Visions of African Art: The ‘Other’ Masterpieces

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Sunday, February 9, 2014
10:00 AM
Fleet Room, Building D (across from the SF Tribal Art & Textiles Show)
Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Friends of Ethnic Art is proud to present an innovative, thought-provoking, and visually stimulating panel discussion on the aesthetics of African art, representing different points of view and different visions.

Flying into San Francisco to participate in the panel discussion are art historians and authors Dr. Arthur Bourgeois from Chicago and Scott Rodolitz from New England; David Zemanek, a German auctioneer and two Belgian dealers; plus Cole Harrell, a fast-learning young collector from New York. Panelists have been chosen for their “good eye” for aesthetics, their exceptional knowledge of African art, and their ability to speak insightfully and originally.

The panelists will present photos of their personal favorites of seldom-seen African masterworks, identifying each piece, as to what the object is and what culture it is from. Many of these objects are in lesser-seen museums, institutions, books, and in the storage reserves of far-away museums and institutions. Panelists will lead the audience into really seeing and understanding the sculptor’s success in imbuing great power in a figure or mask, or capturing great shape and form in a zoomorphic hunting weapon, or creating wondrously abstract designs on a shield.

FEA board member Dave DeRoche will moderate the discussion and will take audience questions as time permits.