NEMSLE~ERI OF THE ARTS COUNCIL
OF THE ARICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION
Number 8 Winter 1984
Attachments: REGISTRATION TOIRM
Excerpt, Janet Stanley, "African Art Periodicals"
Art Documentation, vol. 3 no. 3 (Fall 1934) pp. 93-5.
PLEASE CC4PLETE ATTACHED REVISED REGISTRATION FORM (if you have not already
done so) and REMIT DUES FOR 1984-5 (if you have not already done so) by 15
FEBRARY 1985 in order to be included in 1985 roster, which will be
distributed with the next (Soring 1985) ACASA Newsletter.
MINUTES of the ANNUAL MEETING Friday 26 October 1984
Having established that a quorum was present, the meeting was called to
order at 5:45 pm by Paula Ben imos, President pro tern, in the absence of
President Roy Sieber. (Approximately 55 members were in attendance.)
Secretarv/Treasurer Arnold Rubin reported that ACASA's bank-balance is
$868.61. He gave the following statistics on the membership: Members
added 1982, 87; 1983, 57; 1984, 9. Male 68, Female 72, Institutional 5.
Doctorate 64, Masters (MA, MFA, MS) 22, Student (incl. Ph.D. Cand.) 32.
Incated in NEUS 50, MW'S 30, WUS 25, SEUS 11, Eurooe 11, Africa 9, Canada
2. Primarily engaged in teaching 71, museology 32, other (administration,
research) 16. Disciplinary specialization in art history 81, anthropology
36, other (Af. studies, language/literature, architecture, music, theology)
20. Primary geographical focus on West Africa 95, Central Africa 11, East
& South Africa 11, general 13, Afro-America 2.
Ben-Amos moved a vote of thanks to Doran Ross for organizing the
art-related panels at this year's ASA meeting.
On behalf of ACASA, she noted with regret the deaths of Robert Plant
Armstrong, scholar and publisher; Max Stanley, collector and
philanthropist; Bryce Holcombe, dealer and publisher; and William Moore,
(RAIN No. 64 reports the death of John Donne, English art historian and
* Next year's ASA meeting will be held jointly with the Middle East Studies
Association at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, 23-6
November. "Joint panels related to the common scholarly concerns of Africa
and the Middle East are especially solicited." Send one-page
paoer-abstracts and panel proposals to ASA Annual Meeting, 255 Kinsey Hall,
UCIA, tns Angeles, CA 90024 (Deadline for panel proposals and abstracts: 15
Aoril 1985.) A3ASA has again been delegated responsibility for organizing
art-related panels ANYONE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING TO HANDLE THIS
PLEASE CONTACT ARNOID RUBIN c/o above address, ASAP. (Bill Fagaly, Asst.
Director, New Orleans Museum, will host a reception for ACASA at the Museum
during the meeting.)
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National Museum of African Art Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral
Fellowships in the Humanities in Residence at the Smithsonian Institution;
application deadline 15 February 1985. Information/Applications: Office of
Fellowships and Grants, Rockefeller Residency Program, Rm. 3300 L'Enfant
Plaza, Wshington, DC 20560; (202) 287-3271.
The University of Minnesota will present a symoosium on "Male and Female
Artistry in Africa," 26-7 April ("Domestic Arts, Masquerading Arts,
Performing Arts"); Abstracts due 1 Jan. 1985 to Charles A. Pike,
Afro-American and African Studies Department, 214 Social Science,
University of Minnesota, Mpls, MN 55455. Travel grants (up to $200)
available for those presenting papers.
On 10-11 May, 1985, the University of Iowa will present a conference on
"The Artist and the Wbrkshoo in Traditional Africa," and the opening of an
exhibition, "Art and Life in Africa: Selections from the Stanley
Collection" (10 May 15 Sept.) Conference papers will be published in
vol. 2 of Iowa Studies in African Art. No registration fee. For
information on the conference, or to order vol. 1, write Chris Roy, School
of Art & Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.
The University of Iowa announces the death of C. Maxwell Stanley, alumnus
and benefactor, Chairman of the Board of HON Industries, and of Stanley
Consultants, founder and president of the Stanley Foundation for World
Peace, and publisher of World Press Review. Max Stanley encouraged the
development of a program of African art studies at the University of Iowa
when, in 1977, he promised his large collection of African sculpture to the
university on the condition that a teacher of African art be hired by The
School of Art and Art History. He supported the program by providing funds
for books, slides, scholarships, faculty research, and for the publication
of Iowa Studies in African Art. As promised, his collection of almost 600
objects, published in African Sculpture: The Stanley Collection (1969) and
Art and Life in Africa: Selections from the Stanley Collection (1985), has
been given to the University of Iowa Museum of Art.
Doran Ross reported on plans for the 1986 Triennial, to be held at UCLA
during the third or fourth week of March. He Drooosed that work begin on
formulating panels and selection of papers so that the program can be
announced at next year's ASA meeting in New Orleans. Proposals for the
location of the 1989 Triennial should be submitted to him and will be
discussed and voted on at the New Orleans meeting. Since it was decided
last year that proposals for Triennial panels and papers should be juried,
a committee for that purpose has been set up, consisting of Marilyn
Houlberg, Chris Roy, Sidney Kasfir, Doran Ross, and Arnold Rubin.
An opening for an Africanist art historian at the University of Maryland
was announced and subsequently withdrawn. Fred Lamp asked that the
following letter be included in the ACASA Newsletter:
S The announcement of the opening of a position in the history of African art
at the University of Maryland, made at the recent ACASA meeting in Los
Angeles, left me speechless. I believe that the University acted
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improperly in listing the position at this date, and in asking the officers
of ACASA to announce it. I would like now, having consulted with the
persons involved, to set the record straight for the benefit of not only an
injured colleague but also those who might have intended to apply.
The fact is that the position is occupied by Sharon Patton. Dr. Patton was
denied tenure at the fifth-year review last year. She is now under her
sixth-year (and final) review, however, according to the standard procedure
of the University of Maryland and the recommendation of her vice provost.
I have been asked to act as a referee, and I am informed that her committee
will not meet until later in the year to take up the matter.
I have spoken with the chairman of the Department of Art, and he has agreed
to withdraw the position listing, pending the decision of the committee.
Those historians of African art who are in the job market should be adv .'ed
that there currently is no position available at the University of
* Ray Silverman reported on the Tribal Arts Review, comprising abstracts of
significant publications on the arts of Africa, Oceania, and Native
America. For future, the journal plans to increase the number of review
* Phil Ravenhill reported on the Wast African Museums Project, sponsored by
the International African Institute with the support of the Ford
Foundation, emphasizing its liason function.
* Susan Vogel reported on the opening and inaugural exhibition of the
Africa Center, New York. She called for proposals for substantial, focused
exhibitions, and asked for assistance in circulating shows.
* Lisa Aronson reported on the Parsons (School of Design) West Africa
Program, held during the Summer of 1934, co-sponsored by Crossroads Africa.
She noted that they are seeking students and leaders in various
subject-areas for future sessions.
* Arnold Rubin reported on negotiations for affiliation of ACASA with the
College Art Association; their Board will meet on 5 November to act on our
* Henry Drewal outlined the CAA's new format for organizing its next annual
meeting, reported on Africa-related panels, and suggested that a new, more
open orientation can be discerned.
* Rene Bravmann, who has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Art
Bulletin, echoed Drewal's suggestion, and called for the submission of
* Jean Borgatti reported on the structure and makeup of the Workshop ("The
Ethos of Performance in African Art") which she has organized for the 1985
CAA meeting, to be held in Ios Angeles between 14 and 16 February at the
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David A. Binkley, Indiana Univ., "A Comparison of Cultural Exoectations in
Northern Kete Masquerade and Contemporary Performance Art."
Margaret Thompson Drewal, New York Univ., "Yoruba Masquerade Performance:
Art in the Fburth Dimension."
Monica Blackmun Visona, U.C. Sta. Barbara, "Efokwe: A Lagoon Age-Grade
Festival as Performance Art."
Kristi Slavman Jones, C.S.U. Long Beach, "A Relativist View of Performance
in African Art."
Judith Bettelheim, San Francisco State Univ., Post-Modern Criticism and
Performance Art: Its Application to African and New World Performance
George Preston, C.C.N.Y., "The Message of Gender in Akan Performance."
Rene Bravmann, Univ. of Washington, "Days of Palm Wine Days of Fetish."
Patrick McNaughton, Indiana Univ., "The Implications of Form in
Arnold Rubin, U.C.L.A., "Performance as a Mode of Artistic Expression."
Judith Bettelheim announced her plans to propose a panel for next year's
CAA meeting on "The Nationalization of Culture," including (but not limited
to) African subjects.
y Henry Drewal announced that the International Congress on the History of
Art, to be held in Washington, DC during fall, 1986, will be more open to
non-traditonal areas and approaches.
In accordance with the By-Laws of ACASA, Rubin completed his term as
Secretary Treasurer, Posnansky as Past President, and Sieber, Ben Amos, and
Drewal as Directors at the Annual Meeting 1984. On behalf of this year's
Board of Directors, Ben Amos announced the Board's slate of nominees: for
Secretary-Treasurer, Doran Boss; for Director (term to expire 1986) Sidney
Kasfir, Chris RBy, Marilyn lixulberg, Paula Ben Amos, Henry Drewal, Arnold
Rubin. Ben Amos, Drewal, and Rubin were elected in a secret ballot.
(Directors elected in 1983, serving until the Annual Meeting of 1985: Joann
Eicher, Herbert Cole, Simon Ottenberg; Sieber becomes Past President for
Fred Lamp suggested the desirability of "target dates" for ACASA
Newsletter mailings in order for institutions, for example, to list
positions in time for applicants to meet deadlines.
Ben Amos noted the new Board's intention to develop activist policies and
projects, and suggested the following possibilities (subsequently amplified
and specified b Ross):
1. Contribution of $1000 toward expenses of Los Angeles Triennial (to be
matched by Museum of Cultural History) to eliminate registration/admission
2. Allocation of $1000 for five $200 travel grants to graduate students
presenting papers at the Triennial; applications to be supported by letters
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from student's advisor and panel chair.
3. Allocation of $1000 for two $500 travel grants to African scholars
travelling from Africa to the Triennial.
4. Establishment of annual $200 prize for best graduate student research
paper, to be published and distributed as a benefit of membership.
5. Notification of appropriate African universities, museums, and cultural
agencies of the existence of Honorary Institutional membership. (Janet
Stanley has already submitted a notice to this effect for inclusion in the
next issue of Africana Libraries Newsletter.)
Members are requested to suggest additional projects, and will be polled in
the next issue of the ACASA Newsletter regarding their preferences.
Anita Glaze, Chris Roy, Rene Bravmann, and Ray Silverman volunteered to
develop a proposal for an ACASA panel at the next CAA meeting, to be held
in New York City.
John Povey raised the possibility of a special issue of African Arts in
memory of Robert Plant Armstrong, and discussed problems with similar
projects in the past. Members interested in organizing such an issue or
contributing thereto should contact him.
The meeting was adjourned.
The newly elected Board of Directors met following the Business Meeting,
and elected Rubin as President for 1984-5. Ottenberg volunteered to
coordinate the Standing Committee on Social Sciences, Drewal that on the
Arts and Humanities; Eicher volunteered to perform a similar function with
reference to the textiles and clothing field.
Newly elected Secretary/Treasurer/Newsletter Editor Ross announced his
intention to implement Fred Lamp's suggestion of regular publication dates
for the ACASA Newsletter. Deadline for information to be included in the
Spring 1985 issue (incorporating 1985 roster): 15 February 1985.
Thereafter, Fall issue (to be posted on or before 15 Seotember; to include
dues notice and ASA program): 15 August. Deadline for Winter issue (to be
posted on or before 15 January, to include CAA program and roster): 15
December. Deadline for Spring issue (to be posted on or before 15 May): 15
Members of the Board of Directors expressed regret that no new blood had
been gotten onto the Board in this year's election. At the same time, thev
acknowledged the importance of maintaining some measure of continuity among
its members. Possible amendments to the ACASA bylaws to accomplish these
objectives will be considered by the Board of Directors. Input from
members is invited.
Programs of the Visual and Performing Arts Seminar, African Studies Center,
Boston University: "a regular regional forum for ongoing research in such
areas as mask performance, dance, verbal arts, aesthetic systems, ritual
and political art, and the interrelatedness of the arts in African
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cultures." Abstracts available at African Studies Center a week before
scheduled presentations. Info: Sidney Kasfir, African Studies Center, 270
Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215 (353-3673)
2 October: Sidney Kasfir, "Art in History, History in Art: the Use of the
Idoma Ancestral Masquerade as Historical Evidence." Leo Spitzer, Dartmouth
6 November: Karin Barber, Univ. of Ife, "Ideological Change in Popular
Yoruba Theatre." Nelson Kasfir, Dartmouth College, Discussant.
4 December: Tamara Northern, Hood Museum, "Same Time, Same Place --
New leaflets from National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution:
"Gold in Miniature" (Baule Pendant Mask); "Brass Staff Finial from
William Mbore's collection of almost 1000 books and oamohlets on African
Art for sale; information/prices from Golden Legend, Inc., 8586 Melrose
Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069.
African Diaspora Studies Newsletter, published (in English, French,
Spanish, and Portuguese (!)) by Howard University, funded bv UNESCO and
Fbrd Foundation. Info: Dr. J.E. Harris, Ed., Dept. of History, Howard
Univ., Washington, DC 20059 (202) 636-7039. (Thanks to Ernie Valenzuela's
Pacific Coast Africanist Association Newsletter; info: PCA Enterorises,
2843 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA 94553.
For a detailed report on the status of the "Afrodisc" project (to develop a
videodisc archive of field photoqraohs and other visuals), contact Jean
Borgatti, 295 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury, MA 01545; (617) 757-6440 (days),
Panel proposal, 1985 Annual Meeting (ACASA):
HENNA IN AFRICA AlD THE MIDDLE EAST
* As oart of a continuing concern with permanent (or, in this instance,
semi-oermanent) modes of body-decoration, I would like to attempt to
organize a panel dealing with African and Middle-Eastern traditions wherein
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henna is used to stain the hands and feet usually of women, and usually
in conjunction with marriage or other festive occasions. The major
objective of this proposal is to bring to light research which has been
carried out on the subject, as I have no prior knowledge of prospective
panelists. The complex is widely distributed in Africa and the Middle
East, and is especially interesting in that it is predominantly associated
with women. In addition to artistic dimensions, including technique and
symbolism, I am hoping to elicit papers dealing with botanical, chemical,
economic, historical and social aspects. Prospective panelists are invited
to write to Arnold Rubin, DADAH, UCIA, 405 Hilgard, los Angeles, CA 90024.
Bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America
Volume Number 3
Editors: Erika Esau & George Boeck
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Reference Books: Marcia Reed; Preservation: Susan
Swartzburg; Professional Literature: Ferris Olin; Government
Documents: Stephen A. Patrick; Architecture SIG: Sherman
Clarke; CISSIG: Karen Meizner; Serials SIG: Margot E. Grier;
Serials Update: Bonnie Postlethwaite and Sandra de Luise; Visual
Resources SIG: Jennifer Hehman; Academic TOL: Barbara
Polowy; Museum TOL: Deirdre Lawrence; Public TOL: Elizabeth
Art Documentation is published by ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Soci-
ety of North America) four times annually. It is free as a benefit of
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Editorial Guidelines Questionnaire ......................................... A-1
Letter from the Editors ................................. ... ........ 82
Viewpoint: What it Takes to Make a Successful Art
Periodical: Talking to Milton Esterow,
by Paula Baxter ........................................... ... 83
Art and Documentation Integrated: Judy Chicago's
Birth Project, by Edith L. Crowe and Arlene A. Noble ........... 85
ARLIS/NA News Section ................................. ............ 86
From the Chair .............................................. 86
From the Treasurer .......................... ........... .......... .. 86
Executive Board Action Highlights ................................... 87
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SIG and TOL Columns ............................. ........... ........... 88
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CISSIG ................................................... ...................... 90
Museum TOL: The Metropolitan Museum of
Art Automates Acquisitions, by Doralynn
Pines and Patricia J. Barnett ....................................... 91
Public TOL: Why Younger Patrons Are
Important to the Adult Art Department,
by Paula Baker .......................................... .......... .. 92
Serials SIG: African Art Periodicals, by
Janet Stanley ...................... .................... 93
Periodicals Update ............................... ........... 95
Visual Resources SIG .......................................... ..... 97
News from the Chapters ...................... ..................... 98
Government Documents ........................................... ........ 100
International Relations ........................................................... 101
O n Preservation ............................................................. .....101
Professional Literature: Art Library Careers:
Pivotal Points, Moves, and Alternatives:
A Bibliography, by Arthur Downing ................................... 103
Art Bibliography .......... ................................ ..................... 106
News & Notes ..........................................107
The Book Review Section ............................... ......... ....... 108
Art Documentation, Fall, 1984 93
Expenditure of time and energy to meet the needs of both
adult and younger patrons is worth the effort. Identifying
the resources in the department of likely interest to this
group helps organize one's thoughts, simplifying
decision-making when book orders are determined. Expect-
ing heavier use of craft books, beginning coin collector
materials or costume materials, for example, makes it
easier to buy and justify a wider range of skill levels.
Once a plan is mapped out, however informally, a heart-
to-heart conversation with the children's librarian is well
worth the price of their morning coffee. Not only will it allay
fears of territorial encroachment, it will also provide ex-
tremely helpful advice about publishers, series, and trends
in unfamiliar territory. Watts, for example, does an excellent
job with the production of attractive, intelligent, well-
illustrated materials that serve many age and interest levels.
Ernest Raboff's "Art for Children" series, published by
Doubleday, represents another fine choice suitable for chil-
dren and adults. Armed with such knowledge, a librarian
can order material with confidence and at no cost to the
Two other reliable sources easily available to the subject
librarian are Booklist and Wilson Library Bulletin. The
former stars adult materials especially appropriate for
young adult use and reviews pre-teen material of interest to
adults, adding school grade level for a final safety net. The
latter, written for the smaller public library, specializes in
finding materials that serve a variety of needs with one or
two titles. Both are reliable sources for the large library
specialist seeking materials beyond the realm of that "pure"
adult art patron.
Children do have a right to discovery. The public library is
catholic in its collection, its services and its patrons. While
judgement and discretion are important for the librarian to
. use, young people deserve the opportunity to grow beyond
the boundaries of the Boys and Girls Room at their own
pace and in their own way.
Paula J. Baker
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
edited by Margot E. Grier
NOTES ON PROBLEMS AND IRREGULARITIES
For some time I have intended to start a section of the
Serials SIG column devoted to problems associated with
periodicals, be they bizarre numbering systems, frequent or
confusing title changes or merges, incorrect standard bibli-
ographic descriptions, or anything else that may cause us
difficulty. The first two problem titles have been contributed
by Jonathan Heller of the National Archives. As editor of the
journals of the Picture Division of the Special Libraries As-
sociation, he asked that I inform ARLIS/NA members of the
misinformation in the OCLC records of Picturescope and the
Picture Division Bulletin. The 580-field of the bulletin entry
reads "...will replace Picturescope as the official bulletin of
the Picture Division of the Special Libraries Association."
This note is incorrect; Mr. Heller states that the bulletin is a
"new division newsletter only for division news. Pictures-
cope continues as the professional journal published by the
division." Another error to be corrected is in the 265-field of
the Picturescope record: all correspondence should be sent
to the circulation manager at P.O. Box 50119, F Street Sta-
tion, Washington, D.C. 20004.
What began in the December 1981 issue of the ARLIS/NA
Newsletter as a "long-planned series of annotated bibliog-
raphies or checklists of journals devoted to Asian art" has
evolved into a series of bibliographies of periodicals de-
voted to a variety of art historical or art-related subjects.
Below is the sixth of the series, this one dealing with African
art and prepared by Janet Stanley, Chief Librarian of the
National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. Earlier
TEXTILE HISTORY AND TECHNIQUES, prepared by
Katherine Freshley, Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.,
Art Documentation, 2:5 (October 1983): pp. 145-146.
FURNITURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN, prepared by Rose-
mary K. Lopiano, Art Institute of Chicago, Art Documen-
tation, 2:3/4 (Summer 1983): pp. 100-103.
EASTERN EUROPE AND THE SOVIET UNION (CURRENT
ART JOURNALS AND BULLETINS PUBLISHED IN), pre-
pared by Alexandra de Luise, Frick Art Reference Library,
Art Documentation, 1:3/4 (Summer 1982): pp. 105-109.
SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART AND HISTORY,
prepared by Katherine Haskins, Art Institute of Chicago,
and Dorothy Fickle, Nelson Gallery and Atkins Museum,
Art Documentation, 1:2 (May 1982): pp. 64- 65.
CHINESE ART AND RELATED TOPICS, prepared by Katheryn
M. Linduff, University of Pittsburgh, ARLIS/NA News-
letter, 9:6 (December 1981): pp. 235- 236.
Though not part of the series, an excellent bibliography of
periodicals is one on:
WOMEN ARTISTS, prepared by Paula Chiarmonte for a
Special Section of Art Documentation, entitled "Women
Artists: A Resource and Research Guide," 1:5 (October
1982): pp. A14-A16.
African Art Periodicals
African art periodical literature falls within the fields of
anthropology and ethnography as much as in that of fine
arts. Apart from the few periodicals devoted exclusively or
primarily to African art (listed below in section I), the cover-
age of African art in fine arts literature is marginal and
tangential. Yet, the list of art journals which have occasional
(perhaps important) articles is long. Sections II and III list
ethnographic and fine arts journals which have occasional
significant articles on African art.
I. Major African Art Periodicals:
ACASA Newsletter. (Los Angeles: Arts Council of the Afri-
can Studies Association) 1982-[Available with member-
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ship, c/o Dr. Arnold Rubin, Department of Art, UCLA, Los
Angeles, CA 90024]. Irregular.
O A nascent organization, the Arts Council is planned as a
forum for speedy exchange of information among African
art historians. The Newsletter includes research notes,
news, announcements. The other newsletter in the field,
Primitive Art Newsletter (1978-1983), has unfortunately
ceased publication. Its reporting on the art market has not
been picked up elsewhere.
Africa Tervuren. (Tervuren, Belgium: Musee Royal de
I'Afrique Centrale) 1955- (formerly: Congo-Tervuren)
[Available on exchange]. Quarterly.
One of the richest museum collections of African Art is
at Tervuren; its collection of art from the former Belgian
Congo (now Zaire) is without parallel. Africa Tervuren
and other Tervuren museum series are pioneers in docu-
menting African art and they continue authoritative
scholarship in this tradition. Articles in French, German,
African Arts. (Los Angeles: African Studies Center, UCLA)
The premier journal of African art, containing both
scholarly and popular articles, book reviews, exhibition
reviews. Lavishly illustrated in color. A first choice for
libraries. Indexed: Al, AbM
African Archaeological Review. (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press) 1983- Annual.
Following in the Cambridge tradition of the Journal of
African History, AAR will undoubtedly become the pre-
mier journal of African archaeology-a field now in its
infancy-in documenting the excavation and study of
African antiquities. An earlier, related journal is West
African Journal of Archaeology (Ibadan, Nigeria, 1971-
De Arte. (Pretoria: Department of Art and Fine Art, Univer-
sity of South Africa) 1967- Bi-annual.
One of the few art journals in South Africa, De Arte has
a checkered publishing history but has apparently sur-
vived. Features art and artists of South Africa.
Arts and the Islamic World. (London: Islamic Arts Founda-
tion) 1982/83- Quarterly.
A new entry in the field which has already dem-
onstrated its commitment to cover all areas of Islamic
arts, including North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.
Arts d'Afrique Noire. (Arnouville, France: Raoul Lehuard
[B. P. 24, 95400 Arnouville]) 1971- Quarterly.
A neat counterbalance to African Arts which focuses
more on Francophone Africa (African Arts publishes more
research from Anglophone countries, although not as a
policy). Exhibition reviews, especially European ones,
and reports on African art auctions. Frequent articles on
collectors and collections.
Arts Zimbabwe. (Harare: National Arts Foundation of
Zimbabwe). 1978- (formerly: Arts Rhodesia) Annual
Review of the contemporary arts (visual and perform-
ing) in Zimbabwe. Only two issues have appeared: no. 1,
1978 and no. 2, 1980/81.
*BlackArt. (Jamaica, NY: Black Art, Ltd.). 1976- Quarterly.
Although primarily Afro-American in orientation, Black
Art has articles on contemporary African art and on Afri-
can retentions in the New World. Indexed: AbM. Another
Afro-American look at Africa is in Journal of African Civili-
zations (New Brunswick, NJ) which publishes occasional
articles relating to the visual arts of Africa.
Black Orpheus; A Journal of the Arts of Africa. (Lagos: Uni-
versity of Lagos Press [P.O. Box 132, University of Lagos,
Lagos, Nigerial]) 1981- Irregular.
Re-incarnated in 1981 after a long hiatus (the original
Black Orpheus was published intermittently from 1957 to
19677), the new Black Orpheus, like the old, focuses
primarily on contemporary Nigerian arts, both literary
Bulletin d'IFAN. Series B: Sciences humaines. (Dakar,
Senegal: Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire [B.P. 206])
1939- [formerly: Institut Franqaise d'Afrique Noire. Vols.
1-15, 1939-1953; from vol. 16 became Series A and
Series B] Quarterly (irregular).
In the French colonial tradition, IFAN was the research
and cultural mecca in French West Africa and its bulletin
(now published as an independent Senegalese agency)
remains a useful scholarly record of art, history, an-
thropology and archaeology in West Africa. IFAN also
publishes Notes Africaines and the monographic series
Memoires, both of which include ethnographic material.
Connaissance des Arts Tribaux. (Geneva: Association des
Amis du Musee Barbier-Muller). 1979- [Available with
membership] Intermittent [3 to 4 per year].
More a museum guide leaflet, each issue focuses on
a single object type represented in the collection of
the Musde Barbier-Muller with a substantial article on
the genre by a recognized expert. Together these issues
provide really excellent documentation.
Expedition. (Philadelphia: University Museum, University of
Pennsylvania). 1958- Quarterly.
A museum publication whose occasional but useful
articles on African art reflect scholarship and collections
at the Philadelphia University Museum. Other museum
bulletins whose parent collections are noted for African
art have once-in-a-while articles (e.g., Detroit Institute
of Arts, St. Louis Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum
Gallery. (Johannesburg: Triad Publishers). 1981- Quarterly.
An illustrated, glossy magazine devoted to the visual
arts, the first such for South Africa. Emphasis on white
artists. [Not reviewed]
Insight. (Harare: National Gallery of Zimbabwe). 1977-
[formerly: National Gallery of Rhodesia] [Available on
A Gallery publication which seeks to document artists
from Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia), both contemporary
and traditional as well as objects from their collections.
Journal des Africanistes. (Paris: SociEdt des Africanistes)
1931- [formerly: Journal de la Societ6 des Africanistes].
Art and ethnography are two of several disciplines cov-
ered by Journal des Africanistes but all articles are
scholarly and lengthy. Excellent bibliographical coverage.
Kenya Past and Present. (Nairobi: Kenya Musuem Society)
1971- [Available on exchange]. Annual.
Arts, history and cultures of Kenya are the subjects cov-
ered in this journal as well as natural history.
Museum. (Paris: Unesco) 1948- Quarterly.
Unesco has been very active in museum development
and cultural preservation in Africa, and its journal,
Museum, has regularly documented this work.
New Culture: A Review of Contemporary African Arts.
(Ibadan, Nigeria: New Culture Studios) 1978- Monthly
Begun with flourish, New Culture may be moribund,
but the initial dozen issues were encouraging. Emphasis
on Nigerian artists. Another Nigerian cultural journal
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which seems to be thriving is Ikenga (Nsukka); it features
arts and literature.
SNigeria Magazine. (Lagos: Ministry of Social Development,
Youth and Culture, Cultural Division [P.M.B. 12514]).
Long a source of information on the rich and diverse
arts of Nigeria begun during the colonial period and con-
tinued through Independence. Valuable magazine despite
low quality of photographs. Nigerian Field, published by
the Nigerian Field Society, has also published occasional
articles on Nigerian arts.
Objets et Mondes. (Paris: Musde de I'Homme). 1961- Quar-
African art has long been a part of the Paris art scene
and museum world, and Objets etMondes, the Musee de
I'Homme's contribution to ethnographic art studies, has
from its inception had African art and ethnography as a
Ornament: A Quarterly of Jewelry and PersonalAdornment.
(Los Angeles: Ornament, Inc.) 1974- [formerly: Bead
Journal, vols. 1-3, 1974-1978] Quarterly.
Traditional beads and beadwork from Africa are fre-
quent topics in Ornament. Contemporary jewelry
craftspersons, inspired by African ornamentation and de-
sign, are also featured. Well illustrated and documented.
Presence Africaine: Revue Culturelle du Monde Noire.
(Paris: Editions Presence Africaine). 1947- Quarterly.
Culture in its broader sense is the platform of Presence
Africaine, including not only visual arts, but literature,
theatre, and cultural-political (Negritude). A similar more
recent title: Afrique Litteraire etArtistique (Paris).
Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics. (Cambridge, MA: Pea-
body Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard
University) 1981- Semi-annual.
Published in collaboration with the Laboratoire
d'Ethnologie, Universitd Paris X, Nanterre, Res is a forum
for exploring "aesthetic objects" and "cult objects" in all
societies, archaic, historic and modern. Contributions
from different disciplines; global in scope.
Tribal Arts Review. (Seattle: Tribal Arts Review, [P.O. Box
15453, Seattle 98115]). 1984- Quarterly.
Brand new bibliographic journal covering African,
Native American Indian and Oceanic art (with plans to
expand coverage to Pre-Columbian, Central and South
American art in future). 200 journals scanned. Book re-
views, bibliographic essays, and critical articles are also
projected; no illustrations. Available on floppy diskette or
in hard copy.
II. Important ethnographic journals which publish on Afri-
Africa (London: International African Institute)
African Studies (Johannesburg: University of Witwaters-
African Bulletin (Warsaw: Center of African Studies, Uni-
versity of Warsaw)
Anthropos (Fribourg: Anthropos Institut)
Baessler-Archiv (Berlin: Museum fir V61kerkunde)
Ethnographie (Paris: Soci6t6 d'Ethnographie de Paris)
Ethnos (Stockholm: Ethnographical Museum of Sweden)
Hesperis Tamuda (Rabat, Morocco: Association des Sci-
ences de I'Homme)
S Man (London: Royal Anthropological Institute)
National Geographic (Washington, DC)
Natural History (New York: American Museum of Natural
Paideuma (Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner)
Tribus (Stuttgart: Linden-Museum fur V61kerkunde)
Zeitschrift fur Ethnologie (Braunschweig: Deutsche
Gesellschaft fur V61kerkunde)
III. Important fine arts journal which publish on African
Connaissance des Arts
Journal of Aesthetics andArt Criticism
IV. Auction houses with regular African art sales/catalogs:
Christie's and Christie's East (London and New York)
Sotheby's; Primitive and Ethnographic series (London
and New York)
Arts Primitifs (Paris: H6tel-Drouot/Loudmer-Poulain)
Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer (Munich)
National Museum of African Art
Anthropological Literature (Peabody Museum of Ar-
chaeology and Ethnology). V. 5, no. 1 due Summer
1983, v. 5, no. 2 & 3 due Fall 1983.
Antiquaries Journal. Last published: v. 62, no. 1 (1982).
Carre Bleu. Last published: 1983, no. 1.
Publisher's address: Carre Bleu
Feuille Intl. d'Arch.
33, Rue des Francs-Bourgeois
Computers and the Humanities. Last published: v. 16,
Detroit Institute of Arts. Bulletin. Last published: v. 60,
no. 3/4 (1982). V. 61, no. 1 (1983) due Fall 1983.
Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek. Last published:
v. 33, 1983.
PhotographiConservation. Last published: v. 4, no. 4
RACAR (Revue d'Art Canadienne/Canadian Art Review).
Last published: v. 6, no. 2 (1979). V. 7, nos. 1 & 2 (1980)
to be published as a combination issue.
Skyline; New York Architecture and Design Calendar. Last
published April 1983.
Bibliography of Asian Studies. 1980 v. latest published to
date (published Feb. 1984).
Grantsmanship Center News. V. 12, no. 1 (whole no. 57),
Jan./Feb. 1984 due Spring 1984.
Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies. V. 24, no. 4, 1983
expected July 1984.
Helicon Nine. No. 10 expected Spring 1984.
Quarterly Review of Film Studies. No. 13, Oct. 1983 due
Restaurator. V. 6, 1984-nothing published as of yet.
Visible Language. V. 17, no. 4, 1983 expected May 1984.
Interior Design (England). 1983, June issue, out of print.
Book Review Supplement Never began publication. Book
reviews will be incorporated inArtlnternational.
Camera Arts. Ceased with V. 3, no. 7 (July 1983). Merged
with American Photographer.
Centre de Documentation et d'Etudes d'Histoire de I'Art
Contemporain. Cahiers. Discontinued in Aug. 1979.
Gazette (Canadian Museums Association). Discontinued
with: Fall 1982.
Primitive Art Newsletter. New York: Irwin Hersey Asso-
ciates. Ceased with V. 6, no. 8 (Aug. 1983).