Art in Oceania: A New History – review

By Ema Tavola In Books

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7th February, 2013
I had somewhat mediocre expectations for Art in Oceania: A New History, which felt like yet another colourful, expensive book about Pacific objects housed in museum collections far away from where I live. As a Pacific curator working at the grassroots, I find that academic literature is peripheral to my thinking. This substantial volume is a comprehensive review of art from early Oceania to the present day. There is extensive coverage of Melanesia, undoubtedly driven by the rich documentation of these areas as well as their cultural diversity; eastern and northern Oceania, aka ...

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