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Contemporary African Art Since 1980
by Okwui Enwezor
Publisher's Description
To address contemporary African art is necessarily to address the African diaspora and its attendant thorny issues of postcolonial and identity politics: what is contemporary African art, and who qualifies for its rubric? Contemporary African Art Since 1980 is the first major survey of the work of contemporary African artists from diverse locations and generations who work either in or outside of Africa, but whose activities engage the complexities of that continent. Assembled by Okwui Enwezor, and organized in chronological order, it incorporates all major media—painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, installation, drawing, collage— as well as genres from the popular to the visionary, conceptual to formalist, abstract to figurative, linking sensibilities in order to erode the prevailing (and increasingly irrelevant) binaries of center and periphery, vernacular and academic, urban and nonurban forms, indigenous and diasporic. The book’s chronological structure essentially pivots on Africa’s many transitions, from the end of the postcolonial utopias during the 1980s to the economic, technological and cultural shifts catalyzed by globalization. Among the many contributing artists are Kader Attia, Tayo Adenaike, Luis Basto, Claudia Cristovao, Georges Adeagbo, Samuel Fosso, Barthelemy Toguo, Cheri Samba, Ghada Amer, Chris Echeta, Mona Mazouk, Julie Mehretu, Hentie Van der Merwe, Donald Odita, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Kolade Oshinowo, Olu Amoda, Sane Wadu,Malick Sidibé, Victor Ekpuk, Yinka Shonibare, Iba Ndiaye, Andries Botha, Candice Breitz,Marlene Dumas,William Kentridge, Robin Rhode, SueWilliamson, Amir Nour,Moustapha Dime, Fatima Tuggar, Richard Onyango and Berry Bickle.
ISBN: 8862080921
Publisher: Damiani
Paperback : 320 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.4 x 12.6 x 1 inches
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