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ART South Africa

Art South Africa
Published by Bell-Roberts Publishing

William Kentridge

William Kentridge - USA Museum Travelling Exhibition 2001/2
Published by Museum of Contemporary Art

Fresh: Robin Rhode

Fresh: Robin Rhode
Published by SANG

Chimurenga

Chimurenga Vol 3
Published by Pan African Market

Jo Ractliffe

The cover of Taxi-001
Jo Ractliffe
Published by David Krut Publishing

Jeremy Wafer

The cover of Taxi-003
Jeremy Wafer
Photograph: Colleen Wafer
Published by David Krut Publishing

David Koloane

David Koloane - Taxi 006
(Cover Detail)
Published by David Krut Publishing



ArtThrob's Recommended Book List
Compiled by Michelle Matthews

The past two years have witnessed a range of initiatives aimed at documenting the work of South African artists in the print format. Then there have also been those brave endeavours aimed at becoming critical platforms for the sober analysis of the arts, and art in particular. This following list is an entirely selective choice of the more notable contributions currently available.

Alice by Jesse Breytenbach
Art South Africa
Berni Searle
The Best of Bitterkomix #2
Broadcast Quality: The Art of Big Brother
Clean/ Grime
Chimurenga
The Human Race by Robert Hodgins
Jane Alexander
Manifesto
My Tongue in Your Cheek by Kendell Geers
Robert Hodgins
Robin Rhode
States of Emergence
TAXI-001: Jo Ractcliffe
TAXI-002: Samson Mudzunga
TAXI-003: Jeremy Wafer
TAXI-004: Santu Mofokeng
TAXI-005: Lien Botha
TAXI-006: David Koloane
Tracey Rose
US by Pierre Crocquet
Usha Seerjaim
White Like Me by Brett Murray
William Kentridge - USA Museum Travelling Exhibition 2001/2
Zwelethu Mthethwa

A self published, spiral bound on 200grm card, saturated, sumptuous and professional shards of this graphic artist's work. See donga#6 (www.donga.co.za) for some examples of the work featured. Available direct from the artist: jezze@rocketmail.com.

Art South Africa, a glossy quarterly print magazine covering contemporary visual art, was launched in September 2002. Sophie Perryer (former Artthrob.co.za and Mail & Guardian arts editor) edits the magazine. Art South Africa focuses primarily on visual art, as well as the intersection of art with fashion, architecture, design, performance, music, film and digital media. Its contributors rank among the country's top arts writers.

A5 catalogue documenting this young artist's participation on the Fresh residency programme at the SANG. A valuable users guide to the artist's output to date. Fresh was curated by Emma Bedford. Includes colour photographs.

A compilation of Bitterkomix's irreverent output from the last few years. The dirt distilled.

A documentation of the curation of the Big Brother II house by The Trinity Session. A 72-page, full colour coffee table book featuring detailed biographies on all 39 artists involved in this very public art experiment, as well as commentary from contemporary arts and culture critics, including Michelle Constant, Alex Dodd, Sean O Toole, James Sey and Kathryn Smith.

A double catalogue covering two shows dedicated to 'de-saturated' art, 'Clean' in Johannesburg and 'Grime' in Cape Town. Offers an insight into the work of a host of Gauteng-based artists. Includes an essay by Robert Greig and Carine Zaayman. Edited by Retha Erasmus.

The third issue of this stellar, Pan African magazine of literature and culture is well worth getting your mitts on. It includes Santu Mofokeng's 'The Black Photo Album: Look At Me'; Buyaphi Mdledle's 'Who does Biko belong to?' and Santu Mofokeng's 'Trajectory of a street photographer (part1)'. Previous issues included Ashraf Jamal's beautifully written, abundantly critical appraisal of Zwelethu Mthethwa.

A hardbound notebook of drawings published by The Goodman Gallery in an edition of 100, signed and numbered on special paper. A true collector's piece; get it before you regret it.

A substantial and important catalogue documenting the output of Jane Alexander. Aside from the generous colour photographs, the A4 luxury print catalogue includes essays by Simon Njami, Akiko Miki and notes by Jane Alexander herself. A must have for any collector of South African catalogues.

Manifesto is the first document produced by Magnet, a group of artists and curators producing a field for exchange on a global basis. Includes Oupa Ngwenya's 'rethinking Transformation: Are black journalists' objects or subjects of change?', Clifford Charles and Ramidan Sulliman's ' Montecasino Context' and Veliswa Gwintsa's 'The cutting Edge Self'. Color, A4. email: institute@iniva.org

The long awaited follow up to Argot(Chalkham Hill Press, 1995), this substantial hardcover volume encompasses Geers' complete body of work thus far. Organised along thematic lines, it is available in South Africa through the Goodman Gallery, or on the net at www.leconsortium.com (see under Les Presses du Réel).

This soft-cover monograph honours one of South Africa's most accomplished and tirelessly innovative painters. Edited by Brenda Atkinson, it is published by Tafelberg Publishers. The book is also available as a hard cover deluxe copy in a slipcase, containing one original drawing, in an edition of 100.

A5 catalogue documenting Rhode's participation on the Fresh residency programme at the SANG. A valuable users guide to the artist's output to date. Fresh was curated by Emma Bedford. Includes colour photographs and an essay by Stephen Hobbs.

The hardcover catalogue accompanying the launch show at the Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary. Includes an eminently useful bibliography and reading list for further engagement.

Jo Ractliffe works with photo-based media, video and installation. Recipient of the 1999 Vita Art Prize, Ractliffe lives in Johannesburg and lectures at the University of the Witwatersrand. Text by Brenda Atkinson. Softcover; 96 pages; 25 pages colour plates; French/Dutch translations.

TAXI-001: Jo Ractcliffe: Educational Supplement
Text by Philippa Hobbs softcover; 16 pages with black and white images.

Samson Ratshilumela Mudzunga was born in 1938 in the former 'homeland' of Venda where he lives to this day. Although Mudzunga began playing with clay as a child, it wasn't until much later in life that he became a self-sustaining artist, acclaimed for his performance events and for his extraordinary wood carvings such as his enormous 'coffin drums'. Text by Kathy Coates & Stephen Hobbs. softcover; 84 pages with b&w images; French/ Dutch translations.

TAXI-002: Samson Mudzunga: Educational Supplement
Text by Philippa Hobbs softcover; 20 pages with black and white images; colour cover.

Jeremy Wafer is a Johannesburg-based artist whose work is informed by an artistic language, which is modular, minimal and contemplative. His prints and sculptures have been exhibited extensively both locally and abroad. Text by Lola Frost. softcover; 96 pages; 24 pages colour images; French/Dutch translations.

TAXI-003: Jeremy Wafer: Educational Supplement
Text by Philippa Hobbs. Softcover; 20 pages with black & white images; colour cover.

Santu Mofokeng was born in Johannesburg in 1956 and lives in Soweto when he is not on his working visits to Europe. He started work as a street photographer in Soweto, but in the early 1980s, during a time of accelerated political activism, embarked on a career in documentary photography. For this book he has made a selection of 76 of his extraordinary images to complement his autobiographical writings, which make up the majority of the text. Text by Santu Mofokeng and Sam Radithlalo; softcover; 96 pages; 48 pages of duotones; French/Dutch translations.

TAXI-004: Santu Mofokeng: Educational Supplement
Text by Philippa Hobbs. softcover; 20 pages with black & white images; duotone cover.

Lien Botha is a Cape Town-based fine art photographer and installation artist, whose work has been widely exhibited and is to be found in major collections around South Africa. Author of many successful works of fiction and art criticism, Ashraf Jamal has woven an eloquent text around Botha's oeuvre, drawing on postmodern theory and poetic resentment alike. For this book Lien has collaborated with poet Karen Press. Written by Ashraf Jamal with poetry by Karen Press; edited by Karen Press softcover; 96 pages; 56 pages of colour; French/Dutch translations.

TAXI-005: Lien Botha: Educational Supplement
Text by Ashraf Jamal, Karen Press and Lien Botha Softcover, 16 pages with black and white images.

Artist, writer, arts administrator and curator David Koloane has established a reputation both locally and internationally with his paintings and graphics being featured in major collections and exhibitions worldwide. His work reflects the socio-political landscape of South Africa both past and present. Written by Veronique Tadjo, edited by Brenda Atkinson softcover; 96 pages; 48 pages of colour; French/Dutch translations.

TAXI-006: David Koloane: Educational Supplement
Written by Andre Croucamp, softcover, 16 pages with black and white images, 10.7x8.3 inches.

A5 catalogue documenting this young artist's participation on the Fresh residency programme at the SANG. A valuable users guide to the artist's output to date. Fresh was curated by Emma Bedford. Includes colour photographs.

A photographic celebration of South Africans at work and play with explanatory text by the photographer. Perfect as a coffee table gift. Published by Bell-Roberts.

A5 catalogue documenting this young artist's participation on the Fresh residency programme at the SANG. A valuable users guide to the artist's output to date. Fresh was curated by Emma Bedford. Includes colour photographs.

2002's Standard Bank Young Artist is honoured with a beautifully produced catalogue, which includes an insightful essay by Ivor Powell.

Another addition to the growing list of print documents dedicated to South Africa's first real international art superstar. The catalogue is the print accompaniment to Kentridge's travelling retrospective exhibition. Softcover, 160 pages, full colour, published by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles.

Zwelethu Mthethwa has garnered a lot of attention for his considered portraits of the living conditions and experiences of the migrants who end up in our country's townships and informal settlements. As ArtThrob's Paul Edmunds has observed, "both the cultural disorientation they experience and their quotidian existence is rendered in the saturated hues and rich textures of his large-format photographs." Published Marco Noire Editore, Turin 2000 84 pages full colour, Italian with English translations.

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