Phenomenal Difference grants new attention to contemporary black British art, exploring its critical and social significance through attention to embodied experience, affectivity, the senses and perception.
Featuring attention to works by the following
Said Adrus, Zarina Bhimji, Sonia Boyce, Vanley Burke, Chila Burman, Mona Hatoum, Bhajan Hunjan, Permindar Kaur, Sonia Khurana, Juginder Lamba, Manjeet Lamba, Hew Locke, Yeu-Lai Mo, Henna Nadeem, Kori Newkirk, Johannes Phokela, Keith Piper, Shanti Thomas, Aubrey Williams, Mario Ybarra Jr.
'Leon Wainwright applies a philosophical methodology to black British artists' work to break open the separatist straitjacket that has prevented much of this work from circulating in art canons as anything other than representations of a politics of identity. … [His] aim to proffer the perceptual dimension of black British art as part of a transformative anti-racist politics is admirable and the book is well researched and thought provoking.'
Maria Walsh, Art Monthly
'Cette publication qui est un ouvrage de référence crédible pour le public, les universitaires et les chercheurs, poursuitles recherches sur l’historiographie et les lieux visuels, ainsi que d’autres thèmes avec pour objectif premier de questionner la visibilité de l’art ; à savoir, comment créer un art qui suscite des questions pertinentes, qui devienne significatif, ce que Wainwright définit comme ‘un engagement esthétique plus approfondi’.''This publication is a serious work of reference for the public, academics and researchers, advancing research on historiography and visual contexts, as well as other topics, with the primary objective of exploring the visibility of art; namely, how to create an art that raises relevant questions, that becomes meaningful through what Wainwright defines as 'a deeper aesthetic commitment'.'
'Offers a thoughtful and persuasive examination of the ways in which the theoretical is necessarily underpinned and presupposed by the perceptual... [With] rich descriptions throughout the book ... Wainwright is at his best and his argument at its most convincing, as he brings his phenomenological approach to bear on works of art to unravel the complex relationships between art, artists and the viewer.'
The Burlington Magazine
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