Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 50s to Now

ISBN: 9781849767651
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Alex Bailey and David Farcquharson (Editors)
Format: hardback
Year published: 1 Nov 2021
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 192
Illustrations: 150 colour and black and white illustrations


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This fascinating book traces the connection between Britain and the Caribbean in the visual arts from the 1950s to today, a social and cultural history more often told through literature or popular music. With its multi-generational perspective, it reveals that the Caribbean connection in British art is one of the richest facets of art in Britain since the Second World War, and is a lens through which to understand the Caribbean diasporic experience in all its social, cultural, psychological and political complexities across generations. Featuring around 40 artists – among them Aubrey Williams, Frank Bowling, Althea McNish, Donald Locke, Sonia Boyce, Isaac Julien, Black Audio Film Collective, Lubaina Himid, Peter Doig, Chris Ofili, Steve McQueen, Alberta Whittle, and many more – it includes a variety of works mostly by UK-based African-Caribbean artists, but also by artists who were not originally from the Caribbean but who relocated there or have made important work about it. It sheds light on a number of themes such as Caribbean modernism, social and political struggles, subculture and its policing, the front room as a private and public space, after-images of slavery and the Middle Passage, and carnival and folklore. Readers will find themselves charting a course between two worlds: London or other urban localities in the UK and images of formerly British Caribbean nations. With contributions by a variety of authors, including Paul Gilroy and fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner, A Brighter Sun presents post-war British art history in its global and transnational dimensions, and reveals how these were shaped by the struggle against Empire and its legacies.


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