Hardback304 PagesSize: 270 × 249 mm
ISBN: 9781848221512

'At the heart of this book - and what makes it unique - are the artists' first person stories about their own experiences in art making... For librarians building African art collections, this should be on your "must buy" list for 2015.' Art Libraries Society of North America

Making Art in Africa


Edited by Polly Savage, with essays by Robert Loder and John Picton and a Foreword by Sir Anthony Caro



  • Sixty artist interviews provide unique insights in to making art in Africa
  • Includes the work of artists from Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia
  • Many of the works are reproduced in print here for the first time
  • Illustrated timelines help to elucidate the book's fascinating social and political contexts

What does it mean to make art in Africa? In Making Art in Africa, 60 of the continent's leading artists give very different answers to this question through a series of extraordinary first-hand commentaries relating to specific works.

The book includes accounts from key curators and co-ordinators, and primary images are considered in the context of contemporary events, personal discoveries, and the networks such as Triangle which have brought them together. Showcasing paintings, sculptures, prints and installations, Making Art in Africa marries the selected interviews and their associated images with archival and comparative illustrations. The result is an unparalleled insight into the artworks, experiences and processes of art making in Africa during a period of radical social change.

Visually appealing with absorbing, accessible texts, Making Art in Africa provides a unique contribution to the literature available on this fascinating subject, and will be an essential purchase for scholars and general readers alike.

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