Review: Rose Korber’s Summer Show


Rose Korber Summer ShowThe view is the first sight to strike the eyes on entering Rose Korber’s sumptuous home and gallery. Looking out over the sparkling blue waters and green palm fronds lining Camps Bay beach, the view is a work of art in itself, a fabulous natural backdrop to the impressive collection of paintings, ceramics and sculptures that make up the well-known art dealer’s temporary collection.

Rose Korber has been showcasing the best of innovative and contemporary South African art for over 20 years. After the huge success of her much-anticipated annual Art Salons, which have played a significant role in introducing South African art and artists to the international market, this year she decided to take a retrospective look at works, both vintage and current, that have appeared in these shows over the years.  The result is an exhibition simply called Summer Show 2012 – 2013.

The exhibition features an eclectic mix of contemporary South African art from both past and present, featuring paintings, mixed media works, original limited-edition prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics and contemporary beadwork from up-and-coming artists as well as popular and well-known artists such as John Kramer, Paul Du Toit, JP Meyer and William Kentridge.

Every available space in the Korber home is filled with wonderful pieces of art, ranging from the colourful and creative earthenware teapots by Hennie Meyer to the large and evocative charcoal portraits by Richard Smith. Francois van Reenen’s comic-inspired sculpture of a little boy with his face to the sky and his tongue out entitled The Rain Taster can only make one smile, while a brass sculpture by Anthony Lane entitled Thinking Thoughts I Cannot Think stands quietly in the corner of the main room with its swirling lines – the tangled thoughts of the title – silhouetted against the magnificent view of the ocean backdrop.

The home-cum-gallery of Rose Korber is warm and inviting and the passion and enthusiasm that Rose and her husband have for art and their business is infectious. A happy hour or two spent wandering around the colourful rooms, chatting with the owners and taking in the heady mix of art and sculpture and of course, the view, makes for a perfect morning.

by Mia Russell

Because of the continuous flow, over the past six weeks, of  local and international art lovers and investors keen to view and acquire quality South African art,  Rose Korber’s Summer Show has been extended to the 28 February 2013. Gallery hours are daily 10am to 6pm, including weekends and public holidays.

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