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Book Launch. British Black Art: Debates on Western art History


British Black Art: Debates on Western art History

Book Launch: Thursday 1st December, Tenderbooks at 6pm

6 Cecil Court
London, WC2N 4HE

The conditions of development of British Black Art are tied up with a social and cultural history of Europe, especially the anti-immigration policies of Margaret Thatcher and their consequences, such as the Brixton riots of the early 1980s.
British Black Art Works suggests new narratives about emblematic artworks of the British Black Art movement, such as Lubaina Himid’s 1984 Freedom and Change; Eddie Chambers’ 1980 Destruction of the National Front, and Sonia Boyce’s 1986 Lay Back Keep Quiet and Think of What Made Britain So Great, interrogating their critical agency from an art-historical perspective.
This study offers new narratives of emblematic works of British Black Art, analysing their critical force within Western art history, and how it stems from the relations they weave between the tools of cultural studies, British Black feminism, and cultural politics and the specific tools of artistic creation.
Sophie Orlando is researcher for Black Artists and Modernism (an AHRC funded project based at UAL / Middlesex University, London) and Associate Professor of Theory and Contemporary Art History at the National Art School, Villa Arson, in Nice.
Featuring the work of: Eddie Chambers, Lubaina Himid, Sonia Boyce, Chila Kumari Burman, Keith Piper, and Rasheed Araeen.
Published in September 2016.