Africa's greatest bookstore!
David Krut Bookstores
  • Africa's Greatest Bookstore
    Speciality Bookstore
    Abelardo Morell: A Book of Books
    R330.00 inc. VAT

    A BOOK OF BOOKS showcases Abelardo Morell’s extraordinary photographs of unusual books, like an impossibly large dictionary, illustrated tomes whose characters appear to leap off the page, and water-damaged books that take on sculptural form.

    Add to cart
    Albert Adams – Journey On A Tightrope
    R320.00 inc. VAT

    The first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of works by Albert Adams ran at Iziko Museum. Albert Adams was born in Johannesburg in 1930 but at the age of four came to Cape Town with his mother and sister. He attended Livingstone High School and studied at Hewat College in Cape Town. Unable to study at the Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town, because of the apartheid policies, he applied for, and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Slade School of Art in London where he studied from 1953 to 1956. He enrolled for a brief course of study at the Munich Academy of Arts and later in 1957 attended master classes under the internationally renowned artist, Oskar Kokoschka.

    He returned to Cape Town where he exhibited widely but in 1960 decided to leave South Africa for good and settled in London. He taught for a while at schools in the East End of London and in 1979 was appointed to the staff of the City University, London where he lectured in art history for 18 years. Towards the end of 2006 Adams was diagnosed with lung cancer and after a brief stay in hospital passed away on 31 December 2006.

    An instinctive expressionist Adams’ subject matter is evidence of a deep social commitment and he can rightly be seen as an heir to Francisco Goya (1740 – 1828). Often his subject matter is inspired by international events but he always  returned to South Africa for inspiration, depicting, amongst others, the homeless people of Cape Town, the darker side of the Cape Minstrels and in a more allusive way the ‘baggage’ or legacy of apartheid.

    Although Adams exhibited extensively and, on more than one occasion was chosen to represent South Africa on international exhibitions, his long period of absence from South Africa has resulted in the undue neglect of a major talent.

    This retrospective exhibition will result in Albert Adams being recognized and established as a major South African artist.

    Add to cart
    Alexis Preller: Africa, the Sun and Shadows
    R350.00 inc. VAT

    In the course of his forty-year career, major South African artist Alexis Preller achieved national recognition and critical acclaim. Loyal admirers flocked to every exhibition by the master colourist. Yet, there were also those who were disturbed by his frequently cryptic themes and who denounced his distinctly independent and often enigmatic work.

    Add to cart
    Andy Warhol DVD
    R300.00 inc. VAT

    Consumerism, glamour, disasters and mass media – Andy Warhol’s art is a mirror image of America.

    Add to cart
    Antony Gormley On Sculpture
    R640.00 inc. VAT

    One of the most exciting sculptors of our time, Antony Gormley is the creator of breathtaking public installations. Even casual fans will recognize Event Horizon, a collection of thirty-one life-size casts of the artist’s body that have been installed atop buildings in places like London’s South Bank and New York’s Madison Square, and Field, formed by tens of thousands of standing clay figurines overflowing across a room’s floor.

    Add to cart
    Art Power
    R230.00 inc. VAT

    Art has its own power in the world, and is as much a force in the power play of global politics today as it once was in the arena of cold war politics. Art, argues the distinguished theoretician Boris Groys, is hardly a powerless commodity subject to the art market’s fiats of inclusion and exclusion. In Art Power, Groys examines modern and contemporary art according to its ideological function. Art, Groys writes, is produced and brought before the public in two ways — as a commodity and as a tool of political propaganda. In the contemporary art scene, very little attention is paid to the latter function. Arguing for the inclusion of politically motivated art in contemporary art discourse, Groys considers art produced under totalitarianism, Socialism, and post-Communism. He also considers today’s mainstream Western art — which he finds behaving more and more according the norms of ideological propaganda: produced and exhibited for the masses at international exhibitions, biennials, and festivals. Contemporary art, Groys argues, demonstrates its power by appropriating the iconoclastic gestures directed against itself — by positioning itself simultaneously as an image and as a critique of the image. In Art Power, Groys examines this fundamental appropriation that produces the paradoxical object of the modern artwork.

    Add to cart
    Banksy – The Man behind the Wall
    R185.00 inc. VAT

    For someone who shuns the limelight so completely that he conceals his name, never shows his face and gives interviews only by email, Banksy is remarkably famous.

    Read more
    Banksy Wall and Piece
    R380.00 inc. VAT

    Banksy’s identity remains unknown, but his work is unmistakable—with prints selling for as much as $45,000.

    Add to cart
    Beaufort West – Mikhael Subotzky
    R720.00 inc. VAT

    With an essay by Jonny Steinberg and commentary by Mikhael Subotzky

    At the half-way point along South Africa’s great highway – the N1 running from Cape Town to Johannesburg – lies the small town of Beaufort West. With its prison in the middle of town, on an island in the highway, it’s a surreal road-stop that offers everything a traveller might want – food, gas, a place to stay, an hour of sex… Mikhael Subotzky considers the town, its vivid characters and poignant social landscapes, in a photo essay that confronts central issues of contemporary South African society. His first photobook, it is exquisitely produced on a large portfolio scale. With an introduction by leading South African writer Jonny Steinberg and Subotzky’s own commentary on the photographs, the book is both a document of social evidence and the visual manifesto of the best of the new wave of South African art photographers.

    The book is published to coincide with Subotzky’s first North American exhibition – Beaufort West at the Museum of Modern Art, opening in September 2008.

    Photo credit: 5B4

    Add to cart
    Brett Murray
    R650.00 inc. VAT

    Documenting artist Brett Murray’s career over the past 30 years, this book boasts both powerful imagery and reflective texts from his 80s cultural/struggle work, through his career to The Spear—the natural outcome of his art and reflections on injustices past and present.

    Add to cart
    British Artists:J.M.W. Turner
    R175.00 inc. VAT

    This series of affordable monographs focuses on the lives and careers of important British artists from the 18th century to the present day.

    J.M.W. Turner is probably the greatest painter Britain has ever produced.

    Add to cart
    British Artists:Stanley Spencer
    R175.00 inc. VAT

    One of the most highly regarded and well known of all twentieth-century British artists, Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) is famous for two things. He immortalized the Berkshire village of Cookham, where he was born and spent most of his life. And he celebrated sex both on his canvases and through his unconventional understanding of relationships.

    Add to cart
    British Artists:Walter Sickert
    R175.00 inc. VAT

    A member of the Camden Town group, Walter Sickert played a dynamic role in the development of British painting and the graphic arts.

    Add to cart
    Cedric Nunn – Call and Response
    R500.00 inc. VAT

    This publication features his photographs from the late seventies to the present day, allowing insight into a previously unknown African world. His aesthetically and compositionally unusual photographs combine reality with poetry.

    Add to cart
    Clare Menck Hidden Life/Verborge Lewe
    R250.00 inc. VAT

    “I cannot think of anything else to paint but to record my own life, as I cannot escape my own skin, and I am the silent witness of other people’s pain as well as my own.” – Clare Menck

    Add to cart
    Dalí Pop-Ups
    R440.00 inc. VAT

    ‘One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams’ Salvador Dalí. Enigmatic, playful, deceptive, outrageous, and – above all – adventurous, the art of Salvador Dalí, like the man himself, defies easy description. This collection features pop-ups of seven of his most famous works.

    Add to cart
    David Goldblatt Intersections Intersected
    R700.00 inc. VAT

    Intersections Intersected for the first time presents in print carefully constructed pairings of images that were taken before and after the South African watershed.

    Add to cart
    David Hockney
    R290.00 inc. VAT

    The relationship between art and life and between the three-dimensional world and its reinterpretation in two dimensions has long animated the work of David Hockney, the most popular British artist of the past half-century.

    Add to cart
    David LaChapelle. Good News. Part II

    Good News, Part II follows David LaChapelle’s creative renaissance as he surrenders to contemplations of mortality, moving beyond the material world in a quest for paradise.

    Read more
Have no product in the cart!
0