Possessions: Indigenous Art, Colonial Culture

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Thames and Hudson, 1999 - Art - 304 pages
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Tribal art has been one of the great inspirations of 20th-century Western art. Europeans such as Picasso, Matisse, Ernst and Brancusi created their own responses to masks, sculpture and other forms of African, Oceanic and American art. But is this a cross-cultural discovery to be celebrated, or just one more example of Western colonial appropriation?

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As the relationships between colonial powers and indigenous peoples are re-evaluated, the profound influence of the art of Africa, Oceania, and the Native Americas on the development of modern Western ... Read full review

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Edited by Christopher Pinney, Senior Lecturer in Material Culture, Department of Anthropology, University College London and Nicholas Thomas, Professor of Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, University of London. Nicholas Thomas' books include "Entangled Objects" (1991), "Colonialism's Culture" (1994) and "Possessions: Indigenous Art/Colonial Culture" (1999)

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