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Nka (2010) 2010 (26): 152-155.
Published: 01 May 2010
... one body over another. Everything Matters presents a selection of Poynton’s single- and multiple-figure paintings to address the depicted postures, expressions, and possible iconographic and historical elements in each painting, along with similar details supplied by artist and viewer, all of which...
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Nka (2018) 2018 (42-43): 222-232.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Dagmawi Woubshet In his long, illustrious career, James Baldwin never wrote a full book on Africa. The figure of Africa, nonetheless, was a recurring one in his corpus—a figure that would change significantly over the course of his writing. While Baldwin’s early representations of Africa follow the...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 28-39.
Published: 01 May 2015
... devastated Detroit and Newark, NJ, she painted Die expressly for the show. The wall-size canvas depicts an interracial cast of clean-cut antagonists trying to kill one another. Although the painting represented the kind of large-scale, politically motivated figuration that had been out of favor since the...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 112-115.
Published: 01 May 2015
... been black-and-white, he pushes the relationship between the figures and the symbols further. He also uses two figures rather than one, generating a sense of energy and depth. But some recent paintings included in this exhibition show a dramatic shift into color, an emphasis on tone rather than line...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 102-109.
Published: 01 November 2016
... about the actual historical figure of Nanny, though the continued presence of the Maroon communities keeps her memories and legend alive to the Jamaican population. I argue that Cox uses her own body to give Nanny a visual presence, presenting her as a military strategist, warrior, and sexual female...
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Nka (2012) 2012 (31): 36-45.
Published: 01 November 2012
... artist’s work leverages the expressionist possibilities of identity, figuration, and history on the abstract legacies of linguistic conceptualism. A continuous examination of representation grounded in the implacably figural substrate of race, gender, sexuality, and history, Ligon’s art highlights...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 84-107.
Published: 01 November 2017
... modernist tradition of figurative sculpture; and the work of many non-Western artists and art students he met in the United Kingdom. Nour’s artistic development portrays an artist deeply engaged with the shifting social, political, and cultural ground beneath his feet. The result has been a remarkable body...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (32): 149-151.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Michael Westfall This essay reviews Yinka Shonibare MBE’s exhibition Addio del passato , exploring themes of decay, dissipation, and death as expressed through the historical figure of Lord Nelson. Shonibare’s exhibition casts Nelson as a hapless metonym for the colonial urge, suggesting that both...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (32): 152-153.
Published: 01 May 2013
... collection of case studies of writers and filmmakers, and while each chapter focuses on a specific cultural producer, Adesokan builds connections between his figures of analysis across time and space. Adesokan offers a successful, rigorous example of a project that demonstrates the political urgency and...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 40-47.
Published: 01 May 2015
... double-headed axe of Shango, the Yoruba god of fire, lightning, and thunder. The axe, wielded by the composition’s central figure, shatters the pictorial plane of the canvas, which Donaldson variously labeled G lass , S heet , and M ade in USA. I argue that, through his appropriation of African art, as...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 32-39.
Published: 01 November 2016
... blackness and black people with a perverse foreignness. In the figures of Soubise and Shonibare, these insults are turned into a fabulous, subversive queerness productive of both nurture and death. Copyright © 2016 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 2016 dandyism blackness queerness Oscar...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 40-51.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Peter Erickson This essay explores Kerry James Marshall’s paintings of black artists in studio settings who are often positioned at the easel with an unfinished self-portrait. The series begins with a portrait within a portrait of a historical figure— Scipio Moorehead, Portrait of Himself, 1776...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 110-120.
Published: 01 November 2016
... representations of the black figure and examines the continuation of, as well as the challenges to, certain tropes that have been used to frame blackness, femaleness, and tropicality. Copyright © 2016 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 2016 Barbados mulatto Agostino Brunias colonial art...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 196-201.
Published: 01 November 2016
...’ techniques while incorporating Western themes implies a precontemporary creation, an egalitarian existence in a story from which the black body is painfully absent. When a work of art depicts a figure (mythical, biblical, allegorical) the narrative is identified with the help of pictorial codes. Eros would...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 202-209.
Published: 01 November 2016
... symbolic use of the body by asserting that certain bodies are emblematic of magic and mystery in the belief imposed on certain historical figures, such as Josephine Baker. The artist therefore uses Baker’s image as a leitmotif for a series entitled The Goddess Projects , where she is rendered as a...
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Nka (2010) 2010 (27): 42-47.
Published: 01 November 2010
... with its obsessive decoration and its focus on black figuration. It won awards and the admiration of institutions and collectors. The new work employs a reduced palette, eschews glitter, and rewards the extended gaze in a way that his previous excess could not. This recent work also allows the viewer...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (29): 86-99.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Courtney J. Martin Spiral, founded in 1963 by Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, and Charles Alston, was a group of black American artists in New York. This group has been credited with fostering Bearden’s entry into collage, launching a debate around the political function of abstraction and figuration...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (33): 8-19.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Peter Erickson Shakespeare is a cultural institution whose racial structures Fred Wilson began mining in his exhibition, Speak of Me as I Am , at the Venice Biennale in 2003. As the quotation from Othello’s concluding speech signals, Wilson initially focused on the play’s black figure. Wilson’s...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (33): 80-91.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Kobena Mercer The hybrid combination of human and animal lies at the heart of the figurative vocabulary through which Jane Alexander’s sculptural tableaux summon us into the imaginative domain of the “humanimal”—a domain where the boundaries by which religion, philosophy and science have separated...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (33): 92-99.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Pep Subirós The exhibition Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope) was presented by the Museum for African Art in collaboration with the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City from April to July 2013. Through combinations of sculpted figures, tableaux, installations, and...