While Johannes Phokela’s work is, at first glance, an irreverent representation of Western art history, it is the cultural and political consumption of pictures that interests him most. He is a voracious consumer of imagery, drawing not only on the iconic works of the European Masters – Rubens, Van Dyck, Caravaggio – but also on newspapers, magazines and the Internet. His is an ambitious exploration of the import of received art history on the one hand and the seemingly endless proliferation of images in popular culture on the other.
l’Afrique: A Tribute to Maria Stein-Lessing and Leopold Spiegel celebrates the lives and work of two extraordinary personalities, Maria Stein-Lessing and Leopold Spiegel, who produced an important legacy in the field of African and South African art and artifacts.
Mapping Memory: Former Prisoners Tell their Stories is a project of Constitution Hill – the heritage precinct built around the Number Four prison complex that is now the home of the Constitutional Court. The project brought back former prisoners who were held in the Women’s Jail and Number Four and created the opportunity for them to give material form to their memories made fragile by the passage of time.
In Mapula: Embroidery and Empowerment in the Winterveld, Brenda Schmahmann discusses the complex circumstances that resulted in the founding of Mapula in 1991, when the Winterveld was part of the former ‘homeland’ of Bophuthatswana. The Mapula Embroidery Project in the Winterveld is one of the most important community art projects in South Africa.
In September 1997 MTN, one of the leading cell phone companies in South Africa, made a modest purchase of artworks by South African artists. This marked the beginning of what was to become a major corporate collection of South African art, comprising some 1400 African and South African works. It has been energetically researched, traveled, exhibited, discussed, debated and admired. With this new book, the MTN Art Collection has come of age.
Messages and Meaning aims to be an informative, diverse, and sumptuous read for years to come. The book was launched simultaneously to the first national touring exhibition of the MTN Art Collection in 2012.
Hot off the press new release zine, created for the exhibition Movement and its limitation within an environment by artist Quinten Edward Williams. To view the exhibition, click here.
Movement and its limitation within an environment is a visual-spatial presentation which responds to the vibrancy of partaking in an assemblage, and to the ambivalence of living in a borderland. The sketching process employed in the making of the artworks occurs through an interface between painting, sculpting and printing.
The 32-page booklet offers a series of interactive movement-based activities that can be used in both the classroom and at home to maximize the development of faculties of children by stimulating the body, the senses and the mind.
Moving spirit is a photographic narrative of a journey undertaken over many years to document religions, rituals, and faiths in post-apartheid South Africa. It explores the question of spirituality in a country once divided and now free.
In Points for Departure ceramicist Dina Prinsloo documents her life’s work through a sumptuous collection of photographs, text, diagrams and notes. The book documents Prinsloo’s collaboration with prominent South African architects in which she has created sculptural objects and containers that become extensions of site and the built structure.
A Primer in South African Graphic Design features the work of leading design professionals, containing design fundamentals and principles ranging from practical advice and guidance, designing for and within the local context, examples of work by designers, a Q&A with experienced local design professionals to a glossary of useful resources and information.
The catalogue, “Be Careful In The Working Radius, was printed alongside the namesake exhibition. This exhibition is the culmination of the most recent work Stephen Hobbs has been making at DKW.
Early in his career, Stephen Hobbs recognised the need to develop his practice across the disciplines of artistic production, curatorial practice and cultural management. Through committed urban investigation and experimentation, focused primarily on Johannesburg since 1994, he has sustained a dialogue with urban space through video, installation, curated projects, photography and sculpture.
For the Second DVD in the TAXI Art Films series, director Revel Fox gathered extraordinary footage of some of the artists included in Spier Contemporary 2007. This Curated exhibition, organized by the Africa Centre, was held in a temporary structure built out of shipping containers at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa. The cutting-edge exhibition represented a wide range of South African artists working in a variety of media.
For part-two of the Second DVD in the TAXI Art Films series, director Revel Fox gathered extraordinary footage of some of the artists included in Spier Contemporary 2007. This Curated exhibition, organized by the Africa Centre, was held in a temporary structure built out of shipping containers at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa. The cutting-edge exhibition represented a wide range of South African artists working in a variety of media.
David Koloane was born in 1938 in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg. He studied art at the Bill Ainslie Studios in Johannesburg and later completed a Diploma in Museum Studies at the University of London. Koloane established a reputation, both locally and internationally, as a pioneer black artist in apartheid South Africa and was the founding member of institutions promoting and supporting black talent in South Africa from the mid-1970s.
Deborah Bell is a leading Johannesburg painter and sculptor and whose work is created in dialogue with multiple worlds, texts, histories and consciousnesses. She is also widely known for her collaborative projects with William Kentridge and Robert Hodgins. Bell’s drawings, etchings and monumental clay sculptures possess a kind of mystical godliness which comes from deep within her.