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ERIC Number: ED477897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Modern African Art: Getting beyond the Traditional To Recognize Contemporaneous Aesthetics.
Kader, Themina
College students in art history courses study African art more frequently than in the past. Textbooks and videos, however, do not reflect the realities of creative expression today in Africa. Rather, African art dwells on the traditional arts of the west and southern regions of Africa. This paper focuses on eastern and southern sub-Saharan Africa and some of its key modern artists. The paper seeks to highlight the artists' lives, education, and working conditions and what they produce. In a larger sense, the paper discusses what contemporary life is like in certain African regions through the eyes of art education researchers who have lived and worked in those places. Questions the paper explores are: What type of art is most appreciated by Africans themselves? How does modern art get produced in Africa? Is an artist better off with a western education? What place does craft or traditional art have in the artworks of professional, contemporary African artists? Do these artists feel that they must produce a certain type of image to retain their voices in a world dominated by western aesthetics? These are some of the complex issues the paper discusses to shed light on the paradigms and paradoxes of contemporary artists in Africa. It intends to help a discerning audience to gain a better sense of the African visual experience in general, especially of those places which are often ignored in African art history texts. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa