n De Arte - Craft art in South Africa, Elbé Coetsee
Craft South Africa, Susan Sellschop, Wendy Goldblatt and Doreen Hemp : book reviews




If either of these two volumes had lived up to their titles I would have expected the following: a substantial overview of current craft in South Africa; some well-researched historical background; a choice selection of outstanding examples as represented in public art museums, private collections and the artists' studios; biographical material on the authors' well-substantiated choice of leading exponents and some in-depth writing on the artists' intentions and philosophy. This would have been nicely rounded off by a well-expressed critique of the on-going debate concerning the relationship between -'application of skill to production of beauty ... and works of creative imagination' - and - 'creative artistic activity involving construction, carving, weaving, sewing, etc. as opposed to drawing' (both definitions taken from , 1994).


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