The latest chapter in in the tale of our bookstore is that interest has grown as more people become aware of its existence and also have the chance of discovering all the art activities going on at David Krut Arts Resource, 140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg.
David Krut Publishing activities have grown because of the success of the TAXI Art Books series and the publication of some new titles.
This year we published the William Kentridge Prints book of 160 pages which illustrates over 180 of the Kentridge’s editioned works, with text by the artist on some of the works, and an introduction by David Krut. It is available for R340 at our bookshop. We are pleased to announce a further publication on Kentridge entitled Thinking Aloud. We facilitated the publication of the English version of the book, published in Germany by Walther Koenig Verlag, Cologne. The book is based on the artist’s conversations with Angela Breidbach, a German art historian, while Kentridge’s was preparing for the Black Box/Chambre Noire exhibition in Berlin. The exhibition has now come to South Africa and is currently on show at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.
We were also commissioned to create a book on the MTN Art Collection. This hardcover book of 304 pages is now at the printers and Bronwyn has spent 40 unbroken hours on press with the machine-minders at Ultra Litho. Such is the dedication needed for the production of colour publications.
Our current book in production process is Light on a Hill: Building the Constitutional Court of South Africa. The pre-production is nearing completion and a full colour galley was presented to Judge Albie Sachs and The Concourt Art Committee, it was received with much appreciation. Our managing editor Bronwyn Law-Viljoen has written, interviewed, transcribed and edited text for the book, working closely with the architects and judges. We look forward to the publication of the book in October. Our book distribution activities are growing and besides TATE Gallery Publications we are pleased to announce that we have been approached by Nazraeli Press to distribute their fabulous art books in Africa.
New books came in from Tate- Drawing: Gesture and act, which is a beautifully illustrated hardcover book and Now and Then: Art Now at Tate Britain.
The current exhibition at Tate Modern is the first rehang of works from their collection in 5 years. A range of displays present dialogues between artists past and present, exploring how major movements relate to earlier artistic practice, and how later artists have responded to the great innovations of twentieth-century art.
A forthcoming attraction is the first exhibition to span the entire career of Howard Hodgkin – bringing together 60 of his evocative and vibrant paintings from the 1950s to the present day, the exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view new work in the context of earlier decades. This begins on 17 June
We have a small selection of the artist’s luminescent etchings all of which were created at 107 Workshop in collaboration with master-printer Jack Shirreff. William Kentridge was invited to work with Jack Shirreff in 1993 and was also able to take advantage of the great skills and wonderful etching facilites available at 107 Workshop.
We are pleased to announce that we will be taking part in the Cape Town Book Fair from 17-20 June, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
David and Bronwyn will be at booth H24 and look forward to meeting you and talking about our growing activities in publishing, distribution and art bookstore development.
The first Cape Town Book Fair will exhibit products of the book trade from all over the world and particularly South Africa. It intends to showcase the world of books and serves to promote the sale of books and rights within the international book trade.
David Krut Publishing will be showcasing our existing and forthcoming publications including the Taxi Art Books series, as well as the books which we distribute on behalf of foreign publishers.