Art: African Images, Powers and Presences

A DIPLOMATIC as well as an artistic event, the exhibition of African sculpture that opens this week at Washington's National Gallery of Art is a striking display of international cooperation. Sponsored by the ambassadors of the 34 African countries, it is the most comprehensive show of the sculpture of Black Africa yet seen in the U.S. Four galleries have been cleared and special platforms, islands, and plinths built to display the artifacts to best advantage. The 194 objects selected by African scholar William Fagg, Keeper of Ethnography at the British Museum, include many...

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