera – Theatre.
ART IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa, along with its difficult past, is known for its rich ethnic and cultural diversity which plays host to a wide variety of artists, musicians and designers. The mix of western and traditional African influences has moulded a unique cultural identity for the country.
Visual arts, in the form of paintings in particular, have come a long way since the discovery of the Bushman rock art (cave) paintings dating as far back as 10 000 BC. Subsequently the country has moved through tribal art, the Dutch-influenced folk art of the Afrikaner Trek Boers to the urban white artists earnestly following changing European traditions from the 1850’s onwards. Resultantly South Africa has an eclectic mix which continues to evolve today.
The contemporary art scene in South Africa is as diverse and vibrant as the population and cultures in the country. Contemporary artists in South Africa have adopted new media technologies to produce varied and creative bodies of work. Their art gives insight into the pressing issues of South African society. On a global scale, contemporary South African art is relevant and sought-after.
INVESTING IN ART IN SOUTH AFRICA
All things being equal, the best reason to buy a painting is because you love it, it appeals to your aesthetic senses and you connect with it emotionally on some level. The flip side of the coin is to purchase art as a financial investment. A good investment, based on both sound advice and thorough research, will in all probability increase in value at a rate far beyond that of most other investments. Add to this the pleasure of owning and displaying the painting as its worth grows and the pay-off is tremendous.
A beautiful work of art will not only yield years of pleasure and enhance your life it will also increase your bank balance at the same time.
Take for example the lovely charcoal sketch of a lady by Irma Stern. It was bought in 2005 for R35 000 and is currently worth between R250 000 and R300 000. Similarly a charcoal and oil on canvas work by leading South African contemporary artist William Kentridge was sold on auction for R3,5 million in London in 2012. The sale of this type of investment attracts no transfer duty or capital gains tax . . . the monies received constitute pure profit.
Exhibitions, Artists, Training together with a comprehensive directory of art related links to the online South African visual arts presence as well as worldwide art information.
HERE WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE COUNTRY’S TOP TEN CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERIES ALONGSIDE THEIR CURRENT EXHIBITIONS.
Art Times | Gabriel Clark-Brown (Publisher and Founder) http://arttimes.co.za/ I established the SA Art Information Directory in 2003. For the first time in South Africa’s art history, comprehensive listings of current and upcoming art exhibitions were available to the public.
Due to the gross lack of communication within the arts community at this time, it became obvious that a consistent means of communication was needed to link the dots between members, conducting news and information between them. For the sake of growing the visual arts community, there was also a need for information-sharing that was not purely academic or commercial, but grass-roots in nature.
So, the South African Art Times was started in December 2006. Through the years, it has grown from an 8 pager with a 2000 print run, to a 52 pager with a distribution of 30 000!
The magazine’s sustainability has come from the visual arts community itself rather than reliance on funders and grants, the good intentions of the latter group having left behind a cemetery of previous magazines titles and good ideas. Depending on advertising revenue, based on a two-way street of great exposure for contents and advertising, has been our chosen model for spreading news and new ideas.
Many writers and staff have cut their teeth on the Art Times including: Matthew Partridge, Andrew Lambrecht, Mary Corrigall, Peter Machen, Lloyd Pollak, Jeanne Write, Melvin Minnaar, Stephan Hundt, Michael Coulson, Gordon Froud and Sean O’Toole. Other staff that have served with the Art Times, Art Directory are Kirsty Cockrill, Gethan Gilmore, Brendan Bussy and Linda Stupard. Stalwarts also include Leone Rouse, Neil Frye, Eugene Fisher and Bastienne Klein. We have had the pleasure to have worked with these, and other individuals, and are pleased to see their growing succeed in the art world.
The next chapter of the Art Times hopes to see it increase its exposure via its website, social media platforms and emailed newsletter. We also hope to develop art appreciation, as well as educate and grow the art market through door-to-door delivery; exposing our national assets and the love of art and creativity through our publication.
Seven years since we began our publication, we believe that we are achieving our goal. We look forward to your support as well continue to be the protagonist of quality visual art education and appreciation.