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From: John Roome All4one@yebo.co.za
I am searching for info on land art in SA. The ArtThrob search engine doesn't give me anything on "land art" because I think it only works on headings or something. Anyway I know there must be stuff and I did find something on Strijdom van der Merwe for instance. Can you give me any pointers as to other key words or names to search for?
ArtThrob's search engine does search text but the exact phrase may not have been used on the site. A while back I wrote a review on '!Xoe 2 Off Site', in which I made brief mention of land art-type work. I don't remember the names of any of these artists, but a search for 'Xoe' should find them. Strijdom van der Merwe is probably the only well known South African working in this way. He's overseas at the moment, but can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. Coincidentally a large project of this sort was to take place in Kirstenbosch Gardens early next year but unfortunately fell through last week.
From: Mike Mazarick email@example.com
I would like to ask a little help from you if possible. I would like to introduce my daughter (a modern dancer in the US) to another modern dancer in South Africa with the same (rare) last name. The dancer I am interested in finding for introduction is Athena Mazarakis. My daughter is Megan Mazarick. I had noticed a review of Athena's dance while poking around the web. The two probably find they have a lot in common. Megan is a senior at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro majoring in modern dance and spent last year in Perth, Australia studying dance. She has also performed twice at the American Dance Festival; once with David Dorfman and once with Brenda Angel (Argentina). Heck, they might even be related! (Mazarick was my grandfather's efforts at "Americanising" Mazarakis - it is still misspelled regularly even with the simplification).
What I would like is an email address for Athena Mazarakis or one of her friends so I can pass a message from my daughter to her. Unfortunately, my Megan is technophobic and hates computers/email/etc. I can't even get her to keep her cell phone charged up. Megan can use one of her friend's email addresses if Athena is interested in corresponding with her "cousin" in the US and if she can be located/notified.
Mike, I have asked around a little but haven't been able to come up with anything. I'm trying to get hold of contact details for Robyn Orlin, a Johannesburg-based choreographer. This site does not specialise in the field of dance, but sometimes our areas of interest overlap. Maybe someone will read this letter and help you out. Good luck.
From: Anita Smit firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Waldeck did a project with inmates of Leeuwkop Prison in 1995. Information on this can be found in Sue Williamson and Ashraf Jamal's book Art in South Africa: The Future Present. ArtThrob's search engine may have more info as well. A Durban-based artist and teacher called Brendon Bussy has also run a number of projects with children and adults in prisons in KwaZulu-Natal. You can contact him at email@example.com
From: Margo D'Angelo firstname.lastname@example.org
I have come across a book that is signed and numbered dated 1955 for the US called Tretchikoff. It has many pictures and articles about the life of Vladimir Tretchikoff and is very interesting. It is signed by him and hand numbered in the inside front cover and also signed again on his self-portrait. His artwork is either shown on a page or attached to a page as a print that can be removed if desired. If there is any information I can look up that may help you, feel free to email me.
There is much interest in Tretchikoff, despite the fact that his work is regarded dismissively by most contemporary artists in South Africa. Just last year a work of his obtained a record price on auction here. I suggest you contact one of the auction houses, such as Christie's or Sotheby's, for a valuation.
From: Pippa Stalker email@example.com
Pippa, neither Sue nor I know Joanne Bloch, but perhaps a visitor to the site can help you out.
From: Mustafa Maluka firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nice to hear from you and glad to hear you are doing so well. When are you going to come back and show us some of this work which is so popular in the Netherlands? We haven't seen much of you for quite a while.
From: Joanne Wehrli email@example.com
My name is Joanne Wehrli from Switzerland. I'm a graphic designer and I worked with photographers. I'm searching now to move in the South Africa and I write you for ask some help. I'm looking for a place where I could work in art. Maybe continue to learn with artists, in an agency, an art museum or in an art school. I'm really interested in graphic design, photography, sculpture, theatre. I want do more experiences. Do you have some adresses, people than I could contact?
I would be glad to receive help, thanks
- Joanne, outside of formal study, that kind of opportunity is pretty rare here. I would suggest you do a web search of universities and technikons in South Africa and find out what kind of courses are available. Try email Carmen Perez at Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. I'm sure she'll be able to help you.
From: Claudia Schadeberg firstname.lastname@example.org
- It's a pleasure and we're glad to make the underfunded and underpublicised art more accessible
From: Stephen Schmideg email@example.com
I live in Melbourne Australia and I was wondering if you could help me, or tell me where I could get further assistance. I am trying to locate a South African artist. All I know is that her name is Brigitte Kosky, she lives in Cape Town and does paintings on silk.
- Stephen, I've never come across her, perhaps a reader will be helpful
From: Haiba Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you possibly direct me to where I can find more information regarding Durant Sihlali? Or perhaps you can provide this. I am a papermaker and very interested in learning more about his technique, history and such.
I would greatly appreciate any assistance you can provide.
- Durant Sihlali exhibits with the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, who can be contacted at email@example.com. I am sure they can put you in touch with him. Also you could try ArtThrob's Search Engine for past exhibition references