Dr. Constantine Petridis: Anonymous Has a Name: African Master Carvers

Date: 20 September 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: Room 4.34 Run Run Shaw Tower

When visiting an African art exhibition in Europe or the United States, works are generally ascribed to an unknown or unidentified artist or, more commonly, to a culture or people. The alleged anonymity of so-called traditional African artists is largely the result of the limited interest on the part of the mostly non-African collectors of the objects that today populate museums and collections around the world. Some earlier studies notwithstanding, interest in African artists and their training did unfortunately not start until the 1950s and ’60s, and information about sculptors, their biography, and their methods remains very limited…  (Please click on the image to read more)