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  African art - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
African art is any form of art or material culture that originates from the continent of Africa.
Utilitarianism: An overarching characteristic of tradtional African art is that it is utilitarian.
Art biennials are held in Dakar, Senegal, and Johannesburg, South Africa.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/African_art   (1834 words)

 African art. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
The decorative arts, especially in textiles and in the ornamentation of everyday tools, were a vital art in nearly all African cultures.
African art came to European notice c.1905, when artists began to recognize the aesthetic value of African sculpture.
In the latter part of the 20th cent., African art has come to be appreciated for its intrinsic aesthetic value as well as continuing to be a source of inspiration for the work of Western artists.
www.bartleby.com /65/af/Africana.html   (1284 words)

 African art
The genesis of modern art in Zimbabwe was in the Workshop School at the National Gallery, the brain child of Frank McEwen (1907-1994).
This panoramic view of the contemporary art scene in Zimbabwe is intended not as a "who's who," but as a "what's what." Originally it was planned to include only stone sculpture, but the organizers were persuaded that that would do a disservice to artists of Zimbabwe as well as to visitors to the exhibition.
This is the first in a new annual exhibition of contemporary Zimbabwean art juried by an international panel; it combines the annual Nedlaw sculpture exhibition, begun in 1981, and the Baringa exhibition which recognizes painting, graphics, ceramics, textiles and photography.
www.artnetafrica.com   (6460 words)

 Southern African Rock Art/Ancestral Bushman (San) Rock Art
The highest concentrations of rock art are found at Tsodilo, Botswana, Brandberg and Twyfelfontein in Namibia, Drakensburg Mountains of Lesotho and South Africa, and the Matobo Hills (Matopos National Park) of Zimbabwe.
This art was not painted to decorate the walls of a rock shelter or depict everyday life and hunting scenes.
Lewis-Williams concluded that this art had a powerful ritual significance and is associated with the trance dance and trance experiences of shamans.
www.lonker.net /art_african_1.htm   (701 words)

 African Art
In many instances, art production has been related to ritual or tribal ceremonies, as well as serving more secular decorative functions, but it is not always easy to determine the function of a particular work.
It is also problematic to label as 'art' the productions of African craftspeople who frequently considered their work as an essential part of secular or religious life.
The art of Ife and Benin - both cities in western Nigeria - was lavish and naturalistic during the 12th - 17th centuries when those areas were infiltrated by European influences, and the Bakuba tribe was known for its royal portrait carvings.
www.artchive.com /artchive/A/african.html   (505 words)

 ArtLex on African Art
Art and Life in Africa provides content rich access to the ways Africans use art in their lives to meet new challenges and solve new problems.
The National Museum of African Art celebrates the rich visual traditions and extraordinarily diverse cultures of Africa.
African Art Lesson Plans (grades 1-6) for creating masks, shields and Kente placemats, plus links to information on ancient Africa.
www.artlex.com /ArtLex/a/african.html   (833 words)

 Religious Studies/Art History 345
The special challenge of the course is to create exhibitions of African art that attempt to be true to the objects themselves while placing images of them in a cultural environment of educational value to the exhibitor and the viewer alike.
Since objects of traditional African art are generally made for use in specific contexts, which are often ritual or ceremonial, the museum exhibition label describing the object should inform the viewer both about the object and its context of use.
The Art of the African Mask, Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia
cti.itc.virginia.edu /~bcr/rela345_98.html   (1967 words)

 African Artworks on the Web
African Carvings are part of the african art aesthetics, see here
Long before surrealism became an established art form in the west, Nigerian sculptors along with their West African counterparts were carving shrines, making portraits and representation of spirits in serious caricature, using wood.
Fakeye's work is part of the permanent collection of such institutions as the Smithsonian's Museum of African Art, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Northwestern University, the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, Hope College, and Kalamazoo College.
www.african-artworks.com /wood.html   (368 words)

 African American Art: Great Depression and World War II Years
As the debates among artists and intellectuals around a “racially representative art” shifted to discussions about social responsibility and a “folk” identity, artists like Aaron Douglas increasingly turned to the public arena as a means of addressing art and life in the 1930s.
This newfound fascination in the art world with the masses resulted in an expanded appreciation for those artists -- fl and white -- who had not attended art school, whose art was often unsophisticated, and who functioned on the margins of the art scene proper.
The Art Institute of Chicago's collection of African American art provides a rich introduction to African American paintings, sculptures, and prints ranging chronologically from the Civil War era to the Harlem Renaissance and from the civil-rights struggles following World War II to the contemporary period, these works constitute a dynamic visual legacy.
www.artlex.com /ArtLex/a/african_american_5.html   (1276 words)

 African Art Products: African gifts and home decoration   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
African Art Products is dedicated to fair and equal trade with the artists and artisans we work with and we respect the established fair trade principles such as long term trade relationships, paying fair licensing fees and providing financial and technical assistance wherever possible.
Thompson Yao was born in the village of Agortime Akpokope, Ghana in 1968.
He studied Art at the Ghanatta College of Art and Design where he was awarded a Diploma in Painting and Graphics in 1995.
www.africanartproducts.com   (201 words)

 African Art on the Internet
A directory to African music in 100 CDs is a directory arranged by country, name of artists or groups, CD titles, artists (including compilations), style of music, instrument, language, type of music, and label.
Art as a Verb in Africa: The Masks of the Bwa Village of Boni
Art gallery established by Graham Taylor (Creative Arts Department, Machabeng College, Maseru) to "provide a showcase and market for artists living and working in Lesotho." Has painting, sculpture, weaving, drawing, crafts, biographies of the artists, an Art History of Lesotho and links to other African Art related sites.
www-sul.stanford.edu /depts/ssrg/africa/art.html   (9733 words)

 African Art - African History Links
University of Virginia African Art in the Bayly
Art and Oracle - African Art and Rituals of Divination - exhibit from Metropolitan Museum of Art - presents African artifacts created to communicate with ancestors, spirits, and gods in order to obtain insight into human quandaries.
African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection - profiles 28 artists from 15 African countries, all of whom came of age in Africa and maintain close ties to their native countries.
www.princetonol.com /groups/iad/lessons/middle/afrilink.htm   (2319 words)

 South African art - SouthAfrica.info
Their work is the first glimpse of an artistic vision engaging with life as lived in South Africa, for its own sake, rather than as a "report" to the colonial master.
It is the art of the moment in which South Africa, with Union in 1910 and thus the formal end of the colonial era, was beginning to acquire its own national identity.
The apartheid years of South African history (1948-1994) saw a great diversity in South African art, ranging from landscape painting to abstract art, engagements with currents burgeoning in Europe and the United States, to a fiercely local sense of what it meant to be an artist in this country during troubled times.
www.southafrica.info /ess_info/sa_glance/culture/art.htm   (700 words)

 African Art Museum Home Page - FOR AFRICAN ART
African art is not just about aesthetic, it is also about meaning and function.
It has many different aspects that can be studied, these aspects all vary in relation to area specific attributes, religious specific attributes, time period specific attributes and medium of the artwork to name but a few.
If you are looking for resources to improve your knowledge on the items we have set up African Art Resource page, and for those interested in the ethnic group responsible for a certain item, we have summarized pages with brief information on theseĀ groups listed on the Tribes of Africa page.
www.forafricanart.com /index.html   (356 words)

The Museum exhibits African art year round reflecting various themes that demonstrate the diversity of Africa.
JAZZ is an American art form whose origin is in the traditional music of Africa.
Enjoy hands-on African art activities, visit the African Embassies, participate in craft-making designed for youth 6 to 12 and families.
www.africanartmuseum.org /activities.htm   (296 words)

 Detroit Institute of Arts : Permanent Collection - AONWC - African Art
In the 13th and 14th centuries, the great African empires of Mali, Ghana, and Songhai flourished in the Inland Niger Delta, an area formed by a huge bend in the Niger River.
Animals were keenly observed in traditional African art and are shown not only for their beauty and ornamental quality but also for their potent symbolism.
African musical instruments are frequently decorated with human and animal forms.
www.dia.org /collections/aonwc/africanart/africanart.html   (256 words)

 African Art
The works exhibited in the newly renovated gallery of African art have been reinstalled to reveal the continent’s immense diversity of artistic production.
On view are works from west, central, and south Africa, including objects of prestige and daily use, royal regalia, symbols of secret societies, and sculptures that mark such rites of passage as birth, initiation, and death.
Among the objects is a rare double caryatid headrest, an example of the art of the Chokwe peoples and a distinctively shaped Kuba box.
www.princetonartmuseum.org /curators/coll_cura_afri.cfm   (218 words)

 Rebirth African Tribal Art Gallery
African Tribal Art is considered amongst the finest creations in the art world.
In Africa art is considered an integral part of everyday life, as a cross-cultural dialogue, personal therapy, and communication with the Gods and ancestors.
African art have a great cultural and traditional significance, latest developments and understanding of aesthetic principles, religious and ceremonial values, have brought about a greater insight into the ideas and moral values that African artists express in their work.
www.rebirth.co.za   (230 words)

 African Art--Selected Resources
Art and Oracle: African Art and Rituals of Divination
This project of the Harvard University Department of Fine Arts focuses on "why certain cultures, places and periods have encouraged creativity and innovation in the arts." Includes a relational Imagebase of over 17,000 images, and an Ethnographic Database with over 100 fields of data for over 900 African cultures.
Photographs taken in the 1930s depicting the arts and cultures of southeastern Nigeria, primarily from the Igbo-speaking regions.
andromeda.rutgers.edu /~natalieb/africanart.htm   (685 words)

 African Art   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The dolls, serpent figures, necklaces and other Vodou Art created by Miss Kitty are authentic expressions of a religious spirit, dating back 6000 years to Western Africa.
It is Miss Kitty's intent to raise the representation of Vodou to fine art.
My art is inspired by special events in my life such as: My marriage, birth of my children and the death of my parents.
www.folkart.com /home/africa.htm   (624 words)

 Elena Art Services - African souvenirs, paintings, masks, stones, wood-carvings and professional artist's page
Just send us a request (with an approximate size of your order and your location) and within 24 hours we will contact you with all necessary details.
We are ready to discuss any personal order for the African items no matter how small or big it will be.
Our rule is to answer all your messages and requests within not more than 24 hours from receiving it.
www.namibweb.com /indexart.htm   (243 words)

 African Art - Products for African Art - Manufacturers,Exporters,Suppliers,Traders,Companies,Factories   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Amo fertility pot is the pot used for the festival for the amo fe
We are exporters of authentic quality African art, crafts and mas
Box framed African art depicting a walking african family.
www.alibaba.com /productsearch/African_Art.html   (572 words)

 Genuine African tribal art
In this way, we ensure our carvers, craftsmen and other African art suppliers a profitable and rewarding existence for themselves and their families.
Because our African art is hand-made, no two items will be exactly the same.
Our African tribal art will be a truly unique and rewarding addition to your home.
www.africanart.com /AfricanArt-AfricanTribalArt.html   (214 words)

 Black Art, African American Art, African American Art Work, Black Art Work, Art, Art Work, Black History Facts, Soul ...
Within our art gallery, we sell African American art work / Black art work such as art prints, canvas art prints, framed art prints, figurines, sculptures, and candle holders that are created by very talented African American artists / Black artists which include Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, WAK, Annie Lee, and Frank Morrison.
The African American Art On-Line Store was created to help solve a common problem that almost every African American man and/or African American woman faces a few times a year.
All art work in our online store is marked 10% - 50% less than the suggested retail price for the art work.
www.brownhorizonsart4u.com   (621 words)

 Art of Africa - Discover Africa
Why is African Art important to the development of twentieth century art?
Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent - large exhibition on contemporary art from Africa.
Madafo: African American Groit Make storytelling a part of your units on African art.
www.princetonol.com /groups/iad/lessons/middle/afr-less.htm   (337 words)

 African Art Gallery, promoting African Artwork
But unlike the Dutch master, who died a relatively unknown pauper, the Kenyan-born artist has become one of Africa's hottest young talents, fetching up to $12 000 for his paintings and wowing collectors at home and abroad.
Opening at the U.N. Anthony Wakaba Mutheki and Elga Rabe are currently exhibiting at The United Nations in Geneva by invitation of The South African Ambassador to Switzerland Konji Sebati.
Although many African artists are extremely talented, it is often impossible for them to get international exposure.
www.africanartexpress.com   (352 words)

 Teachers' Guide to African Art
We thank you for your active participation in helping to further your students' development of cross-cultural understanding and involvement in art and museums.
An effective method for approaching African art is through child oriented questions.
"Is this object traditional or modern?" A discussion of the differences between the traditional functions of African art objects and the realities of modern life in Africa.
www.thinker.org /fam/education/publications/guide-african   (232 words)

 African Rock Art | Special Topics Page | Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The art of each of these zones is distinctive and easily recognizable, even to an untrained eye.
Not all rock art in these three zones is prehistoric; in some areas these arts flourished into the late nineteenth century, while in other areas rock art continues to be made today.
The product of many authors, time periods, and cultures, the flowing naturalism and lively sense of movement of the best rock art attests to the conviction of masterful hands and trained eyes.
www.metmuseum.org /toah/hd/rock/hd_rock.htm   (385 words)

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