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Invention and Tradition: The Art of Southeastern Nigeria

Invention and Tradition: The Art of Southeastern Nigeria (Hardback)

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The peoples of this region - the populous Igbo and a dozen nearby but smaller groups - are famous for their artistic creativity. This illuminating book focuses on the area's sculptural arts - mostly figures and masks - examining these mostly unpublished works through the dual lenses of invention and tradition, and with many early and recent contextual photographs. More than 150 examples, dating from the past two centuries, reveal both surprising similarities and differences in artwork by Igbo, Isoko, Urhobo, Ijo, Ogoni, Ibibio, Oron, Eket, Ejagham/Efut, Bokyi, Tiv, Idoma, and Igala peoples. Qualities such as the nature of realism, idealism, and abstraction, the nuances of surface and detail, and the inventiveness of facial and other features, as well as complex uses and meanings, are all addressed in this exciting fresh overview that adds considerably to our understanding of African art.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt formsNon-graphic art forms incl Digital, Sculpture & InstallationsArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesArt styles not defined by date Publisher: Prestel Publication Date: 30/04/2012 ISBN-13: 9783791346007  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Herbert M. Cole, professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the recipient of a lifetime achievement Leadership Award from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association. He is a consultant to collectors and major museums such as the Metropolitan in New York City, the deYoung in San Francisco, and the UCLA Fowler.

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