A Companion to Modern African Art by Gitti Salami

By Gitti Salami

Offering a wealth of views on African sleek and Modernist artwork from the mid-nineteenth century to the current, this new better half positive aspects essays via African, eu, and North American authors who determine the paintings of person artists in addition to exploring broader topics comparable to discoveries of latest applied sciences and globalization.

  • A pioneering continent-based evaluation of contemporary artwork and modernity throughout Africa
  • Includes unique and formerly unpublished fieldwork-based material
  • Features new and complicated theoretical arguments in regards to the nature of modernity and Modernism
  • Addresses a commonly stated hole within the literature on African Art

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As European empires did not ­establish control over most of their African colonies until the last decades of the ­century, Africans were able to freely select concepts, practices, and material objects offered by foreign cultures and integrate them into their own societies in novel, ­innovative ways. “Loango Coast Ivories and the Legacies of Afro-Portuguese Arts,” by Nichole N. ” She describes sculpted ivories produced by Kongo (Vili) artists, sometimes in settings such as the 1901 Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

Habermas, Jürgen (1998). , The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture, pp. 1–16. New York: The New Press. Hassan, Salah and Iftikhar Dadi, eds. (2001). Unpacking Europe: Towards a Critical Reading. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam with NAI. Hess, Janet Berry (2006). Art and Architecture in Postcolonial Africa. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. Karnouk, Liliane (2005). Modern Egyptian Art 1910–2003. Cairo, Egypt: AUC Press. Kasfir, Sidney Littlefield (1999). Contemporary African Art.

Sally Price’s review of the Musée du Quai Branly, which opened its doors in Paris in 2006, forms Part VIII. ” She notes that references to Africa’s colonial subjugation by France have been removed from the museum, while signs of African modernity are still impossible to locate in its permanent displays. Part IX investigates recent intersections of local expression and global identity, ­providing glimpses into the complex contexts of diverse African art worlds of the twenty-first century. In some cases authors explore readings and misreadings of ­contemporary art by critics who have little to no understanding of the social and ­cultural milieu for which it was created.

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