Oceanic Art (World of Art)

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The dazzling colors and patterns of the art of the Pacific Islands have long entranced Western audiences, including artists such as Gauguin and Picasso. The tendency has been to regard Oceanic art as "primitive," mysterious, shrouded in taboo, but Nicholas Thomas looks beyond the familiar, stunning surfaces of spears and shields, carved canoe prows and feather capes to discover the significance of art, past and present, for the people of the Pacific. He shows how each region is characterized by certain art forms ...
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Overview

The dazzling colors and patterns of the art of the Pacific Islands have long entranced Western audiences, including artists such as Gauguin and Picasso. The tendency has been to regard Oceanic art as "primitive," mysterious, shrouded in taboo, but Nicholas Thomas looks beyond the familiar, stunning surfaces of spears and shields, carved canoe prows and feather capes to discover the significance of art, past and present, for the people of the Pacific. He shows how each region is characterized by certain art forms and practices - among them Maori ancestral carvings, rituals of exchange and warfare in the Solomon Islands, the production of barkcloth by women in Polynesia - even as it is shaped by influences from within the Pacific and beyond. The dynamism and diversity of the art are reflected in the illustrations accompanying this revelatory text, from works that evoke the most deep-rooted customs to those that address contemporary political issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500202814
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 348,591
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Ch. 1 Revelations: Sepik Art 37
Ch. 2 Ancestors and Architecture: Maori Art 59
Ch. 3 The Art of War 79
Ch. 4 The Art of the Body 99
Ch. 5 Maternal Symbolism and Male Cults 115
Ch. 6 Barkcloth, Exchange and Sanctity 131
Ch. 7 Feathers, Divinity and Chiefly Power 151
Ch. 8 Narrative Art and Tourism 165
Ch. 9 National Independence, Indigenous Minorities and Migrants 184
Acknowledgments 209
Bibliography 209
List of Illustrations 211
Index 215
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