New Arrivals 19th to 25th of December 2017

Graaff (A.) text & Reinders (S.) photo. THE OWL HOUSE,
183pp., colour illus., paperback, Second Edition, Cape Town, (1991) 2017. R340
Includes "Author's Comments on the 2017 Edition" by Anne Graaff, as well as new colour photographs.

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 of pilgrims, sun-worshippers, mermaids, owls, camels and other creatures, and the house is filled with candles, lamps and mirrors with the walls, windows and ceilings decorated with crushed coloured glass. The house has been declared a national monument.

Artist and art historian Anne Graaff is currently part of an advisory team assisting in the restoration of the Owl House. She lives in France.
Klopper (S.) IRMA STERN, Are you still alive? Stern's life and art seen through her letters to Richard and Freda Feldman, 1934-1966
240pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R1200
Includes transcriptions of letters Irma Stern wrote to her friends Richard and Freda Feldman in Johannesburg from her home in Cape Town and while travelling, between 1934 and 1966, the year of her death. On the basis of these letters art historian Sandra Kloppers explores Irma Stern's relationship with the Feldmans and others in her immediate circle, her interactions with the art world of her day, and her encounters in Europe, Zanzibar and central Africa.

Includes the essays:
"A Friendship in Letters" by Mona Berman
"Irma Stern's Portraits of Freda Feldman" by Michael Godby.

Sandra Klopper is a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town. Her other books include "Willie Bester" (with Michael Godby) and "AmaNdebele" and "The Bantwane" (with Peter Magubane).
Kreamer (C.) et al AFRICAN COSMOS, stellar arts
368pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, New York, 2012. R900
Published to accompany the exhibition, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 2012.

Presents African works of art from ancient times to the present, accompanied by a collection of essays, to consider creativity and artistic practice in Africa as it is linked to celestial bodies and atmospheric phenomena.

Contributions include:
"Chasing Light", Marcus Neustetter interviewed by Erin L. Haney
"Cosmic Threads: children of the stars and other projects" by Willem Boshoff
"The Cosmos and Africa: balancing data and the poetics of knowledge" by Karel Nel
"'Cosmic Africa': African cultural astronomy and the research behind the film" by Anne Rogers
"Earth, Sky. Ancestors: building the world in nineteenth-century Madagascar" by Randall Bird
"Bridging Science and Culture: astronomy in Africa" by Thebe Rodney Medupe.

Christine Mullen Kreamer is Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Leeb-du Toit (J.) ISISHWESHWE, a history of the indigenisation of blueprint in southern Africa
302pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R955
"This is a wonderful book. Meticulously researched over many years, with a wealth of illustrations, it tells the fascinating story of blueprint cloth as it evolved across three continents, culminating in its remarkable assimilation into the cultural lives of southern African peoples. It is scholarly yet eminently accessible, and presents for the first time the global history of one of eastern and southern Africa's many machine-printed textile traditions, which have been overlooked in the literature for far too long. Truly a landmark publication," Christopher Spring, Curator, Africa, The British Museum and author of "African Textiles Today"

"Leed du Toit has richly contextualised the complex history and shifting cultural meanings of this textile. Along the way, she demonstrates that 'isishweshwe', or blueprint, or 'bloudruk', or 'isijalmani' - diverse names for the cloth that reflect its histories - offers a window onto southern African racial and class structures, technologies, economies and shifting conceptions of people's connections to both local and global cultures. This book has much to offer readers interested in South Africa, in global trade networks, and in the key roles of material culture in the expression of personal and cultural identities." Victoria Rovine, Associate Professor of Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of "African Fashion, Global Style: histories, innovations, and ideas you can wear"

Art historian Juliette Leeb-du Toit is currently a research associate at the University of Johannesburg.
van der Merwe (S.) SCULPTING THE LAND, artistic interventions in the landscape
111 pp., colour illus., hardback, Second Edition, Pretoria, (2005) 2017. R295
Strijdom van der Merwe, sculptor and land artist, was born on a farm in Gauteng in 1961.

Introduction by Melvyn Minnaar. Includes an essay by Sven Ouzman.

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