Collector: Stephanie Post
What do you do?
I am one of the co-directors of the Auckland Art Fair and also a co-founder of the website, ArtNow.NZ – both with Hayley White.
Tell us a little more about Art Now?
We started ArtNow.NZ as a listing site for NZ-wide art exhibitions and events – making it easy for people to find out what is on this week, wherever they are in NZ. Earlier this year, we added new sections to list art books and prints and limited-edition art works – and we now have nearly 100 books and a similar number of editions on the site. Books and editions are a great way to start living with art. We are also very excited that next year will see the start of Essays on ArtNow.NZ – a fortnightly short essay relating to some aspect of contemporary art in Aotearoa, which has been independently commissioned by a public gallery collaboration.
What are you most looking forward to about AAF 2021?
Having a live Art Fair again! Bringing together more than 30 galleries in The Cloud is always exciting, and this year we are hoping to include a new section with five Artist-Run Spaces on the mezzanine. We have also partnered with the Govett Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, so that Big Blade, a huge kinetic and sonic sculpture by Len Lye, will be at the entrance to The Cloud. Another new section will be an outdoor sculpture space at the harbour end of The Cloud – and for the first time we are including a display of art works each of which are under $5,000.
The first artwork that made an impact on you?
First ever was probably Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus in the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, when I was eighteen – and then Mark Rothko’s Chapel in Houston a few years later. When I did a Master’s in London, I wrote about Colin McCahon’s paintings, which were a discovery to some of my UK tutors – and our most recent excitement is Korokoro a series of four photographs by Shannon Te Ao, which my husband and I have just purchased.
If you could own any work of art, what would it be?
Impossible question – there are so many… see above.
Because living with art helps you think about the world we all live in, in different ways.
What is art for?
To question, challenge, celebrate and reflect on contemporary life.