The Essential Art of African Textiles - LaGamma, Alisa; Giuntini, Christine - Yale University Press
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Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
The Essential Art of African Textiles
Design Without End
Alisa LaGamma and Christine Giuntini
Available only as Print on Demand.
Textiles are a major form of aesthetic expression across Africa, and this book examines long-standing traditions together with recent creative developments. A variety of fine and venerable West African cloths are presented and discussed in terms of both artistry and technique. Wrapped around the body, fashioned into garments, or displayed as hangings, these magnificent textiles include bold strip weavings and intricately patterned indigo resist-dyed cloths. Also considered by the authors are striking contemporary works—in media as far-ranging as sculpture, painting, photography, video, and installation art—that draw inspiration from the forms and cultural significance of African textiles.
This catalogue accompanies an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 30, 2008–March 22, 2009. [This title was originally published in 2008 and has gone out of print. This version is a print-on-demand edition of the original book.]
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