Artroute is growing in Johannesburg

By Talita Swarts

During May I decided to take a long overdue trip to Johannesburg. Once I managed to figure out the rental car and took the wrong off-ramp twice with double the amount of traffic moving at a much faster pace that I am used to in Cape Town I felt at home. This wonderful grungy city introduced me to art in my early twenties. I had such a wonderful warm welcome by Carol Brown and her friends in their beautifully curated Melville house that evening. During my stay I visited the new Javett Art Centre in Pretoria, the Nirox Sculpture garden close to Magaliesburg, the main art galleries in Parktown and Rosebank as well as Maboneng,

Jewel City, Brixton, Braamfontein and Newtown. I even managed to go and look at the out of this world art collection of Gordon Freud, head of the UJ Art department, at his house in Marshalltown. What an absolute sensory overload! Johannesburg must not be missed when coming to South Africa for an art experience. The artworks found in the city of gold are fantastic, edgy, and uniquely African.