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Nka (2015) 2015 (37): 16–27.
Published: 01 November 2015
... for It fit her very snug, and she looked stunning. That turned the viewer and reader of his work is his fascination with out to be her first job. No one had ever given her a job until the intersecting myths of photography, American culture, that day. She was all excited, and she tore the studio up...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (37): 38–43.
Published: 01 November 2015
... of extraordinary incidents in the life of the photograph and its reception. These incidents reveal how photographic representations of expressive black culture and people are often received and interpreted by viewers across the lines of race and class in problematic ways. The essay also connects the reception...
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Nka (2010) 2010 (27): 120–121.
Published: 01 November 2010
... caps into a new kind of luxury, Anatsui presents the viewer with an impressive visual coup. Part of the sensation of luxurious beauty is due to the viewer’s awareness of the intensive manual labor that went into making the works. The review also examines the tendency of Anatsui’s recent sculpture...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (47): 6–21.
Published: 01 November 2020
..., and the movement of crowds. His work compels viewers to look carefully at other people and themselves. How do we interact with others and what happens durinG those exchanGes? His interest in human interaction on the micro and macro scales has not yet received in-depth analysis. When for many abstract...
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Nka (2022) 2022 (51): 48–60.
Published: 01 November 2022
... skillfully navigates the perspective of the past and its remnants in the interpretation of the present, the visual metaphors connect personally with the spectator. Seemingly faint voices transpire from individual panels, and sounds communicate with the viewer through particular stories. Likewise, impressions...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 188–191.
Published: 01 November 2017
.... Each sitter, who is unclothed and meets the viewer’s gaze in a feminist gesture, holds a mobile phone inscribed with a barcode. Viewers can scan the barcodes from their smartphones via a QR scanner in order to access a digital space. The reviewer stages a subjective and experiential encounter...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (44): 144–157.
Published: 01 May 2019
... attention—the characteristic Africana colors draw the viewer in to further discover and investigate African American history. The colors, textures, subjects, and abstractions in Gatson’s work echo with celebrations of African American history and important icons. Odetta Holmes, Zora Neale Hurston, Harriet...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (44): 120–131.
Published: 01 May 2019
... in Gateshead, United Kingdom, and Temple Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania— Heart Beat both speaks to and acts on its presumptive Euro-American viewers. Its message, the author argues, is that in today’s globalized world, where life itself has become marginal to the pursuit of capital, all human beings...
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Nka (2010) 2010 (26): 152–155.
Published: 01 May 2010
... of 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 (2021) 2021 (48): 54–69.
Published: 01 May 2021
... that revolves around constant transaction and negotiation. In general, a curator’s duties are similar to those of a host in setting up the conditions to welcome a diverse array of artists, ideas, and viewers into a designated space. Keeping in mind how curating, in the words of Erica Lehrer and Cynthia Milton...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 6–13.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Shawn Michelle Smith This article considers Augustus Washington’s mid-nineteenth-century Liberian daguerreotypes as propositions about a new nation. It suggests that Washington understood the power of his images as propaganda for viewers in the United States and also as documents that registered...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 14–29.
Published: 01 November 2017
..., and outlandish outfits, Hayden’s dancers strike the viewer as more “primitive minstrel” than primitive modern—the effect more silly than sauvage . After briefly considering the artist’s well-known work Fétiche et Fleurs , this article explores Hayden’s three watercolor sketches of African dancers. Understanding...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 30–42.
Published: 01 November 2017
... similarities in how they represent black culture and finds that these artists convey more than is usually understood about their work—a spatial architecture of performance and a critical return of the gaze that challenges the viewer to think more deeply about the black experience of America. I find useful...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 154–164.
Published: 01 November 2017
... to explore new possibilities in their own artistic practices. Not only did such writings allow artists to explore (and re-create) new structures of meaning for their works, but also African art history provided viewers and intellectuals in the arts community with a guide for reading these complex works. I...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (45): 88–98.
Published: 01 November 2019
.... The artist’s deeply moving, conceptual, and critically engaging oeuvre not only confronts the viewer with both the presence and absence of the black male body, but also presents the spectator with the realities of the artist’s daily negotiations living with sickle cell disease. This disease affects people...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 102–109.
Published: 01 November 2016
.... This changes the public imaginary version of Nanny, who was thought to have been well into her sixties when she battled the British colonists. Cox’s depictions of Nanny in various staged tableaus draw attention to the multifaceted nature of this little-known female figure and remind viewers of the legacy...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 196–201.
Published: 01 November 2016
... be recognized by his arrows, Psyche is associated with the butterfly, and so forth. Thus, skin color no longer dictates the story of the protagonist but transcends it. The viewer no longer ponders status; rather, representation and iconography take center stage. By generating an environment for my subjects...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 202–209.
Published: 01 November 2016
... teacher. The artist would later use the bodies of his audiences to perform new works such as The Passion , where the viewer is invited to wear and model various soccer-fan costumes of their choosing, denuded of team or national references, for a permanent photographic record. Desert researched...
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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 (2010) 2010 (27): 100–107.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Catherine Bernard This essay analyzes the work of a contemporary black artist who reinvents the human body, searching for its limits in works that transform and recycle materials and concepts while challenging viewers’ perceptions. As a link between conceptual art, arte povera , and postmodern...