Roll over van Gogh
give Picasso the news ~
The Art of a Continent
Fifth Avenue @ 89th Street
Opening June 7, 1996
Opening attended and reviewed by
W. Perkins Foss IV and Arthur Hall
Africa... includes more than five hundred sculptures, murals, ceremonial objects, pieces of jewelry, and textiles, culled from collections around the world ...
1940 to the Present
detail of photograph
by Samuel Fosso
... twenty-eight artists, from fourties studio portraits ... to more personal and experimental photographs from the eighties and nineties ... One section of the show focuses on pictures published by Drum, the influential magazine founded in South Africa in 1951 and subsequently published in Nigeria, Ghana, and East and Central Africa ...
Perk recommends the hardcover London edition of the catalog.
8 June 1996 thumbnail report from Arthur Hall
[conversation en route from Manchester, New Hamster to Searsport, Maine, 3:00 to 9:00 PM]
Arthur found the exhibition overwhelming, too much for one day, recommends scheduling three days. The photographic exhibition adds excess to excess. "Just when you think you've seen it all, you see you've just begun." Arthur thinks the plexiglass is perhaps useful to protect people from the power of pieces which are not museum art so much as living ...
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