COFFEE BREAK WITH CANDICE BERMAN
We’ve long admired South African art curator Candice Berman for the sense of raw creativity that lies at the heart of her work. Her second gallery Berman Contemporary recently opened at 11 Alice Lane, a burgeoning part of the Sandton precinct. We caught up with her for a quick chat
HOW WERE YOU INSPIRED TO OPEN YOUR FIRST GALLERY?
I was accepted into Wits School of Arts for a BA in Fine Arts, but decided to pursue a BA and then Honours degree in Philosophy and English Literature. I opted against the academicism of my art because I didn’t want to lose my raw creativity. During my studies, I worked at a gallery and was later offered a partnership that didn’t materialise. Instead, I opened up my own gallery. Today, I enjoy the rewards of self-fulfilment and independence.
WHAT SORT OF WORK DO YOUR GALLERIES REPRESENT?
I want to play a role in building the careers of young, local artists, and supporting the careers of professional artists. I enjoy witnessing the evolution of content and application, with the artist’s signature style being the golden thread that inspires the work. Watching an artist’s work evolve is incredibly rewarding.
DO YOUR GALLERIES OFFER ANY OTHER ART-RELATED SERVICES?
I’m actively involved in the design of frame mouldings and continue to push the limits with what can be done. My interest in framing is both practical and aesthetic. I believe that the frame should be an extension of the artwork, finishing it off without detracting from its form and content.