TAXI Art Books – The First Series of Books on South African Artists

Fifteen books now published.

The TAXI Art Books series was initiated by David Krut Publishing in 2000 with funding from the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), and PRO HELVETIA–Arts Council of Switzerland. Subsequent further funding was provided by the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) and The Royal Netherlands Embassy in association with the Arts & Culture Trust, and David Krut Arts Resource.

The TAXI Art Books series has achieved its aim of extending the profile of South African artists and culture, both locally and abroad, in presenting a publication which are conceived, written, designed, edited and printed in South Africa.

An independent advisory committee selects artists who have created a substantial body of work but have no monograph published on their art. Each book was written by a new author to write the text, which has meant that the project has given writers a forum for their work. In addition, the project has created opportunities for book designers and others working in the publishing and related industries.

Arts-educators have been commissioned to produce the Educational Supplements. Each monograph in the series is accompanied by this supplement that provides educational material for teachers, learners, curators and the growing audience fascinated by the emerging contemporary arts in South Africa. These supplements have developed an active educational programme and teaching resource archive, which contain worksheets for art students and guidelines for teachers. They are designed specifically for broad subject integration in senior high school curricula and can be adapted for informal art training as well as tertiary institutions.

Featured artists in the series are Paul Stopforth, Helen Sebidi, Diane Victor, Sandile Zulu, Willem Boshoff, Deborah Bell, Pat Mautloa, Steven Cohen, Noria Mabasa, David Koloane, Lien Botha, Santu Mofokeng, Jeremy Wafer, Samson Mudzunga and Jo Ractliffe.