The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia by Adrienne Kaeppler

The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia by Adrienne Kaeppler
Published by Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press in New York is proud to announce the  publication of the most recent addition to the acclaimed Oxford History of Art series, The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia by Adrienne Kaeppler, curator of Oceanic Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institute.

This new volume offers a superb introduction to the rich artistic traditions of Polynesia and Micronesia, traditions that have had a considerable impact on modern western art through the influence of artists such as Gauguin. After an introduction to Polynesian and Micronesian art separately, the book focuses on the artistic types, styles, and concepts shared by the two island groups, thereby placing each in its wider cultural context. From the textiles of Tonga to the canoes of Tahiti, Adrienne Kaeppler sheds light on religious and sacred rituals and objects, carving, architecture, tattooing, personal ornaments, basket-making, clothing, textiles, fashion, the oral arts, dance, music and musical instruments—even canoe-construction—to provide the ultimate introduction to these rich and vibrant cultures. Each chapter begins with a quote from an indigenous person from one of the island areas covered in the book and features both historic and contemporary works of art. A timeline for migration into the Pacific includes the latest information from archaeology, as well as the influx of explorers and missionaries and important exhibitions and other artistic events. With more than one hundred illustrations—most in full color—this volume offers a stimulating and insightful account of two dynamic artistic cultures.

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