Through the relationship between dreams and ancestry, Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi references the politicisation of landscape, and its relationship to growth and issues of creation. Batlhaping Ba Re! features works from Sebidi’s career spanning five decades, and looks at her continued dedication to issues of mythologies and ancestry and traditional African value systems.
The latest African art catalogue from Michael Stevenson and Michael Graham-Stewart contains a pioneering essay on the acquisition of objects by European soldiers, missionaries and travelers, and the dramatic shift in the social significance of the object that occurs along with the shift in ownership. Pieces include a previously unpublished North Nguni cow-horn engraved with scenes of the Anglo-Zulu War, and an unusual Tsonga headrest with an attached staff.
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.
Graffiti Woman celebrates the rise of female graffiti and street artists, showcasing the work of over 125 women, from those at the top of the game, such as New York’s Lady Pink and Amsterdam’s Mickey, to a galaxy of rising stars.
Rorke’s Drift’ was a highly influential art school which in the 1960s and 1970s provided the only place where black artists in South Africa could acquire a formal training. Despite its importance as a key site for black printmakers, little has been written on the subject.
A Poem That Is Not Our Own establishes a link between his early drawings and films from the 1980s and 1990s and his most recent work, bringing into focus the thematic complex of migration, flight, and processions in his oeuvre. It illustrates how these themes first emerge in Kentridge’s early graphic work and grow more prominent over the years as he explores their potential in ever more opulent creations.
In the World presents a collection of essays by Cape Town cultural analyst and art critic Ashraf Jamal focused on 24 South African artists working in painting, photography, sculpture and performance. Aimed at a wide, international audience, the texts reconfigure the national narrative of South African art within a broader African and global context. From identity politics to the boom of “African art” in a global contemporary art market, Jamal explores a variety of issues at the heart of South African art practice.
100 Good Ideas: Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy embraces South African creativity. From iconic people and worthwhile innovations to inspiring designs and useful trends, the 100 good ideas presented in this book are as extraordinary as they are diverse.
A Decade of Democracy: Witnessing South Africa articulates the variety of strategies that South African artists use to connect their living history with its past. The framework is to allow for the works to create a conversation that explores the impact of apartheid witnessing the complexities and multitude of issues that South Africa is confronting today.
Drawing inspiration from the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a restorative justice body assembled in South Africa after the abolition of apartheid, Georgette created this provocative and moving series entitled “A Just Society”.
A Labour of Love offers a new look at contemporary South African Art in the 1980s. This publication contains, alongside recently discovered works by young South African artists, new essays by international art specialists, interviews with artists, previously unpublished archival material, and more than 300 illustrations of artworks.
Published to accompany the gallery’s Art Feature presentation at Art 43 Basel, this catalogue shows the work of two contemporary African abstract painters, Odili Donald Odita and Zander Blom, alongside their most significant predecessor, Ernest Mancoba. It includes in-depth interviews with each artist – Mancoba interviewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Odita by Robert Hobbs, and…
African Textiles is an authoritative survey of textile arts–unique and collectible rugs, tapestries, garments, and much more–from across the continent. John Gillow has traveled extensively throughout Africa, uncovering the dazzling range of traditional, handcrafted, indigenous textiles from each region.
Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, Afropolis is the product of an exhibition developed by the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne, Germany. The book focuses on the Big Five of African cities: Cairo, Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa and Johannesburg, and brings together positions of artistic and cultural studies, as well as detailed histories and the specific dynamics of these African cities, in order to expand our understanding of the concept of urbanity and the phenomenon of the City from an African perspective.