Cross / Cultures

Articles from No. 144, 2012

Acknowledgements
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...
Chris, Steve, and Yinka: We Run Tings1
Until the 90s, there were hardly any black students at British art colleges. Ofili's success showed that, if you have the intelligence, sawy and ambition, being an artist is a career option. Someone has to pave the way. And it was clear from the first...
Coming in from the Cold: Some Black Artists Are Embraced
Making an exhibition on the basis of racial origin is not something that comes easy to the art world.1WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A HANDFUL OF WORKS by Black 3Ttists purchased primarily for the Arts Council Collection, there was little during the 19805 to...
Everything Crash1
[Okwui] Enwezor tells us that he flew all over God's earth looking for artists to include in the exhibition, but evidence of genuine research is hard to ascertain, because Enwezor's selection (and that of his [Octavio] Zaya his co-curator) is quite a...
Introduction: You Were the Future Once1
Despite black artists' vehement charges of discrimination, a few of their number have quietly crept into considerable eminence - some at quite a young age. . . The ease of [Richard] Hunt's climb to prominence suggests that prejudice is far from the only...
Preliminary Note
IN THIS STUDY, THE TERM 'BLACK* IS USED IN WAYS THAT REFLECT its contested history and somewhat fluid usage. I avoid use of the term 'Black and Asian', although, as a signifier of people of African origin, as separate and distinct from people of Asian...
Service to Empire
The middle of the nineteenth century marked the high point of the power and wealth of Great Britain, and her people were proud not only of these: they were conscious of the greatness of their contribution not only to law and to the natural sciences,...
The Only Thing to Look Forward To. Is the Past
THE 1980S WERE IN SOME WAYS THE DECADE OF THE BLACK ARTIST. From the exhibitions involving the likes of Claudette Johnson, Keith Piper, Donald Rodney, Marlene Smith and others that took place between 1981 and 1984, through to the unprecedented crop of...
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