De Arte - Volume 2005, Issue 71, 2005
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Volume 2005, Issue 71, 2005
Author Elfriede DreyerSource: De Arte 2005, pp 4 –13 (2005)More Less
Since the onset of mechanisation and industrialisation from the beginning of the nineteenth century, machine culture has developed into the fibre of the global world. Today the contemporary city's ontology manifests as a condition of transitivity evident in the mobility of communication networks and high-volume traffic on highways.
The fine art of fusion : race, gender and the politics of South Africanism as reflected in the decorative programme of South Africa House, London (1933) : researchAuthor Federico FreschiSource: De Arte 2005, pp 14 –34 (2005)More Less
Author Susan GrundySource: De Arte 2005, pp 35 –45 (2005)More Less
Seventeenth-century Italian woman painter Artemisia Gentileschi has become de rigueur study for undergraduate art history students pursuing courses concerned with women's painting before the twentieth century. As journalist and scholar, Ann Landi (2002, 110) points out, Artemisia has been 'the darling of feminist art historians for the past quarter of a century, the subject of at least three novels, and the heroine of an R-rated French movie'.
Unsettled / unsettling images : issues of identity in the work of South African artists in New Zealand : researchSource: De Arte 2005, pp 46 –54 (2005)More Less
Postcolonial scholarship has come to acknowledge that the binary opposition of coloniser and colonised fails to take account of the ambivalent position of the settler, who is neither imperial oppressor nor indigenous oppressed. In South Africa the position was further complicated by the aberrant amalgam of the characteristics of a colony of occupation with those of a colony of settlement, almost from the outset of European occupation.
Author Siobhan McCuskerSource: De Arte 2005, pp 55 –59 (2005)More Less
There are countless untold stories hidden deep within the South African landscape. The rapid conflation of land and man-made structures has precipitated the erasure of collective memory. It is often the role of artists to remind: to activate the silenced workings of history. Lucy Lippard in On the beaten track: Tourism, art and place, explores the notion of place as defined by memory.
Author Lydia M. De WaalSource: De Arte 2005, pp 60 –66 (2005)More Less
A maroon-coloured, double-storey, late Victorian building in Stellenbosch - with the date 1907 on one of its gables - is variously referred to as 'the old Bloemhof School' and 'The Sasol'. This building, The Eben DoÃ?nges Centre situated at 52 Ryneveld Street, is in fact the head office of the University (of Stellenbosch) Museum.
History after apartheid : Visual culture and public memory in a democratic South Africa, Annie E. Coombes : book reviewAuthor Brenda SchmahmannSource: De Arte 2005, pp 67 –71 (2005)More Less
It is not surprising that 2004, the year that marked 'ten years of democracy', gave rise to publications seeking to provide accounts of South African art in the post-apartheid period. The most widely publicised of these was undoubtedly 10 years 100 artists: Art in a democratic South Africa, edited by Sophie Perryer and published by Bell Roberts in association with Struik.
Author Wilma CruiseSource: De Arte 2005, pp 72 –75 (2005)More Less
Hylton Nel is a predominantly visual book in which devotees of Nel's work will revel. From the very first page, the reader is confronted with the colour and quirkiness of his oeuvre. There is no title page, nor the kind of information that usually occupies the first few pages, such as ISB numbers, date and place of publication - that has all been left for the last page.
Author Melanie HillebrandSource: De Arte 2005, pp 76 –79 (2005)More Less
On the face of it this is everything one could want from a book claiming to represent contemporary South African art. Editor Sophie Perryer, in her introduction, talks of a desire 'to emulate the glorious gloss of a plethora of international survey-type publications that emerged to coincide with the new millennium' (p. 6).
Through the looking glass : Representations of self by South African women artists, Brenda Schmahmann : book reviewAuthor Amanda Du PreezSource: De Arte 2005, pp 80 –82 (2005)More Less
Every year I collect an arsenal of contemporary and relevant examples from the mass media and other cultural activities to convince my postgraduate students (mostly female) that feminism and gender are indeed relevant topics for a scholar of art history and visual culture. Last year, for instance, I contrasted a photograph of the four rag princesses at the University of Pretoria wrapped in nothing but tin foil on the cover of a leading newspaper with the victorious face of one of four alleged rapists on the same campus.
Author Elizabeth RankinSource: De Arte 2005, pp 83 –84 (2005)More Less
Roman art by Eve D'Ambra belongs to the ranks of recent publications which draw on the more Roman accessible lessons of the 'new' art history to create texts suitable for general readers and undergraduate students. The approach is comparable to the publications on ancient art in the Oxford History of Art series, which include Jaś Elsner's Imperial Rome and Christian triumph that also appeared in 1998.