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A New Book on South African Artists For Younger Readers

Explore! Awesome South African Artists explains the work of some of the country’s finest living contemporary artists to youngsters aged nine to 14.

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South African Artists | House and Leisure

The world of contemporary art and South African artists can sometimes seem like a rather intellectually intimidating one. But as this gorgeous new book shows, it needn't be – art should be enjoyed, thought about and discussed by everyone. 

Explore! Awesome South African Artists (Jacana Media; to be published in September 2019) is by ArtLogic CEO Cobi Labuscagne, and makes light work of explaining some of the country’s finest living contemporary artists to the younger generation.

The wonderfully colourful and accessible title – illustrated by photographer, illustrator and filmmaker Lauren Mulligan – uses simple language and elegant illustrations to explore the sometimes complicated works of the likes of William Kentridge, Nandipha Mntambo, Penny Siopis, Banele Khoza, Zander Blom and Billie Zangewa (among others). The artists' thoughts, ideas and and techniques are made accessible to readers aged between nine and 14 years old.

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‘As many of us get older, art becomes something that is distant, serious and difficult to understand,’ Labuscagne tells House and Leisure. ‘But as children, we make art all the time. We think things through in our drawings, and we get closer to things by trying to make them. The artists within these pages take the time to look at what is going on around them, who they are, what the world is like, then create artworks or exhibitions that can help us understand these things better.’

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Explore! Awesome South African Artists will be published in September 2019. For more information about the book, visit the Jacana Media website. We've already added it to our list of great gifts to give the kids in our lives this festive season. And, to be honest, we are also very much looking forward to dipping into this great new guide ourselves too ;)

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