South of the Sahara: Selected Works of African Art [Cleveland Museum of Art]

By: Petridis, Constantine

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Hardcover with dust jacket, 22.5 by 31.2 cm, 128 pp., illus. New, still in the publisher’s shrinkwrap. From the publisher: “Even before its doors opened to the public in 1916 the Cleveland Museum of Art had begun to collect the art of Africa, and in 2003 reaffirms its commitment with an innovative reinstallation of a gallery of sub-Saharan African art. Enriched with many field photographs and much ethnographical information, this presentation also emphasizes the extraordinary formal invention and spiritual power of the objects. This volume celebrates the new energy and clarity brought to the collection with discussions of forty-two important works, newly photographed and generously illustrated, a concise introduction, and a list of references that range widely through the literature of the field.” And from Mary Vogl’s outstanding review in African Studies Review1, “Each work of art is reproduced in a full-page color plate, and most are accompanied by a small photograph of a similar object being worn or used in its African context. Notes include a description of the object, the ethnic group and geographical location of origin, the object's period, material(s) and size, the name of the donor, and the date the museum acquired the object. Several bibliographical references are given for further reading about each work. The collection's emphasis is on West and Central Africa, the two regions that have produced the most important sculptural art traditions. While most of the objects are figurative sculptures and masks, there are also a few examples of beadwork. The zones represented are the Western Sudan, the Guinea Coast, Nigeria, the Cameroon Grassfields, and the Congo Basin […] In his introductory essay, ‘Faces and Figures of Sub-Saharan Africa,’ Petridis provides a brief overview of the history of African art in the Cleveland Museum, citing acquisitions and exhibits from as early as 1915 [and] in the section entitled ‘Artist,’ the author makes the claim that African art is ‘anonymous’ only in the sense that scholars and collectors have neglected to gather information about the names of the artists who produced the works. Nevertheless, Petridis claims that ‘naming the artists who produced works of African art sometimes seems to be more a concern of art historians in the West than of the people who made and used them in their original settings.’”

Title: South of the Sahara: Selected Works of African Art [Cleveland Museum of Art]

Author Name: Petridis, Constantine

Categories: Africa,

Publisher: Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Museum of Art: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 3084