PENNY SIOPIS: TIME AND AGAIN. Ed. by Gerrit Olivier. Wits University Press, Johannesburg, 2014. 320 pp. with 273 ills. (247 col.). 29 x 25 cm. ISBN 9781868146956 In English.
The publication of this book coincides with a retrospective exhibition of Penny Siopis's paintings, installations and films at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, and Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg in 2015, but does not specifically document the show. Publisher's description: With her earliest work, Penny Siopis established herself as one of the most talented and challenging visual artists in and beyond South Africa. Penny Siopis: Time and Again engages in a variety of ways with her work of the past 35 years. A conversation between the artist and the editor, Gerrit Olivier, unfolds throughout the book, giving the reader fascinating insights into her working methods, her strong interest in form and different genres, her theoretical concerns and her views on the position of art in a socio-political context. The first chapter by Achille Mbembe, on her latest work, considers how creation takes hold in the wake of loss. Siopis's abiding interest in what she calls "the poetics of vulnerability" -- manifest in a tension between materiality and image -- coalesces with her explorations of history, sexuality, race, memory, estrangement, and violence in her paintings, installations, and films. With reference to her well-known works, these themes are explored in commentaries by T. J. Demos, Jennifer Law, Njabulo Ndebele, Sarah Nuttall, Griselda Pollock, and Colin Richards.
Indexing: Western, Africa, Non-Western in a Western Style — South Africa — Post-2000 — Painting, Several Media — Women Artists
Worldwide Number: 168864
Paperbound $49.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)