African Art from The Menil Collection

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Press: The Menil Collection (November 25, 2008)
Publication Date:2008-11
Author Name:Van, Dyke Kristina 编


Bamana masks and headdresses, Lega ivories, Dogon sculpture, and Benue bronzes are among the many exquisite African artifacts found in the renowned Menil Collection. 
This stunning book—the first comprehensive catalogue on the de Menils' collection of African art—features 115 of the museum’s finest pieces.
Dating primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries, these works come from North Africa and the Sahel, Coastal West Africa, and Central and East Africa. An essay by scholar Kristina Van Dyke discusses the formation of the collection, which was inspired in part by its relationship to modernist works and by the couple’s interest in human rights.
This insightful text also explains how the de Menils' visionary spirit was influenced by African art and places those objects within the context of the whole of the de Menils’ collection, in which works from ancient, Byzantine, medieval, modern, Oceanic, and Native American cultures speak to the universal struggle for human understanding.
Entries for the selected works were written by leading scholars in the field and are grouped into sections based on regions. 

About the Author

Kristina Van Dyke is associate curator for collections, The Menil Collection, Houston.


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Comment List (Total:4)

  •     I'm fortunate to live in Houston and I'm able to visit the Menil regularly. This is a great collection and it is exquisitely captured in this book. I consider this one of my favorites. Beautiful in everyway, and very powerful pieces. The Chi Wara on the cover is a most unusual design and is an example of the high quality of art in the collection and shown in the book.
  •     Great book for research on African Tribal Art...very informativeExtensive information & pictures on this important CollectionWell packed, shipped quicklyGreat seller....Thanks!!!
  •     Hardcover, embossed cloth boards with pictorial DJ, 11.75" x 10", 239 pages., 115 objects in color, 3 Maps. Woks Cited. Edited by Kristina Van Dyke, Including contributions by , Marla C. Berns, Kate Ezra, Constantine Petridis, Allen F. Roberts, Mary Nooter Roberts, Christopher D. Roy, and several other experts of note. Published by Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2008.A very nicely presented book on the Menil Collection Of African Art, with well taken photos of the catalogue items of African Art. As is usual with these types of books, the objects are mostly masks and figures, but also includes some headdresses, altar figures, zoomorphic sculptures, weapons, power objects, cups and fetishes. Also, as is usual in this type of collection, the quality of the objects varies substantially, from 2-star to 5-star quality. There is relatively little "text" as such ,other than an essay about the collection itself, but the descriptions of the objects are excellent. The book could certainly benefit from a few more field photographs to put the art into context, but overall the book is a fine collection catalogue.
  •     This is yet another good example of a well executed book highlighting a wonderful private collection. The images are as stunning as the collection. It is an impressive collection well captured in print.

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