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The essays in this collection signal a relationship between anthropology and the study of art. They explore the boundaries and affinities between art, anthropology, representation and culture, casting a critical, ethnographic light on the art worlds of the contemporary West and their "traffic" in non-Western objects. Starting from the premise that the traditional anthropology of art has been developed within categories and practices of Westem art worlds themselves, this volume develops a new framework for understanding how western art - its avant-gardes, scholars, commentators, and collectors - have appropriated anthropological subjects like the "primitive" and the "exotic other." The success of Australian Aboriginal acrylic paintings in the New York art world prompts Fred Myers to explore the circulation of indigenous art in the international market. Steven Feld looks at the contemporary world beat music scene and the commodification of remote music cultures. Carol Vance takes on the contentious struggles over art, censorship, obscenity, and the National Endowment for the Arts in the United States.
George Marcus looks at the meaning of new, oppositional artwork in the context of t
George E. Marcus is Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and the coeditor (with James Clifford) of Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography (California, 1986). Fred R. Myers is Professor of Anthropology at New York University and author of Pintupi Country, Pintupi Self: Sentiment, Place, and Politics among Western Desert Aborigines (California, 1991).
Release date Australia
December 21st, 1995
Edited by Fred R. Myers
Edited by George E. Marcus
Country of Publication
University of California Press
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