The arts of Oceania are astonishing: 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 things. 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. From archaeological findings of prehistoric art to the impact of pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial historical processes, it explores influences such as migration, trade, missionaries, pacification, tourism, nationalism and contemporary market factors, offering abundant new interpretations and addressing significant gaps in other publications. Factors that have been largely neglected until now, including the role of museums, the significance of colonial photography, indigenous modernisms and contemporary Pacific art, are covered alongside the familiar canon. This beautifully illustrated volume will appeal to general readers interested in world art, collectors, university students, scholars and museum professionals in the field.
About the Author
Peter Brunt is Senior Lecturer in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington. Nicholas Thomas is Director of the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Professor of Historical Anthropology at Cambridge University. Sean Mallon is Senior Curator, Pacific Cultures, at the Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa. Lissant Bolton is Section Head, Oceania, Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, at the British Museum. Deidre Brown is Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, at the University of Auckland. Damian Skinner is a scholar and curator. Susanne Küchler is Professor of Anthropology at University College London.