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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Continuity and change: three generations of Ethiopian artists
Author:Nagy, Rebecca Martin
City of publisher:Gainesville, FL
Publisher:Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida
ISBN:0976255235; 9780976255239
Geographic term:Ethiopia
visual arts
exhibition catalogues (form)
Abstract:Issued in connection with an exhibition of mostly paintings, held at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville (January 23 - April 29, 2007), the catalogue includes biographical entries for each of the 23 Ethiopian artists whose work was on display. Three of the artists are deceased. The other twenty all live and work in and near Addis Ababa. The role of the School of Fine Arts and Design in Addis Ababa, which has shaped and influenced the careers of the three generations of Ethiopian artists in question, is highlighted in an article by Achamyeleh Debela. The changing political climate in Ethiopia and the various periods in the development of the arts are described in essays by Heran Sereke-Brhan and Shiferaw Bekele, Florescence of the arts in the 'new flower' (Addis Ababa) before 1974; Geta Mekonnen, Beauty and the beast: art and dictatorship in socialist Ethiopia, 1974-1991; and Rebecca Martin Nagy, The art scene in Addis Ababa today. Leah Niederstadt focuses on the challenges faced by recent graduates of the Fine Arts School and on their desire to create art that is true to their vision and that earns them a living, in an essay entitled 'Menor kebad new' (life is difficult): life and work as a young Ethiopian artist. [ASC Leiden abstract]