Primitive Art in Civilized Places / Edition 2

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Overview

What is so "primitive" about primitive art? And how do we dare to use our standards to judge it? Drawing on an intriguing mixture of sources-including fashion ads and films, her own anthropological research, and even comic strips like Doonesbury—Price explores the cultural arrogance implicit in Westerners' appropriation of non-Western art.

"[Price] presents a literary collage of the Western attitude to other cultures, and in particular to the visual art of the Third and Fourth Worlds. . . . Her book is not about works of 'primitive art' as such, but about the Western construction 'Primitive Art.' It is a critique of Western ignorance and arrogance: ignorance about other cultures and arrogance towards them."—Jeremy Coote, Times Literary Supplement

"The book is infuriating, entertaining, and inspirational, leaving one feeling less able than before to pass judgment on 'known' genres of art, but feeling more confident for that."—Joel Smith, San Francisco Review of Books

"[A] witty, but scholarly, indictment of the whole primitive-art business, from cargo to curator. And because she employs sarcasm as well as pedagogy, Price's book will probably forever deprive the reader of the warm fuzzies he usually gets standing before the display cases at the local ethnographic museum."—Newsweek

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Challenging Western art connoisseurship and cultural interpretation, Price argues for reconsideration of such notions as the anonymity of primitive artists and the idea that that Great Civilizations. She asserts that the Western appropriation of non-Western art is ultimately an act of profound cultural arrogance. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226680675
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,450,367
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Price is the Duane A. and Virginia S. Dittman Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at the College of William and Mary.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Mystique of Connoisseurship 7
2 The Universality Principle 23
3 The Night Side of Man 37
4 Anonymity and Timelessness 56
5 Power Plays 68
6 Objets d'Art and Ethnographic Artifacts 82
7 From Signature to Pedigree 100
8 A Case in Point 108
Afterword 124
Afterword to the Second Edition 127
Notes 139
References Cited 149
Illustration Credits 159
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