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The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia [Paperback]

Adrienne L. Kaeppler

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May 15 2008 Oxford History of Art
The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth's surface. Comprising thousands of islands and hundreds of cultural groups, Polynesia and Micronesia cover a large part of this vast ocean, from the dramatic mountains of Hawaii to the small, flat coral islands of Kiribati. Including both traditional and contemporary arts, this book introduces the rich artistic traditions of these two regions, traditions that have had a considerable impact on western art in the twentieth century through theinfluence of artists such as Gauguin. Instead of looking at Polynesia and Micronesia separately, the book focuses on the artistic types, styles, and concepts that they share, placing each in its wider cultural context. From the textiles of Tonga to the canoes of Tahiti, Adrienne Kaeppler looks at 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 the rich and vibrant artistic cultures of the Polynesian and Micronesian islands.

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`Review from previous edition The most successful of all recent Pacific art surveys, integrating the symbolism of these arts with their social and religious dimensions. ' Roger Neich, Curator of Ethnology,Auckland Museum, New Zealand

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Adrienne L. Kaeppler is Curator of Oceanic Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She has carried out field research in Tonga, Hawai`i, and other parts of the Pacific. Her research focuses on the interrelationships between social structure and the arts, especially dance, music, and the visual arts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful exploration of Oceanic art Sept. 18 2008
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The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia embraces the whole spectrum of Polynesian and Micronesian art forms--from tattooing to musical instruments--while including a focus on contemporary arts of the region. What's special about this book is that it looks at the arts of Polynesia and Micronesia side-by-side rather than seperately, illuminating the artistic types, styles, and concepts that they share.
This is agreat book for students of art history studying Pacific arts, and the general reader interested in the art of the Pacific island peoples.
The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia (Oxford History of Art)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overview of Pacific Arts Dec 7 2011
By Dr Benjamin - Published on
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This is a good overview and through imagery, shows the thematic and stylistic inter-connections throughout the Pacific art of Polynesia and Micronesia. The history of our ancestral explorers is endlessly fascinating and it remains a remarkable feat that, over 7000 years of exploration and settlement, they discovered and generally peopled all of the habitable islands of the Pacific, taking with them their material culture, languages and world view and adapting them to local conditions. The author of this book is an authority on the arts of the Pacific and this small work provides a useful contribution, particularly for those seeking to make connections between the arts of the various peoples who make up Polynesian and Micronesia.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The e-book version is in black and white March 25 2013
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The Kindle version is in black and white. Who wants an art book in black and white?? Definitely not me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! June 19 2013
By Zary Farìa Vara - Published on
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I really love this book!

I am not an antroplogist or artist, but I have read a lot of arts books; and I really recomended it. It is a very great introduction of Polynesia and Micronesia Art.

It arrived on time and in perfect conditions
3.0 out of 5 stars better to buy the book, than the kindle version Dec 16 2012
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Pretty informative on the marquesan tattoo patterns only. It has pages of pattern examples and then later in the book has the descriptions so its kind of hard to go back and find the one that matches (using the kindle fire hd) unless you have some paper n pen handy and want to write down everything and run back and find it. It'd be easier to actually have the book.

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