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Art, Ethnography and the Life of Objects: Paris, c. 1925-35 Julia Kelly

Art, Ethnography and the Life of Objects: Paris, c. 1925-35

Published May 15th 2007
ISBN : 9780719069406
Hardcover
176 pages
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In the 1920s and 1930s, anthropology and ethnography provided new and striking ways of rethinking what art could be and the forms which it could take. This book examines the impact of these emergent disciplines on the artistic avant-garde in Paris.MoreIn the 1920s and 1930s, anthropology and ethnography provided new and striking ways of rethinking what art could be and the forms which it could take. This book examines the impact of these emergent disciplines on the artistic avant-garde in Paris. The reception by European artists of objects arriving from colonial territories in the first half of the twentieth century is generally understood through the artistic appropriation of the forms of African or Oceanic sculpture. The author reveals how anthropological approaches to this intriguing material began to affect the ways in which artists, theorists, critics and curators thought about three-dimensional objects and their changing status as art, artefacts or ethnographic evidence.