Publications

2004
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “African Creation Myths as Political Strategy”. African Arts vol 37. no. 1, (2004): , vol 37, no. 1, , pp. 39–45, 94. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Butabu: The Surreal Adobe Architecture of West Africa”. ICON: World Monuments (2004): n. pag. Web. Publisher's Version
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Trading and Transcending Places: A Hybrid, Multiplex Approach to Visual Culture”. Anthropologies of Art. Ed. Mariet Westermann. New Haven: Yale University Press. 2004. Print.
Art of the Senses: Masterpieces from the William and Bertha Teel Collection
Blier, Suzanne Preston. Art of the Senses: Masterpieces from the William and Bertha Teel Collection. Boston: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 2004. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract
How the "unique" look of African art captured the imagination of artists such as Picasso and Stieglitz is well known. But how do art aficionados today see African objects? And how does our view compare to the way in which these objects were seen in Africa? Presenting the William and Bertha Teel Collection for the first time, this book provides a chance to think about how our vision of such objects is shaped by the "ethnographic," "primitive," or "modern" labels that have been applied in the West, and to compare it to how those same works were viewed in their birthplace. Lavish, full-color illustrations of over 100 choice objects combine forces with essays by leading African art specialists Suzanne Preston Blier, Michael Kan, and Edmund B. Gaither, and object descriptions by the collector himself, to provide a thoughtful and visually stimulating examination of these important African forms--as well as of the dynamic relationship among their creators, their original cultural contexts, and the Western viewing public.
2003
Blier, SP. “Tabouret typique”. Sieges d’Afrique Noire du musee Barbier-Mueller . Ed. PB Johannot & JP Barbier-Mueller. Paris: 5 Continents. 2003. Print.
Blier, SP. “Tabouret katake a trois pieds”. Sieges d’Afrique Noire du musee Barbier-Mueller . Ed. PB Johannot & JP Barbier-Mueller. Paris: 5 Continents. 2003. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Fertility: Representing Regeneration in Art”. Arts et Cultures no. 4. (2003): , no. 4., 182-209. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Assemblage: Dahomey Art and the Politics of Dynasty”. Res: Anthropology and Art Vol. 45. (2003): , Vol. 45. , 186 ff. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Trone royal jandeme de style akan”. Sieges d’Afrique Noire du musee Barbier-Mueller. Geneva: Barbier-Mueller and 5 Continents. 2003. Print.
Butabu: Adobe Architecture in West Africa
Blier, Suzanne Preston, and James Morris. Butabu: Adobe Architecture in West Africa. Princeton Architecture Press, 2003. Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Many think that sub-Saharan African architecture is little more than mud huts. Mud, yes--but certainly not huts. Instead, these adobe buildings, many of them enormous, show sublime sculptural beauty, variety, ingenuity, and originality. In the Sahal region of western Africa--Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Ghana, and Burkina Faso--people have been constructing earthen buildings for centuries. But they remain unknown to most of the Western world. Their plastic forms--from simple stairways, to ornamented domes, to complex arches--are highlighted by subtle painting and intricate grillwork. James Morris spent four months photographing these hidden jewels, from the great mosque at Djenne--the largest mud building in the world--to small houses in remote animist communities. Butabu shows these works as both aesthetic treasures and as architecture with contemporary relevance. These are no museum pieces, but rather buildings that continue to be maintained and built, even as they are threatened by the uncertainties of weather and the encroachment of Western technology.
2002
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Les Amazones a la rencontre de l’Occident”. Memoire Colonal: Zoos Humaines. Paris. Editions la Decouverte, 2002. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Nine Contradictions in the New Golden Age of African Art”. African Arts Vol. 35 (2002): n. pag. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Vodun Art, Social History and the Slave Trade”. The Visual Culture Reader . Ed. Nicholas Mirzoeff. London: Routledge, 2002. pp. 323-330. Web. Publisher's Version
2001
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Autobiography and Art History”. Res: Anthropology and Art Vol. 29. (2001): , Vol. 29. , pp. 24-40. Print.
2000
A History of Art in Africa
Blier, Suzanne Preston, et al. A History of Art in Africa. Upper Saddle River, N.J. Prentice Hall, 2000. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “The Woman, the Snake and the Ocean: A Masterpiece of Vodun Sculpture from Southern Benin”. Arts et Cultures 1 (2000): n. pag. Print.
1999
Blier, SP. “Ife, Art of the Early Kingdom”. Encyclopedia Africana. Ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr. & Kwame Anthony Appiah. New York. Perseus Books, 1999. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Benin, Art of the Early Kingdom”. Encyclopedia Africana. Ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr. & Kwame Anthony Appiah. New York: Perseus Books, 1999. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “Dogon Art and Architecture”. Encyclopedia Africana. Ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr. & Kwame Anthony Appiah. New York: Perseus Books, 1999. Print.
Blier, Suzanne Preston. “African Art and Architecture”. Encyclopedia Africana Perseus Books. New York. Ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr. & Kwame Anthony and Appiah. New York: Perseus Books, 1999. Print.

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