Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain / Edition 1

Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain / Edition 1

by David A. Bailey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822334208

ISBN-13: 9780822334200

Pub. Date: 04/11/2005

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In the 1980s—at the height of Thatcherism and in the wake of civil unrest and rioting in a number of British cities—the Black Arts Movement burst onto the British art scene with breathtaking intensity, changing the nature and perception of British culture irreversibly. This richly illustrated volume presents a history of that movement. It brings

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In the 1980s—at the height of Thatcherism and in the wake of civil unrest and rioting in a number of British cities—the Black Arts Movement burst onto the British art scene with breathtaking intensity, changing the nature and perception of British culture irreversibly. This richly illustrated volume presents a history of that movement. It brings together in a lively dialogue leading artists, curators, art historians, and critics, many of whom were actively involved in the Black Arts Movement. Combining cultural theory with anecdote and experience, the contributors debate how the work of the black British artists of the 1980s should be viewed historically. They consider the political, cultural, and artistic developments that sparked the movement even as they explore the extent to which such a diverse body of work can be said to constitute a distinct artistic movement—particularly given that “black” in Britain in the 1980s encompassed those of South Asian, North and sub-Saharan African, and Caribbean descent, referring as much to shared experiences of disenfranchisement as to shades of skin.

In thirteen original essays, the contributors examine the movement in relation to artistic practice, public funding, and the transnational art market and consider its legacy for today’s artists and activists. The volume includes a unique catalog of images, an extensive list of suggested readings, and a descriptive timeline situating the movement vis-à-vis relevant artworks and films, exhibitions, cultural criticism, and political events from 1960 to 2000. A dynamic living archive of conversations, texts, and images, Shades of Black will be an essential resource.

Contributors. Stanley Abe, Jawad Al-Nawab, Rasheed Araeen, David A. Bailey, Adelaide Bannerman, Ian Baucom, Dawoud Bey, Sonia Boyce, Allan deSouza, Jean Fisher, Stuart Hall, Lubaina Himid, Naseem Khan, susan pui san lok, Kobena Mercer, Yong Soon Min, Keith Piper, Zineb Sedira, Gilane Tawadros, Leon Wainwright, Judith Wilson

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822334200
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.94(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

Shades of black : assembling the 1980s
Pt. 1Texts
Assembling the 1980s : the deluge - and after1
The success and failure of the black arts movement21
Wait, did I miss something? : some personal musings on the 1980s and beyond35
Inside the invisible : for/getting strategy41
Iconography after identity49
A to Y (entries for an inventionry of dented "I"s)59
On becoming an artist : Algerian, African, Arab, Muslim, French, and black British? : a dialogue of visibility67
CoRespondents77
Triangular trades : late-twentieth-century "black" art and transatlantic cultural commerce89
Collaborative projects : toward a more inclusive practice103
Why Asia now? : contemporary Asian art and the politics of multiculturalism109
Choices for black arts in Britain over thirty years115
A case of mistaken identity123
Color plates133
Pt. 2The conference
Conference papers and speakers166
Dialogues167
Pt. 3Time lines
Introduction199
Time lines210
Pt. 4Recommended reading
Introduction307
Histories and positions309
Visual practices312
Exhibitions and display314
Institutions, policies, and reports316

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