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Nka (2017) 2017 (40): 16–27.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Chanda Laine Carey This essay closely surveys Jack Whitten’s 2014 retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. An emphasis on the aesthetics of gestural abstraction informs Whitten’s work of the last five decades, resulting in a body of work that pushes through historical events...
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Nka (2023) 2023 (53): 44–55.
Published: 01 November 2023
... to the space of production, and the political stakes of abstraction. jhpowers@vcu.edu Copyright © 2023 by Nka Publications 2023 Morocco modernism abstraction gestural abstraction decolonization Jilali Gharbaoui and Jilali Gharbaoui, Composition, 1960. Oil on canvas, 97.3 x 162.7 cm. Image...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (29): 8–21.
Published: 01 November 2011
... the textualization of gesture and process . This antitext struggle is brought into close relation with the often unrecognized conceptual art movement at the core of the Black Arts movement. The AfriCOBRA tenet of “mimesis at mid-point” leads the author to a reconsideration of the explicit theorizing, during...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 134–141.
Published: 01 November 2016
... hand grants much of a wall to a huge print of Cole’s pho- gestures a distinct visibility. But they also, inevita- tograph of miners, their hands in the air. In related bly, implied an attendant process of abstraction and 136 • Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art • 38–39 • November 2016...
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Nka (2022) 2022 (50): 116–131.
Published: 01 May 2022
... of Willem de Kooning or Adolph Gottlieb, for example, but rather combines gesture, drip, and canvas saturation, largely through mixed and muted tones, that suggest a distinctive voice. Furthermore, she explores both painting and print as vital mediums for abstraction. Printmaking is a dynamic yet often...
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Nka (2023) 2023 (53): 158–162.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Maya Harakawa maya.harakawa@utoronto.ca Copyright © 2023 by Nka Publications 2023 REVIEW DENYSE THOMASOS just beyond ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO, TORONTO, ONTARIO OCTOBER 5, 2022 FEBRUARY 20, 2023 In its most colloquial usage, the term abstraction suggests a displacement from the realm...
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Nka (2023) 2023 (52): 54–67.
Published: 01 May 2023
... Leeming calls the Greene Street paintings. 4 While Delaney is best known for the gestural abstraction he developed in Paris, where he moved in 1953, his earlier work in New York City exhibits a lingering interest in representation, mitigated as it is by the disjunctions that characterize this series...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (32): 30–35.
Published: 01 May 2013
..., 1992). of image making as in feminist and postcolonial Added to this was the incorporation of abstract critiques of modernism’s gender biases and cultural painterly gestures — that domain of artistic practice assumptions. historically associated with the macho- existentialist A second- order...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (33): 56–69.
Published: 01 November 2013
... in the part of Nigeria where nsibidi —  nsibidi ideograms as well as Chinese calligraphic consisting of body gestures and abstract graphic and watercolor techniques to the repertoire of signs — thrived as a mode of communication among the Nsukka School. Ekpuk’s connection to the members of the once...
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Nka (1996) 1996 (5): 14–16.
Published: 01 November 1996
... emerged- into a series of arbitrarily coloured abstract marks. It is as if these masturbating women, at first obscured by a morass of overhanging cotton (which is indeed visually related to the seas of abstract gesturality which pre-exist it, and yet, might just as well evoke artificially-coloured...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (29): 110–117.
Published: 01 November 2011
... that do not promote social that “the gesture on the canvas was a gesture of lib- imperatives: eration, from value — political, aesthetic, moral.”10 Lewis may have viewed abstract expressionism as [Lewis’s] paintings cleave a space for this type of strategy a liberation of another kind...
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Nka (2009) 2009 (25): 8–29.
Published: 01 November 2009
... as a public individual during the concerns differed from those of her Western coun - gesture of refusal of its involvement in the institu - painterly gestures of Abstract Expressionism to the early modernization period, in the late nineteenth terpart. 8 For instance, the harem culture, polygamy...
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Nka (2010) 2010 (27): 82–89.
Published: 01 November 2010
... the fact that if we abstract one of these binaries from the other, we end up with stereotypical stories that do not take us far in understanding our own condition. Yet she also teaches us that the subject’s story never belongs to him or her alone: what we face on the outside turns out to be as important...
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Nka (2004) 2004 (19): 88–89.
Published: 01 May 2004
... silkscreens recreate detailed Malcolm X the appearance of a lectively to gesture toward the engaging with his personal rumi- report cards...
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Nka (2004) 2004 (19): 74–77.
Published: 01 May 2004
... (alluding to the postmodern critique of authorship). ity and overt racial polemics, "Black Belt" gestures toward the This new form of authorial dogmatism (the ethnographer para• global, the transnational, and the hybrid. Although not as sub• digm) is resultant of minority...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 112–115.
Published: 01 May 2015
... background designs (cleverly, the lines signs thatappearcontinuous withthe black, their bodies are covered with on ahidden path.Solidly outlined in toward ormove pastthe signs, asif cular, nude men stand and gesture glance, human figures emerge. Mus- than a wild forest. Then, on second umns—more...
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Nka (1995) 1995 (2): 58–61.
Published: 01 May 1995
... of IS. By Abstraction is comprised of a its nature, it is not an insular language. The resilience But within Modernism, it becomes inscribed in a prede• of its signage runs like a thread through many different termined lineage of ideas that represent an equivocal milieus, collapsing insurmountable distances...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 70–79.
Published: 01 November 2016
.... In these portraits, like his their glistening immediacy expressed in strong others, Hendricks explores the possibilities of sar- matte colors and sensitive detail. While Hendricks torial style and the projection of identity. In the plays with a certain kind of pop-art abstraction, process he reclaims the black...
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Nka (1998) 1998 (8): 54–57.
Published: 01 May 1998
... of the aesthetic and composi• And there are discernible linear gestures in wa- collection of works by modern African artists. tional strategies of Uli into the art of many tercolor painting from Auchi Polytechnic (in the The show is also a statement about the coming...
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Nka (2008) 2008 (22-23): 50–59.
Published: 01 May 2008
.../Re:View, a intimate gesture and the popular, the commercial, series of installations in several sites and venues and the political." With such an expanded defini• across Philadelphia culminating in an exhibition tion of printmaking our aesthetic criteria and at the Temple Gallery. The project...