Revue Noire (magazine)

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Revue Noire Magazine
Revue Noire: Art Contemporain Africain
Revue Noire Magazine.jpg
Editor Jean Loup Pivin and Simon Njami
Categories Art
Frequency Quarterly
First issue 1991
Final issue 2001
Company Editions Revue Noire
Country France
Language English French
Website revuenoire.com/
ISSN 1157-4127

Revue Noire was a quarterly printed magazine dedicated to African contemporary art, published from 1991 to 2001 by Editions Revue Noire.

History and profile[edit]

Revue Noire was founded in 1991 by Jean Loup Pivin, Pascal Martin Saint Lóon, Bruno Tilliette, and Simon Njami.[1] Their goal was to give high-quality printed attention to contemporary African art. It covered varying subjects from sculpture, painting, photography, dance, theatre, music and literature.[2] There were issues on African cities, AIDS, and even gastronomy. Design played a key role in forwarding its objectives and Revue Noire has been described as "glossy, fashion savvy and distinctly Parisian".[3] Images were combined with largely informative texts that highlighted artistic responses to the international media and the touristic gaze as well as the production of discourses of cultural identity on the continent, the framing the African body, urban sites and rapidly changing dynamics between African aesthetic values and Western influences.

From the beginning Revue Noire was aimed at the widest possible audience of those with an interest in art, Africa, or intercultural subject matter. Distributed internationally, it was bilingual (English/French), sometimes adding texts in Portuguese. This language policy and its focus on specific regions - from Abidjan to London, Kinshasa to Paris, Accra, Teshie or Johannesburg to New York or Tokyo - not only facilitated access to information on African artistic production but also forged new links between artist based on the continent and those working in the diaspora.

After 34 issues, Editions Revue Noire interrupted the printing of the journal in 2001 and refocused its attention on publishing books, curating exhibitions and posting occasional online content.

Issues[edit]

The magazine focuses on artists' monographs and on specific countries or geographic areas where the editorial team produces research on arts (which include visual art, photography, music, literature, dance, theatre, fashion but also architecture and food). Some issues are focuses on a specific field.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lucy Durán (ed.), Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent (Johannesburg: Jacana Media, 2007), p. 249.
  2. ^ Paula Youngman Skreslet, Northern Africa: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources (Englewood: Libraries Unlimited, 2000), p. 199
  3. ^ Description at Chimurenga Library.
  4. ^ Revue Noire 01.
  5. ^ Revue Noire 02.
  6. ^ Revue Noire 03.
  7. ^ Revue Noire 04.
  8. ^ Revue Noire 05.
  9. ^ Revue Noire 06.
  10. ^ Revue Noire 07.
  11. ^ Revue Noire 08.
  12. ^ Revue Noire 09.
  13. ^ Revue Noire 10.
  14. ^ Revue Noire 11.
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  18. ^ Revue Noire 15.
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  21. ^ Revue Noire 18.
  22. ^ Revue Noire 19.
  23. ^ Revue Noire 20.
  24. ^ Revue Noire 21.
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  26. ^ Revue Noire 23.
  27. ^ Revue Noire 24.
  28. ^ Revue Noire 25.
  29. ^ Revue Noire 26.
  30. ^ Revue Noire 27.
  31. ^ Revue Noire 28.
  32. ^ Revue Noire 29.
  33. ^ Revue Noire 30.
  34. ^ Revue Noire 31.
  35. ^ Revue Noire 32.
  36. ^ Revue Noire 33/34.
  37. ^ Revue Noire 35.

This article uses text from the Chimurenga Library under the GFDL

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