Modern Art in Africa, Asia and Latin America: An Introduction to Global Modernisms
August 2012, ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell
- Provides a much-needed corrective to the Eurocentric historiography of modern art, offering a more worldly and expanded view than any existing modern art survey
- Brings together a selection of major essays and historical documents from a wide range of sources
- Section introductions, critical essays, and documents provide the relevant contextual and historiographical material, link the selections together, and guide the reader through the key theoretical positions and debates
- Offers a useful tool for students and scholars with little or no prior knowledge of non-Western modernisms
- Includes many contrasting voices in its documents and essays, encouraging reader response and lively classroom discussion
- Includes a selection of major essays and historical documents addressing not only painting and sculpture but photography, film and architecture as well.
General Introduction: The Location of Modern Art 1
Part I African Modern Art 15
Introduction: African Modern Art: An Ongoing Project 17
1 Modern African Art 26
2 From Country to City: The Development of an Urban Art 39
3 Nomfanekiso Who Paints at Night: The Art of Gladys Mgudlandlu
4 Negritude, Pan-Africanism, and Postcolonial African Identity:
African Portrait Photography 49
Okwui Enwezor and Octavio Zaya
5 A Critical Presence: Drum Magazine in Context 58
6 Art of the African Diaspora 63
Michael D. Harris
7 Chorale: Man, Society, and Technology: An Experiment in Rural
8 Oral Tradition and the Aesthetics of Black African Cinema
Nwachukwu Frank Ukadike
9 On National Culture 87
10 Discourse on Colonialism 89
11 Natural Synthesis 91
12 A Historic Confrontation between Jean Rouch and Ousmane
Sembène in 1965: “You Look at Us as if We Were
Jean Rouch and Ousmane Sembène
Part II Asian Modern Art: India, Japan, China 99
Introduction: Asian Modern Art: A Case of Alternative, Parallel,
and Intersecting Modernisms 101
Melissa Chiu and Benjamin Genocchio
13 Multiculturalism/Multimodernism 106
14 Negotiating Modernities: Encounters with Cubism in Asian Art
Section 1 India 129
15 When Was Modernism in Indian Art? 129
16 The Formalist Prelude 138
17 E. B. Havell and Rabindranath Tagore: Nationalism, Modernity
and Art 150
18 Art and Tradition 160
Section 2 Japan 165
19 Western Style Painting in Japan: Mimesis, Individualism, and
Japanese Nationhood 165
20 Artistic Subjectivity in the Taishô and Early Shôwa
21 The Age of Modernism: From Visualization to Socialization
22 The Architectural Profession in Japan, 1850–1930
Jonathan M. Reynolds
23 Dangen wa Dadaisuto 228
Section 3 China 231
24 Sketch Conceptualism as Modernist Contingency 231
Eugene Y. Wang
25 Post-Impressionists in Pre-War Shanghai: The Juelanshe (Storm
Society) and the Fate of Modernism in Republican China 254
26 Films and Shanghai 272
27 The Storm Society Manifesto (October 1932) 279
Ni Yide, Pang Xunqin , et al.
Part III Latin American Modern Art 281
Introduction: Modernism in Latin America: Strategic Vanguards
Mary K. Coffey and Roberto Tejada
28 Our America and the West 292
Roberto Fernández Retamar
29 Strategies of Modernity in Latin America 302
30 Revolution as Ritual: Diego Rivera’s National Palace
31 Africa in the Art of Latin America 330
32 Vital Structures: The Constructive Nexus in South America
Mari Carmen Ramírez
33 Landscape: Errant Modernist Aesthetics in Brazil 353
34 The Spirit of Brasília: Modernity as Experiment and Risk
35 Carmen Miranda, Grande Otelo, and the Chanchada ,
36 To Roosevelt 387
37 Essays on Latin American Art 391
38 The Cosmic Race 402
39 Cannibalist Manifesto 413
Oswald de Andrade
40 Brasília 424
Credits and Sources 429
Everlyn Nicodemus is an artist and writer living and working in Edinburgh, UK, and holds a Ph.D. from Middlesex University, London.
Melissa Chiu is Museum Director and Vice President, Global Art Programs, Asia Society in New York.
Benjamin Genocchio is editor in chief of Art & Auction Magazine, New York. He holds a Ph.D. in art history and is the author and editor of six books.
Mary K. Coffey is Associate Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College.
Roberto Tejada is Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History, Southern Methodist University.
“This is a much-needed volume offering a truly global
perspective on modernism, a comparative investigation of
transcultural interchanges, and a revision of current notions of
- Günter Berghaus, University of Bristol
“The scholarship assembled in this volume presents a
welcome and long-overdue challenge to Eurocentric histories of
modernism. Charting the development of the first truly global art
practices, it opens up a critical space for further research on
geographies too often neglected by Western academia.”
- Jean Fisher, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Middlesex University
“This ambitious, wide-ranging volume aims to challenge and
correct misconceptions about non-western art that it has little to
contribute to global modernism. Balanced by a judicious mixture of
original sources and deeply researched, theoretically acute
chapters written by internationally respected authorities, the
volume will be an indispensable tool for students, scholars and all
those interested in a more critical history of global
- Partha Mitter, University of Sussex
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