The Benediction of Shade II – Joburg: City of Trees
01 Nov 2014 – 31 Jan 2015
David Krut Projects
Randburg, South Africa
David Krut Projects is an arts, design and projects gallery space at 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg. It is one of four spaces in our organisation, the others being at the Arts on Main complex near downtown Johannesburg, Montebello Design Centre in Newlands, Cape Town, and Chelsea New York.
Artist’s solo and group exhibitions are presented with editioned and unique works from our experimental print workshop in Johannesburg. Besides visual arts, the space has exhibited works from fashion and design projects, and has been used for architectural and other forums. Our print workshop and bookstore were the first art venues established on the Arts Strip which consists of six contiguous art spaces in Jan Smuts Avenue. The Arts on Main location consists of a print workshop, gallery and bookstore in one area, and is in the developing Maboneng Arts and Culture District, just east of downtown Johannesburg.
Krut’s career in the arts spans more than thirty years. Based in London, he became active in South African arts in the early 1990s with his first William Kentridge edition, a collaboration with Master Printer Jack Shirreff, in Wiltshire, England. Since the start of our Johannesburg project in 2000 we have collaborated with more than one hundred artists, and published new authors in more than forty books.
In 1996 Krut produced a pioneering CD-Rom on William Kentridge which was the beginnings of our book publishing activities in South Africa. In 2000 the TAXI Art Book Series was initiated with funding from the French, Dutch and Swiss governments, and set a new standard for art books in South Africa. TAXI enabled the emergence of an audience for South African visual arts locally and abroad. Each TAXI Book was published with an Educational Supplement to encourage the teaching of arts and culture in South African schools.