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CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART SINCE 1980


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    'Contemporary African Art Since 1980' is a survey of the work of African artists from diverse situations, locations, and generations who work either in or outside of Africa, but whose practices engage and occupy the social and cultural complexities of the continent. Its frame of analysis is absorbed with historical transitions - from the end of the postcolonial utopias of the sixties during the 1980s to the geopolitical, economic, technological, and cultural shifts incited by globalization. This book is both narrower in focus in the periods it reflects on, and specific in the ground it covers. It begins by addressing the landscape of Africa, examining landmarks and narratives, exploring divergent systems of representation, and interrogating the ways artists have responded to change and have incorporated others aesthetic principles and artistic concepts, images and imaginaries to deal with such changes. Organized in chronological order, the book covers major artistic mediums - painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, installation, drawing, collage. It also covers aesthetic forms and genres, from conceptual to formalist, abstract to figurative practices. The principal questions the book analyzes are - what and when is contemporary African art? Who might be included in the framing of such a conceptual identity? The book thus provides an occasion to examine through reading and visual analysis how artistic concerns produce major themes.

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