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ASTONISHMENT AND POWER -- THE EYES OF UNDERSTANDING: KONGO MINKISI/RESONANCE, TRANSFORMATION AND RHYME: THE ART OF RENEE STOUT. Wyatt MacGaffey and Michael D. Harris. National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1993. Published by Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C. 160 pp. with 125 ills. (75 col.). 31 x 22 cm. LC 92-44840 ISBN 1560982748 In English.
Examines a complex visual tradition of the Kongo people of central Africa and explores its influence on the recent work of African American artist Stout (b. 1958), showcasing some 25 elaborate ritual figurines (minkisi) dating from the late 19th to the early 20th century as well as a series of closely related sculptural assemblages produced by Stout since 1990. Including illustrations of the featured works and many other objects, the catalogue presents a multi-part discussion of Kongo history and the religious and social contexts in which minkisi were once produced while also providing an analysis of Stout's adaptations of the visual and conceptual components of the art form.
Artist(s):Stout, Renee
Indexing: Western, Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Africa — United States — Post-1970 — Sculpture — Women Artists, African American Artists
Plans: 02,03,20,22
Worldwide Number: 024038
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