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Contemporary African Art : World of Art - Sidney Littlefield Kasfir

Contemporary African Art

World of Art

Paperback Published: 1st February 2000
ISBN: 9780500203286
Number Of Pages: 224

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The twentieth century has been a period of major disruption for traditional institutions in Africa. But even as old forms of art patronage were being suppressed, new avenues of artistic expression opened up. Postcolonial art in Africa has built seamlessly upon already existing structures in which precolonial and colonial genres of African art were made. It is in this sense, and in the habits and attitudes of artists towards making art, rather than in any adherence to a particular style, medium, technique, or thematic range, that the art is recognizably "African."

Mainstream European and American art continues to dominate the bookshelves, African art has a presence, but often coverage takes the form of surveys of traditional, 'tribal' art. Contemporary African art is, however, alive and kicking and this book tackles its enormous cultural diversity with a thematic approach to some major issues affecting contemporary art practice in Africa since the 1950s. A very diverse and vibrant tradition emerges in this valuable addition to the World of Art series. (Kirkus UK)

Prefacep. 7
Introductionp. 9
New Genres: Inventing African Popular Culturep. 18
Transforming the Workshopp. 48
Patrons and Mediatorsp. 64
Art and Commodityp. 102
The African Artist: Shifting Identities in the Postcolonial Worldp. 124
The Idea of a National Culture: Decolonizing African Artp. 166
Migration and Displacementp. 190
Bibliographyp. 214
List of Illustrationsp. 218
Indexp. 222
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ISBN: 9780500203286
ISBN-10: 0500203288
Series: World of Art
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st February 2000
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1