African Art: A Century at the Brooklyn Museum

African Art: A Century at the Brooklyn Museum

by Brooklyn Museum Staff, William Siegmann
     
 

This magnificent volume showcases the highlights from a world-renowned collection of African textiles, ceramics, jewelry, masks, and figures from more than fifty different cultures. The Brooklyn Museum was one of the first North American institutions to collect and exhibit African material culture as art rather than artifact. Today the museum's collection numbers

Overview

This magnificent volume showcases the highlights from a world-renowned collection of African textiles, ceramics, jewelry, masks, and figures from more than fifty different cultures. The Brooklyn Museum was one of the first North American institutions to collect and exhibit African material culture as art rather than artifact. Today the museum's collection numbers more than six thousand pieces and is noted for its artistic quality and educational value, as well as a breadth and depth that would be impossible to achieve today. Major works from all areas of sub-Saharan Africa are included in the collection's vast holdings, while the figurative sculpture and masks of Central Africa constitute its most significant focus. More than 130 of those pieces are featured in this large-format compendium, which includes essays by the museum's emeritus curator of African art and a leading scholar on the subject. Taking readers through a cultural exploration of the continent, the collection encompasses regions from Western Sudan and the southwestern Congo to the quatorial Forest and southern Africa. Carefully photographed and presented in luminous color, these pieces create a stunning introduction to the rich traditions of African art and culture.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This volume could be just another standard survey catalog with an overview of the various regions of African art, followed by a selection of mostly masks and human figures, except for one thing. The collection featured here is that of the Brooklyn Museum—one of the first museums in America to amass holdings in African art. The objects presented are almost all exemplars of their kind found anywhere. The history of the collection is provided by a former curator and the overview survey text by a leading scholar in the field. The greatest strength here is the focus on the art of central Africa; West Africa is well represented, but eastern and southern Africa are barely acknowledged. VERDICT Definitely a valuable addition to scholars and libraries with specialized interest in African art.—Eugene C. Burt, Seattle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791343211
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
09/09/2009
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

William C. Siegmann served as the Brooklyn Museum's curator of African and Oceanic art from 1987 until his retirement in 2007. He is currently a consulting curator with the Saint Louis Art Museum. Joseph Adande lectures at the National University of Benin, Abomey-Calavi. He was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Kevin D. Dumouchelle is Interim Assistant Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Pacific Islands at the Brooklyn Museum.

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