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EMPOWERING PRINTS (article first published : 2003-02-12)

Double Storey Books have recently published Empowering Prints - Twenty Years of Printmaking at the ELC Art and Craft Centre by Elizabeth Rankin and Philippa Hobbs

This is the story of Rorke's Drift, the famous art and craft centre which from the 1960s to the 1980s played a key role in South African art and nurtured a range of outstanding black artists. Central to this story is printmaking and its rich discourses.

Illustrated with almost 200 reproductions and contemporary photographs and written by two of South Africa's foremost art historians, this landmark book will be read and enjoyed by all who have an interest in our art.

A travelling exhibition of the prints featured in the book commences in Durban on February 26 at the Durban Art Gallery and moves on to Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Johannesburg, sponsored by the MTN Art Institute.

Elizabeth Rankin, formerly of the University of the Witwatersrand, is professor of the history of art at Auckland University in New Zealand. Philippa Hobbs is an established printmaker and teacher who lives in Johannesburg.

A review of the publication will be posted shortly.




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