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Secrecy: African Art that Conceals and Reveals.

The role and powers of African cultural forms are examined and discussed in this beautifully illustrated book. Published to accompany a major exhibition of sub-Saharan African art, this book treats the reader to unprecedented insights into understanding the function and form of artistic creativity in Africa. More than 250 color and black-and-white illustrations show sculpture, textiles and architecture representing more than thirty societies across the continent. The editor, an art historian specializing in African art, is the Senior Curator of the Museum of African Art in New York. She has invited twelve other experts in African art to contribute essays that consider the various roles art can play in preserving secrets and transmitting knowledge. The many illustrations are complemented by informative captions, many taken directly from exhibition lables. The exhibition will travel to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond from February to April, 1994, and to the Des Moines Art Center from January to March, 1995. Well worth acquring for the cultural insights that accompany the art forms.
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Author:Baker, David
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Nov 1, 1993
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