Academic journal article Cross / Cultures

Acknowledgements

Academic journal article Cross / Cultures

Acknowledgements

Article excerpt

In researching and writing this book, I have incurred a number of debts of gratitude. I would, in the first instance, like to thank Professor Dr Geoffrey V. Davis and his co-editors of Rodopi's Cross /Cultures series for taking such a pronounced interest in my original proposal. I would similarly like to thank Professor John Yancey, who, as Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, granted me academic leave, enabling me to research and write this study. My profound thanks and gratitude are extended to my Editor, Dr Gordon Collier, whose eye for detail, as well as his eye for nuance and interpretation, have done an immeasurable amount to strengthen and clarify this study. His assistance has been invaluable. In similar regard, I would like to thank Richard Hylton, whose comments and suggestions, resulting from an extraordinarily close reading of both my initial proposal and one of my final drafts, did much to improve my presentation.

Tm particularly grateful to Janet Stanley, Chief librarian, National Museum of African Art Library, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, DC. Janet provided me with much-needed clarity - and the attendant documentation - about the debut of African artists' at the Venice Biennale.

A number of photographers must be thanked, for granting permission for me to reproduce their images for this study. Théophile Escargot and Pascal Saez both responded to my requests with speed and generosity. I am particularly grateful to Pogus Caesar, who allowed me unrestricted access to his extensive archive of photographs relating to many aspects of this study. …

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