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The art of the Fang, the BaTeke, the BaKota, and other African peoples is extraordinarily vigorous and shows a brilliant sense of form. The substantial aesthetic impact that their works have had on the development of twentieth-century Western art—on Picasso, Derain, Braque, and Modigliani, among others—continues to this day. This classic study reveals the astonishing varie ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 17th 2003 by Thames & Hudson
(first published December 1st 1971)
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This is the text for my African art history class and i'm not sure i'm feeling it so far. First of all- way too small. With the sheer size of the continent, more than 250 pages in a small paperback format are required. Secondly- hardly any focus on modern and contemporary African artists. Third- after a conciliatory mention of politics, it never comes up again. We see no radical art, no mention of political context. There is no cross-reference to music, to African-American or Brazilian cultures ...more
As with the majority of books from this series, this gives a good background to add the history of the certain art genre or period. However, while this is such a broad topic, I feel the book doesn't adequately cover enough of the history of African art especially with current market and trading and information regarding African tribal arts. This is of course because the book was written in the 1970s but it doesn't seem to have been updated adequately. I was hoping for a book that would go more i ...more