Cover image for Sculptures : Africa, Asia, Oceania, Americas.
Sculptures : Africa, Asia, Oceania, Americas.
Kerchache, Jacques.
Uniform Title:
Sculptures. English.
Publication Information:
Paris : Réunion des musées nationaux : Musée du quai Branly, [2001]

Physical Description:
477 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 31 cm
General Note:
Exhibition catalog.

Scientific editor of catalog: Jacques Kerchache.

At head of title: Musée du Louvre, Pavillon des sessions.
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NB62 .S3713 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This massive and lavishly illustrated volume documents a new permanent display at the Louvre of some 120 masterpieces of African, Asian, Oceanic, and America art--the precurser of the Musee du Quai Branly to be opened in 2004.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Here is the latest scholarship on "primitive art," a worldwide style that is such a contrast to art in the literate East and West that it is hard to name and understand. (With the exception of some Central American art with naturalistic form, all these sculptures come from preliterate cultures.) They are perhaps akin to logos, emblems, and even writing; the abstractions may have coded meanings to the cultures. These expressive planar masses have been called "primitive" usually in a pejorative sense, but primitive means "first" and they are; "indigenous" or "native" arts or even crafts are alternative terms. The Louvre has created a special site for the nearly 100 works in this catalog and is developing a permanent exhibiting building for further shows. When the essays are translated, the English is occasionally strange or intriguingly unique. Unfortunately, there are typos. But well-known old collectors and authors, fine new interpretations, and great multiple color photographs make this a breviary for current art historians. Read one entry a day for inspiration and insight! If not that, the good index and bibliography will facilitate catching up on some scintillating arts. All levels. E. L. Anderson formerly, Lansing Community College