Ignition of enlightenment

Ignition of enlightenment

The Pashuka Reading Corner at the National Art Gallery is an ignition of enlightenment with more than 500 resources to edify one’s art know-how. The word Pashuka is an Oshiwambo word that flashes the anecdotes of enlightened, wake-up, open your eyes…

This reading corner houses more than 500 publications ranging from catalogues to magazines, encyclopedias to journals and guides. Subject matters of art history, photography, the art of painting and drawing, sculpturing, and all art related themes buzz the shelves of this cozy and informative mini-library…

Some of the titles on our shelves to increase your art know-how

-The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors by Grania Ogilvie, This publication fills an enormous gap in the reference literature on African Art. More than 1800 painters and sculptors are listed alphabetically, the criteria for inclusion being artists who lived or worked in south Africa/Namibia and who have made a lasting contribution to its artistic life. Intensive research on each artist has been undertaken, supplementing work done by early scholars.

Over 80 full page colour illustrations are included as examples of the diversity and accomplishment of the artists represented. This book is ideal for researchers and artists practicing the medium of painting and sculpture.

-Spirit of the wild by Miona Janeke, This book is the result of an intrepid pilgrimage to discover the essence of the mysterious herds of feral horses of the Namib Desert. The exquisite photographs of the horses and their surrounding show a deep and almost spiritual connection between subject and photographer.
The Namib Desert is a vast, arid expanse of constantly moving gravel plains and dunes. It covers more than 31 000 square miles stretching the whole of western coast of Namibia, into Angola and South Africa. The Winds Blow relentlessly and thick fog frequently blankets the towering dunes along the coast. In the midst of this seemingly inhospitable region, near Garub, live the elusive wild horses that have fascinated people for almost a century. If you have a kin interest in photography this book can be of great inspiration.

-Tretchikoff, the people’s painter by Andrew Lamprecht, This is the first major publication about Vladimir Tretchikoff, among the most iconic and controversial painters of the 20th century, to appear in several decades. Tretchikoff was during his lifetime, one of the most recognized and successful artists in the world. Prints of his Chinese Girl allegedly outsold the Mona Lisa, and his exhibition attracted record audiences worldwide. This beautifully illustrated book reproduces all of his best known work and is accompanied by series of essays that explore his life, work and legacy.


-Meaning in the visual arts by Erwin Panofsky, This book reveals the themes and ideas inherent in the history of art and examines these themes and ideas as manifestations of cultural tradition- to see the forms, postures and symbols of works of art as the living record of civilization transformed by genius. This 64 paged volume of illustrations and many text figures serves not only as an introduction to the study of art but for more specialized readers as a profoundly illuminating discussion of aspects of art and life in the middle ages and renaissance.


-Art in Namibia by Adelheid Lilienthal, Art in Namibia provides a brief overview on ancient rock art as exquisite paintings and engravings that are an important part of Namibia’s artistic and cultural heritage. The second chapter discusses landscape and wildlife art and the artists in this genre. Another chapter deals with new developments in Namibian art, traditional and utilitarian art in Namibia-with its rich and varied tapestry of ethnic, social and religious histories and applications, giving the reader a taste of the variety and richness of the art produced in Namibia. It further touches on the trends that emerged during the 1970s and the developments in visual art since Namibia’s independence in 1990.  The author hopes that this publication will provide art lovers and visitors to the NAGN with a greater appreciation of Namibia’s growing visual arts heritage.

-Art on my mind, visual politics by Bell Hooks, In Art on my Mind the author a leading cultural critic, responds to the ongoing dialogues about producing, exhibiting, and criticizing art and aesthetics in the art world increasingly concerned with identity politics.  Always concerned with black liberatory  struggle, Hooks positions her writings on visual politics within the ever-present question of how art can be an empowering and revolutionary force within the black community. For this collection, Hooks has written pieces which complement her authoritative essays on Lorna Simpson, Jean-Michael Basquiat, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Featured among these pieces are interviews with and critiques of the works of Alison Saar, Carrie Ma Weems, Emma Amos, La Verne wells-Bowie and Margo Humphreys, as well as essays on photography, architecture, and the representation of black male bodies.
*text contributed from the publications’ abstracts.


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