Art World City

The Creative Economy of Artists and Urban Life in Dakar

by Joanna Grabski

Published by: Indiana University Press

320 Pages, 8.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 57 color illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253026057
  • Published: July 2017


  • eBook
  • 9780253026224
  • Published: July 2017


Art World City focuses on contemporary art and artists in the city of Dakar, a famously thriving art metropolis in the West African nation of Senegal. Joanna Grabski illuminates how artists earn their livelihoods from the city's resources, possibilities, and connections. She examines how and why they produce and exhibit their work and how they make an art scene and transact with art world mediators such as curators, journalists, critics, art lovers, and collectors from near and far. Grabski shows that Dakar-based artists participate in a platform that has a global reach. They extend Dakar's creative economy and the city's urban vibe into an "art world city."