Media/ Press works written about Willem Boshoff

Studies on the work of Willem Boshoff

Students have included the work of Willem Boshoff in full or as part of their studies. These studies range from many high school projects to more sophisticated research projects of university students to masters and doctorate students. Some of these completed or in progress are:

Gentric, Katja: Doctorate on the work of Willem Boshoff at Dijon University, France

Dantas, Nancy: Masters degree, Lisbon University, curatorship of the work of Willem Boshoff

Paton, David: Masters degree, University of the Witwatersrand on KYKAFRIKAANS

Erasmus, Stefan: Masters degree, University of the Witwatersrand on KYKAFRIKAANS

Souchon, Natalie: Dissertation at University of South Africa on GARDENS OF WORDS

Roolvink, Joanne: Masters degree at the University of the Witwatersrand on the work of Willem Boshoff

Swanepoel, Rita; Doctorate on the work of Willem Boshoff at Potchefstroom University


Video :

WILLEM BOSHOFF Blind Alphabet 23rd São Paulo Biennale 1996 Commissioned by Africus Institute for Contemporary Art, directed by Peni Flascas.

Compact Disk:

2000/1INDEX OF (B)REACHINGS – the exhibition and text on compact disk, compiled in collaboration with professor Rory Doepel, University of the Witwatersrand


Television and Radio Programmes :

DIE KRAAINES SABC TV “Willem Boshoff Kunstenaar” 20.5.82

COLLAGE SABC TV “Blind Alphabet Project” April 1995

RISE UP AND READ SABC TV “Sculpture for the Blind” July 1995

SIPHIWE “Blind Alphabet” June 1997


BETWEEN THE LINES “Death of the Book” E-TV August 1999

KUNSKAFEE “Index of (B)reachings” KYKNET August 2000



RADIO 702 Interview with Jenny Crwys Williams, November 2007

Website and Internet:

Personal website:

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Books :

Allara, Pamela, Martin, Marilyn COEXISTENCE Contemporary Cultural Production in South Africa Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University Boston 2003

Anonymous JOHANNESBURG BIENNALE (Catalogue) “Inside Outside” Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council 1995

Bedford, Emma (ed.) A DECADE OF DEMOCRACY South African Art 1994-2004 from the Permanent Collection of Iziko: South African National Gallery Iziko Museums of Cape Town 2004

Berman, Esmé ART AND ARTISTS OF SOUTH AFRICA Balkema, Cape Town 1983

Camnitzer, Luis, Farver, Jane, Weiss Rachel GLOBAL CONCEPTUALISM: POINTS OF ORIGIN 1950s – 190s Queens Museum of Art New York 1999

Casper, R N & Hawkey C JUBILAT five Robert N Casper, University of Massechusetts 2002

Enwezor, Okwui TRADE ROUTES History and Geography, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale 1997 Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council 1977, text by Mosquera, Gerardo

Enwezor, Okwui THE SHORT CENTURY Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945 – 1994 Prestel Munich, London, New York 2001

Ferreira, Sid (President) 23. BIENAL INTERNACIONAL SÃO PAULO Fundação Bienal de São Paulo 1996

Firstenberg, Lauri & Peffer, John (ed.’s) TRANSLATION/ SEDUCTION/DISPLACEMENT Post-Conceptual and Photographic Work by Artists from South Africa Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art 1999

From, Iben VANDSKEL Kunstcentret Silkeborg Bad 2002

Geers, Kendell (ed.) CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICAN ART The Gencor Collection Johnathan Ball, Johannesburg 1997.

Hassan, Salah M. and Oguibe, Olu AUTHENTIC/EX-CENTRIC – CONCEPTUALISM IN CONTEMPORARY AFICAN ART La Biennale di Venezia 2001

Hassan, Salah M. and Iftikar Dadi UNPACKING EUROPE Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2001

Hobbs, Philippa (ed.) RESISTANCE RECONCILIATION RECONSTRUCTION – an MTN Exhibition Celebrationg 10 Years of Democracy MTN Foundation Johannesburg 2004

Komrij, Gerrit DE AFRIKAANSE POËZIE IN 1000 EN ENIGE GEDICHTEN Uitgeverij Bert Bakker, Amsterdam

Meyer, Werner TRIENNALE DER KLEINPLASTIK 1998 – Zeitgenössische Skultur Europe Afrika Cantz,Stuttgart

Mosquera Gerardo VISIONES DEL SUR: NO ES SÓLO LO QUE VES: PERVIRTIENDO MINIMALISMO (catalogue) Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid 2000

Mullen Kraemer, Christine (ed) INSCRIBING MEANING, WRITING AND GRAPHIC SYSTEMS IN AFRICASmithsonian National Museum of African Art 2007

Ogilvie, Grania DICTIONARY OF S.A. PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS Balkema, Cape Town 1989

Oguibe, Olu & Enwezor, Okwui READING THE CONTEMPORARY (African Art from Theory to the Marketplace) Iniva, Arts Council of Britain 1999

Perryer, Sophie (ed.) 10 Years 100 Artists – Art in a Democratic South Africa Bell Roberts Cape Town 2004

Stevenson, Micael MOVING IN TIME AND SPACE (Shifts Between Abstraction and Representation in Post-war South African Art Dimension Data 2003

Vladislavic, Ivan WILLEM BOSHOFF Taxibooks, David Krut Publishing, Johannesburg 2005

Williamson, Sue ART IN SOUTH AFRICA the future present David Philip, Cape Town 1996

Ysla, Nelson Herrera SÉPTIMA BIENAL DE LA HABANA Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfredo Lam 2000

Magazine Articles, Dissertations, Brochures, Catalogues :

Artsense Association ARTSENSE AND BLIND ALPHABET B (Promotion brochure) Birmingham, England, January 1996

Boshoff, Willem NONPLUSSED Exhibition Catalogue, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg 2004

Boshoff, Willem LICKED Exhibition Catalogue, Michael Stevenson Fine Art Exhibition, Cape Town 2003

Boshoff, Willem ÉPAT Exhibition Catalogue, Michael Stevenson Fine Art Exhibition, Cape Town 2007

Jamal, Ashraf WILLEM BOSHOFF Blind Alphabet 23rd São Paulo Biennale 1996 (Brochure). Published by Africus Institute for Contemporary Art

Burger, Lucia DE ARTE 65 (UNISA Magazine) “Panifice and Writing in the Sand” 2002

Bester, Martie DE KAT “Harthout – Noli turbare circulos meos” November 2007

Burger, Lucia INSIG (Magazine) “Obsessies by hom ‘n lewenswyse” May 1994

Burger, Lucia DE KAT (Magazine) “Laat die klippe praat” January 2001

Carman, Jillian INFAMA (Journal of South African National Council for the Blind) “Willem Boshoff’s alternative art” April 1995

Classic Feel Team CLASSIC FEEL magazine “Willem Boshoff – The Forms of Words and the Shape of Language” October 2007

Decembristerne DEN FRIE UDSTILLINGS BYGNING (Copenhagen catalogue) 2001

Dubow, Neville WEEKLY MAIL & GUARDIAN (newspaper article) “Cutting edge falls between art and life” 5.5.95

Fuller, Natasha (curator) FNB VITA ART NOW Catalogue Sandton Civic Gallery 1997

Heartley Eleanor ART IN AMERICA (Magazine) “Mapping the Postcolonial – Report From Johannesburg ” June 1999

Hobbs, Philippa HELLO THE FUTURE - MTN (Magazine) “Chinese, Chiasmus and the Sculpture Commission” May 2003

Jacobson, Dan MODERN PAINTERS (Magazine) “The Johannesburg Art Gallery” London Autumn 1995.

Kellner, Clive NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art “The 23 rd São Paulo Biennale” African Studies and Research Centre, Cornell University, USA Summer/Fall 1997

Kellner, Clive MARCAS NEWS 3rd Edition Sussuta Boé Johannesburg 1998

Kyander, Pontus SYDSVANSKA(Sweden) “Afrikansk dialog och jakt efter identitet” (newspaper article) 24.4.95

Lamprecht, Andrew ART SOUTH AFRICA “Willem Boshoff – Michael Stevenson Contemporary, Cape Town” 2004

Langerman, Fritha LEXICONS AND LABYRINTHS Iconography of the Genome (Exhibition Catalogue) Human Sciences Research Council, Africa Genome Initiative 2003

Orliange Anthony NEWTOWN ZEBRA “A Garden of Words” (Magazine of the French Institute) May-August 1999

O’Toole, Sean FRIEZE (Magazine) Willem Boshoff – Standard Bank Gallery September 2007

Read, Trent STATE OF THE ART Exhibition Catalogue, Everard Read Contemporary 1994

Rankin, Elizabeth IMAGES OF WOOD – Aspects of the History of Sculpture in 20 C South Africa Hans Merensky Foundation 1989

Rosengarten, Ruth DON’T MESS WITH MISTER IN-BETWEEN 1 Artistas da África do Sul Jornal de Exposição Culturgest Lisboa, Portugal 1996

Rosengarten, Ruth FRIEZE(Art Magazine) “Inside Outside” London Summer 1995

Shapiro, Leonard WILLEM BOSHOFF’S 370-DAY PROJECT South African Art News, January 2002

Snyman Johan NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art “WILLEM BOSHOFF’S PANIFICE – Between Africa and Europe”: The Language(s) of Civilization(s), Cornell University, USA Fall/Winter 2002

Souchon, Natalie REPOSITIONING MARRIANNE NORTH AND BOTANICAL ART (Dissertation submitted at University of South Africa) “The Fine Artist and Botanical Subject Matter” October 1999

Vetrocq, Marcia E ART IN AMERICA (Magazine) “Conceptualism: an Expanded View” July 1999


2008 Johan Snyman Article

2010 Annali Dempsy Report

Miranthe Staden Garbett Report

Ashraf Jamal Essay

Sean Buch, Willem Boshoff's visit to my studio

Carrol Clarkson, Drawing the Line

David Paton, Willem Boshoff and the Book

De Kat Article

David Lucille, Willem Boshoff visits Mogale City

Emelia Potenza, Apartheid Museum Label

Enwezor Mosquera, Extracts

International Artists' Database

Ivan Vladislavic, Verbal on Visual

Emma Jordan, Druid's Tale

Andie Miller, Mail & Guardian

McKenna, 100 Artists, 10 Years

Natalie Souchon, Garden of Words

Robyn Sassen, First was the land

Kathryn Smith, Artthrob

Stefan Erasmus, Masters

Dan Swart

Tretchikoff Show

Vet Seun, Willem Boshoff

Marvelous Art Musings

Die Suid-Afrikaanse akademie vir wetenskap en kuns

Visual Glossolalia. The art of sculpting in tongue. Christian Rattemeyer

Words as things Susanna Laaksonen

Boshoff se boekhouding

Clive Kelleners Article in CoArt News

Nantes, French Text Article

Onsekerheid in klip gekerf, Johan Myberg

Stadskrif thesis Prinsloo J. N.


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