Art in Oceania: A New History

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  • 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.

    The Authors

    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.

  • Product code: cmc9780500239018
    World culture: Oceania
    Title: Art in Oceania
    Subtitle: A New History
    Authors: Peter Brunt, Nicholas Thomas, Sean Mellon, Lissant Bolton, Deidre Brown, Damian Skinner, Susan Kuchler
    ISBN: 9780500239018
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 536 pages
    Size: 27.5cm x 23.5cm
    llustrations: 507 illustrations, 412 in colour
    Publication date: First published 2012
    Weight: 1.3kg
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Awarded the 2014 Art Book of the Year Award

A magisterial, nearly encyclopaedic volume on a so far relatively neglected field that is beginning to attract increasing scholarly and popular interest. This one should be on every art lover's bookshelf.
Awrds Committee, Art Book of the Year Award

A brilliant and highly original achievement.
Ruth B. Phillips, Professor of Art History, Carleton University

The collaborative scope is unprecedented...This volume sets a new standard for the cultural history of a complex, dynamic region.
James Clifford, University of California

Extraordinary … the sheer magnitude of knowledge to which this book extends far surpasses any studies conducted previously.
Aesthetica Magazine

Well designed and superbly illustrated…this volume must stand as the authoritative overview of the art of a region of the world that has both a rich history and a lively contemporary art community.
The Burlington Magazine

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