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Title: African Art from the Han Coray Collection, ...
Publisher: Lakewood, New Jersey, U.S.A.: Prestel Pub
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
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Han Coray (1880-1974) was one of the first and most important European collectors of African art. His extensive collection was procured by the Museum for Ethnology in Zurich in 1940 and is one of the highest quality collections in Europe. "African Art: The Han Coray Collection 1916-1928" contains a selection of approximately 200 of the most impressive objects presented in beautiful illustrations and accompanied by informative texts. Featured are not only sculptures and wooden masks, but also ivories, textiles and works in metal. The art of many regions is represented here, with a special focus on that of Central Africa. Coray's African collection was a product of his interest in art, not in anthropology, and it was in fact artists, art lovers and art historians with whom he associated. This explains and justifies the predominance of contributors from the world of art in this volume, including commentaries and essays by Georg Baselitz, Daniel Spoerri and Harald Szeemann. Anthropological contributions discuss the problem of universal visual experience and address the aesthetics of traditional African art.From the Publisher:
Coray's African collection was inspired by his interest in art rather than anthropology, and he associated with artists, art lovers, and art historians. In fact, it was Han Coray, in his Galerie Coray in Zurich who hosted the First Dada Exhibition in 1917, where objects of African art were placed beside workds of the European avant-garde. This explains and justifies the predominance of contributions by artists and art historians in this volume. Essays by anthropologists discuss the problem of universal visual experience and address the aesthetics of traditional African art.
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