Oceanic Art

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The first major survey of Oceanic arts to be published in more than thirty years, this comprehensive volume brings together a vast number of important discoveries and the results of several in-depth studies of the subject, both past and present. Building on contemporary research and the most recent theoretical work, it also provides an introduction for the general reader through a series of remarkable texts and 900 illustrations, many never before published. A documentary section about the principal cultural ...
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The first major survey of Oceanic arts to be published in more than thirty years, this comprehensive volume brings together a vast number of important discoveries and the results of several in-depth studies of the subject, both past and present. Building on contemporary research and the most recent theoretical work, it also provides an introduction for the general reader through a series of remarkable texts and 900 illustrations, many never before published. A documentary section about the principal cultural groups of the region provides an essential reference. An excellent map adds further value.
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When art historians in the United States speak of Oceanic Art, the ocean they are referring to is the Pacific. Even narrowing the subject down to one ocean still leaves vast diversity among the thousands of islands found there. Because the average reader has little knowledge of the various cultures of the three main Pacific regionsMelanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesiathe authors spend much of the book attempting to produce a context for the 955 illustrations (260 in color). Although the discussion is clear and free of foggy art jargon, it is aimed at an educated audience acquainted with anthropology. After 403 pages of art criticism and anthropological theory interspersed with magnificent full-page color photos of sculpture and costume, there are 108 pages of small black-and-white photos and then a totally inadequate map, naming only 30 individual islands and skipping many named in the text. The map is particularly unhelpful in the following 100-page section, which gives a capsule history and anthropological overview of each island group in the Pacific with fascinating engravings and early photos dating to the first European contact. Despite the map, this monumental volume will reward researchers looking for specific cultural insights while inspiring more casual readers interested in high-quality images of Pacific art.David McClelland, Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810936935
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 642
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 2.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Polynesia and Micronesia
Prolegomenon to the Study of Polynesian Art 21
The Mythological Charter 39
Sculptural Manifestations of Mythological Charter 61
Sacred Fibers, Feathers, and Inner Barks 83
Propriety, Presentation, and Aesthetics of the Body 105
Micronesian Art 135
Melanesia
Introduction 159
Some Principles of Melanesian Art 161
Why Images? 181
The Image and its Interpretation 217
Artist-Image Maker 247
From Image to Cosmos 275
Content and Form 309
Perceiving Color and Form 339
Art Areas of Melanesia 365
Documentation 405
Map 515
Principal Oceanic Cultural Groups 519
Bibliography 615
Index 627
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