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Synopsis: This critical history examines the major themes and accomplishments in African art since the middle of the 20th century, seeking to achieve a balance between the critical re-examination of frequently-discussed artists, groups and workshops and the introduction of less-publicized or more recent material. Postcolonial art in Africa has built seamlessly upon already existing structures in which older, 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 the adherence to a particular style, medium, technique or thematic range, that the art is recognizably "African". Beginning in the early 1950s, the transformations in patronage, training and literacy brought about the birth of new genres which have been propelled onto a world stage.
About the Author: Sidney Littlefield Kasfir is Associate Professor of Art History at Emory University in Atlanta and Curator of African Art at Michael C. Carlos Museum, also at Emory University. She studied Physics before embarking on Fine Arts at Harvard University and then managed the Nommo Gallery in Uganda. She completed her PhD on African Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and went on to do postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford. Since 1981 she has divided her time between teaching and curating in the USA and fieldwork in Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda. She was editor of the anthology West African Masks and Cultural Systems and is working on a study of the colonial and postcolonial transformation of Idoma and Samburu art. She has also written many articles and essays.
Title: Contemporary African Art (Bites)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-07-11
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Library Binding
Book Condition: Used: Good
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