"The Language of Beauty in African Art" by Constantine Petridis

The Language of Beauty in African Art Constantine Petridis, Yaelle Biro, Herbert M Cole, Kassim Kone, Babatunde Lawal, Constantine Petridis, Wilfried van Damme, Susan Vogel

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
08 Mar 2022
ISBN:
9780300260045
Imprint:
Art Institute of Chicago
Dimensions:
368 pages: 324 x 229mm
Illustrations:
315 color + 30 b-w illus.

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This ambitious publication centers indigenous perspectives on traditional artworks from Africa by focusing on the judgments and vocabularies of members of the communities who created and used them. It explores cross-cultural affinities spanning the African continent while respecting local contexts; it also documents an exhibition that is extraordinary in scope and scale. The project’s overriding goal is to reconsider Western evaluations of these arts in both aesthetic and financial terms. The volume features nearly 300 works from collections around the world and from the important holdings of the Art Institute of Chicago. Although it emphasizes the sculptural legacy of sub-Saharan cultures from West and Central Africa, it also includes examples of artistic traditions associated with eastern and southern Africa as well as textiles and objects designed for domestic, ritual, and decorative functions.

Constantine Petridis is chair and curator of arts of Africa at the Art Institute of Chicago.