Archive: Issue No. 61, September 2002

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Art | South Africa

The cover of the new magazine

New contemporary art magazine for South Africa

Plans to publish a print version of www,, announced early last year, had to be dropped when the Section 21 company failed to attract start up finance. The urgent need for quality writing on art at a time when newspapers and other media are cutting back dramatically on their coverage remained, however. Thus, the editors of ArtThrob are delighted to welcome a new magazine Art South Africa, onto the scene. The quarterly print magazine covering contemporary visual art, will be launched by Bell-Roberts Publishing in Cape Town on September 4.

Sophie Perryer, editor of ArtThrob for the past year until this August and former Mail & Guardian arts editor, is the editor. Art South Africa will focus primarily on visual art, as well as the intersection of art with fashion, architecture, design, performance, music, film and digital media. The magazine is loosely modelled on international art publications such as Frieze and Artforum.

The first Spring issue showcases work by young Cape Town artist Doreen Southwood on the cover. It includes features on the role of public art in the cultural and economic regeneration of Johannesburg, written by Alex Dodd; the work of 2002 Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art, Brett Murray, written by Hazel Friedman; the South African contribution to global art show Documenta11 in Kassel, Germany, by Virginia MacKenny; the painting of Soweto-born, London-resident artist Johannes Phokela, written by Bruce Haines; and the clothing and fabric design of David West, written by Suzy Bell.

There are also substantial reviews and news sections, with contributions by many of the country�s top arts writers - Kathryn Smith, Ivor Powell, Sean O�Toole, Iain Low, Emma Bedford, Nic Dawes, Tracy Murinik, Paul Cilliers, James Sey, Evan Milton, James Webb, Alex Sudheim, Chris Roper, Cobus van Bosch and Lauren Shantall. Among the exhibitions and projects covered are William Kentridge�s Confessions of Zeno, Willie Bester�s 15-year retrospective, photography by Tracy Lindner Gander, the Masjien digital video compilation, the new CD album from Felix Laband, and ex Max Normal frontman Watkin Tudor Jones� multimedia Constructus project.

Art South Africa will be available from selected Exclusive Books stores and various galleries nationwide at a cost of R50 per issue, or via subscription at an annual cost of R160 for four issues. The magazine will also be sold internationally. Subscription inquiries can be directed to or +27 (0)21 422 1100.

The magazine will be launched at a Spring party, featuring an exhibition of large-scale photographs by Stan Engelbrecht as well as live music and DJs, at Rodene Studios (ground floor), 15 Bloem Street, Cape Town, on Wednesday NeSeptember 4 from 6.30pm.

The second Summer issue of Art South Africa will be published at the beginning of December.

Sophie Perryer: Editor, Art South Africa
Tel: 021 422 1100