The History of African Art (Art Essentials)
By Suzanne Preston BlieR
Art historian Suzanne Blier surveys over 75,000 years of African art, set against the changing history of the continent, customs and religions, postcolonial debates and the challenges of the present. Core themes in African visual and cultural expression are examined in detail, including trade, empire expansion, gender, the body and representations of power, across meaningful chapters spanning ancient art, the Middle Ages, Early Modern, the colonial era and contemporary art.
Written from an inclusive, modern perspective, focusing not only on royal traditions but also on the broader global history of the continent and its artistic practices, The History of African Art explains the complexity and multiplicity of an underexplored but essential subject of art history, and offers an indispensable introduction to the arts of Africa.
Paperback with flaps, 21.6 x 13.8 cm (8.5 x 5.5 in"), 176 pages, 121 illustrations.