Wednesday, 6 March 2013

BOOK OF THE MOMENT: A rich new volume traces the impact of Jamaican art on postcolonial identity

New from Ian Randle Publishers is Claudia Hucke’s Picturing the Postcolonial Nation: Inter (Nationalism) in the Art of Jamaica, 1962-1975, a fascinating volume poised to rekindle the discussion on the evolution and continued impact of indigenous Jamaican art. 

With Picturing, Hucke, a senior lecturer at the Edna Manley College, expertly and eloquently sets the record straight and gives Jamaican art its due in contributing to the decolonization process and the development of Jamaican identity. 

The book also pays homage to the likes of Edna Manley, Karl Parboosingh and Barrington Watson, in addition to the authentic expression of the Intuitives such as John Dunkley and Mallica ‘Kapo’ Reynolds in contributing to the societal changes of postcolonialism. 

With over 150 full colour images, the book is richly illustrated with significant works from both private and public collections, from folk and modern artists, as well as from the academically trained and the self-taught – making this absorbing discourse on contemporary Jamaican art historiography accessible for both novice aficionados and the avid art lover.

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