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by Henry John Drewal,John Pemberton,Allen Wardwell

eBook Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought download ISBN: 0945802048
Author: Henry John Drewal,John Pemberton,Allen Wardwell
Publisher: The Center for African Art; First edition. edition (December 1, 1989)
Language: English
Pages: 256
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Category: Art and Photo
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by Henry John Drewal (Author), John, III Pemberton (Author), Rowland Abiodun (Author), Allen Wardwell .

From Library Journal. This book, which accompanies a major exhibition, fully justifies all that scholarly attention. Yoruba-speaking peoples are the largest ethnic group in Africa, one which has been urbanized for over 1000 years.

ISBN-13: 978-0945802044. The visual arts of the Yoruba are thoroughly explored as aesthetic objects in their social, religious, political, and historical contexts.

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Rosalind I. J. Hackett, Henry John Drewal, John Pemberton Iii, Rowland Abiodun. Published: 1 August 1991. in Journal of Religion in Africa. Journal of Religion in Africa, Volume 21; doi:10. Keywords: Yoruba, Nine Centuries, African art, Centuries of African, Art and Thought.

Drewal, Henry John; Pemberton, John; Abiodun, Rowland; Wardwell, Allen (1989). Yoruba: nine centuries of African art and thought (PDF). Center for African Art in Association with . ISBN 978-0-8109-1794-1. Retrieved 2014-08-21.

The ambitious new exhibition "Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought," which opened .

The ambitious new exhibition "Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought," which opened September 20 at the Center for African Art in New York City, traces the history of Yoruba art and examines its underlying cultural concepts. Organized by the Center and curated by Henry John Drewal and John Pemberton III, the exhibition presents approximately 100 objects drawn from public and private collections in Africa, Europe, and the United States. Seventeen pieces are on loan from museums in Lagos and Ife; most of these have never before been seen in this country.

ISBN13:9780945802044. Release Date:January 1989.

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Department of Art History Chazen Museum of Art 800 University Avenue University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 53706. Art or Accident: Yoruba Body Artists and Their Deity Ogun," in S. Barnes, ed.

Looks at the ritualistic art, religious writings, and philosophy of the Yoruba people in Africa
Comments: (7)
The seller got the book order to us faster than expected. The book (softcover) was in pristine condition! The information in the book is pretty culturally (and historically) accurate. Some of the Yoruba terms included are questionable, other than that this is one of few and an excellent reference book on Yoruba ancestral traditions, culture, spiritual cosmology and history written by an "outsider". The hardcover version of the book is definitely an impressive work of art.
Great coffee table book and very informative.
Great Yoruba--full of wisdom,
great service; beautiful book!
I first became interested in Yoruba culture through the works of Amos Tutuola, Wole Soyinka, and Ben Okri (who, although not himself Yoruba, often uses the mythic contours of the culture to inform his own writing), and I have since collected a number of works about the Yoruba people.
This one is unique, in that it a fusion of the historical, anthropological, archeological, and aesthetic background into one coherent synthesis. Although the book's primary purpose is to describe historical artistic artifacts (dating back centuries in some cases), it uses this as a platform for the discussion of cosmological and cultural points of view across time. In this, the context that it builds to help the reader understand what s/he is seeing (the illustrations are, by the way, lavish and extensive) is as fully developed as most historical or anthropological recitations of facts. This work, however, is much more engaging than these books usually are, as the introduction of such discussions are in context of their material manifestation within the culture itself.
The other unusual feature of this book is that it embraces the multi-faceted nature of the Yoruba people, including the diversity of thought and belief across time and within different communities. Most such books attempt to flatten this diversity into a monolithic whole, as if there were only *one* Yoruba-- static throughout time and space.
One wishes, however, that the scope of the book had been slightly expanded to look more at the complex ways this cultural heritage works in a more contemporary era. Though a number of illustrations are contemporary, they invariably represent continuity, rather than contiguity or hybridization. The writers themselves insist that culture is not static, however, but there is not as much illustration of this as I would wish, especially given the Yoruba tendency toward syncretism.
The other potential weakness is that the book focuses almost entirely on visual arts, and largely excludes performing arts from consideration. As music and dance are vitally important to the cultural heritage of the Yoruba, it seems a pity to not have surveyed it as well. Similarly, non-artistic material culture is also beyond the scope of the book, though it as potentially illuminating as the production of graphic materials.
Despite these limitations (and I'm really quibbling, as I would prefer that a book do one thing well than a lot of things badly), no other book on the Yoruba that I own does as much to breathe life into this material, and for that alone I can't recommend it enough.
Academic, art collector and devotee alike enjoy this book. I have read this book about 6 or 7 times in the last 10 years. The photographs are beautiful and the text is some of the most well thought out, sensitive and enjoyable on Yoruba spirituality and culture. This is a history book, art book, anthropological study, religious reference and coffee table book in one.
Save your pennies, this is a keeper.