The Language of Beauty in African Art

Studio Blue

This publication centers on indigenous perspectives on traditional artworks from Africa by focusing on the judgments and vocabularies of members of the communities who created and used them. Featuring nearly 300 works, the book reconsiders Western aesthetic evaluations of these arts.

The catalogue’s design seeks to translate a contemporary understanding of the importance of decolonization, equity, and inclusion while projecting a dynamic vision of African art and culture. The cover and section openers incorporate a custom palette of colors drawn from the artworks; while the jacket organizes works along an indigenous aesthetic spectrum from front to back, and displays work in use on the back side.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Design Firm
Studio Blue
Creative director, Studio Blue
Cheryl Towler Weese
Designer, Studio Blue
Brad Sturm
Designer, Studio Blue
Meredith Barone
Editor, The Art Institute of Chicago
Constantine Petridis
Associate Vice President, Publishing and Interpretation, The Art Institute of Chicago
Gregory Nosan
Editorial Director, The Art Institute of Chicago
Lisa Meyerowitz
Editor, The Art Institute of Chicago
A. Robin Hoffman
Director of Production, The Art Institute of Chicago
Joseph Mohan
Assistant Director of Production, The Art Institute of Chicago
Lauren Makholm
Production Coordinator, Publishing, The Art Institute of Chicago
Ben Bertin
Photography research, The Art Institute of Chicago
Kylie Escudero and Pauline Lopez
David B. Olsen
Jane Friedman
Director of Imaging, The Art Institute of Chicago
Bonnie Rosenberg
Associate Director of Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago
Aidan Fitzpatrick
Aidan Fitzpatrick, Bob Hashimoto, Robert Lifson, Gail Specht, Craig Stillwell, and Greg Williams
Owen Conway, Jonathan Mathias, and P. D. Young
Preproduction and coordination
Elyse Allen and Aidan Fitzpatrick
Color separations
Professional Graphics, Rockford, Illinois
Die Keure, Bruges, Belgium