Casting net of African art over a global space
Tech-savvy gallerist Julia Taylor maximises her web platform to give African art a global presence
Julia Taylor describes her gallery/apartment as an organised mess. She claims she knows exactly where everything is in the space she created after she knocked down walls in the flat in Johannesburg north to realise her vision. To the untrained eye, it at first looks like disorganised chaos but it is not — everything is elaborately arranged against walls, with each artist given a position. The apartment is partly a warehouse, where she stores art works for her international clients from around the world, and her home. Taylor launched her gallery www.gunsandrain.com three-and-a-half years ago, representing contemporary artists from Southern Africa. It is the nerve centre of an operation that, with the help of new technology, has a global presence. Collectors from across the world can view the artwork stacked in her apartment on the website. "It is easier to sell African art this way to the global world than through a physical gallery, as collectors would then have to visit the gallery...