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By Joanna Grabski, Carol Magee

ISBN-10: 0253006910

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Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee collect a compelling assortment that exhibits how interviews can be utilized to generate new which means and the way connecting with artists and their paintings can remodel creative creation into leading edge severe insights and information. The participants to this quantity comprise artists, museum curators, artwork historians, and anthropologists, who deal with inventive construction in a number of destinations and media to query earlier makes use of of interview and impress substitute understandings of art.

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15 In fact, the artists’ narratives were fundamental to making a space for Lods in this meta-­narrative by positioning him as an integral player in the development of Dakar’s art world. Moreover, these interviews were crucial to revising flat interpretations of what has been called Lods’s laissez-­faire pedagogical approach, in which it was assumed that he did little more than carry out Senghor’s directives or work in the shadow of Senegalese artist Papa Ibra Tall. The complexity of his pedagogy and the quality of his mentoring were rounded 34 Joanna Grabski out in the artists’ discussions about his cultivation of their personal styles and artistic voices.

I therefore propose that these final words can be taken up to factor into posthumous constructions of many kinds by way of an inversion—that the artist’s final words may be seen as the first words in authorizing a legacy. This is the case in the memorial texts I wrote and in the narratives that artists construct around their absent colleagues. Anecdotes about and quotations by absent artists are criti­cal to establishing their contributions and legacies, because they are reproduced in specific contexts to emphasize ideas or to center narrative constructions, in­clud­ing memorial exhibitions.

My questions were met with complex responses and artists of­ten composed intricate narratives about Lods and other absent fig­ ures. In regard to how and why artists use absence as a productive space: artists’ narratives around absent fig­ures in Dakar, especially Lods and Senghor, were interpretive strategies to advance in­di­vidual and collective claims about their iden- Ghostly Stories 33 tities as pioneer artists while picturing a his­tori­cal moment they called the belle époque (the good ol’ days).

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