The Art & Life in Africa website, hosted by the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), is a freely accessible educational resource that is the product of the collaborative efforts of more than fifty scholars, technicians, collectors and institutions around the world.
This comprehensive work considers the arts of Africa as art history, rather than as expressions of anthropological and societal impulses and traditions. The result is to animate the study of African art, showing how it has changed over the years.
The art of the Fang, the BaTeke, the BaKota and other African peoples is extremely vigorous and shows a brilliant sense of form. The substantial aesthetic impact their works had upon the development of 20th-century Western art - on Picasso, Derain, Braque and Modigliani, among others - continues to this day. This survey reveals the astonishing variety and expressive power of a continent that contains more distinct peoples and cultures than any other. The revised edition incorporates new research and modern place names, as well as extended and updated references.
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