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By Howard Morphy, Morgan Perkins

(Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)

This anthology presents a single-volume evaluation of the fundamental theoretical debates within the anthropology of paintings. Drawing jointly major paintings within the box from the second one 1/2 the 20 th century, it allows readers to understand the paintings of alternative cultures at assorted occasions.

* Advances a cross-cultural proposal of artwork that strikes past conventional differences among Western and non-Western paintings.
* presents the foundation for the appreciation of artwork of other cultures and occasions.
* complements readers’ appreciation of the aesthetics of artwork and of the $64000 function it performs in human society.

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1986[1976] The Fame of Gawa: A Symbolic Study of Value Transformation in a Massim (Papua New Guinea) Society. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press. Munn, Nancy, 1973 Walbiri Iconography: Graphic Representation and Cultural Symbolism in a Central Australian Society. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Myers, Fred, 2002 Painting Culture: The Making of an Aboriginal High Art. Durham: Duke University Press. National Gallery of Canada, 1927 Exhibition of Canadian West Coast Art. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada.

The theory is premised on the idea that the nature of the art object is a function of the social-relational matrix in which it is embedded. It has no ‘intrinsic’ nature, independent of the relational context’’ (Gell 1998: 7). A good discussion of these definitional issues in sympathy with our own approach is provided by d’Azevedo (1973). See Goodman (1969) for an important philosophical approach to the distinctions and relationships between different art forms. In its various forms, an anthropology of the senses (Howes 2003; Taussig 1993) also addresses the relationships between the visual arts and other forms of expressive culture.

Sidney M. Mead, ed. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii. Frazer, James George, 1925 The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, abridged edition. London: Macmillan. Fu, Shen C. , 1991 Challenging the Past: The Paintings of Chang Dai-chien. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press. Gardner, Howard, 1988 To Open Minds: Chinese Clues to the Dilemma of Contemporary Education. New York: Basic Books. Gardner, Howard, 1990 Art Education and Human Development. Los Angeles: Getty Center for Education in the Arts.

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