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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 November 2015) 2015 (37): 16–27.
Published: 01 November 2015
... outfit. portrait in the twenty-first century. A critical entry point 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...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 November 2015) 2015 (37): 38–43.
Published: 01 November 2015
... 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 of...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 November 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 to...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 May 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 Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 November 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 with the...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 May 2019) 2019 (44): 120–131.
Published: 01 May 2019
... 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 are...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 May 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 Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 November 2014) 2014 (35): 120–133.
Published: 01 November 2014
... affects critics’, historians’, and viewers’ interpretation of it; and future plans for the work. Copyright © 2014 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 2014 Bill Gaskins The Cadillac Chronicles Chika Okeke-Agulu Cadillac politics race BILL GASKINS’S THE CADILLAC CHRONICLES A...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 May 2014) 2014 (34): 116–118.
Published: 01 May 2014
... to inform viewers’ own contemporary experience. While shedding light on societal terms of enslavement and freedom, Bound to Appear offers a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives and timely, if demanding, theoretical applications. Copyright © 2014 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 May 2014) 2014 (34): 119–123.
Published: 01 May 2014
..., adjacent gallery, Portrait of Nat Turner with the Head of His Master provides a counterpoint with its muted palette and the enclosed space of the master’s bedroom. The viewer is caught in the rough cross-current between the two galleries; the logic of their connection is compelling and the emotional...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 May 2014) 2014 (34): 124–127.
Published: 01 May 2014
... the public a unique experience by bringing together the conventional structures of a museum with Gaba’s unconventional and playful structures, which question the nature of the museum and change the Western viewer’s perception of African art. Copyright © 2014 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 November 2012) 2012 (31): 162–165.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Lydie Diakhaté This review concerns the Walther Collection’s first photographic show, devoted to the work of Jo Ractliffe at the Project Space in New York. Radcliffe’s work offers the viewer a magical journey of remembrance through the long years of civil wars, mapping their tragedies onto the...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 November 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...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 November 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 Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 November 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...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 May 2011) 2011 (28): 114–129.
Published: 01 May 2011
... oeuvre and their resonance with current contemporary practice in the globalizing West. The interplay of beauty, nomadism, and participatory aesthetics enhances the appeal of Anatsui’s new works, and the intense linkages they establish between time, space, viewer, and material prompt us to redefine the...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 November 2013) 2013 (33): 92–99.
Published: 01 November 2013
... photographic work, this exhibition offered viewers a rare opportunity to explore the scope of Alexander’s artistic universe. Against the backdrop of apartheid and its aftermath, Alexander’s artistic practice draws on her sensitivity to sociopolitical issues to examine the hybridity and mutability of human...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 November 2011) 2011 (29): 128–139.
Published: 01 November 2011
... elusive and reflective qualities implicating the viewer as much as the artist’s own intentionality. Copyright © 2011 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 2011 Talking in Tongues Journal of Contemporary African Art • 29 • Fall 2011 128 • Nka...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 November 2014) 2014 (35): 84–91.
Published: 01 November 2014
...: the Odyssey of the Moor , artist Graeme Mortimer Evelyn worked to restore the Moor’s lost individuality. Using simple yet effective means—including a nine-foot steel birdcage and a hand-carved narrative tile sequence—he challenged the viewer to imagine this man’s history and contemplate his subjective...
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Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art (1 November 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...