Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace


Key readings on contemporary African art. In the past decade, contemporary African art has been featured in major exhibitions 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.

Author: Olu Oguibe

Paperback: 432 pages

Publisher: The MIT press; 1st MIT press Ed edition (1999)

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