The World of Spirits and Ancestors

The World of Spirits and Ancestors

In the Art of Western Sub-Saharan Africa

Elizabeth Skidmore Sasser

  • 4/1/1995
  • 9780896723467
  • 978-0-896-72346-7
  • Cloth
  • 2 lbs.6 oz.
$ 49.95


A magnificent full-color book introducing a collection of traditional western Sub-Saharan African art.

In addition to the B.F.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture form Ohio State University, Elizabeth Sasser holds a diploma from the Columbus (Ohio) School of Fine Art, where she first developed a passionate interest in African art. She says that her first encounter with African sculpture occurred when "a charmingly Victorian design instructor sent his students to make sketches at an African exhibition, not at the Art Gallery, a few steps from the school, but at the Carnegie Library." "This," she adds, "indicates the lack of interest in vernacular art and architecture among the art community as recently as the Second World War." Sasser admits that she still has the plate of drawings that spurred her to collect books on African art and visit collections whenever possible. In every art history survey taught by Sasser at Texas Tech University, where she is Professor Emeritus in the School of Architecture, a unit on African art was included. 

  Elizabeth Sasser is the author of reviews, profiles, criticism, and feature articles for such publications as Southwest Art, Metalsmith, Artspace, Texas Homes, and various scholarly journals. Recently she has written two books: Out of the Ordinary: The Art of Paul Milosevich and Dugout to Deco: Building in West Texas, 1880-1930, which received a 1994 San Antonio Conservation Society Award.

  Sasser and her husband collaborated on the photography for The World of Spirits and Ancestors. Thomas Judson Sasser served in the Navy and holds a Bs.Ed. and M.Ed. The Sassers have one daughter, S. Elizabeth Sasser, AIA, who is Assistant Cheif Historical Architect for the National Park Service for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. 

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