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Bicycle Decoration and Everyday Aesthetics in Northern Nigeria

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Renne, Elisha, and D.S. Usman. 1999. "Bicycle Decoration and Everyday Aesthetics in Northern Nigeria." African Arts, 32(2): 46-51.

Through a consideration of everyday things such as bicycles and their decoration in Northern Nigeria, Renne and Usman examine what John Dewey describes as the "continuity between the refined and intensified forms of experience that are works of art and the everyday events, doings, and sufferings." In Northern Nigeria, so-called traditional art and the embellishment of everyday objects are informed by a common aesthetic sensibility.

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