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Title:The recreation of modern and African art at Achimota School in the Gold Coast (1927-52)
Author:Woets, RhodaISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:55
Issue:3
Pages:445-465
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:arts
art education
colonialism
About persons:Kofi Antubam (1922-)ISNI
Vincent Akwete KofiISNI
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853714000590
Abstract:The formative influence of colonial art education on modern art movements in Africa has not attracted a great deal of scholarly attention. Yet, European art teachers in the Gold Coast challenged colonial prejudice that Africans were incapable of mastering European aesthetic forms. This article analyses the art education provided at the Teacher Training College at Achimota School where pupils learned both to revalue African art forms and to draw and paint in European, representational art styles. Modern artists built on and reshaped what they had learned at Achimota in order to respond to changing social and political conditions. The last section of this article explores the impact of colonial art education on the work of two of the earliest modern artists in Ghana: Kofi Antubam and Vincent Kofi. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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