Barbara Wildenboer's Book Sculptures

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 04, 2015
South African artist Barbara Wildenboer's ongoing project "Library of the Infinitesimally Small and Unimaginably Large" consists of altered books, particularly old books of maps and atlases. "The books become both reference and raw material for sculptures, paper installations and digital animation. 

Viviane Sassen "Pikin Slee" @ London ICA, London

Photography // Wednesday, February 04, 2015
The ICA is delighted to present a solo exhibition of recent work by Viviane Sassen (who was also featured in Juxtapoz in November 2014), a photographer who has garnered parallel critical acclaim as a fashion photographer and in the context of contemporary visual art. The content of the exhibition focuses predominantly on a body of work that Sassen made in Pikin Slee, Suriname in 2013. Pikin Slee is the second-largest village on the Upper Suriname River, deep within the Surinamese rainforest. The exhibition consists of black and white and colour works shot on an analogue camera.

Photographing Nudes with Sam Haskins

Erotica // Wednesday, February 04, 2015
South African photographer Sam Haskins, who passed away in 2009, left behind a defining legacy as a key player in mainstream 20th century photography and the sexual liberation of the 1960s. Some of his most notable and influential work was seen in a 1962 book called Five Girls, a study in black and white of the nude female form, and a 1965 book Cowboy Kate which was an adventures photo essay of a model, her hat, and the Wild West. Both captured "the era's sexual freedom and independence," launching his career as a commercial and fashion photographer.

purienne.

Erotica // Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We know, it seems a little pretentioius to throw around Henrik Purienne's name around like a Brazilian soccer star, but the book "purienne." is just sitting on our desk so we feel comfortable throwing that around. And the South African photographer uses a nice font for his name. Anyway, Purienne also seems to have created a fantasy world for himself, where he has transformed fashion photography into a behind-the-scenes endless summer of beautiful women, fantastic composition, in naturally appealing settings. As both a filmmaker and publisher of Mirage Magazine, he has his stamp on the fashion world. 

The Work of Athi-Patra Ruga

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 28, 2014
'Athi-Patra Ruga is one of a handful of artists, working in South Africa today, who has adopted the tropes of myth as a contemporary response to the post-apartheid era. Ruga has always worked with creating alternative identities that sublimate marginalized experience into something strangely identifiable.'

Meleko Mokgosi "Pax Kaffraria" @ Honor Fraser, LA

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 22, 2014
For his debut solo exhibition at Honor Fraser Gallery, Meleko Mokgosi will present the final chapters of his three-year long history painting project Pax Kaffraria. The exhibition will also include a series of charcoal drawings of iconic breeds of southern African dogs and text-based paintings interrogating recent exhibitions of African Art and imagery of Africa.

The Work of Diane Victor

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 03, 2014
This morning we thought we'd take a look back at the work of Diane Victor, who was profiled in our 2008 African Art issue. Diane has established herself as a major figure in the South African and International art communities and is renowned for her expert printmaking and draughtsmanship...

"Die Vier Hoeke" by Mikhael Subotzky

Photography // Thursday, March 13, 2014
Mikhael Subotzky is a South African documentarian photographer. At a young age he was exposed to narrative and story telling via photography by his uncle, Gideon Mendel previously covered by Juxtapoz. 

video: Roger Ballen's "Asylum of the Birds"

Photography // Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Last week we received an email from Roger Ballen notifying us that his new video “Asylum of Birds” was close to being released and with it the South African artist said, “The video is almost ready; you will not forget it.” And after viewing it several times we agree, it’s unforgettable.

video: Roger Ballen's Asylum of the Birds (trailer)

Photography // Friday, February 21, 2014
To promote Roger Ballen’s upcoming book Asylum of the Birds being published by Thames & Hudson in April, this short video was created and it will certainly leave you in anticipation for its release. Ballen’s extensive and iconic photography work has spanned several decades, gaining a broader exposure globally in his collaboration with Die Antwoord music videos. 
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