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Berman (A.) ALEXIS PRELLER, Africa, the sun and shadows
361 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2010. R335
A reworking of the two volume biography of painter Alexis Preller by art critic and historian Esmé Berman, published in 2010 and now out of print.

Foreword by Clive Kellner.
Erdmann (H.) MANFRED ZYLLA, art & resistance
102 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2011) 2012. R250
Published to accompany the travelling retrospective exhibition, "In Retrospect", which opened at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, in February 2012.
The exhibition includes work from the late 1950s to the present.

"Heidi Erdmann interviewed Manfred Zylla and recorded his life story as told by him. The essay in this book is completely based on memory" from the bibliography

Manfred Zylla was born in 1939 in Germany. He moved to South Africa in 1970 and in the 1980s became known as an artist critical of apartheid. He lives and works in Munich and Cape Town.
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".
Langhan (D.) THE UNFOLDING MAN, the life and art of Dan Rakgoathe
171 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2000. R146
Dan Rakgoathe was born in 1937 in Bhongweni township in Randfontein, Western Transvaal.
The book is based extensively on interviews with the artist, and on letters written by him.
Lloyd (A.R.) THE ARTIST IN THE GARDEN, the quest for Moses Tladi
294 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2009. R350
Moses Tladi (1903-1959) was the first black artist to exhibit formally in South Africa and to achieve wide acclaim. He was born in rural Sekhukhuneland, east of Pretoria. In the mid-1920s he started working in Johannesburg as a gardener to Herbert Read. Read introduced Tladi to the collector and philanthropist Howard Pim and together they promoted Tladi at public exhibitions from 1929 onwards.

Angela Read Lloyd, Herbert Read's granddaughter, grew up at Lokshoek, Herbert Read's house, surrounded by Moses Tladi's paintings.
Manganyi (N.C.) GERARD SEKOTO, "I am an African", a biography
244 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2004. R270
"Chabani Manganyi's biography is informed by the discovery, after Sekoto's death, of a 'suitcase of treasures', which contained previously unknown musical compositions, letters and a large quantity of notes, writings and private documents."
Momodu-Gordon (H.) 9 WEEKS, essays and interviews
173pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R200
In 2015, over the course of nine weeks, Hansi Momodu-Gordon held conversations with artists represented by Stevenson gallery. The artists interviewed are Serge Alain Nitegeka, Mawande Ka Zenzile, Deborah Poynton, Pieter Hugo, Viviane Sassen, Nicholas Hlobo, Nandipha Mntambo, Dineo Seshee Bopape and Meleko Modgosi.

Independent curator, writer and producer Hansi Momodu-Gordon was born in 1985 in Hertfordshire, England. She now lives in London.
Motshumi (M.) THE INITIATION, 360 degrees trilogy, bok one, a graphic autobiography
136pp., illus., paperback , Cape Town, 2016. R275
Artist Mogorosi Motshumi's first book in his autobiographical trilogy begins with his childhood in Batho township, Bloemfontein, in the early 1906s and ends in the late 1970s when he arrives in Johannesburg as a young political cartoonist on the run from the security police.

"Cartoonist, activist, 'skelm', jazz aficionado, father and lover: Motshumi's harrowing self-portrait demonstrates not only how his life as an artists has been intertwined wit the social and political realities of his time and place, but also how art can turn tragedy into a triumph of the human spirit." from the introduction by Andy Mason, head of CCIBA's Comic Art Unit

Mogorosi Motshumi was born in 1955 in Batho township, Bloemfontein. He first worked as a cartoonist for The Friend newspaper. After spending time in detention for his political activities he was forced to relocate to Johannesburg, where he produced cartoons and comic strips for The Voice newspaper, contributed drawings to Staffrider magazine, drew his popular cartoon strip, "Sloppy", for Learn and Teach magazine, and worked as a sports cartoonist at City Press and Daily Sun. He also wrote a book, "The Angel and the Demon" (1999).
Oberholzer (O.) photo. & text OBIE, a photographic story book
248pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2016. R500
Photographer Obie Oberholzer's latest collection of photographs, taken on his travels around the world. Obie Oberholzer's other books include "Beyond Bagamoyo", "Raconteur Road", "The Hotazel Years" and "Diesel & Dust".
Powell (G.) JEAN DOYLE, a portrait
237pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2018. R450
Sculptor Jean Doyle has been producing bronze monumental work since 1980. Her commissions include the statue, "Just Nuisance", in Simonstown and Nelson Mandela's "Long Walk to Freedom" monument at Groot Drakenstein Prison in Paarl.

Grace Powell grew up in South Africa and went to school with Jean Doyle. She now lives in Montreal.
Schadeberg (J.) THE WAY I SEE IT, a memoir
469pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R310
Photographer Jürgen Schadeberg was born in Berlin in 1931. In 1950 he emigrated to South Africa and became chief photographer, picture editor and art director at “Drum” magazine. In 1964 he left South Africa and worked in London, the USA and Europe before returning to South Africa in 1985 for 22 years. Currently he lives in Spain.

“Dapper man Jürgen Schadeberg, originally from Germany, is one of the few masters in journalism who welcomed me and kicked my ass to do better when I arrived in Sin City. This memoir is a broadcast of his journey South and through continental Europe - it is a reflection of Schadeberg’s striking, interventionist, visual journalism: considerate, questioning, empathetic and ultimately beautifying.” Bongani Madondo, author of “Sigh, the Beloved Country”
Simons (P.) THE LIFE AND WORK OF CHARLES BELL, including The Art of Charles Bell: an appraisal, by Michael Godby
176 pp., oblong 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 1998. OUT OF PRINT
Charles Bell (1813 -1882) was born in Scotland. He arrived at the Cape in 1830 and was appointed surveyor-general in 1848. During almost five decades at the Cape Bell produced many artworks. He worked in a range of media, from woodcuts to oil painting, and his oevre encompasses landscape, portraits, ethnographical studies and caricatures. Some 130 of his works are reproduced in this book.
Willemse (H.) ed. & comp. MORE THAN BROTHERS, Peter Clarke & James Matthews at seventy
143 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2000. OUT OF PRINT
Published to celebrate the lives of the artist Peter Clarke and the writer James Matthews.