New Arrivals 28th to 5th of March 2016
91 pp., colour illus., paperback,
Monograph on the painter Richard Smith.
Includes an essay by Sean O'Toole.
Richard Smith was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947, and immigrated with his family to South Africa at a young age. He won the Standard Bank’s cartoonist of the year award in 1980 and 1984.
SERGE ALAIN NITEGEKA,
Into the Black
155pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback,
Cape Town & New York,
A new monograph that follows on Serge Alain Nitegeka's first monograph, "Black Subject/s" (2012). It traces his work from his 100 Stools intervention at the Marabastad Refugee Reception Office through to his exhibition "Black Passage" in Cape Town.
Includes the essays:
"Journeys and Gestures: the work of Serge Alain Nitegeka" by Allie Biswas
"Interview with Serge Alain Nitegeka 2015" by Hansi Momodu-Gordon
Interview with Serge Alain Nitegeka 2012" by David Brodie.
Serge Alain Nitegeka was born in 1983 in Burundi. He lives and works in Johannesburg.
159pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback,
Edition limited to 300 copies, signed by the artist,
This monograph encompasses a single body of work by Wim Botha, focused on Michelangelo's Pietà. "Following Botha's 2004 Mieliepap Pietà, a life-size replica of Michelangelo's original modelled from maize meal, in 2015 the artist produced a full-scale bronze extrapolation of the Pietà initially carved from polystyrene blocks, a suite of 119 studies on canvas and paper, and a drawing in three dimensions." from Stevenson gallery website
Includes the essay, "Laocoön/ Pietà: time and the image" by Michael Steinberg.
Chagas (E.) photo.
FOUND NOT TAKEN,
115pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback,
"For Found Not Taken, Edson Chagas walked through the streets of Luanda, London and Newport, Wales, collecting discarded objects and moving them, at times slightly and in other instances significantly, before photographing them. Taken out of their context and photographed in relation to a carefully chosen background, the mundane items are turned into abstract icons that animate the city. What might seem at first glance a symbol of a society characterised by waste and instant obsolescence is also a reflection on the fact that what is perceived as real is actually a construct. A selection from the series represented Angola at the 55th Venice Biennale, winning the Golden Lion for Best National Participation." from Stevenson gallery's website
Includes the essay, "Journal of Uncollectable Journeys: Edson Chagas' 'Found Not Taken' series and other works" by art historian Ana Balona de Oliveira. Text in English and Portuguese.
Photographer Edson Chagas was born in 1977 in Luanda, Angola, where he lives.
Greenberg (K.) ed.
Museum of Contemporary African Art
143pp., 4to., oolour illus., hardback ,
Catalogue of the exhibition, Tate Modern, London, 2013.
In 2013 Tate Modern in London acquired Meschac Gaba's work, "Museum of Contemporary African Art 1997-2002".
"Meschac Gaba: framing a space" by Kerryn Greenberg
"Meschac Gaba and the Urge to Laugh" by Achille Mbembe
"The Death of the African Archive and the Birth of the Museum: considering Meschac Gaba's Museum of Contemporary African Art" by Okwui Enwezor
"The Perfect Infiltration" by Rutger Pontzen
"My museum doesn't exist. It's only a question", a conversation between Meschac Gaba and Chris Dercon.
Meschac Gaba was born in 1961 in Cotonou, Benin. He currently lives and works between Cotonou and Rotterdam.
le Roux (M.) & Mavunganidze (J.)
THE JOHANNESBURG GAS WORKS,
93pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback,
A history of the Gas Works in Cottesloe, Johannesburg. Built in 1927, the Cottelsoe Gas Works closed in 1992 and the buildings have fallen into disrepair.
Includes the essays:
"Futurism and the Gas Works" by Clive Chipkin
"About Time (or: typographical transfers and the case of Johannesburg's Gas Works as an evolution from exploitative industrial machine, to no-man's land, to a singular chance to realise an inclusive urban future) by Alexander Opper.
Includes photographs by Sally Gaule and David Southwood.
Monika Läuferts le Roux and Judith Mavunganidze founded tsica heritage consultants in 2008.
Ractliffe (J.) photo & text & Hayes (P.) text
138 + 20pp., 4to., illus., hardback,
Barcelona & Cuauhtemoc,
Since 2007, South African photographer Jo Ractcliffe has focused on the aftermath of the war in Angola. She photographed primarily in Pomfret, Kimberley and Riemvasmaak, all sites occupied by the SADF during the mobilisation of the war and its aftermath. She is interested in how the histories of these places impact in the present.
"For most South Africans, Angola was perceived as a distant elsewhere - 'the border' - where brothers and boyfriends were sent as part of their military service. Now, over two decades since Namibia's independence and the withdrawal of SADF troops from the region, the 'Border War' remains something with which much ignorance and shame - for some, even betrayal - are associated. During the making of As Terras do Fim do Mundo, I became curious about whether traces of the war could be found within South Africa's borders. I was interested in exploring the idea of a militarised landscape. But rather than spaces connected with the usual apparatus of South Africa's military, I wanted to search out sites that were intricately connected to that war." Jo Ractliffe
Includes a text comprising edited transcripts of an extended conversation around the body of work between Jo Ractliffe and writer and academic Patricia Hayes.