Irma Stern and the Racial Paradox of South African Modern Art: Audacities of Color (Hardcover)

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South African artist Irma Stern (1894-1966) is one of the nation's most enigmatic modern figures. Stern held conservative political positions on race even as her subjects openly challenged racism and later the apartheid regime. Using paintings, archival research, and new interviews, this book explores how Stern became South Africa's most prolific painter of Black, Jewish, and Colored (mixed-race) life while maintaining controversial positions on race.

Through her art, Stern played a crucial role in both the development of modernism in South Africa and in defining modernism as a global movement. Spanning the Boer War to Nazi Germany to apartheid South Africa and into the contemporary #RhodesMustFall movement, Irma Stern's work documents important twentieth-century cultural and political moments. More than fifty years after her death, Stern's legacy challenges assumptions about race, gender roles, and religious identity and how they are represented in art history.

About the Author

LaNitra M. Berger is Senior Director of Fellowships for the Office of Undergraduate Education and Affiliate Faculty in the African & African American Studies (AAAS) Program and the History and Art History Department at George Mason University, USA.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781350187498
ISBN-10: 1350187496
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publication Date: December 24th, 2020
Pages: 192
Language: English

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