Art precincts come alive with FNB Art Joburg’s Open City

Rosebank and surrounds were abuzz with gallery offerings and pop-up shows over the last weekend in October. Indeed a wise decision by management to change the regular art fair format in these uncertain times of restrictions due to the pandemic to an open invitation to enjoy what’s on show at participating galleries.

Keyes Art Mile was particularly busy with movement between Everard Read’s Agoodjie, a solo exhibition by Nandipha Mtnambo and Lady Skollie at Circa together with BKza and TMRW and a pop-up show entitled Everything was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt featuring exciting new talent from the continent.

All the main players from Goodman Gallery to Stevenson and David Krut collaborated with Art Joburg with Goodman also offering a popular free outdoor ‘Screening Under the Stars’ of films by Kudzanai Chiurai, William Kentridge, Grada Kilomba, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, and Yinka Shonibare CBE.

Parkhurst is now a veritable art hub in its own right with SMAC Gallery back in town in the perfect refurbished venue (the old Paul Smith store on 4th Avenue) plus P72 Project Space and Guns and Rain up the road.

The Open City weekend concluded with the exhibition opening at JAG of talented Zimbabwean artist, Wycliffe Mundopa, winner of the 2021 FNB Art Prize.



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