Introduction: The Anthropology of Art: A Reflection on Its History and Contemporary Practice: Howard Morphy and Morgan Perkins.
Part I: Framing the Discipline:.
1. Primitive Art: Franz Boas.
2. Split Representation in the Art of Asia and America: Claude Lévi-Strauss.
3. Tribes and Forms in African Art: William Fagg.
4. Style, Grace, and Information in Primitive Art: Gregory Bateson.
5. Tikopea Art and Society: Raymond Firth.
6. The Abelam Artist: Anthony Forge.
Part II: Primitivism and Art/Artifact:.
7. Introduction. In “Primitivism” in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern: William Rubin.
8. “Primitivism” in 20th Century Art: Arthur C. Danto.
9. Histories of the Tribal and the Modern: James Clifford.
10. A Case in Point: Sally Price.
11. Oriental Antiquities/Far Eastern: Craig Clunas.
12. Introduction. In ART/Artifact: Susan Vogel.
13. Vogel's Net: Traps as Artworks and Artworks as Traps: Alfred Gell.
Part III: Aesthetics Across Cultures:.
14. Yoruba Artistic Criticism: Robert Farris Thompson.
15. Style in Technology: Some Early Thoughts: Heather Lechtman.
16. “Marvels of Everyday Vision”: The Anthropology of Aesthetics and the Cattle-Keeping Nilotes: Jeremy Coote.
17. From Dull to Brilliant: The Aesthetics of Spiritual Power Among the Yolngu: Howard Morphy.
Part IV: Form, Style and Meaning:.
18. Visual Categories: An Approach to the Study of Representational Systems: Nancy D. Munn.
19. Structural Patterning in Kwakiutl Art and Ritual: Abraham Rosman and Paula G. Rubel.
20. Sacred Art and Spiritual Power: An Analysis of Tlingit Shaman’s Masks: Aldona Jonaitis.
21. To Weave and Sing: Art, Symbol, and Narrative in the South American Rain Forest: David M. Guss.
22. Modernity and the “Graphicalization” of Meaning: New Guinea Highland Shield Design in Historical Perspective: Michael O’Hanlon.
Part V: Marketing Culture:.
23. Introduction. In Ethnic and Tourist Arts: Cultural Expressions of the Fourth World: Nelson H. H. Graburn.
24. The Collecting and Display of Souvenir Arts: Authenticity and the “Strictly Commercial”: Ruth B. Phillips.
25. The Art of the Trade: The Creation of Value and Authenticity in the African Art Market: Christopher B. Steiner.
Part VI: Contemporary Artists:.
26. A Second Reflection: Presence and Opposition in Contemporary Maori Art: Nicholas Thomas.
27. Representing Culture: The Production of Discourse(s) for Aboriginal Acrylic Paintings: Fred Myers.
28. Aesthetics and Iconography: An Artists Approach: Gordon Bennett.
29. Kinds of Knowing: Charlotte Townsend-Gault.
30. CEW ETE HAW I TIH: The Bird That Carries Language Back to Another: Jolene Rickard.
Ivan Karp, Emory University
“An excellent, near-perfect book that demonstrates the centrality of the anthropology of art in both anthropology and art history debates. The essential reader for anyone who wants a broad, stimulating introduction to the field.”
Jeremy MacClancy, Oxford Brookes University“Addresses significant debates … .Seems[s] to provide an understanding of the often subtle but underlying discourse on contemporary African art.” H-Net Reviews<!--end-->
"A unique and timely manual that serves to connect the student with the creative impulse of man."
The Electric Review
- A single-volume overview of the essential theoretical debates in the anthropology of art, ideal for those who are new to the subject.
- Draws together significant work in the field from the second half of the twentieth century.
- Advances a cross-cultural concept of art that moves beyond traditional distinctions between Western and non-Western art.
- Provides the basis for the appreciation of art of different cultures and times.
- Enhances readers’ appreciation of the aesthetics of art and of the important role it plays in human society.