Ancestors of the Lake: Art of Lake Sentani and Humboldt Bay, New Guinea

Ancestors of the Lake: Art of Lake Sentani and Humboldt Bay, New Guinea

by Virginia-Lee Webb, Andrea Schmidt, David van Duuren
     
 

After Dutch expeditions reached New Guinea's Lake Sentani island and Humboldt Bay in the mid-1800s, Western visitors began collecting works by local artists. Ancestors of the Lake is a stunning look at the region's distinctive art, such as its highly stylized wooden sculptures and decoratively and abstractly designed barkcloths. This beautifully illustrated

Overview

After Dutch expeditions reached New Guinea's Lake Sentani island and Humboldt Bay in the mid-1800s, Western visitors began collecting works by local artists. Ancestors of the Lake is a stunning look at the region's distinctive art, such as its highly stylized wooden sculptures and decoratively and abstractly designed barkcloths. This beautifully illustrated volume brings together many of these important historic pieces for the first time, including the landmark collection of French writer and art dealer Jacques Viot, along with photographs by Paul Wirz. The book also explores how European Surrealist artists found inspiration in the art of New Guinea, highlighted by rarely seen photographs by Man Ray of Sentani sculpture.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times

“A gorgeous, must-have book.” —The New York Times

Tribal Art & Sotheby's - Prix International du Livre d'Art Tribal

Selected as the winner of this year's Prix International du Livre d'Art Tribal, International Tribal Book Prize (UK Award)
Choice - A.J. Stone

"[A] highly informative catalogue."—A.J. Stone, Choice

Tribal Art & Sotheby's - Prix International du Livre d’Art Tribal

Selected as the winner of this year's Prix International du Livre d'Art Tribal, International Tribal Book Prize (UK Award)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300166101
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/19/2011
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Virginia-Lee Webb is an art historian and retired Research Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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