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Steven Cohen is a pioneering artist whose work provocatively confronts issues of identity. Best known for his live performances, Cohen appears not only on stage and in galleries but also, uninvited, in public spaces. His work deals with outsider identity, using his own and others bodies to create living art that references sculpture, contemporary dance, drag and performance art. This book is a comprehensive introduction to Cohen's work, from his silk-screened canvases and furniture to his living art performances. The essay and extensive captions, written by Shaun de Waal and Robyn Sassen, provide a conceptual and theoretical framework for approaching Cohen's art, while tracing its development over time. The numerous colour reproductions selected by photo editor John Hodgkiss reveal the brilliance of this large body of work.
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David Krut Publishing is active in the publication and distribution of books and digital material on contemporary South African art. The projects are creative collaborations with established and emerging artists, writers and designers.
TAXI is a series of titles on contemporary South African artists, initiated in 2000 by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and Pro Helvetia-Arts Council of Switzerland and published by David Krut Publishing. Based in Johannesburg, TAXI is the only educationally driven publication committed to contemporary South African art and its artists. Highlighting artists with a significant body of work, TAXI aims to create textually and visually compelling material to provide exposure and increase awareness on contemporary South African artists and their work.
Each TAXI book is complemented with an educational supplement providing additional resource for art teachers and museum educators. In order to drive the educational value of the project, David Krut Publishing operates collaborative project with NGOs working on visual literacy and arts education programs such as the EU funded Imbali Visual Literacy Project.From the Author:
Shaun de Waal is the literary editor and film critic for the Mail & Guardian in Johannesburg. Robyn Sassen is a freelance art writer and academic. Jillian Carman, an art historian and museologist based in Johannesburg, was formerly a curator at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.
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