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Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa

Karen E. Milbourne


ISBN: 9781580933704
ANNOTATION:
Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name held at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., April 22, 2013-January 5, 2014, and at the Fowler Museum at UCLA in 2014.
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ISBN: 9781580933704
ANNOTATION:
Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name held at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., April 22, 2013-January 5, 2014, and at the Fowler Museum at UCLA in 2014.

Annotation

Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name held at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., April 22, 2013-January 5, 2014, and at the Fowler Museum at UCLA in 2014.

Publisher Description

Featuring more than 100 extraordinary works of art from 1800 to the present, Earth Matters reveals how African individuals and communities have visually mediated their most poignant relationships with the land--whether it be to earth as a sacred or medicinal material, as something uncovered by mining or claimed by burial, as a surface to be interpreted and turned to for inspiration, or as an environment to be protected. Both internationally recognized and emerging contemporary artists are represented, from the continent and diaspora, including El Anatsui, Ghada Amer, Sammy Baloji, Ingrid Mwangi and William Kentridge. Highlights include a pair of rare Yoruba onile figures, a one-of-a-kind Punu reliquary from Gabon, and 3 bocio figures from the personal collection of legendary French dealer Jacques Kerchache. The text includes statements by contemporary African artists including Wangechi Mutu, Clive van den Berg, Allan de Souza, and George Osodi. National Museum of African Art curator Karen E. Milbourne explores how diverse African concepts of healing, the sacred, identity, memory, history, and environmental sustainability have all been formed in relation to the land in this pioneering scholarly study.

Author Biography

Karen E. Milbourne is curator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution. Formerly she was associate curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and assistant professor at the University of Kentucky. She has contributed to African Cosmos: Stellar Arts (The Monacelli Press, 2012).

Product Details

Short Title
EARTH MATTERS
Pages
288
Publisher
Monacelli Press
Language
English
ISBN-10
158093370X
ISBN-13
9781580933704
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
Subtitle
Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
250 Colour Photographs
Year
2013
Author
Karen E. Milbourne
Publication Date
2013-11-15