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Art in Oceania: A New History


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1. Introduction * 2. Art in Early Oceania * 3. New Guinea 1700-1940 * 4. Island Melanesia, 1700-1940 * 5. Eastern and Northern Oceania, 1700-1940 * 6. Art, War and the End of Empire, 1940-1988 * 7. Art in Oceania Now, 1988-2010 * 8. Epilogue

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A landmark celebration of all aspects of Pacific art and winner of the 2014 Art Book Prize

About the Author

Peter Brunt is Senior Lecturer in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington. Nicholas Thomas is Professor of Historical Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Among his previous books are Oceanic Art in the World of Art series and Islanders: the Pacific in the Age of Empire, which won the Wolfson History Prize in 2010. Sean Mallon is Senior Curator, Pacific Cultures, at Museum of New Zealand's Te Papa Tongarewa. Lissant Bolton is Keeper of the 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 Curator of Applied Arts & Design at the Auckland Museum and a Newton Fellow at Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Susanne Kuchler is Professor of Anthropology at University College London.


'A magisterial, nearly encyclopaedic volume on a so far relatively neglected field that is beginning to attract increasing scholarly and popular interest. This one should be on every art lover's bookshelf' - Loyd Grossman (Judge for the Art Book Prize)
'A brilliant and highly original achievement. Nuanced, multi-disciplinary and fully collaborative in authorship and spirit ... this book will undoubtedly stand as the definitive introduction and reference work on the rich and diverse arts of Pacific peoples for many years to come' - Ruth B. Phillips, Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Art and Culture and Professor of Art History, Carleton University
'Ambitious and brilliantly successful. The collaborative scope is unprecedented. Each chapter is a revelatory essay, filled with astonishing images and evocative quotations ... This volume sets a new standard for the cultural history of a complex, dynamic region' - James Clifford, University of California
'Extraordinary ... the sheer magnitude of knowledge to which this book extends far surpasses any studies conducted previously' - Aesthetics
'Coming from Thames & Hudson it goes without saying that the book is well designed, superbly illustrated, with sufficient footnotes to satisfy even the fastidious reader, a sound bibliography and index ... this volume must stand as the authoritative overview of the art of a region of the world that has both a rich history and a lively contemporary art community' - The Burlington Magazine
'As beautiful in its way as the objects it describes' - Daily Telegraph

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