Winner of the Art Book of the Year Award 2014
A hardback art history title exploring the arts of Oceania in an innovative new way. The title is the product of a remarkable collaboration among a team of anthropologists, art historians and curators (including Lissant Bolton of the British Museum) of both European and Pacific Islands descent.
The arts of Oceania are astonishing: statues, tattoos, carving, woven and painted fabrics, intricately carved weapons, and a bewildering variety of ornaments, ritual objects and utilitarian but beautiful things.
This landmark book breaks new ground by setting the art of Oceania in its full historical context and capturing an up-to-date understanding of the field.
From archaeological findings of prehistoric art to the impact of pre- colonial, colonial and post-colonial historical processes, it explores influences such as migration, trade, missionaries, pacification, tourism, nationalism and contemporary market factors, offering abundant new interpretations and addressing significant gaps in our understanding.
Factors that have been largely neglected until now are covered alongside the familiar themes, including the role of museums, the significance of colonial photography, indigenous modernisms and contemporary Pacific art.
This beautifully illustrated volume will appeal to general readers interested in world art, collectors, university students, scholars and museum professionals in the field.
Peter Brunt is Senior Lecturer in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington.
Nicholas Thomas is Director of the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Sean Mallon is Senior Curator, Pacific Cultures, at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Lissant Bolton is Keeper of the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the British Museum.
Deidre Brown is Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, at the University of Auckland.
Damian Skinner is Curator of Applied Arts & Design at the Auckland Museum and a Newton Fellow at Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Susanne Küchler is Professor of Anthropology at University College London.