In self-congratulatory tones of tolerance, the Western gatekeepers of the contemporary art world take great pains to demonstrate their inclusive vision of world culture. Non-Western artists soon discover that this veneer of liberalism masks an array of unwritten, unspoken, and unseemly codes and quotas dictating the success of their careers. In past decades, cultural institutions in the West resisted difference; today, they are obsessed with exoticism. Both attitudes reflect entrenched prejudices that prescribe the rules of what Nigerian-born artist, curator, and scholar Olu Oguibe terms the "culture game." Book jacket.
The Culture Game
University of Minnesota Press