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Video: Zanele Muholi Screens Difficult Love at the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights

Zanele MuholiZanele Muholi was in Geneva to present her documentary film Difficult Love at the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights. The film was a way for Muholi to document the lives and daily struggles of black lesbians in South Africa. The film also looks at family life, and how the families of black lesbians relate to them.

At a Q&A session at the festival Muholi talked about “curative” rape of black lesbian women in South African. She said her wish is that others in same-sex relationships will be given an opportunity to be out, and to be free.

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Marlene Dumas and the Handspring Puppet Company Awarded Honourary Doctorates by UCT

Marlene DumasHandspring Puppet Company (softcover)Marlene Dumas and the founders of the Handspring Puppet Company were awarded honourary doctorates by the University of Cape Town this month.

Marlene Dumas and the founders of the Hand Spring Puppet Company, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, were recently awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Cape Town for their contributions to South African arts and culture. Dumas attended UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art, graduating in 1975, while Kohler and Jones graduated from Michaelis in 1974.

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Podcast: Diane Victor Discusses Using Flames and Smoke to Create Her Art

Diane Victor - Burning the Candle at Both EndsTAXI-013: Diane VictorThomas Mills from Rhodes University interviewed Diane Victor about her unique art technique that makes use of smoke to create images.

Victor describes moving a flame over a paper surface to capture the deposit of smoke and compares it to “capturing a ghost”. She says that she likes the accidental nature of the soot and the way in which the process is about a continuous adding and subtracting that starts out as one thing and then turns into another.

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Finweek Names Diane Victor, Wim Botha and Gerhard Marx as Artists to Invest In

TAXI-013: Diane VictorDiane Victor - Burning the Candle at Both EndsHandspring Puppet Company (hardcover)

Leani Wessels has written an article for Finweek about South African artists to invest in, before their work becomes too expensive. Wessels spoke to Stefan Hundt, curator and head of Sanlam Private Investments Art Advisory service, who named the work of Diane Victor, Wim Botha and Gerhard Marx as good investments.

Victor’s work can be seen in TAXI-013: Diane Victor and Diane Victor – Burning the Candle at Both Ends, both by Karen von Veh. Marx contributed an essay to Handspring Puppet Company edited by Jane Taylor.

Forget seeing a decent return for an investment in an overpriced Irma Stern detailing the intricacies of some old flowers. Investors should look to the following artists to get in there before the herd discovers there’s some serious talent in this country:

Diane Victor:

According to Stefan Hundt, a curator and head of Sanlam Private Investments Art Advisory service, this predominantly sketch and print artist is so affordable, her work is bordering on the underpriced. “She’s expertly productive and draws exceptionally well,” he says. Compare many of her works that can be bought for under R10 000 to a William Kentridge sketch which recently sold for R700 000. “Her work will grow in value as people start to realise what she’s worth,” he says.

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  • TAXI-013: Diane Victor by Karen von Veh
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    EAN: 9780958497589
  • Diane Victor – Burning the Candle at Both Ends by Karen von Veh
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    EAN: 9780958497534
  • Handspring Puppet Company (hardcover) edited by Jane Taylor
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    EAN: 9780981432854

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Handspring Company Puts South African Puppetry Firmly on the Map

Handspring Puppet Company (softcover)In an article for the Cape Times, Lucinda Jolly outlines the rise of puppetry to its current place as an established art form in South Africa. Beginning with the Handspring Puppet Company whose large-scale production War Horse put South African puppetry firmly on the map, Jolly also considers the work of SA’s lesser known puppetry pioneers:

The award-winning sculptural constructions of War Horse have captured the imagination of the world. These life-size puppet horses had even the most hardened of audiences weeping at their sheer mastery, putting the work of SA’s Basil Kohler and Adrian Kohler – founders of the Handspring Company – firmly on the map.

Africa, of course, has a long tradition of masks and puppets used in rituals. This influence was felt by South African John Wright, one of the pioneers of SA puppetry. Wright was a puppeteer who formed the company called The Little Angel Theatre in London.

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Danie Marais besoek die Handspring Puppet Company se droomfabriek

Handspring Puppet Company (softcover)“Toe ons Handspring gestig het, was die hoop dat goeie dinge uit die palm van die hand sou ontspring.”

Só sê Adrian Kohler, medestigter van die Handspring Puppet Company, in ‘n dokumentêr oor hul wêreldberoemde perdpoppe in die teaterstuk War Horse.

Goeie dinge het beslis uit Kohler en sy vennoot en lewensmaat, Basil Jones, se palms ontspring, want War Horse was nie hul enigste sukses nie. Daar was die renoster van die produksie Woyzeck on the Highveld, die hiëna van Faustus in Africa, en mees onlangs die ou mans van Or You Could Kiss Me.

‘n Retrospektiewe uitstalling van hul werk was vanjaar by die Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees te sien. Die boek Handspring Puppet Company bied nog meer informasie oor hul werk. Danie Marais het hul “droomfabriek” in Muizenberg besoek om die verhaal van hierdie eiesoortige teatergeselskap te hoor:

Dit gaan oor verlange. Verlange het Geppetto genoop om Pinocchio te maak, en verlange het asem in die houtkabouter geblaas nog lank voordat hy mens geword het.

Poppe en marionette strewe inherent daarna om die lewe uit te beeld en te beliggaam, skryf die medestigter en -direkteur van die Handspring Puppet Company, Basil Jones, in sy essay “Puppetry and Author­ship”.

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  • Handspring Puppet Company (softcover) saamgestel deur Jane Taylor
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    EAN: 9780981432830

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Diane Victor Converts Smoke into Stain to Articulate “the Loss and Traceability of Human Life”

Diane Victor - Burning the Candle at Both EndsTAXI-013: Diane VictorMary Corrigal recently reviewed Diane Victor’s haunting exhibition Ashes to Ashes and Smoke to Dust, which combines the impermanence of smoke with the mutability of wax to signify, what Corrigall calls, “the loss and traceability of human life”.

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When Diane Victor first started making smoke drawings, it was to direct attention to victims of violent crime. The medium was ideal for this purpose; the transparent brown residue the smoke imprinted on the paper articulated the spectral presence of the disembodied heads of deceased victims. The burning candles which she used to scorch the paper’s surface evoked rituals to remember the dead.

More pragmatic concerns may have also informed her use of this unconventional medium. In 2006 she was a finalist for the now-defunct Sasol Wax Art Awards, which demanded that artists use wax in creating art for the competition exhibition. Working with wax may have been a crippling limitation for most of the artists, but it seems to have set Victor’s aesthetic on a new path.

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  • Diane Victor – Burning the Candle at Both Ends by Karen von Veh
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    EAN: 9780958497534
  • TAXI-013: Diane Victor by Karen von Veh
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    EAN: 9780958497589

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New Diane Victor Exhibition Opens 4 February at David Krut Projects and Arts on Main

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Diane Victor - Burning the Candle at Both EndsA selection of Diane Victor’s more recent wost will be on display throughout the month of February at David Krut Projects on Jan Smuts Avenue and at Arts on Main in Joburg’s Maboneng precinct.

The exhibition showcases a selection of Victor’s prints, created at the David Krut Prints Workshop as well as some of her work featured at the recent UJ exhibition, Ashes to Ashes and Smoke to Dust.

The exhibition will be on show from the 4th of February 2012.

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  • Diane Victor – Burning the Candle at Both Ends by Karen von Veh
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    EAN: 9780958497534
  • TAXI-013: Diane Victor by Karen von Veh
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    EAN: 9780958497589

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Video: Take a Look inside the Handspring Puppet Company’s Workshop

In the following video, meet the craftsmen who make the amazing puppets for the Tony Award winning Handspring Puppet Company. Not only has the company’s performance of War Horse taken Broadway by storm, but co-founders Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones also count among their greatest successes the fact that they offer training to local workers to become real artisans in the puppet workshop:

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Handspring Puppet Company (softcover)

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Find the Perfect Christmas Gift at David Krut Publishing

Juliet White has rifled through the wealth of excellent publications available at the David Krut bookstore and narrowed the list down to eighteen truly special local and international titles that will make perfect Christmas gifts. White’s picks include Zapiro’s Do You Know Who I Am?, Under the Sway by Justin Fox and two William Kentridge titles. Take a look!

Inspired StylesAfro ModernDo You Know Who I Am?TraceFlavours of the MediterraneanThe Art Game Book

ChanelLucian FreudLight on a HillFuture BeautyIn the Spirit of AspenCarnets D'Egypte

The Allure of WomenThe Allure of MenThe Allure of BeautyThe Printmaking BibleRed Star over RussiaUnder the Sway

William Kentridge: Trace

This visually compelling publication highlights The Museum of Modern Art’s unparalleled collection of prints and books by William Kentridge – nearly fifty works spanning the past three decades. The book also features a succession of artistic interventions made by Kentridge especially for the occasion. Kentridge’s practice brings together drawing, film animation, books, sculpture and performance. Too little is known to the extent of which the artist applies his astonishing draftsmanship to the techniques of printmaking, including etching, screenprinting, lithography and lino cut. In fact printmaking has always been essential to his work, from his first forays into visual art in the 1970s to his recent large-scale operas.

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