But, pray, can Mr Yates tell us what he means by "tribal" and "contemporary", and the kind of relationship he is establishing between these two? More pertinently, why is art from "Africa and Oceania" - the customary anthropological dinosaurs - so inevitably, so off-handely dscribed as "tribal". What do we call art from Ancient Greece or Rome or Persia? What freezes certain kinds of art into the "tribal" category. "Tribal" by whose judgement - and designation?
These are no new questions, surely, but when will the art world begin to sensitize itself to the slur and designatory inaccuracies inherent in some of its terminologies? .
From: toyin adepoju <toyin.adepoju@...>
Subject: [WoleSoyinkaSociety] Fwd: [African_Arts] Tribal - An Exhibition of Tribal and Contemporary Art.
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Date: Saturday, October 8, 2011, 5:54 AM
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From: Mike Yates <lokaart@...>
Date: 7 October 2011 09:35
Subject: [African_Arts] Tribal - An Exhibition of Tribal and Contemporary Art.
This is to let you know that I am organizing an exhibition of artworks from my collection. This is "Tribal - An Exhibition of Tribal and Contemporary Art" and will feature African and Oceanic art alongside works by 20th century European artists. The event runs 11th November, 2011 - 19th November, 2011,at the Post Modern Gallery, Theatre Square, Swindon, England. SN1 1QN. It will be open every day from 11am to 4pm and I hope to be on the premises during opening hours. So, if any members can make it, please make yourselves known to me. I would be delighted to meet you. There will also be a talk about the collection on Wednesday, 16th November, at 7p.m. Further details can be found on www.artsite.ltd.uk