23/02/2012

The death of authentic primitive art and other tales of progress By Shelly Errington University of California Press, 1998

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The death of authentic primitive art and other tales of progress

 

By Shelly Errington

 

University of California Press, 1998

 

In this book, the author, Shelly Errington argues that Primitive Art was invented as a new type of art object at the 

beginning of the twentieth century but that now, at the century's end, it has died a double but contradictory death.

 

Authenticity and primitivism, both attacked by cultural critics, have died as concepts. 

 

At the same time, the penetration of nation-states, the tourist industry, and transnational corporations into regions 

that formerly produced these artifacts has severely reduced supplies of "primitive art," bringing about a second "death.

 

 

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