ART MONTH COLLECTOR’S SPACE: MEET THE COLLECTORS
Art Month Collector’s Space: Meet the Collectors - Art Collector
|Art Month 2016 Collector's Space featuring works from the collections of Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Courtney Gibson, Danny Goldberg, and Jasper Knight. Photo: Patrick Stevenson|
|The hotly anticipated Collector’s Space returns to Art Month Sydney this year, allowing visitors et up close and personal with some of the most impressive private art collections in Australia. 2016 sees the show staged an unoccupied inner city house on Australia Street in Camperdown and will exhibit works from the collections of Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Courtney Gibson, Danny Goldberg, and Jasper Knight.|
We spoke to Dan-Cuthbert and Knight for a little insight in to their personal collecting habits.
Jasper KnightAustralian artist Jasper Knight has built an extensive collection acquired through not only buying but also swapping works with other artists. His collection boasts over 300 works of leading Australian talents.
|Sally Dan-Cuthbert has been an art specialist for more than 28 years, working for The Blaxland Gallery, Christie’s Auctioneers and for the past 22 years for herself as a fine art consultant. Her collection features work artists including Janet Laurence, Susan Norrie, Bronwyn Oliver and John Firth-Smith, Emily Floyd, Justine Varga and Todd McMillan. Sally’s approach pays particular importance to marrying the artwork with its environment. |
|What was the very first piece you ever collected? |
Janet Laurence, from the 'Memory Matter' series.
What was the most recent piece you collected?
Remembering #17 from Accumulate by Justine Varga.
Whose work do you have your eye on right now?
Jim Lambie, Sarah Mosca and Brendan Van Hek.
How important is it to marry an artwork with the environment in which it’s displayed?
I believe very important – you could hang the most important artwork in the wrong environment and ruin the artwork's magic.
People are disparaged for trying to buy an artwork to "match" their sofa - are you in a sense matching the sofa to the artwork? Or how is your approach different?
I'm more concerned about the architectural details and lighting where the work will be placed. The colour of the wall, architectural mouldings, window placement, whether the work is to be viewed predominately during the day or at night, standing or sitting. When all the surrounding structural elements are worked out, then I look at what furniture is or going to be placed around the work. I try and ensure that both the artwork and its surrounds sing, never so the artwork and sofa match. They should play off and complement each other.
|Do you get invited to view work before the exhibition opening? Who by? How did you get on those lists? |
|Yes, by the gallery exhibiting the work. By visiting the gallery regularly and starting up a relationship with the gallery staff and letting them know which artists I'm interested in. |
|As an art specialist with more than 28 years experience in the industry, what’s the one piece of advice you would pass on to other collectors? |
|Look, listen, read and take advice but only buy what you love. The work which when you have left the gallery you can't stop thinking about. |