K. Dian Kriz
K. Dian Kriz is Professor Emerita of Art History in the Department of Art and Architectural History at Brown University.
Kriz, K. Dian
Kriz, K. Dian
United States of America
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Description: Slavery, Sugar, and the Culture of Refinement: Picturing the British West Indies,...
This highly original book asks new questions about paintings and prints associated with the British West Indies between 1700 and 1840, when the trade in sugar and slaves was most active and profitable. In a wide-ranging study of scientific illustrations, scenes of daily life, caricatures, and landscape imagery, Kay Dian Kriz analyzes the visual culture of refinement that accompanied the brutal process by which African slaves transformed “rude” sugar cane into pure white crystals.

In these works refinement is usually associated with the metropole, and “rudeness” with the colonies. Many artists capitalized on those characteristics of rudeness—animality, sensuality, and savagery—that increasingly became associated with all the island inhabitants. Yet other artists produced works that offered the possibility of colonial refinement, not just economic profit and sexual pleasure, thus complicating perceptions of difference between the two sides of the Atlantic.

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Print publication date August 2008 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300140620
EISBN 9780300270204
Illustrations 117
Print Status in print
Description: Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds
When Isaac Mendes Belisario returned to his native Jamaica in the early 1830s from London, where he had grown up and trained as an artist, he was entering a colony preoccupied...
PublisherYale Center for British Art
Related print edition pages: pp.163-174
Description: Art on the Line: The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780–1836
THOMAS ROWLANDSON’S DRAWING, The Exhibition Stare Case (c.1800;The drawing has been dated c.1800 by John Hayes, in The Art of Thomas Rowlandson, Alexandria, Virginia 1990, 72. fig. 41), is surely one of the wittiest images ever produced on the subject of...
PublisherPaul Mellon Centre
Related print edition pages: pp.55-63