A History of Art in Africa / Edition 2

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A History of Art in Africa, Second Edition, is the only comprehensive art historical survey of the African continent to incorporate discussions of contemporary art and artists. It is both a reliable resource for art historians and an accessible introduction to the vibrant arts of Africa.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The study of African art history has reached another milestone with the publication of this book. For years, we have needed a survey textbook that would cover African art the way that Jansen et al. cover Western art. Treating the subject from an art historical rather than an anthropological perspective, this groundbreaking book is organized geographically to cover the entire continent. Each of the five regional sections focuses on selected major art traditions instead of attempting to cover every known art-producing culture. Though written by four respected African art scholars, the text obviously has been designed to be readable to the undergraduate student or interested general reader. Accompanying the text are over 700 photos and scores of maps, plans, drawings, etc. Some readers might quibble about the inclusion or exclusion of certain art forms, but overall this volume is a remarkable achievement that will richly reward anyone interested in the subject. Highly recommended.--Eugene C. Burt, Seattle Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
In this successful and very ambitious volume, the vast topic of African art is usefully surveyed on a region-by-region basis, with the art of each region surveyed chronologically from the earliest known examples to art of our own day. Each chapter comprises, therefore, ancient art, the issue of Christian influence (when applicable), Islamic art, colonial and post-colonial art, with consideration given to the production of art for the tourist trade. The authors (all are art historians of African art at American universities) have produced a readable, impressive volume saturated with the rich history and culture that give meaning to the works of art and architecture they have carefully assembled, all depicted in good reproductions within the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136128724
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/29/2007
  • Series: MySearchLab Series for History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 229,342
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

MONICA BLACKMUN VISONA is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Kentucky. Her publications focuses upon the arts of the Lagoon Peoples and upon the larger issues of contemporary African art.

ROBIN POYNOR is Professor of Art History at the University of Florida. He is a specialist on Yoruba arts in Africa and the New World and is a regular contributor to African Arts. He has served as both consultant and guest curator for numerous exhibitions.

HERBERT M. COLE is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Arts Council of the African Studies Association. He has published numerous books and exhibition catalogues.

The closing chapter of this book was written by Michael Harris, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. The preface was written by Roland Abiodun, Professor of Art Hisotry at Amherst College, and the introduction was written by Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Art and Africam American Studies at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents


Africa, Art, and History: An Introduction 14

PART I. From the Nile to the Niger

1. The Sahara and the Maghreb

2. Lands of the Nile: Egypt, Nubia, and Ethiopia

3. The Central Sudan

4. Mande Worlds and the Upper Niger

5. The Western Sudan

PART II. Western Africa

6. West Atlantic Forests

7. Akan Worlds

8. The Yoruba and the Fon

9. The Lower Niger

PART III. Central Africa

10. Cross River, Cameroon Grasslands, and Gabon

11. The Western Congo Basin

12. The Eastern Congo Basin

PART IV. Eastern and Southern Africa

13. Eastern Africa

14. Southern Africa

P ART V. The Diaspora

15. African Artists Abroad

16. Art of the African Diaspora


Annotated Bibliography

Picture credits


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