Yoruba: Images and Aesthetics – Masterworks of African Art

By: Doris, David T.; Michael Kan

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Card wraps, 20.9 by 26.8 cm, [28] pp., illus. in black and white. Near fine with a faint sticker ghost on the back cover. A well-executed and nicely illustrated exhibition catalog. From the introduction: “When we visit an art museum such as UMMA, we expect to see objects that are somehow more special, and often more beautiful, then others. We look at an object categorized as art—a painting, sculpture, a drawing—and we imagine it to possess a kind of magic, a power to move and change us. And so in our society art objects are set apart from ordinary things, housed in museums where we can observe them in hushed, tranquil seclusion from the turmoil of life. Though the African creators of the works in this exhibition surely intended them to move people to experience the world more deeply, they never meant them to be perceived solely through the eyes, separated by a thin wall of Plexiglass from the touch of human hands. Of course, most of these works are indeed beautiful things to look at, and the visual artistry of their forms is undeniable and captivating. But in an African context, the beauty of an object resides not merely in the decorative elaboration of surfaces, but in the way those surfaces express the inner character of the object, and of the person, god, or thought the object represents. The works in this catalogue are of the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. Despite centuries of unsettling transformations brought about by the transatlantic slave trade, colonial rule, and the advent of Islam and Christianity (the majority of Yoruba today are either Muslim or Christian), Yoruba culture remains vital, with a treasured core of ethical, philosophical, and aesthetic principles that endure and continue to guide in the midst of constant change.”

Title: Yoruba: Images and Aesthetics – Masterworks of African Art

Author Name: Doris, David T.; Michael Kan

Categories: Africa, Art,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan Museum of Art: 2004

Binding: paperback

Book Condition: Fine

Seller ID: 3161