Art of the Senses

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How the "unique" look of African art captured the imagination of artists such as Picasso and Stieglitz is well known. But how do art aficionados today see African objects? And how does our view compare to the way in which these objects were seen in Africa? Presenting the William and Bertha Teel Collection for the first time, this book provides a chance to think about how our vision of such objects is shaped by the "ethnographic," "primitive," or "modern" labels that have been applied in the West, and to compare ...
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Overview

How the "unique" look of African art captured the imagination of artists such as Picasso and Stieglitz is well known. But how do art aficionados today see African objects? And how does our view compare to the way in which these objects were seen in Africa? Presenting the William and Bertha Teel Collection for the first time, this book provides a chance to think about how our vision of such objects is shaped by the "ethnographic," "primitive," or "modern" labels that have been applied in the West, and to compare it to how those same works were viewed in their birthplace. Lavish, full-color illustrations of over 100 choice objects combine forces with essays by leading African art specialists Suzanne Preston Blier, Michael Kan, and Edmund B. Gaither, and object descriptions by the collector himself, to provide a thoughtful and visually stimulating examination of these important African forms--as well as of the dynamic relationship among their creators, their original cultural contexts, and the Western viewing public.
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Not until the last 60 years or so have African artworks been recognized as more than curious artifacts of cultures that were considered primitive. Featuring the Teel collection at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, this catalog proves that African art deserves more attention. It is neatly arranged by geographic regions, clearly illustrating similarities and differences in style, material, and use. Essays by Blier (The Royal Arts of Africa), Christraud Geary, and Edmund B. Gaither, all specialists on African art, highlight the sensory appreciation of pieces, the development and history of the Teel collection, and the current impact of the art. The illustrations are clear in detail and color, and the notes accompanying each item are terrifically descriptive and highly informative. While a wonderful addition to any collection of African art, this is not an introduction to the topic, which is better provided by Monica Blackmun Visona's A History of Art in Africa. Still, this beautiful book is recommended for larger libraries.-Karen Ellis, Nicholson Memorial Lib. Syst., Garland, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780878466597
  • Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Publication date: 4/2/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Director's foreword 8
Ways of experiencing African art : the role of patina 11
On collectors, exhibitions, and photographs of African art : the Teel collection in historical perspective 25
African and African American art : an African American legacy 43
Map of Africa 52
Catalogue 53
Bibliography 199
Acknowledgments 207
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