Caribbean Art (The World of Art)

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The complex and colorful world of Caribbean art reflects the region's African, European, Asian, and native heritage. Despite the ethnic, linguistic, and political diversity of Caribbean artists, there is a cultural unity in their work that distinguishes it in the larger context of North American and Latin American art. Following a discussion of the pre-Columbian and colonial eras, the author describes how pioneering national art movements in the first half of the twentieth century helped to define an indigenous aesthetic, and how revolution, anti-imperialism, and race-consciousness in the turbulent sixties and seventies affected the face of art. There is a strong relationship between Caribbean popular culture and art, and the book explores the importance of African-Caribbean religions such as Voodoo, Santaria, and Rastfarianism, as well as the influence of Trinidad carnival, the Junkanoo masquerade of the Bahamas, and similar traditions. This wonderfully illustrated survey covers a wide range of artists who have lived and worked in the Caribbean, as well as those who have left the islands but whose background plays a significant role in their work, providing a compelling look at a great body of original and imaginative art.

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In this much-needed in-depth study of the Caribbean's rich art history, Belgium-born, Jamaica-based art historian and teacher Veerle Poupeye presents a thoroughly researched, effective and compact view of interwoven indigenous, African, European and Asian influences that fuel the region's vibrant artistic output. Cultures influencedvariously by the Spanish (Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic), English-speaking societies (Jamaica, the Bahamas, Barbados), African and French cultures (Haiti, Guadeloupe, Martinique),and the the Dutch (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) are all precisely highlighted. In addition to the political and cultural themes of slavery, colonialism, revolution, independence, imperialism, and racial identity, Poupeye's analysis uncovers the strong religious influences of Haitian voodoo, Jamaican Rastafarianism, and Afro-Cuban Santeria, which are found in vibrant paintings like Hector Hyppolite's "The Great Master," Edward Brown's "Ethiopian Apple," and Wilfredo Lam's Picasso-inspired masterpiece "The Jungle." Armed with a detailed glossary of terms and accurate biographical sketches, Poupeye shows the Caribbean as a place where "creolization is an ongoing process and hybridity, plurality, and open-endedness are fundamental characteristics." --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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Veerle Poupeye is a Jamaica-based art historian, critic, and curator.

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