How a book about art for kids became a book about SA life


How a book about art for kids became a book about SA life

Author Cobi Labuscagne discusses the inspiration behind ‘Explore! Awesome South African Artists’

Gary Cotterell

Cobi Labuscagne was a founder of the Joburg Art Fair (now FNB Art Joburg), but this wasn’t the original motivation to write Explore! Awesome South African Artists.

As the mother of two “on an endless search for books with substance for Lunga, 10, and Ellen, 7, particularly with relevance to the South African context,” she discovered that there were even fewer art books for kids. 

The art book came naturally to Labuscagne because she knows the artists personally and has been immersed in the industry. Beautifully illustrated by Lauren Mulligan, with supplementary photography of works, the selection of artists includes Athi-Patra Ruga, William Kentridge, Nandipha Mntambo, Robin Rhode, Igshaan Adams, Santu Mofokeng and Lady Skollie...

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