African Art and Agency in the Workshop

African Art and Agency in the Workshop

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The role of the workshop in the creation of African art is the subject of this revelatory book. In the group setting of the workshop, innovation and imitation collide, artists share ideas and techniques, and creative expression flourishes. African Art and Agency from the Workshop examines the variety of workshops, from those which are politically driven or tourist oriented, to those based on historical patronage or allied to current artistic trends. Fifteen lively essays explore the impact of the workshop on the production of artists such as Zimbabwean stone sculptors, master potters from Cameroon, wood carvers from Nigeria, and others from across the more

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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 703.06g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 65 b&w illustrations, 8 colour illustrations
  • 0253007410
  • 9780253007414

About Till Förster

Sidney Littlefield Kasfir is Professor Emerita of Art History at Emory University. She is author of African Art and the Colonial Encounter (IUP, 2007).Till Forster is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Basel."show more

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"A closer examination of the workshop provides important insights into art histories and cultural politics. We may think we know what we mean when we use the term "workshop," but in fact the organization of groups of artists takes on vastly different forms and encourages the production of diverse styles of art within larger social structures and power dynamics." Victoria Rovine, University of Floridashow more

Table of contents

Introduction: Rethinking the Workshop / Till Forster and Sidney L. Kasfir The Contributions to This Book / Sidney L. Kasfir and Till Forster Part I. Production, Education and Learning 1. Grace Dieu Mission in South Africa: Defining the Modern Art Workshop in Africa / Elizabeth Morton; 2. Follow the wood: Carving and political cosmology in Oku, Cameroon / Nicolas Argenti; 3. Masters, trend-makers and producers: The village of Nsei, Cameroon as a multisited pottery workshop / Silvia Forni; 4. An Artist's Notes on the Triangle Workshops, Zambia and South Africa / Namubiru Rose Kirumira and Sidney L. Kasfir Part II. Audience and Encounters 5. Stitched-up women - Pinned-down men: Gender Politics in Weya and Mapula Needlework, Zimbabwe and South Africa / Brenda Schmahmann; 6. Rethinking Mbari Mbayo: Osogbo Workshops in the Nineteen-sixties, Nigeria / Chika Okeke-Agulu; 7. Working on the Small Difference: Notes on the Making of Sculpture in Tengenenge, Zimbabwe / Christine Scherer; 8. Navigating Nairobi: Artists in a Workshop System, Kenya / Jessica Gerschultz Part III. Patronage and Domination 9. Lewanika's Workshop and the Vision of Lozi Arts, Zambia / Karen Milbourne; 10. Artesaos da Nossa Patria: Makonde Blackwood Sculptors, Cooperatives, and the Art of Socialist Revolution in Mozambique / Alex Bortolot; 11. Frank McEwen and Joram Mariga: Patron and Artist in the Rhodesian Workshop School Setting, Zimbabwe / Elizabeth Morton; 12. "A Matter of Must": Continuities and Change in the Adugbologe Woodcarving Workshop in Abeokuta, Nigeria / Norma H. Wolff Part IV. Comparative Aspects 13. Work and Workshop: The iteration of style and genre in two workshop settings, Cote d'Ivoire and Cameroon / Till Forster; 14. Apprentices and Entrepreneurs: the Workshop and Style Uniformity in Subsaharan Africa / Sidney L. Kasfir Coda: Apprentices and Entrepreneurs Revisited: Twenty Years of Workshop Changes, 1987-2007; Contributors; Indexshow more

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