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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.
Berman (M.) REMEMBERING IRMA, Irma Stern: a memoir with letters
184 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2003. R250
"Mona Berman's account of the thirty-year correspondence between her parents, Richard and Freda Feldman, and...Irma Stern..."
Botha (A.) MAJORIE WALLACE, drif en vreugde
160 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2006. R172
Painter Majorie Wallace was born in Scotland and lived most of her life in Paris, Onrus and Cape Town with her husband Jan Rabie.

Art journalist and documentary film director Amanda Botha curated Majorie Wallace's 2003 Retrospective Exhibition.

Foreword by André Brink.

Text in Afrikaans.
Boyley (J.) ERROL BOYLEY, a biography, celebration of a life
182 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2005. OUT OF PRINT
Errol Boyley, painter, was born in 1918 in Pietermaritzburg, where he lives and works.
Bradlow (E.) & Westby-Nunn (T.) FREDERICK I'ONS, artist, 1807-1887
126 pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Revised Edition, Cape Town, (1958) 2014. R355
A biography of Frederick I'Ons, covering his life in South Africa and his paintings of the Xhosa people of the Eastern Cape during the years of the Frontier Wars.

Frederick I'Ons was born in Norfolk in 1820. He left England for the Cape Colony in 1834 and lived and worked as an artist in Grahamstown. He died in 1887.
Carruthers (J.) & Arnold (M.) THE LIFE AND WORK OF THOMAS BAINES,
184 pp., oblong 4to., map, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Reprint, Cape Town, (1995) 2000. OUT OF PRINT
Thomas Baines, artist and explorer, was born in England in 1820. He travelled extensively in what is now South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe and died in Durban in 1875. He wrote journals and letters and produced vast numbers of sketches and paintings, many of which are reproduced in this book.
de Vries (F.) THE FRED DE VRIES INTERVIEWS, from Abdullah to ZIlle
325 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2008. R180
Journalist and author Fred de Vries interviews artists Vusi Beauchamp, Jodie Bieber, Kudzanai Chiurai, Karl Gietl, Anton Kannemeyer, Maja Maljevic and Hermann Niebuhr, art agent Jeanetta Blignaut, collector curator Warren Siebrits and gallerist Henri Vergon, amongst others.
Dube (P.M.) DUMILE FENI, the story of a great artist, volume 1
286 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2010. R395
A monograph on Dumile Feni by Prince Mbusi Dube.

Dumile Feni was born in Worcester in the Western Cape in 1942. He left South Africa in 1968 to go into self-imposed exile in London and then the USA, where he died in 1991.

Prince Mbusi Dube is an art collections and exhibitions officer with Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng. Dube also curated the 2005 Dumile Feni Retrospective and edited its accompanying catalogue.
Dubow (N.) ed. PARADISE, the journal and letters (1917-1933) of Irma Stern
112 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 1991. OUT OF PRINT
Based on a previously unpublished journal kept by Irma Stern between 1919 and 1924 and on letters from the artist to a German friend and confidante, Trude Bosse. The richly illustrated journal is reproduced, with a translation and commentary.
Emslie (A.) A JOURNEY THROUGH THE OWL HOUSE,
148 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 1997. OUT OF PRINT
The Owl House, in the isolated Karoo village of Nieu Bethseda, South Africa, was transformed by its owner, the reclusive Helen Martins. The garden is filled with concrete sculptures and the walls of the house are coated in colour and crushed glass.
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.
Ernst (J.) ANTON VAN WOUW, 'n biografie
128 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2006. R100
Sculptor Anton van Wouw's most well-known works include the Kruger Monument in Pretoria, the Women's Monument in Bloemfontein, the Women and Children sculpture in the Voortrekker Monument as well as many busts of South African presidents and generals.

Text in Afrikaans.
Feinberg (B.) GEORGE PEMBA, painter of the people
69 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2000. OUT OF PRINT
Foreword by Pallo Jordan.
Edited and adapted by Ivan Vladislavíc.

Suitable for use in schools.
Gorelik (B.) INCREDIBLE TRETCHIKOFF,
280 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R230
A biography of Vladimir Tretchikoff (1913-2006), one of the most commercially successful artists of all time. Born in Siberia, he lived in Cape Town from 1946 until his death at the age of 93.

Boris Gorelik is a writer living in Moscow.
Hopkins (P.) JOHNNY GOLIGHTLY COMES HOME, a portrait of eccentricity
234 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2009. OUT OF PRINT
This book "defies a neat categorisation. The narrative follows a journey of discovery by author Pat Hopkins - discovery of himself, of the nature of eccentricity and the multiple identities of a unique South African conceptual artists, John Anthony Boerma". John Boerma is otherwise known as Johnny Golightly.

Author and journalist Pat Hopkins is also the author of "Voëlvry: the movement that rocked South Africa".
Kannemeyer (J.C.) HANNES VAN DER MERWE, argitek en skrywersvriend
163 pp., illus., hardback, d.w., Pretoria, 2006. R130
A biography of architect Hannes van der Merwe who designed many large buildings in Cape Town, including the SABC building in Seapoint, the Oriental Plaza in Woodstock, Mutualpark in Pinelands and the Nico Malan Theatre (today known as the Artscape), Cartwright's Corner, the Cape Provincial Administration building, the South African Reserve Bank building and the Burgersentrum (now Unistad) in the city centre.

He was also friendly with many writers and journalists, including Boerneef, D.J.Opperman, Piet Cillié and Izak de Villiers.
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 life, her years at the Natalie Knight Gallery in Hyde Park, Johannesburg (1980-1995), where she exhibited international art and promoted little-known black artists, and her work as a consultant and curator. She is renowned as a collector and documentor of Ndebele and Shangaan art and received the Lifetime Achiever Awards 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 (C.) A BLACK MAN CALLED SEKOTO,
201 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 1996. OUT OF PRINT
"In this fascinating narrative of exile, Chabani Manganyi, a clinical psychologist by training, draws on several in depth interviews with Sekoto and on his extensive correspondence to consider both the specificity and the universality of the life of a South African who chose to live in France in order to remain true to his creative commitments and talents."
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."
Mbatha (A.) WITHIN LOVING MEMORY OF THE CENTURY, an autobiography
369 pp., map, illus., hardback, Pietermaritzburg, 2005. R280
Azaria Mbatha was born in 1941 at Ensukazi in Zululand. After studying art at Sandlwane he received a scholarship to study art in Sweden, settling permanently in that country in 1969. He returned to South Africa for the first time in 1992. The book is illustrated with linocuts selected by the artist.
Momodu-Gordon (H.) 9 WEEKS, essays and interviews
173pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R150
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).
Nicol (M.) THE INVISIBLE LINE, the life and photography of Ken Oosterbroek, 1962-1994
144 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 1998. OUT OF PRINT
Photojournalist Ken Oosterbroek documented South Africa's transitional years to the first democratic election until he was killed when National Peace-Keeping Force members panicked under fire in Tokoza in 1994. He was named Ilford Press Photographer of the Year in 1989 and 1994.
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".
Reynolds (M.) "EVERYTHING YOU DO IS A PORTRAIT OF YOURSELF", Dorothy Kay, a biography
490 pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 1989. OUT OF PRINT
Dorothy Elvery was born in Ireland in 1886. In 1910 she came to South Africa to marry Dr Hobart Kay who later became District Surgeon in Port Elizabeth. She is best known as a portrait painter and was commissioned to paint numerous portraits of public citizens and private citizens. She died in 1964.
Ricciardi (M.) text & photo. AFRICAN SAGA,
300 pp., illus., hardback,d.w., London, 1982. OUT OF PRINT
The autobiography of photographer Mirella Ricciardi, author of "Vanishing Africa", "African Rainbow" and "African Visions". She grew up on a farm on the shores of Lake Naivasha in Kenya.
Schadeberg (J.) comp. & ed. THE FIFTIES PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA, the lives of some ninty-five people who were influential in South Africa during the fifties, a period which saw the first stirrings of the coming revolution
260 pp., 4to,m illus., hardback, Johannesburg, 1987. OUT OF PRINT
Photographs by Bob Gosani, Ranjith Kally, Alfred Khumalo, Peter Magubane, G.R.Naidoo, Gopal Naransamy & Jurgen Schadeberg, selected from the "Drum" Magazine Photo Archives.

Schoeman (K.) IRMA STERN, the early years, 1894-1933
127 pp., 4to., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 1994. OUT OF PRINT
Biographical study of the first forty years of Irma Stern's life, based mainly on unpublished material in the Irma Stern Collection at the South African Library.
Sekoto (G.) MY LIFE AND WORK,
124 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 1995. OUT OF PRINT
Autobiographical section adapted from the book "Gerard Sekoto" by Barbara Lindop.
Text adapted by Karen Press and edited by Ivan Vladislavic. Commentary by Barbara Lindop.
Suitable for new readers.
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.
Wylie (D.) ART + REVOLUTION, the life and death of Thami Mnyele, South African artist
258 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2008. R220
A biography of the artist Thami Mnyele, born in 1948 in Johannesburg. He was killed in 1985 in a South African army raid on Gaberone, Botswana, where he had gone into exile and joined the ANC.

Diana Wylie is Professor of History at Boston University. She is also the author of "Starving on a Full Stomach: the triumph of cultural racism in modern South Africa" (2001) and "A Little God: the twilight of patriarchy in a southern African kingdom" (1990).
Zulu (William N.) SPRING WILL COME,
334 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., hardback, Pietermaritzburg, 2005. R180
The autobiography of William Zulu, a well-known linocut artist.

William Zulu was born in 1956 in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal. He studied at the Rorke's Drift Fine Art School in the 1970s with fellow artists Eric Mbatha and Azaria Mbatha. The book is illustrated with a number of his linocuts.