Pacific Art in Detail

Author: Jennifer Newell
Publication date: May 2011
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $34.99
Extent: 144 pp
Illustrations: 150 full-colour plates
Format: 215mm x 215mm
Binding: HB
ISBN: 978-1-877385-75-9

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This beautiful book takes a fresh look at the wealth of art from the Pacific – from simple to ornate, domestic to sacred, traditional to contemporary.

It features striking art and craft from across Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. Detailed images reveal the rich variety of styles and decorations employed by Pacific artists, past and present; their sheer craftsmanship. Works are grouped thematically, with chapters on contemporary art, art celebrating the ocean, the art of dance, encounters between Pacific and European art traditions, and more.

Pacific Art in Detail is a perfect accompaniment to any museum or gallery visit, and an inspiring spur for creative artists.

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‘You can clearly see the materials used to create it and all the tiny details which make these pieces so fascinating. Beautifully photographed and informative, this is a great book for those who want to discover more about the varied and unusual styles from around the Pacific.’
Kia Ora magazine, August 2011