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African Masters

Art from the Ivory Coast

West Africa has a rich artistic tradition, with artists whose work rivals the great masters of European art. Yet the assumption still prevails that traditional African art is the product of “tribal workshops,” guided by neither genuine aesthetic principles nor independent artistic sensibilities.

African Masters corrects this oversight with a comprehensive overview of the most significant sculptors from the Ivory Coast and neighboring countries, including works by artists from among the Guro, Senufo, Dan, Baule, and Lobi. Works from ancient masters are juxtaposed with those of important contemporary artists and essays by renowned scholars who investigate the role of artists in traditional and modern societies, their ideals of beauty and its transformation into works of art.
Featuring more than two hundred full-color masterpieces from public and private collections—including many never before published—the book marks a milestone in research on West African art.

240 pages | 262 color plates, 42 halftones | 10 x 11 1/2 | © 2014

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Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgements
Albert Lutz

Foreword by the Sponsor
Jörg Reinhardt

Silvie Memel Kassi

Eberhard Fischer

Map of the Ivory Coast

The Cultural Diversity of the Côte d’Ivoire
Lorenz Homberger

Guro Carvers
Eberhard Fischer

Artistic Creativity and Anonymity in the Lagoon Region of the Ivory Coast
Monica Blackmun Visonà

About the Baule Style and its Masters
Bernard de Grunne

Dan Master Carvers of the Twentieth century
Eberhard Fischer

Artists in Senufo Workshops
Lorenz Homberger

The Art of the Lobi – African Maters and Their Forms of Expression
Daniela Bognolo

Metamorphoses – From and “Exceptional Object” to an Internationally Traded “Work of Art”
Eberhard Fischer

Modern and Contemporary Artists from the Ivory Coast
Monica Blackmun Visonà

About the Authors
Picture Credits

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