Refined Eye, Passionate Heart: African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection

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Hemba Caryatid Stool © Courtesy of Leslie Sacks Fine Art
Refined Eye, Passionate Heart: African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection

11640 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
September 21st, 2013 - October 19th, 2013
Opening: September 21st, 2013 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Brentwood will soon present the exhibition, Refined Eye, Passionate Heart: African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection.  This exhibition will mark the publication of a 320 page, hardbound catalogue of the Leslie Sacks collection of African art, soon to be released by international publishing house Skira for distribution in the United States and Europe.  The exhibition will open on Saturday, September 21, with a reception from 5:00-7:30 PM, and will continue through October 28, 2013 at Leslie Sacks Fine Art in the Los Angeles community of Brentwood. 

The exhibition will feature approximately 60 of the pieces reproduced and discussed in the Skira publication, which has taken nearly three years to complete.  The 38 essays in this book were contributed by 20 noted scholars in the field of African art, including a Foreword by Karel Nel, artist and professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and an introductory essay by Frank Herreman, former Director of Exhibitions at the Museum for African Art, New York, and Bruno Claessens, Africanist and art historian.  These writings alongside the hundreds of color photographs by Donald Cole address subjects ranging from cultural and historical analyses of the objects to issues of indigenous African aesthetics and the relationship of African art to modern and contemporary European and American art of the 20th century. 

This exhibition (which will not offer African works for sale) will run from September 21 to October 28, 2013.  These dates have been selected to coincide with the Fowler Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration, Fowler at 50, previewing Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles.  The Fowler Museum is one of the foremost institutions engaged in the study and exhibition of African art from around the world. 

Amanda Maples, editor of Refined Eye, Passionate Heart: African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection, will present a talk on the works in the exhibition and the book at the opening reception.  The publication will be released to the general public in early 2014.  A limited number of advance copies of the book will be available for sale through Leslie Sacks Fine Art during the run of the exhibition.

Opening reception: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 5:00 - 7:30 PM

Talk with the Editor, Amanda Maples, begins at 6:00 PM