Flash Of The Spirit: African & Afro-american Art & Philosophy by Robert Farris ThompsonFlash Of The Spirit: African & Afro-american Art & Philosophy by Robert Farris Thompson

Flash Of The Spirit: African & Afro-american Art & Philosophy

byRobert Farris Thompson

Paperback | August 12, 1984

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This landmark book shows how five African civilizations—Yoruba, Kongo, Ejagham, Mande and Cross River—have informed and are reflected in the aesthetic, social and metaphysical traditions (music, sculpture, textiles, architecture, religion, idiogrammatic writing) of black people in the United States, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, Mexico, Brazil and other places in the New World.
Robert Farris Thompson is the author of, among other works, Black Gods and Kings, African Art in Motion, and Flash of the Spirit. He has been a Ford Foundation Fellow and has mounted major exhibitions of African art at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. He is Col. John Trumbull Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, ...
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Title:Flash Of The Spirit: African & Afro-american Art & PhilosophyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.1 × 5.2 × 0.7 inPublished:August 12, 1984Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0394723694

ISBN - 13:9780394723693

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Table of Contents

1. Black Saints Go Marching In: Yoruba Art and Culture in the Americas

2. The Sign of the Four Moments of the Sun: Kongo Art and Religion in the Americas

3. The Rara of the Universe: Vodun Religion and Art in Haiti

4. Round Houses and Rhythmized Textiles: Mande-Related Art and Architecture in the Americas

5. Emblems of Prowess: Ejagham Art and Writing in Two Worlds

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This landmark book shows how five African civilization have informed and are reflected in the aesthetic, social and metaphysical traditions of black people in the United States, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, Mexico, Brazil, and other places in the New World.

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"Robert Farris Thompson is the art historian of Africa who has turned his talents to Afro-America and sketched the course that creative new work is likely to follow." -- Eugene GenoveseThis landmark book shows how five African civilizations -- Yoruba, Kongo, Ejagham, Mande and Cross River -- have informed and are reflected in the aesthetic, social and metaphysical traditions (music, sculpture, textiles, architecture, religion, idiogrammatic writing) of black people in the United States, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, Mexico, Brazil and other places in the New World."A wonderfully enthusiastic book...Mr. Thompson is a professor of art history, but he takes his subject in the round, not in any specialized or compartmentalized manner. He is part anthropologist, part art critic, part musicologist, part student of religion and philosophy, and entirely an enthusiastic partisan of what he writes about."-- The New York Times Book Review"Centuries of racist assumptions go packing it in Flash of the Spirit." -- The Village Voice"This is art history to dance by." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer