African Negro Wood Sculpture Portfolio
(American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1883–1965 Dobbs Ferry, New York)
Portfolio of 20 photographs
Closed: H. x W.: 16 3/16 x 13 5/16 in. (41.12 x 33.81 cm)
Open: H. x W.: 16 3/16 x 25 11/16 in. (41.12 x 65.25 cm)
James J. Ross, New York
Not on view
In Charles Sheeler’s reinterpretation of the Meyers’ Fang reliquary figure, strong interplays of light and shadow have a profound impact on the work’s features. Sheeler started collaborating with De Zayas’s Modern Gallery in 1916, taking photographs of works on display as gallery records. His interest in African sculpture is made evident through this photographic album, African Negro Wood Sculpture. Its twenty images are introduced by an essay by De Zayas expressing the foundation of his theory on modern and African art: "Negro sculpture has been the stepping stone for a fecund evolution in our art. It brought to us a new form of expression and a new expression of form, finding a point of support in our sensibility."