This is enjoyable and very edifying and inspiring. While I haven t yet had the opportunity to gather my thoughts, I have gathered numerous images of paintedMessage 1 of 40 , Jul 20, 2007View SourceThis is enjoyable and very edifying and inspiring. While I haven't yet had the opportunity to gather my thoughts, I have gathered numerous images of painted masks around the house. Many are from Sierra Leone (2 Temne Jo-lay masks with a lot of intense pink) and Guinea (including a Baga Sibondel and two Signals which tend to ward the brilliant red). There is also one Gelede mask -- the blue one -- that somewhat reflects how I'm feeling this morning among the Nigerian Yoruba selections as well as a Gelede mask with a drummer superstructure atop the mask that brings us back to the pink. All in all, the painted masks are electric and exciting. I look forward to discussing the various traditions and examples in greater detail. For now, however, enjoy the images I have compiled thus far. (More to come!)Thanks again to Bob for introducing the topic! See, Bob! You are not alone in your appreciation and rightfully so!
Revisiting an earlier conversation... Although this particular example does not display the characteristics associated with Makonde sculpture, I came acrossMessage 40 of 40 , Sep 8, 2007View SourceRevisiting an earlier conversation...Although this particular example does not display the characteristics associated with Makonde sculpture, I came across this brief description on the British Museum site which locates the origin of 20th century Kenyan and Tanzanian soldier carvings -- of which Ed provided an example [http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/African_Arts/photos/view/d47a?b=8] in our discussion regarding the Makonde. Here is a link to a more Kamba-styled example of this modern tradition originated by the Kenyan carver Mutsiya Munge:http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/explore/online_tours/africa/views_from_africa/carvings_of_soldiers.aspxOnly a small, small fraction of the vast British Museum collection is accessible on-line but... while on the site, why not peruse the African?Access "Highlights"...or....-The Africa Garden: contemporary sculptures by Sokari Douglas Camp, El Anatsui, Adam Madebe, Kester*, Cristovao Canhavato*, Hilario Nhatugueja*, Fiel dos Santos*, Adelino Serafim Maté*, Juginder Lamba, Emmanuel Taiwo Jegede, David Davidson, Daniel and Petra Carstens and Rachid Koraichi.* Also see sculptural works by these and other Mozambican artists transforming "Arms Into Art" -- creating sculpture composed of decommissioned weapons from the Mozambican Civil War which were exchanged for agricultural, domestic and construction tools -- at http://www.africaserver.nl/nucleo/ and Kester's "Throne of Weapons".On this side of the Atlantic...As a reminder and/or for the benefit of new group members, the exhibition "Revolutions: A Century of Makonde Masquerade in Mozambique" -- curated by group participant Alexander Borotolot -- opens on September 19 at the Wallach Art Gallery of Columbia University in New York with a curator's gallery talk on October 25 at 6:30pm. See the attached or http://www.columbia.edu/cu/wallach/htm/exhibitions.html for further details.Also in New York, the exhibition "Visual Griots of Mali: An Exhibition of African Youth Photography" opened yesterday and runs through November 25 at the Courtyard Gallery in the World Financial Center.Lee