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Title:
African forms : art and rituals
Author:
Meyer, Laure.
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Art africain. English
Publication Information:
New York : Assouline, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
199 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 29 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9782843232916
Format :
Book

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NK1085.75 .M48513 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
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Summary

Assouline began with an idea and a belief: the first, a notion that beauty, perfected, has meaning that is capable of transforming our lives; and the second, that a book--artfully crafted and highly considered in its visual content--can open our eyes and minds. With our first book, La Colombe d'Or, we sought to convey the experience of a small hotel in the south of France, a tiny, sublime world of art, history, luxury, and inspiration unto itself. Over time, that world has been expanded to create a universe that is anchored by our books but no longer limited to paper and pages.


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African Forms: Art and Rituals is yet another collection of photographs of very familiar African art objects from many of the great collections, public and private, in Europe and the US (and also Nigeria). With very few exceptions indeed, these are objects whose images have been published over and over, time and again, in lavishly illustrated surveys that offer very little that is original either in the choice of objects included or the scholarship that is intended to help readers understand them. The present survey is very general, with few helpful notes and very brief bibliography, and the text is often based on second-hand sources, including materials by William Fagg, Claude Roy, Claude Savary, and Elsy Leuzinger. The book includes about 80 full-color illustrations of objects of great beauty and power from a large number of collections in France, as well as from a few American and African collections. It seems to have been published originally in French and the vast majority of the bibliographic citations are from French-language publications. There are no photographs of art in social context, and only one very general, nondetailed map. General readers. C. D. Roy University of Iowa