African Art Essays

  • African Art

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    African Art African Art does not have specific date to which it evolved because most early African Art was carved in wood, which perished quickly. This is why most art dates from the 19th and early 20th century. Many 20th century artists admired and collected pieces of African Art. They enjoyed the bold color, expression, and form that produced a new beginning in art history. African Art was mostly dedicated to life affirming activities such as healing, pleasure, protection, and transformation.

  • African Art Observation

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    lifetime as I attended the African Art exhibit at the High Museum of Art. My first time enjoying the view within a museum went extremely well. I chose to participate in the African Art exhibit because I was interested in the great artifacts that were preserved from before the nineteenth century and shared with today’s society. If anyone was to ask me what museum exhibit do I recommend them to participate in, I would choose the High Museum of Art’s African Art exhibit. The African Art exhibit is located on

  • Dualism In African Art

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    Twins can be considering a blessing to have. In Africa this is not completely true. They are seen as a gift but also a curse on the mother. African has their own beliefs on the concept of twins and how they are believed to be special pairs. Different cultures explore different ways to embrace the birth of twins. When a child is born in doubles it symbolizes good fortune for the family. They believe that since the two were born together they both have great knowledge of each other. Therefore they

  • African Art: The Extraordinary Terracotta Ceramic Faces

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    Apart from rock art, ancient artists in Africa prepared sculptures. One of the oldest sculptures in Africa was the extraordinary terracotta ceramic faces, many of which have worn out over time, recorded in western African country of Nigeria and are as old as 2,500 years or more. The sculptures are assembled using iron cast or even grog compounds though none of them exists in their initial form. They demonstrate a resilient spirit in the African culture that dates back to about 200 AD (Peter 89. Their

  • African Art and Architecture

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    African Art and Architecture The history of art in Africa goes back to prehistoric times. Among the most ancient African art forms are the rock paintings and engravings from Tassili and Ennedi in the Sahara (6000 BC-1st century AD). Other examples of early art include the terracotta sculptures modelled by Nok artists in central Nigeria between 500 BC and AD 200, the decorative bronze works of Igbo Ukwu (9th-10th century AD), and the extraordinary bronze and terracotta sculptures from Ife

  • African Art Vs. European Way Of Art

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    African art is very unique in many aspects. African art is traditionally abstract, and beautiful in its own way. Many people believe that African art is so different that judging it based on the scale of the rest of the world is useless, due to the fact that African art is not like anything else in the world. African art seems to have never gotten the proper discovery it deserved, and here’s why. The process of the discovery of these artifacts were poor. The archeologists who found the arts were

  • African Art Influence

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    traditional African art on Modernist artists, Expressionist architects, and many other artists. In fact, traditional African sculpture was a powerful influence on modernist artists such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, and Expressionist architects such as Bruno Taut, Erich Mendelsohn, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and Hans Poelzig all of whom reflect the core of traditional African art During the early 1900s, many

  • Henri Matisse's Influence On African Art

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    As art evolves through time and cultures, it often influences newer artists and eras. This influence in style evolution is apparent in the 19th century where African culture, art such as sculptures and painting, highly sway European and American art. Following the British force attack on Africa in the late 1800’s, many artistic items such as sculptures and precious works in brass, ivory, terracotta and wood were taken from the Benin palace and shipped to Europe. (Getlein, 2016, pg. 419) In the

  • African Art Essay

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    Africa is home to a great and thriving art culture. Until recently, African art hasn’t had enough attention, due to scholars’ and art collectors’ emphasis on traditional art, while being part of the most diverse legacies on Earth. Although some people consider African art ‘traditional’, the art actually consists of hundreds of different people groups, cultures, and civilizations. The artwork favors abstraction rather than naturalistic representation because the artwork represents objects or ideas

  • African American Art Essay

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    In the textbook, African American Art and Artists, which was written by Samella Lewis, described the biography of African artists and introduced the changing roles of them. There are three aspects changing between them, their status in America, their expression of African culture, and their technique of creating arts. The first thing they had changed was their status in America. As Britain's North American colonies expanded, colonials’ demand for goods were increasing. Even though White independent

  • Art of the Contemporary African Diasporal

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    “Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora” is an exhibition that affords several practicing artists the chance to explore the psychological terrain between the West and Africa, examine the constantly changing physical geographies and contexts in the perceived ever-increasing globalization of the African diaspora and identify the various emotional expressions and aesthetic ambitions that manifest in their own work as result of African diaspora. The curatorial vision of the exhibition

  • Portraying African-American Identity in Art: Hammons and Piper

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    David Hammons and Adrian Piper: African-American Identity David Hammons and Adrian Piper are both American artists known for different reasons. Hammons is well known for his artwork around New York and his range of materials, as well as his support for the black power movement. Piper is a philosopher known for her conceptual artwork, such as her performance artworks, and artwork addressing “otherness”. In this paper, however; the two artworks I will be discussing are David Hammons’ American Costume

  • Traditional African Art: Pablo Picasso And Henri Matisse

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    Art is defined as works created by artists, including, but not limited to paintings, sculptures, etc., that are created to be beautiful or to express important ideas or feelings (Merriam Webster). As the late 1800’s and early 1900’s began to set in, African art started its migration from the land of its origin, into the settings of European and American art galleries and exhibits. Modern artists were drawn to African sculpture because of its sophisticated approach to the abstraction of the human

  • african art

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    be arranged in another room with more chairs. In conclusion, although there are several weaknesses of the gallery “Imagining the Underground,” it strongly supports the ideas of Baxandall and it perfectly serves the viewers with a feast of African culture and art exhibition. Its layout, exhibition style and labels are greatly organized and interacted in the way along with Baxandall’s idea. Baxandall’s model and ideas together with the example of this gallery should be considered in future construction

  • Contemporary African Art

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    globalization and cultural brokering, contemporary art made in Africa (and its diasporas) has enjoyed a steady growth in interest and appreciation by Western audiences during the last few decades (Kasfir, 2007). Several biennials, triennials, and scholarly works attest to that, with much of its impact owed to the figure of Okwui Enwezor. However, seamlessly uniting diverse African artists under the untrained Western gaze for the commercialism of the international art circuit – notwithstanding their different

  • African Art: A Cycle Of Life

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    Many African cultures see life as a cycle we are born, we grow and mature, enter adulthood, and one day we will eventually die but the cycle continues long after death. In Africa art is used as a way to express many things in their society, in this paper I will focus on different ways traditional African art are used to describe the cycle of one’s life. Since Africa is such a large continent it is important to keep in mind that every country and tribe has different rituals and views when it comes

  • The Elephant Mask Costume and the Costume of Airowayoye

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    In Gallery 101 acquisition number 1999.76 at the Dayton Art Institute, you will find the Kuosi (Elephant Mask) Society Costume of the Bamileke people in Cameroon, Africa. Standing almost six feet tall (67 inches), the elephant mask costume was worn during Tso (elephant dance) by a secret society of warriors dedicated to protecting their king. Today the costume maintains order in the Bamileke society and reminds the king that he is not above the gods. The elephant mask costume is worn to display the

  • The Benin Bronzes

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    with different cultures was on the basis of 'mutual regard' (Woods, K. 2008, p. 16), and although the Portuguese had qualms about idolatry in Benin it will show that assumptions by Europeans up to the 20th century of the primitive nature of tribal African societies was inaccurate with regard to the Benin people, who had a society based on the succession of the King or 'Oba', a Royal Family and Nobility. The essay will finally suggest that Benin’s increase in wealth following the arrival of the Portuguese

  • The Importance of Art

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    Importance of Art Throughout the ages art has played a crucial role in life. Art is universal and because art is everywhere, we experience it on a daily basis. From the houses we live in (architecture) to the movies we see (theatre) to the books that we read (literature). Even in ancient culture art has played a crucial role. In prehistoric times cave dwellers drew on the wall of caves to record history. In biblical times paintings recorded the life and death of Christ. Throughout time art has recorded

  • Jacob Lawrence’s Direct and Dramatic Paintings

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    Jacob was an African-American artist, who eventually flourished in the art world during the Depression of 1920s, painting African-Americans life in Harlem, making social statements and thus, explaining their life during that time. Additionally, this made his art significant to spectators who praised his works. With no formal training in painting, it was easy for Jacob to ignore the rules that set him apart from other African-American painters and others, before him and in his time, such as Palmer