African Art
Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain
Shades of Black
Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain
Paperback      ISBN: 0822334208
A history of the last 20 years of black arts in Britain, focusing on the e1980s, a decade of such arts explosion.
South Africa: The art of a nation
South Africa
The art of a nation
Hardcover      ISBN: 0500519064
A unique insight into South Africa’s history, from iconic pre-colonial artifacts to the country’s vibrant contemporary art scene
That Which Is Not Drawn: Conversations
That Which Is Not Drawn
Conversations
Hardcover      ISBN: 0857421751
For more than three decades, artist William Kentridge has explored in his work the nature of subjectivity, the possibilities of revolution, the Enlightenment’s legacy in Africa, and the nature of time itself. At the same time, his creative work has stretched the boundaries of the very media he employs. Though his pieces have allowed viewers to encounter the traditions of landscape and self-portraiture, the limits of representation and the possibilities for animated drawing, and the labor of art, a guide to understanding the full scope of his art has been available until now. For five days, Kentridge sat with Rosalind C. Morris to talk about his work. The result—That Which Is Not Drawn—is a wide-ranging conversation and deep investigation into the artist’s techniques and into the psychic and philosophical underpinnings of his body of work. In these pages, Kentridge explains the key concerns of his art, including the virtues of bastardy, the ethics of provisionality, the nature of translation and the activity of the viewer. And together, Kentridge and Morris trace the migration of images across his works and consider the possibilities for a revolutionary art that remains committed to its own transformation. “That’s the thing about a conversation,

That Which Is Not Drawn: In Conversation
That Which Is Not Drawn
In Conversation
Paperback      ISBN: 0857424459
For more than three decades, artist William Kentridge has explored in his work the nature of subjectivity, the possibilities of revolution, the Enlightenment’s legacy in Africa, and the nature of time itself. At the same time, his creative work has stretched the boundaries of the very media he employs. Though his pieces have allowed viewers to encounter the traditions of landscape and self-portraiture, the limits of representation and the possibilities for animated drawing, and the labor of art, a guide to understanding the full scope of his art has been available until now. For five days, Kentridge sat with Rosalind C. Morris to talk about his work. The result—That Which Is Not Drawn—is a wide-ranging conversation and deep investigation into the artist’s techniques and into the psychic and philosophical underpinnings of his body of work. In these pages, Kentridge explains the key concerns of his art, including the virtues of bastardy, the ethics of provisionality, the nature of translation and the activity of the viewer. And together, Kentridge and Morris trace the migration of images across his works and consider the possibilities for a revolutionary art that remains committed to its own transformation. “That’s the thing about a conversation,

Through the Eyes of Picasso: Face to Face With African and Oceanic Art
Through the Eyes of Picasso
Face to Face With African and Oceanic Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 2080203193
Through works of art, photographs, and writings, this volume explores Picasso’s fascination with tribal art and the influences he repeatedly drew upon for his own oeuvre. “African art? I don’t know it.” With this provocative tone, Picasso tried to deny his relationship with art from outside of Europe. However, through hundreds of archival documents and photographs, this volume illustrates how tribal art from Africa, Oceania, the Americas, and Asia was a recurring source of inspiration for the artist. Side-by-side comparisons illustrate the links between Picasso’s oeuvre and diverse tribal arts. In both, we find the same themes—nudity, sexuality, impulses, death, and more—along with parallel artistic expressions of those themes—such as disfiguration or destruction of the body. The volume is completed with a chronology of the relevant works and photographs of the artist in his studio.
Travel & See: Black Diaspora Art Practices Since the 1980s
Travel & See
Black Diaspora Art Practices Since the 1980s
Paperback      ISBN: 0822360942
In this set of essays that cover the period from 1992 to 2012, Kobena Mercer uses a diasporic model of criticism to analyze the cross-cultural aesthetic practice of African American and black British artists and to show how their refiguring of visual representations of blackness transform perceptions of race.
Tunisian Mosaics: Treasures from Roman Africa
Tunisian Mosaics
Treasures from Roman Africa
Paperback      ISBN: 0892368578
As the Roman Empire expanded its African settlements in the early centuries of the common era, thousands of mosaic floor pavements were fashioned to adorn the townhouses and rural estates of the African upper classes. Between the second and sixth centuries, mosaic art blossomed, particularly in Africa Proconsularis, the region comprising modern Tunisia. In contrast to the official art of imperial Rome, mosaics generally expressed the worldviews of private citizens. These artworks are remarkable for the intricate beauty of their polychromatic geometric and floral designs, as well as for figural scenes depicting the interests and activities of the patrons who commissioned them--scenes of daily life, athletic contests, gladiator spectacles, and classical literature and mythology. Abundantly illustrated throughout, Tunisian Mosaics: Treasures from Roman Africa offers the general reader a lively introduction to this extraordinary ancient art. Initial chapters survey the historical background of Roman Africa and discuss the development of mosaic art in the Mediterranean. Subsequent chapters profile Tunisia's major mosaic sites and tour the collections of important museums. A final chapter surveys current initiatives to preserve this heritage for future generations.
Ubuntutu: Life Legacies of Love and Action: Quilt Tributes to Desmond and Leah Tutu by South African and American Artists
Ubuntutu
Life Legacies of Love and Action: Quilt Tributes to Desmond and Leah Tutu by South African and American Artists
Paperback      ISBN: 0944311261
Ubuntutu: Life Legacies of Love and Action features quilts that pay tribute to the indelible contributions that Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the first black Archbishop of Cape Town, and his wife Leah, have made in addressing human rights, advancing social justice issues, and advocating for peace in South Africa and around the world. Archbishop Tutu is one of the most well-known champions of antiapartheid in South Africa and is a vigorous campaigner for many human rights causes. Leah, a founder of the South African Domestic Workers Association, has worked alongside her husband to advocate for peace and social justice. These art pieces also honor the Tutus’ faith and the enduring love they have for each other. The word ubuntutu, coined by one of the quilt artists, combines the name Tutu with the Nguni word ubuntu, which can be translated as "human kindness." In the spirit of ubuntu, the quilts featured in this catalog remind us we are all interconnected. This book, which accompanies an exhibition by the same name, is a collaborative project of the Michigan State University Museum, the Women of Color Quilters Network, and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
Unconquerable Spirit: George Stow's History Paintings of the San
Unconquerable Spirit
George Stow's History Paintings of the San
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0821418696
George Stow was a Victorian man of many parts - poet, historian, ethnographer, artist, cartographer and prolific writer. A geologist by profession, he became acquainted, through his work in the field, with the extraordinary wealth of rock paintings in the caves and shelters of the South African interior. Enchanted and absorbed by them, Stow set out to create a record of this creative work of the people who had tracked and marked the South African landscape decades and centuries before him. For the first time, the beauty and scope of his labours are revealed, in Pippa Skotnes magnificent book, Unconquerable Spirit. In this volume and the accompanying exhibition at Iziko South African Museum, Pippa Skotnes introduces the extraordinary collection of copies of San (or Bushman) rock paintings made by George Stow in the 1860s and 1870s. She sees these not just as copies, but rather as Stow's interpretations of the ideas that most moved the San people and, in part, as a product of the turbulent frontier wars and the end of the San way of life that George Stow was witness to. The book reproduces all Stow's extant copies as well as examples of the many maps, drawings, notes and poems that he produced in his busy driven life.
The Unmaking of Home in Contemporary Art
The Unmaking of Home in Contemporary Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 1442649828
Building on the scholarship of key art historians and theorists such as Judith Butler and Mieke Bal, Claudette Lauzon embarks upon a transnational analysis of contemporary artists who challenge the assumption that ‘home’ is a stable site of belonging.