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Art in Oceania : a new history / Peter Brunt ... [et al.]. ; edited by Peter Brunt and Nicholas Thomas, assisted by Stella Ramage
Bib ID 6225699
Format BookBook
Description London : Thames & Hudson, 2012 
536 p. : ill. (some col.), map (some col.) ; 29 cm. 
ISBN 9780500239018

The arts of Oceania are astonishing: great statues, daunting tattoos, dynamic carving, dazzling woven and painted fabrics, intricately carved weapons, and a bewildering variety of ornaments, ritual objects, and utilitarian but beautiful things. This landmark book breaks new ground by setting the art of Oceania in its full historical context and capturing an up-to-date understanding of the field. From archaeological findings of prehistoric art to the impact of pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial historical processes, it explores influences such as migration, trade, missionaries, pacification, tourism, nationalism and contemporary market factors, offering abundant new interpretations and addressing significant gaps in other publications. Factors that have been largely neglected until now, including the role of museums, the significance of colonial photography, indigenous modernisms and contemporary Pacific art, are covered alongside the familiar canon. This beautifully illustrated volume will appeal to general readers interested in world art, collectors, university students, scholars and museum professionals in the field.

Full contents
  • pt. 1. Art in early Oceania. Aesthetic traces : the settlement of Western Oceania / Lissant Bolton
  • After Lapita : voyaging and monumental architecture, c. 900 BC - c. AD 1700 / Deidre Brown and Peter Brunt
  • pt. 2. New Guinea 1700-1940. Art, trade and exchange : new Guinea, 1700-1900 / Nicholas Thomas, Susanne Kuchler and Lissant Bolton
  • Art, war and Pacification : New Guinea, 1840-1940 / Nicholas Thomas and Susanne Kuchler
  • Cosmologies and collections : New Guinea, 1840-1940 / Nicholas Tomas
  • pt. 3. Island Melanesia, 1700-1940. Place, warfare and trade, 1700-1840 / Lissant Bolton
  • Incursions : loss, continuity and adaptation, 1840-1900 / Lissant Bolton
  • Transformations, 1890-1940 / Lissant Bolton
  • pt. 4. Eastern and Northern Oceania, 1700-1940. Political transformations : art and power, 1700-1800 / Deidre Brown

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Art -- Oceania.  |  Indigenous peoples - Pacific.  |  Art.  |  Colonisation.  |  Indigenous peoples - Pacific - Maori.  |  Pacific Islands.  |  New Zealand (NZ)  |  Solomon Islands.  |  Vanuatu.  |  Torres Strait Islands (Qld TSI SC54, SC55-05)  |  Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Other authors/contributors Brunt, Peter William, 1955-


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