MFA Collection Books

Art of the Senses
African Masterpieces from the Teel Collection

edited by Suzanne Preston Blier

How the unique “look” of African art captured the imagination of artists such as Picasso and Stieglitz is well known. But how do art aficionados today see African objects? And how does our view relate to the way in which these objects were seen in Africa? Presenting this magnificent collection for the first time, Art of the Senses examines how our vision of such objects is shaped by the “ethnographic,” “primitive,” or “modern” labels that have been applied in the West, and compares it to how those same works were viewed in their birthplace. Lavish, full-color illustrations of over 100 choice objects combine forces with essays by leading African art specialists to provide a thoughtful and visually stimulating examination of these important African forms.

Editorial Reviews
“Shows more than a hundred objects, beautiful and strong” (Harvard Magazine).
“Engaging…Highly recommended” (Choice).