Tiki Pop: America Imagines Its Own Polynesian Paradise by Sven KirstenTiki Pop: America Imagines Its Own Polynesian Paradise by Sven Kirsten

Tiki Pop: America Imagines Its Own Polynesian Paradise

bySven Kirsten

Hardcover | August 1, 2014

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Cult of kitsch: The art and history of the Tiki phenomenon
Tiki culture at its height was a manifestation of exotic visions of island culture inspired by the tales of American soldiers stationed in the South Pacific during World War II: trees loaded with exotic fruits, sleepy lagoons, white-sand beaches, and gorgeous people wearing grass skirts as they danced half-naked during all-night orgies of food and music. Americans embraced these visions and incorporated fantasy into reality: mid-century fashion, popular music, eating and drinking, and even architecture were influenced by the Tiki trend. With unfettered enthusiasm—ignoring scholarly authenticity and political correctness—American artisans molded the Tiki into their own image, creating a mid-century pop culture genre that was forgotten until the 2000s, when urban archeologist Sven Kirsten wrested the figure of the Tiki from obscurity with his pioneering TASCHEN books The Book of Tiki and Tiki Modern.

This book traces the development of Tiki as romantic vision and kitschy cultural appropriation, from its earliest beginnings when James Cook “discovered” the Pacific Islands in the second half of the 18th century to Herman Melville’s South Sea adventure stories like Moby Dick and Gauguin’s exuberant, exotic paintings to the jungle fantasies of the Hollywood dream factory. Published in connection with an exhibition at the prestigious Musée du quai Branly in Paris, Tiki Pop the culmination of Sven Kirsten’s research efforts. With his widely lauded visual style, the author places venerable ancient godheads next to their Polynesian pop counterparts. With hundreds of previously unpublished images, the story of Tiki the 20th-century pop icon unfolds from its earliest beginnings to its spectacular downfall in the dawning awareness of the Western world’s colonial misdeeds.

The author: Sven Kirsten was conceived on a freighter of his grandfather's Hamburg-Chicago Line. Following the call of the big world, he moved to California at the age of 25. Kirsten studied at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and began shooting music videos in the late 1980s for The Cramps, Tom Waits, Sergio Mendes and oth...
Title:Tiki Pop: America Imagines Its Own Polynesian ParadiseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 10.6 × 9.1 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 2014Publisher:TaschenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3836548518

ISBN - 13:9783836548519

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from grab a mai tai and enjoy Get yourself a sturdy coffee table as this coffee table book is a paperweight that is a page turner. Loads of gorgeous pics of tiki bars and restaurants as well as some light but engaging text (also it's bilingual in French and English). It's put out by Taschen who make those gorgeous art postcards. Not sure if I'd fork out the list price of $59 for it as I found this in the local library to peruse for a few weeks.
Date published: 2016-11-09