Splendid Isolation: Art of Easter Islandby Eric Kjellgren, Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Jo Anne Tilburg, Jo Anne Van Tilburg
Few Pacific islands hold as prominent a place in the Western imagination as Easter Island. The most remote inhabited place on earth, Easter Island is home to the Rapa Nui, a Polynesian people who developed a unique series of artistic traditions. While the island is renowned for the colossal stone figures that adorned its temples, much of its art remains unfamiliar to wider audiences. This book examines the island’s diverse artistic heritage and presents and discusses more than fifty works, ranging from robust stone images to refined wooden sculpture, rare barkcloth figures, and examples of rongorongo, the island’s unique and undeciphered script.
Author Biography: Eric Kjellgren, curator of the exhibition, is Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Assistant Curator for Oceanic Art in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jo Anne Van Tilburg is Research Associate at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, and Director of the Easter Island Statue Project. Adrienne Kaeppler is Curator of Oceanic Ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution.
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