Reading the Contemporary

Reading the Contemporary

African Art from Theory to the Marketplace

Edited by Olu Oguibe and Okwui Enwezor

Key readings on contemporary African art.




Key readings on contemporary African art.

In the past decade, contemporary African art has been featured in major exhibtions in museums, galleries, international biennials, and other forums. African cinema has established itself on the stage of world cinema, culminating in the Ouagadougou Film Festival. While African art and visual culture have become an integral part of the art history and cultural studies curricula in universities worldwide, critical readings and interpretations have remained difficult to obtain. This pioneering anthology collects twenty key essays in which major critical thinkers, scholars, and artists explore contemporary African visual culture, locating it within current cultural debates and within the context of the continent's history. The sections of the book are Theory and Cultural Transaction, History, Location and Practice, and Negotiated Identities. Copublished with the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA), London


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262650519 pp. | 7 in x 9.3 in

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Olu Oguibe

Okwui Enwezor