Classic Feel magazine has featured the TAXI Art Books series in their November 2011 issue.
Here’s what they had to say:
The TAXI Art Books, published by internationally renowned David Krut Publishing, have become invaluable reference works in terms of providing comprehensive information on a selection of South Africa’s key contemporary artists. The TAXI Art Books series comprises monographs on 15 contemporary South African artists from Noria Mabasa through to Steven Cohen.
The TAXI Art Books are listed in a numbered series from TAXI-OOI to TAXI-OI5 and cover the following artists: Jo Ratcliffe, who works with photo-based media, video and installation; Samson Mudzunga, known for his performance work, wood carvings and in particular his ‘coffin drums’; Jeremy Wafer, who works with sculpture and print; Santu Mofokeng, photographer; Lien Botha, who works in photo-based media; David Koloane, a seminal South African artist who focuses on drawing and painting; Noria Mabasa, renowned for her large woodcarvings and figurative ceramic work; Steven Cohen, often controversial and challenging creator of ‘living art’; Kagiso Pat Mautloa, painter and installation artist; Deborah Bell, painter, sculptor and printmaker; Willem Boshoff, installation maven; Sandile Zulu, who works with fire and canvas; Diane Victor, who works with drawings and prints; Mmakgabo Mmapula Mmankgato Helen Sebidi, painter and sometime ceramicist; and Paul Stopforth, who works in sculpture, drawing, painting, and printmaking.
Each book in the TAXI series has been authored and/or co-authored by respected arts writers, critics or commentators; academics; educators; artists and designers who possess the knowledge and insight required to focus on the artists’ media and their position on the contemporary South African art scene. Notable contributors include Shaun de Waal, Brenda Atkinson, Ashraf Jamal, John Hodgkiss, Ivan Vladislavic, Stephen Hobbs, Veronique Tadjo, Pippa Stein, Robyn Sassen, Ruth Sack, Elizabeth Rankin, Andries Oliphant and Philippa Hobbs among notable others.
Each volume is a significant commentary on contemporary South African art and artists, and thus South African art history in-the-making, beautifully illustrated with full colour images.
Launched in 2002, the TAXI series includes associated educational supplements for use in schools and educational institutions, encouraging learners and students to engage with each artist’s work, creative motivation and background, through conceptual and practical projects.
Books currently available in the series include: TAXI-003: Jeremy Wafer, TAXI-006: David Koloane, TAXI-010: Deborah Bell, TAXI-011: Willem Boshoff, TAXI-012: Sandile Zulu, TAXI-013: Diane Victor, TAXI-014: Mmakgabo Mmapula Mmankgato Helen Sebidi and TAXI¬015: Paul Stopforth. The Compendium of TAXI Art Educational Supplements is also available.