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An overview of the development of art in The Bahamas


Published: Jul 13, 2013

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“40 Years of Bahamian Art”, a new exhibition at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) offers an overview of the development of art in The Bahamas from 1973, the year The Bahamas became an independent nation, to the present.

“This exhibition is a timely one as a vast number of Bahamians, more particularly creative individuals, now embrace opportunities for discourse about nationality and even further to that, the barometer of ‘Caribbean-ness’ and regional identity,” the gallery said in a statement.

“If the NAGB’s Inaugural Exhibition in 2003 opened a discussion about who we are and where we are going, then it can be said that ‘40 Years of Bahamian Art’ is an examination of national self-actualization and our journey thus far.”

The NAGB curatorial staff has aimed to reveal this journey through several viewpoints that include a broad range of male and female artists and media.

Due to spatial constraints, this list is by no means exhaustive and many of this nation’s most distinguished practicing artists are sadly not represented. This is also due to the fact that much of the ground floor spaces of this show are dedicated to drawing upon the NAGB’s National Collection, which is limited to what the institution has been able to collect so far due to the kindness of supporters and patrons.

The artists exhibited represent an array of media and disciplines over a 40-year span that reaches into the five decades represented from the early ‘70s through the early 2010s.

Media presented are painting, works on paper, collage and mixed media assemblage, ceramics, sculpture, film, textiles and photography.

There are well-known and newer names represented in hopes to inspire and perhaps surprise the viewer.

“Through this collection, we hope to convey the vital aspects of Bahamian art,” said the gallery. “If anything, this body of work reveals that the visual narrative exists not only in the picturesque and romantic, but also on planes both above and beneath the tropical lenses through which Bahamian art has been perceived in the past.”

 

• “40 Years of Bahamian Art” runs until December 31, 2013 at the NAGB, West Hill St. Opening hours: Tue - Sat. 10am - 4pm and Sundays Noon - 4pm. Admission $5 Adults; $3 Students/Seniors. Children under 12 Free.

 


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