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African Art (World of Art) [Paperback]

Frank Willett
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7 Oct 2002 World of Art
The art of the Fang, the BaTeke, the BaKota and other African peoples is extremely vigorous and shows brilliant sense of form. The substantial aesthetic impact of their works 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 of this classic study incorporates new research and modern place names, as well as extended and updated references.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 2 edition (7 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500203644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500203644
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 12.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The finest general introduction to African art... packed with valuable information... stimulating and challenging' - The Times Literary Supplement 'Excellent... a compact but generously illustrated survey which slices through stereotypes to reveal the diversity and particularity of the continent's painting, sculpture and architecture' - The Independent on Sunday 'An exemplary study' - The Journal of African and Asian Affairs

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Frank Willett was Director, and is now an Honorary Senior Research Fellow, of the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Glasgow.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb review of the mechanics of African art 21 April 2009
If you want a book which will help you identify African art, this is not the one for you. However if you do want a reasoned, measured and comprehensive analysis of how and why art is produced in Africa, then I know of few better sources. Willett is a well-respected grandfather of the field of African art, and ranks alongside William Fagg in his contributions to the discipline. His easy-to-read yet intensely knowledgeable writing style is both charming and useful for such a dauntingly oversized subject, and his total lack of art snobbery - a rare thing indeed in art history circles - is really refreshing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frank is Frankly Extensive on African Art 1 Mar 2006
By Deremiah *CPE - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the best and highly extensive books on African Art. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The content describing the motifs, dewellings, statues, sculptures and costumes of the African People are quite impressive.

Frank Willett has done his homework but more importantly he has filled every page full of roaring images that speak to the traditions and the images of the African people. This book serves to give us a rapid, excellerated peek into the past. It was very revealing in the geometric structure of the objects, the color, rhythums, shapes, forms and symbolisim. Whether you are a history teacher, student, business person or artist you'll find this book very handy and informing.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 17 July 2008
By Dr. Jean Robert Sohoka - Published on Amazon.com
It is well known that Picasso was heavily influenced by African Art.
And before him, the French cubism school with its leader Georges Braque borrowed its forms and shapes from drawings on African caves walls.
However a major distinction in the artistic expression of French cubism and ethnic African primitive art remained self-explanatory and a dividing screen between an ornamental European art and a pure rudimentary African art so true to its nature.
African art does not embellish a theme. It evolves around it and expresses it in honest naveté.
A polished European art is an ornamental expression.
African art is traditions and raw feelings expressed in utmost honesty.
You will understand its importance in the galleries of breathtaking illustrations in the book.
The teacher will widen his knowledge, and the student will expand his appreciation of African arts by reading this book.

The book is a mosaic of colors, the birth of unspoiled art expression, and a legacy of uncorrupted primitive beauty that transcended the dark caves of Africa.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars African Art in a detailed sense 26 Dec 2007
By SpeedChick82009 - Published on Amazon.com
A very British take on the African culture. Detailed Oriented and exceptional information followed by great illustrations and a realm of photographs to break up the text. A careful read is recommended to fully understand the text due to the fact that it is a higher level read.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book 13 July 2006
By A. Rueda - Published on Amazon.com
This book includes an impressive description of all the african arts with some examples quite dificult to find in other books.

For me is a must for all lovers of african art.
4.0 out of 5 stars School Text book 19 Jan 2014
By Ashlee Forde - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was great for the purpose it was intended. The price for this text book was cheaper on-line then it was in the school book store. Will indeed use amazon for all my text book needs.
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