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Caribbean art
Poupeye, Veerle, 1958-
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New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson, 1998.
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224 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm.
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N6591 .P68 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A collection of examples of the work of over 100 Caribbean artists with text explaining the history of Caribbean art, the 20th century art schools which helped to define an indigenous aesthetic, and art's relationship to the political and racial ideologies.

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This compact, well-illustrated volume is the first general historical survey of Caribbean art produced by the Creole culture, a mixture of African, Amerindian, Asian, and European origins encompassing more than 20 countries. More than 100 artists are discussed--most of them little known--with 177 illustrations, 76 in color. European-educated art historian and critic Poupeye, a specialist who lectures on the subject in Jamaica, has produced a valuable, balanced, and readable book that is a considerable addition to scholarship on the topic, and also to the study of modernism and contemporary art of the 20th century. Seven chapters cover the political climate of Prehispanic and Colonial art, cultural nationalism, and popular arts including the significant contribution of Carnival, themes of revolution and racial consciousness, nature, the "Self and the Other," and art from the 1980s and 1990s. Poupeye identifies individual countries usually understood as part of the Caribbean geographical presence, taking a wide view, including, e.g., "the Guianas" of South America. She discusses Haitian Vaudou, "Caribbeanness," the role of "primitive" Caribbean art and the possibility of racial stereotyping, and what is termed the Caribbean "Plantation America." Highly recommended as an excellent survey and reference book. General readers; graduates; faculty. M. Hamel-Schwulst; Towson University