Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia

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Synopsis: In collaboration with a major exhibition of Aboriginal art, this book provides a complete study of the role of the Aboriginal artist and his work in a traditional context, and the adaption and evolution of that work in response to outside contact and interest.

From Library Journal: Lavishly illustrated and beautifully produced, these oversized volumes marking Australia's bicentennial both highlight Australian scholarship and introduce Western audiences to the history of an intriguing art and culture that link the present with humankind's origins. All three books offer authoritative essays discussing form, media, style, meaning, and significance as well as the cultural, economic, and political context of producing art. And all three share a respectful approach toward the aborigines, whose nonmaterialist culture produced a rich aesthetic integrating artistic, spiritual, social, and intellectual systems. Dreamings , an exhibition catalog published jointly by The Asia Society Galleries and the South Australia museum, explores aboriginal art forms based on a belief in the "Dreaming" or "Dreamtime." This spiritual event, infusing the present as well as the past, dates from a time when Ancestral Beings roamed the world and shaped the formless landscape into the distinctive plant and animal life of the isolated continents. Imagery in bark paintings, sculpture, shields, and acrylics shows where aborigines have lived and traveled and how they have experienced the Beings. The Art of the First Fleet , published in association with the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the British Museum (Natural History), reproduces the original visual materials created during the first decade of the British settlement of New South Wales, as rendered by three members of the Sirius, one of the original 11 British ships that explored Australia in 1788. These materials have aesthetic, historical, and taxonomic importance. They are the first European depictions of Australian aborigines, and as the earliest drawings of certain plants, birds, mammals, and fishes, they established the formal description and naming of the flora and fauna. Baudin in Australian Waters similarly describes the works of two artists, C.A. Lesueur and N.M. Petit, who sailed with Capt. Nicolas Baudin's French voyage in 1800-04 and pictorially recorded the expedition's scientific endeavors and the changes in environment wrought by colonial development. This illustrated catalog of drawings and watercolors of native subjects (found in the Lesueur Collection at the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, Le Havre, France) combines scientific detail, accuracy, and design values. It is fascinating to compare contemporary British and French depictions of the same subject. Recommended as important resources for Australian art, culture, and history. Robin Kaplan, The Information Group, Los Angeles
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Book Description Victoria Australia etc~.1989. Viking / Penguin Group Australia / Published In Association With The Asia Society Galleries New York., 1989. black gilt lettered cloth hardbound folio ~ 2º. very large ("coffee table" size book), international or priority shipping will cost extra. dustwrapper in protective plastic book jacket cover. fine cond. binding square & tight. covers clean. edges clean. small scratchy spot on front flyleaf, otherwise contents free of all markings. dustwrapper in fine cond. not worn or torn or price clipped. nice clean copy. no library markings, store stamps, stickers, bookplates, no names, inking , underlining, remainder markings etc ~ looks new. like new. fourth printing ( # 4 in # line). ~ Please Note: book is larger than scanner so the photos are a bit cropped. xiii+266p. 4 b&w maps. 260 figures including over 150 full glossy full color. catalogue. biographies of the artists. notes. references. index. acknowledgments. photo & collection credits. art history. history of australia. religion. cosmology. mythology. folklore. dreamtime. ~ DREAMINGS: THE ART OF ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA introduces the reader to the extraordinary and arresting art practised by a unique people. Through illuminating narrative and with over 150 full colour illustrations, this book reveals a culture which is among the most ancient known, yet one whose artistic vitality is remarkable. In both traditional and more recently introduced media, Aboriginal artists evoke their beliefs about the universe and their relationships with places, animals, plants and other people. Why they do this, and what their art and beliefs mean in today's world, are in part the subject of this book. With insight and clarity, the authors describe the key concept of the 'Dreaming', which is the foundation of traditional Aboriginal thought. In classical Aboriginal culture the Dreaming is the underlying, power~filled ground of reality. It is also History, because it was in the Dreaming, Which is a time out of time, that Ancestral Beings moved about, forming the landscape and creating the plants, animals and peoples of the known world. Images of these Beings, of where they travelled and lived and of their experiences, make up the greatest single source of imagery in Aboriginal art. These Beings are the Dreamings. Dr Sutton and his colleagues examine not only the religious basis of much of the art, but also the aesthetic system and stylistic patterns the works reveal. Non~Aboriginal responses to Aboriginal art over two hundred years are analysed, and for the first time a history of studies of Aboriginal art is presented. A chapter focused on the production of acrylic paintings in the Western Desert area of Central Australia is also a unique feature of this treatment. The art presented in this book has been carefully selected to illustrate the key ideas around which the discussion revolves. The works include acrylic paintings from Central Australia, bark paintings from Arnhem Land, sculptures from Cape York Peninsula and the Lake Eyre region, as well as a variety of works from the far west and south~east of the continent. Important innovations have recently occurred in style, colour, media and iconography emphasizing more than ever the persistent vitality of Aboriginal art. In being introduced to the art of Aboriginal Australia the reader will see something of the timeless value of the oldest continuous art tradition in the world. With contributions by: Peter Sutton, Christopher Anderson, Philip Jones, Francoise Dussart, Steven Hemming. Bookseller Inventory # 3311501

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