For many years planning was something done in the name of progress by distant committees with the abstract aim of tidying boundaries and controlling growth. In the past decade, however, heavy-handed ideology has given way to a new generation of planners from diverse backgrounds—architecture, landscape, even art and performance—who seek fresh, creative ways of working with communities.
For more than a decade, a Johannesburg garage held a marvellous secret: an archive of over 1,400 photographic negatives produced by Kitty’s Studio in Pietermaritzburg between 1972 and 1984. Poor and working-class patrons ”classified by the apartheid government as African, Indian and coloured” came there to be photographed by Singarum Jeevaruthnam Moodley (1922-1987), a.k.a. Kitty, and members of his family.
Diesel and Dust offers visually stimulating images of African countries such as Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Emirate of Al Sharjah, Oman and Yemen offer a multifaceted view of the continent in this recollection that is at once a history, a meditation, a travel memoir, and a tribute.
This book examines the work of Duchamp, Man Ray, and Picabia, three pioneering figures in the history of modernism. It explores the points of convergence and the parallels in their development throughout their careers.
Kiefer has revitalized and brilliantly used the book form as a means of artistic expression. “Includes superb reproductions of each of the series, sixty-five watercolours, as well as images from other books by the artist. Anselm Kiefer is best known for his brooding forests and somber fields encrusted with debris, for his haunted monuments reeking…
In this book, Terry Kurgan begins with a family snapshot made by her Polish grandfather in 1939 on the eve of the war. Presenting this evocative image as a repository of multiple histories public, private, domestic, familial, and generational she sets off on a series of meditations on photography that give us startling insights into how photographs work: what they conceal, how they mislead, what provocations they contain. Each essay takes up the thread of the story of her familys epic journey across Europe as they flee Nazi occupation, until they reach Cape Town. Kurgans essays are part memoir, part travelogue, part analysis, and they demonstrate her sophisticated understanding of a medium that has long engaged her as an artist.
‘Figures and Fictions’ presents the work of 17 South African photographers, all of whom are currently living and working in the country. The book and exhibition include renowned practitioners David Goldblatt and Santu Mofokeng, mid-career stars Guy Tillim, Pieter Hugo, Zwelethu Methethwa, Berni Searle, Jodi Bieber, and Terry Kurgan, and newcomers to the international…
The book explores more than eighty works at the Art Institute, from those by early pioneers like Bruce Nauman and Nam June Paik to others by such recent practitioners as Doug Aitken, Sharon Lockhart, and Steve McQueen. The book showcases works by Tacita Dean, Rineke Dijkstra, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Pierre Huyghe, Isaac Julien, William Kentridge, Gordon Matta-Clark, George Segal, Richard Serra, Bill Viola, and many more.
The photographic industry – its exhibitions, galleries, publications and auctions – employs thousands of women, but champions mostly men. To begin to redress the balance, here is a timely presentation of the work of over 30 female photographers working today. This book is predominantly a celebration of some of the most inquisitive, intelligent and daring photography being created now. The stories the photographers tell are the most pressing social, political and personal issues seen through the female lens.
Cupidity, corruption and conciliation are the themes of the three plays in this collection: The Mother of all Eating, a one-hander, with its central character a corrupt Lesotho official, is a grinding satire on materialism in which the protagonist gets his come-uppance.
The newest title in Photofile, an accessible and affordable photography series.Â A side effect of the rise of photography as a popular art form has been the accumulation of a huge body of images whose photographers and subjects remain unknown. These include fascinating photographs (some almost masterpieces) that could easily have been lost if it hadn’t been for their chance rediscovery in libraries, archives, homes, and institutions.
Frank Auerbach (b.1931, Berlin) has made some of the most resonant, inventive and perpetually alive paintings, both of people and of the urban landscapes near his studio in Camden Town, London. His intentions have been consistent: ‘What I wanted to do was to record the life that seemed to me to be passionate and exciting and disappearing all the time.
Czech photographer Frantisek Drtikol (1883-1961) reinvented the genre of nude photography for the early twentieth century. Drtikol opened his Prague studio in 1907, and his nudes from this early period convey the dreamy eroticism of Art Nouveau and the foreboding accents of Prague Symbolism that he was to return to throughout his somewhat brief career (Drtikol abandoned photography for painting in 1935, and it was not until curator Anna Farova’s now legendary 1972 Prague exhibition that this work was rediscovered by a broader public).