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English, Colonial, Modern and Maori: The Changing Faces of the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1932-2002

English, Colonial, Modern and Maori: The Changing Faces of the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1932-2002 (PDF ebook – 1st edition)

By Crighton, Anna

How and why do works make their way into a public art collection? Who decides what will be hung on the walls, placed on plinths, displayed in cases? These important, but seldom discussed, questions lie at the heart of this 'cultural biography' of the 70 years during which the Rob...ert McDougall Art Gallery was Christchurch's civic art gallery. The book explains how the collection came together, how it developed, and how the public, and artists and critics, reacted to it. The book is presented in three parts, each of which has its own introduction. It provides an analytical framework in detail and in context by defining terms and explaining particular, recurrent concepts. These include, and indeed highlight, selection and presentation cultures derived from the core museological functions of collection and display. These, together with the framework's other concepts, are related to mainstream methodology in the social sciences, particularly political science. The latter is especially relevant to the study of a public art gallery - owned and funded by the public and its elected representatives, and controlled by these representatives and their appointed agents. Furthermore, the framework explores the concept of post-colonial tensions between heritages - specifically indigenous, transplanted and autochthonous ones. The significance of this becomes more apparent when the concepts used in relevant previous studies of specific public art galleries in New Zealand are reviewed. There is also a strong emphasis on the development of a public Maori art collection. It is a story, too, of vivid and influential personalities - the directors and curators who fought for the gallery and the artists represented in it. But the book is more than just the story of a single gallery's collection: it shines a light on concerns and patterns that will be familiar to galleries everywhere, and provides a unique perspective on New Zealand's cultural development over much of the twentieth century.
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ISBN 9781443871693
Published 24 Nov 2014
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Available in PDF format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en

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ISBN-13 9781443871693
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Imprint Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Released 24 Nov 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format PDF ebook – 1st edition
Edition 1st
Author(s) By Crighton, Anna
Category History of Art
Catalogues Raisonnes
Exhibition Catalogues And Specific Collections
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 386
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 708.99383
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress History of art / art & design styles, Art of indigenous peoples, Museology & heritage studies
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text General/trade