n De Arte - Polly Street : the story of an art centre, Elsa Miles : book review




I have felt for some time now that no one in the field of art history deserves an honorary doctorate more than Elsa Miles. This independent researcher spent the past few decades quietly and painstakingly scouring archives and conducting interviews to piece together ever-more comprehensive histories of modern black art practice in South Africa. Most in the know would agree that this heritage historically received short shrift from art historians. Since the 1930s, when the first white responses to the emerging phenomenon of modern black art appeared in newspapers and magazines, writing on this topic was inclined to reveal more about the presuppositions of the authors than it did about the practice of the artists.


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