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              Books by Z. S. Strother

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              Vladimir Markov and Russian Primitivism: A Charter for the Avant-Garde
               

              Vladimir Markov and Russian Primitivism: A Charter for the Avant-Garde (Hardback, New edition)

              By Howard, Jeremy; Strother, Z. S.; Buzinska, Dr. Irena; Series edited by Woodfield, Professor Richard

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              Hailed as a brilliant theoretician, Voldemars Matvejs was a Latvian artist who spearheaded the Union of Youth, a dynamic group championing artistic change in Russia, 1910-14. This volume introduces Markov as an innovative and pioneering art photographer and assembles for the firs...t time five of his most important essays.
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              ISBN 9781472439741
              Released NZ 18 Mar 2016
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Studies in Art Historiography
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              Vladimir Markov and Russian Primitivism: A Charter for the Avant-Garde
               

              Vladimir Markov and Russian Primitivism: A Charter for the Avant-Garde (Paperback)

              By Howard, Jeremy; Buzinska, Irena; Strother, Z. S.

              • RRP: $86.99
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              • Pub Date
                31 Mar 20

              Hailed as a brilliant theoretician, Voldemars Matvejs (best known by his pen name Vladimir Markov) was a Latvian artist who spearheaded the Union of Youth, a dynamic group championing artistic change in Russia, 1910-14. His work had a formative impact on Malevich, Tatlin, and the... Constructivists before it was censored during the era of Soviet realism. This volume introduces Markov as an innovative and pioneering art photographer and assembles, for the first time, five of his most important essays. The translations of these hard-to-find texts are fresh, unabridged, and authentically poetic. Critical essays by Jeremy Howard and Irena Buzinska situate his work in the larger phenomenon of Russian 'primitivism', i.e. the search for the primal. This book challenges hardening narratives of primitivism by reexamining the enthusiasm for world art in the early modern period from the perspective of Russia rather than Western Europe. Markov composed what may be the first book on African art and Z.S. Strother analyzes both the text and its photographs for their unique interpretation of West African sculpture as a Kantian 'play of masses and weights'. The book will appeal to students of modernism, orientalism, 'primitivism', historiography, African art, and the history of the photography of sculpture.
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              ISBN 9780367433185
              Released NZ 31 Mar 2020
              Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Studies in Art Historiography
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              AniMystikAKtivist: Between Traditional and the Contemporary in African Art
               

              AniMystikAKtivist: Between Traditional and the Contemporary in African Art (Hardback)

              By Geers, Kendell; Contributions by Hoffmann, Jens; Strother, Z. S.

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              South African-born, Belgian artist Kendell Geers, changed his date of birth to MAY 1968 as a performance, effectively giving birth to himself as a work of art. His artistic practice weaves together African Animism, European Mysticism and Socio-Political Activism with humor, irony... and contradiction. He uses his identity as a White African like a key to unlock and critique our understanding and reading of history, art and language. This book, which focuses on his works created between 1988 and the present, will look at the influence of avant-garde traditions from Dada and Surrealism to Punk, intertwined with the powerful legacy of traditional African art on his work. Spiritually charged, politically poignant and socially engaged, the work cannot be categorized as either European or African, but is rather a prolonged metaphysical dialogue between cultures, archetypal signs and sacred symbols. Included are works in a diversity of media, including painting, sculpture, performance, photography, installation and conceptual art.
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              ISBN 9780300233230
              Released NZ 15 Aug 2018
              Publisher Yale University Press
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              Inventing Masks: Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende
               

              Inventing Masks: Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende (Hardback)

              By Strother, Z. S.

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              Asking who invents masks, and why, the author spent nearly three years in Zaire studying Pende sculpture. She describes the intensive collaboration among African sculptors and dancers that is crucial to inventing masks. The book reveals the rich history and practice of Central Pe...nde masquerade.
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              ISBN 9780226777320
              Released NZ 15 Jan 1997
              Publisher The University of Chicago Pres
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              Inventing Masks: Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende

              Inventing Masks: Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende (Paperback, New edition)

              By Strother, Z. S.

              • RRP: $99.00
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              Asking who invents masks, and why, the author spent nearly three years in Zaire studying Pende sculpture. She describes the intensive collaboration among African sculptors and dancers that is crucial to inventing masks. The book reveals the rich history and practice of Central Pe...nde masquerade.
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              ISBN 9780226777337
              Released NZ 15 Jan 1997
              Publisher The University of Chicago Pres
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              Humor and Violence: Seeing Europeans in Central African Art
               

              Humor and Violence: Seeing Europeans in Central African Art (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Strother, Z. S.

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              Humor and Violence examines the rich history of portraying Europeans in Central African art and includes images from heart-wrenching scenes of human trafficking to playful parodies of colonialists. Z. S. Strother contends that the dialectic of humor and violence reveals deep insi...ghts into the psychology of power and resistance that continues to operate in the region today. Her argument is built on a set of works of art that she was able to date and corroborates the important role that patronage and political and social history played in their creation. Strother argues that Central African ideas about the therapeutic power of humor initiate social change and upset power relations between oppressors and oppressed. This analysis plunges seemingly benign figures into a maelstrom of violence and crime--rape, murder, torture, and forced labor on a massive scale. By restoring the dialectic of humor, it reveals the complicated psychological co-dependency of Africans and Europeans over a long period of history and maintains that art plays a mediating function in the mechanics and ethics of power.
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              ISBN 9780253022677
              Released NZ 25 Mar 2017
              Publisher Indiana University Press
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series African Expressive Cultures
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