Impressions from South Africa: 1965 to Now (Printmaking)
Encompassing black-and-white linoleum cuts made at community art centres in the 1960s and 1970s, resistance posters and other political art of the 1980s, and the wide variety of subjects and techniques explored by artists in printshops over the last two decades, printmaking has been a driving force in contemporary South African artistic and political expression.
Encompassing black-and-white linoleum cuts made at community art centers in the 1960s and 1970s, resistance posters and other political art of the 1980s, and the wide variety of subjects and techniques explored by artists in print shops over the last two decades, printmaking has been a driving force in contemporary South African artistic and political expression.
Impressions from South Africa: 1965 to Now, published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, introduces the vital role of printmaking through works by more than twenty artists in the Museum’s collection. The volume features prints by John Muafangejo and Dan Rakgoathe, a selection of posters produced for anti-apartheid coalitions in the 1980s, and nuanced political work by Sue Williamson, Norman Catherine and William Kentridge. The book features many more recent projects, demonstrating the contemporary relevance of the medium in South Africa today. Presented in a generous plate section, the works are contextualised in an introduction by Judith B. Hecker, and accompanied by brief biographies of the artists, a timeline of relevant events in South African history, and a selected bibliography.
Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now presents prints by 29 artists and organizations from MoMA’s collection that demonstrate the unusual reach, range, and impact of printmaking in a country during and after a period of political upheaval. From the earliest print, a 1965 linoleum cut by Azaria Mbatha, to recent works by a younger generation that investigate a multiplicity of themes and forms in the wake of apartheid, these works are striking examples of printed art as a tool for social, political, and personal expression. Featured artists include Bitterkomix, Kudzanai Chiurai, Sandile Goje, Diane Victor, William Kentridge, Senzeni Marasela, John Muafangejo, Cameron Platter, Claudette Schreuders, and Sue Williamson.
Softcover, 25x20cm, 96pp