Prince Twins Seven-seven: His Art, His Life In Nigeria, His Exile In America by Henry GlassiePrince Twins Seven-seven: His Art, His Life In Nigeria, His Exile In America by Henry Glassie

Prince Twins Seven-seven: His Art, His Life In Nigeria, His Exile In America

byHenry Glassie

Hardcover | January 2, 2010

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Prince Twins Seven-Seven (1944-2011) was not only one of Africa's most famous contemporary artists and the leader of the Osogbo School of Nigerian artists, he was known as the modern master of the Yoruba tradition in art. His work has been exhibited on every continent, is collected by major museums throughout the world, and in 2005, Prince was named UNESCO Artist for Peace. Henry Glassie blends life and art to create a vivid portrait of an extraordinary artist. This lavishly illustrated book, part biography and part artist's catalog, addresses tradition and innovation in Prince's art, the development of his personal style, the force of the supernatural in Nigerian life, and the hard times of the immigrant artist in the United States.

Henry Glassie is College Professor Emeritus of Folklore at Indiana University Bloomington. He is author of numerous books, including The Stars of Ballymenone (IUP, 2006).
Title:Prince Twins Seven-seven: His Art, His Life In Nigeria, His Exile In AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:488 pages, 11 × 8 × 1.55 inPublished:January 2, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253354390

ISBN - 13:9780253354396

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Twins Seven-Seven
Part 1. Prince's Life
1. Kissing Birds
2. Born at the Edge
3. The Line of Osuntoki
4. An Abiku Child
5. Pattern in Time
6. A Throwaway Boy from the Bush
7. The Road to Osogbo
8. Prince's First Picture
9. Big Shows and Changing Markets
10. Political Involvements
11. Troubles at Home
12. Chieftaincy Titles
13. Reasons to Leave
14. An Immigrant's Tale
15. The Hero's Return
16. Farewell
Part 2. Prince's Art
17. Yoruba Art
18. Modern Art
19. Postmodern Times
20. Dreams of the Abiku Child

Editorial Reviews

"Henry Glassie has crafted a masterful account of the contradictions, complexities, and creativity that have characterized the turbulent life of a troubled and troublesome child-a child, according to his Yoruba family lore, 'born-to-die.' But true to his stubborn nature, he-Twins Seven-Seven-refused to depart and, with the aid of the 'goddess of sweet water,' Osun, stayed to stir things up with his remarkable artistry. With deep and sincere dedication and exquisite sensitivity, Henry Glassie helps us to know and understand this complicated man, his life, creative process, his passions and fears, his exile and return, and ultimately his 're-birth' as a royal prince and global artist. Just as Twins creates inert material objects that vibrate with life, so too Glassie offers us stunning insights into an artist's rich imaginings." -Henry John Drewal, Author of Yoruba, Sacred Waters, and Mami Wata