Probably the most comprehensive and well-illustrated book on African Art which is still in print is "African Sculpture Speaks" by Ladislas Segy $15.96 from We highly recommend this book! Mr. Sagy was one of the best experts on African art and a very prominent collector. He died quite a while ago but is still recognized as a major authority on the subject of Tribal art of the Central Africa. His books are not expensive and provide excellent reference. However, all illustrations are black and white. He has also written another book on African masks which I can recommend, "Masks of Black Africa" by Ladislas Segy $11.16.

Other good and easy to buy books are:

Bacquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1998

Hahner-Herzog, Iris; Kecskesi, Maria & Vajda, Laszlo. African Masks from the Barbier-Mueller Collection, Geneva. Munich – New York: Prestel, 1998. $54.95; URL: 5983-5035053

Other books and publications we recommend:

Adams, Monni. Designs for Living. Symbolic Communication in African Art. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 1982.

Africa. The Art of the Continent. Guggenheim Museum.

African Arts (Magazine). The James S. Coleman African Studies Center. University of California, Los Angeles.

Bargna, Ivan. African Art. Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: Jaca Book. Antique Collectors’ Club, 2000.

Bassani, Ezio, Bockemuhl, Miochael, and McNaughton, Patrick. The Power of Form. African Art from the Horstmann Collection. Milano, Italy: Skira, 2002.

Bleakley, Robert. African Masks. New York: Gallery Books, 1983.

Cameron, Elisabeth Lynn. Art of the Lega. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 2001.

Cornet, Joseph. A Survey of Zairian Art. The Bronson Collection. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Museum of Art, 1978.

Dagan, Esther A. African Dolls for Play and Magic. Montreal, Canada: Galerie Amrad African Arts, 1990.

Fagg, William, Pemberton, John, and Holcombe, Bryce. Yoruba. Sculpture of West Africa. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982.

Gillon, Werner. A Short History of African Art. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books,1991.

Herreman, Frank. To Cure and Protect: Sickness and Health in African Art. New York: Museum for African Art, 1999.

Jordan, Manuel, editor. Chokwe! Art and Initiation among Chokwe and Related Peoples. Munich, London, New York: Prestel, 1998.

Kerchache, Jacques; Paudrat, Jean-Louis & Stephan, Lucien. Art of Africa. New York: Harry N. Abrams Publishers, 1993.

LaGamma, Alisa. Art and Oracle. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000.

Laude, Jean. The Arts of Black Africa. Berkley & Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1973.

Leuzinger, Elsy. The Art of Black Africa. Barcelona: Ediciones Poligrafa,1985.

Leuzinger, Elsy. Africa. The Art of the Negro People. New York: McGraw-Hill book Co., 1960.

Mack, John, editor. Africa. Arts and Cultures. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

McClusky, Pamela. Art from Africa. Long steps Never Broke a Back. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002.

Meyer, Laure. African Forms. Art & Rituals. New York: Assouline, 2001.

Meyer, Laure. Art and Craft in Africa. Paris: Terrail, 1995

Meyer, Laure. Black Africa. Masks, Sculpture, Jewelry. Paris: Terrail, 1992.

El Museo Tervuren. Obras Maestras del Africa Central, Munich, New York, London: Prestel, 1999.

Nicolas, A., Martin, J.-H., Kerchache, J. African Faces, African Figures. New York: Museum for African Art, 1997.

Nooter, Mary H. Secrecy: African Art that Conceals and Reveals. New York & Munich: Museum for African Art -- Prestel, 1993.

Perani, Judith & Smith, Fred T. The Visual Arts of Africa. Gender, Power, and Life Cycle Rituals. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1998.

Phillips, Tom, editor. Africa. The Art of a Continent. Munich, London, New York: Prestel, 1996.

Preston Blier, Suzanne P. African Vodun. Art, Psycology, and Power. Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Preston Blier, Suzanne P. The Royal Arts Of Africa. The Majesty of Form. New York: Perspectives Harry N. Abrams, 1998.

Sasser, Elizabeth Skidmore. The World of Spirits and Ancestors in the Western Sub-Saharan Africa. Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Press, 1995.

Selected Works from the Collection of the National Museum of African Art. Vol. 1. Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 1999.

Sieber, Roy & Walker, Roslyn Adele. African Art in the Cycle of Life. Washington, D.C. & London: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988.

Steiner, Christopher B. African Art in Transit. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Stepan, Peter. World Art. Africa. Munich -- London -- New York: Prestel, 2001.

Thompson, Robert Farris. African Art in Motion. Berkley & Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1974.

Vansina, J. Art History in Africa. London & New York: Longman, 1999.

Vogel, Susan Mullin. Baule. African Art. Western Eyes, New Haven & London: Yale University Press and Yale University Art Gallery, 1997.

Wassing, R. S. African Art. Fribourg, Switzerland: Leon Amiel, 1968.

Willett, Frank. African Art. An Introduction. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1997.

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