‘Disguise: Masks and Global African Art,’ Where Tradition Meets Avant-Garde

 William Villalongo (American, born 1975). "Muses (Artifact 1), 2012

William Villalongo (American, born 1975). "Muses (Artifact 1), 2012

Then, largely thanks to Picasso’s electrifying encounter with African masks around 1907 and the colleagues who followed suit, Europeanized African aesthetics became integral to Modern art. That development is skewered here by William Villalongo’s neatly made collages. In several, an African mask cut from a photograph has been glued over a woman’s head in a reproduction of a painting by a European or an American, from a zaftig nude by Renoir to a pinup by the Pop artist Mel Ramos.

- Ken Johnson

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/24/arts/de...