Multcolib Research Picks: Oceanic Art

Art in Oceania
Art in Oceania A New History (Book - 2012 ) 709.95 A7845 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Stunning book of images, that explores the role of history and social change in relation to the art of Oceania, placing the sculpture and other arts in context to ceremonial uses with interviews, photographs and quotations.

Arts of the Pacific Islands
Arts of the Pacific Islands By D'Alleva, Anne (Book - 1998 ) 709.95 D146a 1998 All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:A short book that is a well written account of Oceanic art of past and present. Good color images and a useful chronology of the history of the clusters of islands that comprise Oceania.

Asmat Art
Asmat Art Woodcarvings of Southwest New Guinea (Book - 1999 ) 709.953 A836 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:Fascinating book about the traditional cultural traditions of the Asmat people of New Guinea, for whom all objects, for warfare or domestic life, are named for ancestors. "Traditionally, the cultural life of the village followed a continuous cycle of warfare, and bloody raids were periodically necessary to replenish the spiritual energy of the community. The woodcarver's art, too, played a very important role in this cycle." - from the Introduction.

Carved Histories
Carved Histories Rotorua Ngati Tarawhai Woodcarving By Neich, Roger (Book - 2001 ) 736.4 N397c 2001 In-library use only at this time in some locations
Island Ancestors
Island Ancestors Oceanic Art From the Masco Collection By Wardwell, Allen (Book - 1994 ) 709.9 W266i Available in some locations

Annotation:The author has written an introduction to the history of Oceanic cultures that within a few pages is an excellent history of the interweaving threads of traditions and change in forms of art. The primary organization of the book, however, shows a large, color illustration of a sculpture with a description of how it was made, symbolism, and uses.

Islands and Ancestors
Islands and Ancestors Indigenous Styles of Southeast Asia (Book - 1988 ) 704.0395 I82 Available in some locations

Annotation:Catalog of sculptures, musical instruments, masks, and tools, created for ceremonies and depicting human forms in a wide array of dramatic imagery.

James Cook
James Cook Gifts and Treasures From the South Seas : the Cook/Forster Collection, Gottingen = Gaben Und Schatze Aus Der Sudsee : Die Gottinger Sammlung Cook/Forster (Book - 1998 ) 709.9 J27 1998 Available in some locations

Annotation:Accounts of Cook's travels in the South Pacific, circa 1769, illustrated with engravings of the voyages and maps published during that era.

Pacific Art in Detail
Pacific Art in Detail By Newell, Jennifer (Book - 2011 ) 709.95 N545p 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Close-up photography of historic artifacts and contemporary art of the South Pacific, that is useful for anyone interested in learning more about the designs carved into wood, or integrated into textiles.

The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia
The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia By Kaeppler, Adrienne Lois (Book - 2008 ) 709.96 K11p 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Definition of art: "We treat our artworks as people because many of them represent our ancestors who for us are real persons....They are anchor points in our genealogies and in our history. Without them we have no position in society and we have no social reality. We form with them the social universe of Maoridom." - Sidney Moko Mead, p. 57.

Ritual Arts of Oceania, New Ireland
Ritual Arts of Oceania, New Ireland In the Collections of the Barbier-Mueller Museum By Musée Barbier-Mueller (Book - 1997 ) 709.9 M986r 1997 Available in some locations

Annotation:Catalog of a museum collection, consisting of photography of village rituals, dance, sculpture and creators of these works. Dramatic photography of the fascinating and complex art of Oceania.

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"The people of the Pacific have always created powerful things. Carvings, textiles and architecture, as well as dance, oratory and other performing arts, are all visually potent and have often been about managing the flow of power through people and the land." - from Pacific Art in Detail by Jenny Newell. This reading list is a selection of books from Central Library that chronicle the history, symbolism and use in ritual of these fascinating art works.

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