Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Communications, Media and Culture Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Artists’ Signatures on prints: Origins, uses and abuses with reference to South African examples
Author(s): Hadland, Adrian
Dolby, Joe
Prosalendis, Sandra
Contact Email:
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Hadland A, Dolby J & Prosalendis S (2007) Artists’ Signatures on prints: Origins, uses and abuses with reference to South African examples, De Arte, 42 (75), pp. 15-24.
Abstract: Several important South African role-players including Iziko Museums of Cape Town, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Sanlam, launched an internet database in 2006 aimed at capturing local artists' signatures and monograms. This was done on the basis that the assignment of value to art is a necessary component of human development and nation-building. As the database, known as the Artist Signatures Project, notes: 'When value has been assigned with critical sensitivity, it enables artists to be nurtured, their work to be recorded and made more accessible, identities to be defined and tradition and heritage to be celebrated. More specifically, it allows the critical contributions artists make to the recharging of the public imagination to be recognised' (Artist Signatures Project, 2006). In constructing the database, sorting through thousands of prints in the National Gallery and in the private collections of the HSRC and Sanlam, the rich history and complexity of the practice of signing printed works became evident. This paper introduces some of these elements with a particular focus on a range of examples South Africa has to offer.
DOI Link:
Rights: The publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Artists signatures on prints Origins uses and abuses with reference to South African examples.pdf651.97 kBAdobe PDFUnder Permanent Embargo    Request a copy

Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependent on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.