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The Whole Picture

The colonial story of the art in our museums & why we need to talk about it

Alice Procter

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If you think art history has to be pale, male and stale - think again.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

The Whole Picture: The colonial story of the art in our museums & why we need to talk about it A01 By (author) N Alice Procter 240 160 30 640 BB Hardback 304 Cassell Octopus Publishing Group United Kingdom ABK Forgery, falsification & theft of artworks ACG History of art: ancient & classical art,BCE to c 500 CE AC History of art / art & design styles ACBS Colonial art HBTQ Colonialism & imperialism HBTR National liberation & independence, post-colonialism 1QD Empires & historical states 1.3 NHTQ NHTR AGA ABK Colonialism & imperialism National liberation & independence, post-colonialism History of art Forgery, falsification & theft of artworks 1QB Historical states, empires & regions If you think art history has to be pale, male and stale - think again. 'A smart, accessible and brilliantly structured work that encourages readers to go beyond the grand architecture of cultural institutions and see the problematic colonial histories behind them.' - Sumaya Kassim Should museums be made to give back their marbles? Is it even possible to 'decolonize' our galleries? Must Rhodes fall? How to deal with the colonial history of art in museums and monuments in the public realm is a thorny issue that we are only just beginning to address. Alice Procter, creator of the Uncomfortable Art Tours, provides a manual for deconstructing everything you thought you knew about art history and tells the stories that have been left out of the canon. The book is divided into four chronological sections, named after four different kinds of art space: The Palace, The Classroom, The Memorial and The Playground. Each section tackles the fascinating, enlightening and often shocking stories of a selection of art pieces, including the propaganda painting the East India Company used to justify its rule in India; the tattooed Maori skulls collected as 'art objects' by Europeans; and works by contemporary artists who are taking on colonial history in their work and activism today. The Whole Picture is a much-needed provocation to look more critically at the accepted narratives about art, and rethink and disrupt the way we interact with the museums and galleries that display it. Alice Procter is an historian of material culture and the creator of Uncomfortable Art Tours. She curates exhibitions, organizes events, makes podcasts and writes things under the umbrella of The Exhibitionist. Procter studied at University College London, and her academic work concentrates on the intersections of postcolonial art practice and colonial material culture, settler storytelling, the concept of whiteness in the 18th and 19th centuries, the curation of historical trauma, and myths of national identity. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Front Row, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, the New Statesman, Aljazeera.com and The Times. She is Australian but grew up in Hong Kong and London. theexhibitionist.org @aaprocter 05032020 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 16.99 0.00 16.99 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 16 BERT GARD Y

'A smart, accessible and brilliantly structured work that encourages readers to go beyond the grand architecture of cultural institutions and see the problematic colonial histories behind them.' - Sumaya Kassim

Should museums be made to give back their marbles? Is it even possible to 'decolonize' our galleries? Must Rhodes fall?

How to deal with the colonial history of art in museums and monuments in the public realm is a thorny issue that we are only just beginning to address. Alice Procter, creator of the Uncomfortable Art Tours, provides a manual for deconstructing everything you thought you knew about art history and tells the stories that have been left out of the canon.

The book is divided into four chronological sections, named after four different kinds of art space: The Palace, The Classroom, The Memorial and The Playground. Each section tackles the fascinating, enlightening and often shocking stories of a selection of art pieces, including the propaganda painting the East India Company used to justify its rule in India; the tattooed Maori skulls collected as 'art objects' by Europeans; and works by contemporary artists who are taking on colonial history in their work and activism today.

The Whole Picture is a much-needed provocation to look more critically at the accepted narratives about art, and rethink and disrupt the way we interact with the museums and galleries that display it.

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Book publisherOctopus Publishing Group
Publication date5 Mar 2020
FormatHardback
Pages304
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