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Description - Becoming Art by Howard Morphy

Thirty years ago Australian Aboriginal art was little more than a footnote to world art. Today, it is considered to be an important contemporary art movement, often promoted as being connected to a deep cultural past. Becoming Art provides a new analysis of the shifting cultural and social contexts that surround the production of Aboriginal art. Transcending the boundaries between anthropology and art history, the book draws on arguments from both disciplines to provide a unique interdisciplinary perspective that places the artists themselves at the centre of the argument.Western art history has traditionally regarded Aboriginal art as distanced from time and place. Becoming Art uses the recent history of Aboriginal art to challenge some of the presuppositions of western art discourse and western art worlds. It argues for a more cross-cultural perspective on world art history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845206574
ISBN-10: 1845206576
Format: Paperback / softback
(244mm x 172mm x 16mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Howard Morphy

Howard Morphy is Director of the Research School of Humanities, Australian National University.

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