Arts of Africa: The Contemporary Collection of Jean Pigozzi by Andre Magnin

By Andre Magnin

Nurtured via historical aesthetic roots, sub-Saharan African artists have endured to take in and rework exterior affects in outstanding methods. The Jean Pigozzi assortment, the best-endowed modern African artwork assortment on the earth, indicates how the wealthy values, types, and cultural historical past of Africa were integrated, even into new media. This catalog of the gathering incorporated within the Grimaldi discussion board exhibition profiles the paintings of 30 major artists-painters, photographers, sculptors, and video artists. The artists featured contain Seydou Keéta, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Malick Sidibé, Moke, Chéri Samba, Romuald Hazoumé, and Bodys Isek Kingelez.

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