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Autonomy and Self-transcendence in Contemporary African Art: resilience, change and renewal

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Abstract

This article examines the criteria and legitimization processes of African art, highlighting the specificities of the dynamics involved. The existence, on the one hand, in Western societies of institutions that recognize art, such as galleries and museums, and the desire of artists, on the other, to gain acceptance in the eyes of an international audience, determine the ways in which African artistic expression and art exhibitions are presented. In the context of growing globalization and the post-colonial legacy, I analyse the distance covered by African art in its journey from autonomy to self-transcendence, as the subject of theoretical and critical reflection, and examine new ways of approaching art and aesthetics.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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