Alexandre Marc's African Art: The World Bank Collections PDF

By Alexandre Marc

ISBN-10: 0585180547

ISBN-13: 9780585180540

ISBN-10: 0821341952

ISBN-13: 9780821341957

African inventive expression has helped to build tradition, shape social id, and aid non secular verbal exchange. the alternative of the area Bank's African assortment for a listing stems from the popularity by way of many paintings specialists that the financial institution is domestic to a wealthy and worthwhile assortment that merits to be larger identified through employees, representatives from member international locations, and the general public at huge. The publication monitors African paintings from prior to give, African artwork on the global financial institution, and African artwork and society.

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10), from the dress and regalia of Cameroon (cat. #62) to the sheepskin skirts of Tanzanian women (cat. #140). This collection contains many examples of the basic material that is so essential to the African sense of identity but that also qualifies as world art by its enormous influence on all twentieth century art. We must be aware that these objects, as in all collections, whether in developmental institutions or museums, have been decontextualized. They were created by artists who shared a code with the users or viewers of that object, whether in ritual, such as the kindombolo masks of Congo (cat.

It is because it belongs to a psychological area of human experience. The appreciation of different forms of art across boundaries of culture and geographical areas is the recognition of the existence of a universal dimension inherent in all of us. One of the most important consequences of the recognition of the creative forces of African art by Western artists is the acknowledgment of the universality of beliefs, profound values, and spiritual quests that unite all human beings around what is ultimately a very similar destiny of birth, life, and death.

They act independently of words. They incarnate other realities, other existences, and other ways of being. The objects from Africa that have found their way to the World Bank, that have been selected among others, are privileged objectseach created by an individual, each collected by an individual. They are now being presented and published as witnesses to African creativity and as objects to be appreciated. In Africa these works of art served to mark time, to mark life's passages, to mark space, to mark identity, and to mark lived experience.

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