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The Whole Picture: The colonial story of the art in our museums & why we need to talk about it

The Whole Picture: The colonial story of the art in our museums & why we need to talk about it (Hardback)

By Procter, Alice

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Should museums be made to give back their marbles? Is it even possible to 'decolonise' our galleries? Must Rhodes fall? From the stolen Wakandan art in Black Panther, to Emmanuel Macron's recent commitment to art restitution, and Beyonce and Jay Z's provocative music video filmed... in the Louvre, the question of decolonising our relationship with the art around us is quickly gaining traction. People are waking up to the seedy history of the world's art collections, and are starting to ask difficult questions about what the future of museums should look like. In The Whole Picture, art historian and Uncomfortable Art Tour guide Alice Procter provides a manual for deconstructing everything you thought you knew about art, and fills in the blanks with the stories that have been left out of the art history canon for centuries. The book is divided into four chronological sections, named after four different kinds of art space: The Palace The Classroom The Memorial The Playground Each section tackles the fascinating and often shocking stories of five different art pieces, including the propaganda painting that the East India Company used to justify its control in India; the Maori mokomokai skulls that were traded and collected by Europeans as 'art objects'; and Kara Walker's controversial contemporary sculpture A Subtlety, which raised questions about 'appropriate' interactions with art. Through these stories, Alice brings out the underlying colonial narrative lurking beneath the art industry today, and suggests different ways of seeing and thinking about art in the modern world. The Whole Picture is a much-needed provocation to look more critically at the accepted narratives about art, and rethink and disrupt the way we interact with the museums and galleries that display it.
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ISBN 9781788401555
Released NZ 31 Mar 2020
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781788401555
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Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Imprint Cassell
Released 31 Mar 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Procter, Alice
Category Forgery, Falsification & Theft Of Artworks
History of Art
Art Styles Not Limited By Date
History Of Art: BCE To C 500 CE, Ancient & Classical World
Colonization & Independence
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 306.470941
Weight 640g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Museum exhibits, Cultural property - Repatriation, Human remains Archaeology - Repatriation, Art, Colonial, Great Britain - Colonies
NBS Text The Arts: General & Reference
ONIX Text General/trade