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The Myth of Primitivism: Perspectives on Art

Hiller, Susan

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ISBN 10: 0415014816 / ISBN 13: 9780415014816
Published by Routledge, London/New York, 1991
Used Condition: Good Soft cover
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Several corners of first several pages are coffee stained. Otherwise very good condition.355 pgs. Bookseller Inventory # 003405

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Title: The Myth of Primitivism: Perspectives on Art

Publisher: Routledge, London/New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Paperback

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This book explores the fusion of myth, history and geography which leads to ideas of primitivism, and looks at their construction, interpretation and consumption in Western culture. Contextualized by Susan Hiller's introductions to each section, discussions range from the origins of cultural colonialism to eurocentric ideas of primitive societies, including the use of primitive culture in constructing national identities, and the appropriation of primitivist imagery in modernist art. The result is a controversial critique of art theory, practice and politics, and a major enquiry into the history of primitivism and its implications for contemporary culture.

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'This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the wider implications of 20th century, Western art-historical assumptions about the primative other.' - Artscribe

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