Jaco Van Schalkwyk: Smoke and Mirrors

Publication launch

Join us this Saturday, 9 October 2021 at 10 am for the launch of Jaco Van Schalkwyk's publication on his current solo exhibition Smoke and Mirrors. The publication includes an in depth essay by Prof Karen von Veh (Professor of art history at the University of Johannesburg) with an accompanying text by Indra Wussow (Literary scholar, writer and curator). The artist will be present for a walkabout on this last day of his exhibition.


Barnard Publishing is a collaborative endeavour involving writers, photographers, designers, printers, editors and of course the artists. Our books feature critical essays by respected authors writers and academics. To date these have included amongst others, Ashraf Jamal (Author of ‘In the World: Essays on Contemporary South African Art’– SKIRA 2018), Pippa Skotnes (Michaelis Professor of Fine Art and Director of the Centre for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town), journalist and arts critic Sean O’Toole, Andrew Lamprecht (Senior Lecturer: Theory and Discourse, Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town), Karen von Veh (Professor of Fine Art, University of Johannesburg) and Rachel Thomas (Senior Curator: Irish Museum of Modern Art).


Barnard publications are not catalogues of an exhibition, nor are they strictly speaking monographs; rather they are an extension or expression of the artist's output in a different form i.e similar to that of an 'artist's book. These books are produced in a limited edition with each signed by the artist. What is produced is both 'book' and 'art object' and is by nature a 'collectible'.


To date Barnard publications have been added to the special library collections of the University of Cape Town (UCT); Wits Art Museum (WAM), Johannesburg; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Pratt Institute, New York and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.


October 7, 2021