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Discussions and Launches for Sue Williamson’s New South African Art Now

South African Art NowJacana Media brings you a series of events around highly acclaimed, astoundingly talented artist, Sue Williamson’s book South African Art Now, with a foreword from Nadine Gordimer and appreciation from Sir Elton John. There will be panel discussions, gallery launches and the like to be hosted both in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

To make sure that you don’t miss these events and a collection of the works of South Africa’s most ingenious artists, have a look at the whens, wheres and whos below:

Event Details: Panel Discussion at the Book Lounge

Event Details: Gallery Launch at the Goodman Gallery

  • Date: Saturday, 03 October 2009
  • Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Venue: The Goodman Gallery
    3rd Floor, Fairweather House
    176 Sir Lowry Road
    Between Lewin and Nelson Streets
    Woodstock, Cape Town | Map
  • RSVP: Thando Nkosi,, 011 628 3204

Event Details: EB Hyde Park Launch

Event Details: Boekehuis Saturday Voices Discussion

  • Date: Saturday, 10 October 2009
  • Time: 12:00 PM for 12:30 PM
  • Venue: Boekehuis
  • Guest speaker: Thembinkosi Goniwe, artist and lecturer at the Wits School of Arts
    Cnr. Lothbury and Fawley streets,
    Auckland Park
    Johannesburg | Map
  • RSVP:, 011 482 3609

About the book

This is the first survey book on this subject to be published primarily by a major international publishing house, and reflects the growing global interest in the dynamic art of this country.

South African Art Now covers the years 1968 to 2008 – from the period of the glory days of resistance art right up to the ever changing and compelling present, examining the art and artists against the background of a country struggling to achieve transformation. About 100 artists are represented in page after page of stunning visuals, from well established international art stars like William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas and Moshekwa Langa to the emerging generation of hot young artists like Nandipha Mntambo and Mikhael Subotzky.

Contributing essays have been written by international curator Okwui Enwezor, and director of New York’s PERFORMA Biennial, RoseLee Goldberg. Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer has written the foreword. International superstar and a major collector of contemporary photography, Elton John, has contributed an appreciation.

Beautifully designed, the book is essential for art lovers, researchers, libraries, and all those interested in contemporary culture.

About the author

Sue Williamson is a Cape Town, South Africa-based artist. She has participated in a number of international exhibitions and biennales, and her work can be seen throughout the USA on the travelling exhibitions “The Short Century: African Liberation 1945-1994″ and “Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa”. Williamson also writes and lectures about art and is the founding editor of art website Artthrob.

Williamson’s first book, Resistance Art in South Africa (1989: David Philip Publishers, Cape Town, St Martin’s Press, USA and CIIR, UK) is regarded as the seminal text on that period, and was republished by Double Storey books in a second edition in 2004.

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