African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at by Joanna Grabski, Carol Magee

By Joanna Grabski, Carol Magee

Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee assemble a compelling assortment that indicates how interviews can be utilized to generate new which means and the way connecting with artists and their paintings can rework creative creation into cutting edge serious insights and data. The participants to this quantity comprise artists, museum curators, artwork historians, and anthropologists, who tackle creative creation in various destinations and media to query earlier makes use of of interview and galvanize replacement understandings of art.

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Their thoughts about the art they engage with are clear, and they can talk about them without much reflexivity. Those are the kinds of art thought and art talk that can make us think that visual culture research is easy or uncomplicated. But it remains equally true that people are in perpetual flux, changing and growing with their experiences, gaining knowledge, acquiring new perspectives. And it is equally true that the many things they think they are or want to be do not always fit easily together.

So when art thought and art talk are riddled with the kinds of contingencies we have been considering, are we stymied? Should we seek means to penetrate the layers of ambiguity, plumbing for the reality beneath? I think the answer to both questions is no, because the ambiguity is the reality. Seeking to eliminate all the fuzziness surrounding people and art is itself a distortion and creates a serious misunderstanding of the very nature of art, to say nothing of the nature of people. Talking to People about Art 23 This is not the contradiction it might seem.

In African Words, African Voices: Critical Practices in Oral History, edited by Luise White, Stephan F. Miescher, and David William Cohen, 246–263. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001. Grabski, Joanna. ” African Arts: Special Issue on Art Historical Perspectives on African Modernists 39, no. 1 (2006): 38–49, 93. ———. ” Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 24 (Spring 2009): 82–91. ———. ” Art Journal 68, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 6–23. 40 Joanna Grabski Graeber, David. Lost People: Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar.

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