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Aboriginal art

Author: Howard Morphy
Publisher: London ; New York : Phaidon Press, 2010, ©1998.
Series: Art & ideas.
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"For thousands of years Australian Aborigines have been making art. A manifestation of the creative forces of the Dreamtime, art is also a means of expressing individual and group identity. But while Aboriginal art keeps the past alive and maintains its relevance to the present, it also responds to new circumstances. Aboriginal art cannot be divorced from the process of European colonization that began in earnest in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Morphy
OCLC Number: 820572430
Notes: Reprint. First published 1998; reprinted 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010.
Description: 447 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: A journey to recognition: the 'discovery' of Aboriginal art --
A lasting record: rock art as history --
Foundations: art, religion and the Dreaming --
A totemic landscape: art, maps and people --
The kinship of art: art and society --
The power of art: art, ritual and aesthetics --
Engaging the other: art and the survival of Aboriginal society --
Transformations: the contemporary art of central Australia --
Settler Australia: the survival of art in adversity --
Documents of change: the art of William Barak and Tommy McRae --
Contemporary developments: Aboriginal art and the avant-garde.
Series Title: Art & ideas.
Responsibility: Howard Morphy.

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"For thousands of years Australian Aborigines have been making art. A manifestation of the creative forces of the Dreamtime, art is also a means of expressing individual and group identity. But while Aboriginal art keeps the past alive and maintains its relevance to the present, it also responds to new circumstances. Aboriginal art cannot be divorced from the process of European colonization that began in earnest in 1788." "In this book, Howard Morphy, one of the foremost authorities in this field, surveys the great variety of Aboriginal art to reveal what it means to its makers and users and what it can tell us about the societies that produce it. He discusses the paintings (on rock, bark, human bodies and canvas), sculptures, weapons and utensils, from across Australia, bringing out common themes but also highlighting regional diversity. The text is illustrated with outstanding examples, many published here for the first time. The result is a book that reveals the richness and dynamism of the art of one of the world's most enduring cultures."--BOOK JACKET.

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