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Mumuye Sculpture from Nigeria REINVENTING THE HUMAN FIGURE ■ ■ T E X T BY F R A N K H E R R E M A N , W I T H A C O N T R I B U T I O N BY C O N S TA N T I N E P E T R I D I S   ■   F R O M 5 C O N T I N E N T S E D I T I O N S S E LLING POINTS ■■ First comprehensive monograph dedicated to the Mumuye ■■ African figurative art is highly collectable

Compelling figurative art from the Nigerian tribe Mumuye

S PECIFICATIONS 80 color and 30 black-and-white illustrations 128 pages, 9⅝ × 13⅜" Hardcover RIGHTS: NORTH AMERICA PUB MONTH: APRIL ART ISBN 978-88-7439-743-3 ISBN 978-88-7439-743-3 US $90.00  CAN $118.00 59000

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hrough 41 masterworks, Mumuye Sculpture from Nigeria reveals some of the most accomplished

statues made by this Nigerian tribal group. The Mumuye

artists’ abstract interpretation of the human body, which recalls that of cubist and expressionist artists, has been

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immensely appealing to African art enthusiasts. Their anthropomorphic figures demonstrate an astonishing range of variations, testifying to their makers’ unbridled creativity and limitless inventiveness. Here, a meticulous

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analysis of the extraordinary forms of Mumuye figures— paying attention to their striking sense of motion—recognizes different workshops and even the hands of individual masters. A summary of the scant field-based studies discusses the figures’ primary role as emblems of status and rank, their connections to ancestral ven-

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Arts of Nigeria in French Private Collections ISBN 978-88-7439-581-1 ISBN 978-88-7439-581-1 US $65.00  CAN $75.00 56500

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eration, and healing and divination practices. Though a selection of masks and other objects, this book reveals the beauty of Mumuye figurative sculpture. Frank Herreman is former director of the Ethnographic Museum in Antwerp and former director of exhibitions and publications at the Museum for African Art in New York. Constantine Petridis is curator of African Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Abrams Spring 2017 Catalog  

Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949, ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books....

Abrams Spring 2017 Catalog  

Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949, ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books....