Aboriginal and Australian Art
3rd Edition Paperback ISBN: 0500204160
A superlative introduction to the diversity of Aboriginal art, thisconcise survey introduces the work of Australia’s indigenous artistsfrom all parts of the continent. For some 50,000 years, Aboriginalartists have built on traditions and worked in a variety of contexts,from the sacred and secret realm of ceremony to more public spheres,and in media that include painting, sculpture, engraving, constructions,weaving, photography, printmaking, and textile design.For the revised edition, a new chapter maps the latest developmentsacross each of Australia’s geographical regions. Updated information andsome twenty new illustrations highlight the impact of urban living, thegrowth of local art centers, and the rise of women artists—all testifyingto Aboriginal art’s continued dynamism and vitality.Wally Caruana was Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres StraitIslander Art at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, from 1984to 2001.
Aboriginal Australian Art
Paperback ISBN: 1876334029
Art in Australia
From Colonization to Postmodernism
Paperback ISBN: 0500203016
Does Australian art have a history or is it just a series of belated footnotes to European and American artistic development in the last two centuries? Does it always express some essential "Australian sensibility"? Christopher Allen's book argues that Australian art does have a history of its own from the beginning, not because of an inherent "Australianness," but because of the objective conditions of a society transplanted to a remote and strange place. Artists brought with them current European styles, but everything acquired a subtly different meaning in this new setting, as old resources were applied to new problems. The starting point of Australian art history, as of Australian history in general, is the question of inhabiting a new continent. From the colonist trying to form an image of home in a foreign landscape to the postmodernist discovering in Australia the epitome of a homeless condition, it has rarely been absent from the most important art.
The Art of Tiki
Hardcover ISBN: 0867198672
The Art of Tiki is a passionate study of the Tiki idol as an art form. For the first time, contemporary Tiki art is united and presented equally with what inspired it, original mid-century Polynesian pop. Author Sven Kirsten combines his first-hand experiences in exploring the birth of Tiki style with his intimate knowledge of the Tiki Revival, painting a vivid, visually arresting portrait of a unique, always new art genre.The Art of Tiki is published in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary Tiki Art Exhibition at La luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.
The Vatican Museums Indigenous Collection
Paperback ISBN: 888271411x
From the ancient Etruscans and Romans, to the Renaissance masters of Michelangelo and Raphael, the Vatican Museums represent an aspect of the history of humanity through art. The Indigenous Australian collection is a little known and an unexplored part of that story. Being amongst some of the earliest known documentations of Australian Indigenous cultures, the collection includes the earliest extant set of Pukumani poles from Melville and Bathurst Islands alongside more recent contributions of artworks and cultural objects, and presents materials that have not been exhibited before in Australia. The responsibility to culturally reconnect relevant contemporary Indigenous communities to their material heritage held in the museum has been realized and is documented in this catalog, which includes a catalog of objects, and essays by Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors. During the process of community visits and consultations, images of the objects brought old and young people together, instigating intergenerational dialogue about the past. Now, in collaboration with communities, the Indigenous collection can be seen in this catalogue and is represented at the heart of the Vatican Museums where the objects have become cultural ambassadors inviting others to come and learn more about Australian Indigenous cultures.
The Hard Light of Day
An Artist's Life in the Australian Outback
Hardcover ISBN: 151071720x
A rare glimpse into the Australian heartland and the interactions of black and white Australians through the eyes of an artist. Two years after artist Rod Moss arrived in Alice Springs in Australia’s outback to teach painting, he met an indigenous couple who had set up camp in the gully beside his home. Over the next twenty-five years, his friendship with Xavier and Petrina Neil and the friendships that grew from it with the families of Whitegate, an Arrernte aboriginal camp on the outskirts of town, would nourish and challenge Moss beyond his imagining. The Hard Light of Day offers a rare insight into the reality of life in the Outback, from the contours of the MacDonnell Ranges and the textures and sounds of Arrernte culture, to the endemic violence, alcoholism and ill-health that continue to devastate Aboriginal lives. In recalling the relationships and experiences that have shaped his life and work in Alice Springs, Moss reveals the human face behind the statistics and celebrates the enriching, transformative power of friendship. Illustrated with Moss's evocative paintings and photographs, The Hard Light of Day is an incredible journey into a world that is rarely glimpsed, and an artist's chronicle of the moments that have inspired him.
How Folklore Shaped Modern Art
A Post-Critical History of Aesthetics
Hardcover ISBN: 1138931675
This book addresses key debates about criticality in art by tracing the delimitations between folkloric and fine art production that have affected the modernist, postmodernist and contemporary eras in different ways. It looks at the tendency to equate highly valued art with the portrayal of an underlying critical reality, which, it is argued, is a legacy of Kantian philosophy. It takes a chronological approach to the key debates concerning uncritical cultural production, identifying how a ‘folkloric’ notion of culture has been used as an uncritical ‘other’ in the history of modern and postmodern art. This narration of the fine art/folkloric divide concludes with the claim that art in the contemporary era has undergone a folkloric turn in which postmodern methodologies are accompanied by an overhauled notion of the critical address.
The Long Dream of Waking
New Perspectives on Len Lye
Paperback ISBN: 1927145961
Recognized internationally as one of the twentieth century’s great modernist innovators, New Zealand artist Len Lye is most famous for his avant-garde experimental films and for his astonishing and playful kinetic sculptures. Always fascinated by the interplay of movement and light, this extraordinary artist also expressed himself in photography, drawing, painting and poetry. And thanks to this collection of essays, we too can be drawn into his long dream and come to see his remarkable achievements through fresh eyes.
New Guinea Highlands
Art from the Jolika Collection
Hardcover ISBN: 3791350552
The first major publication on the art of the New Guinea Highlands, this extraordinary volume is destined to become the definitive resource on this little-known region. The Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco consists of thousands of objects and represents hundreds of clans and villages throughout New Guinea. The first book in a projected ten-volume series, this lavishly illustrated volume focuses on the Highlands-a region of rugged mountains, fertile valleys, and a civilization that dates back more than forty thousand years. Here, in more than six hundred pages of rich color, are beautifully crafted masks, shields, headdresses, and ceremonial and personal objects, the majority of which have never before been published or exhibited. Archival and reference photographs, maps of key locations, and authoritative essays by more than a dozen preeminent scholars covering a wide range of subjects, from prehistoric agriculture to body art, make this book a collector's dream.