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Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee compile a compelling assortment that exhibits how interviews can be utilized to generate new that means and the way connecting with artists and their paintings can rework creative creation into leading edge severe insights and data. The members to this quantity contain artists, museum curators, paintings historians, and anthropologists, who handle creative construction in numerous destinations and media to query past makes use of of interview and impress replacement understandings of art.

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My book The Mande Blacksmiths thus fre- 20 Patrick McNaughton quently focused on Sedu Traore and other specific smiths as in­di­vidu­als who brokered Mande ideas to their communities through their own nuances of character and ability. I spent far less time with Sidi Ballo, not nearly enough to really know him as one would know a friend. And yet I wrote a book about him—A Bird Dance near Saturday City. That could have meant I built a biography out of whole cloth, or believed too readily things he said to me.

Artists are not always able or anxious to sort that out with words. So when scholars talk to artists, we must keep our wits about us. Compounding this complexity is the fact that art scholars also talk to people in several other realms, such as art viewers and users, members of spiritual or popu­ lar associations, participants in ceremonies, elders, gallery owners and dealers, and Talking to People about Art 19 collectors. All these people have their own interpretations and assertions, based on their own experiences and motivations.

And what am I to do when he tells me his command of sorcery allows him to leap into trees or turn invisible? I think the answer can be found in the nature of talk itself, and the things that come with it when we are engaged with other people. This should probably be obvious, but quite of­ten we behave as if it were not. The very nature of our being, of 18 Patrick McNaughton our existence in the world, makes information a highly relative thing. Remind­ing ourselves why that is can give us a perspective from which to fashion fruitful art his­tori­cal practices that are attentive to the relationships and dialogues between people.

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