Art in the Service of Colonialism: French Art Education in Morocco 1912-1956, by Hamid Irbouh [book review]

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Elizabeth A. Perrill, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: It is clear that Art in the Service of Colonialism fills a distinct lack in the body of art historical scholarship. Irbouh counters the inclination to champion “fine art” as African art history races to document modernisms that are slipping through scholars’ fingers, as archives disintegrate and a generation of independence era administrators and artists age. Many are attempting to both interrogate and preserve legacies of pre- and post-independence modernity. In this moment of intense art historical work, we often focus on archives of national universities, painters living in the metropole, sculptors who shaped national monuments. But, Irbouh reminds us, we must not ignore the sometimes unfashionable world of art education and pedagogy beyond the university. The roots of modernist traditions currently catching our disciplinary attention lay in the colonial programs that formed the visual cultures of incipient nations.

Additional Information

African Arts. 47, 4, Winter, 2014, 94-95
Language: English
Date: 2014
book review, Morocco, colonialism, art education

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