Artists have been active in book production for centuries, but the artist’s book is a relatively new field of art production, dating back to the late 1960s. Book art straddles the worlds of books and art, and are generally associated with conventional paper codices that are conceptualised as works of art.
Four successful instalments between 1982 and 1991, established The Cape Town Triennial as one of South Africa’s most established art exhibitions. Political turmoil during this period in South African history reflected in what is generally referred to as “Resistance Art”. Sociopolitical commentary gave powerful meaning to rising artistic voices while emerging artists established their visual practices inside this canon.
Tracings show part of researcher Richard ‘Ginger’ Townley Johnson’s (1911-1994) archive on southern African rock art. In the mid-70s, the Rembrandt van Rijn Art Foundation granted sponsorship to ‘Ginger’ who by then was retired to continue his various travels and explorations to trace rock art sites in Southern Africa.
“She is like family”, “Sy was soos ‘n ma vir my”, “Sy’s nader aan my as ‘n suster”.
Ena Jansen, acclaimed author, takes an interdisciplinary look at the history of domestic workers in South African literature and the visual arts, as explored in this exhibition.
Please note Gallery 4 will be closed from 24 – 27 November 2020 for Sam Nhlengethwa’s installation. For your safety we are adhering to all Covid-19 regulations | Vir u veiligheid voldoen ons aan alle Covid-19 regulasies