The Book: Ère Yorùbá

Author: Craig D. Fashoro

 

The 'Ère Yorùbá" project which began with pictorial pilgrimages into the master-carvers' preserved worlds in Èkìtì, Western Nigeria, cumulated in an exhibition of their spectacular, previously unpublished masterworks in an acclaimed exhibition in the United States. The exhibition was hosted by the City of Austin's Carver Museum (September 6, 2012 - January 5, 2013), and was curated by Craig Fashoro and directed by Jeffrey Roolf.

'Ère Yorùbá: Quintessential Art By Yorùbá Master Carvers', is the exhibition literature, authored by the curator, Craig Fashoro, an art historian, ethnographer, art appraiser, writer and photo journalist. His childhood memories of Nigerian kings and ruling family palaces and the amazing art found within were great inspirations.

 

Ère Yorùbá: Quintessential Art By Yorùbá Mastercarvers

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About The Author

 

A professionally accredited art appraiser, Craig Fashoro holds degrees in English, History, African art and a Master's degree in Mass Communication.

 

REVIEWS:

 

"It strikes me as really excellent, scholarly, but accessible, beautifully photographed and laid out. Really impressive... believe me, it is some accomplishment." -

 

By Father Edmund Hogan (PhD), Curator of the Father Kevin Carroll Archive and Society of African Missionaries (SMA) Archivist

 

"Craig Fashoro has brought us a wealth of wonderful images and ideas to contemplate and enjoy. He animates the histories and works of three Yorùbá master sculptors with his own personal account of his engagement with the people he met and worked with, bringing together the silent witness of art with the lives of those touched by art – art made for the sake of people.

Ẹkú iṣẹ́, O!"

 

- By Henry John Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

About The Book

 

Sculptural woodcarving remains the main traditional art form among the Yoruba, one of the largest ethnic groups primarily living in Western Nigeria. Other art forms include beading, braiding, tattooing, clay and ceramic work, bronze casting, textiles (spurning, weaving and dyeing, etc.,) and metalwork.

 

'Ère' is a Yorùbá term for sculptures. In Yoruba context, 'Ère' infers more than just the physical statuary. 'Ère' embraces all aspects of the craft of carving in Yoruba culture; the artistic, the architectural, the secular as well as the sacred and spiritual.

 

The 'Ère Yorùbá' project started out as a modern quest of rediscovering prodigious Yorùbá master carvers; to humanize these legendary Yoruba carvers, and show that 'anonymous' had more than just names, but the names were real people and places too!

 

The discovery of magnificent, obscure Yoruba carvings, stunning works of genius either still in situ, or in the custody of old families; a phenomenon conventional wisdom would have the world believe did not exist, except in museums or Western private collections, was sheer providence.

 

The newly discovered sculptures come to life in this book, 'Ère Yorùbá: Quintessential Art By Yorùbá Master Carvers' with the narration by the author who offers illuminating analysis of the presented masterworks of Yorùbá master carvers; Ọlọ́wẹ̀ of Isẹ̀, Dàda Àrẹògún (a.k.a. Arówógùn) and his son, George Bándélé Àrẹògún, both of Òsí-Ilorin, Èkìtì, Western Nigeria.

 

Upon viewing the sculptures, one can easily understand why Picasso credits African art with being an inspiration that stayed with him throughout his life.

 

The 'Ère Yorùbá" project which began with pictorial pilgrimages into the master-carvers' preserved worlds in Èkìtì, Western Nigeria, cumulated in an exhibition of their spectacular, previously unpublished masterworks in an acclaimed exhibition in the United States. The exhibition was hosted by the City of Austin's Carver Museum (September 6, 2012 - January 5, 2013), and was curated by Craig Fashoro and directed by Jeffrey Roolf.

'Ère Yorùbá: Quintessential Art By Yorùbá Master Carvers', is the exhibition literature, authored by the curator, Craig Fashoro, an art historian, ethnologist, art appraiser, writer and photo journalist. His childhood memories of Nigerian kings and ruling family palaces and the amazing art found within were great inspirations.

 

With details of the Ère journey from concept to exhibition, 'Ère Yorùbá: Quintessential Art By Yorùbá Master Carvers' is excellently researched and annotated, with the incisive and original the writing abundantly illustrated to present Yoruba art in depth and scope. Challenges to iconic stereotypes of Yoruba culture, art and artist are amply supported by a wealth of documentation, as well as extensive period and contemporary in situ photography spanning from the 1940's to the present.

 

'Ère Yorùbá: Quintessential Art By Yorùbá Master Carvers' also critically explores African art's predicaments, skillfully navigating hot-button issues from Yoruba religion, the vexing issues of authenticity, the relevance of provenance, reproductions, fakes and forgeries, experts and the seldom discussed commercial aspects of the industry.

 

A treasure trove of new discoveries and insights, from casual collectors to connoisseurs, scholars and curators, African art enthusiasts will find 'Ère Yorùbá: Quintessential Art By Yorùbá Master Carvers' fresh and engaging, a literary work of art in its own right.

Ère Yorùbá: Quintessential Art By Yorùbá Mastercarvers

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