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Suggested Readings
and Resources for
Traditional African Art Studies

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These selections are based on accuracy of content; quality of featured objects; and availability in print.

Frank Willett, African Art, London: Thames and Hudson, 1971. Reprint. About $12. Fine introductory survey.

Roy Sieber & Roslyn A. Walker, African Art in the Cycle of Life, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1987. About $30. Excellent bibliography. Anything by Sieber is recommended. Unfortunately, most of his work is now out of print.

Rubin, et al., Primitivism in 20th Century Art, 2 vols., New York: MOMA,1984. $65.

Tom Phillips (Editor), Africa: The Art of a Continent, New York: Prestel, 1995.  About $90.

Christopher B. Steiner, African Art in Transit, Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1994. About $20. This is a detailed, often praised study on the notion of authenticity in African art.

Warren M. Robbins and Nancy Ingram Nooter, African Art in American Collections, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989. About $395. Very few copies remain. This is a collector's item.

Angela Fisher, Africa Adorned, Harry N. Abrams, 1984. About $60. The photography here is very strong. Follow the link...

Christopher Roy and L. Lee McIntyre, Art and Life in Africa: Recontextualizing African Art in the Cycle of Life, Vers. 1.0. Iowa City: The Art and Life in Africa Project, 1998.  This is a CD-ROM. About $50.

Any publications from the Center for African Art, New York (many written or edited by Susan Vogel) are heartily recommended. This institution was renamed Museum for African Art in 1993.

Many classic reference materials, while out-of-print, are frequently available through specialty book dealers.

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African Arts. Quarterly, published since 1968. By subscription, $38 payable to African Arts, James S. Coleman African Studies Center, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1310. Some back issues available.

The "Fakes, Fakers and Fakery" issue (April 1976, Vol. IX, No. 3) is available as a photocopy for $25.

The World of Tribal Arts (Le Monde de L’Art Tribal). Quarterly, published since 1994. By subscription, $53 payable to Tribal Arts, 2261 Market Street, #644, San Francisco, CA 94114. (Specify English or French edition.) Some back issues available.

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National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20560
(202) 357-4600.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028
(212) 535-7710.

Museum for African Art
593 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-1313.

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1549
(310) 825-4361.

Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 638-5000.

Refer to quarterly editions of African Arts and Tribal Arts for listings of national and international exhibitions.

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Smithsonian Resident Associates Program (RAP)
Membership includes discounts on books, courses and lectures. Trips relating to African art are sometimes offered. (202) 357-3030.

Museum for African Art
New York. Membership by category starting at $35. Catalogues, exhibitions, trips, tours of collections. (212) 966-1313.

Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA)
$25 per year. Barbara Frank, Secretary-Treasurer, c/o Dept. of Art, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5400.

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National Museum of African Art Gift Shop
Washington DC (Warren M. Robbins Library,  by appointment).

OAN (Oceanie Afrique Noire) Art Books
15 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC 10018 (212) 840-8844.

Harmer Johnson Books
21 E. 65th Street, 4th Floor, NYC 10021 (212) 535-0118.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bookstore
New York City (Resource Center by appointment).{2381C7C0-BEA1-11D3-936D-00902786BF44}&shopperID=&FromPage=catBooks

Simon Ottenberg
PO Box 15509 Wedgewood Station, Seattle, WA 98115(206) 720-7150.

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 G.I. Jones Photographic Archives: Southeastern Nigerian Art and Culture
This is an archive of digitized photographs depicting the arts and cultures of southeastern Nigeria. The collection includes examples from Ibibio, Igbo, Ijaw and Ogoni speaking peoples. All of the photographs were taken in the 1930s by the late G.I. Jones, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge.

 African Animations
This site uses animation to investigate the forms and textures of a variety of objects including currency, dolls and passports.

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AFFRICA has featured fine, traditional African art since 1979.

The collection includes masks, figures, pottery, furniture, textiles, implements, currency and adornment -- all selected for authenticity as well as artistry.

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