Author Affiliation, Ana.
Institute of Social and Economic Research
Pirates or parrots? A critical perspectives on the visual arts in Jamaica
Small Axe: A journal of criticism
Date of Publication
Examines some of the peculiarities of the Jamaican art scene. Notions of local vs universal/global, imitation vs innovation, popular vs 'high' or fine art, mainstream vs primitive/intuitive are examined through a reading of the text of the catalogue accompanying the show 'Caribbean Visions'. Ends by recommending a bold, free-wheeling, piratical approach to art by the practice of 'appropriation, synthesis and invention'.....