Art-Movie-Book is a lifestyle blog about creative people, their work and their stories by creative director and blogger Rachika Marx-Badenhorst. We want to create a community of people interested in the art of living.

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John Adams / A man of many colours

John Adams wears his heart on his sleeve. This is not exactly what you would expect when you see him from a distance.  If we just added a couple of tattoos and a few piercings, no one will blame you for picturing him in an EFC fighting ring, but instead…

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Louis Olivier / Taming the bronze workhorse

Art-Movie-Book spent the day with Louis Olivier at his studio – The Workhorse Bronze Foundry – on casting day and oh my word!!! What an incredible, all consuming experience to be in that spectacular space, where all the magic happens. This old industrial space, was given a second chance at life…

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Pilgrim / Lehlogonolo Mashaba. Nathan Vuuren. Louis Olivier.

Art-Movie-Book attended the opening night of Pilgrim – the three-man exhibition currently showing at Lizamore & Associates on the gallery strip in Rosebank. Louis Olivier, Lehlogonolo Mashaba and Nathan Vuuren each individually explore the pilgrimage of the human figure, through sculpture, painting printmaking and collage, each drawing from their own…

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The Lacuna / Barbara Kingsolver

I have been traveling through Mexico with a guy called Harrison Shepherd for the past couple of weeks and it has been glorious! I had dinner with Diego, lunch with Frida and breakfast with Lev, walked through the ancient ruins of the Aztecs and experienced the Anti-Communist purge under Truman…

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Dominique Botha and Lauren Beukes / Two award winning authors

I walked into the room where I was to meet the two winners of the University of Johannesburg literary awards. A woman sat on a barstool, gazing out of the panoramic window at the Joburg skyline straight after a Highveld thunderstorm. She was elegant and graceful in her designer 1950’s…

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Something’s cooking with J’Something

J’Something is currently better known for his role as the lead singer of the multi-award winning soulful House band Mi Casa. Always a fan favourite, Joao’s passion and determination is evident in his success and ability to draw a crowd to their feet. So I think it’s safe to say…

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Federico Freschi / From Dean’s office to opera stage

It is always so much harder to write about individuals who are exceptionally well qualified and who hold highly regarded positions. Writing about an Academic takes it one step further on the scale of don’t go there and then there is Federico Freschi. He will probably deny this statement, but…

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Thys Uys / The art of ink

None of us at Art-Movie-Book took the plunge and got any new tattoos this week, but we did find the best guy for the job. Thys Uys is an exceptional tattoo artist and the owner of Fallen heroes – the infamous tattoo studio in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. For most of us…