Speaking of Objects

African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago

Edited by Constantine Petridis; With contributions by Martha G. Anderson, Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Pascal James Imperato, Manuel Jordan, Babatunde Lawal, Anitra Nettleton, Constantine Petridis, and Janet M. Purdy

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A lavishly illustrated selection of highlights from the Art Institute of Chicago’s extraordinary collection of the arts of Africa

Featuring a selection of more than 75 works of traditional African art in the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection, this stunning volume includes objects in a wide variety of media from regions across the continent. Essays and catalogue entries by leading art historians and anthropologists attend closely to the meanings and materials of the works themselves in addition to fleshing out original contexts. These experts also underscore the ways in which provenance and collection history are important to understanding how we view such objects today. Celebrating the Art Institute’s collection of traditional African art as one of the oldest and most diverse in the United States, this is a fresh and engaging look at current research into the arts of Africa as well as the potential of future scholarship.

Constantine Petridis is curator and chair of the arts of Africa at the Art Institute of Chicago.

“This beautifully balanced work combines exquisite, detailed photography (which provides an almost tactile experience) with essays on each piece, written by experts in the field, that testify to their rich cultural contexts, complicated histories, and dense meanings.”—J.S. May, CHOICE
ISBN: 9780300254327
Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago
216 pages, 9 1/2 x 12
135 color + 30 b/w illus.
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