By N. Y.) Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York

ISBN-10: 0300093691

ISBN-13: 9780300093698

This quantity takes us on a travel of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's American Wing, which homes a set of yank work, ornamental arts, richly supplied interval rooms, and architectural monitors. the excellent survey starts with colonial portraiture after which lines the emergence and improvement of a countrywide fantastic arts culture. There are masterpieces of portray, sculpture, and drawing in addition to beautiful examples of yankee furnishings, silver, glass, ceramics and textiles. Architectural displays comprise the tremendous marble facade of the department financial institution of the U.S. and the lounge of a Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie-style apartment.

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In one "realized" (to use his of his famous letters he wrote that a painting can be con- 27 introduction structed upon the basis of cones and spheres. A cone represents two straight lines meeting at an angolar point with a round base and the sphere is perfectly round. If the cone is dissected, it becomes angles, and if the sphere is slashed through the middle (or in sections), it becomes an infinity of roundnesses. Angularity and roundness are the recurrent motifs of African art. Suppose we illustrate the recurrence of round and angular forms.

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The African carver followed his rules without thinking seem have been formulated in words. But such rules existed, for accident and coincidence can not explain the common plastic language of African sculpture. There is too great a consistency from one work to another. Yet, although the Africa'n, with amazing insight into of them art, indeed, they never ; used these rules, of them. This is I am to certain that he was not conscious the great mystery of such a traditional art: talent, or the ability certain people have, without conscious follow the rules which later the analyst can discover effort, to only from the work of art which has already been created.

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