Art of the Senses: African Masterpieces from the Teel Collection

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Edited by Suzanne Preston Blier
Essays by Suzanne Preston Blier, Christraud M. Geary, and Edmund B. Gaither

How the unique “look” of African art captured the imagination of artists such as Picasso and Stieglitz is well known. But how do art aficionados today see African objects? And how does our view relate to the way in which these objects were seen in Africa? Presenting this magnificent collection for the first time, Art of the Senses provides a chance to think about how our vision of such objects is shaped by the “ethnographic,” “primitive,” or “modern” labels that have been applied in the West, and compares it to how those same works were viewed in their birthplace. Lavish color illustrations of over 100 choice objects combine with essays by three leading Africanists, and object descriptions by the collector himself, to provide a thoughtful and visually stimulating examination of these important African forms — as well as of the dynamic relationship among their creators, their original cultural contexts, and the Western viewing public.

208 pages.
138 color and 9 black and white illustrations.
9" x 11".