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Our unique bookstores specialise in books on art and arts-related subjects but also stock many titles on South African culture and politics, as well as range of biographies, books of poetry and literature, design, architecture and history, and collectibles.At our store, 151 Jan Smuts Parkwood, browse through an extensive range of South African and International art books.In January 2010 a new David Krut Bookstore opened at Arts on Main, in downtown Johannesburg, a cultural oasis in a newly developed creative precinct where our focus is on collaborative efforts. This is where the David Krut  Print Workshop has been established  were artists regularly create new etchings and monotypes, and where audience observation of the printmaking-process is encouraged.

We have recently developed the space to include a David Krut bookstore where we stock an extensive range of books on both South African and International arts, design, literature and architecture, children’s books as well as numerous gifts and objects.

Occupying pride of place in all our stores are our own titles from David Krut Publishing, including the TAXI Art Books, a series of monographs on contemporary South African artists.

Parkwood, 151 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg
(t) + 27 (0)11 880 5646
(f) 011 880 6368
Arts On Main, 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precint, Johannesburg
(t) + 27 (0)11 334 1209
Cape Town, Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town
(t) +27 (0)21 685 0676

TAXI Art Book Series

The TAXI Art Books are a series of monographs intended to expand information and education on contemporary South African artists. It also serves as a valuable educational resource.

The TAXI Art Book series is complete with fifteen volumes.

Read more about the Taxi series or view the TAXI catalogue.

William Kentridge

An important publication is William Kentridge Prints, the first major book published in South Africa on the artist, offering a selected catalogue on his prolific printmaking output. In 2010 DKP published Nose: Thirty Etchings with text by Kentridge about the individual prints that formed part of the body of work that culminated in the Nose opera, staged at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. This title extends our bookshop’s impressive list of available titles on the work of South Africa’s foremost artist.

Handspring Puppet Company

Handspring Puppet Company is the first full-length book on Handspring published in South Africa. It explores their work in adult puppet theatre, from Episodes of an Easter Rising (1985) to War Horse, providing insights into their philosophy of puppetry and their technical innovations. It is richly illustrated with images from the Handspring archive and includes essays by theatre practitioners and writers who have collaborated with the company over the years.

.Art and Justice: The Art of the Constitutional Court

Launched in October 2008, Art and Justice celebrates and documents the artworks integrated into and collected for the Constitutional Court of South Africa. The book pays tribute to the extraordinary vision of the architects and judges of the Court who sought to bring together, in the most inspiring, innovative and dignified way possible, art and the workings of justice, and to give a public soul to the new Court building. Working closely with the Constitutional Court Artworks Committee headed by Justice Yvonne Mokgoro and Albie Sachs, David Krut Publishing has prepared the book as a companion volume to Light on a Hill: Building the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Art and Justice: The Art of the Constitutional Court of South Africa is designed by Ellen Papciak-Rose and features photography by Ben Law-Viljoen.

The inclusion of artwork in the structural and functional elements of the Court is enhanced by a growing collection of art on view to the public. The Constitutional Court collection started – with very few resources – before the Court moved into its current home and has taken shape around several key works by artists such as Dumile Feni, John Baloyi, William Kentridge, Judith Mason, Gerard Sekoto, Marlene Dumas, and others. The collection is noted for its exploration of figuration in contemporary South African art, a theme that is well adapted to the values that the Court seeks to uphold in its mandate to hear matters relating to human rights and the Constitution.

Art and Justice: The Art of the Constitutional Court of South Africa will serve as a record of the Court’s growing collection of paintings, prints, fibre art and sculptures, but more importantly it will pay tribute to an extraordinary vision: to bring together art and justice in a building that would welcome all citizens of the country.

.Skill Set 1: A Primer In South African Graphic Design

Written by graphic designer Michael MacGarry, and featuring the work of leading design professionals and targeted at designers, A Primer in South African Graphic Design features design fundamentals and principles; practical advice and guidance; designing for and within the local context; example of work by designers; Q & A with experienced local design professionals; and a glossary of highly-relevant resources and information.

The book provides an intelligent balance of educational material relevant to design students and practical content to help young professionals embark on their careers, whilst providing sufficiently advanced material and content to appeal to mid-level and experienced designers and allied industry practitioners alike.

SKILL SET: Knowledge Resource and Educational Series is a new multi-volume series for specialised design disciplines. Using a practical, outcomes-based approach, Skill Set will provide instruction in various fields of design, including graphic design, stage design, fashion design and industrial design – serving as a resource for both amateurs and professionals alike. Though neither a textbook nor a design manual, the book will help develop specific skills, intelligent design solutions, and effective project outcomes. It will be a resource on the fundamental principles of graphic design, a source of inspirations and ideas, a business tool for designers, and a much-needed critical showcase of local graphic design.

The Skill Set series will feature content relevant to both a local and international context, as well as commentary and work by leading local design professionals. The series is aimed at a broad audience that includes learners at secondary schools and tertiary institutions, as well as emerging and experienced professionals.

South African Artists

We have made it one of our highest priorities to ensure that international publications featuring South African artists are made available in South Africa, while we continue to build our authoritative collection of local publications on South African artists, culture, heritage, history and contemporary visual practitioners.


Our collection of publications on international art and artists helps build important bridges across cultural and geographic divides. We are the sole distributor of titles from the Tate Gallery, London in South Africa, as well as the book-as-objects created by luxury publisher Assouline of Paris and New York. Other publishers which we stock include Thames &Hudson and Phaidon, and many more.

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