Art: Light on Dark

EUROPE has patched its maps of Africa with the colors of conquering nations, yet the conquered remain as populous and dark-hued as ever. Dark too, for white men, is the art of native Africans. Next week London's British Museum will open an impressive show designed to illuminate it.

The exhibition comprises the 166-piece collection of a wealthy Philadelphia engineer named Webster Plass (who died last year) and his widow Margaret. Africanist William Fagg supplied a foreword to the exhibition catalogue that could also be taken as a friendly warning to visitors. To see...

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