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Archive: Issue No. 48, August 2001

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Something to ask? A comment to make? Email us at Queries answered by Paul Edmunds unless otherwise stated

From: T Boutoux
Subject: About Freestyle
Date received: August 21 2001

Dear ArtThrob

I'd like to know the reference of Holland Cotter's review article on 'Freestyle' you're referring to in last week's News. Thank you very much.

Best wishes,
T Boutoux

The article is entitled 'Breaking the mould of multiculturalism' and appeared in the South African Sunday Independent of August 12. It was originally published in the New York Times

From: Peter Brandon
Subject: Vivienne Koorland
Date received: August 22 2001

I would like to contact Vivienne Koorland. I am a friend of her late father and would like to contact her about a painting by Joe Osser.

Peter Brandon

Can anyone help?

Subject: Question on Andre Naude
Date received: August 19 2001

I am wondering if you could help me find information on an artist in South Africa called Andre Naude. I have a picture of a Dutch-style house somewhere in the Cape - it is an etching signed in pencil. The signature says Andre Naude. I think that the picture is quite old - maybe even from the 1940s. There is an artist named Andre Naude who was born in 1950, but I don't think this can be him - maybe his father? The etching is a realistic style sedate house on a quiet-looking tree-lined street. Stylistically it appears nothing like the vibrant paintings of Mr Naude the younger.

A copy of the picture can be seen at this address:

Thank you for your time.
Richard Hester
New York City

We are only familiar with the Andre Naude born in 1950, but will send you his contact details in case he can help

From: Cassandra Moulen
Subject: Feedback
Date received: August 10

I would like to know, what is "Oude Moulen Malpitt"? Is Moulen the person who made it? I would like more information about anyone called "Moulen".

Cassandra Moulen

The Oude Moulen Malpitte are a group of artists, artisans and organic farmers living and working on a property called "Oude Moulen" in Cape Town. The name "Moulen" is Dutch for "old mill". "Malpitte" are seeds from a plant also known as the Castor Oil bush. These are toxic and allegedly make one mad (some claim they are psychedelic). Not coincidentally, the Oude Moulen property adjoins the grounds of the Valkenberg mental hospital.

From: Chris Roper
Subject: Michael Pettit review
Date received: August 10

Now that's what I call a fine concluding paragraph: "Pettit's virtuosity with a paintbrush and comfort with any number of styles are almost done a disservice by the sheer quantity of work. And there's still more to see at the Irma Stern! One is left doubting where the artist's loyalty lies, suspecting that this is the work of an illusionist rather than a true magician. "

Thanks Chris. The full review by Paul Edmunds can be read here.

From: Selwyn Schachat
Subject: Kunskamer
Date received: August 9

I was wondering whether you had had a chance to review our website for possible inclusion in your website listings.

You have a fabulous website.
Selwyn Schachat

Thank you Selwyn. We will certainly take a look at your site.

From: Chris Gibbons
Subject: Photographic courses
Date received: August 2

Are you aware of any photographic courses conducted in the Western Cape - either at university/technikon level or similar institutions - with a view to helping competent amateur photographers improve their work?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Chris Gibbons

The newly formed Cape Town School of Photography in Woodstock hosts part-time courses pitched at various levels, including an introduction to photography for beginners, a more advanced course in black and white printing, and a digital camera course. The school can be contacted at or tel: 465 2152. Photography is also taught at the Ruth Prowse School of Art which can be contacted at

From: Dominique Duvenhage
Subject: Information
Date received: August 3

I'm doing some research for a school project and I need information about the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. I have phoned Standard Bank's General Information Line and they have absolutely no idea what I am talking about. I need information about:
1. Rules and regulations
2. Prizes
3. Where the artwork has to be sent for judging
4. What is the aim/function of this competition?

If you know anything or have any information, please let me know.

The Standard Bank Young Artist Award is not run as a competition. A panel of judges decides on a recipient by examining their work and achievements. "Young" does not necessarily mean young in years, but rather in terms of a developing career. The prize comes in the form of the enormous prestige of the award, a sum of money to be used in the production of a body of work, the show's tour to major centres in South Africa during the course of one year, and the production of a catalogue. Contact Barbara Freemantle at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg for more details -

From: Tasneem Shikari
Subject: AIDS art in South Africa
Date received: July 18

I am an incoming senior at Boston University, preparing an application for a study abroad with the Fullbright Grant Scholarship for recent college graduates. I am interested in using my art history major to concentrate on a group of artists living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa, Africa being the area of the world in most need of dire attention, foreign aid and publicity at this time. I would like to go into the field and document/catalogue different types of art (fine art, painting primarily) created in an environment that is saturated with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. I feel that art is always the most poignant and shockingly real portrayal of a country's or people's problems and struggles, hurdles and victories. I would like to create biographies for the artists, because many, living with the virus, may not live to see the fruits of their labor. In addition, I would hope that publicity to these artists would bring them revenues which may aid them in buying drugs vital to their survival.

That is my proposal in short, but there are many holes to patch before I can complete it and present it to the Fullbright board. I need to contact and research the work of many different South African artists living with AIDS. Any artists that you know or contacts you might have on the subject would greatly help my search. Thank you for your time.

Tasneem Shikari
(617) 851-3295
77 Village View Rd
Westford, MA 01886

This is by no means my area of expertise, but perhaps I can offer some pointers and others can respond. The majority of AIDS sufferers in South Africa are poor and from rural areas. As you can imagine, when the basic necessities for survival are a pressing issue, the practice of fine art is relatively rare. If one extends the definition of 'artist' to include so-called 'craftspeople' (as is often done in South Africa) then there are projects, such as Wola Nani, which provide opportunities and facilities for AIDS sufferers to produce and market crafts and wares. They can be reached at, and may be able to help you track down individual artists. Bear in mind however that there can be a very negative stigma attached to the disease, and people often keep their HIV status to themselves.

From: Neil
Subject: Christo Coetzee
Date received: July 5

I was wondering if you could tell me if Christo Coetzee is still alive. Also, do you have any information on the art of Simon (Dickinson?) who was his protege and died a couple of years ago at a young age. Are there any websites on either of them? Thanks,

Christo Coetzee died last year. The University of Stellenbosch Museum owns a large collection of his work (as well as some drawings by his protege, who signed his works "Simon D") and can be contacted for more information at A special edition of Pretoria University's Gallery Page ezine devoted to Coetzee can be found online at