Karel Nel

African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

National Museum of African Arts, Smithsonian, Washington DC
20 June – 9 December, 2012

The ground-breaking exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts is now accompanied by a beautifully illustrated and scholarly publication of the same name, which is available at the National Museum of African Arts' shop. Produced by Senior curator Christine Mullen Kreamer, it also has a contribution by Karel Nel.

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Selected Texts on Karel Nel

2012 African Cosmos / Stellar Arts: Christine Mullen Kramer, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
2011 Life of bone: art meets science: Burroughs, E. “Cartographer of consciousness: Karel Nel” Edited by Brenner, J. Burroughs, E. Nel, K. Wits University Press, Johannesburg
2009 COSMOS: Scoville, N. “Penelope and the Cosmos” and Nel, K. “Disrupted Knowledge”. Circa on Jellicoe: Johannesburg
2007 Lost Light: Fugitive Images from Deep Space: Maurice, E. “Light, Dust, Leaves and Currency: The Work of Karel Nel” and De la Porte, J.P. “The Secret Life of Forms”. Exhibition catalogue, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
2004 Studio International Visual Arts, Design and Architecture Yearbook, special issue, Vol.203 no. 1026: Mckenzie, J. “The Status of Dust”. The Studio Trust: New York
2002 Status of Dust: Bunn, D. “Breath Alphabet: Karel Nel and the History of Division” and Dubow, J. “A Profane Spirituality, A Radical Materiality”. Exhibition catalogue: Art First, London
1993 Transforming Symbols: Doepel, R. Foundation for the Creative Arts, Johannesburg

Selected Texts by Karel Nel

2018 Re/Disccovery and Memory: The Works of Kumalo, Legae, Nitegeka & Villa', Elizabeth Burroughs and Karel Nel, Norval Foundation, Cape Town
2012 Nel, K. “The Cosmos and Africa: Balancing Data and the Poetics of Knowledge” In Kreamer, C. (ed) African Cosmos / Stellar Arts: African Cultural Astronomy from Antiquity to the Present, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
2011 Nel, K. “Matter out of Place: four new pieces”In Brenner, J. Burroughs, E. Nel, K. (eds) Life of bone: art meets science, Wits University Press, Johannesburg
  Nel, K. “Migratory aesthetics: the art of the cattle cultures of Southern Africa “ (chapter) In Petridis, C (ed) The Art of Daily Life: Portable Objects from Southeast Africa, 5 continents editions: Milan
  Nel, K. “Reflective Field” In Freschi, F. (ed). Water: The [Delicate] Thread Of Life, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
2010 Nel, K. “Self, Land and Power: the art of Alan Crump” Freschi, F. (ed). Alan Crump, A fearless Vision, Johannesburg Art Gallery: Johannesburg
2009 Nel, K. Introduction (Vol 1) In Berman, E. Nel, K. (eds) Alexis Preller: Africa, the Sun and Shadows, Shelf Publishing, Johannesburg
  Nel, K. ‘All Africa”; “The Family”; “Discovery”; “You will never know”; “The Unfinished Mudief” (Vol 2) Berman, E. Nel, K. (eds). Alexis Preller: Collected Images, Shelf Publishing, Johannesburg
  Nel, K. “Co-Ordinates” In Charlton, J. (ed). Signature Pieces, Bell Roberts Publishing: Cape Town
2008 Nel, K and Christopher, N. “Beyond the Line – Johannesburg” In Christopher, N. (ed) Beyond the Line, Wits School of Arts: Johannesburg
2007 Nel K. “Shangaan: In Search of a Genealogy” In Leibhammer, N. (ed) Dungamanzi, Stirring waters, Wits University press: Johannesburg
  Nel, K. “Meneghelli: bold collector of the unexpected” In My Life, My Collection: memoir and selected pieces from the collection of Vittorino Meneghelli, Totem Galleries: South Africa
2006 Nel, K. “A New Language Distilled” In Art South Africa V4.4
2005 Nel, K. “Edoardo Villa: creating an African Presence” and Nel, K. and Von Maltitz, A. “Edoardo Villa: A Life Considered” and Nel, K. and Sack, M. “Villa, Johannesburg and the modernist context” In Nel, K. Burroughs, E. Vo Maltitz, A. (eds) Villa at 90, Jonathan Ball Publishers with Shelf Publishing, Johannesburg
  Nel, K. “Re-Wired” (foreword) In Arment, D. & Fick-Jordaan, M. Wired: Contemporary Zulu Telephone Wire Baskets, Museum of New Mexico Press: USA
2004 Nel, K. “Ferocious Beauty” In Nettleton, A. Charlton, J. Rankin-Smith, F. (eds) Voice-Overs: Wits Writings exploring African Artworks, University of the Witwatersrand Art Galleries: Johannesburg
2003 Nel, K. “Headrests and Hair Ornaments: Signifying More than Status” In Sieber, R. and Herreman, F. (eds) Hair in African Art and Culture, Prestel / Museum for African Art: New York
2002 Nel, K. “Consonant with cattle-culture: the art of the portable” In Klopper, S. and Nel, K. The Art of South East Africa: From the Conru Collection, 5 Continents editions: Milan
  Nel, K. “Southern African artifacts in the Horstmann Collection” In Bassani, E. Power of Form: African Art from the Horstmann Collection, Skira: Milan
  Nel, K. “Towards a Southern African Aesthetic” In Ubuntu: arts et cultures d’Afrique du Sud, Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Musee national des arts d’Afrique et d’Oceanie/Musee de l’homme: France
  Nel, K. “Off the Wall” and “Constructing Likeness” In Joni Brenner Infra-red exhibition catalogue, NAC/Anglo American Chairman’s Fund/Gertrude Posel Gallery: Johannesburg
  Nel, K. “Re-inventing the present” In FNB Vita Craft Now Awards, exhibition catalogue, Johannesburg
2000 Nel, K. “The way of Stone: to move a stone is to change the world” In Volcanic Texts, exhibition catalogue: Art First, London.
1998 Nel, K. “Swazi Umntfwana: Swazi evocations of the child” and Nel, K. and Leibhammer, N. “The puzzle of the pendant figures”
  Becker, R. Dell, E. (eds) Evocations of the child: fertility figures of the southern African region, Human and Rousseau, Cape Town
1995 Nel, K. Catalogue entries for southern African tobacco pipes and snuff containers In Phillips, T. (ed) Africa: The Art of a Continent, Prestel: Munich
1990 Nel, K. and Givon, L. Cyprian Shilakoe (1946-1972), Standard Bank National Arts Festival: South Africa