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Art of Africa


Steeped in spirituality and charged with symbolism, traditional African art works were rarely created for purely aesthetic reasons. Yet for more than a century, sculptures, masks and other art objects from Africa have been highly prized in the West, with anthropologists, museum professionals and private collectors scouring the continent for the finest and most representative examples. Such major 20th-century figures as Picasso, Kokoschka, Matisse and Man Ray collected African art assiduously and were inspired by it.


africa1Worldwide stocks a wide range of exhibition and collection catalogues on diverse aspects of traditional African art, the publications treating such topics as sculpture, masks, costume, religion and ritual. Among the most recent are exhibition catalogues for shows held at the Palazzo Ducale, Genoa; the Museum Leuven, Belgium; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Cleveland Museum of Art (see Worldwide 34083, 33813, 34110 and 74292, respectively).


Sculpture may be the most prevalent medium, but there are notable stylistic differences among the various African tribes and kingdoms, as demonstrated by Ancestors of the Congo Square, an exhibition held at the New Orleans Museum of Art this summer (see Worldwide 34046).


A never-before-seen collection of masks, sculptures and other carved objects from the Congo acquired from Belgian missionaries by a private collector went on display last year at the Cultuurcentrum Knokke-Heist in Knokke, Belgium (see Worldwide 34021), a show that included exquisite ivory sculptures, ritual masks and ornate fetishes.


Les statues meurent aussi, a short film documenting African artifacts from French private and museum collections, was produced in 1953 but was rarely seen until its rediscovery in 2009. The film has become the subject of an exhibition at the Monnaie de Paris (see Worldwide 74773), where it was shown to the general public for the first time.


Forthcoming publications relating to traditional African art include an exhibition catalogue on the arts of Central Nigeria (Worldwide 34115); a French catalogue for a more general show on African arts and traditions (Worldwide 34129); and a catalogue documenting an exhibition held at the Fondation Cartier, Paris, on vodun, the ancient religious tradition from West Africa (Worldwide 34047).






Biennials, triennials and any-als


There are literally dozens of contemporary art events that are held every two, three or four years. There are the big ones, of course, such as the Biennale di Venezia, the Bienal de Sao Paulo, Documenta, Manifesta and the Tate Triennial, but there are countless others, with new ones appearing every year.


Our experiences with obtaining the catalogues of these exhibitions vary. Larger and better-known biennials often have publishing arrangements with trade publishers, who in turn often take care of international distribution. For many other biennials, it is the organizing entity that handles publication of the catalogue, often without any formal arrangements for distribution. These kinds of acquisitions are often quite challenging, as such institutions are not always equipped to deal with international wholesale orders. Language barriers, shipping logistics, export restrictions, limited print runs and customs regulations may further complicate and delay the process. It is always gratifying when we are able to offer these sorts of publications, especially when we have had to navigate and overcome various obstacles to acquire them, as was the case for the recently offered catalogue of the 2010 Sao Paulo Bienal (Worldwide 33730).


tateWhether we include a particular biennial catalogue in our approval-plan program depends not only on our ability to obtain copies but also on such factors as scholarship, content, language, format, price and the artists participating in the show.


To make it easier for customers to identify these biennial exhibition catalogues, we have included a filter on the Advanced Search page of our Web site that lists some 50 major biennial exhibitions that we routinely cover. Using that "Special Series" pulldown menu, researchers can select a biennial by name, and search it against our inventory in combination with other search criteria (such as date of publication) to further limit the search. For biennials not listed on our pulldown menu we recommend selecting "Other misc. recurring exhibition publications" from that same menu and also entering, in the "Exhibitor, Organizer, Publisher or Series Title" field, the name of the city in which the biennial is held.


Recently published catalogues for the Yokohama Triennale (Worldwide 34133), the Aichi Triennale (Worldwide 34144), the Taipei Biennial (Worldwide 75034) and the Liverpool Biennial (Worldwide 34114) are now en route to us and copies will be supplied to our approval-plan customers soon. Our Acquisitions staff is also currently pursuing catalogues for the Sharjah Biennial, the Istanbul Biennale, the Singapore Biennale and the Biennale de Lyon.
As the international art-exhibition scene evolves, we look forward to continuing our worldwide pursuit of new and notable biennial catalogues.

To paraphrase Andy Warhol's prediction, "in the future, every city will have a biennial!"

For nearly 50 years, Worldwide Books has served academic, museum and public libraries as a specialized source for art exhibition catalogues issued by museums and galleries throughout the world. For the past two decades Worldwide has also offered comprehensive coverage of new books on art, architecture, photography and design published by hundreds of leading American trade and university presses. Serving as a centralized source for a wide range of scholarly art books and exhibition catalogues, Worldwide is uniquely positioned to assist and guide art libraries in careful and efficient collection development.