Art in Oceania offers great statues, daunting tattoos, dynamic carving, dazzling woven and painted fabrics, intricately carved weapons, and a bewildering variety of ornaments, ritual objects, and utilitarian but beautiful everyday items -astonishing in both visual beauty and historical intrigue.
This landmark book breaks new ground by setting the art of Oceania in its full historical context and capturing an up-to-date understanding of the field.
As one of the last regions of the world to be affected by the West, the art of its peoples allow us to understand the rich history of tradition and spirituality in the region, and see the consequences of war, colonialism and tourism on Oceania.
Journey through the archaeological findings of prehistoric art, see the impact of Captain Cook and his colonial contemporaries and understand the influences of migration, trade, missionaries, pacification, tourism, nationalism and contemporary market factors on the pacific nations in this stunning collection of illustration, photography and objects - many of which have rarely been seen nor published.
Factors that have been largely neglected until now, including the role of museums, the significance of colonial photography and indigenous modernisms, are covered alongside the familiar canon. Finally, a focus on contemporary pacific art gives voice to the urban art and popular culture scarcely seen outside Oceania.
‘Features’ and ‘Voices’ boxes throughout provide first-hand accounts of early trade, traditional ceremonies and stories of loss and survival.
This beautifully illustrated volume will appeal to general readers interested in world art, collectors, university students, scholars and museum professionals… and anybody with an interest in the history and stories of our region.
Art in Oceania explodes previous assumptions on Oceanic art – be immersed in stories of:
Cannibals, Maori tattooists and head hunters
Cosmology, tradition and the Birdman Cult