WRITE ON AFRICA ON JUXTAPOZ

Paintig Creches featured in Juxtapoz…
http://www.juxtapoz.com/Current/write-on-africa


BASEL ART WATCHING / BAYELER FOUNDATION

Jean Michel Basquiat and allot of it!
He is by far my favorite artist of all time and this exhibition was basically the most memorable creative experience I may ever have.
By his death at only age 27 he created over 1000 paintings and 3000 drawings,In this exhibition put together by the Bayeler Foundation they have sourced work from collectors and museums around the world to bring together the biggest Basquiat collection ever.
It was remarkable to see the extent of his career and inspiring to be completely absorbed in his work,he as an artist who had so much energy and this is clear as you can feel it walking through the museum, i couldn’t help but grin all the way through this show.
And then to top it off they had a small collection of Pollacks just around the corner,what a great way to end an amazing week of pure art indulgence.


BASEL ART WATCHING / ART UNLIMITED FAIR

Art unlimited is a giant hall dedicated to mostly video and installation works
It was really quite a lot of fun and to be honest (weirdly) there was more bad work there then good ,I guess as they say one mans junk is another mans treasure .The best thing about Unlimited was the scale ,BIG ART IS BETTER :)



HIGHLIGHT:
The Zine section with zines and zine publishers from all over the world,we need more of this in CT!!!


BASEL ART WATCHINGVOLTA

VOLTA is a great side fair to the main Art Basel,its more younger, dynamic and contemporary galleries showing there selected artists,there we found whatftheworld and Brodie/Stevenson both who had a great stands showing what SA has to offer.
HIGHLIGHT FOR THE DAY:
Meeting Retna ,El Mac and Kofie one from LA. These guys are legends and pioneers,it was such a pleasure to just hang out with them.


THREE STORIES / VIDEO TEASER

This video teaser was just released today,after the project we will release a 3 min and 6 min version about who what and why
enjoy:


BASEL ART WATCHING / ART BASEL FAIR


This fair is absolutely enormous.
I experienced enough art to last me lifetime.From Warhol to Mondrian from Picasso to Matisse it is all there with traditional fine art dealers alongside modern contemporary gallery’s.It was great to also see the Goodman and Brody Stevenson representing.
I believe art creates energy and by the end of the day walking through hall after hall of art one starts to feel rather emotionally drained and overwhelmed even slightly nauseous.They warned us that this may happen but we were like eager kids going to the funfair for the first time wanting to see everything and eat anything we could get our hands on.
The fair is rather quite a strange environment with all this amassing artwork crammed into such small spaces with the absurdly rich (dressed in there Armani suites,sneakers and dripping diamonds)coming from all over the world simply to spend extreme amounts of money on artwork that will most probably sit in a storeroom collection until one day they feel generous enough to lend it to a museum for a public showing.
This fair really confused me ,but I fulled my pockets with ,more inspiration then most get to see in a lifetime.
Towards the end of the day we thought we couldn’t finish as it was just so tiring,but we pushed through (as if we were walking through mud) to the end only to then find out that we had only seen the one half of the entire fair,we would need to come back another day.

HIGHLIGHTS:

I got to see my first Basquiat painting up close at the Claud Foundations showing of there private Jean Michelle Basquiat and Keith Haring collection.His work is an explosion of energy and to say that it effected me for life is an understatement.

Keith Haring


Egon Schiele


BASELRADIO

Justin Fiske, Victor Mutelekesha, Christine Eyene and myself were invited to an open dialogue about contemporary African art live on a Basel radio station.

In the same building of THE SATISFACTORY http://www.thesatisfactory.ch There is also a residency program and live music halls.

That night we saw a musician named Joy perform ,her voice and presence was beautiful, her music was mesmerizing and she was just so downright cool.


BASEL ART WATCHINGSCOPE

DAY ONE:
SCOPE BASEL / ART FAIR:

HIGHLIGHTS:


KOFIE ONE

THE MAC & RETNA


LIVE PAINTING BY UNKNOWN ARTIST:


1000 DRAWINGS

1000 DRAWINGS video just released:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5UeBh3lWqI

http://1000drawings.co.za/


FOCUS10 OPENING NIGHT

The opening night was great fun.With some weird and wonderful artists from Africa participating it was a great pleasure to get to spend some time with them,talking about the situation of art in Africa and celebrating our beautiful continent,people and rich culture.
You can view pics from the exhibition here:
http://www.a-word-of-art.co.za/exhibitions/chapter-twofriends-focus10-art-basel-switzerland/
And watch the video here:


/AWOA AT ART FOCUS10 (ART BASEL)

This morning I arrived in Basel Switzerland to present Chapter Two:”Friends”.
This city is so pretty and in the next week the streets will come alive with with over 3000 artists and gallery’s from around the world for the prestigious 41st annual Art Basel.
http://artbasel.com/
I have been invited to curate a show to represent /AWOA as part of Focus10 (Contemporary African Art exhibition).
http://www.focus10.ch/

This is my apartment and bicycle for the week.

These are the very nice girls from Focus10 who helped hang my work.

Setting up.

Tomorrow night the show opens together with some great artists from around Africa including Faith47,Rowan Pybus,Breeze Yoko ,Justin Fiske and Cameron Platter from South Africa.
Special thank you to my sponsor Redbull South Africa (Thanks Mike)
This is an absolute honor and i am so excited to absorb all the inspiration that awaits.


APOP IS GOOD

APOP is looking good / really really good.
A collaboration between adidas Originals and ASTORE http://www.astoreisgood.com/ has resulted in some of the best adidas Originals products available in SA ,exclusively available at THREE STORIES.
Be sure to check the “10% off all purchases” coupon in the newspaper and also stand a chance of getting an exclusive ticket to the ‘invite only’ DJ Neil Armstrong set in the Apartment.
To find out more just pop into APOP.




THREE STORIES IS AWESOME

Andrew from http://www.we-are-awesome.com is hanging around Three Stories so be sure to keep an eye on his blog,
he has allready made the first post with some great pics here:
http://www.we-are-awesome.com/nights/threestories_worldcup2010_1.html


AND THE STORY BEGINS

Come in,and please make your self at home!







ONE NIGHT ONLY

ONE NIGHT /TWO HOURS / SIX ARTISTS / SIX ARTWORKS
In this case the action was more important then the result,I teamed up artists who had for some reason never collaborated with each other before.

Collaboration one:
Bison / Mak1one / Buffi Braveheart
Collaboration two:
Cashril+ / Tyler B Murphy / Black Koki

Each artist has elements in there style that connects naturally well to each other so a collaboration of this kind was long overdue and it was an honor to host these artists in the /AWOA Art Space,with music provided by DJ Richard The Third,the audience was really treated to a one night only experience


NEEDTAXI?

We want to make getting to three stories as easy as possible,
So we have a Taxi shuttle running daily from town to us,,,so there no excuse not to come on through.

Download the taxi schedule here:
http://www.adidas.com/originals/za/#/content/three-stories

TAXI ART BY:
351073,BLACK KOKI AND RASTY.





THREE STORIES / FIRST THREE DAYS

The last few weeks have been so intesive setting up the building,,no sleep but all worth it as now we have 4 weeks to play in this surreal world we have created,please join us at any one of our many events/exhibitions and let the building be your playroom in your new home away from home.

CELEBRATE ORIGINALITY MURAL ACROSS THE ROAD:
ARTISTS:
MAK1ONE,FREDDY SAM,RASTY,351073,TOE007 AND BLACK KOKI.



/ adidas Originals / A WORD OF ART /


adidas Originals presents “THREE STORIES
CELEBRATE THE FIFA WORLD CUPWITH FRIENDS
Please download full concept here:
tuesday_reverts_final.pdf

For the duration of the FIFA World Cup™ from 11th June 2010 – 11th July 2010, adidas Originals will be hosting Three Stories: a series of private match viewings and exhibitions at 66 Albert Road, a 60 year old industrial building in the heart of Woodstock, Cape Town. The month-long schedule of events will include a line up of local music talent, exhibitions, sports and Originals sports fans.

The venue is the home of /A WORD OF ART; a locally run art project space that aims to support artists’ needs and help towards the development of Woodstock and a creative Cape Town. The adidas Originals Three Stories project with will be curated by /A WORD OF ART and hosted by the Woodstock Industrial Centre. The building will be open daily - free to all that wish to show support for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

Three Stories activities will include an indoor skate park, exhibition areas, live DJ’s, exclusive viewing parties and more – all under one roof and over three stories. Paper Girl, One Night Only, The Bin and the T-Shirt show are some of the exhibitions that will be displayed during the FIFA World Cup™ period for all visitors to enjoy.

Paper Girl is a non commercial, spontaneous, analogue art initiative that collects paper artwork and distributes them on bicycles, making art available to the masses. Paper Girl exists in 16 countries worldwide. One Night Only pairs artists that would not usually collaborate – for one night only,,, and the T-Shirt show gives 15 artists a chance to create limited edition T’s which visitors to the gallery can purchase during this month-long period only. ‘The bin’ was a legendary Cape Town urban art gallery and lifestyle store and this show pays homage to this pioneer of our scene, celebrating established artists and introducing some emerging, exciting artists. Many artists will contribute to this one night only show and their works will be sold at affordable prices on a first come first served basis.

Over and above these activities; exclusive game viewing parties will be held for the FIFA World Cup™ matches. Join us at one of our six exhibitions openings (full schedule attached) and find out more about our “invitation only” FIFA World Cup™ viewing areas and how you can secure an invite.

A major highlight and one to take note of is on Friday, 2nd July, the day of the first quarter final and also the launch of the Chapter two: “Friends” exhibition at Three Stories. The exhibition will also host international DJ Neil Armstrong who will fly into Cape Town to DJ for one performance only. Neil Armstrong is Jay-Z’s official tour DJ and a global adidas Originals trend ambassador. He plays a sexy mix of hip-hop and beats and is an exclusive guest of adidas Originals Three Stories.

For those travelling into town to visit Three Stories take note that all trains and certain train stations will have additional security for the duration of the FIFA World Cup™. In addition, the use of non-motorised transport and car pooling is greatly encouraged to minimise traffic on our roads. For the benefit of our guests; adidas Originals is offering a taxi service commuting between Long Street and Three Stories to ensure easy accessibility to an Original World Cup experience.

More of the scheduled activities include:
• An open entertainment day on 8th and 9th July: for those wishing to take part - be sure to fill your name/band /live act in the roster provided.
• In partnership with A Store, there will be an adidas Originals pop up store with exciting products open daily from 15H00- 23H00.
• The Kitchen will provide delicious homemade food and treats, catering to everyone’s tastes and desires.
• The skate area is open daily from 17h00 – 20h00. On weekends the skate board area is open from 15h00.
• /A WORD OF ART / Art space is open to the public daily from 15h00 to 23h00.
• The Apartment is open to invited guests from 15h00 daily

For full artist listings, schedules and daily updates, please visit:


GETTING READY FOR BASEL


DOWNLOAD THE FULL ART BASEL GUIDE HERE:
showguide.pdf


INSIDER ART 2


Young in Prison invites you to the opening of INSIDER ART: 2, an exhibition showcasing artwork by the juvenile inmates of Pollsmoor Prison.
We will also be launching the 3rd issue of “Inside Out” at the opening event. Inside Out is a quarterly magazine that we produce from the work that our participants create. It is an integral part of the project that these young people have a chance to express themselves creatively and publicly. During the workshops, they explore various issues through drawing, craft, writing, poetry, drama and music. The exhibition is the culmination of 4 months work at the prison.

For more information please contact
the Young in Prison office on (021) 448-5275
or Julia Merrett on 076 5093 765.

http://www.younginprison.nl/
http://www.writeonafrica.org/

VIEW PICTURES FROM THE OPENING HERE:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=212266&id;=100000306945992#!/album.php?aid=426478&id;=700765183&ref;=mf

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ART BASEL 2010


A WORD OF ART PRESENTS:
CHAPTER TWO: “FRIENDS
This exhibition is a celebration of young artists and friends:

AWOA has been selected to present this exhibition of young artists that AWOA has been working with over the years and who have all now become freinds .
The show consists of 5 original paintings together with a video installation of the making of the works and will travel to Switzerland for the prestigious Art Basel as part of the Focuss10 “Contemporary African art” exhibition and then will return to be exhibited in Cape Town on the 25th of June. A video of the artists at work will projected to scale in a room to appear as if these artist/friends were there in the space in Basel.

Artist:
Senyol, Bison, Freddy Sam, Lenny, Black Koki and 351073.
Video by Misha Teasdale

http://www.artbasel.com
http://www.focus10.ch/

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