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Understanding African Art (N° 21029)

African art - described in turn as primitive, tribal or primitive - intrigues and captivates more and more. The success of the Quai Branly museum is a testimony to this. Paradoxically, no other book offers a playful, erudite and necessarily aesthetic approach to the traditional arts of Black Africa. From his personal collection, Emmanuel Pierrat uses masterpieces or emblematic pieces so that the general public can easily grasp what fascinates or repels, transgresses the illusory borders between art and ethnology, makes the link between archaeology and living tradition, and understands the artistic links, from cubism to syncretism, between the West and the Black continent. Emmanuel Pierrat thus answers all the questions that the public may ask concerning forgeries, the multiplicity of ethnic groups and styles, materials (from gold to ivory), voodoo fetishes, everyday objects, and symbols of power. It debunks preconceived ideas thanks to nearly 150 headdresses, spears, statues or utensils, all of which are as splendid as they are unusual; and those who are jaded by museum pieces will also find something to their liking. Welcome to the wonderful land of black magic and white masks!

Author : Emmanuel Pierrat
Editions : Chêne
Condition : very good
Language : French
Number of pages : 312
Dimensions : 255 x 200 mm
ISBN : 978-2842778996


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