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KUMASI REALISM, 1951-2007: AN AFRICAN MODERNISM. Atta Kwami. C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd, London, 2013. Published in association with Ghana Denmark Cultural Fund (GDCF). Distributed in the U.S.A. by Oxford University Press. 432 pp. with 252 ills. (221 col.). 26 x 20 cm. ISBN 9781849040877 In English.
Publisher's description: Western approaches to Africa's visual culture have until recently separated 'traditional' from 'modern' as if the two categories had no common ground, and as if only the former was authentically African. Yet 'tradition' is also an active process of handing on, one subject to evolution, development and history. This book explores a burgeoning body of West African artistic production that draws upon photography, advertising, graphic design, European art history and Ghanaian history and culture. As such it constitutes an envisioning of a local modernity centred upon Kumasi, a vibrant trading city at the centre of local, national and international networks, whether historical, economic, political, educational, religious or aesthetic. The art described here, whatever its immediate purpose, reflects and interprets this intense and unique local context. Among the Ghanaian painters discussed are E.V. Asihene, Grace Kwami, E.K.J. Tetteh, Ablade Glover, Ato Delaquis, B. Offei Nyako, Atta Kwami, kari'kacha seid'ou, Bob Acheampong and many others whose practice was college based.
Indexing: Western, Africa, Non-Western in a Western Style — Ghana — Post-1945 — Painting, Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 158428
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