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Through African eyes

Author: Aminatta FornaSokari Douglas CampJosef HermanKirk VarnedoeHenry Louis Gates, Jr.All authors
Publisher: New York, NY : Public Media Home Vision, 1995, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When first seen in the Western world in 1900, African art was viewed as strange and exotic. Yet these works, the booty of colonial wars, would influence Picasso, Matisse, and Modigliani and change the course of 20th century art. This program, while recognizing this impact, introduces noted experts who explain the importance of reappraising African art within its own cultural context. Then local Malian inhabitants in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Art
Named Person: Pablo Picasso; Henri Matisse; Amedeo Modigliani
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Aminatta Forna; Sokari Douglas Camp; Josef Herman; Kirk Varnedoe; Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Cornel West; Susan Mullin Vogel; Grace C Stanislaus; Nigel Barley; Samba Thiahi; British Broadcasting Corporation.; RM Arts (Firm); Public Media Video (Firm); Home Vision (Firm)
ISBN: 0780018974 9780780018976
OCLC Number: 36816086
Notes: "An African perspective"--Container.
Credits: Camera, Simon Fanthorpe, Mike Charlton; editor, Russell Rees; executive producer, Alex Graham ; series editor Michael Poole.
Cast: Sokari Douglas Camp (sculptor), Josef Herman (painter), Kirk Varnedoe (Museum of Modern Art, NY), Henry Louis Gates (Harvard U.), Cornel West (Harvard U.), Susan Vogel (Yale U.), Grace Stanislaus (Museum of African Art, NY), Nigel Barley (Museum of Mankind, London), Samba Thiahi (Djenne Cultural Mission).
Description: 1 videocassette (47 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Other Titles: African art
Responsibility: written and directed by Aminatta Forna ; a BBC/RM Arts co-production.

Abstract:

When first seen in the Western world in 1900, African art was viewed as strange and exotic. Yet these works, the booty of colonial wars, would influence Picasso, Matisse, and Modigliani and change the course of 20th century art. This program, while recognizing this impact, introduces noted experts who explain the importance of reappraising African art within its own cultural context. Then local Malian inhabitants in a Bamana village and the walled city of Djenne comment on the function of art and the role of the artist in their society.
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