Arnoldsche, (2001). With about 480 illustrations, mostly in color photos of African art work and pictures of African life. 3897901587. 496 pp. quarto. 12" x 8-3/4". Orange paper covered boards. Book is fine / Dust jacket Fine. Item #301
The unique cultural landscape of southern Africa (Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa) is a highly dynamic and complex area where old traditions are confronted by explosive social and political upheavals. The resulting contradictions and conflicts stimulate a remarkably rich spectrum of works expliring new directions as well as ancient roots. The collection of highly varied essays by knowledgeable experts on Africa ranges from historical and political problems to questions of artistic production and of how to deal with culture and nature in the face of industrialisation and globalisation. Art is one of the major subjects, and the contributions discuss early rock art, modern decorative arts and developments in contemporary artistic activities, including photography. The publication presents a picture of a vigorously alive southern Africa, contradicting common Western clichés which regard the region as having no art and solely being riddled with problems of post-apartheid, crime and Aids. With compelling illustrations and contributions by renowned scholars from Africa, North America and Europe, the book documents the rich cultural past and vibrant present of Southern Africa.
Articles in German and English.