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The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia By Adrienne L. Kaeppler (Curator of Oceanic Ethnology, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.)

The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia by Adrienne L. Kaeppler (Curator of Oceanic Ethnology, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.)

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Including both traditional and contemporary arts, this book introduces the rich artistic traditions of the Pacific island chains of Polynesia and Micronesia, traditions that have had a considerable impact on western art in the twentieth century through the influence of artists such as Gauguin.

The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia Summary

The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia by Adrienne L. Kaeppler (Curator of Oceanic Ethnology, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.)

The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth's surface. Comprising thousands of islands and hundreds of cultural groups, Polynesia and Micronesia cover a large part of this vast ocean, from the dramatic mountains of Hawaii to the small, flat coral islands of Kiribati. Including both traditional and contemporary arts, this book introduces the rich artistic traditions of these two regions, traditions that have had a considerable impact on western art in the twentieth century through the influence of artists such as Gauguin. Instead of looking at Polynesia and Micronesia separately, the book focuses on the artistic types, styles, and concepts that they share, placing each in its wider cultural context. From the textiles of Tonga to the canoes of Tahiti, Adrienne Kaeppler looks at religious and sacred rituals and objects, carving, architecture, tattooing, personal ornaments, basket-making, clothing, textiles, fashion, the oral arts, dance, music and musical instruments - even canoe-construction - to provide the ultimate introduction to the rich and vibrant artistic cultures of the Polynesian and Micronesian islands.

The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia Reviews

Beautifully illustrated and important... the quintessential introduction to the Pacific arts.

About Adrienne L. Kaeppler (Curator of Oceanic Ethnology, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.)

Adrienne L. Kaeppler is Curator of Oceanic Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She has carried out field research in Tonga, Hawai`i, and other parts of the Pacific. Her research focuses on the interrelationships between social structure and the arts, especially dance, music, and the visual arts.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Polynesian and Micronesian Art ; 2. Artistic Visions: Rituals and Sacred Containers ; 3. Aesthetics: Carving, Metaphor, and Allusion ; 4. Genealogical Connections: The Texts of Textiles ; 5. Adorning the Adorned: Tattoo, Ornaments, Clothing, Fashion ; 6. Ritual Spaces, Cultural Landscapes, Space, and the Aesthetic Environment ; Bibliography ; Further Reading ; Timeline ; List of Museums and Galleries

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GOR011384958
9780192842381
0192842382
The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia by Adrienne L. Kaeppler (Curator of Oceanic Ethnology, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.)
Used - Well Read
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2008-03-27
216
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