n De Arte - Fire Walker, Oliver Barstow & Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (Eds.) : book review

Volume 2012, Issue 85
  • ISSN : 0004-3389
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New York boasts the Statue of Liberty, Rio de Janeiro takes cover in the shadow of the giant atop the Corcovado, and nowthe city of Johannesburg is graced with its own 'street hero' (p. 82), namely — the figure of a female vendor in motion although stationed at the foot of the Queen Elizabeth Bridge in downtown Johannesburg's lively bustle. Even if does not share thesame utopian spirit (or perhaps she does?) as the colossal antecedents in New York or Rio de Janeiro - for she deals more with 'bare life' (p. 2) - the sculptural collaboration between artists William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx, commissioned for the World Soccer Cup event of 2010, did culminate in an impressive 'eleven-metre-high assemblage of laser-cutsteel plates' (p. 15).

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