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The Yoruba artist : new theoretical perspectives on African arts, edited by Rowland Abiọdun, Henry J. Drewal, and John Pemberton III

Label
The Yoruba artist : new theoretical perspectives on African arts
Title
The Yoruba artist
Title remainder
new theoretical perspectives on African arts
Statement of responsibility
edited by Rowland Abiọdun, Henry J. Drewal, and John Pemberton III
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The cultural legacy of the Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin is one of Africa's oldest and richest, extending for more than nine centuries. Among the most prized achievements of African art are the naturalistic terracotta sculptures produced for the royal Yoruba courts from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries. Also renowned for their beauty and craftsmanship are Yoruba ceremonial swords, elaborate beaded crowns, wood and ivory carvings, embroidered textiles, jewelry, and architectural works." "With twenty-seven color reproductions and eighty-one photographs - many published for the first time - accompanying essays by eighteen of the world's foremost Yoruba cultural historians, this book offers the most complete exploration of Yoruba artists and their work to date. Documenting the full spectrum of Yoruba culture, this definitive work extends beyond the visual arts to examine, for the first time, the Yoruba use of such oral traditions as singing and chanting, as well as drumming, dance, and other artistic expressions, including an Ifa divination ritual that involves an interplay of arts." "The Yoruba Artist presents the latest in field-research and critical methodology, pointing to new directions in African cultural scholarship. The book explains the intricate linkage of a variety of Yoruba art forms and the role of oriki (praise poetry) songs in the transmission of knowledge. In one essay, Wande Abimbola illustrates how an extended praise poem serves as a source for knowledge concerning a famous eighteenth-century carver in the Old Oyo area. In another, Oba Solomon Babayemi discusses the relationship between oral history preserved by singers and drummers and the architectural history of the palace at Gbongan." "In appraising individual figures such as Olowe of Isethis century's most important Yoruba artist - the contributors underscore particular oral and visual codes that identify authorship. Discussing the transition to current cultural forms, the essayists also show how contemporary artists in West Africa and the Americas have revitalized Yoruba aesthetic traditions."--Jacket
  • "The cultural legacy of the Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin is one of Africa's oldest and richest, extending for more than nine centuries. Among the most prized achievements of African art are the naturalistic terracotta sculptures produced for the royal Yoruba courts from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries. Also renowned for their beauty and craftsmanship are Yoruba ceremonial swords, elaborate beaded crowns, wood and ivory carvings, embroidered textiles, jewelry, and architectural works." "With twenty-seven color reproductions and eighty-one photographs - many published for the first time - accompanying essays by eighteen of the world's foremost Yoruba cultural historians, this book offers the most complete exploration of Yoruba artists and their work to date. Documenting the full spectrum of Yoruba culture, this definitive work extends beyond the visual arts to examine, for the first time, the Yoruba use of such oral traditions as singing and chanting, as well as drumming, dance, and other artistic expressions, including an Ifa divination ritual that involves an interplay of arts." "The Yoruba Artist presents the latest in field-research and critical methodology, pointing to new directions in African cultural scholarship. The book explains the intricate linkage of a variety of Yoruba art forms and the role of oriki (praise poetry) songs in the transmission of knowledge. In one essay, Wande Abimbola illustrates how an extended praise poem serves as a source for knowledge concerning a famous eighteenth-century carver in the Old Oyo area. In another, Oba Solomon Babayemi discusses the relationship between oral history preserved by singers and drummers and the architectural history of the palace at Gbongan." "In appraising individual figures such as Olowe of Isethis century's most important Yoruba artist - the contributors underscore particular oral and visual codes that identify authorship. Discussing the transition to current cultural forms, the essayists also show how contemporary artists in West Africa and the Americas have revitalized Yoruba aesthetic traditions."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
700/.89/96333
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
NX589.6.N5
LC item number
Y67 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1928-2016
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Abiodun, Rowland
  • Drewal, Henry John
  • Pemberton, John
  • Museum Rietberg
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Arts, Yoruba
  • Arts, Black
  • Arts, Black
Label
The Yoruba artist : new theoretical perspectives on African arts, edited by Rowland Abiọdun, Henry J. Drewal, and John Pemberton III
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Based on a 1992 symposium held at the Museum Rietberg Zürich
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-266)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Art, identity, and identification : a commentary on Yoruba art historical studies / John Picton -- Part one : Yoruba artistic tradition and creativity -- Introduction : an African(?) art history : promising theoretical approaches in Yoruba art studies / Rowland Abiodun -- Stylistic analysis and the identification of artists' workshops in ancient Ife / Frank Willett -- Ifa trays from the Osogbo and Ijebu regions / Hans Witte -- The Ulm Opon Ifa (ca. 1650) : a model for later iconography / Ezio Bassani -- Anonymous has a name : Olowe of Ise / Roslyn Adele Walker -- In praise of Metonymy : the concepts of "tradition" and "creativity" in the transmission of Yoruba artistry over time and space / Olabiyi Babalola Yai -- Part two : the interplay of the arts in Yoruba culture -- Introduction : in praise of artistry / John Pemberton III -- Lagbayi : the itinerant wood carver of Ojowon / Wande Abimbola -- The role of Oriki Orile and Itan in the reconstruction of the architectural history of the palace of Gbongan / Oba Solomon Babayemi, the Olufi of Gbongan -- Polyvocality and the individual talent : three women Oriki singers in Okuku / Karin Barber -- Drumming for the Egungun : the poet-musician in Yoruba masquerade theater / Akin Euba -- Embodied practice/embodied history : mastery of metaphor in the performances of diviner Kolawole Ositola / Margaret Thompson Drewal -- Part three : transactions, transitions, transformations -- Introduction : Yoruba art and life as journeys / Henry John Drewal -- Beyond aesthetics : visual activism in Ile-Ife / Michael D. Harris -- The transformation of Ogun power : the art of Rufua Ogundele / Jutta Stroter-Bender -- The three warriors : Atlantic altars of Esu, Ogun, and Osoosi / Robert Farris Thompson -- Yoruba-American art : new rivers to explore / John Mason
Control code
28583131
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
ix, 275 pages
Isbn
9781560983392
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
93020763
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
Label
The Yoruba artist : new theoretical perspectives on African arts, edited by Rowland Abiọdun, Henry J. Drewal, and John Pemberton III
Publication
Note
Based on a 1992 symposium held at the Museum Rietberg Zürich
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-266)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Art, identity, and identification : a commentary on Yoruba art historical studies / John Picton -- Part one : Yoruba artistic tradition and creativity -- Introduction : an African(?) art history : promising theoretical approaches in Yoruba art studies / Rowland Abiodun -- Stylistic analysis and the identification of artists' workshops in ancient Ife / Frank Willett -- Ifa trays from the Osogbo and Ijebu regions / Hans Witte -- The Ulm Opon Ifa (ca. 1650) : a model for later iconography / Ezio Bassani -- Anonymous has a name : Olowe of Ise / Roslyn Adele Walker -- In praise of Metonymy : the concepts of "tradition" and "creativity" in the transmission of Yoruba artistry over time and space / Olabiyi Babalola Yai -- Part two : the interplay of the arts in Yoruba culture -- Introduction : in praise of artistry / John Pemberton III -- Lagbayi : the itinerant wood carver of Ojowon / Wande Abimbola -- The role of Oriki Orile and Itan in the reconstruction of the architectural history of the palace of Gbongan / Oba Solomon Babayemi, the Olufi of Gbongan -- Polyvocality and the individual talent : three women Oriki singers in Okuku / Karin Barber -- Drumming for the Egungun : the poet-musician in Yoruba masquerade theater / Akin Euba -- Embodied practice/embodied history : mastery of metaphor in the performances of diviner Kolawole Ositola / Margaret Thompson Drewal -- Part three : transactions, transitions, transformations -- Introduction : Yoruba art and life as journeys / Henry John Drewal -- Beyond aesthetics : visual activism in Ile-Ife / Michael D. Harris -- The transformation of Ogun power : the art of Rufua Ogundele / Jutta Stroter-Bender -- The three warriors : Atlantic altars of Esu, Ogun, and Osoosi / Robert Farris Thompson -- Yoruba-American art : new rivers to explore / John Mason
Control code
28583131
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
ix, 275 pages
Isbn
9781560983392
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
93020763
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map

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