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Images courtesy of Michael Hall & Pierre van der Spuy

Artist Biography

Wilma Cruise uses the body as the vehicle for the exploration of meaning. The body provides the metaphorical link between unconscious realities and the conscious known world. Her sculptures are rendered in expressive life-size figures in bronze and ceramic which in recent years have included animals such as horses and sheep. In collaboration with David Krut Arts Resource she has produced a body of work on paper that incorporates the figure, animals and text.

Cruise has had eleven one-person shows and curated several others. She has won awards including Architect's Project Award in 2000 for the Women's Monument at the Union Buildings, the Quarterly Vita Award in 1993 for Nicholas - October 1990 and the Lorenzo il Magnifico Award at the Biennale Internazionale Dell’arte Contemporanea, Florence.

Her works include The l Suite. This suite of works includes installations and a series of mono-prints made in collaboration with David Krut Arts Resource and the commission Sheep May Safely Graze: the Return of the Bultfontein Sheep for the Oliewenhuis Museum in Bloemfontein. Another public work The Right to Life was installed at the Constitutional Court in 2004.

Her work is represented in The South African National Gallery, the Corobrik Collection, the Pretoria Art Museum, The Durban Art Museum, the University of South Africa, MTN, the Billiton Collection, Standard Bank and the Constitutional Court.

Artist CV

Born 1945 in Johannesburg.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1966: Transvaal Teachers Higher Diploma (JCE)
  • 1969: BA (Hons) (Wits)
  • 1989: BA (FA) (Cum Laude) (UNISA)
  • 1997: MA (FA) (Cum Laude) (UNISA)
  • 2017: PhD University of Stellenbosch

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020: 1984: Fight or Flight? Recycle Re-use Re-con(figure), Everard Read, Cape Town, May.
  • 2019: Some are more equal than others, RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel, 3– 20 March.
  • 2018: Ha De Da in collaboration with Louis Olivier, IsArt Gallery, Franschoek, 14 January – 18 February.
  • 2016: The 8th Square, Cavalli Gallery, Cavalli Wine Estate, Somerset West, 6 November – 4 December.
  • 2016: Six impossible things before breakfast, Gallery University of Stellenbosch 9 November – 24 December.
  • 2015: Red Queen to Play, Clay Museum Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Durbanville.
  • 2015: Advice from a Caterpillar David Krut Projects, Arts on Main Johannesburg and Cape Town.
  • 2014: Menagerie at Tokara. The sculpture garden at Tokara Wine Estate, 16 March - October. Curated by Ilse Schemers.
  • 2013 - 2014: Will you, won’t you, will you join the dance? National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, 27 June to 7 July and Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein July – August 2014.
  • 2012: The Alice Diaries Solo exhibition at Circa on Jellicoe, Johannesburg, 24 July - 27 August 2012
  • 2011: Wilma Cruise at Wildekrans Country House. Houhoek, 29 October - Easter 2012.
  • 2011: Alice and The Animals. University of the North West Art Gallery, Potchefstroom, 13 – 31 October.
  • 2011: The Animals in Alice. iArt Gallery, Wembley Square, Cape Town. 19 July – 17 August.
  • 2007 - 2009: Cocks, Asses &…(I can’t hear), University of Johannesburg Art Gallery 7 - 28 November 2007; Kizo Art Gallery, Durban, 20 June – 28 July 2008; White River Art Gallery March – April 2009; Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Reservoir), Bloemfontein, 7 July – 16 August 2009; iArt Gallery, Cape Town, 9 November – 11 December 2009.
  • 2008: SPLIT LON.NY.JHB. David Krut Projects, Johannesburg.
  • 2006: Cruise at Krut: Wilma Cruise Works on Paper, Johannesburg, 5 August – 23 September.
  • 2001: HYS. SUSP.text/image/sound. Millennium Gallery, Pretoria May 30 - June 27.
  • 2000: rapRACK. Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, 10 June - 1 July.
  • 1998: Mirroring ourselves (with Regi Bardavid). AVA Gallery, Cape Town, 16 November - 5 December.
  • 1997: Continuous projection. African Window Museum, Pretoria, 30 September – 30 October.
  • 1996: John’s wife. First Gallery, Parkhurst, Johannesburg, 23 April - 11 May.
  • 1993: Nicholas - October 1990. Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, April 17 – May 8th.
  • 1991: Jacobs and Liknaitsky Gallery, Cape Town.
  • 1990: Untitled: (everlasting nothingness made visible), Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, 7 – 27 October.
  • 1987: Portrait of my friends and other animals. Beuster-Skolimowski Gallery, Pretoria, 2 – 14 August.
  • 1985: Sylvester in September. Beuster-Skolimowski Gallery, Pretoria 15 – 27 September.
  • 1985: All those lonely people. Things Gallery, Johannesburg, 27 May – 10 June.
  • 1983: Collection. Beuster-Skolimowski Gallery, Pretoria. 30 January – 11 February.

As Curator

  • 2018: TableScapes. Ceramic Exhibition (Hennie Meyer, Ann Marais, Clementina van der Walt, Wiebke von Bismark & Wilma Cruise) at FynArts Gallery, Hermanus, 11 December 2018 – 13 January 2019
  • 2015: Outdoors at Alphen in conjunction with Ceramics Southern Africa. Alphen Hotel, Cape Town
  • 2014: Outdoors at Alphen in conjunction with Ceramics Southern Africa. Alphen Hotel, Cape Town
  • 2004: Earthworks/Claybodies. (Deborah Bell, Wilma Cruise, Guy du Toit, Petros Gumbi). Sasol Art Museum, University of Stellenbosch - September 2004
  • 2003: Earthworks/Claybodies. (Deborah Bell, Wilma Cruise, Guy du Toit, Josephine Ghesa). Pretoria Art Museum, 16 March - 26 May, Standard Bank Gallery, 2004
  • 1999: (Re)figuring abstraction. (Regi Bardavid, Jenni Stadler, Pascual Tarazona), Sandton Civic Gallery, October - November.
  • 1995: Space/(Dis)Place. Africus Biennale, Johannesburg, (artist and curator).
  • 1992: Edges. Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg (artist and curator).
  • 1991: The contemporary vessel. Karen McKerron Gallery, Bryanston, (artist and curator).

Group Exhibitions

  • 2020: Against Interpretation, Everard Read London, May–June 2020.
  • 2020: Staring Straight to the Future, Everard Read London, 3 – 23 April 2020.
  • 2020: Bronze, Steel, Stone and Bone, Everard Read London, 28 February – 16 May 2020.
  • 2019: Connected by Fire, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, 12 November – 13 December.
  • 2017: Bronze, Steel and Stone II Everard Read, London.
  • 2016: Bronze, Steel and Stone Circa, London, 9 September – 8 October.
  • 2016: Animal Exhibition of sculpture at Tokara Delicatessen curated by Ilse Schermers Tokara, Winter.
  • 2016: Johannesburg Art Fair, stand curated by Everard Read, 8 – 11 September.
  • 2016: Turbine Art Fair, stand curated by ArtSource, 14 – 17 July.
  • 2016: Sculpture on the cliffs FynArts Festival Hermanus, June.
  • 2016: Summer Sculpture Everard Read, Mt Nelson, Cape Town 2015 – 2016.
  • 2016: That Art Fair, stand curated by Maik Kobald, February.
  • 2015: Bronze, Steel and Stone Everard Read, Johannesburg, November.
  • 2015: (In) The Nature of Things. FynArts Festival Hermanus, 5–16 June 2015.
  • 2015: Slow Violence. GUS Stellenbosch, 30 March – 23 May 2015.
  • 2015: The Princess in the Veld, Curated by Adele Adendorff, Klein Karoo Nasionale kunstefees Outshoorn 2–12 April.
  • 2015: Carved Relief Print Group Exhibition, David Krut Projects Johannesburg February
  • 2015: IS Sculpture @ Tokara, December 2014 – March 2015
  • 2015: Summer Sculpture III Everard Read, Mt Nelson, Cape Town 2014 – 2015
  • 2014: Play at Nirox, Johannesburg. 11 October.
  • 2013: 7th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea September 2013 – January 2014
  • 2013: Everard Read Centenary Exhibition, Johannesburg. September
  • 2013: Re-envisioning the Anglo-Boer (South African) War. Curated by Angela de Jesus and Janine Allen. Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery and The War Museum of the Boer Republics, Bloemfontein. July.
  • 2013: Alice and Wonderland. Kaemer Family Galley, Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, USA April 5 – 28.
  • 2013: Figuration and Negation. Fried Contemporary, Pretoria. Feb - March
  • 2012: The Rainbow Nation: Contemporary Sculpture from South Africa. Beelden aan Zee and Lange Voorhout, The Hague, Holland, 29 May to 9 September.
  • 2011: Selected Editions and Works on Paper. David Krut Projects, Cape Town 10 December to 28 January.
  • 2011: Horse: Multiple Views of a Singular Beast. Curated by Ricky Burnett. Circa on Jellicoe, Johannesburg, 8 September to 30 October.
  • 2011: IS Sculpture at Tokara Delicatessen. Curated by Ilse Schemers. Nr Stellenbosch. 30 October.
  • 2011: Cruise, Kentridge, Ox, Victor, Wilsenach. Curated by Basie Botha. Trent Gallery at Cameo Framers, Pretoria, 21 October – 2 November.
  • 2011: Wilma Cruise, Frikkie Eksteen and Robert Hodgins. Curated by Basie Botha. Trent Gallery at Cameo Framers, Pretoria, 14 April – 4 May.
  • 2011: Art on Paper. Kalk Bay Modern, Cape Town, 18 October.
  • 2011: The 2011 Sovereign African Art Prize. Johannesburg Art Fair, Tokara, Artscape.
  • 2011: Le Quartier Francais Is Art and Ebony Literary Festival Exhibition. Franschhoek, 13 - 21 May.
  • 2010: HERITAGE 2010. Curated by Albie Bailey, Paarl, 23 September - 09 October.
  • 2010: Painters who Print. The Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschhoek, 31 October – 1 December.
  • 2010: L'Origine du monde - this is not a porn song. Curated by Paul Boulitreau, Aardklop National Art Festival, 27th August- 2nd September.
  • 2010: Bodies in Transition. Curated by Elfrieda Dreyer. Fried Contemporary, Pretoria. 4 February – 7 March.
  • 2010: Transitions. Gallery 2, Johannesburg. 8 May.
  • 2009: ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, 7th October to 29th October 2009
  • 2005: Art From Two Metropoles. Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, 30 July – 19 August.
  • 2003: Brett Kebble Art Awards, Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town.
  • 2002: Male Order. Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Touring exhibition.
  • 2002: Art Exhibition - The Spacing, UNISA, Sunnyside Campus, Pretoria, 7 September -15 October.
  • 2002: Manuscript Exhibition 4. Boekehuis, Johannesburg, 7 - 28 September.
  • 2002: TransCultural Exchange Coaster Project - Destination the World. Open Window Art Gallery, Pretoria and Trattoria San Lorenzo Rivonia, March 8 – 17.
  • 2001: Biennale Internazionale Dell’arte Contemporanea, Florence, 7 - 16 December.
  • 2001: Observations (with Guy du Toit and Dianne Victor). The Open Window Art Gallery, Pretoria, 12-29 September.
  • 2001: Launch of Millennium II - Johannesburg. Millennium II Gallery, Johannesburg 23 June
  • 2001: M.E. III Manuscripts. Standard Bank Festival of the Arts, Grahamstown, 29 June - 5 July.
  • 2000: Conversations….2000. Wordfest, Standard Bank Festival of the Arts, Grahamstown.
  • 2000: Water Colour Society Of South Africa, (Guest Exhibitor). Norscot Manor, Sandton October.
  • 2000: MANUSCRIPT II. Boekehuis, Melville, Johannesburg (Sept. October); Centre For The Book, Cape Town (December); Oliewenhuis National Museum, Bloemfontein (February - March 20001)
  • 1999: Manuscript Exhibition. Carfax, Johannesburg, 20 November - 4 December; Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg and Durban 2000.
  • 1999: The Paper show (curated by Peter Schutz). Goodman Gallery, 10 July - 7 August.
  • 1999: Equus, Pretoria, January.
  • 1998: The art of giving. Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg, 28 November.
  • 1998: Aardklop, Potchefstroom.
  • 1998: Women’s Day. Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg, 22 August.
  • 1998: Buttons curated by Gordon Froud. The Civic Gallery, Johannesburg, 14 July.
  • 1998: Nearer than bronze: works in paper. Sandton Civic Gallery, Sandton, April - May.
  • 1998: Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, April.
  • 1997: Havana Biennale, Cuba, April-May.
  • 1997: A little big thing. Erotic miniatures at The Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg, September- October.
  • 1996: Contemporary South African Art from the South African National Gallery Permanent Collection, Cape Town, December
  • 1996: An exhibition of books by people who don’t write: Artist’s books from the Ginsburg Collection, Johannesburg Art Gallery, August.
  • 1996: Past and present. Exhibition of past and present UNISA lecturers, Pretoria.
  • 1996: Kempton Park/Tembisa Fine Arts Awards, Kempton Park.
  • 1994-5: Havana Biennale, Cuba
  • 1995: Kempton Park/Tembisa Fine Arts Awards, Kempton Park.
  • 1994: Anything boxed. Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 1994: Exhibition of new work by the 1993 winners of the FNB Vita Now competition. Civic Theatre Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 1994: Exhibition of maquettes and sketches for art commissions. Civic Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg. (Finalist with Russell Scott for The Theatre Horse. Co-awardees - Dianne Victor and Reshada Crouse).
  • 1994: FNB Art Vita Now. Johannesburg Art Gallery (Quarterly Award) Institute of Contemporary Art, Johannesburg.
  • 1993: The joy is in the making. Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 1991: Cape Town Triennial. Travelling exhibition.
  • 1991: Vita Art Now. Johannesburg Art Gallery.
  • 1989: Vita Art Now.- Johannesburg Art Gallery.
  • 1989: Artists’ Mirror Competition. Karen McKerron Gallery. (First Prize)
  • 1988: Cape Town Triennial. Travelling exhibition.
  • 1988: Two-person exhibition, Karen McKerron Gallery, Bryanston.
  • 1988: Clay plus. UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria.
  • 1988: Detainee Parents’ Support Committee Exhibition. Market Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 1987: Figurative ceramics and decorated textiles. The Annexe, South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
  • 1987: Recent trends in ceramics. South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
  • 1984: Teapot exhibition. Things Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 1984: Invited Potters. NSA Gallery, Durban; William Humphrey Gallery, Kimberly.
  • 1982: An Exhibition of Ceramic Sculpture and Porcelain. (Two-person exhibition), Trevor Coleman Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 1981: In Doors, Out Doors. (Two-person exhibition), Beuster-Skolimowski Gallery, Pretoria.
  • 1981: Ersnt de Jongh Gallery, Pretoria.
  • 1980: Six potters explore raku. Trevor Coleman Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 1980: Carriage House Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 1980: Beuster-Skolimowski Gallery, Pretoria.
  • 1979: Beuster-Skolimowski Gallery, Pretoria.

Residencies and workshops

  • 2009: Artspace Mentorship Programme Mentor: Wilma Cruise. Mentee: Louis Olivier 19 to 30 September.
  • 2007: Lower Eastside Printshop, New York, March (supported by David Krut Projects).
  • 2007: Guest, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
  • 2004: Guest lecturer, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, July – September.
  • 1998: Artist-in-residence, Standard Bank Festival of Arts, Grahamstown.
  • 1997: European contemporary art in the point of intersection between contemporary cultures and nations. Ryn, Poland, July 1997
  • 1997: Havana Biennale, Cuba. April-May.

Public and Corporate Collections

  • Iziko (South African National Gallery)
  • Durban Art Museum
  • Pretoria Art Museum
  • University of South Africa Collection
  • Corobrik Collection
  • Polokwane Municipal Collection
  • Billiton
  • MTN
  • Constitutional Court
  • Standard Bank Gallery
  • Sasol
  • Sasol University Museum, Stellenbosch
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Rand Merchant Bank
  • University of the North West
  • War Museum Bloemfontein.
  • Ellerman House, Cape Town

Site Specific Works

  • 2020: Kom sit 2020 in The Vertical Animal, curator Gavin Younge as part of Sculpture on the cliffs FynArts Festival, Hermanus, June.
  • 2016: Sculpture on the cliffs FynArts Festival Hermanus, June.
  • 2014: Noordhoek Common November
  • 2013: Trek and Good Grief. Plettenberg Bay Site_Specific Project, August.
  • 2008: The Memorial to the Slaves, Church Square, Cape Town, in collaboration with Gavin Younge.
  • 2006: For the Miners: A Health and Safety Tree. For Switching on the Lights. Anglo American, 4 December 2006, in collaboration with Gavin Younge.
  • 2006: Ancestor. Department of Science and Technology, Pretoria, in collaboration with Gavin Younge
  • 2004 – 2005: Sheep May Safely Graze: The Return Of The Bultfontein Sheep, Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein.
  • 2004: The Right To Life. Constitutional Court, Johannesburg.
  • 2000: Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ Imbokodo; Strike The Woman Strike The Rock. A Monument to celebrate the women’s march on The Union Buildings on 9th August 1956 (with Marcus Holmes), Union Buildings, Pretoria.
  • 1998: Speaking Loudly: Listening Intently, MTN.
  • 1979: FNB Drilling
  • 1975: Mono Die Engineers

Awards

  • 2016 BASA & NAFTA Arts Journalism Silver Award – features.
  • 2011: Sovereign African Art Prize (Shortlisted).
  • 2008: Sasol Wax Art Awards (Shortlisted).
  • 2001: Lorenzo il Magnifico Award 4h place digital art section. Biennale Internazionale Dell’arte Contemporanea, Florence.
  • 2000: Architects’ Project Award for Women’s Monument, Union Buildings, Pretoria.
  • 1998: Chancellor’s Club Scholarship, UNISA
  • 1993: Quarterly Vita Art Now Award. (Co-recipient Steven Cohen).
  • 1992: Corobrik Award - 1st Biennial Ceramics Exhibition.
  • 1992: Address in Acknowledgement of Excellence in Service to the Local Cultural Community, Regional Council for Cultural Affairs Southern Transvaal.
  • 1990: Faculty Medal for Academic Achievement, UNISA.
  • 1989: Artist’s Mirror Competition, Karen McKerron Gallery, Bryanston.
  • 1989: Standard Bank Merit Award, UNISA.
  • 1986: Transvaal Regional Ceramic Exhibition - Highly Commended

References

  • Adendorff, A. 2015. The Princess in the Veld (Catalogue for Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees Outshoorn 2–12 April.)
  • Arnold, M. 1996. Women and Art in South Africa. Claremont: David Philip Publishers.
  • Arnold, M. and Schahmann, B (eds) 2005. Between Union and Liberation: Women artists in South Africa 1910 to 1994. Eldershot: Ashgate.
  • Africus: Johannesburg Biennale. 1995. Johannesburg: (Catalogue for an exhibition held in the city of Johannesburg, 28 February to 30 April.)
  • Becker, R. 2001. The new monument to the women of South Africa. African Arts. Vol XXXIII, Number 4: 2 - 9.
  • Brown, C. 2002. Male Order. (Catalogue for Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Touring exhibition).
  • Cape Town Triennial. 1991. Cape Town: Rembrandt van Rijn Art Foundation. (Catalogue produced for a travelling exhibition of South African art.)
  • Clay +. 1988. Pretoria: University of South Africa. (Catalogue produced for an exhibition held at the Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria, 7 July - 20 August): 16.
  • Coombes, Annie E. 2003. History after Apartheid: Visual Culture and Public Memory in a Democratic South Africa. Johannesburg: Wits University Press: 106 - 115.
  • Coombes, Annie E. Skin Deep/ Bodies of Evidence: The Work of Berni Searle in Hassan, Salah M. and Oguibe, Olu. 2001. Authentic/ Ex-centric: Conceptualism in Contemporary African Art. Forum for African Arts, Ithaca, NY: 194.
  • Contemporary South African art 1985 - 1995 from the South African National Gallery Permanent Collection. 1997. (Catalogue for an exhibition held at the South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 24 December 1996 - 31 March 1997.)
  • Cruise, W. 2000. rapRACK: Wilma Cruise. National Ceramics Quarterly 53 Spring.
  • Cruise, W. 1997. Wilma Cruise Sculptures 1990 - 1996. Johannesburg: Wilma Cruise and Russell Lund.
  • Cruise, W. and Hemp, D. 1991. Contemporary Ceramics in South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Winchester.
  • Earthworks/Claybodies. 2003. (Catalogue produced for an exhibition held at the Pretoria Art Museum, 16 March - 26 May).
  • Nel, K. 1996. Anthropomorphic vessels: Containers of sexuality and a life. National Ceramics Quarterly 36, June: 7 - 9.
  • Valdes, E. The archaeology of repression: Four South African artists. Art Atlantica (issue unknown).
  • van Tonder, A M. 1994. Stereotypes and spaces in the work of Wilma Cruise. Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree BA Fine Arts at the University of South Africa, Pretoria.
  • Europejska Sztuka Wspólczesna Na Pograniczu Kultur, Narodów Ryn, 9 - 29 VII 1997 r Przyólpracy: Ministerstwa Kultury I Sztuki Wojewody Suwalskiego Mgok Ryn Galerii Sztuki W Rynie
  • Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, Terza Edizione 2001 Catalogue; 176

Publications - Articles

  • Adendorff, A. 2015. The Princess in the Veld (Catalogue for Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees Outshoorn 2–12 April.)
  • Arnold, M. 1996. Women and Art in South Africa. Claremont: David Philip Publishers.
  • Arnold, M. and Schahmann, B (eds.) 2005. Between Union and Liberation: Women artists in South Africa 1910 to 1994. Eldershot: Ashgate.
  • Africus: Johannesburg Biennale. 1995. Johannesburg: (Catalogue for an exhibition held in the city of Johannesburg, 28 February to 30 April.)
  • Becker, R. 2001. The new monument to the women of South Africa. African Arts. Vol XXXIII, Number 4: 2 - 9.
  • Brown, C. 2002. Male Order. (Catalogue for Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Touring exhibition).
  • Partridge, M. A Visit to the Exhibition. Catalogue for an Exhibition, Horse: Multiple Views of a Singular Beast curated by Ricky Burnett at Circa Everard Read, Johannesburg, 8 September to 30 October 2011.
  • Cape Town Triennial. 1991. Cape Town: Rembrandt van Rijn Art Foundation. (Catalogue produced for a traveling exhibition of South African art.)
  • Clay +. 1988. Pretoria: University of South Africa. (Catalogue produced for an exhibition held at the Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria, 7 July - 20 August): 16.
  • Coombes, Annie E. 2003. History after Apartheid: Visual Culture and Public Memory in a Democratic South Africa. Johannesburg: Wits University Press: 106 - 115.
  • Coombes, Annie E. Skin Deep/ Bodies of Evidence: The Work of Berni Searle in Hassan, Salah M. and Oguibe, Olu. 2001. Authentic/ Ex-centric: Conceptualism in Contemporary African Art. Forum for African Arts, Ithaca, NY: 194.
  • Contemporary South African art 1985 - 1995 from the South African National Gallery Permanent Collection. 1997. (Catalogue for an exhibition held at the South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 24 December 1996 - 31 March 1997.)
  • Cruise, W. 2014. Menagerie at Tokara: Some Musings. (Catalogue for an exhibition, Menagerie, at Tokara, nr. Stellenbosch, March to October 2014.)
  • Cruise, W. 2011. Alice by Wilma Cruise. National Ceramics Quarterly 98 Summer, pp 24-27.
  • Cruise, W. 2000. rapRACK: Wilma Cruise. National Ceramics Quarterly 53 Spring.
  • Cruise, W. 1997. Wilma Cruise Sculptures 1990 - 1996. Johannesburg: Wilma Cruise and Russell Lund.
  • Cruise, W. and Hemp, D. 1991. Contemporary Ceramics in South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Winchester.
  • Dahn, J. 2006. Sculptor and Figure. Ceramic Review. 219, May/June: 34-35.
  • de Jesus, A. (ed) 2013. Re-envisioning the Anglo-Boer (South African) War, a catalogue for an exhibition curated by de Jesus, A. and Allen, J. at the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery and The War Museum of the Boer Republics, Bloemfontein. July, Bloemfontein: University of the Free State.
  • Du Preez, Amanda. 2010. Digital catalogue for Bodies in Transition, a group exhibition curated by Elfrieda Dreyer. Fried Contemporary, Pretoria. 4 February – 7 March.
  • Dreyer, E. 2007. Little Deaths catalogue for a traveling exhibition, Little Deaths (with Elfrieda Dreyer and Guy du Toit curated by Elfreida Dreyer) Fried Contemporary, Pretoria 13 February – 10 March and Bell Roberts, Lorensford Estate. Koseff, Lara. 2007. Wilma Cruise’s Mother Goose Suite. The South African Art Times Supplement, August, p.3.
  • Gers, W. 2012. Opening the Treasure Chest. Art South Africa, Vol. 10. Issue 04. Winter, pp. 54 – 59.
  • Hobbs, P. 2006. Picasso and Africa: An Educational Supplement. Johannesburg: Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd.: 10.
  • Law Viljoen, B. 2006. Light on a Hill: Building the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing.
  • Lindeque, Nicole. 2012, Wilma Cruise. Art South Africa, Vol 11. Issue 01 Spring: 84-85.
  • McInnes, J. 2007. Wilma Cruise: A Profile, National Ceramics, 81 Spring. 4 - 9.
  • McInnes, J. 2006. Body Art. The Big Issue, Issue 111. Vol. 10 30.
  • Miller, K. 2011. Selective Silence and the Shaping of Memory in Post-Apartheid Visual
  • Culture: The Case of the Monument to the Women of South Africa. South African Historical Journal. Journal of the Southern African Historical Society. Pretoria: UNISA.
  • Publication details: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rshj20
  • Nel, K. 1996. Anthropomorphic vessels: Containers of sexuality and a life. National Ceramics Quarterly 36, June: 7 - 9.
  • Number Four: The Making of Constitution Hill. 2006. Penguin: Johannesburg and London. P. 217 – 218.
  • Rankin. E. 2006. ‘Material and messages: Sculpture and Mixed media works in the MTN Art Collection’, in Hobbs, P. (ed) Messages and meaning in the MTN Art Collection, Johannesburg: MTN Foundation and David Krut Publishing cc. : 237 - 8
  • Schmahmann, B. 2007. Cocks, Asses &…(I can’t hear), Catalogue for an exhibition at University of Johannesburg Art Gallery. 7-28 November 2007 and Kizo Art Gallery, Durban June – July 2008.
  • Schmahmann, B. 2005. The Sculptures of Wilma Cruise: Fragments and Feminist Transgressions, paper presented at The Fragmented Figure Conference, Cardiff School of Art and Design, UWIC 29 – 30 June.
  • Schmahmann, B. 2004. Through the Looking Glass: Representations of Self by South African Women Artists, Johannesburg: David Krut Publishing.
  • Schmahmann, B. 2002. Bodies in Agitation: Wilma Cruise’s Recent Work, De Arte 66: 4- 19 September.
  • Schmahmann, B. 2003. Initiating In-betweeness: Wilma Cruise’s Claybody Sculptures in Earthworks/Claybodies. (Catalogue produced for an exhibition held at the Pretoria Art Museum, 16 March - 26 May, Standard Bank Gallery and Sasol University Museum 2004).
  • Schoeman, G . 2009 “As for animal being too dumb and stupid to speak for themselves”: Being and nothingness in Wilma Cruise’s Sculptures. In Younge, G. (ed.) 2009 The Urban Animal a catalogue for an exhibition at ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, 2009.
  • Stevens, I. 2014. Wilma Cruise: The Alice Diaries. Ceramics Art and Perception. No. 96.
  • Stevens, I. 2003. Earthworks/Claybodies. National Ceramics Quarterly 64, Winter: 11 - 14.
  • Tully, A-M. 2012. The Alice Sequence in The Alice Diaries, a catalogue for an exhibition at Circa on Jellicoe, Johannesburg, 24 July to 25 August.
  • Tully, A-M. 2013. Actions Speak Louder than Words in ‘The Alice Sequence’: A Series of Exhibitions by Wilma Cruise. De Arte 88: 7 – 20.
  • Valdes, E. The archaeology of repression: Four South African artists. Art Atlantica (issue unknown).
  • van Tonder, A M. 1994. Stereotypes and spaces in the work of Wilma Cruise. Dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree BA Fine Arts at the University of South Africa, Pretoria.
  • Europejska Sztuka Wspólczesna Na Pograniczu Kultur, Narodów Ryn, 9 - 29 VII 1997 r Przyólpracy: Ministerstwa Kultury I Sztuki Wojewody Suwalskiego Mgok Ryn Galerii Sztuki W Rynie
  • Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, Terza Edizione 2001 Catalogue; 176
  • Younge, G. 2004. Representing global conflict and transnational trauma—the case of the Legacy Project and its visual arts archive, Keynote Address 20th Meeting of the South African Art & Architectural Association. University of Natal, 23-25 September.
  • Younge, G. 2012. Countdown in The Alice Diaries, a catalogue for an exhibition at Circa on Jellicoe, Johannesburg, 24 July to 25 August.

Publications by Cruise - Articles

  • 2018: “I can’t help but work in installation & multiples” In conversation with Hennie Meyer. Ceramics Art and Perception, No.110 p32–37.
  • 2018: Christo Giles: A quiet Man. Ceramics Southern Africa, Issue 14 Summer 2018.
  • 2018: The Anatomy of a Wood Firing. Ceramics Southern Africa, Issue 13 Spring 2018.
  • 2018: Ha De Da An exhibition by Louis Oliver and Wilma Cruise. Ceramics Southern Africa, Issue 12 Winter 2018.
  • 2016: Nicolene Swanepoel – A life Force Remembered 1962 – 2016. Ceramics Southern Africa Issue 03/2016 – Autumn. 9 – 12.
  • 2014:. Revisiting Alice. Literary Studies Volume 30(4), December. 71 – 90.
  • 2012: Not All Cows are Piebald: Sculpture and Ceramics in South Africa. Interpreting Ceramics Conference. Issue 14.
  • 2012: Ceramics Now - Objects of Desire in Southern Guild a catalogue for an exhibition at Everard Read Gallery 3 August – 9 September: 92 – 95.
  • 2011: Nicolene Swanepoel’s Hybrid Herd. Ceramics Art and Perception, No. 86 p50 – 53.
  • 2007: New York .03.07 De Arte 76: 60 – 64.
  • 2004: The Story of woman with Fish. De Arte 69: 80 – 83.
  • 2004: Katherine Glenday: Painting with Light. Ceramics Art and Perception 57: 85.
  • 2000: On a Grand Scale: Monumental Pots from South Africa, Potter Digby Hoets. Ceramic Review 194. March/April: 34 - 38.
  • 2000: At last: Review of Altech Ceramics Biennale 2000. National Ceramics Quarterly 54 Summer.
  • 2000: rapRACK: Wilma Cruise National Ceramics Quarterly 53 Spring.
  • 1998: Debbie Bell shows the way. National Ceramics Quarterly 45 Spring.
  • 1997: Twenty-five years on: A personal view. National Ceramics 41 (September).
  • 1995: Artists in residence. Africus Biennale. Brochure for the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg (Artists in residence, Reshada Crouse and Philippa Hobbs).
  • 1993: The state of the art: contemporary ceramics in South Africa. Introduction to CraftArt by D. Hemp (ed): 10.
  • 1992: The Chinese water torture method and the first biennial ceramics exhibition: a homily. National Ceramics Quarterly, 22 (December).
  • 1991: Clay spectrum ‘91: a new approach to competition. Ceramix and Craft, October -December.
  • 1991: The camel syndrome. De Arte 45 (April).
  • 1989: Europe after the rain: thoughts provoked by Istanbul. De Arte 39 (April)
  • 1988: Teacups and torsos: objects of confusion. Clay +, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria.
  • 1987: And now for ceramics. Art The Independent Review 1 (Dec).
  • 1987: On judging. Ceramix 1 (July).
  • 1983: Some thoughts on judging. Sgrafitti 32, (March).

Publications - Reviews

  • 2013: No it is. by William Kentridge at Goodman Gallery, Cape Town. Art South Africa, Vol. 11, Issue 03, Autumn: 60.
  • 2009: The Glazecor Gauteng Regional exhibition, University of Pretoria, National Ceramics, Number 90 Summer 2009 p18.
  • 2008: The 2008 Corobrik National Ceramic Exhibition, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, National Ceramics, Number 85, Spring 2008 p11-13
  • 2006: Masquerade, Clementina van der Walt. Interpreting Ceramics. Issue 7, Spring.
  • 2005: Hylton Nel. Stevenson, M. 2003. Cape Town and London Michael Stevenson Contemporary and The Fine Art Society in De Arte 71 April.
  • 2000: William Kentridge. Cameron, D. Christov-Bakargiev, C. and Coetzee, J. M. 1999. London: Phaidon. De Arte 62 September.
  • 1987: Ceramix 1 ( July).
  • 1987: Ceramix 2 (October).
  • 1988: Ceramix 3 (January) : 5, 19 and 22.
  • Ceramix 4 (April).
  • Ceramix and Craft ( July).
  • Ceramix and Craft (October).
  • 1993: Catalogue. Made in wood : work from the Western Cape. De Arte 47 (April).
  • 1996: National Ceramics Quarterly
  • 1986: Sgraffiti 45. Corobrik S.Tvl. Regional Exhibition: 6

Publications - Catalogues

  • 2016: The Alice Manifesto: A catalogue for two exhibitions from the Alice Sequence. (Exhibitions: The 8th Square, Cavalli Gallery, Cavalli Wine Estate, Somerset West, 6 November – 4 December and Six impossible things before breakfast, Gallery University of Stellenbosch 9 November – 24 December.) Published by Wilma Cruise.
  • 2014: Menagerie at Tokara: Some Musings. (Catalogue for an exhibition, Menagerie, at Tokara, nr. Stellenbosch, March to October 2014.)
  • 2011: Sassen, R and Cruise, W. Earth and Ink: Thea Soggot. (Catalogue produced for an exhibition held at the Everard Read Gallery 10 – 28 February 2011). Published by Everard Read Gallery (Pty) Ltd: Johannesburg.
  • 2010: & Pooof! Karin Lijnes at AVA Gallery, Cape Town 6th April – 30th April.
  • 2006: Clementina van der Walt…
  • 2003: Kgodumodumo - the art of Josephine Ghesa in Earthworks/Claybodies. (Catalogue produced for an exhibition held at the Pretoria Art Museum, 16 March - 26 May).
  • 2001: Killing the (M)other - Gail Iris Neke. (Exhibition at the Bell Roberts Gallery, Cape Town).
  • 2001: Hylton Nel in Hillebrand, M. (2001) Hylton Nel Retrospective Exhibition. Port Elizabeth, King George VI Art Gallery.

Publications - Books

  • 2018: Take a Bow – Art and Dog Communication Tydskrif vir Letterkunde (http://journals.assaf.org.za/tvl/), Dogs in Southern African literature, (Eds) Dan Wylie and Joan-Mari Barendse.
  • 2016/17: I'm mad you’re mad we are all mad: The Alice Diaries In Indigenous creatures (Eds) W Woodward and S McHugh, London, New York, Shanghai: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2013: Psychic Unease in Dahn, J. and Jones, J. (Eds.) 2013. Interpreting Ceramics: Selected Essays, Bath: Wunderkamer Press.
  • 2006: Reading Ceramics, in Messages and meaning in the MTN Art Collection, Phillippa Hobbs, (ed) Johannesburg: MTN Foundation and David Krut Publishing cc.
  • 2005: Wilma Cruise. “Breaking the mould: women ceramists in KwaZulu-Natal” in Between Union and Liberation: Women artists in South Africa 1910 to 1994 Marion Arnold and Brenda Schmahmann, (Eds), Eldershot: Ashgate 2005.
  • 1991: Cruise, W. and Hemp, D. 1991. Contemporary Ceramics in South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Winchester.
  • 2000: Cruise, W. 2000. Professional art practice: An artist’s perspective. Study Guide for Department of Art History and Visual Arts, University of South Africa. Pretoria: Unisa 2000

Publications - Papers

  • 2017: Take a Bow – Dog Communication a paper presented at Dogs in Southern African Literatures a conference at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, Stellenbosch University, 11-12 April.
  • 2017: Alice in Hermanus at Fynarts Festival, Hermanus, 12 June.
  • 2015: Take a Bow: The animal in post-humanist thought a paper presented at the Second Annual Oxford Summer School on Animal Ethics, Oxford, July.
  • 2005: Partial Figures and Psychic Unease: An Artist’s Perspective. Fragmented Figure Conference, Cardiff, Wales, June – July.
  • 2005: Sheep, Dogs And The Space Between: Process Explored. International Ceramic Festival, Aberytstwyth, Wales, July.
  • 1997: I love kissing in Cuba: fragments, fractures and figments. Thirteenth annual conference of the South African Association of Art Historians 11 - 13 September University of Stellenbosch.
  • 1995: Space/(Dis)Place and the Africus Biennale. 3rd South African Sculpture Symposium 3-5 July Technokonrand Campus, Pretoria.
  • 1995: Art and craft: an ongoing debate. Eleventh annual conference of the South African Association of Art Historians 5-7 July University of the Witwatersrand.
  • 1992: Contemporary ceramics in South Africa: an overview. Published in Proceedings for the South African Ceramic Society Symposium, Ceramics 2000-International.
  • 1992: Content and Meaning in Ceramics. University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.



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