Art Criticism and Africa (ISBN 9781872843131), published in 1997, is the inaugural series in Saffron African Art and Society Series, with contributions from Fatma Ismail Afifi, Katy Deepwell (editor of the volume), David Koloane, Murray McCartney,Tony Mhonda, Barbara Murray, Everlyn Nicodemus, Olu Oguibe, Chika Okeke, Ola Oloidi, John Picton, Colin Richards, George Shire and Ola Bisi Silva. Buy this book
Published in conjunction with the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), the book is focused on contemporary art and art criticism in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt.
The essays in the book shed light on many institutional and administrative issues in contemporary culture: highlighting the role of public and private galleries, art magazines, the press, art schools, groups of artists and critics and the work of government. This ground-breaking work has received wide acclaim from critics and educators.
The contributors include, aside from Katy Deepwell who has written the introduction, Olabisi Silva on africa95: Cultural colonialism or cultural celebration?; John Picton on the wider picture in an essay titled, Yesterday’s cold mashed potatoes; Everlyn Nicodemus on The art critic as advocate; Ola Oloidi on art criticism in Nigeria in the period from 1920 to 1996; Murray McCartney on the role of the art critic in Zimbabwe; Barbara Murray on the evolution of the Gallery magazine in Zimbabwe; Tony Mhonda on the role the art critic as an advocate of art; David Koloane on the purpose of art criticism; Colin Richards on art criticism in South Africa; Chika Okeke on art criticism of accommodation; Fatma Ismail Afifi on the Kom Ghorab project in Cairo; Olu Oguibe on the new millennium and George Shire’s response to his essay. Buy this book
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments by the Series Editor, Sajid Rizvi
Heather Waddell | Tribute to Jock Whittet 1913-1996
Katy Deepwell | Introduction
Olabisi Silva | africa95: Cultural colonialism or cultural celebration
John Picton | Yesterday’s cold mashed potatoes
Everlyn Nicodemus | The art critic as advocate
Ola Oloidi | Art criticism in Nigeria, 1920-1996: the development of professionalism in the media and the academy
Murray McCartney | The art critic as advocate: a Zimbabwean perspective
Barbara Murray | Art criticism for whom? The experience of the Gallery magazine in Zimbabwe
Tony Mhonda | Art critic as advocate
David Koloane | Art criticism for whom?
Colin Richards | Peripheral vision: Speculations on art criticism in South Africa
Chika Okeke | Beyond either/or: Towards an art criticism of accommodation
Fatma Ismail Afifi | The Kom Ghorab project in Cairo
Olu Oguibe | Thoughts towards a New Century
George Shire | Art criticism of Africa outside of Africa: A reply to Olu Oguibe
Contemporary art in Africa | A select bibliography
Tribute to Stephen Williams