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Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance

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Featuring hundreds of full-color photographs, paintings, figurines, crafts, and furniture Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance is an exploration of the very best Balinese culture has to offer.

For nearly a century, mention of Bali has evoked images of a tropical paradise. But it is not only the beauty of the island that has attracted artists, dancers, celebrities and scholars. B
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Hardcover, 376 pages
Published February 10th 2011 by Asian Art Museum   (first published January 1st 2010)
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William West
Aug 30, 2011 William West rated it liked it
Overall, I found this exhibit a bit troubling. It seemed to be trying to summarize a culture, as if a culture could be known from the outside, like the history of an object. In that sense, it seemed like the epitome of "orientalism". I enjoyed the show, but felt like writing a letter of apology to Edward Said afterwards.
There were a few objects of spectacular aesthetic beauty. I think the one that struck me most was a book carved into intertwined panels of wood, cut like a venetian blind with w
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Brian
Nov 13, 2011 Brian rated it liked it
Great plates, good essays. I wanna give it more than 3 starts, put couldn't bring myself to give 4.
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