Friends of Iziko South African National Gallery Talks

By MapMyWay
25 June 2019

Iziko South African National Gallery

A series of free talks by the Friends of Iziko South African National Gallery are scheduled for July.  Look through the interesting options and book soonest!

The talks will be focusing on the “LASTABILITY” OF CONTEMPORARY ART

  • Tues 16th July @ 1pm – Panel discussion on Contemporary Art
  • Wed 17th July @ 1pm – Open talk, More than Paint: Art on the Edge by Patricia Smithen, Canada
  • Thurs 18th July @ 5.30pm – Artists Conversation: with Penny Siopis

Please note: These talks are free and open to the public. RSVP is essential.

Should Contemporary Art Last: A Panel Discussion

WHEN & WHERE: 16th July @ 1pm. Room 8, Iziko South African National Gallery
Mawande Ka Zenzile, Artist, (represented by Stevenson, Cape Town & Johannesuburg.)
Julia Kabat, Interium Registrar, Zeitz Mocaa
Same Mduli, Manager and Curator of Standard Bank Gallery
Brett Scott, Manager, Sheryn Art Collection

Contemporary art challenges collection practices on many levels. A straightforward object can be relatively easy to collect: a singular artwork made by a sole creator, to be purchased and displayed by the legal owner.

Yet every aspect of this scenario is challenged by the current production methods, shifting societal values and the very definition of an artwork. Consider an artwork which exhibits rapid and visible change: it is possible to collect this responsibly and should this change be acknowledged, slowed, or celebrated?

As boundaries are pushed, will some artworks simply be uncollectable?

The panel will explore some of these topics:

  • Can we collect artworks with an expiry date? Should there be boundaries for the acquisition of contemporary
    art in a Public Museum?
  • Can donations challenge this? What is the role of the collector, artist or Gallery in this context
  • Restrictions and artist rights – can we collect work with conditions (for display, association,
    interpretation or presentation)? This could be as simple as choosing a new frame for a painting or as
    complex as allowing another artist to re-present an artwork as part of a new installation.
  • Is change OK? What happens if it isn’t?
  • Is contemporary art a good investment? What are the trends in the current art market? How do you
    forecast which artist to choose when collecting?
  • How do commercial galleries choose some artists up over others.
  • What strategies should be used for collecting contemporary art?
  • What is the role of documentation and preservation?

Each panelist will introduce themselves, give a brief introduction to the topic (if possible show an example or two!), and start in with some questions. Will we open up the floor to questions from the audience.

Moderator: Patricia Smithen, Assistant Professor, Painting Conservation MAC Program, Department of Art History & Art Conservation, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6

RSVP: Angela Zehnder

More than Paint: Art on the Edge presented by Patricia Smithen, Canada

WHEN: Wed 17th July @ 1pm

Artists Conversation: with Penny Siopis

WHEN: Thurs 18th July 2018 @ 5.30pm

WHERE: Iziko South African Naional Gallery Government Ave, Company’s Garden, Cape Town, 8000