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  1. Yaka: Visions of Africa Series

    By Arthur P. Bourgeois Trim Size: 6 1⁄2 x 9 1⁄2 ISBN: 978-88-7439-515-6 EAN: 9788874395156 Page Count: 160 Illustrations: 62 color illustrations and 21 black-and-white Format: Paperback The Yaka, a tribe in the southwestern corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have for over a century produced figurative statuettes, masks, and other objects that have fascinated Western scholars, collectors, and explorers. This impressive book brings together some of the earliest examples, as well as some of the most visually striking, and explores their uses in installation and initiation ceremonies and curative rituals, examining their relationship to leadership, divination, and sorcery. Colonial influences as well as "anti-fetish" religious movements are studied for their impact on Yaka traditional art. The book includes 21 black-and-white illustrations and drawings accompanying the text, 62 color plates with commentary, and an annotated bibliography. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Arthur P. Bourgeois is Professor Emeritus in Art History at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois.

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    $39.95
  2. What I Know....Poems of Life

    by Y.B. Taylor Softcover 6" W x 9" H 64 pages ISBN : 9781438970073 “What I Know…Poems of Life” takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions, experiencing laughter, tears, a-ha moments, comprehension and rage. The poems provide a glimmer of being black in America, the comprehensive “charge” of being a woman, and the challenge of facing and surviving the unknown. There are poems addressing the abomination of slavery, the inequity of Jim Crow, the fight for civil rights and integration as well as the gloriousness of election night 2008. There are poems that will bring a smile to readers’ lips as they travel down memory lane and revisit Nadinola, Dixie Peach, doo-wopping and Ed Sullivan, which were staples in many black neighborhoods. Based on written and oral history, current events, hearsay and actual experiences of the author and others known to the author, these poems provide discussion points, especially for younger readers born from mid-1960s and later.

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    $14.95
  3. Warhol

    by Klaus Honnef Hardcover 8.3 x 10.2 in. 96 pages ISBN 978-3-8365-4389-7 Andy Warhol (1928–1987) is hailed as the most important proponent of the Pop Art movement. A critical and creative observer of American society, he explored key themes of consumerism, materialism, media, and celebrity. Drawing on contemporary advertisements, comic strips, consumer products, and Hollywood’s most famous faces, Warhol proposed a radical reevaluation of what constituted artistic subject matter. Through Warhol, a Campbell’s soup can and Coca Cola bottle became as worthy of artistic status as any traditional still life. At the same time, Warhol reconfigured the role of the artist. Famously stating “I want to be a machine,” he systematically reduced the presence of his own authorship, working with mass-production methods and images, as well as dozens of assistants in a studio he dubbed The Factory. This book introduces Warhol’s multifaceted, prolific oeuvre, which revolutionized distinctions between “high” and “low” art and integrated ideas of living, producing, and consuming that remain central questions of modern experience. About the series Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features: a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance a concise biography approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions

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    $15.00
  4. Visions of Africa: Luba

    Sculpture of the Luba peoples of south0eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is among African's most magnificent forms of expression. An aesthetic suggesting calm dignity through harmonious forms transcends cultures and time. But what is "beauty" to Luba themselves? In this book, Luba people explain how beauty is as beauty does: works of art must work to protect, promote, and heal individuals and communities, much as sacred icons do in world religions like Christianity. Central to Luba artistry is the lukasa, a seemingly simple but extradorarily sophisticated device that aids memory and the making of histories. Stools, staffs, figures, and complex choreographies complement the lukasa as Luba culture is remembered, produced, and transformed, even during recent civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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    $34.95
  5. Visions of Africa: Bamum

    Located in the Grassfields region of modern Cameroon, ever since its beginnings in the late sixteenth century, the Bamum kingdom gave the utmost importance to the role of art in visualizing the spirit and essence of the state, and as a means of forging a distinct and unique Bamum identity. For this reason, the kings surrounded themselves with artists who worked exclusively for the court and the country's elite, creating stunning thrones, masks, and exquisite objects of use. To this day, artists of this kingdom produce large-scale works, among them wooden thrones, stools, masks, and sculptures often covered with beads, but now for the international market. This book explores the history of the Bamum court arts and the art forms that flourished outside the royal realm, presenting world-renowned sculptures in wood and metal, and setting these works into their larger historical and cultural contexts. It focuses on the complex ways in which Bamum monarchs and their artists melded old and new media adn techniques, a process that culminated under the visionary leadership of Sultan Ibrahim Njoya, the seventeenth king, who ruled from 1187/7 to 1931.

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  6. Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection

    Edited by Madhuvanti Ghose; With essays by Usha R. Balakrishnan, Jane Casey, Madhuvanti Ghose, Li Qianbin, Anne Richter, and Maria Zagitova July 26, 2016 276 pages, 9 x 12 366 color + 26 b/w illus. ISBN: 9780300214840 Hardcover Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago This book commemorates the remarkable gift of over 400 works from the collection of Barbara and David Kipper to the Art Institute of Chicago. These outstanding pieces of jewelry and ritual objects offer a material record of vanishing ways of life. Used as portable forms of wealth, as personal adornment, and in religious practice, they represent a broad spectrum of cultures. The majority comes from the Himalayan region, including Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia, and other pieces hail from Afghanistan, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The catalogue showcases stunning works—including delicate amulet boxes, other Tibetan Buddhist artifacts, and ornate Turkmen jewelry—through dramatic photography undertaken specifically for this publication. With five essays placing the objects in the contexts of their native regions, Vanishing Beauty offers a beautiful presentation of creativity and craftsmanship from across Asia. Madhuvanti Ghose is the Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Islamic Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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    $65.00
  7. Van Gogh on Demand: China and the Readymade

    by Winnie Won Yin Wong Paperback 320 pages 27 color plates 45 halftones 7 x 10 ISBN: 9780226024899 In a manufacturing metropolis in south China lies Dafen, an urban village that famously houses thousands of workers who paint van Goghs, Da Vincis, Warhols, and other Western masterpieces for the world market, producing an astonishing five million paintings a year. To write about work and life in Dafen, Winnie Wong infiltrated this world, first investigating the work of conceptual artists who made projects there; then working as a dealer; apprenticing as a painter; surveying wholesalers and retailers in Europe, East Asia and North America; establishing relationships with local leaders; and organizing a conceptual art exhibition for the Shanghai World Expo. The result is Van Gogh on Demand, a fascinating book about a little-known aspect of the global art world—one that sheds surprising light on the workings of art, artists, and individual genius. Confronting big questions about the definition of art, the ownership of an image, and the meaning of originality and imitation, Wong describes an art world in which idealistic migrant workers, lofty propaganda makers, savvy dealers, and international artists make up a global supply chain of art and creativity. She examines how Berlin-based conceptual artist Christian Jankowski, who collaborated with Dafen’s painters to reimagine the Dafen Art Museum, unwittingly appropriated the work of a Hong Kong-based photographer Michael Wolf. She recounts how Liu Ding, a Beijing-based conceptual artist, asked Dafen “assembly-line” painters to perform at the Guangzhou Triennial, neatly styling himself into a Dafen boss. Taking the Shenzhen-based photojournalist Yu Haibo’s award-winning photograph from the Amsterdam's World Press Photo organization, she finds and meets the Dafen painter pictured in it and traces his paintings back to an unlikely place in Amsterdam. Through such cases, Wong shows how Dafen’s painters force us to reexamine our preconceptions about creativity, and the role of Chinese workers in redefining global art. Providing a valuable account of art practices in an ascendant China, Van Gogh on Demand is a rich and detailed look at the implications of a world that can offer countless copies of everything that has ever been called “art.”

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    $35.00
  8. Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China

    Unearthed Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China Annette Juliano; With an essay by An Jiayao Hardcover August 21, 2012 192 pages, 9 1/2 x 10 1/2 127 color + 19 b/w illus. ISBN: 9780300179675 In recent decades archaeological discoveries across northern China have brought to light unexpected and significant works of extraordinary beauty. These artifacts express the dynamic changes taking place in this region from the fifth to eleventh century, helping to redefine our understanding of ancient Chinese cultures. Unearthed showcases recently excavated artifacts from Shanxi and Gansu provinces, many of which have never been exhibited outside China. These objects range from fantastical tomb guardian-beasts, to luxury goods reflecting the lucrative "Silk Road" trade, to objects designed for religious or ritual purposes, to a magnificent stone sarcophagus in the shape of a traditional Chinese house. Detailed essays discuss tradition and innovation in Chinese art; China's interactions with the outside world through trade and invasion; artistic techniques and styles; and cultural traditions. The acquisition of the artifacts is contextualized within the major developments in Chinese archaeology over the past hundred years, with particular attention to the intense periods after 1950 and its status today. Annette Juliano is professor of art history at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark Campus. An Jiayao is research fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.

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    $45.00

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