The Pacific Islands, Africa and the Americas
presents the art of the three large areas of the world where vital
cultural traditions have flourished for centuries, indeed for
millennia, separate from the artistic traditions of the West. The
art of these areas is thus highly individual, formed by dynamic,
autochthonous societies and informed by their own valued heritage
and traditions. Today, it is an art unfamiliar to many Western
viewers even though the last hundred years have seen an explosion
of interest in these regions. Researchers, artists, travelers,
merchants and many others have greatly expanded our awareness of
the peoples and cultures of these vast and distant places.
135 illustrations, 133 in full colour, plus a fold up map.