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Caribbean Art (World of Art)

Veerle Poupeye


A new, updated and expanded edition of this classic survey on the history of Caribbean art, featuring the work of over 100 artists from the period of colonialism to the present day

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Caribbean Art presents and discusses the diverse, fascinating and highly accomplished work of Caribbean artists, whether indigenous or from the diaspora, popular or ‘high’ culture, rural or urban based, politically radical or religious. This expanded edition has a new preface, and has been updated to reflect on recent challenges to the ideological premises and institutions of conventional art-historical practice and their connections to histories of colonialism, Eurocentricity and race. Two new chapters focus on public monuments linked to the history of the Caribbean, and the intersections between art and tourism, raising important questions about cultural representation.

Featuring the work of internationally recognized artists such as Sonia Boyce, Christopher Cozier, Wifredo Lam, Ana Mendieta, Ebony G. Patterson, Hervé Télémaque, and more than 100 others working across a variety of media, this new edition makes an important contribution to the understanding of Caribbean art and its context, in ways that invite and encourage further explorations on the subject.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New Edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Illustrations: 193

Publication date: 7 April 2022

ISBN: 9780500204788

Contents List

1. Prehispanic and Colonial Art
2. Decolonization and Creative Iconoclasm
3. Modernism and Cultural Nationalism
4. Popular Culture, Religion and the Festival Arts
5. ‘Dangerously Close to Tourist Art’
6. Political Radicalism, Abstraction and Experimental Art
7. The Land, the Sea and the Environment
8. The Personal and the Political
9. The Caribbean Contemporary
List of Illustrations

About the Author

Veerle Poupeye is a Belgian-Jamaican art historian, curator and critic. Previously Executive Director of the National Gallery of Jamaica from 2009 to 2018, she now lectures at the Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica, where she is based. She is also the author of Modern Jamaican Art. She has written many articles and exhibition catalogue essays on Jamaican and Caribbean art and culture, and contributed to the journals Small Axe, Jamaica Journal, Caribbean Quarterly and the New West Indian Guide.