African Art in Transit

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Cambridge University Press, 27 Ιαν 1994 - 220 σελίδες
Prés. de l'éd.: African Art in Transit is an absorbing account of the commodification and circulation of African art objects in the international art market. Christopher Steiner's analysis of the role of the African middleman in linking those who produce and supply works of art in Africa with those who buy and collect so-called 'primitive' art in Europe and America is based on extensive field research among the art traders in Côte d'Ivoire. Steiner provides a lucid interpretation which reveals not only a complex economic network with its own internal logic and rules, but also an elaborate process of transcultural valuation and exchange. By focusing directly on the intermediaries in the African art trade, he unveils a critical new perspective on how symbolic codes and economic values are mediated in the context of shifting geographic and cultural domains. He questions conventional definitions of authenticity in African art by demonstrating how the categories 'authentic' and 'traditional' are continually redefined.
 

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Commodity outlets and the classification of goods
16
The division of labor and the management of capital
40
An economy of words bargaining and the social production of value
61
The political economy of ethnicity in a plural market
80
The quest for authenticity and the invention of African art
100
Cultural brokerage and the mediation of knowledge
130
African art and the discourses of value
157
Notes
165
References
195
Index
211
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Christopher B. Steiner is an author, researcher, and professor of Art History at Connecticut College. He is also the Director of the Museum Studies Program and directs the interdisciplinary Museum Studies Certificate Program. Steiner also taught art history and museum studies at the University of East Anglia, the University of Southern California, and the University of California - Los Angeles. Steiner conducted field research on the African art trade while he was a Fulbright scholar in Ivory Coast in 1987-88. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural History. Steiner holds a B.A. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is the author of the award-winning book: African Art in Transit.

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