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|Title: ||Developing African art : innovation and tradition seen through the work of two artists; Lamidi Fakeye and Ahmed Shibrain|
|Authors: ||Nour, A. I.|
|Supervisors: ||Drewal, Henry|
|Issue Date: ||2006|
|Abstract: ||The dissertation explores the work of two African artists: Lamidi O.
Fakeye a Yoruba wood carver, and Ahmed M. Shibrain a Sudanese painter, as
an exemplary development within African art during the second half of the 20th
century. It examines their works through the sense of "tradition" as it is seen
within the context of their cultures and their histories. It considers their works to
be a reflection of their time, a hybrid art and a new tradition emerging within
their respective cultures as a result of change in their societies. It argues against
the notion that separates their art from their traditions and their histories based
on the artificial barriers of "authenticity" in the literature on African art and the
various categories that are related to it. It ponders on the contradictions and
complexity that this situation has created and demonstrated that these categories
negate historical realities.
The dissertation is in two parts. The first part describes and analyses
some of Lamidi's Christian and secular carvings. His work is placed in its
appropriate historical perspective by revealing its close relationship to the
carvings of his predecessors in terms of themes, design, content and clients.
Innovation and change in his work through time and space is revealed.
In the second part, the dissertation defines the connectivity of Shibrain's
work to his tradition and its history, and that of his fellow artists who
contributed to the development of a new trend in Sudanese art. It discusses their
work on the basis of the 'idea' of art in Islam, their training and their heritage of
decorative art and Arabic calligraphy. It argues that innovation, influence,
borrowing and adaptation, are part of progress in art through the ages.|
|Publisher: ||University of St Andrews|
|Appears in Collections:||Art History Theses|
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