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For Hearth and Altar: African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection

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Practicing centuries-old techniques that have been passed through generations, African potters craft their wares by hand from terra cotta clay, firing them in the open to create vessels of amazing durability. These pieces embody an immediacy of form and a deceptive simplicity that reflect their makersand#8217; deep understanding of material, process, and embellishment. This exquisite book presents a virtuoso group of African ceramics collected by printmaker and professor Keith Achepohl over the past 20 years. Focusing on the aesthetic accomplishment of each work, Achepohl has assembled a collection that ranges in date from the 3rd to the mid-20th century, spans the African continent, and displays the full range and artistry of African ceramics.Beginning with a small group of archaeological pieces that demonstrates the historical roots of ceramic traditions in Africa, the book also offers a larger selection that highlights the continuing connection between pottery and village life, secular and sacred, in Africa. Among the featured works are large, dramatic storage and water containers; mid-sized vessels designed to hold personal belongings, serve food, and brew beer and palm wine; and small bottles and embellished containers made as luxury items and for religious and ritual use.

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Published to accompany an exhibition held at the Art Institute of Chicago in the winter of 2005-2006, this oversize (10.25x11.25"), beautifully illustrated catalog contains an introductory essay by Berzock (curator of African art at the Institute) and lengthy catalog entries for 125 mainly 20th-century ceramics. The production of the ceramics, their resemblance to the human body, their decoration and use are themes explored in the essay, with many photos of ceramic production today. Co-published and distributed by Yale U. Press.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Published to accompany an exhibition held at the Art Institute of Chicago in the winter of 2005-2006, this oversize (10.25x11.25"), beautifully illustrated catalog contains an introductory essay by Berzock (curator of African art at the Institute) and lengthy catalog entries for 125 mainly 20th-century ceramics. The production of the ceramics, their resemblance to the human body, their decoration and use are themes explored in the essay, with many photos of ceramic production today. Co-published and distributed by Yale U. Press. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

An extraordinary collection of beautiful ceramic objects that reflect the intimate connection between pottery and village life across the African continent

About the Author

Kathleen Bickford Berzock is curator of African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300111491
Author:
Berzock, Kathleen Bickford
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Berzock, Kathleen
Subject:
United states
Subject:
African
Subject:
Pottery
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions
Subject:
Exhibitions
Subject:
Ceramics
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - Private
Subject:
Pottery, african
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 b/w + 164 color illus.
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
11 x 10 in 3.15 lb

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