The twentieth century has been a period of major disruption for traditional institutions in Africa. But even as old forms of art patronage were being suppressed, new avenues of artistic expression opened. Postcolonial art in Africa has built seamlessly upon already existing structures in which precolonial and colonial genres of African art were made.
It is in this sense, and in the habits and attitudes of artists towards making art, rather than in any adherence to a style, medium, technique, or thematic range, that the art is recognizably “African.” Sidney Littlefield Kasfir, Associate Professor of Art History at Emory University, has taught, curated, and carried out extensive field research in Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya, and has made briefer research trips to nine other African countries.
Author: Sidney Littlefield Kasfir
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson (March 17th, 2000)
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