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Re: [African_Arts] Congo colonial ivories

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  • Cory Gundlach
    Lee, thank you so much for this excellent list of sources.  I had found a link to the essay from the Michael Stevenson Gallery here in the group archives. 
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 11, 2011
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      Lee, thank you so much for this excellent list of sources.  I had found a link to the essay from the Michael Stevenson Gallery here in the group archives.  It's very good!
       
      Thanks again,
      Cory

      --- On Mon, 4/11/11, Lee Rubinstein <leerubinstein@...> wrote:

      From: Lee Rubinstein <leerubinstein@...>
      Subject: Re: [African_Arts] Congo colonial ivories
      To: African_Arts@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Monday, April 11, 2011, 11:37 AM

      In addition to the publication to which you refer [Nii O. Quarcoopome, Through African Eyes:  The European in African Art, 1500 to Present.  (Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts  2009)], Jens Jahn's COLON: Das Schwarze Bild von Weißen Mann may have productive references.  Also, there are a few specific examples of Congolese colonial representations in ivory included in the Michael Stevenson Gallery exhibition (and accompanying text, "The Mlungu in Africa: art from the colonial period, 1840-1940"):

      References in the above text refer to the "catalogue by E Bassani and W Fagg, Africa and the Renaissance: art in ivory for an exhibition at the Center for African Art in New York in 1988... [which] included carved horns from the Kongo (present-day Republic of Congo) from the late fifteenth century;

      Other works which touch upon or may have broader references to help explore the general topic are:

      Blier, Suzanne Preston. "Imaging Otherness in Ivory: African Portrayals of the Portuguese ca. 1492." Art Bulletin (New York) 75, no. 3 (September 1993): pp. 375-96.


      Julius E. Lips, The Savage Strikes Back, or The White Man Through Native Eyes (London:  Lovat Dickson Limited Publishers   [orig. in German]  See Figures 140-141 and 192 on pp. 170 and 242, respectively.

      Turner, Tom. "Images of power, images of humiliation: Congolese "colonial" sculpture for sale in Rwanda," African Arts:  Volume 38, No. 1 (May, 2005):  http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0438/is_1_38/ai_n15341098/

      "Chapter 8:  Ambiguous Aliens:  The Stranger in African Art History" pp. 136-159 in Herbert M. Cole, ICONS:  Ideals and Power in the Art of Africa (Washington, DC and London:  National Museum of African Art/Smithsonian Institution Press1989)

      Kramer, Fritz.  The Red Fez:  Art and Spirit Possession in Africa (London and New York:  Verso.  1993).

      Lee

      On Apr 7, 2011, at 3:42 PM, fluxusful wrote:

       
      Hi, Can anyone suggest any published work on carved ivory colonial figures from the Congo? I am familiar Nii Quarcoopome's recent catalogue.


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