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Life Force at the Anvil: The Blacksmith's Art from Africa

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This book depicts over 50 unique pieces of African forged metal work that was shown at the University of North Carolina during th summer of 1998.  This is a well-illustrated book covering dimensions, composition and history, as well as, a listing of exhibitors represented. This exceptional exhibition had been organized by Tom Joyce, a blacksmith from Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exhibition contained 115 pieces of forged metal work from areas south of the Sahara Desert in Africa contributed by various collectors. The exhibit had been underwritten by UNCA and by ABANA. Tom Joyce says of the pieces in the exhibit: "I selected the pieces to accentuate their aesthetic qualities, to appreciate them as art alone is to separate the realities they activate and the ideology of the groups they express."

32 pages, 8-1/2 x 11 (Paperback)

Item #: BK217

Most of these works stay hidden from view and symbolize ethics that their makers conceived as the mythical framework of human interaction at the beginning of time, and they instill social order and organization to this day. The complex histories that brought each into being, however, are absent when the objects are taken out of context from their place of origin. Therefore they must be viewed as parts of wholes, residing now in a space entirely unrelated to their original function."