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Oceania / edited by Peter Brunt and Nicholas Thomas
Bib ID 8050271
Format BookBook [still image, text, volume]
Description London : Royal Academy of Arts, 2018 
327 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm 
ISBN 9781910350508 (paperback)
1910350508 (paperback)
9781910350492 (hardback)
1910350494 (hardback)

From the remote shores of Rapa Nui to the dense rainforest of Papua New Guinea, the islands of the Pacific are home to some of the most culturally diverse populations on the planet. The region embraces an extraordinary range of art forms, from delicate shell ornaments to spectacularly decorated canoes and meeting houses. These have fascinated outsiders since the exploratory voyages of Captain Cook, the first of which commenced 250 years ago in 1768, and went on to entrance Gauguin and a host of other European artists. This volume accompanies a major survey in London and Paris of art from Oceania. It brings together the most up-to-date scholarship by the leading experts in the field, encompassing a dazzling array of objects from the region, including many that have never been published before. Also included are many works that have historically been overlooked, such as painted and woven textiles, elaborate wicker assemblages and expressively sculpted vessels, alongside works by artists working in Oceania today. Objects of great aesthetic beauty, these artworks are the product of a complex web of social, mythological and historical influences. Exhibition: Royal Academy of Arts, London, GB (29.09.-10.12.2018) / Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France (12.03. - 07.07.2019).

"Encompassing thousands of islands from the remote shores of Rapa Nui to the dense rainforest of Papua New Guinea, Oceania is one of the world's most extraordinary and diverse regions. This book, accompanying the spectacular exhibition at the Royal Academy opening this September, showcases Oceanic art and the subsequent migrations of people, cultures and objects from the Pacific around the world, from the unrivalled navigational feats of the first settlers who traversed the open ocean in wooden canoes to the explorations of Captain Cook 250 years ago. Bringing together the most up-to-date scholarship by experts in the field, this book presents Oceania through the eyes of its own people - artists, poets and photographers - who explore the legacy of the past and the future of a world and way of life threatened by a changing climate. Featuring over 300 colour illustrations, and text from Peter Brunt, Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington; Nicholas Thomas, Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge; Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu, Emmanuel Kasarhérou, Deputy Director of the Department of the Department of Heritage and Collections at Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, Paris; Sean Mallon, Senior Curator of Pacific Cultures at the Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; Michael Mel, Manager for Pacific and International Collections at the Australian Museum, Sydney; and Dame Anne Salmond DBE, Professor of Maori Studies at the University of Auckland."--Royal Academy of Arts website (accessed 26/10/2018).

Full contents
  • Oceania Redux
  • 1. Reimagining the Ocean / Anne Salmond
  • 2. Architecture, the Seasons and Rituals in the Land of the Kanaks / Emmanuel Kasarhérou
  • 3. Museums, Collections, Colonialism, and the Gift: A Dialogue / Peter Brunt, Nicholas Thomas, Sean Mallon and Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu
  • 4. Performance and the Body / Michael Mel
  • Catalogue Plates
  • I. Voyaging and Navigation
  • II. Making Place
  • III. The Spirit of the Gift
  • IV. Performance and Ceremony

(From the resource): "First published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Oceania," Royal Academy of Arts, London, 29 September - 10 December 2018, Musée du quai Branly, Jacques Chirac, Paris, 12 March - 7 July 2019."

Includes bibliographic references (pages 314-319) and index.

Text in English.

Subjects Art -- Oceania -- Exhibitions.  |  Ethnology -- Oceania.  |  Art -- Oceania -- Catalogs.  |  Art, Primitive -- Exhibitions.  |  Toi Māori.  |  Ethnology.  |  Art.  |  Oceania.  |  Art.  |  Art - Oceania - Exhibitions.  |  Toi Māori.  |  Art - Oceania - Catalogs.  |  Ethnology.  |  Ethnology - Oceania.  |  Oceania.
Form/genre Essays.  |  Illustrated works.  |  Exhibition catalogs.  |  Exhibition catalogs.  |  Catalogs.
Place United Kingdom England London
Other authors/contributors Brunt, Peter William, 1955- editor  |  Thomas, Nicholas, 1960- editor  |  Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain), issuing body


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