Entwining Caribbean, British and American Art Histories: Trouble at the Turn to the "Transnational" and "Provincial"

Wainwright, Leon (2018). Entwining Caribbean, British and American Art Histories: Trouble at the Turn to the "Transnational" and "Provincial". Post: Notes on Contemporary Art around the Globe. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.

URL: https://post.at.moma.org/content_items/1097-entwin...

Abstract

If the Caribbean has largely been subtracted from those better-known narratives of art and artists that dominate the Atlantic world, attempts to mend this failing have often brought about mixed results. How may we come to appreciate that Caribbean experience is integral to the historical development and understanding of modern and contemporary art? What guarantees are there that applying the terms transnational and provincial offers a robust means for writing and curating more inclusive, open (and even global) histories of art that do justice to the Caribbean? As Leon Wainwright suggests in this brief comment, even after such deliberate effort, some older tendencies in thinking about art of the twentieth century persist, returning to haunt us.

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