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African Art?

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Collier Family (atla)
Sat, 21 Mar 1998 07:58:37 +0200

Hi All,

As an African, I find the trend to stop in Egypt as an example of
African art strange.
There is so much contemporary art in Africa that is valid, that not
getting past Egypt seems such a shame.
Here in Southern Africa we have a wealth to draw on;

Ritual masks from Malawi
Mural art of the Ndebele people
Bead work of the Zulus
Primitive pottery of the Zulus

in a more modern vein;
Gerard Bengu
and many more.

I think that stopping at Egyptian art and going no further is
shortchanging your students.

Some local artists I spoke to about this felt that Ancient Egypt is
hardly representative.

Just my two bits worth.

Tracey in Durban, South Africa

  • Maybe reply: John & Sandra Barrick: "Re: African Art?"
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