Dr. Susan Vogel will join the Friends of the Arts of Africa and Oceania for a discussion a new theory of authorship in Baule art. Dr. Vogel’s talk will contrast the small number of prolific master artists with the larger cohort of self-taught occasional artists responsible for most of Baule sculpture. While prolific master artists and their followers are recognized for well-developed styles that shaped the work of students and followers, occasional artists had the ability to improvise, creating sometimes wildly inventive artwork for only a few patrons over a lifetime. Using slides and the MFA’s Baule pieces from offsite storage, the talk will explore the aesthetic trends that result from a tradition that encompassed both mastery and innovation.
We will meet in Bravo restaurant for a reception at 6:00pm and relocate to the Department of Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa at 6:30pm for the presentation.
Image: Female Figure (blolo bla), Masters of Sakassou (also called Nzipri Workshop), African, Cote d’Ivoire, Baule peoples, about 1840-1880. Wood and kaolin (a fine, white clay). Bequest of William E. Teel, 2014.324