Now, Africa… This ran in LA Times a few weeks back…check it!

February 15, 2008

This article ran in LA Times a couple weeks back, and I thought it might be interesting to post here…

Now, Africa 

A new LACMA gallery shows African art as more than influence.

By Anne-Marie O’Connor, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 29, 2008

WHEN museums display African art and Modern art together, they generally do so to illustrate how seeing Africa ‘s arresting masks and fantastic figures helped Picasso and other Modern artists escape the constraints of Realism and move into Cubism, Surrealism and Dadaism.But in a new gallery at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, African art is framed as a contemporary art form in its own right, not just an aesthetic enabler for a century of Modern artists. “Tradition as Innovation in African Art,” curated by Polly Nooter Roberts, an African art expert at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, is the debut of a partnership between the museums that will display African works in a prominent space at the plaza entrance to the Ahmanson Building’s Modern art collection.The gallery, in full view of a monumental black geometric Tony Smith sculpture, will hold African art exhibitions that will be rotated annually, said LACMA Deputy Director Nancy Thomas, in a dynamic rearrangement that pushes the mostly 19th and 20th century African pieces to center stage.Read more here

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