A History of Art in Africa

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-07-03
  • Publisher: Pearson

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A History of Art in Africa, Second Edition, is the only comprehensive art historical survey of the African continent to incorporate discussions of contemporary art and artists. It is both a reliable resource for art historians and an accessible introduction to the vibrant arts of Africa.

Author Biography

MONICA BLACKMUN VISONA is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Kentucky. Her publications focuses upon the arts of the Lagoon Peoples and upon the larger issues of contemporary African art.


ROBIN POYNOR is Professor of Art History at the University of Florida. He is a specialist on Yoruba arts in Africa and the New World and is a regular contributor to African Arts.  He has served as both consultant and guest curator for numerous exhibitions.


HERBERT M. COLE is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Arts Council of the African Studies Association. He has published numerous books and exhibition catalogues.


The closing chapter of this book was written by Michael Harris, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Emory University.  The preface was written by Roland Abiodun, Professor of Art Hisotry at Amherst College, and the introduction was written by Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Art and Africam American Studies at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Africa, Art, and History: An Introductionp. 14<$$$>
From the Nile to the Niger
The Sahara and the Maghreb
Lands of the Nile: Egypt, Nubia, and Ethiopia
The Central Sudan
Mande Worlds and the Upper Niger
The Western Sudan
Western Africa
West Atlantic Forests
Akan Worlds
The Yoruba and the Fon
The Lower Niger
Central Africa
Cross River, Cameroon Grasslands, and Gabon
The Western Congo Basin
The Eastern Congo Basin
Eastern and Southern Africa
Eastern Africa
Southern Africa
The Diaspora
African Artists Abroad
Art of the African Diaspora
Annotated Bibliography
Picture credits
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