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    Albert Adams – Journey On A Tightrope
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    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.

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    Alexis Preller: Africa, the Sun and Shadows
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    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.

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

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    Art Power
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    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.

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    Beaufort West – Mikhael Subotzky
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    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

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    British Artists:J.M.W. Turner
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    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.

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    Published by Thames & Hudson, 1985

    Walter Gibson dispels the notion of Bruegel the simpleton peasant, instead, he shows us Bruegel the cultivated artist.

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    Cedric Nunn – Call and Response
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    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.

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    Claudette Schreuders: Great Expectations
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    The figure of a white horse embodies the fantasy of romance, locating the cast of characters within the space of fiction. It is here that children’s projections of their adult selves play out their imaginary lives – in ‘the realms of the unreal’, as the outsider artist Henry Darger termed it. In the sculpture that lends its title to the group, a girl lies on her bed, daydreaming; another gathers up her long hair, echoing the self-absorbed reverie of Balthus’ 1955 Nude before a Mirror. Other characters include Loved Ones, a girl with bare breasts; a pair of best friends/rivals; the bust of a young boy; Song; and a lovebird on its perch.

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

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    David Hockney
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    The relationship between art and life has been of overriding importance in the work of David Hockney, who has perhaps enjoyed greater popularity than any other British artist this century. Here Marco Livingstone traces those connections from the beginning of the artist’s career in the early 1960s through to the more recent works that have contributed to Hockney’s international reputation.

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    Diane Victor – Burning the Candle at Both Ends

    This book was published to coincide with the exhibition of Diane Victor’s work at the University of Johannesburg, Ashes to Ashes and Smoke to Dust, which ran from mid-November 2011 to the end of January 2012.

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    Ed Ruscha
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    Edvard Munch
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    Long before the first theories of psychoanalysis were formulated, Edvard Munch (1863-1944) became the pioneer of an art which discovered and depicted the inner conflicts of modern man.

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    Esther Mahlangu
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    Fred Page : Ringmaster of the Imagination 1908-1984

    Frederick Hutchinson Page was an artist who is regarded as South Africa’s foremost Surrealist painter. He died in 1984 at the age of 76 having produced a body of work which is remarkable not only for its unique personal imagery, but which is also one of the few examples, in the 20th century, of an painter who portrays with some accuracy, the particular architectural features of the city in which he lived. Between 1947 and 1980, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, formed the backdrop for his extraordinarily fertile visual imagination. Reclusive by choice, he lived in an area close to the city’s harbour called Central where most of the material he used for the images was gleaned from sketches and photographs.

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    Fresh: Berni Searle
    R90.00 inc. VAT

    Internationally celebrated artist Berni Searle’s work deals with the body situated in South African history. She works in video, photography and installation.

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    Fresh: Dorothee Kreutzfeldt
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    Dorothee Kreutzfeldt is a painter and public art activist working in Johannesburg. The work she produced for the Fresh residency at the South African National Gallery in 2001 is documented in this catalogue.

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    Fresh: Moshekwa Langa
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    “South African born Moshekwa Langa shot to international prominence after being invited, at a very young age, to study at the Rijksakademi voor Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam.

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