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The Myth of primitivism : perspectives on art

Author: Susan Hiller
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1991.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
This work is a controversial critique of art theory, practice and politics, and a major enquiry into the history of primitivism and its implications for contemporary culture.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Myth of primitivism.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1991
(DLC) 89006170
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Hiller
ISBN: 0203379756 9780203379752
OCLC Number: 70067895
Notes: Based on seminars held at the Slade School of Art, University College, London in 1985-86.
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 355 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Some general observations on the problem of cultural colonialism / Kenneth Coutts-Smith --
Outsiders or insiders? / David Maclagan --
Primitive art and the necessity of primitivism to art / Daniel Miller --
Expeditions : on race and nation / Black Audio/Film Collective --
Emil Nolde's 'ethnographic' still lifes : primitivism, tradition, and modernity / Jill Lloyd --
Unofficial versions / Guy Brett --
The resurgence of the night-mind: primitivist revivals in recent art / Lynne Cooke --
From primitivism to ethnic arts / Rasheed Araeen --
Ethnography and the formation of national and cultural identities / Annie E. Coombes --
Art and meaning / Signe Howell --
Dark continents explored by women / Desa Philippi and Anna Howells. Leonardo's 'last supper' in Fiji / Christina Toren --
The search for virginity / Jimmie Durham --
Unsettled accounts of Indians and others / Jean Fisher --
Locality fails / Imants Tillers --
Aboriginal representation and kitsch / Christopher Pearson --
Born from sharp rocks / Edgar Heap of Birds.
Responsibility: edited and compiled by Susan Hiller.


Explores the fusion of myth, history and geography which leads to ideas of primitivism, and examines their construction, interpretation and consumption in Western culture. The author provides a  Read more...
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