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"The 15th annual Art Salon at the Bay"
2006-12-22 until 2007-01-11
Bay Hotel
Cape Town, , ZA South Africa

An expertly selected cross-section of the vibrant and rapidly growing South African art scene will be on view at The 15th annual ART SALON AT THE BAY. Rose Korber will once again showcase an overview of the finest that the local art scene has to offer, based on her experience as an art consultant and curator in Cape Town. The exhibition opens this year on the 22nd December 2006 and runs until 11 January 2007 in a specially appointed display area at The Bay Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town. Exhibition hours are 10am to 9pm daily. With a reputation built upon the quality of the previous Salons, Korber has curated a show that takes full advantage of the new-found, international interest in South African and other non-Western, contemporary art.

Previously somewhat neglected, these arenas are being taken seriously by museum directors and international curators, and works in these spheres are being snapped up by savvy buyers. With her expertise in this area, Rose Korber has curated the 15th annual Art Salon by drawing upon the cream of local talent.

Since its inception in 1992, the Salon has been a major event on the local art calendar, bringing together, under one roof, a large showcase of quality artworks in various styles and media. Consolidating a trend first seen last year, this year’s Salon features more cutting-edge work by an up-and-coming generation of artists, while still maintaining its backbone of major, established names such as John Kramer, Erik Laubscher and Walter Meyer.

The Salon presents a varied and comprehensive overview of the current state of South African art. Featured artists include William Kentridge, Willie Bester, Sam Nhlengethwa, Robert Hodgins, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Conrad Botes, Colbert Mashile, Johann Louw, Brett Murray, Robert Slingsby, Deborah Bell, Claudette Schreuders, Paul Blomkamp, Wayne Barker and Richard Smith.

The promise offered by younger, contemporary artists is evidenced in works by Peter Eastman, Matthew Hindly, John Murray, Trasi Henen, Sanell Aggenbach, Ruan Hoffmann, JP Meyer, Alastair Whitton, Francois van Reenen, Daniel Halter and Gina Waldman. South African photography is currently in an exciting stage of development and growth and is internationally celebrated. Leading South African photographers, such as Stephen Inggs, Jurgen Schadeberg and Terry Kurgan, will be on view.

In addition to the traditional genres of landscape and figurative painting, the Salon also features fine examples of abstract and conceptual art, as well as original prints and quality works on paper by a range of leading artists.

Also on show is a selection of sculpture, including a remarkable series of figurative works in mild steel by Jaco Sieberhagen; a bronze horse and rider by Wilma Cruise; and a powerful combination of works in ironwood by Botswana sculptor, Shepherd Ndudzo, which celebrate the people and environment of his country.

Eminent ceramic artists on this year’s Art Salon include Barbara Jackson, Louise Gelderblom, Hennie Meyer, Helen Vaughan, Wendy McLachlan, Bea Jaffray, Shirley Fintz, David Walters, Sarah Walters and John Kasozu Matovu, as well as choice pieces from the internationally renowned Ardmore Ceramic Studio in Kwa-Zulu-Natal.

Contemporary beadwork – another area of increasing interest to both international and local collectors – will be represented by Carol Nathan Levin, Martine Jackson and Makhubele family.

According to Korber; ‘This year’s Salon is a bold statement reflecting the rapidly developing and endlessly exciting terrain of artistic production. ‘This carefully selected overview of the finest the country offers will be displayed in a specially-appointed gallery space at The Bay Hotel, enabling the art to be shown to its best advantage.

Red Ploughed Fields
Oil on canvas
Image size: 81 x 115cm

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