Compression vs. Expression: Containing and Explaining the World's Art

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With essays by Cao Yiqiang, Rita Eder, James Elkins, Arlene K. Fleming, Derek Gillman, Jyotindra Jain, Cecelia F. Klein, Yves Le Fur, Dominic Marner, Anitra Nettleton, John Onians, Edmund P. Pillsbury, Michael Rinehart, David Summers, Wilfried van Damme, and Georges S. Zouain
How do we do justice to art when we treat it not as a discrete European or other regional tradition, but as a worldwide phenomenon with a long history? In this groundbreaking book, leading academics, curators, bibliographers, and representatives of international organizations from every continent explain the ways they deal with the conflict between the need to compress and the desire to express. Anyone who faces this challenge, whether in developing a course at university or school, writing a textbook, installing a museum collection, mounting an exhibition, or otherwise presenting the world’s cultural heritage will want to read it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300097900
  • Publisher: Clark, Sterling & Francine Art Institute
  • Publication date: 6/11/2005
  • Series: Clark Studies in the Visual Arts
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Onians is professor and director of the World Art Research Programme in the School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia and former director of Research and Academic Programs at the Clark Art Institute.
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Table of Contents

The museum dilemma : conservation vs. interpretation 3
Displaced objects on display 6
Objects and exhibits - mutating identities : the case of India 11
Around the fourth world in seventy days : art history and the colonized other 21
Shaking off the shackles : from apartheid to African renaissance in the history of art syllabi 39
Per non lasciar queste carte vote 59
Museum publications : history, bibliography, iconography 66
Legal conventions and the construction of heritage 82
World heritage, art, and economics : the world heritage convention in the light of economic theory 94
Cultural perspectives in a multicultural world : the World Bank invests in historic urban enclaves 111
Eternal Mexico : between nationalism and globalization 120
Anxiety and expedience : Chinese art history seen in the context of world art 139
World aesthetics : biology, culture, and reflection 151
Writing about modernist painting outside Western Europe and North America 188
World art history and the rise of western modernism, or, goodbye to the visual arts 215
A brief natural history of art 235
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