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A history of art in Africa

Author: Monica Blackmun Visonà; Robin Poynor; Herbert M Cole; Suzanne Preston Blier; Rowland Abiodun
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Prentice Hall, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Informed by the latest scholarship yet written for the general reader, this has been the first comprehensive study to present the arts of Africa in art historical terms. A History of Art in Africa covers all parts of the continent, including Egypt, from prehistory to the present day and includes the art of the African Diaspora. Many aspects of visual culture are given detailed consideration, including sculpture,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Monica Blackmun Visonà; Robin Poynor; Herbert M Cole; Suzanne Preston Blier; Rowland Abiodun
ISBN: 0136128726 9780136128724 0136128742 9780136128748
OCLC Number: 123137112
Description: 560 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Africa, Art, and History: An Introduction --
pt. I: From the Nile to the Niger --
The Sahara and the Maghreb --
Lands of the Nile: Egypt, Nubia, and Ethiopia --
The Central Sudan --
Mande Worlds and the Upper Niger --
The Western Sudan --
pt. II: Western Africa --
West Atlantic Forests --
Akan Worlds --
The Yoruba and the Fon --
The Lower Niger --
pt. III: Central Africa --
Cross River, Cameroon Grasslands, and Gabon --
The Western Congo Basin --
The Eastern Congo Basin --
pt. IV: Eastern and Southern Africa --
Eastern Africa --
Southern Africa --
Pt V: The Diaspora --
African Artists Abroad --
Art of the African Diaspora in the Americas.
Responsibility: Monica Blackmun Visonà, Robin Poynor, Herbert M. Cole ; with contributions by Suzanne Preston Blier (introduction) Rowland Abiodun (preface) and Michael D. Harris (chapter 16).
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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  Read more...

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