Arts of the Pacific Islands

ISBN-10: 0300164122
ISBN-13: 9780300164121
Edition: 2010
Authors: Anne D'Alleva
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Description: In this comprehensive survey of the art of the Pacific Islands, including the Melanesian, Polynesian, Micronesian, and New Guinean traditions, author Anne D'Alleva explains the significance of these artworks by contextualizing them within each  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

In this comprehensive survey of the art of the Pacific Islands, including the Melanesian, Polynesian, Micronesian, and New Guinean traditions, author Anne D'Alleva explains the significance of these artworks by contextualizing them within each island's unique culture and practices. In the process, D'Alleva examines the biases of both artists and Western viewers, telling an important history of both people and ideas through a detailed analysis of sculpture, paintings, textiles, dance, jewelry, and architecture. As these nations faced alternating periods of isolation, colonization, and contact with each other and the West, their forms of art were drastically altered to incorporate foreign influences and to develop autonomous identities and cultural independence. Therefore, their artistic practices explore the inherent tension between tradition and modernity within these communities. Ranging from the prehistoric period to the modern era, and accompanied by a timeline, bibliography, and glossary of terms, this book raises important questions for continued debate and study of the art of the Pacific Rim.

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