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Possessions : indigenous art/colonial culture / Nicholas Thomas. (1999)

Authors: Thomas, Nicholas, 1928-, ((author.)), Juan Davila collection.
Publisher:London : Thames & Hudson,
  • There are 97 copies of this book in other libraries
  • and 94 copies of this specific edition.
Also Titled:
  • Indigenous art, colonial culture
  • Thomas, Nicholas, 1928-, (author.)
  • ©1999
Content Types:
  • text
Carrier Types:
  • volume
Physical Description:
  • 304 pages : 183 illustrations (20 color) ; 24 cm.
  • Interplay : arts, history, theory
  • Interplay : arts, history, theory
  • Interplay (New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson)
  • Interplay (New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson)
  • "Tribal art has been one of the great inspirations for twentieth-century Western artists. Picasso, Matisse, Ernst and Brancusi responded in unforgettable ways to masks, sculpture, and other forms of indigenous African, Oceanic and American art. The politics of this relationship have long been a matter of contention: is it a cross-cultural discovery to be celebrated, or just one more example of Western colonial appropriation?"--BOOK JACKET.
  • "This book focuses on the distinctive situation of the settler society - countries in which large numbers of Europeans made their home, displacing, outnumbering, but never entirely eclipsing native peoples. In this dynamic of dispossession and resistance, settler artists and designers have drawn on indigenous motifs and styles in their search for national distinctiveness. Yet powerful indigenous art traditions have also been used to assert the presence of native peoples and their prior claim to sovereignty. Cultural exchange proves to be a two-way process, and an unpredictable one: much contemporary indigenous art draws on modern Western art, while affirming ancestral values and rejecting the European appropriation of tribal culture."--BOOK JACKET.
  • Ch. 1. Beginnings
  • Ch. 2. Landscapes: Possession and Dispossession
  • Ch. 3. Objects: Indigenous Signs in Colonial Design
  • Ch. 4. Artworks: Indigenous Signs in Colonial Art
  • Ch. 5. Presences: Indigenous Landscapes, Artworks and Exhibitions
  • Ch. 6. Hierarchies: From Traditional to Contemporary
  • Ch. 7. Situations: Indigenous Art in Public Culture
  • Ch. 8. Identities: Diasporas, Nations and Transactions
  • Ch. 9. Endings.
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  • Aboriginal content.
  • Torres content.
  • Frontispiece: Roads meeting /​ Rover Thomas.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 282-298) and index.
  • English
  • 0500280975 (pbk.)
Dewey Number:
  • 700.994
Libraries Australia ID:
  • 14597338
  • 14597338
Contributed by:
  • Libraries Australia

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