Prof. Joanna Grabski recognized for forthcoming book
Prof. Joanna Grabski has received the Millard Meiss Publication Award from the College Art Association for her forthcoming book, “Art World City: The Creative Economy of Artists and Urban Life in Dakar.”
The book, which will be published in 2017, focuses on contemporary art and artists in the city of Dakar, a famously thriving art metropolis in the West African nation of Senegal.
Grabski illuminates how artists make art and how they earn their livelihoods from the city’s resources, possibilities, and connections. She examines how and why artists produce art and exhibit their work, how they make an art scene, and transact with art world mediators, such as curators, journalists, critics, art lovers, and collectors, from near and far.
As she provides an analysis of artistic engagements in the urban environment, Grabski shows that Dakar-based artists participate in an art platform that has a global reach. They extend Dakar’s creative economy and the city’s urban vibe into an “art world city.”
Grabski bores into the vibrant art scene in Dakar and sheds light on the complex issues concerning art from non-western places, such as authorship, style, creativity, practice, and the socio-cultural politics of art collecting with significant implications for how we study art world globalization and urbanization in Africa.
The book builds on 16 years of ethnographic research in Dakar, Senegal. The project was funded by the Fulbright Hays Faculty Research Award and the Denison University Research Foundation.