New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1972. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"[I]t is apparent that each craft has its own history and aesthetic. Each is also a lively art, carrying traditional techniques and motifs into modern uses. To attempt to describe the nature of African dress one must consider a multitude of distinct styles, forms, and fashions." Comprehensive pictorial survey published in conjunction with the exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art in the fall of 1972. Featuring over 200 pieces, including textiles, body ornaments, personal accessories, and photos displaying hairstyles and body paint from 26 African countries, the exhaustive installation was demonstrative of the shifting hierarchy in the art world by giving full display and serious critical treatment to what was previously regarded as a "minor" art. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white plates, photos and reproductions; text by guest director of the exhibition Roy Sieber; with endnotes and a bibliography. Published simultaneously in hardcover. Some rubbing and creasing to wraps. Very good. Item #2684