Art history is said to be the abstraction of the past, decidedly how it relates to humans. The appellation is universally activated to accomplished contest of individuals, cultures and associations. It unravels the alpha or ancestry of the things in actuality today. The appellation ‘history’ is from the Greek word, ‘historia’ acceptation “inquiry, ability acquired by investigation” (Munslow, 2001). Thus, it is the absolute assay and seek of our accomplished which after-effects in the accretion of the ability of the accomplished or the agent of things. The acquirements of our history is actual important. Acquirements of the accomplished has the abeyant of convalescent the activity of man today and in the future.
However, it is sad to apperceive that a poor affidavit usually aftereffect in ambiguity and even accident of the admirable armory of ability of the past. Prior to the appearance of writing, history was preserved orally and anesthetized on from parents to their wards consistent in articulate actual tradition. The age of autograph has witnessed the recordings of our accomplished articulate actual tradition. Continued afore the recording of contest the bright African art history has already been growing, about-face itself with the casual of time. Depicting the assorted and busy societies and empires, the history of African art illustrates the active cultures and traditions anniversary accumulation has accomplished with anniversary alternating generation.
There accept been several distortions in the accounting histories. Such is the abundantly the case of the affidavit of African art history. This is authoritative some humans even those in the academia to advance that African art has no history. But can this affirmation be true? Certainly that cannot be. African art has a history back every animal endeavor has its Genesis. African art is mostly acclimated to accredit to the Sub-Saharan arts excluding the arts of the North African areas forth the Mediterranean coast. The arts of the North Africans are commonly classified forth with Islamic art by some scholars. This is actual adverse and amiss because a analytical assay of the arts of Northern Africa such as Egypt and others reveals altered academic ethics and attempt which are not characteristics of the Islamic art forms. The columnist opines and redefines African Art as the adeptness and aesthetic innovations of Africans in the assorted forms of arts which mostly accept African acceptable cultural elements and values.
The origins of African art can be traced in a best time amount even afore recorded history. African bedrock art in the Sahara in Niger abandoned preserves copse carvings that are added than six thousand (6000) years. Also, the paintings and artifacts of the Egyptians, and aboriginal southern crafts which accept abundantly contributed to African art acquisition their places in the age-old times. Artworks in Africa were generally depicted in abstruse forms of animals, bulb life, or accustomed designs and shapes.
In West Africa, the ancient accepted sculptures are from the Nok ability which thrived amid 500 BC and 500 AD in avant-garde Nigeria, with adobe terracotta abstracts about with continued bodies and angular shapes. It is accepted today that actual circuitous assembly techniques of art were developed in sub-Saharan Africa about the 10th century. This includes the ability productions of brownish works of the Igbo Ukwu as able-bodied as the terracottas and metal works of Ile-Ife which was bizarre with ivory and adored stones are examples of the appreciative aesthetic ancestry of Africans.
We cannot dissuade these admirable celebrated accounts of which we accept beheld proofs of the works and aboveboard say that African Art has no history. It has not just a history but a rich, colourful and continued continuing aesthetic cultural history.
The abstraction of art history is abundantly disconnected into two by art historians. These cover belief the history in abreast appearance or in timelines. The abreast elements access to the abstraction of African art includes searching at the history in the ablaze of some capacity or topics. Some of the capacity as carve of Africa, Adinkra bolt assembly by Ghanaians etc. Others cover abstracts for production, countries, etc. The columnist wish to yield assert that there are histories of some of the beheld artforms such as Adinkra cloth, Kente, copse carvings and goldweights produced a part of the Asante indigenous association in Ghana.
African art has a continued continuing history which accept to be acknowledged. As Art historians, art critics and authors, we accept to address and almanac the admirable creations of Africa. There is the burning charge now for art critics and historians in Africa and Ghana abnormally to almanac the amazing works of art of today’s abreast African artists to accomplish them accessible for our forebears. Adulteration of our actual traditions would gradually mar our character as a people. African art has a history and we accept to preserve, advance and address this actual heritage. If art educators, class planners etc. accomplish the teaching of our affluent cultural African art attitude a priority, we will be able to bear our affluent African art attitude and abundantly acrylic it on the world’s better canvas of art history.