De Arte - Volume 2005, Issue 72, 2005
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Volume 2005, Issue 72, 2005
Author Bernadette Van HauteSource: De Arte 2005, pp 2 –3 (2005)More Less
We are delighted that the members of the South African Association of Art and Architectural Historians receive de arte and hope that contributions will continue to pour in. De arte is the longest-running accredited art journal in South Africa and enjoys a reputation of high standard and quality. Our editorial policy states that de arte publishes articles on original research in visual arts, art history, art criticism and related disciplines. This policy is aimed at making the journal representative of a variety of viewpoints and emphasises its interdisciplinary approach.
Presenting the self for the gaze of the Other : ethnic identity in portraits by black South African artists : researchSource: De Arte 2005, pp 4 –16 (2005)More Less
The consolidation of art and craft through self-reflexivity : considering Guy du Toit's (bronze) thumb(s) : researchAuthor Pieter SwanepoelSource: De Arte 2005, pp 17 –29 (2005)More Less
Current Matters, one of Guy du Toit's more recent works, is self-referential in the true postmodern sense of the word: through being light-hearted or playful at the best of times, it draws the viewer?s attention to the many paradoxes that still exist within the art world, a world of, and within which, this work is part and operates - hence, Current Matters.
Author Koos Van der WattSource: De Arte 2005, pp 30 –48 (2005)More Less
We are constantly experiencing the present; the past and the future as the present, stained and textured by the patina of time. This sentence summarises my response to what I consider to be the locus of the artist?s work and it will serve as my premise in discussing the various dimensions of the artist?s art making over the past decade. In discussing the various works of art, I intend addressing a range of critical issues concerning his work and also comment on relevant aspects relating to the time-space paradigm that directs not only his content but determines his creative methodology.
Do good fences make good neighbours : reviewing disciplinary borders in art history and visual culture studies : researchAuthor Jenni LauwrensSource: De Arte 2005, pp 49 –57 (2005)More Less
Since the mid-1990s 'visual culture studies' has been making its way into academic programmes and publications, and has been the subject of debate at conferences, courses and in journals. The books dealing with visual culture published since then, have led Norman Bryson, Michael Anne Holly and Keith Moxey (1994), John Walker and Sarah Chaplin (1997), Nicholas Mirzoeff (1998; 1999), Jessica Evans and Stuart Hall (1999), and Malcolm Barnard (1998; 2001) (to name but a few) all evidently to accept the presence of visual culture as an important field of study.
Author Stella ViljoenSource: De Arte 2005, pp 58 –63 (2005)More Less
The final clause of the Interim Constitution of South Africa, 1993 (Act 200 of 1993) would precipitate, in the words of Antjie Krog (2002, vi), 'perpetrator and victim facing each other to negotiate a common future'. It is this clause that presented the hope that the 'divisions and strife of the past', as well as a ?legacy of hatred, fear, guilt and revenge' could now 'be addressed on the basis that there is a need for understanding but not for vengeance, a need for reparation but not for retaliation, a need for ubuntu but not for victimization'.
Author Miranthe Staden-GarbettSource: De Arte 2005, pp 64 –66 (2005)More Less
'Reconciliation' follows in the footsteps of a flurry of celebratory affairs that began in 2004 in commemoration of South Africa's decade of democracy. The media has had a field day, and books and exhibitions galore have recently been devoted to the topical threesome: resistance, reconstruction and reconciliation. These terms now buoy about in the common pool of current affairs and popular culture, and while they may be gaining currency, an overriding concern is that they are in danger of losing their potency.
Author Stefan HundtSource: De Arte 2005, pp 67 –75 (2005)More Less
Like many corporate collections, the Sanlam Art Collection had its modest beginning with the purchase of paintings by South African artists for the decoration of the executive offices in its head office located in Bellville. In contrast to most corporations, Sanlam decided to see its purchases as forming a collection.
Author Robyn SassenSource: De Arte 2005, pp 76 –78 (2005)More Less
Jeanne van Eeden and Amanda du Preez's South African visual culture is a timeous and earnest anthology. Endorsed by well-respected New York-based scholar of popular culture, Nicholas Mirzoeff, it is by and large academically sound in its motivation and articulation, and contains several extremely lucidly written, well-researched essays, which attest to the elasticity of the discipline of art history in the broader sphere of contemporary visual culture. Contributors to this publication draw from the cream of professional practitioners in South Africa, from countrywide lecturers in the related disciplines of visual culture, to professionals in the field.
Author Elizabeth RankinSource: De Arte 2005, pp 79 –81 (2005)More Less
Peter Clarke is probably best known as a poet and printmaker, so this publication may come as something of a surprise, for it addresses a different, more recent, aspect of his long and productive creative life. The book gathers together one hundred collages, each of which the artist has conceived in the form of a fan, a series begun almost ten years ago in 1996.
Author Karin M. SkawranSource: De Arte 2005, pp 82 –85 (2005)More Less
On the occasion of Stanley Pinker's eightieth birthday last year, Michael Stevenson Contemporary hosted an exhibition of works from the artist's private collection. At the time, Stevenson also produced a richly illustrated monograph, the first introductory study of Stanley Pinker's life and work. It is a long-overdue tribute to one of South Africa's leading artists.
Both curious and valuable : African art from late 19th-century South Africa, Michael Stevenson, Michael Graham-Stewart : book reviewSource: De Arte 2005, pp 86 –89 (2005)More Less
Michael Stevenson is an established name among dealers and entrepreneurs in both contemporary and historical South African art. In the process of acquiring and selling historical African art he has done a fair amount of research into the area, and his publications, such as this one, make interesting additions to the literature in the field.
Author Wilhelm Van RensburgSource: De Arte 2005, pp 90 –91 (2005)More Less
Chabani Manganyi has been afforded the rare opportunity in South African art publishing of a second edition of an earlier biography, published in 1996 under the title of A black man called Sekoto. This was inadvertently necessitated by the discovery, after Sekoto's death, of a 'suitcase of treasures' that contained previously unknown musical compositions, letters and a large quantity of notes, writings and private documents. Changes in the new biography are evident from the outset, most significantly signalled in the sub-title, 'I am an African'.