African-Print Fashion Now!
A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style
Paperback ISBN: 0990762637
African-Print Fashion Now! introduces visitors to a dynamic and diverse African dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits: “popular
We are because of others: The Story of Fee Halsted and Ardmore Ceramic Art
Hardcover ISBN: 1431701114
Established by Fée Halsted and Bonnie Ntshalintshali in 1985, Ardmore Ceramic Art is world renowned as South Africa's most successful ceramics studio. Ardmore's artists produce handmade, colorful, highly detailed figurative and functional pieces drawing on Zulu traditions and folklore, everyday events at the studio, and important issues in contemporary South African society including AIDs, alcohol abuse, and promiscuity. Fée describes her early life, family, education, evolution as a ceramic artist and ceramic educator, the beginnings of Ardmore, and its development into the world-class ceramic studio that it is today. En route, she pays tribute to Ardmore's 50-plus artists who have worked together to form the legend. Illustrated throughout with some 300 full-color photographs. Oversize: 9.75x11.25". Fernwood Press is and imprint of Random House Struik. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Art of Conversion
Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo
Paperback ISBN: 1469641240
Between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries, the west central African kingdom of Kongo practiced Christianity and actively participated in the Atlantic world as an independent, cosmopolitan realm. Drawing on an expansive and largely unpublished set of objects, images, and documents, Cecile Fromont examines the advent of Kongo Christian visual culture and traces its development across four centuries marked by war, the Atlantic slave trade, and, finally, the rise of nineteenth-century European colonialism. By offering an extensive analysis of the religious, political, and artistic innovations through which the Kongo embraced Christianity, Fromont approaches the country's conversion as a dynamic process that unfolded across centuries. The African kingdom's elite independently and gradually intertwined old and new, local and foreign religious thought, political concepts, and visual forms to mold a novel and constantly evolving Kongo Christian worldview. Fromont sheds light on the cross-cultural exchanges between Africa, Europe, and Latin America that shaped the early modern world, and she outlines the religious, artistic, and social background of the countless men and women displaced by the slave trade from central Africa to all corners of the Atlantic world.
Arts of Global Africa
The Newark Museum Collection
Hardcover ISBN: 0932828175
"The Newark Museum has been at the forefront of American art museums in its representation of the arts of Africa since 1917. Newark's collection is notable for its embrace of the entire continent and its diaspora as well as for the breadth of artistic representation and inclusion of historic as well as modern and contemporary art. This catalogue is the first devoted to exploring this richly diverse collection, providing a comprehensive overview of African visual culture unmatched by most collection catalogues, ensuring its broad appeal and relevance."--Publisher's summary.
Paperback ISBN: 8874395736
Examines the history, iconography and meaning of the royal arts in Cameroon's court of Bamum in the late-19th and early 20th centuries, surveying noteworthy pieces owned by Western collectors while drawing on extensive archival records to offer insight into the reputation-establishing art distribution practices of King Ibrahim Njoya. Original.
The Benin Plaques
A 16th Century Imperial Monument
Hardcover ISBN: 1472451554
The 16th century bronze plaques from the kingdom of Benin are among the most recognized masterpieces of African art, and yet many details of their commission and installation in the palace in Benin City, Nigeria, are little understood. The Benin Plaques, A 16th Century Imperial Monument is a detailed analysis of a corpus of nearly 850 bronze plaques that were installed in the court of the Benin kingdom at the moment of its greatest political power and geographic reach. By examining European accounts, Benin oral histories, and the physical evidence of the extant plaques, Gunsch is the first to propose an installation pattern for the series.