New Book on the Butcher Boys

Iziko South African National Gallery

Jane Alexander’s Butcher Boys: an iconic sculpture and its conservation



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The Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) is pleased to announce the publication of a new book on the work of South African artist Jane Alexander. Titled Butcher Boys: an iconic sculpture and its conservation, the book looks at the materiality of the artwork, Butcher Boys, in conversation with the artist.

Jane Alexander is one of the most highly-regarded contemporary artists in South Africa. Her sculpture, Butcher Boys, exhibited in the ISANG, has been acclaimed as an iconic artwork and has gained an international reputation. 

This materially-complex and fragile work was created while the artist was a student completing her Master’s degree in Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand in the mid-1980s. As with many mixed-media sculptures, this work presents many challenges with regard to its display, on-going care and future preservation. This publication aims to document the materiality of the work in conversation with the artist and consider preventive conservation issues in order to provide an educational resource for conservators and curators, as well as learners and visitors to the Gallery.

The book is available at Iziko South African National Gallery and select book stores from the 5th November 2020. It retails for R220 a copy, and is available to students (with a valid student card) at R180. 

This is a non-profit initiative and proceeds will go towards an Iziko South African National Gallery Conservation initiative.
For further information please contact: Angela Zehnder at / or on 082 463 3554.





Issued by: Ellen Agnew
Communications Coordinator: Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: 021 481 3830 Email:
Issued on behalf of the Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa

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