Exhibitions/ Art Object

1918. Modern Gallery and essay by G. Dorlac. Exhibition of African Negro Sculpture.

Closed: 6 x 4 in. (15.24 x 10.16 cm) Open: 6 x 11 5/16 in. (15.24 x 28.73 cm)
Not on view
Most of De Zayas’s exhibitions were accompanied by leaflets listing the works on display. Created for the 1918 "Exhibition of African Negro Sculpture," this example on view in the exhibition is unique for its addition of an essay signed by the otherwise unknown G. Dorlac, and for its illustrated cover featuring a male Baule figure’s head in profile, photographed by Charles Sheeler. The essay is a condensed take on the modernist perspective toward African art, mixing exoticizing misconceptions with admiration: "There is something talismanic in the influence which Negro Sculpture has wielded in Modern Art. The fetish has resumed its commanding position. It has pointed to our artists a new road to follow, inspired new creations. . . . It has shaped Art’s destiny."