• Cloth: $109.95 - In Stock
  • Paperback: $29.95 - In Stock
  • Quantity
  • Add To Bag
  • List of Illustrations  ix
    General Editors' Foreword / Ruth B. Phillips and Nicholas Thomas  xiii
    Preface / Elizabeth Harney and Ruth B. Phillips  xv
    Introduction. Inside Modernity: Indigeneity, Coloniality, Modernisms / Elizabeth Harney and Ruth B. Phillips  1
    Part I. Modern Values
    1. Reinventing Zulu Tradition: The Modernism of Zizwezenyanga Qwabe's Figurative Relief Panels / Sandra Klopper  33
    2. "Hooked Forever on Primitive Peoples": James Houston and the Transformation of "Eskimo Handicrafts" to Inuit Art / Heather Igloliorte  62
    3. Making Pictures on Baskets: Modern Indian Painting in an Expanded Field / Bill Anthes  91
    4. An Intersection: Bill Reid, Henry Speck, and the Mapping of Modern Northwest Coast Art / Karen Duffek  110
    5. Modernism on Display: Negotiating Value in Exhibitions of Maori Art, 1958–1973 / Damian Skinner  138
    Part II. Modern Identities
    6. "Artist of PNG": Mathias Kauage and Melanesian Modernism / Nicholas Thomas  163
    7. Modernism and the Art of Albert Namatjira / Ian McLean  187
    8. Cape Dorset Cosmopolitans: Making "Local" Prints in Global Modernity / Norman Vorano  209
    9. Natural Synthesis: Art, Theory, and the Politics of Decolonization in Mid-Twentieth-Century Nigeria / Chika Okeke-Agulu  235
    Part III. Modern Mobilities
    10. Being Modern, Becoming Native: George Morrison's Surrealist Journey Home / W. Jackson Rushing III  259
    11. Falling into the World: The Global Art World of Aloï Pilioko and Nicolaï Michoutouchkine / Peter Brunt 282
    12. Constellations and Coordinates: Repositioning Postwar Paris in Stories of African Modernisms / Elizabeth Harney  304
    13. Conditions of Engagement: Mobility, Modernism, and Modernity in the Art of Jackson Hlungwani and Sydney Kumalo / Anitra Nettleton  335
    14. The Modernist Lens of Lutterodt Studios / Erin Haney  357
    Bibliography  377
    Contributors  409
  • Bill Anthes

    Peter Brunt

    Karen Duffek

    Erin Haney

    Heather Igloliorte

    Sandra Klopper

    Ian McLean

    Anitra Nettleton

    Chika Okeke-Agulu

    W. Jackson Rushing

    Damian Skinner

    Nicholas Thomas

    Norman Vorano

  • Mapping Modernisms offers a rich set of essays by significant figures and rising scholars in their field. Recognizing the complexity of the relationship between individual identity, practice, and cultural and historical processes, the editors have produced an excellent and rewarding volume.” — Howard Morphy, author of, Aboriginal Art

    "This rigorous and intelligent volume makes a major contribution, bringing into visibility a large spectrum of formerly marginalized aesthetic practices and subjectivities in art history's narratives of twentieth-century modernism." — Saloni Mathur, author of, The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora

  • Permission to Photocopy (coursepacks)

    If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright.com;

    If the Copyright Clearance Center cannot grant permission, you may request permission from our Copyrights & Permissions Manager (use Contact Information listed below).

    Permission to Reprint

    If you are requesting permission to reprint DUP material (journal or book selection) in another book or in any other format, contact our Copyrights & Permissions Manager (use Contact Information listed below).


    Many images/art used in material copyrighted by Duke University Press are controlled, not by the Press, but by the owner of the image. Please check the credit line adjacent to the illustration, as well as the front and back matter of the book for a list of credits. You must obtain permission directly from the owner of the image. Occasionally, Duke University Press controls the rights to maps or other drawings. Please direct permission requests for these images to permissions@dukeupress.edu.
    For book covers to accompany reviews, please contact the publicity department.

    Subsidiary Rights/Foreign Translations

    If you're interested in a Duke University Press book for subsidiary rights/translations, please contact permissions@dukeupress.edu. Include the book title/author, rights sought, and estimated print run.

    Disability Requests

    Instructions for requesting an electronic text on behalf of a student with disabilities are available here.

    Rights & Permissions Contact Information

    Email: permissions@dukeupress.edu
    Email contact for coursepacks: asstpermissions@dukeupress.edu
    Fax: 919-688-4574
    Duke University Press
    Rights and Permissions
    905 W. Main Street
    Suite 18B
    Durham, NC 27701

    For all requests please include:
    1. Author's name. If book has an editor that is different from the article author, include editor's name also.
    2. Title of the journal article or book chapter and title of journal or title of book
    3. Page numbers (if excerpting, provide specifics)
    For coursepacks, please also note: The number of copies requested, the school and professor requesting
    For reprints and subsidiary rights, please also note: Your volume title, publication date, publisher, print run, page count, rights sought
  • Description

    Mapping Modernisms brings together scholars working around the world to address the modern arts produced by indigenous and colonized artists. Expanding the contours of modernity and its visual products, the contributors illustrate how these artists engaged with ideas of Primitivism through visual forms and philosophical ideas. Although often overlooked in the literature on global modernisms, artists, artworks, and art patrons moved within and across national and imperial borders, carrying, appropriating, or translating objects, images, and ideas. These itineraries made up the dense networks of modern life, contributing to the crafting of modern subjectivities and of local, transnationally inflected modernisms. Addressing the silence on indigeneity in established narratives of modernism, the contributors decenter art history's traditional Western orientation and prompt a re-evaluation of canonical understandings of twentieth-century art history. Mapping Modernisms is the first book in Modernist Exchanges, a multivolume project dedicated to rewriting the history of modernism and modernist art to include artists, theorists, art forms, and movements from around the world.

    Contributors. Bill Anthes, Peter Brunt, Karen Duffek, Erin Haney, Elizabeth Harney, Heather Igloliorte, Sandra Klopper, Ian McLean, Anitra Nettleton, Chika Okeke-Agulu, Ruth B. Phillips, W. Jackson Rushing III, Damian Skinner, Nicholas Thomas, Norman Vorano

    About The Author(s)

    Elizabeth Harney is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto and author of In Senghor's Shadow: Art, Politics, and the Avant-Garde in Senegal, 1960-1995, also published by Duke University Press, and Ethiopian Passages: Contemporary Art from the Diaspora.

    Ruth B. Phillips is Professor of Art History at Carleton University and author of several books, including Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums and Trading Identities: The Souvenir in Native North American Art from the Northeast, 1700-1900.
Explore More

Create a reading list or add to an existing list. Sign-in or register now to continue.

Contact Us

  • Duke University Press
  • 905 W. Main St. Ste 18-B
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • U.S. phone (toll-free): 888-651-0122
  • International: 1-919-688-5134
  • orders@dukeupress.edu