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Introduction to Caribbean Art

Art in the Caribbean: An Introduction is centered on a virtual Gallery, a selection of forty artworks made in the region since the 1940s, reproduced full-page with accompanying text.

Here, for example, are works which reflect both the deep-rooted cultural traditions of Haiti’s black majority (a painting based on vodoun practices, an oil-drum cut-out sculpture of a carnival figure) and another in which its contemporary artists’ embrace of international media is evident (an installation of television monitors showing street scenes and newspaper reports). Here, too, is a painting which reflects the Afro-Cuban cultural inheritance of Wifredo Lam, foremost Caribbean artist, made in Cuba after his enforced return home during WW2; a poster from the early days of the Cuban Revolution; an installation of small, flimsy boats from the 1990s. A sculptural work from Suriname incorporates Maroon art traditions of the Ndjuka; an installation from Martinique suggests the island’s continuing colonial, sugar-based status. Works from Anglophone countries – the majority, given the book’s main Caribbean readership – span cultures of the Maya and Garifuna (Black Carib) of Belize and the East Indians and Lokono (Arawak) Amerindians of Guyana, by way of portrait sculpture in Barbados, the festival arts of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, and much more.

Art in the Caribbean; An Introduction
Written by Anne Walmsley en Stanley Greaves in collaboration with Christopher Cozier
Written in English only
Softcover, 184 pages
U$ 45.00

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