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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 (Paperback)

By Procter, Alice

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Probing, jargon-free and written with the pace of a detective story... [Procter] dissects western museum culture with such forensic fury that it might be difficult for the reader ever to view those institutions in the same way again. Financial Times 'A smart, accessible and brill...iantly structured work that encourages readers to go beyond the grand architecture of cultural institutions and see the problematic colonial histories behind them.' - Sumaya Kassim Should museums be made to give back their marbles? Is it even possible to 'decolonize' our galleries? Must Rhodes fall? How to deal with the colonial history of art in museums and monuments in the public realm is a thorny issue that we are only just beginning to address. Alice Procter, creator of the Uncomfortable Art Tours, provides a manual for deconstructing everything you thought you knew about art history and tells the stories that have been left out of the canon. The book is divided into four chronological sections, named after four different kinds of art space: The Palace, The Classroom, The Memorial and The Playground. Each section tackles the fascinating, enlightening and often shocking stories of a selection of art pieces, including the propaganda painting the East India Company used to justify its rule in India; the tattooed Maori skulls collected as 'art objects' by Europeans; and works by contemporary artists who are taking on colonial history in their work and activism today. 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 9781788402453
Released NZ 9 Mar 2021
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781788402453
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Imprint Cassell
Released 9 Mar 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
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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 320
Dimensions Width: 126mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 306.470941
Weight 300g
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