Obiora Udechukwu: Line, Image, Text
Obiora Udechukwu: Line, Image, Text is a critical study of the drawings of influential Nigerian artist and poet Obiora Udechukwu. It argues, quite compellingly, that the radical fusion of lyrical formalism and socio-political critique in Udechukwu’s drawings is a direct outcome of his lifelong commitment to the graphic, pictorial and rhetorical properties of line. From drawings of war and famine he made as a young man in Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970) to the sophisticated abstract compositions of the past two decades, Udechukwu has systematically eliminated the boundaries between image and text, literary and visual poetry, and the results are drawings of tremendous lyrical power. Featuring more than 500 drawings, many in colour, this beautifully designed book provides an unprecedented account of drawing as an ideational tool and powerful vehicle for the expression of an artistic-poetic imagination.
Authored by award-winning, internationally recognised art historian and critic Chika Okeke-Agulu, this book is a fitting homage to the originality of Udechukwu’s drawings and illustrious career.
Chika Okeke-Agulu is one of the foremost scholars of African art, a curator, artist, and associate professor in the Department of Art and Archaeology and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. Recently, he was awarded the Jewett Mather Award for his seminal book, Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria published by Duke University Press in 2015. He has also written, co-authored and co-edited several books including Contemporary African Art Since 1980 (co-authored with Okwui Enwezor) and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (co-edited with Okwui Enwezor and Salah Hassan).
On March 21, 2017, the public presentation of Obiora Udechukwu: Line, Image, Text will be hosted by African Artists Foundation, Victoria Island, Lagos from 5pm.
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