The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art

Roslyn Adele Walker

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January 18, 2010
304 pages, 9 x 12
222 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300138955

Distributed for the Dallas Museum of Art

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This beautifully illustrated book showcases 110 objects from the Dallas Museum of Art’s world-renowned African collection. In contrast to Western “art for art’s sake,” tradition-based African art served as an agent of religion, social stability, or social control. Chosen both for their visual appeal and their compelling histories and cultural significance, the works of art are presented under the themes of leadership and status; the cycle of life; decorative arts; and influences (imported and exported). Also included are many fascinating photographs that show the context in which these objects were originally used.

Roslyn Adele Walker is Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas and the Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

"[Walker] provides more provenance and collection history than most authors in catalogues of this type. . . .The scholarship is current, the style accessible, engaging reader to think."—Jean M. Borgatti, International Journal of African Historical Studies