1. Introduction * 2. Art in Early Oceania * 3. New Guinea 1700-1940 * 4. Island Melanesia, 1700-1940 * 5. Eastern and Northern Oceania, 1700-1940 * 6. Art, War and the End of Empire, 1940-1988 * 7. Art in Oceania Now, 1988-2010 * 8. Epilogue
A landmark celebration of all aspects of Pacific art and winner of the 2014 Art Book Prize
Peter Brunt is Senior Lecturer in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington.
'As beautiful in its way as the objects it describes' - Daily Telegraph 'Coming from Thames & Hudson it goes without saying that the book is well designed, superbly illustrated, with sufficient footnotes to satisfy even the fastidious reader, a sound bibliography and index ... this volume must stand as the authoritative overview of the art of a region of the world that has both a rich history and a lively contemporary art community' - The Burlington Magazine 'Extraordinary ... the sheer magnitude of knowledge to which this book extends far surpasses any studies conducted previously' - Aesthetics 'Ambitious and brilliantly successful. The collaborative scope is unprecedented. Each chapter is a revelatory essay, filled with astonishing images and evocative quotations ... This volume sets a new standard for the cultural history of a complex, dynamic region' - James Clifford, University of California 'A brilliant and highly original achievement. Nuanced, multi-disciplinary and fully collaborative in authorship and spirit ... this book will undoubtedly stand as the definitive introduction and reference work on the rich and diverse arts of Pacific peoples for many years to come' - Ruth B. Phillips, Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Art and Culture and Professor of Art History, Carleton University 'A magisterial, nearly encyclopaedic volume on a so far relatively neglected field that is beginning to attract increasing scholarly and popular interest. This one should be on every art lover's bookshelf' - Loyd Grossman (Judge for the Art Book Prize)