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Pacific Art in Detail

Newell, Jennifer (Book - 2011)
Pacific Art in Detail
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Book Description: Pacific Art in Detail introduces the riches of Oceanic art through astonishing close-up views of rarely seen treasures, allowing behind-the-scenes insight into this vibrant work that no conventional gallery tour affords. Carefully selected pieces from the world-renowned Oceanic collection at the British Museum-by artists employing a wide variety of materials and techniques-illustrate such major themes as the role of artistic creation in land and ocean management, political and spiritual power, and connections to gods and ancestors. Jenny Newell's introduction addresses the question "What is Pacific art?" while short texts place each individual object into its cultural context. Handsome photographs of each complete work are displayed alongside these fine details, to allow for intriguing comparisons between seemingly unrelated objects and media. Evoking the hand and eye of the most accomplished Pacific artists and craft workers, past and present, these details spur the creative imagination and serve as an astute introduction to Oceanic collections in museums around the world.
Authors: Newell, Jennifer
Title: Pacific art in detail
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011
Characteristics: 144 p. :,col. ill., col. map ;,22 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: Jenny Newell
Contents: Preface
What is Pacific art?
Art of the moment
Sea of islands
Gods and spirits
Living with ancestors
Art of power
Art of dance
Art of war
Art of change
Further information
Further reading
Sources of quotations
British Museum press publications
British Museum collections and website
Other Pacific collections
Glossary
British Museum registration numbers
Index
Summary: Book Description: Pacific Art in Detail introduces the riches of Oceanic art through astonishing close-up views of rarely seen treasures, allowing behind-the-scenes insight into this vibrant work that no conventional gallery tour affords. Carefully selected pieces from the world-renowned Oceanic collection at the British Museum-by artists employing a wide variety of materials and techniques-illustrate such major themes as the role of artistic creation in land and ocean management, political and spiritual power, and connections to gods and ancestors. Jenny Newell's introduction addresses the question "What is Pacific art?" while short texts place each individual object into its cultural context. Handsome photographs of each complete work are displayed alongside these fine details, to allow for intriguing comparisons between seemingly unrelated objects and media. Evoking the hand and eye of the most accomplished Pacific artists and craft workers, past and present, these details spur the creative imagination and serve as an astute introduction to Oceanic collections in museums around the world.
ISBN: 9780674055780
0674055780
Branch Call Number: 709.95 N545p 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Art Oceania Art, Pacific Island
Topical Term: Art
Art, Pacific Island
LCCN: 2010051983
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