Ancestors of the Lake: Art of Lake Sentani and Humboldt Bay, New Guinea has just been awarded the 2013 Prix International du Livre d’Art Tribal (International Tribal Art Book Prize).
The judges described the book as “… a stunning look at the region’s distinctive art, such as its highly stylized wooden sculptures and decoratively and abstractly designed barkcloths. This beautifully illustrated volume brings together many of these important historic pieces for the first time, including the landmark collection of French writer and art dealer Jacques Viot, along with photographs by Paul Wirz. The book also explores how European Surrealist artists found inspiration in the art of New Guinea, highlighted by rarely seen photographs by Man Ray of Sentani sculpture.”
Edited by Virginia-Lee Webb, with contributions by Anna-Karina Hermkens, Philippe Peltier, Andrea E. Schmidt, Dirk Smidt, David van Duuren, Kristina Van Dyke, Virginia-Lee Webb, and Muridan Widjojo, the book is published by Yale University Press.