By Motlagae Konyana
Jozi art-lovers are spoiled for choice and there are incredible options growing in Jozi as the South African art continues to be popular in the international scene. Fine art, contemporary art, African art and crafts all have homes – where you can buy your collection for your home or for your office space. With South Africa’s rich history artists produce everything from sculptures to tiny prints telling the different stories from race issues, identity and the modern – contemporary world.
We have picked some of the best art spaces in Joburg to showcase it’s vibrant art scene.
1. Circa On Jellicoe
It opened in 2009 and has become one of the most talked about galleries on the scene, showcasing provocative artist like Willem Boshoff, Zwelethu Mthethwa in the stunning space. The architect of the building is a piece of art in itself – with the spiral walkway with an exquisite view from the top of the building.
2 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank
2. Gallery Momo
Monna Mokeona’s (Owner of Gallery Momo) mission with the gallery is the source push-the-envelope photographers, artist and foreign artists that take a more daring than most approach to their artworks. The gallery now focuses on the newest and most contemporary art around, its spacious rooms and enormous windows serving as the perfect setting for its diverse collection.
Gallery MOMO, 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg
3. Absa Gallery
This Gallery is one of the best and largest corporate art collections in the country. When the building was designed, unique works were commissioned to match the building’s architecture, and the building was designed around some of the larger pieces.
Absa Towers North, 160 Main Street Johannesburg
4. Goodman Gallery
The leader in the local art exhibitions since 1966 – it is one of the oldest contemporary art gallery in the city. Goodman Gallery showcased the artwork of black artists during the apartheid regime in South Africa. The gallery still specialises in South African art, photography and sculptures.
All time The Goodman Gallery focuses on contemporary art in South Africa. Its featured artists are either from South Africa.
163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood
5. The Everard Read Gallery
It was first established in 1913, it is South Africa’s largest and well-known commercial gallery. Celebrated painters and sculptors – both traditional artists of the past and emerging talent exhibit at Everard Read which is an agent for fine artists around the world.
6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank