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LaGamma, Alisa

Overview
Works: 114 works in 232 publications in 3 languages and 3,660 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  History  Interviews  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Editor, Publishing director, Author of introduction, Commentator, Creator
Classifications: N7391.65, 730.9660747471
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Most widely held works about Alisa LaGamma
 
Most widely held works by Alisa LaGamma
Genesis : ideas of origin in African sculpture by Alisa LaGamma( Book )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since earliest human history, peoples around the globe have pondered their origins: Where do we come from? How did the world begin? In grappling with these fundamental questions, we developed a myriad of theories concerning our beginnings. "Every community in the world," according to historian Jan Vansina, "has a representation of the origin of the world, the creation of mankind, and the appearance of its own particular society and community." In many African cultures, these exalted ideas of "genesis" have been made tangible through rich expressive traditions interweaving oral history, poetry, and sculpture. This volume, which accompanies an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, examines the staggering variety of ways in which African sculptors have given expression to social ideas of origin, from the genesis of humanity to the historical sources of families, kingdoms, agriculture, and other essential institutions. The seventy-five masterpieces presented here, drawn from public and private American collections, are among the most celebrated icons of African art, works that are superb artistic creations as well as expressions of a society's most profound conceptions about its beginnings. All are reproduced in color and are accompanied by entries that illuminate the distinctive cultural contexts that inspired their creation and informed their appreciation."--Jacket
Eternal ancestors : the art of the Central African reliquary by Alisa LaGamma( Book )

11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art and oracle : African art and rituals of divination by Alisa LaGamma( Book )

16 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In many African societies, individuals rely on the wisdom and counsel of professional diviners to advise them about decisions that affect their future. While a vast array of approaches to divination--the way in which spiritual entities are consulted--are practiced in Africa, specialists are invariably trained to master complex bodies of knowledge, and to act as mediators with a spiritual ancestral realm. Many of the distinctive art forms featured in this exhibition were implements used by diviners to facilitate inquiries into their clients' problems. Others were originally prescribed by diviners to their clients as a means of enhancing their well being, alleviating certain chronic problems, or providing personal protection. Whatever their role in the divination process, the aesthetic power of the works considered profoundly enhanced lived experience.Works featured in the exhibition range from representations that relate to the intimate needs of individual patrons to those that reflect the collective concerns of an entire community. These take the form of cast brass, miniature protective items of personal adornment created in Burkina Faso, and a monumental, morally authoritative N'kisi Nkondi power figure from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Works from the Metropolitan's collection include a pair of figures created for a Baule diviner from Côte d'Ivoire, a janus figure designed to safeguard a Fon household in the Republic of Benin, and a kneeling female devotee depicted as a caryatid whose upraised arms support an ivory Ifa diviner's vessel from the Yoruba center of Owo
Heroic Africans : legendary leaders, iconic sculptures by Alisa LaGamma( Book )

13 editions published in 2011 in English and French and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the centuries, artists across sub-Saharan Africa have memorialized eminent figures in their societies using an astonishingly diverse repertoire of naturalistic and abstract sculptural idioms. Adopting complex aesthetic fromulations, they idealized their subjects but also added specific details--such as emblems of rank, scarification patterns, and elaborate coiffures--in order to evoke the individuals represented. Imbued with the essence of their formidable subjects, these works played an essential role in reifying ties with important ancestors at critical moments of transition. Often their transfer from one generation to the next was a prerequisite for conferring legitimacy upon the leaders who followed. The arrival of Europeans as traders, then as colonizers, led to the dislocation of many of these sculptures from their original sites, as well as from the contexts in which they were conceived; thus, today, they are seen primarily as timeless representations of generic archetypes. "Heroic Africans" reexamines the sculptures in terms of the individuals who inspired them and the cultural values that informed them, providing insight into the hidden meaning and inspiration behind these great artistic achievements
Echoing images : couples in African sculpture by Alisa LaGamma( Book )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Across the vastness and complexity of sub-Saharan Africa, and throughout the centuries, representations of couples have evoked a fundamental desire of the human condition--a yearning of the individual to transcend isolation and connect with an "other." Figurative pairs created by artists from the extreme reaches of the continent, ranging from the Dogon of Mali to the Sakalava of Madagascar, constitute artistic explorations into this realm of duality. This publication examines the representation of couples in African sculpture, and explores the underlying social and philosophical ideas concerning duality that are culture-specific. -- Metropolitan Museum of Art website
The essential art of African textiles : design without end by Alisa LaGamma( Book )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Textiles are a major form of aesthetic expression across Africa, and this book examines long-standing traditions together with recent creative developments. A variety of fine and venerable West African cloths are presented and discussed in terms of both artistry and technique. Wrapped around the body, fashioned into garments, or displayed as hangings, these magnificent textiles include bold strip weavings and intricately patterned indigo resist-dyed cloths. Also considered by the authors are striking contemporary works - in media as far-ranging as sculpture, painting, photography, video, and installation art - that draw inspiration from the forms and cultural significance of African textiles."--Jacket
El Anatsui at the Clark by El Anatsui( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The sculptor El Anatsui, born in Ghana in 1944, merges personal, local, and global concerns in his visual creations. Weaving together discarded aluminum tops from Nigerian liquor bottles, Anatsui creates large-scale sculptures called gawu (“metal” or “fashioned cloth” in the artist’s first language) that demonstrate a fascinating interplay of color, shape, and fluidity."
Sahel : art and empires on the shores of the Sahara by Alisa LaGamma( Book )

5 editions published in 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This groundbreaking volume examines the extraordinary artistic and cultural traditions of the African region known as the Sahel ("shore" in Arabic), a vast area on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert that includes present-day Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad. This is the first book to present a comprehensive overview of the diverse cultural achievements and traditions of the region, spanning more than 1,300 years from the pre-Islamic period through the 19th century. It features some of the earliest extant art from Africa as well as such iconic works as sculptures by the Dogon and Bamana peoples of Mali. Essays by leading international scholars discuss the art, architecture, archaeology, literature, philosophy, religion, and history of the Sahel, exploring the unique cultural landscape in which these ancient communities flourished. Richly illustrated and brilliantly argued, Sahel brings to life the enduring creativity of the different peoples who lived, traded, and traveled through this crossroads of the world
The Nelson A. Rockefeller vision : Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas by Alisa LaGamma( )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The artist El Anatsui installing "Between Earth and Heaven"( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kongo : power and majesty by Alisa LaGamma( Book )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artists from the kingdom of Kongo - a vast swath of Central Africa that today encompasses the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola - were responsible for outstanding creative achievements. This comprehensive study is the first major catalogue to explore Kongo's history, art forms and cultural identity before, during and after contact with Europe
A legacy of collecting : African and Oceanic art from the Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Musée Barbier-Mueller( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a collaborative effort between the Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, this publication and the exhibition it accompanies provide an overview of thirty-seven masterpieces of African and Oceanic art from the Barbier-Mueller collection. The catalogue entries, written by a range of specialists, describe the stylistic and contextual history of each work, and three introductory essays by member of the curatorial staff of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum explore their significance as part of an ongoing legacy of Western connoisseurship and collecting. --Metropolitan Museum of Art website
Helden Afrikas : ein neuer Blick auf die Kunst ; [Museum Rietberg, Zürich, 26. Februar - 3. Juni 2012] by Alisa LaGamma( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helden : ein neuer Blick auf die Kunst Afrikas by Alisa LaGamma( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes a presentation and critical study of terracotta, wood, and ivory sculptures of rulers and other influential personalities. The collection covers art from eight regions in West and Central Africa, dating from the 12th to the early 20th century
The art of the Punu mukudj masquerade : portrait of an Equatorial society by Alisa LaGamma( )

10 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gewebte Identitäten : afrikanische Textilien und Fotografien aus den Sammlungen Weickmann und Walther( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in German and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African Art, New York and the Avant-Garde( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Genesis : ideas of origin in African sculpture ; [in conjunction with the Exhibition Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture, held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from November 19, 2002, to April 13, 2003] by Alisa LaGamma( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bamana people of Mali attributed the invention of agriculture and their understanding of nature to a mythical hero called Chi Wara, shown in sculptural form as a roan antelope. This work examines the Chi Wara headdress as an icon of African sculpture and presents 40 examples of this form
Genesis : ideas of origin in african sculpture by Alisa LaGamma( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Genesis : ideas of origin in African sculpture Genesis : ideas of origin in African sculpture ; [in conjunction with the Exhibition Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture, held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from November 19, 2002, to April 13, 2003]
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Eternal ancestors : the art of the Central African reliquaryArt and oracle : African art and rituals of divinationHeroic Africans : legendary leaders, iconic sculpturesEchoing images : couples in African sculptureThe essential art of African textiles : design without endEl Anatsui at the ClarkSahel : art and empires on the shores of the SaharaKongo : power and majestyGenesis : ideas of origin in African sculpture ; [in conjunction with the Exhibition Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture, held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from November 19, 2002, to April 13, 2003]
Alternative Names
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La Gamma, Alisa.

Languages
English (121)

German (10)

French (1)