“Berman Contemporary strives to bring art and galleries back into the Sandton CBD. The space will allow for top artists from South Africa and Pan-African countries to fully exhibit curated shows and uplift the cultural tapestry that is Sandton”
It has been four years since Candice Berman opened the Candice Berman Gallery at the Riverside Shopping Centre in Bryanston. The space is being rapidly outgrown and the confluence of exhibitions and daily gallery operations like framing and consulting seem to have the space at maximum capacity.
With this in mind, Candice Berman will be opening a second gallery space under the title Berman Contemporary at the prestigious 11 Alice Lane development in the heart of Sandton. Corner 5th and Alice Lane, the location is not very far from the Bryanston Gallery, allowing Berman to commute easily between the two spaces. However, with the space being located in a rather small retail environment, Berman believes she is limited in the selection of works that she can display. In the new space, she will conduct more curated exhibitions that can run for lengthier periods of time without interruption. The opening events will be held in the evening, creating a respite for commuters not wanting to get swallowed in the gridlocked Sandton traffic. They can come join the opening exhibition, have a glass of wine and enjoy a delicious dinner at Wishbone Café & Bistro and The Grillhouse.
The name Berman Contemporary is intended to distinguish each entity from the other. Candice Berman Gallery prides itself in great service, a custom and bespoke framing operation that pairs the latest trends with timeless and classic designs, as well as launching many emerging and mid-career artists. The exhibitions and jazz festivals held at Riverside are always exciting and a great mix of people are in attendance.
“The choice of a new name is intended to distinguish each entity from the other”
With the split-level space, the gallery interior is slick, chic and minimalist. Museum lighting will adorn the various sculpture displays and wall artworks. Owing to the incredible scale of some of the works, the space is designed for the spectacular display of such monumental pieces. The selection will incorporate many top South African artists such as Robyn Denny; Ingrid Bolton; Natalie Field and Stefan Blom.
In the past decade, many of the fine art galleries located in Sandton City itself have closed down, with the art world’s primary locale being Rosebank and surrounding areas. In this New York-style contemporary space, Berman Contemporary strives to bring art and galleries back into the Sandton CBD. The space will allow for top artists from South Africa and Pan-African countries to fully exhibit curated shows and uplift the cultural tapestry that is Sandton. Corporate art curators and collectors will be brought a new and fresh selection of artists introducing new and dynamic investments.
The exhibitions will be by invite only and the gallery will be host to many private and corporate events and functions such as the Allen & Overy War Child Art Auction now moved to March 2018.
Candice Berman is both nervous and excited to be working on this new project and welcomes all to the gallery space to come and spend some time in a space specially designed to alleviate the corporate tedium with the timeless expanse of ideas and aesthetic.