In Senghor's Shadow: Art, Politics, and the Avant-Garde in Senegal, 1960–1995 / Edition 1

In Senghor's Shadow: Art, Politics, and the Avant-Garde in Senegal, 1960–1995 / Edition 1

by Elizabeth Harney, Harney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822333953

ISBN-13: 9780822333951

Pub. Date: 11/23/2004

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In Senghor’s Shadow is a unique study of modern art in postindependence Senegal. Elizabeth Harney examines the art that flourished during the administration of Léopold Sédar Senghor, Senegal’s first president, and in the decades since he stepped down in 1980. As a major philosopher and poet of Negritude, Senghor envisioned an active

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In Senghor’s Shadow is a unique study of modern art in postindependence Senegal. Elizabeth Harney examines the art that flourished during the administration of Léopold Sédar Senghor, Senegal’s first president, and in the decades since he stepped down in 1980. As a major philosopher and poet of Negritude, Senghor envisioned an active and revolutionary role for modern artists, and he created a well-funded system for nurturing their work. In questioning the canon of art produced under his aegis—known as the Ecole de Dakar—Harney reconsiders Senghor’s Negritude philosophy, his desire to express Senegal’s postcolonial national identity through art, and the system of art schools and exhibits he developed. She expands scholarship on global modernisms by highlighting the distinctive cultural history that shaped Senegalese modernism and the complex and often contradictory choices made by its early artists.

Heavily illustrated with nearly one hundred images, including some in color, In Senghor’s Shadow surveys the work of a range of Senegalese artists, including painters, muralists, sculptors, and performance-based groups—from those who worked at the height of Senghor’s patronage system to those who graduated from art school in the early 1990s. Harney reveals how, in the 1970s, avant-gardists contested Negritude beliefs by breaking out of established artistic forms. During the 1980s and 1990s, artists such as Moustapha Dimé, Germaine Anta Gaye, and Kan-Si engaged with avant-garde methods and local artistic forms to challenge both Senghor’s legacy and the broader art world’s understandings of cultural syncretism. Ultimately, Harney’s work illuminates the production and reception of modern Senegalese art within the global arena.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822333951
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/23/2004
Series:
Objects/Histories
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,271,641
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1Rhythm as the architecture of being : reflections on un Ame Negre19
2The Ecole de Dakar : pan-Africanism in paint and textile49
3Laboratories of avant-gardism105
4After the avant-garde149
5Passport to the global art world217

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