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Q&A with Warren Siebrits

Warren Siebrits

 

Warren Siebrits is a collector and curator,with a distinct approach to both that does not follow trends. Circa 1990 he purchased his first William Kentridge for R100. With more than 20 years’ experience in the business of art,  we asked him to share just a few words on this subject with us:

 

What is the current state of the contemporary South African art market?

 

There is growing interest in collecting contemporary South African art and as a result the market remains buoyant.

 

What advice would you give to someone wanting to start a personal art collection?

 

Visit as many art exhibitions and art museums as possible. In the process make a list of artists whose works immediately leave an impression. Draw up a budget and see if the two intersect. Most importantly, in my opinion, begin to build a library and read as much as you can about the artist you admire.

 

What are some of the common mistakes people make?

 

Being in a rush to buy and not believing they can afford the works they really want to own.

 

Which South African artist would you buy for R10 000, R50 000 and R100 000+ and why?

 

R 10 000 : a print by Wopko Jensma

R 50 000 : a drawing by Wim Botha

R 100 000 : a photograph by Santu Mofokeng

 

Although all three artists come from different generations, Jensma born in the 30s, Mofokeng born in the 50s and Botha born in the 70s, they are linked by the fact that they are all master craftsmen in their chosen fields and have been influential not only to their peers but to a younger generation of artists.

 

You can listen to Warren speak about ‘The Art of Collecting’ live at the FNB Joburg Art Fair  as part of The Art of Access webinar series.

 



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