South Africa art

Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources - African Art on the Internet
Annotated directory of internet resources on African art.

African Colours
Contemporary African Art from Southern Africa (Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe). Includes a directory of African artists, discussion forum, links to related sites. Founded by Carla van Beers from the Netherlands.

Sells masks, sculpture, furniture, from Sub-Saharan Africa. Based in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

"I've hand-picked four exceptional art forms to specialize in - Scooby Wire Baskets, Zulu Hats, Bead Wire Lights and Angel Dolls.....Not what you're looking for? No problem! If I don't sell it, I'll find it. If I can't find it I'll find someone who does." "All work on this website is made by local (KwaZulu/Natal, South Africa) artists who are empowering themselves through art." Maintained by Bridget McNulty. Based in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Art Africa
Site for the print magazine established 2002. Contemporary art exhibitions, interviews, profiles, reviews, videos. Buy issues. Based in South Africa.

Art Aids Art
"Nonprofit promoting "education and sustainable economic development through collaborative art programs." Sends multicultural books and black dolls to South Africa. Sponsored beadwork exhibit to raise funds for a wellness clinic. Funded a studio where nearly 300 artists create artwork that provides them with sustainable income. Invites volunteers. Based in Altadena, California.

Art in South Africa.
Online galleries for painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, ceramic artists. Directory of galleries and art shops, exhibitions, annual events & art awards, art schools, universities and private art classes, links to other South African art web sites. Based in Villieria, Pretoria, South Africa. [KF] http;//

Art South Africa (Cape Town)
Print magazine on contemporary South African art. Table of contents. A few full text articles. On "the intersection of art with fashion, architecture, design, performance, music, film and digital media." Won a 2004 South African Mondi Magazine Award. Published quarterly by Brendon and Suzette Bell-Roberts of Bell-Roberts Publishing, Cape Town, South Africa. [KF]

Artists SA
Directory of South African Artists and Galleries. Browse and buy contemporary art. Artists can upload their artwork. Links to The Mark Galleries which sells art work by Nelson Mandela. Maintained by Shawn Owen of AfricanArtExpress.
An arts search engine, a Southern African Calendar of Arts and Cultural Events, exhibitions, craft markets, media directories such as community newspapers, arts associations, technical crews, casting directory, production companies, discussion groups. Funded by the Arts and Culture Trust of the President (South Africa). [KF]

ArtThrob, Contemporary Art in South Africa
An electronic art magazine. Art news, exhibitions, features on artists, annotated directory of art websites, etc.

Axis Gallery
The Manhattan gallery is the only U.S. gallery specializing in South African art. Has online exhibitions. Axis Gallery "represents several leading South African artists and photographers, and offers the largest selection in the United States of African art from South Africa. Axis Gallery's on-line Store stocks books, videos, CDs, and CD-ROMS on South African arts and music."

Barnes, Alastair - "Alastair Barnes: South African Sculptor and Artist"
Painter, sculptor, born and educated in the Border Area of the Eastern Cape. Online gallery of his work.

Bell-Roberts Contemporary Art Gallery and Publishing
Gallery for contemporary South African visual art. Also a publisher which focuses on visual art, photography and contemorary culture in South Africa; published "10Years/ 100 Artists art in a democratic South Africa." Owned by Brendon and Suzette Bell-Roberts. Based in Cape Town. - South African Art and South African Artists!
Contemporary sculpture, paintings, fabric painting, wildlife art. Based in Knysna, South Africa.

Catherine, Norman
"...a selection from the Pelmama Permanent Art Collection of important airbrush and other works by Norman Catherine which could be made available to interested institutions on long-term loan or as a part donation - 121 works in all - presented in chronological order." Presented by The Haenggi Foundation Inc., Johannesburg and Basel, Switzerland.

Claiming Art | Reclaiming Space: Post Apartheid Art From South Africa
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (Washington, D.C.) presents the works of South African artists under "Artists and Apartheid", "Art Centers and Workshops for Black Artists", and "The Exhibition". Includes a bibliography.

Conference - Theatre in Africa - Africa in the Theatre, 2007 July 10-14, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Abstract submission deadline: 30 November, 2006. This is the Annual Conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) / Fédération internationale pour la recherche théâtrale (FIRT).

Constitutional Court of South Africa - Art Collection
Official site. "South Africa's highest court on constitutional matters." Section on the Court's Art Collection with a virtual tour. [KF]

Craft Council of South Africa
"...promotes South African craft, through marketing, training, exhibiting craft from the region." Events schedule. Online annual reports and newsletter. Exhibits in Europe. Based in Johannesburg.

Crocquet, Pierre
Crocquet is a photographer (and former accountant), winner of the 2003 Mondi Paper Magazine Award for Photography. Photographs of South Africa (including one of Nelson Mandela) and other African countries. Prints may be purchased. and

[Du Toit] Paul du Toit
South African sculptor / painter. Artist biography, bibliography and articles about du Toit, reviews. "The artist uses his paintings as blueprints for future sculptures."

Eloquent Elegance; Beadwork in the Zulu Cultural Tradition
Maintained by Dr Hilgard Stanley Schoeman. Includes A brief history of the Zulu Nation, A brief history of Traditional African Bead Craft, The Zulu Beadwork Language (Technical), How to get hold of true Zulu Beadwork. There are illustrations of Traditional Necklaces, Adornment of the head, Adornment of the chest, waist and lower body, Adornment of the limbs, Items worn by Izangoma (specialists in traditional magic).

Encyclopaedia of South African Arts, Culture and Heritage, ESAACH
"Led by Prof Mbulelo Mzamane, the Encyclopaedia .... aims to produce a multi-volume, multi-media work of encyclopaedic scope that will encompass the verbal, performing and visual arts as well as many expressions of South African cultural heritage. The Wiki encyclopaedia link is on the home ESAACH home page. Hosted at University of KwaZulu-Natal, Centre for African Literary Studies (Cals).

Everard Read
Painting, sculpture, photography and more. Galleries in Johannesburg (estab. 1912) and Cape Town. Many artist biographies, links to the artists' web sites, exhibitions. Based in Cape Town. [KF]

Focus Contemporary Photography
A new photographic gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. "The gallery has a 70% south african photography to a 30% international photography (Australia, Finland, etc.) ratio. The owner of the website is shapeshifters."

Four Corners
Site does not work without Java enabled. Sells fine basketry, beadwork, painted textiles, contemporary art, household crafts. Many items are from Kwa-Zulu, Natal, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Based in Orlando, Florida.

Galerie Ezakwantu
Central, Eastern and Southern African masks, stools, neckrests, weapons, household items, baskets, pipes. In some cases, provides previous ownership information. Hair ornaments. Adornments. Contemporary art (sculpture, telephone wire plates, woodcuts). Musical instruments. Dolls. Coco de Mer. Based in Franschhoek South Africa. [KF]

Goldblatt, David - Intersections

  • "David Goldblatt (b. 1930) lives in Johannesburg. Since 1948 he has been documenting life in South Africa through the medium of photography." - Museum Kunst Palast (Düsseldorf, Germany)
  • David Goldblatt: Intersections; Asbestos; Particulars - by Sue Williamson. Review by Williamson of Goldblatt's photographic exhibition. Photos.
  • Review of the book, by Matt Damsker
  • Goldblatt wins 2006 Hasselblad Award. 5 p. in PDF
  • Article - "DAVID GOLDBLATT INTERSECTIONS" By: Arnold, Marion. Art Book, Feb2006, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p. 59-60

Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg)
Contemporary art, with artist biographies, online examples of their work. Includes David Goldblatt, Kagiso Pat Mautloa, William Kentridge, Moshekwa Langa, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sue Williamson and others. [KF]

Ifa Lethu
"...a Tshwane based Foundation was launched on November 19, 2005 with the support of the South African Ministry of Arts and Culture and its Minister, the Honourable Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan.. The aim of the Foundation is to repatriate South African struggle era art and heritage into the country." Artist profiles. Australian diplomats have returned township art. Based in Groenkloof, South Africa. [KF]

Imizobo Galleries
Features original drawings, paintings, photography, and prints. Based in South Africa.

(in brackets) by Gavin Younge. Know Their Names - Youth Uprising in Capetown, South Africa, 1976
"Educator, artist, and author Gavin Younge created an exhibit dedicated to the 92 individuals murdered by the police in Cape Town at the time of the Soweto Uprising in Johannesburg. The age range of those killed were between 11 and 45; most of them were 25 and younger." The names and ages of the 92 protestors killed by the Cape Town police are memorialized on individual school type slates.  A Stanford University Library, Dept. of Special Collections Online Exhibit.

Iziko - Museums of South Africa
 Iziko Museums operates 11 national museums in Cape Town, on natural history, social history, and art. Includes the South African Museum and Planetarium, South African National Gallery, Slave Lodge and Social History Centre, Maritime Centre. Has libraries on Art, Social History, and Natural History.

Kentridge, William
"Find works of art, auction results & sale prices of artist William Kentridge at galleries and auctions worldwide." Examples of his work, biography, exhibitions. Artnet is based in New York City and Potsdam, Germany.

KunstHouse - Art Gallery in Cape Town
"...fine art gallery and art-consulting firm with exhibition space" "The gallery is committed to showing a broad range of work across many disciplines and media with an emphasis on the acquisition and placement of contemporary works from emerging South African artists." Based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Larrabee, Constance Stuart - South Africa 1936-1949
Photograph exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art (Washington, D.C.) Larrabee "worked as a professional photographer in South Africa until 1950. Her aesthetic eye is apparent in the exquisite black-and-white images that document the lives of African peoples in both rural and urban settings."

Marschall, Sabine - "Affirming Africa: recovering cultural heritage and representing ordinary people's lives in South African community mural art"
Full text article in the e-journal, Mots pluriels, No 16, December 2000. Includes illustrations.

Marschall, Sabine - "The Poetics of Politics: Imagi[ni]ng the New South African Nation"
"Marschall investigates how contemporary urban murals of the post-apartheid era contribute to the process of reconciliation and of creating and disseminating a new national identity for South Africa." Includes illustrations. In the e-journal, Safundi, Vol. 3, No. 2, April 15, 2001.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Art and Oracle
Exhibition of "African artifacts created to communicate with ancestors, spirits, and gods in order to obtain insight into human quandaries. "Essay by Professor John Pemberton III, scholar of African religions, explores five regional traditions and their divination practices. He has selected the Azande, Luba and Songye, Yaka, Yoruba, and Malagasy models of divination. Extensive commentary on figures illustrated. Detailed maps showing locations of the cultures. Bibliography. [KF]
Essays: Divination in Sub-Saharan Africa, by John Pemberton III; Cultural Artifacts and the Oracular Trance States of the Sangoma in South Africa by Ingo Lambrecht; Depicting the Servants of the Spirits, by Yvonne Winters; Initiation of a Pondo Diviner (Igqira), by Anitra Nettleton.

Mother Jones - Leica Documentary Photography Exhibition
The magazine, Mother Jones, honored 8 photographers' work June 5, 1997. Winners included Peter Magubane of South Africa for his "Images of the Soweto Student Uprising, 1976" and Paul Oloko of Nigeria for his "Children Under Pressure" on street children.

Museums Online South Africa
Database directory of museums and related organisations, by South African Province. Includes science and some art museums.

Natal Museum
In Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Carries out research in archaeology, historical anthropology, rock art studies. Has natural science displays (a coelacanth, examples of rock art paintings, "the largest collection of flies in Africa" the largest mollusc (snails, cowries, octopi, etc.) collection in Africa, etc. Current historical research includes the role of the UDF in the 1950s-1980s and the role of Indian women in the struggle. Its library holds a significant photograph collection.

National Arts Festival [Grahamstown National Arts Festival]
Features "dance, theatre, music and opera to fine art, film, craftart, cabaret and jazz." "Sponsored by Standard Bank since 1984, it is a project of the Grahamstown Foundation, a non-profit making body..."

National Museum of African Art - Insights
Works by Zwelethu Mthethwa, William Kentridge, Sue Williamson. Artist biographies, audio pronunciation guide, materials used by artists, bibliographies, conservation issues. [KF]

National Museum, Bloemfontein South Africa
Has a Rock Art Department with a section on Public rock art sites of southern Africa's central interior

Owl House
Located in the town of Nieu-Betheda in the Eastern Cape, created by Helen Martins and Koos Malgas. "The Owl House, interior and exterior, represents a cohesive artistic environment - the significance of which is often interpreted by the connection and interaction of the individual components. The whole environment is characterised by the utilisation of commonplace materials in very unusual and unique ways, frequently purposes for which they were not manufactured." Photos of sculptures, relief figures, video clips. Bibliography of books and articles.

PictureNET Africa
Online database of photographs from a South African company. Use is by purchase only. Primarily pictures from South Africa, on news events, sports, wildlife. Includes photographs of Nelson Mandela and photographs by the late Ken Oosterbroek, an award-winning South African photographer.

Rebirth African Art Gallery
Crafts for sale. "Our objective is to showcase disadvantaged, young and emerging African artists globally. At present we have four experts continuously sourcing products in South Africa, West Africa and East Africa, including Senegal, Mali, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya etc." Based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Robben Island Museum
Robben Island was established as a National Monument and a National Museum by the Cabinet of the South African Government September 1996. Information on tours, history, exhibitions, Artists-in-Residency programme, the geology, etc.

Site for the NGO sector in South Africa. Has an NGO directory, PRODDER. Provides Website Design, Hosting, Database Design for civil society organizations. Offers internet training, information communication technology (ICT) strategic planning, linux local area networks setup. Based in Johannesburg.

Schadeberg, Jurgen
Site of the photographer who "documented black life, capturing on film the Rise of the Freedom Movement, Apartheid Repression and the vibrancy of township life and culture." "The Schadeberg Collection of Photographs brings to life key social, cultural and political events and personalities in South Africa's turbulent history." Recent photos, the San people of the Kalahari, jazz, Kliptown.

Season South Africa
"... Season South Africa, a visual and performing arts program, is being presented by the Museum for African Art and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York that will challenge general perceptions of South African art practice and performance." Includes the exhibition, Personal Affects at the Museum for African Art, Queens, New York, September 23, 2004 - January 3, 2005.

Sithole, Lucas - South African Sculptor, 1931-1994
Site shows over 65 sculptures, mainly in wood, from private, corporate, public and museum collections around the world, of particular interest for projected museum exhibitions. Follow the >>>>>>>> Has auction prices. Presented by The Haenggi Foundation Inc., Johannesburg and Basel, Switzerland.

Sondela: A Decade of Democracy: Witnessing South Africa
"South Africa will be celebrating 10 years of democracy on April 27, 2004, Freedom Day. The exhibition,..., marks the historic moment through the visions of emerging contemporary South African artists." Opens at The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, MA on April 2, 2004, and will tour to several venues throughout the United States. "The first major contemporary South African art exhibition curated by South Africans for an American audience." "Participating artists include: Bongi Bengu, Pitso Chinzima, Matthew Hindley, Nicholas Hlobo, Fanie Jason, Alison Kearney, Nkosinathi Khanyile, Jeannot M.M. Ladeira, Fritha Langerman, Brenton Maart, Thando Mama, Colbert Mashile, Pauline Mazibuko, Mthunzi Ndimande, Rudzani Nemasetoni, Christian Nert, Charles Nkosi, Roderick Kevin Sauls, Nirupa Sing, Nontsikelelo Veleko."

South Africa. Department of Arts and Culture

South African Embassy, Washington, D.C.
The Embassy in Washington, D.C. has South African products for sale, arts and culture including an exhibit of South African artists, etc. The site has a search engine.

South African Journal of Photography (Pretoria, South Africa)
" open source publication that is aimed at producing a direct and non-bias reflection of the fine art photographic market in South Africa." Professional photographers who are members display their work. Exhibitions calendar.

South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Contains information on their programs, their newsletter, Bonani.

South African Seasons
The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) sponsors Rotterdam exhibitions, workshops, symposiums on South African culture, architecture, urban planning. Includes a discussion group.

South African Studies Database, 1987 to present - NISC BiblioLine
Citations to articles in South African journals. For Subscribers Only. Includes the Index to South African Periodicals, South African Theses and Dissertations. Citations can be emailed to you. A description of the 11 different databases in the South African Studies database is available. They offer certain databases free for 30 day trials. The National Information Services Corporation (NISC) is in Baltimore, Maryland
[Stanford, and other subscribers, click on - "BiblioLine.  Subscribers click here for databases"]

South African Virtual Art Gallery
"Established in 1997 specializing in a selection of contemporary South African Art now also include prominent international artwork for the serious collector. " Includes photography. Has articles on collecting South African art, artist profiles, results of South African art auctions, art forgeries, etc. The site owner is Andries Loots.

Standard Bank Gallery
"Since it opened in 1990, this sophisticated venue has earned a reputation as one of the country's foremost fine art venues." Has an African art collection developed in collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand. Located in Johannesburg. [KF]

Stanford University - South Africa, Greece, Rome: a digital museum
"How have ancient Greece and Rome intersected with South African histories? This project uses architecture, texts, visual arts and witnesses of historical memory to shed light on an ongoing discourse of receptions of antiquity used in both colonial and postcolonial manifestations."   Shows South African architecture which displays classical elements. This project has grown out of a book by the same name: South Africa, Greece, Rome: classical confrontations, edited by Grant Parker  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

[Suzman] Caroline Suzman
Suzman is a Johannesburg freelance photographer. Photographs of South African life, Alexandra township, the Miss Gay South Africa contest, the Miss South Africa contest, preparations against farm attacks, landscapes, etc. Suzman has worked for the The Sunday Times and The Mail & Guardian. She is a member of World Picture News photo agency in New York.

Ubu and the Truth Commission 
"Contemporary Johannesburg is the setting for the new play, written by Jane Taylor and designed by Adrian Kohler with William Kentridge. Directed by Kentridge, this [play] examines the South African apartheid regime, through the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,..." Presented by the Handspring Puppet Company.

University of the Western Cape. Robben Island Mayibuye Archives - Art Collections
An archive and museum documenting South Africa's liberation struggle. Included are guides to collections, their newspaper and journal holdings, the Centre's publications, online poster exhibit, selection of photos online, art collections.

Wave Art Gallery
The owner is Heine Bellingan.

Zeit Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, MOCAA
"the largest museum in the world dedicated to contemporary visual culture from Africa." 80 galleries and nine floors. Artists include: Edson Chagas, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, El Anatsui, Nicholas Hlobo, William Kentridge, Misheck Masamvu, Zanele Muholi, Chris Ofili, Cheri Samba, Yinka Shonibare, Kehinde Wiley, and many others. Opened 22 Sept 2017.  Address: Scheryn Pavilion, V&A Waterfont, Cape Town, 8002.