Speaking of Objects African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago Constantine Petridis, Martha G Anderson, Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Pascal James Imperato, Manuel Jordan, Babatunde Lawal, Anitra Nettleton, Janet Purdy

Publication date:
24 Nov 2020
Art Institute of Chicago
216 pages: 305 x 241mm
135 color + 30 b-w illus.
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A lavishly illustrated selection of highlights from the Art Institute of Chicago’s extraordinary collection of the arts of Africa

Featuring a selection of more than 75 works of traditional African art in the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection, this stunning volume includes objects in a wide variety of media from regions across the continent. Essays and catalogue entries by leading art historians and anthropologists attend closely to the meanings and materials of the works themselves in addition to fleshing out original contexts. These experts also underscore the ways in which provenance and collection history are important to understanding how we view such objects today. Celebrating the Art Institute’s collection of traditional African art as one of the oldest and most diverse in the United States, this is a fresh and engaging look at current research into the arts of Africa as well as the potential of future scholarship.

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