Exhibition catalogue, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, February - May, 2015; Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint-Louis, June - September, 2015; Musée Fabre, Montpellier, November, 2015 - March, 2016
By Suzan Elizabeth Gagliardi
Published by 5 Continents Éditions
24 x 28,5 cm, 288 pages, hardcover, 286 colorill., 60 €
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Senufo Unbound. Dynamics of Art and Identity in West Africa
New York’s now-defunct Museum of Primitive Art opened its landmark exhibition Senufo: Sculpture from West Africa in February 1963. Under the directorship of art historian Robert Goldwater, the museum displayed together for the first time a stunning array of arts attributed to Senufo artists: face masks, helmet masks, and figurative sculptures, all from a region spanning the borders of present-day Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Mali. Now, more than 50 years later, this new book draws on archival, museum, and field-based data, including previously unpublished letters, photographs, and objects, to look back at that tour-de-force exhibition, and offers a fresh, expanded view of a dynamic region’s arts and identities.