African Art in Cultural Perspective: An Introduction

African Art in Cultural Perspective: An Introduction

African Art in Cultural Perspective: An Introduction

African Art in Cultural Perspective: An Introduction

Synopsis

Describes the sculpture of many African regions in an attempt to show correlations between cultural factors and artistic design.

Excerpt

African art has won its own place among the great art traditions of the world. Much has been written about the impact that African sculpture made on Picasso, Derain, Braque, Matisse, and other famous painters at the turn of the century. However, it is no longer necessary to justify African art in terms of its influence on their works or on the subsequent development of our own art tradition. Today it is widely acclaimed in its own right, and it will undoubtedly come to be recognized as one of the great contributions that Africans have made to the cultural heritage of mankind.

I was about to repeat what I have said elsewhere, that African sculpture may come to be recognized as "the greatest contribution of Africa, and of Africans, to the world's cultural heritage." My hesitancy does not arise because of the contributions that Africa has made to American culture in music and folklore, or because of the part that Africans have played in the exploration and economic development of our country. Jazz has been described as the only truly American art form, and its debt to African music is well known; but these contributions to our national heritage do not compare to the contribution of African sculpture to the heritage of the world. What did give me pause . . .

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