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By Nicholas Thomas

The anthropology of paintings is presently at a crossroads. even if good versed within the that means of paintings in small-scale tribal societies, anthropologists are nonetheless wrestling with the query of ways to interpret paintings in a fancy, post-colonial atmosphere. Alfred Gell lately faced this challenge in his posthumous publication paintings and business enterprise. The imperative thesis of his examine used to be that artwork items can be obvious, now not as bearers of which means or aesthetic price, yet as varieties mediating social motion. At a stroke, Gell provocatively disregarded many longstanding yet drained questions of definition and problems with aesthetic price. His publication proposed a singular standpoint at the roles of artwork in political perform and made clean hyperlinks among analyses of favor, culture and society.

Offering a brand new evaluate of the anthropology of artwork, this ebook starts off the place Gell left off. offering wide-ranging reviews of the bounds of aesthetic interpretation, the workings of items in perform, the family among that means and efficacy and the politics of postcolonial artwork, its individual participants either tricky on and dissent from the controversies of Gell's vital textual content. matters lined comprise tune and the net in addition to ethnographic traditions and modern indigenous paintings. Geographically its case stories diversity from India to Oceania to North the USA and Europe.

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