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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 70–88.
Published: 01 March 2017
..., blog.uprising-art.com/en/exclusive-interview-olivia-mcgilchrist-2 . 7 Terry Smith, What Is Contemporary Art? (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2009), 6, 1, 3. The quote used as an epigraph at the start of this essay is found on 6. 6 Ibid. 5 Stuart Hall, “A Conversation with Stuart Hall...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 80–99.
Published: 01 November 2016
... through the trope of the archipelago, challenging the understanding of the Caribbean as discontinuous, isolated, hermetic, and beyond comprehension. Analyzing contemporary art of the hispanophone islands and their diasporas, they reveal shared concerns within the Caribbean archipelago and posit...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 94–104.
Published: 01 October 2008
...Barbara Prézeau-Stephenson This article focuses on the visual arts in contemporary Haiti, providing a rare insight into the current creative context. Countering a customary focus on history painting and Vodou-inspired or magical realist work, it explores the evolution of artistic production over...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): vii–x.
Published: 01 March 2020
...David Scott Smith writes of an epochal shift from the modern to the contemporary (via the postmodern) in global art. Globally, he argues, art today is above all contemporary. What does he mean by this? What is contemporary (as opposed to modern) about contemporary art? What is the story about...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (2): 119–137.
Published: 01 June 2007
...Krista A. Thompson Some critics contend that the visual language of abstraction or conceptual art cannot translate “Caribbeanness.” This essay considers the work of several contemporary Caribbean artists who highlight how the “picturesque” paintings so favored by detractors were historically...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 126–140.
Published: 01 March 2017
... Meccariello, formed Quintapata, a Dominican contemporary artist association, in 2008. Their artwork challenges the perception of the region's art as naïve and exotic and was exhibited in international venues. See Sara Hermann, “Algunos apuntes en torno a la aparición oportuna de Quintapata,” in Mover la Roca...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 105–114.
Published: 01 November 2009
..., and propose a reading of the slave societies of the Caribbean. Does the unity of Caribbean art not reside in its critical function, in this contemporary look towards a shared memory that until now has been lost, hidden, denied, and unacknowledged? Small Axe, Inc. 2009 Memory and the Contemporary...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 186–204.
Published: 01 November 2015
... the authority of the slave past in contemporary black life—and the first to explore that subject in the field of contemporary art. Best notes that when we reverse the thesis of slavery's afterlife and reconceptualize it as the basis for a historiography of slavery, we can tend also to hypostatize aspects...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 110–125.
Published: 01 March 2017
... and postmodernist techniques of recontextualization, such as montage, in Caribbean contemporary art (and specifically in Kempadoo's Ghosting ), from a postcolonial and creolized context. As in Arrival , the fictionalization of oral accounts in Ghosting develops from the artist's frustrating experience...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 167–176.
Published: 01 July 2015
... for the range of artists as the subjects of the book. She discusses “timing” and temporality as the central narrative for Wainwright in researching Caribbean art as transnational and comments on the implications and limitations of the publication in addressing the complexity of contemporary Caribbean visual art...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 142–150.
Published: 01 October 2008
... features the art of Duval Carrié, whose oeuvre moves beyond the simply, flat, “primitive” styles associated with Haitian art to idiosyncratic installations, paintings, and sculptures that speak to the powerful visual and cultural elements of contemporary Haitian art. ©2008 Small Axe Incorporated. All...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 96–116.
Published: 01 July 2011
... catastrophic history that evokes and demands a human presence. Producing schematics of memory, their works reference the slave ship and the slave ship icon to chart the tangents of Caribbean catastrophic history in contemporary installation art. The Seven Powers Come by the Sea...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 164–184.
Published: 01 July 2009
..., especially in the market-driven context of contemporary Jamaican art. Small Axe Inc. 2009 What Times Are These? Visual Art and Social Crisis in Postcolonial Jamaica Veerle Poupeye Was sind das für Zeiten, wo ein Gespräch über Bäume fast ein Verbrechen ist, weil es ein Schweigen über so...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 227–243.
Published: 01 November 2013
... of the artist. This essay looks closely at one collaborative and two solo works by Mario Benjamin to explore the impact that commissioning projects has had on the development of a body of contemporary Haitian art represented as focusing on localistic catastrophe. In each case, the essay juxtaposes against...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 136–153.
Published: 01 July 2013
... and particularly for conceiving of Caribbean visual culture. It considers ways the exploration of Caribbean art practices and research of Caribbean visual culture might require reconsideration as global and interconnected structures requiring a transnational and intercultural approach. Insight of contemporary...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 119–143.
Published: 01 March 2012
...Erica Moiah James Violence, trauma, and memory are fundamental factors of Caribbean modernity but have thus far been underexamined within art history and criticism. This essay explores the invisible yet palpable presence of violence in the genre of family portraiture and the contemporary...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 34–42.
Published: 01 March 2017
... dominant narratives of the art canon and attempts to make a place at the center of the contemporary art world. However, this does not mean that artists have ceased to assert a feminist platform for their work. Kara Walker's monumental sugar sculpture, A Subtlety , was a powerful example of that in 2014...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 8–26.
Published: 01 July 2013
... art represents—timelessness, insularity, popular urban spaces, myths, cultural crossroads—but rather on what Caribbean art does . Contemporary artists of the region are engaged in acts and processes rather than the production of images. Imagine the action painting of the postmodern American art scene...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 99–109.
Published: 01 March 2017
... lacked, even though she preceded them in time and presented work of exceptional quality. 20 Furthermore, Morera's name had been absent in all the major accounts of contemporary Cuban art until 2013, when she was included in the exhibit Drapetomania , the first curatorial attempt to value Morera...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 63–67.
Published: 01 July 2017
...Andil Gosine This essay introduces the special section “Art After Indenture,” in which five scholars characterize and respond to eight contemporary visual artists who are descendants of indentured workers. The author also raises questions about the commemoration of indentureship and calls...