Aspire at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

25 Jun 2018

Aspire Art Auctions & Grahamstown Arts Festival Programme

 

VENUE | Department of Fine Art seminar room, Somerset Street, Grahamstown

DATES | 28th June to 2nd July

 

Thursday 28th June

10:00 – 16:00:  Aspire Valuations of Fine Art (Fine Art seminar room,  Somerset Street)

11:00 – Film screening: “Zwelidumile’’

In 1968, South African visual artist Dumile Feni went into exile, leaving his pregnant wife behind. Shortly before his planned homecoming in 1991, Feni died suddenly and tragically. Alongside his daughter, Marriam Diale, this documentary attempts to reclaim a man who was lost to his country, by inviting those who knew him, to portrait the man and his life on three different continents. Through their stories we find that Feni’s essence as a human being will forever remain elusive, multiple and complex as his exceptional work. Zwelidumile explores the impact of exile on families and restores Feni to his rightful place in South African art.       

 

Friday 29th June

10:00 – 16:00:  Aspire Valuations of Fine Art

11:00 – Lecture: “Investing in Art”

14:00 – Film screening “Shield and Spear – Art, Music and Freedom in South Africa”

An artist paints a caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma that provokes a lawsuit, death threats, and a massive street protest. Around this incident, a kaleidoscope of stories about art, race, and freedom of expression bear witness to the challenge of working in a country that, 20 years into democracy, has so far spectacularly failed to uphold its idealistic bill of rights. An exuberant account of the contradictions native to this troubled land.

  

Saturday 30th June

10:00 – 16:00:  Aspire Valuations of Fine Art

11:00 – Lecture: “The Business of Art”

 14:00 – Film screening “South Africa’s Picasso: William Kentridge’’

South African artist William Kentridge is best known for his animated charcoal drawings but he also works in sculpture, print making, tapestry and stage design. He directs operas and creates multi-screen video installations that tour the globe. Recently, he’s combined his love of figurative art with dance, music and mime and he’s created an extraordinary 500-meter freeze set within the heart of the ancient city of Rome. William Kentridge is frequently in the top rankings for international artists but, despite his global reputation, he’s always remained anchored to his roots.

 

Sunday 1st July

10:00 – 16:00:  Aspire Valuations of Fine Art

11:00 – Lecture: ‘’The Neglected Tradition 30 Years on: Art Collecting in a New Market”

 14:00 – Film screening: “Zwelidumile”

In 1968, South African visual artist Dumile Feni went into exile, leaving his pregnant wife behind. Shortly before his planned homecoming in 1991, Feni died suddenly and tragically. Alongside his daughter, Marriam Diale, this documentary attempts to reclaim a man who was lost to his country, by inviting those who knew him, to portrait the man and his life on three different continents. Through their stories we find that Feni’s essence as a human being will forever remain elusive, multiple and complex as his exceptional work. Zwelidumile explores the impact of exile on families and restores Feni to his rightful place in South African art.       

 

Monday 2nd July

10:00 – 16:00:  Aspire Valuations of Fine Art

11:00 – Film screening “South Africa in Pictures – David Goldblatt and Alf Kumalo”

Authoritative documentary on the works of photographers David Goldblatt and Alf Kumalo. This film centres around the influence of photography in the liberation struggle as well as on its role in shaping perspectives of a post-Apartheid South Africa.


 

 

Roaming Fine Art Valuations:

28th June 2018 – BATHHURST

10am-4pm

VENUE | The Pig & Whistle Inn, Cowie St, Bathurst

29th June 2018 – PORT ELIZABETH

10am-4pm

VENUE | Nelson Mandela University Archives and Exhibition Centre, Second Avenue Campus

2nd July 2018 – PORT ALFRED

10am-4pm

VENUE | The Royal St. Andrews Hotel, 19 St. Andrews Road

 

To book and appointment please contact Jacqui Carney on 071 675 2991 or email jacqui@aspireart.net