Possessions: Indigenous Art, Colonial Culture
Tribal art has been one of the greatest inspirations for twentieth-century Western artists. Picasso, Matisse, Ernst, and Brancusi responded in unforgettable ways to masks, sculpture, and other forms of indigenous African, Oceanic, and American art. The politics of this relationship have long been a matter of contention: is it a cross-cultural discovery to be celebrated, or...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Thames & Hudson
(first published 1999)
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Nicholas Thomas is one of the most insightful explorers of the cultures and condition of colonialism I have encountered, and in this anthropological art history of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand he successfully unpacks the contradictions that are cultures of colonialism in settler colonies. Much of the analysis of colonialism and its cultures is based in a view of a deep physical distance between coloniser and colonised – the colonised were away in the colonies, the colonisers in the metropo...more