Selected Publications

Yoruba Art and Language: Seeking the African in African Art, Cambridge: Cambridge University University Press, 2014

"Yoruba in Nigeria and Diaspora" in Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Joanne B. Eicher and Doran H. Ross, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010

Cloth Only Wears to Shreds: Yoruba Textiles and Photographs from the Beier Collection. Co-authored with Ulli Beier and John Pemberton III, Amherst College: Mead Art Museum, 2004.

What Follows Six is More than Seven: Understanding African Art. London: British Museum Press, 1995.

The Yoruba Artist: New Theoretical Perspectives on African Arts. Co-edited with H. J. Drewal and John Pemberton III Washington, DC.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994

Yoruba Art and Aesthetics. Co-authored with H.J. Drewal and John Pemberton III. Zurich: Reitberg Museum. 1991

Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought. With H.J. Drewal and John Pemberton III, New York: Center for African Art and Harry N. Abrams Inc. 1989.

Fifteen Years of Iwalewa Haus; Its Philosophy, Directions, and Accomplishments, Bayreuth: Iwalewa Haus, University of Bayreuth, W. Germany, 1996. (Monograph).

“Hidden Power: Osun, the Seventeenth Odu,” in Osun Across the Waters, eds. J. M. Murphy and M. Sanford, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001:10-33.

Preface, A History of Art in Africa, New York: Prentice Hall, Inc. and Harry Abrams, Inc. 2000

“Riding the Horse of Praise: The Mounted Figure Motif in Ifa Divination Sculpture,” in Insight and Artistry in African Divination, ed. John Pemberton III, Washington, DC . & London : 2000.

“The Dichotomy of Theory and Practice in Blocker's The Aesthetics of Primitive Art,The Journal of Aesthetic Education, 29, 3, 1995: 38-44.

“The Future of African Art Studies: An African Perspective,” in African Art Studies: The State of the Discipline, Washington, DC : Smithsonian Institution Press. 1990.

"Der Begriff des Iwa in der Yoruba-Aesthetik," Tendenzen, NR 146, 1984:62-68.

“Verbal and Visual Metaphors: Mythical Allusions in Yoruba Ritualistic Art of Ori,” Word and Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Inquiry, 3, 3, 1987: 252-270.