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William Kentridge (world-renowned South African artist) opens up about money

I failed as an artist the first time around.

William Kentridge

There was money growing up. We had a life of white privilege.

William Kentridge

The best money decision I’ve ever made was to find someone else to look after it.

William Kentridge

I don’t want a Maserati; I don’t want a yacht; I don’t want a wine farm…

William Kentridge

Every week The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews a famous person about her or his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.) as part of his weekly “Make Money Mondays” feature.

This week Whitfield interviewed William Kentridge, well-known and adored around the world for his prints, drawings and animated films.

Many of Kentridge's artworks are among the all-time most expensive works by a South African.

A charcoal drawing by Kentridge can, according to one art dealer, set you back R4.7 million (£250 000).

In 2011 one of his works sold for R8.6 million ($600 000).

“Ubu and The Truth Commission”, directed by Kentridge, is currently on at The Market Theatre.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

My mother thought I had talent when I was three.

William Kentridge

My father always said, ‘My God; if you can do anything other than Law you must do it!’

William Kentridge

I employ someone to manage my money. It’s in different things; I couldn’t even tell you!

William Kentridge

I buy art that I was interested in as a student.

William Kentridge

I’m not in the market for old Master paintings.

William Kentridge

My first proper exhibition was when I was about 30.

William Kentridge

I’ve never bought anything with a view of it being an investment.

William Kentridge

I don’t buy anything with debt.

William Kentridge

There’s always a lot of anxiety about the work one’s doing.

William Kentridge

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