James Oscar is writer, art critic and anthropological researcher. He studied closely under the direction of poet Édouard Glissant at CUNY Graduate Center. He is presently conducting research regarding the sociology and anthropology of art at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique. He has been a curatorial consultant at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ “From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present.” He is a regular public lecturer and moderator of panel discussions. In June 2018, his lecture “The Concept of ‘Interior Landscape’: The Pleasures of Appropriation and Picasso Cradled in Black Paris” was delivered in the context of MMFA’s Picasso exhibition. He is presently a Writer in Residence at Place des Arts’ CCOV. His essay “The Crux Is Never Human All Too Human: The Many Worlds of Dana Michel” has recently appeared in Finland (Julkaistu 2019).
“The gazes in my paintings are not accidental.” Senegalese artist Omar Ba speaks with Montreal-based scholar James Oscar about hauntings and ghosts, frequencies and repetition, and the politics of painting now