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Art Library Research Guide: African Art

Visit this research guide for books, articles, images, websites, and other resources for your art and art history classes.

What is it?

Includes art created by individuals who live or have heritage in the countries of Africa.

Electronic Resources

First check resources in the Find Articles tab of this LibGuide, and then return here for more specific materials.

African Art: Journal started in 1967. Acess to articles on the plastic and graphic arts of Africa, broadly defined to encompass sculpture in wood, metal, ceramic, ivory and stone, and less familiar work in fiber, hide, mud and other materials used in personal adornment and architecture.

National Museum of African Art: Part of the Smithsonian Institute, the research section of the museum's website provides access to images and descriptions of the museum's collection, selections from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, and other resources in African Art.

Art and Life in Africa Project: List of films, research, links, reviews, photographs on African Art. Produced by Christopher Roy from the University of Iowa.

For more African Art resources see North Carolina A&T State's Sub-Sahara African Art Guide by Stephen Bollinger.

Maska (undated) from Congo


Besides for Bollinger's guide, some of the resources on this page were also gathered from the University of Iowa's African Art guide.