Browsing Category Art History & Criticism

DAVID KOLOANE AWARD, WRITERS' MENTORSHIP, 2017, Bag Factory Artists' Studios
76pp., b/w & colour illus., paperbaxk, Johannesburg, 2017. R140
The David Koloane Award, established in 2010, provides various mentorship residencies for young artists, who are mentored by artists based at the Bag Factory.

The 2017 edition of the award was given to arts writers Lokho Witbooi, Nolan Stevens and Siya Masuku. They were mentored by Ashraf Jamal and Robyn Sassen. This book includes contributions by the 3 recipients, a foreword by Robyn Sassen, an afterword by Ashraf Jamal, and an essay by David Koloane.
Beumers (E.) ed. AFRICA MEETS AFRICA, The African Collection of the Museum of Ethnology Rotterdam
127 pp., 4to., map, colour illus., hardback, Rotterdam, 1996. OUT OF PRINT
Includes the essay, "A String to Heaven, from South African Soil" by Elza Miles.

Includes Swazi, Zulu and Shona neckrests, a Nguni beaded apron, a Zulu beaded cape, stick, war shield and cereminal axe, Swazi clubs, a Tsonga-Shangana dance staff, ceremonial staffs and a power figure from Angola, pipes from St. Helena, as well a sculpture,"The Angel Gabriel" by Owen Ndou, and much more.
Brenner (J.) et al LIFESCAPES, six object biographies
144pp.., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R340
Published in conjunction with the exhibition, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, 2017.

This exhibition and book grew out of a post-graduate course entitled "Writing Art’s Histories", run by the Wits History of Art department, which requires students to write the ‘biography’ of a single object from WAM’s collection. The exhibition presents six objects researched by students in 2015 in dialogue with other objects and pictures. The students, Catherine Boyd, Luke Hackney, Nomvuyo Horwitz, Ivonne Marais, Kathryn Wheeler and Kent Williams, wrote object biographies about a bowl-bearing figure, a pastel landscape drawing, a Zulu beer pot, a pair of wooden colon figures, a hanging human-animal sculpture, and a black-and-white photograph. Includes an introductory chapter by Joni Brenner, Stacey Vorster and Justine Wintjes.

This catalogue is the third in the series, and follows "Lifelines: object biographies from the Standard Bank African Art Collection" (2014) and "Life-Line-Knot: six object biographies" (2015).
Chiya (S.) 9 MORE WEEKS, essays and interviews
143pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R200
Interviews with Dada Khanyisa, Zander Blom, Bronwyn Katz, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Guy Tillim, Mame-Diarra Niang, Claudette Schreuders, Simphiwe Ndube and Portia Zvavahera.

Includes portraits by Kate Arthur.

Sinazo Chiya works as social media and press liaison at Stevenson gallery. She has written for ArtThrob, Art Africa and Adjective.
Collier (D.) REPAINTING THE WALLS OF LUNDA, information colonialism and Angolan art
253pp., illus., paperback, Minneapolis, 2016. R550
Delinda Collier tells the story of the publication and dissemination of the anthropology book Paredes Pintadas da Lunda (Painted Walls of Lunda), published in Portuguese in 1953. The book features illustrations of wall murtals and sand drawings of the Chokwe peoples of northeastern Angola, which were subsequently adapted in post-independence nationalist art and post-civil war contemporary art.

"Repainting the Walls of Lunda reimagines how we write histories of post-colonial Africa, encouraging us to pay close attention to the material legacies of coloniality and modernization processes, and offering us a much-needed look at the complex entanglements of media with colonial/postcolonial and cold war narratives." Elizabeth Harney, University of Toronto

Delinda Collier is Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Corrigall & Co. 2018 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART ECOLOGY, a decade of curating
152pp., 4to., b/w&colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R1020
An art report that analyses exhibitions of African art that have been staged between 2007 and 2017, identifies and focuses on the high-profile curators active during this period, and offers insight into the conversations that are taking place about African art.
Corrigall & Co. 2019 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART ECOLOGY, the top 50 artists & the top 20 curators who validated them
67pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R785
An art report that presents the names, interests and curatorial patterns of the Top 20 African curators and the artists who have been validated through their practices.

The list of curators includes Gabi Ngcobo and Thembinkosi Goniwe from South Africa, Roselee Goldberg from South Africa/ US, Paula Nascimento from Angola/ Portugal, and Raphael Chikukwa from Zimbabwe.
Godby (M.) text IS THERE STILL LIFE?, continuity and change in South African still life painting
64 pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2007. OUT OF STOCK
Catalogue of the exhibition, Old Town House, Cape Town, and Sanlam Art Gallery, Belville, 2007 and 2008.

Artists include Walter Battiss, Cecil Skotnes, Robert Hodgins, Mokgabudi Amos Letsoalo, Bongiwe Dhlomo Mautloa, Irma Stern, Wolf Kibel, Gregoire Boonzaier, Erik Laubscher, William Kentridge, Jean Welz, Maggie Laubser, Hylton Nel, Willie Bester, Trevor Makhoba, Sam Nhlengethwa, and Moshekwa Langa.
Hamilton (C.) & Skotnes (P.) eds. UNCERTAIN CURATURE, in and out of the archive
430 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R300
A collection of essays on the archive and the ways it is displayed and interpreted in postcolonial South Africa.

Contributions include:
"Cover to Cover: the contribution of the book to the reproduction of linear, hierarchical modesl of natural history" by Fritha Langerman
"Fugitive Archive: a response to the Bushmen diorama" by Pippa Skotnes
"Fieldwork, Killing Time and Accidental Photographs" by Mbongiseni Buthelezi
"Native Work: an artwork by Andrew Putter consisting of 38 portrait photographs (with photography by Hylton Boucher, Kyle Weeks and Andrew Putter)" by Andrew Putter
"Visualising the Realm of a Rain-Queen: the production and circulation of Eileen and Jack Krige's Lobedu fieldwork photographs from the 1930s" by Patricia Davison and George Mahashe
"Outlawed Black Public Spheres: snapshots of cinema's archive" by Litheko Modisane
"The Persistence of Empire: unveiling transnational legacies of race in 'Funnyhouse of a Negro'" by Alexandra Dodd.

Carolyn Hamilton holds a Research Chair in Archive and Public Culture at the University of Cape Town.
Pippa Skotnes is Michaelis Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.
Hayes (P.) & Bank (A.) eds. KRONOS, journal of Cape history, no.27, November 2001, special issue: visual history
346 pp., illus., paperback, Institute of Historical Research, University of th, Cape Town, 2001. R180
Includes "Photography and the Performance of History" by Elizabeth Edwards; "The Interdependence of Photography and Painting on the South West Africa Expedition of James Chapman and Thomas Baines, 1861-1862" by Michael Godby; "Anthropology and Portrait Photography: Gustav Fritsch's Natives of South Africa, 1863-1872" by Andrew Bank; "Blank Verbeeld, or the Incredible Whiteness of Being: amateur photography and Afrikaner nationalist historical narrative" by Marijke du Toit; "Downcast: mining, men and the camera in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1890-1930" by Josiah Mhute; "Vision and Violence: photographies of war in Southern Angola and Northern Namibia" by Patricia Hayes; "Shoot to Kill: photographic images in the Namibian independence/ bush war" by Casper Erichsen; "Screening Saints and Sinners: the construction of filmic and video images of black and white South Africans in western popular culture during the late apartheid era" by Vivian Bickford-Smith & "The Renaturing of African Animals: film and literature in the 1950s and 1960s" by William Beinart.
Heidenreich-Seleme (L.) & O'Toole (S.) eds. UBER(W)UNDEN, art in troubled times
271 pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2012. R295
A collection of responses from writers, visual artists, theatre practitioners, musicians, filmmakers, choreographers and photographers from various sub-Saharan countries, and their counterparts in Germany, to the question of how they have engaged with social traumas.

Contributions include:
""Ngibonile (I have seen...)" by Zanele Muholi
"State of the Nation" by Kudzanai Chiurai
"Making Art Is an Occupational Hazard" by Rumbi Katedza
"My Mistake, Your Mistake" by Sello Pesa
"Silence Is an Act of Recovery" by Kathleen MacQueen and Jo Ractliffe
"Between the Lens and the Eyepiece" by William Kentridge

Lien Heidenreich-Seleme is head of cultural programmes at the Goethe-Institut South Africa. In 2011 she organised the regional conference, "uber(W)unden: Art in Troubled Times" as part of the Goethe-Institut's focus theme "culture and conflict". The content of this book owes a great deal to this project.
Journalist, art critic, editor and writer Sean O'Toole is a past editor of Art South Africa magazine. He is currently co-editor of CityScapes, a magazine of urban enquiry, and writes regularly for the Sunday Times and Mail & Guardian.
Knight (N.) & Jacobson (L.) THE BIG PICTURE, an art-o-biography
195pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R400
Part memoir, part art history, this book chronicles Natalie Knight's time at her gallery in Hyde Park, Johannesburg (1980-1995), where she exhibited international art and promoted little-known black artists. She is renowned as a collector and documentor of Ndebele and Shangaan art and received the Lifetime Achiever Award for Africa for contributions to art and culture.

Lana Jacobson is also the author of "Unstoppable, the Natalie Knight story".
Labuscagne (C.) text & Mulligan (L.) illus. EXPLORE!, awesome South African artists
143pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R195
Introduces 44 contemporary South African artists and their work, including Nandipha Mntambo, Penny Siopis, Zander Blom, Andrew Tshabangu, Athi-Patra Ruga, David Koloane, Igshaan Adams, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Robin Rhode, Jo Ractliffe, William Kentridge and Jyoti Mistry.

Suitable for 9-15 year-olds.

Dr Cobi Labuscagne is the director of Artlogic and has been part of the FNB Joburg Art Fair team for the past 11 years. She curates the Nirox Sculpture Fair and the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair. She lives in Johannesburg.
Photographer, illustrator and filmmaker Lauren Mulligan lives in Johannesburg. In 2017 she was named one of South African's 20 emerging black womxn photographers by Between 10&5.
377pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R565
First published in the USA in 2016.

A history of Ndaleni art school in rural KwaZulu-Natal, run by the apartheid government from 1952 to 1981 to train African art teachers.

"A profoundly human story of the institutional and social constraints under which African artists operated and the different ways they sought to produce beauty in the midst of oppression." Frederick Cooper, author of "Africa in the World: capitalism, empire, nation-state"

"A meditation on what happens if we examine a past that is shaped by broader historical forces (in this case apartheid) but that cannot be reduced to them." Clifton Crais, co-editor of "The South Africa Reader: history, culture, politics"

"A richly suggestive and moving contribution to South African intellectual history. Weaving in a highly imaginative way the two concepts of life and art, Magaziner opens unique pathways for research in the historical sociology of the object-worlds South Africans invented, created, and inhabited during the long twentieth century. Written with extraordianry clarity and precision, this book will appeal to anyone curious about new trends in the historiography of culture." Achille Mbembe, author of "Critique of Black Reason"

Daniel Magaziner is Associate Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of "The Law and the Prophets: Black Consciousness in SOuth Africa, 1968-1977".
Martin (M.) BETWEEN DREAMS AND REALITIES, a history of the South African National Gallery, 1871-2017
402pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R805
"Meticulously researched and carefully written, this book is more than just a rich repository of information about an important public institution with high intentions. It is the painted life story of an organic body that was dedicated to idealistic pursuits and yet found itself bedevilled by egotism, materialism and official indifference. In making a striking and substantial contribution to the history of the South African National Gallery, Marilyn Martin presents a rich story, with perhaps more agony than ecstasy, of our constantly evolving South African aesthetic imagination." Albie Sachs, from his foreword

In 2001, after 11 years as Director of the South African National Gallery, Marilyn Martin was appointed Director of Art Collections for Iziko Museums. Prior to her career in the museum sector she was a senior lecturer in the Department of Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand. Since her retirement in 2008 she has worked as an independent writer, curator and lecturer at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, where she is currently an Honorary Research Associate.
Miles (E.) LAND AND LIVES, a story of early black artists
190 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 1997. OUT OF PRINT
An account of black artists born in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Includes sections on Gerard Bhengu, Gerard Sekoto, George Pemba, Gladys Mgudlandlu, Ernest Mancoba, Jan Schoeman (Outa Lappies), Peter Clarke, and many more.
Miles (E.) POLLY STREET, the story of an art centre
167 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2004. R350
Polly Street Art Centre was established in 1949 by a group of artists who began to teach art voluntarily to black South Africans. Cecil Skotnes, Larry Skully, Gideon Uysand Fred Scimmel taught at the centre. Sydney Kumalo, Ezrom Legae, Louis Maqhubela, Leonard Matsoso, Nat Mokgosi, Isaiah Moeketsi, Durant Sihlali, Lucas Sithole, Ephraim Ngatane and Dumile Feni were students there.

Foreword by Jack Ginsberg.

Includes a separate 6 pp., resource for educators and learners in the visual arts written by Helene Smuts entitled "Looking for no.1 Polly Street".
Partridge (M.) ed. ADJECTIVE, issue 1, volume 1, summer 2017
88pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, No Place, 2017. R320
The first physical issue of the online publication,, that explores "the relationship between image and text within the scope of contemporary South African art criticism." from the editorial by Matthew Partridge,

Includes an interview with Robin Rhode together with an edition of six prints from his series "Paths and Fields." Also includes Sean O'Toole on Walter Battiss, Matthew Partridge on Zwelethu Mthethwa's murder trial and Ashraf Jamal on the exhibition "Letter to Europa".
Sack (R.) et al THE IMBALI ARTBOOKS, adventuring into art
set of 8 books, each approx. 60pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, boxed, Johannesburg, 2018. R2120
This series of eight books introduces young people to art through looking at many different South African artists and their work, from the first artists to artists working today. Designed to be used in the classroom by students 11-15 years of age (corresponding to the Senior Phase in South African schools and Middle School in other countries). Can also be used at home, in museums and galleries, and by adults wanting to learn more about art.

The series is structured around themes, topics, issues and ideas that are engaging and relevant to young people in the 21st century:
1. Introduction
2. Getting Started, book 1
3. Faces, book 2
4. Bodies, book 3
5. Things, books 4
6. Places, book 5
7. Warzones, book 6
8. Inner Worlds, book 7

Ruth Sack is Director of the Imbali Visual Literacy Project, an accredited craft and design training organisation that trains youth and women from disadvantaged backgrounds to become craft entrepreneurs. They also train art teachers and develop resources for arts education. The project was launched 29 years ago, is based in Newtown, Johannesburg and works in Gauteng and several other provinces in South Africa.
Sack (S.) curator & text THE NEGLECTED TRADITION, towards a new istory of South African art (1930-1988)
155 pp., 4to., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 1989. OUT OF PRINT
Catalogue of the exhibition, Johannesburg Art Gallery, November 1988 - January 1989.

Re-evaluates South African art "by tracing the development and influence of black South African artists, and for the first time documenting this development and influence through an exhibition and researched catalogue."

Sans (J.) ed. KENDELL GEERS, hand grenades from my heart
383pp., colour illus., paperback, Beijing, 2012. R410
A collection of interviews with and essays by Kendell Geers, edited by curator Jérôme Sans.

Kendell Geers was born in 1968 in Johannesburg. He moved to Belgium in 2000 and lives between Johannesburg and Brussels.
Jérôme Sans is former Director of the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing and co-founder of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Jérôme Sans is currently Global Cultural Curator for Le Mériden Hotels & Resorts, Artisttic Director of the urban development, "Rives de Saône-River Movie": in France, Creative Director of "L'Officiel Art" magazine, and co-founder of Perfect Crossovers.
Skotnes (P.) et. al. CURIOSITY CLXXV, a paper cabinet, curating exhibitions at the University of Cape Town
192 pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2004. OUT OF STOCK
Catalogue to accompany an exhibition produced to celebrate the University of Cape Town's 175th anniversary curated by Pippa Skotnes, Gwen van Embden and Fritha Langerman, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, 2004.

The curators collected objects from academics' offices, storerooms, and libraries and organized them into cabinets that represent the various activities that characterise a university. Also included in the exhibition are an assembly of cases created by artists who have, or have had a connection with the university and a series of four works created by the three curators.

Photographs by Stephen Inggs. Texts by Patricia Davison, David Chidester, Brenda Cooper, David Brown, Gavin Younge, Andrew Lampbrecht, Martin Hall, Christopher Peter and Malcolm Payne, amongst others. Poems by Ingrid de Kock, Joan Hambidge and Stephen Watson.
Stevenson (M.) & Graham-Stewart (M.) SURVIVING THE LENS, photographic studies of south and east African people, 1870-1920
144 pp., 4to., illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2001. R295
Includes images by professional photographers such as Alfred Martin Duggan-Cronin as well as more casual "snapshots" taken by amateurs.
Stevenson (M.) & Graham-Stewart (M.) "BOTH CURIOUS AND VALUABLE", African art from the late 19th-century south-east Africa
130 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2005. OUT OF STOCK
Catalogue of the selling exhibition, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town and Michael Graham-Stewart, Auckland, 2005.

Includes a 26 pp. essay by Michael Stevenson on "the acquisition of south-east African material culture by Europeans in the late nineteenth century, and the dynamic shift in the social significance of the object that occurs along with the shift in ownership".
Tietze (A.) A HISTORY OF THE IZIKO SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, reflections on art and national identity
236pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R310
In this history Anna Tietze considers the changing ways South Africa's national gallery has understood its social function, explores its relationship to other public collections, and documents the challenges the institution has encountered in the past, those it faces in the present, and examines future possibilities.

Anna Tietze is a cultural and art historian at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She has a long-standing connection with the Iziko South African National Gallery, as both researcher and curator.
Vergunst (N.) HOERIKWAGGO, images of Table Mountain
95 pp., 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2000) 2002. R295
Catalogue of the exhibition held at the South African National Gallery, Cape Town, November 2000 - April 2001.
Images range from a 1502 Portuguese map of Africa to modern views of Table Mountain by Billy Mandindi, Pippa Skotnes & Nicolaas Maritz.
Viney (G.) text & Proust (A.) photo. COLONIAL HOUSES OF SOUTH AFRICA,
288 pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Reprint, Cape Town, 1987 (2003). OUT OF STOCK
Foreword by Revel Fox.
Features twenty-three houses and their interiors : Vergelegen, Ida's Valley, Libertas, Stellenberg, Morgenster, Sidbury Park, Kersefontein, Barville Park, Zorgvliet, Broadlands, Hawthornden, Tweedside Lodge, Zwartkoppies Hall, Lynton Hall, Stonehouse, Westminster, Dolobran, The Presidensie, Ellingham, Groote Schuur, Tuynhuis, Brenthurst and Rustenberg.
Walker (M.) THE ARTISTS OF THE SOUTH PENINSULA, their paintings along the coastal road, Simon's Town to Muizenberg (1806-1906)
70pp., ,ap. b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, (2019). R220
A brief history of the early artists of the Cape, including Thomas Bowler, Abraham de Smidt, Wilhelm Heinrich Hermann, Jean Marius Rogier, Johannes Poortermans and Harry McCormick.

Michael Walker is the author of Muizenberg, a forgotten story, Kalk Bay - St James, in search of rest,(1855-1923) and Travels Along the Coastal Road, Simon's Town to Muizenberg, 1743-1890, the journey.
159 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, First UK Edition, London, 1990. OUT OF PRINT
First published in 1989 in Cape Town, South Africa. Foreword by Desmond Tutu.
Artists include William Kentridge, Azaria Mbatha, John Muafangejo, Jane Alexander, Johannes Segogela, Robert Hodgins, Sue Williamson, Cecil Skotnes, Norman Catherine, and many others.
Williamson (S.) & Jamal (A.) ART IN SOUTH AFRICA, the future present
159 pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 1996. OUT OF PRINT
Artists featured include Jane Alexander, Norman Catherine, Robert Hodgins, Kagiso Patrick Mautloa, William Kentridge, David Koloane, Jeremy Wafer, Jo Ractliffe, Brett Murray, Lisa Brice, Johannes Segogela, Tracy Payne, Penny Siopis, Willie Bester and Sue Williamson.