Double Desire: Transculturation and Indigenous Contemporary Art by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Hardback, 2014)
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- DescriptionDouble Desire challenges the tendency by critics to perpetuate an aesthetic apartheid between Indigeus and Western art. The double desire explored in this book is that of the divided but also amplified attractions that occur between cultural traditions in places where both indigeus and colonial legacies are strong. The result, it is argued, produces imaginative transcultural practices that resist the assimilation or acculturation of Indigeus perspectives into the dominant Western mode and open contemporary art beyond its conventional limited Western trajectory. The essays, by fourteen experts in the field, discuss Indigeus contemporary art practices and their artworld reception in different locales in Australia, America and Africa, from metropolitan centres to regional and remote communities. The main frames of this discussion are postcolonial theories of transculturation, globalism and relational art practices that galvanize current theories of contemporary art. Ian McLean introduces key terms and tropes in the histories of Indigeus contemporary art. He also contributes two essays that examine indigeusness as a key concept in Western art, and the challenges facing Indigeus contemporary art in mainstream artworld discourses of postcolonialism, globalism and diaspora. Double Desire's remaining thirteen essays are case studies that explore specific examples of transculturation in Indigeus contemporary art in three different areas. Relational Agencies scrutinizes four different types of exchanges between Indigeus and Western ways of thinking in collaborations between Indigeus artists and n-Indigeus artists, art managers and anthropologists. Postcolonial Histories examines individual Indigeus artists who have directly engaged with Western art traditions and colonial histories in transcultural ways that develop an Indigeus contemporaneity, either from within the institutions of the Western artworld or on its margins. Artworlds investigates the recent artworld reception of Indigeus contemporary art across three continents by both Indigeus and n-Indigeus critics and curators.
- Author BiographyIan McLean is Senior Research Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Wollongong. He has published extensively on Australian art and particularly Indigenous art within a contemporary context. His books include How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art, White Aborigines Identity Politics in Australian Art, and Art of Gordon Bennett (with a chapter by Gordon Bennett). He is a former advisory board member of Third Text, and is currently on the advisory boards of World Art and National Identities.
- PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Date of Publication19/11/2014
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Weight86 g
- Width148 mm
- Height212 mm
- Edited byIan McLean
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
- Edition Statement1st Unabridged
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