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Author Courtney-Clarke, Margaret, 1949- author, photographer.

Title African canvas : the art of West African women / photographs and text by Margaret Courtney-Clarke ; foreword by Maya Angelou.

Imprint New York : Rizzoli, 1990.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection M Schick  709.66 C835a 1990    ---  Lib Use Only
Description 204 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 204).
Contents Introduction -- Compound -- Painting -- Motifs -- Interiors.
Summary "Photojournalist Courtney-Clarke, whose book Ndebele captured the painted wall art of South Africa, brings the same inquiring spirit to this depiction of her three-year trek from Nigeria to Senegal. Surviving sandstorms, locusts and malaria, she documents the bold geometric and symbolic wall paintings made by women in remote West African villages. These women transform objects from their daily world--a fish net, a cooking pot, a weaving, a calabash--into rippling patterns laden with cosmic significance. Made with natural pigments from plants or clay, these pictures often perish in the rainy season. Creeping urbanization is also taking its toll on the villages, whose mud compounds, houses, clothing, body painting and pottery Courtney-Clarke documents as well. This strong, moving photoessay is equally valuable as an investigation of a dwindling way of life and as a permanent record of a seldom-seen vernacular art form."--Amazon.
Subject Art, West African -- Pictorial works.
Art, Black -- Africa, West -- Pictorial works.
Women artists -- Africa, West -- Pictorial works.
Vernacular architecture -- Africa, West -- Pictorial works.
Art, Black. (OCoLC)fst00816023
Art, West African. (OCoLC)fst00817014
Vernacular architecture. (OCoLC)fst01165401
Women artists. (OCoLC)fst01177159
West Africa. (OCoLC)fst01239521
Genre/Form Illustrated works. (OCoLC)fst01423873
Illustrated works.
Pictorial works. (OCoLC)fst01423874
Added Author Angelou, Maya, writer of foreword.
ISBN 0847811662

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