From Publishers Weekly
At the end of the last Ice Age (over 12,000 years ago), artists throughout Africa produced stunning work that survives to this day on boulders and cliffs, and in caves. In African Rock Art: Paintings and Engravings on Stone, Alec Campbell (founder and first director of the National Museum and Art Gallery of Botswana) and photographer David Coulson (coauthor, Namib, The Lost World of the Kalahari) survey the genre with more than 200 color photos and 178 line drawings that detail elements of these complex compositions. From 20-foot giraffes carved into stone in Niger's Ar Mountains to a (probably) 6,000-year-old Libyan painting of a hairdressing scene, the photos are hauntingly beautiful. In addition to its considerable contributions to art history and human history the book, with its foreword by the late star paleontologist Mary Leakey, should raise public awareness of the plight of these masterpieces, now endangered by erosion and vandalism.
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From Library Journal
While the Paleolithic parietal art of Western Europe is better known, Africa may have more rock art that is more diverse chronologically, stylistically, geographically, and iconographically than anywhere else in the world. Long overlooked by African art scholars, this aspect of Africa's artistic heritage has recently garnered increased attention. This stunning visual survey provides an introduction to the subject for the general reader. The volume will never be mistaken for a scholarly study, as no aspect of the subject is explored to academic thoroughness. For instance, a section called "Recent Research on the Meaning of Rock Art" is but three pages long! Nevertheless, chapters address broad topics, either thematic (e.g., dating) or geographical, with a very accessible text and numerous photographs and drawings. In truth, it is the illustrations and pancontinental coverage that makes this book so valuable. Highly recommended to both public and academic libraries with interests in art or Africa. Eugene C. Burt, Data Arts, Seattle
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