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“Modernist Roots” Reviewed in ARTnews

December 5, 2013

This elegant exhibition, subtitled “Ethnographic  Influences on the Modernist Aesthetic,” demonstrated the connections between tribal art and the modernist movement. The “Roots” reflected an evolution in the way Western cultures have approached ethnographic art. A large 19th-century earthenware commemorative head from Ghana in that display brought to mind the facial expressions on the wooden dolls made by midcentury designer and folk-art collector Alexander Girard.

Nayarit Figure

With its fine examples of ethnographic art, ranging from a Nigerian fetish figure to a 19th-century pilgrim’s jacket from Japan, this show provided a fresh context for understanding the enduring influence of non-Western art on the Western imagination.

-Ruth Lopez

ARTnews December 2013

ARTnews December 2013


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