Art Beyond the West: The Arts of Africa, India and Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea, the Pacific, and the Americas

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"In this survey of the arts of Africa, India and Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea, the Pacific, and the Americas, Michael Kampen O'Riley presents the vast and fascinating range of arts that lie outside the Western tradition. Within a predominantly geographic and chronological framework, he explores the arts of these areas from the beginnings of civilization to the present day." As early as the Renaissance, European collectors were enjoying "exotic" pieces from Asia, Africa and the Americas. But it was not until the eighteenth and nineteenth
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"In this survey of the arts of Africa, India and Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea, the Pacific, and the Americas, Michael Kampen O'Riley presents the vast and fascinating range of arts that lie outside the Western tradition. Within a predominantly geographic and chronological framework, he explores the arts of these areas from the beginnings of civilization to the present day." As early as the Renaissance, European collectors were enjoying "exotic" pieces from Asia, Africa and the Americas. But it was not until the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that Europeans began to pay serious attention to the spectacular art and architecture they found abroad. With the accumulation of knowledge, each of these arts began to be recognized and appreciated in its own terms. Using maps, time charts, and a wide selection of famous and lesser known images, the author charts this growing awareness region by region, analyzing individual art works within their cultural contexts. The book's final chapter focuses on the increasing interrelation between all these cultures during the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. The effects of postcolonialism, postmodernism, and internationalism are acknowledged as instrumental in the creation of new hybrid art forms that draw their inspiration both from specific cultural traditions and the contemporary world at large.
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Pulling from art history, anthropology, and religious studies, dedicated educator O'Riley has attempted to encapsulate the entirety of non-Western art in one volume, which is no small task. Chapters jam-packed with information range over Africa, India, Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea, the Americas, and the Pacific and consider such issues as post- and intercolonialism and postmodernism. An extensive glossary, a basic bibliography, and a useful index help organize the material. Throughout, supplementary material is presented in block form to give background information or present alternate ideas or ways of thinking. The book is as complete as a single volume on this topic can be and would serve as a sturdy jumping-off point for further study in a specific non-Western field. But while the publisher claims that this is "the only one-volume overview of the subject available today," Lynn MacKenzie attempted the same thing in Non-Western Art: A Brief Guide (Prentice-Hall, 1995). Still, O'Riley's book offers more coverage and is a bit more detailed. Recommended for public libraries and art history, cultural studies, or anthropology collections. Nadine Dalton Speidel, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131833609
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 1.32 (d)

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