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Anthropology, Art and Cultural Production: Histories, Themes, Perspectives

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This book provides an introduction to anthropological perspectives on art. Svasek defines art as a social process. We study not only the artefacts themselves and the values attributed to them, but also the process of production and its wider context. Providing a critical overview of various anthropological theories of art, Svasek offers a new perspective which centres on the analysis of commoditisation, aestheticisation and object agency. She explores the process of collecting and exhibiting art works and how this relates to art's production, distribution and consumption in an increasingly global market. The book outlines the significance of art and aesthetics in everyday life, and examines the shifting boundaries between art and other categories such as kitsch, souvenirs, propaganda and pornography. Finally, Svasek argues for an anthropological perspective that links the production and consumption of artefacts to political, religious and other cultural processes. Ideal as a teaching text, this book gives a detailed overview of themes that are central to the fields of art history, art sociology and cultural studies.

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Svasek (history and anthropology, Queen's University, Belfast) tackles the eternal question of what constitutes art. Rejecting earlier definitions that define art within cultural boundaries, she posits a definition using "processual relativism." A work is defined as art at different times according to its progression from the artist to the buyer to the gallery, museum etc. and eventually to world recognition. She uses Van Gogh as an example. The book traces the history of an anthropological study of art then moves to examples of how art changes meaning and evokes emotional response as it crosses cultural borders. Svasek also looks at another defining criterion of art, the marketplace. This leads to a definition of "fine art" which she feels can only be defined in relation to all the other forms considered beneath it. The theme throughout is the transitional nature of art and how perception of it changes according to time, place and culture. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

An introduction to anthropological perspectives on art that links the production of art to political and cultural processes

About the Author

Maruska Svasek is a lecturer in the School of History and Anthropology at Queens University, Belfast.

Table of Contents

1. Art: Anthropological Perspectives
2. Objects, Representation, and Power
3. The Politics of Museum Display
4. Theorising Art: from Evolutionism to Structuralism
5. Theorising Art: from Post-Structuralism to Postmodernism and Beyond
6. Art, Society, and Culture
7. Art Production, Distribution, Consumption
8. Art and its Boundaries
9. Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745317946
Author:
Svasek, Maruska Svasemaruska
Publisher:
Pluto Press (UK)
Author:
Svasek, Maruska
Subject:
Art and society
Subject:
Material culture
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Anthropology, Culture, and Society
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 b+w photos
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
8.51 x 5.33 x 0.62 in

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