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Nka (2021) 2021 (49): 164–182.
Published: 01 November 2021
..., or constitute false personifications of characters in society, rather than a surrealist approach. Although Van-Leo’s work was detached from what the Egyptian surrealist philosophies called for, he was, it seems, a surrealist by accident. Copyright © 2021 by Nka Publications 2021 Levon Boyadjian Angelo...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (46): 100–114.
Published: 01 May 2020
... history seemed to have expired in pre-war Europe. Upon MoMA’s completion of a major expansion project in 2004, there was considerable anticipation about how the museum would represent its own history and raise its profile in a new century. As it turned out, the museum opted for a surprisingly...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (46): 56–61.
Published: 01 May 2020
... of the traces of remoteness in closeness; to domesticate the unfamiliar; to work with what seem to be opposites—it is this cultural, historical, and aesthetic sensitivity that underlies the term Afropolitanism —a political and cultural stance in relation to the nation, to race, and to the issue of difference...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 142–151.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Kanitra Fletcher How do you see blackness? What does it look like? Can it be shown? In seeming response to such uncertainties, artists Renée Green, Satch Hoyt, and Sheila Pree Bright forgo representation of the black body altogether. In installation and photographic works— Seen (1990), Say It Loud...
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Nka (2012) 2012 (31): 158–161.
Published: 01 November 2012
.... The exhibition showed an acute awareness of these problems and seemed to have been organized with them as a sort of subtext. Copyright © 2012 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 2012...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (28): 146–148.
Published: 01 May 2011
... in the title and implied in the show’s institutional context overemphasizes the African and ethnographic sources of Anatsui’s art. Rather misrepresenting both Africa and Anatsui, it seems to place the artist in the wrong Africa: the dusty village of ethnic traditions. Anatsui grew up in a small town...
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Nka (2010) 2010 (26): 30–37.
Published: 01 May 2010
... articulated by our nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century counterparts. Given the complex politics of the Arctic, this seems an opportune moment to examine the relationship between a book that helped initiate the study of the powerful and continuing cultural investment in the legacy of the so-called heroic...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (32): 154–156.
Published: 01 May 2013
... and the possibilities of shifting or transforming identities are particularly relevant in societies, such as the United States, that seem emphatically riven and delineated along fixed lines of identity — of race, sex, gender, and so on. Copyright © 2013 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 2013...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 112–115.
Published: 01 May 2015
..., and a more hierarchical composition. These works seem transitional, as if he is feeling his way toward pieces that are more spacious, sparse, and potentially introspective. Now that he is in his fifties, there is a synthesis in his thought that is looking for new outlets in his visual work. But one hopes he...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 70–79.
Published: 01 November 2016
..., and social meanings of blackness and the body. Second, it argues that these artists directly challenge the seeming invisibility of black bodies in Western art history by reworking the linear trajectory of canonical discourses. They do not so much insert black bodies back into the Western canon as reveal...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 134–141.
Published: 01 November 2016
... upon hand gestures—and particularly upon clenched fists. Indeed, the repetition of the motif seemed to imply a transhistorical reading of the fist as a symbol: the removal of historical detail and the use of pan-African titles positioned the clenched fist as a static gesture of resistance. A closer...
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Nka (1995) 1995 (2): 68–69.
Published: 01 May 1995
... let• terpiece of severity that says, "Look at me. rigidity, the circle, or sphere. The sphere tering and a gaggle of small, internally refer• Fuck you. Look at me. Fuck you," and will not seems to signify a more harmonizing project. ential images, but with the top...
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Nka (1995) 1995 (2): 69–70.
Published: 01 May 1995
...C. Krydz Ikwuemesi Copyright © 1995 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 1995 produced by Otterness seem to hold that sen• sibility as inspiration. His "Primary Human...
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Nka (2014) 2014 (34): 52–54.
Published: 01 May 2014
... ment of Jazz Musicians. You have to ask why they didn’t do two riffing off of each other and jump in, if I need to. By all that. And it seemed clear that they didn’t do that because means, go ahead. they were sort of uninterested in being further overdeter...
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Nka (1996) 1996 (5): 68.
Published: 01 November 1996
... contextualized in elements,echoing and reverber• terms of any curatorial strategy ating their dehumanizing tone. (the primary organizing principle They reveal in miniature the for the show seems...
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Nka (1998) 1998 (9): 62–63.
Published: 01 November 1998
... and labor movement. Like Ad Reinhardt, imposed boundaries seemed to create an unnecessary limitation. Lewis taught at the Communist-sponsored lefferson School of At the same time, the show was a spectacularly beautiful ex• Social Science, an institution located...
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Nka (2001) 2001 (13-14): 92–95.
Published: 01 May 2001
...Chika Okeke Copyright © 2001 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 2001 of fantastic forms, a world of humanoids, birds, reptiles. She decorative quality of the paintings. Predictably each com• seemed to have tried and indeed succeeded in freezing, even posite picture has...
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Nka (1999) 1999 (10): 24–29.
Published: 01 May 1999
... directly appropriated from his sources, also have an edgy, contemporary feel. His sense of color and his way of applying paint may have had their roots in art history (I find echoes of Matisse, and, to some extent, Beauford Delaney), but his playful rendering of figures in a scene seem...
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Nka (2008) 2008 (22-23): 152–188.
Published: 01 May 2008
... and curators wish to contribution to a larger and complex discourse, I overcome. Following the lead of artists is critical think many contradictions observed in some of here, as Gilane has already suggested. I, for one, these shows project unclearness, seems to be am more interested...
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Nka (2002) 2002 (16-17): 88–93.
Published: 01 May 2002
... and she seems unaffected by her own nudity in the exposed setting. The name of this work references Saartjie Baartman, the domes• tic slave who...