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Arts of Africa: 7000 Years of African Art [Hardcover]

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The Traditional Art volume presents a panorama of 6,000 years in the history of African art by highlighting archetypal and iconic works from various regions and important historic periods-400 objects beautifully reproduced in full color. This immense artistic and historic fresco highlights the beauty and force of these works from regions now comprising Nigeria, Benin, the Congo, Gabon, Guinea, the Ivory Coast, Mali, and Sudan. The book also examines the influence of African art on 20th-century Western masters such as Picasso, Modigliani, and Brancusi.
Ezio Bassani is an art historian and has written extensively on African art. Among his many publications is Power of Form (Skira, 2002).

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Studio: Skira
Pages   409
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 9" Height: 11.5"
Weight:   4.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 18, 2005
Publisher   Skira
ISBN  8876242848  
ISBN13  9788876242847  

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Arts Of Africa : 7000 Years Of African Art  Jul 23, 2008
409 Pages, 11.25" x 8.75", Hardback, very nicely bound and published without a dustjacket. From the Grimaldi Forum Exhibition, Monaco, July 16th - September 4th 2005, Translated from Italian into English. Curator : Ezio Bassani. Published by Skira. Featuring the following chapters in the Ancient Art Section : Nubia, Nigeria, Nok, Igbo Ukwu, Ife, Tsode, Owo, Benin, Esie, Calabar, Bura, Sapi. Hundreds of superior items in full color covering ancient Nigerian sculpture, Dogon sculpture, African ivories and traditional African art, Figures, masks, bronzes and terracotta pieces. Well photographed, good quality paper and production. Highly Recommended.
Genuinely Beautiful Book  Jan 12, 2007
The book is essentially an exhibition catalogue, but beautifully bound and presented. The book is broken up into a number of sections. Roughly 200 pages are devoted to ancient African art - things you may find only in museums or at high-end auctions, 50 pages are devoted to African ivories, and 100 pages are devoted to traditional African art - the types of art such as statues & masks most commonly associated with African art and collected in the last 150 years or so. There are also about 20 pages that describe the re-discovery of African art in Europe at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century.

The quality of the pictures in this book is excellent. They are mostly full-page photographic quality pictures that give a fine appreciation of the works discussed.

I'd recommend this book to serious African art enthusiasts looking to extend their reference book collection. This is a great catalogue of really high-grade African art with an expert commentary to accompany it. It could also be a nice coffee table book. Although it does serve as a survey of African art over 7000 years the book isn't set up as a narrative of African art. I think it would be less appropriate for those just starting out in African art - or looking for an overview.

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