Introduction to the symposium: Ivan Vladislavić, writing visual culture, and the globalization of a South African "artworld"

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Reid, K. and Graham, J. 2017. Introduction to the symposium: Ivan Vladislavić, writing visual culture, and the globalization of a South African "artworld". Journal of Commonwealth Literature. 52 (1), pp. 3-10. https://doi.org/10.1177/0021989416683426
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TitleIntroduction to the symposium: Ivan Vladislavić, writing visual culture, and the globalization of a South African "artworld"
AuthorsReid, K. and Graham, J.
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The introduction to this symposium considers South African author and editor Ivan Vladislavić’s engagement with South African visual culture and the significance of this to his emergence as a “world writer”. The symposium opens with an article by Sean O’Toole, which provides a comprehensive biographical context for Vladislavić’s engagement with art and proposes that his oeuvre be understood as a unique form of “creative criticism”. In their articles, Sue Marais and Jane Poyner offer close readings that draw out the critical role played by the visual cultures of the rarefied art world and everyday life, respectively, in two key texts where this creative criticism is in evidence: “Curiouser” from The Exploded View (2004) and Portrait with Keys (2006). James Graham’s article examines the nature and outcomes of Vladislavić’s work with other writers and visual artists as an editor, providing a theoretical framework that connects the biographical and formal concerns of the other articles by illustrating the cooperative ethos that undergirds Vladislavić’s critical and creative engagement with visual culture. The symposium therefore illustrates Vladislavić’s critical role in the negotiation of globalized artistic and literary fields, and in the constellation of a South African “artworld”.

Keywordsart criticism; artworld; cultural production; South Africa; visual culture; Ivan Vladislavić
PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalJournal of Commonwealth Literature
ISSN0021-9894
Electronic1741-6442
Publication dates
Online14 Mar 2017
PrintMar 2017
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Deposited23 Jun 2017
Accepted15 Jun 2016
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Katie Reid, James Graham, Introduction to the symposium: Ivan Vladislavić, writing visual culture, and the globalization of a South African “artworld”, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature,
Vol 52, Issue 1, pp. 3-10. Copyright © The Author(s) 2016. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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