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Art and the end of apartheid

Author: John Peffer
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is the first book to fully explore cosmopolitan modern art by black South Africans under apartheid" "Black South African artists have typically had their work labeled "African art" or "township art," qualifiers that, when contrasted with simply "modernist art," have been used to marginalize their work both in South Africa and internationally." "In Art and the End of Apartheid, John Peffer considers in depth  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Peffer
ISBN: 9780816650019 0816650012 9780816650026 0816650020
OCLC Number: 268957332
Notes: Expansion and Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--Columbia University, 2001.
Portions previously published in various sources.
Description: xxi, 339 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Grey areas and the space of modern black art --
Becoming animal: the tortured body during Apartheid --
Culture and resistance: activist art and the rhetoric of commitment --
Here comes mello-yello: image, violence, and play after Soweto --
Abstraction and community: liberating art during the states of emergency --
These guys are heavy: alternative forms of commitment --
Resurfacing: the art of Durant Sihlali --
Censorship and iconoclasm: overturning Apartheid's monuments --
Shadows: a short history of photography in South Africa.
Responsibility: John Peffer.
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"This is the first book to fully explore cosmopolitan modern art by black South Africans under apartheid" "Black South African artists have typically had their work labeled "African art" or "township art," qualifiers that, when contrasted with simply "modernist art," have been used to marginalize their work both in South Africa and internationally." "In Art and the End of Apartheid, John Peffer considers in depth the work of black South African artists in the decades leading up to the end of apartheid in 1994. Peffer examines painting and graphic art, photography, avant-garde and performance art, and popular and protest art through artist collectives (such as the Thupelo Art Project and the Medu Art Ensemble) and individuals such as Durant Sihlali and Santu Mofokeng. He shows how South African artists imagined what "postapartheid" could mean during the time of apartheid, even as they struggled with immediate issues of censorship, militancy, street violence and torture, and, more broadly, the problem of self-representation and the social role of art." "Peffer describes how, in defiance of the racial polarization that surrounded them, South African artists created "grey areas," nonracialized spaces and hybrid art forms in which both black and white South Africans collaborated. Beyond the boundaries of apartheid, these artists forged connections at home and abroad that modeled a future, more democratic society."--Jacket.

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