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AfromodernismsParis, Harlem and the Avant-Garde$
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Fionnghuala Sweeney and Kate Marsh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646401

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646401.001.0001

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‘Forget Paris?’ – Transnationalism in the Spiritual Works of Karl Parboosingh

‘Forget Paris?’ – Transnationalism in the Spiritual Works of Karl Parboosingh

(p.144) Chapter 6 ‘Forget Paris?’ – Transnationalism in the Spiritual Works of Karl Parboosingh

Claudia Hucke

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on Karl Parboosingh (1923–75), one of the most significant artists of Jamaica's immediate post-independence period. It considers the transnational influences on his career, especially on his spiritual paintings, from his student days in New York, Paris and Mexico, until his return to Jamaica in the 1950s and the maturation of his artistic development in the 1970s. It argues that Parboosingh disrupts Western ways of seeing and raises questions of what has historically been conceived as avant-gardist practice by combining a multitude of cross-cultural influences into a new postcolonial Caribbean aesthetic. Linking the transnational with the national, his migration experiences reveal the complications involved in the development of modern(ist) art in a decolonising society.

Keywords:   Jamaican artists, spiritual paintings, avant-garde, postcolonial Caribbean aesthetic, modernism

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