"Resistance Art" was Sue Williamson’s classic account of the visual art against apartheid. First published in 1989, it soon became a bestseller. Editions were sold in the United States and the UK, and the South African edition sold out within a few years. Because of continuing demand, this landmark work has now been reprinted with a new preface, so as to make the art of the 1980s and 1990's available to a new generation of readers and art lovers.
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SUE WILLIAMSON is a practicing artist based in Cape Town. Trained as a printmaker, she also works with installation, constructed objects, photographic images and video. Her work generally addresses social issues or aspects of contemporary history. She frequently exhibits at international exhibitions and biennales, and is represented in most South African and some international museum collections. Williamson also writes and lectures about art. She is the founding editor of a website on contemporary art in South Africa, www.artthrob.co.zaFrom Library Journal:
The role of art in the liberation struggles of 20th-century Africa has received scant attention from scholars and critics. Yet in a region where the literacy rate is so low, the power of visual images is especially signficant. Williamson has compiled a catalog of South African artists, white and black, whose work speaks to the struggle for freedom and against apartheid. The range of art illustrated includes everything from Western-style easel paintings to public "people's" art in the form of murals, T-shirts, etc. Perhaps most interesting is the artists' commentary, often filled with pain and anger about an unjust and repressive system. Essential for both public and academic libraries.
- Eugene C. Burt, Seattle
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