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  • 1000 Chairs

    R400

    This dedicated compendium displays each chair as pure form, along with biographical and historical information about the pieces and their designers. An illuminating tome for design aficionados and an essential reference for collectors!

  • Against the Grain – Contemporary Art from the Edward R Broida Collection

    R400

    This catalogue of outstanding paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints from Edward R. Broida’s recent gift of 175 contemporary works from his collection to The Museum of Modern Art reflects a wide range of artistic approaches. Most pieces were created after 1960; several artists, such as Vija Celmins, Philip Guston, Ken Price and Christopher Wilmarth, are represented in depth. The Broida collection also includes works by Richard Artschwager, Jake Berthot, Martin Puryear, Susan Rothenberg, Joel Shapiro, Mark di Suvero and John Walker, among others, and significant works by Jennifer Bartlett, Bruce Nauman and Richard Serra that provided important additions to the Museum’s holdings. This book includes an introduction to the collection by John Elderfield, the Marie-Josee and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, and an interview with Broida conducted by Ann Temkin, Curator of Painting and Sculpture. The plate section reproduces at least one work by each of the 38 artists included in the gift, and in many cases numerous works by one artist.

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    Beadwork, Art and the Body

    R380

    South African beadwork has a rich and diverse history and is abundantly represented in the beaded art pieces in the Wits Art Museum (WAM) collection. Some works date back to the 4th century CE but most date from the 19th to the 21st centuries. Currently numbering over 9 000 items, the three major collecting areas of classical, historical and contemporary African artworks are broad in their geographical range and deep in some local areas of specialisation.

    Paying homage to this collection, Beadwork, Art and the Body is a compilation of essays by scholars who have researched and written about the traditions, practices and aesthetic forms of beadwork in southern Africa. The book covers an expansive history of beadwork in South Africa from the 19th century to the contemporary moment. The artists and the beadwork featured range from Sotho-, Tsonga-, Xhosa- and Zulu-speakers, ending with a focus on fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo, whose work has been inspired by Xhosa beadwork. Questions of ethnic affiliation and beadwork patterns are explored in relation to the different aesthetic forms of beadwork and its use as a marker of identity and status within and beyond communities.

     

  • Bruce Murray Arnott: Into the Megatext

    R790

    BRUCE MURRAY ARNOTT: INTO THE MEGATEXT provides the first comprehensive overview of one of South Africa’s most significant sculptors. His influence as an artist, scholar, designer, curator, and educator runs deep; intuited through the work of many of South Africa’s leading contemporary scholars and practitioners in the visual arts.

  • Deborah Bell: Dreams of Immortality

    R150

    An exhibition catalogue, by Everard Read Johannesburg,  of the captivating work of Deborah Bell’s Dreams of Immortality (2015).

  • Fallen Idols : Twelve Statues That Made History

    R450

    Statues are one of the most visible – and controversial – forms of historical storytelling. The stories we tell about history are vital to how we, as societies, understand our past and create our future. So whose stories do we tell? Who or what defines us? What if we don’t all agree? How is history made, and why?  FALLEN IDOLS looks at twelve statues in modern history. It looks at why they were put up; the stories they were supposed to tell; why those stories were challenged; and how they came down. History is not erased when statues are pulled down. If anything, it is made.

  • Headrests of Southern Africa: The Architecture of Sleep

    R1700

    Headrests from Southern Africa – The architecture of sleep presents the subject of southern African headrests in a fascinating new light. The book, richly illustrated – often with in situ photographs, offers unique historical and personal information collected from many of the original owners and carvers of the headrests. So, for the first time African headrests are brought to life with detailed information and the stories of their creation, ownership, use and significance.

  • Jackson Hlungwani

    R1500

    Hlungwani’s body of sculpture articulates his spiritual journey, his insights, and his world in three-dimensional form aiding him in his life’s mission as orator, teacher, healer, and visionary. The sculptures are evidence not only of a remarkable sustained artistic endeavour, but are also, by nature, sculptures that teach. Hlungwani created specific works for the two altars on the hilltop site that he called ‘New Jerusalem.’ These sculptures – as well as many others – expressed his immanent relationship with God, Christ and the Archangels Gabriel and Michael. His numinous world was then directed to his community in his teachings, and beyond, as he freely shared his vision of a new world order.

  • Kevin Brand – Mercedes-Benz Award for South African Art Projects in Public Space 2008

    R220

    A first monographic catalogue is devoted to  Kevin Brand the prizewinner of the Mercedes-Benz Art Award for South African Art Projects in Public Space 2008.

  • Life-Line Knot: Six Object Biography

    R230

    A collection of esays about objects in the collection at Wits Art Museum, based on research by postgraduate History of Art students at the University of the Witwatersrand and their lecturers: Joni Brenner, Laura De Becker, Stacey Vorster and Justine Wintjes. This book accompanies the exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery.

    “A particularly exciting and important aspect of this project is the reinvigoration of art history in a South African context. Through the association with Wits Art Museum, students have the privilege of doing original research with objects, of seeking links across disciplines and time-frames, and of finding new paths beyond western-tradition art historical practice” Anonymous peer reviewer

  • Material Matters: The Conservation of Modern Sculpture

    R340

    This publication focuses on a number of works that have recently received conservation treatment at the Tate Gallery in London. They were selected for their technical, as well as their art historical importance, and both these aspects are discussed.

  • Norman Catherine

    R950

    Foreword by David Bowie. Norman Catherine is considered to be at the forefront of South African contemporary art with his rough-edged comical and nightmarish forms rendered in brash cartoon colours; his idiosyncratic visions and his dark cynicism and exuberant humour.

  • Objects in Focus: Bronze Head From Ife (British Museum)

    R90

    Part of the British Museum’s Objects in Focus series, this compact book offers a well illustrated guide to the crowned bronze head unearthed at Ife in Nigeria in 1938.

  • Ruth Asawa Through Line

    R1650

    A groundbreaking examination of how the act of drawing was a vital component of Ruth Asawa’s multifaceted art

  • Stars of the North: Revisiting Sculpture from Limpopo

    R100
  • Ten Years of Collecting

    R185

    Ten Years of Collecting (1979-1989), David Hammond-Tooke and Anitra Nettleton, softcover, published by the University of the Witwatersrand, 1989, tearing, creasing and wear to cover, shelf wear.