Possessions: Indigenous Art/Colonial Culture

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Tribal art has been one of the great inspirations of 20th-century Western art. Europeans such as Picasso, Matisse, Ernst and Brancusi created their own responses to masks, sculpture and other forms of African, Oceanic and American art. But is this a cross-cultural discovery to be celebrated, or just one more example of Western colonial appropriation?

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Nicholas Thomas is Director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University, Canberra.

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As the relationships between colonial powers and indigenous peoples are re-evaluated, the profound influence of the art of Africa, Oceania, and the Native Americas on the development of modern Western art has become a controversial topic. This book provides an in-depth analysis of "primitivism" in Australian and New Zealand art from the early 19th century to the present. In addition, Thomas examines the use of art as a response to the colonial situation in modern works by the Aborigines and Maori. While many of the issues raised by Thomas are insightful and provocative, only a handful of scholars in America will recognize the artists profiled. The text is densely packed with factual details and conceptual analyses, making it accessible primarily to art historians specializing in modern and ethnoart. In addition, the photographic reproductions of the art under discussion are generally of mediocre quality. Recommended for academic art libraries.AEugene C. Burt Seattle
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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