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The Wonders of Africa: African Arts in Italian Collections [Paperback]

Marc Augé , Jean-Paul Colleyn , Ivan Bargna , Giovanna Parodi Da Passano

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Book Description

Oct. 31 2011
The Wonders of Africa provides a generous overview of the wealth of African art held in Italian collections. Works are examined under four themed chapters: "Collections," "Masks," "Fetishes" and "Invisibles" (i.e. representations of folkloric creatures such as bush spirits). The volume brings a particular awareness of the migration of objects to bear upon this overview, highlighting the history of Italian collecting of African art, and the flow of African art into Italy-particularly Genoa-from the sixteenth century onward. Underwriting this historical emphasis is of course the politics of this migration, and the construction of Africa in the European imagination, which this volume addresses in several essays by leading scholars in the field. Most of the works reproduced in The Wonders of Africa have never been exhibited or published.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Silvana Editoriale (Oct. 31 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8836619495
  • ISBN-13: 978-8836619498
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 22.8 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg

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4.0 out of 5 stars Rarely Seen African Tribal Art. Dec 1 2012
By James I. Cole - Published on Amazon.com
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Softcover with flaps, 11" x 9.25", 204 pages, about 130 items in color. English and Italian text. A catalogue of African tribal art from private Italian collections, which means that they have been rarely published. Edited by Ivan Bargna and Giovanna Parodi da Passano. Published by Silvana Editoriale in 2010.

This book should probably be rated between 3-Stars and 4-Stars : It has some good things going for it, such as rarely published African tribal objects, good photography and nice presentation....but....it also has some drawbacks, such as too many ordinary items, ponderous text, and way-too-brief object descriptions. The problem with the text may result from translation issues, but frankly, I think that it is probably too pretentious in both English and Italian. The book features a few flags, but most of the objects are masks and figures. In the final analysis, if you can purchase this book for about half of it's listed $60 (35 Euro) price, (as is the case in late 2012), then it's probably worth your attention for the photos of rarely-seen tribal art alone.

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