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African Art ReframedReflections and Dialogues on Museum Culture$
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Bennetta Jules-Rosette and J. R. Osborn

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043277

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043277.001.0001

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Agitating African Art

Agitating African Art

Artists’ Voices and Audience Responses

(p.184) Chapter 5 Agitating African Art
African Art Reframed

Bennetta Jules-Rosette

J.R. Osborn

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the practices and circuits of artistic exchange from the perspectives of contemporary African artists whose works have been exhibited in and used by museums around the world. Dialogues with artists emphasize the circuits, pathways, and potential blockages of intercultural communication involved in the appropriation and display of artworks in museums. The chapter examines the contingencies of artists’ contracts and the role of cultural brokers who promote the display of African art. Artists continue to vie for museum presence through inclusion in catalogues and displays, from smaller focused shows to career retrospectives and blockbuster exhibitions. It is noteworthy that artists’ voices are placed in dialogue with the curatorial interviews in order to reframe debates concerning artistic production, curation, and display.

Keywords:   contemporary African artists, artists’ voices, circuits, cultural brokers, catalogues, displays

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