How to buy your first piece of South African art — Quartz


It’s art fair season, when fine art becomes accessible to novices. Everyone wants to get in on the current boom around contemporary African art, but first-time buyers are caught between getting the next big name at a discount or taking home a non-starter.

In its sixth year, the Turbine Art Fair is held in a repurposed Victorian factory in downtown Johannesburg. Kicking off fair season over the weekend of July 13 to 15, the art fair is geared toward first-time buyers.

Image supplied by Turbine Art Fair.
Turbine Hall. (Turbine Art Fair)

“The purpose of Turbine Art Fair is to develop young artists and grow the market for African art,” Glynis Hyslop, founder of Turbine Art Fair. For that reason, prices range between 1,000 rand and 50,000 rand (less than $75 to to just over $3,700). While the fair doesn’t…

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