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Books > Arts & Architecture > History of art / art & design styles > Art styles not limited by date > Art of indigenous peoples

Art Quantum - The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, 2009 (Paperback): James H. Nottage Art Quantum - The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, 2009 (Paperback)
James H. Nottage
R661 R559 Discovery Miles 5 590 Save R102 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

While blood quantum laws have been used to determine an individual's inclusion in a Native group, Eiteljorg fellowship artists have instead come to view themselves as belonging to the "Art Tribe," through the universal process of art creation and collaboration. Art Quantum presents a selection of the extraordinary work created by the five artists selected for the 2009 Eiteljorg Fellowship. In his essay on the long career of Edward Poitras (Gordon First Nation), Alfred Young Man (Cree) places Poitras's installations in the context of Metis and Indian identity as well as the White art establishment in Canada. Gail Tremblay (Onondaga / Micmac) illuminates the work of Jim Denomie (Ojibwa), reading his narrative paintings and intimately scaled portraits through their complex and humorous references to history, art history, and current events. Jimmie Durham (Cherokee) uses the analogy of music to explore the language of abstraction in sculptural and two-dimensional works by Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band of Choctaw / Cherokee), while the subtle and often monochromatic sculptural installations of Faye HeavyShield (Kainai-Blood) are sensitively interpreted by Lee-Ann Martin (Mohawk). The volume closes with Polly Nordstrand's (Hopi / Norwegian) reflection on the themes of longing/not belonging and placement/displacement that Wendy Red Star (Crow) documents in her photographs and appliqued dance shawls. It is the goal of the Eiteljorg Fellowship to be a starting point and a platform for exploration of Native identity and artistic expression beyond the concepts of blood quantum laws. Essays by James Nottage, Jennifer Complo McNutt, Ashley Holland (Cherokee), and Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche) help to situate the larger issue of Native identity in the contemporary art world.

The Arts of Kingship - Hawaiian Art and National Culture of the Kalakaua Era (Hardcover, New): Stacy L. Kamehiro The Arts of Kingship - Hawaiian Art and National Culture of the Kalakaua Era (Hardcover, New)
Stacy L. Kamehiro
R1,761 R1,572 Discovery Miles 15 720 Save R189 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The Arts of Kingship" offers a sustained and detailed account of Hawaiian public art and architecture during the reign of David Kalakaua, the nativist and cosmopolitan ruler of the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1874 to 1891. Stacy Kamehiro provides visual and historical analysis of four key monuments - Kalakaua's coronation and regalia, the King Kamehameha Statue, 'Iolani Palace, and the Hawaiian National Museum - drawing them together in a common historical, political, and cultural frame. Each articulated Hawaiian national identities and navigated the turbulence of colonialism in distinctive ways and has endured as a key cultural symbol.These cultural projects were part of the monarchy's concerted effort to promote a national culture in the face of colonial pressures, internal political divisions, and declining social conditions for Native Hawaiians, which, in combination, posed serious threats to the survival of the nation. Kamehiro interprets the images, spaces, and institutions as articulations of the complex cultural entanglements and creative engagement with international communities that occur with prolonged colonial contact. Nineteenth-century Hawaiian sovereigns celebrated Native tradition, history, and modernity by intertwining indigenous conceptions of superior chiefly leadership with the apparati and symbols of Asian, American, and European rule.

Rock Art of the Caribbean (Paperback): Michele H. Hayward, Lesley-Gail Atkinson, Michael A. Cinquino Rock Art of the Caribbean (Paperback)
Michele H. Hayward, Lesley-Gail Atkinson, Michael A. Cinquino
R1,056 R768 Discovery Miles 7 680 Save R288 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This compilation, by an international grouping of scholars, focuses on the nature of Caribbean rock art or rock graphics and makes clear the region's substantial and distinctive rock art tradition. Thorough and comparative, it includes data on the history of rock graphic research, the nature of the assemblages (image numbers, types, locations), and the legal, conservation, and research status of the image sites. Chapters on these topics cover research on the islands of Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Aruba, and Bonaire.The prehispanic rock art and other ceremonial structures and artifacts, along with enthnohistorical accounts of the region at Contact, projected backward in time, all point to an active ritual and ceremonial life involving commoners, religious specialists, and elites in differing and interconnected roles and for diverse purposes. The selective use of common rock graphic design and physical elements can be seen in the distribution and execution of the carved and painted images. Pecked, ground, abraded, and scratched petroglyphs, along with pictographs done frequently in red, black, white, and orange hues are found on a range of rock surfaces including limestones, granites, diorites, and andesites.Caves/rock shelters and rock formations associated with water sources (water ways, pools, ocean) account for the two most common locations, followed by ball court sites, inland rock outcroppings and beach rock. In addition to specific area presentations, the work includes a review of recent advances in Caribbean rock graphic studies including dating and interpretative models; the application of a new documentation method and resulting computer manipulation advantages; a conservation project in Jamaica that has implications for the preservation and interpretation of the site; and, a proposed dating sequence for the Lesser Antillean Windward Islands.

The Indian Craze - Primitivism, Modernism, and Transculturation in American Art, 1890-1915 (Hardcover): Elizabeth Hutchinson The Indian Craze - Primitivism, Modernism, and Transculturation in American Art, 1890-1915 (Hardcover)
Elizabeth Hutchinson
R2,446 R1,948 Discovery Miles 19 480 Save R498 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the early twentieth century, Native American baskets, blankets, and bowls could be purchased from department stores, "Indian stores," dealers, and the U.S. government's Indian schools. Men and women across the United States indulged in a widespread passion for collecting Native American art, which they displayed in domestic nooks called "Indian corners." Elizabeth Hutchinson identifies this collecting as part of a larger "Indian craze" and links it to other activities such as the inclusion of Native American artifacts in art exhibitions sponsored by museums, arts and crafts societies, and World's Fairs, and the use of indigenous handicrafts as models for non-Native artists exploring formal abstraction and emerging notions of artistic subjectivity. She argues that the Indian craze convinced policymakers that art was an aspect of "traditional" Native culture worth preserving, an attitude that continues to influence popular attitudes and federal legislation.

Illustrating her argument with images culled from late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century publications, Hutchinson revises the standard history of the mainstream interest in Native American material culture as "art." While many locate the development of this cross-cultural interest in the Southwest after the First World War, Hutchinson reveals that it began earlier and spread across the nation from west to east and from reservation to metropolis. She demonstrates that artists, teachers, and critics associated with the development of American modernism, including Arthur Wesley Dow and Gertrude Kasebier, were inspired by Native art. Native artists were also able to achieve some recognition as modern artists, as Hutchinson shows through her discussion of the Winnebago painter and educator Angel DeCora. By taking a transcultural approach, Hutchinson transforms our understanding of the role of Native Americans in modernist culture.

Art for a Modern India, 1947-1980 (Hardcover): Rebecca M. Brown Art for a Modern India, 1947-1980 (Hardcover)
Rebecca M. Brown
R2,317 R1,841 Discovery Miles 18 410 Save R476 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Following India's independence in 1947, Indian artists creating modern works of art sought to maintain a local idiom, an "Indianness" representative of their newly independent nation, while connecting to modernism, an aesthetic then understood as both universal and presumptively Western. These artists depicted India's precolonial past while embracing aspects of modernism's pursuit of the new, and they challenged the West's dismissal of non-Western places and cultures as sources of primitivist imagery but not of modernist artworks. In "Art for a Modern India," Rebecca M. Brown explores the emergence of a self-conscious Indian modernism--in painting, drawing, sculpture, architecture, film, and photography--in the years between independence and 1980, by which time the Indian art scene had changed significantly and postcolonial discourse had begun to complicate mid-century ideas of nationalism.

Through close analyses of specific objects of art and design, Brown describes how Indian artists engaged with questions of authenticity, iconicity, narrative, urbanization, and science and technology. She explains how the filmmaker Satyajit Ray presented the rural Indian village as a socially complex space rather than as the idealized site of "authentic India" in his acclaimed "Apu Trilogy," how the painter Bhupen Khakhar reworked Indian folk idioms and borrowed iconic images from calendar prints in his paintings of urban dwellers, and how Indian architects developed a revivalist style of bold architectural gestures anchored in India's past as they planned the Ashok Hotel and the Vigyan Bhavan Conference Center, both in New Delhi. Discussing these and other works of art and design, Brown chronicles the mid-twentieth-century trajectory of India's modern visual culture.

The Art and Archaeology of the Moche - An Ancient Andean Society of the Peruvian North Coast (Hardcover): Steve Bourget,... The Art and Archaeology of the Moche - An Ancient Andean Society of the Peruvian North Coast (Hardcover)
Steve Bourget, Kimberly L. Jones
R1,565 R1,227 Discovery Miles 12 270 Save R338 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Renowned for their monumental architecture and rich visual culture, the Moche inhabited the north coast of Peru during the Early Intermediate Period (AD 100-800). Archaeological discoveries over the past century and the dissemination of Moche artifacts to museums around the world have given rise to a widespread and continually increasing fascination with this complex culture, which expressed its beliefs about the human and supernatural worlds through finely crafted ceramic and metal objects of striking realism and visual sophistication.

In this standard-setting work, an international, multidisciplinary team of scholars who are at the forefront of Moche research present a state-of-the-art overview of Moche culture. The contributors address various issues of Moche society, religion, and material culture based on multiple lines of evidence and methodologies, including iconographic studies, archaeological investigations, and forensic analyses. Some of the articles present the results of long-term studies of major issues in Moche iconography, while others focus on more specifically defined topics such as site studies, the influence of El Nino/Southern Oscillation on Moche society, the nature of Moche warfare and sacrifice, and the role of Moche visual culture in decoding social and political frameworks.

Black Womanhood - Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body (Paperback): Barbara Thompson Black Womanhood - Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body (Paperback)
Barbara Thompson
R1,208 R1,014 Discovery Miles 10 140 Save R194 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Explorations of contemporary art have focused on issues of identity and race for some time. Few, however, have sought to investigate these themes by juxtaposing historical and contemporary frameworks. Black Womanhood examines an especially charged icon--the black female body--and contemporary artists' interventions upon historical images of black women as exotic Others, erotic fantasies, and supermaternal Mammies. This book presents icons of the black female body as seen from three separate but intersecting perspectives: the traditional African, the colonial, and the contemporary global. The display and contemplation of such iconic images addresses complex and often competing forces of self-presentation and the representation of others. Peeling back layers of social, cultural, and political realities, Black Womanhood explores how historic icons inform contemporary artistic responses to the black female body through an examination of themes such as beauty, fertility and sexuality, maternity, and women's roles and power in society. More than 200 historical and contemporary images accompany written contributions by artists, curators and scholars. This compelling volume makes a valuable contribution to ongoing discussions of race, gender, and sexuality by promoting a deeper understanding of past and present readings of black womanhood, both in Africa and in the West.

Asen, Ancestors, and Vodun - Tracing Change in African Art (Hardcover): Edna G. Bay Asen, Ancestors, and Vodun - Tracing Change in African Art (Hardcover)
Edna G. Bay
R987 R820 Discovery Miles 8 200 Save R167 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Asen, metal sculptures of southern Benin, West Africa, are created to honor the dead and are meant to encourage interaction between visible and spiritual worlds in ancestral rites associated with the belief system known as vodun. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in the former Kingdom of Dahomey, Bay traces more than 150 years of transformations in the manufacture and symbolic meanings of asen against the backdrop of a slave-raiding monarchy, domination by French colonialism, and postcolonial political and social change. Bay expertly reads evidence of the area's turbulent history through analysis of asen motifs as she describes the diverse influences affecting the process of asen production from the point of their probable invention to their current decline in use. Paradoxically, asen represent a sacred African art form, yet are created using European materials and technologies and are embellished with figures drawn from tourist production. Bay\u2019s meticulously researched artistic and historical study is a fascinating exploration of creativity and change within Benin\u2019s culture.

Makishi - Mask Characters of Zambia (Paperback): Manuel Jord an Makishi - Mask Characters of Zambia (Paperback)
Manuel Jord an
R555 R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Save R60 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Makishi: Mask Characters of Zambia, Manuel Jordan reveals the beauty and complexity of the remarkable masquerade traditions of the Chokwe, Mbunda, Lunda, Lwena/Luvale, and Luchazi peoples who live in the "Three Corners" region of northwestern Zambia, northeastern Angola, and southwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The distinct yet overlapping mask types and styles used by these groups reflect their continual interaction and demonstrate the constant reformulation of visual and performance genres. Relations among peoples of the "Three Corners" are further complicated by recent refugee flows, and the masquerades that Jordan considers and vividly illustrates in his field photographs reflect histories of compromise and creative tension, as well as contemporary struggles for survival. While exquisite masks drawn from the Fowler Museum's collections demonstrate long use, Jordan shows how new characters can be created within earlier categories, so that basic dramatic plots are preserved while reference is made to new technologies, foreign encounters, and the dynamics of social interaction in a rapidly changing world. In many ways, as the author astutely argues, the masks are a performative mechanism used to explain, cope with, and, often enough, celebrate life's most difficult transitions and transformations. Makishi vibrantly documents the ability of theater to perpetuate tradition while providing an adaptive leading edge.

National Visions, National Blindness - Canadian Art and Identities in the 1920s (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Leslie Dawn National Visions, National Blindness - Canadian Art and Identities in the 1920s (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Leslie Dawn
R1,749 R1,453 Discovery Miles 14 530 Save R296 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the 1920s, a complex set of relationships linked the construction of a unified Canadian identity to the imperial centre (England), to the depiction of the landscape as an imagined national geography in the works of the Group of Seven, and to the image of the Indian as a disappearing race. In National Visions, National Blindness, Leslie Dawn unravels these connections by revisiting and radically revising several well-known events and rescuing others from obscurity. Using new archival evidence, he reverses many of the conventional perceptions of the Group as a national school, and shows how, in a series of international exhibitions held in London and Paris, conflicts arose between their unpeopled landscapes and the presence of Northwest Coast Native people and arts. The book also reveals how the portraits of Native people of western Canada by the American artist Langdon Kihn served to undermine the principle of Native disappearance on which the Group's works were based. the Gitxsan people of the Upper Skeena River to the landmark 1927 exhibition which brought these elements all together and staged the discovery of Emily Carr, Dawn shows how these programs ultimately failed, but at the same time opened the door to other directions. Based on current theories, but written in an accessible and engaging style, this book will appeal to readers and researchers interested in Canadian art history, First Nations art and history, tourism, cultural politics, museum studies, and ethnographic practice.

Worshippers and Warriors: Reconstructing gender and gender relations in the prehistoric rock art of Naquane National Park... Worshippers and Warriors: Reconstructing gender and gender relations in the prehistoric rock art of Naquane National Park Valcamonica Brescia northern - Reconstructing gender and gender relations in the prehistoric rock art of Naquane National Park, Valcamonica, Brescia, northern Italy (Paperback)
Lynne Bevan
R1,884 Discovery Miles 18 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This study is the first gendered study of the prehistoric rock art of Naquane National Park in Valcamonica, northern Italy. Its purpose is to identify and describe gendered representations and imagery in the rock art of Naquane, in order to reconstruct potential gender roles, gender relations and ritual activities during the Bronze and Iron Age periods. The social role of art in non-western cultures is explored, as well as recent work on gender studies in archaeology and rock art, with a view towards placing the prehistoric rock art of Naquane within a social and cultural context. Gender-specific access to and usage of the rock art sites during successive phases of prehistory is considered and analysis is presented of the possible rituals being portrayed in the rock art and their potential social implications. Discussion also focuses on the social and ritual construction of femininity and masculinity during different chronological periods, as well as upon possible gendered motifs and sexual imagery in the rock art. The study concludes with a discussion of the incidence of over-carving and the incorporation of earlier images into later rock art panels, considering potential reasons why certain earlier carvings were actively curated among the predominantly male-orientated Iron Age rock art.

Art & Ceremony in Jewish Life - Essays in the History of Jewish Art (Hardcover): Vivian B. Mann Art & Ceremony in Jewish Life - Essays in the History of Jewish Art (Hardcover)
Vivian B. Mann
R4,053 R3,243 Discovery Miles 32 430 Save R810 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since turning to the field of Jewish art over twenty years ago, Vivian Mann has concentrated on investigating Jewish ceremonial art within the dual contexts of Jewish law, and the history of decorative arts in general, including the ceremonial art made for the Church and the Mosque. The introduction to this volume considers classic rabbinic attitudes toward art and its relationship to spirituality. The remaining essays are divided into three groups: the first concerns medieval ceremonial art; the second, articles on the Jewish art of Muslim lands beginning with the early Middle Ages; and the third consists of essays on Judaica during the periods of the Renaissance and rococo.

Into the Fray - The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, 2005 (Paperback): James H. Nottage Into the Fray - The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, 2005 (Paperback)
James H. Nottage
R669 R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Save R102 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the fourth in a biennial series of exhibitions and supporting catalogues begun in 1999 to bring the work of Native American fine artists to greater public attention. Following the pattern established at its inception, the 2005 Eiteljorg Fellowship honours one distinguished artist and five fellows. This year, the distinguished artist is sculptor John Hoover (Aleut). The fellows are painter Harry Fonseca (Maidu), painter James Lavadour (Walla Walla), sculptor and installation artist C. Maxx Stevens (Seminole/Muskogee), mixed media artist Tanis Maria S'eiltin (Tlingit), and painter, sculptor, and printmaker MarieWatt (Seneca). The Eiteljorg Fellowship was established to help create better public understanding of Native people and their participation in a modern world of art. The goal of the Fellowship is not necessarily to make Native fine art a part of the mainstream of the larger world of fine art, but to be part of the struggle for self-expression and to participate in the continually evolving worldwide definition of what art is.

Shades of Black - Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain (Hardcover, New): David A. Bailey, Sonia Boyce, Ian Baucom Shades of Black - Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain (Hardcover, New)
David A. Bailey, Sonia Boyce, Ian Baucom
R2,483 R1,985 Discovery Miles 19 850 Save R498 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the 1980s-at the height of Thatcherism and in the wake of civil unrest and rioting in a number of British cities-the Black Arts Movement burst onto the British art scene with breathtaking intensity, changing the nature and perception of British culture irreversibly. This richly illustrated volume presents a history of that movement. It brings together in a lively dialogue leading artists, curators, art historians, and critics, many of whom were actively involved in the Black Arts Movement. Combining cultural theory with anecdote and experience, the contributors debate how the work of the black British artists of the 1980s should be viewed historically. They consider the political, cultural, and artistic developments that sparked the movement even as they explore the extent to which such a diverse body of work can be said to constitute a distinct artistic movement-particularly given that "black" in Britain in the 1980s encompassed those of South Asian, North and sub-Saharan African, and Caribbean descent, referring as much to shared experiences of disenfranchisement as to shades of skin.In thirteen original essays, the contributors examine the movement in relation to artistic practice, public funding, and the transnational art market and consider its legacy for today's artists and activists. The volume includes a unique catalog of images, an extensive list of suggested readings, and a descriptive timeline situating the movement vis-a-vis relevant artworks and films, exhibitions, cultural criticism, and political events from 1960 to 2000. A dynamic living archive of conversations, texts, and images, Shades of Black will be an essential resource. Contributors. Stanley Abe, Jawad Al-Nawab, Rasheed Araeen, David A. Bailey, Adelaide Bannerman, Ian Baucom, Dawoud Bey, Sonia Boyce, Allan deSouza, Jean Fisher, Stuart Hall, Lubaina Himid, Naseem Khan, susan pui san lok, Kobena Mercer, Yong Soon Min, Keith Piper, Zineb Sedira, Gilane Tawadros, Leon Wainwright, Judith Wilson

Shades of Black - Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain (Paperback, New): David A. Bailey, Sonia Boyce, Ian Baucom Shades of Black - Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain (Paperback, New)
David A. Bailey, Sonia Boyce, Ian Baucom
R769 R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Save R134 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the 1980s-at the height of Thatcherism and in the wake of civil unrest and rioting in a number of British cities-the Black Arts Movement burst onto the British art scene with breathtaking intensity, changing the nature and perception of British culture irreversibly. This richly illustrated volume presents a history of that movement. It brings together in a lively dialogue leading artists, curators, art historians, and critics, many of whom were actively involved in the Black Arts Movement. Combining cultural theory with anecdote and experience, the contributors debate how the work of the black British artists of the 1980s should be viewed historically. They consider the political, cultural, and artistic developments that sparked the movement even as they explore the extent to which such a diverse body of work can be said to constitute a distinct artistic movement-particularly given that "black" in Britain in the 1980s encompassed those of South Asian, North and sub-Saharan African, and Caribbean descent, referring as much to shared experiences of disenfranchisement as to shades of skin.In thirteen original essays, the contributors examine the movement in relation to artistic practice, public funding, and the transnational art market and consider its legacy for today's artists and activists. The volume includes a unique catalog of images, an extensive list of suggested readings, and a descriptive timeline situating the movement vis-a-vis relevant artworks and films, exhibitions, cultural criticism, and political events from 1960 to 2000. A dynamic living archive of conversations, texts, and images, Shades of Black will be an essential resource. Contributors. Stanley Abe, Jawad Al-Nawab, Rasheed Araeen, David A. Bailey, Adelaide Bannerman, Ian Baucom, Dawoud Bey, Sonia Boyce, Allan deSouza, Jean Fisher, Stuart Hall, Lubaina Himid, Naseem Khan, susan pui san lok, Kobena Mercer, Yong Soon Min, Keith Piper, Zineb Sedira, Gilane Tawadros, Leon Wainwright, Judith Wilson

Monster Modeling at Its Best - The Digital Age (Paperback): Martin Ardito Monster Modeling at Its Best - The Digital Age (Paperback)
Martin Ardito
R901 R733 Discovery Miles 7 330 Save R168 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Learn to build monster models and put them into incredible scenes using digital imaging and computer editing. You can even put yourself in the midst of the action. 110 pages of color photos, tips, and ideas. A book any monster lover, model builder, or anyone into digital photography and/or computer graphics will enjoy. www.monstermodeling.com

Section 8: Art du Paleolithique Superieur et du Mesolithique / Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Art - Sessions generales et... Section 8: Art du Paleolithique Superieur et du Mesolithique / Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Art - Sessions generales et posters / General Sessions and Posters (Paperback)
Le Secretariat du Congres
R2,041 Discovery Miles 20 410 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

These nineteen papers form the proceedings of Section 8 of the Acts of the XIVth UISPP Congress held at the University of Liege in 2001. They focus on the iconography, symbolism and ideology of Rupestrian art from the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic perids. Supported throughout by illustrated examples, the papers discuss: the anthropological information revealed by Rupestrian art; the purpose and vocabulary of cave art; the themes and mythology; comparisons with the art of Native Americans. The volume includes case studies which cover evidence from Spain, Siberia, the Alps, the Dordogne, Lake Onega in Russia, Denmark, Norway and central Europe. Ten papers in English, the remainder in French.

Lightning Warrior - Maya Art and Kingship at Quirigua (Hardcover): Matthew G. Looper Lightning Warrior - Maya Art and Kingship at Quirigua (Hardcover)
Matthew G. Looper
R1,227 R981 Discovery Miles 9 810 Save R246 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"This is a strange and powerful story, based on impeccable scholarship, and compellingly told. It is one of the few academic books on the Maya that I would recommend to everyone." -- New Scientist "This is a significant contribution to the field.... Quirigua, although well-studied archaeologically, has not received this kind of single dedicated study of monuments.... This is not because the site and its art are unimportant; as this study amply demonstrates, the artwork of the site is of great significance within the gamut of Classic Maya art." -- Rosemary A. Joyce, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

The ancient Maya city of Quirigua occupied a crossroads between Copan in the southeastern Maya highlands and the major centers of the Peten heartland. Though always a relatively small city, Quirigua stands out because of its public monuments, which were some of the greatest achievements of Classic Maya civilization. Impressive not only for their colossal size, high sculptural quality, and eloquent hieroglyphic texts, the sculptures of Quirigua are also one of the few complete, in situ series of Maya monuments anywhere, which makes them a crucial source of information about ancient Maya spirituality and political practice within a specific historical context.

Using epigraphic, iconographic, and stylistic analyses, this study explores the integrated political-religious meanings of Quirigua's monumental sculptures during the eighth-century A.D. reign of the city's most famous ruler, K'ak' Tiliw. In particular, Matthew Looper focuses on the role of stelae and other sculpture in representing the persona of the ruler not only as a political authority butalso as a manifestation of various supernatural entities with whom he was associated through ritual performance. By tracing this sculptural program from its Early Classic beginnings through the reigns of K'ak' Tiliw and his successors, and also by linking it to practices at Copan, Looper offers important new insights into the politico-religious history of Quirigua and its ties to other Classic Maya centers, the role of kingship in Maya society, and the development of Maya art.

Moche Portraits from Ancient Peru (Hardcover): Christopher B Donnan Moche Portraits from Ancient Peru (Hardcover)
Christopher B Donnan
R985 R808 Discovery Miles 8 080 Save R177 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"This book is as close as we can ever come to seeing the Moche people-- and to having a basis for understanding the society that produced such remarkable works of art." -- Craig Morris, Senior Vice President and Dean of Science, American Museum of Natural History

"By presenting the Moche artists and the people who have been portrayed by them, Donnan brings us to a level of understanding and proximity, so to speak, that I would have never considered possible just a few years ago. . . . Believe me, this book is going to be a bestseller." -- Steve Bourget, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Texas at Austin

Of all the ancient civilizations that flourished in the Americas, only one perfected true portraiture of living people and produced it in quantity-- the Moche who inhabited the north coast of Peru between approximately AD 100 and 800. Using the medium of three-dimensional ceramic vessels that could have contained liquid, Moche artisans typically formed the heads of the individuals they wished to portray, though sometimes they presented full figures with realistic portrait faces. Depicting an astonishing range of physical types, these portraits now allow us to meet Moche people who lived more than 1,500 years ago and to sense the nuances of their individual personalities.

This pathfinding book presents the first wide-ranging, systematic study of the Moche portraits. Drawing on more than 900 examples from museums and private collections around the world-- some 300 of which are illustrated here in full color-- Christopher Donnan documents how the portrait tradition evolved, how the portraits were produced and distributed, who theyportrayed, why they were made, and how they were used in Moche society. His analysis is supported by extensive archaeological evidence, which provides the context for portraits found in Moche tombs and midden deposits, as well as useful information for identifying the headdresses and ornaments worn by the individuals portrayed.

South of the Sahara - Selected Works of African Art (Paperback, New): Constantine Petridis South of the Sahara - Selected Works of African Art (Paperback, New)
Constantine Petridis
R687 R605 Discovery Miles 6 050 Save R82 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

South of the Sahara opens with general observations on the immensely rich and diversified artistic heritage of sub-Saharan Africa. Constantine Petridis examines the relationship between contemporary and so-called traditional African arts, and presents examples showing that many African works were originally part of an ensemble or one element of a performance. He discusses how works relate to ideas about leadership and the supernatural and then relates the many misunderstandings that still exist concerning the history and the chronology of African art. Afterdissecting the complex issue of style, he concentrates on the relationship between styles and both time and geography. Finally, Petridis considers the little-known issue of African aesthetics, investigating how the aesthetic preferences of the makers and users of the works differ from those of the Western museum audience and art lovers. Forty-two important works from thirty different cultures are featured in color, including objects from the ancient kingdom of Benin and examples of two of Africa's oldest archaeological art traditions: Nok in Nigeria and Djenne in Mali. Enriched with many field photographs and much ethnographical information, this presentation emphasizes the extraordinary formal invention and spiritual power of the objects.

Tales of Ghosts - First Nations Art in British Columbia, 1922-61 (Paperback, illustrated edition): Ronald W. Hawker Tales of Ghosts - First Nations Art in British Columbia, 1922-61 (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Ronald W. Hawker
R636 R560 Discovery Miles 5 600 Save R76 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The years between 1922 and 1961, often referred to as the "Dark Ages of Northwest Coast art," have largely been ignored by art historians, and dismissed as a period of artistic decline. Tales of Ghosts compellingly reclaims this era, arguing that it was instead a critical period during which the art played an important role in public discourses on the status of First Nations people in Canadian society. Hawker's insightful examination focuses on the complex functions that Northwest Coast objects, such as the ubiquitous totem pole, played during the period. He demonstrates how these objects asserted the integrity and meaningfulness of First Nations identities, while simultaneously resisting the intent and effects of assimilation enforced by the Canadian government's denial of land claims, its ban of the potlatch, and its support of assimilationist education. Those with an interest in First Nations and Canadian history and art history, anthropology, museology, and post-colonial studies will be delighted by the publication of this major contribution to their fields.

Painting Culture - The Making of an Aboriginal High Art (Paperback): Fred R Myers Painting Culture - The Making of an Aboriginal High Art (Paperback)
Fred R Myers
R736 R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Save R113 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Painting Culture" tells the complex story of how, over the past three decades, the acrylic "dot" paintings of central Australia were transformed into objects of international high art, eagerly sought by upscale galleries and collectors. Since the early 1970s, Fred R. Myers has studied--often as a participant-observer--the Pintupi, one of several Aboriginal groups who paint the famous acrylic works. Describing their paintings and the complicated cultural issues they raise, Myers looks at how the paintings represent Aboriginal people and their culture and how their heritage is translated into exchangeable values. He tracks the way these paintings become high art as they move outward from indigenous communities through and among other social institutions--the world of dealers, museums, and critics. At the same time, he shows how this change in the status of the acrylic paintings is directly related to the initiative of the painters themselves and their hopes for greater levels of recognition.

"Painting Culture" describes in detail the actual practice of painting, insisting that such a focus is necessary to engage directly with the role of the art in the lives of contemporary Aboriginals. The book includes a unique local art history, a study of the complete corpus of two painters over a two-year period. It also explores the awkward local issues around the valuation and sale of the acrylic paintings, traces the shifting approaches of the Australian government and key organizations such as the Aboriginal Arts Board to the promotion of the work, and describes the early and subsequent phases of the works' inclusion in major Australian and international exhibitions. Myers provides an account of some of the events related to these exhibits, most notably the Asia Society's 1988 "Dreamings" show in New York, which was so pivotal in bringing the work to North American notice. He also traces the approaches and concerns of dealers, ranging from semi-tourist outlets in Alice Springs to more prestigious venues in Sydney and Melbourne.

With its innovative approach to the transnational circulation of culture, this book will appeal to art historians, as well as those in cultural anthropology, cultural studies, museum studies, and performance studies.

Tales of Ghosts - First Nations Art in British Columbia, 1922-61 (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Ronald W. Hawker Tales of Ghosts - First Nations Art in British Columbia, 1922-61 (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Ronald W. Hawker
R1,728 R1,432 Discovery Miles 14 320 Save R296 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The years between 1922 and 1961, often referred to as the "Dark Ages of Northwest Coast art," have largely been ignored by art historians, and dismissed as a period of artistic decline. Tales of Ghosts compellingly reclaims this era, arguing that it was instead a critical period during which the art played an important role in public discourses on the status of First Nations people in Canadian society. Hawker's insightful examination focuses on the complex functions that Northwest Coast objects, such as the ubiquitous totem pole, played during the period. He demonstrates how these objects asserted the integrity and meaningfulness of First Nations identities, while simultaneously resisting the intent and effects of assimilation enforced by the Canadian government's denial of land claims, its ban of the potlatch, and its support of assimilationist education. Those with an interest in First Nations and Canadian history and art history, anthropology, museology, and post-colonial studies will be delighted by the publication of this major contribution to their fields.

Malanggan - Art, Memory and Sacrifice (Paperback): Susanne Kuchler Malanggan - Art, Memory and Sacrifice (Paperback)
Susanne Kuchler
R1,193 Discovery Miles 11 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folkore Award 2003
Malanggan are among the most treasured possessions in the Pacific, yet they continue to confound anthropologists. Central to funerals in New Ireland, these 'death' figures are intended to decompose as symbolic representations of the dead. Wrapped in images that are conceived of as 'skins', they are both visually complex and intriguing. This book is the first to interpret these mysterious agents of resemblance and connection as having a cognitive rather than a linguistic basis.
Found in nearly every ethnographic museum in the world, Malanggan collections have been left virtually untouched. This original study begins by tracing the history of the collections and moves on to consider the role these artefacts play in sacrifice, ritual and exchange. What is the relationship between Malanggan and memory? How can Malanggan be understood as a life force as well as a vehicle for thought? In an analysis of the cognitive aspects of Malanggan, Küchler offers a highly original conceptualization of the centrality of the knot as a mode of being, thinking and binding in the Pacific.
"Malanggan: Art, Memory and Sacrifice "is a groundbreaking study. Based on fifteen years of fieldwork and collection research, it provides an incisive new take on one of the Pacific's classic puzzles, as well as a wealth of new information and resources for anthropologists, collectors and curators alike.

Landscape of the Spirits - Hohokam Rock Art at South Mountain Park (Paperback): Landscape of the Spirits - Hohokam Rock Art at South Mountain Park (Paperback)
R917 R845 Discovery Miles 8 450 Save R72 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

High above the noise and traffic of metropolitan Phoenix, Native American rock art offers mute testimony that another civilization once thrived in the Arizona desert. In the city's South Mountains, prehispanic peoples pecked thousands of images into the mountains' boulders and outcroppings--images that today's hikers can encounter with every bend in the trail. Todd Bostwick, an archaeologist who has studied the Hohokam for more than twenty years, and Peter Krocek, a professional photographer with a passion for archaeology, have combed the South Mountains to locate nearly all of the ancient petroglyphs found in the canyons and ridges. Their years of learning the landscape and investigating the ancient designs have resulted in a book that explores this wealth of prehistoric rock art within its natural and cultural contexts, revealing what these carvings might mean, how they got there, and when they were made. "Landscape of the Spirits" is the first book to cover these ancient images and is one of the most comprehensive treatments of a rock art location ever published. It conveys the range of different rock art elements and compositions found in the South Mountains--animals, humans, and geometric shapes, as well as celestial and calendrical markings at key sites--through accurate descriptions, drawings, and photographs. Interpretations of the petroglyphs are based on Native American ethnographic accounts and consider the most recent theories concerning shamanism and archaeoastronomy. Written in a simple and accessible style, "Landscape of the Spirits" is an indispensable volume for anyone exploring the South Mountains, and for rock art enthusiasts everywhere who wish to broaden their understanding of the prehistoric world. It is both an authoritative overview of these ancient wonders and an unprecedented benchmark in southwestern rock art research at a single geographic location.

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