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LETTER Stiftung in Cologne, Germany is a research unit committed to selected issues in art, They keep, amongst others, an archive regarding the work of Willem Boshoff.


  • Anonymous JOHANNESBURG BIENNALE (Catalogue) "Inside Outside" Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council 1995
  • Berman, EsmÇ ART AND ARTISTS OF SOUTH AFRICA Balkema, Cape Town 1983
  • Enwezor, Okwui TRADE ROUTES History and Geography, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale 1997 Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council 1977
  • Ferreira, Sid (President) 23. BIENAL INTERNACIONAL SAO PAULO Fundaáao Bienal de Sao 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
  • Foster, Ronel & Viljoen, Louise POSKAARTE Beelde van die Afrikaanse Poâsie Sedert 1940 Tafelberg Human & Rousseau, Cape Town 1997
  • Geers, Kendell (ed.) CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICAN ART The Gencor Collection Johnathan Ball, Johannesburg 1997.
  • Komrij, Gerrit DE AFRIKAANSE POEZIE IN 1000 EN ENIGE GEDICHTEN Uitgeverij Bert Bakker, Amsterdam
  • Ogilvie, Grania DICTIONARY OF S.A. PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS Balkema, Cape Town 1989
  • Thick Catherine (ed.) THE RIGHT TO HOPE Global Problems, Global Visions BPC Paulton Books, Great Britain 1995
  • Williamson, Sue ART IN SOUTH AFRICA the future present David Philip, Cape Town 1996
  • Magazine Articles, Dissertations, Brochures, Catalogues:
  • Anonymous STAINLESS BULLETIN "After Rubick ... the Boshoff Cube" May 1992
  • Anonymous TECHNIBRIEF "Willem Boshoff - omgewings-kunstenaar" April 1989
  • Anonymous TWR MAGAZINE "By hom kan mens baie leer" June 1994
  • Anonymous VITA ART NOW (Catalogue) 1995
  • Anonymous VITA ART NOW (Catalogue) 1996
  • Artsense Association ARTSENSE AND BLIND ALPHABET B (Promotion brochure) Birmingham, England, January 1996
  • Burger, Lucia INSIG (Magazine) "Obsessies by hom 'n lewenswyse" May 1994
  • Carman, Jillian INFAMA (Journal of South African National Council for the Blind) "Willem Boshoff's alternative art" April 1995
  • Clarke, Sally VUKA SA "Right to hope project" November 1995
  • 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
  • Jacobson, Dan MODERN PAINTERS (Magazine) "The Johannesburg Art Gallery" London Autumn 1995.
  • Kellner, Clive MARCAS NEWS 3rd Edition Sussuta BoÇ Johannesburg 1998
  • Knight, Natalie GALLERY (Magazine) "New Names in Art - Willem Boshoff" Autumn 1982
  • Knight, Natalie HABITAT (Magazine) "Art - Willem Boshoff" No. 49 1982
  • Liksky, Jilly CHINESE WHISPERS (Magazine) "Willem Boshoff" February 1992
  • Mosquera Gerardo TRADE ROUTES - HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY Catalogue for 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council 1997
  • Orliange Anthony NEWTOWN ZEBRA "A Garden of Words" (Magazine of the French Institute) May-August 1999
  • Polonsky, Linda LIVING (Sunday Express) "Day after day he's chipping closer to his one-year goal" 19.12.82
  • Polonsky, Linda LIVING (Supplement to Sunday Express) "Marathon runner completes marathon sculpture 18.9.83
  • Read, Trent STATE OF THE ART Exhibition Catalogue, Everard Read Contemporary 1994
  • Rosengarten, Ruth DON'T MESS WITH MISTER IN-BETWEEN 1 Artistas da Africa do Sul Jornal de Exposiáao Culturgest Lisboa, Portugal 1996
  • Rosengarten, Ruth FRIEZE (Art Magazine) "Inside Outside" London Summer 1995
  • Souchon, Natalie REPOSITIONING MARRIANNE NORTH AND BOTANICAL ART (Dissertation submitted at University of South Africa) "The Fine Artist and Botanical Subject Matter" October 1999
  • Tromp, Ian RIGHT TO HOPE (Brochure) "Five South African Artists" Johannesburg 1995
  • Vetrocq, Marcia E ART IN AMERICA (Magazine) "Conceptualism: an Expanded View" July 1999

    Newspaper Articles

  • Brits, Marietjie VADERLAND "Willem se kuns vertel 'n eie storie" 4.6.82
  • Burger, Lucia BEELD "Boshoff werk vanuit 'n holistiese beskouing" 22.3.94
  • De Villiers, Ronelle SA VERNUWING "My kuns my bede" 1983
  • Dean, Roger STAR "A year of life sealed in wood" 21.9.83
  • Dewar, John STAR "UK and SA meet in combined show" 11.2.82
  • Dubow, Neville WEEKLY MAIL & GUARDIAN "Cutting edge falls between art and life" 5.5.95
  • Harmsen, Frieda PRETORIA NEWS "Boshoff's fantasy bewitches the gazer" 2.86
  • Jersich, Berna TRANSVALER "Speelse skeppinge van twee skrynwerkerseuns" 19.2.82
  • Kyander, Pontus SYDSVANSKA (Sweden) "Afrikansk dialog och jakt efter identitet" 24.4.95
  • Lambrecht, Bettie BEELD "Geduld met weggooigoed" 14.1.80
  • Lambrecht, Bettie BEELD "Want daar sit soveel humor in" 17.9.81
  • Liebenberg, Estelle VADERLAND "Visuele poâsie iets nuut in Afrikaans" 30.10.80
  • Martin, Marilyn BEELD "Willem se evolusie van oertuin tot stad" 26.9.83
  • Martin, Marilyn TRANSVALER "Willem Boshoff - Voedsel vir die Gees" 16.9.81
  • Ozynski, Joyce RAND DAILY MAIL "A Book he doesn't want read" 21.9.81
  • Pauw, Jacques TRANSVALER "Willem omskep gemors in kuns" 10.9.82
  • Polonsky Linda RAND DAILY MAIL "Chair sculptures" 25.3.82
  • Pople Laetitia BEELD "Boshoff fokus op wat vergeet word" 9.10.97
  • Pople Laetitia BEELD "Lewende Legendes - Willem Boshoff" 13.8.99
  • Pretorius, Willem BEELD "Blindes sal siendes lei by die uitstalling" 23.2.95
  • Pretorius, William RAPPORT "Kykafrikaans - woord word beeld" 6.7.80
  • Raphaely, Rosemary STAR "Boshoff's Cube won't drive you nuts" 19.2.82
  • Rossouw, Arrie BEELD "SA kuns trek aandag in Atlanta - Amerikaners verstom oor Willem Boshoff se Braille alfabet" 25.4.96
  • Sack, Ruth MAIL & GUARDIAN "Fertile seeds on rocky ground" 13.10.95
  • Sudheim Alex MAIL & GAURDIAN " Frozen Frames" 5.11.99
  • Terre'blanche, Ronelle "Boshoff se lewe in 370 blokkies" 25.9.83
  • Van Wyk, Johan BEELD "Klank en patrone" 29.7. 80
  • Viljoen, Deon BEELD "Kougom is sy mantra" 2.3.82
  • Witthaus, Michelle BUSINESS DAY "So beautiful - and yet sight is optional" 28.2.95


  • WILLEM BOSHOFF Blind Alphabet 23rd Sao Paulo Biennale 1996. Text Ashraf Jamal, Published by Africus Institute for Contemporary Art
  • Video

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

    Television 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
  • FNB VITA AWARD FOR ART October 1997
  • BETWEEN THE LINES "Death of the Book" E-TV August 1999
  • KUNSKAFEE "Index of (B)reachings" KYKNET August 2000


  • 2000 November, Havana Biennale, an installation entitled THE WRITING IN THE SAND
  • December Two installations, THE WRITING THAT FELL OFF THE WALL (1997) and GARDEN OF WORDS 1 (1997), at the Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
  • 2001 An installation entitled WINDFALL, made for the main atrium of the new NEDCOR HEADQUARTERS, Sandton
  • A selection of older work to be exhibited at an exhibition entitled "The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa", first to be held in Germany and later to tour the United States
  • An installation entitled UMHLABATHI consisting of 200 handfuls of South African soil, made for the main entrance to the new parliament building of the Mpumalanga legislature
  • June, a work entitled PANIFICE made for the 49th Venice Biennale as part of an exhibition entitled "Authentic/Ex-centric: Africa in and Africa Out Africa)


  • 2000/1 INDEX OF (B)REACHINGS - the exhibition and text on compact disk, University of the Witwatersrand.

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