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Baule: African Art Western Eyes is a model of cultural sensitivity and respect. The author, Susan Mullin Vogel, a director at the Yale Art Gallery and a leader in the field of African art for decades, has lived among the Baule, and her deep knowledge, curiosity, and understanding is evident on every page. "There are four Baule words for looking and seeing in general," she writes, "and these are used in revealingly specific ways in reference to works of art. They clearly indicate the kind of looking that is appropriate to different kinds of artworks, and they differentiate among objects that anyone can look at, objects that must never deliberately be looked at, and all the degrees between." Baule art has had a worldwide following for more than a century, but its subtleties and meanings have remained elusive. This important book is filled with pictures of Baule masks, paintings, sculptures, and house decorations--both antique and contemporary. But Vogel also includes documentary photographs of village brides wearing gold jewelry, wood carvers old and young, masked dancers exhorting children to follow them to a ceremony, drummers and other musicians, costumed actors, young men and women with their "spirit" spouses (carved figurines intended to bring them a mate)--in other words, art in context. The book's design is both hip and exquisite; all the material--pictorial and narrative--breathes with contemporary life. --Peggy Moorman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Baule are a major culture group in central Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) whose art has interested Westerners since the beginning of this century. Vogel, a leading authority on African art, has spent several decades researching Baule art and aesthetics, as well as studying the nature of Western appreciation of that art. In this book, designed to accompany an exhibition of the same name, Vogel has done a masterly job of revealing the meaning, relevance, and power of the full range of sacred, personal, performance, and utilitarian art objects among the Baule. Of course, masks and figure sculptures justifiably receive the greatest emphasis. The text, while scholarly, is refreshingly free of academic jargon and the use of footnotes, presumably to appeal to a wider audience. Accompanying the text are excellent, mostly color, photographs of objects in both Baule and museum settings. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries with an interest in art and/or African studies.?Eugene C. Burt, Art Inst. of Seattle Lib.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Yale Univ Pr (June 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894670786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894670787
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,263,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Vogel lives in New York, grew up in Beirut, and has lived for long periods in a village in Ivory Coast, and a medieval city in Mali. She has published many books, and written a few, founded an art museum in New York - that survived her departure - and directed two museums. She then successfully completed two years as MFA student at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and became a film maker.


Vogel has a PhD in art history and is internationally recognized as a curator and African art expert. She has held the positions of curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Founding Director of the Museum for African Art, Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, and Professor of Art History at Columbia.


About her exhibitions, the New York Times recently said, "In the 1980s and '90s [they] revolutionized the way art, any art, could be exhibited. No one else has fully picked up that challenge since." Her book, "BAULE: African Art/Western Eyes," received the African Studies Association's highest honor for original research on Africa, the Herskovits Prize. Her body of work was recognized with the prestigious Leadership Award of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association.


She has five documentaries on African art and culture in distribution with Icarus Films including "Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui" (54 minutes). In "African Arts" journal, Paul Stoller reviewed her films with: "In the very best tradition of documentary filmmaking, Vogel's sensuously contoured films tell stories. . . . Given her sure hand, sharp eye, and narrative focus, I eagerly await Susan Vogel's next cultural production."

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By paultaul@aol.com or Anne Gregory on January 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My brief review of Susan Vogel's African Art Western Eyes will be as if I were writing a letter to Susan Vogel herself. Dear Susan Vogel, I could not fly East to see the exhibit of Baule art from the Ivory Coast, but the accompanying book is almost as vivid as attending the exhibit. Even though African Art Western Eyes is about the Baule, it could be a primer for how art is used, how it works in ethnographic societies world wide. The main thing that impressed me was your compassion, your natural humanity at work in your investigation of Baule art. There are none of the "politically correct" words I often read in books about ethnographic art, but instead a more humble, more respectful, more willingness to discover attitude that allows the reader to experience his or her humanity in the process. Thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth L. Stokes on June 3, 2014
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The author intended to write an ART book, but acknowledges she was re-directed into doing a mostly anthropological book by the charming people she interacted with for many years. She states that Africans don't think of the items Westerners consider to be art as art. To them, there are deeper and different meanings to the objects. All this is true, but when someone thinks they are primarily buying an art reference book, it falls a little short. It does bring context and interesting background to items. There are many great photos, half being of people and their everyday life in the village and half of great objects that Westerners consider as art. There were a few too many photos of gross piles of sacrificial material, like splattered blood and feathers. The book is a permanent part of my reference library as a source of valuable information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James I. Cole on January 11, 2013
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Softcover, 312 pages, 11" x 9". 2 maps, glossary, bibliography. Features (mostly in color) 35 masks, 31 figures, 4 monkey sculptures, 5 Gong Mallets, 4 mouse divination vessels, 15 gold objects, 41 decorative objects, and many field photos. Published by the Yale University Press, Yale University Art Gallery, in cooperation with The Museum For African Art, 1997.

For me, this is the ideal format of a book on tribal art : A nice collection of superior Baule art, fascinating field phoptographs which include the art in context of tribal dance and ceremony, along with an interesting and informative text. Not a coffee table book, but a real reference book on the wonderful tribal art of the Baule peoples of the Cote D'Ivoire which gives a flavor or the lives, culture, ceremony and art of a facinating region of West Africa.
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Beautiful photos! I bought it as a gift and couldn't put it down.
I gave it to an artist for his 88th birthday and heard that he spent the whole next day with it.
Would highly recommend.
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