African Art

Parkstone International
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African Art invites you to explore the dynamic origins of the vast artistic expressions arising from the exotic and mystifying African continent. Since the discovery of African art at the end of the nineteenth century during the colonial expositions it has been a limitless source of inspiration for artists who, over time, have perpetually recreated these artworks. The power of Sub-Saharan African art lies within its visual diversity, demonstrating the creativity of the artists who are continuing to conceptualize new stylistic forms. From Mauritania to South Africa and from the Ivory Coast to Somalia, statues, masks, jewelry, pottery and tapestries compose a variety of daily and ritual objects springing from these richly varied societies.
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Parkstone International
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Published on
Sep 15, 2015
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Pages
414
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ISBN
9781783107865
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Language
English
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Genres
Art / General
Art / History / Ancient & Classical
Art / History / General
Art / History / Medieval
Art / Subjects & Themes / Human Figure
Art / Techniques / Sculpting
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