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Wits University Press Presents Penny Siopis: Time and Again, Edited by Gerrit Olivier

Penny SiopisForthcoming in December, Penny Siopis: Time and Again, edited by Gerrit Olivier:

Hers is restless imagination played out in a daunting, experimental productivity and a willingness to surprise even herself. As we look back, the patterns of her creative acts become more legible, allowing us to see more easily the internal coherence of her body of work and the idiosyncratic logic of its unfolding. — Colin Richards, 2005

With her earliest work, Penny Siopis established herself as one of the most prominent and challenging visual artists in and beyond South Africa.

Penny Siopis traces Siopis’ development from her famous early cake paintings to the history paintings, the installations, video work and her exuberant experiments with ink and glue. Edited by Olivier, this collection of essays and interviews contextualises Siopis’ major contribution to the visual arts by considering her work through various prisms.

In an extensive interview with Olivier, Siopis comments on how her abiding engagement with social concerns has always been combined with an interest in form and process.

Penny Siopis will be an invaluable source to those interested in the trajectory and development of Siopis’ artistic career. With contributions from leading art and cultural commentators, the book provides invaluable insight as to her position as one of the leading South African artists of the 21st century. It climaxes with a riveting a conversation between William Kentridge and Siopis on the trajectory of their own work and South African art over the past 30 years.

The publication of Penny Siopis coincides with a retrospective exhibition of her work at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town in December 2014 and the Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg in 2015.


TJ Demos, William Kentridge, Achille Mbembe, Njabulo Ndebele, Sarah Nuttall, Griselda Pollock and Colin Richards.

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