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Possessions: Indigenous Art, Colonial Culture
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?
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