Mapping Modernisms

9780822368595: Hardback
Release Date: 11th January 2019

9780822368717: Paperback
Release Date: 11th January 2019

Number of Pages: 456

Series Objects/Histories

Duke University Press Books

Mapping Modernisms

Art, Indigeneity, Colonialism

Prompting a reevaluation of canonical understandings of twentieth century art history, Mapping Modernisms provides an analysis of how indigenous artists and art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas became recognized as modern.
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Mapping Modernisms brings together scholars working around the world to address the modern arts produced by indigenous and colonized artists. Expanding the contours of modernity and its visual products, the contributors illustrate how these artists engaged with ideas of Primitivism through visual forms and philosophical ideas. Although often overlooked in the literature on global modernisms, artists, artworks, and art patrons moved within and across national and imperial borders, carrying, appropriating, or translating objects, images, and ideas. These itineraries made up the dense networks of modern life, contributing to the crafting of modern subjectivities and of local, transnationally inflected modernisms. Addressing the silence on indigeneity in established narratives of modernism, the contributors decenter art history's traditional Western orientation and prompt a re-evaluation of canonical understandings of twentieth-century art history. Mapping Modernisms is the first book in Modernist Exchanges, a multivolume project dedicated to rewriting the history of modernism and modernist art to include artists, theorists, art forms, and movements from around the world.

Contributors. Bill Anthes, Peter Brunt, Karen Duffek, Erin Haney, Elizabeth Harney, Heather Igloliorte, Sandra Klopper, Ian McLean, Anitra Nettleton, Chika Okeke-Agulu, Ruth B. Phillips, W. Jackson Rushing III, Damian Skinner, Nicholas Thomas, Norman Vorano

Elizabeth Harney is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto and author of In Senghor's Shadow: Art, Politics, and the Avant-Garde in Senegal, 1960-1995, also published by Duke University Press, and Ethiopian Passages: Contemporary Art from the Diaspora.

Ruth B. Phillips is Professor of Art History at Carleton University and author of several books, including Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums and Trading Identities: The Souvenir in Native North American Art from the Northeast, 1700-1900.

"This rigorous and intelligent volume makes a major contribution, bringing into visibility a large spectrum of formerly marginalized aesthetic practices and subjectivities in art history's narratives of twentieth-century modernism."

Saloni Mathur, author of
The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora

Mapping Modernisms offers a rich set of essays by significant figures and rising scholars in their field. Recognizing the complexity of the relationship between individual identity, practice, and cultural and historical processes, the editors have produced an excellent and rewarding volume.”

Howard Morphy, author of
Aboriginal Art

"The wide-ranging and meticulously researched essays in Mapping Modernisms focus on indigenous artists from Inuit, Zulu, Maori, Pueblo, and Aboriginal cultures, among others, around the world. . . . What emerges from Mapping Modernisms is that Modernism was not a process of diffusion from Western centers to non-Western peripheries, as it is traditionally constructed in Western narratives, but rather a complex web of mutual in??uences and exchanges across the globe."

Naomi Polonsky

"Mapping Modernisms is an excellent addition to any collection exploring the history of modernity and the decolonisation of modern art histories, and proposes a new conceptualization of modernity that would benefit any collection looking to re-examine its role in post-colonialism."

Marianne R. Williams