Knysna Fine Art vier 20 jaar: ’n onderhoud met Trent Read

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Trent Read kan beskou word as die doyen  van kunshandel in Suid-Afrika. Hy kom uit ’n familie van kunshandelaars en het self galerye in Suid-Afrika sowel as die buiteland besit. Corlie de Kock het ’n MA Visuele Kuns by Stellenbosch voltooi en haar studie in Hamburg, Duitsland voortgesit. Sy is pas aangestel as kurator by Trent Read se vlagskipgalery, Knysna Fine Art, wat in November sy 20ste bestaansjaar vier met ’n groot groepsuitstalling.  Hiermee ’n tweetalige gesprek tussen Trent en Corlie oor die geskiedenis van die Read-familie, Knysna Fine Art en die toekoms van eietydse kuns in Suid-Afrika.

Grace da Costa: Spaces

Vertel vir ons van die Read-familie se besluit om ’n galery in Suid-Afrika te open? Wanneer was dit en het jou ouers uit Engeland gekom?

My great-uncle, Albert Everard Read, who was a painter, came out from England at the beginning of the last century and opened a gallery cum antique shop in Johannesburg in 1912. His brother (my grandfather) took it over after Albert was gassed in the first war and then my father, Everard Read, took over in his turn. My brother, nephew, niece and son are all in the business – we are obviously unemployable as a family elsewhere!

Barbara Wildenboer: Spinning tales II (altered book)

Hoe het jy in die kunsbedryf beland, of is dit in julle bloed/gene?

I originally wanted to study medicine, but ended up at Christie’s in London, where I spent some wonderful years and, in learning an enormous amount, also learned that I loved the arts and that luckily I had a good eye.

Knysna Fine Art is vanjaar 20 jaar oud. Dis ’n groot mylpaal vir ’n galery in ’n klein dorp.  Vertel vir ons van die besluit om ’n galery in Knysna te begin en van goeie herinneringe uit die verlede.

When my children were born we decided to move from Johannesburg to Knysna, as we did not want them growing up in a shopping mall. I had wonderful memories of summer holidays in Knysna as a child and it is a decision that I have never regretted, although occasionally it has been quite tough over the years. Most galleries have the life expectancy of mayflies and the difficulties are compounded in a small seasonal town, but a combination of fine artists and wonderful and loyal collectors from all over the world has enabled us not only to survive but to flourish.

Hanneke Benade: Bo-Kaap-meisie (pasteltekening)

Vertel vir ons van jou liefde vir Louis Leipoldt en Suid- Afrika.

Two of the many things that I am passionate about are food and collecting. I am a good amateur cook and have, as a result, a cookbook collection that is now both large and fine. Among the South African books are the writings of Louis Leipoldt, who was one of our greatest sons – a scientist, doctor, botanist, poet and writer and a superb and knowledgeable cook who deserves to be far more celebrated than he is. His collected magazine articles from the 1940s – Polfyntjies vir die proe – are wise and very witty and define boerekos. How I would have loved to have dinner with him.

Peter van Straten in his studio

Wat kan versamelaars hierdie seisoen by Knysna Fine Art verwag?

I am so looking forward to our celebratory exhibition, not least because you are coming in as the curator with your fresh eye and talent. We have a great show with some of the artists I have worked with and developed over a lifetime and other superb young people beginning their careers. We are so lucky to have such a stunning space in which to do them all justice.

Aidon Westcott: Frequency (gemengdemediacollage)

Een van die redes hoekom ek daarvan sal hou  om saam met jou te werk, is juis dat jy bereid is met opkomende kunstenaars kanse te waag. Hoekom is dit vir jou belangrik?

My absolute favourite thing about dealing is working with young, edgy, passionate artists who are obsessed with making art. It’s not difficult to sell an Irma Stern or a Pierneef, but it takes vision and a long view to promote an artist who makes work that is unsettling, disturbing or just in advance of current norms and taste.

Olaf Bischoff: Ladder (olie op bord)

Knysna Fine Art vier sy verjaarsdag met ’n groot groepsuitstalling van kunstenaars wat oor 40 jaar deur Trent Read verteenwoordig is. Dit is die eerste uitstalling in Knysna waar Corlie de Kock as kurator sal optree. Nuwe werk deur vername  kunstenaars soos Phillemon Hlungwani, Lionel Smit, Peter van Straten,  Carl Roberts, Grace da Costa, Norman Catherine, Elizabeth Balcomb, Jaco Sieberachen en Deborah Bell sal vanaf 9 November  te sien wees. Kontak die galery by gallery@finearts.co.za vir ’n aanlyn katalogus.

Mziwoxolo Makalima: Confined (sement met harsbasis)

Jaco Roux: Kongoni plains, Mapungubwe (olie op doek)

Die foto's is uit die katalogus van die uitstalling wat op 9 November begin.

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    Shany van den Berg

    Geluk aan Trent Read met 20 jarige bestaan van sy gallery en Corlie de Kock as nuwe kurator.
    n Interessante gesprek!

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