Art History and Fetishism Abroad

Global Shiftings in Media and Methods

By focusing on the various modes and media of the fetishised object, this anthology shifts the debates on thingness into a new global art historical perspective. The contributors explore the attention given to those material images, in both artistic and cultural practice from the heyday of colonial expansion until today. They show that in becoming vehicles and agents of transculturality, so called »fetishes« take shape in the 17th to 19th century aesthetics, psychology and ethnography – and furthermore inspire a recent discourse on magical practice and its secular meanings requiring altered art historical approaches and methods.

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 6
  2. Content

    Seiten 7 - 8
  3. Preface

    Seiten 9 - 10
  4. Being Abroad - an Introduction

    Seiten 11 - 26
  5. Phenomenologies

    Survival of Images? Fetish and the Concept of the Image between West Africa and Europe

    Seiten 29 - 56
  6. Speared Heads. Portraits as Things in 20th-Century Sculpture

    Seiten 57 - 70
  7. Fetishism from the Space of Bowdich's Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee to the Time of Erasmus Osei Owusu's (film) ObideεAba : Time Will Tell

    Seiten 71 - 90
  8. Production of Knowledge

    Currency Affairs. Photography and Productivity

    Seiten 93 - 112
  9. Transcultural Interpretation and the Production of Alterity: Photography, Materiality, and Mediation in the Making of "African Art"

    Seiten 113 - 128
  10. [Arte]Fact, Object, Image. Jean-Michel Basquiat's Archives of the Black Atlantic

    Seiten 129 - 158
  11. On a Pedestal? On the Problem of the Sculptural as a Category of Perception for Islamic Objects

    Seiten 159 - 174
  12. Under the Influence of Things

    Bocio. From Nothingness to Liminality and Minimality

    Seiten 177 - 188
  13. Encounters with Masks: Counter-Primitivism in 20th-Century Black Art

    Seiten 189 - 204
  14. Fetishising Modernity: Bricolage Revisited

    Seiten 205 - 234
  15. Fixing Shadows: Photography Beyond the Indexical

    Seiten 235 - 248
  16. Politics of Identity

    Incorporations of the Other - Exotic Objects, Tropicalism, and Anthropophagy

    Seiten 251 - 270
  17. The Court in Dakar. Political Aesthetics in the Post-Colony

    Seiten 271 - 288
  18. Monumentality and Transnationality: The Fascination with Gigantic Ding Bronze Vessels in Modern China

    Seiten 289 - 302
  19. Why Have There Been No Great Forgeries? Collectors, Artefacts, and the Question of Originality

    Seiten 303 - 316
  20. Biographical Notes

    Seiten 317 - 324
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16 September 2014, 324 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8394-2411-7
File size: 11.9 MB

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Gabriele Genge

Gabriele Genge, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Deutschland

Angela Stercken

Angela Stercken, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Deutschland

Gabriele Genge / Angela Stercken (eds.)
Book title
Art History and Fetishism Abroad Global Shiftings in Media and Methods
transcript Verlag
42 SW-Abbildungen, 78 Farbabbildungen
Commodity Group
ART015000 HIS054000
Release date
16 September 2014
Postkolonialismus, Kulturgeschichte, Kunst
Art History, Cultural Anthropology, Visual Studies, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Philosophy
Art History, Fetishism, Culture, Object, Thingness, Visual Studies, Transculturality, Arts, Postcolonialism, Cultural History, Ethnology, Fine Arts

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