Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas : Selected Readings

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This collection of 24 recent, in-depth articles by noted international, ethnographic art historians and anthropologists is divided into six topical sections-Aesthetic Systems, The Artist as Individual, Art and Social Structure, Passages, Shelter as Symbol, and Continuity and Change in Fourth World Arts- each with its own introductory essay. The authors careful editing provides a well-balanced selection of artistic traditions from sub-Saharan Africa, the South Pacific, and the Native New World that covers a full spectrum of media from historical tradition to contemporary performance arts.
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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Pearson
  • Englewood Cliffs, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0137562306
  • 9780137562305

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I. AESTHETIC SYSTEMS: Knowledge, Beauty, and Power. 1. Arnold Rubin,Accumulation: Power and Display in African Sculpture. 2. Robert F. Thompson,An Aesthetic of the Cool. 3. Adrienne L. Kaeppler,Melody, Drone, and Decoration: Underlying Structures and Surface Manifestations in Tongan Art and Society. 4. Barbara Tedlock,The Beautiful and the Dangerous: Zuni Ritual and Cosmology as an Aesthetic System. II. THE ARTIST AS INDIVIDUAL. 5. Susan Vogel,The Buli Master, and Other Hands. 6. Adrian A. Gerbands,Talania and Nake, Master Carver and Apprentice: Two Woodcarvers from the Kilenge. 7. Bill Holm,Will the Real Charles Edensaw Please Stand Up?: The Problem of Attribution in Northwest Coast Indian Art. III. ART AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE. 8. Warren d'Azevedo,Mask Makers and Myth in Western Liberia. 9. Monnie Adams,Kuba Embroidered Cloth. 10. Paula Girshick Ben-Amos,Humans and Animals in Benin Art. 11. Tom Cummins,Kinshape: The Design of Hawaiian Feather Cloak. 12. Stanley Walens,The Weight of My Name Is a Mountain of Blankets: Potlatch Ceremonies. IV. PASSAGES: Arts of Festival, Ritual, and Initiation. 13. Herbert M. Cole,The Art of Festival in Ghana. 14. Anita J. Glaze,Woman Power and Art in Senufo Village. 15. Ruth B. Phillips,Masking in Mende Sande Society Initiation Rituals. 16. Howard Morphy,On Representing Ancestral Beings. 17. Barbara L. Moulard,Form, Function, and Interpretation of Mimbres Ceramic Hemispheric Vessels. V. SHELTER AS SYMBOL: Uses and Meanings of Architectural Space. 18. Suzanne Preston Blier,The Dance of Death: Notes on the Architecture and Staging of Tamberma Funeral Performances. l9. Jerome Feldman,Dutch Galleons and South Nias Palaces. 20. Amos Rapoport,The Pueblo and the Hogan: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Two Response to an Environment. VI. CONTINUITY AND CHANGE IN FOURTH WORLD ARTS. 21. John Nunley,Purity and Pollution in Freetown Masked Performances. 22. J. C. H. King,Tradition in Native American Art. 23. Marsha Clift Bol,Lakota Beaded Costumes of the Early Reservation Era. 24. Edwin L. Wade,Straddling the Cultural Fence: The Conflict for Ethnic Artists within Pueblo Societies. Index.
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