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Cape Town: a destination for local and international art

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, taking place from 15 to 17 February 2019, has continued to develop exponentially as it approaches its seventh edition.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair
PHOTOS Courtesy of Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) Director Laura Vincenti points to the broader offer, which ‘is attracting more international galleries, and more galleries from the African continent. The Fair creates a world-class setting that places internationally renowned names in contemporary art alongside the most exciting emerging artists from across the African continent.’
     This showing of some of the foremost art galleries in the world illustrates Cape Town’s ability to serve as a destination for international galleries seeking access to a new market of enthusiastic collectors, and insight into the region’s art scene, currently one of the fastest growing in the world. ICTAF offers an immersive and intimate experience of an entirely unique art capital, with plenty to offer international galleries and collectors to make the trip worthwhile.
     Vincenti, who has gained valuable experience managing the design of Italian art fair Artissima, as well as other large-scale art biennales and international exhibitions, is now making use of her expertise to further develop Cape Town’s position as an international destination for art and culture.
     ‘The Investec Cape Town Art Fair team promotes the city of Cape Town when we travel abroad, functioning as unofficial ambassadors,’ Vincenti says. ‘International people know the city primarily as a tourist destination, but now its relevance as a cultural destination is growing. The connection between the two is very important,’ she says.
     As the anchor event in a week filled with exhibitions and events, Investec Cape Town Art Fair is a catalyst in the city’s cultural evolution. ‘The city has the infrastructure to push the art agenda. Cape Town is comparable to any other art capital in the world. It’s the right place for artists to develop their practice and for collectors to enjoy. We’ve got top hotels, top restaurants, and top attractions. Now is the perfect moment for the city to be seen, to be explored,’ says Vincenti.
     An increasingly large contingent within Investec Cape Town Art Fair is made up of prominent galleries from across the globe. These galleries are well-established, representing exciting, established and emerging artists with a presence in museums, biennials, and important private collections around the world.

To read more about the participating international and national galleries, the different sections including the Tomorrow/Today section, Past/Modern section, and Solo section as well as ICTAF’s partnerships with Zeitz MOCAA and Norval Foundation, purchase the February 2019 issue of Creative Feel, or to continue supporting our role in the arts and culture sector in South Africa, subscribe to our monthly magazine from only R180.00 per year.

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