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- DescriptionMigration, whether freely chosen or forcibly imposed, has been a defining feature of twentieth-century modernity--and much of twentieth-century art. Exiles, Diasporas & Strangers examines life-changing journeys that transplanted artists and intellectuals from one cultural context to ather, making clear the critical and creative role that migration, exile, and displacement have played in shaping the story of modern art. Whether manifested in the striking architectural invations of Nigerian modernism in the 1920s or postmodern works by Jean-Michel Basquiat and black British filmmakers in the 1980s, the multidirectional appropriation and borrowing described in these essays give us new perspectives on twentieth-century art and modernity. Distinguishing between exile and diaspora, emigration and immigration, and the stranger and the other, the book examines the different conditions that structure the artist's experience and aesthetic strategies. From indigeus artists and the question of authorship to the influence of migr art historians on art history, from the aesthetics of the African diaspora to Adrian Piper's metaphorical exile between philosophy and art, these connections and disconnections in a network of traveling cultures continue art history's efforts to come to terms with the postcolonial turn. Kobena Mercer is a writer and critic living in London. He is the editor of Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures, Cosmopolitan Modernisms and Discrepant Abstraction, (all published by The MIT Press and inIVA), author of Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies, and an inaugural recipient of the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, presented by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
- Author BiographyKobena Mercer is a writer and critic living in London. He is the editor of Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures, Cosmopolitan Modernisms, and Discrepant Abstraction (all published by The MIT Press and inIVA), author of Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies, and an inaugural recipient of the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, presented by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication22/02/2008
- SubjectThe Arts: General & Reference
- Series TitleAnnotating Art's Histories: Cross-Cultural Perspectives in the Visual Arts Series
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note36 color illus.
- Weight726 g
- Width184 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edited byKobena Mercer
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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